Doug McNair donating driver earnings to Red Cross

on 03/14/2020 4:12 PM
Doug McNair, the leading driver at Woodbine Mohawk Park, has informed track officials that he will be donating all his earnings from tonight’s (March 14) card of racing to the Canadian Red Cross in support of COVID-19 response efforts. McNair would like to invite other horsepeople racing tonight to join him in helping. Any individuals racing tonight that would like to donate should visi...
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Faraldo tests negative; Yonkers casino closed

on 03/14/2020 4:10 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York has announced that SOA President Joseph Faraldo has been tested and confirmed to be NEGATIVE for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). He is currently at home recovering from an illness that has now been confirmed to be unrelated to COVID-19.   Yonkers shut down racing earlier this week and later announced that the Empire City Casino at Yonkers is ...
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Pompano to race; only essential personnel in paddock

on 03/14/2020 2:46 PM
Pompano Park has announced that there will be racing on Sunday night, March 15. Only essential personnel--drivers, trainers and caretakers--will be allowed in the paddock. NO OWNERS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BARN AREA OR THE PADDOCK!All essential personnel must have their Pompano Park picture ID and State license easily observed by security to enter the paddock. Owners and fans...
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Woodbine Mohawk closed to general public

on 03/14/2020 2:45 PM
In light of the rising public concerns over limiting the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Woodbine Entertainment has followed government recommendations and will be closing Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park to guests as of Sunday, March 15.   Live racing will continue to operate at Woodbine Mohawk Park with only essential employees and restricted access to the paddock area ...
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Racing can continue in Ohio but casinos/gaming closed

on 03/14/2020 2:35 PM
There has been clarification from the Ohio State Racing Commission in regard to the continuation of live racing in Ohio. At this time all racing can proceed. This clarification authorizes the continuation of racing with simulcast-only wagering in place, racing personnel to the minimum levels of only those required, the closure of racing locations to live spectators, and a reduction of horsemen i...
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I Luv The Nitelife dies after complications from foaling

on 03/14/2020 8:53 AM
I  Luv The Nitelife p,3, 1:48.4f  ($1,944,667), who put together a 12-race winning streak as a 3 year old that included the Mistletoe Shalee, Valley Forge, Fan Hanover, Lynch, Jugette and Breeders Crown, died early Saturday morning after complications from foaling at Diamond Creek Farm. She was 10 years old.   According to Diamond Creek Farm's social media post, I Luv The ...
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Freehold update re: COVID-19 exposure

on 03/14/2020 8:38 AM
Freehold Raceway has been advised that an individual, who has been in contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), was in attendance at the track on Saturday, March 7. As of today, the individual who was in attendance at Freehold Raceway has not tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) but continues to be monitored.    In li...
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Bontz N prevails in short Saratoga field

on 03/14/2020 8:36 AM
The field for the Fillies and Mares Open was reduced to three participants after a host of scratches on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel   In a race offering win betting only, Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) was the betting favorite in a feature that went for a purse of $15,000. Bontz N (Shawn Gray), a nominee for Pacing Mare of the Year at the Spa in 2019, wound up gettin...
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EyespywithmylileyeN sweeps series; Ohio casinos shut down

on 03/13/2020 10:08 PM
EyespywithmylileyeN (John DeLong) completed her sweep of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series on Friday night (March 13) by besting Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) and Spee Dee Shark (Ricky Macomber Jr.) in 1:51.3.  The winner also triumphed in divisions of both preliminary legs of the series which featured female pacers who were non-winners of four races or $40,000 when the competition commenced...
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Pinehurst cancels April 4 matinee due to virus

on 03/13/2020 7:19 PM
The Pinehurst Driving & Training Club, in consultation with the Village of Pinehurst, has made the decision to cancel the upcoming Spring Matinee Races scheduled for April 4. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Gov. Roy Cooper's recommendation to cancel all gatherings with an expected attendance of over 100 people.
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Zanetti rallies past Rock N Teen at The Meadows

on 03/13/2020 7:10 PM
Zanetti pounced on the game but weary leader Rock N Teen in midstretch and scored in Friday's Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Smooth Lou took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings.   The Wilbur Zendt is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is featuring, with the championship leg of...
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Monticello suspends racing until March 30

on 03/13/2020 5:28 PM
Ensuring the health and welfare of our patrons, horsemen and employees is our top priority and we therefore will cease live racing and simulcasting beginning Monday, March 16 as a result of the COVID-19 virus.  Our plan is to reopen Monday, March 30,  but we will continue to closely monitor developments and rely on guidance from the CDC as well as state and local health ...
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Allard reportedly arrested; phone call allegedly implicates in deaths

on 03/13/2020 4:51 PM
Rene Allard, harness racing's third leading money-winning trainers in 2019 with $5.8 million in purses, and the trainer of Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Filly Trot winner When Dovescry, was reportedly arrested while in Las Vegas, according to a person in a leadership position in harness racing.   Coming out of the US Southern District of New York, which on Monday held a press conference...
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Harness Racing Museum closed indefinitely

on 03/13/2020 4:41 PM
Due to ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. All Museum events are canceled or postponed while the Museum is closed. Please check our website or call for updates. (Harness Racing Museum)
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Pocono cancels live racing through March 16

on 03/13/2020 1:19 PM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association have canceled live racing for Saturday (March 14); Sunday (March 15); and Monday (March 16). Additionally, training on Friday (March 13) and Tuesday (March 17) have also been canceled. This decision has been made with an abundance of caution in mind for the current situation within regional racing jurisdi...
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Bettor's Wish's book increased to 70 mares

on 03/13/2020 8:26 AM
Dan Patch Champion Bettor’s Wish made it his calling card to exceed expectations on the racetrack—and now he’s doing the same in the breeding shed. His initial book, originally capped at 45 mares, has been increased to 70, according to his owners. “We took two things into consideration when planning Bettor’s Wish’s book,” said co-owner Art Zubrod. &ldqu...
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Indictments, coronavirus news in new Weekend Preview!

on 03/12/2020 4:11 PM
The week started out with the news that several harness horsemen, including trainers Nick Surick and Chris Oakes, were among 27 indicted in a doping scandal. Things didn’t get much better as news then broke that Yonkers Raceway horsemen’s rep John Brennan died as a result of coronavirus, which then led to reports of others becoming ill and subsequent racetrack cancellations.  ...
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Meadowlands cancels weekend racing

on 03/12/2020 12:56 PM
Due to recent developments in the area related to health concerns, the Meadowlands has decided to cancel live racing this weekend, March 13 and 14.   "It's become impossible to provide the needed protection for those racing and those attending the races,"said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "We wanted to go and get everyone raced but you get to a point where the po...
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Berry has big Big M weekend at Meadowlands

on 03/12/2020 11:44 AM
Fans of driver Pat Berry undoubtedly have plenty of money burning a hole in their pockets after the exploits of the 44-year-old former Chicagoland pilot last weekend (March 6-7) at the Meadowlands. It started innocently enough on Friday, when Berry guided Muscle Fashion ($22.80) to the winner’s circle. His only winner of the night from 10 drives was still enough to show a flat-bet profit fo...
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Yonkers cancels racing through March 18

on 03/12/2020 11:24 AM
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts ("Empire City") announced today the suspension of racing operations at its harness track, Yonkers Raceway, through Wednesday, March 18. Empire City learned on Tuesday, March 10 that an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association ("SOA"), the harness horsemen association, tested positive for COVID-19 before passing away. The individual ...
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