USTA Director John Brennan dies at 69

on 03/10/2020 5:22 PM
 John Brennan, 69, a USTA director for 23 years and chairman of District 12, died Tuesday morning, March 10. According to Dave Briggs on the Harness Racing UpdateFacebook page, “Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) of New York, has confirmed to HRU that Yonkers SOA field rep John Brennan has died at age 69 due to coronavirus, which exasperated exis...
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Yonkers Raceway cancels Tuesday race card

on 03/10/2020 2:35 PM
Yonkers Raceway has announced that Tuesday night’s live race card has been canceled. While no other explanation was made with the announcement, Standardbred Owners Association of New York president Joe Faraldo told Harness Racing Update that the cancellation is due to possible coronavirus concerns. has been unable to confirm that with Yonkers Raceway officials. &n...
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Driver Madness Tournament brackets now available

on 03/10/2020 1:33 PM
It’s that time of the year again for harness fans to get in on the “Madness” and a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.   The 2020 Driver Madness Tournament, sponsored by and hosted by the Harness Racing FanZone, kicks off on Monday, March 16.     The drivers competing, feature 64 of harness racing’s top ...
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Meadowlands statement regarding indictments

on 03/10/2020 11:24 AM
The Meadowlands is in complete support of the Federal indictments against those who would use and distribute Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) that came to light yesterday (Monday, March 9).   As a result, no horses that have been recently trained by any of those named in the indictments will be accepted for entry in Meadowlands races until further notice. (Meadowlands)   ...
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Grand Circuit payments for Delaware, Ohio due

on 03/10/2020 8:37 AM
Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 76th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 51st Jugette, the 69th Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 70th Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2018 and will be raced in 2021.   Two year olds not nominated in the May 15, 2019 yearling payment, may be made eligible thru a supplemental...
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Shartin N vs. Caviart Ally in Friday's Matchmaker

on 03/10/2020 8:35 AM
Post positions have been drawn for the opening rounds of Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker and MGM Borgata Pacing Series. Friday night offers three, $40,000 Matchmaker divisions (races 2, 4 and 6) for the premier mares…and it didn’t take long for Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, post 1) and Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, post 5) to get acquainted, both drawing into the fi...
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SBOANJ issues statement on indictments

on 03/10/2020 7:14 AM
With the recent indictments in New York, The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey would like to make the following statement. As New Jersey's horsemen’s representatives, the SBOANJ, would like to remind everyone that our number one concern is that of the integrity of racing and the proper care of all animals competing in our sport. In no way do we condone any of t...
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Manwithamission posts 5th win of season

on 03/09/2020 8:53 PM
Driver Anthony Napolitano, who won one of the two divisions of the first prelim of the Game Of Claim Series for pacing mares on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, went himself one better by sweeping the two $15,000 divisions of the first prelim of the Game Of Claims Series for $15,000-base trotters Monday.   Tactically “Anthony Nap” was well-diversified. In the fir...
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Brittany's Segal issues statement

on 03/09/2020 8:47 PM
In a statement regarding today’s federal indictments against a number of racehorse trainers, veterinarians and others who are charged with using or supplying performance-enhancing drugs, Brittany Farms owner George Segal said he is in complete support of the intervention and feels it beneficial to the sport over the long term.   His statement follows:   “No one ...
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RMTC OKs study of bisphosphonates

on 03/09/2020 6:55 PM
At its February 24 meeting at Gulfstream Park Racetrack in Hallandale Beach, Florida, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of a study on bisphosphonates through its Tactical Research Grant Program. The research will be conducted at Cornell University under the direction of Dr. Heidi Reesink.    “This study is an important first...
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Defendants in doping conspiracy arrested and charged

on 03/09/2020 3:46 PM
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), Catherine A. Hermsen, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Assistant Commissioner for Cr...
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Oakes, Surick among 27 facing doping charges

on 03/09/2020 2:59 PM
In an indictment released Monday in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 27 individuals—including Standardbred participants Nick Surick, Chris Oakes, Rick Dane Jr., Ross Cohen, Louis Grasso, Donato Poliseno, Conor Flynn, Thomas Guido III, Scott Robinson and Scott Mangini--are alleged to have been involved in a "widespread, corrupt scheme by racehorse trainers...
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USTA issues statement on horse doping scandal

on 03/09/2020 2:58 PM
The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) has been cooperating for several years with official investigations, several of which now have reached the indictment stage in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. “Having worked in the criminal justice system some years ago, I’m acutely aware of the presumption of innocence that applies from indictmen...
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Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale date changed

on 03/09/2020 11:24 AM
The sale date for the 2020 Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale has been rescheduled. According to sale manager Steve Cross, “The date has been changed yet again. The Champions facility gave us no choice but to reschedule from our normal late September date. Given two initial options we chose what we thought would be the best. But after concern from our consignors we revisited the issue with the ...
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USTA cancels annual board meeting

on 03/09/2020 8:27 AM
The United States Trotting Association has announced that its in-person 2020 Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for this coming weekend (March 13-16) in Columbus, Ohio, has been canceled due to travel concerns related to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.   “The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Protection has characterized COVID-19 as an emerging, rapidly evol...
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Game Of Claim for mares underway at Pocono

on 03/09/2020 8:10 AM
The male pacers had their Game Of Claims Series opportunities early in the meet at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono; starting this week, pacing mares and trotters will start their series, with the sidewheeling distaffs kicking off on Sunday.   The Napolitano brothers drove the winners of the two $10,000 divisions of the first prelim, for $10,000 base-price horses, with Anthony guiding ...
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I’m Some Graduate, Elysium Lindy won Yonkers Opens

on 03/08/2020 4:15 PM
Down-the-roaders I’m Some Graduate (George Brennan, $6) and Elysium Lindy (Dan Dube, $27.40) proved best Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps.   I’m Some Graduate, from assigned post position No. 5 in the adult-table pace, had few issues in maintaining huis current form. He worked around pole-sitting I’marocknrollegend N (Joe...
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Covered Bridge wins third straight at Meadowlands

on 03/08/2020 12:33 AM
Covered Bridge has been so good early on in his 4-year-old campaign, he’s even surprised his trainer, Ron Burke. “He has been even better than we had hoped,” said Burke of the gelded son of American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses, who was a dominant winner of the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, a $27,500 high-end conditioned pace.   “We couldn&rs...
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Morrill notches 5-bagger at Pocono

on 03/08/2020 12:31 AM
Driver Jim Morrill Jr., a three-time North American UDR champion, continued his red-hot sulky ways during the early portion of the 2020 meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, picking up five victories on the 12-race Saturday night card.   One of the wins came in the richest race of the night, a $20,000 claiming handicap pace, and the horse he guided, the Captaintreacherous r...
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Post 8 no problem for Windsong Leo at Miami Valley

on 03/07/2020 10:29 PM
If there’s a hotter horse than Windsong Leo in North America thus far this season he would be hard to find!  He captured his sixth Open Handicap Pace victory of 2020 on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway, all from assigned outside post positions.  His latest coup undoubtedly will move him up from his eighth place slot among the sport’s richest horses in the current...
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