Hawthorne announces policy regarding indicted horsemen

on 03/12/2020 11:07 AM
Following a recent FBI investigation which resulted in the indictments of harness trainers Rick Dane, Jr., Nick Surick, Conor Flynn, and Chris Oakes, Hawthorne Race Course is implementing the following policies regarding any horses formerly trained by these indicted trainers:  1.       Horses formerly trained by indicted trainers will not be allowed onto the...
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Dover Downs cancels Thursday card

on 03/12/2020 10:40 AM
Dover Downs has canceled racing for Thursday evening (March 12) after discussion with DSOA and DHRC representatives. This precautionary measure is in light of the current situation in surrounding racing jurisdictions and does not impact racing beyond Thursday as plans are to resume racing Monday, March 16. (Dover Downs)
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Freehold cancels racing through March 21

on 03/12/2020 10:28 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 (Thursday), the individual who was in attendance at Freehold Raceway has not tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) but continues to be monitored. &...
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Jason Bartlett in quarantine as coronavirus precaution

on 03/12/2020 10:02 AM
Jason Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers Raceway who also sits atop the North American leaderboard in purse earnings in 2020, told Thursday morning that he has been under self-quarantine against the coronavirus at home since Monday, March 9. Bartlett, whose quarantine period will end Friday, said his precautionary action came after he learned John Brennan, the horsemen&rsq...
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Trainer Richard Banca arrested as part of doping scandal

on 03/12/2020 8:47 AM
Bill Finley has reported in Thursday's Thoroughbred Daily News that trainer Richard Banca was arrested on Monday (March 9) and released after posting a $200,000 personal recognizance bond for his part in the doping scandal that originally saw 27 indicted.   According to the report, Banca's farm in Middletown, N.Y., was searched on Monday and the FBI found a number of i...
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Bred For Greatness still great at Buffalo

on 03/11/2020 8:50 PM
Bred For Greatness ($6.20) was certainly 'great' once again as he notched a length victory over Lougazi in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday evening (March 11).    It was the fifth victory in six starts this year for Bred For Greatness and it was also his seasonal best with a 1:58.1 clocking.   Getting a perfect sta...
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Vacation Money in 18-1 upset win in Meadows Series

on 03/11/2020 8:48 PM
Vacation Money maintained her poise while her rivals blew up around her, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 18-1 upset in Wednesday's Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Andover Contessa captured the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.   The Mary Wohlmuth is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is...
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Harrington nearing April 13 opener

on 03/11/2020 4:23 PM
Harrington Raceway will open for its 74th season of live racing on April 13. A total of 65 days are scheduled for Delaware’s half-mile racetrack, with a nightly post time of 4:30 p.m., except for the July 30 Governor’s Day program during the Delaware State Fair (special 7 p.m. post time).   Live racing will be conducted on a Monday-through-Wednesday schedule most of the se...
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Meadowlands issues advisory on staking

on 03/11/2020 3:44 PM
The Meadowlands would like to clarify its position regarding the sustaining payments to stakes and Early Closers due by March 16 on horses that are currently in the care of those affected by the recent indictments and arrests. It is suggested by The Meadowlands that you make those payments by the deadline as required if you desire to continue eligibility. If you do not make the Mar...
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Worth the wait for Stafford

on 03/11/2020 3:01 PM
Paul Stafford always believed it was only a matter of time before he operated his own training stable. He just didn’t know how much time it would take before it happened. But after 15 years as an assistant for barns in the Midwest and East, he seized his chance in August 2018 and couldn’t be happier.   Stafford, a 39-year-old San Francisco native, trains 27 horses for owne...
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Additional screening measures for Mohawk paddock

on 03/11/2020 2:21 PM
Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as part of precautionary measures being taken in the interest of health and safety, Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Central Ontario Standardbred (COSA) today announced a new screening process for entry into the paddock. Effective Thursday, March 12, anyone entering the paddock will be subject to several questions as a screening by...
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Meadowlands to race this weekend

on 03/11/2020 2:20 PM
The Meadowlands intends to race live cards on Friday and Saturday as scheduled and drawn.  To accomplish this as safely as possible, horsemen competing will be required to comply with guidelines as set by NJ State officials.    Part of this initiative is self quarantine, take that to mean that if you have been in the presence of a person that you are aware has b...
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Hawthorne to honor $15,000 guaranteed Pick 4

on 03/11/2020 2:18 PM
Following research into a missed guaranteed pool from the Late Pick 4 on Saturday, March 7, caused by the closing of wagering pools prematurely, Hawthorne Race Course will be honoring the guaranteed $15,000 pool.  The guaranteed pools are a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program which provides free past performances for the sequences along with promoting all guaranteed wagers. On Sa...
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Yonkers’ parent company MGM Resorts issues statement

on 03/10/2020 11:35 PM
MGM Resorts International (the "Company" or "MGM Resorts") today was informed of a case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) involving an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association ("SOA"), the harness horsemen racing association, who was based in the Yonkers Raceway race office. The Company released the following statement: "We just learned that an employee o...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park implements health measures

on 03/10/2020 7:52 PM
 Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) would like to immediately inform all horsepeople of reasonable precautions and steps being taken in the interest of health and safety. Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as a safety precaution, training has been canceled for Wednesday morning to allow for the paddock...
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Just A Passenger wins Paver Sr. final at Miami Valley

on 03/10/2020 7:47 PM
Just A Passenger (Chris Page) was crowned champion of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series on Tuesday at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Quick N Balanced (Trace Tetrick) and Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.1.   The winning 4-year-old son of Cayenne Turbo endured a first-over journey pressuring front stepper Feel Invincible AS (Dan Noble) through the middle half mile before finall...
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Feel The Muscle, Enzio win series splits at Meadows

on 03/10/2020 7:45 PM
Feel The Muscle overcame post 9 by following cover and kicking home strongly to score in Tuesday’s Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Enzio sprang a 9-1 upset in the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings.   The Dale McConnell is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is featuring, with the champi...
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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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