Saratoga opens 79th harness season on Sunday

on 02/12/2020 11:04 AM
Sunday, Feb. 16, will mark the beginning of Saratoga Raceway’s 79th season of live harness racing. Post time is scheduled for noon. Coupled with the 2020 racing season is the unveiling of the SaratogaBets Simulcast Center, an exciting new trackside venue offering carrel seating, self-service and live teller wagering options, in addition to bar and food service at Diamond Jim&r...
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Tight Lines takes Tuesday's Open Trot at Dover

on 02/12/2020 10:34 AM
Tight Lines took the overland route to the winner’s circle in Tuesday night’s (Feb. 11) $27.500 Open Trot at Dover Downs, posting a Corey Callahan floated Tight Lines forward from his assigned post seven, and the pair dropped in fourth behind early fractions of :27.2 and :56 set by Home’n Dry. Up the backstretch, Tight Lines rushed first-over while mare Sheez On A Cruze was towe...
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East Coast veterinarian John Peters dies at 87

on 02/12/2020 10:31 AM
John Thomas Peters, DVM, 87, a leading equine veterinarian who practiced at Vernon Downs and tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region, died Feb. 11.   Born in Howard County, Ind., in 1932, Dr. Peters was the son of Ralph and Thelma Peters. He graduated from Greentown High School and was on the high school basketball team that beat Kokomo High School in the Sectional Championship in 1950. Dr....
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CHHA scholarship application now available

on 02/12/2020 9:24 AM
Scholarship application is now available for the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association Scholarships. The application can be found at Completed applications, including all attachments, must be postmarked by April 30, 2020.   Purpose: To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid t...
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Art Of Norma closes late for Meadows victory

on 02/11/2020 5:41 PM
Art Of Norma charged three wide through the final turn and had just enough racetrack to overtake the leader, Strawb’s Chippie N, and capture Tuesday’s co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Art Of Norma moved second-over and had plenty of pace when Brady Brown sent her wide for the drive. But could she rally over the sloppy surface and c...
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Brett Miller wins 8,500th career race

on 02/11/2020 5:35 PM
Driver Brett Miller reached a pair of milestones on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Racewaty, winning for the 8,500th time since beginning his sulky career in 1991 and surpassing $90 million in purse earnings with the horses he has driven. The 46-year-old Miller, who returned to his native Ohio roots at the beginning of 2019 after a decade stint as one of the top drivers on the ...
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Host tracks announced for Canada's Driving Championships

on 02/11/2020 2:16 PM
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2020 Regional Driving Championships and National Driving Championship which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the 2021 World Driving Championship for harness racing.   The 2020 National Driving Championship will take place at Century Mile in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, Sept. 11. ...
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California horsemen show support for Wiseman

on 02/11/2020 2:11 PM
They say cancer has no friends, but in the case of Steve Wiseman that is not the case. The longtime California horseman has just been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. To say that the Cal Expo horsemen were devastated to hear this news is an understatement. With the horse community being as tight as it is, the news spread across the country and into Canada in one day with horsemen rallying to suppor...
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Pennacchio to represent US in World Amateur Cup

on 02/11/2020 1:15 PM
Joe Pennacchio will be representing the United States in the World Amateur Cup 2020, which will be held at Pompano Park beginning Feb. 22.   Pennacchio earned the honor to represent the U.S. on Monday night at the South Florida oval by piloting the Walter La Freniere Jr. trainee B R Flying Dali to victory in the World Cup qualifier. Owned by William H. McElvain Jr., the 8-year-old son...
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Yonkers narrowly misses million-dollar Monday

on 02/11/2020 8:37 AM
The second Monday of the month (Feb. 10) resulted in another admirable Yonkers Raceway handle. A week after the single-season high ($1,025,349) figure, a total of $982,740 was wagered. The soggy dozen-race card included wins by P L Munson (Renaldo Morales III, $6) in the $16,000, sixth race pace (1:54.3) and Weona Sizzler A (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) in the $14,500, 10th race pace (1:54.2).&...
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Dead heat in Mohawk's Preferred Trot

on 02/11/2020 8:35 AM
The photo finish camera couldn’t separate On The Ropes and Perfetto leaving Monday’s $36,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park with two winners. The dead-heat finish came as Perfetto and trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen were able to reach up in the final strides to hit the wire at the exact same moment as On The Ropes and driver Jonathan Drury. The duo trotted the mile in 1:54...
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Trio of impressive winners in Hiteman Mem. divisions

on 02/10/2020 7:16 PM
Highlights of the Monday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway were three divisions of the first leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and four splits of second elimination round action in the Survivor Series for $5,000 male pacers.    American Trademark (Trace Tetrick) captured the first division of the Hiteman for green pacing horses in 1:55.1 over a track rated good, topping ...
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Palone directs Explosive Magic to Meadows win

on 02/10/2020 5:59 PM
Explosive Magic let Cherry Peep do the heavy lifting, then roared passed her in the lane to capture Monday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 conditioned trot.   Cherry Peep cut three-quarters in 1:58, a moderate tempo under ordinary circumstances but one that left her vulnerable on the sloppy surface. The pocket-sitting Explosive Magic and Dave Palone took full advantage, poun...
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Dan Patch awards dinner auction items now online

on 02/10/2020 3:52 PM
The Dan Patch Awards Dinner will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. The annual silent auction will be held in conjunction with the evening’s festivities. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Programs and U.S. Harness Writers Association industry outreach initiatives will benefit from the proceeds.   This year’s auction f...
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Mohawk Million payment due Tuesday, Feb. 18

on 02/10/2020 1:37 PM
The deadline to enter for a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park is approaching and several of the industry’s most prominent owners have submitted for a slot. “From the moment I learned of the Mohawk Million, I was immediately interested in participating,” said award-winning owner John Fielding, who signed his purchase agreement on Wednesday. “T...
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With $152k carryover, mandatory payout at Mohawk Saturday

on 02/10/2020 1:10 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be held this Saturday (Feb. 15). Jackpot Hi-5 wagering has been suspended for the remainder of the week until Saturday’s mandatory payout. The carryover heading into the mandatory payout is $152,060.29. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park to...
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Southwind Amazon, Carolina Beach, Windsong Leo face off

on 02/10/2020 11:05 AM
The best pacers in the Midwest compete in the $16,000 Open Pace on Monday (February 10) at MGM Northfield Park. Southwind Amazon is the 2-1 slight favorite over 5-2 Carolina Beach and 3-1 Windsong Leo in the evening’s featured ninth race. Southwind Amazon enters the race off two wins in a row against Northfiled’s Open competition.  He has won three of four starts already...
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Darn Tootn Hanover takes PcD mare feature

on 02/10/2020 8:31 AM
The Game Of Claims Pacing Series, which will offer rich paydays to those who can claim the throne as best in the respective price divisions, continued on Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with two sections each of first round preliminaries, offering $7500 for $7500 claimers and $10,000 for $10,000-tagged horses.   Remarkably, six of the eleven horses in the $10,000 action w...
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Hilary Barry N fastest in Owens series

on 02/09/2020 7:44 PM
Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) stamped herself as the favorite in the George “Red” Owens Memorial series for green pacing fillies and mares, winning the quickest of three first round divisions on Sunday (Feb. 9) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The late closer is limited to non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime and attracted 27 nominations. Heavily favored Hilary Ba...
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Davidson du Pont tops Face Time Bourbon in Paris

on 02/09/2020 1:14 PM
Davidson du Pont, the runner-up in the Prix d’Amerique, got his revenge on d’Amerique winner Face Time Bourbon in the Prix de France on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Vincennes track in Paris.   Trainer Jean-Michel Bazire put himself in the sulky of Davidson du Pont and put his horse in position to win the 2,100-meter race (600 meters—or .37 miles shorter--than the d’Ame...
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