Longtime Ohio owner Ken Sommer dies at 97

on 02/09/2020 12:05 PM
Longtime racehorse owner Kenneth Sommer, who kept horses with trainers including Virgil Morgan Jr. and Gregg McNair, died on Friday, Jan. 31. He was 97. In 2019 he won the Ohio Sires Stakes championship for 2-year-old colt trotters with his homebred Action Uncle 2, 1:54 ($225,575).   Mr. Sommer, of Sheffield Village, Ohio, was born to Evan Albert and Laura (nee Fer...
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Trump Nation rules in Big M Preferred

on 02/09/2020 5:01 AM
Trump Nation benefitted from aggressive Yannick Gingras handling Saturday night to take the $37,500 featured Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N was in a first-turn scrum with Sicily and Endeavor and raced second while parked to the quarter as Sicily led in a snappy :26.2. Trump Nation then sped to the top, but led onl...
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Fan Of Terror takes Miami Valley feature

on 02/09/2020 4:58 AM
After a winless month of January, Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) returned to his winning ways on Saturday night (Feb. 8) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 8-year-old Western Terror gelding, whose 18 victories in 2019 fell just one short of being the most in the country, captured the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52 despite being saddled with a second tier start in the full field of ten of the Midwest&rsquo...
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YR features to Jack's Legend N, Swansea

on 02/09/2020 4:54 AM
Popular propositions Jack’s Legend N (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) and Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $2.70) did not disappoint Saturday night (Feb. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $40,000 Open Handicaps.   Jack’s Legend N took down the weekly adult-table pace in first-over fashion. From post position No. 3 (in one notch after a defection), he saw Tookadiveoffdipper (B...
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Santana Beach edges Catch The Wave in Buffalo

on 02/08/2020 9:56 PM
It was hardly 'beach' weather in Western New York on a frigid Saturday night (Feb. 8) but Santana Beach (David McNeight III) topped the ticket in a 'tropical trifecta' by scoring the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace.   Santana Beach ($5.90) registered a neck win over Catch The Wave (Jim McNeight Jr.) in 1:56.3 while&nb...
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The Big Muscle posts sixth straight win

on 02/08/2020 9:22 PM
The Preferred Handicap Trot and the Preferred Handicap Pace served as the co-features on the 13-race Freehold Raceway card on Saturday (February 8). One proved a tale of continued dominance, another was an underdog story.   The Big Muscle won his sixth start in a row in the Preferred Handicap trot, scoring as the 8/5 favorite for new connections. Driver Pat Berry put his drive where h...
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Pocono opens; 18 claims in series

on 02/08/2020 9:19 PM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono opened on Saturday night, the earliest seasonal start in the 55 years of racing at the track, but while the temperature hung around the freezing mark, the competition on the oval was hot, mainly in the first preliminary leg of two sections of the track’s Game Of Claims Pacing Series.   Action for horses entered at various claiming prices, with thr...
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Dr. Andy Roberts opposes Horseracing Act

on 02/08/2020 2:57 PM
In his Op-Ed in Saturday’s (Feb. 8) Star-Ledger/, “Vets want what’s best for the horse, not their pocketbooks,” Veterinarian Dr. Andy Roberts explains that he, like every veterinarian in America, took an oath of practice to protect animal health and welfare. He says that for politicians to claim that thousands of equine veterinarians are violating this oath by op...
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Des Smith Classic returning to Rideau calendar

on 02/08/2020 7:43 AM
A premier event for aged pacers, the Des Smith Classic, which was contested at Rideau Carleton from 1982-2012 producing classic champions such as Coal Harbor, Apaches Fame, Artsplace, Staying Together, Riyadh, Lis Mara and most recently Betterthancheddar, is back on the calendar for 2020. This year, the event will be resurrected and contested on Sunday, Aug. 16, for an estimated purse of $75,...
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Kaitlyn N goes last to first at Yonkers

on 02/08/2020 6:34 AM
A last-to-first Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) picked off her four rivals Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Watching from the outside post position in the quintet, favored Kaitlyn N was at the rear as Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) led through early intervals of :27.3 and :57.2.  Pole-sitter Wishy Washy Girl (Joe Bongiorno) was...
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Big payoffs for new Big M betting menu

on 02/08/2020 6:29 AM
 A new post time of 6:55 p.m. and new betting choices highlighted the action at the Meadowlands Friday night, and despite no horse paying off at double-digit odds through the first nine races, the payoffs for the 20-cent Pick-5, 20-cent Pick-6 and Early 50-cent Pick-4 were all extremely attractive. The Pick-5, which saw its base bet decrease from 50 cents, saw a typical pool ...
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Checks On The Way scores at Miami Valley

on 02/07/2020 10:16 PM
Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) destroyed a field of classy distaffers in the $24,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (Feb. 7).  Her 1:51.2 clocking, in her first start back after a two-month break, was two full seconds faster than any of the previous five Friday night features thus far in the meet.   Tetrick, confident the 5-year-old daughter of Believein...
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Ehrgott earns trip to handicapping final

on 02/07/2020 10:14 PM
Retired air traffic controller Dean Ehrgott earned his first trip to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship by a total of 40 cents.   For Ehrgott, it wasn’t so much feeling as if he were awaiting the result of a tight photo finish, but more like sweating out a protracted stewards’ inquiry before the 59-year-old married father of four wa...
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Mister Spot A takes Meadows feature

on 02/07/2020 7:42 PM
Mister Spot A dogged the leader, Yankee Roller A, for more than one-half mile, put him away in the lane and went on to capture Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $16,500 Conditioned Pace.   Yankee Roller A looked sharp early in his domestic debut but could not endure the relentless pressure of Mister Spot A, who scored in 1:54.1 in the slop. Do Work Son was second, a length back, ...
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Northville Downs signs lease to race through 2024

on 02/07/2020 7:31 PM
 Northville Downs management is pleased to announce a long-term lease has been signed to operate at our current location in Northville through 2024. We look forward to a bright future which keeps us steadfast on leading the way to bring positive changes to the racing industry in Michigan. We will continue working with our legislators and our regulators towards a brighter future for all o...
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FSBOA gets contract extension for racing at Pompano

on 02/07/2020 10:47 AM
While a lawsuit challenging Eldorado Resorts' plan to play host to jai alai at its Pompano Beach, Fla., racetrack, and eliminate harness racing, is in the hands of a judge, the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA)  has secured a one-year extension of its contract with Eldorado. That means harness racing will continue at the track through 2021.   "We...
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A laughing matter: Time Out I'm Tired

on 02/07/2020 10:25 AM
Janine McIlvain laughs when discussing the names of her family’s racehorses. That’s exactly what Janine’s daughter Leigh intended. Leigh was a teenager when she began naming the family’s horses some number of years ago. It was her love of horses as a young girl that had helped prompt Janine’s father, Bill Mears, and Janine’s husband, Bob, to invest in their...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/06/2020 4:08 PM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raid the state’s Race Horse Development Fund of more than $200 million and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Kathy Parker looks at the situation and the effect it would have on horse racing. Read what trainer John Butenschoen said would be the impact he would feel if racing was decimated by this action.   Kathy also talked to ...
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Burke Stable offering unique pair sale at Blooded Horse

on 02/06/2020 3:07 PM
To paraphrase horse owner Mark Weaver, everything old is new again. Weaver, part of the Weaver Bruscemi partnership that owns horses with trainer Ron Burke, is resurrecting the practice of offering two horses — at the same time — for sale at auction.   On Tuesday, 4-year-old female trotters Matterlei and Wildfire Seelster will be sold as hip numbers 120B and 120A, respecti...
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Horseman Calvin LaQuan Harris, 25, dies

on 02/06/2020 11:49 AM
Horseman Calvin LaQuan Harris, 25, died Feb. 2. Born on May 9, 1994, Mr. Harris resided in Forest, Miss. Growing up with a love of horses, he learned the sport of harness racing from his uncle, Chad Parker. Mr. Harris started his career by grooming for various stables and then going on to earn his trainer/driver license. Racing at tracks such as Thunder Ridge, Bluegrass Downs, and Red Mi...
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