Categories

Saratoga Hall of Fame honors new members

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame honored one horseman and two horses during the 30th annual induction ceremonies at the museum on Tuesday night, June 14. Trainer-driver Frank Coppola Jr. and pacing mares Quick Comeonover and Bo Scott’s Horn were inducted in front of a packed crowd.   Coppola has 4,697 lifetime wins and more than $14 million in career driving earnings. He is best known as...
Read More

Mystician tackles NA Cup consolation

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jeff Gillis told harnessracing.com Thursday that he will be keeping a close watch Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack on Mystician, his millionaire pacer who finished a fading seventh in the North America Cup elimination won by Big Bad John. Rather than racing for $1.5 million, the Camluck colt starts in the $100,000 Cup Consolation and is 7-2 from the rail with Jody Jamieson in the bi...
Read More

Eisman dreams of a Dutch Richman NA Cup

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Forgive Michigan-based Harvey Eisman if he is dreaming just a bit of becoming a “rich man” Saturday night at Mohawk as the longtime owner shares ownership of Dutch Richman, who drew post nine in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup final. A 30-1 longshot on the morning-line, Dutch Richman barely made into the rich contest after posting a dead heat, third-place finish in the last of three ...
Read More

Stanley Cup winner Savard hopes for NA Cup

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Serge Savard, the former Montréal Canadiens standout defenseman and general manager, is looking to add a different kind of "Cup’"to his collection on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The 65-year-old Savard has his name engraved on the Stanley Cup eight times as a player, but he’s hoping to add his name to the list of winners of the Pepsi North America Cup, the continent’s richest ...
Read More

Western Fair grandstand to get upgrade

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
On Thursday officials at Western Fair Association announced an ambitious long term strategic plan that will see $30 million spent on improvements to the facility including the historic half-mile racetrack. Changes to the racing component of Western Fair will see the infield converted into parking space with an underground pedestrian access to the grandstand and slot facility.   The ...
Read More

Yonkers Raceway's casino to be expanded

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (IDA) have finalized the terms of an agreement that will help secure the continued viability of the City’s largest employer, while creating much-needed jobs and increasing funding for the City of Yonkers. The agreement must be approved by the IDA Board.   The addition of 66,000 square feet of space, which...
Read More

Fox Valley Touche tops Filly Maywood Pace

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
The first of Maywood Park’s signature events takes place on Friday, June 17th as a field of nine Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing fillies will be on display in the $101,000 Filly Maywood Pace. Carded as race nine on a busy 14-race program, which also includes three eliminations for next Friday’s $131,000 Maywood Pace for the colts, this test is headlined by Paula Smith &...
Read More

Harness Eye analysis available for NA Cup card

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Harness Eye managing editor Derick Giwner has pored through the Mohawk Racetrack program pages for Saturday night's Pepsi North America Cup program, and video analysis for the North America Cup, Goodtimes, Elegantimage and Fan Hanover can be found on www.harnesscharts.com.   Also, FREE full card analysis for Mohawk’s Saturday card is available by clicking the following link: http://www.ha...
Read More

Jody Jamieson talks about Up The Credit

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Jody Jamieson may have captured his Pepsi North America Cup elimination last Saturday with Up The Credit, but WEG’s leading driver says there is no standout in the field for the $1.5 million final set for Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk.   Jamieson drives Up The Credit for his father, Carl, who trains the brown son of Western Terror. After his colt’s off-the-pace victory in a 1:50....
Read More

PASS for filly pacers at Chester

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies, each worth $69,704, and a trotting Open Handicap worth $70,000 were contested at Harrah's Chester on Friday after noon. In other action,  Mystery Photo equaled the world record for 4-year-old trotting geldings on a five-eighths mile oval when he scored in 1:52.3.In the first PASS division, Mortgage Paid gra...
Read More

Ohio reaches deal with Penn National

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich announced late Friday afternoon that an agreement has been reached with Penn National Gaming Inc., in which Penn would pay Ohio $110 million over 10 years, and Ohio's Commercial Activity Tax would be applied to Penn's wagers minus payouts, instead of on wagers only.   The agreement with Penn comes in the wake of a similar agreement with Rock Ohio Caesars, LLC (...
Read More

Yonkers features to TJ's Mr. Lavec, Ramona Dissoma

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
TJ's Mr. Lavec (Jason Bartlett) skimmed the cones Friday night to win Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $43,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Leaving from post position six, TJ's Mr. Lavec was nowhere to be found early as Coach Fox (Larry Stalbaum) was a horse on a mission. He vaulted through intervals of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:24.1, with 19-10 choice Flex The Muscle (Jeff Gregory) chasing from t...
Read More

Elleofnxample's 1:52.2 takes Scioto mare pace

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Elleofnxample won the featured Fillies and Mares Open for pacers at Scioto Downs on Friday night in a sizzling 1:52.2, defeating TT’s Little Lass and Shell I Attack.   Dan Noble, the track’s leading driver, steered the 5-year-old for leading trainer Virgil Morgan Jr and Gerrie Tucker of Quebec. The daughter of N Xample out of Farline Hanover by Big Towner was making her first start for ...
Read More

Sevruga wins 4 straight at the Big M

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Sevruga rolled to his fourth straight victory in the $15,000 second division of The Magician Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.After starting from post 10, Sevruga went straight to the lead and pulled away to win by 3 ½ lengths in 1:54.3. It was his second win in The Magician series for 3-year-old trotters and fourth in five starts this season.“It was tough from the get-go," said driver Jim...
Read More

TJ's Mr Lavec takes Yonkers trot Features

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
T J's Mr. Lavec (Jason Bartlett) skimmed the cones Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $43,000 Open Handicap Trot.Leaving from post position No. 6,  T J's Mr. Lavec was nowhere to be found early as Coach Fox (Larry Stalbaum) was a horse on a mission. He vaulted through intervals of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:24.1, with 19-10 choice Flex the Muscle (Jeff Gregory) chasing from the pocke...
Read More

Freddyscooter wins Hoosier open

on 06/16/2011 2:00 AM
Freddyscooter and Trace Tetrick looked impressive in their return to the track Wednesday, June 15, winning the $24,000 Open Pace in a time of 1:52.0 over a slightly damp track. The win was the second of the season for the six-year-old I Scoot Hanover gelding who had not raced since May 25, 2011.Starting from post seven in the seven-horse lineup, Freddyscooter showed little speed early, opting to f...
Read More

Anthonyskywalker dominates at Balmoral

on 06/16/2011 2:00 AM
South Of The Tracks Racing’s Anthonyskywalker continued the impressive start to his sophomore season on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as he knocked off eight other Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old trotting colts in wire to wire fashion to take the $9,000 Mikes A Mystery Stake. Taking full advantage of the inside starting spot driver-trainer Homer Hochstetler charged away from...
Read More

'Senior Statesman' strikes at Pompano

on 06/16/2011 2:00 AM
He may be the most senior competitor in the driving colony these days at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park but 71 year old Veral Bowman is also among the most successful.After recent top class wins training and driving with his stable member D'Artagnan, Bowman was at his crafty best again on the Wednesday, June 15 program. He executed a perfect off the pace score with $6,000 claiming pacer Arts ...
Read More

Ohio Tracks React To Slots Approval

on 06/16/2011 2:00 AM
Ohio track operators have begun looking toward the future following Gov. John Kasich’s announcement Wednesday of an agreement that includes allowing slot machines at the state’s seven racetracks. Although the news was met with open arms by Northfield Park chief operating officer Tom Aldrich, who said he had a shovel ready to begin the process, Lebanon Raceway president John Carlo was...
Read More

Penn National out at Maryland Jockey Club

on 06/16/2011 2:00 AM
Penn National Gaming Inc. announced on Thursday that has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its joint venture interest in the Maryland Jockey Club to Stron-MJC Limited Partnership. As announced by MI Developments Inc., Penn National's joint venture partner, an affiliate of MI Developments Inc. will also transfer its interest in the Maryland Jockey Club to an affiliate of St...
Read More