Marean, Sorella win USHWA President's Awards

on 01/06/2020 1:12 PM
Don Marean, one of the strongest advocates for harness racing in the state of Maine for going on three decades, and Adriano Sorella, an Ontario advertising executive who is also looking to put harness racing in a more positive light, have been selected for President’s Awards by Shawn Wiles, top officer of the United States Harness Racing Association (USHWA), the sport’s leading media...
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Make hotel reservations now for Dan Patch dinner

on 01/06/2020 12:43 PM
The names of the 2019 award winners have been announced so it’s time to make room reservations at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., for the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23.   If you are planning to attend the gala festivities that will honor the best equines and humans in the sport in 2019, roo...
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Bllack Hole named Ohio's 3CP of Year

on 01/06/2020 12:41 PM
Bllack Hole started the racing season in July as he recovered from surgery, but that didn’t slow him down on his way to winning six of seven starts to become the 2019 Ohio 3-year-old pacing colt of the year.   Bllack Hole, the son of Mr Apples-Feel The Thunder by Modern Art earned $226,948 for his owner, Clarence Foulk’s L & L Stables. Also trained by Foulk of Springfi...
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Brennan reflects on Yonkers tie with Bartlett

on 01/06/2020 11:41 AM
Entering the penultimate night of racing at Yonkers in the 2019 season, Jason Bartlett led George Brennan in the driver standings 423 to 420. The Dec. 16 program saw the drivers combine for six wins on the 11-race program and at the end of the night, Jason Bartlett extended his margin to 4, leading with 427 victories.   However, Bartlett would be absent from the Closing Night program, Tue...
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Wagering, purses show increase in US in '19

on 01/06/2020 11:15 AM
Total handle, purses, wagering per race and per betting interest in the United States all increased while the number of race days decreased slightly in 2019 compared to 2018.   Total wagering increased by $48,525,862 (3.53 percent) from $1,376,360,696 in 2018 to $1,424,886,558 in 2019.   On average, the amount bet per race in 2019 was $39,991, a 4.54 percent increase from $...
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Meadowlands handle increased 26% in 2019

on 01/06/2020 9:39 AM
The Meadowlands 2019 handle was a mixed bag. The amount bet on Meadowlands races was up significantly while the wagering on imported signals at the facility continued to decline.   The amount wagered on The Meadowlands exported signal swelled to $216,983,907 over 90 dates for an average of $2.4 million, a 26-percent increase over the 2018 total of $172,445,226 (86 dates/average $...
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Bercury barn finishes 2019 with .580 UTR

on 01/06/2020 9:28 AM
New Year’s morning in Slippery Rock, southwestern Pennsylvania. The weak early light barely picks up the two figures approaching a barn. Horsenappers? Holiday revelers hung over and lost?   The barn door bursts open, and Bill Bercury and his wife Renee shower their horses with treats, then serenade them with a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”   Most in the Stan...
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CHHA stallion auction begins Thursday, January 30

on 01/06/2020 8:27 AM
CHHA Stallion Auction will run from Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1, 2020. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion or a breeding you own but do not plan to use. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit Breeding donation forms are available to download from our website at
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Endeavor captures Meadowlands Saturday feature

on 01/05/2020 12:49 AM
 It was about two months ago when the Jeff Cullipher-trained Endeavor pulled off an 11-1 upset in the Nov. 10, $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Maryland’s Rosecroft Raceway, defeating some tough customers such as Dealt A Winner, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover and Courtly Choice. After that, he failed to hit the wire first in his next four outings, but Saturday night ...
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Solid win for Granite at Miami Valley

on 01/04/2020 11:02 PM
Granite, the ultra-consistent 7-year-old son of Real Desire, paced the fastest mile of the meet thus far winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.4.  The Ken Rucker-trainee won seven races and finished in the money on 24 of 35 occasions in 2019, banking $150,365 for The Panhellenic Stable.  Lifetime, Granite now has 28 victories from 126 starts...
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Pappy Go Go wins Big M feature on $3 million night

on 01/04/2020 4:38 AM
Wagering at the Meadowlands has been on the increase in recent weeks, with last Saturday’s $2.913 million the biggest number during the recently-concluded 2019 Fall Meeting. On Friday night at the Big M, on the second day of the 2020 Winter Meeting, betting surpassed the magic $3-million mark, with all-source wagering that totaled $3,069,967. Play was consistent throughout the...
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Miami Valley kicks off 2020 with 40-1 upset in feature

on 01/03/2020 11:00 PM
Miami Valley Raceway rang in the New Year on Friday with a stellar Opening Night card, a large and enthusiastic live crowd of racing fans and a best-ever Opening Night handle.  The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather as the 14 races were contested over a sloppy race track and through intermittent night-long rain showers.    Highlight of the initial 2020 pro...
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Greenshoe tops Gimpanzee 123-22 for Dan Patch

on 01/03/2020 7:27 PM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Greenshoe, who was the highest money-winning trotter in North America during 2019, had the largest margin of victory among six trotters elected to Dan Patch Award divisional honors in year-end voting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association, the sport’s top media organization, and the American Harness Racing Secretaries.   The trott...
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Dan Patch pacing award winners announced

on 01/03/2020 7:23 PM
None of the six pacing divisional winners for the 2019 Dan Patch Awards were able to garner all the votes in their division, but three came close – pacing mare Shartin N and 3-year-old filly Warrawee Ubeaut were selected on all but two ballots and 3-year-old colt Bettor’s Wish saw only three votes go against him.   The remaining pacing divisional winners were 2-year-old co...
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Kikimora Ohio's 2YO Filly Trotter of Year

on 01/03/2020 1:14 PM
Named after a female house spirit in Slavic mythology, Kikimora is the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.   Kikimora, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar–Nessa Rose by Chip Chip Hooray, won three of her nine starts and finished second in three other races for owner-trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Sandra Burnett.  Kikimora earned $210,196 in 2019. Kikimora won ...
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NYSS finals set for International Trot card at Yonkers

on 01/03/2020 12:53 PM
The racing schedule and updated conditions for the 2020 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) racing season were approved Monday (Dec. 30) at a meeting of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees. The NYSS racing season will open on Tuesday, May 5, at Yonkers Raceway with 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters and provide eight legs for all eight divisions of 2 and 3 year ol...
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HHYF/USHWA seeking silent auction items

on 01/03/2020 11:42 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) and U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) are seeking items for its Silent Auction that will be held at the Dan Patch Awards banquet--Night of Champions on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. Donations of unique one-of-a-kind items, vacation packages, vintage memorabilia, themed gift baskets and/or gift certificates for ind...
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Woodbine posts highest Standardbred handle in history for '19

on 01/03/2020 10:42 AM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced that the 2019 Standardbred season produced a record all-sources handle of $364,639,490, the highest in Woodbine Standardbred history. “This was our first full year of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and it proved to be very successful,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “We look forward to building off of our succes...
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NY Breeders awards for 2020 approved

on 01/03/2020 9:22 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees has approved $1 million in Breeders Awards for the upcoming 2020 season. In addition, New York Sire Stakes Breeders Awards earned for the 2019 racing season, which also total $1 million, will be mailed to the recipients in the month of January. The Breeders Awards program provides rewards for each level o...
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Buter triples at Meadowlands

on 01/03/2020 7:33 AM
After 2019 saw him crack the Top 10 in the standings at the top venue in the sport, driver Tyler Buter no doubt had a resolution to win even more races at the Meadowlands during 2020. He’s off to a good start.   Buter, who had a career-best $5.6 million in earnings a year ago, scored three times on the Thursday program to get his Winter Meeting at the mile oval off to a goo...
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