2020 Hambletonian set for Aug. 8; elims Aug. 1

on 12/18/2019 8:02 PM
The milestone 95th Hambletonian will be raced on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands.   Though traditionally scheduled on the first Saturday in August, every six years the event moves to the second Saturday, as is the case in 2020. The Meadowlands has been the longest-running host track of America’s Classic Trotting event, having staged the race for the last 38 years s...
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Tetrick talks about "cool" trip to Finland

on 12/18/2019 3:48 PM
One might expect a trip to the Arctic Circle to be nothing less than really cool. And that’s how Tim Tetrick described his journey to Finland for the first Arctic Horse Race competition at Mantyvaara racetrack in Rovaniemi.   Tetrick returned home to New Jersey on Tuesday night following a weeklong stay in Finland. He finished third in the Arctic Horse Race event, highlighted by...
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Canada's O'Brien Award finalists announced

on 12/18/2019 3:01 PM
The ballots have been tabulated and on Wednesday Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2019 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season.   There are two finalists in each of the categories which includes 12 divisional horse categories and five people awards. Horse of the Year will be one of the divisional champions. &nb...
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OHHA announces new Huston-hosted podcast

on 12/18/2019 2:29 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) unveiled the first in a new series of podcasts, Top of the Stretch. Top of the Stretch will be hosted by “The Voice” Roger Huston, brand ambassador for the OHHA.   The podcasts will feature updates on the harness racing industry, focusing on Ohio. There will also be features on drivers, trainers and others asso...
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Record Pick 4 pool pays out at Pompano

on 12/18/2019 9:40 AM
With a carryover of almost $16,000 in Pompano Park's Pick 4 going into the Tuesday night program, a $75,000 guaranteed pool and an industry low 12 percent takeout, interest spanned throughout North America with a record pool of $102,666 being the final total for the track's "Send It In" feature wager. When all was said and done, 18 winning 50-cent tickets were tall...
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Last call for Caretaker of Year nominations

on 12/18/2019 8:35 AM
With a deadline of Friday, Dec. 20, there are only a few days left to submit nominations for the 2019 Caretaker of the Year. The award, sponsored by Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   With the dead...
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Brennan wins 4 to dead heat with Bartlett

on 12/18/2019 8:34 AM
Yonkers Raceway concluded its 2019 calendar Tuesday night with a season-long dead heat.   George Brennan won four of the closing-night’s 11 races—all with wagering favorites—and in doing so caught the idle Jason Bartlett with 427 local wins.   Historians were trying to determine if there had been a leading-driver deadlock previously, but couldn&rsquo...
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Hall wins 6,000th, Latest Desire upsets at Meadows

on 12/17/2019 5:35 PM
Tony Hall collected career win 6,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted Blooming Sunflower to victory in the ninth race. Hall reached the milestone with three Tuesday wins, all for trainer Cory Kreiser.   Hall, 41, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he began his career and won several driving titles. He moved from Lebanon to Northfield Park and relocated to The ...
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Free chance Saturday at Big M for WHHC

on 12/17/2019 4:04 PM
This Saturday, Dec. 21, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is hosting a free handicapping contest with the Grand Prize of a $1,300 seat into the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.   The free handicapping contest is open to all patrons on Saturday and there is no fee to enter.   Fans may register up until 7:15 p.m. on the night of the contest...
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Jazmin Arnold named Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/17/2019 2:42 PM
After a spectacular season in the sulky, Jazmin “The Little Flower” Arnold was unanimously named the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) National Amateur of the Year. She now joins “Hurricane" Hannah Miller as only the second woman to earn this prestigious honor. In her first full season driving harness horses, to say that the diminutive miss posted exce...
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Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory Saturday at Mohawk

on 12/17/2019 1:06 PM
Woodbine Entertainment Tuesday announced a mandatory payout on the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 for this Saturday, Dec. 21, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 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 will be $180,992.59. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbi...
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Hawthorne's Tom Carey dies at 87

on 12/17/2019 12:41 PM
Hawthorne Race Course patriarch, Thomas F. Carey, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the age of 87 in Florida. Mr. Carey was a key figure in enabling Arlington Park to complete its 1985 live meeting after a catastrophic fire. In an interview with Jim O'Donnell, writer for the suburban Chicago Daily Herald, Arlington chairman emeritus Dick Duchossis said of Mr. Carey, "He w...
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Meadows honoring best of 2019

on 12/17/2019 10:52 AM
On Saturday, Dec. 28, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor the track’s top horses of 2019 at the annual “Day of Champions.”   During the live card, which begins at 1:05 PM, the connections of winners in 12 divisions will be presented with awards. Winners of Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year&n...
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Sorella announces Jimmy Freight 2YO $100K race

on 12/17/2019 10:13 AM
Woodbine Entertainment on Tuesday announced a partnership with owner Adriano Sorella to launch the Jimmy Freight Stakes in 2023, an event restricted to 2 year olds sired by Jimmy Freight.   The new event will have a purse of $100,000, posted by Sorella, and be held at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2023 on a date to be determined. Foals from mares bred to Jimmy Freight, who stands at Wi...
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WIJI, Wakizashi in action Thursday at Dover

on 12/17/2019 9:26 AM
Superstars, Wiggle It Jiggleit  and Wakizashi Hanover both return to the races on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Dover Downs. The 7-year-old Wiggle It Jiggleit, a winner of over $3.9 million during his career, is one of two millionaires in the field along with Dealt A Winner, looks to make amends for his seventh-place finish in a $25,000 Open Pace last Thursday at Dover. Coming out of the s...
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The Meadows' Super Hi-5 pool cracks $100,000

on 12/17/2019 9:22 AM
The Super Hi-5 jackpot at The Meadows has crashed through the $100,000 barrier.   Thanks to another carryover, Tuesday’s jackpot stands at $101,806.41, the first six-figure jackpot in the history of the wager at The Meadows. The track offers the Super Hi-5 on the final race of each live card.   First post for Tuesday’s 13-race program is 1:05 p.m. (MSOA)
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Jimmy's Little Girl takes series leg

on 12/16/2019 7:54 PM
Jimmy's Little Girl found herself in unfamiliar territory when forced to move three wide near the three-quarters. But she was up to the task as she captured her second straight leg — and third consecutive win overall — in Tuesday's Holiday Series for $10,000 claiming filly and mare pacers Monday at The Meadows.   The series concludes Friday, Dec. 30, with a champio...
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Hat tricks for Millers, Trevor Smith

on 12/16/2019 7:21 PM
Both LeWayne Miller and Trevor Smith scored 'hat tricks' at Hollywood Dayton on Monday afternoon during the 14-race matinee, as did leading driver Brett Miller.    LeWayne Miller started the program off on the right foot sweeping both halves of the early daily double.  In the first race, he guided Imacowboy Casanova to a startling upset, paying $60.20 for a $2 win ti...
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More than 300 attend open house at

on 12/16/2019 7:15 PM
A record crowd of more than 300 people from eight states and provinces attended the Christmas Open House on December 15 hosted by, horse racing’s fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Sixty-three yearlings driven by some of the country’s best reinsmen were showcased in ten sets during a four-hour live...
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Can Bartlett hold off Brennan at Yonkers?

on 12/16/2019 2:25 PM
By the time December comes around, the driving and training titles at Yonkers Raceway are usually sewn up. After nearly 11 months of racing and over 2,000 starts by the track’s leading drivers, there is typically little left to be settled in the meet’s final weeks. By December 1, 2018, Jason Bartlett had a 104-win edge on Jordan Stratton. In 2017, Bartlett came into the stretch of th...
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