Ana Fleet N wins Preferred on foggy night at the Big M

on 12/13/2020 7:47 AM
On a Saturday evening that looked more like a scene out of the Stephen King novel “The Mist” than a night at the races, Ana Afreet N came blazing out of the pocket to gun down American History in the $28,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers at The Meadowlands. The weather was anything but cooperative for what was supposed to be a 13-race card, as after the first race where the h...
Read More

Longtime USHWA member Frank Glasso dies at 98

on 12/12/2020 9:32 PM
Frank A. Glasso, 98, a lifetime resident of Rome N.Y., who was a member of the U.S. Harness Writers for 55 years and an USHWA Director for 16 years, passed away at home on Nov. 5.   A son of Italian immigrants who took many trips back to his parents’ homeland (frequently visiting the “original” Rome), Mr. Glasso graduated from Rome Free Academy, then enjoyed...
Read More

Stratosphere flies high in Batavia closing feature

on 12/12/2020 9:30 PM
The curtain came down on the 2020 racing meet at Batavia Downs on Saturday but not before Stratosphere captured the final $9,600 Open pace featured race on a mild December night.  Driver Drew Monti sent Stratosphere off the wings and took a lead he would not relinquish. With the field in single file fashion, Stratosphere went to the quarter in :28.1 and then backed the half down to ...
Read More

GD Western Joe, Brett Miller star Saturday at Dayton

on 12/12/2020 9:28 PM
A pair of ultra-consistent performers shared the spotlight at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday.  One was GD Western Joe who won the $18,400 Open Pace in 1:50.2.  The other was driver Brett Miller, who notched six victories on the card to increase his meet leading total to 113.    Driver Chris Page wrestled GD Western Joe into the two-hole behind Tellmeaboutit (Tyler Sm...
Read More

Hall of Fame race secretary Joe DeFrank dies

on 12/12/2020 9:24 PM
Harness racing Hall of Famer Joe DeFrank died Saturday, Dec. 12. He was 87. Growing up in Holley, N.Y., Mr. DeFrank fell in love with harness racing at nearby Batavia Downs. That is where he met his mentor and longtime friend, Don D’Andrea, who recommended him to the late Hall of Famer Jim Lynch that Mr. DeFrank be given a chance to be an assistant in the race office at Hillia...
Read More

JL Cruze takes top trot Friday at Meadowlands

on 12/12/2020 6:44 AM
It’s been five years since JL Cruze became the first trotter to break the 1:50 barrier at The Meadowlands, and while the 9-year-old Eric Ell trainee may have lost a step or two over the years, he once again found his way to the mile-oval’s winner’s circle Friday night in the featured $20,000 high-end conditioned trot. After getting gunned down a week ago when encou...
Read More

Miss You N best in Dayton Mares Open

on 12/11/2020 9:03 PM
Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) was her normal impressive self in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's top race on Friday, the $16,100 Mares Open Pace.  It was the 6-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar's seventh visit to the winner's circle in her last eight starts.  The feature race was sandwiched by two other top condition events for distaff pacers and their results were even mor...
Read More

Meadows to continue racing

on 12/11/2020 8:56 PM
The following statement was issued by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) following the announcement that Pennsylvania’s casinos will be closed until Jan. 4.   As most of you know, Governor Wolf has implemented severe restrictions on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania until January 4, 2021. The Meadows Casino, by government directive, will close on De...
Read More

Harrah’s Hoosier Park 2021 dates approved

on 12/11/2020 5:37 PM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 2021 live racing dates during their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10. Offering 160-days of live harness racing, the 2021 racing season will begin on Friday, March 26 and extend through Saturday, Dec. 4. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 28th ...
Read More

Macadoodledoo blazes to Meadows victory

on 12/11/2020 5:35 PM
Macadoodledoo threw down a sizzling :54.3 back half but still was all out late to secure his victory in Friday’s $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Macadoodledoo zipped to the front from post 4 for Ronnie Wrenn Jr. but couldn’t draw away from Carolina Beach and Rock Candy, stalking from second and third, respectively. But Rock Candy’s Lightning Lane ch...
Read More

Harmon sweeps Philly Friday trotting features

on 12/11/2020 5:32 PM
A quartet of $11,200 featured events for younger horses, two on the pace and two on the trot, topped the Friday afternoon action at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with trainer Rob Harmon sweeping the trotting top classes.   In the first of the trotting headliners, Itsonlymoneyhoney overcame some recent bad luck and held off the late charge of favored Protostar by a length to reduce...
Read More

Leading Canadian trainer Bill Robinson dies at 74

on 12/11/2020 1:19 PM
One of the most prolific trainers in Canadian harness racing history, William 'Bill' George Robinson of Caledonia, Ont. passed away on Friday, Dec. 11, at the age of 74. Mr. Robinson didn't come from a horse racing background, getting involved with racing after going in on a $1,500 claiming horse with a bunch of friends with working at a local Firestone factory. He eventua...
Read More

Mohawk Park carryover drama ends with $82K Pick-5 payout

on 12/11/2020 9:27 AM
Horseplayers experienced an eventful ride from start to finish on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park thanks to big upsets and the Pick-5 wager.   The Early Pick-5 started the evening in its usual slot of Race 1 and set the tone for a night of upsets and big payouts that hooked horseplayers for the duration of the 10-race card.   After a pair of mild upsets and a 5/2 s...
Read More

Winter Mixed entries due now

on 12/11/2020 9:25 AM
Tattersalls Sales Co. reminds prospective sellers that its Winter Mixed Sale, to be held Jan. 18 at the Meadowlands, is set to close, so entries should be submitted as soon as possible.   The sale, again to be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is the flagship sale for the company and its largest catalog of the year. It will be an in-person sale but “live” online bid...
Read More

Batavia Downs announces best of 2020

on 12/11/2020 9:22 AM
 As the 2020 Batavia Downs meet draws to a close on Saturday, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced the top human and equine performers for this past season.   These awards would normally be presented in the winner’s circle on the final night of racing during the annual UNY-USHWA Night of Distinction. However due to stat...
Read More

Apple Valley Art takes new mark in DSBF leg

on 12/10/2020 9:10 PM
Apple Valley Art ($4.20) took a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4 and claimed top honors in the second preliminary round of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Dec. 10) at Dover Downs.   The winner of the Harrington DSBF series earlier in the season, Apple Valley Art scored decisively in the second of two $20,000 divisions. Tim Tetrick...
Read More

Refined trots to third straight Open win

on 12/10/2020 6:33 PM
There's absolutely no doubt that the trotting mare Refined is in fine form.  The daughter of Uncle Peter, despite being handicapped to the outside of a talented full field, swept to her third Open class victory in her last four starts in 1:52.4 on Thursday (Dec. 10) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Sensing a torrid early pace, driver Brett Miller tucked Refined into the three-h...
Read More

Tetrick, Lorentzon team up to win

on 12/10/2020 6:30 PM
Driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and a pair of three-year-old trotting fillies, teamed up for off-the-pace victories in the twin $12,800 features at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. First up was the Conway Hall miss Sweet Heart As, who hadn’t raced in 28 days but nonetheless was ready to capitalize on a second-over trip to win in 1:56.2, three-quarter...
Read More

New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/10/2020 4:04 PM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Tom Cancelliere gives his take on Ruthless Hanover, who turns heads last weekend at the Meadowlands with a big 1:48.4 victory. Across the river at Yonkers, trainer Tom Fanning looks for some Friday night repeats with Mississippi Storm and Betting Exchange.   Also, Joe Riad may have bought his first horse just a couple months a...
Read More

Presents come early for Big M faithful

on 12/10/2020 1:58 PM
Temperatures may be falling, but many popular wagers at the Meadowlands have seen payoffs on the rise of late, much to the delight of those playing at the mile oval.   The 20-cent Pick-5 did not pay anything special – $141.10 – on Nov. 27, when the first three winners in the sequence went off at odds of 3-5, 8-5 and 5-2, but since then, it has been a big-payoff bonanza in ...
Read More