McWicked to retire following Saturday's TVG final

on 11/21/2019 2:17 PM
The richest pacing stallion in harness racing history, McWicked will make his final career start in the TVG Open Pace this Saturday at the Meadowlands. Trainer Casie Coleman told Standardbred Canada’s Trot Insider that owner Ed James made the decision to shut the 8 year old down on Thursday. "Ed phoned me just a bit ago and made his decision," said Coleman from her Florida ...
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USTA: RMTC does not represent Standardbreds

on 11/21/2019 1:24 PM
In an announcement from the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC) on Wednesday (Nov. 21) regarding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) administration time and intra-articular injections, that organization inaccurately portrayed their relationship with the U.S. Trotting Association when they stated that, “The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizati...
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Nominations open for Caretaker of the Year

on 11/21/2019 11:43 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Caretaker of the Year. The award, sponsored by Art Zubrod and Leah Cheverie’s 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.   Initially titled Groom of the ...
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Milton Smith, trainer of American Winner, dies

on 11/21/2019 11:25 AM
Milton Smith passed away on Nov. 20 at the Ohio Living Care Center in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Smith was 77 years old and lived in Grove City, Ohio.   In 1993, Mr. Smith was the trainer of American Winner who won the Hambletonian for owner Bob Key. Mr. Smith raced in Ohio and Pennsylvania for many years and loved the fairs, he was truly a jack-of-all-trades.   Mr. Smit...
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Courtly Choice retiring after TVG

on 11/21/2019 9:35 AM
Winbak Farm of New York is proud to announce that 2019 Canadian Pacing Derby Final Winner and Commodore Barry Invitational Winner, Courtly Choice, p, 2, 1:53.1h; 3, 1:47.1 -'18 ($1,342,254), will be the newest addition to its impressive 2020 lineup.   Courtly Choice will be retired after racing in the TVG Final on Saturday at The Meadowlands. “Winbak Farm is excited to ad...
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Captain Crunch wins Progress elim in 1:47.3

on 11/20/2019 9:14 PM
Captain Crunch ($5.80) rebounded from a break in last week’s Matron Stakes in a big way, pacing the fastest mile in the history of Dover Downs with a 1:47.3 score in Wednesday’s (Nov. 20) $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination. Captain Crunch and driver Yannick Gingras left from post five to clear U S Captain (Dexter Dunn) on approach to the first turn, and the pair travel...
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Lady London repeats to take Batavia distaff Open

on 11/20/2019 9:04 PM
Just to prove last week's 5-¾ length win was no fluke, Lady London moved up to the top class and wired the field again in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov.20). Driver Ray Fisher Jr. was decisive in strategy and repeated last weeks script; he left strong with Lady London and called out every quarter. They went :28 to the...
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Freshman filly pacers repeat in DSBF at Dover

on 11/20/2019 6:59 PM
The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund for two-year-old pacing fillies was contested in two $20,000 divisions as the daily double on the Wednesday evening (Nov. 20) card at Dover Downs. The first division was a repeat of last week, as Bag Of Jewels (Roddys Bags Again-Artist Jewels) led from start to finish in a lifetime record of 1:57.1 for driver Victor Kirby and...
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Sizzling Tetrick rolls a seven at Harrah's Philly

on 11/20/2019 6:55 PM
Driver Tim Tetrick continued his blistering form streak at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, winning seven of the day's twelve races to give him 22 victories during the last four cards in which he participated locally. Six of Tetrick's seven wins came on the front end, which went 10-for-12 on the day, but his win in the $16,000 co-featured trot with Grover Hanover did ...
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Delcrest Holiday repeats in Meadows feature

on 11/20/2019 6:52 PM
Delcrest Holiday stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture his second straight victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot.   Delcrest Holiday grabbed the early lead for Dave Palone but released Rising MVP in favor of the pocket. When Palone pointed him inside, Delcrest Holiday surged past Rising MVP to ...
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One favorite, one longshot in Saratoga features

on 11/20/2019 3:47 PM
The two divisions of the co-featured races for New York-sired trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel saw very different results on Wednesday as a favorite and a longshot prevailed. For the second consecutive week, John Stark Jr.’s It’s My Party (Chapter Seven) dominated the competition and rolled to a convincing win in her $10,700 race for trotters. It’s My Party went wire to wir...
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Mass. Commission recommends increase

on 11/20/2019 3:01 PM
At its Nov. 7 meeting, the Racing Division of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission recommended to the Commission that they approve a five percent increase in distributions to the state’s Standardbreds from the Race Horse Development Fund, from 60 to 65 percent, and authorize staff to take the necessary steps to implement that recommendation. On Sept. 18, the Horse Racing Committee h...
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RMTC OKs new medication guidelines

on 11/20/2019 10:17 AM
During a November 15 meeting by phone, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved further regulations and stacking prohibitions, as well as corresponding threshold and penalty recommendations, for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and intra-articular (IA) injections.   The RMTC board has recommend a 48-hour Restricted Administration Time policy for...
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Joey Bats takes lifetime mark at Dover

on 11/20/2019 10:05 AM
Joey Bats took a lifetime mark in the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Tony Morgan blasted out of the gate to establish the lead with the 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding, and Lagerfeld (Yannick Gingras) protected rail position, forcing 4-5 favorite Scirocco Rob to take a seat in third. Joey Bats set fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:24 on his way to a lifetime-best ...
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Southwind Fulton has been worth the wait

on 11/20/2019 10:03 AM
His arrival was delayed, but Southwind Fulton is ready for his first big dance. Southwind Fulton, who saw his season slowed by growth issues and throat surgery, will make his first stakes appearance on the Grand Circuit’s final weekend when he competes in Saturday’s $505,050 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands. The Lucas Wallin-trained colt has only thre...
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Freshman trotters battle in DSBF action

on 11/19/2019 6:37 PM
The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund for 2-year-old trotters saw two divisions of colts and two divisions of fillies on a very mild fall evening. All purses were $20,000. The first was a four-horse non-wagering event which saw All Lies (Political Briefing-Bobbi Jo’ Ex) get up for his maiden win in 1:58.4. He is trained by Syl King Jr. for Bay Pon...
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Tubin resigns as USTA director, Torcello to replace

on 11/19/2019 5:20 PM
U.S. Trotting Association District 8 Director Bruce Tubin has resigned his position effective immediately, and the other district directors have elected Michael L. Torcello as his replacement.   Torcello will make his official Board debut at the annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio in March 2020 and will serve the remainder of Tubin's term until the next scheduled District 8 meeti...
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Dave Palone wins 19,000th career race

on 11/19/2019 5:12 PM
Already harness racing’s “winningest” driver, Dave Palone took another historic step into uncharted territory Tuesday at The Meadows when he collected career victory 19,000. The milestone mile came with Southwind Warsaw in Race 10.   By way of comparison, Russell Baze, the all-time wins leader in Thoroughbred racing, notched 12,842 victories.   Palone was ...
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"A Christmas Carol" at Harness Museum

on 11/19/2019 4:01 PM
After a spine-tingling performance in October of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” master storyteller Jonathan Kruk returns to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame on Thursday, Dec. 12, to bring to life ”A Christmas Carol,” the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charles Dickens. “We just couldn’t wait to have h...
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Draws complete for Final Four, TVG

on 11/19/2019 1:12 PM
The draws for Saturday’s (Nov. 23) TVG championships and Fall Final Four at The Meadowlands were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Big M. Accepting invitations to challenge older foes in the TVG championships were 3-year-olds Beautiful Sin (Mare Trot), Gimpanzee (Open Trot), Warrawee Ubeaut (Mare Pace) and Bettor’s Wish (Open Pace). In addition, trotting mare Manchego will tac...
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