Categories

Lis Mara favored in Ben Franklin

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
Big-time harness stakes racing returns to the Delaware Valley on Sunday when Harrah\'s Chester Casino & Racetrack presents the $300,000 Ben Franklin Pace final for older horse pacers, with Lis Mara the favorite.   The all-age track record of 1:49 was set by Lis Mara in the Ben Franklin elimination race and he will be seriously challenged Sunday when the favori...
Read More

Only Bedford, Centaur can submit Pa. license applications

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission decided at a Thursday meeting that only the two previously-rejected license applicants will be able to submit a revised application for the state’s remaining harness racing license. The applications from Bedford Downs and Centaur Inc. must be submitted by Aug. 3. Applications by both companies were earlier rejected by the commission, but the state...
Read More

New Meadowlands Xanadu projects announced

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
Work on the 200-foot-high indoor snow dome is well underway at the Meadowlands Xanadu complex, and on Thursday developers announced several new attractions that will be part of the $2 billion project that is scheduled to open in November 2008. As the construction continues, mounds of dirt are prevalent around the Meadowlands’ racetrack, with the towering snow dome located off the first turn. &n...
Read More

Freehold worker charged with stealing $77,564

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
A worker in Freehold Raceway\'s accounting department has been arrested and charged with theft for allegedly writing 77 checks totaling $77,564, money that should have been paid to the state as sales tax on the sale of horses. According to a story in Friday\'s Asbury Park Press, Joseph Biele, 39, has been charged with theft and failure to make disposition of funds over a six-year period, and accor...
Read More

Rosecroft lowers to a 1-percent takeout on August Saturdays

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
For the first time in the industry, Rosecroft Raceway will reduce the on-track commission on live racing to just one percent on Saturdays during the month of August. The promotion will entail higher payouts on all winning wagers placed on live harness racing held at Rosecroft Raceway.   Beginning this week, the live racing schedule will change from Monday evenings to Tuesday; first pos...
Read More

Kadabra filly wins in Sweden

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
The first 2-year-old race in Sweden was held at the Axevallam track and it resulted in a win for the Kadabra filly Mystical Ann (out of Tra La La, by Valley Victory). She was timed in 2:04.2 over 1,640 meters.   Mystical Ann is trained and driven by Åke Svanstedt. She is owned by Borre Hoibye, who call his stable Deseks AB. He is also a part-owner in the sta...
Read More

North American sweep in Sweden

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
North American exports tripled in Sweden on the Friday night card at the Axevall track. The feature race was won by Plantagenet, who scored in 1:56.2 with Erik Adielsson in the sulky. Racino, driven by Johnny Takter, finished second while Vino Camielle was third.   Plantagenet, a son of Donerail, took a mark of 1:53.4 and earned $247,613 before he was exported. Racino, a 5-year-old son...
Read More

Southwind Tempo on a roll in Tarport Hap

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
Southwind Tempo made it nine wins in a row with a 1:50.3 win in the first division of the Tarport Hap.   Parked through the first turn to a wicked :26.2 first quarter, Southwind Tempo and driver Tim Tetrick made it to the front and never looked back.  Cabana Fever made a hard bid from third after the half, but floated wide out of the turn.  Artcotic and Tidewaterdragonfly gave cha...
Read More

Tompkins-Geers to Takter

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter took the two divisions of the Tompkins-Geers two-year old filly trot with the Angus Hall filly Its My Time and the Striking Sahbra sired Beauty Queen.  The even-money favorite Its My Time won the second division in 2:01 after going three-wide around the first turn.  Perugia and driver Jim Marohn, Jr. finished second with Lakin Beau Bakin taking third.  This rac...
Read More

Deweycheatumhowe wins NJSS 2CT final

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe kept his perfect record intact as he rallied from far back to win the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. The son of Muscles Yankee closed from seventh at the top of the stretch to best Atomic Hall by a neck in 1:57 for driver, trainer and co-owner, Ray Schnittker. Blue York Yankee was three-quarters...
Read More

Worldly Treasure fastest in Countess Adios splits

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
Two $66,850 divisions of the Countess Adios for 2-year-old filly pacers were contested on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, with Worldly Treasure, a sister to world champion Worldy Beauty, winning the first split, and Valmctorian taking the second.   Worldly Treasure captured the first division in 1:53.1 for driver George Brennan and trainer Jeff Stafford. The daughter of Artspl...
Read More

HHBNY announces new Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
Harness Horse Breeders of New York State is proud to announce the creation of the Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal, which will be presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to harness horse racing and improvement of the breeding of Standardbred horses in the State of New York. The three nominees for the 2007 inaugural award are Tom Grossman, David Hanson and Bruce Tubin.   ...
Read More

Sunshine State Stakes begin at Pompano

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
Pompano Park hosted six non-wagering events prior to the start of its Wednesday program as the Sunshine State Stakes for Florida-bred horses commenced with both the male and female divisions for 2-year-old and 3-year-old trotters in the spotlight.   Southern Rain remained undefeated in three starts after taking the evening’s $5,328 opening event for juvenile colt and gelding tr...
Read More

Make that a double for Cocktail Hour

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
Cocktail Hour, a 3-year-old trotting filly, first set and than equaled the track record for her age and gait in her only two outings at Rockingham Park this season, her latest coming Wednesday with a 1:57 effort. In her Rockingham debut on June 29 when driven by Ivan Davies, she covered the mile over a fast track in 1:57 to eclipse the old mark of 1:57.2 that had been jointly held by Decade...
Read More

17 to go for the gold at Monticello

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
There’s gold in them there Catskills and on Monday 17 world-class sophomore pacers will be out to get their share of it when they compete in two $25,000 elimination divisions of the $528,000 Monticello Gold Rush. On paper it appears Kenneth J is the one to beat in the first elim, while Takeshigemichi leads the pack in the second split. Headlining the first division are thr...
Read More

Gurfein trainee back on track

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
“We’re definitely Hambletonian bound,” trainer Ron Gurfein told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon shortly after Great Success, a 3-year-old colt trotter he co-owns, finished second by a nose to Xactly Hanover--another likely Hambo starter--in a qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:52.3.   Because Great Success was a late add-in to the qualifiers, the original charted lines w...
Read More

Southwind Tempo aims for 9 straight in Tarport Hap

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
Southwind Tempo will put her eight-race winning streak on the line in the first of three Tarport Hap Stakes divisions on Friday night at the Meadowlands. She will start from post six with usual partner Tim Tetrick in the sulky in the evening’s $58,000 third race. The precocious daughter of Bettor’s Delight has won 13 of 14 career starts and 10 races this season. The only blemish on her ...
Read More

Glidemaster\'s connections named Hambo parade grand marshals

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
In recognition of Glidemaster\'s achievements, including winning the 2006 Hambletonian before a crowd of nearly 30,000 at the Meadowlands, driver John Campbell, trainer Blair Burgess and the horse\'s owners, Karin Olsson-Burgess, Robert Burgess, Marsha Cohen and Brittany Farms have been named grand marshals of the fifth annual Hambletonian Parade, which will take place on Saturday, July 28, in Rut...
Read More

John Campbell remembers John Ferguson

on 07/19/2007 2:00 AM
John Ferguson’s funeral is scheduled for Friday in Canada, and Hall of Fame driver John Campbell told harnessracing.com he has fond memories of the former professional hockey player who gained fame in the harness sport as a breeder, owner and racetrack executive.   Campbell has driven three Little Brown Jug winners, but what may have been forgotten is that he was also the trainer of Merge...
Read More

Buckeye One, My Panmar take Mighty M elims

on 07/18/2007 2:00 AM
A pair of Buckeye horses, one an Ohio-bred and the other owned in the Buckeye State, each copped their respective $25,000 elimination divisions of the $530,000 Monticello-OTB Classic at the Mighty M on Monday. Buckeye One, in rein to Tony Morgan, won his split is 1:52, which turned out to be a track record for older pacing geldings. The other division went to Mypanmar and driver David Miller ...
Read More