Categories

Sears tops $15 million

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Brian Sears became the first driver to surpass $15 million in earnings when he added $9,500 to his 2005 totals with a victory behind Ithinki'msomebody in the eighth race at the Meadowlands Thursday night. Sears is the leading money-winning driver in North America and the first to surpass $15 million. The previous single-season record was $14,184,863 set by John Campbell in 2001. With no one ...
Read More

Boycott of Balmoral box

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Due to a lack of a sufficient number of entries, Balmoral Park has cancelled live racing for both Sunday, Jan. 1, and Tuesday, Jan. 3. Representatives of the track and the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) met Wednesday, Dec. 28, but failed to reach an agreement. The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association website reminds its members, "IHHA does not endorse racing without a contrac...
Read More

MacDonald a rising star

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Mark MacDonald, the Prince Edward Island native who has made his mark in Ontario and also this year on the North American scene, has been selectedthe sport's Rising Star in the trainer-driver category in balloting by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. MacDonald, 27, served warning of his sulky prowess in 2004 by posting 499 victories and making his presence well-known on the...
Read More

Royal Mattjesty to stud

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Royal Mattjesty p,5, 1:48.4, who earned $1,652,730 during his racing career, has been retired to stud duty at Winbak Farm of Canada, located in Ontario. Winbak Farm purchased Royal Mattjesty from Perretti Racing Stable and John Rizzo. The son of Matt's Scooter out of a No Nukes mare made his last career start on Feb. 2, 2005, in the Presidential Series final at the Meadowlands. His biggest seas...
Read More

No end in sight for boycott

on 12/30/2005 12:00 AM
Chicago horsemen are boycotting the entry box, and since there is no meeting presently scheduled between the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association reps and track management, some horsemen are leaving the state to race elsewhere. The IHHA has not signed a 2006 contract with the operators of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park and as a result horsemen are boycotting the entry box. Racing for Jan. 1 ...
Read More

Big M titles up for grabs

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
Several title races will enter the homestretch when the Meadowlands resumes live harness racing on Thursday night. Heading into Thursday's program, David Miller leads the fall meet driver standings with 26 victories to Cat Manzi's 24, while Ken Rucker holds a small lead in the trainers' race with 12 victories to Ross Croghan's 10. Richard Annunziata leads all owner for the meet with six victori...
Read More

Top broodmares named

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
Miss Garland, the dam of 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo, and Ohyouprettything, the mother of freshman pacer standout Jereme's Jet, have been selected respectively as the Trotting Broodmare of the Year and Pacing Broodmare of the Year in balloting by the membership of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Miss Garland is a 15-year-old daughter of Garland Lobell out of the Lindy's Crown mar...
Read More

Snyder is owner of year

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
Jeffrey Snyder, whose 2005 stable was topped by powerhouse pacer Rocknroll Hanover and complemented by several other hard hitters, has been named Owner of the Year in voting by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Snyder won the initial USHWA Owner of the Year award in 1994, when he campaigned another standout 3 year old in Cam's Card Shark, who went on to Horse of the Year honor...
Read More

Snyder wants trophy

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
Jeff Snyder is now a two-time winner of the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Owner of the Year Award, and he expressed some surprise at winning the title for 2005. "Wow, that's great," Snyder told harnessracing.com Horseman via cell phone from Miami Beach where he was on vacation with his family. "As for the highlights, there were three: the North America Cup, the Meadowlands Pace and the Bre...
Read More

Miller trainer of year

on 12/29/2005 12:00 AM
HARRISBURG, Pa.--Erv Miller, the Illinois-based trainer who made it big on the national scene in 2005 with the likes of trotter Classic Photo and pacer Loyal Opposition, has been named the Glen Garnsey Memorial Trainer of the Year in voting by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The award honors the memory of the Hall of Fame horseman who passed away in his prime in 1985. Mil...
Read More

Toy Dragon wins Open

on 12/28/2005 12:00 AM
Toy Dragon took the lead at the start and was never headed en route to a 1:52.1 victory in the featured $24,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares Tuesday at Dover Downs. Driver Steve Warrington left fast with the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon's Lair, taking the lead in the first turn. Toy Dragon then rebuffed a first-over challenge by Pacific Illusion (Brandon Givens) at the three-quarte...
Read More

Wally McIlmurray Sr. dies

on 12/28/2005 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan horseman Wally McIlmurray Sr., one of the most well known members of one of the state's most revered families in the sport, died early Wednesday morning. He was 79. A member of Michigan's Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Mr. McIlmurray came to national prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the outstanding pacing mare Happy Sharon, who earned more than $600,000. Happy S...
Read More

Purses to be redistributed

on 12/28/2005 12:00 AM
Trainers Erv Miller, Bob McIntosh and Casie Coleman have each been fined and their horses have been disqualified from any purse money earned as a result of positive tests for Banamine (Flunixin) during the second week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile in early October. The Miller-trained older pacing mare Loyal Opposition, recently named a Nova Award winner by Harness Tracks of America, ...
Read More

Victor Jr. named Rising Star

on 12/28/2005 12:00 AM
Adam Victor Jr., a 19-year-old student at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Economics, has already shown his business acumen at the highest levels of harness racing, and he has been voted as a Rising Star in the non-trainer/driver category in balloting by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Young Victor is the "Son" in the Adam Victor & Son Stable; his dad A...
Read More

Easy win for 3YO filly

on 12/27/2005 12:00 AM
Johnny Made Her delivered a late Christmas present to her owner, Gerald Mijal, as the filly paced wire-to-wire in 1:55.1 Monday afternoon at Woodbine in the $43,000 final of the Niagara Series for 3 year olds. The mile completed a sweep of the series for Johnny Made Her, as she had gone gate-to-wire in her opening leg division and came from off-the-pace in last week's second round. Piloted b...
Read More

Two straight for Tigerama

on 12/27/2005 12:00 AM
Tigerama posted his second straight win when he captured the $50,000 Open feature with a 1:52.4 score at Woodbine Monday afternoon. Admiral's Express, who was making his 40th start of the season, faded to seventh. Tigerama, a 5-year-old son of Village Jiffy, won by 2 1/4 lengths over Power Park, racing second for part of the mile and then taking command of the race. The ironhorse Admiral's Gall...
Read More

Deadline for slots license

on 12/27/2005 12:00 AM
Wednesday is the deadline set by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for slots license applications. Pocono Downs filed its application, along with the required $50 million check to the state, earlier this month, and 13 other licenses are available. All of Pennsylvania's racetracks are expected to apply for casino licenses, although only Pocono Downs had submitted an application before Dec. 2...
Read More

Gryffindor tops elders

on 12/27/2005 12:00 AM
Gryffindor, who proved himself one of the top 3 year olds of the season, stepped from the stakes to the Invitational ranks against older horses and scored a 1:53 triumph in the $35,000 contest Monday, Dec. 26, at Dover Downs. Driven To Win, driven by George Dennis, took the early lead from Gryffindor and driver David Miller, and then yielded after a :27.4 opening quarter. From there to the fin...
Read More

Manzi is Driver of Year

on 12/27/2005 12:00 AM
Cat Manzi has been selected as Driver of the Year in voting by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The 55-years-young Manzi has 716 victories for 2005, leading closest challenger Tony Morgan by 30 wins. Manzi was by far the leading driver at Freehold Raceway this past year, had more than a nodding acquaintance with the Meadowlands' winner's circle, and was prominent outside N...
Read More

Colts take on elders

on 12/22/2005 12:00 AM
Less than one week before they turn four, 3-year-old colt pacers Roddy's Bags Again and Gryffindor--both sons of Dragon Again--will take on older rivals in the $35,000 Boxing Day Pace at Dover Downs Monday, Dec. 26. Roddy's Bags Again is coming off a 1:51.4 Matron victory where he upset the field at odds of 24-1. Finishing second in that mile was Gryffindor, who was sent off the 4-5 favorite. ...
Read More