3YO filly trotters contest first PASS at Philly

on 05/10/2019 6:19 PM
The stars of the day Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia, where three-year-old trotting fillies contested their first preliminary round in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Pennsylvania Stallion Series, were driver Yannick Gingras, sire Cantab Hall – and a $200,000 yearling, never on the board in seven previous career starts, winning a Sire Stakes section and paying $100.80, or more than th...
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McWicked, Alarm Detector impress in Mohawk qualifiers

on 05/10/2019 5:25 PM
A pair of O'Brien Award winners had their game faces on during Friday morning's qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park, unleashing strong miles resulting in open-length victories. Harness racing's Horse of the Year on both sides of the border for 2018, McWicked made his 2019 Canadian debut after a sharp late-April qualifying mile at Pompano Park. With Louis-Philippe Roy at the control...
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Big numbers for 2YOs in Indiana Sires Stakes

on 05/10/2019 2:37 PM
 As 2019 ushers in an interesting year for Indiana harness racing, with a new Sires Stakes payout schedule and the first full year working with Harrah’s Hoosier Park, breeders of Indiana-sired horses aren’t deterred by change. A total of 718 nominations for 2-year-old trotters and pacers have been processed for the Indiana Sires Stakes, extending a streak of increasing numbers in...
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Bro looks for first stakes win in Reynolds

on 05/10/2019 2:34 PM
Although Jay Hochstetler works alongside his father training a stable of 22 racehorses, it’s rare that he purchases one for himself. However, when Hochstetler was shopping at the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale, he came across an attractive pedigree in Bro, a Rock N Roll Heaven colt out of the Pro Bono Best mare Gro. When Hochstetler laid eyes on the colt, he did a double take. “I actual...
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Big weekend of racing on tap at Scioto Downs

on 05/10/2019 10:58 AM
This weekend is the start of many action-packed weekends at Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs. The track will host 25 races on Friday and Saturday, with first post scheduled for 6:30 p.m. both nights.   The 2019 Scioto Downs meet offers a new placement of the Pick-5 wager and 10- cent superfectas on almost every race.  Every race night, beginning in the first race, “Th...
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Meet SRF's new foal at May 18 event

on 05/10/2019 7:37 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) invites everyone to meet our new foal born to SRF! Come taste craft beer, and wine, and meet 65 available adoptable horses looking for their forever homes. The meet and greet event is on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the farm located at 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd., Cream Ridge, NJ.   Many horses will be shown ...
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NJSS announces purse schedule for 2019

on 05/10/2019 7:33 AM
The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has established once again a purse structure for the upcoming Premier Division season which is based upon the number of entrants in a race.   Legs will be contested for $25,000 if there are five or more entries.  If less than five horses enter a leg, the purse will be $20,000.    Premier Division finals will carry a ...
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Zeron posts Thursday six-pack at Yonkers

on 05/09/2019 10:39 PM
It was Scott Zeron Night at the Races Thursday (May 9th), as the lad won 60 percent of Yonkers Raceway’s 10 events.   Zeron swept the $8.40 early daily double with imported favorites Zach Maguire N ($4) in the $10,000 pacing opener (1:54.4) and Whether or Not Fi ($3.80) in the $20,000, second-race trot (life-best 1:56).   The consecutive Zeron three-peat was finished when...
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Western Stepp shows her mettle in Plainridge distaff feature

on 05/09/2019 9:40 PM
Western Stepp was one of the toughest resident mares at Plainridge Park last year winning 26% of her starts. This year she's already two-out-of-three after taking the $12,000 Winners-Over pace for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (May 9). After being on the engine for the last three weeks, Western Stepp (Mitchell Cushing) found herself in the caboose watching Shesjustadelight N (Ro...
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Commentary, breeding news in Preview

on 05/09/2019 4:05 PM
The disqualification in the Kentucky Derby has generated loads of commentary and in a First Over column in HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Gordon Waterstone flashes back to the 2017 Hambletonian disqualification. The Derby DQ was controversial in many ways and Dean Towers, a former columnist for The Horseman And Fair World magazine, joins the Weekend Preview team to offer his thoughts. While t...
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Westsluckycam wins Saratoga Thursday feature

on 05/09/2019 2:47 PM
Westsluckycam (Camluck) debuted last month at Saratoga Casino Hotel after the Jose Godinez trainee raced in the claiming ranks at Yonkers for much of the year. After a claim in March by Godinez, the 6-year-old mare climbed the class ladder at Yonkers before coming to the Spa in April to compete in the $12,500 winners-over for mares. Westsluckycam had a win and a second at that level before testi...
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NYSS to debut May 13 at Monticello

on 05/09/2019 2:39 PM
On Monday afternoon, May 13, the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) will make its 2019 debut as the glamour division of 3-year-old pacing colts come to town. Going to post will be three divisions of NYSS, two splits of the Excelsior A class ($15,000), and one Excelsior B ($6,700).   The first NYSS division ($38,200) will go to post in Race 1 with seven entries. Hick...
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Relocation of Adios statute complete

on 05/09/2019 2:11 PM
The statue of the Adios that for more than 50 years has welcomed visitors to The Meadows Racetrack has been relocated on the track’s property, near the entrance to the track’s backstretch, which also happens to be the far right lane as drivers proceed to the casino. The move was completed Tuesday.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) bought the statue and P...
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Great Northeast Series heats up on Sunday

on 05/09/2019 1:42 PM
This Sunday promises some spectacular racing at the two tracks served by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association (PHHA), with the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) staging a trio of $30,000 events, for open pacers at Harrah’s Philly in the afternoon and for mare open pacers and open trotters at Mohegan Sun Pocono at night. In the open pacing event at Philly, Rodeo Rock ha...
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For real: Lets Get Real wins debut at age 10

on 05/09/2019 1:39 PM
Winning a race is always special for an owner. But when Linda Schwaid and her husband Era “Ernie” Williams watched their homebred pacer Lets Get Real win his career debut this past Saturday at Freehold Raceway, it provided a rush that lasted for days. That’s because Lets Get Real was no ordinary first-time starter. Lets Get Real is 10. “Just to see him race was spec...
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Swandre The Giant romps in qualifier in '19 debut

on 05/09/2019 1:33 PM
Swandre The Giant, who won three Indiana Sires Stakes (ISS) finals last year before being sold for a reported $1 million, made his 3-year-old debut on Thursday morning at The Meadows. Now trained by Ron Burke, Swandre The Giant won easily in 1:56.1 with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky.   “He was good,” Macomber told shortly after directing the colt to the...
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Hambo contract extended; no heats in 2020

on 05/09/2019 12:10 PM
The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands Racetrack have signed a two-year contract extension guaranteeing the host venue of the $1.2 million Hambletonian, $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks and the $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity through 2023.   The Meadowlands has been the longest-running host track of America’s Classic Trotting event, having held the race for 37 years since the Soc...
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Graduate Series keeping stars in sight

on 05/09/2019 11:08 AM
Finding a way to keep harness racing’s marquee performers on the track has always been a puzzle that if solved would allow the sport’s fan base to follow equine standouts not only through the end of their 3-year-old seasons, but beyond. Last Saturday (May 4) at the Meadowlands, the sport’s traveling road show for 4 year olds–the Graduate Series–made its first sto...
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Three straight for Jammin Jack at Harrington

on 05/08/2019 9:07 PM
Victor Kirby's Jammin Jack ($3, Kirby) won his third straight race as he marched to a 1:56.2 triumph in the $18,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.  Majestic Mistress took the early lead from post eight and led the field of six through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2 while favorite Jammin Jack started his first over grind. "Jack" began to wear down the ...
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Andy Miller breaks hand in ATV accident

on 05/08/2019 6:57 PM
Driver Andy Miller told early Wednesday night that he will be sidelined for possibly a month after breaking his right hand riding a quad at his home earlier in the day.   Miller, 50, is currently the leading driver at Freehold Raceway this year with 84 victories. He stands third in the dash standings at the Meadowlands with 51 winner’s circle trips.   ...
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