Hard Rock purchases Turfway Park

on 04/05/2019 10:08 AM
Hard Rock International, which last year sold its minority interest in Northfield Park, has announced it is purchasing Turfway Park Thoroughbred racetrack in northern Kentucky and Jack Casino in downtown Cincinnati for a reported $780 million, pending regulatory approval.   Also involved is VICI Properties, which will enter into lease agreement with Hard Rock International, which will...
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April 9 groundbreaking for new KY harness track

on 04/05/2019 9:04 AM
Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”), in partnership with Keeneland, will break ground Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. CDT on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical racing venue in Oak Grove.   The facility will feature up to 1,500 historical racing machines beginning in 2020; a 125-room hotel; a 1,200-person seated capacity grandstand and event space...
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Plainridge ready for April 8 opener

on 04/05/2019 8:38 AM
When Plainridge Park opens their doors to welcome racing fans to the start of the 2019 live harness racing meet on Monday, Apr. 8, they will also be celebrating their 20th year of operations hosting the Standardbred sport.   Plainridge Park (then Plainridge Racecourse) held their grand opening in April of 1999 when an overflow crowd of 4,500 guests filled the parking lots and jammed ...
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Final call for Spring Mixed Entries

on 04/05/2019 8:35 AM
Those planning to consign horses to the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale have until Monday, April 8 to do so, as the catalog will close at the end of that business day.   The sale is scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 28 in the Meadowlands race paddock.   “Most of the racetracks with spring and summer meets are now open, and the amount of claims everywhere gives you a...
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Goldberg is gold in DSBF 3CP final

on 04/04/2019 11:09 PM
Closing night at Dover Downs on Thursday displayed a spectacular card of 16 races highlighted by the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) final for pacing colts, a $33,000 Open Pace and a $34,000 Open Trot. Race 10 was the DSBF colt final and it was all Goldberg (Mr. Wiggles-Chausettes Blanche) in his fourth start of the year in 1:51.2 in wire-to-wire fashion for breeder/own...
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Faraldo wins amateur race with Tough Get Going

on 04/04/2019 9:46 PM
Joe Faraldo was a happy man Thursday night. And why shouldn't he be? After all, he came from Arcadia, Calif., in suburban Los Angeles at midnight last evening and winged his way to New York precisely to drive in an amateur trot on Thursday at Yonkers Raceway. And his efforts were rewarded with a gate-to-wire 2:01.2 triumph behind Tough Get Going in the second race on the ...
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Eclipse Me N wins 2019 debut at Saratoga

on 04/04/2019 7:39 PM
Eclipse Me N (Real Desire) prevailed in her 2019 debut while competing in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. The Rene Allard trainee enjoyed a $100,000-plus campaign last season and debuted in the local feature off a pair of qualifiers that took place at Pocono Downs. With leading driver Billy Dobson in the bike, Eclipse Me N got a second-over trip in t...
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Trevor Henry hurt when hit by car in Quebec

on 04/04/2019 6:17 PM
Standardbred Canada reported Thursday afternoon that driver Trevor Henry has been sidelined from driving after being hit by a car in Quebec. According to Henry's wife, Shannon, Trevor was crossing a street in Montreal on Wednesday (April 3) when he was struck by a right-turning car. As a result, Henry received a broken ankle that required surgery on Wednesday afternoon. Shann...
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Black Mamba As wires field at Pocono

on 04/04/2019 4:20 PM
The great rate of early-speed success in the opening days of the 2019 Harrah’s Philadelphia season continued in the $14,500 featured trot on Thursday, as the Lionhunter mare Black Mamba AS mad every pole a winning one in a 1:54 mile. The winner of $241,060, the 9-5 second choice worked to the front in a :27.1 opener, then got a breather to the half in :57.1. The 6-5 favorite Zlatan had ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/04/2019 4:10 PM
A pair of series for 3 year olds of both gaits get underway this weekend at the Meadowlands, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainers Harry Landy and Jeff Cullipher talk about their chances with their starters.   Cullipher also discusses his Yonkers Saturday night George Morton Levy Series starter Endeavor. This is week four of both the Levy and Matchmaker serie...
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Ken Grant, key player in creation of SC, dies

on 04/04/2019 1:21 PM
Ontario’s Ken Grant, 87, who was recognized with the Chris VanBussel Award in 2010 in recognition of his work in the formation of Standardbred Canada, died March 16 at St. Joseph's Health Care Centre, Hamilton, Ont.   Writing for the Hamilton Spectator, racing journalist Harold Howe noted that in 1998 Mr. Grant was “pivotal in finally uniting the Canadian Trotting Asso...
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Pick 4 was a Meadowlands March marvel

on 04/04/2019 11:06 AM
The five weekends of racing during the month of March showed why the best bet in all of harness racing is the Meadowlands’ 50-cent Pick 4.   Betting throughout the month known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb was downright ravenous. A total of $1,009,704 was bet on the 10 Pick 4s during the five weekends of live action, good for an average of $100,970 per pool. On M...
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Hiawatha, Kawartha, Leamington join Ontario Racing

on 04/04/2019 10:25 AM
Ontario Racing (OR) and its Board of Directors are pleased to welcome Hiawatha Horse Park, Kawartha Downs and Leamington Raceway to Ontario Racing.   “We are extremely excited to have Hiawatha, Kawartha and Leamington join Ontario Racing,” said Katherine Curry, the executive director of Ontario Racing Management. “Southwest Ontario and the Peterborough-Haliburton are...
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Pinkman ready to make '19 debut for Engblom

on 04/04/2019 10:17 AM
Pinkman, who won the 2015 Hambletonian on his way to being named Trotter of the Year, is ready for a new season and trainer Per Engblom is cautiously optimistic that “the old man” is poised for a solid campaign. The 7-year-old gelding makes his seasonal debut Friday in the preferred handicap trot at The Meadowlands, which could be the first of two preps for Pinkman ahead of May&rs...
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Kyle Cummings drives 1st career winner

on 04/04/2019 9:21 AM
It’s a night that Kyle Cummings will long remember as the 18 year old found the winner’s circle for the first time in his brief career as he guided Jude Hall to a gate-to-wire victory in a Class D pacing event at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night.   With a mere 36 pari-mutuel starts under his belt, Cummings has flirted in getting his initial lifetime win this year with three...
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Dan Patch Awards returning to Rosen Shingle Creek in 2020

on 04/04/2019 8:53 AM
Harness racing is cashing a winning trifecta as the United States Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet will return to the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the third year in a row in 2020. The banquet, which honors the best equines and humans in the sport, will take place on Sunday night, Feb. 23.   Rosen Shingle Creek played host to...
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In And Out Again wins DSBF 3FP final

on 04/04/2019 8:32 AM
On a warm and windy Wednesday night at Dover Downs, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old filly pacers competed in a $100,000 final with a $15,000 consolation making up the second half of the daily double.   The final was won by In And Out Again (Roddy’s Bags Again-Outahere Hanover), who had won both legs leading up to Wednesday's&nb...
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41-1 shot Kapow delivers winning punch

on 04/03/2019 3:51 PM
Phil Fluet has thrived in Wednesday co-features in the early part of the 2019 season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran trainer-driver has piloted a host of his trainees to victories in the $9,000 races for New York-sired trotters that have become the regular features on Wednesday matinees in the early stages of the ’19 campaign. With horses such as Lady Macbeth and Notmeitsyou preva...
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Chillaxin Away, Goldberg set for DSBF battle

on 04/03/2019 12:35 PM
Chillaxin Away is the defending champion on Delaware’s circuit for state-bred male pacers, but Goldberg is ready to try to wrestle the title from him. The two horses meet in Thursday’s $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Dover Downs, with “Chilly” a slight 8-5 favorite on the morning line. Last season, Chillaxin ...
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Goshen Historic Track breaks ground for new building

on 04/03/2019 9:13 AM
Proving that it takes a village to raise a barn, nearly 200 local dignitaries, business people, politicians and horsemen stood on the hallowed ground of Goshen Historic Track to witness the groundbreaking of the new building project on Tuesday. Known throughout the land as the World’s Oldest Harness Track, the National Historic Landmark survived a devastating fire in August 2017 to emerge w...
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