Groundbreaking ceremony April 2 in Goshen

on 03/27/2019 8:49 AM
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum Hall of Fame at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2.  Please consider joining us on April 2 for the groundbreaking ceremony and also supporting this joint project with a donation. The track directors are all donating $250 each.   For almost two centuries people have enjoyed watching harness raci...
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Sally Fletcher A takes Pocono feature

on 03/27/2019 8:40 AM
The American Ideal mare Sally Fletcher A, who had had several close finishes without victory over half-mile tracks recently, refound her winning ways upon coming to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning the $14,000 distaff pacing feature in 1:53 on the Tuesday twilight card. Driver Anthony Napolitano opted on finding late luck with the even-money favorite as he kept her third along the ins...
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Western Beachboy prevails in Sagamore Hill final

on 03/27/2019 8:36 AM
“Just the way I drew it up.”   Such was the tongue-in-cheek post mortem of driver George Brennan after Western Beachboy ($6.30) snapped favored Declan Seelster (Joe Bongiorno) at the wire Tuesday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $60,200 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series.   The Teddy Roosevelt-approved assemblage was open to 3- and 4-year-olds gentl...
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Fields set for Farwick, Hiteman finals

on 03/26/2019 7:51 PM
Favorites prevailed in a trio of preliminary Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series trots at Miami Valley on Tuesday afternoon, but the same couldn’t be said about the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series paces as only one public choice prevailed.   Quickest win in the Farwicks went to Red Rose Swan (LeWayne Miller driver-trainer), who topped The Lionking AS (Trace Tetrick) and Cruzen Cassi (T...
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Owner enjoys another "ideal" horse

on 03/26/2019 2:37 PM
Forty years ago, Don Van Witzenburg had an Illinois-bred pacer named Iones Folly, who earned more than $400,000 lifetime. His trainer at the time told Van Witzenburg he could live a lifetime and never find another horse like him. Van Witzenburg points out it proved to be an incorrect assumption. “I’m 86 years old and I found another one just like him,” Van Witzenburg said, la...
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Woodbine Ent., COSA ratify 5-year agreement

on 03/26/2019 1:22 PM
Woodbine Entertainment and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) jointly announced Tuesday that both parties have ratified the new five-year agreement that was announced in January.   “We remain committed to our vision in being the leader in harness racing in North America and having a long term agreement with our horsepeople is paramount in making that happen,&rd...
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Declan Seelster on improve heading to Sagamore Hill final

on 03/26/2019 10:06 AM
Glenn Goller watched with interest as Declan Seelster’s career began in the Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk. The Big Jim son turned heads with a 1:51.4 victory on debut Aug. 19, 2017 and followed the effort with several other big miles, leading the Menary trainee to earn a place in the OSS Silver final.   However, the talented pacer finished up the track in that start and failed to ma...
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Michigan horseman John Spindler dies

on 03/26/2019 8:39 AM
E. John Spindler passed away suddenly on March 7 at his home in Owosso, Mich. He was 89. Mr. Spindler, the son of August and Janette Spindler, was born July 13, 1929 in Bad Axe, Mich.He graduated from Bad Axe High School, where his love for harness racing began, in 1947 before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University and serving in Korea as a first lieutenant in the...
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Catch An Ace cashes in Petticoat final

on 03/26/2019 8:30 AM
Catch An Ace (Jason Bartlett, $6) rallied from third-over Monday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $58,000 ‘blanketed’ final of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Though open to 3- and 4-year-old ladies (non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1), no ‘youngsters’ qualified for the finale. Away fifth from post position No. 5, Catch An Ace watched ...
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Lifetime marks set in DSBF trot prelims

on 03/25/2019 8:42 PM
 The threat of rain and dropping temperatures didn’t stop the winners of both early non-wagering Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events on Monday at Dover Downs from obtaining new lifetime records. In the first $20,000 DSBF event for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, Embrace The Grind (He’s Spooky-My Embrace) went wire-to-wire for driver Jonathan Roberts and ow...
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Crews Hilltopper goes back to back at Miami Valley

on 03/25/2019 8:36 PM
The aptly named Crews Hilltopper will enter next Monday’s (April 1) matinee as the likely favorite in the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. “Skeeter” Brown Memorial trotting series at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 4-year-old son of Break The Bank K became the only back-to-back winner in the series when he won the final $12,000 preliminary leg on Monday in 1:...
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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame ballot announced

on 03/25/2019 2:48 PM
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2019 ballot. A total of 30 people and horses comprised of 15 Standardbred and 15 Thoroughbred candidates, have been selected to appear on the voting ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 9.   Th...
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Former hockey star Olczyk joins

on 03/25/2019 12:33 PM, horse racing’s fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, has added U.S. hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk to its all-star client roster. He is a part-owner of Olympic Hopeful, a 2-year-old Illinois-bred filly who will make her racing debut this summer. Olczyk recently hosted an event at Hawthorne Race Course where the track awarded fractions of the filly t...
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Buter hopes to win Petticoat final in Oldford's memory

on 03/25/2019 9:45 AM
When driver Tyler Buter guides Parkin In Heaven onto the racetrack for the $58,000 final of the Petticoat Series Monday night he will doubtlessly be thinking of Gene Oldford. A longtime friend and client of Buter and his father, Todd, Oldford owned the 4-year-old pacer before his passing Feb. 25 and the filly continues to race in his name.   “I’ve trained for him my w...
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Melady's Monet prevails in Pocono photo

on 03/25/2019 8:53 AM
The 10-year-old classmaster Melady’s Monet raised his career bankroll to $1,419,728 when he proved most photogenic in a four-way picture to take the $21,500 handicap trot feature Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The final time of 1:53 was only a tick off the fastest trotting mile of 2019 on a five-eighths mile track in North America, posted by Jack Vernon this past Tuesday at Dov...
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Andy Ray captures Miami Valley Open Trot

on 03/24/2019 7:00 PM
Andy Ray (Elliott Deaton) returned to the winner’s circle for the second time in four tries this month after winning the featured $25,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The 7-year-old son of Crazed nosed out last week’s winner, All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) in 1:54.1.  Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) also raced well to finish third.   A...
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JK Panache wins Saratoga feature

on 03/24/2019 8:29 AM
 Saturday night’s Open Pace featured the return of Artful Way (Artistic Fella) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The three-time defending Pacer of the Year at the track suffered a minor injury that forced him to be scratched a couple weeks ago following a victory in his 2019 debut. Despite coming in off a three-week layoff, Artful Way was the public’s betting favorite in the $15,000 Op...
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Rodeo Rock, Ideal Jimmy double up in Levy Series

on 03/24/2019 8:20 AM
Saturday night’s second round of Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series didn’t do a whole lot to establish a clear favorite, though some of the contenders did indeed state their cases. Another happy half-dozen, $50,000, Free-For-All groups were contested, with a pair of repeaters leading the way. Here’s the succinct story, not necessarily in chr...
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Dexter gets it “Dunn” at Meadowlands

on 03/24/2019 8:16 AM
 Driver Dexter Dunn was electric at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and so was the action, as Dunn scored four times on the program and wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the fifth time in 2019. Dunn got his night off to a quick start, sweeping the Early Daily Double with a pair of Tim Lancaster trainees.   Smileandsaycheese came from well off the pace to take the ...
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Epaulette A repeats at Pocono

on 03/23/2019 11:17 PM
For the second straight week, the Four Starzzz Shark gelding Epaulette A was victorious in the top-level conditioned pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and just as he did last week he posted the fastest clocking of the young season, winning this $21,500 contest in 1:50.4 for a new mark. Perennial top local driver George Napolitano Jr. had the fast leaver on top by the eighth pole, ...
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