North America Cup attracts 82 nominations

on 02/28/2019 2:33 PM
Woodbine Entertainment Thursday announced that 82 three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   The Pepsi North America Cup is Canada’s richest harness race and this year’s edition is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The eliminations for the $1 million final will take place a week pri...
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The Big M's great February eight

on 02/28/2019 11:48 AM
The Meadowlands is known for good business and good racing in the wintertime, but even the track’s biggest supporters – whether management or fan – might have been a tad surprised at how things transpired at the mile oval over the course of the eight racing programs during the month of February.   On the track, nobody did it better than driver Yannick Gingras. During...
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Michgan Hall of Famer Gene Oldford dies

on 02/27/2019 10:50 AM
Eugene D. “Gene” Oldford, 86, whose career in harness racing as a breeder, owner, and administrator led to his induction into the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA) Hall of Fame in 2013 as well as numerous other accolades, passed away peacefully on Feb. 25 at Blue Water Hospice Home in Michigan.   Mr. Oldford was a longtime member of the MHHA board o...
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Scott Warren named racing secretary at Meadowlands

on 02/27/2019 8:32 AM
Scott Warren has been named racing secretary at the Meadowlands beginning March 1, succeeding Peter Koch who departs to pursue another opportunity. Warren hails from Berlin, Md. where he began working in the Racing Office at Ocean Downs as a teen. This venture led to a 17-year stint on the Maryland Standardbred circuit; first as a Race Office assistant followed by track announcer at the ...
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Fallen horse causes "no contest" at Yonkers

on 02/26/2019 10:32 PM
Yonkers Raceway’s fourth race Tuesday night (Feb. 26) was declared a no contest because of an accident, but thankfully there were no injuries.   Right around the quarter-mile pole, trailing pacer Classiesistar N (Joe Bongiorno) took some bad steps and fell down. He landed about two or three paths out from the pylons and not far from where the starting car remains as an observer ...
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Mischievous Jesse wins at Northfield for 50th victory

on 02/26/2019 10:29 PM
Mischievous Jesse trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning Race 1 at Northfield Park on Tuesday (Feb. 26).  The 11-year-old veteran, with 253 career starts, also has 33 seconds and 26 third-place finishes.   Mischievous Jesse (Jailhouse Jesse-Master’s Mischief-Master Lavec) has career earnings of $302,861 with a lifetime mark of 1:55, taken at Scioto Downs at age s...
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Harness Writers hold annual meeting in Florida

on 02/26/2019 2:26 PM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the leading organization of harness racing’s chroniclers, held its annual meetings at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL for the second consecutive year this past Saturday and Sunday. The writers’ meetings were held in conjunction with the group’s annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet, which on Sunday evening celebrated t...
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Foiled Again's surprise appearance a big hit

on 02/26/2019 12:23 PM
Moments into his speech to accept the Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award on behalf of legendary pacer Foiled Again during Sunday’s U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards banquet, co-owner Joe Koury Jr. was halted by USHWA member Gordon Waterstone. Koury knew he had not exceeded his time limit because he was just getting started, so he was surprised. Surprise was about to turn...
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Virginia announces residency awards for foals

on 02/26/2019 12:20 PM
The Virginia Harness Horse Association (VHHA), in conjunction with the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA), is introducing a new Certified Residency Bonus Program that will begin immediately for foals born beginning in 2019.    Once horses complete a six-month residency at a Virginia farm or training center (before they turn two), they are eligible to begin collecting bonuses as two- and ...
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SBOANJ announces breeding incentive programs

on 02/26/2019 8:37 AM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as pacing stallion incentive program in 2019. SBOANJ membership is required to qualify for all programs. The resident mare rebate is $500 to owners of mares bred in 2019. A mare does not have to be bred to a New Jersey stallion, but must reside in New Jersey for 150 days up to and...
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Trace Tetrick wins 5 of first 8 at Miami Valley

on 02/25/2019 5:39 PM
Trace Tetrick, the defending dash champion and leading driver at the current Miami Valley Raceway meet, won five of the first eight races on the Monday afternoon (Feb. 25) matinee including both divisions of the first leg of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late-closer for trotters.  The Paver Memorial, for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime, is the first of nine “Leb...
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First Hoosier Park qualifiers of '19 set for March 13

on 02/25/2019 4:09 PM
With the return of live harness racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino just over a month away, preparations for the 2019 season are underway throughout the property.  Opening day of the 160-day meet is set for Friday, March 29, with a daily post time of 6:30 p.m. Horses don’t arrive for a little over a week, but the Harrah’s Hoosier Park team has been hard at wo...
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Date change for the 2019 Midwest Mixed Sale

on 02/25/2019 10:38 AM
The Midwest Auction Company has announced a date change for the 2019 Midwest Mixed Sale, which will again be held the same weekend as the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale.  Due to a scheduling conflict at the venue, the 2019 Midwest Mixed Sale will be held on Friday, November 29, 2019, instead of the date previously announced. This will keep the sale, now in its third year, on the Friday a...
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Michiana Classic date moved to Nov. 30

on 02/25/2019 10:30 AM
The Hoosier Classic Sale Company has announced a date for the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale.  Due to a scheduling conflict at the Michiana Event Center, the date for the 2019 Michiana Classic Yearling Sale has been changed to Nov. 30. The entry deadline remains Aug. 1.   For more information contact Steve Cross at or call 574-825-4610.
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CHHA 2019-2020 scholarship application now available

on 02/25/2019 10:27 AM
The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA) wants to see our harness racing youth succeed. To help students, CHHA plans to award two scholarships in 2019: the $1,000 John and Janet Klark Memorial Scholarship; and the Rambling Willie Scholarship (amount TBD). CHHA scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in an educational institution o...
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McWicked is Horse of Year; Foiled Again accepts Proximity

on 02/25/2019 2:48 AM
McWicked on Sunday became the oldest pacer in history to be named Horse of the Year, receiving harness racing’s top honor to cap the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Award banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek. The 7-year-old stallion bested pacing mare Shartin N, 86-27, to claim the trophy. Atlanta, who was named Trotter of the Year, finished third with eight votes.   ...
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Weingartner, Pikelny on USHWA ballot

on 02/24/2019 12:26 PM
Ken Weingartner, the media relations manager for the U.S. Trotting Association, and Phil Pikelny, who worked as a publicist, broadcaster, and was co-author of a biography of the great pacer Rambling Willie, were selected for places in the mid-summer balloting which could lead to their being elected to harness racing’s Communicators Hall of Fame, in voting conducted Saturday (Feb. 23) by th...
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Watch Red Carpet, Dan Patch Awards Sunday night

on 02/24/2019 8:41 AM
The name of the 2018 Horse of the Year will be announced tonight (Feb. 24) at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. But even if you aren’t among the attendees you will be able to watch the announcement live via USHWA’s Facebook page. After a cocktail hour and open bar sponsored by McWicked, the awards ce...
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Castle Flight captures Meadowlands preferred

on 02/24/2019 7:03 AM
 It looks like trainer Dylan Davis, a Dover Downs regular, is preparing to do some damage at the Meadowlands. In fact, he’s already started doing just that.   Davis’ Castle Flight, a $50,000 claim two weeks ago, was a determined winner Saturday night in the Meadowlands’ weekly pacing feature, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers.   The 7-yea...
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Stratton sweeps Yonkers features

on 02/24/2019 7:00 AM
Jordan Stratton was seen in the presence of some pretty haughty company Saturday night, taking both halves of Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 co-features with favored millionaire (Melady’s Monet, $4.70) and favored double-millionaire (Bit of a Legend N, $3.80).   The weekly marquee trot—handicapped--was not a fair fight, with Melady’s Monet moving first-up early a...
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