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NJ governor signs $100 million racing bill

on 02/14/2019 7:54 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) thanks Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature for passing and signing into law an essential measure to propel New Jersey’s horse racing and breeding industry. The $100 million over five years will be used for horse racing purse allocations and greatly increase the participation ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/14/2019 4:30 PM
There has been plenty of drama this past week surrounding the 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta as the owners have put the trotter up for sale to try and settle their differences. The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has the story, including a look at what transpired from co-owner Brad Grant.   The Howard Beissinger Medley Series for trotters continues at Miami Valley, and ...
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Gingras continues torrid pace at Big M

on 02/14/2019 2:58 PM
Yannick Gingras is having a record stretch for a driver while betting continues at a torrid clip during February at the Meadowlands. After winning 13 races over the span of Feb. 1-2, Gingras followed that up with 10 more wins last weekend (Feb. 8-9) at the Big M, giving him 23 victories in 49 starts, for an incredible win percentage of 47. Not surprisingly, trainer Ron Burke conditioned many o...
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Poillucci looks to double pleasure with pacing mares

on 02/14/2019 1:15 PM
Richard Poillucci is looking forward to watching his New Zealand-bred standout Shartin return to action this season and the 6-year-old Dan Patch Award-winning mare has a new stablemate that Poillucci hopes can keep her company on the stakes trail. Shartin hit the racetrack for the first time this year on Wednesday (Feb. 13) at Dover Downs, winning a qualifier in 1:56 as she prepares to defend...
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Southwind Cobra tops Blooded Horse Sale at $54,000

on 02/14/2019 9:45 AM
The annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Feb 12, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 56-year history. It was standing room only as owners, trainers and breeders flooded the pavilion to restock stables and acquire broodmares.   “People love coming to a sale to actually see and touch the horses they want to buy,” said sale manager Jerry Ha...
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Dan Patch Awards dinner streamed live

on 02/14/2019 9:40 AM
The name of the 2018 Horse of the Year will be announced Sunday night, Feb. 24 at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) 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 M...
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Sports wagering bill discussed in Kentucky

on 02/14/2019 9:35 AM
A Kentucky House Committee has begun discussing a proposed bill that would allow sports wagering at horse racetracks or the Kentucky Speedway in northern part of the state, or with an online app which they registered in person to prove their identities and were of age.   The bill would place a tax of 10.25 percent for wagers made in person and 14.25 percent for wagers made on mobile p...
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Hambletonian Society payments due Feb. 19

on 02/14/2019 8:34 AM
The first payment deadline for eligibility to 136 stake events, headlined by the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown series is just around the corner.    The 94th Hambletonian will raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, Aug. 3 with same-day elimination heats. The $500,000 Oaks has eliminations the week before on July 27.   The Breeders Crown retu...
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Time Will Tell All, HP Sissy get wins at Buffalo

on 02/13/2019 8:53 PM
Time Will Tell All and HP Sissy each used different methods to find their way to the winner's circle in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured events on Wednesday night (Feb. 13).   Time Will Tell All used a late charge down the passing lane to take the victory in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap Trot while HP Sissy made every step a winning one to capture the $10,500 Class A Open Han...
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Austin Siegelman wins 5 of 10 races at Monticello

on 02/13/2019 4:34 PM
At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, Feb. 13, Austin Siegelman won half of the 10-race card as he steered five winners to the winner's circle.   The Rick Dane Jr.-trained Brandos Muscle Man ($13.00 – 2:00.4) got things going for Siegelman in a wire- to-wire effort from the seven hole. Virtuous Dragon (post 2) won Race 4 ($15.40- 1:58.2), then came wins with A And C&...
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RMTC approves study to find blood doping agents

on 02/13/2019 3:22 PM
At its Feb. 11 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of two tactical research projects with a combined price tag in excess of $250,000, as a continuation of its ongoing focus on detecting and eliminating illicit substances in racing.   First, the RMTC is seeking to develop an inexpensive screening ...
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Kenny Rice to host new horse racing show

on 02/13/2019 1:57 PM
The Horse Racing Show is like none other. A weekly personality and information driven video podcast hearing from and telling the stories of the people in the industry from an entertaining and unique perspective. From world class veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage, to Super Bowl Winning Coach Bill Parcells and Kentucky Derby Winning Owner Mike Pegram, The Horse Racing Show guarantees special guests...
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Shartin N wins qualifier at Dover Downs

on 02/13/2019 1:27 PM
The 2018 Dan Patch Older Pacing Mare of the Year Shartin N, in her first appearance since capturing the $175,000 TVG Mares Open last Nov. 24 at the Meadowlands, won a qualifier Wednesday morning at Dover Downs.   With regular driver Tim Tetrick in the sulky for trainer Jim King Jr., Shartin N settled in fourth after leaving from post 7, and was still in that position--eight lengths...
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Ohio horseman Charles "Doug" Stovall, 81, dies

on 02/13/2019 1:10 PM
Charles D. “Doug” Stovall, 81, of Lebanon, Ohio, died Feb. 10, at Ohio Living Quaker Heights, in Waynesville, after an extended illness. Mr. Stovall was born Dec. 27, 1937, in Muhlenberg County, Ky., and later moved to Dayton. He was a graduate of Wilbur Wright High School in 1956. He was a high school football player, later playing semi-pro for the Dayton Triangles. After bei...
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Goshen Yearling Sale set for Sept. 8

on 02/13/2019 11:26 AM
Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales has announced that the 2019 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y. The date marks the fifth anniversary of the sale that has grown into the pre-eminent outlet for buying New York-bred trotters and pacers within the Empire State.   The Goshen Yearling Sale has annually offered high quali...
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Atlanta dispute leads to auction

on 02/13/2019 10:48 AM
As a result of the six-month suspension and fine of Ontario-based horseman Rick Zeron, who trained and co-owned the 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta, the 4-year-old trotting mare  has been put up for auction on the website ongait.com. The opening bid for Atlanta, who will be honored as the Dan Patch 2018 Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year—and possibly Trotter of the Year a...
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3FT of Year Atlanta goes up for auction

on 02/12/2019 9:32 PM
  The reigning Hambletonian champion, ATLANTA 3,1:50.3 ($1,140,689), is in the auction ring at onGait.com. Bidding for the brilliant daughter of Chapter Seven will end on Friday, February 15 at 1pm Eastern Time. Coming off an unforgettable year which saw her become the first filly in 22 years to capture the sport’s premier event, ATLANTA is back in training after a w...
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Krusty The Clown, John Jay score in series

on 02/12/2019 7:02 PM
Krusty The Clown and John Jay won final preliminary divisions of the Survivor Series for male $5000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, setting themselves up as formidable hopefuls when ten championship finalists chase a $15,000 purse next week. Driver Cameron McCown, who claimed Krusty The Clown from the first elimination round of the Survivor Series, urged his new possess...
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Waco Hanover dies at age 42

on 02/12/2019 2:01 PM
Waco Hanover, whose longevity led to stardom well after his career on the racetrack concluded, died Saturday, Feb. 9, at the age of 42. The CBS Sunday Morning Show, which two years ago featured Waco Hanover and his relationship with caretaker Donnie MacAdams, reported Waco Hanover’s passing on its Facebook page Monday, Feb. 11.   A son of Tar Heel out of Wanda Hanover, Waco...
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HHI statement on horsemen unity

on 02/12/2019 1:27 PM
My Name is Tom Luchento, most of you know, I am President of Harness Horsemen International.   I would like to take this time to speak to you about a problem that has recently come to my attention. By now, most of you probably have heard about it, but for those who haven't, please let me explain. In order to be respectful, I will not mention names or places, but rather speak to the is...
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