New Evidence rallies inside for Meadows win

on 02/01/2019 7:48 PM
New Evidence stalked Stride Of Pride from the pocket before using the Lightning Lane to perfection to complete the 6-1 upset in Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   Stride Of Pride had plenty of pace left turning for home but couldn’t match the :27.3 final panel of New Evidence, who prevailed in 1:52.2 over a “good” surface for Aaron Merriman. Dapp...
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Gregory Harmon dies at age 47

on 02/01/2019 4:01 PM
Gregory V. Harmon passed on Jan. 11 in New Port Richey, Fla. as a result of injuries sustained after being hit by a vehicle. He was 47.   Mr. Harmon, who was born May 23, 1971 in Akron, Ohio, was a lifetime member of the USTA and an accomplished driver, trainer, owner and passionate fan of harness racing. A third-generation horseman, Mr. Harmon was the son of long-time horseman a...
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NJ appropriation, Super Bowl in Weekend Preview

on 02/01/2019 9:42 AM
It’s a big weekend in East Rutherford, N.J. and Atlanta. East Rutherford is celebrating with the news of the legislative approval of the $100 million subsidy for horse racing in the state, and we have the story in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. And Atlanta is celebrating as the host city for a football game on Sunday dubbed Super Bowl LIII. Some of harness racing’s m...
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American Horse Council employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

on 02/01/2019 8:40 AM
Ashley Furst, 35, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., pled guilty on Jan. 29 to a federal wire fraud charge stemming from an embezzlement scheme in which she stole more than $545,000 from the American Horse Council, a non-profit organization based in the District of Columbia.   The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the...
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Crazed sold to European interests

on 02/01/2019 6:58 AM
World Champion racehorse and sire Crazed, who stood at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario the last two years, has been sold to Newport Breeding (Peter and Jesse ter Borgh) of The Netherlands. Crazed is expected to stand at stud in Sweden in 2019. Crazed, himself a winner of $1,063,059, has sired the winners of more than $23-million. He has produced 47 trotters with sub-1:55 records and 55 $100,000-p...
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NJ appropriation to help horse industry passes legislature

on 01/31/2019 5:06 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) applauds the New Jersey Legislature for passing critical legislation to help support New Jersey’s horse racing and breeding industry. S2992/A4810 will allocate $100 million over 5 years to be used for horse racing purse allocations.   The state Assembly passed A4810 by a 68-6 vote, with one absention, late...
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New look for Big M's Big 3 in January

on 01/31/2019 2:44 PM
For the last several years, the Meadowlands has had a "Big 3" in its driver colony. Yannick Gingras, David Miller and Tim Tetrick have won many of the races—especially stakes events—at the Big M, but thus far in 2019, there are several new names in play when handicappers seek to use a top-three pilot.   Gingras’ name is still there. The 39 year old, who in ...
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Regulatory groups approve track purchases by MGM

on 01/31/2019 2:25 PM
MGM Resorts International has received approval for its purchase of both Yonkers Raceway and Northfield Park.   On Jan. 28, the New York State Gaming Commission approved the purchase of Yonkers by MGM. The Rooney family had owned Yonkers since 1972 and sold the track and its gaming operation for $850 million.   The following day, Jan. 29, the Ohio State Racing Commission ap...
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Aldine Hanover looks for Yonkers repeat

on 01/31/2019 1:43 PM
When Aldine Hanover joined the ranks of Michael Hall’s stable late last year, the filly immediately made her presence known. Aldine Hanover quickly asserted herself as the alpha in the Hall’s group of mares and she commanded respect in the barn. It was apparent to Hall that Aldine Hanover possessed something special that could not be taught.   “We turn the horses ou...
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Northfield changes stakes to "invitation only"

on 01/31/2019 1:38 PM
As the time for stakes nominations for 2019 nears, Northfield Park reminds the connections of top open pacers, open trotters and 3-year-old pacers that the track’s richest three Grand Circuit events in 2019 will all be “by invitation only."   The $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie (Open Pace) on June 8 -- the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Open Trot) on June 29 -- and...
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Ohio's Bradley Haynes, 48, dies in helicopter crash

on 01/31/2019 9:14 AM
Bradley J. Haynes 48, of London, Ohio, died as a result of a helicopter accident on Jan. 29. Mr. Haynes was a firefighter for Jefferson Township Fire Department, also working for Hamilton Township and Survival Flight. He was a part of a crew leaving one area hospital for another, but without a patient onboard, when the helicopter crashed. There were no survivors of the accident, with a crew of thr...
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American Ideal's book full and closed

on 01/31/2019 8:32 AM
American Ideal, America’s leading active pacing sire in 2018 progeny earnings, combined 2 and 3-year-old earnings, and $100,000 winners, is now full and closed for the 2019 breeding season.   The New York-based stallion, whose career is overseen by Brittany Stallion Management of Versailles, Ky., has stood at Blue Chip Farms throughout his career. Including the current breeding ...
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Jewels Forreal to debut for new connections

on 01/30/2019 4:14 PM
Stakes-winner Jewels Forreal makes her 2019 debut on Friday at the Meadowlands, and not only is it the pacer’s first race of the season it is her first race for owner Bill Donovan and trainer Kyle Spagnola. Donovan bought Jewels Forreal nine days ago for $85,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale. A daughter of So Surreal out of Dandy’s Jewel, the 4-year-old mare ha...
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Monticello, Flamboro cancel Thursday cards

on 01/30/2019 1:13 PM
In anticipation of  the extreme cold that is expected, live racing at Monticello Raceway is canceled for Thursday, Jan. 31. Live racing will resume on Monday, Feb. 4. Post time is 12:20 p.m. Also, Flamboro Downs has canceled its card of live harness racing that had been scheduled for Thursday. The cancellation has come due to the extreme cold temperatures that southern Ontar...
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Last call for Dan Patch banquet room reservations

on 01/30/2019 12:25 PM
It is last call to make room reservations at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., for the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 24. If you are planning to attend the gala festivities that will honor the best equines and humans in the sport in 2018, room reservations must be made by Friday, Feb. 1. Rooms are nearly sol...
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Anvil and Lace welcome Fear The Dragon filly

on 01/30/2019 9:07 AM
Anvil and Lace Farm in Cynthiana, Ky., is proud to announce the first foal of Fear The Dragon was delivered at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.   The newborn gray filly is out of the Cambest mare Calvados Hall, a sibling to five winners of $200,000 or more. That list includes Calvados Hall’s half-brother Camelot Hall, who won the 2003 Metro final on his way to $856,639 in career...
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CHHA Stallion Auction begins Thursday

on 01/30/2019 8:54 AM
CHHA Stallion Auction starts at noon Thursday, Thursday, January 31 and runs through noon Saturday, February 2. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit  If at noon Saturday, less than 2 minutes have elapsed since the last bid on a particular breeding, that breeding will remain live until no bids are received on it for 2 minutes....
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More Ont. tracks join integrity initiative

on 01/29/2019 8:53 PM
A group of Ontario’s signature race tracks – Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway and The Raceway at Western Fair District - have jointly announced a new ownership integrity stakes condition which will take effect on February 15, 2019 and will apply to some of the province’s most high profile races.    Those races include the Confederation Cup, Ea...
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Giovanni, Ginger Tree Alexis win MVR finals

on 01/29/2019 6:22 PM
Another pair of Claim To Fame Series champions were crowned Tuesday afternoon at frigid Miami Valley Raceway.   Giovanni (Trace Tetrick) completed a clean sweep of the division for male $8,000 claiming pacers, winning for the third straight week in the $22,500 final.  Using the same come-from-behind tactics he employed in the two preliminary legs, Tetrick was content to ease...
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American Girl nearing $1-million mark

on 01/29/2019 4:28 PM
 Darla Gaskin will be at a loss when the time comes for her American Girl to retire to motherhood, but at the rate the 10-year-old pacing mare continues to put up wins and bank money, that time might not come for quite a while yet. And that is perfectly fine with Gaskin. American Girl, the winner of four of her past five races dating back to mid-November, is on the verge of reaching $1 milli...
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