Dan Patch Awards silent auction items

on 01/29/2019 3:47 PM
The Dan Patch Awards dinner on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando is rapidly approaching and along with it, the annual silent auction that is held in conjunction with the evening’s festivities. Once again the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and U.S. Harness Writers Association industry outreach will benefit from the proceeds.   This year’s auction features 3...
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Horses injured in Ont. barn fire leave vet hospital

on 01/29/2019 1:44 PM
On Jan. 29, the gofundme page organized for donations following the barn fire that affected trainer Mark Steacy's horses posted the following update:   "As of today's date, of the 9 horses that went to the University of Guelph for treatment, 1 still remains and is not doing so well. Two of them were retired to be broodmares and the other 6 seem to be doing well. The re...
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NJ Appropriation Bill passes Assembly committee

on 01/28/2019 4:38 PM
The New Jersey state Assembly Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill that would provide a five-year appropriation of $20 million a year to benefit the New Jersey breeding program and open spaces and the New Jersey Sire Stakes and the purses at the Meadowlands Racetrack, Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway. The New Jersey Racing Commission would distribute the funds to the three ra...
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Extreme conditions prompt track cancellations

on 01/28/2019 3:19 PM
Due to deteriorating weather conditions and hazardous driving conditions, live racing at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon has been canceled.  Live racing will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 30, with a 12:20 post time. Also due to the extreme cold, The Meadows has canceled its Wednesday afternoon race card, as well as Thursday qualifiers.   Northfield Park has announc...
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Mohawk, Western Fair cancel Monday due to storm

on 01/28/2019 1:07 PM
Woodbine Entertainment has announced that Monday night's card of live Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park has been cancelled due to an impending winter storm. The winter storm has also forced the cancellation of Monday night’s scheduled card of racing at The Raceway at Western Fair District.   Live Racing is scheduled to resume Tuesday evening (Jan. 29) at ...
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New program for training racing investigators

on 01/28/2019 12:26 PM
Beginning in the third quarter of 2019, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) and the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program (RTIP) will launch an educational program for horse racing investigators employed by racing commissions and tracks. No such program currently exists, and the effort will complement the work of the Organization of Racing Investiga...
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Spirit Of Massachusetts returning to Plainridge in 2019

on 01/28/2019 10:14 AM
Plainridge Park Casino and the Harness Horseman’s Association of New England are pleased to announce the return of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot. After a one year hiatus, the $250,000 Open even for North America’s top trotters will be contested on Sunday, July 28. The inaugural Spirit of Massachusetts Trot in 2017 was very successful with forty nominations and a thrilling race w...
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HHYF elects officers, modifies programs

on 01/28/2019 9:13 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) recently held its annual meeting of trustees and members at Diamond Creek Farm in Wellsville, Pa. The morning consisted of a planning session/power point presentation about revenue stream development and summer program modifications led by dynamic facilitator Christy Landwehr from Aurora, Col.   The afternoon session included the regular busin...
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Pine Dream 1:55.3 winner in Miami Valley Open Trot

on 01/28/2019 8:28 AM
Pine Dream notched his first victory of the 2019 season on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 27) at Miami Valley Raceway, copping the Open Trot in 1:55.3.   Driver Aaron Merriman got away third with the winner until the quarter was reached in :28.3, but was shuffled to fourth along the pylons at the :57.1 midway juncture and then fifth when passing the three quarters marker in 1:26.2.  Find...
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French mare Belina Josselyn wins Prix d'Amerique

on 01/27/2019 12:53 PM
Jean-Michel Bazire, who became known to American trotting fans when he drove the great American mare Moni Maker to victory in the 1999 Prix d’Amerique, won the 2019 edition on Sunday in Paris, scoring with Belina Josselyn.   Belina Josselyn is an 8-year-old mare and became the first mare to win the race since Moni Maker. Bazire also trains Belina Josselyn, a daughter of t...
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Tuxedo Bay captures Meadowlands feature

on 01/27/2019 2:01 AM
Tuxedo Bay proved that he belonged in the Preferred Handicap ranks on Jan. 12 when he finished a heart-breaking second to a game Constntlysidewys A. Saturday night in the Meadowlands’ weekly pacing feature, he scored some revenge.   Tuxedo Bay does his best racing on or near the front end, and over a track that favored speed, driver Eric Carlson rolled the 5-year-old gelded son ...
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With better post, Bettor's Fire N wins

on 01/27/2019 1:57 AM
Down-the-road numbers Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $6.10) and Bettor’s Fire N (Ron Cushing, $4.70) went, um, down the road Saturday night (Jan. 26), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps.   From position No. 4, in the week’s marquee trot, Smalltownthrowdown seated Wings of Royalty (Jordan  Stratton) and 8-5 choice Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett...
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Granite takes Miami Valley Open

on 01/27/2019 1:54 AM
A star-studded full field of ten went postward in the Saturday (Jan. 26) $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley. When the dust settled, Granite won his second feature race of the meet and fourth in his last six tries in the region. In the process, the 6-year-old son of Real Desire equaled the quickest mile of the three-week old winter meet by stopping the teletimer in 1:50 flat for d...
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Buffalo Raceway delays opener

on 01/26/2019 5:06 PM
Buffalo Raceway has canceled its opening race day program for Wednesday, Jan. 30. “It was just too difficult of a task with the weather conditions the past week in the Buffalo area, and it is forecast to be bitterly cold on the scheduled opening night,” said COO James Mango.  “Despite an overall anxiousness for the 2019 meet to begin, trainers were delayed in shipping into t...
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Services set for Steven Beachy

on 01/26/2019 5:04 PM
Steven Lee Beachy 19, Millersburg, OH, died Friday, Jan. 25, in Altoona, Pa., a victim of a random shooting in State College, Pa on Thursday. His father, Dean W. Beachy, also died as a result of the shooting.   Born June 22, 1999, in Canton,Ohio, he was a son Linda Mary Beachy and the late Dean W. Beachy. Steven was a horseman and a member of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. In...
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Services set for Dean Beachy

on 01/26/2019 5:01 PM
Dean W. Beachy 62, of Millersburg, OH, died Thursday, January 24, 2019, in State College, Pa. a victim of a random shooting. His son Steven also died as a result of the shooting. Born Jan. 16, 1957, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Emma Jean (Beachy) Beachy. Mr. Beachy was a renowned auctioneer and a member of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, the former Li...
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Former HTA pres Edward Dougherty dies at 95

on 01/26/2019 7:22 AM
Edward Dougherty, a long-time Doylestown, PA resident, and past president of Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia, passed away in his sleep on Jan. 18, 2019 at an assisted care facility in Brick, NJ. He was 95. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Upper Darby, Pa. Mr. Dougherty graduated from Upper Darby High School where he developed a lifelong friendship with famed basketball coach Jack R...
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Gingras, Burke team up for 3 at Big M

on 01/26/2019 7:17 AM
If you were wondering whether Ron Burke trainees could be bet with confidence off a layoff, wonder no more. The answer is a resounding “Yes!”   Burke, and his go-to driver Yannick Gingras, teamed up to win three times on the Friday card at the Meadowlands, all with horses who have been out of action for a while.   The potent pair got their evening underway in th...
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RHP captures Miami Valley series final

on 01/25/2019 10:50 PM
The first of seven Claim To Fame Series championships that will be decided in the coming days was contested Friday night (Jan. 25) at Miami Valley Raceway.   RHP made it “seven straight in the Buckeye State” when he wired the field of finalists in the $12,500 claiming split for male pacers.  Owner-trainer-driver Brady Galliers proved to be an astute pinhooker as well, w...
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Cheesman has found her niche at Winbak

on 01/25/2019 10:01 PM
Ever since she was a child, Winbak Farm Public Relations and Marketing Director Elizabeth Cheesman has been following her passion. A native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Cheesman was exposed to the sport of harness racing by her Mother (Barb Lewis). Lewis did it all from a racing perspective. She has been an owner, trainer, driver and breeder. The young Cheesman was poised to follow in her foots...
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