Yonkers cancels Saturday live racing, simulcasting

on 01/18/2019 9:12 PM
Yonkers Raceway has canceled its live racing program (and evening simulcasting) for tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 19), due to the impending snow and ice storm. It’s the first cancellation of 2019.   Afternoon simulcasting is available until approximately 6 PM.  Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday night (Jan. 21), with the usual first post of 6:50 PM.
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International Moni's book full & closed

on 01/18/2019 3:56 PM
Hanover Shoe Farms announces that first-year trotting stallion International Moni’s book is full and closed for the 2019 breeding season.   Hanover and Moni Maker Stable wish to extend their gratitude to all breeders that bought a share in International Moni as well as to those that applied to breed mares to him.   The response to International Moni was truly overwhe...
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Northfield cancels Saturday due to storm

on 01/18/2019 3:03 PM
Due to high winds and heavy snow expected for Saturday night from Winter Storm Harvey, Northfield Park has canceled live racing for Saturday night.   Northfield Park will be open for day and evening simulcast wagering on Saturday.   Live racing will resume on Monday, Jan. 21,  at 6:00 p.m. (Northfield Park)
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Rick Zeron appeals ruling, granted stay

on 01/18/2019 9:29 AM
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario director of racing Brent Stone told via email Friday morning that Rick Zeron, who was handed a 180-day suspension and $10,000 fine as a result of several rules violations, has appealed his sanctions.   Stone said Zeron appealed the ruling to the Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP) on Thursday (Jan. 17) and on Friday the "HRA...
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Favorites falter in Blizzard opener

on 01/18/2019 9:05 AM
The weatherman says a blizzard could touch down in the area on Saturday, but there was a Blizzard sighting Thursday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park as the oval featured round one of the Blizzard Series for female pacers.   Protect Blue Chip rallied to a 1:55.4 triumph in her $17,000 division for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis.   The 4-year-old daug...
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Low payoff at Western Fair under investigation

on 01/18/2019 7:49 AM
An unusually low exactor payout in Wednesday’s (Jan. 16) seventh race prompted the Raceway at Western Fair District to contact Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) officials along with the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) representative in order to investigate the wagering patterns for that race and the origin of the winning tickets. The tote provider provide...
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Former IL governor pleads for horse racing

on 01/17/2019 6:26 PM
      As Gov. JB Pritzker takes the helm in Illinois, horsemen throughout the state, are urging his administration to include horse racing and its enormous contribution to the agribusiness industry when they explore new avenues to expand gaming.   “With more than $1 billion in contributions to the agribusiness economy of our state, horse racing must be in...
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2019 Kentucky fair dates set

on 01/17/2019 4:12 PM
The 2019 Kentucky fair season will once again kick off with the Purchase District Fair held in Mayfield, which will take place on June 6 with a post time of 5 pm CDT. The next two fairs will also take place in the western end of Kentucky.   LaCenter will host the Ballard County Fair on June 13 at 4 pm CDT and Paducah will host the McCracken County Fair June 24, 6 pm CDT. The...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/17/2019 4:08 PM
Photo King has been a hard-knocking trotter his entire career and after being claimed by trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. last week, the 12 year old will look for his 44th victory Friday at the Meadowlands. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Bamond explains to Gordon Waterstone why he claimed the veteran trotter.   Also, Indiana-based Walter Haynes Jr. is currently racing at Mi...
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Miller hopes Trolley keeps rolling on

on 01/17/2019 2:08 PM
Trolley is back on track. Trainer Erv Miller just hopes he can stay there. A 6-year-old male trotter, Trolley has won four of six races since returning from a 13-month absence because of a broken coffin bone. He won last week’s Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands by three-quarters of a length over Muscle Diamond and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line in Friday’s $...
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Woodbine Mohawk announces stakes schedule

on 01/17/2019 1:33 PM
Woodbine Entertainment on Thursday revealed its industry-leading $16 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2019.   The 2019 stakes schedule is headlined by the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15 and the return of the $6 million (US) Breeders Crown to Mohawk Park on Oct. 25 and 26.   This year’s Pepsi North America Cu...
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Deadline near for NJSDF mare registration

on 01/17/2019 1:02 PM
Owners of mares in foal that are based in New Jersey are reminded that the deadline to register a mare for the 2018 foaling season to the Standardbred Development Fund is Jan. 31.  The registration fee is $100 and the mare registration forms are available on the New Jersey Sire Stakes website— All checks should be made payable to the New Jersey Sire Stak...
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Dr. King Jr. Pace Friday at Big M

on 01/17/2019 11:18 AM
The Meadowlands will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special event Friday night, when they host a race that will feature African-American drivers exclusively in the first of 14 races on the card. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Mike Cruse’s name will be one of the more recognizable to Meadowlands' regulars. During his career, he’s won 282 races, the...
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Itty Bitty a pleasant surprise for Evan Katz

on 01/17/2019 11:07 AM
Owner Evan Katz makes a habit of perusing the listings on online auction sites. In fact, he checks them almost daily in the hopes of finding another horse to add to his stable. When Katz came across a listing for Itty Bitty in fall 2016, he found a diamond in the rough.   Then a freshman, the pacing filly by Always A Virgin out of the Warrior For Peace mare Bananih, had 15 starts on t...
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Sheila Napier named Caretaker of Year

on 01/17/2019 9:42 AM
Sheila Napier, who works in the Chris Beaver Stable, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Napier, 37, has worked for Beaver for three years, and in 2018 her horses included the $500,000-winning 3-year-old filly trotter Custom Cantab....
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Aaron Merriman drives 11,000th winner

on 01/17/2019 7:25 AM
Aaron Merriman scored the 11,000th win of his driving career while driving Brooklynite in Northfield Park’s 10th race on Wednesday (Jan. 16).  Brooklynite started from the second tier, brushed boldly and the half to take the lead and never looked back, winning by 5-¼-lengths in 1:52.    Merriman, 40, keeps a torrid schedule, regularly competing at Northfield P...
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Bud Hatfield 'feels like a kid again'

on 01/16/2019 3:01 PM
When it comes to racing, Bud Hatfield wouldn’t trade the feeling he gets from his horses for the world. In the past several years, the 69-year-old Ohioan has shared in ownership of a number of successful horses, including millionaire Bar Hopping and stakes-winners Wolfgang and You Know You Do. In December, he reached new heights when his Kissin In The Sand was named the 2018 Dan Patch A...
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DSOA awards banquet held

on 01/16/2019 11:06 AM
On Friday, Jan. 11, the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association held their 22nd annual awards dinner. On this evening the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champions were also honored, along with some other awards deserving recognition. The awards were emceed by Heather Vitale and Bill Ellis. In the beginning of the evening, a special tribute video was also played to honor the memory of H...
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Stage set for exciting year for Woodbine Ent.

on 01/15/2019 3:02 PM
The 2018 season was a very busy and exciting year on and off the track for Woodbine Entertainment.   “Reflecting back on the year that was, it’s remarkable to think of all that was accomplished and started in 2018,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “Our efforts have positioned us well to continue to tackle our challenges head on as we remain lase...
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Players qualify for World Harness Handicapping final

on 01/15/2019 12:26 PM
Stephanie Davis of Brooklyn, NY, captured the Jan. 12 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Davis cashed on three early show bets to keep her in the contest and used her remaining $94 on a win bet in Race 14 on Rather Swell.  Her win bet paid off at $754.40 giving her the $900 grand prize and a $1,300 seat int...
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