Zeron, Atlanta dq'd as O'Brien finalists

on 01/11/2019 1:17 PM
On Jan. 9, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued trainer-driver Rick Zeron a fine of $10,000 and suspension of 180 days. As a result, Standardbred Canada has disqualified Mr. Zeron as a finalist for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship, as well as 3-year-old trotting filly, Atlanta, trained and co-owned by Mr. Zeron. Standardbred Canada’s O’Brien Award e...
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Woodbine Ent., COSA reach 5-year deal

on 01/11/2019 12:01 PM
Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) jointly announced Friday the agreement in principle of a new five-year deal that includes an investment in capital upgrades and an increase in purses, further solidifying Woodbine Mohawk Park as one of the leaders in total purses paid for Standardbred racetracks in North America.   “The futur...
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Blake MacIntosh hopes for big year

on 01/11/2019 9:21 AM
Blake MacIntosh has to wait several months to see if multiple-stakes-winner Courtly Choice can return this year to take care of unfinished business — more on that in a moment — but only a day to get an indication whether Clear Idea can return to business as usual. Clear Idea, a 5-year-old female pacer, was a steady money-earner for trainer MacIntosh through the first 42 races of her c...
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McClure wins 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park

on 01/11/2019 9:19 AM
Reinsman Bob McClure put on a show Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park by driving six winners on the 10-race card.   The Elora, Ont. resident had a drive in all 10 of Thursday's races and made a statement early by sweeping the opening three races on the card before earning his next three victories in the sixth race and the Late Double.   Adding to the impressi...
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It's new! HarnessRacing Weekend Preview!

on 01/10/2019 4:17 PM
The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has a special edition of Backstretch with Gordon as Gordon Waterstone hit the road earlier in the week for the finals of the North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley. Spend the day with Gordon as he logged in nearly four miles of walking on the afternoon.   Also, trainer Anette Lorentzon talked to Kathy Parker about her hopes fo...
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Living Horse Hall of Fame honorees announced

on 01/10/2019 3:47 PM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2019 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous, and racehorse/stallion A...
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NJ horse owner Anthony Romano, 82, dies

on 01/10/2019 3:34 PM
Anthony L. Romano, 82, of Barnegat, NJ., died Jan. 9 at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin, NJ. Born in Mamaroneck, N.Y., he lived in North Brunswick for 36 years before moving to Barnegat 18 years ago. Mr. Romano was a superintendent and vice president at Napp-Greco, Newark, for 60 years before retiring in 2015. A horse racing enthusiast, he enjoyed many racetracks, but was especially ...
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TVG to hold online qualifier to WHHC

on 01/10/2019 1:45 PM
TVG, part of the FanDuel Group and premier advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, is pleased to announce it will hold the first in a series of online live-money qualifying events as part of the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC). The TVG qualifier will take place this Saturday, Jan. 12, and requires players to make ten $10 win/place wagers on any races from the Meadowlands, Woodbine...
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Big M rings in new year with big business

on 01/10/2019 11:40 AM
Business was brisk at the Meadowlands as the 2019 racing calendar year kicked off last weekend (Jan. 4-5) at the mile oval with bettors pushing a little more than $5.6 million through the windows over the course of the two-card race week.   Wagering was almost identical on the pair of 13-race programs, with $2,831,028 bet on Friday before $2,856,661 in action was taken Saturday. The a...
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CHHA Stallion Auction to begin January 31

on 01/10/2019 9:34 AM
The CHHA Stallion Auction will run from Thursday, January 31 through Saturday, February 2, 2019. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion or a breeding you own but do not plan to use. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit  Breeding donation forms are available to download from our website at
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Polvinale wins USHWA President's Award

on 01/09/2019 2:41 PM
John Polvinale, who started the Facebook website Harness Racing History to share his extensive collection of memorabilia and has curated it to grow into one of harness racing’s most popular sites in the new technology, has been named the winner of a President’s Award by U.S. Harness Writers Association head Shawn Wiles for his contribution to the knowledge and enjoyment of the s...
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Putnam new Ind. Standardbred president

on 01/08/2019 9:11 PM
With a new year comes a new board into the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA). The directors met for the first time as a new unit Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. One of the items on the agenda was to elect new officers and for the first time since 2010, a new president will lead the organization.   Joe Putnam, longtime ISA director and Indiana horseman, was elected as the new ISA President. A...
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Noble tops Miller in MVG driving tourney

on 01/08/2019 8:00 PM
Former North American dash champion Dan Noble, who won that title in 2011 with 773 victories, accumulated 112 points over his eight drives on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 8) to capture the 2019 edition of Miami Valley Raceway’s annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship.  He follows in the footsteps of Doug McNair and Trace Tetrick, who won the $10,000 first prize in the initial two c...
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Gingras wins 7,000th career race

on 01/08/2019 7:24 AM
Yannick Gingras was so giddy Yonkers Raceway began its 2019 season Monday night he popped in and reached a driving milestone. Career win 7,000.  It took until the finale and odds-on fave Prologue ($2.90) lasting on the lead to get Monsieur Gingras to the Promised Land, doing so by a diminishing nose in 1:53.2 Gingras, who began the dozen-race dossier needing three wins to reac...
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Baillargeon barn hits Mohawk grand slam

on 01/07/2019 10:11 PM
Musical Rhythm pulled off a 12-1 upset in Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park to complete a ‘Grand Slam’ for trainer Ben Baillargeon.   Freezing rain had no impact on Baillargeon trainees, as four of his five starters on Monday’s 10-race card visited the winner’s circle. Those that supported the veteran trainer’s horses at the windows ...
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Field set for NA Drivers Championship final

on 01/07/2019 8:56 PM
The stage is set for the Championship Round of Miami Valley’s third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship on Tuesday afternoon. In one of the closest races in the contest’s short history, the field of driver finalists was whittled from 30 to 10 after two preliminary rounds to engage in an eight-race head-to-head battle for the trophy, the title and the...
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Tactical Landing exempt from “Gural rule”

on 01/07/2019 8:54 PM
On Jan. 7, Jeff Gural granted Tactical Landing an exemption from the Stallion Restriction Rule due to an injury he suffered while racing. The exemption means that Tactical Landing’s first crop of foals and those thereafter will be eligible to compete in all stakes at the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs that include the Stallion Restriction Condition. Tactical Landing s...
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WHHC date changed to April 13

on 01/07/2019 1:28 PM
The 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) presented by — offering a record $150,000 prize pool — has been pushed back a week to  Saturday, April 13. The adjustment will ensure all partner outlets have enough time to run their qualifiers and allow players more time to buy-in.  The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by Derby...
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Brennan driving at Yonkers after Big M spill

on 01/07/2019 11:19 AM
Driver George Brennan told Monday morning that except for some minor bruising he is fully recovered from a race spill Friday night at the Meadowlands. Brennan was dumped to the track when he and driver Andy Miller hooked sulky wheels while crossing the wire in Race 9.   “Right at the wire we hooked wheels and I got flipped out,” said Brennan, who was tran...
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Brett Miller leads Tharps in MVG tourney

on 01/06/2019 8:58 PM
Brett Miller enjoys a slim lead after the first of two preliminary rounds in the $25,000 North America Drivers Championship currently being contested at Miami Valley Raceway.  The native Ohioan, who plans to return to the Buckeye State for the 2019 season, accumulated 75 points with a win, a second, a third and a fourth place finish in his four drives.  Randy Tharps, who scored the only ...
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