Categories

PA champ Pedro Hanover debuts Saturday

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
After Pedro Hanover won last year's Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship for freshman colt and gelding pacers in early September, he figured to be a major player in harness racing's rich late-season stakes. The catch: he wasn't eligible to any of them except the Metro, where he finished third in the final.   "He had zero problems, but he wasn't staked to anything else," says his trainer,...
Read More

Meet of Champions kicks off Friday at Big M

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Friday night will kick off the 2018 Meet of Champions at the Meadowlands. Friday's feature is the sixth race, a conditioned pace for a purse of $17,500 where an accomplished field of seven pacing mares will go forth after the winner's share.   Despite showing individual sub-:27 final quarters in each of her last four past performance lines, Pat Lachance will race his good mare Penpal...
Read More

Sophomores impress in Mohawk qualifiers

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Mother Nature wasn't exactly in a kind mood to provide ideal conditions for Friday morning's qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A thick fog made the first few qualifiers almost impossible to view. Aggressive winds then blew in and sent the fog packing, but didn't let up through the remainder of the eight-race qualifying session. The track was listed as "Good" with a one-second variant....
Read More

Martin has high hopes for American Wiggle

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Back in November at the Standardbred Mixed Sale in Harrisburg, Pa., trainer Daniel Martin of St. Barnabe Nord along with co-owner Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, were looking to buy a racehorse that was something special.   That something special is named American Wiggle and Martin is certain that this horse will be the star of his stable in 2018. The purchase price was $55,000.   "W...
Read More

NJSS announces new purse schedule

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has established a new purse structure for the upcoming Premier Division season which is based upon the number of entrants in a race. Legs will be contested for $20,000 if there are eight or more entries, regardless of age, sex, or gait. If fewer than eight horses enter a leg, the purse will be $15,000, again regardless of age, sex, or gait. ...
Read More

Steve Smith drives 4,000th career winner

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
In Friday's fourth race at Freehold Raceway, driver Steve Smith left from the rail with Nora's Tandt and never looked back for his 4,00th career driving victory.   The 1:56.2 mile was a new lifetime mark for the 10-year-old pacing mare trained by Mark Infante. She is owned by Praim Harrinauth.   Since 1985 Smith has driven in nearly 35,000 races, with his mounts earning more t...
Read More

Windsun Glory captures Philly mare feature

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Windsun Glory, a mare looking to be on her way to better things, posted her second straight victory at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon (May 4), posting a clear victory in the $18,000 distaff pacing mares feature at the riverside oval. Driver Yannick Gingras moved the Mach Three mare to the lead in front of the stands and held sway from there, stepping home in :55.2 to equal her 1:51...
Read More

Rosemary Rose rallies to win at Miami Valley

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) captured the final Friday night Fillies and Mares Open Pace feature of the 2018 meet at Miami Valley Racing. The 4-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N won a come-from-behind thriller over Truth And Liberty (Aaron Merriman) and American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:51.2. Page was content to sit sixth as American Girl tripped the first three quarter pole beams in :26.2, ...
Read More

Wind storm forces cancellation at Mohawk

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
A powerful wind storm forced Friday night’s card at Woodbine Mohawk Park to be cut short after six-races.  The brutal wind storm, which caused power outages and injuries throughout the Halton Region, left Woodbine Mohawk Park without track lights and running on a back-up generator. Friday’s 11-race card got underway at 7:30 p.m. and a total of six-races was contested before it became ...
Read More

Horseman Bob Bloodgood passes at 73

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Horseman Robert "Bob" Bloodgood, 73, passed away April 29 after a long battle with cancer. He had resided in Pinehurst, N.C., where he was well known in the harness racing community. Born May 28, 1944, Mr. Bloodgood started his harness racing career with his father, Morgan, at Saratoga Raceway at an early age. He opened a public stable at Saratoga Raceway, then a few years later moved his ...
Read More

Will there be a big "statement" in PASS?

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
He didn't reach the championship leg of last year's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, but Closing Statement figures to have a lot to say Saturday at The Meadows when the PASS kicks off with the Bye Bye Byrd, a $169,288 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   The Kentucky Derby Day card also features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, a $15,000...
Read More

Ohio Sires Stakes 3YOs in action Sunday

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Six divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes sophomore trotting and pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Miami Valley starting gate on Sunday afternoon.   Twenty-two diagonally-gaited specialists and 29 sidewheelers passed the Miami Valley entry box, necessitating three divisions for each gait. First race post time is 2:05 p.m. (EDT)   Standouts returning from last season includ...
Read More

Thundercrest best at Pompano

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Thundercrest, handled by Dave Ingraham, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's top trot on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:55.4, equaling his lifetime best performance.   The ultra-consistent 5-year-old gelded son of Crest got up in the very last stride to edge by a stubborn Up The Alley, driven by Dewayne Minor--the winning margin being a head.   Boli, begi...
Read More

Road to Hambo starts with Dexter Cup

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Maxus did no work to advance to Saturday's $133,800 Dexter Cup final for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway, but the field's top money-earner might need to work a little bit extra to advance to the winner's circle this weekend.   One of three horses to skip last weekend's Dexter Cup elimination thanks to a bye based on career earnings, Maxus drew post No. 7 for the final, ...
Read More

Fashion Creditor nips Perseverance in Philly

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Favored Perseverance seemed to have everything going his way in the $18,000 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday – two of his six rivals made breaks before the quarter, and another rival, who had suffered early interference, made a crucial break after gaining the lead on the far turn – but waiting in the wings behind him was Fashion Creditor, who came strongly in the stretch ...
Read More

New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Temperatures are warming up fast on the East Coast and so too is the racing action as several of the sport's stars will be on the track this weekend. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras reveal their expectations for the 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, who starts from post 12 in Saturday's Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands in ...
Read More

Spoiler Alert: Spoiler Alert wins Mongeon final

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Thursday featured the conclusion of the sixth annual John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series at Saratoga Casino Hotel.  The Misty Carey-trained Spoiler Alert (Chapter Seven) drew the rail while seeking a sweep of the series. The only trotter to score victories in each of the series’ two legs, Spoiler Alert came into Thursday’s $32,700 final off a career-best 1:58 effort and was t...
Read More

Buff shines in Plainridge trot

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Making amends for a runner-up effort last week, Buff moved up in class, put in a game effort and came away with a win in the $14,000 Winners Over Trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon.  Last week’s winner, Manssive (Ron Cushing), took early command and cut quarters of :27 and :56.2 before Buff (Greg Merton) pulled first-over on the attack. Buff caught the tail of Manssiv...
Read More

Armbro Courage N scores at Pocono

on 05/02/2018 2:00 AM
The Courage Under Fire mare Ambro Courage N, often close but not successful against slightly-better at Yonkers recently, found the change to the mountain air just the tonic on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the $17,500 distaff pacing feature and reducing her lifetime mark to 1:51.3. Trainer Travis Alexander tapped Austin Siegelman to handle the winner, and "Ambro" ...
Read More

HHI comments on regulation, integrity

on 05/02/2018 2:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International supports the wisdom of regulation; however that regulation must be fair and reasonable to all concerned and geared towards the big picture goal. The big picture goal is to detect and prevent illicit substances from being administered to a horse leading to unfair performance enhancement in a race, and uniform unassailable enforcement with penalties adequate to det...
Read More