Categories

Hawthorne Race Course set for harness Friday

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Baby it's cold outside,  as the song goes. Nothing could be any truer than those lyrics here in Chicago but the harness racing action will be heating things up starting on Friday (Jan. 5) at Hawthorne Race Course.  Despite a stretch of record-breaking cold in which temperatures have struggled to get into the single digits during daylight hours, a track crew of more than 100 h...
Read More

US harness handle declines by 4.39% in 2017

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Total wagering on harness racing at US racetracks in 2017 was $1,383,189,222, a 4.39 percent decrease, which was down $63,579,485, from the $1,446,768,707 bet in 2016. The 2017 per race average wagering was $37,327, three dollars more than the $37,324 average from a year ago, while total race days declined 1.77 percent to 3,610 days, compared with 3,675 in 2016. Please note: Includes U.S...
Read More

Woodbine resumes live racing on Jan. 6

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Following a brief break, live Standardbred racing resumes Saturday evening, Jan. 6, at Woodbine Racetrack for the first card of 2018. A new post time of 7:10 p.m. will be in effect when racing resumes on Saturday.   The opening card of the 2018 season will feature 12 races and all the signature wagers of the Woodbine Standardbred product, including the $50,000 Pick 5, $50,000 Early ...
Read More

Tony Morgan wins 16,000th career race

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
It didn't take Tony Morgan long on Wednesday at Dover Downs to become only the second driver in harness history to drive 16,000 winners in a career.   The 59-year-old Morgan drove Pippy Longstocking to victory in 1:56.1 to win the first race on the card. Then he guided Killean Finale home in 1:56.1 in the second race for the memorable 16,000th.   Morgan is second in winning dr...
Read More

Morgan adds feature win to momentous day

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
It was a BIG day for Tony Morgan. Needing two wins to reach 16,000, Morgan quickly responded taking both ends of the Dover Downs daily double to attain his milestone, on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Then Morgan, who won four races, is only the second driver in harness racing history to drive 16,000 winners in a career, displayed a perfect drive behind Divas Image, to win the $25,000 Mares Open by a nose...
Read More

Ohio vet Dr. William Paul dies at 77

on 01/02/2018 12:00 AM
Well-known Ohio veterinarian William Glessner Paull, DVM, 77, died Dec. 30 at his home. "Doc" was known to many as a hard-working veterinarian who positively impacted numerous people. He was born April 4, 1940 and raised in Wheeling, W.Va., as the son of William and Kathryn (Foulk) Paull. He graduated from The Linsly School in Wheeling and then majored in agricultu...
Read More

Batavia horseman Franny Bond dies at 86

on 01/02/2018 12:00 AM
Francis R. Bond, 86, a longtime owner, driver and trainer at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway, died peacefully Tuesday morning (Dec. 26) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY. "Franny" Bond was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on July 27, 1931. He became a Marine after leaving school and began boxing while in the service in the Armed Forces Title Fights. He fought in the lightweight class ...
Read More

NY owner Samuel Camarata dies at 79

on 01/02/2018 12:00 AM
Samuel M. Camarata passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday (Dec. 24) at age 79. Early in his life, Mr. Camarata developed a love of harness racing after regularly attending Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceway while working in New York City. He later started the Cam Car Stable that featured most of his horses using the Cam Car surname. His most successful horse was Cam Car Expres...
Read More

Michele Kopiec promoted to USTA manager

on 01/02/2018 12:00 AM
Michele Kopiec, who has worked at the US Trotting Association since 1999, has been promoted to Racetrack Operations and Licensing Manager for the organization. In addition, she has been named as the USTA’s alternate representative to the board of directors of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program. Previously as a USTA racetrack support (RTS) specialist, Kopiec assisted in developi...
Read More

President's Awards to Burkett, Settlemoir

on 01/02/2018 12:00 AM
Positive commentary and industrious promotion of harness racing are the best ways to gain new owners, fans and gamblers as well as retain the ones already engaged in order to keep this industry viable for the next generation. And there is no one that does these things more effectively on a daily basis than T.J. Burkett and Jason Settlemoir. As a result, they will each be presented an USHWA Pre...
Read More

Phoenix Warrior N takes Meadows feature

on 01/02/2018 12:00 AM
Phoenix Warrior N stalked Lincolnjames from the pocket, then blew by him in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday’s (Jan. 2) $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. In the season-opening featured race, with the weather frigid but sunny, Lincolnjames quarter-poled to the front and turned back the first-over challenge of Nimble And Quick. But he was no matc...
Read More

Drachan Hanover wins Pompano NYE feature

on 01/01/2018 12:00 AM
Drachan Hanover, masterfully handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's New Year's Eve featured $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday, stopping the timer in 1:52. The then 5-year-old gelded son of Jereme's Jet led at every station in scoring a neck victory over Sing For Me George, driven by John MacDonald. Sir Mammo, with Ricky Macomber in the bike, was thi...
Read More

Dead-heat feature kicks off 2018 at Dover

on 01/01/2018 12:00 AM
The photo-finish camera was needed to decide a four-horse photograph enabling race-favorite Splashed and 22-1 shot Great Kate to get their picture taken in the 1:55.1 feature trot on a chilly Monday with temperatures in the low teens at Dover Downs. In addition, Sheer Assault (Corey Callahan) and Pure Kemp (Art Stafford Jr.) were noses away finishing third and fourth, respectively, before t...
Read More

Rock Of Cashel rocks in Meadowlands win

on 12/31/2017 12:00 AM
 Rock Of Cashel returned from a four-month layoff a week ago and raised a few eyebrows with his impressive win off a live-cover trip in 1:53.4. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, he proved that was no fluke. The 7-year-old son of Majestic Son went a tougher journey this time around, but the result was the same as the Mark Harder trainee went parked for the final five-eighths of a mile ...
Read More

McNair set to defend Drivers Championship

on 12/31/2017 12:00 AM
Many of the continent's most talented and prolific drivers will descend on Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio from Jan. 7-9to determine the winner of the second annual North America Drivers Championship.  Doug McNair, one of six Canadians entered in the 2018 contest, will return to defend his title. Eight of the contestants have recorded over 5,000 driving wins in their careers wit...
Read More

Propulsion wins Prix d'Amerique prep in Paris

on 12/31/2017 12:00 AM
The US-bred Propulsion, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström and trained by Daniel Redén, was an easy winner of the third qualifying race for the Prix d’Amerique, the Prix de Bourgogne, held Sunday (Dec. 31) at the Vincennes track in Paris. Propulsion had the lead for most of the race. The mile rate time for the 2,700 meters was 1:53.2. Defending Prix d'Amerique champion Bold Eagle, dr...
Read More

Speed kills at The Meadowlands on Friday night

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
The first of the wire-to-wire victors was Scirocco Jakob for driver Billy Dobson and trainer Gregory White. After starting out at 15-1 on the morning line, the 6-year-old gelding trotted the mile in 1:55.1 and returned $17.20 to win as the 7-1 fifth choice in the wagering. In the second division for trotters, Montalbano Bi held on by a nose over a fast-closing Fleet Bumblebee in 1:55.2. The ...
Read More

Nuncio retired, to stand at stud in Sweden

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
Nuncio, the 2014 Kentucky Futurity winner and 2016 Elitlopp champion, will not be contesting the 2018 Prix d'Amerique in Paris. According to reports, he has been retired from racing and will be standing at stud at Menhammar Stud in Sweden in 2018. On Dec. 30, owner/trainer Stefan Melander told the Swedish trotting press that he has sold a share in Nuncio to Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, who ...
Read More

Juslikeaqueen stars at Hollywood Dayton

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
Juslikeaqueen continued her every-other-week winning tradition on Friday night (Dec. 29) during Hollywood Dayton Raceway’s penultimate program of their 2017 meet. The 3-year-old Palone Ranger-sired filly captured the $18,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace following an hour-long delay to grade snow off the racing surface. Jerseylicious (Tyler Smith), making her 100th career start with $775,540 ba...
Read More

Siblings capture trot features at The Meadows

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
For the second time in 10 days, Classicality turned back the challenge of Wind Of The North and captured Saturday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. On Dec. 20, Classicality pocketed Wind Of The North and drew away from him late. Saturday’s challenge was more serious, as Wind Of The North pulled even with Classicality into the final turn.  ...
Read More