Fields set for Virginia Breeder’s Championships

on 10/01/2020 5:44 PM
Shenandoah Downs will play host to eight divisional Virginia Breeder's Championship races on Saturday with purses totaling $363,575. The eight will be run consecutively, kicking off a 16-race program which also features a pair of $7,000 Open Handicap Paces --- one for colts/geldings and one for mares.   The 2019 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacing Champion Nvrfearlloydishere defends h...
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Bluegrass at Red Mile, Dayton stakes in Weekend Preview

on 10/01/2020 4:24 PM
The stars of racing have converged on The Red Mile and the historic racetrack in Lexington, Ky., has three stakes-laden cards this weekend. The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the details of the six-day stakes meet featuring plenty of Grand Circuit racing action. The 2 year olds start things off Friday and Saturday, and then the 3 year olds battle on Sunday afternoon.  ...
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Faraldo issues statement re: on-track wagering and purses at Yonkers

on 10/01/2020 4:09 PM
Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA of NY) president Joe Faraldo has issued the following statement regarding the return of on-track wagering and purses at Yonkers Raceway:   The SOA of NY has made every effort to insure a continuity of personal aid and racing from the time of the shutdown of racing at Yonkers, through the resumption of racing in June and after the recent...
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Empire Horsemen oppose HISA

on 10/01/2020 12:33 PM
The Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance, representing harness horsemen, owners, trainers and other racing and agriculture industry stakeholders across New York State, opposes S.4547, the federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020. The mission of our Alliance is to support the harness racing industry statewide and to advocate for policies and programs that protect Standard...
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Players betting small, hitting big at Big M

on 10/01/2020 12:15 PM
Meadowlands fans were seen cashing some big tickets during the month of September, and those who collected used the track’s three smallest based-bet wagers to do it. The 20-cent Pick 6, offered nightly on races three through eight, returned an average of $4,113 during September, while the 20-cent Pick 5, which can be played both on races one through five and nine through 13, came back $...
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Ohio racing photographer Barry Conrad dies

on 10/01/2020 12:02 PM
Barry Conrad, who documented many years of Little Brown Jugs and races throughout Ohio, from Scioto Downs to the county fairs, has died. Mr. Conrad had battled a blood disorder for the past couple of years. He watched this year's racing from the Delaware County Fair, but was in hospice and died shortly before midnight on Wednesday (Sept. 30).   More details will be posted when avail...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park expanding MIC'D UP

on 10/01/2020 11:13 AM
Woodbine Entertainment is excited to announce today that through a new partnership with Infotrac – The Hazmat Solution Company and the Worldwide Leader In Emergency Response Services – the expansion of the popular MIC’D UP segment from Woodbine Mohawk Park.    MIC’D UP offered horseplayers and fans an opportunity to get closer to the action by attaching a ...
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Standardbred ownership a great hobby for Wahlstedt

on 10/01/2020 10:50 AM
Rick Wahlstedt owns fine-dining restaurants across the U.S., so his ownership of racehorses provides a welcome distraction from the demands of his everyday business life.   Even if it’s not always a relaxing distraction.   “I’m more nervous at a horse race than I am opening a restaurant,” Wahlstedt said with a laugh. “The restaurant, I can cont...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Morning With Champions

on 10/01/2020 10:32 AM
Well, I’m going backwards. When Security Barbara took my temperature this glorious Thursday morning at The Red Mile, I was at 94.1. I asked if she could check my pulse and make sure I was still breathing. Barbara told me she passes the time on her phone or reading, and when she gets done at noon she heads to the backstretch as she operates the Magna Wave machine.   Although it w...
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Big Al M fastest of four DSBF splits

on 09/30/2020 11:58 PM
Bobby Myers’ Big Al M ($3.40, Eddie Davis Jr.) was the fastest of four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 2-year-old trotting divisional winners Wednesday(Sept 30)at Harrington Raceway. The Anders Bluestone gelding marched to the lead from post seven and never relented over Altar Call and Roll Juan. Trained by Eric Davis, “Al” redeemed himself after hitting the...
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Billy Davis Jr. wins six Wednesday at Batavia

on 09/30/2020 10:33 PM
Heavy rain, strong winds and sloppy goings were not the best conditions for racing on Wednesday night (Sept. 30), but they were no match for the storm Billy Davis Jr. kicked up on the track while winning six of the 13 races at Batavia Downs.   Davis came out of the gate strong, winning both ends of the double with Surfers Paradise (1:57.3, $3.10) and The Land Shark (2:01.2, $14.80) an...
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Abigail Dawn first when it counted in Philly feature

on 09/30/2020 9:22 PM
Four of the six entrants in the $11,600 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon had the lead at some point of the race; the one who had it when it counted most was the Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn, who won in 1:52.   D Gs Elsa, leaving from the outside post, streaked by favored Apple Hanover going to the 1/8, looping Abigail Dawn and Anytime N; Appl...
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Front-end score for Crisp Mane in Meadows feature

on 09/30/2020 9:21 PM
Crisp Mane thwarted the first-over challenge of Always Giggling en route to victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Crisp Mane and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. used their rail position effectively, powering to the point and seating Amelias Courage A and Always Giggling. Always Giggling charged hard near the three-quarters, but Crisp Mane ...
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Standardbred Racing Investigative Fund launched

on 09/30/2020 1:54 PM
The Standardbred Racing Investigative Fund (SRIF) announced its formal launch on Tuesday, Sept. 29. SRIF is a 501(c)(3) corporation formed to fund expert investigations into matters concerning the health and welfare of horses in the harness racing industry, such as prohibited medication practices and fraudulent trainer listings. “Independence and confidentiality must go hand-in-hand to ...
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O'Brien Awards gala to be a virtual event

on 09/30/2020 1:17 PM
Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors Wednesday announced that the 2020 O’Brien Awards Gala will be a virtual event.   “The harsh reality is that the pandemic is still here and large gatherings of crowds won’t be possible for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, the Board has decided to move forward with the planning of a virtual event for the 202...
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SOANY opposes Horse Racing Integrity Act

on 09/30/2020 12:46 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY), representing thousands of harness horsemen across New York State, strongly opposes S.4547, the federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020. While our harness horsemen absolutely take issues of safety and integrity seriously, the fact of the matter is that this legislation was clearly written specifically for the Thoroughbred in...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Season 18 premier!

on 09/30/2020 10:52 AM
Let’s get this started with the most important number of the day: 96. No, before y’all get excited and think that’s the price of gas in Lexington, it’s my temperature as taken by Barbara, the security guard keeping an eye on things at The Red Mile due to covid-19 protocols. Don’t worry, my normal temperature is never higher than 97.4.   Honestly, a few we...
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Western NY horseman Larry Draper, 76, dies

on 09/30/2020 8:59 AM
Larry I. Draper of Cheektowaga, NY, entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 26. Mr. Draper was born in Warsaw, NY, and grew up in western New York and after leaving school, joined the United States military and proudly served his country during the Viet Nam war. After his term of service was over, Mr. Draper returned home to his family and worked hard to support them. But he also got involved ...
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Alicorn back in Ontario SS Gold winner's circle

on 09/30/2020 8:57 AM
Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and both Alicorn and Rose Run Victoria returned to the winner’s circle after a three-month absence. Alicorn lined up at post 3 in the first $105,600 Gold division with regular pilot Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike. The fan favorites got away fou...
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Cinder's Baby, Stealing Bases sweep in DSBF legs

on 09/29/2020 8:13 PM
Eli Beiler, Clint Crellin and Elam Esh’s Cinder’s Baby ($2.10, Art Stafford Jr.) was the fastest of a trio of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 divisions Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:57.1 win.   The Rockabillie filly completed a sweep of her divisions after her 1:59 win in round one on Sept. 22. Trained by her driver, Cinder’s Baby imp...
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