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World Trotting Conference Symposium underway

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
The World Trotting Conference Symposium opened to members of the public on Wednesday with a full day of sessions, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The schedule began with a keynote address from Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario CEO Jean Major, a regulator of gambling for the last 27 years. He said that since Ontario introduced legal casino gaming in 1992-93, horse racing ha...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
It's the Battle of the Sexes at Vernon Downs on Friday as recent Hambletonian Oaks champ Ariana G will take on her male peers in the Zweig Memorial. Ariana G beat the boys earlier this year in the Beal eliminations before settling for third in the final, and driver Yannick Gingras gave his thoughts about his talented filly to Gordon Waterstone in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview....
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James MacDonald takes lead in WDC

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
Canadian driver James MacDonald propelled himself back to the top of the 2017 World Driving Championship standings, overtaking Finland's Mika Forss after winning two of Tuesday night's (August 15) five tournament races at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. MacDonald, who entered the third leg of the Championship in second place behind Forss, drew first blood in the evening's first tournament ...
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C Mary upsets Shewearsthepants in Grassroots

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of $19,150 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies served as an appetizer for the third leg of the World Driving Championship at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening. The Ontario-sired fillies opened the program and it was immediately apparent that the track was fast and the racing would be fierce as C Mary downed heavy favorite Shewearsthepants, bringing the division...
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More first-time winners in PA stakes action

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
First-time Pennsylvania Stallion Series starters won all four divisions of the third preliminary leg for two-year-old filly pacers Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – with all four of the winners not assured of a Sire Stakes championship, but close to "on the bubble" for the rich final to be held at Pocono on Labor Day. Matt Kakaley handled two of Tuesday's winners, including the...
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Wings Of Royalty sets Saratoga record

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
The last time Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty) raced at Saratoga Casino Hotel, the George Ducharme trainee got away last in a mile that would be trotted in 1:54 by Ron Burke's Gural Hanover. In that start, Wings Of Royalty made a brief break approaching the half but still ended up finishing fourth after a late surge.   Following that start, Wings Of Royalty finished second in a tr...
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Ariana G heads to Zweig to take on colts

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
Ariana G, fresh off a lifetime-best 1:51.1 win in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, has been entered to race against colts in the Open event of the $320,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial on Friday night at Vernon Downs. Ariana G was considered for the Open division of the Hambletonian, but her connections chose instead to race her in an elimination and final format against fillies in the Hamb...
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Currier & Ives display at Saratoga Harness Museum

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to announce the opening of "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives."   This travelling exhibit, on loan from the Harness Hall of Fame & Museum in Goshen, NY, consists of a limited set of 33 reproduction prints from original Currier & Ives lithographs, plus four reader boards. The scenes illustrate harn...
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Eight entered in Sunday's Prix d'Ete

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
Eight top 4-year-old pacers in North America have entered the $200,000© Prix D'Ete that will take place on Sunday at Hippodrome 3R.   The post-position draw for the big race will be done live at H3R Wednesday night in the winner's circle after the fourth race on the program. H3R is hosting on Wednesday the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship in race...
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RUS Midatlantic Series to kick off at Ocean Downs

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 RUS MidAtlantic Monte Trotting Series kicks off this Sunday, August 20 at Ocean Downs and a select field of six trotters will be competing for a purse of $5,000 in this non-wagering event. The race is scheduled to be contested between the fifth and sixth races on the regular program. First race for the evening has a scheduled 7:05 p.m. post.   For the initial leg...
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Horseman William "Billy" Carroll dies at age 54

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
William James "Billy" Carroll passed away on July 26, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 54. He was born in Wilmington, Del. on July 31, 1962. He graduated from William Tennent High School and went on to study economics at Mercer County Community College. As a teenager, Carroll developed his love for harness racing working alongside his father and grandfather. Carroll's father, Bill Carr...
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Winbak's Goshen yearling videos online

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm is excited to be a partner in the third annual Goshen Yearling Sale, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY. Winbak's yearling lineup for the sale includes New York and Pennsylvania-sired yearlings.   The Goshen Yearling Sale videos for Winbak's lineup are now posted at http://www.winbakfarm.com/ for videos. Clic...
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Vodka N Lindy pulls PASS upset at Meadows

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
Vodka N Lindy stalked the 6-5 favorite, Treviso, from the pocket, then shot by her in the Lightning Lane to pull off the 6-1 upset in Wednesday's $142,654 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Fine Tuned Lady took the other division in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters known as the Meadow Bright. Treviso was looking to complete a sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs and had the ...
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World Trotting Conference kicks off in PEI

on 08/15/2017 2:00 AM
The 25th annual World Trotting Conference arrived in Charlottetown, PEI on Monday, Aug. 14.   Delegates and guests, from harness racing countries around the world, attended a welcome reception at the Delta Prince Edward, which was highlighted by opening remarks from Richard Brown, provincial Government House Leader and MLA for Charlottetown.   "Prince Edward Island is pro...
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Scuola Hanover upsets in PASS 2FP prelims

on 08/15/2017 2:00 AM
Scuola Hanover, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-So Artsi who cost $12,000 as a yearling, opened a big lead in the stretch, then held off the previously-unbeaten $550,000 yearling Come See The Show (Somebeachsomewhere-Put On A Show) in taking one of three divisions of the third preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Poc...
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Finland's Forss takes lead in WDC

on 08/15/2017 2:00 AM
Finland's Mika Forss took the lead in the 2017 World Driving Championship standings with three straight victories in the second leg of the competition on Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.   Canada's James MacDonald kicked off the second leg of the five-city World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada, at his home track with a victory in the first trotting contes...
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Maryland prelims continue for 2FTs & 2PCs

on 08/15/2017 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts were in action Monday night In Maryland Sires Stakes prelims at Ocean Downs.   The first division for pacing colts/geldings started the night with a stretch duel between a pair of Roger Hans trainees. When the timer tripped at 1:58.1 the pocket sitting Toms Titanosaurus (Cam's Rocket) was a neck in front of I Run The Show. Brian Bu...
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Linda Toscano, Ann Straatman elected to Society

on 08/15/2017 2:00 AM
At the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Hambletonian Society held in Rutherford, NJ, in conjunction with the 92nd Hambletonian stakes, two new members were elected to the board. Ann Straatman of Lucan, Ontario and Linda Toscano of Freehold, New Jersey, were elected to serve on the board of the Hambletonian Society. Both have diverse and long-term involvement in harness racing, and are d...
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COSA supports move to year-round at Mohawk

on 08/15/2017 2:00 AM
Regarding the recent announcement from WEG (Woodbine Entertainment Group) on the move to year-round racing at Mohawk, COSA (Central Ontario Standardbred Association) would like to inform its members that the Board of Directors are in favor of this decision. When the OLG made the decision to open eight new casinos in Ontario, Mohawk was not one of the designated sites. A fear of the WEG manageme...
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New-look KYSS begins Thursday at Red Mile

on 08/15/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 edition of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) begins on Thursday night with six divisions of freshman trotters split evenly between fillies and colts, each for a purse of $30,000 at The Red Mile.   The big news for the KYSS program this year is that the 2015 foals (2 year olds in 2017) will benefit from a mare residency policy for the first time. That policy contain...
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