Van Otterloo, Eick win HHYF scholarships

on 06/26/2020 12:11 PM
Matthew Van Otterloo from Rock Valley, Iowa has been selected as the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship recipient from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF). Matthew comes from a family of harness horsemen and will study Animal Science/Pre Vet at Dordt University as an incoming freshman this fall.   In her letter of reference, FFA Advisor at Western Christian High School Kyl...
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Canadian Hall of Fame cancels 2020 inductions

on 06/26/2020 10:05 AM
At a meeting held June 23, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (CHRHF) made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Gala, due to the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is the intention of the CHRHF to induct the Class of 2020, along with those inducted in 2021, at ceremonies tentatively scheduled to take place during ...
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Blooded Horse Summer Sale to offer online bidding

on 06/26/2020 9:50 AM
The 64th annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale will be held Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio.   Black type yearlings will sell on Tuesday with mixed horses rounding out that day and continuing into Wednesday. The deadline for black type entries is July 1; mixed horses will be taken through July 20 or until full. “People...
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Make reservations now for Big M's Breakfast With The Babies

on 06/26/2020 9:04 AM
The popular Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) endeavor of enjoying the future stars of the sport while having coffee and bagels with other fans returns this Saturday morning at 9 a.m.   The New Jersey SBOA will again generously sponsor the bagels, muffins and refreshments provided for those who enjoy watching the freshman pacers and trotters get their early lessons. Baby race proofs wi...
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Sister Sledge set for '20 debut in Arden Downs 3FT

on 06/26/2020 9:01 AM
The Meadows kicks off its reconfigured stakes season Saturday, and the opening event has attracted one of harness racing’s budding superstars. Sister Sledge, who banked $555,313 at two and finished second in Dan Patch Award voting, will make her seasonal debut in the $53,528 Arden Downs for 3-year-old filly trotters.   The stake goes as races 7 and 10. Sister Sledge will leave f...
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Galanti named track superintendent at Batavia Downs

on 06/26/2020 8:39 AM
Longtime Western Regional Off-Track Betting (WROTBC) employee Aaron Galanti was named the new track track superintendent at Batavia Downs on Thursday after Fran Mruczek announced his retirement on Monday, June 22. Galanti has worked under Mruczek for a number of years.   Galanti joined WROTBC, the owner of Batavia Downs, in 2008 and has worked with the track crew since 2009.  ...
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Lexington Selected: All systems go!

on 06/26/2020 8:37 AM
The dates are set, Lexington Selected's sale managers are currently on the road inspecting yearlings, and all systems are go for the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 10 at the beautiful Fasig-Tipton sales grounds in Lexington, Ky.   "With all the uncertainty out there, we just want to be sure that horsemen and women know that...
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Hartt to also auction off Next Generation 2FP slot

on 06/26/2020 8:34 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will again benefit from the proceeds of the sale of an entry into the Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs, scheduled for July 4.  Billy Hartt will place his entry into the 2-year-old filly race up for auction June 28 on  Hartt says proceeds from the action with be donated to the OHHA.   Hartt purchased an...
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Fanning, Tetrick, Smith take Philly features

on 06/25/2020 10:18 PM
Trainer Tom Fanning, driver Tim Tetrick, and owner Joseph Smith combined to win the two fast-class events during the “Trottin’ Thursday” card at Harrah’s Philadelphia, while a few younger horses showed themselves ready for stakes action with convincing victories.   The top purse event was a $14,400 event taken by the Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm, whom Tetric...
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Fashionwoodchopper wins Vernon feature

on 06/25/2020 10:16 PM
Fashionwoodchopper (Claude Huckabone III) captured the $5,600 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday (June 25). Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) broke sharp and took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time.  Warrawee Preferred then went on by to take them to a first quarter of :26.4.  He then used a :29.2 second quarter to take them to the half in :56.1.&...
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Faraldo: Genting won't open Monticello

on 06/25/2020 10:12 PM
The following was written by Joseph Faraldo, an attorney representing the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association. Faraldo is also president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New Ork, which represents  horsemen racing at Yonkers. The New York Racing Association recently announced that the number of wagers being placed on thoroughbred horse races at Belmont Park Racetrack...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/25/2020 4:00 PM
The Meadowlands Pace eliminations are just two weeks away, and Tall Dark Stranger will get a bit of a head start over rival Papi Rob Hanover as the Nancy Takter trainee will make his 2020 debut Saturday night at the Meadowlands. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Takter gives an update on TDS, who will race against older horses off an impressive qualifying victory. Takter al...
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Bontz N three-peats in Saratoga F&M Open

on 06/25/2020 3:44 PM
Her most recent trips to the winner’s circle were separated by more than three months but on Thursday afternoon Bontz N (American Ideal) recorded her third consecutive victory in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A nominee for Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year in 2019 in her first season at the Spa, Bontz N has enjoyed a strong start to her ’20 campaign. winning ...
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Stall applications for Red Mile now online

on 06/25/2020 3:38 PM
The stall application for the upcoming 2020 meet for The Red Mile is now available on the, under Horsemen, Official Forms.   In addition to a signed stall application there are two waivers that must be signed and returned with the application, before stall are granted.  You may email these documents also to Tom Agosti, the Race Secretary, at
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Northville to hold qualifiers; live racing still on hold

on 06/25/2020 1:03 PM
The following order was issued Thursday morning from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). It allows Northville Downs to conduct qualifiers at their facility in accordance with the Horse Racing Law of 1995, MCL 431.301 to MCL 431.336, the administrative rules, and the Executive Director orders: Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-110 the racetrack still remains closed to ingress, egres...
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Big M back this weekend after $4-million night

on 06/25/2020 12:27 PM
It was neither Hambletonian Day nor Meadowlands Pace Night, but you couldn’t tell that from the betting at the Big M Saturday night. Wagering surpassed the $4-million mark for the first time on a “non-event” card since March 1, 2014, as a total of $4,100,386 was pushed through the windows on June 20. The track did program 18 races – five more than usual – to...
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Michigan horseman Bob Sampson dies at 74

on 06/25/2020 10:45 AM
Robert Harold Sampson, of Croswell, Mich., died Tuesday, June 23, at his home. He was 74.   He was born May 26, 1946, in Port Huron, son of the late Harold and Lela (Parkin) Sampson. He married Denise A. Johnston on Oct. 17, 1982, in Brown City. Mr. Sampson was a trainer and driver of Standardbreds. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Croswell America...
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Foulk to auction off Next Generation 2FP slot to benefit OHHA

on 06/25/2020 8:37 AM
The Foulk Stable will auction off one of its two entries in the Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs, scheduled for July 4, with the proceeds benefiting the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association.  Chad Foulk announced his stable’s entry into the 2-year-old filly pace will go up for auction Sunday night on HoofBid.   Foulk purchased an entry into both the filly rac...
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May Baby noses out Rock Swan in battle of Indiana stars

on 06/25/2020 8:33 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted the first stakes event of the 2020 live racing season on Wednesday with the $33,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies highlighting the evening’s 14-race card. As the top 2-year-old trotting fillies in the Hoosier state last season, Rock Swan and May Baby picked up right where they left off and renewed their ...
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NYSS sophomore trotters shine at Vernon

on 06/24/2020 10:00 PM
Vernon Downs hosted two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Wednesday (June 24). Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) was the impressive winner in the $59,000 first division of the NYSS. Take The Credit (Andy Miller) took the early lead but Bluffinner (Trond Smedshammer) found the front before hitting the first quarter in :28.0.  He...
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