Categories

Pacing mares featured Friday at Meadowlands

on 11/22/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands weekend racing picks up on Friday evening with a dozen solid overnight events presented for your pari-mutuel pleasure.   Friday's card is the standard fare of pacing mares, trotters and a single division of the GSY amateur series.   The twin $17,500 features are the mare condition pace in race six and the G-Note trotting final in the seventh.   ...
Read More

Batavia adds 2 race dates in December

on 11/22/2016 12:00 AM
The New York State Gaming Commission has approved a request from Western Regional Off Track Betting (WROTB) to extend the current Batavia Downs meet by two days: Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, will be added to the current schedule.   Post time for Dec. 16 will be 6:15 p.m. and Dec. 17 will be 5 p.m.   "WROTB asked for the additional days to ma...
Read More

Aylor Memorials contested at Pompano Park

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Four Melvyn Aylor Memorial events, honoring the memory of the late, great Florida horseman, were contested at Pompano Park on Sunday night.   Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther established new lifetime marks with their winning efforts, Famous C recovered from an early miscue to win hers and I'm Done held on for dear life at the end of his mile to eke out the close victory. &nbs...
Read More

"Shine" returns to Rosecroft with Potomac Pace

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Brian Burton stood in the paddock before the first race one recent evening at Rosecroft and was asked what the significance is of Tuesday evening's $100,000 Potomac Pace at the 67-year-old Standardbred facility.   The trainer/driver didn't hesitate.   "It gives us a little shine," he said. It's been nearly 10 years since Rosecroft held a race worth $100,000 or mor...
Read More

Marion Marauder to race in 2017

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
The connections of 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder 3,1:51.3 ($1,766,518) have announced that plans to syndicate and stand the stallion at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario have changed.   Acting as agent for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Preferred Equine Marketing's David Reid said preliminary results indicate a probability that Marion Marauder would not be able...
Read More

Hickory Lane partner Leonard Buckner dies

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Leonard Buckner, 83 of Apple Creek, Ohio, successful businessman, prominent horse owner and partner of Hickory Lane Farm, died Saturday, Nov. 19, after a brave 12-year battle with kidney disease.   Some of Mr. Buckner's most successful racehorses included world champions Golly Too and Doc Mistake, Ruffstuff Baker, Lovin Every Moment and Picture This.   Leonard and hi...
Read More

Breeder-owner Erkki Laakkonen dies at 71

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that well-known Standardbred breeder/owner Erkki Laakkonen has passed away at the age of 75. Mr. Laakkonen passed on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Finland.   Many of the horses that Mr. Laakkonen bred were known for their "EL" moniker.   Mr. Laakkonen's most famous horses are super sire Andover Hall (3,1:51.3 [$875,047]), the double millionaire ...
Read More

Haskell pleads guilty to charges in Ontario

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
On Monday, in Ontario Superior Court, horseman Chris Haskell pleaded guilty charges to fraud and attempted fraud over $5,000 in relation to incidents in 2010 at the now-shuttered Windsor Raceway.   A story on the situation by the Windsor Star states that an agreed statement of facts were read in court outlining that Haskell was caught on camera injecting a horse ...
Read More

Shamballa looks for starring role in Potomac

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Shamballa has clashed with Always B Miki and/or Wiggle It Jiggleit in his six most recent starts, each time finishing behind harness racing's highly celebrated superstars.   With Always B Miki recently retired and Wiggle It Jiggleit on a much-deserved vacation, Shamballa will assume the starring role in Tuesday evening's $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. ...
Read More

Rockn Stien is fine in Dayton feature

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
 Rockn Stien, still in the Halloween spirit, was frighteningly good on Monday afternoon as he bested eight rivals in the $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 4-year-old son of Valley Victor, with driver Josh Sutton in tow, got looped out of the gate by Banker Volo (Kyle Ater) and Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn), but didn’t wait long before abandoning the pylons for an outer...
Read More

Crosby upsets in DSBF; Progress field set

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
A 17-1 shot, Linda MacDonald and Susan Durham’s homebred Crosby came from fifth at the three-quarters with George Dennis piloting to pass horses in deep stretch for a 2:03.3 victory to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) championship on Monday at Dover Downs. Check Six and Manhattan Beach each won their $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace eliminations while Lit...
Read More

LA Delight tabbed Courageous Lady favorite

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday evening at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America’s top 3-year-old filly pacers and once again has attracted an impressive slate of talent.   This year’s Jugette winner, LA Delight, will start from post eight and has been named the 5-2 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President o...
Read More

Thats The Ticket wins Three Diamonds

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
Thats The Ticket charged home to win the $427,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies at odds of 5-1 Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Chris Ryder trained pacing filly was able to convert off a perfect third-over trip from driver David Miller for her second win in 14 starts. IdyllicBeach, the 6-5 favourite, left out hard to grab command ahead of a pesky Someomensom...
Read More

Magic Presto launches to Goldsmith Maid victory

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
Sent off the 5-2 second choice, Magic Presto sat a pocket trip to 3-5 favorite Princess Aurora before edging off the pylons in the stretch and sweeping to a 1:55.4 victory in the $447,000 Goldsmith Maid Final Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Brian Sears guided Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee Magic Presto to the front before the first turn, with Temple Ruins tucking into second and P...
Read More

Snowstorm Hanover blasts rivals in Valley Victory

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
Snowstorm Hanover grabbed control early in the mile and coasted around the Woodbine oval to a 1:55.1 win as the 7-5 public choice in the $404,000 Valley Victory Final on Saturday evening. The Ron Burke-trained colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover was sent to the front by driver Matt Kakaley, trotting splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Into the final turn, Sn...
Read More

Downbytheseaside wins with authority in Governor’s Cup

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
Downbytheseaside got one back on rival Huntsville Saturday night in the $520,000 Governor’s Cup at Woodbine Racetrack. The Brian Brown trained colt delivered a powerful performance to win the final major race of the season for two-year-olds in 1:51.1. Driven by David Miller, Downbytheseaside was unhurried at the start and got away fifth, directly behind Huntsville, the 1/5 fav...
Read More

Langley stepping down as USTA president

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association President and Director Phil Langley announced Sunday (Nov. 20) at a meeting of the USTA Board of Directors executive committee at the Columbus (Ohio) Airport Marriott hotel that he will resign from those positions effective Dec. 31, 2016. His current term was set to expire in 2019. Langley explained that given the situation in Illinois, where both Balmoral and Maywood...
Read More

Stratton reaches 3,000th career win

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
After nearly doing it with a 73-1 number a race earlier, driver Jordan Stratton won his 3,000th career race Sunday afternoon. Stratton teamed with Bingo Queen ($7.70) for a powerful, first-up Yonkers Raceway victory in the $21,600, second-race trot. The pair negotiated the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:29 en route to a 2¾-length win. Stratton nearly blew up the tote board in the ...
Read More

Jacks To Open and Hannah Miller win Billings

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
On a day when the wind howled down the Delaware River and caused a 25mph+ stretch obstacle at Harrah's Philadelphia, it seems only appropriate that "Hurricane" Hannah Miller blew into town, and the 2015 Amateur Driver of the Year won the 2016 $25,000 C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series Gold Cup with Jacks To Open by 8½ lengths in 1:58.2. One of the few disappointments of Hannah's 2015 racin...
Read More

Sophomores impress in Autumn Series finals

on 11/19/2016 12:00 AM
The Autumn Series for Ontario-Sired three-year-olds came to a close Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with four added money finals. The conditions Friday were as close to a perfect as they could get for a November evening, as mild temperatures and a 'Fast' track was the scene at Woodbine. Georgies Pockets started the evening by completing the sweep of the three-year-old colt and gel...
Read More