It's Time For Fun brings joy to Wilfongs

on 01/13/2021 3:13 PM
It’s Time For Fun has brought plenty of pleasure to the Wilfong family over the years and trainer Brett Wilfong hopes the 6-year-old mare pacer will add to the enjoyment in 2021. Lynn Wilfong, Brett’s dad, bred and owns It’s Time For Fun, who was an Indiana Sires Stakes champion at age 3. She has earned $312,395 during her career, winning 17 of 71 races and cashing a pa...
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Dan Patch show includes Fair Island Farm Caretaker of Year

on 01/13/2021 2:02 PM
The 2020 Fair Island Farm Caretaker of the Year Award winner will be announced as part of the United States Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 5-6 p.m. This Virtual Awards Show has been made possible in large part by Jason Settlemoir and The Meadowlands, Roberts Communications Network, and the United States Trotting Association (U...
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Announcer Steve Cross leaving Hoosier Park

on 01/13/2021 2:01 PM
Steve Cross, who has been announcing races at Harrah’s Hoosier Park since 1998, has told Weekend Preview that he will not be returning to the announcer’s booth when the 2021 meet gets underway on Friday, March 26.   Harrah’s Hoosier Park is scheduled to race 160 nights this year through Dec. 4. After racing four nights a week initially, Sundays will be added beginnin...
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Action Uncle repeats divisional honors in Ohio

on 01/13/2021 10:31 AM
Action Uncle picked up in 2020 where he left off, winning nine races on the way to being named the Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.   Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter out of Action Broadway, started 10 times in 2020, winning nine and finishing second once.  He earned $351,960 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland, and Larry Will...
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Hall of Famers Hennessey, Miller dead heat at Pompano

on 01/13/2021 9:47 AM
While Cult Icon took top honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, most of the scuttlebutt came in the very next race for the mares as a rare occurrence was witnessed when stablemates Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade dead-heated in their event with two Hall of Famers--both with 10,000 plus career wins--were in their respective sulkies.  Wally Hennessey and David Miller s...
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Steve McCoy honored with OHHA Hagemeyer Award

on 01/13/2021 8:42 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association has awarded Steve McCoy the Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award for 2020. McCoy, who lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio, with his wife, Brenda, has been involved in harness racing since 1982. He joined the OHHA Board of Directors in 1994 and served as the association’s president from 2009 to 2015. During his tenure as pre...
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Jack Vernon scores in 1:53 in Dover Open Trot

on 01/13/2021 8:40 AM
Jack Vernon rode cover to a minor 5-1 upset in Tuesday night’s (Jan. 12) $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs. Warrior One, Pat Matters and JL Cruze all left for the early lead, and JL Cruze muscled his way to the top over Pat Matters — who accepted the pocket — through a hard-fought :26.4 first quarter before racing uncontested through a :55.1 half. After his early lea...
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Swan Chase trots 1:53.4 at Miami Valley

on 01/12/2021 6:43 PM
Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick) narrowly defeated Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Lane Of Stone (Dan Noble) in the Tuesday (Jan. 12) featured $22,500 Open Trot at Miami Valley.  The 1:53.4 clocking was the quickest of the eight day old 2021 meet thus far. The winner was on top at the quarter mile marker, but yielded to last week’s winner Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) shortly thereaft...
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Chapter Seven, Father Patrick, Peaceful Way elected to Hall of Fame

on 01/12/2021 4:15 PM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2021 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Chapter Seven and Father Patrick, and racemare Peaceful ...
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Ohio USHWA announces award winners

on 01/12/2021 1:44 PM
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has selected its 2020 award winners.   The Ohio Chapter will honor Louise and Jay Weller as the recipients of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; Chris Presley as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and...
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Dan Patch Awards go virtual Saturday, Jan. 16

on 01/12/2021 10:43 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host a special Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show, on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. This Virtual Awards Show has been made possible in large part by Jason Settlemoir and the Meadowlands, Roberts Communications Network, and the United States Trotting Association (USTA).   The Dan Patch Awards Show can be watched live on U...
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Rebellious, DG's Caviar star Monday at Pompano

on 01/12/2021 10:05 AM
Rebellious and DG's Caviar were the stars under the moonlight at Pompano Park on Monday as these two captured their respective Open Handicap events as handle eclipsed the $1-million mark for the third time since the beginning of the new year. Rebellious, the splendid 7-year-old gelded son of Mach Three, won the major share of the $11,000 purse as he zipped off the wings and c...
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Ocean Rock, Summer Touch honored in Ohio

on 01/12/2021 9:10 AM
As a 2 year old, the connections of Ocean Rock knew he was special, but they did not realize how special until his first start as a 3 year old when he rallied down the stretch for his first win of the year on the way to being named Ohio 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.   Ocean Rock, the son of Rockin Amadeus out of Ocean Pearl hit the board nine times in 10 starts, winning six an...
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Post 8 no problem for Let It Ride at Yonkers

on 01/11/2021 11:18 PM
Let It Ride handles post eight at Yonkers with aplomb, stays perfect since arriving in U.S. --credit Yonkers Raceway Media--   New Zealand import Let It Ride improved his record since coming to the United States to six-for-six with a 1:52.1 victory from post position eight in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway as the 2021 meet kicked off. &nbs...
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Virgil Morgan Jr. elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/11/2021 9:08 PM
Virgil Morgan Jr., arguably the greatest trainer in Ohio history, has been elected as the 47th member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame by a vote of the members of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association.   Morgan, 55, was the first conditioner to win 5,000 races and has now won more than 6,700 races and $60 million in earnings. He has career Unive...
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Sutton wins 5,000th race at Miami Valley

on 01/11/2021 6:37 PM
Driver Josh Sutton reached the coveted 5,000 career victory plateau at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday, guiding Wegottatruckyea to the wire first in the very first race.  It wasn’t long before Sutton commenced his trek for 10,000 wins as he also captured the second race with Astroffical, prompting a daily double that returned $20.60 to Sutton faithful.     Sutton was bor...
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22YO Samuel King snags driving double at Pompano Sunday

on 01/11/2021 11:44 AM
After an action packed Sunday (Jan. 10) featuring a $172,173 Pick-5 pool, Pompano Park will follow that up with twin $30,000 guaranteed pools on Monday (Jan. 11) in their two Pick-4 wagers during a 13-race extravaganza. The Sunday Pick-5, with a generous carryover of $24,000-plus, attracted $148,147 in new wagering and thanks to the heroics of 22-year-old Samuel King, 646 winning tickets resu...
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More than $300,000 offered in Meadows Spring series

on 01/11/2021 11:39 AM
Spring series for 3 and 4 year olds, a popular fixture at The Meadows that fell victim to Covid-19 restrictions last year, have returned. Beginning in early March, the track will offer eight series — four for 3 and 4 year olds and four for 3 year olds — that feature two  preliminary legs and a championship, with total purses projected to exceed $312,000.   P...
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Let It Ride N brings win streak to Yonkers Monday

on 01/11/2021 10:24 AM
Let It Ride N will make his Yonkers Raceway debut in the featured $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night. The move to the Hilltop comes after the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding took a Meadowlands Preferred/Open Handicap in such style as to garner praise like “he really amazed me,” from trainer Nifty Norman.   In that start Jan. 2, driver Dexter Dunn slotted Let It Ride N i...
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Crawford Farms donating breedings for aftercare

on 01/11/2021 9:09 AM
Eleven seasonal breedings to some of the sport’s most attractive stallions will be offered at auction on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC have donated the nearly dozen breedings to help jumpstart the ...
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