MHHA president Barrett gives update on Northville’s return

on 06/12/2020 7:15 PM
Michigan Harness Horsemen Association president Tom Barrett issued a statement Friday regarding the return of racing at Northville Downs. Barrett also noted Northville has reached agreements with Twin Spires and TVG as third-party advance wagering companies. Here is Barrett's full statement: Members, Let me start by saying how much I appreciate your patience during these difficult times....
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14-race card set for Hoosier’s June 16 opening

on 06/12/2020 5:52 PM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 27th season of live harness racing is set to get off to a strong start on Tuesday, June 16 as the season opener attracted a solid number of horses to the entry box. With over 180 horses entered, a total of 14-races have been carded for the season opener as the evening will be highlighted by full fields and quality racing. First post is...
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Meadows reopens June 15; free programs available

on 06/12/2020 11:18 AM
The Meadows Racetrack is happy to announce that live racing will return on Monday, June 15 with a new first post of 12:45 p.m. The 10 Race Card will feature two carryover bets.   The Pick 5 in Race 6 has a $2,026.34 carryover and the Hi 5 in the 10th race has a $5,243.61 carryover.   Free programs will be available for the opening week of racing at: meadowsharnessracing....
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Gimpanzee headlines first leg of Graduate at Tioga

on 06/12/2020 8:36 AM
Tioga Downs will host the first Grand Circuit stakes of the 2020 season when the first trotting leg of the Graduate Series comes to town on Sunday evening.   Thirteen declarations split into two $50,000 divisions carded as races 11 and 12 on the 15-race extravaganza.   Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) will face five rivals as he makes the Graduate his first start of hie 4-year-...
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Ohio Sires Stakes kickoff at Scioto, Northfield

on 06/12/2020 8:32 AM
The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) revised 2020 schedule begins Friday evening at Scioto Downs and continues Saturday night at Northfield Park with first round action for 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies.   A pair of $50,000 contests for 3-year-old filly pacers and a trio of $40,000 bouts for 3-year-old female trotters kick off the OSS action at Scioto. Fifteen pace...
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Meadowlands to offer outdoor dining

on 06/11/2020 8:39 PM
Next weekend, Friday, June 19, and Saturday June 20, the Meadowlands Racetrack will open up outdoor dining on the West Deck to NJRC licensed horse owners and patrons looking to dine al fresco. The dining menu will include hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken and sliced steak along with salads and dessert. The price is $29.95 plus tax and gratuity and includes soft drinks. Items will b...
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Pocono to resume racing June 20

on 06/11/2020 8:35 PM
After receiving sign off from the PA Department of Health, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will resume live racing without spectators. Qualifying races will be held at Mohegan Sun Pocono as follows: • Saturday (June 13) at 10 a.m. for 3-year-old and older horses. Entries must be received by 11 a.m. on Friday (June 12). • Tuesday (June 16) at 10 a.m. for 2-year-o...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/11/2020 4:00 PM
The Meadowlands got underway last weekend and it was a tough task for handicappers in deciphering the 26 races over the first two race cards. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, the Big M’s handicapper and oddsmaker, Dave Brower, gives some insight into this weekend’s races. Find out who is Dave’s best bet of the weekend.   Ohio Sires Stakes for 3 year...
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Revised NYSS schedule announced

on 06/11/2020 3:54 PM
The New York Sire Stakes has released the complete and revised schedule for the 2020 racing season. Two-year-olds will begin with filly pacers on July 4 at Vernon Downs. As previously announced, 3-year-old events get underway June 21 at Tioga Downs. A full schedule can be found at   All dates are pending New York State Gaming Commission approval at the individual rac...
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Maryland racetracks can open as of June 19

on 06/11/2020 3:12 PM
On Thursday, Maryland Governor Lawrence Hogan announced that he is rescinding his executive order of March 15, 2020, closing racetracks in the state, effective at 5 p.m. on June 19, 2020.   The order states, “subject to applicable Local Orders and Secretary’s Directives,” casinos, racetracks and simulcast betting facilities including harness tracks Rosecroft Raceway an...
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Harry Rutherford, breeder of Elegantimage, dies

on 06/11/2020 1:30 PM
Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has reported that Harry Rutherford, longtime harness racing industry participant and one of Canada's most successful Standardbred breeders, passed away on June 11,. He was 85. Rutherford operated Cool Creek Farm in Mount Pleasant, Ont., with partner Diane 'Joey' Ingham for decades and produced a number of notable trotting stars including C...
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Fast miles marked Big M's return to racing

on 06/11/2020 1:29 PM
Right from the get-go, the return of racing at the Meadowlands on Friday after the 12-week coronavirus shutdown provided big thrills. The Nancy Takter-trained Manchego became the fastest trotter of 2020 with a 1:50.3 clocking in the first race before Takter’s mare Kissin In The Sand became the season’s fastest pacer – regardless of sex – after stopping the clock in 1:4...
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18-race cards next weekend at Meadowlands

on 06/11/2020 12:51 PM
Foiled in attempt to expand to a three-day per week schedule, The Meadowlands will add five more races each to the Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, card to help get more horses raced.   The process for the NJRC to grant an additional card is too time consuming to address the immediate problem. So, beginning next weekend until PA gets open, both Friday and Saturday wil...
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Racing set to resume at Saratoga on June 18

on 06/11/2020 12:25 PM
Saratoga Casino Hotel announced today that harness racing will resume on Thursday, June 18, but no spectators are allowed at the track due to state guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans can wager remotely on the races through Saratoga Casino Hotel’s online wagering platform,, or on any other New York State approved online waging platform. Following the directive...
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Delaware, Ohio qualifiers to be streamed live

on 06/11/2020 8:39 AM
Due to spectator-less mandates, qualifying events scheduled for Delaware County, Ohio will be available for live viewing on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Facebook page.  Plans continue to capture any added events.   Twenty-one qualifying events are scheduled for Thursday, June 11, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.    Fi...
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Ohio's fairs receiving funds to help with safety

on 06/11/2020 8:37 AM
Ohio's county fairs have received new guidelines from the state, and funds to help with safety protocols, and many are now addressing how they can have safe events this year. In addition, the state is giving each fair $50,000 to help with the cost of new required safety measures.   Some of the 94 county and independent fairs held across the state each year have already been canceled...
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Ohio Jug Sale moves to Pickaway; online bidding

on 06/11/2020 8:34 AM
Big changes are in store for this year's Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale. And for both consignors and buyers, they're all to the good!   Topping the list is a new location for this year's sale. It is now to be held at the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 18, with the traditional Yearling Show Day scheduled the day prior.  ...
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PA gets OK to race; Meadows resumes Monday

on 06/11/2020 8:27 AM
Harness racing will be resuming in Pennsylvania soon following approval of health and safety protocols from the Pennsylvania Department of Health late Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, no starting date for racing had been announced for any track.   Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel L. Levine, M.D., notified racetracks and the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission via email that sh...
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Julio's Girl remains perfect at Buffalo

on 06/11/2020 7:41 AM
Julio's Girl ($3.90) remained perfect at Buffalo Raceway with a solid three length victory in 1:56.4 over Hey Sweetie in the $11,000 Class A-AA Handicap Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (June 10)   Since arriving at Buffalo Raceway in early March, Julio's Girl (David McNeight III) has reeled off three straight wins in as many starts, all in convin...
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Sheer Talent nabs opening night feature at Vernon

on 06/10/2020 9:13 PM
Sheer Talent (Fern Paquet Jr.) won the $4800 featured fillies & mares pace at Vernon Downs on opening night (June 10) after Under The Bus (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped to the front and put up all the early fractions (:26.2, :56.3, 1:26.2). Sheer Talent ($13.20), who is owned by Bill Reepmeyer and trained by Bruce Lauer, sat in the pocket the whole way until they reached the stretch....
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