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MSOA extends health insurance coverage

on 05/18/2020 3:01 PM
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact horsemen at The Meadows, The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has extended health insurance coverage for all members under our health insurance plan for an extra month. (MSOA)
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Harrington gets OK to reopen; shooting for June 15

on 05/18/2020 2:04 PM
The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) advised its members on Monday, May 18, that Gov. Carney had approved racing activities to resume in the state on June 1. Harrington Raceway plans to schedule qualifiers and is estimating reopening on June 15, with new protocols in place.   "DSOA is currently in negotiations with Harrington regarding several items such as a pu...
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USHWA to sponsor monthly handicapping contest

on 05/18/2020 1:10 PM
The United States Harness Writers Association has announced that it will be the title sponsor of Scott Alberg’s monthly harness racing handicapping contest on Facebook. Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contest’s new title spons...
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Auctioneer Cris Caldwell dies at age 63

on 05/16/2020 7:30 PM
Cris Caldwell, a fourth-generation auctioneer who has been part of the auction team at Tattersalls and Keeneland since for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 63 of pancreatic cancer. Caldwell, along with brother Scott, followed his father, the late Tom Caldwell, into the auction stand. Cris Caldwell was a regular working the Tattersalls Mixed sales at the Meadowlands. When ...
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Hickfromfrenchlick stars in Goshen qualifiers

on 05/16/2020 7:02 PM
As harness racing starts to make plans to resume activity around North America, many top Standardbreds from 2019 will be making first appearances of the season at tracks across the continent. One of those stars of last season to emerge for the first time in 2020 is New York Sires Stakes star Hickfromfrenchlick. The son of So Surreal - My Girls A Star was a winning machine for his connections in...
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Burke/Page win 5; OHSS champ Action Uncle romps in Scioto qualifiers

on 05/16/2020 6:39 PM
  Scioto Downs had their test run on Saturday in the form of 16 qualifying events in preparation for their pari-mutuel opening on May 22--their 62nd season. With Eldorado Resorts Senior Vice-President of Racing Joe Morris and Racing Secretary Jason Roth on hand to greet horsemen and women at the stable gate, the entry box was bursting with enthusiasm in the form of over 140 entrie...
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New York gets green light to reopen racing June 1

on 05/16/2020 11:51 AM
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces at his daily Covid-19 briefing Saturday morning that all racetracks in the state can reopen for live racing, without fans, on June 1. The announcement specifically said all tracks can race without spectators, harness and Thoroughbred, and Yonkers, which is located close to New York City.   Cuomo added that guidelines will be announced in the...
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Coleman trainees impress at Sunshine Meadows qualifiers

on 05/16/2020 7:16 AM
Sunshine Meadows in Florida hosted eight qualifiers on Friday and there was plenty of star power in action including a fine-looking roster of 3 year olds from the stable of trainer Casie Coleman. The Pepsi North America Cup is on the dance card of two of the Glamour Boys who faced the gate this morning for Coleman including Indictable Hanover -- a very talented youngster w...
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Over 350 horses entered in ScD qualifiers

on 05/15/2020 8:52 PM
Over 350 horses dropped into the box for the first 2020 qualifier to be held at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (May 16). Due to the overwhelming response, unfortunately, many horsemen were left out. Preference was, and will continue to be, given to trainers who have been part of the racing program and regularly raced horses at the south Columbus oval.   “We wrote a ‘con...
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Ill. horsemen told governor's office reviewing plan for racing

on 05/15/2020 4:12 PM
Thousands of workers employed in the harness racing industry are waiting to take to the track again to race without fans in the grandstand. Members of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) have worked with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Hawthorne Racetrack to devise a safe, effective way to resume live racing. “Live ...
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Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed to 2021

on 05/15/2020 12:47 PM
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the re-opening of New York State, and with continuing concerns regarding COVID-19 and large gatherings, the Board of Trustees of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has made the unprecedented decision to cancel the 2020 Harness Racing Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremonies in Goshen, NY. Harness Racing Hall of Fame honorees, including Hall of ...
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Meadows horsemen respond to PA Gov. Wolf

on 05/15/2020 12:23 PM
After 11 days of silence, PA Gov. Tom Wolf responded to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC) on when it could resume horse racing in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for horsemen, his response was not what we wanted to hear: “As part of this reopening effort, we foresee horse racing reopening when counties enter the green phase, like other entertainment (casinos, theaters, etc). I...
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Hennessey drives 4 winners at Pompano qualifiers

on 05/14/2020 9:35 PM
Though the usual Florida sunshine was hidden by the thick clouds above, the mood at Pompano Park Thursday was more than sunny as the track hosted 13 qualifying events in anticipation that the racing season throughout the country is "hot to trot!" Horsemen lauded the efforts the track crew, as well as the efforts of The FSBOA, the Florida Amateur Driving Club and racing secretar...
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Double draw for Northfield qualifiers Friday

on 05/14/2020 5:59 PM
Northfield will hold a double-draw for qualifiers on Friday (May 15) morning.  The box closes at 10 AM and the qualifiers will be raced on Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Preferences for the qualifiers will be for trainers that regularly race at Northfield, and for horses that fit the conditions for Northfield’s opening night card on Tuesday, Ma...
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Racing on track to return in new Special Preview!

on 05/14/2020 4:55 PM
In the words of actor Matthew McConaughey, “All right, all right, all right!” After an absence of two months, harness racing is set to return as loosened restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic will allow racetracks to open. In the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview, Northfield Park and Scioto Downs in Ohio, Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Indiana, and Mohawk Park in Ontario...
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Ontario relaxes restrictions; Mohawk to open June 5

on 05/14/2020 3:08 PM
The return of live horse racing in the Province of Ontario just got one step closer.   Earlier today, the Ontario government announced a framework to gradually reopen the Province in stages. Stage 1, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 19, allows for horse racing without spectators and physical distancing measures in place.   “This is great news for the s...
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Ohio set to resume harness racing May 22

on 05/14/2020 12:01 PM
After technical issues with the Ohio State Racing Commission’s 7 p.m. (May 13) meeting and adjournment, Thursday morning (May 14) the Ohio State Racing Commission unanimously finalized a Resolution and Statewide Protocol Plan to commence racing live. Ohio has been cleared to start live racing on May 22. Ohio’s Standardbred permit holders said Wednesday that qualifiers can ...
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SOANY helping grooms with another check

on 05/14/2020 12:00 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY) has announced that it will be providing a second grant to qualified grooms (those who have paddocked horses more than a threshold number of racing nights) in order to further assist them during the shutdown of racing at Yonkers Raceway.  Last month, the SOANY provided a stipend of $400, and an additional payment of $400 is being issued...
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Qualifiers set for May 19-20 at Delaware, Ohio

on 05/14/2020 8:50 AM
Qualifying races will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20. Post time each day will be at 11 a.m. These races are for horses trained by Ohio trainers only. No spectators will be allowed. Entries for both days of racing will close at noon on Sunday, May 17. Entries may be made online through the USTA or phoned to Bill Peter...
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Hoosier Park requests reopening on June 16

on 05/13/2020 4:27 PM
Pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will kick off the delayed start of its 2020 Racing Season on Tuesday, June 16, with a 6:30 pm EDT first post time. Racing will be contested on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through Nov. 21 for a total of 111 days. It should also be noted that racing will be conducted in a "Spectator Free" ...
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