Empire Breeders, Confederation Cup postponed

on 04/23/2020 9:24 AM
Governor Cuomo's extension of the New York State on PAUSE order until May 15 will cause the postponement of the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) trots at Vernon Downs from the scheduled eliminations on May 15 and final on May 25 until a date as yet to be determined.   That extension will also affect the opening of the Tioga and Vernon casinos, thus delaying the start of the live raci...
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Hambletonian Society stake notes

on 04/22/2020 6:14 PM
Please find below is a quick update on some of the Hambletonian Society serviced event payments for 2020:   Breeders Crown No. 37 (breedings of 2020; foals of 2021): Breeders Crown No. 37 Stallion Nominations for first-year stallions placed in commercial service (which would not include test breedings) must be paid within 60 days after the stallion first breeds a mare. In no event ...
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SBOANJ mare residency forms available online

on 04/22/2020 2:15 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as pacing stallion incentive program in 2020. RESIDENT MARE The 2020 resident mare rebate program will pay up to $500 ($100,000 cap) to the owner of a mare bred in 2020. In order to qualify, the mare need not be bred to a New Jersey stallion but must reside in the state f...
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Former New Jersey trainer Paul Gately dies

on 04/22/2020 10:37 AM
Paul Gately, of Manasquan, N.J., passed away at home on Sunday, April 19, with his loving wife Mary Ann by his side. He was 76.   Mr. Gately was born in Newark, N.J., and grew up in his beloved Avon-By-The- Sea. He graduated from Saint Rose High School in 1961, known through New Jersey as an accomplished runner, setting records in cross country and mile events. He ran in the renowned ...
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Surick's Kentucky license revoked; no others had applied yet

on 04/22/2020 9:09 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) met by teleconference on Tuesday afternoon and one of the things announced was that the license of harness trainer Nick Surick has been revoked “in response to his indictment on charges of drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy, and obstruction of justice in a large-scale federal case that came to light last month.”   Suric...
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New 4-year-old races proposed for Red Mile in 2022

on 04/21/2020 4:50 PM
EquineX North America Corp announced details for the inaugural EquineX Championship Racing Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers to be hosted by The Red Mile in the fall of 2022.  The announcement coincides with the official launch of their website and its easy-to-use and comprehensive equine management software platform. The EquineX series will consist of f...
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Grasso, others enter not guilty pleas via teleconference

on 04/21/2020 2:28 PM
According to reports, four men arrested March 9 as part of the federal government's racehorse doping investigation pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in a telephonic arraignment conducted by District Court Judge P. Kevin Castel for the Southern District of New York. The defendants waived their right to physically appear in court because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Veterinarian Louis ...
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Cameo Hills Farms' Marie Jones, 96, dies

on 04/21/2020 9:11 AM
Marie Jones, 96, of Montgomery, N.Y., died April 18, with her loving family at her side. Mrs. Jones was born on July 16, 1923, in Westerville, Ohio, the daughter of Fred and Harriett Buck. She graduated from Westerville High School in 1941, then attended and graduated from Bliss College. Marie Buck and Harness Racing Hall of Famer Hal Jones were married in 1950, a union that lasted 65 years, ...
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Update on Ontario Racing purse allocation process

on 04/20/2020 7:01 PM
On Monday, April 20, Ontario Racing (OR) communicated a few helpful updates to horsepeople in the provincial industry, given that the purse funds re-allocation program has been announced and that applications have begun to be received by OR. Ontario Racing’s updates include the following: Checks will be issued on a monthly basis, with the first checks scheduled to be maile...
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Indiana's David VanPutten, 76, dies

on 04/20/2020 1:05 PM
On April 10, David M. VanPutten, 76, passed away from complications following surgery after being diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Born in Holland, Mich., Mr. VanPutten graduated from Holland Christian High School and the Kendall College of Art & Design. He was employed with Skyline Corporation as their Advertising Manager from 1973-1980.  He went on to work as Marketing Mana...
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SBOANJ postpones annual golf tournament

on 04/20/2020 1:00 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey’s 25th annual Golf Outing that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, has been postponed until further notice. The SBOANJ board of directors will decide on a new date once Governor Murphy has reassessed the coronavirus outbreak and begins lifting the social distancing protocol that is currently in place. We will announce the new...
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Haight named USTA District 8 chairman

on 04/20/2020 8:22 AM
Todd Haight, who is the director and general manager of live racing at Batavia Downs, was named the interim chairman of United States Trotting Association District 8 region on Friday, Apr. 17. Haight will replace longtime District 8 chairman Michael Kane, who resigned earlier this year.   Haight was elected by his peers to his first term as a di...
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New York tracks to remain closed through May 15

on 04/20/2020 8:19 AM
The following letter was issued Monday from the New York State Gaming Commission, which states all racing dates are now suspended through May 15. Here is the letter: As you are aware, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has issued several Executive Orders designed to combat the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Among the Orders is a requirement that certain employers reduce the number of their empl...
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Phil Langley memorial update

on 04/18/2020 5:16 AM
While plans for funeral or memorial services have not yet been announced for former U.S. Trotting Association president Phil Langley, following is contact information for his wife Margo and the foundation that the family has designated for memorial contributions in his honor. Condolence cards may be sent to Margo Schrack Langley, 382 Redbud Court, Frankfort, Ill. 60423. Memorial contr...
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NYSS May events postponed; schedule will be changed

on 04/17/2020 3:17 PM
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) announces that it will not race in the month of May due to the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response and the announcement this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo that NYS on PAUSE will remain in effect until May 15. This affects six scheduled events for state-bred 3-year-olds in both the top tier Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series.   May 5 &nb...
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Trot And Pace Marketing offering free race replays

on 04/17/2020 9:04 AM
While we’re all nervously stuck inside and looking forward to brighter days, we invite you to take some pressure off, relax, and watch some race replays. Trot and Pace Marketing has filmed over 1,000 races from the past three years of Ohio fair racing. All of these races are available for free, forever at Search for a specific horse or just browse our calendar...
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New HarnessRacing Special Preview available!

on 04/16/2020 4:52 PM
There may not be any live racing going on at a track near you, but there is still plenty of news happening and the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview has it all. In this week’s issue, we remember the Hall of Famer Phil Langley, the former USTA president and a giant in not only Illinois racing but in all of racing. USTA executive director Mike Tanner adds some personal memories he h...
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Waterstone named to HOF screening committee

on 04/16/2020 11:11 AM
Gordon Waterstone, a 42-year veteran of harness racing journalism who has worked at The Horseman and Fair World for over two decades and is a member of harness racing’s Communicators Hall of Fame, has been appointed to the Hall Of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) by Kim Rinker, president of the sport’s leading media organization. &n...
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Hanover announces $250k matching grant to support integrity

on 04/16/2020 9:55 AM
Following is a letter from Executive Vice President Bridgette Jablonsky, V.M.D. of Hanover Shoe Farms announcing the establishment of a $250,000 matching fund grant to support the work of restoring full integrity to the harness racing industry.   To All Industry Participants:   I hope this letter finds you well and withstanding the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pand...
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NA Cup postponed; WEG looking into Historical Racing

on 04/15/2020 3:21 PM
In a “Stronger Together” live video session Wednesday afternoon that included a lengthy question-and-answer period with viewers regarding theCovid-19 pandemic and the shutdown of harness racing across North America, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson announced that the Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park, which had eliminations scheduled for Ju...
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