Little Brown Jug to be raced without spectators

on 07/28/2020 8:01 PM
In accordance with Governor Mike DeWine’s latest directive, the Delaware (Ohio) Grand Circuit harness racing meet, including the 75th Little Brown Jug (Sept. 24), will be conducted without spectators. The Delaware County Fair will conduct only a Junior Fair this year.  “It is a disappointing day for us. We have been working diligently with the Delaware County Health Depart...
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Boots N Chains wins Pocono feature in blanket finish

on 07/28/2020 4:23 PM
Boots N Chains overcame a first-over trip to win the $12,800 feature for high-priced claiming trotters Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, a race where the top seven finishers were within two lengths of each other at the wire.   The Yankee Glide gelding Boots N Chains plugged along relentlessly out in the air, proving to have enough to defeat closer CR Blazin Beauty ...
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Racing continues, but limits on Ohio fairs

on 07/28/2020 3:14 PM
Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that all county fair activities except junior fair events are canceled. Dewine added that harness racing can continue to take place, but without spectators. No rides, grandstand events, or games will be allowed at fairs that start on or later than July 31, DeWine stated. DeWine said there have been several COVID-19 outbreaks linked to crowds and ...
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Fields set for Aug. 3 Battle of Waterloo

on 07/28/2020 3:06 PM
Finalists were decided Monday night for Grand River Raceway’s two feature pacing races highlighting the track’s 30th Industry Day event on Aug. 3.   Canadian season records (for rookie pacers over a half-mile track) were set in the first of two divisions for the Battle Of Waterloo and in both divisions for the Battle Of The Belles.   BATTLE OF WATERLOO ELIM...
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Post positions drawn for Hambo elims

on 07/28/2020 11:25 AM
A field of 17 three-year-old trotters have entered the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands. A total of 15 colts, along with two fillies, Ramona Hill (Tony Alagna) and Sister Sledge (Ron Burke), have opted to try the open competition. Two $70,000 eliminations are carded for Saturday (Aug. 1). From the rail out, the elims are as follows: 1-Capricornous, 2-Sister S...
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Horseman, racing official Dick Welch dies

on 07/28/2020 11:12 AM
Richard J. "Dick" Welch, 80, of Scipio Center, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 20, at his home.   Dick was born on January 1, 1940, in Sherwood, N.Y., one of three children of the late James and Irene (Bowness) Welch. He graduated from Sherwood Central School. He was a long-time resident of Scipio Center, and a communicant of the Good Shepherd Catholic Comm...
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McDuffee hurting over Papi Rob Hanover's injury

on 07/28/2020 10:46 AM
“I’ve been in the horse business long enough, so I understand that almost every one of them is week to week. But it hurts a little more when you have one that you know is special.”   Those are the words of owner David McDuffee, who spoke to Tuesday morning about his 3-year-old colt pacer Papi Rob Hanover, whose racing career is likely over after suf...
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Vernon, Tioga facing early closures

on 07/28/2020 8:53 AM
Tioga and Vernon Downs racetracks are feeling the pinch from casinos at both properties not permitted to open. With more than 90 percent of the revenue for purses funded by the casino, purse money is running out at both venues.   Management opened both tracks in early June, as soon as allowable by Executive Order, to get the horses racing and earning for the owners and trainers...
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James MacDonald wins 5 at Mohawk

on 07/28/2020 8:34 AM
James MacDonald leaned back and had his pictured taken five-times on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   MacDonald had a drive in all 11 of Monday’s races and came through with a big night, posting five-wins, a pair of third-place finishes and 11 top-five finishes.   MacDonald captured his first drive of the evening with Ben Wallace trained sophomore trotte...
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Island Beach Boy fastest in Dream Maker

on 07/28/2020 8:33 AM
Rookie pacing colts and geldings were on display Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the first leg of the Dream Maker Series.   The Dream Maker Series has annually been a launching pad to stardom for some of the sport’s top pacing colts and geldings. Last year’s series was an early season stop for several of this year’s top three-year-old pacers, including ser...
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Papi Rob Hanover has broken coffin bone

on 07/28/2020 8:28 AM
Dave McDuffee, owner of Papi Rob Hanover, has told media that his colt Papi Rob Hanover has suffered a broken coffin bone. The injury appeared to be sustained while Papi Rob Hanover was at The Meadows competing in the Adios last Saturday. The colt won his Adios elimination in powerful fashion, setting a 1:47.1 world record.   Post positions for the Adios final will be drawn on Tuesday m...
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Waiting On A Woman wins Saratoga Open

on 07/27/2020 8:20 PM
Waiting On A Woman (Northern Bailey) overcame a bit of a tough start to win the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel Monday afternoon for the second time in three weeks. The Kyle Spagnola trainee was the even-money favorite starting from post three in the seven-horse feature and driver Phil Fluet asked the 12 year old for some early speed. He and rival Mister Muscle (Shawn Gray), last w...
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Itsmycheck GB cashes in Meadows feature

on 07/27/2020 8:16 PM
Itsmycheck GB aggressively retook the lead at the three-eighths and made the move stand up, capturing Monday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 conditioned pace.   Itsmycheck GB was away first for Ronnie Wrenn Jr. before K Ryan Bluechip quarter-poled to the point. Itsmycheck GB and Wrenn wanted no part of the pocket, seized the lead once more and went on to defeat K Ryan B...
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McWicked shuttling to Australia

on 07/27/2020 7:14 PM
McWicked (p,2,1:52f; 3,1:47.3f,1:46.2 $5,103,271), the 2018 Horse of the Year and the richest pacing stallion in harness racing history, will stand his initial Southern Hemisphere season at the renowned horse haven Cobbitty Equine Farm. Already established as a Farm that delivers world class facilities that cater for all aspects of horse racing, Cobbitty Equine have extended their stalli...
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Filly Ramona Hill taking on colts in Hambletonian

on 07/27/2020 5:03 PM
Trainer Tony Alagna has confirmed that his filly Ramona Hill will be entered in the Hambletonian--not the Oaks--to take on the colts. On July 18, Ramona Hill was an impressive winner of the Delvin Miller at the Meadowlands from post 10, winning in 1:50.3. The last filly to win the Hambletonian was Atlanta in 2018.   Ramona Hill, the champion 2-year-old filly in 2019, is owned by he...
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Former SOANY rep Rudy Evangelista dies

on 07/27/2020 3:29 PM
Rudy Evangelista, a longtime field representative for the Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY), died July 16. He was 86.   Mr. Evangelista worked as a union representative for many years and became involved in harness racing, owning horses that raced with Norman Dauplaise and then his son Jeffrey. Many years later, when Mr. Evangelista learned the SOANY was looking for ...
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Protocols announced for owners to attend Mohawk races

on 07/27/2020 3:10 PM
Woodbine Entertainment has released the protocols and procedures for owners to start attending live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    Starting Tuesday, July 28, an owner (plus one guest) will be allowed to attend the races at Woodbine Mohawk Park during a card in which they have a horse competing. The owner and their guest must be 16 years of age or older.    All...
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Longtime horseman Michael Taub dies at 66

on 07/27/2020 12:43 PM
Michael Taub, 66, of Boynton Beach, Fla., died Saturday, July 25. He had been struggling with health issues for the past seven months.   Mr. Taub was a successful Standadbred trainer for nearly 50 years. It was his entire world. Originally from Middletown, N.Y., he raced and won numerous races at all East Coast tracks. A regular at the Meadowlands from its opening in 1976, his fa...
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Batavia Downs meet set to open Wednesday

on 07/27/2020 11:10 AM
The 74th season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs kicks off on Wednesday, July 29 and opening night features some of the best horses on the grounds, including the Open filly and mare pacers and the Open class trotters. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m.   The Downs will conduct a 43-day meet in 2020 that for the first week will race on Wednesday and Friday, July 31 befo...
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Swedish Hall of Famer Jim Frick dies at 68

on 07/27/2020 10:33 AM
Swedish Hall of Fame horseman Jim Frick died Saturday, July 25, after battling prostate cancer. He had learned he had cancer last September and recently was hospitalized. He was 68.   Journalist Lennart Persson wrote of Mr. Frick, “In March 2010, his career came to an abrupt end. In a nasty accident at Solvalla, Jim Frick was thrown from the sulky and fell head long to the groun...
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