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Mike Tanner remembers Phil Langley

on 04/13/2020 8:21 AM
Phil Langley loved obituaries. No one alerted us to more deaths than he did, a practice that didn’t abate even after he stepped down as the USTA president at the end of 2016. And it wasn’t just that he would let us know that someone had passed away. Almost always, the notification came attached to a personal quote, anecdote, or story from Phil, along with a brief me...
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Hall of Famer Phil Langley dies at 83

on 04/11/2020 3:12 PM
Phil Langley, 83, president of the U.S. Trotting Association for 13 years, died Saturday, April 11. He was elected as a USTA director in 1983 and became president in 2003 before resigning at the close of 2016. His leadership at the USTA was characterized by great advances in technology, such as online entry for races at all levels and a social media presence that made it possible...
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SOANY sends $400 checks to 155 grooms at YR

on 04/11/2020 10:53 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA of NY) completed mailing out 155 checks in the amount of $400 each to those grooms who participated at Yonkers Raceway over an extended period of time and on a regular basis. The total cost of today’s aid for our most dedicated caretakers amounted to $62,000. Joe Faraldo, president of the SOA of NY, said, “These worthy individua...
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CHHA scholarship application date extended to July 15

on 04/10/2020 5:56 PM
Scholarship application is now available for the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association Scholarships. The application can be found at www.chha.net. Completed applications, including all attachments, must be postmarked by July 15, 2020. Purpose: To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid to worthy ...
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Loan information for Delaware racing community

on 04/10/2020 1:30 PM
As the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (D.S.O.A.) continues to proudly represent our harness racing community during the suspension of racing during this Covid-19 pandemic, the organization has more information that may help many local horsemen and women.  The D.S.O.A. has been working closely with Delaware’s Department of Agriculture on eligibility options for “HELP&r...
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Flashback: Somebeachsomewhere's 2007 Metro victory

on 04/10/2020 1:27 PM
On Sept. 1, 2007, Somebeachsomewhere paced the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old to win the Metro Pace by two lengths over Moon Beam at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. It was the day, for all intents and purposes, when Somebeachsomewhere became The Beach. Winning driver Paul MacDonell, who earlier this week was elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, recently looked back at that m...
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USTA supports federal SAFE Act banning slaughter

on 04/10/2020 1:25 PM
The United States Trotting Association announced Friday (April 10) that it has endorsed the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2019 (H. R. 961), which states that “the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.” This matter was discussed and approved during...
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Ohio racing canceled through May 15

on 04/10/2020 1:07 PM
By Order of the Ohio State Racing Commission, all racing in the state has been canceled through May 15. The text message sent out Friday, April 10, by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association also read: "...If your backside (including dormitories) is open, it SHALL remain open and operational until further notice; If your track is available for training, it SHALL remain open for reasonable...
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USTA meets by teleconference; Faraldo elected COB

on 04/09/2020 7:01 PM
The 2020 U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors Annual Meeting, which was conducted through a series of teleconferences, concluded Thursday with the closing session of the full board.  Among the highlights of the annual meeting were the election of some new officers, approval of the 2020 budget as well as new rules that will take effect on May 1 plus the announcement of a new locat...
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Vernon Downs’ John Brownie Brown dies

on 04/09/2020 5:57 PM
John A. "Brownie" Brown, 76, of Clay, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, after a long illness.   He was born in Syracuse on Feb. 24, 1944 son of the late James and Mary Perella. Brownie was an all around athlete, who loved the game of baseball and basketball. After his service in the National Guard, he became a basketball referee and baseball...
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New Special Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/09/2020 4:27 PM
Jeff Gural is optimistic that the Meadowlands can reopen for racing in May, and he spoke to Kathy Parker about the possibility in the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview. But as racetracks remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, horses are rarin’ to go, and Gordon Waterstone talked to several trainers about the status of some of the returning stars from 2019. Some of those train...
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Warren Schnittker, father of Ray, dies at 91

on 04/09/2020 1:36 PM
Warren Louis Schnittker died Wednesday, April 8, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., with his loving family by his side. He was 91. Mr. Schnittker, the father of U. S. Trotting Association director and successful horseman, Ray, was a talented and respected trainer and owner in his own right for many years, predominantly throughout the East Coast. At the request of the family, there will b...
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Jimmy Freight's book full and closed

on 04/09/2020 12:55 PM
It has been announced that the 2020 book for Jimmy Freight p,4,1:48.1s, $1,457,405(C) is now full and closed. Jimmy Freight is standing his first year in 2020 at Winbak Farm of Ontario. “I am so happy to announce Jimmy Freight, full and closed,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario manager. “He's a fan favorite and I loved to watch him race. “He could race fro...
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Harrington Raceway delays opening of meet

on 04/09/2020 8:44 AM
Harrington Raceway in Delaware, which was scheduled to open its live race meet on Monday, April 13, has delayed the opening. Here is the statement:   Due to the current mandated COVID-19 related shutdown, the opening of the Harrington Raceway 2020 meet remains delayed until further notice. Applications may still be submitted via the Harrington Raceway website via this direct link. ...
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Krivelin hoping to help harness community

on 04/08/2020 2:57 PM
Bob Krivelin has faced challenging times before with his restaurant-supply business, but nothing quite like the situation he confronts now as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Krivelin is hoping he can overcome these difficult days while also helping the harness racing community do the same. As first reported by Bob “Hollywood” Heyden in Harness Racing Update, Krivelin is offer...
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Stallion breedings to help New Jersey horsemen

on 04/08/2020 11:05 AM
In the wake of trying times recently, we are excited to share a bit of good news and positive spirit. An auction of four 2020 stallion breedings will be donated to help those New Jersey horsemen most affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The proceeds will be donated directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund.    Deo Volente Farms’ owners Thomas Pontone and Michael Gulotta are ann...
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Cal Expo officials announce meet is over

on 04/07/2020 9:35 PM
We are very sorry to inform our Horseman and Employees that our current meet has officially come to a end. Today we had discussions with the Sacramento County Health Department about possibly reopening,the County's emergency order that was scheduled to expire tonight (April 7), will be extended through May 1. Racing closed to the public is not exempt from the order.   Our barn are...
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MacDonell, Wallace, McWicked, Amour Angus named to Canadian HOF

on 04/07/2020 2:25 PM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the people and horses being recognized as inductees in 2020. Five people and five horses have been elected from a very deep ballot of candidates. Representing Standardbreds in the Class of 2020 are Driver Paul MacDonell, Trainer Ben Wallace, Female Horse Amour Angus, Male Horse McWicked and Veteran Horse&nb...
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Meadowlands hoping for May racing

on 04/07/2020 1:44 PM
Given the current situation the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs are doing whatever can be done to look after our employees and be a good neighbor in the community. We also realize the plight of the horsemen that race at our tracks and the anxiety of not knowing what the near future might hold. It is in this spirit that we try to shed a little light on what may be possible. I...
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Rock N Roll Heaven wins 2010 Little Brown Jug

on 04/07/2020 11:01 AM
On Sept. 23, 2010, Rock N Roll Heaven dominated the Little Brown Jug with a historic and still unparalleled performance. The colt won his first Jug heat in a world-record-equaling 1:49.2 and returned later in the afternoon to sweep the event by winning the second heat in a duplicate 1:49.2. It was the first time in history a horse won twice on the same day with sub-1:50 miles. There have been...
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