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Financial relief for Ohio’s harness horsemen

on 03/27/2020 7:04 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Health Insurance  (O.H.H.H.I.T.) Trustees as administrators of the Harness Horsemen’s Health Insurance Trust would like to announce financial relief for all Harness Horsemen’s Health Insurance Plan Participants.    As-of the date of the first Order canceling racing (March 20, 202...
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Ontario Racing announces COVID-19 aid package

on 03/27/2020 5:20 PM
 Ontario Racing today announced financial support in line with existing race cancellation practices aimed at the province’s Standardbred horsepeople in light of the COVID-19 virus pandemic which has resulted in the cancellation of live Standardbred horse racing in Ontario.   Financial relief, a total of $300 per horse, is being offered to those involved with Standardbred racehors...
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Thirty 4YOs nominated to Prix d’Ete

on 03/27/2020 5:03 PM
A total of 30 four-year-old pacers have nominated to the $200,000 Prix d’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, Aug. 23.   The Prix d’Ete, once the premier pacing event in all of Canada, will feature the top eight seasonal money winning entrants in the final and for the first time the race will also feature a $50,000 consolation race on the same day for entrants that do not m...
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Resorts World helping Monticello horses & horsemen

on 03/27/2020 4:35 PM
Alan Schwartz president of the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association, said that we were informed that racing at Monticello Raceway was going to cease on March 16.  "Our family of drivers, trainers, grooms was devastated, Schwartz noted. "Not only did they fear for themselves being unable to eat but what was going to happen to the horses at the track. They need care...
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Chicago track operator Billy Johnston dies at age 84

on 03/27/2020 11:59 AM
Billy Johnston, an influential but sometime polarizing figure on the Chicago harness racing scene for more than 50 years, died March 26 at age 84. Phil Langley, longtime Director of Racing and race secretary at Sportsman's Park, Maywood Park and Balmoral Park for Johnston, told longtime Chicago racing writer Neil Milbert: “I started working with Billy in 1965 and for the next 50 ...
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Cal Expo approved to race Tuesday/Wednesday

on 03/27/2020 7:31 AM
At Thursday’s special meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, Watch and Wager LLC received approval to race on Tuesday and Wednesday beginning next week. First post for these programs will be 3:30 p.m. (PDT). Meanwhile, this week will find the trotters and pacers in action at Cal Expo on Friday and Saturday night, with 10-race cards and a first post of 6:10 p.m. (Cal Expo)...
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New HarnessRacing Special Edition Preview available!

on 03/26/2020 4:09 PM
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cal Expo is currently the only harness track still open in North America. But there are still plenty of things happening in the sport and the new and free HarnessRacing Special Edition Preview  has the latest information.   Kathy Parker spoke to Jeff Gural about the recent indictments of 29 individuals and how he helped fund the task force ...
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Racing businesses may qualify for federal assistance

on 03/26/2020 2:40 PM
A massive federal stimulus package passed by the U.S. Senate committed more than $2 trillion to assist the public and businesses—a record aid package. The House of Representatives is expected to approve that legislation Friday, March 27, and President Donald Trump has said he will sign it.   The stimulus package will provide aid and support, and horses racing and breeding par...
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Other Canadian April 15 stakes payments suspended

on 03/26/2020 2:20 PM
Woodbine Entertainment announced Wednesday (March 25) the suspension of all Standardbred stakes payments due on April 15. The suspension of payments is for all Woodbine administrated stakes event. This includes the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and the Battle of Waterloo & Belles at Grand River Raceway. Woodbine will reevaluate all stakes purses and sustaining payments in May. ...
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Stall space and qualifers at Olympia Palm Beach

on 03/26/2020 10:55 AM
Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, formerly known as the South Florida Trotting Center, wants everyone to know that the track will be hosting harness racing qualifying races on Wednesday, April 1 and that the training center has stall space available for Florida horsemen. “I want everyone to know that we are here to help all horse people during this crisis,&rdq...
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Hambo Society, others keeping April 15 payments

on 03/26/2020 9:03 AM
After careful and extensive consideration, the Hambletonian Society, in conjunction with Meadowlands, The Red Mile, Little Brown Jug Society and other industry clients, partners and stakeholders, have concluded that the April 15 payment deadline for stake and early-closers will remain intact.   All entities fully realize that all members of the racing community are in the midst of ext...
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Woodbine Mohawk suspends April 15 stakes payments

on 03/25/2020 4:25 PM
Due to the suspension of live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodbine Entertainment has made the decision to suspend the upcoming April 15, 2020, Standardbred stakes payments. “It’s important for us to recognize the challenges facing everyone in the horse business at this time, and we want to help where we can,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of W...
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Let’s Drink On It co-owner Hal Hewitt dies

on 03/25/2020 3:17 PM
Hal H. Hewitt, 82, husband of Phyllis B. Hewitt, passed away Monday, March 23, at his home surrounded by his family. A Standardbred owner for more than 17 years, Mr. Hewitt's well-known horses he shared ownership in included Let's Drink On It, who took a mark of 1:48.3 and had earnings of $851,927. In 2014, Let's Drink On It won his Little Brown Jug elimination and then finishe...
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Ballot announced for Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

on 03/25/2020 2:27 PM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2020 ballot. A total of 30 people and horses comprised of 15 Thoroughbred and 15 Standardbred candidates, have been selected to appear on the voting ballot.  A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the recipients in their respective categories.  Results will be announced Tuesday, April 7. ...
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Deo Volente announces first foals born by Lazarus N

on 03/25/2020 1:45 PM
Deo Volente Farms is excited to announce the arrival of its first two Lazarus N foals of 2020. The first is a colt out of Worldly Beauty p,4,1:49.3 ($1,900,255). Worldly Beauty is the matriarch of the farm’s pacing broodmare band and was the 2- and 3-year-old Dan Patch champion filly of the year. Her full sister, Worldly Treasure, is the dam of Captaintreacherous. “This baby is beauti...
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Bugler Witherite giving Facebook jazz concerts

on 03/25/2020 1:41 PM
James Witherite is known to harness racing fans for his years of race calling and occasional performances as a bugler for major stakes events. Away from the track, though, Witherite’s musical talents extend far beyond, most notably as an accomplished composer and jazz musician.   This past Monday, Witherite opened that world to an audience on Facebook with the first in a series ...
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Thirty Two Red standing at Dupuis Farm in Maine

on 03/25/2020 11:41 AM
The Bettors Delight stallion Thirty Two Red will stand at Dupuis Farm in Saco, Maine, this breeding season for an introductory fee of $2,000. A winner of more than $430,000 during his career, he was a multiple stakes winner as a juvenile.   Raced by trainer Ray Schnittker throughout his career, Thirty Two Red was a tough campaigner with 173 lifetime starts under his harness.  ...
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Meadowlands addresses horses trained by Indicted trainers

on 03/25/2020 8:58 AM
Be advised that any horse that was being trained by a trainer named in the recent Federal indictments at the time those indictments were handed down will not be accepted to race at The Meadowlands, Tioga or Vernon Downs in overnights or stakes for 60 days from the date that the tracks reopen for live racing. (Meadowlands)
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Michigan postpones payments until May 15

on 03/24/2020 2:46 PM
After consulting with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association's (MHHA) board, the MHHA will be delaying the deadline for all April 15 payments to May 15 in response to COVID-19. While we know we will not be able to solve every issue members may have we can at least delay payments to sustain or make late nomination payments to summer programs that may provide critical income later...
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Indiana stakes nominations postponed

on 03/24/2020 2:24 PM
Due to the COVID-19 government restrictions currently in place, nominations for stakes payments for the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program have been postponed from April 15 to May 15. We realize this is a difficult time for everyone, especially members of our Indiana horse racing community, and are hopeful this postponement will ease some of the financial burden many of our participan...
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