Special Taps Ceremony Friday at Meadowlands

on 06/02/2020 3:00 PM
While there is excitement at the Meadowlands Racetrack for the return of live harness racing this Friday, June 5, there is also a sense of loss due to the passing of a number of horsemen and women from covid-19.    To honor the lives lost, 13-year-old Boy Scout, Alex Saldana will play Taps from the Meadowlands' back paddock following Race 2. All drivers in attendance wi...
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Scioto changes schedule to race on Sunday, June 7

on 06/02/2020 2:41 PM
Eldorado Scioto Downs has switched up the live racing dates for this weekend (June 6-7). Scioto will now be racing on Sunday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m., instead of the usual Saturday evening spot.   "We looked at the other racetracks starting to open and Saturday was getting full in the simulcasting world," explained Joe Morris, senior vice president of racing for Eldorado Resorts...
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NYSS working with tracks to finalize schedule

on 06/02/2020 1:27 PM
The New York Sire Stakes administration is monitoring the reopening plans of the state’s racetracks and is tentatively planning to begin Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series events the week of June 21 at Tioga and Vernon Downs. We hope to finalize first race dates in the coming days. The program is currently working with pari-mutual tracks to finalize a new schedule which will be provide...
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Maryland Stakes date changes at Ocean Downs

on 06/02/2020 11:04 AM
All Maryland stakes dates have been changed due to the new live racing calendar put out by Ocean Downs and also due to COVID-19 shutdowns. Stake races start with the 4- and 5-year-old Open races on July 23 and 24 followed by the 3-year-old sire stakes. The 2-year-olds start Aug. 20 and 21 and conclude on Sept. 18. The MSRF Advisory Committee felt this schedule would give all participants t...
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Update on Hanover Shoe Farms’ $250,000 matching fund grant

on 06/02/2020 11:02 AM
On April 16, 2020, Hanover Shoe Farms Executive Vice President Bridgette Jablonsky, V.M.D., announced the establishment of a $250,000 matching fund grant to support the work of restoring full integrity to the harness racing industry. In that announcement, Jablonsky noted “investigative services appear to be necessary to aid the racing commissions in investigating wrongdoing…to su...
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Date changes for stakes at Meadowlands, Tioga, Vernon

on 06/02/2020 8:34 AM
The Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs are announcing several date changes for the 2020 stakes schedule. The recent cancellation of the Sun Stakes at Pocono removed a few potential conflicts and left two prime Saturdays without any stakes which led to several of the following adjustments.   First off, Tioga Downs is announcing that the New York Sires Stakes 3-Year-Old Colt ...
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Agreement reached at Vernon

on 05/31/2020 6:11 PM
The Harness Horse Association of Central New York (HHACNY), the Gaming Commission-recognized representative horsemen’s association at Vernon Downs Racetrack, is pleased to announce that it has secured a two year extension of its horsemen's agreement with Vernon Downs' Management and agreed to a waiver of the 10-percent cap on the two important 2020 Vernon stakes in this diffic...
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US-bred Propulsion gets Elitlopp victory in fifth try

on 05/31/2020 3:40 PM
On his fifth and perhaps final attempt, the 9-year-old American-bred Propulsion won the Elitlopp on Sunday night (May 31) at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the first Elitlopp held without spectators due to the covid-19 pandemic.   Previously, Propulsion had finished second twice and fourth twice in the Elitlopp.   Propulsion is a son of Muscle Hill and the ...
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Takter Stable stars with 6 wins in Meadowlands qualifiers

on 05/30/2020 3:53 PM
The Meadowlands returned to racing Saturday with 26 qualifiers going postward. It was the first action at the New Jersey racetrack since the covid-19 pandemic forc Dee ed it to close nearly 10 weeks ago. The qualifiers got underway at 10 a.m. and while nobody except essential personnel were allowed on the grounds, the 5 1/2-hour marathon session was able to be viewed on the track's website or ...
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Stars qualify Friday at Gaitway Farm

on 05/30/2020 7:56 AM
When Standardbred racing returned to the Garden State on Friday morning (May 29), with 187 horses contesting a marathon qualifying session over the one-mile track at Gaitway Farm in Manalapan, N.J., trainer Ron Burke's stable was in full force, accounting for the day's fastest mile and five other winners, and Breeders Crown winner American History turned in a strong showing of the shelf,...
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Qualifiers Monday at Tioga Downs

on 05/30/2020 7:26 AM
Tioga Downs will hold qualifiers on Monday, June 1. The box will close at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 31.   Tioga has a state required Reopening Protocol that horsemen must follow explicitly.   This questionnaire must be downloaded (must be a paper copy to turn in upon arrival -  having it on your phone or other device is not acceptable) f...
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Contract impasse could delay Vernon opener until July

on 05/30/2020 7:23 AM
In a troubling turn of events, negotiations over a revision to the existing contract between Vernon Downs management and the Harness Horse Association of Central New York (HHACNY) have reached an impasse, leaving the scheduled June 10 opening in jeopardy. Despite considerable losses incurred each year from continuing to operate a race meet at Vernon, track owner Jeff Gural was prepare...
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Mandatory Single 6 payout June 3 at Northfield

on 05/29/2020 8:36 PM
Northfield Park will have a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Northfield Single 6 wager as the highlight of the racing program on Wednesday, June 3.   Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on June 3 will award all winning tickets with an eq...
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Meadowlands returns Saturday with 26 qualifiers

on 05/29/2020 8:33 PM
The Meadowlands will host 26 qualifying races on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The program pages will be available for download when they are complete. There will be warm up breaks after races 5 - 10 - 15 and 20. Horses are permitted one warm up each.   The paddock gate will open at 7 a.m. for horsemen to enter. Only those persons that are essential to the care ...
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Jason Roth named to USTA board of directors

on 05/29/2020 3:43 PM
District 1 of the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) board of directors announced Friday that Jason Roth has been selected to replace Stacy Cahill as a director for the organization. His term will begin immediately and will run through 2022. “It’s an honor to serve on the USTA board of directors with so many distinguished members of the industry,” said Roth. “I look f...
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Qualifiers set for June 9-10 at Harrington

on 05/29/2020 3:12 PM
The first qualifying races of the season at Harrington Raceway will take place June 9 and 10 with a new qualifying time of 9 a.m. In order to be in compliance with covid-19 related state guidelines, a maximum of nine races will be carded. The June 10 qualifiers will be restricted to Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eligible 3 year olds. If space allows for the June 10 qualifying dra...
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Pocono’s Sun Stakes 2020 canceled

on 05/29/2020 2:58 PM
While it is the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association (PHHA) and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s sincerest hope that the 2020 racing season in Pennsylvania will be forthcoming, the uncertainty of the season’s calendar makes already scheduled events impossible to predict. Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that the PHHA and Downs Racing is announcing the cancellation ...
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Sunny Dee one of four McIntosh winners at Mohawk Park

on 05/29/2020 1:44 PM
Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh came ready to play for Friday’s qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park, sending out four impressive winners. The McIntosh quartet was headlined by the 4-year-old season debut from star Sunny Dee. The O’Brien Award winner clashed with her rival and Ontario Sires Stakes champion Bodicea in the 10th qualifier of the session. Boadicea and drive...
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It's Official! Meadowlands can race on June 5

on 05/29/2020 1:10 PM
It's official. At his 1 p.m. press briefing on Friday afternoon, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that "after weeks" of discussions with the New Jersey Horse Racing Commission, live horse racing can begin "as early as next weekend," which paves the way for the Meadowlands to race on Friday, June 5, as it had hoped. Post time for the opening two cards on June 5 and June...
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Scarborough Downs will race live June 3

on 05/29/2020 12:53 PM
The state of Maine continues through a phased re-opening from its covid-19 shutdown and as part of that reopening, the office of Gov. Janet T. Mills has granted approval for Scarborough Downs to launch its delayed 2020 harness racing meet.   The Downs will kick off its 70th season on Wednesday, June 3, on a spectator-less basis and will continue to race on a three day per we...
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