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All racing in Ohio canceled until further notice

on 03/20/2020 3:00 PM
Ohio racing has been canceled for the week pending further instructions from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio State Racing Commission. Racetrack backsides are to remain open. The racetrack is to be maintained and made available for training. Horsemen and racetrack employees are strongly encouraged to practice safe social distancing procedures. The Commission will continue to keep everyone ...
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Plainridge postpones opening of meet

on 03/20/2020 12:44 PM
During a conference call open meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Friday (March 20), the Commission voted unanimously to postpone the opening of the 2020 meet at Plainridge Park Casino from April 6 until June 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The delayed start to the season was a joint recommendation of Dr. Alexandra Lightbown, the Director of Racing for the MGC, and Stev...
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Rosecroft Raceway cancels live racing

on 03/20/2020 9:16 AM
  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic The Maryland Jockey Club at Rosecroft has canceled live racing until further notice.
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Western Fair suspends live racing

on 03/19/2020 9:16 PM
The Raceway at Western Fair District has temporarily suspended live racing until further notice due to the continued spread of COVID-19. "We wish to thank our horsepeople, and staff for their tremendous co-operative efforts this past week in allowing us to conduct racing," said Western Fair in a statement issued on Thursday night. "However, as the virus spreads, the risks to co...
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Mohawk Park suspending racing as of Friday

on 03/19/2020 6:16 PM
Woodbine Entertainment announced late Thursday afternoon that following Thursday night!s card it will be temporarily suspending live Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park effective Friday, March 20, until further notice due to the ongoing efforts in limiting the spread of Covid-19. “We have made the decision to suspend live racing in the best interests of the health...
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New Weekend Preview: news on closures, changes

on 03/19/2020 5:56 PM
The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has news of how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the racing industry. Things are constantly changing, and shortly after we emailed the new edition Woodbine Mohawk Park officials announced the suspension of racing as of March 20.   The new Preview has the latest news about racing cancellations, racing restrictions, John Campbell’s ...
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NJ racing could be shut down for 30 days or more

on 03/19/2020 9:12 AM
he New Jersey Racing Commission held a meeting at Monmouth Park yesterday (March 18) where Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #104 relating to the current coronavirus outbreak was addressed. Effective March 16, 2020, all three New Jersey racetracks, Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands, and Monmouth Park are closed until the Governor either revokes or modifies his order. The minimum days closed...
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Pompano suspending racing after Wednesday's card

on 03/18/2020 3:21 PM
Pompano Park has announced that it will race its scheduled live card on Wednesday night and then suspend racing until further notice. The decision was made by racetrack management and not by the state.   The barn area will stay the same at Pompano, however only grooms, trainers and drivers are allowed to enter the backside.
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Tioga, Vernon delay opening track stable areas

on 03/18/2020 2:39 PM
Tioga and Vernon Downs are announcing that the stable areas at both tracks will not be accepting horses on April 1 as previously scheduled. It is suggested that had you planned to ship to either track, continue to stable your horses where they are currently housed.   "We are uncertain when our properties will be able to reopen as a whole," said Vice President of Racing for b...
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New safety policies for racing at Mohawk

on 03/18/2020 12:05 PM
In order to maintain live racing and follow the best practices for health and safety, Woodbine Entertainment has issued the following updated paddock procedures for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Effective Friday (March 20) and until further notice, post time for Live Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will move to 6:40 p.m. Post time for Thursday evening’s card of live racing will remain at 7:10...
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Rosecroft to race on Wednesday night with restrictions

on 03/18/2020 9:59 AM
Live racing will be conducted Wednesday night (March 18) at Rosecroft Raceway as planned, however the qualifying races, training, and schooling have been canceled. Only essential personnel and Maryland Racing Commission licensed horsemen will be permitted on the grounds during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The grandstand is closed. Rosecroft urges all horsemen to review the followin...
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K'Love, Cassius Lane take Farwick divisions at Miami Valley

on 03/17/2020 7:48 PM
K’Love (Kyle Ater) and Cassius Lane (Kayne Kauffman)  captured $15,000 divisions of the first leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick, DVM, Memorial Trotting Series at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (March 17).  The Farwick Memorial is one of nine annual “Lebanon Legends” series honoring the memory of former fixtures at old Lebanon Raceway and throughout harness racing ...
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4 members of Fusco family now dead from COVID-19

on 03/17/2020 7:43 PM
Four people associated with harness racing have died of COVID-19 in New Jersey.. On Friday, March 13, Rita Fusco-Jackson, a sister of harness racing participants Carmine and Vinnie Fusco, died at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ. NJ.com reported Wednesday afternoon that Carmine, 55, had also died, on Wednesday night their mother Grace, 73, also passed away at CentraSt...
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Rock N Roll Heaven owner Frank Bellino dies

on 03/17/2020 5:51 PM
Frank J. Bellino, 85, owner of hundreds of Standardbred during his life including 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, passed away Tuesday morning, March 17, of a heart attack.   Mr. Bellino, who founded a successful construction firm and also owned commercial real estate throughout the United States, started in the harness racing industry in 1982 and has owned a numbe...
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NYSS encourages April 15 payments be made online

on 03/17/2020 1:48 PM
The New York Sire Stakes is urging participants to consider submitting 2- and 3-year-old payments due on April 15 online due to the uncertain climate surrounding COVID-19. Business as usual continues at the NYSS, but this request is being made so that we may continue to process your payments in a timely manner in the case of office closures or mail disruption in the future. Invoices for 2 and 3-...
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Hambletonian Society continues to process payments

on 03/17/2020 1:14 PM
The Hambletonian Society office is following state and federal guidelines in regard to the suppression and containment of the COVID-19 virus. Credit card payment of stakes fees is working successfully in the inaugural use, and mail and overnight delivery has been uninterrupted so far. Most work is being done remotely from home and employees are staggering office attendance to deal with the in...
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Allard Racing Inc. horses win in Ohio; one Allard horse scratched

on 03/17/2020 12:07 PM
While most harness racetracks across the United States have closed its doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Northfield Park and Miami Valley in Ohio continue to race live cards. Both tracks will race on Tuesday, but with no fans in attendance. Miami Valley races at 2:05 p.m. while Northfield Park’s card gets underway at 6 p.m.   “We’re racing with no fans i...
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D'One delivers colt by Walner at Hunterton Farm

on 03/17/2020 11:09 AM
Hunterton Farm’s Steve Stewart sounded like a proud father when he told harnessracing.com on Monday (March 16) that the millionaire trotting mare D’One delivered a colt at his Kentucky Farm the night before. The newborn colt is a son of Walner.   “Finally!” said Stewart. “She had a colt last night.” Stewart said D’One’s journey to bec...
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USTA Board convenes by teleconference

on 03/17/2020 9:17 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors, which saw its annual, in-person conference slated for the past weekend canceled due to the international public health crisis, convened telephonically on Monday afternoon (March 16) in a first step to work through the meeting’s extensive agenda.  The session was led by outgoing Chairman of the Board Ivan Axelrod, who is not see...
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Family of John Brennan sends thanks

on 03/16/2020 8:53 PM
  On March 10, 2020, a shining light went dim. John Brennan, beloved brother, uncle and great-uncle, passed away as a direct result of COVID-19. John was loved and adored by people all throughout the country. Due to the severity of the virus, and in an abundance of caution, funeral arrangements have not been made at this time. Per recommendations, a mass will be held in the ...
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