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Allard reportedly arrested; phone call allegedly implicates in deaths

on 03/13/2020 4:51 PM
Rene Allard, harness racing's third leading money-winning trainers in 2019 with $5.8 million in purses, and the trainer of Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Filly Trot winner When Dovescry, was reportedly arrested while in Las Vegas, according to a person in a leadership position in harness racing.   Coming out of the US Southern District of New York, which on Monday held a press conference...
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Harness Racing Museum closed indefinitely

on 03/13/2020 4:41 PM
Due to ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. All Museum events are canceled or postponed while the Museum is closed. Please check our website or call for updates. (Harness Racing Museum)
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Pocono cancels live racing through March 16

on 03/13/2020 1:19 PM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association have canceled live racing for Saturday (March 14); Sunday (March 15); and Monday (March 16). Additionally, training on Friday (March 13) and Tuesday (March 17) have also been canceled. This decision has been made with an abundance of caution in mind for the current situation within regional racing jurisdi...
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Bettor's Wish's book increased to 70 mares

on 03/13/2020 8:26 AM
Dan Patch Champion Bettor’s Wish made it his calling card to exceed expectations on the racetrack—and now he’s doing the same in the breeding shed. His initial book, originally capped at 45 mares, has been increased to 70, according to his owners. “We took two things into consideration when planning Bettor’s Wish’s book,” said co-owner Art Zubrod. &ldqu...
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Indictments, coronavirus news in new Weekend Preview!

on 03/12/2020 4:11 PM
The week started out with the news that several harness horsemen, including trainers Nick Surick and Chris Oakes, were among 27 indicted in a doping scandal. Things didn’t get much better as news then broke that Yonkers Raceway horsemen’s rep John Brennan died as a result of coronavirus, which then led to reports of others becoming ill and subsequent racetrack cancellations.  ...
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Meadowlands cancels weekend racing

on 03/12/2020 12:56 PM
Due to recent developments in the area related to health concerns, the Meadowlands has decided to cancel live racing this weekend, March 13 and 14.   "It's become impossible to provide the needed protection for those racing and those attending the races,"said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "We wanted to go and get everyone raced but you get to a point where the po...
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Berry has big Big M weekend at Meadowlands

on 03/12/2020 11:44 AM
Fans of driver Pat Berry undoubtedly have plenty of money burning a hole in their pockets after the exploits of the 44-year-old former Chicagoland pilot last weekend (March 6-7) at the Meadowlands. It started innocently enough on Friday, when Berry guided Muscle Fashion ($22.80) to the winner’s circle. His only winner of the night from 10 drives was still enough to show a flat-bet profit fo...
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Yonkers cancels racing through March 18

on 03/12/2020 11:24 AM
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts ("Empire City") announced today the suspension of racing operations at its harness track, Yonkers Raceway, through Wednesday, March 18. Empire City learned on Tuesday, March 10 that an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association ("SOA"), the harness horsemen association, tested positive for COVID-19 before passing away. The individual ...
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Hawthorne announces policy regarding indicted horsemen

on 03/12/2020 11:07 AM
Following a recent FBI investigation which resulted in the indictments of harness trainers Rick Dane, Jr., Nick Surick, Conor Flynn, and Chris Oakes, Hawthorne Race Course is implementing the following policies regarding any horses formerly trained by these indicted trainers:  1.       Horses formerly trained by indicted trainers will not be allowed onto the...
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Dover Downs cancels Thursday card

on 03/12/2020 10:40 AM
Dover Downs has canceled racing for Thursday evening (March 12) after discussion with DSOA and DHRC representatives. This precautionary measure is in light of the current situation in surrounding racing jurisdictions and does not impact racing beyond Thursday as plans are to resume racing Monday, March 16. (Dover Downs)
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Freehold cancels racing through March 21

on 03/12/2020 10:28 AM
Freehold Raceway has been advised that an individual, who has been in contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), was in attendance at the track on Saturday, March 7.   As of (Thursday), the individual who was in attendance at Freehold Raceway has not tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) but continues to be monitored. &...
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Jason Bartlett in quarantine as coronavirus precaution

on 03/12/2020 10:02 AM
Jason Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers Raceway who also sits atop the North American leaderboard in purse earnings in 2020, told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that he has been under self-quarantine against the coronavirus at home since Monday, March 9. Bartlett, whose quarantine period will end Friday, said his precautionary action came after he learned John Brennan, the horsemen&rsq...
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Trainer Richard Banca arrested as part of doping scandal

on 03/12/2020 8:47 AM
Bill Finley has reported in Thursday's Thoroughbred Daily News that trainer Richard Banca was arrested on Monday (March 9) and released after posting a $200,000 personal recognizance bond for his part in the doping scandal that originally saw 27 indicted.   According to the report, Banca's farm in Middletown, N.Y., was searched on Monday and the FBI found a number of i...
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Bred For Greatness still great at Buffalo

on 03/11/2020 8:50 PM
Bred For Greatness ($6.20) was certainly 'great' once again as he notched a length victory over Lougazi in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday evening (March 11).    It was the fifth victory in six starts this year for Bred For Greatness and it was also his seasonal best with a 1:58.1 clocking.   Getting a perfect sta...
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Vacation Money in 18-1 upset win in Meadows Series

on 03/11/2020 8:48 PM
Vacation Money maintained her poise while her rivals blew up around her, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 18-1 upset in Wednesday's Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Andover Contessa captured the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.   The Mary Wohlmuth is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is...
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Harrington nearing April 13 opener

on 03/11/2020 4:23 PM
Harrington Raceway will open for its 74th season of live racing on April 13. A total of 65 days are scheduled for Delaware’s half-mile racetrack, with a nightly post time of 4:30 p.m., except for the July 30 Governor’s Day program during the Delaware State Fair (special 7 p.m. post time).   Live racing will be conducted on a Monday-through-Wednesday schedule most of the se...
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Meadowlands issues advisory on staking

on 03/11/2020 3:44 PM
The Meadowlands would like to clarify its position regarding the sustaining payments to stakes and Early Closers due by March 16 on horses that are currently in the care of those affected by the recent indictments and arrests. It is suggested by The Meadowlands that you make those payments by the deadline as required if you desire to continue eligibility. If you do not make the Mar...
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Worth the wait for Stafford

on 03/11/2020 3:01 PM
Paul Stafford always believed it was only a matter of time before he operated his own training stable. He just didn’t know how much time it would take before it happened. But after 15 years as an assistant for barns in the Midwest and East, he seized his chance in August 2018 and couldn’t be happier.   Stafford, a 39-year-old San Francisco native, trains 27 horses for owne...
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Additional screening measures for Mohawk paddock

on 03/11/2020 2:21 PM
Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as part of precautionary measures being taken in the interest of health and safety, Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Central Ontario Standardbred (COSA) today announced a new screening process for entry into the paddock. Effective Thursday, March 12, anyone entering the paddock will be subject to several questions as a screening by...
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Meadowlands to race this weekend

on 03/11/2020 2:20 PM
The Meadowlands intends to race live cards on Friday and Saturday as scheduled and drawn.  To accomplish this as safely as possible, horsemen competing will be required to comply with guidelines as set by NJ State officials.    Part of this initiative is self quarantine, take that to mean that if you have been in the presence of a person that you are aware has b...
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