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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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Hawthorne cancels racing through March 30

on 03/16/2020 6:28 PM
In accordance with the recommendation of Governor J. B. Pritzker, live racing at Hawthorne Race Course will be halted for a minimum of two weeks. In an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19, gatherings across the country are being limited. Per Governor Pritzker’s directive, there will be no live racing conducted at Hawthorne through Monday, March 30.  At that time furt...
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Pocono cancels racing at least 2 weeks

on 03/16/2020 6:06 PM
Due to the current state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and suggested guidelines from Governor Tom Wolf, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will not have live racing for at least two weeks. During this time, iBet Mohegan and Dial-A-Bet will still be available, however deposits will not be able to be made in person. Additionally, training will be prohibited. Please look fo...
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Perlucky captures Meadows Open Trot

on 03/16/2020 6:04 PM
Perlucky shot the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows, a triumph that sent him over $400,000 in career earnings.   Perlucky and Dave Palone patiently stalked Icanflylikeanangel from the pocket, then shot by him in mid-stretch. As it turned out, the greater threat was the first-over Wind Of The North, but the 10-year-old millionaire fell a...
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The Meadows suspends live racing

on 03/16/2020 4:26 PM
As you know our country as well as the world finds itself in an unprecedented set of circumstances attempting to control the spread of Coronavirus. Many governmental entities are implementing restrictions on group gatherings in an effort to thwart the spread of the virus in our communities. To that end the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has issued a mandate, we have no choice but to...
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Spring Garden Ranch cancels Saturday’s matinee

on 03/16/2020 1:17 PM
Spring Garden Ranch in Florida has canceled its matinee of races that was scheduled for Saturday, March 21. A date for 2-year-old races may be rescheduled in the future. 
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Important update from Horseman Publishing Co.

on 03/16/2020 12:00 PM
COVID-19 is impacting all of us—as individuals and as communities—in unprecedented ways. The offices of Horseman Publishing Co. are in Lexington, Ky., and the governor has declared a state of emergency and closed schools, restaurants and bars. While at first plans did not include producing a Weekend Preview this week, the decision has been made to send one out this Thursday aftern...
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USTA closes offices; most staff to work remotely

on 03/16/2020 11:35 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association understands that there is a great deal of anxiety and confusion regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact that it is having on everyday life.   The USTA is monitoring and following the guidelines and advice of federal, state and local government authorities. Here in Ohio, our governor has declared a state of emergency and closed schools, restaur...
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Meadowlands Racetrack closing at 8 p.m. Monday

on 03/16/2020 11:07 AM
Based on the new CDC guidelines limiting public gatherings of 50 or more to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne will be closing beginning at 8 p.m. today, Monday March 16.   The properties will remain closed for simulcasting and live racing indefinitely. The health and safety of our employees, horsemen, patrons and community are our top priorit...
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Northville Downs March 20 opening delayed

on 03/16/2020 9:41 AM
Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association president Tom Barrett has issued the following statement regarding the scheduled start date of the live meet at Northville Downs. That meet, scheduled to start on Friday, March 20, has been delayed. Here is the statement:   Over the weekend our team was in constant communication with Northville Downs and our regulators as we continue to watc...
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George Harp dies at 89

on 03/16/2020 9:22 AM
George D. Harp, 89, died Saturday, March 14, with his loving family by his side. Mr. Harp was born Jan. 5, 1931, in Norwich, N.Y. He was the son of the late George I. and Jennie (Cole) Harp, and was a graduate of Norwich High School. On Oct. 17, 1950, he enlisted in the United State Army and proudly served with the 3rd Calvary Regiment 1st Battalion Tank Company as a Tank Commander, as we...
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FL USHWA postpones awards dinner

on 03/15/2020 7:28 PM
The 2020 Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame Banquet that was scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020, has been postponed until future notice due to the pandemic over Coronavirus-19. The banquet is run by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association.   The event was to take place at McDivot's at the Carolina Country Club in Margate, FL.   Once a new...
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SBOANJ announces purse increase for races

on 03/15/2020 7:25 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey has announced purse increases for the following 2020 races. The purse for the New Jersey Garden State Trot #2 for both 3-year-old colt and fillies at Freehold Raceway has been increased to $80,000. The purse for the New Jersey Garden State Trot #3 for both 2-year-old colt and fillies at the Meadowlands increased to $90,000. Al...
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Hoosier Park, Indiana Grand to close

on 03/15/2020 7:21 PM
Based on changing circumstances and in the interest of public health, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Winner’s Circle Race, Sports, Pub locations in Downtown Indianapolis, New Haven and Clarksville – will be closing for at least 14 days beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. The Indiana Gaming and Indiana Horse Raci...
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Gold Digger King takes George Williams Memorial

on 03/14/2020 10:02 PM
Gold Digger King (Brett Miller) was crowned champion of the George Williams Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 14), even though there was no one there to watch the $27,500 final live.  Racing was conducted in front of an empty grandstand due to a shutdown caused by the coronavirus crisis, but was exciting nonetheless and enjoyed by numerous new off-track fans as e...
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Doug McNair donating driver earnings to Red Cross

on 03/14/2020 4:12 PM
Doug McNair, the leading driver at Woodbine Mohawk Park, has informed track officials that he will be donating all his earnings from tonight’s (March 14) card of racing to the Canadian Red Cross in support of COVID-19 response efforts. McNair would like to invite other horsepeople racing tonight to join him in helping. Any individuals racing tonight that would like to donate should visi...
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Faraldo tests negative; Yonkers casino closed

on 03/14/2020 4:10 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York has announced that SOA President Joseph Faraldo has been tested and confirmed to be NEGATIVE for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). He is currently at home recovering from an illness that has now been confirmed to be unrelated to COVID-19.   Yonkers shut down racing earlier this week and later announced that the Empire City Casino at Yonkers is ...
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Pompano to race; only essential personnel in paddock

on 03/14/2020 2:46 PM
Pompano Park has announced that there will be racing on Sunday night, March 15. Only essential personnel--drivers, trainers and caretakers--will be allowed in the paddock. NO OWNERS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BARN AREA OR THE PADDOCK!All essential personnel must have their Pompano Park picture ID and State license easily observed by security to enter the paddock. Owners and fans...
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Woodbine Mohawk closed to general public

on 03/14/2020 2:45 PM
In light of the rising public concerns over limiting the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Woodbine Entertainment has followed government recommendations and will be closing Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park to guests as of Sunday, March 15.   Live racing will continue to operate at Woodbine Mohawk Park with only essential employees and restricted access to the paddock area ...
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