Northville to hold qualifiers; live racing still on hold

on 06/25/2020 1:03 PM
The following order was issued Thursday morning from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). It allows Northville Downs to conduct qualifiers at their facility in accordance with the Horse Racing Law of 1995, MCL 431.301 to MCL 431.336, the administrative rules, and the Executive Director orders: Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-110 the racetrack still remains closed to ingress, egres...
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Big M back this weekend after $4-million night

on 06/25/2020 12:27 PM
It was neither Hambletonian Day nor Meadowlands Pace Night, but you couldn’t tell that from the betting at the Big M Saturday night. Wagering surpassed the $4-million mark for the first time on a “non-event” card since March 1, 2014, as a total of $4,100,386 was pushed through the windows on June 20. The track did program 18 races – five more than usual – to...
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Michigan horseman Bob Sampson dies at 74

on 06/25/2020 10:45 AM
Robert Harold Sampson, of Croswell, Mich., died Tuesday, June 23, at his home. He was 74.   He was born May 26, 1946, in Port Huron, son of the late Harold and Lela (Parkin) Sampson. He married Denise A. Johnston on Oct. 17, 1982, in Brown City. Mr. Sampson was a trainer and driver of Standardbreds. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Croswell America...
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Foulk to auction off Next Generation 2FP slot to benefit OHHA

on 06/25/2020 8:37 AM
The Foulk Stable will auction off one of its two entries in the Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs, scheduled for July 4, with the proceeds benefiting the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association.  Chad Foulk announced his stable’s entry into the 2-year-old filly pace will go up for auction Sunday night on HoofBid.   Foulk purchased an entry into both the filly rac...
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May Baby noses out Rock Swan in battle of Indiana stars

on 06/25/2020 8:33 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted the first stakes event of the 2020 live racing season on Wednesday with the $33,000 Star Destroyer Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies highlighting the evening’s 14-race card. As the top 2-year-old trotting fillies in the Hoosier state last season, Rock Swan and May Baby picked up right where they left off and renewed their ...
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NYSS sophomore trotters shine at Vernon

on 06/24/2020 10:00 PM
Vernon Downs hosted two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Wednesday (June 24). Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) was the impressive winner in the $59,000 first division of the NYSS. Take The Credit (Andy Miller) took the early lead but Bluffinner (Trond Smedshammer) found the front before hitting the first quarter in :28.0.  He...
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JK American Beauty, Baby Your The Best win

on 06/24/2020 7:53 PM
A pair of pacing distaffs with impeccable pedigrees were the stars of the show on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as the southeast Pennsylvania track began its first full week of racing.   The American Ideal – JK Black Beauty four-year-old JK American Beauty came out of the pocket and chased down pacesetting Tango Dancer N, who had upset the “Beauty” in...
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Master Of Mine leads DSBF in 1:59.1

on 06/24/2020 7:51 PM
Four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for 3-year-old trotters took center stage on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program.  Breakaway Racing's Touch Of White ($2.60, Corey Callahan) scored an impressive six-length win in the first division for colts and geldings with a 2:00 victory. The Keystone Activator gelding made an aggressive brush to the front near ...
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Ohio SS 3YO fillies battle Saturday at Northfield

on 06/24/2020 3:06 PM
Five Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for sophomore fillies will go postward Saturday night at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 p.m. (EDT). This is the second leg of the four-round series.   Two $50,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies have been carded as races seven and 11, while a trio of $40,000 contests for 3-year-old trotting fillies are set as ...
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Erv Miller sends out four 2YO winners at Pocono

on 06/24/2020 3:00 PM
Trainer Erv Miller sent out four successful 2 year olds, a pair of males on each gait, during Wednesday morning qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Fastest performer in the early action was Carrythetorchman, a colt by American Ideal out of Kattimon, who has produced two $400,000 winners already. She may have three to her credit if this freshman continues to show top speed, as...
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It's A Herbie rallies past 'em all to win Tioga feature

on 06/24/2020 8:38 AM
It’s A Herbie (Verlin Yoder) went from last to first in the final eighth of a mile to capture the $8,000 Open Handicap Trot at Tioga Downs on Tuesday.   Prairie Fortune (Jim Taggert Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2.  Joey Pro (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) followed Prairie Fortune to the half in :56.3 and to three-quarters in 1:24.4.   It&rsqu...
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Plainridge Park opening delayed until July 13

on 06/24/2020 8:35 AM
When the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gave their support to a tentative date for live racing to begin at Plainridge Park, it was contingent on Phase-3 of the governor’s reopening plan beginning on schedule.That has not happened and the track's starting date has changed.   On Friday, June 19, Governor Baker announced that he was extending Phase-2 by one week so he could ge...
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Icanflylikeanangel takes top Meadows trot

on 06/23/2020 8:22 PM
 Icanflylikeanangel flew to a front-end victory in a career-best 1:53 in Tuesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   After the winner was pressured to a demanding 26.4 opening panel, Mike Wilder was able to give him a 29.3 second-quarter breather. With that, the 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Rising MVP an...
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Sheldon Powell wins 2 of 3 DSBF divisions

on 06/23/2020 8:18 PM
Trainer Sheldon Powell won two of three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund’s first leg for 3-year-old filly pacers Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.   Powell’s first win came with his son Logan Powell’s Kit Kat Joy ($8.80, Tony Morgan), who prevailed in 1:58.4 over Dragon My Fannie and Bag of Jewels in the first division on the card. The S...
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2YO Always B Miki colt Billy Clyde wins Pocono PM debut

on 06/23/2020 4:08 PM
Tuesday marked the first time in 2020 that 2 year olds went before the bettors at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with paces for both sexes offered.   The Always B Miki-Jan It Jackson colt Billy Clyde, a half-brother to Semi Tough, won his pari-mutuel debut in 1:55.4 after posting a 1:55.1 clocking in a Meadowlands qualifier. Mark MacDonald moved the freshman to the front passing the...
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Northfield adds June 28 card to make up for cancellation

on 06/23/2020 2:54 PM
Northfield Park will add a make-up date on Sunday night, June 28, post time 6 p.m. (EDT).   A power outage caused the cancellation of the program at Northfield on Monday night, June 22, but the track will return to live action on Tuesday night, June 23.   The draw for the newly added Sunday, June 28, card will be on Wednesday morning, June 24. Northfield will then...
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2YOs Grand Cayman, Waterboard in 1:56.2

on 06/23/2020 2:15 PM
With the start of the stakes season for 2 year olds swiftly approaching, some talented freshmen were out for preparatory action at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.   On the pacing side, driver Allan Davis and trainer Mike Hall shared honors with driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., as both duos had two filly wins and a colt victory.   Davis/Hall had t...
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World Harness Handicapping Championship cancelled

on 06/23/2020 1:07 PM
Due to the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty many players had about traveling to the Meadowlands Racetrack, the 2020 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by has been cancelled. Players that qualified for a seat through the Meadowlands or will be refunded the $1,300 tournament seat as a prize payout.  Players can also choose to have their qualifyi...
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NY horseman Angelo Mario LaBella, 95, dies

on 06/23/2020 10:53 AM
New York horseman Angelo Mario LaBella, 95, well known at Vernon Downs, died June 6. He was born in Alatri, Italy, and lived most of his life in Syracuse, N.Y., until recently when he moved to Milton, Ga. He was a World War II veteran, proudly serving from 1943-45 in Battery 252nd Field Artillery Battalion in Normandy, Northern France, Belgium and Central Europe. He received a European Afr...
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Live streaming continues of Ohio county fairs

on 06/23/2020 8:42 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will continue its live streaming coverage of Ohio county fair races this week from the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Ottawa, Ohio.   Live coverage of the Ohio Colt Racing Association races from the Putnam County Fair will be shown on the OHHA Facebook page Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24.  Post time is 3:30 p.m. on ...
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