Pompano handle tops $1.3 million Monday night

on 01/05/2021 8:37 AM
A pair of $30,000 guaranteed pools and four Monday night feature events helped vault Pompano Park's handle to $1,334,368--it's highest handle of the young season. The previous high for the 2020-2021 season was $1,052,064 achieved just last week on Dec. 29. Not only was the handle hot, the racing was, as well, as only three favorites hit the winner's circle on the 13-r...
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Wisher named Delaware Valley Caretaker of Year

on 01/05/2021 8:35 AM
David Wisher, of Smyrna, Del., was named the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association’s Caretaker of the Year for 2020.   Wisher is the inaugural recipient for the award. He has worked with Standardbreds since 1970, including a current longstanding career working for trainer Joe MacDonald since 1987. Wisher was nominated by Joe and his wife Linda ...
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Open Trot highlights Tuesday card at Miami Valley

on 01/04/2021 7:13 PM
Miami Valley Raceway will present its first open class event of its eighth annual season on Tuesday when a $20,000 Open Trot is part of the 14-race program.   A recent winner of the final 2020 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton three weeks ago, Pass The Vape has been given the slight morning line edge at 5-2 in the quality seven-horse field.   Trevor Smith will steer th...
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What every USTA member needs to know about HISA

on 01/04/2021 6:08 PM
While the holiday season normally is a quiet one for harness racing, that was not the case most recently.  On the evening of Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act (HISA) was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives as part of a 5,539-page omnibus spending bill.   President Trump signed the bill into law several days later.  Her...
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No eliminations for Empire Breeders Classics in 2021

on 01/04/2021 8:32 AM
The $1 million(e) Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) stakes for 3-year-old New York sired trotters and pacers will be raced without eliminations in 2021. This format was implemented for the 2020 EBC trotting races and the 2020 EBC colt pace went straight to the final with ten declarations.   In 2021, should ten or fewer declare for any of the EBCs, the sta...
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Pompano features two guaranteed pick-4 pools on Monday

on 01/03/2021 8:51 PM
Pompano Park will have two $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pools on Monday night as the South Florida track offers a 13 race extravaganza featuring a pair of Open Handicap events.   The twin $30,000 guarantees will cover the first Pick-4 covering races 6-7-8-9 with the late Pick-4 featuring races 10-11-12-13. Both Pick-4 events will feature the lowest takeout in the industry—12%. &...
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Tetrick, George sweep Miami Valley opening day features

on 01/03/2021 8:48 PM
A pair of $30,000 claiming paces highlighted the first day (Sunday, Jan. 3) of the 2021 meet at Miami Valley Raceway with driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Tyler George winning both of the $15,750 purse events. Secret Threat copped the lidlifter in 1:52.4 over Never Say Never N (Josh Sutton) and Hal N Sammy (Tyler Smith) in what proved to be the quickest mile of the day.  Trainer Tyler Ge...
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Let It Ride N stars on $4.5M night at Big M

on 01/03/2021 8:28 AM
Handle reached remarkable heights and Let It Ride N stamped himself as the top harness horse currently in training on an eventful Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Wagering on the 15-race program totaled $4,562,477, which topped the “non-event” 2020 best of $4.1 million on June 20, when there were 18 races on the card. The average per race was $304,165, a number no...
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Pick-5 pool exceeds $360,000 at Big M

on 01/02/2021 9:58 PM
Fans of The Meadowlands' 20-cent Pick-5 bet the popular puzzle with both hands Saturday night, and after three favorites won during the sequence, many players visited the mutuel windows to cash in. Last Saturday's (Dec. 26) Pick-5 carryover of $46,731 led to a $150,000 guaranteed pool and players went at it hot and heavy from the get-go, adding to the carryover with $314,217 in "...
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Miami Valley kicks off 8th season with Sunday matinee

on 01/02/2021 9:55 PM
Miami Valley Raceway will commence its eighth season of live harness racing on Sunday (Jan. 3) with a 14 race program starting at 2:05 p.m. The matinee is the first of 87 cards scheduled between now and May 3. The southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval will host 2:05 matinees on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays each week, and feature 4:05 twilight programs on Fridays and Saturdays. The 2021 ...
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Obrigado, Alexa Skye win Freehold co-features

on 01/02/2021 12:51 PM
Freehold Raceway rang in the new year on Friday (Jan. 1), with a pair of Preferred Handicaps. One was won by an established veteran, the other by a possible rising star. The $12,000 Preferred Handicap Trot went to Obrigado, who inched his earnings closer to the $2 million mark. Sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the field of seven, he was sent to the front early on from post position six b...
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Williams talks Hanover, HISA, horses in new Preview!

on 12/31/2020 11:31 AM
The controversy surrounding the Horseracing and Integrity Act (HISA) will most certainly continue despite the fact that HISA became law on Dec. 27 when President Trump signed the Covid-19 relief legislation, an omnibus bill that included the horse racing bill. The US Trotting Association has been a critic of HISA while Jeff Gural, chairman of the Meadowlands, has been a steadfast supporter. &...
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Filion, Moreau, Grant retain Mohawk titles

on 12/31/2020 9:42 AM
The recently-concluded 2020 Woodbine Standardbred meet saw no changing of the guard, as the titles of leading owner, trainer and driver remained with their previous holders.   Brad Grant, Richard Moreau and Sylvain Filion led their respective categories once again in 2020, adding to their already impressive collection of Woodbine titles.   Moreau won his fifth consecutive a...
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Standout trotter Rompaway Beau retires in style

on 12/31/2020 9:39 AM
Rompaway Beau was retired in style at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as the 14-soon-to-be-15-year-old warrior has reached the age of mandatory retirement.   The gallant warrior didn’t win his 302nd career start…but he did get a check in finishing fifth closing out his lifetime bankroll at $547,819 to go along with his 1:53.4 over the seven-eighths oval at Hoosier Pa...
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Curtain falls on successful Dayton Raceway meet

on 12/30/2020 8:45 PM
When JDS Chancey Design (Tyler Smith) won the 14th and final race at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Wednesday (Dec. 30) afternoon, the curtain dropped on a very successful seventh annual live racing meet.  Despite a reduction in race dates from 78 in 2019 to 64 in 2020, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, total all-source handle increased by almost $4 million.  The daily average leaped from $26...
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Lady's Dude takes Meadows closing-day feature

on 12/30/2020 8:44 PM
Lady's Dude opened a sizable lead in the stretch, allowing him to score under wraps in Wednesday's $16,200 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows, the track's closing-day feature.   Lady's Dude had the opportunity to drop in third before the quarter, but Tony Hall elected to keep the 9-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding marching to the point. It proved a wise choi...
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Monticello-based owner Michael Weiner dies at 55

on 12/30/2020 4:18 PM
Michael Scott Weiner, of Monticello, N.Y., died Saturday, Dec. 26. He was 55. He was the son of Carole (Ames) and the late Arnold L., born on Jan. 14, 1965, in New York City. The ultimate shortstop and formidable competitor, Mr. Weiner enjoyed baseball, then softball, golf, bowling and harness racing. He had a lifetime of success on the track as an owner, trainer and amateur driver. His fi...
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Joe Kyle, Jay Bergman elected to Communicator's Hall

on 12/30/2020 11:16 AM
One came to prominence in the shadow of New York City; the other is a son of the Midwest. One is primarily a writer who also has done much television journalism; the other achieved principal fame as a photographer, but he also wrote often and well. What links them is their talent in communicating the abilities of the very best in harness racing, and thus Jay Bergman and Joe Kyle were voted in...
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Freehold to honor Kelly, Fusco Jr. with new series

on 12/30/2020 8:57 AM
Freehold Raceway, in conjunction with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, will begin the new year with a pair of pacing series in memory of two great horsemen: Harold Kelly and Vinny Fusco Jr. The Kelly Series, restricted to New Jersey-owned, sired, or foaled horses and geldings, will take place starting on Jan. 9 and run through Jan. 23. The Fusco Series, for New ...
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She'sgotitgoingon wins in Pompano debut

on 12/30/2020 8:53 AM
She'sgotitgoingon, the magnificent roan 4-year-old daughter of Tellitlikeitis, made a successful debut at Pompano Park on Tuesday night in winning the $11,500 Open Pace for mares in 1:53.2.   Driven by Don Harmon, who co-owns with trainer Krista Harmon, She'sgotitgoingon, the 4-5 favorite, scored by three-parts-of-a-length over the fast last charging Casie's Beli...
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