Manchego huge in 1:50.3; handle $2.8 million

on 06/06/2020 7:08 AM
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The return of racing at the Meadowlands from the coronavirus shutdown featured phenomenal performances by a pair of Nancy Takter trainees.   Manchego got the party started in the first race back after the Big M’s 12-week layoff by taking the Preferred for trotters in a season’s-best 1:50.3 with Dexter Dunn driving, despite racing over a track ra...
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Second Activity Box now available from HHYF

on 06/05/2020 4:54 PM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s (HHYF) second Activity Box is now available! Themed around mares and foals and titled “Before The Track," the box contains with more than a dozen of games and puzzles and lessons. Suzanne D’Ambrose, HHYF secretary and former teacher, assisted with the content development. “We ha...
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NYSS announces dates for first 3YO legs

on 06/05/2020 3:42 PM
The New York Sire Stakes has announced dates for the first 3-year-olds legs of the 2020 season. The season will open with 3-Year-Old Trotting Fillies at Tioga Downs on June 21. It is important to note that racing schedules have not all been finalized at tracks that are not yet open. The revised calendar will feature an equal number of legs for all ages and ...
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Meadows to hold qualifiers Monday, June 8

on 06/05/2020 2:15 PM
The Meadows will be hosting Qualifying Races on Monday, June 8, at 11 a.m. The box closes on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m.   Preference will be given to stables which are regular participants at The Meadows, horses who have not raced since Feb. 1, 2020 or are on the Qualifying list for poor performance. No 2-year-old entries will be accepted. Horses who have star...
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Preferred Equine to offer online auctions

on 06/05/2020 8:36 AM
Preferred Equine Marketing has announced that it will soon be offering online sales through a new division of the company, to be called “Preferred Equine Online."   The sales platform, nearing completion, will be available at   “Preferred Equine Online is the latest product in our business model,” said Preferred ow...
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Record $2 million night at Scioto Downs

on 06/05/2020 8:32 AM
Eldorado Scioto Downs had another record-breaking night on Thursday. Capitalizing on being one of a few tracks racing in North America, handle eclipsed the previous record of $1.6 million, set on May 28, during race 11. By the time the 15-race card finished, $2.09 million was wagered on the evening.   “Not only do we want our horsemen to race, but we wanted to capitalize on bein...
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SOANY says Yonkers will hold qualifiers June 15

on 06/04/2020 4:59 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York has learned that Yonkers intends to hold qualifiers on Monday June 15, and Tuesday, June 16, with live racing tentatively set for the following  Monday, June 22, Tuesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 25, as we take small steps back to normalcy. At the moment, racing will be conducted three days per week and at...
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Big M, Mohawk lead return in new Weekend Preview!

on 06/04/2020 4:00 PM
The Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park lead the way this weekend as more racetracks return to racing after a shutdown of three months due to the covid-19 pandemic. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Nancy Takter talks about a few of her horses racing at the Big M, including world champion mare trotter Manchego. While driver Yannick Gingras won’t be behind Manchego...
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Musical Rhythm trots to qualifier win at Mohawk

on 06/04/2020 2:45 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted a 12-race qualifying session on Thursday morning under gorgeous conditions and over a "fast" track. The session featured a cross section of local trotting and pacing stars that are continuing to prep for their return to live pari-mutuel racing. Musical Rhythm was not content to merely trot around the track during Race 2, as the Ben Baillargeon-traine...
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Marvelous mares mark Meadowlands' return

on 06/04/2020 1:24 PM
They’ll be no lack of stars on display in the harness racing galaxy that is the Meadowlands Racetrack Friday night, as the mile oval returns from 12 weeks on the sidelines due to the coronavirus with two ferocious females featured on the card. Right off the bat in the first of 13 races, Manchego, the best horse in training over the last four months of 2019, is listed at 2-1 in the ...
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Mohawk Park set for action packed opening weekend

on 06/04/2020 1:20 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to resume live racing, without spectators, this weekend beginning with a 10-race card on Friday night. Post time is 7 p.m.   Racing was suspended at the Campbellville oval following a card on March 19. After a 78-day hiatus, Mohawk Park will get back down to business with strict COVID-19 protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of participants, of...
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Tioga names Demsky new race announcer

on 06/04/2020 8:32 AM
When racing begins on Sunday, June 7, there will be a new voice behind the mic at Tioga Downs. Andrew “Shades” Demsky, 32, a native of Bellmore, N.Y., will be taking over the duties.  Demsky, a graduate of Hofstra University will be taking over for last year’s announcer, Rich Mattei.   Demsky is excited about making a return to the South...
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Bred For Greatness gets surprise win at Buffalo

on 06/03/2020 10:41 PM
It appeared that Bred For Greatness was going to have to settle for a tough luck second place finish in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Class A-Open Trot on Wednesday night (June 3) but a huge change in fortunes in deep stretch turned that disappointment into a victory.   Lougazi appeared to have nailed down the win but a costly break 30 yards from the wire allowed Bred For Greatne...
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Big M draws 26 qualifiers, but 2YO races don’t fill

on 06/03/2020 8:09 PM
The Meadowlands took entries for qualifiers and baby races this morning and when race secretary Scott Warren peered into the online entries he was not surprised to see 351 entries but shocked that only four were 2 year olds. So no babies this week.   There are 26 qualifiers again but split over Friday and Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. each day.    Hor...
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Mohawk races to be part of live TSN coverage

on 06/03/2020 4:27 PM
TSN and Woodbine Entertainment announced Wednesday they are expanding their successful broadcast partnership to bring Canadians live horse racing every Thursday night throughout the summer with ‘Racing Night Live.’ The action begins Thursday (June 11) at 6 p.m. (EDT) on TSN and features a mix of live Thoroughbred races from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto and Standardbred races fro...
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Shartin N, Papi Rob Hanover qualify at Magical Acres

on 06/03/2020 2:41 PM
Driver Tim Tetrick won seven of 13 qualifiers at Magical Acres in Chesterfield Twp. N.J. on Wednesday morning, including with 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N. The 7-year-old pacing mare was last in the five-horse field, 6 ¼ lengths behind at the half in :59.2, before rallying with a back half of :53 flat to win by two lengths in 1:53.3.   Also appearing on the qualifying card ...
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Meadows casino to reopen; no news of race date

on 06/03/2020 2:02 PM
The Meadows casino in Washington, Pa., which is connected to The Meadows racetrack, has announced it will reopen Tuesday, June 9, at 12:00 p.m. The casino said it will be following proper guidelines set by local and state officials. No news has been announced regarding the resumption of harness racing. “We have been working closely with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, state and l...
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$236K carryover into Saturday's mandatory Hi-5 at Mohawk

on 06/03/2020 10:18 AM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be held this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Live racing, without spectators, is set to resume Friday night at Mohawk Park following the suspension of live racing on March 19. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has been sitting at $236,338.67 since live racing was last held. Jackpot Hi-5 wa...
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Mandatory Single Six payout Wednesday at Northfield

on 06/03/2020 8:31 AM
Northfield Park offers a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Northfield Single 6 wager on Wednesday night.   Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on Wednesday will award all winning tickets with an equal share of the Single 6 pool. Beginning i...
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Hawthorne set to begin racing on June 6

on 06/02/2020 4:33 PM
In close coordination with industry stakeholders and government regulators, Hawthorne Race Course will implement stringent new protocols for the return of live horseracing without on-site fans, also known as "studio racing."  Races will be hosted two nights per week on Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 6.   Live racing was suspended at Hawthorne on March 16 unde...
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