Info re: revised programs for Paulding, OH fair

on 05/29/2020 9:39 AM
Even though the Paulding County Fair in Paulding, Ohio, has been canceled for 2020, the fair still plans to sponsor harness racing with a revised program. Events 4, 8, and 12 on their original program have been canceled, and racing will only take place on Tuesday (June 16) and Wednesday (June 17) with a 4 p.m. post time each day. Their rain date will now be Thursday (June 18) at 4 p.m. The...
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Illinois county fairs trying to move to Springfield

on 05/29/2020 9:28 AM
Due to the COVID-19 situation and the number of county fairs canceling, we are going to make an attempt to conduct these races on the mile track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. As a result, I have extended the last day to supplement a horse to the County Fairs to June 1. It is $800 per horse to supplement them. If you intend to supplement a horse or horses please call me at 217.685...
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Record $1.6 million handle Thursday at Scioto

on 05/29/2020 9:09 AM
Only two harness racetracks have resumed racing and both have seen big wagering numbers, despite all bets coming in via advance deposit wagering companies.   Scioto Downs reopened for racing last Friday night, May 22, and all five programs saw total handle topping the $1-million mark. On Thursday night, May 28, the Ohio racetrack saw an all-time record handle of $1,637,726 on the 14-rac...
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Meadowlands: covid-19 testing not mandatory

on 05/29/2020 8:37 AM
Over the past few days there have been conflicting messages on just what the protocols will be for Saturday's qualifiers and beyond at The Meadowlands. The situation has been fluid and things have evolved. These are the current details.   Testing for the COVID-19 is currently not mandatory but is strongly recommended by the Governor and the CDC.    Personal Protect...
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"Productive" meetings in Harrisburg for PA racing to resume

on 05/28/2020 9:23 PM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA) have advised their membership that their lobbyists were involved in a "productive and positive" meeting on Thursday in Harrisburg with state officials to discuss the resumption of live horse racing in Pennsylvania. The MSOA represents horsemen at The Meadows and the PHHA repr...
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SBOANJ advisory on qualifiers

on 05/28/2020 8:44 PM
It is extremely important that all New Jersey horsemen work together during this extraordinary situation that we have been faced with. Currently, the Meadowlands has received an exceedingly high volume of entries for Saturday’s qualifiers. At this time, we would like to ask all trainers that have the ability to qualify at a training center to please do so. We have had great cooperation ...
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Elitlopp, return of racing in new Weekend Preview!

on 05/28/2020 4:39 PM
While harness racing remained shut down in North America due to the covid-19 pandemic, the sport continued overseas in Sweden, although without spectators filling the stands. On Sunday, the famed Elitlopp will be contested at Solvalla, and we have full coverage in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Propulsion returns for a fifth time in the trotting classic, but he’ll have a t...
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MacIntosh trainees impress in Mohawk quailfiers

on 05/28/2020 2:48 PM
The first of several upcoming qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park took place Thursday, as a total of 11 races were contested. All of Thursday’s action saw male pacers primarily in the spotlight with trainer Blake MacIntosh’s students grabbing most of the glory. MacIntosh sent out four sophomore winners during the session, with two of his winners eligible to the Pepsi Nor...
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Scarborough Downs to open as early as June 1

on 05/28/2020 2:46 PM
Scarborough Downs announced Thursday that it has received approval to tentatively open for live racing as soon as June 1. Here is the release: We are pleased to inform our many harness racing owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers and fans that live harness racing has been cleared to begin as early as June 1! In early May the Department Of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry submitted a pla...
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Ohio Fantasy Racing League returns

on 05/28/2020 2:44 PM
Harness racing is back in Ohio and that means the 2020 Ohio Fantasy Racing League is back for its fourth season.    Owners will create a fantasy stable which will consist of six horses, two must be 2-year-old Ohio sired.  The other four can be of any ages but must be chosen from pre-determined rosters of horses.   Entry forms and lists of eligible horses are avai...
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Enter Friday morning for Meadowlands' Saturday qualifiers

on 05/28/2020 11:52 AM
With the coronavirus having cost the Meadowlands 12 weeks of racing – a total of 24 racing days – there is no doubt Saturday (May 30) morning’s qualifiers will be received in a big way. They will serve to remind us all that racing is coming back. They will serve as a step back to normalcy. “Covid-19 has had such an incredibly horrific impact on so many people, and that...
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Scioto tops $1 million in handle again on Wednesday

on 05/28/2020 10:55 AM
Eldorado Scioto Downs posted its fourth consecutive $1-million dollar handle night on Wednesday. There were 14 races on the card, half of which were for various divisions of non-winners of one. Trainer Ryan Miller won two of those races. The 32 year old from Greenville, Ohio has just over 800 training starts since going out on his own full-time in 2015, with 128 wins and over $1.4 million in ...
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Hawthorne to resume racing on June 6

on 05/28/2020 9:14 AM
  The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association posted the following on its website regarding qualifiers and the resumption of racing on June 6 at Hawthorne Race Course:   Hawthorne qualifiers are scheduled for Monday, June 1, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. If your horse raced after Friday, March 6 you will not need to qualify. You can if you’d like but it&r...
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Covid-19 test required to race at Meadowlands

on 05/28/2020 9:06 AM
The State of New Jersey protocol requires all employees and horsemen to complete this mandatory Covid-19 test before returning to work.   Begin by clicking on the link provided below which will lead to a televisit with a doctor where you will receive a date, time and location to be tested.    Be advised that there may be a four-to-five-day lead...
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NJ gets approval for qualifying, starts Friday

on 05/28/2020 8:41 AM
After months of anticipation, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) is very pleased to announce that New Jersey has been approved for qualifying dates. In conjunction with Dr. Karyn Malinowski of the Rutgers Science Center, the SBOANJ developed a very comprehensive “Risk Management and Racing Protocol” that had earlier been presented to Governor M...
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Running Aces foundation thanked for support

on 05/27/2020 3:44 PM
Watch and Wager LLC, operator of Cal Expo harness, and the California Harness Horsemen’s Association would like to publicly thank Running Aces for their generous support during the COVID-19 crisis. Running Aces, through its charitable foundation, has contributed $30,000 to help defray Cal Expo backstretch operating expenses for the past two months. “This is exactly the reason w...
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Meadowlands requests May 30 qualifiers

on 05/27/2020 2:03 PM
The Meadowlands has requested permission from the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) to hold qualifying races on Saturday, May 30, that will be open to include horses stabled in states other than New Jersey.   Due to the expected overwhelming response and the physical limitations imposed by Covid 19 protocol we will give preference to entries on horses that are eligible to Meado...
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Hawthorne gets OK for live racing

on 05/27/2020 12:23 PM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) and Hawthorne Race Course announced on Wednesday morning that the state has approved the resumption of live racing, with qualifiers beginning Monday, June 1.   The IHHA website posted: "The specific details are still being ironed out but we hope to have qualifiers early part of next week and then go live the weekend of June 5.&...
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Drivers injured in Tuesday night accident at Nfld

on 05/27/2020 7:58 AM
MGM Northfield Park resumed racing on Tuesday night and all was going well, with the track on its way to a handle of $1,984,387, until Race 13 of the 15-race card. While racing fifth to the three-quarter pole--and near the Northfield Park paddock--the Ryan Stahl-driven JK Parlay took a bad step and fell to the track, causing a chain-reaction accident. Behind JK Parlay, and unable to get ...
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Revised Buckeye Stallion Series calendar available

on 05/26/2020 2:22 PM
With the resumption of racing in Ohio, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is releasing the revised schedule for the Buckeye Stallion Series.    The first leg of the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot series which was scheduled for May 2 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway has been rescheduled for Monday June 15 at MGM Northfield Park.  Leg two has been rescheduled for ...
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