Harry Rutherford, breeder of Elegantimage, dies

on 06/11/2020 1:30 PM
Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has reported that Harry Rutherford, longtime harness racing industry participant and one of Canada's most successful Standardbred breeders, passed away on June 11,. He was 85. Rutherford operated Cool Creek Farm in Mount Pleasant, Ont., with partner Diane 'Joey' Ingham for decades and produced a number of notable trotting stars including C...
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Fast miles marked Big M's return to racing

on 06/11/2020 1:29 PM
Right from the get-go, the return of racing at the Meadowlands on Friday after the 12-week coronavirus shutdown provided big thrills. The Nancy Takter-trained Manchego became the fastest trotter of 2020 with a 1:50.3 clocking in the first race before Takter’s mare Kissin In The Sand became the season’s fastest pacer – regardless of sex – after stopping the clock in 1:4...
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18-race cards next weekend at Meadowlands

on 06/11/2020 12:51 PM
Foiled in attempt to expand to a three-day per week schedule, The Meadowlands will add five more races each to the Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, card to help get more horses raced.   The process for the NJRC to grant an additional card is too time consuming to address the immediate problem. So, beginning next weekend until PA gets open, both Friday and Saturday wil...
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Racing set to resume at Saratoga on June 18

on 06/11/2020 12:25 PM
Saratoga Casino Hotel announced today that harness racing will resume on Thursday, June 18, but no spectators are allowed at the track due to state guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans can wager remotely on the races through Saratoga Casino Hotel’s online wagering platform,, or on any other New York State approved online waging platform. Following the directive...
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Delaware, Ohio qualifiers to be streamed live

on 06/11/2020 8:39 AM
Due to spectator-less mandates, qualifying events scheduled for Delaware County, Ohio will be available for live viewing on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Facebook page.  Plans continue to capture any added events.   Twenty-one qualifying events are scheduled for Thursday, June 11, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.    Fi...
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Ohio's fairs receiving funds to help with safety

on 06/11/2020 8:37 AM
Ohio's county fairs have received new guidelines from the state, and funds to help with safety protocols, and many are now addressing how they can have safe events this year. In addition, the state is giving each fair $50,000 to help with the cost of new required safety measures.   Some of the 94 county and independent fairs held across the state each year have already been canceled...
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Ohio Jug Sale moves to Pickaway; online bidding

on 06/11/2020 8:34 AM
Big changes are in store for this year's Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale. And for both consignors and buyers, they're all to the good!   Topping the list is a new location for this year's sale. It is now to be held at the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 18, with the traditional Yearling Show Day scheduled the day prior.  ...
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PA gets OK to race; Meadows resumes Monday

on 06/11/2020 8:27 AM
Harness racing will be resuming in Pennsylvania soon following approval of health and safety protocols from the Pennsylvania Department of Health late Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, no starting date for racing had been announced for any track.   Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel L. Levine, M.D., notified racetracks and the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission via email that sh...
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Julio's Girl remains perfect at Buffalo

on 06/11/2020 7:41 AM
Julio's Girl ($3.90) remained perfect at Buffalo Raceway with a solid three length victory in 1:56.4 over Hey Sweetie in the $11,000 Class A-AA Handicap Pace for the filly and mares on Wednesday night (June 10)   Since arriving at Buffalo Raceway in early March, Julio's Girl (David McNeight III) has reeled off three straight wins in as many starts, all in convin...
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Sheer Talent nabs opening night feature at Vernon

on 06/10/2020 9:13 PM
Sheer Talent (Fern Paquet Jr.) won the $4800 featured fillies & mares pace at Vernon Downs on opening night (June 10) after Under The Bus (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped to the front and put up all the early fractions (:26.2, :56.3, 1:26.2). Sheer Talent ($13.20), who is owned by Bill Reepmeyer and trained by Bruce Lauer, sat in the pocket the whole way until they reached the stretch....
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Hoosier Park nearing June 16 opening

on 06/10/2020 5:51 PM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park is officially set to begin the 27thseason of live harness racing on Tuesday, June 16. In close coordination with industry stakeholders and government regulators, Harrah’s Hoosier Park has outlined a detailed plan to safely host its first card of racing since the end of the 2019 season. Entries for the season opener will be drawn on Thursday, June 11&nb...
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NJ Breeders Maturity Pace moved to late July at Big M

on 06/10/2020 4:26 PM
The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) is announcing a date change for the New Jersey Breeders Maturity Pace. The date for this stake is being changed from the previously scheduled dates of elimination races on Saturday, June 20, and the final on Saturday, June 27, to eliminations on Friday, July 24, and the final on Friday, July 31, at the Meadowlands.    The New Jersey Breeders Mat...
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Truro Raceway welcomes spectators back Friday

on 06/10/2020 12:27 PM
Officials with Truro Raceway have announced that the track is excited to welcome fans and customers to the track to watch and wager on live Standardbred racing this Friday, June 12. The track has stated that health and safety guidelines will be in effect. Please visit the Truro Raceway website for full details. Fans wishing to book a seat indoors must reserve their seat and meal in advance...
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Robbins drives 1st winner in 22 years as Hawthorne opens

on 06/10/2020 11:33 AM
After a nearly three-month break due to the covid-19 pandemic, live racing returned to Hawthorne Race Course last weekend. With safety protocols in place for horsemen and staff, spectators not allowed on-site to watch races, and with the time away from the track for many horses, there was some uncertainty as to how entries and handle would be as racing returned. Those questions were answered ...
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Forbidden Trade cruises in Mohawk qualifier

on 06/10/2020 8:38 AM
After a conservative qualifying effort in his 2020 charted debut last week, Canada's reigning Horse of the Year, Forbidden Trade, tasted victory during Woodbine Mohawk Park's Tuesday, June 9 qualifying session.   The 2019 Hambletonian winner had his regular pilot, Bob McClure, in the sulky, and the duo lined up in Post 3 for the second race of the morning session, which was co...
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PL Jill romps to Preferred win at Mohawk Park

on 06/09/2020 10:46 PM
 P L Jill continued the dominant return to racing for trainer Ben Baillargeon with a 7 3/4-length victory in Tuesday’s $36,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of seven older trotters lined up for the weekly feature and just like the last Preferred on March 16, the 7-year-old mare P L Jill claimed the top spot for her fifth win of the season. Driven by M...
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Harrington Raceway set to open June 15

on 06/09/2020 7:19 PM
Harrington Raceway will deviate from the normal qualifying schedule next week and will qualify on Monday, June 15, the same date live racing will commence without spectators.   Qualifiers will start at 9 a.m. and will be drawn Thursday, June 11, with the entry box closing at 10 a.m. Preference will be given to Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund eligible 3-year-old...
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Hippodrome 3R gets OK to resume racing

on 06/09/2020 3:02 PM
On Tuesday, June 9, the Quebec Jockey Club Board of Directors announced that the Hippodrome Trois-Rivières (H3R) has received the green light to host spectator-free live racing in 2020. We have worked with the Department of Health and Safety to provide a safe place for all workers of the industry. A strict control system has been put in place to properly meet government requirements...
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NYSS 3FT prep race Sunday at Tioga Downs

on 06/09/2020 2:31 PM
With the opening leg of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) scheduled for Sunday, June 21, and so many horses with no place to get a start before then, Tioga Downs will provide a NYSS prep race for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday, June 14.   Only those fillies paid up to the NYSS and Excelsior program are eligible for this class and since there is no other condition on the cla...
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Meadowlands has 777 in box; makes lease offer to horsemen

on 06/09/2020 1:11 PM
Tohe number of horses entered Tuesday morning for the weekend draw (June 12-13) at the Meadowlands was a staggering 777.   With the purse account under duress from compromised revenue streams this year, the number of races will remain at 13 for each day which leaves more than 500 horses with no place to race. There is simply not the revenue in the Meadowlands' purse acco...
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