Real "Coco" Cormier dies at 84

on 06/09/2020 9:10 AM
Longtime trainer-driver Real “Coco” Cormier died Friday, June 5. He was 84.   Mr. Cormier and his wife Tracy owned the Pinehurst track restaurant for the past 24 years. Originally from Quebec, his love of horses started at the age of 7, delivering milk door to door with his first horse Jessie. He came to the United States in his early 20s and began his career as a ...
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NA Cup eligibles dazzle in season debuts at Mohawk

on 06/08/2020 11:40 PM
 The road to the Pepsi North America Cup might be a little longer this season, but that didn’t mean local hopefuls weren’t ready to rock on Monday night at Mohawk Park. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Indictable Hanover and Beaumond Hanover put on a show for those watching Monday, each putting an exclamation point on their 3-year-old debut. Beaumond Hanover took top bi...
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Buter wins 5 as Tioga handles record $431K

on 06/08/2020 9:54 PM
Tyler Buter drove Prairie Fortune to a win in the $10,000 Open Trot  at Tioga Downs on Monday. Buter finished the card with five winners. In the Open Trot, It's A Herbie (Verlin Yoder) jumped out to the early lead but jumped offstride.  Dragin The Wagon (Jim Meittinis) then took over and led to the first quarter in :28.1. Prairie Fortune ($4.50) charged up...
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KHHA accepting resumes for executive secretary

on 06/08/2020 9:51 PM
The Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association is currently accepting resumes for the executive secretary position. Responsibilities include handling the daily business of the organization and representing Kentucky horsemen at the racetrack and county fair levels. Those interested should send a resume to Resumes will be accepted through Friday, June...
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Graduate Series at Tioga kicks off Grand Circuit

on 06/07/2020 2:07 PM
Tioga Downs will host the first Grand Circuit stake of the 2020 season when the 1st leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters comes to the Southern Tier of New York on Sunday, June 14.   The draw for the June 14 card will be on Thursday, June 11 with a box closing at 9:00AM.    Electronic entry for the Graduate Series is now available on etrack.   B...
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Antibody test required to participate in racing at Yonkers

on 06/07/2020 8:47 AM
The SOA of NY has been advised by the Director of Racing at Yonkers Raceway that each horsemen (trainers, drivers and grooms) seeking to participate in racing at Yonkers needs to get an antibody test. This is not something the SOA of NY agrees with in any way shape or form. The way we were told this is meant to work is that the first time a horsemen comes on the grounds he/she will need to...
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Highalator lights up board in Big M feature

on 06/07/2020 8:44 AM
For faithful fans of the standout aged pacer Highalator, Saturday night at the Meadowlands was an extremely profitable one.   The 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher pulled off a shocker in the Big M's featured Preferred for pacers, scoring from off the pace at odds of 42-1.   None Bettor A, who won his last outing before the coronavirus shutdown in 1:50....
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Iluvtomakemoney cashes in at Buffalo

on 06/06/2020 11:10 PM
Iluvtomakemoney ($11.20) cashed in on some live cover and took the featured $11,000 Class AA pace in 1:54.0 over the fast track at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 6).   Sitting fifth behind the live flow provided by Percy's Z Tam (Kevin Cummings) at the three-quarter pole, Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) followed that cover to the lead and posted the 2-1/2 lengt...
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Evenwood Sonofagun dominates preferred pace at Mohawk

on 06/06/2020 11:06 PM
Evenwood Sonofagun turned in the performance of the weekend with a stunning 1:49.2 victory in Saturday night's Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $36,000 top-class event was the feature race of Saturday's 10-race program. Trained by Colin Johnson, Evenwood Sonofagun was red-hot when live racing was suspended in March and picked right back up where he left off by posting a ...
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Parham pens integrity pledge to racing

on 06/06/2020 9:27 PM
An Open Letter to the Horse Racing World I think it’s fair to say that anyone who loves our sport had to be sickened reading the FBI wiretaps on how cavalier veterinarians, trainers and caretakers mistreated and abused horses under their care. After reading the transcripts, I wanted to do something to counter the negative implications for our sport. I also wanted something in place b...
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Tioga Downs live racing set to open Sunday

on 06/06/2020 8:56 AM
Tioga Downs will begin its 15th season of live harness racing with a 12-race card without fans on Sunday (June 7), with a post time of 4 p.m. The five-eighths-mile track in Nichols, N.Y., will race on Sundays and Mondays at 4 p.m. in June. Tioga will also race on Tuesday (June 23) and Tuesday (June 30) with a 4 p.m. post time. In July and August, Tioga will be racing every Friday, Saturday a...
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Gaitway Farm, Magical Acres baby races to stream live

on 06/06/2020 8:52 AM
Live stream of the Gaitway Farm and Magical Acres baby races next week will be available, courtesy of SBOANJ, Gaitway Farm, and Magical Acres. Gaitway Farm will have baby races at 10:00 am on the following Mondays June 8th, June 15th, and June 22nd.  Online entry will be available.   Baby races will be at Magical Acres on the following Tuesdays June 9th, June 16th, and June 23rd al...
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Racing is back at Mohawk Park

on 06/06/2020 8:49 AM
A spectator-free Woodbine Mohawk Park played host to its first card of live racing in 78-days on Friday evening. Saskatoon, a four-year-old pacing mare, was the first horse to visit the winner's circle since March 19, scoring a mild 7-1 upset in the evening's first-race for driver Doug McNair and trainer Carmen Auciello. The evening's action consisted of 10 races, with the $32,...
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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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