Categories

Waples to guest star on WEG pre-game show

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
The always entertaining Randy Waples, a three-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's outstanding driver, will be the guest on Woodbine Racing Live's pre-game show on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 6:45 p.m.‬   ‪Waples, 49, is quickly closing in on 6,000 career wins and currently has over $103 million earned as a driver.‬   ‪Some of his big...
Read More

The Meadows to remember Jeannot on Friday

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadows, its horsemen and horsewomen will honor the memory of Mike Jeannot with a trackside ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, before the start of the live card.   Jeannot, president of Meadows Racing for The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, died last Friday after battling liver cancer.   For the ceremony, the trainer/driver colony--in their colors--will walk ...
Read More

Still no agreement for racing in Chicago

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) posted on its website that several discussions have taken place with racetracks executives, Illinois Racing Board (IRB) commissioners, and the IHHA, but no agreement for a contract between the IHHA and Balmoral and Maywood Park racetracks was reached.   "We've found that the IRB and it's Commissi...
Read More

New Weekend Preview available!

on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM
A new era in Ohio racing begins this weekend as Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway opens its inaugural meet Friday night. Ohio trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. talks about his Miami Valley starters on the opening night card for Weekend Preview. Award-winning writer Dave Briggs has another "Stretch Call" column and don't forget that the Meadowlands is back in action this weekend ...
Read More

Yonkers amends draw schedule due to storm

on 02/05/2014 12:00 AM
Due to another snowstorm moving toward the greater New York area, Yonkers Raceway has once again amended its draw schedule.   Horsemen are advised that Wednesday's (Feb. 5) draw for Monday's (Feb. 10) program has been cancelled. Instead, another double draw has been scheduled. The cards of Monday/Tuesday (Feb. 10 and 11) shall be both be drawn Thursday (Feb. 6), with the entry box c...
Read More

PA prohibits Amicar effective March 1

on 02/05/2014 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission (PHRC), in consultation with Dr. Mary Robinson, University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School of Medicine, New Bolton Center, has announced that effective March 1, the pre-race medication Amicar will no longer be permitted to be used in conjunction with Furosemide (also commonly known by trade names Lasix or Salix).   The PHRC has made the d...
Read More

Miami Valley qualifiers postponed to Thursday

on 02/05/2014 12:00 AM
Due to icy roads and track conditions the eight qualifying races scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night at Miami Valley Raceway have been postponed and moved "as is” to Thursday night, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.   We regret this change, but for the safety of the horses and people involved, we feel it was necessary. (Miami Valley)
Read More

Jeremes Sweetheart wins Dover feature

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Jeremes Sweetheart, after four times finishing second in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace, finally made the winner's circle in the feature on Monday at Dover Downs.   With Ron Pierce driving the Jereme's Jet-Fox Valley Evanna mare sitting directly behind Cooking The Books, who had lead from early in the race, the 5 year old trained by Eric Ell for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve ...
Read More

Jebswesternshake wires field in Northfield open

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Jebswesternshake was the winner of the $9,500 Open Pace at Northfield Park on Monday. Staci Malady of Rives Junction, Mich. owns the 9-year-old pacer. Trainer Gerald Malady called upon Northfield Park leading driver Josh Sutton to pilot.   Jebswesternshake (Western Hanover-Shake Away-Dream Away) started from the rail and led at every call through blistering fractions of :2...
Read More

Monticello horsemen shut off simulcast signal

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
As a result of the expiration of an agreement between the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association and Monticello Raceway for consent of the simulcast of live racing at the card, the export of the Monticello signal has been shut down, per federal law.   In a release issued by Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association representative Joe Faraldo, it was stated: Due to an impasse...
Read More

Feb. 8 O'Briens to be videostreamed live

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
How would you like to watch the 2013 O'Brien winners receive their awards live from the comfort of your own home?   For the fourth consecutive year, there will be a live video stream for the O'Brien Award presentations. This will be made available courtesy of Bell Aliant and is sponsored by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, Charlottetown and Summe...
Read More

Monticello racing Tues.; cancels Weds. due to snow

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Although Monticello's Tuesday afternoon race card will go on as scheduled, due to an impending winter storm, the racetrack has cancelled live racing for Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Read More

Pocono announces 2014 stakes schedule

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
A doubleheader on Kentucky Derby Day and an additional day per week of racing in July and August are two of the changes in the new Pocono Downs racing schedule for 2014, as announced by vice president of racing operations Dale Rapson.   Racing opens at the renowned five-eighths mile oval in Wilkes Barre, Pa., on March 22, and for the first few months of the new season, (M...
Read More

Indiana's Stewart finding home at Buffalo

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Charles Stewart and his stable were looking for a place to settle down for the winter months with Hoosier Park closed during that time.   His choice? Buffalo Raceway. It's a selection that has proved to be the right and a profitable one thus far.   "I looked around and I thought the horses I had would fit very well into the conditions at Buffalo Raceway," Stewart said. "H...
Read More

Veteran racing official Andy Reese dies

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Andrew L. "Andy" Reese Jr., 87, for many years the starter at Vernon Downs, died Feb. 2, at Olean General Hospital.   Born in Buffalo, NY, Mr. Reese was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in the Cavalry Division. He was a highly successful salesman and retired from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. His sons Gary and Todd have both served as racing o...
Read More

Mary Gulotta, mother of Michael Gulotta, dies

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
Mary Gulotta, 90, mother of Michael J. Gulotta, an owner of Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, N.J., died Friday, Jan. 31. Mrs. Gulotta and her late husband, Michael, were avid followers of Deo Volente Farms' horses. Among their favorites were Worldly Beauty, Lis Mara and Wishing Stone.   She is survived by three children; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. &n...
Read More

TSM Photo Bugger tops Run And Tell Pap

on 02/04/2014 12:00 AM
TSM Photo Bugger unleashed his first-over bid before the three-quarters and wore down the leader to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Run And Tell Pap was unchallenged on the front until Mike Wilder turned TSM Photo Bugger loose. The 7-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding scored in 1:56 on a sloppy surface, three-quar...
Read More

Meadows, Yonkers cancel Monday race cards

on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM
A snowstorm has forced the cancelation of Monday's live card at The Meadows. All facilities remain open for simulcasting. Live racing is set to resume Tuesday, first post 12:55 p.m.   Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program and all simulcasting for Monday due to the snowstorm in in the greater New York area. Live racing (and afternoon/evening simulcasting) is sche...
Read More

Pierce to drive at Yonkers on weekends

on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM
So, there was driver Ron Pierce, going back home to New Jersey after a very successful and profitable Yonkers Raceway weekend...as in a pair of wins Friday night and a happy half-dozen Saturday.   "I was talking to a friend of mine, and he said, 'Do you realize you made more money in the last two nights than in the last month at the Meadowlands?' "   Right there, Pierce ...
Read More

Must read: Tracks collaborating in Ontario

on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM
If you were too consumed with the Super Bowl to follow all the harness racing news last week, you might have missed the update on racing in Ontario from Dave Briggs, who is now writing for HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. In his debut column "Stretch Call," Briggs broke the news about the change in the business model for Ontario's racetracks.   When word came that Toron...
Read More