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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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Update: Elitlopp winner Propulsion in Swedish scandal

on 06/02/2020 4:26 PM
Elitlopp champion Propulsion has become engulfed in scandal less than 48 hours after his victory on Sunday at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm. Propulsion’s two front feet were nerved in the United States before he was exported to Sweden and Swedish trotting rules prohibit a horse that has nerved feet from racing or breeding. Swedish trotting authorities have not yet said if they a...
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Baby races on weekend calendar at Meadowlands

on 06/02/2020 3:17 PM
The business of getting the baby racing racing season underway at the Meadowlands is quickly coming into focus. Entries will be taken for this week's 2-year-old races along with the qualifiers on Wednesday morning (June 3) until 10 a.m.   Based upon the number of entries it will be determined if qualifiers and babies will all go on Saturday or the number is so large they must...
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Special Taps Ceremony Friday at Meadowlands

on 06/02/2020 3:00 PM
While there is excitement at the Meadowlands Racetrack for the return of live harness racing this Friday, June 5, there is also a sense of loss due to the passing of a number of horsemen and women from covid-19.    To honor the lives lost, 13-year-old Boy Scout, Alex Saldana will play Taps from the Meadowlands' back paddock following Race 2. All drivers in attendance wi...
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Scioto changes schedule to race on Sunday, June 7

on 06/02/2020 2:41 PM
Eldorado Scioto Downs has switched up the live racing dates for this weekend (June 6-7). Scioto will now be racing on Sunday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m., instead of the usual Saturday evening spot.   "We looked at the other racetracks starting to open and Saturday was getting full in the simulcasting world," explained Joe Morris, senior vice president of racing for Eldorado Resorts...
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NYSS working with tracks to finalize schedule

on 06/02/2020 1:27 PM
The New York Sire Stakes administration is monitoring the reopening plans of the state’s racetracks and is tentatively planning to begin Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series events the week of June 21 at Tioga and Vernon Downs. We hope to finalize first race dates in the coming days. The program is currently working with pari-mutual tracks to finalize a new schedule which will be provide...
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Maryland Stakes date changes at Ocean Downs

on 06/02/2020 11:04 AM
All Maryland stakes dates have been changed due to the new live racing calendar put out by Ocean Downs and also due to COVID-19 shutdowns. Stake races start with the 4- and 5-year-old Open races on July 23 and 24 followed by the 3-year-old sire stakes. The 2-year-olds start Aug. 20 and 21 and conclude on Sept. 18. The MSRF Advisory Committee felt this schedule would give all participants t...
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Update on Hanover Shoe Farms’ $250,000 matching fund grant

on 06/02/2020 11:02 AM
On April 16, 2020, Hanover Shoe Farms Executive Vice President Bridgette Jablonsky, V.M.D., announced the establishment of a $250,000 matching fund grant to support the work of restoring full integrity to the harness racing industry. In that announcement, Jablonsky noted “investigative services appear to be necessary to aid the racing commissions in investigating wrongdoing…to su...
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