Date changes for stakes at Meadowlands, Tioga, Vernon

on 06/02/2020 8:34 AM
The Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs are announcing several date changes for the 2020 stakes schedule. The recent cancellation of the Sun Stakes at Pocono removed a few potential conflicts and left two prime Saturdays without any stakes which led to several of the following adjustments.   First off, Tioga Downs is announcing that the New York Sires Stakes 3-Year-Old Colt ...
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Agreement reached at Vernon

on 05/31/2020 6:11 PM
The Harness Horse Association of Central New York (HHACNY), the Gaming Commission-recognized representative horsemen’s association at Vernon Downs Racetrack, is pleased to announce that it has secured a two year extension of its horsemen's agreement with Vernon Downs' Management and agreed to a waiver of the 10-percent cap on the two important 2020 Vernon stakes in this diffic...
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US-bred Propulsion gets Elitlopp victory in fifth try

on 05/31/2020 3:40 PM
On his fifth and perhaps final attempt, the 9-year-old American-bred Propulsion won the Elitlopp on Sunday night (May 31) at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the first Elitlopp held without spectators due to the covid-19 pandemic.   Previously, Propulsion had finished second twice and fourth twice in the Elitlopp.   Propulsion is a son of Muscle Hill and the ...
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Takter Stable stars with 6 wins in Meadowlands qualifiers

on 05/30/2020 3:53 PM
The Meadowlands returned to racing Saturday with 26 qualifiers going postward. It was the first action at the New Jersey racetrack since the covid-19 pandemic forc Dee ed it to close nearly 10 weeks ago. The qualifiers got underway at 10 a.m. and while nobody except essential personnel were allowed on the grounds, the 5 1/2-hour marathon session was able to be viewed on the track's website or ...
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Stars qualify Friday at Gaitway Farm

on 05/30/2020 7:56 AM
When Standardbred racing returned to the Garden State on Friday morning (May 29), with 187 horses contesting a marathon qualifying session over the one-mile track at Gaitway Farm in Manalapan, N.J., trainer Ron Burke's stable was in full force, accounting for the day's fastest mile and five other winners, and Breeders Crown winner American History turned in a strong showing of the shelf,...
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Qualifiers Monday at Tioga Downs

on 05/30/2020 7:26 AM
Tioga Downs will hold qualifiers on Monday, June 1. The box will close at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 31.   Tioga has a state required Reopening Protocol that horsemen must follow explicitly.   This questionnaire must be downloaded (must be a paper copy to turn in upon arrival -  having it on your phone or other device is not acceptable) f...
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Contract impasse could delay Vernon opener until July

on 05/30/2020 7:23 AM
In a troubling turn of events, negotiations over a revision to the existing contract between Vernon Downs management and the Harness Horse Association of Central New York (HHACNY) have reached an impasse, leaving the scheduled June 10 opening in jeopardy. Despite considerable losses incurred each year from continuing to operate a race meet at Vernon, track owner Jeff Gural was prepare...
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Mandatory Single 6 payout June 3 at Northfield

on 05/29/2020 8:36 PM
Northfield Park will have a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Northfield Single 6 wager as the highlight of the racing program on Wednesday, June 3.   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 June 3 will award all winning tickets with an eq...
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Meadowlands returns Saturday with 26 qualifiers

on 05/29/2020 8:33 PM
The Meadowlands will host 26 qualifying races on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The program pages will be available for download when they are complete. There will be warm up breaks after races 5 - 10 - 15 and 20. Horses are permitted one warm up each.   The paddock gate will open at 7 a.m. for horsemen to enter. Only those persons that are essential to the care ...
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Jason Roth named to USTA board of directors

on 05/29/2020 3:43 PM
District 1 of the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) board of directors announced Friday that Jason Roth has been selected to replace Stacy Cahill as a director for the organization. His term will begin immediately and will run through 2022. “It’s an honor to serve on the USTA board of directors with so many distinguished members of the industry,” said Roth. “I look f...
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Qualifiers set for June 9-10 at Harrington

on 05/29/2020 3:12 PM
The first qualifying races of the season at Harrington Raceway will take place June 9 and 10 with a new qualifying time of 9 a.m. In order to be in compliance with covid-19 related state guidelines, a maximum of nine races will be carded. The June 10 qualifiers will be restricted to Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eligible 3 year olds. If space allows for the June 10 qualifying dra...
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Pocono’s Sun Stakes 2020 canceled

on 05/29/2020 2:58 PM
While it is the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association (PHHA) and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s sincerest hope that the 2020 racing season in Pennsylvania will be forthcoming, the uncertainty of the season’s calendar makes already scheduled events impossible to predict. Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that the PHHA and Downs Racing is announcing the cancellation ...
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Sunny Dee one of four McIntosh winners at Mohawk Park

on 05/29/2020 1:44 PM
Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh came ready to play for Friday’s qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park, sending out four impressive winners. The McIntosh quartet was headlined by the 4-year-old season debut from star Sunny Dee. The O’Brien Award winner clashed with her rival and Ontario Sires Stakes champion Bodicea in the 10th qualifier of the session. Boadicea and drive...
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It's Official! Meadowlands can race on June 5

on 05/29/2020 1:10 PM
It's official. At his 1 p.m. press briefing on Friday afternoon, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that "after weeks" of discussions with the New Jersey Horse Racing Commission, live horse racing can begin "as early as next weekend," which paves the way for the Meadowlands to race on Friday, June 5, as it had hoped. Post time for the opening two cards on June 5 and June...
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Scarborough Downs will race live June 3

on 05/29/2020 12:53 PM
The state of Maine continues through a phased re-opening from its covid-19 shutdown and as part of that reopening, the office of Gov. Janet T. Mills has granted approval for Scarborough Downs to launch its delayed 2020 harness racing meet.   The Downs will kick off its 70th season on Wednesday, June 3, on a spectator-less basis and will continue to race on a three day per we...
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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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