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SBOANJ advisory on qualifiers

on 05/28/2020 8:44 PM
It is extremely important that all New Jersey horsemen work together during this extraordinary situation that we have been faced with. Currently, the Meadowlands has received an exceedingly high volume of entries for Saturday’s qualifiers. At this time, we would like to ask all trainers that have the ability to qualify at a training center to please do so. We have had great cooperation ...
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Elitlopp, return of racing in new Weekend Preview!

on 05/28/2020 4:39 PM
While harness racing remained shut down in North America due to the covid-19 pandemic, the sport continued overseas in Sweden, although without spectators filling the stands. On Sunday, the famed Elitlopp will be contested at Solvalla, and we have full coverage in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Propulsion returns for a fifth time in the trotting classic, but he’ll have a t...
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MacIntosh trainees impress in Mohawk quailfiers

on 05/28/2020 2:48 PM
The first of several upcoming qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park took place Thursday, as a total of 11 races were contested. All of Thursday’s action saw male pacers primarily in the spotlight with trainer Blake MacIntosh’s students grabbing most of the glory. MacIntosh sent out four sophomore winners during the session, with two of his winners eligible to the Pepsi Nor...
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Scarborough Downs to open as early as June 1

on 05/28/2020 2:46 PM
Scarborough Downs announced Thursday that it has received approval to tentatively open for live racing as soon as June 1. Here is the release: We are pleased to inform our many harness racing owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers and fans that live harness racing has been cleared to begin as early as June 1! In early May the Department Of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry submitted a pla...
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Ohio Fantasy Racing League returns

on 05/28/2020 2:44 PM
Harness racing is back in Ohio and that means the 2020 Ohio Fantasy Racing League is back for its fourth season.    Owners will create a fantasy stable which will consist of six horses, two must be 2-year-old Ohio sired.  The other four can be of any ages but must be chosen from pre-determined rosters of horses.   Entry forms and lists of eligible horses are avai...
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Enter Friday morning for Meadowlands' Saturday qualifiers

on 05/28/2020 11:52 AM
With the coronavirus having cost the Meadowlands 12 weeks of racing – a total of 24 racing days – there is no doubt Saturday (May 30) morning’s qualifiers will be received in a big way. They will serve to remind us all that racing is coming back. They will serve as a step back to normalcy. “Covid-19 has had such an incredibly horrific impact on so many people, and that...
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Scioto tops $1 million in handle again on Wednesday

on 05/28/2020 10:55 AM
Eldorado Scioto Downs posted its fourth consecutive $1-million dollar handle night on Wednesday. There were 14 races on the card, half of which were for various divisions of non-winners of one. Trainer Ryan Miller won two of those races. The 32 year old from Greenville, Ohio has just over 800 training starts since going out on his own full-time in 2015, with 128 wins and over $1.4 million in ...
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Hawthorne to resume racing on June 6

on 05/28/2020 9:14 AM
  The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association posted the following on its website regarding qualifiers and the resumption of racing on June 6 at Hawthorne Race Course:   Hawthorne qualifiers are scheduled for Monday, June 1, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. If your horse raced after Friday, March 6 you will not need to qualify. You can if you’d like but it&r...
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Covid-19 test required to race at Meadowlands

on 05/28/2020 9:06 AM
The State of New Jersey protocol requires all employees and horsemen to complete this mandatory Covid-19 test before returning to work.   Begin by clicking on the link provided below which will lead to a televisit with a doctor where you will receive a date, time and location to be tested.    Be advised that there may be a four-to-five-day lead...
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NJ gets approval for qualifying, starts Friday

on 05/28/2020 8:41 AM
After months of anticipation, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) is very pleased to announce that New Jersey has been approved for qualifying dates. In conjunction with Dr. Karyn Malinowski of the Rutgers Science Center, the SBOANJ developed a very comprehensive “Risk Management and Racing Protocol” that had earlier been presented to Governor M...
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Running Aces foundation thanked for support

on 05/27/2020 3:44 PM
Watch and Wager LLC, operator of Cal Expo harness, and the California Harness Horsemen’s Association would like to publicly thank Running Aces for their generous support during the COVID-19 crisis. Running Aces, through its charitable foundation, has contributed $30,000 to help defray Cal Expo backstretch operating expenses for the past two months. “This is exactly the reason w...
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Meadowlands requests May 30 qualifiers

on 05/27/2020 2:03 PM
The Meadowlands has requested permission from the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) to hold qualifying races on Saturday, May 30, that will be open to include horses stabled in states other than New Jersey.   Due to the expected overwhelming response and the physical limitations imposed by Covid 19 protocol we will give preference to entries on horses that are eligible to Meado...
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Hawthorne gets OK for live racing

on 05/27/2020 12:23 PM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) and Hawthorne Race Course announced on Wednesday morning that the state has approved the resumption of live racing, with qualifiers beginning Monday, June 1.   The IHHA website posted: "The specific details are still being ironed out but we hope to have qualifiers early part of next week and then go live the weekend of June 5.&...
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Drivers injured in Tuesday night accident at Nfld

on 05/27/2020 7:58 AM
MGM Northfield Park resumed racing on Tuesday night and all was going well, with the track on its way to a handle of $1,984,387, until Race 13 of the 15-race card. While racing fifth to the three-quarter pole--and near the Northfield Park paddock--the Ryan Stahl-driven JK Parlay took a bad step and fell to the track, causing a chain-reaction accident. Behind JK Parlay, and unable to get ...
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Revised Buckeye Stallion Series calendar available

on 05/26/2020 2:22 PM
With the resumption of racing in Ohio, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is releasing the revised schedule for the Buckeye Stallion Series.    The first leg of the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot series which was scheduled for May 2 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway has been rescheduled for Monday June 15 at MGM Northfield Park.  Leg two has been rescheduled for ...
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Scioto posts another $1 million handle

on 05/26/2020 10:40 AM
Eldorado Scioto Downs held a special Memorial Day card on Monday (May 25) with a 6:30 p.m. post. For this, the third racing day for the 2020 racing season, Scioto handled more than $1 million on the card.   "Historically we've had an afternoon post time on holidays," said race secretary Jason Roth. "However, Joe (Morris, senior vice president of racing for Eldorado ...
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Horseman Ronnie Bencal, 77, dies in Florida

on 05/26/2020 9:22 AM
Horseman Ronald “Ronnie” Bencal, 77, died on Sunday after being hospitalized since early May at the Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fl. Mr. Bencal had health issues and also tested positive for coronavirus.   Born in New York City, Mr. Bencal was drafted in the Army and served for four years. Although his father was a New York City detective, Mr. Bencal’s fath...
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New dates announced for Mohawk Park stakes

on 05/25/2020 6:41 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced new dates for several Standardbred stakes to be held this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The stakes rescheduling only impacts events that were originally slated for May or June. All other races remain the same on the 2020 stakes calendar. As previously announced, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers has been reschedu...
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Tioga to open June 7; Vernon to race June 10

on 05/25/2020 9:11 AM
Live harness racing will come to both Tioga and Vernon Downs the beginning of June with qualifiers the first week and live racing the next.   Following the orders of Governor Cuomo, racing will get underway on the first day permitted with qualifying races held and Tioga on Monday, June 1 and again on Wednesday, June 3. At Vernon qualifiers will be on Tu...
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Fields set for Elitlopp elims; Propulsion post 8

on 05/24/2020 3:19 PM
The two eliminations for Sweden's Elitlopp, set for Sunday, May 31, have been drawn. The race will be held at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, but without spectators. The field includes Propulsion, bred in the U.S. by Rikki Caldwell of Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms.   First Elimination Heat: 1--Vivid Wise As (driver Björn Goop), 2-Sorbet (Per Linderoth), 3-Disco Volante (Ca...
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