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Ill. horsemen told governor's office reviewing plan for racing

on 05/15/2020 4:12 PM
Thousands of workers employed in the harness racing industry are waiting to take to the track again to race without fans in the grandstand. Members of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) have worked with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Hawthorne Racetrack to devise a safe, effective way to resume live racing. “Live ...
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Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed to 2021

on 05/15/2020 12:47 PM
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the re-opening of New York State, and with continuing concerns regarding COVID-19 and large gatherings, the Board of Trustees of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has made the unprecedented decision to cancel the 2020 Harness Racing Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremonies in Goshen, NY. Harness Racing Hall of Fame honorees, including Hall of ...
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Meadows horsemen respond to PA Gov. Wolf

on 05/15/2020 12:23 PM
After 11 days of silence, PA Gov. Tom Wolf responded to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC) on when it could resume horse racing in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for horsemen, his response was not what we wanted to hear: “As part of this reopening effort, we foresee horse racing reopening when counties enter the green phase, like other entertainment (casinos, theaters, etc). I...
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Hennessey drives 4 winners at Pompano qualifiers

on 05/14/2020 9:35 PM
Though the usual Florida sunshine was hidden by the thick clouds above, the mood at Pompano Park Thursday was more than sunny as the track hosted 13 qualifying events in anticipation that the racing season throughout the country is "hot to trot!" Horsemen lauded the efforts the track crew, as well as the efforts of The FSBOA, the Florida Amateur Driving Club and racing secretar...
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Double draw for Northfield qualifiers Friday

on 05/14/2020 5:59 PM
Northfield will hold a double-draw for qualifiers on Friday (May 15) morning.  The box closes at 10 AM and the qualifiers will be raced on Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Preferences for the qualifiers will be for trainers that regularly race at Northfield, and for horses that fit the conditions for Northfield’s opening night card on Tuesday, Ma...
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Racing on track to return in new Special Preview!

on 05/14/2020 4:55 PM
In the words of actor Matthew McConaughey, “All right, all right, all right!” After an absence of two months, harness racing is set to return as loosened restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic will allow racetracks to open. In the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview, Northfield Park and Scioto Downs in Ohio, Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Indiana, and Mohawk Park in Ontario...
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Ontario relaxes restrictions; Mohawk to open June 5

on 05/14/2020 3:08 PM
The return of live horse racing in the Province of Ontario just got one step closer.   Earlier today, the Ontario government announced a framework to gradually reopen the Province in stages. Stage 1, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 19, allows for horse racing without spectators and physical distancing measures in place.   “This is great news for the s...
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Ohio set to resume harness racing May 22

on 05/14/2020 12:01 PM
After technical issues with the Ohio State Racing Commission’s 7 p.m. (May 13) meeting and adjournment, Thursday morning (May 14) the Ohio State Racing Commission unanimously finalized a Resolution and Statewide Protocol Plan to commence racing live. Ohio has been cleared to start live racing on May 22. Ohio’s Standardbred permit holders said Wednesday that qualifiers can ...
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SOANY helping grooms with another check

on 05/14/2020 12:00 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY) has announced that it will be providing a second grant to qualified grooms (those who have paddocked horses more than a threshold number of racing nights) in order to further assist them during the shutdown of racing at Yonkers Raceway.  Last month, the SOANY provided a stipend of $400, and an additional payment of $400 is being issued...
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Qualifiers set for May 19-20 at Delaware, Ohio

on 05/14/2020 8:50 AM
Qualifying races will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20. Post time each day will be at 11 a.m. These races are for horses trained by Ohio trainers only. No spectators will be allowed. Entries for both days of racing will close at noon on Sunday, May 17. Entries may be made online through the USTA or phoned to Bill Peter...
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Hoosier Park requests reopening on June 16

on 05/13/2020 4:27 PM
Pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will kick off the delayed start of its 2020 Racing Season on Tuesday, June 16, with a 6:30 pm EDT first post time. Racing will be contested on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through Nov. 21 for a total of 111 days. It should also be noted that racing will be conducted in a "Spectator Free" ...
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SOANY announces Goshen qualifiers canceled

on 05/13/2020 12:05 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY) has posted the following information announcing the cancellation of qualifiers at Goshen Historic Track. The posting stated: “Due to our inability to get a response thus far from the State Economic Development (SED) Corporation as was recently (Friday) required by the Chief of Police of the Village of Goshen, the SOA of NY reg...
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Percy's Z Tam keeps grinding away

on 05/13/2020 11:18 AM
A name not recognized on the Grand Circuit stage, but a local New York favorite is Percy’s Z Tam, a former champion who continues to shine bright after returning home to where it all began. Percy’s Z Tam, a $75,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase in 2015, showed a lot of promise through his 2-year-old season for owners M & M Harness Racing, Royal Flush Stable, Z Tam ...
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Ohio racing could resume on May 22

on 05/13/2020 10:31 AM
In a conference call of the Ohio State Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday morning, the commissioners agreed on a resolution for safety protocols and a resumption of racing in the state as early as May 22. Due to late changes in the safety protocol document, the commissioners agreed they would wait until 7 pm tonight, or even tomorrow morning, before voting on the resolution. Chairman Scott Borge...
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Hawthorne waiting for state to say racing OK

on 05/13/2020 9:29 AM
Hawthorne Race Course's Director of Publicity Jim Miller sent the following letter to the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association this week, explaining the delays in resuming live racing in the state of Illinois: This will be quite detailed, but here goes. The second week of March was when the Executive Order was put into place by (Illinois) Governor (J. B.) Pritzker. At that time the...
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PA Gov. says no racing without casinos; coalition says why?

on 05/13/2020 9:00 AM
The following letter was sent by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to Russell Redding, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Dated May 12, the letter is in response to Redding's letter asking when the horse racing industry in the commonwealth might be permitted to reopen for racing. Earlier this year Gov. Wolf  proposed itaking money – $204 million annuall...
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Longtime Batavia horseman Bernie Hanley dies

on 05/12/2020 10:34 PM
Bernie E. Hanley, age 84, of Batavia, N.Y., died peacefully on Thursday, May 7, at the home of his daughter while under the care of Hospice and his loving family.    Mr. Hanley was born on Feb. 9, 1936, in Fulton, N.Y., a son of the late Laurence and Mary (Welch) Hanley. After graduating from Batavia High School, he went on to honorably ser...
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Mohawk Park planning on early June re-opening

on 05/12/2020 4:46 PM
On Tuesday's (May 12) 'Stronger Together' video stream, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson expressed optimism that racing in Ontario can resume as early as next month, and outlined some of the plans in place to prepare for horses returning to the starting gates at both Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We're very much hoping that we're starting in June,...
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Ohio commission to consider reopening

on 05/12/2020 10:57 AM
Meeting, Directive, and Resolution Information released this morning from the Ohio State Racing Commission verifies that a potential "spectator-less racing" Plan will be considered at a meeting scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. A Directive circulated and under consideration provides that, "Scioto Downs Racetrack and Northfield Park Racetrack MAY open their facilities for ...
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NJSS payments due May 15

on 05/12/2020 6:43 AM
The New Jersey Sire Stakes payments due May 15 are as follows: Premier and Standardbred Development Fund Payments Due NJ Sired Yearlings - $50 for mares bred in NJ, $100 for mares bred outside of NJ. No additional payment for SDF for mares bred to NJ sires. $25 additional fee for nominations submitted without proof of registration Standardbred Development Fund $5...
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