Scioto draws for Next Generation

on 05/24/2020 8:57 AM
On Saturday (May 23) Eldorado Scioto Downs held the draw for participants in the Next Generation pace for 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacers. Nominations to the event, at $10,000 each, were due March 15. There was an over subscription for both the colt and filly divisions. Both have a maximum of nine starters, which resulted in Saturday’s draw. The draw was scheduled to be held on ...
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Finkelson scholarship applications now accepted

on 05/23/2020 10:31 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2020 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national ...
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Big night for Page, Burke as Scioto reopens; handle tops $1 million

on 05/23/2020 6:35 AM
Harness racing returned to North America for the first time in nearly two months Friday night as Scioto Downs hosted a 12-race card. The program generated total wagering of $1,054,294. The track's highest handle, $1,231,444, was wagered on Sept. 7, 1996. On the track, driver Chris Page won six races, including four for trainer Ron Burke. Page and Burke got the card underway with a win wi...
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Training resumes May 27 at Mohawk Park

on 05/22/2020 6:00 PM
Training at Woodbine Mohawk Park with strict physical distancing protocols in place will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 and Saturday, May 30. Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first come first serve basis.   Sign-ups will start at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 25th.  Trainers are limited to no more than 10...
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Northfield Park ready for May 26 opener

on 05/22/2020 5:55 PM
Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and millionaire-dollar earners highlight a strong program of racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday, May 26 (post time 6 p.m.) The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includ...
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NY in process of changing qualifying date rule

on 05/22/2020 12:21 PM
 The New York State Gaming Commission has apparently removed the 60-day cap that limited its ability, and that of its judges, and now allows discretion to extend the length of time a horse need not qualify, to account for unexpected events that interfere with the opportunities for otherwise horses to race.   It is anticipated that the Gaming Commission will factor in the...
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OHHA to have Facebook live event for ScD opening

on 05/22/2020 12:18 PM
After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio.  To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history.   “The Voice” Roger Huston, OHHA Brand ...
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NYSS dates to be determined when reopenings finalized

on 05/22/2020 12:16 PM
he New York Sire Stakes(NYSS) is working closely with harness tracks throughout the state as they develop reopening plans. As soon as revised racing dates are finalized for all tracks, the NYSS will move forward with building an updated racing schedule and will share this information with participants.   “Right now we are anticipating that NYSS events will start approximate...
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Scioto set for opening night Friday; post time 6:30 pm

on 05/22/2020 11:06 AM
Friday (May 22) marks the re-opening of harness racing. Both Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio horsemen are ready to provide the action, while safely following state and health department protocols. First post will be at 6:30 p.m. for both the Friday and Saturday evening 12-race cards.   The Scioto team has worked diligently getting the racetrack and barns ready for horsemen, while a...
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PA shutdown, reopenings elsewhere big concern for trainers

on 05/22/2020 10:01 AM
Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down harness racing March 16 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, veteran trainer Randy Bendis had 25 horses in his stable. That’s down to 23, as Bendis was forced to sell two mares to raise cash to pay his bills and avoid laying off staff.   Now, that number may decline even further as racing venues in states other than Pennsylvania are reope...
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DSBF 3YO races to begin June 22 at Harrington

on 05/21/2020 10:33 PM
‚ÄčThe 3-year-old races for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) first and second legs at Harrington will be pushed back one week from the original schedule which means they will begin on Monday, June 22. The finals which are normally held on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair will now be held the week of July 6. Purses will remain as advertised. Legs are $20,...
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New Weekend Preview: Racing Is Back!

on 05/21/2020 4:16 PM
It’s been nearly two months since a live harness racing was contested in North America, but that’s all about to change as racetracks are beginning to reopen. First to get back on track after being shuttered due to the covid-19 pandemic is Scioto Downs, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, the track’s leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr., talks about what it&rsqu...
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Mohawk qualifiers set for May 28-29, June 1-2

on 05/21/2020 3:11 PM
Attention trainers: All horses wishing to qualify at Mohawk Thursday, May 28 & 29 and June 1 & 2 must enter with the race office before noon Friday, May 22. Preference for qualifying shall be given to Ontario-sired 3 year olds. The Race office will produce qualifying entry sheets for those four dates on Monday, May 25. Horses who currently meet the amended qualifying stand...
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Pacific Rocket dies in New Zealand at 29

on 05/21/2020 11:02 AM
Pacific Rocket, who joined the stallion ranks for owners Dr. Andrew and Suzanne Daniels at their Calderwood Farm in Albion Park, North-South Wales in 2008, succumbed to a sustained bout of colic and had to be humanely euthanized on Thursday (May 21). “Rocket” as he was affectionately known, had a successful stud career in both the U.S. and New Zealand. He was a lovely black horse s...
Read More releases new App

on 05/20/2020 3:31 PM, the sport’s leading online sales company, has just released a state-of-the-art Mobile App to make using its service on an IPhone, IPad and Android even easier.  Horsemen worldwide with hand-held devices can now seamlessly start auctions and private sales, bid on horses, search listings, upload photos and much more. Download the App at “We didn&r...
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Ohio Sires Stakes announces revised 3YO schedule

on 05/20/2020 3:28 PM
The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Commission (OSDFC) has approved revisions to the 3-year-old divisions of the 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) schedule. The first legs of the OSS series for 3 year olds—originally scheduled to take place on May 1 and 3 at Miami Valley Raceway—were canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic.   The revised schedule is as follows: June...
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Hillbilly's galore At Jackson's Virginia farm

on 05/20/2020 2:52 PM
Amanda Jackson is a registered nurse who works in the recovery room at Saint Francis Medical Center in the Brandermill section of south Richmond (Va.) by day, and is a Standardbred horse trainer/breeder/owner on other parts of the days, evenings, weekends and holidays when she is not working.    She has been active in Virginia's pari-mutuel harness racing circuit since 2008 w...
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June 22 Midwest Mixed Sale canceled, next sale Nov. 24

on 05/20/2020 1:41 PM
The June 22, 2020 Midwest Mixed Sale has been canceled due to lack of entries related to the Covid-19 crisis. Unfortunately, the timing for the sale didn’t quite work out, but we thank those that did enter and were overwhelmed with the amount of catalog requests. Our next sale will be the annual November Midwest Mixed Sale, to be held Nov. 24, 2020, which is the Tuesday before Thanksgiv...
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Retired trainer Bill Carroll, 85, dies in NC

on 05/20/2020 9:27 AM
Forrest William “Bill” Carroll, 85, passed away at his home in Pinebluff, NC, on May 10.   A native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Bill was born on April 30, 1935. He was a horseman from day one, learning from his parents Weldon and Isabel Carroll. Weldon was a longtime trainer for Clearview Stables and Bill proudly followed in his father’s harness racing ...
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Tellmeaboutit headlines Wednesday qualifiers at Hoosier

on 05/19/2020 8:36 PM
Tellmeaboutit, last year’s sophomore pacing colt champion in Indiana, will make his 2020 debut in the second round of qualifiers at Harrah’s Hoosier Park since emerging from Covid-19 restrictions. Trained by Alvin Miller, the Tellitlikeitis gelding will start from post nine in the fourth race on the program Wednesday, May 20. The qualifier will mark the first start for Tellmeaboutit...
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