SBOANJ working on return to racing

on 05/12/2020 6:39 AM
As we work towards a plan to re-open racing at the Meadowlands, the SBOANJ has been in constant contact with a number of New Jersey legislators that have consistently been supportive of our program, including Senate President Sweeney and Senators Sarlo and Gopal. Senator Sarlo has been appointed by Senator Sweeney to head “The Strategy for Fiscal Recovery to Restart the New Jersey Econo...
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Gold Cup & Saucer still on Red Shores calendar

on 05/11/2020 11:03 PM
The PEI Provincial Association of Exhibitions issued a press release stating Old Home Week has been cancelled. While this announcement unfortunately affects the Provincial Exhibition/ Old Home Week such as the midway, horse shows and agriculture displays, this does not impact the harness racing events scheduled from Aug. 13 to Aug. 22 including the Guardian Gold Cup & Sauce...
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Scioto Downs cancels 2020 Ewart, Hill Memorials

on 05/11/2020 7:37 PM
Eldorado Scioto Downs has announced that the $400,000 Jim Ewart Memorial and the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial will be suspended for the upcoming racing season.    Due to the current economic environment, it has been decided to keep overnight purse competitive to 2019 levels for Ohio horsemen.  Therefore, Grand Circuit events have been suspended with the intentions of...
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Gural hoping to open Tioga, Vernon by end of May

on 05/11/2020 3:34 PM
In light of the recent announcement that the New York regions containing both Tioga and Vernon Downs will be among the first to make a gradual return to business, Jeff Gural is working toward opening those tracks for live racing, hopefully by the end of May.   Negotiations with the horsemen's organizations regarding details on just how to accomplish that in a fashion that would gi...
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Muscles Yankee dies at Perretti Farms at 25

on 05/11/2020 3:27 PM
Muscles Yankee (Valley Victory-Maiden Yankee), the Hambletonian champion of 1998 and among the greatest trotting stallions in history, passed away peacefully in his paddock at Perretti Farms on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, it was reported by Nicola Abrams, manager of the still existing Cream Ridge New Jersey farm. He had been most recently standing stud at Winbak Farm of New York...
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Kentucky star Camgrandest dies at 12

on 05/11/2020 3:08 PM
Camgrandest, who starred in Kentucky over the past decade and earned more than $300,000 on the racetrack, died Friday, May 8, at Dragonsmeade Farm in Winchester, Ky. He was 12.   A son of Cambest, Camgrandest was bred and owned by Janet Banks. Camgrandest earned more than $90,000 each of his first two years of racing. At two, Camgrandest won the Kentucky Fair final and was second in t...
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New dates announced for Standardbred Horse Sale

on 05/11/2020 8:47 AM
In order to accommodate potential travel challenges for customers who attend the Breeders Crown races at Hoosier Park, Standardbred Horse Sales Company announces that the sale dates for its 2020 annual sale in Harrisburg will be shifted forward one day. The new dates for the 2020 annual yearling sale are Tuesday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 5. The new dates for the 2020 annual mixed sale are F...
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Indiana star May Baby romps in Gil Crest qualifier

on 05/09/2020 10:26 PM
James Yoder steered a pair of Guccio sophomore fillies to victory during qualifiers held at Gil Crest Training Center in Bell, Fla. Saturday, May 9. Queen Margherita and May Baby were both winners in their individual races. Starting from post one, Queen Margherita and Yoder got on the lead from the start and led the field by open lengths before receiving a challenge by Susie’s Sister and ...
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Impasse in Ohio holding up return of racing

on 05/08/2020 9:49 PM
Renee Mancino, executive director of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, posted the following on the OHHA's Facebook page at approximately 8:50 p.m. on Friday night. "We are disappointed to report that despite multiple plans submitted and meetings beginning on April 1st and moving forward, we are nearing the close of another week in Ohio without a clear path forward to resum...
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Northfield cancels ‘20 Battle of Lake Erie, Cleveland Classic

on 05/08/2020 3:46 PM
MGM Northfield Park announces the cancellation of both the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie (June 6) and the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (July 3). Both “By-Invitation-Only” events are among the highlights of Northfield’s year-round racing calendar, and annually feature the best veteran pacers and trotters in North America. “The health and safety of our guests and t...
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HHI scholarship deadline extended to June 1

on 05/08/2020 1:41 PM
Due to the interruptions and limitations caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Harness Horsemen International’s (HHI) Board of Directors has extended the deadline for 31st annual Jerome Hauck Scholarship application to June 1, 2020.    The $4,000 award is granted to a son or daughter, or any person with a legal guardian, of an HHI-affiliated association member.   T...
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Early June PASS & Stallion Series to be rescheduled

on 05/08/2020 10:06 AM
Please be advised that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has postponed the following Sires Stakes and Stallion Series races. June 6–Meadows-3-year-old pacing fillies-Sires Stakes and Stallion Series June 7–Pocono-3-year-old trotting fillies-Sires Stakes and Stallion Series June 11–Harrah’s Philadelphia-3-year-old tro...
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Meadowlands payments due May 15

on 05/08/2020 9:46 AM
The Meadowlands reminds the connections of those horses made eligible to our stakes that the deadline for the final sustaining payment on a number of those races is (postmarked by) May 15.   Yearling nominations on the foals of 2019 to race in 2022 Meadowlands Pace are also due by May 15.   Complete information on Meadowlands stakes payments and lists of eligibles...
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New website reflects Preferred’s growth

on 05/08/2020 6:46 AM
Despite this generally static time in the horse racing business, there’s one thing that’s new and improved for industry participants, and that’s the attractive, redesigned website recently unveiled by the sport’s number one sales agency, Preferred Equine Marketing.   “Our website,, is the storefront of our company,” said own...
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International Moni's book full and closed

on 05/07/2020 7:17 PM
The 2020 book for trotting stallion International Moni  3,1:51.4M ( $775,463) has been announced as full and closed. A son of French super stallion Love You and out of the greatest trotting mare to ever wear a harness, Moni Maker, International Moni is standing his second season at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for a fee of $5,000. International Moni also served a full book of mar...
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HarnessRacing Special Preview now available!

on 05/07/2020 4:07 PM
Harness racing has been shut down since mid-March and it now appears some states might begin to allow racetracks to open, albeit it without fans at first. In the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview, longtime owner Carl Howard, also the CEO of Fazoli’s restaurant chain, talks about a petition he initiated to send to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to ask that tracks in the Buckeye State re-ope...
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Maryland 2-year-old payments extended to June 15

on 05/07/2020 4:06 PM
The May 15 second sustaining payment for 2 year olds to the Maryland Sire Stakes and the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes has been extended by the State of Maryland to assist the horsemen in these trying times.   The second 2-year-old payment is now due June 15, 2020. This only applies to 2 year olds!!!   Please check the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund website www.msrfonl...
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Qualifiers set for May 19 at Harrah's Hoosier Park

on 05/07/2020 4:01 PM
 After receiving approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will begin the process of reopening its barn area on Monday, May 11. Horsemen will be assigned days and times for arrival to ensure an orderly entrance into the Harrah’s Hoosier Park barn area beginning on Monday, May 11.  On this date, horses located in Indiana will be eligible to ...
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Harrah's Hoosier Park could re-open June 14

on 05/07/2020 3:22 PM
On Friday, May 1 Indiana’s Governor released a five-stage phase-in for Indiana businesses to re-open using differing dates through July 4. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission and racetrack management have been working in conjunction with the governor’s office to confirm where horse racing falls within this reopening plan and the timeline below outlines those stages. Please be aware t...
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Remembering Cornstalk's 1983 Ohio Sires Stakes championship

on 05/07/2020 2:31 PM
Ohio trainer-driver and Hall of Famer Howard Beissinger was no stranger to the winner’s circle and in 1983, he brought forth onto the Ohio Sires Stakes scene a colt with close ties to his heart, the youngster Cornstalk.   Cornstalk was the son of a previous Beissinger trainee, Lindy’s Pride, 3, 1:57.3 ($396,209) who Beissinger had driven to win trotting’s top five st...
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