Standardbred

Over 500 Retired Racehorses Helped By New Vocations In 2017

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program had 398 retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses go through the program in 2017, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Additionally, 125 horses remained in the program throughout the new year transition, receiving rehabilitative care or transitional training with hopes of placement in 2018. New Vocations received 976 applications […]

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McKnight Arrives For First Season At Oaklawn After ‘Magical’ Woodbine Season

Among the high-profile training newcomers for the 2018 Oaklawn meet scheduled to begin Jan. 12 is newly minted Woodbine kingpin Norman McKnight, whose Canadian contingent arrived Saturday. McKnight is riding the wave of his first Woodbine training title, when he won five races on the Dec. 10 closing-day card to finish with 99 victories, three more than perennial […]

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin Mare

A Standardbred mare in Green Lake County, Wisc., has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The 11-year-old was unvaccinated and had shown signs of being off on Nov. 2. Her symptoms became progressively worse and included ataxia and muscle twitching. A veterinarian was called on Nov. 9. The mare was tested for West Nile, which […]

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Champion Standardbred Somebeachsomewhere Diagnosed With Cancer

Champion harness racer and sire Somebeachsomewhere has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in New Jersey. According to Hanover Shoe Farms, where the horse stands, the tumor was found early and removed while still small. The Hall of Fame pacer, whose offspring includes this year’ Governors Cup […]

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Winner Of Over $300K Found In Kill Pen; Owners State Standardbred Gelding Had Been Euthanized

Killean Cut Kid, a Standardbred racehorse that won over $300,000, was recently found in a Louisiana auction house, though owners said the animal had been humanely euthanized. According to WHIOTV7, the former racehorse was hours away from heading to a slaughter house outside of the country, where he would be killed for his meat. The […]

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New York: Horses Rescued As Fire Destroys Several Barns At Goshen Historic Track

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed several barns Wednesday night at Goshen Historic Track in Goshen, NY. The Associated Press reports that the blaze started in one of the barns at the harness track, which is located northwest of New York City. The Goshen Historic Track was designated as a Historic Landmark in […]

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Hall Of Fame Driver Campbell Closes Career With Wins In Final Two Races At Meadowlands

It only seemed fitting that John Campbell, the greatest driver in harness racing history, would end his Hall of Fame career with a win. But since he’s John Campbell, he did one better and won the final two races. Campbell lowered the curtain on his career by winning with Muscle High and Muscle Diamond in […]

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Put Your Hooves Up: Driver-less Amish Buggy Apprehended By Police

Officers are used to pulling over people in cars, but one Ohio State Trooper was forced to take extraordinary measures when he pulled over a horse pulling a driver-less buggy this past weekend. The incident happened Sunday morning, when Wooster Police received reports of an Amish buggy without a driver on State Road 250. One […]

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Woodbine Investing $10 Million To Upgrade Mohawk For Year-Round Harness Racing

Woodbine Entertainment announced on Tuesday an investment of over $10 million for Mohawk Racetrack at Tuesday’s Pepsi North America Cup post-position draw. The venture is intended to upgrade the facility so to be exclusively dedicated to Standardbred horse racing and capable of offering the sport year round. Currently, Mohawk operates from April to October. The […]

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New Lease On Life: Former Balmoral Park Begins New Chapter As Equestrian Center

Balmoral Park hosted its last harness racing program Dec. 26, 2015. When it closed that day, many wondered what would become of the 200-acre facility. That question was answered on Saturday when Balmoral Park reopened and hosted a show jumping competition. As the Chicago Tribune reports, Balmoral was purchased by a company called Horse Shows in the Sun […]

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