harness racing

John Peters, Longtime Delaware State Veterinarian, Dies

Dr. John Thomas Peters, a leading equine veterinarian and an Air Force ‎veteran, died on Feb. 11, 2020. Born in Howard County, Indiana in 1932, Peters was the son of Ralph and Thelma Peters. He graduated from Greentown High School and was on the high school basketball team that beat Kokomo High School in the […]

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Michigan’s Northville Downs Signs Long-Term Lease To Operate Through 2024

Northville Downs in Michigan announced on Friday that the track has signed a long-term lease to continue harness racing operations through 2024. A previous announcement in 2018 had indicated that the land would be sold and redeveloped into high-end housing, reports clickondetroit.com, but the new lease will continue operations at the Northville location. “We look […]

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ARCI: New York Lab Finds ‘Major Doping Threat’ In Pair Of Standardbred Horses

The New York Equine Drug Testing Programs Director Dr. George Maylin has confirmed the presence of a major doping threat to both human and equine sport in two standardbred horses racing at Yonkers Raceway.  The New York horse racing lab is believed to be the first laboratory, in either horse racing or the worldwide WADA […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Okays Purses For 2020 Standardbred Sire Stakes

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has approved purse distributions for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS), supporting the recommendations made by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund Advisory Panel.  The purse distributions will consist of two series as well as funding for up to seven county fairs. The Commission, also […]

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Top Four Qualify For World Harness Handicapping Championship In Latest Tourney At Meadowlands

Patrick O’Malley of Westbury, N.Y., captured the January 11th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   While O’Malley cashed on five of his contest wagers, he saved the best for last when his $50 Win/Place/Show wager on Duckies Dynasty in Race 14 netted him $2,120.  His long-shot score vaulted him into […]

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Wagering Surpasses $3 Million Friday Night At The Meadowlands

Wagering at the Meadowlands has been on the increase in recent weeks, with last Saturday’s $2.913 million the biggest number during the recently-concluded 2019 Fall Meeting. On Friday night at the Big M, on the second day of the 2020 Winter Meeting, betting surpassed the magic $3-million mark, with all-source wagering that totaled $3,069,967. Play […]

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‘Shroud Of Mystery’ In New Racino Plan For Balmoral Park

A real estate developer named Philip Goldberg has a new plan for Balmoral Park, a Chicago track which hasn’t hosted harness racing in four years. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Goldberg purchased the property from HITS Inc., which has held horse shows there for several years, and intends to turn it into a casino and […]

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Ten Years Later: How The Stud Book Cap Has Affected Harness Racing

Horse racing is an industry built on using past performance to predict future outcomes, and if The Jockey Club goes through with its proposal to limit stud books to 140 mares bred per season, the Thoroughbred business has a decade of experience from the Standardbred side of the aisle to map out the road ahead. […]

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Plans For Suburban Chicago Harness Track, Casino On Hold After Governor Nixes Land Sale

Less than a month after being awarded 2020 racing dates by the Illinois Racing Board, a planned Standardbred track and casino in Tinley Park in the southwest Chicago suburbs has been put on hold by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who pulled the plug on a proposed sale of state-owned land that was to be used […]

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NYRA Cross Country Pick 5 Combines Thoroughbred, Harness Racing

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, July 20 featuring action from historic Saratoga Race Course, Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky, Finger Lakes in Farmington, New York and the Saratoga Harness track, located less than two miles from the Spa. The first leg will take place […]

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