harness racing

Sacramento Health Director Orders Harness Racing Halted At Cal Expo

The health director of Sacramento County, Peter Beilenson, has ordered a stop to harness racing at Cal Expo, the Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday evening. The decision is meant to help stop the spread of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Beilenson issued a “stay at home” order on March 19, but Cal Expo was told it was […]

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No Eviction At Pompano Park; Casino Says They’re Here For Horsemen

After initial concerns that horses and backstretch workers would be forced to leave Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Fla., a crowd of 100 horsemen were told on Saturday there would be no eviction notice. The track had ended its meet early and abruptly last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and flyers appeared in the […]

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Ohio Racing Commission Shuts Down Racing Through March 27

The Ohio State Racing Commission announces that horse racing at all Ohio racetracks is officially cancelled effective immediately from March 20, 2020 through March 27, 2020. The Commission will be in contact with the permit holders and the horsemen to discuss further cancellations, if needed. Racetrack backsides are to remain open. The racetrack is to […]

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Additional Harness Trainer Named In Federal Doping Indictment

Harness trainer Richard Banca has become the 28th person to be indicted on federal charges related to doping in horse racing. Bill Finley of the Thoroughbred Daily News reported on the indictment late Wednesday, which charges Banca with misbranding drugs. Banca owns Mount Hope Training Center, which shares an address with a property raided by […]

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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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