standardbred racing

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Before It Belonged To Kitten’s Joy, Almahurst Raised Exterminator

Central Kentucky is filled with properties that have produced quality horseflesh over the course of centuries, but few can boast the kind of diverse resume seen from Almahurst Farm, known today as Ramsey Farm. Though its history pre-dates the formation of the state in which it resides, Almahurst’s time as a nursery of racehorses essentially […]

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Churchill Downs, Keeneland Propose Harness Racing Dates For 2019 And Beyond

WKY Development, LLC – a joint venture between Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) and Keeneland Association Inc. – has filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission requesting live Standardbred racing dates at CDI’s old Louisville Downs racing venue located at Derby City Gaming in Louisville for 2019 and in 2020 at its proposed venue […]

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Indiana Racing Commission Annual Report Shows License, Standardbred Foal Growth In 2017

Highlighting what has most likely been the most successful year for Indiana horse racing, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) has released its 2017 Annual Report. The report highlights the growth in licenses issued in the state of Indiana to more than 11,550, which is reflective of a steady increase in program participants in all […]

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‘Plenty Of Emotion’ Behind Taylor Made Contender In Harness Stakes Race

He’s been immersed in the horse industry nearly his entire life, but Duncan Taylor admitted there is plenty of emotion involved when it applies to Lazarus N’s North American and Grand Circuit debut in the 25th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday (Aug. 10) evening at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. “When […]

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Atlanta Trots To Hambletonian Triumph Over Her Male Rivals

Rick Zeron, an admitted crier, had reason to well up Saturday after the 93rd Hambletonian. Not only had the veteran horseman won the trotting classic in his first try. His son Scott was in the sulky to make it a family affair, and the high point of a 43-year-old career. And he got the job done with a […]

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Rooneys Sell Yonkers Raceway, Empire City Casino To MGM

The Rooney family will part ways with its Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway. The family has agreed to sell the Standardbred track and entertainment property it has owned for 46 years to MGM Resorts International for $850 million. “We are excited to announce the addition of Empire City to the MGM Resorts portfolio,” said Jim […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Lifetime Of Love And Horses

Typically this column features stories of Thoroughbreds and the after-the-track care they receive (and the lives they go on to lead) thanks to their committed caretakers. This, however, is a much different type of aftercare story, but one I think will resonate with readers just as much. This is not about Thoroughbreds, or even about […]

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Meadowlands’ Gural To Receive Equine Savior Award From Equine Advocates

Jeff Gural, owner of three racetracks – The Meadowlands in New Jersey (which features Harness racing and a short Thoroughbred meet), Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs (both located in New York State) – will receive the Ellen and Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award for his commitment to the humane fate and aftercare of horses bred […]

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Finder, Owner Of Harness Triple Crown Winner Romeo Hanover, Dies At 82

Longtime Standardbred owner/breeder Morton Finder, died June 1 at the age of 82 at a Veterans’ Association hospital in New York City. Finder, who co-owned Pine Hollow Stud Farm, was best known for being part of the ownership group that campaigned 1966 harness Triple Crown winner Romeo Hanover. Finder syndicated Triple Crown winner Niatross along […]

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Meadowlands Posts $3.4 Million Handle Increase For February Harness Races

February was a month for the record books at the Meadowlands as total live handle was up more than $3.4 million over the same four comparable weekends of 2015. The total increase amounts to $485,942 per night. Every program in February featured total handle of more than $3 million with an overall streak of nine […]

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