2020 Winbak News

Read below for the latest on Winbak achievements and graduates.
Stories are from the leading industry news sources.

Play Trix On Me - SBOANJ 2020 horse of the year

  • Saturday, December 26, 2020 | Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 26, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is proud to announce Play Trix On Me as the 2020 harness racing horse of the year.

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2020 O'Briens Finalists Announced

  • Monday, December 21, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season.

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Jimmys 12 Days of Giveaways

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Adriano Sorella has announced the 2nd annual “Jimmy’s 12 Days of Giveaways”.  The contest, stacked with rich prizes, will take place on Facebook. 

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Trainer Rob Harmon sweeps trot features

  • Saturday, December 12, 2020 | PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - A quartet of $11,200 featured events for younger horses, two on the pace and two on the trot, topped the Friday afternoon action at Harrah's Philadelphia, with harness racing trainer Rob Harmon sweeping the trotting top classes.

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Gladys des Plains wins Gr. II Monte Test

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | Thomas H. Hicks

Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetia de Vaujours) captured this day’s Gr. II monte Prix Philippe du Rozier (purse 85,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters) at Vincennes with Mathieu Mottier in the irons and timed in 1.11.3kr.

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Kixton Hanover roars through to win co-feature

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 7, 2020 — Kixton Hanover roared through the stretch to capture Monday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,000 Conditioned Trot.

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Aussie news

  • Monday, December 7, 2020 | Adam Hamilton

SOME of the young stars of Aussie trotting strutted their stuff at the new all-trotting Bendigo meeting last Friday night.

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Dream Nation Delivers In Top Trot

  • Monday, December 7, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The photo finish camera was put to good use to sort out a very tight finish in Monday’s $24,000 feature race for trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and when the dust settled it was Dream Nation prevailing by the slimmest of margins.

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Winbak Farm's 2021 Stallion Roster

  • Friday, December 4, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm is proud to announce its 2021 Stallion Roster.

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Lifetime marks in DSBF preliminaries

  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 | Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

Dover, DE — American Nitro and All About Lynx established new lifetime marks in their respective first-round Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings — each carrying a purse of $20,000 — on Thursday (Dec. 3) at Dover Downs.

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Delaware-Sired Yearlings Selling Now on onGait

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm is currently selling 5 Delaware-eligible Yearlings on onGait.

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Pennsylvania harness tracks approved for 472 racing programs for 2021

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | Tom LaMarra

Harrisburg, PA — Pennsylvania’s three harness tracks have been approved for a total of 472 racing programs for 2021. The number is down slightly from 2020, when the tracks were awarded 484 dates.

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DSBF Two-year-old pacing fillies

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | Judy Davis-Wilson for DSBF

Dover, DE – Three divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies came out tonight to earn points to qualify them for the $100K final next Wednesday (Oct. 18) evening November 24th.

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Marvalous Song upsets in Meadows feature; helps Hall to five-win day

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | Evan Pattak

Washington, PA — Dismissed at 10-1, Marvalous Song overtook 1-9 favorite Seadog Lady at the top of the lane and drew off late to capture Tuesday’s (Nov. 17) feature.

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Royal Mattjesty Moves to Winbak Farm of Delaware

  • Friday, November 13, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

World Champion, Royal Mattjesty, p, 2, 1:50.3; 3, 1:50.2s; 1:48.4 ($1,653,367), will be moving to Winbak Farm of Delaware for the 2021 Breeding Season.

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Play Trix On Me is hitting his stride heading into Matron

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 | Paul Ramlow

Trenton, NJ — After nearly flying to a comeback win against Amigo Volo in the Breeders Crown last month, Play Trix On Me will try to close the deal this time around.

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DSBF 2-year-old pacing fillies at Dover Downs

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | DSBF

On a rainy warm Wednesday, Nov. 11 evening, three divisions of fillies went forward on a very sloppy track.

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Trotting rookies spar in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

Dover, DE — Two-year-old trotters opened the Tuesday (Nov. 10) card at Dover Downs with two non-wagering Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events for colts and geldings.

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Rich Stakes double for Trixton

  • Monday, November 9, 2020 | Peter Wharton

Play Trix On Me and Spoiled Princess, a pair of three-year-olds by Trixton, won important races on the final night of American Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park, Indiana on Friday (November 6).

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Burning Midnight Best At Pocono

  • Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

A hot battle on the front end tired out the favourites and set the $16,000 claiming handicap pacing feature up for a closer, with the Mach Three gelding Burning Midnight filling that role nicely as he won the Saturday afternoon feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:51.1.

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Trixton To Stand In Ontario

  • Friday, November 6, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms and Joe Thomson of Winbak Farm are pleased to announce that Trixton, the 2014 Hambletonian Champion, will stand stud at Winbak Canada in Ontario for the 2021 breeding season.

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154,000Ä Anact Finals in Italy

  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 | Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink

Today’s Gran Premio Anact Filly (purse 154,000€, 1600 meters autostart) went to 1.14.2kr timed Caramel Club (2f The Bank-Neomi Sidoli-Uronometro) with reinsman Vincenzo Pigruaglio Dell’Annunziata up.

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Melnrowley Won Evicus Stakes

  • Friday, October 30, 2020 | Peter Wharton

Melnrowley, a good looking Heston Blue Chip filly, is rated Tasmania’s top two-year-old filly this season, particularly after her success in the $50,000 Evicus, one of the season’s major juvenile classics.

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Another Group winner for Heston Blue Chip

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 | Harnesslink

Melrowley made it a clean sweep of the GR2 Tasracing Evicus for two-year-old pacing fillies with her impressive win Sunday in the $50,000 Final at Elwick.

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Trio of co-features at The Downs

  • Monday, October 26, 2020 | From the PHHA / The Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There were a trio of $12,000 featured events on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

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Winbak Farm Videos for Black Book & Black Book Mixed Sale Posted

  • Monday, October 26, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm will be selling 55 yearlings in the Black Book Sale on November 3rd-5th and 28 yearlings in the Black Book Mixed Sale on November 6th.  

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Buckys Angel Best In Autumn Series

  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The second leg of the Ontario Sired Autumn Series was contested on Saturday (Oct. 17) at Flamboro Downs with a pair of divisions and impressive performances in each.

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Back To Back For Jacks Shadow

  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

After staving off pressure to prevail on the lead last week, Jacks Shadow N ($5.20) lifted off cover to just nab Itsrockandroll A in Sunday's (Oct. 18) featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia: a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace.

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Inaugural Ontario Select Yearling Sale grosses $2.2 million, averages $20,427

  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 | Dave Briggs

The inaugural Ontario Select Yearling Sale, held Saturday afternoon (Oct. 17) at Winbak Farms in Inglewood, ON, saw 110 yearlings gross $2,247,000 total for an average of $20,427.

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Scarlett Hanover Would Not Be Denied

  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

In the words of track announcer Ken Middleton, a "ginormous" effort from two-year-old pacing filly Scarlett Hanover gave her the victory in her $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final.

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Fashion Frenzie Styles And Profiles

  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

In his first start for trainer Richard Moreau, Fashion Frenzie paid immediate dividends with a convincing victory in the 2020 $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old trotting colts & geldings.

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Bulldog Hanover Tenacious In Victory

  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

With a :54.2 back half, Bulldog Hanover was ruthless to his Ontario Sires Stakes rivals with a crushing victory in the 2020 OSS Super Final for two-year-old pacing colts & geldings.

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2019 PA Fairs champs repeat

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | Evan Pattak for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 12, 2020 -- Stickler Hanover and Dream Dancing repeated as Pennsylvania Fairs champions, and the unlikely duo of Andy Miller and trainer Todd Schadel teamed up for three harness racing crowns Monday at The Meadows.

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Ketevesek Nagydija at Kincsem Park to Csak A Szel

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink

Czak A Szel (2f Ken Warkentin-Nana-Tony Oaks) easily scored in the Ketevesek Nagydija at Kincsem Park  (purse 2,000,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.21.7kr with trainer Imre Fazekas at the lines.

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C And Tís Credit takes feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel

  • Monday, October 12, 2020 | Mike Sardella for Saratoga Casino Hotel

Saratoga Springs, NY – C And T’s Credit (Credit Winner) was one of two John Stark Jr-trained trotting fillies to prevail on Monday (Oct. 12) afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

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DSBF 2-year-old Finals showcased Wednesday

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE – Delaware’s top 2-year-old pacers and trotters were showcased Wednesday (Sept. 7) in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final events at Harrington Raceway.

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Ontario Select Yearling Sale Press Release

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | Ontario Select Yearling Sale

Please read this if you are attending or bidding in the Ontario Select Yearling Sale.

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Two track records set at Honesdale (PA)

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 | MSOA, PFHHA & the PHHA partnership

HONESDALE, PA - The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Fair Circuit made its last regular-season stop for a "Two-Day Sire Stakes Event" at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this northeast Pennsylvania town on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the freshmen set the tone for their older stablemates when two track records were rewritten on Tuesday.

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Chapple boys are piping hot

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | Terry Gange

Father-and-son harness racing combo Guy and Mitch Chapple are in steaming hot form and a few cold celebratory beers were the perfect reward.

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Hill rocks up another Sweepstakes win

  • Monday, September 28, 2020 | Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Two new names were not only added to an illustrious honour roll of the Hobart Sweepstakes, but two names were also written onto the two-year-old age track records.

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Schadel trotters set records at Bloomsburg (PA)

  • Sunday, September 27, 2020 | PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association, PHHA & MSOA

BLOOMSBURG, PA - Harness racing trainer/driver Todd Schadel earned an historic "double dip" into the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Fair Circuit record book while racing at the Bloomsburg Fair this Friday and Saturday.

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Rookie fillies square off in DSBF at Harrington

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE — Two-year-old pacing fillies competed in three $20,000 opening-round divisions of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action at Harrington Raceway on Tuesday (Sept. 22).

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Bid Ending Times for onGait Yearlings

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | Winbak Farm

Please see this list for when final bids must be made for onGait Yearlings

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Track record tied at Gratz (PA) Fair

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | PHHA, MSO & PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association

GRATZ, PA - The Andover Hall gelding Manhattanup No Ice equaled the track record of 1:58.4 for three-year-old harness racing trotting males at the Gratz (PA) fairgrounds.

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Carter sweeps opening features at Shenandoah

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 | Darrell Wood for Shenandoah Downs

WOODSTOCK, VA  ---- Driver/trainer Bill Carter swept both Open classes in back-to-back fashion Saturday in Woodstock as Shenandoah Downs concluded its fifth annual opening harness racing weekend festivities.

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Tall Dark Stranger Strong In KYSS Championship

  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 | ay Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY – Glamour-boy phenom Tall Dark Stranger continued his winning ways when holding off stablemate Fortify to win the $250,000 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace Final of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS), which was one of eight divisions on the $2-million championship card Sunday (Sept. 20) at The Red Mile.

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Logan Park leaps into Top 10

  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 | Ontario Sire Stakes

Milton, ON — Ontario’s talented two-year-old trotting colts were featured on another spectacular night of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday (Sept. 19) and this week fortune smiled on Logan Park.

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Winbak Farm Videos for Ontario Select Yearling Sale Posted

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm will be selling 45 yearlings in the Ontario Select Yearling Sale on October 17th. The sale will be held at Winbak Farm of Ontario.

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My Kiwi Lady N draws away at Aces

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Columbus, MN - My Kiwi Lady N scored her fourth win of the season, with a solid three length tally in 1:53.1 to take the Tuesday afternoon (September 15) harness racing feature at Running Aces.

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Winbak Farm Videos for Lexington Yearling Sale Posted

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm will be selling 96 yearlings in the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on October 5th-9th.

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Lazy Day Hanover wins 12th victory this year

  • Monday, September 14, 2020 | MSOA, PFHHA & the PHHA partnership

GRATZ PA – The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Fair Circuit checked in for the first of two weeks of racing over the fast half-mile oval in the eastcentral Pennsylvania town.

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PA Fair mark equaled at Bloomsburg

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | MSOA, PFHHA & the PHHA partnership

BLOOMSBURG, PA - Trainer/driver Roger Hammer alone held the all-age trotting mark at the Pennsylvania Fairs for almost seventeen years, ever since his veteran Shark Kosmos went over the Gratz strip in 1:58.2 in 2003.

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Unbeaten Lazy Day Hanover scores 11th win

  • Saturday, September 5, 2020 | PHHA, MSOA & PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association

STONEBORO, PA - The amazing two-year-old pacing filly Lazy Day Hanover is now the co-winningest horse among all North American Standardbreds in 2020 when she remained undefeated in eleven fair starts.

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'Landry' Leads Hanover Grassroots

  • Saturday, September 5, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Kim Lezanchuk's Landry Seelster ($7.90) earned her third Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots win of the season with a 1:56.1 mile in Saturday afternoon's (Sept. 5) event for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hanover Raceway.

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Prospect Series Featured At Flamboro

  • Thursday, September 3, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Satdnite Jukebox and High Roller Duke captured their respective divisions of the Prospect Series for three-year-old pacing fillies during Thursday evening’s return to racing at Flamboro Downs.

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Guardian Angel AS Looks For MLT Repeat

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Guardian Angel AS will attempt to become only the third horse in three decades to win the Maple Leaf Trot in consecutive years when he faces nine foes in Saturday’s (Sept. 5) $560,000 stakes for older trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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Two-year-old notches 10th win in PA Fairs

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020 | MSOA, PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association & PHHA

WATTSBURG, PA - The two-year-old harness racing fillies provided the most excitement during the two-day Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes meet at the Erie County Fair in this northwest Pennsylvania town. The babies raced on Monday; their older stablemates the next day.

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King stable scores Harrington hat trick

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE — The high-powered Jim King Jr. stable demonstrated its prowess Tuesday (Sept. 1) with three wins on the Harrington Raceway card.

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Canadian record for Sorella in Casual Breeze

  • Saturday, August 29, 2020 | Mark McKelvie, WEG Communications

Milton, ON — Sorella set a Canadian record in her Woodbine Mohawk Park debut Friday (Aug. 28) to headline a quartet of stakes events for 3-year-old trotters.

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Tall Dark Stranger Reigns Supreme

  • Saturday, August 29, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Leader of the glamour boys Tall Dark Stranger dominated his competition once again, circling to the lead and rolling to a 1:48.2 victory to win the $1,000,000 37th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday (Aug. 29) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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Goshen Yearling Sale offers online bidding/video this year

  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 | Goshen Yearling Sale

Middletown, NY — The 2020 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Monday (Sept. 14) at noon and with that date fast approaching, some major enhancements have been added this year to make remote bidding easier if you can’t, or choose not to, attend in person.

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Winbak Farm Videos for onGait Yearling Sale Posted

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

On September 25th and 26th, Winbak Farm will be selling 18 yearlings in the onGait Yearling Auction.

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Nome Hanover sets all-age track record

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | PFHHA, MSOA & PHHA

DAYTON PA - You usually don't see the phrases "partial rainout" and "the next day saw an all-age track record" in the same sentence, but both activities happened at the Dayton Fair during its Sunday-Monday harness racing meet, as a washout of all two-year-old "A" paces and all "B" action in the Sire Stakes on Sunday were followed by something very special.

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Racing returns to the Somerset Fairgrounds

  • Sunday, August 23, 2020 | PHHA, MSOA & PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association

MEYERSDALE PA - Harness racing returned to the Somerset County Fairgrounds in this southwest Pennsylvania town for the first time since 1953 (a hurricane destroyed the barns after the '53 season) on Thursday and Friday, with many quick and outstanding performances from both the established and the rising stars of the Pennsylvania Fair circuit, appreciated by many fans who had never seen a harness race.

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Sheer Determination and a Little Bit of Fate

  • Saturday, August 22, 2020 | Rachel Oenema

When a horse races 110 times over seven seasons there are bound to be some ups and downs.

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Henry Sweeps Golds With Shadow Play Sons

  • Friday, August 21, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

When Trevor Henry arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 21, he was expecting to drive division leading Desperate Man in the second of two $107,200 Gold Series stakes for the two-year-old pacing colts.

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Undefeated Colts Remain Perfect

  • Friday, August 21, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Two-year-old trotting colt Fashion Frenzie made the leap from the Grassroots to the Gold Series on Thursday, Aug. 20 and sailed around the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval to his fourth straight victory.

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Goshen Sale Videos Posted

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm is excited to be a partner in the Goshen Yearling Sale, which will be held September 14th at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, New York. 

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Dream Away Passes at 26

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm of Delaware is sad to announce the passing of Dream Away.

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PA Fair circuit results from Arden Downs

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | MSOA, PFHHA & the PHHA partnership

WASHINGTON, PA - A two-day stand of Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes was held on Sunday and Monday at "Arden Downs," as it was known when it was a stop on the Grand Circuit.

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Bet On Becky Best Again

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing fillies were back in action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday (Aug. 18) and division leader Bet On Becky was back in the winner’s circle.

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Lexington Selected Sale to start Oct. 5

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co.

Lexington, KY — Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co. announced today that its annual selected yearling sale, originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday (Oct. 6), will now start on Monday (Oct. 5) and run through Friday (Oct. 9).

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Ontario Select Yearling Website Now Posted

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Ontario Select Yearling Sale

The Ontario Select Yearling Sale has announced that its brand-new website, www.ontarioselectyearling.com, has been launched.

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Kentucky Sires Stakes Continue

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Kentucky Sire Stakes action continued Tuesday (Aug. 18) at The Red Mile, this time for trotting three-year-olds.

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Shartin Sharp; Star Trotters Upset

  • Sunday, August 16, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The beat just goes on for Shartin N ($2.30), who maintained her dominance in the distaff pacing division with a measured 1:48.4 win in the $129,000 Artiscape on Sunday (Aug. 16) at Tioga Downs.

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Track record set at Honesdale (PA) Fair

  • Saturday, August 15, 2020 | PHHA, MSOA & PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association

HONESDALE, PA - The red-hot pairing of trainer Mitchell York and driver David Brickell improved on their recent record by going 5-for-5 with the barn's starters during Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action at the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale PA.

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2020 Standardbred Horse Sales annual auction will be held at Maryland State Fairgrounds

  • Monday, August 10, 2020 | Standardbred Horse Sales Company

Harrisburg, PA — The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has announced that its 2020 annual sale will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville–Timonium, Md. Yearling sale dates are Tuesday (Nov. 3) to Thursday (Nov. 5). Mixed sale dates are Friday (Nov. 6) and Saturday (Nov. 7).

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American Courage, Groovy Joe best in NYSS at Batavia

  • Sunday, August 9, 2020 | Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY – Batavia Downs played host to the New York Sire Stake 2 and 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 9) and the perfect weather brought out some exceptional performances.

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Continentalvictory, Muscle Hill Stakes Contested

  • Saturday, August 8, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The majority of the spotlight on the sophomore trotters during the Hambletonian Day card will fall on the 2020 Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks, but a number of three-year-old trotters not in those events were in action on the undercard.

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Stickler Hanover impresses again in PA Fair

  • Saturday, August 8, 2020 | MSOA, PFHHA & the PHHA partnership

MEADVILLE, PA - The Explosive Matter sophomore trotting colt Stickler Hanover, four days removed from lowering the all-time trot record at Clearfield (PA) to 2:01.1, came back Friday and trotted a 2:02.2 mile over the twicearound oval at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville PA.

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Tall Dark Stranger Vicious In Cane

  • Saturday, August 8, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

A fourth-place finish in his last start would appear to be just an aberration for Tall Dark Stranger, who manhandled his rivals in the 2020 Cane Pace -- the first leg of pacing's Triple Crown -- during the Hambletonian Day card at The Meadowlands on Saturday (August 8).

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Bettors Wish Monstrous In McKee

  • Saturday, August 8, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Is it safe to say he's back? After an inconsistent start to his four-year-old campaign, Bettors Wish was an absolute beast in his best race this season to prevail in the $229,660 Sam McKee Memorial for older pacers on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands.

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Burke Fillies Break Records In Ohio

  • Friday, August 7, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Five fields of fillies provided Northfield Park harness racing fans with sizzling miles, including a new track and world record clocking of 1:51.4 by Summer Touch, the 1-5 favourite in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies on a lovely August 7 evening.

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Back Of The Neck leads strong Svanstedt foursome in Hambletonian

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Hightsown, NJ — Ake Svanstedt believes Back Of The Neck has got it all, which is everything a horse needs in the Hambletonian.

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Art Major Progeny Score In NYSS

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Sire Art Major had two pacers in Tuesday night’s (July 28) New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) divisions at Yonkers Raceway for three-year-old pacing colt and geldings and both came away victorious.

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McWicked Will Stand Southern Hemisphere Season at Cobbitty Equine Farm

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 | Cobbitty Equine Farm

McWicked (p,2,1:52f; 3,1:47.3f,1:46.2 $5,103,271).  2018 Horse of the Year and the richest pacing stallion in harness racing history, will stand his initial Southern Hemisphere season at the renowned horse haven Cobbitty Equine Farm.

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Upsets In Clinton Prospect Splits

  • Sunday, July 26, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Both favourites tasted defeat in both $7,300 Prospect Series events for three-year-old male pacers on Sunday's (July 26) card at Clinton Raceway as Mr Cheeseman ($16.80) and Big Sir ($12.70) converted in pillar-to-post fashion in their respective splits.

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Fashion Frenzie Rewrites Record Book

  • Saturday, July 25, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

A gorgeous summer afternoon greeted the two-year-old trotting colts as they arrived at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday, July 25 for their second Grassroots leg and the youngsters celebrated with a track record performance in the first $23,150 division.

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Battle Elims Set For Monday

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

A total of four elimination dashes will be contested on Monday (July 27) to determine the finalists for Grand River Raceway’s two featured pacing races during its 30th Industry Day event.

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Bet On Becky Best In Gold

  • Sunday, July 19, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Bet On Becky extended her win streak to three on Sunday (July 19) with an effortless 1:53.3 victory in the first $108,000 two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series division at Georgian Downs.

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Springbridge Duel, Desperate Man In OSS

  • Sunday, July 19, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

One was a trainer’s worst nightmare, the other a dream, but both Springbridge Duel and Desperate Man have done nothing but win since making their Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) debut two weeks ago.

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Tall Dark Stranger Scores In Meadowlands Pace

  • Saturday, July 18, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Challenged late by Papi Rob Hanover, Tall Dark Stranger emerged victorious as the 1-2 favourite in the $636,650 Meadowlands Pace Final on Saturday (July 18).

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Beyond The Lens In A Shocker

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

There wasn’t much pari-mutuel love given to Beyond The Lens in Thursday’s ninth race at Rideau Carleton Raceway, but that didn’t stop the gelding from pulling off a monster upset.

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Tall Dark Stranger Ready To Flex

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

A little more than 50 years ago, Buck Owens cautioned country music listeners to beware a tall dark stranger. Decades later, the warning could apply to Saturday’s Meadowlands Pace.

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Carrythetorchman leads Miller trio in MGM Springfield Stakes final

  • Monday, July 13, 2020 | Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Yonkers, NY — Trainer Erv Miller entered three colts in the eliminations of the MGM Springfield Stakes — Carrythetorchman, Crystal Beach and Not Today. 

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Master Grand Quickest In Grassroots

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Georgian Downs hosted a trio of $22,450 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night (July 11), and it was local youngster Master Grand who delivered the fastest mile of the Ontario Sires Stakes battles.

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Daylight Rush still hot at Buffalo

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 | Brian Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

Hamburg, NY — The rainy weather couldn’t cool off the red hot Daylight Rush ($5.40) at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 11) as he notched a three-quarter length victory over Percy’s Z Tam in the $11,500 Class AA-Open Handicapped Pace.

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Guinevere Hall sets World Record in Ohio Sire Stakes win

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 | Kim Rinker

Northfield, OH — Guinevere Hall established a new track and world record of 1:53 in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Friday (July 10) night at Northfield Park.

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Splash Brother, Groovy Joe take Vernon NYSS

  • Thursday, July 9, 2020 | John Horne for Vernon Downs

Genius Man (Marcus Miller) got the first call, but Groovy Joe worked his way to the front from his outside post to take over before the first turn.

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Pennsylvania fair season kicks off at Hughesville

  • Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Pennsylvania Harness Horsemens Association

Hughesville, PA — The Pennsylvania fair harness racing season got underway on Wednesday (July 8) and Thursday (July 9) with a two-day Sire Stakes event at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds.

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Bet On Becky Swift In OSS

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Heading into the Gold Series opener for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Tuesday (July 7) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, trainer Tony Beaton had a feeling that Bet On Becky might be exceptional.

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Sports Flix Strolls At Georgian

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

In a field scratched to four, Sports Flix took and held control to take the $10,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Handicap Pace at Georgian Downs on Tuesday (July 7).

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Vernon Downs welcomes NYSS 3-year-old pacing colts on Thursday

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon, NY — Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (July 9).

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Rookies Rumble In Mohawk Grassroots

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Two-year-old pacing colts invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, starring in six $23,000 Grassroots divisions and No Better Joy kicked off the provincial campaign in style with an impressive 1:52.1 victory.

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MacIntosh trio targets MGM Springfield Stakes

  • Monday, July 6, 2020 | Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Yonkers, NY — The Grand Circuit returns to Yonkers Raceway with the eliminations of the MGM Springfield Stakes Monday night (July 6).

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American Courage and Carrythetorchman take MGM Springfield Stakes Eliminations at Yonkers Raceway

  • Monday, July 6, 2020 | Alex Dadoyan for Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY – Yonkers Raceway featured two elimination races for the first two-year-old stakes of the season, the MGM Springfield Stakes, on Monday night (July 6).

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Severus, National Debt In Rideau Features

  • Sunday, July 5, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Speed dominated the Preferred events at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday (July 5) as Severus Hanover wired his competition in the $9,200 Trot and National Debt strolled in the $9,200 Pace.

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Rookies Sizzle In Gold Divisions

  • Saturday, July 4, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

There is an alchemy involved in teaching a yearling how to be a racehorse — the top tier of the Ontario Sires Stakes is, after all, the Gold Series — and last winter trainer Casie Coleman Herlihy though it might actually take supernatural power to transform Springbridge Duel into a racehorse.

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Hypnotic AM sparkles in Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs

  • Saturday, July 4, 2020 | John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon, NY — Vernon Downs played host to a July 4th spectacular on Saturday, featuring three Empire Breeders Classic races for sophomore trotters.

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Monterey Jack Likes To Say Cheese

  • Friday, July 3, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Monterey Jack debuted impressively two weeks ago during the baby race session at The Meadowlands and he returned on Friday (July 3) with another powerful performance to conclude the day's Breakfast With The Babies bonanza.

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Freshmen Fireworks In Ohio Stakes

  • Friday, July 3, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for freshman trotters of both genders kicked off the holiday weekend at Northfield Park. Harness racing fans got their first glimpse of Ohio’s future stars with five divisions for fillies and three divisions for colts and geldings.

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Alicorn Triumphs In Return

  • Monday, June 29, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Just over eight months since her last appearance at Woodbine Mohawk Park, three-year-old pacing filly Alicorn returned to the Milton oval on Monday evening and marched straight back into the winner’s circle.

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Thomson explains Winbakís decision to launch new Ontario sale to sell its yearlings

  • Sunday, June 28, 2020 | Harness Racing Update

Winbak Farm owner Joe Thomson said no offense to the London Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS), but he would prefer to sell his Ontario yearlings live, in-person, with an auctioneer this year.

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Major Betts Best In NYSS

  • Sunday, June 28, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Major Betts rocketed past heavy favourite Splash Brother to take the $38,233 first division on New York Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (June 28) at Tioga Downs.

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Ontario Sires Stakes Season Begins

  • Saturday, June 27, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies kicked off the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday (June 26) with two veterans of the provincial program and two newcomers gracing the Grassroots winner’s circle.

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New Ontario Select Yearling Sale Announced

  • Friday, June 26, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

On Saturday, October 17, 2020, Winbak Farm of Ontario will be hosting the new Ontario Select Yearling Sale.

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Goshen Yearling Sale To Proceed

  • Friday, June 26, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Despite the many hardships faced by everyone in the harness racing industry this year due to COVID-19, Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales has announced that after much concern and study about the virus, their annual yearling sale will go on as planned at noon on Monday (Sept. 14).

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Hes Marvalous Stars On Opening Card

  • Friday, June 26, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On top at every call, Hes Marvalous cruised to victory in the Friday evening featured event on the opening card of the season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway.

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NYSS sophomore trotters shine at Vernon

  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 | John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon, NY — Vernon Downs hosted two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday (June 24).

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Wiseman scores $58.80 upset at Running Aces

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | Darin Gagne for Running Aces

Columbus, MN — Driver Steve Wiseman made headlines from Running Aces last week when he made his return to the sulky in a couple of qualifying races after undergoing chemotherapy treatments over the last several months.

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Erv Miller sends out four winning 2-year-olds at Pocono Wednesday

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | PHHA/Pocono

Wilkes-Barre, PA — Trainer Erv Miller sent out four successful 2-year-olds, a pair of males on each gait, during Wednesday morning (June 24) qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

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Icanflylikeanangel gets life mark in Meadows $17,900 trot

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Washington, PA — Icanflylikeanangel flew to a front-end victory in a career-best 1:53 in Tuesday’s (June 23) $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

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Apple Valley Art, Elite Retreat win DSBF splits

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 | Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE – Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund action for 3-year-old male pacers commenced on the Monday Harrington Raceway program with two $20,000 divisions competing in the first leg.

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Backstreet Shadow wins Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 | John Horne for Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY – The Roll With Joe Open Pace, sponsored by Blue Chip Farms, full of anticipation as Bettor’s Wish kicked off his 4-year-old season following his dominate sophomore year was upset by Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) at Tioga Downs Sunday (June 22).

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Burke unleashes fast 3-year-old fillies in 2020 debuts at Pocono

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 | PHHA / Pocono

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Trainer Ron Burke, building on his victory with Backstreet Shadow in the Roll With Joe Pace at Tioga in the afternoon, unleashed a trio of quality sophomore stakes fillies.

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Fly Beyond Best In Preferred

  • Sunday, June 21, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Off a pocket ride, Fly Beyond shot to the lead in the stretch to take the $11,500 Preferred 2 Trot at Georgian Downs on Sunday (June 21).

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Betting surpasses $4 Million at Big M

  • Sunday, June 21, 2020 | Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ – The Meadowlands faithful were given plenty of opportunity, and they took advantage by betting with both hands throughout Saturday night’s (June 20) 18-race program. 

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DSBF 3-year-olds kickoff Monday at Harrington

  • Sunday, June 21, 2020 | Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE — The second week of the 2020 Harrington Raceway meet will feature 9 divisions of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for 3-year-olds as they complete the first of two $20,000 legs.

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London Selected Yearling Sale goes virtual for 2020

  • Saturday, June 20, 2020 | London Selected Yearling Sale

London, ON — London Selected Yearling Sale has been tasked with an unprecedented enterprise in 2020: to sell yearlings safely and effectively, while the number of people allowed to gather at an indoor facility has been so severely restricted in Ontario.

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Night Delight and Dean Magee wire the field in Running Aces season opener

  • Saturday, June 20, 2020 | Darin Gagne

Columbus, MN — The 2020 Live Racing season at Running Aces got underway on Saturday (Jun 20) with a sold-out crowd and a strong wagering handle. 

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Boys Battle At Mohawk Saturday

  • Saturday, June 20, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

After 13 dashes for two-year-old fillies were contested on Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Saturday session offered 11 dashes for the boys on a gorgeous summer morning with returning qualifiers showing the most speed among the sessions.

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My Pal Joe wins at Saratoga Thursday

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 | Mike Sardella for Saratoga Casino Hotel

Saratoga Springs, NY – Thursday afternoon (June 18) marked the return of racing at Saratoga Casino Hotel with a 13-race program on a beautiful June day in the Spa City.

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Baby Races Flood Mohawk Friday

  • Friday, June 12, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The first full card of two-year-old qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park is now complete after a 14-race session on Friday (June 12) with a number of notable performances from the potential future stars of the sport.

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Live racing to resume at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 | PHHA/Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Wilkes-Barre, PA — After receiving sign off from the PA Department of Health, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will resume live racing without spectators.

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Pennsylvania racetracks given green light to reopen

  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 | USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH — Separate posts on social media Wednesday night (June 10) announced that the three Pennsylvania harness tracks — The Meadows, Harrah’s Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono — were informed with an email from the state’s Secretary of Health Rachel Levine that they have been cleared to resume racing.

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Stars, 'Babies' Qualify At Mohawk

  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Thursday, June 11, Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted a 10-race qualifying session that featured raceway horses, returning stakes stars and some fledgling two-year-olds.

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NYSS revised 2020 schedule

  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 | Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund

Schenectady, NY — The New York Sire Stakes complete and revised schedule for the 2020 racing season has been released.

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Stars Shine At The Meadowlands

  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The focus of the harness racing world was on East Rutherford, N.J. for the seasonal debuts of many highly-regarded horses during a star-studded Saturday session of qualifiers and a return to action at The Meadowlands Racetrack.

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MacIntosh Trainees Impress During Mohawk's Thursday Qualifiers

  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

After a two-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, qualifying action returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, May 28.

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Tioga and Vernon racing information released

  • Monday, May 25, 2020 | Tioga and Vernon Downs

Nichols, NY — Live harness racing will come to both Tioga and Vernon Downs the beginning of June with qualifiers the first week and live racing the next.

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Revised 2020 OSS, Prospect Series Schedules Announced

  • Monday, May 25, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Monday, May 25, Ontario Racing announced the revised schedules for both the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes season and the 2020 Prospect Series.

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WEG Releases New Stakes Schedule

  • Monday, May 25, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Woodbine Entertainment today (May 25) announced new dates for several Standardbred stakes to be held this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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New York Sire Stakes shares update on 2020 season

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 | Jason Politi for New York Sire Stakes

Schenectady, NY — The New York Sire Stakes is working closely with harness tracks throughout the state as they develop reopening plans.

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Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund races at Harrington pushed back one week

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 | Judy Davis-Wilson, Executive Director DSBF

Harrington, DE — The 3-year-old races for the DSBF first and second legs at Harrington will be pushed back one week from the original schedule which means they will begin on Monday (June 22).

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Tessa's Story

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Contessa 'Tessa' Del Monte has had three foals in five years and nothing has ever gone as planned.

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Prominent owners on COSA TV

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Mississauga, ON — A trio of prominent Standardbred owners were the stars in Wednesday night’s (May 13) edition of COSA TV, swapping stories from the past and — in one case, at least — sharing a window to the future.

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Alicorn Ready To Rumble

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

After enjoying a well-deserved winter holiday in the Carolinas, Alicorn made her way back to the barn of trainer Chantal Mitchell in early March and upon returning she immediately liked what she saw.

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Ohio is cleared to start live racing on May 22

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 | Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assn.

Grove City, OH — After technical issues with the Ohio State Racing Commission’s 7 p.m. (May 13) meeting and adjournment, Thursday morning (May 14) the Ohio State Racing Commission has finalized a Resolution and Statewide Protocol Plan to commence racing live.

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Ontario 'Horse Racing' Can Open / Expand Services Effective May 19

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Thursday, May 14, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers that will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. 'Horse racing' was one of the entities included in the announcement.

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Hoosier Park announces June 16 opening date for meet pending IHRC approval

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | Harrah's Hoosier Park

Anderson, IN — Pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will kick off the delayed start of its 2020 racing season on Tuesday (June 16) with a 6:30 p.m. (EDT) first post time.

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Heimbecker High On Harness Racing

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Starting out small and working your way to higher levels applies to quite a few things in life, and for Steve Heimbecker it certainly applies to his role in horse ownership.

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New dates announced for Standardbred Horse Sale

  • Monday, May 11, 2020 | Standardbred Horse Sales Company

Hanover, PA — 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.

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Muscles Yankee Passes

  • Monday, May 11, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Trot Insider has learned that illustrious racehorse and sire Muscles Yankee (t,3,1:52.2m) passed on Sunday (May 10) at the age of 25.

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Muscles Yankee dies at Perretti Farms at 25

  • Monday, May 11, 2020 | harnessracing.com

Lexington, KY — 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 10), it was reported by Nicola Abrams, manager of the still existing Cream Ridge, N.J., farm.

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Early June PASS & Stallion Series to be rescheduled

  • Friday, May 8, 2020 | HarnessRacing.com

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.

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MacIntosh High On Star Students

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

With Courtly Choice taking his talent to the breeding shed after a brilliant career on the track, trainer Blake MacIntosh has a gaping hole to fill in his roster of stars.

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Breeding farms in the spotlight on Wednesdays COSA TV Facebook Live Show

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | Central Ontario Standardbred Association

Campbellville, ON — Three of North America’s largest commercial Standardbred breeders will be in the spotlight during COSA TV’s Facebook Live broadcast this Wednesday night (April 29).

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Finalists Announced In Alberta

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The Alberta Standardbred Horse Association has announced the finalists for the 2020 ASHA Awards, which will honour the province’s champions of 2019.

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Q is for Queen of Hearts

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | Harnesslink

How appropriate that in December the “Queen” of Alexandra Park Belle of Montana should win the Group One Queen of Hearts for the fillies and mares.

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North America Cup Postponed

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Wednesday, April 15, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson announced that the 2020 Pepsi North America Cup has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bettor's Delight leads APG sires

  • Thursday, April 9, 2020 | Harnesslink

The Woodlands Stud flagship Bettor’s Delight was clearly the top harness racing sire on average price at this year’s round of Australian Pacing Gold yearling sales.

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Purse Funds Of Cancelled Races To Continue To Support Horsepeople

  • Thursday, April 9, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Ontario Racing is pleased to notify industry participants that -- by application -- horsepeople will have the opportunity to access certain purse funds that remain available under the Funding Agreement with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as a result of the suspension of live racing in the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jimmy Freights Book Now Full & Closed

  • Thursday, April 9, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

“I am so happy to announce Jimmy Freight, full and closed,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager. “He's a fan favorite and I loved to watch him race.”

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CHRHF Class of 2020 Announced

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the people and horses being recognized as inductees in 2020.  Five people and five horses have been elected from a very deep ballot of candidates.

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Meant To Be And Meant For Me

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | Western Fair District

She may just be 15, but Gracie Mae Barr has always had a thing for the horses.

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Harness: MacDonell, Wallace head Canadian Hall of Fame class for 2020

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | HRHF

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class on April 7 which included five Standardbred participants. Representing Harness Racing are driver Paul MacDonell, trainer Ben Wallace, female horse Amour Angus, male horse McWicked and veteran horse Rambling Willie.

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Horse Lovers United Inc. has breedings available

  • Monday, April 6, 2020 | Horse Lovers United Inc.

Salisbury, MD — Horse Lovers United Inc. is a horse rescue based in Salisbury, Md., that serves the Delmarva Peninsula, and often beyond that area.

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OSS Yearling Nomination Deadline Extended

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Standardbred OSS

Owners of yearlings eligible for nomination to the 2021 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program are being given a one month extension.

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Spring Maryland Sire Stakes to be rescheduled

  • Monday, March 30, 2020 | Cheri Stambaugh

Union Bridge, MD — The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund Advisory Committee would like to notify all owners and trainers that the spring stakes scheduled at Rosecroft in April and May will be rescheduled in the fall when Rosecroft reopens.

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Tasmanian Harness Highlights

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 | Harnesslink

There weren’t any members of the public allowed access to the track last weekend where we had two brilliant meetings.

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Big group of eager owners hope Girl From Oz can win the Gold Tiara

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 | Western Advocate

SHE is the filly that did not initially meet her reserve at the sales, but now Girl From Oz is a filly that will have owners from across the globe crossing their fingers for a Gold Tiara success story.

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Confederation Cup and Battle of Waterloo/Belles included in Woodbine stakes payment suspension

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 | Mark McKelvie, WEG Communications

Milton, ON — Woodbine Entertainment announced Wednesday (March 25) the suspension of all Standardbred stakes payments due on April 15.

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MacIntosh's 'Courtly' Roller Coaster

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Over the course of his 47-race career, Courtly Choice proved to be an emotional roller coaster for an admittedly emotional guy. 

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Three Accounts Drops And Pops

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Three Accounts was a non-factor in last week’s $10,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Handicap at Flamboro Downs, but some class relief made her a major danger in Thursday’s $8,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3.

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Flow With Joe highlights Wednesday at Saratoga

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | Mike Sardella for Saratoga Casino

Saratoga Springs, NY – Young pacer Flow With Joe (Roll With Joe) had a terrific season as a two-year-old in 2019.

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Dallimore so delighted with first-time ownership

  • Monday, March 9, 2020 | Dave Briggs

Karen Dallimore calls herself a horse “lifer,” but after some five decades of loving and working with horses, the Ontario-based writer and photographer is proud to call herself a first-time owner of standardbred racehorses — an experience that recently convinced her to jump on a plane to Australia.

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Covered Bridge remains perfect at Big M

  • Sunday, March 8, 2020 | Dave Little

East Rutherford, NJ — Covered Bridge has been so good early on in his 4-year-old campaign, he’s even surprised his trainer, Ron Burke.

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Top Royal Rips To London Win

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Sent the 3-2 favourite, Top Royal swept to the front past the half and held firm to win the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred 3 Pace at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday (March 3).

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None Bettor A Battles For 'Big M' Win

  • Sunday, March 1, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The Preferred Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night (Feb. 29) may have lacked quantity, but it did not lack for quality–or a thrilling finish–as None Bettor A recorded a narrow victory over Trump Nation in 1:50.4.

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Encarnacion Crushes Flamboro Foes

  • Sunday, March 1, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Driver Robert Shepherd unleashed odds-on favourite Encarnacion from the centre of the track into the final turn and darted clear of his rivals to win the $8,500 Preferred 3 Trot at Flamboro Downs on Sunday (March 1).

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'Big M' Qualifiers For Caviart Ally, Sintra

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Top aged pacing prospects Caviart Ally and Sintra went tightening miles in the qualifying sessions prior to the Saturday (Feb. 29) race card at the Meadowlands.

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TheStable.ca records first international victory

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 | Kelly Spencer

Menagle, NSW – Girl From Oz earned TheStable.ca its first international victory on Sunday (Feb. 29) when 2-year-old pacing filly Girl From Oz captured her maiden win in the $50,000 Pink Bonnet Stakes at Club Menangle in Menangle, New South Wales.

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Awards Doled Out In Truro

  • Friday, February 28, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Saturday (Feb. 15) Truro Raceway held its Annual Truro Harness Horse Owners Association (THHOA) Award Banquet at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro, NS.

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Plante takes five on Wednesday night at Rosecroft

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 | Pete Medhurst

Ft. Washington, MD — Female equine and female trainers dominated on Wednesday night (Feb. 26) at Rosecroft Raceway and driver Roger Plante was a busy escort.

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Preferred Triple For Backstreet Shadow

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

After front-stepping scores in the last two editions of the $32,500 Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs, Tim Tetrick used a come-from-behind approach to capture Thursday’s feature with the Ron Burke speedster.

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Preferred Win for Buttermilk Hanover

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

A compact field of four faced the starting gate in Thursday’s $10,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Handicap at Flamboro Downs, and the public’s top choice, Buttermilk Hanover, rallied to a popular win in 1:57.

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None Bettor A, Rodeo Rock Ready

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

None Bettor A and Rodeo Rock are hoping to make strong impressions on the Grand Circuit this year, and the two older male pacers will begin their journey together by making seasonal debuts in Saturday’s (Feb. 29) preferred at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

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Breedings Auctioned For Scholarship Fund

  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the auction of two breedings to benefit the organization’s collegiate scholarship fund.

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Shawn Gray and Bradís Buddy win at Saratoga

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | Mike Sardella

Saratoga Springs, NY – Jackie Greene has a pair of training titles to her credit at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

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Canada Front And Centre At Dan Patch Awards

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2019 Dan Patch Awards Banquet took place on Sunday (Feb. 23) at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Florida.

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Meadows Open To Icanflylikeanangel

  • Monday, February 24, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Icanflylikeanangel out-duelled Perlucky for the early lead, and then blunted his rival’s late charge to capture Monday’s $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

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Yonkers Purse Increase Coming

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Officials with Yonkers Raceway have announced that the track will be offering an upcoming purse increase.

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Gingras, 'Trump' Tough At The ĎBig Mí

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Saturday (Feb. 22), for a second consecutive night, driver Yannick Gingras recorded five wins and won the feature at the Meadowlands Racetrack, as he scored with Trump Nation in the ‘Big M’s Preferred Handicap for pacers.

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Outlaw Badlands Bests BC-Breds

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The four-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding Outlaw Badlands cruised to an 8-1 upset in the $30,000 British Columbia-bred Stakes Final at Fraser Downs on Sunday (Feb. 23).

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Caviart Ally Sharp In Return

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

After three months away from the races, Caviart Farms' Caviart Ally looked sharp in Saturday morning's (Feb. 22) qualifying session at The Meadowlands, closing ferociously off cover to post a solid runner-up effort behind Write Me A Song.

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Alphabet Queen Lands In London

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Riding the pocket, Alphabet Queen slipped past tiring leaders to narrowly win the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred 3 Handicap Pace at odds of 19-1 on Tuesday (Feb. 18) at The Raceway at Western Fair District.

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Monticello Purses On The Increase

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

It has been announced that purses are going up at Monticello Raceway.

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Five For Aldrich At Monticello

  • Monday, February 17, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

With drivers Jim Devaux and Greg Merton opting to race at Saratoga Casino Hotel, which opened their 2020 meeting this weekend, Bruce Aldrich Jr. took advantage of their absences and scored five winners on Monday afternoon (Feb. 17) at Monticello Raceway.

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Message from Winbak Farm of Ontario for Monday

  • Friday, February 14, 2020 | Winbak Farm of Ontario

Message from Winbak Farm of Ontario: It is Family Day on Monday & FedEx will not be available in Canada.

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Open House at Winbak of Canada proves a rousing success

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Garnet Barnsdale

How do you get more than 200 people out to a breeding farm on a wintery Sunday afternoon in Ontario, Canada?

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Bettor Memories Sweeps To Preferred Win

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Wiggle It Jiggleit did all the roadwork in Thursday’s $32,500 Preferred Handicap for pacers at Dover Downs, but Bettor Memories got all of the glory.

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More Big Jimmy Freight News

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Adriano Sorella’s aggressive promotion of new Ontario sire Jimmy Freight is not stopping any time soon. This week, the Guelph, Ontario-based Standardbred owner unveiled more significant news.

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Lauras Love Impresses Again

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

After spotting the leaders 12 lengths at the mid-way point of Thursday’s $17,000 pacing feature for filly and mare pacers, Lauras Love kicked it into gear late and stormed home in :28.3 to post a second straight victory for trainer John Pentland.

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Winbak Farm of Ontario Holds Open House

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Winbak Farm

On Sunday, February 9th, Winbak Farm of Ontario held an open house and stallion showcase. It is estimated that close to 300 people were in attendance.

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Breedings to benefit Delaware Valley USHWA

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Matt Sparacino

Harrington, DE — The Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association currently has three stallion breedings for sale available via ongait.com.

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2020 HRM stallion breeding auction deadline nears

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

Goshen, NY — The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year’s breeding auction. 

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Winbak Ontario open house and stallion showcase a smash hit

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Dave Briggs

When Winbak Farm of Ontario brought in four new standardbred stallions to stand at its Inglewood, ON operation for 2020, Pat Woods said he knew the time was right for an open house and stallion showcase, but not without some trepidation about doing it in February in Canada.

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Moments of Joy upsets in Mare Open pace at Dover

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Dover Downs Media Relations

Dover, DE – Moments Of Joy shocks in the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Victor Kirby left quickly and put the field to sleep.

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Trio of breedings offered to benefit Layla Crushes Cancer

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH —- A trio of 2020 breedings, donated by Winbak Of Delaware, are up for auction at onGait.com to benefit ‘Layla Crushes Cancer.’ The auction is currently underway and ends Friday (Feb. 14) at noon.

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2020 OSAS Stallion Auction Underway

  • Monday, February 10, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society’s annual stallion auction begins today (Monday, Feb. 10) at 10 a.m. and will close on Friday (Feb. 14) at 3 p.m.

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Goshen Yearling Sale slated for Sept. 13

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 | Tim Bojarski for Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales

Middletown, NY — The 2020 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday (Sept. 13) at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y.

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Lorentzon Not Resting On Her Laurels

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

When trainer Anette Lorentzon enters a new year, her hope is to better her stable’s previous season’s results. She’s accomplished that goal each of the past five years, but acknowledges it gets more difficult as the successes pile up.

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Flying high with Top Flight Angel

  • Monday, February 3, 2020 | Ken Weingartner

Hightstown, NJ — Top Flight Angel, the winner of the 2017 Yonkers Trot, is ready to return to the races this week and his connections hope he will be continuing his ascent to the million-dollar level.

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2019 O'Brien Winners Announced

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Saturday, February 1, Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2019 O’Brien Award at the 31st edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont.

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2020 OSS Schedule Released

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The Ontario Sires Stakes has released the 2020 OSS schedule and it is now available for viewing online.

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Prospect Series Unveiled In Ontario

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Thursday, January 30, Ontario Racing, in association with participating Ontario racetracks, announced a new pilot project stakes event for the 2020 Standardbred season, open to Ontario-sired two- and three-year-old horses.

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A 'Wicked' Run Comes To An End

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Harness racing's horse of the year in 2018, McWicked will face Lather Up one last time at the 2019 O'Brien Awards on Saturday (February 1) at the Hilton Meadowvale / Mississauga. The two talented pacers waged war over the past season, dominating the older pacing division. Combined, Lather Up and McWicked won 14 races and many of the major stakes up for grabs for four-year-olds and up.

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Mohawk ON-Sired Spring Series Unveiled

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Woodbine Mohawk Park will play host to a new series for Ontario-sired three-year-old pacers and trotters this April and May.

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SRFs Online Breeding Auction Now Live

  • Monday, January 27, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Officials with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation have announced that the organization’s online breeding auction is now underway.

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The Dark Shadow Upsets Claim To Fame

  • Sunday, January 26, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

The Dark Shadow pulled a major upset in the $37,500 championship leg of Miami Valley’s Claim To Fame series for pacing males with a $30,000 claiming tag on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26).

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SBOA Online Stallion Auction Info

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Officials with the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association have released information about the group’s upcoming online stallion auction.

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Icanflylikeanangel Soars At The Meadows

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Icanflylikeanangel set sail after the leader Perlucky at the three-quarters, collared him in mid-stretch and went on to capture the $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows on Tuesday (Jan. 21).

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Winbak Farm of Ontario to host Open House & Stallion Showcase

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm of Ontario will be hosting a stallion showcase and open house on February 9th. The event will be from 12:00-3:00 and the stallion showcase will be from 2:00-2:30.

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Mohawks 2020 Stakes Schedule

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

On Monday, January 16, Woodbine Entertainment announced the 2020 schedule for its industry-leading Standardbred stakes program at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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Sorella On Jimmy And Jenni Freight

  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Adriano Sorella recently sat down with Woodbine Entertainment’s Chad Rozema to discuss all things Jimmy Freight and the marketing efforts behind the new stallion. When the topic of Jimmy Freight’s younger full sister was introduced, Sorella somewhat looked like the cat that ate the canary.

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Winbak Farm welcomes first foal of 2020

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Chesapeake City, MD — Winbak Farm is happy to announce the arrival of their first 2020 foal. The colt is the first of close to 300 that will be born at Winbak Farm this season. He was born on Sunday (Jan. 12) at 8:55 p.m.

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McWickeds Book Now Full & Closed

  • Monday, January 13, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm of Ontario has announced that McWicked’s book is now full and closed.

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Bettor's Delight: Harness Racing's Pacing Sire of the Decade (2010-2019)

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

How many stallions have increases in stud fee as they get older? At the age of 22, Bettors Delight (Cams Card Shark - Classic Wish) stands for $20,000 -- an increase of 25 percent from his fee a year prior.

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Muscle Hill: Harness Racing's Trotting Sire of the Decade (2010-2019)

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Muscle Hill's foals have been a force to be reckoned with this decade, even though his first crop didn't hit the racetrack until 2013. That first crop boasted the likes of multiple award winner Resolve ($2,749,545) and Hambletonian winner Trixton ($968,696).

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Winbak Farm Broodmares For Sale on OnGAIT

  • Thursday, January 9, 2020 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm is currently selling 23 broodmares in an online auction through OnGAIT.com.

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Moments of Joy wins the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | Dover Downs Media Relations

Dover, DE – Moments of Joy wins the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night (January 8).

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Marean, Sorella to receive USHWA Presidents Awards

  • Monday, January 6, 2020 | U.S. Harness Writers Association

Monticello NY — Don Marean, one of the strongest advocates for harness racing in the state of Maine for going on three decades, and Adriano Sorella, an Ontario advertising executive who is also looking to put harness racing in a more positive light, have been selected for President’s Awards by Shawn Wiles, top officer of the United States Harness Racing Association, the sport’s leading media organization.

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Yonkers announces 2020 stakes schedule

  • Saturday, January 4, 2020 | Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY — Yonkers Raceway has announced its 2020 stakes schedule, featuring a slew of name changes and a pair of cancellations from previous seasons.

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2019 Dan Patch Award pacing champions announced

  • Friday, January 3, 2020 | the U.S. Harness Writers Association

Harrisburg, PA — None of the six pacing divisional winners for the 2019 Dan Patch Awards were able to garner all the votes in their division, but three came close — pacing mare Shartin N and 3-year-old filly Warrawee Ubeaut were selected on all but two ballots and 3-year-old colt Bettor’s Wish saw only three votes go against him.

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New York Sire Stakes announces $1 million in Breeders Awards for 2020

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020 | Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund

Schenectady, NY — The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees has approved $1 million in Breeders Awards for the upcoming 2020 season.

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Moments Of Joy Scores At Dover

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 | Standardbred Canada

Moments Of Joy won the $25,000 Mares Open at Dover Downs on Wednesday (Jan. 1).

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Southern Oaks 2020 training roster

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 | Kendra Casselman

Sorrento, FL — Here is the 2020 harness racing training roster for Southern Oaks, Sorrento, Fla. Harness racing stallions with first crops in training include Arthur Blue Chip, Bar Hopping, Betting Line, Creatine, JK Endofanera, Southwind Frank, State Treasurer and Up Front Murray. World champion Amigo Volo is among the 3-year-olds spending the winter at Southern Oaks.

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