Mike Saftic picked up an extra mount 45 minutes before the first three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots division went behind the gate at Georgian Downs on Tuesday and turned the unexpected opportunity into an Ontario Sires Stakes driving double.
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old pacing fillies as its feature on Tuesday night, with the races conducted over a sloppy track.
“I’m so glad I get to drive State Treasurer, but part of me wants to sit on the sidelines and watch those great horses (Wiggle It Jiggleit , Always B Miki , Freaky Feet Pete, State Treasurer, etc.) go battle. It could set up to be the best race that harness racing has ever seen, in my opinion.”
A total of 37 horses have been drawn into five divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for two-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday night (June 29) at Buffalo Raceway, and only four of the horses have made pari-mutuel starts at this point.
To celebrate the upcoming Regional Driving Championships we have chosen ‘Driver Fever’ as June’s Zoom Challenge theme. We are looking for photos of drivers in action, either racing, getting prepared in the paddock or warming-up in the post parade. We want to see shots of what your favourite drivers are getting up to at the track!
A trio of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions were contested Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, with Bee In Charge, Zagster and Will Take Charge coming away victorious in their respective $70,000 assignments.
The draw for the most widely-anticipated race in quite some time was completed this morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Ten pacers comprise the star-studded field of the 2016 Ben Franklin Pace, headlining Pocono's Sun Stakes Saturday card.
In many cases, winning seven harness races in a row would be the most notable achievement of any driver’s day. But for Yannick Gingras, such a streak got him to an even more noteworthy accomplishment - career victory No. 6,000.
“What amazes me today is how people still come along and want me to sign stuff that has ‘Beach’ on it, or a program, or something as simple as a card — anything that has Beach’s picture. I just find that amazing eight years later. People ask about him. They ask, ‘Have you seen him lately?’ They’re truly interested in the horse. I think that’s kind of neat.”
Officials at Fort Erie Race Track made the decision to cancel the last live race at the track on Sunday (June 26) after a serious incident that resulted in a Thoroughbred being euthanized and a horseman being sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
"Even though I was at a point where I couldn't attend the races, I could see them on TV. It meant a lot to me to have that to look forward to. So I always felt he provided normalcy to my life at a time when I needed it, so we turned down the offer, and made the decision to keep him, and it turned out to be the right decision."
Brandon Campbell secured the Western Regional Driving Championship title over Jim Marino with his third victory in the final leg of the eight-race competition on Sunday, June 26 at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. Both Campbell and Marino will advance to the National Driving Championship.
With a lifetime of big wins, both training and driving, one might think it tough for Yves Filion to come up with that one greatest memory. But when asked, the new Hall of Famer immediately reflects upon that one perfect night in July 2001....read on / continuer à lire
Tonight (Saturday, June 25) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the greatest assemblage of horses in North American harness racing during 2016 (14 millionaires and half the National Top Ten) contested elimination races to qualify for racing on the $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday Championship night a week from tonight (Saturday, July 2).
Jason Hughes held off Corey MacPherson with the most points over eight races to win the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship on Saturday, June 25 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Both the winner and runner-up will advance to the National Driving Championship.
On April 1, 2016, legislation came into effect changing the way appeals of horse racing decisions are adjudicated in Ontario. Most importantly, a new adjudicative body -- the Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP) -- is now responsible for hearing appeals of decisions made under the Rules of Racing.
In this week's Rewind as Canada Day approaches, Robert Smith recalls when harness racing on Dominion Day as the July first National holiday was formerly known, was a major happening. His recollections include a number of old photographs and touch down on many locales across the land where race days were held.
The Board of Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) announced on Friday the following applicants have accepted the invitation to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to construct, own and operate an “A “Horse Racing facility in the Edmonton or surrounding area.
Driver James MacDonald had the early winning momentum while Trevor Henry finished strong to top the point standings in the Ontario Regional Driving Championship and advance to the National Driving Championship.
The fourth annual Bring A Friend is back at eight of your favourite tracks across Canada during the weekend of July 15-17. Our goal is to make this year the best one yet, so we’re offering a prize package that you won’t want to miss out on!