“I think Pure Country is a great filly. She needed that race. Newborn Sassy needed that race too; it was the first start of the year for them. I’m sure Pure Country and Newborn Sassy are going to be much better this week. They’re going to be tighter. It’s going to be a good race.”
All things considered, it is nothing to write home about when a Standardbred gets loose. The outrider usually tracks down the culprit and order is quickly restored. But when the horse is in the middle of the city and has a sulky attached to its rigging, that is definitely newsworthy.
The Raceway at Western Fair District is gearing up for what promises to be one of the biggest days in Canadian harness racing this season when it hosts the Molson Pace program on closing night, Friday, May 27.
Trot Insider has learned that there will be a qualifying session at Summerside Raceway on Monday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. It is important that horsepeople are aware that a Standardbred Canada field representative will be on hand to conduct business.
In an effort to help horsepeople prepare for the upcoming Hawthorne summer meet, racing secretary Pete Hanley has announced that Hawthorne will host a ‘second round’ of qualifiers this week, which be conducted on Saturday, May 7, prior to the start of the regular Saturday night program.
Harness Tracks of America and David Snyder, president of International Sound Corporation, are pleased to announce the renewal of the Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Neil Desborough's homebred pacing mare Delta Grace Tone took a new lifetime mark as she defeated even-money favourite Thatll Be Franny in the $7,500 Preferred 3 for distaffers on Wednesday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District.
On Wednesday, May 4 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, David Miller joined a selective few in the Standardbred racing industry, as he became just the third driver in the history of the sport to steer his collective mounts to $200 million (U.S.) in purse earnings.
Helenas Hope ($11.00) and Kisses N Kicks ($3.70) were the queens in the finals of the inaugural Claiming Championship Series at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 4) as each found the winner's circle in their respective divisions.
It is not every day that a pair of Horse of the Year recipients meet up, but harness racing fans will receive a rare treat Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. State Treasurer, 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year, and Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 U.S Horse of the Year, will square off for the first time in the $34,000 Preferred Pace.
Earlier this week, a news outlet based out of Turkey ran an item about the deciphering of a 2,000-year-old tablet that was found in central Anatolia. The inscriptions on the tablet were rules for horse racing.
As Standardbred Canada and The Raceway at the Western Fair District are set to host a horse ownership trade show with industry participants, one track is taking a different approach to providing a forum for trainers to interact with the public.
Owners of yearlings eligible to be nominated to the Ontario Sires Stakes should be aware that yearling nomination forms were mailed in mid-April according to the information in the Standardbred Canada computer system at that time.
The Meadowlands Racetrack has announced that post positions have been drawn for the inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff, which will be the highlight of the track’s Mother’s Day program this Sunday (May 8).
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has announced another step in its integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming modernization. The OLG has announced that ‘The Canadian Triple Crown Instant game’ is now available at lottery retailers across Ontario.
He could have been a baseball player, with one foot in Cooperstown. He could have been a football player, chasing around 280-pound defensive ends, having his knees cut out from under him. He could have been an urban planner, pushing the buttons of the Not-In-My-Backyard crowd.
This Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will provide top action for three-year-old racehorses -- whether pacing, trotting, or running -- during a doubleheader card at the northeast Pennsylvania oval.
“We started with Standardbreds not knowing where it would go from there. I just really enjoyed the breed and the people I dealt with, so that’s where I stayed. There are options for Thoroughbred ownership up here, but I like the Standardbred game because you can be more hands on, more involved.”
The Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs in Kentucky this Saturday. Also, the Stanley Cup will there in all its glory. Nyquist, the prohibitive ‘Derby’ favourite that is named after an NHL player, is scheduled to drink from ‘Lord Stanley’s Mug’ the morning of the biggest race of his life.
The connections of 49 three-year-old pacers made the April 15 sustaining payment for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. One of those eligibles made his 2016 charted debut during Mohawk Racetrack’s Monday (May 2) qualifying session, and he overcame a couple of obstacles to hit the wire first.
As the calendar turns to May, a number of the three-year-old pacers aiming for Canadian harness racing's biggest prize have made on-track appearances and statements as they aim to displace the reigning divisional kingpins.
The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club asked members to submit photos of ‘Standardbreds in Action’ via social media using Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #fanclub2016. The photos submitted included Standardbreds in action either galloping, racing, or jogging.
Trot Insider has learned that qualifying sessions have been scheduled for Inverness Raceway. It is important that horsepeople are aware that a Standardbred Canada field representative will be on hand to conduct business.
On Wednesday, Standardbred Canada's Board of Directors approved a fee change that will make it easier, and more cost effective, for new owners to become involved in harness racing through fractional stables and partnerships.
2016 marks the tenth consecutive year that Standardbred Canada and the Atlantic provinces have partnered to offer the Atlantic Provinces Bursary Program. This project could award up to five students in the Atlantic Provinces bursaries towards their post secondary education this year.
For the past several years, Trot Magazine's Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book has served as an initial barometer for the colts and geldings that may be in the running for the richest prize in Canadian harness racing.
As the 2016 race season gets underway, senior Judges and Stewards will be holding information sessions to explain what is changing –- and not changing –- as a result of the integration of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) into to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2016 National Driving Championship and four Regional Driving Championships which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the 2017 World Driving Championship.