Trainer/driver Travis Cullen completed a sweep of Century Downs Racetrack and Casino's Open events during the new Calgary, Alberta track's first weekend of harness racing with reigning Alberta Horse of the Year Who Doesnt winning his season's debut on the Sunday afternoon card.
As Canada's newest racetrack hosts its opening weekend of live racing with promises to be a state-of-the-art facility, harness racing's trainers and drivers discuss the standards and amenities that could potentially add value to any track in this week's Standardbred Canada video feature.
Example A of why never to say “Oh, he (or she) is ‘just a fair horse’” is the pacer Sapphire City, a seven-year-old son altered son of Metropolitan, winner of his Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship at age two – and the sport’s newest millionaire following victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Levy Series Consolation at Yonkers Raceway.
Some of harness racing’s biggest stars, including five Dan Patch Award winners, were in qualifier action Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack, where they were greeted by an unseasonably cold morning and stiff headwind in the stretch.
Commencing a rally out of last with five-sixteenths of the mile to go, Ontario-owned Damon Blue Chip ($44.00) stunned in Saturday (April 25) evening's $10,000 Open Pace at Vernon Downs, passing every other horse in the race to just prevail.
Ontario-sired Sparky Mark ($14.20), the next-to-longest shot in the field, made every pole a winning one in the $25,000 Winners Over Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, with all-time money champion Foiled Again having to go first-over after a rest of three weeks, finishing fifth, beaten less than four lengths in the 1:49.2 mile.
This past Sunday, April 19, Stathis Enterprises (SE) and the World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF) were sponsors of the 111th U.S. Open Polo Championship - and wrapped up the 2015 polo season with the go-to VIP party of the season, where top polo officials, players and fans gathered to celebrate this year's championship match.
Trainer/driver Keith Clark swept the $75,000 Keith Linton Memorial and matching filly companion Penny Bath Memorial Stakes during Fraser Downs' meet-closing card on Friday night with North America Cup eligible First Class Horse and Blue Star Texas.
Ontario-bred Daylon Miracle stalked 2014 U.S. Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry from the pocket, then blew by the champ in the Lightning Lane to pull off a mild 5-1 upset in Friday’s inaugural edition of the $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for mare trotters four and older.
A report prepared for trainer Anthony MacDonald in the matter of trotter Stonebridge Rich sheds light on the impact of topical anesthetic mepivacaine on a horse's system, and more specifically the effects of the drug in this instance.
Via a Friday, April 24 press release from the Woodbine Entertainment Group, the ‘Standardbred Alliance’ stated that the Ontario harness racing industry is on track to a sustainable future, based on purse stability, growth in wagering and marketing initiatives that have proved successful over the course of the past year.
On Thursday, Ontario's Finance Minister Charles Souza released the 2015 Budget. While the province's horse racing industry wasn't referenced in terms of an increase or decrease to funding, the Budget did hint to other proposed changes.
The return of the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs is less than a month away and it is shaping up to be a great event as a solid group of 23 top-level four-year-old pacers have made the final payment to remain eligible.
For the third consecutive year, your I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club is pleased to present the Zoom Photography Challenge. The deadline for April’s submissions is this coming Monday (April 27).
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.
Horse racing’s customers are definitely characters! Anybody who has sat in the grandstand or a teletheatre for an evening at the races knows that everybody has a different theory....read on / continuer à lire
A reminder for owners that still have 2014 foals not yet freeze branded and parentage verified by DNA testing: please do not forget that foals must be freeze branded before registration will be granted. These 2014 foals must be granted registration before the staking deadline nomination of May 15, 2015.
In our continued effort to support environmentally-friendly benefits to members, Standardbred Canada's 2015 Applications for Foal Registration will not be mailed out this year and paper applications will be printed by request only.