“Over the last few years, things have been really different. I’ve been in the barn every morning; I have people to answer to all the time and more responsibilities. It actually made me grow up and mature a lot more. I took on everything he had, so I had to grow up. I couldn’t go out and party all the time; that helped me out a lot, for sure.”
After earning three wins through the month of July racing for the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester, Barona Lilac kicked off her August campaign for a new local charity with a victory in Sunday's top class at Truro Raceway.
Sotally Tober kept Ghost Pine at bay through a third quarter sprint and held off the favourites to win Sunday afternoon's $10,000 Open for three and four-year-old pacers at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino.
Driver Nick Steward normally spends his Sunday afternoons plying his driving skills close to home at Clinton Raceway, but a mid-week conversation with trainer Gord McDonnell convinced Steward to take a trip to Ontario's southernmost racetrack.
Total domination! With a record Monmouth Park crowd lustily cheering him on, Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah cruised to his eighth straight victory Sunday, winning the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational (Grade 1) by any margin his rider pleased.
The mutuel payouts may have been small, but the purses were spread around in the three-year-old filly pacing division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 2). A different sire, driver and trainer won each leg of the series as they represented the best New York State has to offer for this sex and gait.
After working clear of Elite Awards with just over a circuit to go, Fireyourguns ($2.60) narrowly held off a late charge from that same rival--and two others--to capture Sunday (August 2) afternoon's $12,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs.
El Azteca (Gerry Longo), a consistent money-making trotter since arriving at Running Aces almost two months ago, broke through with his first Open class triumph on Sunday night, besting Jailer (Tim Maier) and Silence Son (Nick Roland) in 1:56.4.
Lock Down Lindy and Spirit To Win were the winners Saturday night of the two $35,000 elimination races to determine starters in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, to be held at The Meadowlands on August 8.
Dudes The Man turned in a career-best 1:48.4 performance to win the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids presented by Coors Light on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino.
From the hills of West Virginia to the neat shedrow of the bulging 73-horse Stable That God Loves, the cheers were loud and long when Madefromlucky came off the pace with a powerful stretch run to easily defeat his eight hard-charging rivals by 1-1/2 lengths in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby Saturday at Mountaineer Park in Chester, WV.
We offer up the Saturday night idiom, “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile.” We do so because after Texican N (Eric Carlson, $7) won the first of Yonkers Raceway’s $48,000 co-features by an inch, Her Highness, Bee A Magician (Brian Sears, $2.50), won the other by a mile.
Junebugs Baby returned to his regular stomping grounds at Northside Downs following a victory in Inverness' Johnny & Margaret Allan Ian Memorial last weekend and was a dominant 15-length winner in the feature event on Saturday afternoon.
While John Campbell has ruled out a repeat in Monday's Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway, the Hall of Famer has not ruled out driving next Saturday at The Meadowlands for the 2015 Hambletonian day card.
The freshman trotters geared up for the first round of their major stakes on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Twenty-four fillies went behind the gate in three eliminations of the Jim Doherty Memorial (formerly the Merrie Annabelle) while 19 colts and geldings contested the Peter Haughton Memorial eliminations, split into two divisions.
Driver John Campbell was involved in a racing accident Friday morning (July 31) at the Meadowlands Racetrack during the raceway’s two-year-old qualifying session, and a follow-up report on the situation does not sound good.
Officials with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono have announced that the $100,000 Invitational Trot scheduled for August 22 will be named ‘The Sebastian K’ in honour of the recently-retired trotter that recorded the fastest trotting mile in the history of harness racing to date.
It began on a meagre budget as a way to help a struggling racetrack build an identity. Twenty-five years later, Industry Day has grown into one of the best events on the Canadian harness racing calendar. The annual fete that has been instrumental in helping put Grand River Raceway on the map.
After four years of planning, construction on Central New York Raceway Park, located north of Syracuse in Hastings, is now underway, and if entrepreneur Glenn Donnelly gets his way, the location will be the newest venue for live harness racing in New York State.
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) reminds the racing industry that a basic aspect of good medication control is ensuring that you only use products that are properly manufactured and clearly labelled, and that have been obtained from an authorized distributor.
Pursuant to By-Law #1, Article 11 and Regulation #1, Article 6, amendments to By-Law #2 are being proposed for ratification by Standardbred Canada Breeder Members. The Breeder Members on the Standardbred Canada Board of Directors are in support of all of the proposed amendments and recommend approval.