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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Somebeachsomewhere television documentary begins production

The production is slated for an exclusive debut on Atlantic Canadian cable channel EastLink early next spring, which will coincide with Somebeachsomewhere’s legendary three-year-old season. by Melissa Keith A decade after his retirement to stud, Somebeachsomewhere is making a triumphant return — to television screens, in 2018. Producer Dale Stevens and director Amanda Gallagher are […]

HRU Feedback (2017-11-19)

Faraldo calls Gural a punk In the (Meadowlands) drivers’ meeting (on Saturday, track owner Jeff Gural) said that any drivers that go to Yonkers when Gural’s (tracks are) racing is not going to be allowed at Meadowlands for stakes races or anything else. My definition of a punk and a bully fits well here. Mr. […]

Harrisburg sire analysis

A look at how the sires fared during the yearling portion of the recently-completed Standardbred Horse Sales Company auction at Harrisburg. by Joe FitzGerald A Rocknroll Dance, the first-crop sire of Metro winner Lost In Time, sold nine from his second crop at Harrisburg for an average of $32,556, which is up 32 per cent […]

Hollywood’s Hits: Yannick’s trifecta a HOY vote-splitter?

by Bob Heyden Yannick Gingras drives the top three horses in the Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll — all trotting females. Could this set up a scenario where the Horse of the Year gets a much lower percentage of the vote? In 1975, Savoir was the HOY with just 27 per cent of the […]

Brush And Crush: A deep dive into the half-mile track blues

In part one of a two-part series we will examine why half-mile tracks are at a serious disadvantage in today’s racing world. by Dean Towers I watched and wagered on a few races at Yonkers over the last few weeks. Although the New York oval has some of the best purses, drivers, trainers and horses […]

Gulotta bullish on racing’s future in New Jersey under governor Phil Murphy

The CEO of Deo Volente Farms has close ties to governor-elect Phil Murphy and said Murphy’s election victory is great for the sport. by Dave Briggs Mike Gulotta, the CEO Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ, is confident horse racing scored a major victory on Nov. 7 when Phil Murphy was elected governor of New […]

Somebeachsomewhere undergoing chemotherapy to battle cancer

Fortunately, the cancer was caught early and the tumor that was found and removed is very small. The Hall of Fame pacing stallion’s majority owners, along with Hanover Shoe Farms where Somebeachsomewhere stands, have vowed to put the best interests of the horse ahead of all else. by Dave Briggs Brent MacGrath told Harness Racing […]

Friday, November 17, 2017
European Report: Bold Eagle returns; kidnapped Italian horses alive?

by Thomas Hedlund French star Bold Eagle (Ready Cash) will return to the racetrack on Sunday (Nov. 19). In the Prix d’Amérique preparation race the $142,000 Prix de Bretagne, the 6-year-old son of Ready Cash takes his first step towards another triumph in the biggest race in Europe. Fifteen horses are engaged in Prix de […]

Dangerous precedent possible in Ontario?

As Gateway Casino and Entertainment tries to reduce the lease amount it pays to The Raceway at The Western Fair District, track CEO Hugh Mitchell said racing can ill afford a cut, particularly with the likelihood other casinos will try to follow Gateway’s lead at other tracks in the province. by Dave Briggs Hugh Mitchell […]

Meadowlands sees momentum building for Survivor wager

Though the bet had a bit of a slow start, gains were made in the second week that has track GM/COO Jason Settlemoir optimistic the unique wager will continue to grow. by Bill Finley As is normally the case with any new bet, the Meadowlands’ Pick-10 survivor wager has experienced some growing pains, but track […]

Between The Lines: Trainer changes among Saturday Meadowlands thoughts

by Brett Sturman In addition to eliminations for the “Fall Final Four” stakes at the Meadowlands Saturday which already has some good subplots, there are a number of other horses and races on the card that catch the eye. The first race of the night is an ordinary near-bottom level race for trotters carrying a […]

Gural vows “never again” on trainer transfers

The owner of the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs said he regrets allowing Springsteen and Lady Shadow to race in stakes this weekend at the Big M after being transferred from banned trainers to other conditioners. He said he plans to end the practice in 2018. by Dave Briggs Jeff Gural is vowing to get […]

Saturday, November 11, 2017
HRU Feedback (2017-11-11)

Let them eat cake… in Harrisburg It is difficult to not think of those infamous words popularly attributed Marie-Antoinette, Let Them Eat Cake, as we see the smiling faces of buyers and sellers at this year’s Harrisburg yearling sale. Whether or not she actually uttered those words is up for debate. But its usage in […]

Between The Lines: Handicapping in the winter months

by Brett Sturman This weekend ushers in an early blast of winter. Temperatures at both the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ and Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto will be hovering around 25 degrees F Saturday, and just like that cold-weather racing is upon us. From a handicapping standpoint, one must consider what differences (if any) winter […]

Harrisburg concludes up marginally from strong 2016 sale

With racehorses in top demand during Friday’s final Mixed Sale session, the Standardbred Horse Sales Company celebrated a total gross of just over $53 million and an average of $35,129 that was up 1.5 per cent for the week compared to the 2016 auction in Harrisburg, PA. by Dave Briggs The president and CEO of […]

Friday, November 10, 2017
Hollywood’s Hits: Burke breakthrough?

by Bob Heyden Ron Burke trainee Hannelore Hanover certainly has some gaudy numbers as we head towards balloting time. Beating the boys and repeating in the Breeders Crown are going to weigh heavily in her favor for the Horse of the Year award. Burke has knocked on the door before with his incredible roster of […]

Solid, but lacking fireworks

As more people retain their talented horses, Thursday’s opening day of the Standardbred Horse Sale Company’s Mixed Sale proved to be a workmanlike session. by Dave Briggs The changing nature of the industry where fewer horses and slots-fueled purses make racehorses and mares worth retaining, not selling, meant there were no rock star broodmare prospects […]

Thursday, November 09, 2017
Ford lukewarm over New Jersey governor elect Phil Murphy

by Dave Briggs The morning after Phil Murphy was elected governor of New Jersey, Mark Ford said he was mildly optimistic about the future of horse racing in the state. “I’m more optimistic than I was,” said Ford, the president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ). “We’ve put a lot […]

Harrisburg yearling sale nears all-time record

The yearling sale concluded Wednesday with an average of $39,516 that eclipsed last year’s glowing results and just missed the highest Harrisburg yearling average set in ’07. by Brett Sturman Last year’s Standardbred Horse Sales Company yearling sale at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg set a high bar for this year’s sale […]

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Tim Tetrick on 10,000 wins and other burning issues

Last week, the 35-year-old became the youngest driver to reach 10,000 wins. But he was just as interested in talking about racing rules as he was the major milestone. by Brett Sturman Last week, Tim Tetrick became both the youngest and fastest driver in harness racing history to break the 10,000-win plateau. Only the 12th […]

Blue Chip investments pay off

A couple of unique strategies paid off big for the Wallkill, NY farm Tuesday on day two of the Harrisburg yearling sale. Through two days of the three-day sale, the average of $52,555 and the gross of $25.3 million is about even with last year’s sale. by Dave Briggs Blue Chip Farm owner Tom Grossman […]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Post-Crown Driver Trends

Following the Breeders Crown, which drivers are trending up, which are down and which are consistent compared to the same time last year? by Joe FitzGerald Trending Up Jason Bartlett, who earns almost all of his money at Yonkers Raceway and in the NYSS, is now second on the earnings list, after leading until Breeders […]

John Floren completes unique session-topping trade

The owner sold a Muscle Hill colt for $320,000 and then bought a Muscle Hill filly for $320,000 during the opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s yearling sale Monday that posted an average of $75,305, down 4.3 per cent from the strong 2016 opening day. by Dave Briggs John Floren pulled off a […]

Monday, November 06, 2017
Brush And Crush: Vice president of harness racing wagering – apply now

by Dean Towers I saw a press release last week from an online gaming company announcing their new betting portal for eSports wagering. As you may know, eSports wagering involves betting on teams of gamers who compete in video game tournaments for League of Legends, Dota 2 and Starcraft, among others. The new portal this […]

All signs pointing to a strong Harrisburg sale

During Sunday’s preview day for the Standardbred Horse Sale Company’s auction, crowds were large and consignors were optimistic the sale was going to be a good one. by Dave Briggs Optimism was running high Sunday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA as consignors were kept busy all day showing horses to prospective […]