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Sunday, March 26, 2017
HRU Feedback (2017-03-26)

Basket of thoughts First and foremost I wanted to send my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of Sam McKee. His passing was a terrible reminder of just how fragile life can really be. As someone who lost a father in a similar way four years ago, I know the pain and numbness that […]

Examining Obrigado’s amazing 2016 campaign

by Bob Heyden Obrigado, the Older Trotter of the Year, had a truly amazing season in 2016. The Maine-bred had seven wins on the year and all seven came at different tracks: The open handicap at Yonkers (paying $8.20), the Maxie Lee at Philly ($8.00), the Hill Memorial at Scioto ($8.20), the Cleveland Classic at […]

European Report: Fifteenth straight win for Nuncio, Delicious back on track

Two superstars showed this week that European harness racing fans may be in for something special in the spring. Nuncio, second behind Trixton in the 2014 Hambletonian, doesn’t want to lose and Wednesday (March 22) the son of Andover Hall kept his undefeated streak intact. Nuncio, with Örjan Kihlström in the bike, started fast and […]

Dean’s List: Niatross at 40

Making the case that he was greatest ever. He’s the greatest horse I’ve ever seen. Niatross was foaled on March 30 four decades ago. Can it be that long ago? Indeed it can. I realize that others will have conflicting thoughts on the “greatest ever.” There are no right answers, and no wrong answers. Only […]

The continuing maturation 
of Marion Marauder

The Trotter of the Year and trotting Triple Crown winner has returned to the track in preparation for his four-year-old season and his trainer, Mike Keeling, said Marauder “looks more like an NFL player than a college player.” by Dave Briggs About three weeks into preparations for Marion Marauder’s four-year-old season, his co-trainer, Mike Keeling, […]

Friday, March 24, 2017
Breaking Stride: Flying Colors

by Trey Nosrac Our task this week is to re-engineer our harness races to make it easier for spectators and gamblers to follow the action. Except for those of you blessed with the vision of a Marvel Comic Super hero or those of you with a pair of magic binoculars, at some point during the […]

Friday, March 24, 2017
Memorable ’08 Meadowlands Pace

In the 2008 Meadowlands Pace, Art Official handed Somebeachsomewhere his lone career loss with an epic performance. Linda Toscano trained the third-place finisher — Share The Delight. The week before in the July 12 eliminations, the colt gave John Campbell his 10,000th career win. What else happened in the 2008 Pace final? Always A Virgin […]

The truth on takeout

Pennsylvania’s path forward will take planning, structure and patience Just a couple of weeks ago Dave Briggs had an interview with Brett Revington, the new head of standardbred racing for the state of Pennsylvania. This position, and the accompanying structure set up at the state’s racing commission, represents a pretty nice opportunity to move forward with […]

Sunday, March 19, 2017
HRU Feedback (2017-03-19)

Chuckling over Faraldo’s “beard” letter I got my chuckle for the day after reading the Joe Faraldo article on “beard trainers” (full story here). My first question is why does the word “beard” always show in quotes like it’s a foreign, mythical, false concept? If it were “fake news,” it sure has gotten an awful […]

Timoko dominates Criterium de Vitesse again

The French trotter won the French race for the third year in a row and fourth time in five years. by Thomas Hedlund For the fourth time in five years, Timoko has won Europe’s initial big mile race of the season. With the Swedish driver Björn Goop at the controls, Timoko won the €200,000 Criterium de […]

Hollywood’s Hits: Let’s play Seth Rosenfeld trivia

Seeing Seth Rosenfeld’s name on the program again is wonderful. Can anyone remember the richest two-year-old he campaigned way back when? No not Beach Towel, who was the sport’s richest ever three-year-old in 1990 at $2,091,860. The answer would be Halcyon, who made $734,370 as a freshman in 1986. Big money past 50 With John […]

Glengate Farms making a comeback

Some 10 years after one of Ontario’s biggest commercial breeding operations closed its doors, its proprietor, Jim Bullock, is rebuilding an elite trotting broodmare band at a new location in the province. by Dave Briggs Jim Bullock couldn’t sound more pleased to be carefully building a top-notch standardbred broodmare band in Ontario and to be […]

Campbell’s last drive promises to be legendary

The last official drive of John Campbell’s Hall of Fame career will come on Legends Day at Clinton Raceway in his native Ontario. by Dave Briggs The legend’s last drive will be on Legends Day. John Campbell confirmed Saturday that the last official drive of his career will come at Clinton Raceway in Ontario on […]

Friday, March 17, 2017
Nothing But Trotters

There was no room for pacers on the March 12 card at Yonkers Raceway, which made history when it carded 11 trotting races as part of a matinee program sent to France’s PMU. by Tom Pedulla Racing secretary Steve Starr did not intend to write what is believed to be a historic all-trotting card last […]

Foiling the Beards

Joe Faraldo outlines his proposal for stopping bearded trainers by Joseph Faraldo
 president Standardbred Owners Association of New York Let’s face it — our industry loves to demean itself and is often the victim of self-inflicted wounds and so, let’s acknowledge that we will have difficulty drawing any new people to harness racing unless we […]

Joe Lee hitting it out of the park at the racetrack

The assistant equipment manager for the New York Yankees is one of the hottest amateur drivers in harness racing with 17 wins since 2015. by Bill Finley Joe Lee has worn the uniform of the New York Yankees, but he’s never had a base hit, struck out an opposing batter or made a diving catch. […]

Between The Lines: Handicapping the Levy Series

by Brett Sturman You wouldn’t know it with the amount of snow in the mid-Atlantic region this past week, but the Levy series at Yonkers beginning Saturday (March 18) marks the unofficial start of spring in many harness racing circles. The free-for-all series has been typically known to deliver a parade of short priced favorites, […]

Campbell to retire from driving, take helm of Hambletonian Society

Harness racing’s all-time money-leading driver John Campbell will replace Tom Charters as the president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown on July 1. by Dave Briggs The good news is John Campbell will be the next president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Hambletonian Society. The bad news is the career […]

Sunday, March 12, 2017
HRU Feedback (2017-03-12)

Bob Heyden’s tribute to McKee I want to thank you for the story you put together on Sam (full story here). I loved the multiple quotes, how you mixed in stories and history of Sam over the years. Once again, I got the chance to laugh a little, cry a little more and just sit […]

Perfect Match in Indiana

After sharing the same trainer and wanting to separately claim the same horse, owners Brian Carsey and John McGill discovered they were better together. Now they are gunning for success on the Grand Circuit. by James Platz Racing partnerships take on all shapes and sizes, and the stories behind their formation are just as varied. […]

Johnson only trainer suspended for Glaucine, and his attorney wants to know why

Lawyer said the ruling relies on “voodoo science” and his client is being made a scapegoat for a rash of positives by a long list of trainers. by Bill Finley A rash of positives in 2016 for Glaucine caused obvious headaches for the regulatory arm of the racing industry, which was faced with dealing with […]

Improving integrity in Pennsylvania is Revington’s top priority

The state’s new director of standardbred racing said out-of-competition testing is “an important tool to tackle our integrity concerns.” by Dave Briggs The new director of standardbred racing for the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC) said improving integrity in the racing product is “the most critical issue that we need to address going forward.” Brett […]

Friday, March 10, 2017
Young Guns Blazing

Louis-Philippe Roy in Canada and Drew Monti in the U.S. are two 20-something drivers making an impact on the continent’s top circuits. Louis-Philippe Roy by Paul Delean Things haven’t gone exactly as planned in 2017 for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, and so far, that’s been a good thing. Instead of trying to make a name for […]

Between The Lines: Jackpot Hi-5 mania at Woodbine

by Brett Sturman For the second time since December, Woodbine Racetrack is set issue a mandatory payout on Saturday for its popular Jackpot Hi-5 wager. The wager has increased greatly in popularity in recent years and is expected to close with over $2 million in the Hi-5 pool once new money on Saturday is added […]

Reid: McKee was a talented pedigree reader, too

As gifted as he was as a race caller, Sam McKee also was a star on the auction stand. by Dave Briggs David Reid said one of Sam McKee’s under-appreciated talents was as a long-time pedigree reader at horse sales. “I know he was the voice of the Meadowlands and he was very instrumental in […]