Harness Racing Update Newsletter Archive

Sunday, July 05, 2015
Wiggle It Jiggleit Leaves No Doubt in Hempt

WILKES-BARRE, PA – So, he isn’t perfect. Wiggle It Jiggleit lost claim to that status when beaten in the finals of the North America Cup, where he was a surprising second behind Wakizashi Hanover. So, let’s just say he’s very good. Or very, very, very, very, very good. Wiggle It Jiggleit moved back on top […]

Saturday, July 04, 2015
Wakizashi Hanover vs. Wiggle It Rematch Tops Stellar Pocono Card

They have a lot in common. Both are talented. Both are trained in Delaware, are modestly bred and wear the label of over achieving underdog. But only one can be No. 1. The battle for supremacy in the 3-year-old male pacing division will be on the line tonight at Pocono Downs in the $500,000 Max […]

Friday, July 03, 2015
Graduate Favorites Doo Wop Hanover and Rockeyed Optimist Leading Resurgence of Steve Elliott Barn

Steve Elliott has the ability to boil everything down to the simplest terms. Why is he doing so well this year after a rare down period in his career? “I have good horses,” he replied. It’s obviously a bit more complicated than that, but Elliott does have a point. In Rockeyed Optimist and Doo Wop […]

Sunday, June 28, 2015
“Wakizashi” and “Wiggle” Win Hempt Elims, Rematch Set

Photo by Curtis Salonick Currently the top two 3-year-old male pacers in the sport, Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit will have a rematch of their North America Cup battle in next Saturday’s Max Hempt Memorial finals at Pocono Downs. Both won their elims last night, among the highlights on an action-packed, sloppy and interesting […]

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Critical Horse Shortage Has Meadowlands Owner Considering Drastic Changes In Racing Schedule Next Year

The owner of the Meadowlands Racetrack is concerned about the immediate future of his operation due to a critical horse shortage and is considering making major changes in the racing schedule next year. Jeff Gural told Harness Racing Update that the horse situation is so acute, he may resort to festivals instead of race cards […]

Friday, June 26, 2015
Arguing Gural is Inconsistent With His Edicts, Chris Oakes’ Attorney Fighting to Get Trainer’s Horses Cleared to Race at Meadowlands

The owners of the mares Classic Martine and Frau Blucher have been informed that their horses will not be allowed to participate in any races at tracks owned by Jeff Gural unless they remove the horse from Chris Oakes’ stable. The ownership groups, which, in both cases, include Oakes’ wife Sue, have refused to do […]

Sunday, June 21, 2015
Wakizashi Hanover Lays Down The Sword On Wiggle It Jiggleit

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON – In Japanese, Wakizashi means sword, and Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack a horse called Wakizashi Hanover laid down the sword and slayed the giant Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, came into the race with four wins and a second in […]

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Five Reasons this Saturday’s Pepsi North America Cup is Pure Harness Racing & Should Not Be Missed

This Saturday evening, the Pepsi North America Cup goes postward at around 10:45. The event has grown in stature year after year and it’s on everyone’s list as the first big three year old event in harness racing. Almost everyone considers it the true first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. It’s a storied race. […]

Friday, June 19, 2015
With Wiggle It Jiggleit, the North America Cup Should Answer All the Questions

Wiggle It Jiggleit has been on a rampage this year, destroying everything that has stood in his way, be it in New Jersey, Delaware, Indiana or Ontario. No horse has come close to him and he gives the impression every night he hits the racetrack that he is indeed a special horse. There’s just one […]

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Wiggle It Jiggleit Jiggy-Jogs In North America Cup Elimination

By Perry Lefko CAMPBELLVILLE, ON – This much is certain: Wiggle It Jiggleit will face the toughest competition of his career in the $1 million North America Cup this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack for sophomore male pacing colts, but he’s going into it fresh, fit and full of himself. The much-heralded gelding by Mr. Wiggles […]

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Foiled Again Roars Back With a Win in the Battle of Lake Erie

It was a race for the ages that was won by the aged. No matter how old he is, no matter how bad his recent form might have been, never, never, never, never, never, never write Foiled Again off. Just when it looked like he was finally done, the 11-year-old wonder horse scored a game […]

Friday, June 12, 2015
Slot Revenue Will Fall Due to Less Demand, So It’s Time For Racing to Take Back the Skill Game Gambling Market

  In today’s HRU Dean Towers explains why slots are no longer as popular as they used to be and says that harness racing can take advantage of the situation because it is what people now want, a game of skill

Sunday, June 07, 2015
JL Cruze Beats Father Patrick in a Shocker

By Bill Finley He looked like the biggest cinch since American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes, but 1-9 shot Father Patrick came up short last night in the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands, losing to JL Cruze. Father Patrick is trained by Jimmy Takter, who didn’t come home empty as his super mare Shake It […]

Saturday, June 06, 2015
Thinking Big, Myron Bell Planning Major, Multi- Million Dollar Racing Series

Myron Bell believes that harness racing desperately needs a new concept to generate buzz, lure new fans and reinvigorate the breeding and sales businesses. And he believes he has just the right idea. Bell, who is, among other things, a prominent owner, breeder and an advisor to Brittany Farms’ George Segal, said he is working […]

Friday, June 05, 2015
A Casino at the Meadowlands: Is it Finally Going to Happen?

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–On Wednesday, Jeff Gural unveiled his dream, a lavish casino at the Meadowlands run by the Hard Rock Company that would bring in boatloads full of money and, no doubt, revive his racetrack. Now, the question has become, can Gural and his partners turn this into a reality?

Monday, June 01, 2015
Shocker in the Elitlopp

Solvalla, Sweden–After taking the second heat over Maven, Magic Tonight (Andover Hall), trained by Roger Walmann and driven by Örjan Kihlström, won The Elitlopp final at Solvalla racetrack in Sweden on Sunday. From post one, he grabbed the early lead and won by a head, earning $350,000. The time was 1.52.4. Maven was unplaced in […]

Sunday, May 31, 2015
In The Arsenal Bests Entrymate in Art Rooney, Purrfect Bags Posts Upset In Lismore

By Perry Lefko YONKERS, NY – In The Arsenal and Betting Exchange went postward as a coupled entry in the $300,000 Art Rooney Final for three-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, but what happened in the race will likely be remembered for how it ended. Bizarre. Strange. Odd. Perplexing. Any one of those […]

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Burke on Mission Brief

With Mission Brief coming off a win in New Jersey sire stakes action that was not necessarily visually impressive some are worried that the super filly isn’t at her best right now. Trainer Ron Burke is among them. Burke has high expectations for the daughter of Muscle Hill and long ago predicted that she could […]

Friday, May 29, 2015
No Longer Cast Offs, In The Arsenal and Betting Exchange Seek Rooney Win

This business of buying yearlings, it’s a funny game. Sometimes they look great, have an impeccable pedigree and go for seven figures and it turns out they’re slower than a slug. And sometimes they go through the sales ring, unwanted, cast aside and already labeled as sure-fire bums and they turn out to be sensational […]

Monday, May 25, 2015
Father Patrick Returns With A Bang; Beats Magician

CHESTER, Pa–Jimmy Takter said it again yesterday, about 45 minutes before the Maxie Lee at Chester. Father Patrick was unequivocally the best horse has ever trained, a huge statement considering the plethora of superstars that have been under his care since he came from his native Sweden.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Trainer Graham Lewis Won’t Give Up The Fight Against New York Gaming Commission

Is trainer-driver Graham Lewis a violent, unhinged hothead who doesn’t belong in the sport, or a misunderstood, wronged man who is at the receiving end of a vendetta from the New York Gaming Commission? That will be the question Tuesday when Lewis appears before the Gaming Commission to ask it to reconsider his last application […]

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Take a Breath, It’s Early

By Dean Towers April and May are the months in harness racing I love, and kind of love to hate. The three year olds we all watched, followed and examined at two are coming back, the qualifiers are fast, frequent and furious, and stakes season is just on the horizon. During this time we also […]

Friday, May 22, 2015
Father Patrick and the Next Chapter of the Great Experiment

Breeding + Racing =Success. That’s the formula, an unconventional one in the U.S. harness racing, that Adam Bowden, Jimmy Takter and their partners have pieced together this year for the standout 4-year-old trotter Father Patrick. With a horse of this caliber, no one has ever tried to breed and race in the same year. But […]

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Bee A Magician Does It Again, Showdown With Father Patrick is Next

She is definitely back. Is she ever. Bee A Magician did it again last night, winning the Arthur Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. In the process, she kept her 2015 record perfect at 3 for 3 and became the first mare ever to win this race. Next up for the super mare and 2013 Horse […]

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Mission Brief Impressive in Sophomore Debut

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Mission accomplished. Mission Brief, last year’s two-year-old champion filly trotter and world-record holder, returned to the track last night for her sophomore debut and stayed on stride in a $25,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes race at the Meadowlands. For a horse that won nine of 13 races last year and failed […]