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By Harness Racing Update - November 9, 2018

Answering the Continentalvictory mystery & the most unusual sales I’ve attended In Foiled Again, age eligibility cap is just right Quick finish in Paris in Thursday’s Prix Marcel Laurent Carroll buys Gimpanzee’s sister for $170,000 at mixed sale Harrisburg Day … Read more

‘Freight’ in post eight reignites open draw debate

By Harness Racing Update - August 31, 2018

Here’s a suggestion for a better way to work out post positions for stakes on half-mile tracks. by Brett Sturman In last Saturday’s Messenger stake eliminations at Yonkers Raceway, Jimmy Freight blitzed his overwhelmed competition to win by almost four … Read more

New $1 million race to debut at Red Mile in 2019

By Harness Racing Update - August 29, 2018

Hambletonian Society president John Campbell confirmed to HRU that the race for 2-year-old trotters will be supported by proceeds of the new Lexington Selected Mixed Sale that will debut on Oct. 7 this year.

The business of betting

By Harness Racing Update - August 26, 2018

You would think that some of the harness tracks would look at the successful thoroughbred tracks and see how they can try to emulate their success. by Bob Pandolfo We talk a lot about the business of racing. Do people … Read more

Milligan’s School upsets in Sundsvall

By Harness Racing Update - August 26, 2018

by Thomas Hedlund The Sundsvall Open Trot ($198,000) at Bergsåker racetrack was held over 1.3 miles for many top trotters in Europe on Saturday afternoon. Prix d’Amérique-winner Readly Express (Ready Cash) was the horse to beat and the bettors put … Read more

The Ruling Class

By Harness Racing Update - August 26, 2018

The Real Life Ventures and Adventures of Trey and Batman by Trey Nosrac Episode 4 We stopped for Egg McMuffins and coffee, my breakfast of champions. We dined alfresco on a round, white, cement table with a blue metal umbrella … Read more

The new trend is one and done

By Harness Racing Update - August 25, 2018

by Bob Heyden The trend is now winning once in heat events and coming out with the title. Check out some of the recent big events: In the 2017 Little Brown Jug, Filibuster Hanover was second in the first heat … Read more

Match-up of the year comes tonight when Atlanta takes on Manchego at Woodbine Mohawk Park

By Harness Racing Update - August 24, 2018

The Hambletonian champion will take on the defending divisional champ in the Casual Breeze. by Brett Sturman When the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks winners square off tonight in the Casual Breeze stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park, it’ll be only the … Read more

Working for Bob Key, the best ones that got away and thoughts on Wildcats coach John Calipari

By Harness Racing Update - August 24, 2018

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I had a wonderful weekend. My kids rarely are in the same place at the same time. This week, my son came from San Francisco to Boston to visit his sister. I drove up to see … Read more

Somewhere Fancy wins rescheduled Gold Cup and Saucer #59

By Harness Racing Update - August 24, 2018

The Rene Allard-trained, Simon Allard-driven pacer won Sunday night in 1:50.4. by Melissa Keith Gold Cup and Saucer day 2018 went from soggy to sloppy to postponed, all before the Saturday afternoon card even got underway. Red Shores Charlottetown opted … Read more

Debating whether Simon Allard’s “feet to the sky” move was good for racing

By Harness Racing Update - August 24, 2018

by Garnet Barnsdale There’s a good chance that by now, you’ve seen or heard of driver Simon Allard’s “feet to the sky” celebratory winning pose coming to the wire as he was victorious in last Sunday’s Gold Cup and Saucer … Read more

HRU Feedback (2018-08-19)

By Harness Racing Update - August 19, 2018

More on equine health column on respiratory problems Along with the very solid information that Ms. Pietrzak has offered for the reasons behind many of the respiratory problems that we are seeing in racehorses (full story here), I would suggest … Read more

Grey Matters

By Harness Racing Update - August 19, 2018

The Real Life Ventures and Adventures of Trey and Batman by Trey Nosrac Episode 3 “Did you vote for Donald Trump?” My new horse partner looked at me across the table at The Brown Derby Restaurant as if I was … Read more

Severe rain forces postponement of Gold Cup and Saucer

By Harness Racing Update - August 19, 2018

The 59th edition of the Prince Edward Island classic will be contested tonight at Red Shores Charlottetown. by Melissa Keith Heavy and unrelenting rain Saturday forced Red Shores Charlottetown to reschedule the year’s most important card of racing. It was … Read more

A positive approach to the true needs of a racetrack’s audience is powerful for business

By Harness Racing Update - August 18, 2018

by Frank Cotolo What do people — any demographic — playing pari-mutuel racing — any breed — want? It is a question that is so simple it sounds imbecilic to ask. I would not be surprised however, if the greater … Read more

25th anniversary of Cambest’s 1:46.1 time trial

By Harness Racing Update - August 18, 2018

by Bob Heyden Thursday (Aug. 16) marked the 25th anniversary of Cambest’s 1:46.1 time trial. Bill O’Donnell drove for trainer Fred Grant. The time of 1:46.1 lasted as the industry speed standard until the fall of 2016 when Always B … Read more

Takeout rates to be slashed for Breeders Crown at Pocono

By Harness Racing Update - August 18, 2018

The Hambletonian Society and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono should be commended for an across-the-board cut of takeout to 15 per cent on all wagers for this year’s Crown. by Brett Sturman In a much-welcomed announcement, takeout rates will … Read more

Makethemark best among 5-year-olds

By Harness Racing Update - August 17, 2018

by Thomas Hedlund Petri Salmela-trained Makethemark (Maharajah) won the $218,0000 Jubileumspokalen for 5-year-olds at Solvalla Tuesday night and the performance was impressive. Twelve of the best 5-year-old trotters in Europe was found behind the gate in this year’s edition of … Read more

Hambletonian worsts to first, Triple Crown musings, more thoughts on Speedy Somolli and go-to Lexington restaurants

By Harness Racing Update - August 17, 2018

All in this week’s edition of harness racing’s most popular advice column. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: To Alan J Leavitt (AJL) about your comment on Speedy Somolli (HRU Feedback). I am very impressed that a man that reads Joyce Carol … Read more

HRU Feedback (2018-08-12)

By Harness Racing Update - August 12, 2018

Guru: Speedy Somolli was more than “decent” In his column on Friday, Ron Gurfein described Speedy Somolli as a “decent sire,” on the same level as Green Speed. For the record, Speedy Somolli sired 3 Hambletonian winners, which ranks him … Read more

Lord of the Flies (PASPA update)

By Harness Racing Update - August 12, 2018

The Real Life Ventures and Adventures of Trey and Batman by Trey Nosrac Episode 2 He was in California, arranging his transition from full-time Master of the Universe to part-time consultant working from his family farm in Ohio. I was … Read more

Propulsion defeats Readly Express in Aby Stora Pris

By Harness Racing Update - August 12, 2018

by Thomas Hedlund Two of the best trotters in the world invited the audience to a great show in Åby Stora Pris at Åby racetrack, Mölndal, Sweden on Saturday afternoon. American bred Propulsion (Muscle Hill) and Swedish star Readly Express … Read more

Cullipher and Pollack’s New Zealand-bred horse Risk overshadowed by Lazarus

By Harness Racing Update - August 12, 2018

Despite posting a 1:48.2 mile that was two-fifths-of-a-second faster than Lazarus won Friday’s Dan Patch at Hoosier Park, Risk N was virtually invisible after winning the $25,000 Gregg Haston Memorial earlier on the card. by James Platz Friday night at … Read more

Number and severity of equine respiratory problems expected to rise

By Harness Racing Update - August 11, 2018

Pulmonary troubles such as asthma, inflammatory airway disease (IAD) and sinus infections are purportedly rampant in both the Ontario standardbred and thoroughbred populations at present. More troublingly, experts predict that if extreme weather trends continue long-term, the number and severity … Read more

Dr. Patty Hogan — equine surgeon

By Harness Racing Update - August 11, 2018

by Victoria M. Howard The equine racing world is so lucky and blessed to have Dr. Patricia (Patty) Hogan in its corner. Hogan could have been a model or actress. Not only is she gorgeous (both inside and out), she … Read more