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Monday, July 16, 2018
Flavien Prat: From trotters to top jockey

Santa Anita’s leading jockey Flavien Prat grew up at France’s famed Groisbois Training Center with a father that trains trotters. by Tom Pedulla Flavien Prat literally had the world of harness racing at his doorstep as he grew up at Groisbois Training Center, approximately 11 miles southwest of Paris. Instead, he chose a path that […]

Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale up slightly from strong 2017 auction

The average of $24,334 was up 0.48 per cent, but the gross of $3.1 million was up 24 per cent from a year ago. Rene Allard bought the sale topper, Hurricane Beach for $110,000. by Brett Sturman The 2017 Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale saw huge gains in the average price from the year prior, and […]

Sunday, July 15, 2018
HRU Feedback (2018-07-15)

Sears should have been banned I agree that Brian Sears should be banned from the Meadowlands (full story here). Jeff Gural has done WAY more than anyone should to save the Meadowlands. All he has asked for is a little help in return. Sears has made a ton of money at the Meadowlands. He now […]

Propulsion in Arjäng

by Thomas Hedlund The Årjängs Stora Sprinterlopp for elite trotters was held in Sweden on Saturday afternoon and heavy favorite Propulsion was outstanding in the mile race. Propulsion started from post position 7 and there were a couple of very fast horses from the inside, so there was excitement before the race started. Arazi Boko […]

Custom apps for harness tracks – address local audiences first

by Frank Cotolo Last month we wrote about the pari-mutuel audience statistics related to mobile media because digital mobile devices are becoming the audience’s major tool for contact with entertainment sources. This month, we offer racetrack management some ideas to put to use to enhance its track’s presence on the “mobile platform.” I remind readers […]

Behind every successful man is a strong mother

by Victoria M. Howard I am very excited about writing this new column about the prodigious women in harness racing. In my 40 years in the business, I’ve met some incredible females who are trainers, drivers, dentists and grooms that have given their life for horses and racing. Unfortunately, there are many who are no […]

Burrs – Devo Rides (Part 19)

by Trey Nosrac Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18 Forty years ago, Chippewa Lake […]

Get The Cash is now turning heads In Ohio

The sophomore trotter has won five of his last six starts for veteran trainer Kelly O’Donnell. by Jay Wolf Veteran Ohio trainer Kelly O’Donnell has seen his fair share of bad luck, but with Get The Cash he has seen it all… interference breaks, questionable drives, poor post draws and an injury. But the 3-year-old […]

10 unusual events in Meadowlands Pace history

by Bob Heyden Ten of the most unusual events in Meadowlands Pace history: 1. Pat Crowe appearing in only one Pace, the 1984 edition, finishing 10th with Greener Pastures. This came two years after Cam Fella did not get out of the eliminations, finishing seventh. Cam got his revenge though — Meadowlands Pace-style. He sired […]

As the choice, Courtly delivers redemption in Meadowlands Pace

After experiencing bad luck in previous stakes outings, Courtly Choice delivered on his connections’ decision to supplement to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and gave Hall of Famer David Miller his first Pace victory in his 20th attempt. by Brett Sturman In winning the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace in a new career best time of […]

Friday, July 13, 2018
Tattersalls Summer Mixed entries In To Go Friday and Saturday

Friday, July 13, 2018: Track Code | Race | Horse | Hip # | Consignor M | 1 | Meadowbranch Julie | 203 | Preferred Equine M | 11 | More Than Talk | 92 | Preferred Equine M | 12 | Roc Royal | 58 | Preferred Equine M | 13 | Southwind Masimo […]

Great victory for Stig H Johansson

by Thomas Hedlund Swedish champion trainer Stig H Johansson, 73, sent his Diamanten (Adrian Chip) to Norway and Ulf Thoresen’s Grand International at Jarlsberg racetrack last Sunday. The trip was successful and Diamanten showed that he has serious thoughts of being in the top game as a 5-year-old. Diamanten moved from Robert Bergh’s to Stig […]

Sweet year at Sugar Valley

Thanks to the exploits of Lather Up and Wolfgang so far in 2018, Joe McLead of Ohio’s Sugar Valley Farm is promising to do cartwheels if things get any better. by Dave Briggs Joe McLead said it’s been “an incredible year” already for his Sugar Valley Farm of Delaware, OH thanks to Lather Up’s win […]

Rating the first-crop sires, big picks for the Big M and Hambletonians I’ve lost

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: What a fascinating time of year in the horse business. The weather is beautiful, all the tracks are going full tilt, the 2-year-olds have been unveiled and the major stakes have begun. Hope you’re all enjoying the fun. The Meadowlands is not an easy track on which to drive, as was […]

Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale Preview

Active, proven racehorses on sale Sunday at the Meadowlands. by Dave Briggs Of the approximately 140 racehorses catalogued to sell at the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale beginning at noon on Sunday (July 15) in the paddock at the Meadowlands Racetrack, sale manager David Reid said 94 (more than two thirds) have raced in the last […]

Breaking down the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace field

by Brett Sturman The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace has historically produced predictable results for the most part, but this year is completely up for grabs. A realistic case could be made for more than half of the field, and at least some case could be made for everyone. The 10 finalists are have been broken […]

The Tao of Foiled Again

As the richest standardbred in history celebrates his 100th career victory, his connections give thanks for the incredible meaning Foiled Again has brought to their lives. by Dave Briggs Long before Foiled Again recorded his 100th career win with a victory Sunday afternoon (July 8) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, his trainer Ron Burke was philosophical about […]

Sunday, July 08, 2018
HRU Feedback (2018-07-08)

More transparency needed for judges’ decisions I’ve watched thousands of horse races in my lifetime, but no longer follow harness or thoroughbred racing like I once did, for a variety of reasons. Not the least of which is the judging. As a calculated bettor, where is the logic in allowing leading drivers to cut inside […]

Man-killer Krupuk – Devo Rides (Part 18)

by Trey Nosrac Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 He escorted Janice Fowler to the elevator of […]

Solid victory for Vamp Kronos

by Thomas Hedlund The $160,000 Stosprintern for 4-year-old mares were held at Halmstad racetrack, Sweden on Saturday afternoon and it was a great success for Jerry Riordan-trained Vamp Kronos (Ready Cash). Björn Goop steered Vamp Kronos from post position 4 and the duo carried quite a heavy weight as major favorites. He turned out to […]

Meadowlands Pace time!

by Bob Heyden Louis-Philippe Roy (Jimmy Freight, dead-heated for third in Saturday’s elims) will try and become the 12th driver to debut in the Meadowlands Pace and win it. The others are: 1977 — Carl LeCause — Escort 1979 — George Sholty — Sonsam 1980 — Clint Galbraith — Niatross 1981 — Dr John Hayes […]

Saturday, July 07, 2018
Canadian-based The Stable looks to make a second home in Ohio

The fractional ownership group won three OHSS events this week and looks forward to more. by Jay Wolf When Canadian trainers Anthony and Amy MacDonald launched The Stable in 2015, the fractional ownership group took the industry by storm. During the opening days of the 2-year-old stakes season, The Stable looks to take Ohio racing […]

Stakes race handle needs to grow

Harness racing is not thoroughbred racing and shouldn’t try to be, but changes and focus are needed. by Dean Towers Stakes racing is a big part of harness racing, and has been for as long as any of us can remember. We, as fans and participants, long to see the best horses, trainers, drivers and […]

Friday, July 06, 2018
Pennsylvania Commission vehemently denies allegations

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission responds to sharply critical articles in the Paulick Report that suggest the Commission orchestrated a cover-up of positive tests. The article Alan Pincus published June 27 online in the Paulick Report (full story here) is appalling not only for the misunderstanding he demonstrates about Pennsylvania’s equine testing protocols, but […]

Lessons from the Hall of Fame

by Dave Briggs On the way to Goshen, NY with my family last weekend we stopped in Cooperstown to check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Most of my family are huge baseball fans. I am the convenor of our local house league and two of my three children are both players and umpires. […]