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Sunday, April 22, 2018
HRU Feedback (2018-04-22)

Suggestion for Pick-6 and Pick-4 changes All the uproar about Pick 6’s & 4’s concerning scratches (story 1) (story 2) – seems to me with a ticket in a heat where the single selection is scratched, the holder should have the option to cancel the ticket – not be given another entry. If the ticket […]

Road to the Kentucky Derby

Narrowing down my picks in what appears to be a wide-open Derby field. by Ron Gurfein This may be the most interesting Kentucky Derby in years. On the first Saturday in May we will see two undefeated colts and a world traveler compete at 1 1⁄4 miles with 17 others for the most coveted prize […]

Breaking Stride: What do you do — Devo Rides Part 7

by Trey Nosrac Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 When my Prius crunched down the gravel driveway to his family farm on a sunny May afternoon, I noticed that my fare was not alone. Joining him of the front porch was a short woman […]

Hollywood’s Hits: Did you know…

by Bob Heyden Did you know… … that John Campbell is the only driver to finish on the board in both the richest pacing and trotting race ever? He was third in both the 1984 Woodrow Wilson for pacers (driving Supreme Dynasty, purse of $2,161,000) and the 2009 Hambletonian that carried a purse of $1,520,333 […]

Chancey Lady raced bigger than her size

The Camluck mare earned more than $2 million on the track en route to a berth in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. by Sandra Snyder When Chancey Lady is inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August it will be just the latest in a string of outsize accomplishments for […]

Hall of Fame inductee Blissfull Hall is a complete specimen

Ben Wallace remembers one of his most talented trainees on the news the pacing Triple Crown winner will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. by Chris Lomon When Hip #44 was walked out at the 1997 Tattersalls Sale in Kentucky, trainer Ben Wallace’s eyes widened. All he could muster at that […]

Charity a key component to Bill Andrew’s Hall of Fame career

The man who operates Meridian Farms East and West in Prince Edward Island and Alberta, respectively, will be inducted as a builder to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. by Melissa Keith Bill Andrew is among the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s newest inductees, chosen to enter the Builder category at the 2018 […]

European Report: Bold Eagle wins Prix de l’Atlantique with sparkling finish

by Thomas Hedlund Bold Eagle has dominated a big part of the European harness racing during the past three years and after a winter meeting in Paris, where he collected second places in all big races, the 7-year-old son of Ready Cash is now running on a winning path. In the $246,000 Prix de l’Atlantique […]

New HRU Twos in Training video starring Determination’s Luc Blais

In the latest HRU’s Twos in Training video available on our YouTube channel, Jaimi Fellows interviews trainer Luc Blais at his private training farm in Campbellville, ON about the 12 2-year-olds he is training for the Determination stable of Montreal by Dave Briggs Quebec native Luc Blais is the latest trainer in the spotlight in […]

Changes to the New York breeders’ rewards highlight lucrative NYSS program

by Dave Briggs The woman in charge of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) program said recent changes to its breeders’ awards program will deliver maximum return on the state’s investment in harness racing. M. Kelly Young, the executive director of The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, said the $1 million […]

Brush And Crush: Prove or disprove the “five per cent for marketing” concept

It’s probably time for harness racing’s never-ending debate to come to an end. by Dean Towers Several years ago at my real job I was presented with an interesting problem. An old school, historic firm contacted us and said they’d love to try different types of new school marketing, but there was a stumbling block […]

Allard’s lawyer appealing “unfair and premature” Class 1 positive that was 13 months in the making

The AGCO has hit trainer Rene Allard with a $5,000 fine, one-year suspension and two-year probation for a codeine and morphine positive on horse One Too Many at Woodbine in March of 2017. The lawyer for trainer Rene Allard is saying she has requested an “immediate stay” to appeal Allard’s one-year suspension, $5,000 fine and […]

Keystone Velocity wins Levy; Shartin N takes Matchmaker

It was back-to-back Levy victories for 10-year-old Keystone Velocity, while Shartin N recovered from a break-filled outing last week to regain her Matchmaker form. by Dave Briggs Keystone Velocity won the $532,000 George Morton Levy final for the second straight year and Down Under wonder Shartin N took the $373,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker Final on […]

Friday, April 20, 2018
Bauder family has Hackett Final favorite with the emerging Sectionline Bigry

by Jay Wolf Winning never gets old, especially when the winning is a family affair. You can’t blame owners Harold Lee Bauder (son) and Harold L. Bauder (father) and trainer Steve Bauder (cousin/nephew) for being a little ecstatic with the early season success of their homebred sophomore pacing colt, Sectionline Bigry. As a freshman, Sectionline […]

Landry calls Hall of Fame honor deeply gratifying

A few years after his equine photography business nearly didn’t survive Ontario’s post-slots tsunami, the HRU contributor will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. by Dave Briggs Considering how much Dave Landry struggled to keep his equine photography business afloat in the two years that followed the cancellation of Ontario’s Slots […]

How Hall of Famer Jim Doherty made a Hall of Famer

Bill O’Donnell said he owes his career to the late Jim Doherty, a stellar horseman who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August. by Dave Briggs What did the late Jim Doherty mean to driver Bill O’Donnell’s Hall of Fame career? Simple, said O’Donnell, “Without (Doherty), I wouldn’t have […]

European Report: Tamure Roc upsets in Torino

by Thomas Hedlund The $190,000 Gran Premio Costa Azzurra was held in Torino, Italy last Sunday and the race contained several spectacular scenes before the winner was named. French born Dijon was sent to the early lead with 6-year-old mare Tamure Roc (Exploit Caf) in the pocket. When Uza Josselyn (who received an invitation for […]

Improving The Breed: The Queen’s comeback: Hannelore returns

by Dean A. Hoffman The reigning queen of North American harness racing, Hannelore Hanover, makes her return to the racing wars on Saturday in a Meadowlands qualifier. This will be after a winter and spring in which she was kept in training while being bred to Southwind Frank. The plan was to get an embryo […]

New HRU Twos in Training video starring Paul Kelley

Heather Vitale interviews trainer Paul Kelley in Florida in the latest in HRU’s Twos in Training video series available on our YouTube channel. by Dave Briggs Paul Kelley is the latest trainer in the spotlight in HRU’s Twos in Training video series now posted on our YouTube channel: www.harnessracingupdate.com/youtube. Kelley was interviewed by Heather Vitale […]

Ask The Guru: Increasing harness racing’s appeal, thoughts on training like Europeans and my time as Monticello Maitre D’

by Ron Gurfein To begin with I want to thank Clay Horner for his kind words (full story here). The truth is that without inquiring minds like his I would not have a column. His comments remind me of the fact that it is of the utmost importance we keep the dialogue alive on the […]

Buzzworthy: Miso Fast’s scratch highlights disconnect between gamblers and horsepeople

by Garnet Barnsdale Social media was buzzing Sunday night after big favorite Miso Fast scratched out of a race at Pompano Park after both the Pick 6 and Pick 5 sequence of races had started. Miso Fast’s connections did not want to race in inclement weather conditions. The age-old disconnect between gamblers and horsepeople was […]

Between The Lines: Are rule changes in order for Pick-4’s and 6’s?

In the wake of the Miso Fast snafu at Pompano, something should be done to protect bettors. by Brett Sturman One persisting issue in multiple race bets such as the Pick-4 or Pick-6, is what occurs in the event of a late scratch in one of the sequenced races. Simplified, the rule is that in […]

Sunday, April 15, 2018
HRU Feedback (2018-04-15)

TV had nothing to do with Hambletonian heats I’d like to address something stated in a recent “Ask The Guru” column (full column here) in regard to heat racing in the Hambletonian. There are many areas I will concede to the “Guru”, but TV coverage of the Hambletonian is one I know better. Live television […]

European Report: Two new horses ready for Olympiatravet

by Thomas Hedlund The third elimination for Olympiatravet was held at Jägersro racetrack in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday afternoon and while the race was rolling, a wild card was announced. Johan Untersteiner won with his Day Or Night In (Muscle Hill) in Malmö, while Jerry Riordan-trained Ringostarr Treb, winner of the Sundsvall Open Trot in […]

Gerald Miller a key part of the Eash Racing Stable’s success

The 15-year veteran is as passionate about the game as ever. by James Platz Behind every successful trainer there is a support staff that helps keep the machine moving forward. For Don Eash and Eash Racing Stable, one of the cogs in the machine is Gerald Miller. Miller, now a 15-year veteran of the stable, […]