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Thoughts as Hambletonian Day unfolded

August 9, 2020

by Ron Gurfein Here’s my take on the good, bad and ugly as Hambletonian Day unfolded… If you couldn’t make it to the track the Meadowlands provided us with numerous ways to view the entire card of racing that even … Read more

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Breaking down the Hambletonian Day numbers

August 9, 2020

by Bob Heyden Michelle and Al Crawford had their greatest day ever being part of the winner’s circles for three major stakes — the Hambletonian (Ramona Hill), Hambletonian Oaks (Sorella) and Cane Pace (Tall Dark Stranger). Caviart Farms was well … Read more

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In Today’s HRU (2020-08-07)

August 7, 2020

Briggs: Antonaccis gunning for 6th Hambletonian with French-sired trotter Sturman: Hambletonian Day picks for the biggest races on a stellar card Cotolo: Betting races on Hambletonian Day equals the value of your opinions Heyden: Hollywood’s Hambletonian Day preview A primer … Read more

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Betting races on Hambletonian Day equals the value of your opinions

August 7, 2020

by Frank Cotolo Handicapping pari-mutuel racing means relying upon your expression of what is probable — for our purposes, in a horse race. You can trace the word “probable” to the Latin root of the word “probare,” meaning test or … Read more

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Why more American trainers aren’t winning the big trotting races

August 7, 2020

Plus, thoughts on Josh Marks’ apology, the debut of big-ticket yearlings, the betting public and more. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: With the Hambletonian eliminations in the books, and the final tomorrow, some thoughts about what we are about to witness. … Read more

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The Guru’s guide to the Hambletonian

July 31, 2020

Plus, McDuffee will do what’s right for Papi Rob Hanover and thoughts on vets that are experts on hind end problems. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I personally have witnessed the demise of great horses i.e.: Barbaro and Ruffian, but never … Read more

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Fabulous fillies highlight Hambletonian eliminations

July 31, 2020

by Bob Heyden The two fillies entered in Saturday’s (Aug. 1) Hambletonian eliminations may end up favored when the fields go to post. Sister Sledge and Ramona Hill were 1-2 in the 2YOFT balloting from 2019. This is similar to … Read more

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Talented horsemen that flew under the radar, why Lexington is my favorite city and why I never trained thoroughbreds

July 23, 2020

All this and much more in this edition of harness racing’s favorite advice column. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Even under a dark cloud, our sport is very much alive and well. Fabulous presentation of last Saturday’s Meadowlands Pace card by … Read more

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Fresh off runner-up finish in Meadowlands Pace, Papi Rob Hanover headlines Adios

July 23, 2020

by Brett Sturman I frequently hear that one of the best ever Meadowlands Pace performances from a horse that didn’t win belongs to Always B Miki from the 2014 edition. For my money, Papi Rob Hanover’s runner-up try from this … Read more

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We needed this

July 19, 2020

Wowza! What a night! After an interminable winter extended by indictments, a wicked pandemic and a wide range of assorted tests and cruelties, Tall Dark Stranger’s epic stretch battle with Papi Rob Hanover in the Meadowlands Pace was exactly what … Read more

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Scratch after the draw for the Meadowlands Pace brings controversy

July 17, 2020

The scratch of bye-receiving horse Chief Mate to allow stablemate Capt Midnight into Saturday’s $636,650 Meadowlands Pace final has made for some interesting jockeying for position long before the race goes to post. by Brett Sturman It was announced innocently … Read more

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Does blasting a 2-year-old off the gate and going a hellacious first quarter compromise the horse’s long-term ability to race?

July 17, 2020

That and much, much more in this week’s edition of harness racing’s most popular advice column. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: What a fabulous week for racing — both thoroughbred and standardized. At Keeneland, the well regarded 2-year-old Fauci, owned by … Read more

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Tall Dark Stranger strong winner in lone Meadowlands Pace elim elimination

July 12, 2020

The Nancy Takter trainee then drew the five-hole for next Saturday’s $631,650 final. Nemesis Papi Rob Hanover finished third and then drew the nine hole, his third outside post in four 2020 starts. by Dave Briggs Tall Dark Stranger won … Read more

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The Next Generation introduced at Scioto Downs

July 3, 2020

A pair of $150,000 2-year old events to be contested on Independence Day. by Jay Wolf It has been a great early summer for Eldorado Scioto Downs — handles have skyrocketed, entries are strong and interest nationwide is at a … Read more

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Why races are going so fast, scheduling challenges in the age of COVID-19 and the difference between American and Swedish trainers

July 3, 2020

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: It looks like a long wait for all of us to hear the outcome of the FBI investigation and the indictments in the Southern District of New York. Earlier this week assistant U.S. attorney Andrew Adams … Read more

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Elizabeth Caldwell — breeder

June 28, 2020

by Victoria M. Howard I don’t quite know where to begin with Elizabeth Caldwell. Her pedigree and success in the sport transcends any I have had the pleasure to write about. A third generation horsewoman, Caldwell was born in the … Read more

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Schnittker’s 1:48 duo will not supplement to Meadowlands Pace

June 26, 2020

by Brett Sturman The timing of it seems odd with racing just getting back underway and all, but the Meadowlands Pace is rapidly approaching. With the Meadowlands not even resuming racing until just three weeks ago, focus is now shifting … Read more

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Thoughts on Pelling and Glazer, the importance of the same driver on a 2-year-old trotter and why breaks among young trotters are becoming increasingly rare

June 19, 2020

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: JOLENE JOLENE. What more can I say? I have been looking at yearlings for a lifetime. Until last year there had been four horses that were so talented in the field they had to be in … Read more

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The industry needs Dana Parham’s integrity pledge

June 6, 2020

The prominent owner/breeder is asking all the people that work for him to sign his integrity pledge and hopes it, or something similar, gains widespread adoption in the industry. by Dave Briggs More than 13 years ago, in a Jan. … Read more

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In defence of Propulsion’s original connections

June 6, 2020

Tony Alagna and the original owners of Propulsion disclosed the trotter’s lower nerve procedures to the proper authorities according to USTA rules that don’t require the association to be informed directly. Note that horses that have undergone the procedure, even … Read more

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Swedish trotting association’s mistakes could cost Redén his career

June 5, 2020

Svensk Travsport (ST) is investigating whether to strip Daniel Redén’s trainee Propulsion of his Elitloppet victory — and, perhaps more than $3.6 million (U.S.) in European earnings — after ST failed to notice the horse had undergone a fully disclosed … Read more

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Why horses from indicted trainers race on; my judgement of Hambletonian DQ and a wild tale about Wild Bill

May 29, 2020

All this, plus thoughts on gutless email critics and much more in harness racing’s most popular advice column. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Here we go again. The evil jealousy of the average race fan will keep me in business writing … Read more

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Erv Miller in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight LIVE Monday at 7 pm EDT

May 17, 2020

Trainer Erv Miller will speak to Heather Vitale about his most promising 2-year-olds, past greats and coping with COVID-19 and a career in which he has trained the winners of $88 million. by Dave Briggs HRU’s Virtual Twos in Training … Read more

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Mark Steacy in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight

May 16, 2020

Leading Ontario trainer Mark Steacy spoke to Jaimi MacDonald his most promising 2-year-olds, past greats such as 2006 Canadian Horse of the Year Majestic Son, working with the LandMark fractional stable, turning more of the stable operations over to his … Read more

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Mark Steacy in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight LIVE Saturday at 7 pm EDT

May 16, 2020

Leading Ontario trainer Mark Steacy will speak to Jaimi MacDonald his most promising 2-year-olds, past greats such as 2006 Canadian Horse of the Year Majestic Son, working with the LandMark fractional stable, turning more of the stable operations over to … Read more

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