Search Results: ALAGNA

Warrawee Ubeaut scores second Breeders Crown victory

October 27, 2019

by Frank Cotolo Warrawee Ubeaut designed back-to-back Breeders Crown victories, this time as a sophomore at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning the $720,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Oct. 26 in 1:50.2. Yannick Gingras guided the 1-5 favorite trained … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Joe Bongiorno scores first Crown driving win by piloting American History to victory

October 27, 2019

by James Platz When the connections of American History ponied up $150,000 three years ago at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, they had high expectations for the son of American Ideal—Perfect Touch. Saturday night, the 4-year-old delivered in the $500,000 … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Caviart Ally takes down Shartin for Chaffees and Pelling

October 27, 2019

by Melissa Keith It was already setting up for an evening of randomness: As the rain began, race 1 saw a narrow photo finish decided in favor of #10 Classic Pro (Bob McClure), at odds of 67-1. A racing surface … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

In Today’s HRU (2019-10-26)

October 26, 2019

• Drama closes out terrific Breeders Crown opening night • Crown 2yocp: Tall Dark Stranger elevated to victory in dramatic Breeders Crown final • Crown 2yoft: Ramona Hill flexes her muscles, climbs back into winner’s circle • Crown 2yofp: Reflect … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Drama closes out terrific Breeders Crown opening night

October 26, 2019

The first of two Breeders Crown cards at Woodbine Mohawk Park was one for the record books after concluding with first interference disqualification from win in Crown history. by Jerry Connors You probably thought Friday night wasn’t going to get … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Ramona Hill flexes her muscles, climbs back into winner’s circle

October 26, 2019

by Chris Lomon Sometimes first impressions can be deceiving. But trainer Tony Alagna expected Ramona Hill, a daughter of Muscle Hill—Lock Down Lindy, would one day leave a lasting one. When Alagna zeroed-in on Hip #42 at the Lexington Yearling … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Is taking the bye the right approach? Also, thoughts on George Nap, Dr. J, Jimmy King and Andrew McCarthy

October 25, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: It’s sales time once again and the usual suspects may be seen lurking around some breeding farms on any given day — simple guys like me, Perry Soderberg, Chuck Sylvester and the Alagna and Burke brigades. … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Thoughts on: byes, harness racing’s youth movement, the International Trot and whether Muscle Hill has produced potent stallions

October 21, 2019

by Murray Brown A person on Facebook recently made the comment “as far as I can tell sons of Muscle Hill have been less than potent (meaning successful) in the breeding shed.” My response is that is just not so. … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Fourteen fun, random facts about the Breeders Crown

October 20, 2019

by Bob Heyden 1. In 1988, Steve Elliott just missed becoming the first trainer to win three Breeders Crowns in one year. He missed by a head with division champ Totally Ruthless and won the Crown with Valley Victory and … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

The secret weapon that helped Brian Sears win the International Trot

October 11, 2019

Plus, my picks for Lindy out of the Lexington sale and do insiders have an advantage? by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Almost everyone deserted beautiful downtown Lexington within hours after Greenshoe showed his heels to 11 other starters in the Kentucky … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

It’s not only the big breeders who ring bells

October 7, 2019

by Murray Brown Proof that you do not have to be a big breeder to sell high priced yearlings was very much in evidence in Lexington. The name of the game is quality, not quantity. That is and will always … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Lexington has been incredible; thoughts on Walner and the sport’s first, two, million-dollar yearlings

October 4, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Greatness was on display all week at the Red Mile but the 3-year-olds in various divisions of the Bluegrass took my breath away. It wasn’t so much the speed but the way in which some of … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Million-Dollar Night

October 2, 2019

The opening session of the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale saw not one, but two, yearlings sell for $1 million or more and also smashed records for gross (over $18.2 million), average ($154,288) and number of $100,000 yearlings sold (68, … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Giving away some of my best yearling-picking secrets

September 13, 2019

Plus, thoughts on the Justify positive and my list of the best pedigrees from what looks like a gangbusters opening night of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Lots of great racing last weekend with some outstanding … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

The most memorable yearling shoppers of all time, part 3

September 11, 2019

by Murray Brown Further to my last two columns, where I detailed some of the most memorable yearling shoppers of all time — good and bad (Part 1) and (Part 2) — here’s the third and final installment: Delvin G … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Grading the Lexington catalogue, thoughts on banked turns and why the good old days were better

August 30, 2019

All in the latest edition of harness racing’s most popular advice column. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: It was a fabulous weekend of racing. Team Alagna led by (Donna Lee) stole the show north of the border with a one, two, … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Will Steve Heimbecker show?

August 30, 2019

The superstitious part-owner of Courtly Choice said it will be a game-time decision whether he comes to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday to see his champion try to win the Canadian Pacing Derby. by Sandra Snyder | Sponsored by Ontario … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

How to get a horse to carry its head low, slamming a ridiculous assertion and what about Ron Pierce?

August 23, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: In 1839, Edward Bulwer-Lytton and English author coined the phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword. “Your emails have proven this to be true. Although you haven’t given me hard facts to deal with much … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Breaking down Hambletonian Day 2019

August 7, 2019

by Bob Heyden Trainer Marcus Melander may not have won the Hambletonian, but he won the most money on the day — $839,947.50 in purses on the day. He won the Jim Doherty, both Hambletonian elims, was second, third and … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

A horse by any other name

August 4, 2019

My trip to Hambletonian 2019. by David Mattia PART 1 – Driving to the Hambletonian with nothing to write about With only my friend Ross for company, I set out on my 45-minute drive to the Meadowlands for this year’s … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

The Guru’s Road to the Hambletonian – Final Week

July 28, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Please take note of the fact that the Hambletonian Final will pay all 10 starters. Therefore, the sixth through 10th place finishers will receive one per cent or $10,000. This will lessen their $15,000 entry fee by … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

Judy Chaffee: owner/breeder living the dream

July 28, 2019

by Victoria M. Howard Every owner dreams of owning a champion — either by raising a homebred or purchasing a yearling from a sale that develops into a nice stakes horse. People have been in the sport for decades and … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

More on Schnittker, plus thoughts on the east coast driving colony, the DQ of Custom Cantab and 4-year-olds vs. older horses

July 26, 2019

All this and much more in the latest installment of harness racing’s favorite advice column. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I listened to my buddies Trade Martin, Bob Marks and Fred Hudson’s podcast last week with Ray Schnittker as the guest … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

The Guru’s Road to the Hambletonian – Week 11

July 21, 2019

by Ron Gurfein HORSE PEDIGREE SALE PRICE, EARNINGS, RECORD OWNER BREEDER TRAINER / DRIVER COMMENT 1. GREENSHOE Father Patrick — Designed To Be $330,000 Lexington Selected $403,223 3,1:50.1 Courant Inc, Hans R Backe, Lars Granqvist,and Martin Langli Marvin Katz and … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story

The Guru’s Road to the Hambletonian – Week 10

July 14, 2019

by Ron Gurfein HORSE PEDIGREE SALE PRICE, EARNINGS, RECORD OWNER BREEDER TRAINER / DRIVER COMMENT 1. GREENSHOE Father Patrick — Designed To Be $330,000 Lexington Selected $403,223 3,1:50.1 Courant Inc, Hans R Backe, Lars Granqvist,and Martin Langli Marvin Katz and … Read more

Read The Full HRU Story
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!

SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TO

HARNESS RACING UPDATE