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Jim Campbell in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight

May 15, 2020

Trainer Jim Campbell spoke to Jaimi MacDonald about the return of his divisional champ Real Cool Sam, his most promising 2-year-olds, coping with COVID-19, his long relationship with owner Jules Siegel and the influence of his father, Jack, and brother, … Read more

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Jim Campbell in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight LIVE Thursday at 7 pm EDT

May 13, 2020

Trainer Jim Campbell will speak to Jaimi MacDonald about the return of his divisional champ Real Cool Sam, his most promising 2-year-olds, coping with COVID-19 and more. by Dave Briggs HRU’s Virtual Twos in Training series continues Thursday, May 14 … Read more

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Nancy Takter in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight LIVE Monday at 7 pm EDT

May 10, 2020

Trainer Nancy Takter will speak to Jaimi MacDonald about her most promising 2-year-olds, coping with COVID-19 and more. by Dave Briggs HRU’s Virtual Twos in Training series continues Monday, May 11 featuring trainer Nancy Takter being interviewed by Jaimi MacDonald. … Read more

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Nancy Takter, Jim Campbell next two trainers in HRU’s Twos in Training spotlight

May 10, 2020

Trainer Nancy Takter is on tap for Monday, May 11 and trainer Jim Campbell will be in the spotlight on Thursday, May 14. Both will speak to Jaimi MacDonald about their most promising 2-year-olds and coping with COVID-19. by Dave … Read more

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Thoughts on integrity, Gural, Schnittker and Leavitt

May 8, 2020

That and much more in this week’s edition of harness racing’s most popular advice column. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I have recently been privileged to receive what I would consider inflammatory banter between both thoroughbred and standardbred industry leaders via … Read more

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Origin story: How Brad Grant came to be one of the sport’s top owners

May 3, 2020

The third-generation horseman once completely quit the game, but now owns more than 75 horses. by Murray Brown I have heard that Brad Grant has something like 75 horses in training. When asked, the owner from Ontario said he wished … Read more

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Casie Coleman in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight

May 3, 2020

Trainer Casie Coleman talked about her most promising 2-year-olds new, how she’s coping with COVID-19, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee McWicked and much more. She also answered some viewer questions in the latest edition of HRU’s Virtual Twos … Read more

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Casie Coleman in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight LIVE Saturday at 7 pm EDT

May 1, 2020

Trainer Casie Coleman will talk about new Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee McWicked, how she’s coping with COVID-19 and her most promising 2-year-olds. She will also answer some of your questions. by Dave Briggs HRU’s Virtual Twos in … Read more

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New York judges need to step up; Integrity Act needs to pass

May 1, 2020

Multi-talented horseman and common-sense sage Ray Schnittker opines on why New York judges need to do their jobs, why Hanover Shoe Farms’ integrity initiative is a hell of an idea and why the federal Horse Racing Integrity Act needs to … Read more

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Ray Schnittker in the HRU Twos in Training spotlight LIVE Thursday at 7 pm EDT

April 29, 2020

Veteran horseman Ray Schnittker will talk about his most promising 2-year-olds, how he got his start in Buffalo with his father and a claiming stable, his champion trotter Deweycheatumnhowe and Racing Under Saddle, He will also answer some of your … Read more

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Remembering the days when PEDs were allowed, thoughts on whether some horsemen lack flair, a guess as to why thoroughbreds are still racing and explaining the success of GooGooGaga

April 24, 2020

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: BEWARE of Greeks bearing gifts? Maybe. Of hospitals opening prematurely for elective surgery? For sure. For example, just last week we lost a great man and leader in our sport. Although if you read most of … Read more

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The sport’s most insidious injury, thoughts on whether trainers owning horses is bad for the game and the fastest horse I ever trained

April 3, 2020

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I have been asked by many friends, who will remain anonymous, to fight to overturn the policy of the Meadowlands and the Hambletonian Society on their mutual decision to maintain the April 15 stake deadline. My … Read more

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A salute to Mr. Harness Racing

March 15, 2020

by Murray Brown Sometimes in this world of ours, we see situations from afar better than we do when they are right beside us. Such was the case with me last week when I wrote of a group of people … Read more

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Another successful Saturday at Sunshine Meadows

March 7, 2020

by Ron Gurfein The fact that the temperature had a 25 degree drop in 24 hours did not deter The Deck’s Saturday attendance in the least. It was, possibly, the largest crowd I have seen in recent memory. Pompano could … Read more

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Rare Tuesday crowd at The Deck

March 1, 2020

by Murray Brown This past Tuesday was the most active non Saturday I ever remember on The Deck. It seemed that all the stables were extremely active. The weather was glorious and both the horses and the people seemed very … Read more

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In Today’s HRU (2020-02-23)

February 23, 2020

• Brown: Recalling a memorable 1968 Horse of the Year banquet • Dan Patch awards preview • Guest Column – Marty Adler: Improving horse racing is as easy as 1-2-3 • View from The Deck: 99 per cent of Alagna’s … Read more

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Anne Schlichtig — trainer

February 23, 2020

by Victoria M. Howard Have you ever wondered what it would be like to train horses for a famous clothes designer? Well, ask Anne Schlichtig. At one time Schlichtig and her life partner Tom Merriman trained for high-end fashion designer, … Read more

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HRU Feedback (2020-02-16)

February 16, 2020

View from Australia on product availability RE: Brett Sturman’s last column (full story here). Monmouth Park has entered into an agreement with the Australian firm BetMakers to offer fixed odds wagering on their 2020 meet. Will it help? Who knows? … Read more

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Enough with the negativity over Pennsylvania

February 14, 2020

Also, why Sunshine Meadows rules, why it’s tough to get a mainstream advertiser for the Hambletonian, how to deal with a mare that grabs on and more. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I am sick and tired of the negativity about … Read more

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Crowds turn out to see Maverick at Sunshine Meadows

February 9, 2020

by Ron Gurfein The weather was not cooperative with a chill in the air and prevailing winds, but the presence of Maverick seems to be a major crowd creator. It was, by far, one of the biggest groups to enjoy … Read more

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Making Joe O’Brien proud

January 30, 2020

Standardbred Canada’s black tie event — named in honor of the legendary Canadian horseman Joe O’Brien and celebrating the best in Canadian harness racing — is the standard by which all other awards banquets should be judged. by Dave Briggs … Read more

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Plenty of talent on display already at Sunshine Meadows

January 19, 2020

For the record, I don’t believe in hexing horses. by Ron Gurfein Wind and overcast skies prevailed on Friday morning. Even with the inclement weather and just a few viewers on The Deck, the mood was upscale, elevated by both … Read more

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Maverick highlights Opening Day on The Deck

January 5, 2020

Babies start taking to the oval at Sunshine Meadows in Florida. by Ron Gurfein It felt wonderful to get out early Saturday to watch the new residents of Sunshine Meadows go through their morning works. At this time of the … Read more

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It’s O Canada, not “Only” Canada

January 3, 2020

Plus, thoughts on negativity, the Driver of the Year, books and what it takes for a trainer to get better owners. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I don’t like to use this column or social media for a discussion of health … Read more

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Ranking the Top 25 moments of this decade

December 29, 2019

The best moments in harness racing from 2010-2019. by Bob Heyden Here’s a ranking of some of the decisive and memorable events, personalities and singular moments of the 2010-2019 decade: 25. The disqualification in the 2017 Hambletonian. What The Hill … Read more

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