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Assessing the Pepsi North America Cup stakes card with Yannick Gingras

June 14, 2019

The driver helps break down Saturday’s rich Woodbine Mohawk Park card. by Brett Sturman Along with the signature North America Cup which goes for $1 million, three supporting stakes finals bring the total purses offered across the four races to … Read more

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The Guru’s Road to the Hambletonian – Week 5

June 9, 2019

Ron Gurfein makes his case for the top 10 contenders for this year’s Hambletonian to be contested Sat. Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands

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Big M judges need to penalize drivers for giving holes

June 7, 2019

Also, thoughts on why there are a small number of dominant sires, Brett Sturman’s recent column and whether Melander’s Big 3 rival Takter’s 2014 trio. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Great news! Illinois is back in action. By a large margin, … Read more

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Thoughts on: whether owners that partner up hurt breeders, great farms that sell a lot of bargain yearlings and why our horses are going so fast

May 31, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: What a great weekend of racing. Starting with Bettors Wish entering rarified air with a heart-stopping performance in Yonkers Art Rooney final. He marched off to a six-length victory without a bit of Dexter Dunn urging. … Read more

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Lighten up, critics

May 24, 2019

Plus, my choice for the best babies by sex and gait, how to stop a trotter from hitting a hock and more. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: It’s time all my followers lighten up a bit. From this day forth please … Read more

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Chief Mate still rules my list of 2-year-olds

April 26, 2019

A final major training session this week at Sunshine Meadows confirmed what I already believed — that Chief Mate is the toast of the class. by Ron Gurfein (Editor’s note: Ask the Guru will return next week) My Sunday version … Read more

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Shilling for The Captain, thoughts on PETA and the story of feisty Vernon Blue Chip

April 19, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: What more can I say than that the phenomenal Tiger Woods once again catapulted himself to the top of the sports world. In winning the Masters, his fifth green jacket and 15th major he turned the … Read more

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Chief Mate vaults to the top of my list of favorite 2-year-olds

April 14, 2019

by Ron Gurfein The weather was hot but breezy Saturday at Sunshine Meadows and the crowd, for an April day, was larger than one might expect. There were lots of nice horses, but one performance was riveting. Unlike last year … Read more

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In Today’s HRU

April 7, 2019

View from The Deck: Gurfein picks his group of stars in the making Tony Alagna, Casie Coleman in the HRU video spotlight Indiana: Pollack and Cullipher’s latest has run the table, so far, in 2019 Hollywood: Never too early for … Read more

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Picking my group of stars in the making

April 7, 2019

Jovial Jerry, Explosivebreakaway, She Does Trix and Chief Mate were all ultra-impressive this week at Sunshine Meadows. by Ron Gurfein Beautiful weather, great horses and lower than usual attendance Saturday at Sunshine Meadows made this reporter a happy man. Before … Read more

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HRU Feedback (2019-04-07)

April 7, 2019

Bill Robinson debate continues I read with interest and agreement Andrew Cohen’s cogent note on Bill Robinson’s HOF re-nomination (full story here). Then it occurred to me. How many millennials know of Pete Rose, one of the greatest baseball players … Read more

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Responding to letter-writing critic, my take on Bill Robinson, dealing with pullers and more thoughts on maiden races

April 5, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Last week I received a letter about my desire to seek a major increase in purse money for younger horses. I chose to answer this uninformed complainer in an open forum so that my readers will … Read more

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Carmen Auciello in video spotlight

March 31, 2019

Trainer Carmen Auciello was interviewed in Ontario by HRU’s Jaimi MacDonald about the babies he has in training with his racing partner Jonathan Drury in the latest edition of HRU’s Twos in Training video series. by Dave Briggs Two nights … Read more

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Thoughts on the Down Under import explosion, the Big M’s new condition sheet, pinhooking and a new Italian restaurant

March 28, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Santa Anita will resume racing this weekend after a supposed surface renovation. It is beyond my comprehension how the track condition could be repaired in that short a period of time. To add to my suspicion, … Read more

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Ontario’s Dustin Jones talks Prestidigitator, He’s Watching in video spotlight

March 28, 2019

Ontario-based trainer Dustin Jones was interviewed at the Palema Trotting center in Florida by HRU’s Heather Vitale and talks about the first crops of He’s Watching and his former star Prestidigitator in his debut in HRU’s Twos in Training video … Read more

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2019 Twos in Training

March 26, 2019

In our 2019 season, HRU’s broadcast division will post some 20 videos chronicling 2-year-olds in training at stables based in Florida, Ontario, New York and New Jersey for the winter. Look for videos featuring Carmen Auciello, Peter Wrenn, Dan Daley, … Read more

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Burke on training 82 2-year-olds

March 24, 2019

Ron Burke, the reigning Training of the Year, was interviewed in Florida by HRU’s Heather Vitale about Warrawee Ubeaut, Atlanta, Dorsoduro Hanover and the 82 2-year-olds he has in training, for the latest instalment of the 2019 Twos in Training … Read more

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Light attendance as babies getting closer to heading north

March 24, 2019

by Ron Gurfein If you missed the last edition of HRU with Fred Hertrich III regarding the Breeders Crown, the Breeders’ Cup and the future of harness racing please do yourself a favor and read it (full story here). With … Read more

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Changing my tune on same-day Hambletonian heats, my thoughts on Santa Anita and scratching due to track conditions

March 21, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: My best wishes for a speedy recovery to Matt Krueger, who sustained multiple injuries in a horrible accident in the first race at Pompano Park on Monday night. I saw the race and must say it … Read more

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Human and equine dignitaries on display at Sunshine Meadows

March 17, 2019

by Ron Gurfein The Society for the Promotion of the Standardbred Horse In North America is alive and well and convened in south Florida at Sunshine Meadows Saturday morning. Notables from far and wide came to share breakfast and small … Read more

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Cat Manzi tanned and grinning in Florida

March 17, 2019

The Hall of Fame driver is spending his first winter in Florida working for trainer Tony Alagna — and loving it. by Dave Briggs Despite a Hall of Fame driving career that features 14,812 wins from a whopping 95,690 starts, … Read more

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Training a few for Lindy in the rain

March 10, 2019

by Ron Gurfein The weather was far less than cooperative as at 5:30 a.m. Saturday when I awoke there was a 30 per cent chance of rain at 8 a.m. A light persistent rain was the order of the morning … Read more

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Chef Murray’s dinner party, more on books and questions about Burke, whether to lead a pulling filly by pony and whether it is possible for any trainer to make a bad horse good

March 8, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: Most people born in my era think dinner parties are a thing of the past. However, this week, in a pretty little condo in Highland Beach, chef Murray Brown proved that the dinner party was alive … Read more

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Live

March 7, 2019

HRU Presents: from The Deck For anyone that hasn’t been able to make it to The Deck at Sunshine Meadows in Florida to watch the babies train, HRU is bringing The Deck to you via a special live stream. Saturday … Read more

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Beautiful day at The Deck, but not one for speed

March 3, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Saturday was a picture-perfect south Florida winter day — 87 degrees 55 per cent humidity, 6 mph breeze and nary a cloud could be seen. However, we were pleasantly surprised by an overwhelming group of celebrities. Although … Read more

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