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Reflect With Me gives Team Alagna back-to-back Crown takedowns

October 26, 2019

by Ray Cotolo The pairing of trainer Tony Alagna and driver Andrew McCarthy did not have much time to reflect on Ramona Hill’s 14-1 upset in the Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. With the three elimination winners succumbing to quick fractions, Reflect … Read more

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Answering an Alagna critic, thoughts on drivers’ posture and speed bikes and my take on Dexter Dunn

June 14, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: My apologies for stating that Pilot Discretion was unraced at two. He won his only two starts at the Red Mile in early closing events. On the subject of enforcing the no-holes-given-in-the-first-turn rule at the Meadowlands, … Read more

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Tony Alagna in video spotlight

April 7, 2019

Trainer Tony Alagna was interviewed in Florida by HRU’s Heather Vitale about the huge pile of 2-year-olds he has in training at Sunshine Meadows, including nine from the first crop of his champion Artspeak and, of course, many sired by … Read more

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Tony Alagna: Working hard and loving it

May 27, 2016

Tony Alagna relishes the work that goes with training “about 100 horses”. by Dave Little Tony Alagna always wanted to be a trainer on the big stage. He has accomplished that goal and more, but even he couldn’t have anticipated … Read more

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With The Captain Retired, Alagna Might Have His Next Mega-Star

September 27, 2014
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No Captain, No Problem? Alagna Still Has Three for the Jug

September 19, 2013
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Captaintreacherous leads Alagna to sweep of juvenile pacing Crown elims

October 20, 2012
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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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Thoughts on year-end snubs, Yonkers expanding its oval and whether partnerships hurt the yearling game

December 27, 2019

All this, and more, in the final edition of Ask The Guru for 2019. by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I have received lots of emails about what a great job Russell Williams is doing as USTA president. The word on the … Read more

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Ranking the 10 best horsemen of all time

December 8, 2019

Of all the tremendous horsemen The Curmudgeon has known personally, here is his list of the top 10 in terms of talent. by Murray Brown I was asked this question by horseman John Amidon: “Who is the best horseman you’ve … Read more

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Thoughts on the Zeron case, Allard ban at the Big M, whether I expected Continentalvictory to be a top broodmare and can an American-bred can compete in Europe

November 22, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: It’s truly refreshing to see how far our little online magazine reaches. On my story of an odd happening on my way to Florida last week, I got so much mail from folks in that area … Read more

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Fiona Reynolds: The caretaker with the golden hands

November 17, 2019

by Victoria M. Howard Some of the most important people in horse racing are the ones behind the scenes. I’m talking about the caretakers, the unsung heroes of the sport. The trainer tends to get all the credit and recognition … Read more

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Smashing sale

November 7, 2019

The Harrisburg yearling sale, which concluded Wednesday, broke the record for average and topped $40 million in gross sales for just the second time in its history. by Ray Cotolo A couple hundred yearlings circulated through the sales ring before … Read more

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Balazsi bankable in bonkers opening session

November 5, 2019

Stefan Balazsi highlighted an outstanding opening session of the 81st Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s yearling sale which saw the average soar 22.3 per cent and the gross up more than $3.3 million (21 per cent) over the first session of … Read more

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HRU video spotlight on gangbuster opening session

November 5, 2019

Heather Wilder covers the opening session of the 81st Standardbred Horse Sales Company yearling sale held Monday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. by Dave Briggs Heather Wilder returns to anchor HRU’s video team in Harrisburg … Read more

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Guesstimating the fair market value of some notable racehorses being sold in Harrisburg

November 1, 2019

by Brett Sturman The annual Standardbred Horse Sale Company sale in Harrisburg, PA is the industry’s largest, and while predominantly known for its yearling offerings, each year presents opportunities to acquire talent already racing. Specifically focusing on the 2 and … Read more

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Thoughts on the Breeders Crown, including Mohawk as host, the drive on Greenshoe and more

November 1, 2019

by Ron Gurfein Tidbits: I totally agree with Jerry Connors’ assessment that the 2019 the Breeders Crown will not be a determining factor in the Horse of the Year race. Greenshoe, Bettors Wish and Shartin all raced their hearts out … Read more

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Notes from the Breeders Crown

October 30, 2019

by Murray Brown There was more driver talk around this year’s Breeders Crown events than any other that I can remember. The star of the show was Aussie Andrew McCarthy, who is sometimes overlooked when speaking of the great drivers … Read more

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