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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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