Annabeth wins Friday feature at Yonkers
A well-out-of-it Annabeth (Brent Holland, $57) was fastest through the lane Friday night (Jan. 19), winning Yonkers Raceway’s high-condition $25,000 pacing feature for the ladies.
Elite Awards takes Cicero Claiming Series final
Friday night (Jan. 19) at Hawthorne marked the first night of the claiming series finals in the winter harness meet. A field of seven pacers lined up in the Cicero Claiming Series final as Spendabuckonme was scratched prior to post time.
New race, same script for Classicality and Wind Of The North
It was a new race but the same script for Classicality and Wind Of The North, as Classicality defeated his rival for the third straight time in Friday’s (Jan. 19) $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Quartet of Snowshoe divisions contested
Winter Series action continued Friday night (Jan. 19) at Woodbine Racetrack with four divisions of the Snowshoe Series for 3-and 4-year-old pacers. A total of 32 pacers competed over four C$17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week series.
Layoff no problem for American Girl at Miami Valley
Despite a six-week layoff, American Girl returned to the races a winner in Miami Valley’s Friday (Jan. 19) night featured $22,000 Mares Open Pace.
Daley, Harp and Thompson to Florida Hall of Fame
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association’s president, Steven Wolf, has announced the Hall of Fame inductees for 2018 and the annual award winners for the 2017 harness racing season.
Stephane Bouchard joins USTA as ID Technician
Former driver Stephane Bouchard has signed an agreement to serve as a U.S. Trotting Association ID Technician, covering the upstate New York and New England territories, areas that were previously serviced by Keith Hamilton for 43 years. After he receives training in late February, Bouchard is expected to be fully operational on or about March 1, 2018.
Audra’s Dream continues to instruct the Swiderskis on the meaning of life
He may not move as swiftly as he once did and his once dark coat is now streaked with grey, but age has not diminished the sparkle in his eye or the zest for life 40-year-old Audra’s Dream, one of the oldest known living Standardbreds in the U.S., continues to possess.
Cantab Hall, Western Ideal elected to Hall of Fame
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2018 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are stallions Cantab Hall and Western Ideal. The other nominees were Chapter Seven, Mister Big and Presidential Ball.
Blizzard Series underway
Circle The Page and Franschoek drew first blood in Thursday (Jan. 18) evening’s opening round of the Blizzard Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 18 3- and 4-year-old pacing ladies were split into two C$17,000 divisions.
Morgan wins five at Dover
Tony Morgan racked cup five winners including One To Draw To in one of the trio of feature races on Thursday (Jan 18) at Dover Downs. Sometimes Said recorded his fifth straight victory while Never Say Never N won the other $14,500 Winners-Over pace.
Camera Lady greets Meadows photographer again
Camera Lady got her picture taken again Thursday (Jan. 18) at The Meadows when she swooped the field in the final quarter to capture the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace.
Merton wins 3,000th at Monticello
Michael Merton notched his 3,000th career-winning drive at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (Jan. 18). The milestone win came aboard Armor Hanover in the seventh race. The 9-year-old SJ’S Caviar gelding won by seven lengths in 1:57.2 and is owned and trained by Doug Berkeley of Montgomery N.Y.
Cenalta Call Girl continues to roll
Cenalta Call Girl is in the midst of a love affair with Cal Expo, having won five of her eight starts at this track since arriving from Canada with Rene Goulet.
Another milestone on the horizon for Foiled Again
Foiled Again’s place in harness racing history is secured, but the 14-year-old pacer is still working at adding to his credentials. Already the richest horse in the sport’s history, Foiled Again is on the brink of joining the 100-win club. When he does, he will become the 15th pacer in the last 40 years to reach that milestone.
Ric Flair to appear at Dan Patch Awards dinner in Orlando
Last year it was “Elvis” who greeted the attendees at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s annual Dan Patch Awards dinner in Las Vegas, and this year on Sunday night (Feb. 25), it will be retired professional wrestler Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair who will welcome everyone at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla.
Winter Series take over at Woodbine
Winter Series action resumes this week at Woodbine Racetrack with strong numbers for the start of the Blizzard and Snowshoe.
Trotters in the spotlight on Friday at Big M
Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (Jan. 19) with another action-filled 14-race card.
Diamond Dagger, Katch Kanna take Pompano co-features
Diamond Dagger and Katch Kanna took top honors in their respective co-featured $11,000 trotting events on Wednesday night (Jan. 17) at Pompano Park.
Sweet Bobbie wins 1:52 photo in Dover Mares Open
Sweet Bobbie nosed out Valuable Art in 1:52 to win the $25,000 Mares Open pace Wednesday, Jan 17 at Dover Downs. Cocktail Time takes $18,000 sub-feature.