Day At The Track

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 12, 2019 - The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey announce effective immediately in order to qualify and receive harness racing awards for all SBOANJ sponsored programs you must be a member and have a current W-9 form on file. The SBOANJ programs include the New Jersey sired bonus awards and the New Jersey breeder's awards. No money will be released until all information is verified. Membership forms and W-9 forms can be found at www.sboanj.com, if you have any questions please contact the office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 12, 2019 -- The Super Hi-5 jackpot at The Meadows is approaching $95,000. Thanks to another carryover, Friday's Super Hi-5 jackpot stands at $94,846.91. The Meadows offers the harness racing wager on the final race of each live card. First post for Friday's 13-race program is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Batavia, NY --- With the final weekend of harness racing at hand, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (UNY USHWA) has announced the horses of the meet for 2019. Pacer of the Meet-Back Is Black (Western Terror-Magic Moments) 1:52.1 ($242,850) Black Is Back started his year with a tag and ended up a top-class pacer. After being claimed for $20,000 at Saratoga Raceway back in May, Black Is Back found his way into the barn of trainer Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. through a private purchase by his current owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. He made his first start at Batavia Downs in July, soon won the $12,500 Open I pace and then never looked back. For the season at Batavia, Black Is Back made 13 starts with five wins, two seconds and three thirds, all in Open I company and did not miss a single check the entire meet earning him $44,565 in the process. He finished in the money 77% of the time and his best win time at the Downs was 1:53.1. For the entire year Black Is Back has made 26 starts with 10 wins, four seconds and four thirds for $79,765 in purses with a mark of 1:52.2. Trotter of the Meet-Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade) 1:56.1 ($198,483) Lougazi made an encore performance this year as he was the 2018 Batavia Downs Trotter of the Meet. During the 2019 season in Genesee County, Lougazi made 16 starts with five wins, four seconds and three thirds and much like his side-wheeling counterpart Black Is Back, Lougazi made all his starts in Open I company as well. Lougazi had a very high 75% in the money average too and his $50,500 in purses was the highest amount earned by any overnight Standardbred competing at the meet this year. His career best year also included a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 taken at Batavia in September. Overall in 2019 Lougazi has made 34 starts with nine wins, 10 seconds and five thirds with $94,000 in earnings. Mary Warriner owns Lougazi who is trained by Ryan Swift. Mare of the Meet-HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) 1:52.1 ($367,629) HP Sissy was purchased privately in January by John and Sally Finnocchario and became the star of the Finnocchario's Dream Stable. She went on to win 13 races out of 37 starts and made $116,493 racing at tracks across New York State. In July HP Sissy made her first of 13 starts at Batavia Downs and ended up winning four Open I paces for fillies and mares, besides finishing second three times and third four more and made $41,375 in purses along the way. She wound up in the money 85% of the time which was the highest percentage of hitting the board of any horse racing at the meet. Her fastest win time at the Downs was also her seasonal mark; 1:53.3. Mike Ohol is the trainer of HP Sissy. All the connections of Black Is Back, Lougazi and HP Sissy will receive their awards in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle at Batavia Downs between races on Saturday (Dec. 14) during the UNY USHWA Night of Distinction. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

After weathering what turned out to be an extended storm of injury issues that kept 2015 Horse of the Year Award winner Wiggle It Jiggleit sidelined for nearly three years, George Teague Jr. is looking forward to seeing his 7-year-old harness racing  pacer continue his comeback attempt in Thursday's $25,000 open at Dover Downs. Wiggle It Jiggle will be making his third start this year, but his first since Sept. 30. The gelding finished second in his 2019 debut at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio on Sept. 19 and third in the open handicap at Harrington Raceway. Since then, Wiggle It Jiggleit has won twice in qualifiers at Dover, the first in 1:55.1 with a final quarter of :29.3 and the second in 1:54.4 with a final quarter of :27.2. "He's doing good," said Teague, whose George Teague Jr. Inc. shares ownership of Wiggle It Jiggleit with the Teague Racing Partnership LLC. "He was tying up a little bit (leading to his recent time off) and when I got him off that, I qualified him, and he just didn't fire like I thought he should. It turned out his blood was a little off. "The last time I qualified him he seemed to be a lot more like himself. Not totally like he was in the past, but I still think it's just going to take a little while. I'm hoping he can come back to that status, or close to it. He's going to be fine. We'll see how it plays out." Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis, has won 38 of 53 career races and earned $3.91 million. His earnings rank sixth among pacers in North American harness racing history. "At any time, any horse can come up with injuries; unfortunately, he did," Teague said. "It didn't look that bad originally, but one thing turned into another, turned into another, which turned into three years. It is what it is. That was a perfect storm. But every storm blows over. "He still seems like the horse of old, he really does. He doesn't seem any less willing to go. Everything is there, we just have to put the speed back into him, and I don't expect that to come over night. He's sounder than he's ever been and looks great physically. We just have to put the work in and see if he can get a little stronger and a little faster." Wiggle It Jiggleit is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Thursday's open. Jim Morand will drive Wiggle It Jiggleit, subbing for Montrell Teague, who recently suffered a wrist injury that will keep him in a cast until after Christmas. George Teague Jr. is taking a race-by-race approach with Wiggle It Jiggleit but is hopeful the son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover can return to the Grand Circuit in 2020. "I still think it's a possibility," Teague said. "I'm not going to ruin his reputation by putting him in the box when it doesn't look like he should be in. I'm just trying to get a grip on how I think he'll come back and whether he gets back to close enough where I think I can invest a little bit of money in staking him. "I'm not making any definitive plans; I'm just hoping he tells me as we go along. It's tough to get back to where he needs to be without racing against competition. I can qualify, I can train, but none of it is like racing. When he makes it to a point where I think he's showed me enough one way or another, then I'll make my decision there." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday at Dover. The open is race 12, with an 8:10 p.m. estimated post. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Chris Ryder, as harness racing trainer and part owner, has announced that Bettor's Wish will stand to a limited number of mares in 2020 for a stud fee of $10,000. He will be collected at Walnridge Equine Clinic, Cream Ridge, N.J., making his foals eligible to the reenergized New Jersey Sire Stakes.   Bettor's Wish will remain in training and race next year against the sport's older pacers in the popular free-for-all events.   "There was a lot of interest from around the country and within our own ownership group to breed to him. I don't think there will be any issue keeping a regular collection schedule," Ryder said.   Part-owner Eric Cherry is delighted to be able to breed to Bettor's Wish next year. "I bought into him for his stallion potential and because he crosses so well with a lot of my mares. I will be breeding Breeders Crown Champion Call Me Queen Be (p,3,1:49.1f) Candlelight Dinner (p,2,1:52.2), I'm Trigger Happy (p,3,1:51.3f) and others. I'm very excited for the future."   Bettor's Wish had a remarkable 3-year-old season amassing $1,643,745--the most of any horse this year--and a record of 13 wins and 6 seconds in 19 starts. He finished the year with a field-sweeping second in the TVG Final at the Meadowlands racing against older horses, making him the first 3-year-old pacer to hit the board in the history of the TVG races.   For further details or booking information call (908) 451-4135 or email BettorsWish@gmail.com.   From the Bettor's Wish Ownership Group    

Dover, DE - Moments of Joy and driver Victor Kirby left quickly to start off the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday as Rockin the Boys A and Driver Dexter Dunn found a seat, nearing the quarter pole. Wisdom Tree, the three to five race favorite, and driver Tony Morgan settled, then rushed to the top past the quarter pole.  They set fractions of :27.1,  :55 and 1:23 as Valuable Art, rushed 1st up for driver Corey Callahan, and pressured the leader to the three quarters. Moments Of Joy waited patiently in the pocket and stormed home down the inside to win by a half length at odds of 9/2 in 1:51.1. Moments of Joy was driven by Victor Kirby and is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt. Finishing 2nd was Wisdom Tree for driver Tony Morgan and trained by Jeff Cullipher. Rockin the Boys A was third for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Andrew Harris. Moments Of Joy was a $6,000 yearling purchase by Bryan Truitt. With the win,  her lifetime earnings now exceed over $200,000. Bryan Truitt stated in the paddock after the race “ Not bad for a yearling that nobody wanted”. Dexter Dunn won 5 races on the card. Wiggle It Jiggleit returns to Dover Downs tomorrow in the 12th race. Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Dec. 12) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Joe Hundertpfund, Natasha Day, and Adriano Sorella. Hundertpfund, a long time Owner and Trainer in harness racing, is the Grand Father of Layla, who was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing's Sarcoma in February of 2016. The 8-year-old has captured the heart of the harness racing industry, as several horsemen and horsewomen took part in #Layla Crushes Cancer, a fund raising event at the Marydel Fire Company in Delaware. Day, who surpassed $1 million in career earnings on November 18th at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will talk about her career in the sport of harness racing. Sorella, a prominent harness horse owner, will talk about the second part of fan favorite Jimmy Freight's career, the breeding shed. Jimmy Freight will stand at Winbak of Ontario in 2020. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30a.m.via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From Post Time with Mike and Mike  

CHESTER, PA - In the $14,000 co-featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia today, the Calchips Brute roan gelding Paging Doctor Teo blew up the tote board at odds of 108-1, moving to the lead past pacesetting Fire'N Woodshed late on the far turn and then withstanding Lucky Arnold by ¾ of a length in a career best 1:58 for driver William Carter, trainer Neal Ehrhart, and owner Virginia Ehrhart.  With $7791 of a $8429 show pool bet on favored Mabel Simmons, who finished fourth, the mutuels came out this way - Paging Doctor Teo $218.00, $68.60, $224.40; Lucky Arnold $5.00, $23.40; and Fire'N Woodshed $17.20. The Muscle Hill sophomore gelding Muscle Star was able to outmuscle favored pacesetter Choco Charlie late to take a 1:56.2 victory in the $16,000 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia as the southeast Pennsylvania track starts the final week of its 2019 campaign. Innisfallen and The Rave had grabbed the 1-2 spots, respectively, before the :28 quarter, with Choco Charlie moving in front of the stands to assume the lead before the :57.3 half. Coming off the second turn pocketsitting Innisfallen made a break, letting first-over Muscle Star get into the two-hole, but the winner then pulled outside approaching the 1:26.1 three-quarters, challenged the leader, then beat him to the wire by 1¼ lengths. George Napolitano Jr., who topped the day's driving colony with four triumphs, guided the winner, owned by Howard Jacobs, to his first win in three starts since teaming up with trainer Christie Collins. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11 -- Teddy Brosevelt stalked Pilgrims Tide from the pocket, then roared by him in the lane to capture his opening-leg harness racing division of a Holiday Claiming Series at The Meadows. Mac Deeno took the other $12,000 split in the event for $20,000 claiming trotters. The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude with Dec. 30 championship legs that carry estimated purses between $15,000 and $20,000. Once Brady Brown gave Teddy Brosevelt that cozy pocket trip, the 4-year-old Guccio-Princess Royalty gelding had little trouble downing Pilgrims Tide by 1/2 length in 1:56.1, with Jailhouse Buckaroo third. Tyler Stillings trains Teddy Brosevelt, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $140,075, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Tuesday's card also featured a pair of opening-leg divisions in a holiday series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mr Quaker and Parnell collecting victories. In the $18,800 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, Camera Lady grabbed the lead past the half and held off Dark Force by a neck to prevail in 1:54.2 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go now boasts career earnings of $422,288. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $94,846.91 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

A miracle new 'ionic feed enhancement' for all race horse athletes is detailed by our guest, JARED COOPER, along with his dedicated involvement with the USTA youth program and his optimistic outlook on the racing industry's future. It's all candidly discussed with Freddie Hudson on this week's Harness Racing Alumni Broadcast.   by Fred Hudson, for the Harness Racing Alumni Show

Freehold, NJ --- A field of seven will line up for the Preferred Handicap Pace this Saturday (December 14) at Freehold Raceway, featuring an almost entirely different cast of harness racing characters from last week's Preferred.   The outside two horses, both shipping in from Yonkers Raceway, figure to be the favorites. Gokudo Hanover, from the Scott DiDomenico barn, lost the preferred at Yonkers by a neck on November 16. Last out, he was sixth in a NW $30,000 race at the New York oval. On the year, he's won three races, and earned almost $107,000. Pat Berry will drive from post position six.   Sunfire Blue Chip, trained by Gary Candell, was assigned the outside post position. He won a NW $30,000 event by a nose two races back, and finished fifth in the open last week. Austin Siegelman will be in the bike, for the 9-year-old horse's first trip over the Freehold half-miler.   Hot Deuce has been in sharp form lately, having won three of his last six races. He's no stranger to Freehold, with two victories at the fall meet. Joe Bongiorno will drive for his sister Jenn.   Tisadream, shipping from Plainridge, Spirit of Truth, a two-time recent winner at Freehold, Shellie de Vie, most recently seventh in the fillies & mares open at Yonkers, and Bullet Bob, fifth in last week's Preferred at Freehold, complete the septet.   The Preferred is scheduled as the eighth race on Friday at Freehold, at approximately 2:50 PM EST.   The first of eleven at Freehold on Saturday is listed for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

Barn Star (Conway Hall) completed a sweep of the Holiday Trot Series when on Wednesday afternoon, the four-year-old parlayed a pocket trip to his third consecutive victory. Phil Fluet trains and drives Barn Star who scored in 1:58.2 in each of the two legs of the series leading up to Wednesday's $20,000 Final. CC Bank (Jimmy Devaux) cut the mile and cruised through a first half in 58.2 as Barn Star lurked in the two-hole. The race's 3-5 betting favorite closed quickly up the inside and powered past CC Bank to stop the timer in 1:59.3 and complete the series sweep. Longshot Duluth (Frank Coppola Jr) came on late to be second while CC Bank earned the show spot. Barn Star, who is owned by the Tommy N Dakota and Phil Fluet Stables, paid just $3.20 to win but led an exacta and triple that returned $33.60 and $118, respectively. The $10,000 Consolation of the Holiday Trot went to Kari-Sue Finn's Grandpa Erv who pulled off a mild upset at odds of 9-2 with Billy Dobson in the sulky. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Guests at the Meadowlands Racetrack this weekend can dine, win gift cards in time for the holidays, donate toys to children in need this season, and of course, watch and wager on world-class harness racing. On Thursday, December 12th rewards club members can earn double points on all live harness racing wagers and two lucky members will win back their wagering losses on Meadowlands live wagers. Not a member? Sign up at the Players Club desk inside the Clubhouse Lobby. Friday's $29.95 Pink Restaurant buffet features a NY-style Pastrami carving station, manicotti marinara, ginger-garlic grilled swordfish, chicken Milanese, and mushroom risotto. The themed station is Mexican fiesta and is highlighted by classic Mexican snacks plus tasty deep-fried churros with chocolate sauce. On Friday fans can enter to win gift cards to their favorite department store through the night. Entry forms will be available in the live racing program and at the Players Club desk. Saturday's $39.95 buffet has a herb pork loin on the carving station as well as Norwegian cod, slow-roasted sirloin tips, Tuscan lemon chicken, tortellini arrabiata. Reservations can be made by calling 201-The-BigM. On Saturday, on-track fans are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for the track's annual toy drive. NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa & the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots will be onsite collecting all the toys 6:30 - 8:30pm. All collected toys will be donated to Harlem Grown. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will emcee the event and fans will be able to grab a selfie with Enunwa. "This is my favorite time of the year," said Jason Settlemoir, GM & COO of the Meadowlands Racetrack. "This toy drive is near and dear to my heart. It feels great to be able to give back to those in need this holiday season." Live racing is at 7:15pm Thursday-Saturday. Visit PlayMeadowlands.com for the latest racing, dining and event information. From the Meadowlands Media Department

The annual Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare reduction is now taking place on the website www.ongait.com. This year's reduction features 41 well -bred mares in foal to top stallions including Bar Hopping, Betting Line, Bettor's Delight EL Titan, Huntsville,, International Moni, Stay Hungry and Swan For All. The list of mares selling can be found here: https://ongait.com/s/hanover. All service fees are paid but non-refundable with no returns if the mares fail to produce live foals. There is no reserve on any of these mares. All mares will be boarded at Hanover one week free of charge starting at the conclusion of the auction while shipping arrangements are made. Hanover Shoe Farms is committed to the welfare of all their horses, even after they are sold. Therefore, if it becomes necessary, all of these mares are welcome back to live out their lives at Hanover Shoe Farms at the conclusion of their breeding careers providing that they are not in foal at the time and that they meet the testing requirements for re-entry. 2020 Stallion books are open   From Hanover Shoe Farms

Cream Ridge, NJ -  The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) learned of fifty-three Standardbreds crammed in a crowded pen to be shipped for slaughter. One has already passed away at the pen for unknown reasons.   Each horse needs a home, someone in their past to help, someone new who will give one a soft place to land. Without help each will endure a brutal trip to the unthinkable end at the Canadian or Mexican slaughterhouse. It is expected that without help, this will happen on Monday, December 16, 2019.   There are a few possible ways to help these animals of which nearly every horse is in Pennsylvania. A few appear to be nearing their last days as they are elderly, several are sound and of a great age to ride and enjoy as pleasure horses, and others are acute or chronically sore or lame and may need rest or humane euthanasia.   How can you help: (Please read before you go to the link of names.)   1. Take one from the kill pen directly: There is a price on most of the horses, prices vary from $650-$800 Their soundness is unknown, but typical of the breed, they are extremely well mannered.To bail directly send payment through paypal to CROTZ92@gmail.com, then text (717) 360-8557 to arrange pick up of bailed horse (please no harassing the pen, let's just help these horses right now). There is room at a boarding facility for quarantine, and board for those who wish to take a horse, but please do not expect that SRF can take the horse in the future. Please help with full understanding of a commitment to an animal. Email SRF for the facility's information.   2. Contact SRF to offer a home by using this link for an application to adopt   3. Offer a foster home at no charge to SRF use this link SRF Foster   How tax-deductible donations will help: Donate to Rescue   1. With donations SRF can then incur the expenses for horses that may have a foster home offer, as there are expenses involved, some may include paying the kill pen, transport, quarantine, a Veterinary care, hoof care, etc.   2. There are several in the pen in need of a Veterinarian due to feed and care neglect, acute or chronic soreness or lameness, and at least two have injuries that need immediate attention. Usually every one of these horses will need a farrier, worming, and TLC.   3. There are a few in the group that Veterinarians will determine that humane euthanasia is kinder.   4. Should horses be left without homes, humane euthanize is an option, as this is less inhumane as shipping for slaughter. The expenses to help one would include: pay the pen for the horse, transport to a facility, Veterinary fee $150., and the renderer $350.   5. There are 376 horses already under SRF’s expense and care, therefore SRF can take on another only if a full year of expenses are donated; this averages $4,500. If several people help as sponsors this can also be accomplished.   These horses have had the help of SRF and volunteers for two days already. Some horses have been helped from individuals who care. Past owners, breeders, and trainers were contacted, and some have stepped up. As of today, here is the list of the 53 with updated notes: SRF Rescue   It is the holiday season which makes this hit the heart harder. These horses have given so much. Every bit of help for them will change their lives. To contact SRF with any questions please use srfhorsesandkids@gmail, or call 609-738-3255. SRF has only a few on staff, and this is a large undertaking of coordination. Response time may not be as quick as on a typical day. Donate to SRF Today   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, December 11, 2019-- Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett's first words about Mach it a Par were hardly the stuff of testimonials. "She doesn't look like much, her gait isn't the smoothest, very choppy, she has to use many more steps to cover same amount of ground," her usual chauffeur said. "But"--and there's always a 'but'--"what no one could measure was her heart." Mach it a Par makes the 182nd and final start of her seven-figure career Friday night (Dec. 13th), after which she'll be honored by her home away from home, Yonkers Raceway. Entering the $22,000 second race, the 9-year-old daughter of Mach Three has made her last 87 starts in Westchester for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and the Gandolfo Stables, "She's not supposed to do the thing she's done," trainer Richard Banca said of the 52-time winner. "She did overcome so much, all sorts of foot issues. She's just been tremendous and gets around Yonkers great. I don't know why, maybe it's her size. She took a (1:50.3) mark there (September of 2016, Brian Sears driving), which I think was a world record at the time. We've had her since early (March) 2016. I think the owners paid $60,000 for her. She was racing at Pompano. She had a lot of wins, but hadn't made much money. "We put her right in the (2016 Blue Chip) Matchmaker," Banca said. "She was probably eligible to non-winners of $10,000 (in last five starts), but we threw her in the series. She ended up winning and paying a lot ($81, George Brennan driving) and that really surprised us. There weren't that many surprises after a career-best '16 season (39 starts, 13 wins, nine seconds, eight thirds, $404,200), with Yonkers as her nearly-exclusive place to race. The past two full seasons have seen Mach it a Par pay her way, earning $200,000-plus in each. "It's not that she can't race anymore (six wins, more than $144,000 in 2019)," Banca said. "The owners just want to breed her (to as as-of-now undetermined New York stallion)," It wasn't all sunshine and Skittles on the track for Mach it a Par, however. The lass cost herself any number of winner's circle pictures and a fair amount of coin by not necessarily pacing the straight and narrow through the lane. "We never could figure out why she runs out," Banca said. "She doesn't do it every time (cue Bartlett...'She was a winner last [Friday] night [Dec. 6th], but off the last turn, she wants to go and get a hamburger in the grandstand') and we've tried some equipment changes, but then she ran in." So, there. Mach it a Par wasn't always pretty, but with more than $1.1 million on account, she was pretty good. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (Dec. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,791.45 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Thursday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway