Fraser Downs resumes live harness racing starting this week on Thursday, Sept. 4 and Friday, September 5. There is a ten race program set with first race post time at 6:00 pm. Before the start of the races there will be a moment of silence for horseman Steve Petrachuck, who recently passed away, and the third race will be named in his honor. Post time on Friday is 7:00 pm. The main event is the $10,500 Open Pace in race two with Thunder Noiselisted as the 9-5 morning line favourite, starting mid-pack in the five-horse field for trainer/driver Bill Davis and the J J J Stables. The five-year-old gelding by Island Fantasy won the Open in his last Fraser Downs race on April 25 and competed at Alberta Downs earlier this summer. He faces Miss Valentine Stakes champion Keep The Dream and newcomer Alligator Falls to his inside and regular Open competitors Cantbeatacheetah and Gotta Have Nukes to his outside. Live racing will be held every Thursday and Friday evening until switching to a Friday evening and Sunday afternoon schedule in November. With files from Fraser Downs
MANALAPAN, NJ - January 14, 2014 - The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has selected Michael Parisi's White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ as the 2013 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. White Birch Farm [whitebirchfarmnj.com] will be among the honorees at the 57th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 26, 2014 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton Township, NJ. This will be the third time in the last 10 years that White Birch Farm, under the management of owner and general manager Michael Parisi, has collected New Jersey Breeder of the Year, having also won in 2004 and 2011. Additionally, White Birch will be honored as the US Harness Writers Association's Breeder of the Year for the second consecutive year at its Dan Patch Awards Banquet on February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs. This year, the 800-acre breeding farm and training center not only enjoyed success with its New Jersey-breds such as Wake Up Peter [Rocknroll Hanover-Lovely Lady; $307,091 in 2013 earnings], I Fought Dalaw [Western Ideal-In For Life; $151,320], Ideal Champ [Western Ideal-Female Champs; $130,185] and In The Clear [Western Ideal-Orchid Island; $52,140] but also produced the two leading contenders for 2013 Horse of the Year -- three-year-old pacing colt Captaintreacherous and three-year-old trotting filly Bee A Magician. Broodmares Beehive [dam of Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown winner Bee A Magician, who banked $1.5 million in 2013] and Worldly Treasure [dam of Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Breeders Crown winner and double millionaire Captaintreacherous] help to serve as the foundation of the White Birch success story. The 2013 productivity of White Birch Farm's offspring is exemplified by 152 starters accounting for 418 wins and earnings of $8,657,995. The earnings are third only to Hanover Shoe and Winback which had more than 1,000 starters each. Past champions produced by the farm founded by Joseph and Marie Parisi, were 1996 Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year and Meadowlands Pace winner Hot Lead, 1998 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year Island Fantasy, 2002 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Worldly Beauty, 2005 Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year My Little Dragon and 2006 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Darlin's Delight. Previous New Jersey Breeder of the Year winners include Perretti Farms [a two-time winner, 2003 and 2010], Valley High Stables, Southwind Farms, Kentuckiana Farms, Fair Winds Farm, Walnridge Farm and Heritage Hill Farms. For tickets to the awards luncheon [$35 per person], contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625 or call at 609-984-4389. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ
BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Red Star Fiona was the 'shining star' once again Wednesday night (Nov. 20) as she won her second consecutive $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Batavia Downs, easily topping V'La Faire by 2-1/2 lengths. Leaving from post two, Red Star Fiona (Ray Fisher Jr.) had no trouble in reaching the top as Missmaximus (Ron Beback Jr.), scoring from the rail, missed the starting gate. That left Red Star Fiona on an uncontested lead and the 6-year-old mare never looked back. She posted fractions of 29.0, 58.1, 1:26.2 in registering a winning time of 1:55.2 over the fast track on the crisp fall night. Last week, the JD Perrin-trained Red Star Fiona went gate-to-wire in 1:57.2. V'La Faire (Shawn McDonough) and Hugs Again (Drew Monti) never threatened in the lane and finished second and third respectively. It was the 13th victory in 38 appearances this season for Red Star Fiona (Island Fantasy-Red Star Tipper). She has now earned $38,684 for owner Justin Anderson in 2013. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. led all reinsman with a driving triple while Ron Beback Jr., Ray Fisher Jr. and Jim McNeight all had doubles. The harness racing action resumes on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. The seventh race is the featured $8,500 Open Trot where Lutetium is the 3-1 morning line choice with Kevin Cummings in the bike. There are only 8 more racing nights left in the 2013 season. For news, upcoming promotions, statistics, race replays and more, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs
BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Red Star Fiona's debut may have been delayed a week, but when she did hit the Batavia Downs' half-mile oval on Wednesday evening (Nov. 13), she made it worth the wait. A 6-year-old mare, Red Star Fiona ($8.90) went wire-to-wire in first Western New York appearance and posted a 1:57.2 time in taking the featured $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace by three quarters of a length over Artsy Princess. V'La Faire (Ron Beback Jr.) showed late pace and finished third. Red Star Fiona arrived from the Maywood and Balmoral Park circuit in Chicago but was scratched out of last week's Batavia Downs' event and the break paid off. Driven by Ray Fisher Jr., Red Star Fiona set the fractions of 29.2, 59.4 and 1:28 over the fast track in posting her 12th win of the season. Artsy Princess (Kevin Cummings) tried to rally in the stretch but could reel in the winner. Owned by Justin Anfinson and trained by JD Perrin, Red Star Fiona (Island Fantasy-Red Star Tipper) has now earned $34,434 on the season and $69,824 lifetime. Ronnie Wrenn Jr.,North America's leading dash driver, notched a four-bagger while Jim McNeight, Ray Fisher Jr. and Dave McNeight III all had doubles. The racing continues on Friday night with a 12-race program scheduled with a 6:30 p.m. post. The feature event will be the $8,500 Open Trot where the mare Mystical Escapade is the 9-5 morning line with Greg Merton in the sulky. The 2013 season concludes on December 7. For the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and statistics, go to http://bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs
Another large crowd turned out at Running Aces Harness Park on Tuesday night and were treated to some outstanding racing and thrilling stretch drives, evidenced by the fact that six of the final seven races produced photo finishes.
Lima Adore was an upset winner in Northfield Park's fourth race on Friday (April 12). Ryan Stahl capably piloted the harness racing mare for owner Donald Blake of Salem, Ohio and trainer Jody Blake.
On April 9th, 2013 Winbak Farm will be selling broodmares and yearlings at the Chicks Harness Horse Sale in Harrington, Delaware. The harness racing sale starts at 11:30 am and buyers are advised to get there early.
The Tony O'Sullivan trained Casimir Jitterbug won the richest harness racing event at Woodbine Racetrack tonight (Thursday February 16). The 6-yar-old gelding won the $34,000 Preferred Pace in the second of the 11 races carded.
Champion reinsman Greg Sugars recorded a personal best five winners at the Maryborough harness racing fixture on Wednesday January 23, including two trained by father Ross at Hopetoun Park (Bacchus Marsh).
Former Victorian pacer Greysteel signaled his arrival as a genuine Tasmania Cup contender when he powered his way to an impressive harnes racing victory in the $10,000 Launceston Mile at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last night (Sunday).
On September 24th Winbak Farm will be selling 34 New York eligible harness racing yearlings at this year's SUNY Morrisville fall yearling sale.
New South Wales reinsmen Jackson Painting, Drew Kenna and Blake Jones have had their betting activities in the last six months questioned by Harness Racing New South Wales, and have been asked to hand over their TAB and phone records to stewards within seven days.
Secluded Island posted the most impressive harness racing mile of the evening on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Camphor Hanover pulled off the upset in the Sunday (March 11) matinee harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Kevin Hough trained nine year old does have the back class but did not appear, on paper, in peak form when she made her debut in the local feature on Sunday.
Former Victorian pacer Waiona realised a mission set by his harness racing trainer Rohan Hillier about three months ago when he scored a narrow but game win in the $20,000 Radio Sport National Hobart Pacing Cup over 3060 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight (Sunday).
The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has selected White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ as the 2011 New Jersey Breeder of the Year.