Even before a new movie featuring the trotter Tarok and his owners and breeders, the Laursen family, has hit the screen, Tarok is the talk of the town. On Saturday (Oct. 26), two daily national newspapers each ran a special supplement of six to eight pages just featuring Tarok! National and local TV stations, especially around the little town of Skive where Tarok was born and buried, aired several stories about the film, the horse and the people around him. In Skive, the town hall, together with the local racetrack, has made four tours where fans can see the places where Tarok and his people lived. The local museum has even made an exhibition about Tarok. Tarok was born in 1972 and raced 156 times. He won 111 races. In 1977 he raced in the International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway and no less than 600 Danish fans followed him to New York. When he died in late January 1981 he was the top story in the news on national TV and in every newspaper in Denmark. You can watch a trailer for the upcoming Tarok movie at this link. by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA web newsroom correspondent (Repritned with permssion from www.ustrotting.com)
Owned by the A La Carte Racing Stable of California and trained by the late-great Jim Dennis, Mr. Dalrae was one of the most popular and successful pacers to race on the Chicago circuit in the early and mi-1980s. Mr. Dalrae was named the 1984 Aged Pacer of the Year as a 5-year-old when he pulled down $474,525 while winning 18 of 30 starts, mostly against the elite older pacers in the nation and in Canada. (He’s showed in the photo winning one of his many races at Sportsman’s Park with his young, bearded, up-and-coming star driver Dave Magee) Among his victories in the 1984 was the American National at Sportsman’s and the U.S. Pacing Championship, a tri-city stake raced on three different size ovals. Mr. Dalrae that year came from fifth at the top of the stretch and shop up the inside to take the mile leg at the Meadowlands in 1:52.2. He followed with a victory in the half-mile leg at New York’s Roosevelt Raceway in 1:56.2. The horse also captured the Canadian Classic, all with Dave Magee. In 1985 Mr. Dalrae repeated as winner of the U.S. Pace Championship, based by points earned, by capturing the five-eighths leg at Sportsman’s Park. The son of Meadow Skipper out of the dam Queen’s Crown repeated as the American National Aged Pace titleholder that year with Dale Hiteman at his lines. In his final year as a racehorse Mr. Dalrae won another eight races earned $322,800. His dam Queen Crown also produced Sir Dalrae, the 1973 Horse of the Year for owner/trainer Jim Dennis. Videos attached of Mr Dalrae winning the 1984 US Paing Championship at the Meadowlands and the second video is of Mr Dalrae running second to On The Road Again in the 1985 US Pacing Championship. Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association
Now that the budget is done and the governor and the Legislature have moved on to the issue of a constitutional amendment to allow full-scale casino gaming in New York, it is critically important to understand the significant economic gains that have been realized by our revenue-producing racing and agriculture industries as a direct result of the existing video lottery terminal (VLT) initiative at our race tracks and, more significantly, to recognize how this success could all be put at risk.
In Governor Cuomo's State of the State speech today, he called for the casinos to be built upstate, in an effort to bring some of the tourism dollars out of New York City according to Crain's New York Business.
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today released two comprehensive and searchable databases to the public: a detailed list of every horse that has broken down, died, sustained a serious injury or been involved in an incident at a track in New York State since 2009; and a list of every fine and suspension issued by the Board to licensees for nearly three decades.
To the NYS Senate Committees on Racing & Wagering and Judiciary - Testimony from Joe Faraldo regarding proposed constitutional amendment for full Casino Gaming in New York State. This is a must read for all administrators, all trainers, drivers, owners, breeders, punters and supporters in the Harness Racing Industry. This is about long term survival for our Industry and not short term gains!
The Empire State Harness Horsemen's Alliance - comprised of the SOA of NY, Western NY Harness Horsemen's Association (Buffalo & Batavia), the Saratoga Harness Horse Person's Association, the Harness Horse Association of Central NY (Vernon Downs) and the Monticello Harness Racing Horsemen's Association - today applauded new legislation recently introduced in the NYS Legislature.
New Jersey harness racing trainer Linda Toscano works a team of 40 from her Freehold base - 20 of which she terms as babies' - but ask her who the pick of her youngsters is and the 55-year-old shudders at the thought of being forced singling out her best one or two.
New York tracks and OTBs have been given clearance by the state racing and wagering board to videostream races, starting immediately. With the new ability to see races they are betting on, New York players are expected to welcome the development in telephone and Internet betting.
In the wake of the shutdown of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp last week, state Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow said he believes a consolidation of the state's remaining five regional Off-Track Betting companies is something that is feasible and necessary to preserve New York's harness racing industry.
The annual membership meeting of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, the representative body for the over 1,000 harness racing owners, trainers and drivers regularly competing at Yonkers Raceway, was held on December 4.
I am writing as someone who has a large stake in the viability of New York's Harness Racing and Agriculture industry.
Organizers of the Roosevelt Raceway reunion -- Randy Perry, Fred Hudson, Lucien Fontaine and Judy Bokman of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation -- announced that the two-day event starts Saturday (Feb. 20)at Pompano Park with a Roosevelt Raceway night and concludes on Sunday with the reunion party.
There's nothing like a bit of harness racing nostalgia. Remember that great American pacer of the 1980s Cam Fella? Well you can take a walk down 'Memory Lane' with him by watching the champ winning his 23rd race in a row at Yonkers Raceway. His 24th straight win at Roosevelt Raceway was also pretty impressive.
Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Executive Director Peter Goold today announced the New York State Sire Stakes purses for the 2009 season. The total purses for 2009 are expected to be $16 million; this is $1 million higher than previously expected due to increased revenues from the video gaming machines at New York State harness tracks.
Here is a copy of the letter regarding 'New York First' initiative for New York State OTBs and horse racing' sent by Joe Faraldo, President of the Standardbred Breeder's Association of New York to the Hon. Gary Pretlow, Chairman, NYS Assembly Racing & Wagering Committee and to the Hon. Eric Adams, Chairman, NYS Senate Racing & Wagering Committeee.