Mountain View, CA --- The 2013 edition of the TrackMaster Big 5 Harness Handicapping Challenge came to a conclusion this past Saturday, wrapping up a little over a month of entertaining competition. In a newly designed “Big 5” format, contestants put their handicapping skills to the test over five weekly rounds of preliminary action on the five premier tracks racing each Saturday. The top five in each week secured one of the coveted spots in the finals and their shot at $5,000 in cash prizes. Albert Czerniga from Hamilton, Ontario Canada took home first place and the top payout of $2,000 in cash with a final bankroll of $930. He narrowly beat out second place finisher, Wendy James from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who ended up with a $910 bankroll and earned $1,000 for her efforts. Third place finisher went to Bob Malewski of Oak Lawn, Illinois, who picked three winners on the day but fell a little short with only $850 in the bank, though still good enough to “cash” for the $500 third place prize. Randy Rueger of Utica, New York and Ray Garnett of South Paris, Maine rounded out the top five, each winning a one year unlimited subscription to TrackMaster Harness Pro . “Once again, our Harness Handicapping Challenge was a huge success,” said Jim Vanderbosch, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at TrackMaster. “The players seemed to enjoy the new format, and as one of the few contests dedicated to harness racing, this is something participants look forward to every year. We are already planning our next contest, which will take place in the spring of 2014, with even a few more twists to the format. Stay tuned!” TrackMaster is greatly appreciative of its valued sponsors, TVG and the United Stated Trotting Association, along with all of the participants who played over the course of contest and helped make this year’s contest a success. TrackMaster and its sponsors offer their congratulations to the grand prize winners as well as all those who won weekly prizes. TrackMaster, a wholly owned subsidiary of Equibase Company LLC, provides a full range of handicapping products for the three major racing breeds — Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and Standardbred. Equibase Company LLC is a partnership between subsidiaries of The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s official database. Additional information about the companies is available at trackmaster.com and equibase.com . TrackMaster
The Meadowlands would like to remind its fans that the program pages for Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 3 featuring the three Hambletonian Heats, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Final and the $1.2 Hambletonian Final are available for download, free of charge on the Meadowlands website. They can be found by clicking here http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=3357. Future racing dates where the entire Trackmaster racing program will be made available, free of charge, Grand Opening of the new grandstand, Saturday November 23rd and Free-For-All Championship/Fall Final Four Night on Saturday November 30th. The Meadowlands Racetrack thanks Trackmaster for providing access to the full Trackmaster.com program on these great days of racing at no cost to our customers. by Rachel Ryan
WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2013 — On the heels of a successful contest last week, The Meadows and HorseTourneys.com will offer another “Pick & Pray” handicapping contest on Saturday, July 27, a power-packed card that features the $500,000 (est.) final of the Delvin Miller Adios. At stake: a free berth in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC). For the contest, participants must place hypothetical wagers — $2 win/place on a single horse only — on designated races on Saturday’s card; contest races will be selected after Tuesday’s draw for Adios post positions. Picks for all races in the contest must be submitted once selections for the first race close. Free past performances will be available at TrackMaster. The winner receives an automatic entry, valued at $1,000, in the WHHC final scheduled for April 2014 at the Meadowlands. Prize pool for the championship is projected at $100,000. While there is no charge to participate in The Meadows’ Pick & Pray Qualifier, the field is limited to the first 800 entries. Only one entry per household will be accepted. To register and for a complete list of contest rules, please visit the HorseTourneys Web site, www.horsetourneys.com/rules Also on Adios Day, The Meadows will offer three special wagers, including: a $7,500-guaranteed Pick 4 (Races 4-7); a $15,000-guaranteed Late Pick 4 (Races 9-12), and a $25,000-guaranteed Superfecta on Race 12, the final of the “Pace for the Orchids.” by Evan Pattak
WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2013 — A free berth in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) — that’s the prize for the winner of the “Pick & Pray Free WHHC Qualifier” handicapping contest The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will conduct Saturday, July 20, as part of a card that features eliminations for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios. The Meadows is offering the contest in association with HorseTourneys.com, which has worked with the United States Trotting Association on a number of similar events. For the contest, participants must place hypothetical wagers — $2 win/place on a single horse only — on designated races on Saturday’s card; contest races will be selected after Tuesday’s Adios eliminations draw. Picks for all races in the contest must be submitted once selections for the first race close. Free past performances will be available at TrackMaster. The winner receives an automatic entry, valued at $1,000, in the WHHC final scheduled for April 2014 at the Meadowlands. Prize pool for the championship is projected at $100,000. While there is no charge to participate in The Meadows’ Pick & Pray Qualifier, the field is limited to the first 1,200 entries. Only one entry per household will be accepted. To register and for a complete list of contest rules, please visit the HorseTourneys Web site, www.horsetourneys.com/rules. by Evan Pattak
Thanks to a partnership agreement between Trackmaster and the Meadowlands Racetrack, the Trackmaster program pages for the entire 14-race Meadowlands Pace harness racing program on Saturday are available for download, free of charge on the Meadowlands website.
Ok harness racing fans, after seven weeks I have picked horses in 44 races with only 19 winners, not that good. I had two out of five winners last week which made for a $3.00 overall loss. We are in the minus earning column still at (-$4.30) going into this weekend.
Balmoral Park will offer a guaranteed Pick 4 pool of $50,000 this Saturday, May 18th.
After launching a similar contest at Vernon Downs last month with more than 500 entries, Tioga Downs has opened registration for its own version of the harness racing Showdown Online Handicapping Contest.
TrackMaster today announced the release of additional features for its line of Past Performance Products.
It will be a mid-week treat for fans of the Chicagoland area harness racing circuit as both Balmoral & Maywood Park will offer some very inviting guaranteed pools thanks to carryovers at both tracks on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The harness racing team from Cal-Expo managed a clean sweep of four races last night to take a commanding 99-39 lead in the eighth annual East-West Amateur Drivers Challenge.
With March Madness well in the rear view mirror, the eyes of the harness racing world will be on Sacramento, California for the two-day, East versus West, Amateur Driving Challenge.
Michelle Ruvola and George Bonomo will be hopping a plane to the left coast this week to participate in the 8th annual East-West Challenge for harness racing 'Amateur Drivers'.
One veteran and relative newcomer to the amateur harness driving ranks will draw swords (actually whips) against eastern combatants in next week's East-West challenge.
Dein Spiggs is no stranger to the harness racing winner's circle. But he has not been up close and personal to it in our country's largest state since 2006.
The brainchild of former Californian harness racing secretary, Dave Goldschmidt, is now going into its eighth year. The 2013 installment of the East-West Amateur Driving Challenge will take place on April 12th and 13th at Cal-Expo in Sacramento, California.