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Lather Up, the equal fastest harness racing horse of all-time and a member of the dominant Cam Fella sire line from a maternal family bereft of the blood of Western Hanover, Abercrombie and co, provides broodmare owners with a number of options for their matrons. The brilliant, young stallion – he was foaled in 2015 - is bred on the Bettor’s Delight over Christian Cullen / In The Pocket cross, one of the golden crosses of Australasian racing today. No fewer than five million dollar earners have emanated from this cross, as depicted in Table A. As an extension to this theory, Lather Up, though twice removed from Bettor’s Delight, should nick particularly well with the daughters of the numerous Direct Scooter line stallions in the southern hemisphere.  They include In The Pocket, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Somebeachsomewhere, Extreme Three, Royal Mattjesty, Changeover, Tinted Cloud, Rob Roy Mattgregor and others. However, as Table B shows, Bettor’s Delight is nicking even more successfully with mares from a wide variety of other sire lines. Bettor’s Delight has produced million dollar winners from daughters of Artsplace, Albatross, Cam Fella, Jate Lobell, Beach Towel and Most Happy Fella sons, grandsons and great grandsons. As Table B exemplifies, Lather Up should prove a suitable match for all mares by Artsplace, Western Hanover, Albatross, Cam Fella sire line stallions and others. These include daughters of Art Major, Perfect Art, Albert Albert, Grinfromeartoear, Sportswriter, Artiscape, Dream Away, Modern Art, Astreos, Badlands Hanover, Western Terror, American Ideal, Ponder, Jereme’s Jet, Holmes Hanover, Torado Hanover, Tompkins Hanover, Fake Left, Armbro Operative, Presidential Ball and Pacific Fella. Lather Up Table C is for your interest and shows the progeny of Bettor's Delight dam sires of the million dollar plus earners in North America.   TABLE A Leading Stakes winners by Bettor’s Delight from Direct Scooter line mares Horse                                      Stakes             Damsire                      Dam Grandsire Lazarus                                    $4,125,988      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Chicago Bull                            $1,776,980      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket The Gold Ace                           $1,180,401      In The Pocket            Direct Scooter Ohoka Punter                          $1,177,323      Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Texican                                    $1,035,016      In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Dream Out Loud                     $998,243         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Highview Tommy                    $990,015         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Thefixer                                   $978,500         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Flaming Flutter                        $815,235         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Bettor’s Strike                         $789,864         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Spanish Armada                      $787,470         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket The More The Bettor               $745,729         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Mossdale Conner                    $589,134         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Let’s Chase The Dream           $587,701         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Belle Of Montana                     $574,305         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Galactic Star                            $529,722         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Katy Perry                                $517,733         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Maxim                                     $494,436         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Jesse Duke                            $451,356         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter None Bettor                            $445,233         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Im Anothermasterpiece          $444,980         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Pa’s Ultimate Delight              $424,185         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Lachie Maguire                       $420,767         In The Pocket            Direct Scooter Hurricane Harley                    $419,340         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Wrapper’s Delight                  $414,224         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Motu Premier                         $391,078         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Ohoka’s Bundy                      $388,148         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Better B Chevron                   $387,171         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Self Assured                          $362,241         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Bettorthanspecial                   $353,586         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket My Kiwi Mate                         $349,632         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Dancing Diamonds                $343,276         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Stormont Czar                        $333,840         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Gina Grace                            $318,951         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Our Bettor Spirits                    $310,633         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Willow                                     $304,416         In The Pocket              Direct Scooter Ana Malak                              $300,611         Tinted Cloud                In The Pocket God Send                               $293,077         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Ashley Locaz                          $275,934         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Express Stride                        $273,605         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Zach Maguire                         $266,255         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Burnaholeinmypocket             $262,188         Christian Cullen          In The Pocket Roman Stride                          $261,513         Direct Scooter           Sampson Direct Linda Lovegrace                     $257,618         In The Pocket             Direct Scooter Musical Delight                       $248,940         In The Pocket             Direct Scooter Dr Susan                                 $246,883         Mach Three               Matt’s Scooter Bettor's Delight TABLE B Leading Stakes winners by Bettor’s Delight from non-Direct Scooter line mares Horse                                      Stakes             Damsire                      Dam Grandsire Bit Of A Legend                       $2,667,957      Soky’s Atom                 Albatross Tiger Tara                                 $2,375,065      Dream Away               Artsplace Beautide                                  $2,183,132      Ticket To Heaven        No Nukes Have Faith In Me                    $1,693,187      B G’s Bunny                 Albatross Adore Me                                $1,667,029      B G’s Bunny                 Albatross Dream About Me                    $1,375,085      Dream Away                Artsplace Caribbean Blaster                   $1,113,677      Safely Kept                  Jate Lobell Spankem                                 $1,077,582      Holmes Hanover         Albatross Arden Rooney                         $1,070,230      Walton Hanover          Big Towner Bettor’s Fire                            $1,038,177      Sands A Flyin              Beach Towel Bettor Cover Lover                 $1,026,427      What’s Next                Most Happy Fella Ultimate Machete                      $823,896         Armbro Operative      Cam Fella Border Control                          $767,692         Artsplace                     Abercrombie Piccadilly Princess                    $733,842         Holmes Hanover         Albatross Carabella                                  $693,615         Artsplace                     Abercrombie Alberto Contador                      $674,458         Albert Albert               Abercrombie Five Card Draw                        $654,090         Butler B G                   Albatross Partyon                                    $638,261         Beach Towel               French Chef Suave Stuey Lombo               $587,032         Classic Garry               Garry Rowan Aussie Made Lombo               $578,456         Troublemaker              Most Happy Fella Bettor Joy                                $567,680         Road Machine            On The Road Again Malak Oswaad                         $566,058         The Big Dog                Dexter Nukes Betabcool                                $556,999         Sands A Flyin               Beach Towel Lover’s Delight                        $555,473         Butler B G                   Albatross Hug The Wind                         $548,660         Dream Away               Artsplace Northview Punter                    $535,466         On The Road Again     Happy Motoring Bettor Rock On                       $521,856         Caprock                       Jate Lobell Be Jack’s Legend                   $508,464         Falcon Seelster            Warm Breeze Delightful Memphis                $507,811         Badlands Hanover       Western Hanover Dodolicious                             $501,041         Troublemaker             Most Happy Fella Kept Under Wraps                  $493,070         Safely Kept                  Jate Lobell Devendra                                $483,544         Walton Hanover          Big Towner She’s Just A Delight               $467,358         Holmes Hanover         Albatross Im Gorgeous - The sire of Lather Up I'm Gorgeous taking his two-year-old record of 1:50.4 Multiple stakes-winning son of North America's leading stallion Bettors Delight. At two, Im Gorgeous won four of eight starts, including victories in the Tompkins Geers, New York Sire Stakes, and an elimination of the Woodrow Wilson, where he established a freshman record of 1:50.4. At three, victories included a $200,000 division of the Battle of Brandywine, as well as eliminations in two legs of Pacing's Triple Crown. In the 2010 Jug final he was race-timed in 1:49.4 when he finished second to Rock N Roll Heaven in a World Record clocking. Table C is for your interest and shows the progeny of Bettor's Delight dam sires of the million dollar plus earners in North America. All Bets Off                            $3,186,658           Dexter Nukes               Horton Hanover Darlins Delight                      $3,103,100           Big Towner                   Bret Hanover Bettor Sweet                         $2,816,687           Falcons Future             Nero Southwind Tempo                 $2,445,541           Artsplace                      Big Towner Betting Line                           $2,238,518          Western Hanover         Camtastic Bettors Edge                         $2,204,531           Life Sign                      Jate Lobell           Bettors Wish                         $2,095,808           Western Ideal               Artiscape Caviart Ally                           $1,971,238           No Nukes                     Nihilator L A Delight                            $1,782,999          Western Hanover        Camluck Betterthancheddar                 $1,636,086          Camstastic                 Adios Vic Kenneth J                              $1,592,755           Artsplace                    Nihilator See You At Peelers               $1,566,900           Western Ideal            Dragons Lair   Forensic Z Tam                     $1,352,406          Falcon Seelster          Governor Skipper Dynamic Youth                      $1,227,793         Western Hanover        Artsplace Venus Delight                        $1,203,590         Run The Table             On The Road Again Vegas Vacation                      $1,176,368        Grinfromeartoear         Jate Lobell Domethatagain                      $1,167,275         Life Sign                      No NUkes      Hulas Z Tam                          $1,076,610          Artsplace                    Big Towner Fashion Delight                     $1,074,448          Artsplace                     Big Towner   Symphony In Motion              $1,065,949         Albert Albert                Direct Scooter Bettors Up                              $1,028,481        Western Hanover         Abercrombie Up Front Kellie Jo                   $1,016,944        Life Sign                      Race Time   Peter Wharton                

Columbus, OH — Saturday (May 23) Eldorado Scioto Downs held the draw for participants in the Next Generation pace for harness racing 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacers. Nominations to the event, at $10,000 each, were due March 15. There was an over subscription for both the colt and filly divisions. Both have a maximum of nine starters, which resulted in Saturday’s draw. The draw was scheduled to be held on opening weekend, May 9, but with the delay of the start of the racing season, it was held the first Saturday of live racing. The winners of the 2-year-old filly draw are: Dana Parham, William Hartt, Frank Chick, Spring Haven Farm, Matt Rowe, Weaver Bruscemi,, Alagna/Bell/Ruggles and Trish Foulk. The winners of the 2-year-old colt draw are: Daniel Hale, Dana Parham, Weaver Bruscemi, Bluestreak Boys Stable, Matt Rowe,, LeVan Stable, Black Magic Racing and Trish Foulk. The races will be held on Saturday (July 4) with an estimated purse for each division of $150,000. Nominations to the event did not require the nominator to designate a horse in March; the horse is declared at the time of entry. Owners of the slot may trade, sell or give away entries after Saturday until the time of declaration for the event. Any entry that changes hands must be submitted in writing by both parties to Scioto Downs. Trainers, owners and stables are limited to one starter. For more information on the conditions for the Next Generation, visit Scioto Downs hosts regular live harness racing, without spectators, Tuesday through Saturday each week through Sept. 5. First post on Tuesdays is 2 p.m.with a 6:30 p.m. post Wednesday-Saturday. Over Memorial Day weekend the Tuesday (May 26) card is swapped out for Monday (May 25) at 6:30 p.m. from Scioto Downs racing media

Nichols, NY - Live harness racing will come to both Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs the beginning of June with qualifiers the first week and live racing the next.   Following the orders of Governor Cuomo, racing will get underway on the first day permitted with qualifying races held and Tioga on Monday, June 1 and again on Wednesday, June 3. At Vernon qualifiers will be on Tuesday, June 2 and Friday, June 5.   Live racing will kick off on Sunday, June 7 at Tioga and follow a Sunday - Monday schedule with a post time of 4:00 PM for all cards throughout the month of June with no live crowd and only remote wagering.   The first stakes to be raced at Tioga will be the NYSS 3YO Colt Pace, Roll With Joe Open Pace and a Graduate Series. All will remain on the originally scheduled date of Sunday, June 14.   Vernon will race on Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11 at 4:00 PM continuing that schedule and the no live attendance policy for the month as well. New York Sires Stakes will be raced at Vernon and we will post that schedule as soon as it becomes available.   With the large number of horses that we expect to enter qualifiers this week we ask that if your horse is currently qualified to race that you do not enter that horse to qualify.   Entries for the qualifiers will close at 10:00 AM the previous day. The qualifying overnight sheet will instruct horse people where each horse will be stabled/held until they race either in the paddock or designated area for ship ins.   Pertinent information on protocol the state will require to participate at both tracks will be made available on the track websites in the "Horsemen" section. Please read and become familiar with the details and come prepared to follow the conditions as written.   All persons entering the property at both tracks will be required to fill out a questionnaire and submit to a temperature check before entering the stable gate and if deemed a risk will be turned away. Once on the grounds you are required to wear face coverings at all times and gloves when practical, maintain social distancing, keep to a minimum number of people in the paddock and minimal contact with others while on the grounds.   Only those horses ages three and up that are stabled on the grounds (including local farms designated by management) at each track or eligible to the NYSS will be accepted to qualify and race at Tioga and Vernon for the time being. Two-year-olds will be accepted for week two of qualifiers.   Horses shipping in will be required to stable in the designated area and leave the grounds as soon as possible after qualifying or racing.   Please keep the warming up to a minimum and keep a distance from others when on the track both warming up and scoring.   Catch-Drivers will have no contact with the handlers of the horses and will wait in their car in a designated parking area with no contact among themselves.They will pick up their mounts on the way to the track. Trainers that drive their own horses and have been working in the stables may participate in the preparation of the horses.   It is strongly recommended that you sign up for Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon mass text service as a lot of important information will be disseminated via text. To sign up, text the word "MEADOWLANDS" to the number 84700 on your mobile device. You may be required to respond "YES" if you receive a request for response.   We need everyone to adhere to protocol exactly as required by the state. It is imperative that we do everything they ask to the very best of our ability so that we may continue to race. Enduring this temporary inconvenience is what must be done to get back to what we need to do and eventual easing of these restrictions.   For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center.   Nick Salvi        

This is the YouTube URL for the Zoom Roosevelt Raceway May 23rd, Harness Racing Broadcast.   Trot Talk - Remembering Roosevelt Raceway - May 23, 2020   In this nostalgic edition of Trot Talk, Matt and Charlie are joined by Freddie Hudson.   Freddie is a former drive...    

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (SHRI) and American Gaming Group, LLC (AGG) announced May 20 that they have mutually agreed to terminate an acquisition agreement under which the parties had agreed that SHRI would acquire the operating assets of Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek, CO from AGG. Both parties cite that the termination, although disappointing, was necessary based on the current economic impacts resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The pandemic has resulted in a need for each company to focus on its respective businesses, and has impacted the companies’ ability to realize the benefits of the transaction during these unprecedented times. SHRI owns and operates Saratoga Casino Hotel, in Saratoga Springs, featuring over 1,200 slots, electronic table games, a live entertainment venue, a variety of dining options and bars, live harness racing, and simulcast wagering. SHRI also owns and operates Saratoga Casino Black Hawk, located in the historic town of Black Hawk, CO featuring over 425 slot machines, 10 table games, a full-service restaurant, bar and a variety of guest services. SHRI is also a partner with Delaware North Companies in the operation of Gideon Putnam Resort and Roosevelt Baths in Saratoga Springs.  Additional information about Saratoga Casino Hotel can be found at Reprinted with permission of Saratoga Today

IaHHA is pleased to announce opening day of harness racing in Iowa will be Sunday (5/24) at What Cheer.  While this will not be a full opening for spectators in the grandstands, live races will be broadcast on Facebook.  Program pages are now available on the Iowa Harness Racing website: We are living in unprecedented times.   The COVID-19 situation has changed our lives but not our love of racing. We are thankful to be able to start our racing season this weekend and hopeful that we can fully open soon. Please observe the state guidance under which we are allowed to race at this point. This was from Governor Reynolds May 13 proclamation – L. Race tracks: A speedway or race track, including a track conducting horse or dog races, may reopen or continue its operations provided that it does not permit any spectators to attend its events in person. We realize it is a gray area regarding who are spectators and who are participants. We have been advised by our lobbyist that we can allow people to park their cars along the track to watch the races. Please exercise good judgement regarding social distancing and interaction with others at the races.  Racetracks in other states have much greater restrictions. We are concerned that pictures and videos from the races will be posted on Facebook and other social media of people interacting in ways that are not following the Governor’s proclamation.   This could cause subsequent races to be cancelled, and no one wants that. Regardless of your personal views on the virus, it is everyone’s responsibility to adhere to the current guidelines. There are some changes in the schedule that we are aware of at this point in time. • The overnight races at Eldon scheduled for June 17 & 18 are cancelled. The aged races are rescheduled for August 22 & 23 at What Cheer. • The race program at Allison on June 27 has been moved in its entirety to What Cheer. • The races at Bloomfield and Monticello are cancelled. Additions or changes to other locations or dates may occur. We will update our schedule on and publish updates to our Facebook page as we become aware of changes. Thank you for your cooperation.  Let me know if you have questions or comments. Royal Roland President, Iowa Harness Horseman’s Association

Columbus, OH — After a week of qualifiers, heavy rain, and anticipation Scioto Downs kicked off their 2020 live harness racing meet on Friday (May 22). “Six days after qualifiers, we were able to start racing thanks to our amazing team,” said Joe Morris, the Senior Vice President of Racing at Eldorado Resorts. Scioto started things off in a big way with just over $127,000 wagered in the first race. The guaranteed Pick-5 was a big hit with horseplayers, surpassing the guarantee with more than $22,000 wagered. Total handle on the 12-race program was $1,054,294.15, the second highest handle in history at Scioto Downs, a number that hasn’t been seen at the five-eighths-mile oval in more than 20 years. “I have to thank our team and the horsemen for helping put on the show,” said Morris. “The horsemen are rugged, it’s been a long week and I’m proud of everyone on a job well done.” Scioto wasted no time getting back to racing on Friday, following the Ohio State Racing Commission in conjunction with Governor Mike DeWine’s office coming up with protocols to race without fans safely. The Commission passed a resolution allowing racing to return at their May 14 meeting. “For three weeks in a row, I thought racing was going to get rolling,” said Morris. “We’re glad to have been given this opportunity by the Commission and Governor’s office to start racing.” The road to the start of racing kicked off on Saturday (May 16), as 16 qualifiers went to the track, followed by four more days in preparation for the opening night card. “Our Race Secretary, Jason Roth, had a great idea to write the condition sheet for qualifiers like he would a race card,” said Morris. “His great idea ensured that we would have the right horses to fill Friday’s card.” “It’s been a busy week with all of the qualifiers,” said Roth. “Everyone has been very receptive to the protocols that have been put into place.” The first program of the year featured a pair of Open races, one for Filly and Mare pacers (race six) and one for trotters (race eight). Rosemary Rose (inside) held off a hard charging Sally Fletcher A to win the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open. Conrad photo. A compact field of six went to the gate in the distaff Open and St Lads Gidget (Aaron Merriman) wasted no time leaving the gate, looking to control the fractions. After a strong first-quarter of :26.4, Merriman was able to ration out the speed with a :28.3 second panel, but he was forced to step on the gas dealing with pressure from Golden Paradise moving up the backstretch. Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) was patient through the mile, riding second over cover to three-quarters before firing down the stretch. After putting away St Lads Gidget she dealt with a late charge from Sally Fletcher A (Brett Miller), but was able to hold on by a nose in 1:51.2. For Rosemary Rose, it was her third victory of the year in 10 starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, and Weaver Bruscemi and trainer Ron Burke. The 6-year-old, who has shown no signs of slowing down, has bankrolled $567,207 in her career. Rosemary Rose was one of six victories on the card for driver Chris Page. The photo finish camera couldn’t separate the Open Trot competitors as Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (Elliott Deaton) hit the wire together in a strong stretch battle. The photo finish camera could not separate Peggy Sue (inside) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (outside) in the co-featured $18,000 Open Trot. Conrad photo. There were fireworks early on as heavy favorite Workinitonbroadway (Page) made a costly miscue at the start allowing Wildfire Seelster (Tyler Smith) to get to the front through the first quarter in :28.1. Wildfire Seelster was able to get a breather in the second quarter (:58) before having to sprint up the backstretch. Eye Ofa Tiger AS pulled first up heading to the three-quarter pole, forcing the hand of Peggy Sue and Galliers to make a first-over grind. After hitting three-quarters in 1:26.3, Wildfire Seelster fought gamely through the stretch, but was collared late by Peggy Sue and a hard charging Eye Ofa Tiger AS in 1:55.1. Peggy Sue was able to lock up her third victory of the year, moving her earnings to $48,230 for owner Galliers Racing and trainer Brady Galliers. Eye Ofa Tiger AS scored his first victory of the season for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. His career earnings now stack up at $577,768. Live racing at Scioto Downs returns on Saturday night (May 23) with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The card features a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program. Past performances provided by TrackMaster can be found by clicking here.    by Michael Carter, USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

Northfield, OH — Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and million-dollar earners highlight a strong program of harness racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday (May 26) with post time at 6 p.m. The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includes a carryover pool of $8,134, left over from when no one selected the top five finishers in correct order when Northfield last raced on March 18. The Super High Five also has a low 14 percent takeout rate, as do all of Northfield’s Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5 and the Jackpot Single 6 wagers. The early and late Pick-4 wagers will also carry their normal $10,000 guarantees as a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Top class horses will be in action on the track as Open Handicaps for both pacers and trotters headline the card. Southwind Amazon, winner of 92 career races and more than $1 million in purses, will not only face stout competition in the Open Pace from regular rivals Bully Pulpit and Carolina Beach, but a pair of invaders from Yonkers Raceway, Luis Alberto N and $991,927 lifetime earner Atta Boy Dan. Real Peace, Barley Up, The Wayfaring Man and Just Toyin With Ya will also be heard from in the full field of nine (race 10 on the card). Wind Of The North, a career earner of more than $1.1 million, will battle eight rivals in the co-featured Open Handicap Trot (race 12). Perlucky, winner of two straight before racing was halted, is assigned the outside post in the evenly matched group. While no spectators will be in attendance, Northfield’s full card can be watched live on (as it can be every live race night) and wagered on through all major ADW’s world-wide. Northfield will also race on Wednesday (May 27); Friday (May 29); and Saturday (May 30) to round out the month of May. Free past performances for all four of Northfield’s cards next week will be available at For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Tonight Saturday May 23, 2020 at 7:00PM (EST) - Winners Circle Racing (Charlie Longo & Matt Zuccarello) along with Freddie Hudson, of The Harness Racing Alumni Show will Remember Roosevelt Raceway on Trot Talk Saturday at 7pm.   Come join us for a trip down memory lane to hear former drivers and trainers tell the tales that made this iconic track memorable.   Guests include Jimmy Marohn, Sr., Billy Popfinger (Showbiz), John Kopas, Mike Forte, Billy Haughton , CeCe Levy, Joe Ricco, John Patterson Jr., Bobby Heil, Robbie Siegelmn, Dennis Laterza, Don Sider, Bobby Vitrano, Jon Paton, Jocelyn Tremblay, Alan Alkes and many others.   It's a Roosevelt Raceway Reunion on Zoom   Contact for the zoom meeting link    

Pompano Beach, FL --- Steven Wolf, president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2020 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization. "While our Florida Chapter was hesitant at first due to the pandemic that canceled our annual fundraising Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame banquet," said Steve Wolf, "we still felt we needed to continue our scholarship program, which is important for our young people to help them with the costs of tuition." Preference for these scholarship awards will be given to a student majoring in journalism, communications or veterinarian related studies. This year there are two sponsors of the scholarships. They are Maggie LaClair and Jay Farrar and Kathleen and Thomas H. Hicks. Applicants must be a resident of the state of Florida and currently accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university in the United States. Criteria for selection include community service, academic achievement, and leadership. Applicants must have demonstrated scholastic ability with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and show evidence of community service and leadership through certificates, awards and/or letters of commendation. Fully completed applications must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2020, for consideration of an August 2020 award. Recipients may reapply annually for a maximum of four years. Applications should be submitted/addressed to the Florida Chapter USHWA, Scholarship Committee, 3508 Sahara Springs Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33069. For more information or to receive an application on the internet, visit or contact via e-mail to Thomas H. Hicks at or Steven Wolf at From the Florida Chapter of USHWA  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes is working closely with harness racing tracks throughout the state as they develop reopening plans. As soon as revised racing dates are finalized for all tracks, the NYSS will move forward with building an updated racing schedule and will share this information with participants. "Right now we are anticipating that NYSS events will start approximately two weeks after the tracks reopen," said Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "This will help ensure that horses have time to qualify before racing begins." Participants are reminded that horses must have a satisfactory charted performance line in the time standard within 30 days of declaration for Sire Stakes and Excelsior events. It should not be assumed that any of the current scheduled stakes dates will stand as the days of the week that tracks race this season may change. Participants should not plan to race the first 3-year-old legs before mid-June and should not plan to race the first 2-year-old legs before the beginning of July. Additionally, the NYSS will not be racing at Buffalo Raceway this year. Due to a significant change in revenue, it will not be possible to race a full complement of eight legs for Sire Stakes or Excelsior divisions. All ages and divisions will have an equal number of legs. More details on changes to this year's program will be forthcoming. "The announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo allowing racing tracks to reopen was very exciting and we are all working through the details now," said Young. "We are looking forward to providing a new schedule and getting back to the track while keeping the health and safety of our participants as a top priority." In regard to the County Fair racing series, several racing fairs have already been canceled for this summer. The NYSS is considering a number of options to allow the program to continue this season. "While we do not anticipate that horsemen will have options for all fairs originally scheduled, at this time, we are still planning for a racing program," said Young. "We understand that this has been a long road and we will continue to send updates and keep you informed as we navigate the future of the racing season." Participants with questions or concerns can contact Kelly Young in the New York Sire Stakes Office directly at or (518) 388-0224. About the Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund:  The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair Races.  

Grove City, OH - After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history. "The Voice" Roger Huston, OHHA Brand Ambassador and OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas will be joined by DRF Harness Editor Derick Giwner and Meadowlands television host Dave Brower for the show. OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino says "we are excited to be able to offer this much racing experience and knowledge to help us kick-off standardbred racing off in North America, this event is the first round for more formal productions that were already in the planning stages for Ohio's outreach program." Huston began his career in 1960 calling harness races at Ohio county fairs. He has called over 188,000 races throughout his career in a least 20 states and eight countries and has announced the Little Brown Jug for 52 years. Giwner is the editor of DRF Harness for the Daily Racing Form. He has worked for Sports/Eye since 1996 and has served as the editor of the paper since 2005. Giwner has worn many hats in the industry including owner, amateur driver track announcer and chart caller and is also an expert handicapper. Brower has been a big fan of harness racing since he was a teen. Currently the television host at the Meadowlands, he is also an ace handicapper, co-host of the national broadcast of The Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network and anchors the simulcast coverage of the Little Brown Jug. This all-star lineup will discuss the return of racing to North America, handicap some of the races at Eldorado Scioto Downs and entertain fans with stories. Tonight's event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on the OHHA Facebook page. Special thanks to the sponsors that have made this possible, Kim Hill Realty, Equine Equipment, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Hagemeyer Farms and Centerra Co-op. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas,, 614-569-6404  

Harrington, DE — The harness racing 3-year-old races for the DSBF first and second legs at Harrington will be pushed back one week from the original schedule which means they will begin on Monday (June 22). The finals which are normally held on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair will now be held the week of July 6th. Purses will remain as advertised. Legs are $20,000 and the Finals are $100,000. If consolations are held they will be $15,000. A printed schedule will be mailed to each eligible. Qualifying at Harrington will be available for DSBF eligibles only on Wednesday (June 10). They must meet the Fund standards (2:06 for Pacers and 2:09 for Trotters) and show a clean charted line within 60 days of entering to race the first leg. If they don’t make it, they will be able to enter for the regular qualifying day of Wednesday after Harrington opens on June (15). There will be health protocols in effect so please check with the track. Call Kevin Mack and or Mark Short at the Harrington Race Office (302) 398-7223 or 5970. Judy Davis-Wilson can be reached at (302) 359-3630 for specific DSBF issues. by Judy Davis-Wilson, Executive Director DSBF

Columbus, OH — Friday (May 22) marks the re-opening of harness racing. Both Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio horsemen are ready to provide the action, while safely following state and health department protocols. First post will be at 6:30 p.m. for both the Friday and Saturday evening 12-race cards. The Scioto team has worked diligently getting the racetrack and barns ready for horsemen, while also working behind the scenes to get racing to the public and improving wagering opportunities. “We have worked out a deal to have our races be on TVG,” explained Eldorado senior vice president of racing Joe Morris. “We also encourage fans and gamblers to check out our wagering platform since we are racing with no spectators.” Here is a list of ways to get in on the Scioto Downs action this weekend: – Racing will be on TVG starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday – Free program pages available on the Scioto Downs website  – New wagering menu details – Full card analysis for the Friday, Saturday, and Monday night cards by DRF Harness – $10,000 guarantee on the Pick-5, with a low 14% takeout, for both Friday and Saturday through the USTA Strategic Wagering Program – While handicapping, watch replays of this past week’s qualifiers on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Youtube channel In honor of a long-standing tradition, Scioto will race three days over this long Memorial Day weekend, Friday, Saturday and Monday, with one slight change – post time will be at 6:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday (May 25). Historically an afternoon card, the post time change was made to better fit into the racing schedule. For more information on the Scioto Downs racing season, visit Eldorado Scioto Downs

The NYS Gaming Commission has apparently removed the sixty (60) day cap, that limited its ability, and that of its judges, to now allow discretion to extend the length of time a harness racing horse need not qualify, to account for unexpected events that interfere with the opportunities for otherwise horses to race. It is anticipated that the Gaming Commission will factor in the track closings that interfered with opportunities for otherwise eligible horses to race due to the forced shutdown of NYS tracks . The text of the proposed amendment adopted by the NYS gaming Commission on May 19th, 2020 is as follows: Section 4113.5(a) of Title 9 of the NYCRR would be amended as follows:§ 4113.5. Unqualified horses.(a) A horse shall be deemed unqualified and must qualify once before being allowed to start in any overnight pari-mutuel event for the following reasons:(1)The horse does not show a charted line of a current performance meeting the qualifying standards at the track for the class of race. Current performance shall be defined as a start within 30 days of the date of the race to which declared. Official workouts shall be acceptable as qualifying performances for this paragraph for horses with previous satisfactory races. The commission may extend the qualifying standards from 30 to as many [as 60] days as appropriate to account for [appropriate reasons, including]track closings, equine sickness, inclement weather or other unexpected events that interfere with the opportunities for otherwise eligible horses to race. NB. The basic thirty (30) day rule was previously amended by the NYS Gaming Commission to a forty five (45) day rule but that has not yet emerged from the Office of Regulatory Reform (ORR) which must approve. That has not happened yet and that is why the 30 day rule is still in effect. The amendment to 45 days is expected to get the OK from the ORR , the only frustrating question is when. The NYS Gaming Commission

On this weeks Harness Racing Alumni Show.   Marty Irby 2019 Washington D.C. Top Lobbyist and Executive Director of the Animal Wellness Action, discusses the recent horse-racing indictments, his lobbying efforts in support of the Horse Racing Integrity Act and how the new animal cruelty bill signed by President Trump, could lead to more charges against the indicted.   Don't miss this informative show.......   Top DC Lobbyist on Alumni Show   Harness Racing Alumni Show Marty Irby 5 21 20   Marty with Pricilla Presley

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