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Harrisburg, PA — Please be advised that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has postponed the following Sires Stakes and Stallion Series races. June 6–Meadows-3-year-old pacing fillies-Sires Stakes and Stallion Series June 7–Pocono-3-year-old trotting fillies-Sires Stakes and Stallion Series June 11–Harrah’s Philadelphia-3-year-old trotting colts-Sires Stakes and Stallion Series These races along with the May Sires Stakes and Stallion Series races that were previously postponed will be rescheduled for later in the year. As soon as dates and information become available, we will pass it along. from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands reminds the harness racing connections of those horses made eligible to our stakes that the deadline for the final sustaining payment on a number of those races is (postmarked by) May 15 .   Yearling nominations on the foals of 2019 to race in 2022 Meadowlands Pace are also due by May 15.   Complete information on Meadowlands stakes payments and lists of eligibles may be found on the web.   The Meadowlands

As the country looks to progress in the COVID-19 reopening phase, more jurisdictions are giving race tracks the green light to start or resume their horse racing meets, albeit with restrictions to keep a second wave of coronavirus cases from happening. On Wednesday, the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) announced that Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley received permission from the Alameda County Health Department to resume racing next Thursday (May 14). On Thursday, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced that racing can resume as of June 14, with Indiana Grand Racing and Casino set to officially unveil the date for its opening day sometime next week, according to a track press release. It’s possible the Indiana Grand may allow fans to watch racing as soon as July 4. Last week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gave the state’s tracks the OK to resume racing. On Wednesday, Charles Town Races confirmed it will restart racing next Thursday. Charles Town halted its meet on March 24. I miss the team, the entire team at the track. It’s been lonely and trying months, but I promise you better times are ahead of us right now,” said Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Vice President of Racing and Sports Operations Erich Zimmy said in a video statement posted Wednesday on Twitter. Mountaineer Park, West Virginia’s other horse track, will start its meet on May 31. Santa Anita Hopeful to Resume Next Week More tracks may soon receive permission to resume racing, including Santa Anita Park. The southern California track suspended its meet on March 27 after receiving an order from the Los Angeles County Health Department to comply with California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order. Newsome initially gave that order on March 19, but racing continued at the track as questions circulated whether racing could be considered an essential business. The Stronach Group (TSG), owners of the track, stopped allowing fans to at the track on March 13. Even as Santa Anita and Golden Gate, also owned by Stronach, stopped racing, Newsom’s order was not universally applied by every county health department in California. That allowed Los Alamitos Race Course, located just 23 miles south of Santa Anita, to continue holding races because it is located in Orange County. Santa Anita last gave an update about its situation to the TOC last week. At that time, Aidan Butler, TSG’s executive director for California racing, told the owners the track was prepping for a May 15 reopening but that was contingent partially on the county letting its stay-home order expire on that date. Massachusetts Commission Extends Delay Indefinitely While some states are allowing their tracks to move forward with reopening plans, other states are still pushing their reopening schedules further into the year. On Thursday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 5-0 to extend indefinitely the suspension of harness racing at Plainridge Park Casino. Previously, the plan had been to allow racing activities to start at the track, located about 25 miles southwest of Boston, on June 1. However, in a memo to the commission, state Director of Racing Dr. Alexandra Lightbrown said that neither she nor Chris McErlean, the vice president of racing for Plainfield-owner Penn National Gaming, felt a June 1 opening was realistic considering the state’s current stay-home order has been extended to May 18. Lightbrown said that she and McErlean will review a reopening plan the state plans to release on May 18 and use that information to put together a plan for the harness track. The Harness Horsemen of New England have raised concerns about the extended delays, noting that racing – although not harness racing – is going on in several other states. In particular, the group opposes any plan that would tie the resumption of racing to the reopening of the track’s casino. However, Commissioner Gayle Cameron supported extending the postponement, noting it will be a challenge to reopen the track in a manner that’s safe for everyone. “Doesn’t mean an insurmountable challenge, but it will be a challenge,” she told her colleagues Thursday. “And I know that’s difficult for the horsemen and women to hear because they would love to get back to their livelihoods sooner rather than later. I certainly understand that, but safety is a key piece.” By Steve Bittenbender  Reprinted with permission of Casino.org

Despite this generally static time in the harness racing business, there's one thing that's new and improved for industry participants, and that's the attractive, redesigned website recently unveiled by the sport's number one sales agency, Preferred Equine Marketing.   "Our website, preferredequine.com, is the storefront of our company," said owner David Reid, "and it was time for remodeling both at the entrance and inside the premises. Although our original site served us extremely well since the early days of the internet, it was time to not only freshen the look and add some features, but to make it more readily accessible over all devices."   Reid said he and his staff are very pleased with how it all turned out, and expects that clients and customers will be pleased as well when they see it offers an even easier-to-use interface than before.   While maintaining previous features like sale entry forms and online catalogs, the updated site adds enhancements like a "Hall of Fame" of both yearling and mixed sale graduates, a section on the clients the agency proudly represents, and expanded information on company offerings.   Also new to users is a section of the website dedicated to Preferred Equine's Thoroughbred sales and bloodstock business, with Philip Antonacci heading up growth and development of that recently formed addition to the company.   Antonacci, from one of harness racing's most prominent families, is a graduate of the Thoroughbred industry's Godolphin Flying Start program and came to his position after working with a number of that breed's most respected horsemen and women, including Wesley Ward, Todd Pletcher and Gai Waterhouse.   "Our whole team is excited to continue our expansion and further involvement in the Thoroughbred marketplace," Antonacci said. "Preferred's 30 years of experience in the Standardbred business--in which 22,000 horses have been sold--instills a certain degree of confidence that we can offer a level of service to new Thoroughbred clients and crossover clients that can rival any sales agency."   Reid said the expansion is a natural that will serve to complement their ongoing commitment to harness racing. "The goal at Preferred is to not only create value for our customers across the horse racing industry, but to offer shared ideas and the best in service and amenities.   "Our business model--along with an improved experience while using our website--are ways to help accomplish that."   Preferred Equine Marketing

Union Bridge, MD — The May 15 second sustaining payment for harness racing 2-year-olds to the Maryland Sire Stakes and the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes have been extended by the State of Maryland to assist the horsemen in these trying times. The second 2-year-old payment is now due June 15. This only applies to 2-year-olds. Please check the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund website at www.msrfonline.com for updates to the racing schedule. A new schedule will be released once racing in Maryland resumes. by Cheri Stambaugh

Anderson, Ind. (May 7, 2020) - After receiving approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah's Hoosier Park will begin the process of reopening its barn area on Monday, May 11th. Horsemen will be assigned days and times for arrival to ensure an orderly entrance into the Harrah's Hoosier Park barn area beginning on Monday, May 11th. On this date, horses located in Indiana will be eligible to start moving into the barn area that will house 600 horses when at capacity. Horses outside the state of Indiana will be allowed entrance beginning, Sunday, May 24th. A return to normal hours and days of training will take place on Monday, May 18th. "We couldn't be more pleased to be able to open up our barn area to our loyal horsemen who have been so patient during this most difficult of times," said Trent McIntosh, Senior Vice President and General Manager. "The delay in opening of our 2020 meet has been difficult for everyone and we appreciate our Governor, Eric Holcomb, and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission staff for their leadership and guidance. We look forward to racing in the near future in a manner whereby we will take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our employees and horsemen." Qualifying races will be conducted on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday schedule starting on Tuesday, May 19 up to the beginning of the meet after which Qualifying days will return to the regular Wednesday and Saturday schedule. "This is a significant step towards starting our 2020 racing season," said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing. "It will be so exciting to have horses out on the track prepping for the start of the meet. We look forward to partnering with the Indiana Standardbred Association on another racing season that the entire Indiana harness racing industry will be proud of. Alterations to the previously released race dates, condition sheet and stakes schedule will be published online at www.Harrahshoosierpark.com next week. Horsemen are encouraged to contact Harrah's Hoosier Park Director of Racing, Scott Peine, at (765) 609-4870 for information on all arrival and racing matters. Please note the above timeline is subject to change should the Governor halt or modify any of these stages of reopening.   Rick Moore | VP & General Manager of Racing

Attention Owners/Staking Agents: Enclosed you will find links to the payment forms for the races administered by The Hambletonian Society with payments due by Friday, May 15th of 2020, which must be postmarked by midnight of Monday, May 18th. The forms are always available on our website at https://www.hambletonian.com/formsinfo and by calling our office and having them faxed or e-mailed to you. All the forms on the website are pdf fillable. Just type right in the form, print as many as you need and return the form with your payments. Along with checks, we are accepting credit cards as a form of payment for any stakes payments you may want to make. All credit card payments are subject to a 3% service fee which will be added to your payment total. In May, sustaining payments are due for a majority of the 2-Year-Old races that we service. Yearling payments are also due this May, as well as the supplement payment for the Courageous Lady 3-Year-Old filly event. Below are the races which have a payment due this May (broken down by division): Yearlings Pacers: Adios, Arden Downs, Breeders Crown #35, Cane Pace, Fox Stake, Horseman, Hoosier Stake, MGM Messenger Grand Stakes, Progress Pace Yearlings Trotters: Arden Downs, Breeders Crown #35, Currier & Ives, Dexter Cup, Hambletonian, Hoosier Stake, Horseman, Ralph Wilfong and MGM Yonkers Trot 2-Year-Olds: Breeders Crown #34, The Elevation, Fox Stake #94, Hoosier Stake #84, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Pace/Trot, Keystone Classic, Landmark Early Closer, , Liberty Bell, #84, Matron Series, Reynolds Memorial, Simpson Memorial,Tompkins-Geers Early Closer and the Ralph Wilfong #83 3-Year-Olds: Courageous Lady Supplement payment As a reminder, there are stallion restrictions for the Breeders Crown and Cane Pace yearling payments that are due on May 15th. Foals of Downbytheseaside are ineligible to be paid into the Cane Pace per the Stallion Restriction Condition (SRC) in the Cane Pace conditions. For the Breeders Crown, a list of the stallions whose foals are Breeders Crown eligible for foals of 2019 (Breeders Crown #35) can be found here: Breeders Crown #35 Stallion List. Links to the lists of eligible stallions for previous and future years can be found here: https://www.hambletonian.com/breeders-crown-stallion-nominations. The condition sheets for each race can be found on our website on the specific race page set up for that race. In all cases only ONE check is ever necessary for each of the four payment periods i.e. February 15, March 15, April 15 or May 15. To make it more convenient, eligibility lists can be emailed to those nominators who provide us their e-mail address and request these lists. Eligibility lists are always available on our website here: https://www.hambletonian.com/eligibles. For further information, or to update your status on our mailing list, please feel free to call our office at (609) 371-2211 or e-mail me at davidjanes@hambletonian.org.   Moira Fanning

This filly foaled April 21st is by Swan For All and out of the mare High Sobriety thus making her the first full sibling to 2017 Harness Racing Horse Of The Year  and World Champion Hannelore Hanover 1:49.2 ($3,069,057).   The resemblance between this filly and Hannelore is uncanny giving her the barn nickname “Baby Hanna”.    If this filly’s early athleticism and personality are any indicator she will be trying her hardest to fill big sister’s shoes.   Both High Sobriety and Hannelore Hanover (now a Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare) are being bred to the brilliant Greenshoe in 2020   Foals Of The Week 2020 Name That Foal * The 2nd name of the foal must be HANOVER * Name may only be 18 characters long including spaces and punctuation * Name must start with the same letter as the first letter in the mare name * You may not use a name that has previously been used 2020 Yearling Sales * Goshen - September 13, 2020 * Harrisburg - November 3 - 5, 2020 2020 Yearlings selling at Goshen and Harrisburg View website for complete list

Lima, OH - Cool Winds Farm is proud to announce that the stud book for harness racing World Champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907) is full and closed for the 2020 breeding season. Extremely pleased with the interest shown in the horse's inaugural season, co-owner Mark Weaver stated, "It is a great feeling to see Dancin Yankee receive the response he did in Ohio. To be able to assemble 140 mares is also a testament to the superb job Randy and Kim Haines have done. Cool Winds Farm has been fantastic! Thank you to everyone who supported him!" A perpetual iron-horse with 80 lifetime wins, as well as a fan favorite, the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser earned over $115,000 in each of the last nine of his ten racing seasons. Perhaps the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, Dancin Yankee recently eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings in 2019. Stallion manager and farm owner Randy Haines was also delighted over the horse's accomplishments, noting "Buckeye State breeders really embraced Dancin Yankee. He was as consistent and strong in the breeding shed, as he was on the racetrack. We bred several of our own mares to him, and look forward to raising and selling his foals in 2022." "We would also like to thank the breeders for choosing Dancing Yankee. During this difficult time, we are grateful for everyone that continued to support harness racing, as well as Standardbred breeding farms," Haines said. Still the fastest older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, Dancin Yankee defeated both Foiled Again and Heston Blue Chip in a world record 1:48.4h, winning the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga in 2014 at age six. He banked $509,140 that season, also setting a world record of 1:47.2f at Pocono and the $100,000 Sun Stakes Invitational in 1:47.3f. He is the first foal from the 100%-producing Cambest mare Dancewiththebest p,4,1:54.4f, she a half-sister to seven sub-1:54 multiple-stakes winners, including Marty Party p,2,1:51.2f ($684,603) and The Lunch Pail p,3,1:51.3 ($503,629). Dancin Yankee is also a three-quarter brother in blood to recent Breeders Crown champion Dancin Lou p,3,1:48.3 ($578,359) and four other sub-1:54 stakes winning performers. Dancin Yankee stood for an introductory stud fee of $2,500, at Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio. by Chris Tully for Cool Winds Farm

It looks like betting on US thoroughbred horse racing helped fill the gap for some sports bettors during the month of April, according to Equibase. Handle fell 24.4% to $639.4 million last month compared to last April, according to the report. But that’s a much lower drop than the decline in races and race days with many tracks still shuttered. Total races fell 71.4% to 746 last month and race days dropped 72.7% to just 85. Equibase typically reports US thoroughbred racing figures on a quarterly basis. It moved to monthly to show the effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing handle per race day skyrockets The most telling stat provided by Equibase is the average horse racing handle per race day for last month. Each race day saw an average of $7.5 million in handle, up 176.5% from the prior year. So while overall handle shows a drop, in reality, these races drew much more betting attention than last year. If the number of race days were equal to last year’s 311, that average handle per race day would equal $2.3 billion in handle for the month. TwinSpires sees ‘significant’ growth TwinSpires, one of the best-known deposit wagering websites in the US, has seen a spike in business since sports began to shut down. Handle grew 8.3% in the first quarter to $329.8 million with active players up 11.6%. Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen during the company’s first-quarter earnings call: “Our TwinSpires business, within the online wagering segment, has grown significantly as more individuals bet online, particularly with so many brick-and-mortar betting outlets closed and, perhaps, with fewer entertainment options in general. Even as the number of racetracks that are actively running races has declined, TwinSpires really capitalized. This has been even more true as we’ve progressed through the second quarter.” That growth really started from March 16 through the end of the month, COO Bill Mudd added. That’s about the time when casinos, tracks and off-track betting facilities began to shutter, forcing bettors online. And it’s also about when most of America realized major sports weren’t returning anytime soon. “But anecdotally, I can say that we’ve picked up a lot of core horse players, but we’ve also picked up a lot of other players now that are playing thoroughbred racing because of all of the sporting events that have been canceled across the world,” Mudd said. Michigan approves ADW deals Michigan will begin licensing advanced deposit wagering operators that want to partner with Northville Downs, which offers harness racing and simulcast betting. Of the three biggest ADW sites operating in the US, two of them – BetAmerica and TwinSpires, both owned by Churchill Downs – already list Michigan as a legal state. TVG, owned by the same parent company as FanDuel, is not currently in Michigan. Operators must pay a $1,000 license fee and provide a plan of operation to the Michigan Gaming Control Board. There’s no timeline for when the first licenses will be approved, but the agency will work “as quickly as possible” to review applications, Communications Specialist Mary Kay Bean said. “Many firms already have licenses in other states, which will help the applicants as we review them,” she added. By Matthew Waters Reprinted with permission of Legal Sports Report

Ohio trainer-driver and Hall of Famer Howard Beissinger was no stranger to the winner's circle and in 1983, he brought forth onto the Ohio Sires Stakes scene a harness racing colt with close ties to his heart, the youngster Cornstalk. Cornstalk was the son of a previous Beissinger trainee, Lindy's Pride, 3, 1:57.3 ($396,209) who Howard had driven to win trotting's top five stakes in 1969: The Yonkers Trot, Kentucky Futurity, Hambletonian, Dexter Cup and Colonial Stakes. Beissinger's connections to Cornstalk--who was leased by Scioto Down's owner Charlie Hill--ran deep. The colt was bred by Howard's wife Ann of Hamilton, OH and Faye Gillen of Waynesville, OH, and was foaled on February 12, 1981 in Cream Ridge, NJ. He was out of the Speedy Crown 3, 1:57.1 ($545,495) mare Crown Viva 2, 2:03.4 ($6,618). It was Beissinger who had piloted the great stallion Speedy Crown to a Hambletonian victory in 1971 and then repeated that feat with Speedy Crown's son, Speedy Somolli, in 1978, earning him the moniker of "Hambo Howard" after his third Hambo triumph. The Hamilton, OH horseman was known for his no-nonsense approach to training and driving and was an expert at shoeing and rigging young horses. Those qualities had given him international recognition and he enjoyed racing fame throughout North America and across Europe and Russia as well. So, it was with this same work ethic that Beissinger conditioned Cornstalk for his freshman campaign. The young bay stallion with the white star, strip and snip on his face, complemented a few splashes of chrome on three of his ankles, did nothing less than win eight races his freshman season, with one second and a third in 11 tries. His standout performance in 1983 was clearly his triumph in the $98,200 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Trot at Northfield Park. Beissinger expertly steered the youngster to a 2:02.4h clocking on Aug. 29, a seasonal best. At the end of his 2-year-old season Cornstalk had racked up $113,407 for his connections. The gangly colt didn't stop his winning ways as a 3-year-old either and Beissinger thought so highly of his striking bay that he entered him, along with three stablemates, in the 1984 edition of the Hambletonian. However, not wanting to show favoritism to any owners, he opted out of driving Cornstalk and instead employed the services of Robert Roberts of Cedarville, OH. In his first Hambletonian heat Cornstalk finished fifth, clocked in 1:57.1 after sitting in the two-hole behind second-place finisher Historic Freight (Ben Webster). Delvin G. Hanover (Hakan Walner) captured that heat in 1:56.2 with an impressive come-from-behind performance. Gentle Stroke, with George Sholty driving, had won his heat in 1:57.4. Unfortunately, Cornstalk did not fare much better in his second heat, finishing sixth in 1:58, far behind the winning Historic Freight, who went on to win the final heat in 1:58 and earn the Hambletonian Crown. Cornstalk would get his revenge, however, and he would get it in a big way. Two weeks later, on Aug. 15, 1984, with Beissinger at the lines, Cornstalk trotted to a new world record clocking of 1:53.4 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, besting his sire Lindy's Crown's 1980 record by a full second. Cornstalk went on to add another $33,104 to his coffers that season, with five wins and two seconds in 12 starts. He retired after his 3-year-old season, with lifetime earnings of $146,511, and stood stud in Ohio from 1986 through 1989. During those years he sired 216 registered foals, with 152 starters who earned $2,889,075. Some of his top progeny include Teddy's Toy (out of OK's Mate) 4, 1:58.1f ($254,672); V-Annas Good Stock (out of V Anna Speedy) 4, 1:57.1h ($244,738); Starch Hill (out of Sweet And Tender) 7, 1:58.4f ($194,891); Letters From Hill (out of Letters From Home) 6, 2:00.3f ($144,431); McBernie (out of McPam) 5, 1:56.3 ($117,787); and Kernel (out of Ann Justin) 4, 1:58f ($120,566). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Due to technical issues with our April 23rd broadcast that featured Jim Gagliano the President and CEO of the Jockey Club, we are rebroadcasting the harness racing show in which Jim discusses the recent horse drugging indictments and the intricate investigations that led to them.   While signaling that there's lots more to come, he also talks about his overwhelming support of Jeff Gural, USADA and the Horse racing Integrity Act.   - It's a 'must be listened to' broadcast...!!!   Harness Racing Alumni Show Jim Gagliano rebroadcast 5 5 20   Due to technical issues with our April 23rd broadcast that featured Jim Gagliano the President and CEO of the Jo...    

MILTON, ON - May 6, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all harness racing owners and trainers that stakes payments for May will proceed as a precautionary measure should live racing resume in June. The Stakes payments are due on Friday, May 15. April 15th's stake payments have been waived completely and the list of horses remaining eligible to our stakes after the March 15 payment can be found here. Payment for the May 15 Stakes Payment can be made here. A revised Standardbred Stakes schedule will be announced shortly. This will include the new date for the Pepsi North America Cup and the undercard Stakes, along with the qualifying schedule and first conditions sheets. The following stakes have payments due: Summer Series Nominations: MILLARD FARMS PURE IVORY DREAM MAKER WHENUWISHUPONASTAR Yearling Nominations: 2021 CHAMPLAIN OPEN 2021 CHAMPLAIN FILLY 2022 SIMCOE OPEN 2022 SIMCOE FILLY 2022 SBOA FILLY Sustaining Payments: PEPSI NORTH AMERICA CUP ARMBRO FLIGHT BATTLE OF THE BELLES BATTLE OF WATERLOO CANADIAN PACING DERBY CANADIAN TROTTING CLASSIC CASUAL BREEZE CHAMPLAIN FILLY CHAMPLAIN OPEN ELEGANTIMAGE ETERNAL CAMNATION FAN HANOVER GOODTIMES MAPLE LEAF TROT METRO PACE MILTON NASSAGAWEYA PEACEFUL WAY ROSES ARE RED SHES A GREAT LADY WILLIAM WELLWOOD MEMORIAL Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment Director, Communications & Content O: 416-675-3993 x 3531 C: 647-400-6235            

Little Brown Jug Society president Tom Wright has announced some sweeping changes to future Little Brown Jugs and its harness racing filly companion event, the Jugette. In 2022, the Little Brown Jug will start accepting supplemental entries with a payment of $45,000 (Jugette supplements would pay $15,000). Horses will no longer have to win either the Cane Pace, the Messenger, The North American Cup or the Meadowlands Pace to supplement. Supplemental entries will be due using a five-day box and would be the first horse(s) eliminated should the field exceed the 24 horse maximum. Future eliminations of the Jug will be raced for a purse of $50,000 each ($25,000 in the Jugette), with the balance remaining for the second heat. All of the starters in the second heat will receive at least 1% of the second heat purse (starting with the 2020 LBJ). The second heat will now allow for 'also eligibles.' Horses will be ranked based on their elimination finish position and then by highest lifetime earnings. "We hope these changes will allow the best horses available to compete in the Little Brown Jug. Our goal is to make sure we have full fields and put on a great event for our fans," noted Wright. The changes were finalized by the LBJ Society executive committee and approved by the entire board. The new conditions will start with the 77th Little Brown Jug to be raced in 2022. The Yearling Nomination Payment for the Jug and Jugette remain $50 and are due May 15. A copy of the new conditions can be found at LittleBrownJug.com. May 15th Payments Due Date Remains Besides the Yearling Nomination Payment for the Little Brown Jug and Jugette, the 2022 Old Oaken Bucket and Buckette ($25) and the 2021 Standardbreds ($25) are also due on May 15. Payment forms can be found on LittleBrownJug.com.        

The Michigan Gaming Control Board issued an order Wednesday allowing online wagering on harness racing — a win for the only remaining horse racetrack in the state. Online wagering also offers a potential path for Northville Downs to reopen without in-person spectators. The order allows online betting through a third-party provider on horse races around the country, not just at Northville Downs. The track has not opened for the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. It, like all other nonessential businesses, has been ordered to remain closed through at least May 28. The order follows an amendment made in December to the Horse Racing Law of 1995, allowing for third-party companies to offer wagering on live and simulcast pari-mutuel racing. "The order should enable the state's horse racing industry to gain new followers through (advance deposit wagering) and maintain protection for citizens who wish to place wagers on live and simulcast pari-mutuel racing in Michigan using their mobile phones," Richard Kalm, executive director of the control board, said in a news release from the control board. Before online wagering is implemented at Northville Downs, the track must select a third-party company to facilitate bets and apply for a license, which includes a $1,000 application fee and $500 renewal fee. The track must also strike agreements with its harness racers on how the wager earnings will be divvied up. It is unclear when horse racing will be cleared to resume and if in-person spectators will be allowed. Northville Downs operator Mike Carlo could not be immediately reached for comment. Sports betting and online betting were also legalized in Michigan in December. While on-site sports gambling rolled out just as casinos were ordered to close over the coronavirus outbreak, online gambling is not expected to happen until early next year. Control board spokeswoman Mary Bean said there have not been any plans to speed up implementation of online gambling as a result of casino closures. By Kurt Nagl Reprinted with permision of Crain's Detroit Busness

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA, is excited to announce their harness racing line-up for Thursday (May 6) at 10:30 a.m. Guests include Gordon Waterstone and Curtis MacDonald. Waterstone, recently appointed to the Hall of Fame Screening Committee, will join to discuss how the process works and how someone goes about getting nominated for the Hall of Fame. He will also talk about the role that USHWA play along the way. Cujo Entertainment's Curtis MacDonald joins to discuss the newly implemented COSA TV, hosted by Greg Blanchard. MacDonald will talk about the installation of the new video systems at tracks in Ontario and what HD has done to make their signals more prominent. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at https://www.blogtalkradio.com/ptmikeandmike. Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association | 6130 S. Sunbury Rd. | Westerville, OH 43081-3909

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