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Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the final free harness racing handicapping contest for the 2020 season on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Saturday, October 31, at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Breeders Crown Night. One of the Breeders Crown races will be the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). Harrah's Hoosier Park is sponsoring the three prizes that will be given away. First place will receive a $150 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a gift box with 30 different popular candy bars in it. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contest's title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday, October 29. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 4:00 pm Saturday afternoon (Oct. 31) to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. USHWA members Garnet and Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 12:00 noon Sunday, November 1 at www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prize winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook page or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Sorry, but all current USHWA members are not eligible for this contest. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA

Talk about having a billboard event. The Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a real slugfest Saturday night as the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N, takes on Highalator in the ninth race Preferred-Handicap Pace. Shartin N is the lone mare in the field going against five male rivals. The seven-year-old mare by Tintin In America drew post five for driver Tim Tetrick. She sports five wins and two second place finishes in seven starts during the abbreviated season. Trained by Jim King, Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N’s last start was a game second place finish in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby on October 3. “It’s been rough getting her started since we didn't go to Canada or Kentucky,” Said co-owner JoAnn Looney-King. “So, she needs to get sharp and on her game and she can't do it if she doesn't get raced.” Shartin N is the class of the field with earnings this year in excess of $326,000 and lifetime earnings over $2.4 million. “She's also gained weight even though she looks really good,” Looney-King said. “So, it was either race in what they had at The Meadowlands or qualify, and I'm qualified out. Plus, we had other horses to race Saturday night so it made sense to race her. We said just put her in with the boys so we can get raced and then next week it's time to head to Indiana for Breeders Crown. “If there are no elims for her Breeders Crown group we hope she can race in an overnight,” Looney-King added. “Is she good enough right now to beat the boys? I hope so but there are a couple really sharp boys in the group, Highilator being one of them, but she's a race horse so she's off to race and, of course, the prize is in 2 weeks and we need to get ready for that big night in Indiana.” Her main rival will be Highalator from post four for driver Rick Still. This six-year-old stallion by Somebeachsomewhere has been at his best as of late with three straight wins at the Meadowlands and winning five of his last seven starts. Highalator is trained by Jenny Bier, who co-owns the horse with Joann Dombeck. He sports six wins this season in 13 starts. Another return winner in the field is Harambe Deo from post six for driver Simon Allard. Harambe Deo last week was at his best, coming from off the pace to win in 1:48.4 at the Meadowlands. He is trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns the five-year-old Woodstock gelding with Pollack Racing, LLC. Rounding out the field are Western Joe (post 1), Wes Delight (post 2) and Geez Joe (post 3). By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Very often a young girl dreams of getting a pony for her very own. But how about a harness racing stakes winning stallion? Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, Quebec had those dreams of getting a horse as a child in Communist Bulgaria. Later her family moved to Quebec where she started riding lessons and eventually turned to harness racing where she had become a blossoming owner, trainer and breeder. Then came the stallion Northern Escort and Denitza fell head over heels for the Ontario Sire Stakes champion. Sired by Kadabra, Northern Escort was a top three-year-old on the Ontario circuit, winning eight times with earnings of more than $200,000 in 2012. Having to overcome injuries the next few years, Northern Escort ended his racing career in 2016 with lifetime earnings of $280,000, 17 wins and a record of 1:55.3 at Yonkers Raceway's half mile oval. To see Northern Escort win the Ontario Sire Stakes Championship Final click on this link, https://youtu.be/DRpKoovvPag Denitza first saw Northern Escort at Yves Filion's Bayama Farms in 2013. "Yves had given him a break," Deniza explained of Northern Escort. "And he had bred a couple of his mares to him. I always followed him racing when he was two and three. I liked him. He never made breaks and raced well. "I had bred my mare Majestic Joy to Justice Hall," Denitza said. "But it did not take. It was mid-July and I wanted to get my mare bred, so Yves son, Justin Filion, who was training the horse, suggested I breed her (Majestic Joy) to Northern Escort. But he was not a commercial stallion, just resting from an injury. "So, I went to see the stallion and fell in love with him," Denitza said. "He was the gentlest stallion you could ever be around. He was charming, perfect looking and I knew I loved this horse. Even without knowing how well his foals would race for me." "The resulting breeding was Kinnder Dangerous and I was so happy with this perfect foal at birth, Denitza added. "So, as I raised him, he was just a perfect example of what we wanted in a trotter. And despite being a late foal, he made the races." Kinnder Dangerous went on to become a Quebec champion, taking a record of 1:58.1h at the Hippodrome 3R and earning more than $75,000 before he tragically passed away. "I liked him (Kinnder Dangerous) so much," Denitza explained. "That I wanted to find Northern Escort and buy him, but he had been sold, but I found him. I wanted him (four years ago) as my stallion. "I ended up getting another breeding to him in Indiana for Majestic Joy," Denitza said. "And that next foal was Kinnder Dangerzone." The two-year-old son of Northern Escort went undefeated in four starts this year, taking a record of 2:01.1h, earning $38,200 and was the Quebec-bred champion for his age group. But wait, more credit needs to go the broodmare Majestic Joy as between Kinnder Dangerous and Kinnder Dangerzone, when Denitza did not know where Northern Escort was, there were two other foals born. The second foal was named Kinderunbelievable, sired by Archangel. She went on to become a Quebec Champion too last year, taking a record of 1:59.3h with earnings of $52,000. Then there is the beautiful chestnut filly that Denitza named Kinnder High Class and she was sired by Royalty For Life. Although winless in seven starts as a two-year-old, Kinnder High Class showed she had promise as she was second in the $55,000 Quebec Championship. She then blossomed into a stakes winner at age three this season, winning seven times, earning more than $68,000, and setting a track record in capturing her Quebec Championship final (one race after her half-brother won his division), with a lifetime mark of 1:58.1h. Majestic Joy is now a 100% producing mare with four Quebec Champion foals and more on the way. Denitza has a yearling filly by Lindy's Tru Grit from Majestic Joy. There is also a foal by her side, a colt, sired by Wheeling N Dealin and she is safe in foal to Muscle Mass and will, of course, be bred back to Northern Escort this winter. "I always had in the back of my mind that I would own him one day," Denitza said of Northern Escort. "And now I am amazed how great his foals are for me. I wanted to get him somehow. "I had told my boyfriend about Northern Escort," Denitza laughed. "Maybe 20 times a day how much passion I had for him. He said "go get him, you love him so much. Follow your heart, go ahead. And I did it. I am so thankful he said this. And all this took place before Kinnder Dangerzone even raced and won the final. "I asked him to be a partner with me on the horse," Denitza said. "And he said yes." Her boyfriend is Franck Innocenti, who happens to be the owner of Apzara, which runs national equestrian shows. "So, I searched and found Northern Escort in New York," Denitza said. "And I made a deal with the owner to purchase him and he was shipped to Toronto. Franck and I drove to Toronto and we picked him up. And then my dream came true when we brought him back to the farm. "You could not imagine how happy I was," Denitza said. "Like a ten-year-old girl getting her first pony. "I have so much confidence in Northern Escort," Denitza explained. "As much as any stallion in breeding commercially. We now want to get a few broodmares to breed to him and we want our foals to be both Ontario and Quebec eligible. I do not know yet if we will just breed our mares or breed outside mares. "When I first had Northern Escort four years ago my friend, Mona Lisa Pagliericci, who was managing her breeding farm in Quebec," Denitza said. "She wanted to see if he could mount a dummy and get his semen tested. When he came off the truck, Mona Lisa saw him and she said he was such a beautiful stallion. "Then the next week," Denitza added. "Mona Lisa said he was just a sweetheart, took right to the dummy and was the gentlest horse and despite never being in the breeding shed before, he was perfect and also that his semen was very strong. Mona Lisa said that aside from her top stallion, Garland Lobell, he was the next best stallion she had ever worked with. I had to sell him and he went to Indiana. That was when I was able to breed him again to Majestic Joy and that foal was Kinnder Dangerzone." So, the stallion of Denitza Petrova's dream is now back in her barn and the next week his son goes undefeated and wins the Quebec Championship Final at the Hippodrome 3R. "I would dream of how great Kinnder Dangerzone could be and now before the Quebec finals," Denitza explained. "I get the stallion and then win two finals. I was just so ecstatic that I cried for happiness. It was all so emotional, and both foals from the same mare. She now has three Quebec champions from two different stallions. "What I also love about Northern Escort is that his foals have the same attitude as he does," Denitza said. "Being gentle and wanting to race with a smart head. I bred one mare, who was very hot on the racetrack, yet her foal is calm, just like her father. "I am just so excited to be able to now breed my mares to him," Denitza said. "And to get another broodmare or two to join the band. It's as if all my dreams have come true these past two weeks." And for those who do not know Denitza Petrova, she names all her foals Kinnder. Why, because as a child Denitza loved the Kinder Candy Eggs that come with a little toy inside. She has an extensive collection of all the toys and still giggles in excitement when she gets a new egg. Just like she does when she talks about getting her dream stallion. by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Sunday, October Sunday, 11, at the Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity Day. One of the Red Mile races will be the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). National USHWA is sponsoring the three prizes that will be given away. First place will receive a $150 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a gift box with 30 different popular candy bars in it. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contest's title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Friday, October 9. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 10:00 am Sunday morning (Oct. 11) to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. USHWA members Garnet and Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 8:00 pm Sunday, October 11 at www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prize winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook page or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Sorry, but all current USHWA members are not eligible for this contest. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) with Scott Alberg, have come up with the best free handicapping contest of the 2020 harness racing season and it all revolves around the Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Toronto, Canada. The contest is called USHWA Drive Me Some Cash, and contestants must try and select the correct exacta finish (first and second place) in the 6th race this Saturday, August 22. The contest will be open to enter on Thursday, August 20. USHWA current members are not eligible to enter. There will be three grand prize winners chosen from the people that select the correct exacta finish. There will be a first, second and third place finishers selected from a virtual drawing at noon on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Then the contest gets even better for the three winners as the following week the first, second and third place finishers select a driver competing on Pepsi North America Cup Night (Saturday, August 29), and USHWA will play $10 to win (1st prize), $5.00 to win (2nd prize) or $2.00 to win (3rd prize) on every race the driver they select is competing in. The three winning contestants must make their driver selections after scratch time that Thursday. Winning contestants cannot choose a driver that is already selected. 1st place names their driver first, 2nd place names second and 3rd place names their driver third. The chance to win hundreds of dollars in cash is likely with this special contest as some of the top drivers in harness racing could be competing in ten or more races that evening. For the complete rules and regulations for USHWA Drive Me Some Cash is on the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. This Saturday's exacta selections must be entered on Scott Alberg's Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3 by 6:00 pm. Anyone who is not on Facebook and wants to enter the competition can do so by 6:00 pm Saturday by emailing their exacta selection to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Saturday, August 8, at the Meadowlands. The $1 million Hambletonian Trot final is the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). USHWA is offering three prizes that will be given away. The prizes for this special contest are CASH Gift Cards! First place will receive a $100 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a $50 gift card. And, as a special BONUS, if 500 people participate in the contest, www.3PercentDental.com will DOUBLE the cash prizes. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday afternoon, August 6. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 10:00 am Saturday morning to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Horseman and media communicator Rod Allums, Jr. has joined the USHWA/Scott Alberg contest and will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 6:45 pm Saturday at https://www.facebook.com/rod.allums. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prizes winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA    

Harness racing trainers are fuming over recent positive tests at the Meadowlands on their horses for phenylbutazone or Bute medication. They now understand that the new medication ruling calls for no use of Bute 48 hours before a Standardbred can compete in a race. The former rule was 24-hours out. The problems lie in that the trainers, practicing veterinarians and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) claim they were never sent problem notification of the new rule and when it would go into effect by the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC). Yet the New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen and veterinarians were contacted well in advance. Bute, is probably the most widely used drug in horses of all disciplines. Bute is an inexpensive, highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain that can be injected intravenously or given orally to horses as a powder or paste.  All of these questions erupted at a New Jersey Racing Commission hearing involving three prominent trainers at the Meadowlands racetrack on Friday, July 17. Since then, other high profile trainers have also received positive Bute tests. Present at the hearing were the three trainers, Mark Ford, president of the SBOANJ, the judges at the Meadowlands and the new executive director of the NJRC, Judith Nason. The ruling in question is N.J.A.C. 13:71-23.8, which calls for special procedures for the use of phenylbutazone and that it can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian. The first offense penalties are very strict and call for first offense to receive a $500 fine, loss of purse and a 15-day suspension from racing. NJRC executive director Nason stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ was sent a letter of notification for the practicing veterinarians in NJ, the same as was done with the Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association. SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated that the SBOANJ was never sent any letter from the NJRC. All three trainers have appealed the rulings and SBOANJ President Mark Ford stated at the hearing that the SBOANJ would provide legal services for all three trainers in this case. “Why would all three of us trainers allow our veterinarians to administer Bute only 24 hours out as we always have if we had received proper notification in advance?” said one trainer. “And now more harness racing trainers are coming up with positives. We all can’t be wrong and this includes our vets who administer the Bute. "This is a case of entrapment by the NJ Racing Commission." Calls and emails to both the NJRC and the SBOANJ have gone unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4 at The Meadowlands. One special race will be selected from the Meadowlands Saturday program and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame have arranged for the three Swag Bag prizes that will be given away in this week's contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a swag bag prize package. This week's prizes come from the Harness Racing Museum and includes a copy of the USTA's Care & Training of the Trotter and Pacer book, a copy of Bill Heller's novel on Billy Haughton, plus other surprise items. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "Since USHWA came on board with this contest, we are setting records with every event," said Alberg, "Our last contest set the bar now at 287 people entering. We have never had that many people enter before. This contest is all about having fun and we hope even more people will enter this week." To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. As soon as the draw takes place at the Meadowlands this week, the program proof page for the race selected will be posted for race fans to handicap from. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Steeven Genois, a Quebec native, will be back in action full-time at the Hippodrome 3R starting with opening day on Wednesday. The Quebec Jockey Club is conducting a 40-day race meet that will go until early November of 2020, racing primarily on Fridays (4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 pm). The special Wednesday card is also National Quebec Day. The 32-year-old reinsman from Levis, Quebec, Genois had a banner year competing at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York in 2019. He scored 78 wins in the USA with a personal record of more than $600,000 in purse earnings with the horses he drove. Off to a slow start at Saratoga at the beginning of 2020, Genois made a tough decision to return to Quebec after the start of the pandemic in North America. "I was there (Saratoga) at the start of the season," explained Genois. "but because of the Covid19 I came home to Quebec until the boarder reopens. Now I have changed my mind and intend to stay in Quebec for the summer." Genois will be competing in four of the eight races on opening day at H3R. And yes, race fans, it's Steeve, not Steve. He explained that his mom liked the name but wanted it different for her son. "It is nice to be back home," Genois said. "and to be with my friends. Actually, the two driving colonies, H3R and Saratoga are very similar. Excellent competition at both tracks. If I am asked, I will also go and drive at Rideau Carleton Raceway too. Once the H3R season is over I will most likely go back to Saratoga." Genois first started driving in Quebec back in 2007 and made the choice to drive at Saratoga in 2018. It took him a while to get into the swing of things at that track and by 2019 was a sought-after driver by trainers at the track. Ready to compete on opening day at H3R, Genois noted that it will be different without race fans in the stands. "I am just very happy that racing has returned in Quebec," Genois noted. "It will be different going on the track to drive without any race fans. At H3R the fans are usually right on the fence, watching and cheering, and they usually get a lot of fans to the races. Now it will be very quiet until race fans are allowed to attend again." Trainer Francis Richard, who will be trying for his fourth straight training title at H3R, has five starters going to post on opening day. "I think it will be strange," said Richard about having live racing without any fans watching. "Sort of like the qualifying races we have but for purse money. It will be a little weird I think." The leading driver at H3R, Stephane Gendron, who is also going for his fourth straight driving title, is not competing on opening day and is expected to start defending his driving title on Sunday's race program. There is a Preferred Pace headlining the Wednesday program in the seventh race. Featured is Sports Authority (post 2), who was second last week at Rideau Carleton in the Preferred Pace, missing by a half length for driver Tyler Jones, timed in 1:54. Also in the field are standouts G A Speed Sammy (post 6); Bali (post 3) and Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 7). Post time for the opening day program is 4:00 pm Wednesday. Then H3R races Fridays and Sundays for the rest of the season. For more information, including a free race program for Wednesday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will conduct its first draw of the 2020 harness racing season on Monday, June 22 for the special opening day program on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day. First race post time on opening day is 4:00 pm. The condition sheet can be accessed via www.standarbredcanada.ca. Entries must be made by 11:00 am Monday. With approvals set in place with the Quebec Racing Commission, the Quebec Jockey Club will run a 40-day race meet at H3R. After the special Wednesday program, live racing will take place Sunday's at 1:00 pm and Friday's at 4:00 pm. "It will be tight drawing Monday for Wednesday," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "But we should be fine as we have eight qualifying races Saturday and already had seven qualifying races this past Wednesday." As per the Quebec-Bred Series at H3R, Thomassin is awaiting final approval from the Quebec Racing Commission of the revised stakes schedule. H3R features stakes series for two, three-year-old and older horses, both on the trot and pace. "At the start of the race season we will limit ourselves to eight races per card," Thomassin explained. "and we will then see how the situation evolves. Housing 64 horses in the paddock with all the required mandatory distance respected, is a logistical problem. "It should also be noted," Thomassin added. "that the collaboration of all the horse people has been very much appreciated to date. Everyone seems to understand that we have to comply with exceptional measures and people willingly submit to them. So much the better. What we do not want is to have to stop the races, failing to comply with the directives of Public Health." Saturday's qualifying races will be featured on Facebook Live on the Hippodrome 3R page starting at 10:00 am. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has received approval from the Quebec Racing Commission to begin spectator-less harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day in the province. The regular season will feature Sunday afternoon racing at 1:00 pm every Sunday through November 8. The special Wednesday opening day race program will have a 4:00 pm first race post time. Then the schedule will return to Friday afternoon racing through October 9, also with a 4:00 pm post time. "With qualifying races being held on Wednesday (tomorrow) and Saturday," explained Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at H3R, "we should have more than enough horses to fill our first race program. Plus, horse people competing at Rideau Carleton will want to come back to H3R. We want to showcase our races during the week at 4:00 pm so fans can see our product before the start of the Mohawk Park program." Both Stephane Gendron and Francis Richard, the leading driver and trainer respectively at H3R for the past three seasons, will both be in action at the qualifiers Wednesday. "We have all our Covid-19 protocol's in place for tomorrow morning," Thomassin added. "And all our horse people are prepared to handle the necessary procedures for safe distancing while in the race paddock." The Quebec-Bred race series for two, three-year-old and older horses will still take place and those revised dates will be released soon. For more information go to www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page on Tuesday, June 16 on opening night at Harrah's Hoosier Park. One special race will be selected from the Hoosier Park Tuesday program and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) and trainer Brandon Bates have arranged for the three Swag Bag prizes that will be given away in this week's contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a prize. This week's prizes include two complete sets of HHYF Harness Hero Trading Cards (2018 and 2019), an HHYF cap and t-shirts and a stable cap and t-shirt from the Brandon Bates Stable. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "Our first contest with USHWA as our title sponsor," said Alberg, "was the most contestants we ever had at 249 people. "This contest is all about having fun and we hope even more people will enter this week." To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. As soon as the draw takes place at Hoosier Park this Thursday, the program proof page for the race selected will be posted for race fans to handicap from. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

It has been discovered that Sunday’s €600,000 Elitloppet winner, Propulsion, may be disqualified from the victory because the horse was nerved in both front legs before coming to Europe. This has been reported by Truls Pederson on the harness racing website Trav og Galopp-Nytt in Norway. Nerving is in violation of Europe’s horse racing doping regulations. Propulsion’s earnings from winning the final of the Elitloppet was $321,261 US. Nerving is considered a “last resort” procedure performed on horses with caudal heel lameness syndrome or navicular syndrome that have not responded to therapeutic shoeing and medication. This is a temporary procedure that, in most cases, can relieve the horse of pain for two to seven years, and has helped thousands of horses to continue on in their careers, without the pain that had plagued them before. Nerving is allowed on racehorses in North American and once completed, a certificate is issued by the veterinarian to that breeds governing organization. Propulsion, who is sired by Muscle Hill from the Andover Hall mare, Danae, was bred by Fredericka Caldwell and Bluestone Farms in the USA. He is owned by the Brixton Medical Ab of New Jersey. Unraced at age two for former trainer Tony Alagna, Propulsion made a total of 21 starts in North America during his three and four-year-old career with eight wins and earnings of $86,178 before shipping to race in Europe. Propulsion is now age nine and while in Europe has made 79 starts with 39 wins and earnings of $3.677 million US. It has been listed on Propulsion's USTA information data also on Trackit the Standardbred Canada website that the horse was nerved. Copy of USTA data Copy of Trackit data Now in question will be if not only the purse money and the victory in the Elitloppet will be taken away from Propulsion, but whether all of his victories in Europe will be disqualified and all purse earning returned. This story will continue to be further updated. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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 http://www.ushwa-florida.com/ or contact via e-mail to Thomas H. Hicks at renparlc@gate.net or Steven Wolf at stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA  

Lake Worth, FL - On the final day of the harness racing qualifying mini-season at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, romps were the order of the day for most of the winners. It started in the very first race as trainer/driver Dan Daley won by 20 lengths with Lucky Sevens in 2:01.3. Lucky Sevens is a three-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. Also winning in romps were Homecoming King (Dan Daley) in 2:01.2 by nine lengths. Then Baggage Claim (Fern Paquet, Jr.) wired the field, scoring by ten open lengths in 1:56.4. The fastest mile on the afternoon came in the fifth race pace where Sweet Deisel and trainer-driver Dan Daley wired the field in 1:55.4 by three and one-half lengths. That was the fastest mile of the six races and gave Daley a trainer/driver triple for the day. Management at Olympia of Palm Beach looks forward to having a bigger and better mini-season of racing events next Spring. For full chart results, click here.  By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - The final qualifying races of the season will take place at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center on Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am. "Our mini-season of qualifying races was great," said Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach. "We appreciate everyone who participated in the races and are proud of "Team Olympia." I want to say a special thanks to our judges and race secretary for their excellent work under difficult conditions. We hope our efforts put a smile and new hope to those we touched. We extend our prayers and best wishes for good health and prosperity to all. I look forward to greater racing events at Olympia in the fall." Entries for the qualifying races must be called into race secretary Kathy Breedlove by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 12. The call-in phone number is 954-654-0129. The qualifying races will begin Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00 am. Anyone planning on shipping in with their horse(s) for the qualifiers must call Ann-Mari Daley at 315-225-4992 as special arrangements have been made. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

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