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Want to find out more about driver Frank Coppola Jr.? Check out the weekly On The Backstretch Q&A with the top Saratoga driver.
Who wants to learn more about driver Drew Monti? Check out this week's On The Backstretch profile.
Editor Derick Giwner sits down with up-and-coming driver Drew Monti to find out more about his life and career.
The O'Brien Awards, honoring Canada's top Standardbreds in 2019, took place on Saturday night, and Forbidden Trade won both the Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year and 3-year-old colt trotter categories.
Richard Moreau was named top trainer north of the border for the seventh straight year, an unprecedented achievement.
Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade went home with the Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year Award and the crown as top 3-year-old colt trotter from Canada\'s O\'Brien Awards presentation on Saturday night.
Want to learn more about Meadowlands handicapper, oddsmaker and on-air talent Dave Brower? Editor Derick Giwner got the inside information in this week's On The Backstretch segment.
Editor Derick Giwner sits down with Meadowlands handicapper, oddsmaker and on-air personality Dave Brower to find out what makes him tick.
Face Time Bourbon, the pre-race betting favorite, pounced to the inside after following the cover of Davidson du Pont and out-finished that rival to capture today's Grand Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes Racecourse in Paris.
Face Time Bourbon followed cover, found racing room to the inside in the lane, and rallied by to capture today's Grand Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes Racecourse in Paris.
Who wants to learn more about driver Steve Smith? Check out this week's On The Backstretch feature about the driver who competes regularly at Freehold, Yonkers, Meadowlands and other east coast tracks.
Profile of harness driver Steve Smith.
Congrats to our Editor Derick Giwner on winning the Hervey Award from USHWA for excellence in harness racing journalism as well as the other winners.
Derick Giwner and Melissa Keith were named winners of the 2019 John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness racing journalism while Chris Gooden and Mark Hall were named recipients of the George Smallsreed Awards for photography and Woodbine Entertainment Group was selected winner of the Sam McKee A...
Want to know more about Yonkers Raceway Director of Racing Alex Dadoyan? Here is a profile.
Editor Derick Giwner sits down with Yonkers Director of Racing Alex Dadoyan to ask him about life and racing.
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Editor Derick Giwner takes a look at the best drivers, trainers and horses from the last decade. His top horse is Wiggle It Jiggleit (pictured). What are your thoughts?
The decade is over . . . or is it? While there has been debate as to whether the decade runs from 2011 to 2020 or 2010 to 2019, for the purposes of this column we'll treat 2019 as the closing point of the 20-teens. With the decade now in our rearview mirrors, it seems appropriate to look back at the...
Editor Derick Giwner remembers former Yonkers and Saratoga track announcer Bob Meyer, who passed away this week at age 80. Rest in peace.
Here are your Dan Patch Award winners in the Trotting divisions.
Three-year-old trotting colt Greenshoe, who was the highest moneywinning trotter in North America during 2019, had the largest margin of victory among six trotters elected to Dan Patch Award divisional honors in year-end voting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association, the sport’...
Here are your Dan Patch Award winners in the Pacing divisions.
None of the six pacing divisional winners for the 2019 Dan Patch Awards were able to garner all the votes in their division, but three came close – pacing mare Shartin N and 3-year-old filly Warrawee Ubeaut were selected on all but two ballots and 3-year-old colt Bettor’s Wish saw only three vot...
Congrats to Wiggle It Jiggleit and his connections. He returned to the winner's circle tonight at Dover for the first time since 2016.
DRF's own Derick Giwner was named USHWA's Member of the Year. Congratulations!
Derick Giwner, a director of the New York City Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), who will in 2020 celebrate his 24th year with the highly-regarded racing publication starting life as Sports Eye and now part of the mammoth Daily Racing Form empire, has been selected as...
Greg Reinhart looks back at the memorable moments from 2019 in Harness Racing.
Another harness racing stakes season has come and gone, and so that means it’s time for the annual look-back at the best races and moments in the sport for the year. Hopefully you see your favorite race or maybe one you had missed that you can check out now that you’ve heard about it. Rather tha...
Editor Derick Giwner provides a look at some of the retiring 14-year-old warriors in Harness Racing. They provided us many good moments and their time on the track is almost done.
The music is just about over for the careers of 30 or so 14-year-old Standardbreds who are still competing on a daily basis in the United States. Despite their age, many are still performing quite well and some are even in career form as the sun begins to set on their on-track days.
Owner Adriano Sorella is looking outside the box to market his new stallion Jimmy Freight.Check it out!
Long before it was announced on November 19 that Jimmy Freight was heading to stallion duty at Winbak Farm in Ontario, owner Adriano Sorella was formulating plans for new ways to market his asset and increase exposure for Harness Racing.
Wiggle It Jiggleit looks to continue his comeback Thursday at Dover Downs as he tries to get back to the Grand Circuit for 2020.
It’s tough when you’re bringing back just about any horse from a long layoff. When that horse is Wiggle It Jiggleit, a now 7-year-old with nearly $4 million in career earnings, expectations are not just high but through the roof.
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Shartin and Caviart Ally renewed their rivalry in Saturday night's final stakes event at the Meadowlands, the $175,000 TVG Mare Pace, and for the third consecutive stakes event Caviart Ally got the nod, taking a 1:48 3/5 victory.
Caviart Ally got her third straight stakes decision over Shartin in tonight\'s $175,000 TVG Mare Pace final at the Meadowlands, coming out a nose better in a 1:48 3/5 mile.
Six Pack, who heads to Deo Volente Farms for stallion duty next year, ended his racing career with a track record 1:50 decision in the $350,000 TVG Open Trot final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Six Pack and driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt enjoyed the best trip in the $350,000 TVG Open for trotters on Saturday night at the Meadowlands and drove past 7-5 favorite Manchego near the wire to close out his career a winner in track record time of 1:50.
JK First Lady, whose dam is former Horse of the Year JK She'salady, is now a Three Diamonds champion just like her mom, and she smashed JK She'salady's track record in the process, lowering it to 1:49 2/5 in winning the $411,000 dash for rookie pacing fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
JK First Lady, the royally-bred first foal out of former Horse of the Year JK She'salady, joined her mom as a champion of the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old pacing fillies, winning the $411,000 contest on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The final time was 1:49 2/5, which broke JK She'salady's trac...
Always A Prince set up shop on the lead from post eight and was a dominant 1:48 2/5 winner of the $350,000 TVG Open Pace final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Bettor's Wish took on older foes and was second, and 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked concluded his career with a fifth-place finish from first-over.
Always A Prince made every call a winning one in posting a minor upset in the $350,000 TVG Open Pace final at the Meadowlands on Saturday night, scoring for driver Yannick Gingras in 1:48 2/5.
Senorita Rita came with a determined two-wide kick in the stretch and collared leader Sister Sledge approaching the finish to win the $475,100 Goldsmith Maid final for 2-year-old trotting fillies tonight at the Meadowlands in a life's-best clocking of 1:53 flat.
Senorita Rita pulled to the outside first-over on the far turn and chased down loose leader Sister Sledge in the last jump to get the win in the $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for rookie trotting fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Senorita Rita, who won the Kindergarten Classic Series final at T...
Kindergarten Classic Series champion EL Ideal, driven by Andy Miller for trainer Ake Svanstedt, cut all the fractions and kept clear in the lane to win the Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:53 2/5.
EL Ideal and driver Andy Miller had their own way and scored impressively in the $505,050 Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Sent off as the 3-1 second choice in the race, EL Ideal scored in 1:53 2/5.
Papi Rob Hanover took charge after a second quarter brush to the lead and went on to take the $401,850 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night at the Meadowlands in style, stopping the clock in 1:51 1/5.
Papi Rob Hanover moved to the lead going to the half and was on cruise control from that point on, easily taking the $401,850 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:51 1/5.
Emoticon Hanover won her second straight edition of the TVG Mare Trot on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, getting up from the pocket to defeat 1-9 choice Atlanta in a 1:51 4/5 mile. 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover concluded her brilliant career with a strong third-place effort.
Emoticon Hanover won the TVG Mare Trot final for the second straight year, hauling down 1-9 favorite Atlanta in the lane to win the $175,000 dash on Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:51 4/5, tying the stakes record.
Here are the draws for the eight stakes finals to be raced Saturday (11/23) at The Meadowlands:
$505,000 Valley Victory
6-Ready For Moni
9-Rome Pays Off
$475,100 Goldsmith Maid
3-Hall Of AM S
5-Queen Of The Hill
6-Common Sense S
$401,850 Governor's Cup
4-Papi Rob Hanover
6-Mac's Big Boy
$411,000 Three Diamonds
5-JK First Lady
7-Baby Your The Best
$175,000 TVG Mare Trot
5-Darling Maeras S
$350,000 TVG Open Trot
6-Gaurdian Angel As
7-Lindy The Great
$175,000 TVG Mare Pace
3-Apple Bottom Jeans
5-Kissin In The Sand
$350,000 TVG Open Pace
5-Dealt A Winner
8-Always A Prince
Bettor's Wish kept his run going of finishing first or second in all of 2019 starts by taking Thursday night's Matron for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Dover Downs.
Tall Drink Hanover toppled Warrawee Ubeaut and a group of other talented 3-year-old pacing fillies in winning Thursday night's Matron at Dover Downs.
When Dovescry backed up the Matron she won last year by carving out all the fractions and lasting over the closers in today's $176,150 Grand Circuit test for sophomore filly trotters at Dover Downs.
In 2018 When Dovescry finished second in the Breeders Crown and then won the Matron at Dover Downs, and she did the same thing this year, going right down the road to a 1:52 2/5 tally in the $176,150 contest for 3-year-old filly trotters on Thursday evening.
GImpanzee drew away after taking the lead from first-over on the final turn, capturing today's $208,300 Matron for 3-year-old male trotters at Dover Downs in a track record clocking of 1:51 1/5.
Gimpanzee powered to a 1:51 1/5 track record peformance in the $208,300 Matron for sophomore colt and gelding trotters on Thursday evening at Dover Downs.
The 2019 edition of the Standardbred Horse Sale is now in the books after the second day of the mixed sale took place on Friday. Donttellmeagain, pictured here winning last year at Hollywood Dayton, led the session at $400,000.
The 2019 edition of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, finished up on Friday with the second day of the mixed sale.
Millionaire pacing mare Darlinonthebeach, pictured here with trainer Nancy Johansson and driver David Miller after winning the 2016 Valley Forge at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, was the top seller from the White Birch Farm broodmare dispersal on Thursday at the Standardbred Horse Sale, relocating to her new home at Diamond Creek Farm after going for $450,000.
Keyed by the dispersal of broodmares from White Birch Farm, it was an action-packed Thursday of bidding and buying at the Standardbred Horse Sale as the two-day mixed sale began.
The yearling-only portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale has now concluded, and all three sessions finished up over the corresponding day in the 2018 edition of the sale.
The yearling-only section of the Standardbred Horse Sale finished up on Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with more gains from the 2018 edition.
Tuesday's second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale finished up in both gross and average over last year's second day, and the sale is in record territory heading into tomorrow, the final day of the yearling-only portion of the catalog.
The Standardbred Horse Sale continued on Tuesday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with additional gains in both gross and average year-over-year.
The connections of Six Pack and Deo Volente Farms announced today that he will be retired after the TVG Open Trot and stand stud at Deo Volente's Flemington, New Jersey, operation.
The owners of Six Pack: Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC., Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmar Inc., and L. Berg Inc. have announced the retirement of Six Pack (Muscle Mass-Pleasing Lady-Cantab Hall) after his final race in the TVG at the Meadowlands on November 23rd and he will stand stud at Deo Volent...
Continuing the trend throughout major sales this year, the first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale showed major gains in average and gross year-over-year.
Concord Stud Farm, consigning for breeder Order By Stable, had the day's top two sellers, with HIP 45 Gangsta Rat, a filly, going to Ake Svanstedt for $550,000 and HIP 88 Take This Society (pictured), a colt, being purchased by Diamond Creek Farm for $475,000. Both yearlings are by Muscle Hill.
For the second straight year, the headlines coming out of day one of the Standardbred Horse Sale were massive gains in gross and average year-over-year, and the Meirs family’s Concord Stud Farm having the top two sellers.
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