Day At The Track
Baggage Claim, harness racing

Fern Paquet, Jr. wins four of five Olympia qualifiers

Lake Worth, FL - The Wednesday morning qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach training center saw harness racing driver Fern Paquet, Jr., win four of the five races for trotters and pacers. The track was fast but it was a very warm 90 degrees at post time and the judges gave a one second allowance. Paquet started off the day winning the first race trot with Celebrity Liberty, going wire-to-wire and holding off the pocket-sitting Tribeca Blue (Dan Daley) by three-quarters of a length in 2:05.1, last quarter in :30.1. Trained by Sam Stathis, Celebrity Liberty is a four-year-old mare and is sired by Celebrity Maserati. She was bred and is owned by Stathis's Celebrity Farms of New York, NY. The action really heated up in the second race trot when Celebrity Miracle, a return winner from last week's qualifiers, led from start to finish for driver Fern Paquet, Jr., winning with ease by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.3. Celebrity Serena (Sam Stathis) was second with Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) third. Celebrity Miracle also trotted a :27.4 third quarter and came home in :28.2 for the score. She is also trained by Stathis and was bred and is owned by Celebrity Farms. The third race pace nearly saw Paquet score his third straight winner, but driver/trainer Dan Daley held off Paquet's Village Artist by a close head at the wire with Doyoukissfirstdate in 1:59.4. A three-year-old filly by American Ideal, Doyoukissfirstdate is co-owned by Dan Daley's wife, Ann-Mari Daley of Vero Beach with the breeder, Crawford Farms of New York. Paquet returned to the Olympia of Palm Beach winner's circle again in the fourth race pace, this time with Baggage Claim in a romp. Leaving from post three, Paquet sent Baggage Claim right to the front and pulled away from the field, eventually winning by 15 lengths over Firewater Jake (Ken Holliday) and Terlingua (Scott Zeron) in 1:57.2, third quarter in :27 and only a :30 second last quarter mile. A seven-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella, Baggage Claim is trained by Jennifer Sansome and owned by Gregory Gardner of Sheridan, MI. The fifth and final race of the day, a pace, saw Hugh Hefner N give driver Fern Paquet, Jr. his driving quadruple of the afternoon with a 1:58.1 triumph over Jimi Wind Ricks (Scott Zeron). Paquet wired the field with High Hefner N, winning with ease by four open lengths, last quarter mile in :28.3. A 12-year-old gelding by Falcon Seelster, it made it a training double on the day for Jennifer Sansome, who also owns the horse. "It always feels good winning a race," Fern Paquet said. "It's nice to be able to stay sharp driving a few horses. It also is keeping the horses sharp in the hopes we get racing soon. "I can't wait to race for some money again," Paquet added. "especially when you drive a horse like Celebrity Miracle, who really impresses me more and more. He will definitely will be fun this summer wherever he races. Till then he will continue to be ready to go." To see video and droning of the races, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Blooded Horse Sale

Spring mixed sale cancelled

We've waited to make a decision about the May Sale hoping things would change quickly, however after speaking with Champions Center and listening to the CDC announcements it's clear we will not have a May Sale, after much deliberation about moving to June we have decided that this is still too fluid to make that decision and have decided to just wait for our August sale. We look forward to seeing you in August in much better times. Please stay safe at home. We will get through this. We're all in this together! Blooded Horse  

The Meadowlands, Harness Racing

Status statement from Jeff Gural

East Rutherford, NJ - Given the current situation The Meadowlands and Tioga and Vernon Downs are doing whatever can be done to look after our employees and be a good harness racing neighbor in the community.   We also realize the plight of the horsemen that race at our tracks and the anxiety of not knowing what the near future might hold.   It is in this spirit that we try to shed a little light on what may be possible.   It is our hope that we may be able to resume live racing at The Meadowlands on May 1, 2020. That is of course contingent on many things, most of which we do not control.   Tioga and Vernon Downs will set to preparing for live racing as soon as the casinos are cleared to open.   Fortunately, our stakes at The Meadowlands would have barely begun on the original calendar. The only casualty thus far is the new 4-year-old NJSS Maturity stakes that were scheduled for March and April. We'll look to race those later in the season.   The first open stake scheduled is Leg #1 of the Graduate Series for pacers on May 2. If we get open, we would likely delay that race for a bit to give those horses a chance to get a start while looking for a logical spot to race it. The NJSS for 3-year-olds were to begin on May 15 and we might move them back a few weeks.   These ideas are contingent upon whether stakes at other tracks are raced when originally scheduled.   We are cautiously optimistic that as a result of the delay to the opening of their live meet that Monmouth Park will race a turf only meet at The Meadowlands in 2020 and not convert the main track. This potential development may give us some flexibility so far as making up live race dates in October and November.   "We are working to get the tracks open, but only when it's safe," said Meadowlands President Jeff Gural. "I get that guys need to race, I'd like to race too. We must adhere to the guidelines set forth by Governors Murphy and Cuomo and we will follow their direction." The Meadowlands and Tioga and Vernon Downs

Lazarus N, harness racing

Breedings to help New Jersey Horsemen

In the wake of trying times recently, we are excited to share a bit of good harness racing news and positive spirit.   An auction of four 2020 stallion breedings will be donated to help those New Jersey horsemen most affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The proceeds will be donated directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund.   Deo Volente Farms’ owners Thomas Pontone and Michael Gulotta are announcing a donation of 2020 breedings to Lazarus, Trixton and Lis Mara to benefit the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund.  In addition, the original ownership group of Six Pack - Jeff Gural, Svanstedt Stables, Stall Kalmar Inc., Lars Berg, and Knutson Trotting - are also generously donating a 2020 breeding to Six Pack to the Fund.   Lazarus N                                                                                                                Lis Mara  Six Pack                                                                                                             Trixton 100% of the proceeds generated from the online auction of these four breeding will go directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund. Jeff Gural, Chairman of the Meadowlands, said “It is the right thing to do. New Jersey horseman have been particularly hard hit and I am extremely happy to lend a hand.”  The auction will take place on Ongait beginning on Passover, April 8, 2020, and running through Easter Monday, April 13, 2020.  Winning bidders will make their checks out directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund. The winning bidders will be offered one breed back opportunity in a subsequent breeding season in the event that the 2020 breeding does not result in a live foal.  When Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ, heard about the program he responded by saying, “I really appreciate these owners stepping up to help the horsemen.  These are unchartered waters for us as an industry right now. We as an organization will make sure that these funds get into the right hands.” Mike Gulotta President and CEO of Deo Volente Farms said: ” I am a strong believer in the commandment to love our neighbors. Especially at this religious time of the year, lending some assistance to those most affected by the virus is entirely consistent with the season and with that commandment.” Thomas Pontone added ” I love harness racing and its community. It hurts to witness the pain being borne by our horsemen. I needed to help and I am proud to do so.” Questions about the auction may be directed to Joe Savare at Deo Volente Farms at 908-399-8400 or to joe@deovolentefarms.com.   Linda Petrenko, Stallion & Breeding Administration Deo Volente Farms LLC 487 Quakertown Road Flemington, NJ 08822 Office 908-782-4848   Fax 908-782-4870 www.deovolentefarms.com

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The second nomination payment of $1,000 is due for the 2020 $200,000 Prix d'Ete for four-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. The race takes place on Sunday, August 23, 2020. The second payment must be post marked by Wednesday, April 15. There were 30 horses nominated to the first payment. All nominations payments must be made in order to remain eligible. There are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D'Ete. For the first time there will also be a $50,000 consolation race on the same day for those horses that do not make it to the final. The final will feature the eight-top money-winning nominees during the 2020 season. Horses that finish sixth thru eighth place in the final will each receive $1,000. To make the second sustaining nomination payment, owners/trainers can click here or go on www.hippodrome3r.ca to get the necessary payment/nomination forms. From the Quebec Jockey Club Listing of the 30 horses that made the first payment. AIR FORCE HANOVER AMERICAN MERCURY ANGERS BAYAMA BEST IN SHOW BLLACK HOLE BLOOD MONEY BRANQUINHO BRONX SEELSTER CAPTAIN MALICIOUS CAPTAIN TREVOR CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS CAVIART ROCKLAND CAVIART STETSON CENTURY FARROH COVERED BRIDGE DANCIN LOU FLAMEPROOF HANOVER HICKFROMFRENCHLICK HIGHLANDBEACHLOVER LEGION SEELSTER MILITARY SECRET OLLIES ZTAM PROOF RESPECT OUR FLAG ROCKIE GOT FRAMED ROLLWITHPAPAJOE SEMI TOUGH TYGA HANOVER U S CAPTAIN WILD WILD WESTERN    

New Brunswick, NJ — In a joint project by the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University; Equine Integrated Medicine, Georgetown, Ky.; Duer Forensic Toxicology, Clearwater, Fla.; and the New York Drug Testing and Research Program, Morrisville State College; a recently published journal article shows that a sterile solution of cobalt salts (50 mg of elemental cobalt as CoCl2 in 10 ml of saline, given IV for three consecutive days) did not affect aerobic or anaerobic performance or plasma erythropoeitin concentration in race fit harness racing horses. The study was funded in part by the United States Trotting Association. “The Evaluation of Cobalt as a Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) in Racehorses” study sought to determine if cobalt acts as a performance enhancing drug by altering biochemical parameters related to red blood cell production, as well as markers of aerobic and anaerobic exercise performance. The study also identified the normal distribution of plasma cobalt in a population of horses on a maintenance dietary ration without excessive cobalt supplementation. Research was conducted using 245 Standardbred horses with no supplementation of cobalt from farms in New York and New Jersey, including those at the Rutgers University Equine Science Center. The authors concluded that a threshold of 25 micrograms per liter in plasma, currently in place in many racing jurisdictions, may result in horses exceeding the threshold without excessive cobalt administration. They suggest that a threshold of 71 micrograms per liter be considered. The study also found that plasma cobalt concentrations over 300 ppb had no adverse effects on horses’ well-being or on performance. However, we caution that investigators have found that higher doses are purportedly being illicitly administered to horses with reported dangerous adverse and life-threatening effects on the horses. The present study does not address the effects of administering the much larger doses that racing officials and investigators have suggested are being misused to enhance performance. Cobalt in salt form (closeup) According to Dr. Kenneth H. McKeever, Associate Director for Research at the Equine Science Center, “The results of this study are the first to document that administration of cobalt salts at the level studied does not stimulate the production of red blood cells and does not affect markers of performance in race fit horses. Horses appear to respond in a species-specific fashion that is different from human studies that showed toxicity at plasma concentrations above 300 ppb. This study presents data rather than speculation for the decision-making process for setting thresholds.” The study has been published as an open access paper, accessible for free at this link. The Rutgers Equine Science Center

BATAVIA — With the virtual shutdown of the entire State of New York, everything has taken a major hit; from schools and athletics to businesses and every day lives, things won’t be the same again for quite some time, if ever. That, obviously, also has applied to one of the oldest and most cherished sports in the world — the sport of horse racing. More specifically, harness racing. While every track in New York has been shut down, including the thoroughbred venues, there have been a small number of tracks that have remained open throughout the country, though none of those include harness tracks, like the oldest lighted harness track in the country at Batavia Downs. “All New York state racetracks are currently shut down until further notice and are anxiously awaiting word when they can reopen,” said Todd Haight, the Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs.”Before the New York State racetracks ceased racing operations, they were racing with no patrons in attendance. That could be a way of getting these racetracks open sooner rather than later.” Yet as of March 16, tracks across the state have been temporarily closed to the COVID-19 pandemic, including Buffalo Raceway, which was midway through its current season. However, though there will not be any live racing any time soon, the state mandates have not shuttered all aspects of the sport down completely. “The racetracks that were open before the shut down remain open for training purposes,” Haight said. “Equines must be allowed to get out of their stalls for exercise and receive their proper care. The only real change there is training hours have been reduced. Racetracks that were scheduled to open in April and early May have all delayed their openings; in fact, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs have delayed opening up their barn areas until further notice.” With the majority of racing shut down, three “major” thoroughbred tracks have remained open, which includes Oaklawn Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park. Oaklawn Park is in Arizona, while the remaining two are in Florida, with Gulfstream having hosted the 2020 Florida Derby just over a week ago, with Tiz the Law winning easily in front of zero spectators. Is that something that is capable of being maintained? “Of the three it appears in the short term they will be allowed to complete their season,” Haight said. “That said, Oaklawn Park is scheduled to close for the season on May 2 and Tampa Bay Downs May 3. Of the major tracks that would leave just Gulfstream Park — located in South Florida — racing although officials at Santa Anita in California are feverishly trying to that track reopened.” With the lack of any major sport taking place during the spread of coronavirus, increased majoring on horse racing has followed suit. Though Haight isn’t 100 percent sure that has to do with there being no baseball, basketball, hockey, etc... “I’m not sure I can attribute the increased handle numbers to the lack of sporting events. Rather I think the lack of competition from many or any racetracks running at the same time,’ he said. “I can tell you at Batavia Downs Racetrack our biggest total handle of the week is Wednesday night, which I’m sure surprises many people. Yes, on Saturday night we by far draw our biggest crowds but due to so many other tracks racing we don’t see the big off-track wagering numbers that we see on Wednesdays. In fact, it can be as high as 50 percent greater than the other race nights and this is all due to the lack of competition.” However, there may still be a correlation nonetheless between the lack of gambling options and the increased interest in horse racing betting. “Yes racetracks have reported increases in handle due to the lack of competition. Gulfstream Park saw an all-sources handle for the Florida Derby card, March 28, a record $53,555,529, eclipsing the previous mark of $49,909,070 handled in 2018,” Haight said. “And remember this number was attained with not one person wagering in the grandstands as the races were closed to the public. That’s truly remarkable.” There have also been other tracks across the country that have reported huge increases, including Fonner Park in Nebraska and Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma, with the former still up and running without spectators. Will Rogers Downs saw a 657.5% increase in the March 2020 handle over March 2019 with betting up nearly $13.7 million from the same period last year, according to Haight, while Fonner Park, saw a 272.7% increase in March handle, up more than $8.4 million. Specifically with Batavia Downs, they have also seen an up-tick in wagering in the recent weeks, for whatever the reason may be. In 2014 the Downs introduced Batavia Bets, an online wagering platform that has continued to be highly success, while Haight says it took in nearly $200,000 in wagers last week alone. Haight has also seen a small increase in the number of signups for Batavia Bets since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, with horse racing being virtually the only sport still running that people can gamble on. Moreover, cable networks such as Fox Sports 1 and NBC Sports have continued to show live racing on television, including the Florida Derby in late March. “And keep in mind that’s with many of our customers most popular racetracks current closed,” Haight said in the increased wagering at Batavia Downs. “When you take Aqueduct, Meadowlands and Buffalo Raceway off the board it is going to have an effect on wagering numbers. We’re very pleased with the success of Batavia Bets.” For Haight and the rest of the world of racing — and life in general — everything at the moment is simply a waiting game. And the effects of the last month are something that the world will likely never fully get over. “COVID-19 has changed the landscape of horse racing - that’s for sure. We are living in unprecedented times and the safety of our patrons, employees, and horsemen remain a top priority,” Haight said. It remains to be seen how long it will take to get back to normal and what the new normal will indeed be. “The effects of this pandemic have been felt worldwide and in all sports,” he added. “We’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on our website, social media and via press releases in regards to our live racing product which is scheduled to begin on July 22. We’ll be working very closely with the New York State Gaming Commission and the Western New York Harness Horseman Association on this process.” Here’s to hoping at least part, if not all, of the upcoming Downs season will go on as usual. By Nate Rider Reprinted with permission of The Daily News Online

On Sept. 23, 2010, Rock N Roll Heaven dominated the Little Brown Jug with a historic and still unparalleled harness racing performance. The colt won his first Jug heat in a world-record-equaling 1:49.2 and returned later in the afternoon to sweep the event by winning the second heat in a duplicate 1:49.2. It was the first time in history a horse won twice on the same day with sub-1:50 miles. There have been 27 Little Brown Jug miles since Rock N Roll Heaven's victory a decade ago and only twice has 1:49.2 been equaled or bettered. Wiggle It Jiggleit won his first heat in 2015 in 1:49.2; Betting Line won the second heat in 2016 in 1:49. Rock N Roll Heaven's trainer Bruce Saunders recently looked back at that memorable day and memorable year for his colt. THE FIELD Rock N Roll Heaven's seven rivals in the second, and final, heat of the 2010 Little Brown Jug were (in alphabetical order) Classic Rock Nroll, Doc's Yankee, Dreamlands Art, I'm Gorgeous, Piece Of The Rock, Razzle Dazzle, and Rockin Image. One More Laugh was scratched. "He beat a very nice bunch of horses," Saunders said. "People want to say they weren't that good, but if the race went in (1):50 and a piece or (1):51, it would have been a very competitive race. The fact Rock N Roll Heaven was up to going (1):49 and a piece, and came home as quickly as he did, dwarfed the other horses' ability that particular day. "It made the race fairly boring as far as competition was concerned, but it wasn't boring for us." THE LEAD-IN Rock N Roll Heaven won four of his first five races in 2010, including the Berry's Creek and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship before a costly blip in a division of the Burlington Stakes at Mohawk. Racing in heavy fog, Rock N Roll Heaven got the lead on the backstretch but was frightened by a light on the infield's half-mile timer and went off stride. He had to qualify three days later to compete in the North America Cup eliminations. He won his qualifier in 1:52 and four days after won his Cup elim in 1:48.4. In the North America Cup final, he finished fourth. "He scoped full of pus and mucous," Saunders said. "I think he was definitely the best horse in the North America Cup. In my mind, it was that extra (1):52 mile he had to go in the middle of the week that stressed his immune system enough that he wasn't on his game for the final. It was what it was." Rock N Roll Heaven bounced back with a win in his Meadowlands Pace elimination, then finished second by a head to One More Laugh in the final after battling for the lead through hotly contested early fractions. A second-place finish by a head to Rockin Image in the Oliver Wendell Holmes followed, but the colt would not lose again the rest of the season. He captured the Battle of the Brandywine in a stakes- and track-record 1:48.4 over a rain-soaked "good" surface at Harrah's Philadelphia and then headed to Delaware, Ohio, for the Little Brown Jug. LITTLE BROWN JUG DAY In his first heat, the first of three Jug eliminations, Rock N Roll Heaven started from post two and was third for the first quarter. On the second turn, driver Dan Dube sent Rock N Roll Heaven on his way and the colt powered to a three-length win over Razzle Dazzle in 1:49.2, equaling the world record for a 3-year-old pacing colt on a half-mile track set by Somebeachsomewhere at Flamboro Downs in the 2008 Confederation Cup final. Classic Rock Nroll won the second elim in 1:50.4 and I'm Gorgeous won the third in 1:50.2. When the field was set for the second heat, Rock N Roll Heaven again started from post two. This time, Dube only waited to come off the first turn to move Rock N Roll Heaven to the front. He was not threatened from there, winning by 2-1/4 lengths over I'm Gorgeous, again in 1:49.2. He paced the second half of the race in :53.4 and final quarter in :26.2. Rock N Roll Heaven's two-heat time of 3:38.4 established the world record, lowering the former time of 3:40.1 set by Shadow Play in the 2008 Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit is the only Jug winner to threaten Rock N Roll Heaven's mark, missing by a fifth of a second in 2015. "Winning the Jug was an unbelievable experience; it was sensational," Saunders said. "I guess as races go, there were far more exciting ones in the Jug than Heaven's dominant win in 2010, but his performance may not be beat for a while. His last half in the last heat, home in :26.2, without being contested was pretty remarkable." To view a replay of the race, click here. Following the race, Saunders told reporters, "I've been reluctant to call him a great horse, but he is a great horse." Looking back at that comment, Saunders said, "I aspire to Tim McGraw's song, 'Humble and Kind.' I think it's best to be humble, be kind, to your competition. But once (Rock N Roll Heaven) got to that level, I think he established himself. It wasn't braggadocious, it was more just a statement of fact." The atmosphere at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, where fans visit with the horses in the Jug Barn in the days preceding the race and 48,118 showed up for Jug Day, made Rock N Roll Heaven's victory even more memorable. "The two or three days when you're there, it's kind of like an out-of-body experience," Saunders said. "You go through doing what you've got to do (to prepare) and try to accommodate all the people that come by to see the horse to make sure it's a great experience for them as well as you. "Like most horses, he loved the attention. Horses love to be looked at and spoken to, they know when they're the focus. That whole aspect of it was very rewarding. The fans there love the game, they love the horses, and love the winner. To put in that kind of effort was special." THE AFTERMATH Rock N Roll Heaven won his remaining seven starts following the Little Brown Jug on his way to U.S. Horse of the Year honors. Five of those victories were by at least three lengths and the triumphs included the Breeders Crown, Tattersalls Pace, Messenger Stakes, and Matron Stakes. For the year, he won 16 of 21 races and earned $2.15 million. He paced a record 11 sub-1:50 miles, with victories in 1:49.2 or faster on every size racetrack -- half, five-eighths, seven-eighths, and mile. The colt, a son of Rocknroll Hanover out of Artistic Vision, was owned by Frank Bellino and bred by Steve Stewart, Charles "Cotton" Nash, Julie Nash, and Francene Nash. In 2017, Rock N Roll Heaven was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. "He was an unbelievable horse in so many regards," Saunders said. "One of the remarkable attributes he had was that he could pace away from a field of horses any time during the mile. In the middle part, the first part, from the top of the stretch home; if he was fresh, he could just sprint away from horses. And a lot of them stood on their toes trying to keep up with him. "To get a horse that is Horse of the Year is pretty spectacular. He was special." At the end of the 2010 campaign, The Meadowlands Racetrack produced a video looking at Rock N Roll Heaven's season, which can be viewed here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Columbus, OH — Horse owner and Fazoli’s President and CEO Carl Howard spoke with U.S. Trotting Association Social Media and Publicity Coordinator Wendy Ross on Monday (April 6) in a remote interview about the challenges facing harness racing horsemen and businesses during the current coronavirus pandemic. Howard, who has become very familiar with many important elements of the federal stimulus legislation for his regular job as the head of a national company with 216 restaurants in 27 different states, shares valuable knowledge that can be very useful for horsemen facing the challenges of current conditions with all racing in the U.S. cancelled. Watch the interview here. For information on EIDL or PPP loans provided by the federal stimulus legislation, click here. And to find out more about Fazoli’s COVID-19 response, click here. from the USTA Communications Department

Cream Ridge, NJ - 4/6/2020 - Nearly 32 years of helping thousands of Standardbreds, and shining under numerous awards from the Racing Commissioners International, the American Associations of Equine Practitioners, the Harness Tracks of America and many others, the harness racing of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) are facing serious trouble during this Covid virus pandemic.   Paula Campbell and Judy Bokman have worked tirelessly to keep this mission going, but potential adopters are holding off, horses scheduled for homes are on hold, SRF is unable to continue to feed and care for 382 horses with its social fundraisers cancelled, they need help now.   There have not been any government or industry grants available to assist these horses, 94% of the success of the mission is attributed to the generosity of individuals.   The many facilities SRF uses to board these horses are making some concessions to help get through this.   The monthly cost for feed and care is now down to $76,800 for the 382 horses.   SRF is pleading for help for them.   Tax-deductible donations are the only way to save these horses.   Donations can be made through SRF's website at https://www.adoptahorse.org/donate, by mail to SRF PO Box 312, Millstone Twp., NJ 08535, (SRF requests a message of a gift in the mail in order to arrange for care) or by telephoning 609 738 3255.   There is very limited staff time, messages will be returned as quickly as possible. ____________________________   Further Information   For nearly every Standardbred racehorse, when injured or no longer competitive, they are sold off the track to dealers in rural communities. They are then resold either for the price of meat in Canada and Mexico, or as work horses to plow fields, haul heavy logs, clear land, and for street transportation. Sadly, the care of many of them is not to humane standards. When in their teens these horses are usually then "turned over for fresh ones" and sold for slaughter. SRF diverted thousands of these trotters and pacers to safety, rehabilitation, then to loving homes; some have gone back to owners for a safe retirement.   Every animal is at the mercy of the care it is in, for some, that is a wonderful place to be, but that is not the case for all. SRF, being the model program, the oldest, most productive organization of its kind remains the guardian for its horses, even when adopted, so no horse is at risk again.   A few SRF has helped that were in the slaughter pipeline: UPFRONT HOOSIER BOY -  $802,426  SWINGIN GLORY - $817,082   THINK GOLD -  $699,994   SLEEP EASY - $651,145 - his owner found him a home and followed up and still he was found tagged for slaughter. He is back home now. DRIVE ALL NIGHT $628,121 - OIL MAGNET - $417,780 FAMOUS MARK -  $543,784 CASIMIR BAD BOY - $547,036 EAGLE NOW - $553,717 LET'S GET SERIOUS  $621,912 HOT N SPORTY   $519,769 FRANKO HAT TRICK N  $521,512 KILLEAN CUT KID $315,239. CORLEON HANOVER -  $488,153  LONESOME ATTACK - $415,705 EOOS -  $402,128 WESTERN SMOOCHER $472,417 GOOD FEELING - $476,584  I'M A GOOD UN $301,141 JOBO DA'SHABRA - $363,945 OUTLAW BLUES $300,290     The list of horses currently under SRF's care and expense: ·     African Doctor ·     Airy Heir ·     Alpine Thunder ·     Andrew's Linedrive ·     Another Lady ·     Another Tino ·     Apache Fur ·     Apocalypse Hanover ·     Aprettycharm ·     Art Dialing ·     Arteffect ·     Artful Dodger ·     Ashlees Cool Guy ·     At His Best ·     Auriga Vixen ·     Ava ·     Baltimore Tyler ·     Bamboo Hanover ·     Beat My Drums ·     Beechwood Diana ·     Benns Hruby ·     Benny Marvel ·     Best Beluga ·     Big Boy Toz ·     Big Money ·     Big Run ·     Big Sky Devil ·     Blu's Girl ·     Bodine Hanover ·     Bogert's Best ·     Bold Master ·     Bold Xample ·     Bomba Rumpus ·     Boone Forever ·     Brandy ·     Bright Hope ·     Bright Tune ·     Brooklyn Character ·     Brother Tony ·     Buddy's Money ·     Bulletproof Billy ·     C J Smoke ·     C-Mon Big Guy ·     Caleb ·     Cambe Jade ·     Cambeaster ·     Cancun Time ·     Careless Sam ·     Carolina Valley ·     Casino View ·     Catch Me Kid ·     Caviar on the Menu ·     Cedarhurst ·     CHELEMARK TAFFY ·     Chernucson ·     Cheryl's Dream ·     Christian Skipper ·     Ciros Best ·     Classic Action ·     Classic Storm ·     Coast Guard Grad ·     Color Me Khaki ·     Confluence Park ·     Contumelious ·     Converse Hanover ·     Cowboy Roundup ·     CR Machomacho Man ·     CR Rhat ·     Crazy Horse ·     Cresus Popette ·     cripplecreek bambi ·     CryinCheatinLyin ·     Customized Cruiser ·     Czech This Name ·     Dakota Victor ·     Dale's Master ·     Dancer Springs ·     Danish Dancer ·     Danny ·     Danny boy ·     Derby's Goal ·     Desist Hanover ·     Dex Appeal ·     Diane's Shark ·     Diego Gram ·     Direct advantage ·     Divine Setup ·     Doccoon ·     Dollar Sign ·     Dollys Red Scooter ·     Dominion ·     Don't Ruffle Me ·     Double D Fine ·     Double HH Caroline ·     Down Time ·     Dr. Zip ·     Dutch Hill General ·     Dutchie Odonnell ·     Dynamic Dude N ·     Easy Ed ·     Eden Roc ·     EDUM-UP ·     Electric Smile ·     Empress Mine ·     Eoos ·     EP Great Drive ·     Eres Tu ·     Excuse Me Pleez ·     Falkland Fighter ·     Fedorov ·     Feel So Bad ·     Fico ·     Final Armour ·     Fine Feathers ·     First Season ·     Fizz Bone ·     Flash Larue ·     Four Starzzz Hall ·     Fourowonfreddy ·     Fox Valley Roper ·     Franco Hat Trick N ·     Fred'd Lil Scraper ·     Freedom Fry ·     Funny Girl ·     Futureflyer ·     Gaal Pal ·     Garvey In Motion ·     GD Rosanne ·     Giorgi's Superstar ·     Girles Son ·     Glenwood Skipper ·     Golden Falcon N ·     Good Feeling ·     Goodgolly Ms Holly ·     Gospel Joe ·     Gottcha Back ·     Grampa's Grounded ·     GTO ·     Have It Your Way ·     He's A Bug ·     He's A Demon ·     Heavy Hitter ·     Hello Miss Mo ·     Henrys Crown ·     High Arsenal ·     Hitch ·     Hobo Bryan ·     Hoorayforvacation ·     Hoosier HH King ·     Hummer Boy ·     Hurry Up Jeannie ·     Ideal Cash ·     Idylwood Phoenix ·     Igotthegasthetolls ·     Ikester Lavec ·     Im The Money ·     Island Flower ·     J D's Dragon ·     J. 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Lake Worth, FL - Olympia of Palm Beach, formerly known as the South Florida Trotting Center, will hold both two-year-old and qualifying harness races on Wednesday, April 8. The two-year-old races will be restricted to a time of 2:25 for both trotters and pacers. Two-year-old's can also practice behind the starting gate. "We will continue to use best practices during these events," Said Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach training center. "I think the two-year-old races will be great. These youngsters are ready to experience racing against each other and getting to go behind the starting gate." Entries for the 2YO and qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach must be called in to Kathy Breedlove by 1:00 pm by Tuesday, April 7 at 954-654-0129. There will be only three horses per race and, if possible, horses will be split into divisions by gait. The 2YO races and qualifying races will begin Wednesday, April 8 at 11:00 am. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach      

East Rutherford, NJ - With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting Bergen County extremely hard the Meadowlands Racetrack wanted to help the community in any way possible. After learning the Meadowlands YMCA was working with Table to Table to distribute meals to families in need, the Meadowlands Racetrack and its restaurant partner Ark Meadowlands pitched in to help feed the local community. The racetrack donated over 500 meals along with fresh vegetables, cases of water, gatorade and soda to the Meadowlands YMCA. Employees volunteered their time to help pack up the meal boxes and bag the vegetables. "When we learned that our community was in need, we knew we could help immediately," said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of the Meadowlands Racetrack. "I'd like to thank Jennifer Jordan for organizing this food drive for us and Marianne Rotella, Marcello Esposito, Lisa Smoter, Rachel Ryan and Raul Perez for working so hard on getting this done." "We are looking forward to our return to racing when it is safe to do so," continued Settlemoir. "We encourage everyone to remain at home and stay healthy and we look forward to seeing everyone back at the track." For updates on the Meadowlands Racetrack visit http://playmeadowlands.com/ . For ways to help the Meadowlands YMCA visit https://www.meadowlandsymca.org/main/covid-19-updates-information/  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has set up a PayPal donation portal for those that want to help Ohio harness racing horsemen in need during the COVID-19 crisis. All money donated will go to the OHHA Horsemen's Benevolent Fund. Those that donate will be able to earmark their donation for either the Equine Benevolent or Human Benevolent fund. Horsemen can complete an Equine or Human Benevolent Fund application and submit it to the OHHA Fund Trustees for consideration. OHHA President Steve Bateson says the Human and Equine Benevolent Funds have been there since 2015 to help horsemen that are having a significant financial hardship or that have horses in peril. "OHHA Trustees for the funds will go through the applications as quickly as possible. The Trustees have a simplistic and fair across the board system in place to expedite the process." The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has created a webpage to combine its COVID-19 resources. The page is located here The page, includes links to: The PayPal Donation Portal The Equine and Human Benevolent Fund Application COVID-19 Ohio Financial and Heath Assets which include: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Health Insurance Trust information, State of Ohio governmental updates, Federal CARES Act relief package information, City of Columbus information and resources for Ohio businesses and workers including information about unemployment aid and foreclosure information. Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association In compliance with Governor Mike DeWine's order, I will be working from home. I will be reachable via e-mail and cell phone. Please call me at 614-569-6404.          

The Standardbred Owners Association of New York has announced that it will be providing grants to qualified grooms in order to assist them during the temporary shutdown of harness racing at Yonkers Raceway.  The qualified grooms (those who have paddocked horses more than a threshold number of racing nights) will be receiving a subsidy of $400.  The payments will be sent out during the week of April 6th. “The grooms who paddock the horses at Yonkers Raceway have seen their income disappear due to no fault of their own,” said Joseph Faraldo, President of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York.  “They provide an important contribution by providing care to our equine athletes before and after they compete at the track.  The grant is designed to assist them until we can resume racing and the grooms can get back to doing their job and we can all get back to the sport we love,” added Faraldo. Standardbred Owners Association of New York

Mike Wilder was anxious to drive. He was 10 years old and already helping his stepfather David Ritter around the family's harness racing stable, doing stalls, bathing horses. But his desire to jog a horse for the first time was overwhelming and he was constantly bringing it up. Finally, Ritter relented. "He said he would let me jog," Wilder said. "He told me he was going to let me jog Yukon Knox." Wilder momentarily had second thoughts. "Yukon Knox was probably the heaviest headed horse we had in the barn," Wilder said. "He was a big puller. I had seen the men out there with him, and I thought he had to be kidding me. I told him, 'I'm not jogging him.' He said, 'Then you don't want to jog.' I thought to myself, well, I want to jog, so I'm going to do it. "The crazy thing about it, I took that horse out and he never grabbed on. It was amazing. It was like he knew a kid was behind him. I think they get a feel, maybe the way you talk to them or the way they feel the lines in your hands. He just knew. He kept me safe. "I came back in and I was laughing. (The others) were in awe and couldn't believe the horse jogged that way. It was just something crazy." Such was the unofficial start of a career that has seen Wilder go on to win 8,229 races. "I got into this sport because of my stepfather," Wilder said. "When I got to be about 8 years old, I just fell in love with the horses. It was just one of those things. All I wanted to do was race horses. All I wanted to do was be a driver. He helped me pursue that dream and got me started." The family was based at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio, usually with a stable of 15 to 20 horses. Wilder followed Ritter and his mom, Rhonda, to the county fairs and Lebanon Raceway. "The fairs were big for them," Wilder said. "I can remember being in the center field when our horses were racing. They'd be coming off the last turn and we'd be running in the center field just screaming like crazy, running with the horses. "My parents did well around the fairs. I remember how exciting it was to get our picture taken with our parents in the winner's circle and running across the track to get there. They used to call me and my little brother Ritter's Critters. They'd say, here comes Ritter's Critters across the track. You couldn't wait to get to the next fair. You could imagine yourself being in the sulky, that being you someday." At the age of 12, Wilder trained his first horse, going a mile in 2:21 with pacer B D's Rebeck at Latonia in northern Kentucky. About the same time, he started warming up horses at Lebanon Raceway. "I was warming up horses, not only for my parents but for other stables," Wilder said. "I just wanted to be out there so bad. Just to get out there under the lights, here I am, this little 90-pound guy that looks like I'm in about the fourth grade, warming up horses for these different stables. They knew my parents and they knew how much I was involved and wanting to do it. "It's crazy that they would give me the opportunity, but it was great. I loved getting out of school and getting down there to do that." Wilder began driving in matinees at the age of 14 and got his first raceway win at 18 at Lebanon, bringing home a 39-1 shot named C H S Cress, who was trained by his parents. "I had the rail, got away second, and sat the inside," Wilder said. "In the last turn I thought I was never getting free, but I was in the fight and the adrenaline was pumping and I was excited. Then the floodgates opened, and I found room to get through. I won by like half-a-length. I thought I'd won the Little Brown Jug that day. I was on cloud nine. That win has stuck with me forever." Wilder won 13 driving titles at Lebanon and two at Scioto Downs before moving to The Meadows in western Pennsylvania in 2001. "I was blessed enough that when I graduated high school, I got tied into some pretty nice stables that gave me the opportunity to try to be a driver," Wilder said. "It worked out great. There's such a list of people that helped me along the way." Over the past 10 years, Wilder has annually ranked among the top-five drivers at The Meadows in wins and purses. Four times in the past six years he has finished second to perennial Meadows driving champ Dave Palone in wins. This season, he was second in wins at The Meadows with 86 and first in purses with $784,432 when racing was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also had 10 wins at Northfield Park and his 96 total victories were tied for seventh in North America. He won 380 races in 2019, the second-best season of his career. "I didn't want (2019) to end, but boy did it take off like a fireball in 2020," Wilder said. "I've got great barns to drive for, I can't ask for anything more. I can't wait to get back to it. I'm just hoping everybody stays healthy and safe and when the time is right, we can get this ball back rolling." Until it does, he's got a lot of fond memories to look back upon. "It's funny how I cannot remember much of my childhood as far as school or stuff like that," Wilder said. "But the racing, it's just like I was there yesterday. You just don't forget." by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

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Lake Worth, FL - The Wednesday morning qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach training center saw harness racing driver Fern Paquet, Jr., win four of the five races for trotters and pacers. The track was fast but it was a very warm 90 degrees at post time and the judges gave a one second allowance. Paquet started off the day winning the first race trot with Celebrity Liberty, going wire-to-wire and holding off the pocket-sitting Tribeca Blue (Dan Daley) by three-quarters of a length in 2:05.1, last quarter in :30.1. Trained by Sam Stathis, Celebrity Liberty is a four-year-old mare and is sired by Celebrity Maserati. She was bred and is owned by Stathis's Celebrity Farms of New York, NY. The action really heated up in the second race trot when Celebrity Miracle, a return winner from last week's qualifiers, led from start to finish for driver Fern Paquet, Jr., winning with ease by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.3. Celebrity Serena (Sam Stathis) was second with Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) third. Celebrity Miracle also trotted a :27.4 third quarter and came home in :28.2 for the score. She is also trained by Stathis and was bred and is owned by Celebrity Farms. The third race pace nearly saw Paquet score his third straight winner, but driver/trainer Dan Daley held off Paquet's Village Artist by a close head at the wire with Doyoukissfirstdate in 1:59.4. A three-year-old filly by American Ideal, Doyoukissfirstdate is co-owned by Dan Daley's wife, Ann-Mari Daley of Vero Beach with the breeder, Crawford Farms of New York. Paquet returned to the Olympia of Palm Beach winner's circle again in the fourth race pace, this time with Baggage Claim in a romp. Leaving from post three, Paquet sent Baggage Claim right to the front and pulled away from the field, eventually winning by 15 lengths over Firewater Jake (Ken Holliday) and Terlingua (Scott Zeron) in 1:57.2, third quarter in :27 and only a :30 second last quarter mile. A seven-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella, Baggage Claim is trained by Jennifer Sansome and owned by Gregory Gardner of Sheridan, MI. The fifth and final race of the day, a pace, saw Hugh Hefner N give driver Fern Paquet, Jr. his driving quadruple of the afternoon with a 1:58.1 triumph over Jimi Wind Ricks (Scott Zeron). Paquet wired the field with High Hefner N, winning with ease by four open lengths, last quarter mile in :28.3. A 12-year-old gelding by Falcon Seelster, it made it a training double on the day for Jennifer Sansome, who also owns the horse. "It always feels good winning a race," Fern Paquet said. "It's nice to be able to stay sharp driving a few horses. It also is keeping the horses sharp in the hopes we get racing soon. "I can't wait to race for some money again," Paquet added. "especially when you drive a horse like Celebrity Miracle, who really impresses me more and more. He will definitely will be fun this summer wherever he races. Till then he will continue to be ready to go." To see video and droning of the races, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    
We've waited to make a decision about the May Sale hoping things would change quickly, however after speaking with Champions Center and listening to the CDC announcements it's clear we will not have a May Sale, after much deliberation about moving to June we have decided that this is still too fluid to make that decision and have decided to just wait for our August sale. We look forward to seeing you in August in much better times. Please stay safe at home. We will get through this. We're all in this together! Blooded Horse  
East Rutherford, NJ - Given the current situation The Meadowlands and Tioga and Vernon Downs are doing whatever can be done to look after our employees and be a good harness racing neighbor in the community.   We also realize the plight of the horsemen that race at our tracks and the anxiety of not knowing what the near future might hold.   It is in this spirit that we try to shed a little light on what may be possible.   It is our hope that we may be able to resume live racing at The Meadowlands on May 1, 2020. That is of course contingent on many things, most of which we do not control.   Tioga and Vernon Downs will set to preparing for live racing as soon as the casinos are cleared to open.   Fortunately, our stakes at The Meadowlands would have barely begun on the original calendar. The only casualty thus far is the new 4-year-old NJSS Maturity stakes that were scheduled for March and April. We'll look to race those later in the season.   The first open stake scheduled is Leg #1 of the Graduate Series for pacers on May 2. If we get open, we would likely delay that race for a bit to give those horses a chance to get a start while looking for a logical spot to race it. The NJSS for 3-year-olds were to begin on May 15 and we might move them back a few weeks.   These ideas are contingent upon whether stakes at other tracks are raced when originally scheduled.   We are cautiously optimistic that as a result of the delay to the opening of their live meet that Monmouth Park will race a turf only meet at The Meadowlands in 2020 and not convert the main track. This potential development may give us some flexibility so far as making up live race dates in October and November.   "We are working to get the tracks open, but only when it's safe," said Meadowlands President Jeff Gural. "I get that guys need to race, I'd like to race too. We must adhere to the guidelines set forth by Governors Murphy and Cuomo and we will follow their direction." The Meadowlands and Tioga and Vernon Downs
In the wake of trying times recently, we are excited to share a bit of good harness racing news and positive spirit.   An auction of four 2020 stallion breedings will be donated to help those New Jersey horsemen most affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The proceeds will be donated directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund.   Deo Volente Farms’ owners Thomas Pontone and Michael Gulotta are announcing a donation of 2020 breedings to Lazarus, Trixton and Lis Mara to benefit the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund.  In addition, the original ownership group of Six Pack - Jeff Gural, Svanstedt Stables, Stall Kalmar Inc., Lars Berg, and Knutson Trotting - are also generously donating a 2020 breeding to Six Pack to the Fund.   Lazarus N                                                                                                                Lis Mara  Six Pack                                                                                                             Trixton 100% of the proceeds generated from the online auction of these four breeding will go directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund. Jeff Gural, Chairman of the Meadowlands, said “It is the right thing to do. New Jersey horseman have been particularly hard hit and I am extremely happy to lend a hand.”  The auction will take place on Ongait beginning on Passover, April 8, 2020, and running through Easter Monday, April 13, 2020.  Winning bidders will make their checks out directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund. The winning bidders will be offered one breed back opportunity in a subsequent breeding season in the event that the 2020 breeding does not result in a live foal.  When Mark Ford, President of the SBOANJ, heard about the program he responded by saying, “I really appreciate these owners stepping up to help the horsemen.  These are unchartered waters for us as an industry right now. We as an organization will make sure that these funds get into the right hands.” Mike Gulotta President and CEO of Deo Volente Farms said: ” I am a strong believer in the commandment to love our neighbors. Especially at this religious time of the year, lending some assistance to those most affected by the virus is entirely consistent with the season and with that commandment.” Thomas Pontone added ” I love harness racing and its community. It hurts to witness the pain being borne by our horsemen. I needed to help and I am proud to do so.” Questions about the auction may be directed to Joe Savare at Deo Volente Farms at 908-399-8400 or to joe@deovolentefarms.com.   Linda Petrenko, Stallion & Breeding Administration Deo Volente Farms LLC 487 Quakertown Road Flemington, NJ 08822 Office 908-782-4848   Fax 908-782-4870 www.deovolentefarms.com
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