Churchill/Keeneland to build new KY harness track

In a near-unanimous decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a special meeting Friday afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park, a partnership of Churchill Downs and Keeneland Racecourse was awarded a license to build a new Standardbred racetrack in Oak Grove, in the southwest corner of the st… The post Churchill/Keeneland to build new […]

Three groups pitch new Kentucky harness racetrack

Representatives of three associations hoping to build a new Standardbred racetrack in southwest Kentucky near the Tennessee border made presentations at a special meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting lasted nearly five hours with no resolution as t… The post Three groups pitch new Kentucky harness racetrack appeared […]

First qualifier for Harness Handicapping tourney

The first of six Meadowlands qualifiers for the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by is this Saturday (Nov. 3). Saturday’s qualifier has a $ 200 total fee ($ 100 entry plus a $ 100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $ 10 win wagers on… The post First qualifier […]

Kentucky Downs applies for new harness track

The ownership of Kentucky Downs has filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a Standardbred track to be named Oak Grove Meadows on 80 acres near the intersection of Interstate 24 and U.S. 41-A in close proximity to Fort Campbell and Clarksville, Tenn. Kentucky Downs is… The post Kentucky Downs applies […]

Sports Creek sale near; could harness return?

George Kutlenios, president of the Michigan Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, told Tuesday afternoon that a group of Thoroughbred owners are in talks to purchase Sports Creek Raceway near Flint. Kutlenios said there was a good possibility that harness racing could r… The post Sports Creek sale near; could harness return? appeared first on […]

Harness racing at Louisville Downs in 2019?

Harness racing may be returning to Louisville Downs in 2019. The Kentucky track, which hosted harness racing from 1966 until it closed in 1991, is currently owned by Churchill Downs and is undergoing a $ 65-million facelift that will open as the historical racing site Derby City Gaming this fall. … The post Harness racing […]

Record 6 elected to Harness Racing Hall of Fame

Results from the balloting for harness racing’s highest honor, membership in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, are in, and at the Sunday, July 7, 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in Goshen, N.Y., a record number of six people will be feted–new inductees Blair Burgess, Ted Gewertz, Joe Holloway, Li… The post Record 6 […]

James Lackey finds confidence in harness racing

Trainer-driver James Lackey described most of Rockinaroundheaven’s summer meet as unlucky. Though she won twice at Cal Expo earlier in the year, picking up a program and reading through her chart lines at Hawthorne grounds his description in fact: “Nasty break.” “Three wide third quarter.” “Poor position.” “Wide early.” USTA Newsroom – Newsroom

Pacer Broadies Song introduces campers to harness racing

More than a dozen children got their first glimpse of harness racing with a visit from pacing gelding Broadies Song last week. On Friday (June 29) the 11-year-old pacer and owner/trainer Brittany Bounds visited a pony camp at Campbell’s Lane Farm in Preston, Md. The children were able to learn first hand about Standardbreds and […]

Thoroughbred, harness win in same day for Banks

One of the rarest of training feats occurred on Thursday afternoon and evening. That’s when 35-year-old trainer Chris Banks kicked off his afternoon in fine fashion when the 5-year-old mare Sperling won the opening race at Arlington Park by a half-length. Themare was claimed by Banks last fall at Ha… The post Thoroughbred, harness win […]

Remembering Jackson Harness Raceway

The Jackson Harness Raceway in Michigan has been without horse racing for nearly a decade, and will soon be demolished to make way for an events center on the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Before that happens, plans have been made to send the old structure out with a farewell party in honor of its 60 years […]

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