The Hambletonian is usually the week the sports world takes more than a passing glance at harness racing with the running of trotting's most prestigious race.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s financially troubled horse racing industry reopened Thursday after being shuttered for months because of the coronavirus outbreak, leading the return...
BERGSÅKER, Sweden (AP) — Rikard Skoglund changes into his blue-and-white silks in his car, gathers his helmet and whip, then heads to the track for another evening of horse racing.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shartin N is the first older pacing mare honored as harness racing’s Horse of the Year.
Now 7, Shartin N won 15 of 19 races in 2019. She earned $982,177 for owners...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Best In Show slipped along the rail to pull a 27-1 upset in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night.
McWicked is harness racing's Horse of the Year, and the oldest pacer to capture the sport's highest honor.
The 7-year-old won 12 of 19 races in 2018 to earn $1.57 million for SSG Stables....
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — In the late 19th and early to mid-20th century, the Midwest — Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri — was known as the grand circuit of Standardbred harness racing.
Folks came from near and far to watch and cheer their favorite drivers seated on two-wheeled carts called sulkies being pulled by Standardbred horses around a track at a pace or a trot.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — Yonkers Raceway will stage two Triple Crown harness racing events Saturday night, each worth $500,000.
The Yonkers Trot and the Messenger Stakes will highlight the card. It's the 64th edition of the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes No. 63.
The Trot, which required no elimination heats, has a field of eight: Helpisontheway, Lindsey's Pride, Lindy's Big Bang, Six Pack, Maxus, Mississippi Storm, Tito, and The Veteran.
NORTHVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A harness racing track in southeastern Michigan is being allowed to hold two dozen live racing days earlier in the year.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board says Northville Downs can move those days to the summer months from the fall.
The track is in Northville, northwest of Detroit. Its live racing season began March 2. The Gaming Control Board says the track offers simulcast wagering.
WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — The town of Windsor has a rich history of harness horse racing, from informal races down Palisado Avenue in the late 1800s, to thousands of spectators gathering for organized events at the half-mile Sage Park track in the early 1900s.
The track is long gone and you'd never expect to see a horse race down Palisado Avenue's paved two-lane road these days, but the neighborhood still shows vestiges of the town's connection to harness racing.
HAZEL PARK, Mich. (AP) — A horse racing venue north of Detroit is shutting down after nearly 70 years of operations.
Hazel Park Raceway says Thursday that it has agreed to sell its assets and is expected to close the deal within a few weeks. Terms of the deal were not released.
About 90 employees are expected to lose their jobs. The company says it will attempt to offer services to help them search for other employment.
NEW YORK (AP) — An aggrieved harness-racing bettor has gone to court to recoup more than $31,000 in winnings he said he was cheated out of when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey two years ago.
Leading figures in harness racing said they had never before heard of such a lawsuit, which accuses the trainer of fraud and racketeering. The general practice is to reallocate the purse to other owners in the event a winning horse is later proven to have been doped, but not to pay back bettors.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hannelore Hanover is harness racing's Horse of the Year.
The 6-year-old mare scored a dominant win in the balloting for the sport's highest honor. She got 95 votes cast by members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, easily outdistancing runner-up Ariana G, who received 15 in the results announced Sunday night at the organization's annual banquet.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse, goes for his 100th career win on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.
The 14-year-old gelding will be driven by George Brennan in the $20,000 race at Empire City Casino's half-mile harness oval. He will start from the outside post in the opening race.
Foiled Again has won more than $7.5 million in purses. Victory No. 99 came last Saturday night in his season debut of what will be his last year of racing.
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears swept the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.
Sears won by a scant nose in each of Yonkers' signature $500,000 stakes for 3-year-old trotters and pacers, guiding the favored DownbytheSeaside in the Messenger, and Top Flight Angel in the Yonkers Trot in the following race. Both races are the second jewels in the Triple Crown for pacers and trotters.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — There was something new in the 92-year history of the Hambletonian. The winner of trotting's biggest race was disqualified.
The disappointment for Ron Burke, harness racing's all-time leading trainer, was old news. His third straight year of heartbreak in this race.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Scott Zeron has a shot at becoming the first person in almost three decades to drive consecutive winners in the Hambletonian.
Hall of Famer John Campbell was the last driver to win trotting's biggest race in consecutive years when he when guided Mack Lobell and Armbro Goal to the victory in 1987-88.
Zeron got Marion Marauder to the winner's circle last year and is looking to get International Moni there on Saturday in the $1 million race at the Meadowlands.
GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — Brian Sears, driver of three Horses of the Year winners, headlined the latest class inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Sears drove Rocknroll Hanover to the honor in 2005, Muscle Hill in 2009 and Bee A Magician in 2013. He's won the Hambletonian three times — aboard Muscle Hill in 2009, Royalty For Life in 2013 and Pinkman in 2015 — and has won 26 Breeders Crown trophies.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Hall of Fame driver John Campbell went out a winner in his last day of racing at the Meadowlands.
Arguably the greatest driver in harness racing history, Campbell won his final two races, capping his evening by guiding heavily favored Muscle Diamond to an impressive three-length victory in a $13,000 trot on a card that was billed as his farewell to Meadowlands.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Hall of Famer John Campbell is getting behind the sulky one last time in New Jersey after arguably the greatest driving career in harness racing history.
The 62-year-old Campbell is scheduled to drive in five races at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday night in what are scheduled to be his final drives in the state where he rose to prominence in the late 1970s.
Herve Filion, the Hall of Fame harness racing driver won retired in 2012 with a then-North American record of 15,179 victories, died Thursday. He was 77.
"God saw you getting tired and a cure not meant to be," Filion's family said on Facebook. "So he put his arms around you and whispered 'come to me.' Our dad, Herve Filion, crossed the finish line like the champion he is and became our angel today."
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell has been elected president and chief executive officer of the Hambletonian Society.
The board of governors announced on Thursday that Campbell was elected in a unanimous vote of its directors this past weekend at its winter meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.
Campbell, harness racing's all-time leading money winner among drivers, will replace Tom Charters, effective July 1. The 61-year-old Canadian will fulfill his driving commitments through June.
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Mission Brief, the filly trotter who finished second in the 2015 Hambletonian, has been retired.
Co-owner Mark Weaver announced the decision on Wednesday. The 5-year-old mare missed did not race last year because of a leg injury.
Always B Miki, the fastest pacer of all time, is harness racing's Horse of the Year.
The 5-year-old easily outpolled 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit 102-32 for the sport's highest honor in the voting by members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Always B Miki was also voted Pacer of the Year.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Always B Miki beat Wiggle It Jiggleit at the end of a thrilling stretch battle in the $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Their rivalry has been the highlight of the harness racing season with each posting three wins in their previous seven showdowns.
With the Crown victory, Always B Miki likely clinched Horse of the Year honors by edging the defending champion.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki continue their rivalry Friday night in the $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace with harness racing's Horse of the Year title on the line.
The Meadowlands Racetrack hosts 12 Crowns worth a combined $6.2 million over two nights this weekend.
The four season-ending championships for older horses will be contested Friday. The stakes for 2 and 3-year-olds will go Saturday.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Marion Marauder will try to complete the Trotting Triple Crown from post No. 11 when he faces 11 rivals Sunday in the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at the Red Mile.
The Kentucky Futurity is the final jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, following the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot. Marauder, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, is attempting to become the ninth trotter to win the Triple Crown and first since Glidemaster in 2006.
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Heavily favored Betting Line captured the Little Brown Jug under a cloud of controversy on Thursday after the discovery of text messages that implied the winning horse may have been given an unauthorized supplement.
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Three-time Hambletonian winner Brian Sears has been elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame for a driving career that includes nearly 10,000 victories and $174 million in earnings.
Sears, 48, was elected Monday in voting by members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He will be inducted July 2 at the harness racing museum and hall in Goshen, New York.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Control The Moment held off Racing Hill by a nose Saturday night in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds.
After a slow start this year, the champion juvenile pacer in Canada last season has rounded back into peak form. The colt trained by Brad Maxwell has won three of his last four starts, including last week's Meadowlands Pace elimination.
Brian Sears, on the ballot in August for harness racing's Hall of Fame, drove the colt...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Brian Sears appears on the ballot for harness racing's Hall of Fame for the first time later this summer.
Sears could burnish his credentials with another victory Saturday night in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds when he drives Control The Moment.
Sears won the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event with Rocknroll Hanover in 2005.
It was one of the career highlights for Sears, a third-generation horseman, who has...