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2018 Far Hills Steeplechases Is An Irish Affair

October 22, 2018

FAR HILLS, N.J. — Irish eyes were smiling brightly at the 98th running of the Far Hills Races on Oct. 20.

Irish-bred horses won four of seven races, and those which were not born in the Emerald Isle were trained or ridden by people with Irish backgrounds.

To kick things off, British-bred Caldbeck, who had been racing in Ireland but had yet to win in six starts, won the $50,000 ...

Thoroughbed Trainer Rick Violette, Jr. passes away at 65

ELMONT, N.Y. — Longtime New York Racing Association (NYRA) horseman and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) Richard Violette, Jr. died on Oct. 21, 2018 in Florida following a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Violette was born January 30, 1953 in Worchester, Mass. and showed hunters and jumpers as a teenager. After his graduation from Lowell ...

Spectators Cash In At Far Hills Races For The First Time

FAR HILLS, N.J. — When Caldbeck, won the Far Hills Races’ $50,000 Gladstone Stakes for three-year-old he made history.

It was not because he won by 11 1/2-length victory but because he was the first time spectators could cash wining pari-mutuel tickets on any race.

Caldbeck paid his backers $6.60 for every $2 win bet. Those who had less confidence in him actually made $7 per ...

New York-Bred Diversify Won't Run in Breeders' Cup

ELMONT, N.Y. — Multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify has been officially removed from consideration for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic, said co-owner Ralph Evans on Friday morning.

The 5-year-old Bellamy Road gelding earned an all-fees-paid berth into the Classic by virtue of his 3 ½-length victory over Mind Your Biscuits in the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race ...

Meadowlands And SBOANJ At Odds Over 2019 Race Date Request

A bill that would provide $20 million to boost purses sits in committee

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Meadowlands announced it would apply for 68 live racing dates for the 2019 and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association is not happy about it.

The track must submit its date requests to the New Jersey Racing Commission by Oct. 15. The track was granted 90 days of racing ...

Legendary Ron Teams With Legendary Ron Burke To Win Pa. Fairs Title

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Legendary Ron entered the PA Fairs Championship off three straight victories. Moreover, he was teamed for the first time with another legendary Ron — trainer Ron Burke. That combination proved unbeatable, as Legendary Ron drew off late to capture the $25,000 final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.

The Meadows hosted all eight Fairs championships on Oct. 6 ...

N.Y-Sired, NJ-Trained Colt Sets World Record in Kentucky Futurity

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Six Pack, A New York-sired horse trained in New Jersey set a world record for 3-year-old trotting colts with a 1:49.1 performance as he swept the 126th Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab, on Oct. 7 at Red Mile.

The record Six Pack broke was also his own, he trotted in 1:50 at the Meadowlands in July.

In Kentucky, ...

Jockey Manny Franco Rides 1,000th Winner

ELMONT, N.Y. — Jockey Manny Franco piloted his 1,000th career winner in Race 8 on Oct. 5 at Belmont Park, riding New York-bred Courageous Bet ($14.60) to a 1 ¼-length victory in a six-furlong starter allowance on the inner turf for trainer Gary Contessa.

It was Franco's second win on the nine-race card, having won Race 6 aboard Illudere ($830), and marked 979 wins in the ...

Far Hills Race Meeting On Oct. 20 Will Be First Time Bets Will Be Taken

FAR HILLS, N.J. — For the first time in its nearly century-long history, the Far Hills Race Meeting will offer pari-mutuel wagering on all of its races on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

With the introduction of wagering, Far Hills Race Meeting delivers on a long-held promise, pairing betting with its world-class steeplechase races, including the $450,000 Grand National (Grade 1). In all, the ...

Driver Dan Rawlings Wins 7 of 13 At The Meadows

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Dan Rawlings enjoyed the most productive day of his career on Sept. 29 at The Meadows, winning seven of the day’s 13 races, including a Keystone Classic division with Scuola Hanover.

E Dee’s Well Said took the other split of that $61,500 stake for 3-year-old filly pacers.

Rawlings, a 37-year-old Maine native who’s been based at The Meadows since ...

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