Heavenly Prize Elected To National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame

April 22, 2018

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Eclipse Award winner Heavenly Prize has been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

She will be inducted at ceremonies onFriday, Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. The public is invited and admission is free.

The Phipps Family color-bearer was the only contemporary selection from among 10 finalists chosen by the Hall ...

First Horses Arrive For 2018 Monmouth Park Meet

OCEANPORT, NJ — Kellyn Gorder's Draxhall Woods, who has been wintering at Fair Grounds, was the first horse to arrive at Monmouth Park when the back stretch opened in preparation for the 2018 season.

Veteran trainer Greg Sacco was on the halter when the gelding arrived to race for the 62nd time in his career when the Monmouth racing season opens on May 5.

Fifty-two ...

Coast Guard Names Cutter For Late Horseman, WWII Hero Richard Snyder

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Before he was a highly respected trainer/driver on the Pennsylvania/Ohio circuit, before he became the patriarch of one of harness racing’s most successful families, the late Richard Snyder was a World War II hero with the United States Coast Guard.

To commemorate his service and valor, the Coast Guard has named a cutter for him formally commissioned the ...

Steeplechasing: Gibralfaro Wins First North American Start At Tryon

COLUMBUS, N.C. — Gibralfaro turned his first start in North America into a winning one when he repelled two challenges and went on to win the $35,000 Block House, the feature race of the 71st renewal of the Tryon Block House Races on April 14.

With Sean McDermott in the saddle for champion trainer Jack Fisher, the Riverdee Stable color bearer shook off a challenge from Rosbrian's ...

Sassy Sienna Earns First Graded Stakes Win, Starting Spot In Oaks

When Sassy Sienna put her dark bay nose first on the wire in Oaklawn Park's $400,000, Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes on Friday, the 13th, she became a more than lucky possible starter for Churchill Downs' Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on May 4. The Medallion Racing and Jerry McClanahan color bearer earned 100 Oaks and points to secure the third spot on the 14-filly list of Oaks ...

Derby Dreaming: Magnum Moon Rises To Top Of Contender List

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Lowana and Robert E. Low's Magnum Moon will head for the May 5 running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby undefeated after jockey Luis Saez allowed his horse to dictate the tactics used to win the running of Oaklawn Park's $1 million, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 14, the final Derby qualifier.

When the qualifying points were tallied, Magnum Moon was at ...

Trainer Sarah Andrews: She’s Paid Her Dues, Now Ranks Among The Meadows’ Tops

WASHINGTON, Pa. — For more than 20 years, Sarah Andrews paid her dues, working as an assistant trainer for a number of stables, including some of the most prominent in harness racing. All that hard work and learning has paid off, as Andrews has emerged as one of the leading percentage trainers at The Meadows this year.

Harness racing was an unusual career choice for the Illinois native, ...

No Night Racing For Thoroughbreds In New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Night racing at Belmont Park? 'No Shot!' say the harness horse folks.

A proposal that would allow for Thoroughbred racing at the Elmont track on Thursday through Saturday night was left out of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget despite strong backing from the governor himself.

The New York Racing Association's nighttime plan was aimed at expanding ...

Ogden Phipps, II, Appointed To NYRA Board of Directors

OZONE PARK, N.Y —- Ogden Phipps, II, a fourth generation Thoroughbred owner and breeder, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York Racing Association. Phipps replaces celebrity chef and Thoroughbred owner Bobby Flay.

Phipps is the son of former NYRA Chairman Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps who also served the sport as president of the Jockey Club.

The new NYRA ...

Steeplechasing: Barnacle Bill Sails To Victory In Georgia Cup


KINGSTON, Ga.— Barnacle Bill, racing in the colors of George Merck's The Fields Stable, left the field behind at the last fence and ran off to a 15-3/4-length win in the $30,000 Georgia Cup, the feature race at Saturday's debut of the newly organized Georgia Steeplechase at Kingston Downs on April 7.

With Jack Doyle, the National Steeplechase Association's ...

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Equine Events: April Onward

April 7 — Dressage Schooling Show, judge, Danielle Toscano, Saddlebrook Ridge, Shamong, N.J.,

April 7 — Burlington County Horse 4-H, Advisory Council Open Horse Show, Springfield Twp., N.J.,

April 7 — April Fools No Frills, Fulton, N.Y.,, 315-598-3774, ...

Youth Reining National Championship Qualifiers To Be Held in NY & NJ

April 21, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The 2018 US Equestrian (USEF) Youth Reining National Championships are set to take place during the Tulsa Reining Classic on Friday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla. The qualifying period ends Aug. 1 so there is still time for youth competitors to take advantage of the upcoming qualifying events for a chance to compete for the title.

Local riders can qualify at the ...

Tip Your Hat To Spring! To benefit Team Velvet

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Come meet the therapy horses at Team Velvet, a 501-(c)-3 organization that provides pediatric non-mounted horse therapy for children with adjustment and trauma. “Tip Your Hat To Spring” on Sunday, May 6 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. will benefit the program.

A fun afternoon is planned with activities for children such as making a hat for Mother's Day, ...

Kentucky Derby Party Benefits CANTER PA

Put on your most stylish hat and join CANTER PA for their first-ever Kentucky Derby Party! The event includes dinner with one drink plus cash bar, a silent auction, games and contests, and live Kentucky Derby action. Held at the rustic Blue Hound Farm in Lewisberry, Pa., you'll have a lovely time relaxing with other horse enthusiasts.

A silent auction will be held with fantastic items up ...

Raffle For Trip To Sweden Benefits SRF, Drawing is April 27

MILLSTONE TWP., N.J. — The celebrated Elitloppet at the Solvalla Racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden is one of harness racing's largest events for those who love the sport of racing. This fabulous trip is a fundraiser for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF); raffle tickets are available now by calling the office at 732-446-4422.

The Elitloppet is not just one of the greatest ...

Hampton Classic Seeks Intern

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. — The Hampton Classic Horse Show is looking for a highly motivated intern to assist in the following areas of horse show and event management for the 2018 horse show.

Duties include:

• Assist in sponsorship fulfillment, including tracking amenities and hospitality benefits.

• Assist with VIP hospitality activities and providing services to our ...