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Pocono Downs Honors Top Horses of 2017

November 21, 2017

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono honored their Horses of the Year in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle.

Pacer Of The Year honors go to Maxdaddy Blue Chip, a 5-year-old Sportsmaster gelding, who had an outstanding overall 2017 season, with 15 victories and $112,095 in earnings. Five of those wins came against quality horses at The Downs: he was 1-2 in his last five starts here, ...

Roundup: Fire Away is Hot in Artie Schiller Stakes; 2018 Dates Announced

OZONE PARK, N.Y. — After dropping back to seventh place in a field of 10, the Phipps Stables' Fire Away and Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez found a seam between the front runners inside the 1/16 pole and got home to win Aqueduct's Artie Schiller Stakes as the third choice at odds of 4 to 1 on Nov. 18.

The win for the home-bred son of War Front from the Unbridled mare Salute, ...

SBOANJ Seeks Pacing Stallions To Stand In New Jersey

MANALAPAN, N.J. — The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association is looking for pacing stallions to stand stud in the state of New Jersey. While our state is fortunate to have several strong trotting stallions standing in 2018, we lack significant representation on the pacing side. 

The SBOANJ has developed the “Home Grown Pace” for pacing foals of 2016 in an attempt ...

Steeplechasing: N.Y.-bred Down Royal Wins at Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Down Royal took the lead at the three fences from home, fought off a challenge from Alshibaa in the stretch and went on to win the $25,000 allowance feature at the Steeplechase of Charleston, the final race meeting of the 2017 steeplechase season, on Nov. 12.

The 3-year-old filly, racing in the colors of Sean Clancy's Riverdee Stables, is a New York-bred that ...

Steeplechasing: Colonial Cup To Return in March 2018

Steeplechasing fans who saw a major loss in their sporting lives when the Grade 1 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup was canceled and removed from the National Steeplechase Association fixture card for 2018 can rejoice.

The Colonial Cup, formerly the last Grade 1 race on the NSA calendar, will now be run as the first graded stake in 2018. The date: March 31, 2018.

The purse will be $150,000 ...

Ben's Cat Laid To Rest At Laurel Park

LAUREL, Md. — With his breeder, owner and Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury and 150 or so horsemen, riders and racing fans on hand, they committed the remains of the legendary Ben's Cat to the earth in the paddock at Laurel Park on Nov. 11.

The famed sprinter died from complications following surgery earlier this year.

Leatherbury laid a bouquet of orange roses (his ...

Racing Roundup: Spring Quality Wins Red Smith & More

Spring Quality Makes Successful Move To Turf

George Strawbridge, Jr.'s Spring Quality made a successful transition from dirt racing to turf racing when he took the lead at the head of the stretch and then went on to win Aqueduct's $200,000, Grade 3 Red Smith Stakes on Nov. 11.

With Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado in the saddle for Strawbridge's Chester County, Pa. Augustin Stable ...

Legislation: Pa. Race Horse Development Protected Under New Law

After several years of uncertainty surrounding the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund (PRHDF), Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law protecting the funds from being appropriated for other purposes.

The monies from the PRHDF are meant to support Thoroughbred and Standardbred breed development programs, plus horsemen’s pension and health plans. But in recent years, the state has ...

Legislation: Racing Integrity Act Now Has 100 Sponsors

Washington, D.C. – H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) now has the support of 100 members of the House of Representatives. In addition to Congressmen Barr and Tonko who co-chair the Congressional Horse Caucus, the bill has been co-sponsored by 98 other members representing both political parties and ...

Five Inducted Into Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame

HARRISBURG, PA — Four men instrumental in the growth and sustaining of harness racing’s pre-eminent position in the state of Pennsylvania — Walter “Boots” Dunn, Roger Hammer, Harry Harvey, and Jim Simpson — have been selected by the Keystone Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers Association as the second group of inductees into the Pennsylvania Harness Racing ...

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Equine Events, November 2017 Onward

Dates listed for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, send dates to lshupe@tapinto.ne

Nov. 14 — Trivia Night in partnership with the Hampton Classic, Wölffer Estate Vineyard, 6-8 p.m., Teams can include 2-6 people, $15 per person over 21 - includes one glass of house wine; $5 under 21, www.wolffer.com/events

Nov 18 — Mix 'N Match HT weather permitting XC, Bucks ...

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announces “Horse Explorers” children’s educational programs

November 17, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present an ongoing children’s educational program series called “Horse Explorers” beginning Nov. 30.

Recommended for ages 3-6, “Horse Explorers” is a hands-on series intended to creatively educate children about horses by developing age-appropriate skills in disciplines including ...

Senior Horses in Competition; "Show Some Love" and Share Your Story

Now that the 2017 horse show season is coming to an end, equineseniors.com wants to hear about equine senior horses that successfully competed throughout the year. It’s part of the website’s “Show Some Love” campaign, which helps to promote the use of horses in the show pen well into their upper senior years.

“We know that there are many senior horses that are ...

IEA Extends Deadline for Western Membership Until Dec. 15

The Board of Directors of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) voted to extend the 2017-2018 membership deadline for Western riders and teams until Dec. 15. 

The decision was made as part of a larger effort to expand the Western discipline within the IEA and assist those individuals, coaches, and teams with the variety of recent changes made to the Western ...

Pacing For The Cure's Next Stop is Harrah's Chester

CHESTER, Pa. — Pacing For The Cure is pleased to announce the next stop in the 2017 tour date schedule will be at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The event will include a walk/run around the racetrack for a $10 donation, a meet and greet with the drivers before the races begin, merchandise and other great raffle ...