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Harness Concludes At Northlands

February 17, 2018:

Standardbreds stepped onto the Northlands' track for the last time Saturday, Feb. 17, as the Edmonton oval concluded its final season of harness racing....read on

Meadowlands, Yonkers Snowed Out

February 17, 2018:

Due to an intense snow storm that made for poor track conditions and extremely poor visibility, racing at the Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway was canceled after a handful of races....read on

SC Rewind: On The Record With Stan

February 17, 2018:

In this week's Rewind Robert Smith continues his monthly offering in the "Golden Memories" series. His piece today recalls a time many years ago, long before the age of technology, when one of the great race announcers of the day preserved a bit of history with each and every race he called....read on

SC Office Closure Notice

February 16, 2018:

Please note that Standardbred Canada's main office in Mississauga, Ont. will be closed all day on Monday, February 19 in observation of the Family Day holiday....read on

2018 Two-Year-Olds In Training

January 19, 2018:

Standardbred Canada has released the initial set of 2018 two-year-olds in training for our popular and comprehensive nation-wide list....read on

Village Jamie Goes The Distance

February 17, 2018:

Village Jamie shot to the top and kept on trucking en route to a determined score in Saturday’s $8,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 for pacers at Flamboro Downs....read on

2017 Ambassador Deadline Nears

February 17, 2018:

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian harness racing community in the past year? Do you know someone who inspires others to get involved in harness racing? Raises awareness? Or promotes our sport to engage new people to come to the races or to get involved?...read on

Buffalo Cancels Saturday

February 17, 2018:

Buffalo Raceway has cancelled racing for Saturday, Feb. 17....read on

Rockin Ron Returns In Preferred

February 17, 2018:

Rockin Ron makes his seasonal debut following a lucrative 2017 campaign in the $20,000 Preferred Pace at the Meadowlands on Saturday, Feb. 17....read on

Southwind Jaden Upsets Fraser Foes

February 16, 2018:

Southwind Jaden was a late-closing surprise victor in the featured $12,000 Open Pace at Fraser Downs on Friday night (February 16) for the father-son, training-driving duo of Sanford and Brandon Campbell....read on

Ms Mac N Cheese Triples In Preferred

February 16, 2018:

Ms Mac N Cheese notched her third consecutive win on Friday night (February 16) to remain undefeated so far this year in Woodbine Racetrack's $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace....read on

A Delightful Ownership Opportunity

February 16, 2018:

When the phone rings and you're offered the opportunity to purchase a multiple award-winning millionaire pacing mare, you listen....read on

Hall Wins O'Briens Handicapping Contest

February 16, 2018:

The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club would like to congratulate Don Hall of Westchester, NS, for winning the 2017 O’Brien Awards Online Handicapping Contest....read on

Host Tracks Confirmed For 2018 Driving Championships

February 15, 2018:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2018 Regional Driving Championships and National Driving Championship which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the 2019 World Driving Championship....read on

Mandatory Payout On Hawthorne High 5

February 16, 2018:

After carrying over throughout the course of the winter harness meet, the Jackpot High 5 at Hawthorne will have a mandatory payout on Saturday night....read on

Pick 5 Pays $30K At Meadowlands

February 16, 2018:

One lucky horseplayer crushed the Pick 5 at The Meadowlands on Friday night (February 16)....read on

Anderson Reaches 3,000 Win Mark

February 16, 2018:

Driver Ryan Anderson, a native of Crete, Illinois, scored his 3,000th victory on Friday night (February 16) at Hawthorne Race Course....read on

Safe From Terror Takes Mares Open

February 16, 2018:

Tepid choice Safe From Terror (Eric Goodell, $5.80), half-sibling to multi-millionaire Foiled Again, was safe from her seven rivals Friday night (February 16), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace....read on

Buffalo Cancels Friday Card

February 16, 2018:

Buffalo Raceway has cancelled racing for Friday, February 16 due to track conditions....read on

OHHA Office Closed For Family Day

February 16, 2018:

The Ontario Harness Horse Association office will be closed on Monday, February 19 and will re-open for normal business hours on Tuesday, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m....read on

Racing Board Launches Video Series

February 16, 2018:

A compelling video of a racehorse shortly before, during and after a race with an insightful narrative by a Hall of Fame trainer is part of a series of videos produced to show the great care given to racehorses as well as the vigilance of those responsible for ensuring the integrity of horse racing....read on

Goshen Yearling Sale Date Set For 2018

February 16, 2018:

The fourth annual Goshen Yearling Sale has been set for Sunday (Sept. 9) at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y., just down the road from the Goshen Historic Track, the “Cradle of the Trotter.”...read on

A Magical First Date At The Track

February 16, 2018:

"Neither one of us knew anything about horses. But we did know we liked them. I just thought it was a good place to take someone on a first date because everything was there for us. Who would have thought this would ever happen?"...read on

‘Hard Rock Ottawa’ Details Unveiled

February 15, 2018:

Hard Rock International and the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino moved forward with plans for phases 2 and 3 of its joint venture, ‘Hard Rock Ottawa.’...read on

Outstanding Groom Loves The Work

February 15, 2018:

From the surprise of being nominated to the thrill of winning, the start of 2018 will certainly be remembered by Chantel Gillis, honoured with the Outstanding Groom Award at the 2017 O'Brien Awards on Saturday, February 3....read on

Ray Ellicott Passes

February 15, 2018:

Longtime horseman Ray Ellicott of Raeboro, Ont. passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the age of 88....read on

Future Of Ajax Downs In The Media

February 15, 2018:

On Wednesday (February 14), the Ontario Ministry of Finance issued a statement explaining that it remains committed to the continued operations of Ajax Downs and Quarter Horse racing in Ontario....read on

‘Hannelore’s 2018 Plans Discussed

February 15, 2018:

Mark Weaver, who shares ownership of Hannelore Hanover, has said that the six-year-old world champion mare will not only return to the racetrack in 2018, but she will do so as a mother-in-waiting....read on

The Amazing Story Of Manley Stanley

February 15, 2018:

Have you ever heard of a Standardbred racehorse that has lost an eyelid, helped teach school kids, battled through pneumonia and fought hard on the track? No? Well then get to know Manley Stanley....read on

Get To Know Lucas Wallin

February 15, 2018:

With a full year of racing and learning under his belt, 25-year-old Lucas Wallin is looking forward to his second season training his own stable....read on

Nancy Matheson Passes

February 15, 2018:

After a tenacious battle with Parkinson’s, Nancy Diane Matheson passed away peacefully with family by her side at the age of 77....read on

Big News For Hanover Raceway

February 14, 2018:

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, Ltd. has entered into a new lease agreement with Hanover Raceway which will bring an expanded gaming floor and additional food and drink offerings to the Ontario racetrack....read on

Northlands Nearing Harness Finale

February 14, 2018:

The finish line approaches; the collective memories roll by in waves—one following another evoking a clap dance of history that mistily melt before our eyes and remembrances. Teeming grandstands wild with full throated voices. Big, big rich races like the Stewart Fraser Memorial and even Breeders Crown finals that brought the best pacers in North America to Edmonton....read on

McNair On Maturation, Future

February 14, 2018:

“I think I’ve been able to read a race a lot different. Confidence is a big thing, too, for a driver. Even if you get a lot of top drives, you have to have the confidence or you’re not going to win those races. You have to be confident in yourself and know the right choices are coming.”...read on

A Delightful O'Brien For McEneny

February 14, 2018:

After campaigning her sire Bettors Delight to Horse of the Year honours 16 years prior, Scott McEneny returned to the O'Brien Awards stage when Bettors Up captured the hardware for Canada's Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year....read on

Rivals To Meet In The Breeding Shed

February 14, 2018:

It's the perfect mix of Valentines Day and harness racing as two of the world's top trotters -- on-track foes this season, even -- will unite as a fantasy pair on the pedigree page....read on

Weaver Named Easter Seals Ambassador

February 14, 2018:

Sydney Weaver says, “Representing kids with physical disabilities is an honour.” It’s in part because of this attitude that Weaver has been selected as a 2018 Provincial Easter Seals Ambassador....read on

Guy Cloutier Passes

February 14, 2018:

Trot Insider has learned that former Hippodrome de Quebec race secretary Guy Cloutier, who spent more than 40 years in the Standardbred industry, has passed away at the age of 84....read on

Pocono Announces EHV-1 Precautions

February 14, 2018:

Due to widespread recent instances of EHV-1 positives, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will require proof of vaccination along with a health certificate until further notice....read on

Thomassin Joins SC Board

February 13, 2018:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Murielle Thomassin, the general manager of Hippodrome 3R in Quebec, has joined SC’s Board of Directors....read on

Sylvester Discusses His ‘Blonde’

February 13, 2018:

“She just came back into training. If we handle her like last year I think she should have a real nice year.”...read on

Memorable Night For Scott Coulter

February 13, 2018:

"The one thing that comes to mind is she's just so level-headed and professional. At two, you don't often find them that level-headed and sensible. That paid in spades for her."...read on

NTRA ‘Capping Title To Whitby Resident

February 13, 2018:

It may be a stretch to proclaim the Greater Toronto Area as a hotbed of high-end horse racing handicappers. Although, what are you supposed to say when GTA residents win the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship – and its $800,000 grand prize – for two consecutive years?...read on

Important EHV-1 Facts

February 12, 2018:

For anyone that is unaware of some important facts surrounding Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), Trot Insider is reposting a fact sheet regarding the virus to help bring people up to speed....read on

Truro Banquet Upcoming

February 12, 2018:

Officials with the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association have released some of the details of the upcoming yearly banquet....read on

Kelly’s Enjoying The Ride

February 12, 2018:

If you’ve spent a decent amount of time in the harness racing industry you are well aware that there is a definite ebb and flow to the game. Sometimes you can do no wrong, while during other periods you just can’t buy a break. Dave Kelly knows this, and that’s why he’s appreciating his current run....read on

Campbell To Headline Awards Banquet

February 12, 2018:

It has been announced that ‘Mr. Harness Racing’ John Campbell will be making a special guest appearance next month....read on

Sintra Exceeding Expectations

February 12, 2018:

"He exceeded our expectations. He's been a good horse his whole life, but he got the year off to a good start in against four-year-olds and then he tackled the Open competition and hopefully he can do it year after year."...read on

Expect To See More Of MacDonald

February 11, 2018:

"My dad's got a couple of horses [in southern Ontario] now so I'd like to stick up here, drive back and forth and just try to win as many races as I can."...read on

Alberta's 2017 Champions Honoured

February 11, 2018:

The best of Alberta's harness racing industry were honoured at the annual Alberta Standardbred Horse Association (ASHA) Awards Gala on Saturday, February 10 at the Northlands Park Paddock Theatre in Edmonton, Alta....read on

Kids Say The Funniest Things

February 10, 2018:

One of the most coveted trophies in Canadian harness racing, the O’Brien Award has been placed on mantels to recognize the sport's greatest horses and participants since its inception in 1989. Winning an O’Brien trophy is an honour that is not taken lightly and for some is a once-in-a-lifetime experience....read on

'Amethyst' Worth His Weight In Gold

February 10, 2018:

"We're going to pay him back up into the Maple Leaf Trot, and we're going to nominate him to the Breeders Crown and hopefully give him a little bit of a break when the weather gets hot and get him ready for the end of the season."...read on

Alarm Detector Injury Update

February 9, 2018:

Two-year-old trotting colt Alarm Detector was an open-length winner at Saturday's 2017 O'Brien Awards even with an injury-shortened season....read on

Stakes Eligibility Changes Shelved

February 9, 2018:

Trot Insider has learned that the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) originally scheduled to be launched this year for stakes races on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit as well as The Meadowlands has been delayed until 2019....read on

More 2017 O'Brien Awards Photos

February 9, 2018:

Trot Insider has compiled a second set of images from Saturday night's O'Brien Awards....read on

AGCO Drops 90-Day Suspension Rule

February 8, 2018:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to release a Summary Report of the work delivered by the Equine Drug Program Working Group over the last seven months....read on

A Second Crown For 'King' Campbell

February 8, 2018:

"We had a different type of barn and different owners from when we last won [the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship]. We kind of went downhill after the last time we won it; we had to rebuild and we came back. It just seems a little bit more rewarding this time."...read on

Leal Discussing Kawartha’s Future

February 8, 2018:

Horsepeople that race at Kawartha Downs have been awaiting an update in regard to the future of the Peterborough-area harness raceway, and Jeff Leal, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has intimated that an announcement could be coming soon....read on

2018 OSAS Stallion Auction Details

February 8, 2018:

The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS), now in its 22nd year, will once again be conducting a stallion auction this breeding season....read on

Savard Scores A Pair Of Awards

February 7, 2018:

"Arthur Blue Chip could have been the best ever, we don't know. He didn't race as a three-year-old and he's at stud right now, but that's the way it is. But [Percy Bluechip], she really looked like him and we were very confident from day one and she didn't disappoint us."...read on

2017 O'Brien Award Photos

February 7, 2018:

The best in Canadian harness racing was honoured at the 2017 O'Brien Awards on Saturday night, and to honour those involved our first batch of photos from Saturday have now been posted online....read on

O’Brien Voting Results Released

February 6, 2018:

Standardbred Canada has released the breakdown of the voting for the 2017 O'Brien Awards. The ceremony took place Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Hilton Mississauga/ Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario....read on

OSS Stallion List Posted

February 6, 2018:

The list of stallions registered with the Ontario Standardbred Improvement Program for the 2018 breeding season has now been posted online....read on

A Year To Remember For McNair

February 6, 2018:

"It's a pretty big thrill, it probably won't sink in for a couple of days. I'm just taking it all in right now."...read on

Reflecting On Horse Of The Year

February 5, 2018:

"We were sitting at a table with Ariana G's people. We really thought it came down to us two...but she did so much special stuff up here, beating the boys. But we were hopeful."...read on

O'Brien Hosts Discuss 2017 Awards

February 5, 2018:

"The O'Brien Awards is all about class, from start to finish. And [Somebeachsomewhere] was a class horse, and this is a class move on behalf of Standardbred Canada."...read on

2017 O'Brien Award Winners

February 3, 2018:

On Saturday, February 3, Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2017 O’Brien Awards, at the 29th edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont....read on

Horse Of The Year Award Named In Honour Of Somebeachsomewhere

February 3, 2018:

On Saturday, February 3, at the O’Brien Awards Gala, Standarbred Canada announced that the O’Brien Award for Horse of the Year is now named the Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year Award....read on

Colville Re-Elected As SC Chair

February 3, 2018:

On Saturday, February 3, Standardbred Canada elected its Officers and Executive Committee for 2018....read on

Meadows Racing Suspended Until Feb. 23

February 2, 2018:

Due to recent cases of Equine Herpes (EHV-1) and extreme biosecurity measures, racing at The Meadows has been suspended until February 23, 2018....read on

AGCO Notice Regarding EHV-1

January 25, 2018:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has noted that the two barns in the Meadows stable area remain under quarantine as a safety precaution after a case of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) was diagnosed....read on

Attention Stallion Owners

January 22, 2018:

Are you standing a stallion in Canada? If so, please help Standardbred Canada update its online stallion guide....read on

Ontario's 2018 Race Dates

December 20, 2017:

The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has issued the 2018 race-date schedule for the province....read on

Up To Date With '18 Eligibility Fees?

December 19, 2017:

Standardbred Canada would like to remind all owners and horsepeople that 2018 eligibility fees must be paid prior to any horse racing in 2018....read on

Are You & Your Horse Ready To Race?

July 3, 2017:

Do you have a horse that will be qualifying for the first time this year, or for the first time ever? Do you have your paperwork in order?...read on


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