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So Much More Than Just A Horse

February 28, 2020:

Last May, Don Beatson was hoping to get a filly that would be competitive in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots program. His purchase ended up being So Much More....read on

Petrova And Her Passion For Horses

February 28, 2020:

On the evening of January 18, Denitza Petrova had a great time in her relatively new harness racing career....read on

Important Notice For Ontario SC Members

February 26, 2020:

In light of recently announced changes to procedures and rules, announced by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), and effective March 2nd, 2020, Standardbred Canada, the official Record Keeping Body and Registry of Standardbred racing and breeding in Canada, wishes to remind all participants in Ontario of some very important information....read on

More 2020 Two-Year-Olds In Training

January 10, 2020:

Since our initial posting, Standardbred Canada has received an influx of submissions from a number of prominent trainers for our popular and comprehensive nation-wide list of 2020 two-year-olds in training....read on

Are You At Risk Of Losing Benefits?

February 19, 2020:

A press release issued on Wednesday (Feb. 19) by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association indicates that caretakers with benefits currently provided by the Ontario Harness Horse Association may be at risk of losing benefit coverage at the end of the month....read on

Awards Doled Out In Truro

February 28, 2020:

On Saturday (February 15) Truro Raceway held its Annual Truro Harness Horse Owners Association (T.H.H.O.A) Award Banquet at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro, N.S....read on

Elliott Wants To Make A Difference

February 28, 2020:

“And then it came to me...‘What is the one thing I’ve loved almost my whole life?’ Horse racing. Since I have a business background and I love the numbers aspect of racing, I realized that’s the industry I want to be part of.”...read on

Job Opening With Standardbred Canada

February 13, 2020:

Standardbred Canada has an immediate full-time position available in the Member Services department....read on

Several Projects Ongoing At Yonkers

February 28, 2020:

“I try to tell people it’s small, incremental, gradual changes to make it overall better. You can’t come in and change everything at any racetrack, but especially one that’s been around a long time.”...read on

Post Time Change At Monticello

February 28, 2020:

Officials with Monticello Raceway have announced that the track will be adjusting its first race post time, effective next week....read on

Shepherd Celebrates 1,000th Win

February 27, 2020:

Trainer Patrick Shepherd started his Thursday just two wins shy of a major milestone, and thanks to wins at a pair of tracks he managed to celebrate the 1,000th victory of his career....read on

Preferred Win For Buttermilk Hanover

February 27, 2020:

A compact field of four faced the starting gate in Thursday’s $10,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Handicap at Flamboro Downs, and the public’s top choice, Buttermilk Hanover, rallied to a popular win in 1:57....read on

New GM At Hanover Raceway

February 27, 2020:

On Thursday, February 27, the Hanover, Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society (HBBAS) announced its new general manager....read on

Preferred Triple For Backstreet Shadow

February 27, 2020:

After front-stepping scores in the last two editions of the $32,500 Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs, Tim Tetrick used a come-from-behind approach to capture Thursday’s feature with the Ron Burke speedster....read on

Shartin N To Resurface

February 27, 2020:

The connections of Shartin N had a chance to soak up some sun while celebrating a multiple award-winning night for the distaffer during last Sunday’s Dan Patch Awards in Florida, but it’s time to get back to work for them and the multi-talented mare....read on

Racing Pulls A Cautious 180

February 27, 2020:

The global horse racing industry does its very best to attract spectators and handicappers to the industry’s live races and marquee events. Although, given the way things have shaken out over the course of the past few months, a handful of racing entities have staked a hard pivot for a cautious 180....read on

None Bettor A, Rodeo Rock Ready

February 27, 2020:

None Bettor A and Rodeo Rock are hoping to make strong impressions on the Grand Circuit this year, and the two older male pacers will begin their journey together by making seasonal debuts in Saturday’s (Feb. 29) preferred at the Meadowlands Racetrack....read on

Sports Betting Bill Introduced

February 26, 2020:

A bill to legalize single-event sports betting in Canada has been introduced in the House of Commons....read on

New T-Bred Breeders Award Program

February 27, 2020:

On Thursday, February 26, Ontario Racing (OR) announced its $5.89 million Thoroughbred Horse Improvement Program (TIP) Breeders Awards package for 2020-21, including a new 'Ontario Sired Reward of Excellence' program....read on

First Enterprise Foals Arrive

February 27, 2020:

Hambletonian elimination winner Enterprise had his first foals hit the ground over the last few weeks....read on

The 'Diamond' Is Sparkling

February 27, 2020:

Heza Real Diamond, who has posed for pictures following five of his last seven trips to the post, will be looking to increase that impressive batting average in Friday night’s featured $6,700 Open Pace at Cal Expo....read on

Rich Wagers Passes

February 27, 2020:

Richard ‘Rich’ Allen Wagers, 77, passed away at Stein Hospice of Sandusky, Ohio on Sunday (Feb. 23)....read on

‘Big M’ Happy With Pick-6 Results

February 27, 2020:

Officials with the Meadowlands Racetrack have stated that the track’s revamped version of the Pick-6 “has exceeded all expectations.”...read on

New Jersey Simulcasting News

February 27, 2020:

It has been announced that the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Off-Track Wagering in Bayonne will be opening early this Saturday (Feb. 29) in order to simulcast a Thoroughbred card from King Abdulaziz Racecourse....read on

Five Straight For 'Swamp Girl'

February 26, 2020:

William Pendleton's Casimir Swamp Girl ($7.20) sustained a first-over attack and outlasted the late pursuit of a 3-5 favourite in Wednesday's (Feb. 26) featured $10,500 Preferred 2 Pace for fillies and mares at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, taking her fifth consecutive win in the act....read on

Major Occasion A Impresses

February 26, 2020:

Major Occasion A proved impressive, winning the $27,500 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night (Feb. 26) in a sparkling 1:50.2....read on

Wilberforce Bounces Back At Buffalo

February 26, 2020:

Wilberforce was a force to be reckoned with in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Class A-Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday evening (Feb. 26)....read on

Deplorable Tom Wins 'Spa' Return

February 26, 2020:

Two-time Saratoga Casino Hotel training champion Jackie Greene enjoyed her share of the spotlight on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 26), taking a co-featured $9,000 event for New York-sired trotters with Deplorable Tom....read on

Blue Ivy Extends Streak; Six For Wilder

February 26, 2020:

Blue Ivy ended her outstanding sophomore season with five consecutive wins. But how would the daughter of Captaintreacherous and All Blue perform in her four-year-old debut following a layoff of nearly 10 weeks?...read on

Queens Arms Passes

February 26, 2020:

It is with heavy hearts that Dave Snowden, Donna Snowden and Brittany Snowden announce that their beloved mare, Queens Arms ($719,000), passed away on Sunday, February 23 at the age of 29....read on

AGCO Announces Rule, Fee Revisions

February 26, 2020:

In preparation for the launch of iAGCO online services for horse racing licensees in March, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has revised the Rules of Standardbred Racing and the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing to reduce regulatory burden and harmonize processes between breeds where possible. The AGCO has also revised the fee schedule for all breeds....read on

Shartin N To Get Some Rest

February 26, 2020:

No one needs to worry about Shartin N resting on her laurels, although she might get to relax a little more this year than her previous two seasons....read on

CHRHF 2020 Noms Due March 4

February 5, 2020:

The public is encouraged to participate in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2020 nomination process by submitting recommendations of people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred or Thoroughbred horse racing....read on

Marg Gassien Passes

February 26, 2020:

Kawartha Downs is sad to announce the passing of one of the track’s greatest fans, and the matriarch of one of the track’s founding families, Marg Gassien....read on

Rideau Training Closure Announced

February 26, 2020:

It has been announced that the track at Rideau Carleton Raceway will again be closed for training for a three-day stretch....read on

Eight Set For Saturday Freehold Feature

February 26, 2020:

Saturday's featured race at Freehold Raceway will be a $14,000 Invitational Handicap Pace, which will offer a full field of eight starters....read on

Legends To Clash At Pompano Sunday

February 26, 2020:

Pompano Park will host two major events on Sunday, March 1, as eight of the greatest names in the sport will compete in a multi-race competition over the famed five-eighths mile oval....read on

Pocono Paddock, Stable-Gate Info

February 26, 2020:

Officials with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono have released information regarding the opening times for the paddock and stable-gate area....read on

Wednesday Pocono Qualifiers Contested

February 26, 2020:

The driving brothers Anthony and George Napolitano Jr. held the hot hands during Wednesday morning’s qualifying session at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono....read on

In Need Of A Nurse Mare?

March 4, 2010:

Standardbred Canada's Nurse Mare Program is designed to assist in matching orphaned or rejected foals with nurse mares, and now the process is even easier....read on

Belgium's Van Pollaert Wins World Cup

February 25, 2020:

Driver Piet Van Pollaert, representing Belgium, topped the point standings at the end of the World Cup Amateur Driving Championship contested at Pompano Park on Tuesday (Feb. 25)....read on

Study: Racing Beneficial To Alberta Economy

February 25, 2020:

On Tuesday, February 25, Horse Racing Alberta announced the results of a study that investigated the economic impact of horse breeding, raising and racing on the province. According to the results of the study, the impact is greatly beneficial to Alberta’s economy....read on

OSAS Welcomes Omega Alpha

February 25, 2020:

Omega Alpha® Pharmaceuticals is pleased to be partnering with the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) to provide products for health and rehabilitation to the horses coming into the rehoming program....read on

Canada Front And Centre At Dan Patch Awards

February 25, 2020:

The U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2019 Dan Patch Awards Banquet took place on Sunday (Feb. 23) at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Florida. Canada’s harness racing industry was well represented during the evening, as Canadians were connected to nine of the Standardbreds that took home coveted hardware....read on

First Meeting For Industry Alliance

February 24, 2020:

This past Saturday (Feb. 22), the North American Harness Horse Alliance held its first official meeting, which took place at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Florida....read on

Stienams Place Passes

February 24, 2020:

It has been announced that Hall of Fame broodmare Stienams Place has passed away....read on

‘Team Ontario’ To Invade Truro

February 24, 2020:

The Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association is pleased to announce the Nova Scotia versus Ontario Driver's Challenge....read on

Shartin N Crowned US Horse Of The Year

February 23, 2020:

On Sunday (Feb. 23), Shartin N became the first pacing mare to be named U.S. Horse of the Year, as she received harness racing’s top honour to cap the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek resort....read on

Expose Yourself

February 23, 2020:

"Standardbred horse racing, at its most exciting, is easily one of the most spectacular sporting events on Earth. Whether it’s as an owner, a trainer, a driver, a bettor, or a fan, this is true. I know it. You know it. More people need to know it. That last part is the key."....read on / continuer à lire

The Raceway Presents Its 2019 Awards

February 22, 2020:

The 43rd annual awards banquet at The Raceway at Western Fair District was held on Saturday evening (Feb. 22) in The Raceway’s Carousal Room....read on

Having The Time Of Their Lives

February 22, 2020:

Ask anyone there: the table that had the biggest reaction to winning at the 2019 O’Brien Awards was most definitely the one that sported the connections of pacing colt Century Farroh....read on

SC Rewind: Sixty Years Ago

February 22, 2020:

In this week's 'Rewind,' Robert Smith has tapped into the harness racing archives to take a look back to 1960; an even 60 years ago. His piece recalls how different the sport was back then and includes a number of old photographs and happenings from a track that was quite popular at that time....read on

A Multitude Of Upgrades At Rideau

February 21, 2020:

Peter Andrusek said he’s excited about the return of the Des Smith Classic Open Pace to Rideau Carleton Raceway this summer, mostly because the track will have completed a number of important capital projects first....read on

Fractional Ownership Goes Hollywood

February 21, 2020:

The emphasis on fractional racehorse ownership has received a renewed push in the North American racing industry over the course of the past few years. New owners are getting into the game and are raving about the experience. Now, the bonding nature of fractional ownership is the subject of a full-length feature film....read on

Major Retiring From The AGCO

February 20, 2020:

On Thursday, February 20, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced that Jean Major will be retiring from his roles as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer by the end of August 2020....read on

Maritime Breeders Stake Notice

February 20, 2020:

Notices for the two-year-old sustaining payment of the Maritime Breeders Stake, due March 15, 2020, were mailed last week....read on

Mohawk Million Slots Filled

February 20, 2020:

On Thursday, February 20, Woodbine Entertainment announced that the inaugural Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters will officially be contested on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park....read on

Race Rewind: 2008 Meadowlands Pace

February 20, 2020:

There are a handful of races that live on in harness racing lore as the greatest of their era, if not all time. The 2008 Meadowlands Pace is one of those races....read on

Equine Guelph’s Mare & Foal Care Tool

February 16, 2020:

When Equine Guelph launched its new Mare & Foal Care Tool, the how-to videos received great feedback as tools to prepare owners for the expected and unexpected....read on

What's Next For Richard Moreau?

February 14, 2020:

After an unprecedented seventh straight O'Brien Award as Canada's Trainer of the Year, Richard Moreau has only one thing on his bucket list for 2020....read on

Harness Racing's Best Rivalries?

February 11, 2020:

"It's good that there's good competition, that there really is those two mares just fighting it out and I think it's good for the sport, frankly."...read on

Host Tracks Set For 2020 Driving Championships

February 11, 2020:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2020 Regional Driving Championships and National Driving Championship which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the 2021 World Driving Championship for harness racing....read on

Training And Trotting Talent Honoured

February 10, 2020:

Ben Baillargeon has been in this position before, with a highly-talented William Wellwood Memorial-winning trotting colt that brings up aspirations of racing on a certain Saturday in August....read on

Awards Without Controversy...?

February 9, 2020:

"Tonight many of us will be watching the Oscars on TV and like any awards ceremony they won't be without controversy"...read on

A Lesson In Adversity And Perseverance

February 8, 2020:

Chantal Mitchell certainly won't forget her first O'Brien Awards experience any time soon....read on

'Hallmark Greetings' At The O'Briens

February 8, 2020:

It’s become a tradition to have some form of ‘entertaining’ video during the dinner at the O’Brien Awards Gala....read on

"Everything Fell Into Place"

February 7, 2020:

As you read this, horseman Gilles Barrieau will be in Florida, enjoying the sun and possibly a cold beverage. Many would agree that he's earned it....read on

Reactions From O'Briens Hosts

February 7, 2020:

"You have to keep it fresh because probably about 60 percent of the people who come out come out every year...we want to make it entertaining. It's a great night to celebrate Canadian harness racing but it's also about having a good time, too."...read on

The O’Briens: A Night To Remember!

February 6, 2020:

Saturday, February 1 was a night to remember as Standardbred Canada honoured and recognized the 2019 Canadian harness racing champions at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario....read on

Kelly's Star Shining Bright

February 5, 2020:

"It's a little bit more of a smaller pond but you can make a name for yourself, and you have a little bit more of an opportunity out there. There's a bit more pressure here in Ontario...you can hone your craft."...read on

O'Brien Voting Results Released

February 5, 2020:

Standardbred Canada has released the breakdown of the voting for the 2019 O'Brien Awards. The ceremony took place Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario....read on

2019 O'Brien Award Photos

February 4, 2020:

The best in Canadian harness racing was honoured at the 2019 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

More Reactions From O'Brien Winners

February 4, 2020:

The crew from COSA TV was on hand at the 2019 O'Brien Awards this past Saturday (February 1) and caught up with some of the winning connections after the event....read on

Roy Retains His Throne

February 3, 2020:

"You can be as good as you want...you won't be here tonight if you don't drive those good horses. I'm lucky that I have a lot of people that put [their] confidence in me. It helps me show my talent, but without that I couldn't be what I am."...read on

No 'Trading' This Horse Of The Year

February 2, 2020:

"Sometimes when you see the video [of a yearling] you're not sure but he caught my eye right away. He caught my eye in the video, and he caught my eye when I saw the horse."...read on

2019 O'Brien Winners Announced

February 1, 2020:

On Saturday, February 1, Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2019 O’Brien Award at the 31st edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont....read on

2019 O'Brien Awards Coverage

February 1, 2020:

The 31st edition of the O’Brien Awards, celebrating and honouring the best in Canadian harness racing, took place on Saturday, February 1 at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont....read on

2020 OSS Schedule Released

January 31, 2020:

The Ontario Sires Stakes has released the 2020 OSS schedule and it is now available for viewing online....read on

Straatman Elected New SC Chair

January 30, 2020:

On Thursday, January 30, Standardbred Canada elected its Officers and Executive Committee for 2020....read on

Market Restricted Funds To Be Distributed

January 28, 2020:

Ontario Racing’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it will distribute $596,950 in Market Restricted Funds to 11 Standardbred racetracks throughout the province....read on

Benefits Update From COSA

January 22, 2020:

The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) would like to notify qualifying Standardbred horsepeople in Ontario that the organization offers a seamless transition, with no disruption of benefits, from any other provider’s benefit program beginning January 22, 2020 through March 31, 2020....read on

Self-Serve Entry Now Available

January 6, 2020:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that effective Monday, January 6, 2020, all trainers that are SC members in good standing can have access to SC’s Self-Serve program to enter horses electronically as soon as condition sheets are made available from the race office....read on

Ontario's 2020 Race Date Schedule

December 20, 2019:

On Thursday (Dec. 19) the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) released the 2020 Race Date Schedule for Ontario's quarter horse, thoroughbred and harness racing tracks....read on

Has Your Horse Been Chipped?

December 4, 2019:

Standardbred Canada (SC) is coordinating a 'microchipping tour' to facilitate the microchipping of all Standardbred racehorses by the end of 2020, as mandated by the Board of Directors, and to be consistent with the United States Trotting Association....read on

Up To Date With 2020 Eligibility Fees?

November 28, 2019:

Standardbred Canada would like to remind all owners and horsepeople that 2020 eligibility fees must be paid prior to a horse making its first start or qualifier....read on

AGCO Licence Renewals Go Paperless

September 20, 2019:

Starting in March 2020, the AGCO will no longer be accepting paper forms, cash or cheques for horse racing-related licences and registrations....read on

Answers To 'MVP' Questions

April 21, 2019:

Have you noticed ads and promotions on the Standardbred Canada website about the new FREE Member Value Program (MVP)? Are you interested in enrolling in the program, but still have questions about how it works?...read on

Website Troubleshooting

May 23, 2018:

If you have/are experiencing issues refreshing pages on the Standardbred Canada website, please check in with this notice for more information....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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