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Upsetters Prevail In Blizzard Sequel

January 27, 2022:

Round two of the Blizzard Pacing Series went postward Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and it wasn’t a good night for the favourites....read on

Perfecting A Winning Routine

January 27, 2022:

For Perfetto, defending Older Male Trotter of the Year, routine and a familiar face in the barn are what keeps him happy in his quest for more O’Brien bronze....read on

Up To Date With Eligibility Fees?

December 16, 2021:

Standardbred Canada would like to remind all owners and horsepeople that 2022 eligibility fees must be paid prior to a horse making its first start or qualifier....read on

Bo Mach Repeats In Dover Open

January 27, 2022:

The betting public was all over Bo Mach in Thursday’s Open Handicap for pacers at Dover Downs, and the even-money favourite came through by a narrow margin....read on

Miami Open To Blank Stare

January 27, 2022:

Blank Stare became the fourth different winner of Miami Valley’s weekly Open I Pace on Thursday as the Southwestern Ohio oval completed its fourth full week of the 87-day 2022 meet....read on

Ladys Dude Wins Open Off Long Layoff

January 27, 2022:

Off since April and parked the opening quarter, Ladys Dude flashed both talent and determination in capturing Thursday’s $17,600 Open Handicap Trot at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows....read on

Racing A Rush For Roth

January 27, 2022:

As the daughter of two former skydivers, it’s no surprise Kim Roth enjoys an adrenaline surge. But rather than following in her parents’ parachutes, Roth gets her rush from harness racing....read on

BarnCat Trivia Launches As Gameshow

January 27, 2022:

The cat’s out of the bag: BarnCat Trivia is launching as a weekly event presented year-round starting Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. EST....read on

McKee To Instruct Injury/Lameness Course

January 27, 2022:

Dr. Melissa McKee of McKee-Pownall Equine has been announced as the course instructor for Equine Guelph's "Racehorse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care" course....read on

Field Set For Prix D'Amerique

January 27, 2022:

A field of 18 trotters is set to compete in the 2022 Prix d'Amérique taking place this Sunday (Jan. 30) at Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris, France....read on

Carryover City At Yonkers

January 27, 2022:

It will be a carryover and guaranteed pool palooza on Friday night (January 28) at Yonkers Raceway, as both the 50-cent Pick 5 and the $1 Pick 6 went unsolved on Thursday night’s 10-race program....read on

'Nightmare' Headlines Sire Stakes Opener

January 27, 2022:

A $20,000 California Sire Stakes for the four-year-old pacing fillies headed by Senga Nightmare gets the marquee treatment Friday evening (Jan. 28) at Cal Expo....read on

'Jessie,' So Frisky Inseparable

January 26, 2022:

Saulsbrook Jessie ($4.80) and So Frisky ($3.10) shared this week's top distaff honours in the Forest City, battling to a 1:59 dead heat in Wednesday's (Jan. 26) $12,000 Preferred 2 Handicap for pacing mares at The Raceway at the Western Fair District....read on

So Much More Seeks Second O'Brien

January 26, 2022:

How many participants in harness racing can say that they have owned a national award winner and were hands-on with the horse's maintenance while still in their teens? That's so much more than many in the sport could hope or dream....read on

Supplement Studies Explore Gastric Health

January 26, 2022:

Collaborating on three recent research papers on a nutraceutical called ‘Gs Formula,’ Dr. Wendy Pearson, PhD Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, has been very busy....read on

Veilleux New ATAQ President

January 26, 2022:

Richard Veilleux has been named the new president of Association Trot et Amble du Quebec (ATAQ), the association representing the horsepeople of Quebec....read on

Crisp Mane Prevails In Photo Finish

January 27, 2022:

About 1/100th of a second decided the outcome of Pompano Park's featured $14,200 Open for pacing mares on Wednesday night (Jan. 26) as Crisp Mane, knocking at the door in her last three tries, finally broke into the winner's circle....read on

Scuola Hanover Downs Dover Distaffers

January 26, 2022:

Scuola Hanover made every call a winning one in Wednesday's (Jan. 26) $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs....read on

Valentine Delight Bests Buffalo Gals

January 26, 2022:

Valentine's Day is more than two weeks away, but Valentine Delight celebrated it early by stunning the field in the $12,500 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares on Wednesday night (Jan. 26) at Buffalo Raceway....read on

Billabong Beach Miami's Claiming Champ

January 26, 2022:

A balanced field of nine, all of whom finished either first or second in the two preliminary legs of the Claim To Fame series for $8,000 male pacers, went postward in Wednesday's (Jan. 26) $22,500 championship tilt. And after a contentious opening half mile, Billabong Beach (Sam Widger) who closed from well back in the field to capture the final in 1:53.3....read on

New Vocations Stallion Auction On Feb. 1

January 26, 2022:

New Vocations’ 24th Annual Stallion Auction will run from Tuesday, Feb. 1 through Thursday, Feb. 3....read on

Cheddar Bay Bolts In London

January 25, 2022:

Stacey Currie pupil Cheddar Bay charged off a pocket ride to land a 1-1/2-length blow on 6-5 favourite Outlawgrabbingears and win the $13,000 Preferred 2 Handicap Pace on Tuesday (Jan. 25) at The Raceway at Western Fair District....read on

Etsell's Season Of Excellence

January 25, 2022:

One of Ontario's most respected horsemen for many decades, Mark Etsell has reached a new plateau as a finalist for one of Canadian's harness racing's most prestigious individual titles — the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship....read on

Jacoby Lands Driver's License In 10 Qualifying Drives

January 25, 2022:

Tyson Jacoby finally listened. “The horses kept calling me back,” said Jacoby, who just got his harness racing driver’s license scoring a perfect score in each of his 10 qualifying races -- four of them at Calgary’s Century Downs and the last six at Century Mile....read on

Handicap O’Brien Award Winners & Win!

January 25, 2022:

Who doesn’t love a handicapping contest? Here’s your chance to win a $100 HPI gift card and $110 worth of TrackIT credits by handicapping the O’Brien Award winners and answering a few trivia questions....read on

Yanks Dugout Dashes At Dover

January 25, 2022:

Yanks Dugout cruised to victory in the Winners Over/Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night (Jan. 25)....read on

Always Be Lucy Lands In Claiming Series

January 25, 2022:

If the race would have been one yard shorter, heavily favoured Atlantic Star would have completed a sweep of the three-week-long Claim To Fame series for $12,500-priced pacing mares. As it was, Always Be Lucy flew through the home stretch and needed every foot of the mile to snatch the championship in 1:53 on Tuesday (Jan. 25) at Miami Valley Raceway....read on

Fair Season? Awesome For Schadels

January 25, 2022:

Todd Schadel has enjoyed a good deal of success at the Pennsylvania fairs, particularly in recent years, and the 2021 campaign managed to surpass them all....read on

Ortiz Wins WHHC Qualifier At Big M

January 25, 2022:

Jaime Ortiz of Staten Island, New York captured the January 22 qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) at the Meadowlands Racetrack....read on

Blooded Horse Sale Supplements Due

January 25, 2022:

Supplemental entries will be taken for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale until 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31....read on

Five Straight For Hurried Romance

January 25, 2022:

Make it five-in-a-row and counting for distaffer Hurried Romance thanks to her facile score in a $6,000 assignment Monday evening (Jan. 24) at Fraser Downs....read on

'General' Takes Flight In Top Trot

January 24, 2022:

After coming up just a head short in the January 3 edition of the Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Spartan General returned Monday evening to take on – and beat – the best trotters the nation has to offer....read on

McClure Provides Update On Return

January 24, 2022:

Returning from injury with a single drive on Friday (Jan. 22) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Bob McClure is set for a full-time return to driving next month....read on

Toys For You Triples In Pompano Open

January 25, 2022:

Toys For You, with owner/trainer Rick Plano handling the lines, extended his winning streak to three at Pompano Park on Monday night (Jan. 24), capturing the $14,200 Open Handicap Trot in 1:53.3....read on

Bombs Away For Big City Pearl

January 24, 2022:

If fans of Big City Pearl had $2.20 in their pockets before Monday’s Open Handicap Trot at Miami Valley and risked their last two bucks on the four-year-old Chapter Seven mare they had a $100 bill when the race was declared official....read on

‘Scarlett’ Seeks O’Brien Sweep

January 24, 2022:

Defending O’Brien Award champion Scarlett Hanover is up for national honours again and will be looking to join an elite group of harness racing’s standout pacing fillies to sweep divisional honours at ages two and three....read on

Doyle's Lessons And Fond Memories

January 24, 2022:

When outgoing race caller Shannon “Sugar” Doyle started at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, he was brought on to do more than call races....read on

Privilege Powers In Pop Up

January 23, 2022:

Privilege put forth a repeat performance in Pop-Up Series action at Flamboro Downs, romping in gate-to-wire fashion in the third of three $10,000 second-preliminary divisions on Sunday (Jan. 23)....read on

Sintra Preparing For Return

January 23, 2022:

Over the past number of years, the Preferred ranks during the winter months at Canada's top circuit were frequently the playground of pacing powerhouse Sintra. Now nine, the millionaire son of Mach Three was last in action more than three months ago....read on

Tiempo Hanover Triumphs In Open

January 23, 2022:

Tiempo Hanover made his season's debut a winning one in the featured $12,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 23) at Fraser Downs....read on

A Surprise O'Brien Nom For McEneny

January 23, 2022:

Despite a win in the 2021 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and a track record performance at Flamboro Downs, Scott McEneny didn't expect to get a phone call informing him that Twin B Archie was a 2021 O'Brien Award finalist....read on

We Can Still Attract Fans, Or Lose Them

January 23, 2022:

"I’m not about to tell a sport with many years of history, after watching only a handful of races, how their rules should read. What I will do is tell them how their handling of said rules left a new fan feeling. I’ll tell them that they should not give me the rules and then not live up to them"...read on / continuer à lire

Update On Jennifer Baxter

January 23, 2022:

Trot Insider recently received an update on longtime harness racing industry participant Jennifer Baxter....read on

Wheels On Fire Keeps Rolling

January 23, 2022:

Richard Moreau pupil Wheels On Fire recorded another win in the top class at Woodbine Mohawk Park, scoring a 1:54.2 win in the $34,000 Preferred Pace on Saturday (Jan. 22)....read on

Kays Shadow Cruises In Pop Up

January 22, 2022:

Off the 3-5 favourite, Kays Shadow shot to the front and maintained command all through the mile to post a 1:58.3 victory in taking the second of two second-preliminary divisions of the $10,000 Pop-Up Series at Flamboro Downs on Saturday (Jan. 22)....read on

Canadian Pharoh Clings To Victory

January 22, 2022:

One of two in the race for trainer Chris Lancaster, Canadian Pharoh managed to hold off a furious charge from her stablemate and odds-on choice Portrstownchris IR to win the $10,500 featured pace at Century Mile on Saturday (Jan. 22)....read on

Dowling, Johnson Hot; Sock It Away Best

January 22, 2022:

A former North American dash leading trainer, Colin Johnson made his East Coast presence well felt Saturday (Jan. 22) with a four-bagger at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park....read on

Pentland And His Ray Of Light

January 22, 2022:

Stonebridge Helios was a horse that John Pentland never expected to train. Fast forward less than a year, and he's now a horse that the longtime conditioner eagerly anticipated returning to his stable....read on

Standardbred Canada Job Opening

January 22, 2022:

Standardbred Canada has a full-time position available in the IT department for a Senior Drupal 8 Developer/Architect....read on

SC Rewind: Picture Parade

January 22, 2022:

It's Picture Parade time again and this time Robert Smith has assembled quite a collection of old photographs for your viewing and guessing pleasure....read on

Snowshoe Series Begins At Mohawk

January 21, 2022:

The Snowshoe Pacing Series kicked off on Friday night (Jan. 21) with a trio of $18,000 first leg divisions that included a 48-1 upset....read on

MacDonald Dominates The Raceway

January 21, 2022:

Driver Brett MacDonald had the hot hands on a frigid Friday, Jan. 21 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, winning half the card including the evening's featured Preferred 2 with O'Brien Award finalist Power And Grace....read on

Efforts Raise $69,000 For NS Horsemen

January 21, 2022:

The Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association has issued an update on the fundraising efforts for the horsemen affected by the barn fire that claimed the lives of 14 horses just over one month ago....read on

Canadians Dominate U.S. Media Awards

January 21, 2022:

Debbie Little, writing for TROT Magazine, Clive Cohen, Michael Burns and Woodbine Entertainment were among the winners of the 2020/2021 United States Harness Writers Association Media Award winners announced on Friday (Jan. 21)....read on

Respiratory Viruses Webinar Video Available

January 21, 2022:

An overview of respiratory viruses, the effect of these on racehorses’ health, vaccination and practical biosecurity were some of the key topics discussed during the webinar, Key Learnings from Alberta and How Respiratory Viruses Affect Your Racehorses’ Health, presented by Standardbred Canada (SC) on Tuesday evening....read on

Participate In Foal Health Study

January 21, 2022:

Members with broodmares foaling in 2022 are invited to participate in a study being conducted by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine regarding foal health....read on

Meadowlands To Set Driver Conditions

January 21, 2022:

The Meadowlands will require those drivers wishing to compete during the 2022 "Championship Meet" to apply for approval to drive in Meadowlands stakes by including a clause regarding such in the stakes conditions....read on

Ontario Plans To Ease COVID-19 Restrictions

January 20, 2022:

The Government of Ontario announced on Thursday, Jan. 20 details of its plan to gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions, including public health measures at racetracks, effective January 31, 2022....read on

Ramona Hill Retired

January 20, 2022:

Ramona Hill, 2020 Hambletonian winner, has been retired and will be bred in 2022....read on

Blais' Determination Pays Off

January 20, 2022:

Luc Blais calls 2021 "my hardest year" since he became private trainer for the Montreal-based Determination Stable almost a decade ago....read on

Racing Rallies To Support German Family

January 20, 2022:

The harness racing community is rallying around the family of longtime Clinton, Ont. horseman Corrie German and wife Brenda, whose daughter Lauren sustained serious life-altering injuries in a snowmobile accident last Friday night (Jan. 14)....read on

Free & Discounted Courses For Members

January 20, 2022:

Standardbred Canada (SC) members can take advantage of a 15 per cent discount for Equine Guelph’s winter short courses offered on the Horse Portal and a limited number of free offerings are available for three of the online courses....read on

William 'Bud' Fritz Passes; Arrangements Set

January 19, 2022:

Trot Insider has learned that Canadian Hall of Fame horseman William 'Bud' Fritz of Walkerton, Ont. passed away peacefully at McVean Lodge, Hanover on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at the age of 86....read on

O’Brien Awards Silent Auction Details

January 19, 2022:

Standardbred Canada is excited to announce that the annual O’Brien Awards silent auction will once again be available online for bidding, beginning Monday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. (EST) and closing Monday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. (EST)....read on

First Lists Of Two-Year-Olds In Training

January 18, 2022:

Standardbred Canada has released the initial set of 2022 two-year-olds in training for our popular and comprehensive nation-wide list....read on

Hosts Announced For O’Brien Awards

January 18, 2022:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Greg Blanchard and Jason Portuondo will co-host the 2021 Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala on Sunday, Feb. 6....read on

Which Pacer Could Win Horse Of The Year?

January 17, 2022:

Of the pacers named as 2021 O'Brien Award finalists, which horse do you feel has the best chance of being named 2021 Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year?....read on

Quite The 'Fellow'

January 16, 2022:

Rob Fellows is a man that gets things done, and if he doesn’t know how to do them he learns. It’s served him well in life, and he has a wonderful family and a successful stable to show for it....read on / continuer à lire

Virtual Red Carpet Show Returns

January 16, 2022:

The Virtual 2021 O’Brien Awards Gala presented by Standardbred Canada on Sunday, February 6 will kick off with the always popular, always entertaining Red Carpet Show....read on

Job Opening At Standardbred Canada

January 16, 2022:

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

A Fire Ignited For Future Star Finalist

January 15, 2022:

How hungry is Samuel Fillion for a career as a Standardbred driver?...read on

Outstanding Groom Finalists Announced

January 14, 2022:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the Outstanding Groom Award, sponsored for the sixth year by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation....read on

Woodbine Releases 2022 Stakes Schedule

January 14, 2022:

On Friday (Jan. 14) Woodbine Entertainment unveiled the schedule for its lucrative 2022 Standardbred stakes events at Woodbine Mohawk Park....read on

Filion Flattered By O'Brien Nom

January 13, 2022:

One of the highlights of Sylvain Filion's 2021 O'Brien Award-nominated season was his Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final win with Bob Loblaw. Filion will aim for a repeat in that division this year thanks to a special horse with a very personal connection....read on

Breeders Crown Returns To Mohawk

January 13, 2022:

The $6.7 million (USD) Breeders Crown, harness racing’s richest and most prestigious year-end divisional championship series, returns in the last weekend of October 2022 to Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ont....read on

A Family (Black Tie) Affair

January 12, 2022:

Desperate Man has provided the Cecchins with many family memories over the course of the year and now the team behind the North America Cup champion will get to enjoy another special evening together as they celebrate their O’Brien Award finalist next month....read on

Gamble Paying Off For Williams

January 11, 2022:

Trevor Williams has taken a few big gambles in his life. Last year, he quit his job after 10 years as a Winnipeg bank manager to become a full-time harness racing trainer. Last fall, Williams, 35, took a chance on leaving his home base of Manitoba to race full time in Alberta. Both gambles have paid off in spades....read on

A Toast To Power And Grace

January 11, 2022:

Come O’Brien Awards night, trainer Ron MacDonald will be raising a glass of wine to toast his finalist Power And Grace....read on

Striving For Excellence

January 10, 2022:

The Winbak Farm Winner’s Circle at Woodbine Mohawk Park was a happy haven for many who celebrated victories both big and small in Canadian harness racing in 2021. It’s a place to take a moment and recognize the hard work that goes into producing a champion. And it’s a place where Winbak’s own Pat Woods had the chance to celebrate the pinnacle of an O’Brien Award-worthy season....read on

Hartman And A Venerable Season

January 9, 2022:

When David McDuffee and Mel Hartman's Poof Shes Gone cracked the million-dollar threshold as a rookie trotter in 2009, she became just the second trotting filly in harness racing history to boast a seven-figure bankroll. Twelve years later, Hartman and McDuffee are also partners on the third squaregaiter to reach that elusive plateau....read on

Which Trotter Could Win Horse Of The Year?

January 9, 2022:

Of the trotters named as 2021 O'Brien Award finalists, which horse do you feel has the best chance of being named 2021 Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year?....read on

A Decade Of Dominance For Moreau

January 8, 2022:

Richard Moreau has heard from a couple of people that he's unlikely to be named Canada's trainer of the year for 2021, despite the fact he once again led the nation by a wide margin in wins (236) and purse earnings ($3.7 million) and has been the voters' choice for the past eight years....read on

No Cam Fella Winner For 2021

January 6, 2022:

Standardbred Canada has announced there will not be a 2021 recipient for the Cam Fella Award....read on

Filly Follows In Dam's Hoofprints

January 4, 2022:

Montreal's Richard Berthiaume has had several accomplished horses in 55 years as a Standardbred owner, including a Breeders Crown winner and a couple of millionaires, but so far he has but one O'Brien Award....read on

33 Thoughts: O'Briens Edition

January 3, 2022:

In advance of the 2021 O'Brien Awards, SC's Jeff Porchak has offered 33 thoughts on the 33rd edition of Canadian harness racing's year-end awards....read on

From Rock Bottom To The Top

December 30, 2021:

George Millar and Nick Gallucci have both had success during their years in racing, but nothing like what they’ve accomplished together, mainly with Millar’s homebreds, in 2021 - just months after Millar received a double lung transplant with two lungs that were infected with the COVID-19 virus...read on / continuer à lire

2021 Media Excellence Awards Finalists

December 29, 2021:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Media Excellence Awards, sponsored by Ontario Racing for the sixth consecutive year....read on

MacDonald Reflects On Career Year

December 28, 2021:

O'Brien Award finalist James MacDonald emerged from 2021 with fervor. In the second season through the pandemic, MacDonald – like his peers – persevered through a brief early season shutdown but blossomed from a stint in the States when returning to Canada to post career numbers and establish himself as one of the country’s top drivers....read on

Ontario Race Dates Set For 2022

December 23, 2021:

On Thursday, Dec. 23, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) released the third and final round of approved 2022 race dates for a selection of Ontario racetracks....read on

2021 O'Brien Award Finalists Announced

December 22, 2021:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season....read on

Dan Patch Award Trotting Champions Announced

December 21, 2021:

Six-year-old mare Manchego won the third Dan Patch Award of her career on Tuesday (Dec. 21) as the six 2021 division champions for trotters were announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association....read on

Dan Patch Award-Winning Pacers Revealed

December 20, 2021:

Three-year-old colt Perfect Sting was a repeat winner and four-year-old mare Lyons Sentinel also earned a second trophy as 2021 Dan Patch Award division champions for pacers were announced on Monday, Dec. 20 by the U.S. Harness Writers Association....read on

And The 2021 O’Brien Awards Theme Is…

December 15, 2021:

The O’Brien Awards Gala is one of Canadian harness racing’s most coveted events, and even though the event was virtual last year and again this year, guests continue to outdo themselves with incredible outfits that match the event’s theme....read on

SC Board Meeting Update

December 8, 2021:

Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors held the final quarterly meeting for 2021 on November 25 and 26....read on

Virtual Event For 2021 O'Brien Awards

October 27, 2021:

Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors today announced that the 2021 O’Brien Awards Gala will be a virtual event in February....read on

English / French Online Entry Resources

July 11, 2021:

Avez-vous besoin d’aide pour utiliser le libre-service d’inscription en ligne de SC? Do you need assistance with using SC’s Self Serve Online Entry?...read on

Trainers: Make Your Entries Online 24-7!

June 9, 2021:

Standardbred Canada’s FREE Self-Serve online entry program is available for trainers to enter horses to race and quality, and it’s available 24-7! Racetracks across the country are requesting that trainers use Self-Serve....read on

Harness Racing COVID-19 Updates

March 14, 2020:

The most up to date information from the North American harness racing industry pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic is located here. Coverage includes news, closures and access changes....read on


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