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O'Brien Awards Silent Auction Goes Virtual

January 22, 2021:

Do you want to get in on the action for the 2020 Virtual O’Brien Awards while supporting a great cause? Now you can!...read on

Update On Hickfromfrenchlick

January 22, 2021:

An issue kept him off the racetrack in 2020, but expect to see Hickfromfrenchlick return to competition as a five-year-old in the not-too-distant future....read on

SC In Support Of The Racing Industry

January 15, 2021:

Standardbred Canada understands that the impact of the pandemic to horse racing in Ontario is devastating to the entire horse industry....read on

SC Head Office Closed To The Public

July 10, 2020:

Standardbred Canada would like to remind members that SC's main office building in Mississauga, Ont. remains closed to external visitors and guests amid the COVID-19 pandemic....read on

2021 Two-Year-Olds In Training

January 3, 2021:

Standardbred Canada has released the initial set of 2021 two-year-olds in training for our popular and comprehensive nation-wide list....read on

Governor’s Plate Champion Returns

January 22, 2021:

It has been over half-a-year since Bugsy Maguire’s biggest career moment but he returns to the fray in the preferred pace Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park....read on

Freehold Fields Fusco Finals Friday

January 22, 2021:

Freehold Raceway concluded the Vinny Fusco Jr. Memorial Pacing Series this Friday (January 22), with a pair of finals. One saw a logical result, the other an upset....read on

Northfield Extends Afternoon Post Times

January 22, 2021:

MGM Northfield Park has announced a continuation of a temporary change in post time to 4:20 p.m. for its live harness racing programs until further notice....read on

Nevada County Approves Horse Racing

January 22, 2021:

Harness racing in Nevada is one step closer as the Nye County Commission recently approved conducting horse racing by a unanimous 5-0 vote....read on

Robert Gordon Pace Set For Saturday

January 22, 2021:

Rockinscience, fresh from a sparkling victory for driver/trainer Luke Plano, takes on a solid cast in Saturday night’s featured $9,700 Robert Gordon Pace at Cal Expo....read on

Success From A Hemisphere Away

January 21, 2021:

The tightly-run ship at Warrawee Farm in Rockwood, Ont. continued to operate through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, although its chief operators were left stuck in a whole different country more than 14,000 kilometres away....read on

Owners Reflect On Tall Dark Stranger

January 21, 2021:

Tall Dark Stranger will go down in history as the winner of the 2020 Horse of the Year Award handed out by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. For the members of his ownership group, he might be remembered as the horse of a lifetime....read on

Mohawk Releases 2021 Stakes Schedule

January 21, 2021:

Woodbine Entertainment today unveiled the tentative schedule for the 2021 stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park....read on

Ontario Racing Notice To Industry

January 21, 2021:

In a message to the industry on Thursday (Jan. 21), Ontario Racing stated that the organization is continuing to work with government and industry partners during the lockdown and suspension of harness racing in the province....read on

Tanev And A Tale Of Two Sports

January 21, 2021:

Mike Tanev has an interest in multiple professional sports, but only one — professional hockey — is active during the current pandemic lockdown. The father of two NHLers would like the Ontario government to give harness racing, his other pro sports interest, a closer look....read on

Yonkers Hosts Billings Series

January 21, 2021:

The Billings is back. After being sidelined all last year because of the coronavirus the granddaddy of all amateur racing series made its seasonal debut Thursday at Yonkers Raceway....read on

Maewegonow Massive At The Meadows

January 21, 2021:

Maewegonow, the only mare in the field, opened a daylight lead at the three-quarters and romped to an easy victory in Thursday’s (Jan. 21) feature at The Meadows: an $11,000 Conditioned Trot....read on

Meadowlands Keeps Momentum Rolling

January 21, 2021:

The first three Saturdays of 2020 were solid from a business perspective at The Meadowlands, as total wagering of $7.7 million averaged out to $2.569 million per card, resulting in an average per race of $183,523....read on

Ohio Horsepeople Enduring Pandemic

January 21, 2021:

The harness racing industry of Ohio, like many other states, has borne the brunt of a world trifled by a pandemic over nearly the last year. But with time, racing returned to the state with accommodations to help keep business running....read on

McNair Magnificent In 2020

January 20, 2021:

According to Doug McNair, "You're only as good as the horses you're driving." But when you put them in position to win 289 races and more than $6.2 million in purses through the course of an abbreviated season — like McNair did in 2020 — you're bound to attract plenty of accolades....read on

Capt Midnight Retired, To Stud

January 20, 2021:

An O'Brien Award finalist this time one year ago, pacing colt Capt Midnight has been retired and will stand stud for the 2021 breeding season....read on

Clarence DeVos Passes

January 21, 2021:

Longtime industry participant Clarence DeVos of Langton, Ont., passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2021....read on

Marloe Hanover Hustles At Dover

January 20, 2021:

Marloe Hanover wired the field in the Mares Open/Select Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night (Jan 20)....read on

Captain Deo To Stand In Alberta

January 20, 2021:

Alberta has landed a new pacing stallion for the 2021 season as the regally-bred Captain Deo has made his way to Western Canada....read on

Microchipping Update

January 20, 2021:

A reminder to all horsepeople that all Standardbreds racing in Canada will be required to be microchipped to race as of January 1, 2022....read on

Carolina Beach Vaults, Burke Wins Four

January 20, 2021:

Carolina Beach worked out a cozy pocket trip behind the strong leader, Wild Wild Western, then blew by him in the lane to capture Wednesday’s (Jan. 20) $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows....read on

Harold Kelly Finals At Freehold Sat.

January 20, 2021:

The Harold Kelly Memorial Pacing Series comes to a conclusion at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (Jan. 23)....read on

Yonkers Reveals 2021 Stakes Schedule

January 20, 2021:

Following a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic obliterated the stakes schedule at Yonkers Raceway, MGM Resorts has reinstated a full slate of Grand Circuit races for 2021, anchored by a pair of Triple Crown events occupying a new slot on the calendar....read on

Gural, USTA Form HISA Committee

January 20, 2021:

Spurred on by Jeff Gural, owner of the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, and facilitated by the United States Trotting Association, a group of key stakeholders representing various parts of the industry and holding diverse viewpoints will meet in the coming weeks to examine the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act and harness racing’s potential role within it....read on

Crisp Mane Gets Lifetime Mark

January 20, 2021:

Crisp Mane, handled by Hall of Fame driver David Miller, reached the winner's circle after knocking at the door for several weeks in winning Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night (Jan. 19)....read on

2021 Kindergarten Series Dates Set

January 20, 2021:

The Meadowlands has scheduled the legs of the popular Kindergarten Series for trotting and pacing two-year-olds where it is hoped they will best serve those nominating horses for 2021....read on

A 'Magical' Story Comes To Life

January 19, 2021:

A miracle for David & Renata Lumsden has now been chronicled for everyone to read....read on

O’Brien Double For Sintra?

January 19, 2021:

The nation’s top older pacing horse of the year in 2017 is back for a second chance at hauling home O’Brien Award hardware, and this time he’ll be looking to do so for trainer Anthony Beaton....read on

2021 Prix d'Été Cancelled

January 19, 2021:

The Prix d’Été Grand Circuit race, normally held in August at Hippodrome 3R in Québec, has been cancelled for 2021....read on

Pat Matters Motors To Dover Win

January 19, 2021:

Pat Matters dominated the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night (Jan. 19)....read on

Lane Of Stone Scores At Miami

January 19, 2021:

Lane Of Stone surpassed the half-million dollar earnings plateau with a convincing 1:54 victory in Miami Valley’s $22,000 Open Trot on Tuesday (Jan. 19)....read on

Cal Rallies To 'Mighty M' Upset

January 19, 2021:

Cal launched a three-wide bid into the final turn and narrowly reached in Tuesday's (Jan. 19) featured $6,100 Open Pace at Monticello Raceway....read on

Shirley Nelson Passes

January 19, 2021:

Shirley Anne Nelson, 88, of Truro, Nova Scotia, passed Jan. 11, 2021, at Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro....read on

Last Call For Equine Guelph Survey

January 19, 2021:

Equine Guelph is calling on horsepeople to participate in their Ontario Horse Racing Industry Survey....read on

WFD Flashback: 1992 Drivers' Challenge

January 19, 2021:

Nearly three decades ago, a quartet of top drivers based in the United States ventured to London, Ont., to take on the best reinsmen at what was then known as Western Fair Raceway....read on

Winter Water Woes And Colic Prevention

January 19, 2021:

Nothing can drain the colour from a horse owner’s face quicker than hearing the word "colic"! Winter is an important season to focus on colic prevention and ward off water woes that can lead to impaction in the equine gut....read on

Billings Series Returns In 2021

January 19, 2021:

After being sidelined last year for the first time since its inception, the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series is in the process of resuming races again this season, albeit with a reduced schedule....read on

Fusco Finals Friday At Freehold

January 19, 2021:

The Vinny Fusco Jr. Memorial Pacing Series for New Jersey-owned, sired or foaled fillies and mares wraps up at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Jan. 22) with a pair of finals....read on

Hans Enggren Passes

January 19, 2021:

Hans Enggren, well known in recent years as the owner of Yonkers International Trot winner Resolve and also the co-owner of 1985 Hambletonian winner Prakas, has passed. He was 91....read on

Monday Double Feature In Florida

January 19, 2021:

Skip To My Lou and Born To Thrive shared the limelight at Pompano Park on Monday (Jan. 18) at Pompano Park, taking top honours in their respective $11,500 Open Handicap events....read on

Corbeil Has One 'Rosy' Season

January 18, 2021:

Everything's coming up roses these days for Quebec-based Standardbred owner and breeder Guy Corbeil....read on

Noble Doubles In Claim To Fame

January 18, 2021:

Driver Dan Noble will have an enviable decision to make following the draw for the $30,000 championship of the Claim To Fame series for $20,000 claiming trotters to be held next Monday....read on

Albert White Passes

January 18, 2021:

Trot Insider has learned that horseman Albert Kennedy White has passed away....read on

Smith Wins U.S. Caretaker Of The Year

January 18, 2021:

Kelly Smith, who has worked for Hall of Fame trainer Chuck Sylvester for more than three decades, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Art Zubrod and Leah Cheverie’s Fair Island Farm....read on

Seelster Welcomes First Foal Of 2021

January 18, 2021:

Just about two weeks into the new year, Seelster Farms had its first foal hit the ground for 2021....read on

Statement From Jimmy Freight's Owners

January 18, 2021:

In advance of the 2021 breeding season, the owners of pacing stallion Jimmy Freight have issued a statement regarding the stallion's 2020 breeding season results....read on

Chief Mate Tops Winter Mixed Sale

January 18, 2021:

The now four-year-old Captaintreacherous stallion Chief Mate brought the highest tag at the 2021 Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale, which took place on Monday (Jan. 18) in the paddock of The Meadowlands....read on

Shutdown, Reflection Center On COSA TV

January 17, 2021:

The Sunday (Jan. 17) edition of COSA TV focused on racing as it was and is amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also taking time to look back at some of the stars of the year that nonetheless came and went....read on

Hey Livvy Is Worth The Wait

January 17, 2021:

One of the best character traits any horseperson can possess has to be patience. It certainly came in handy for the management of the talented yet temperamental trotting mare, Hey Livvy....read on

Fitzsimmons On Hanover Post Shift

January 17, 2021:

The shift to afternoon racing in 2020 proved a beneficial one for Hanover Raceway — so much so they will maintain their daytime schedule on summer Saturdays in 2021, albeit with a couple changes....read on

Major Custard Heading East

January 17, 2021:

Trot Insider has learned that Western Canadian standout Major Custard has been sold to Ontario interests....read on

Show Us Your Boots & Bling Contest

January 17, 2021:

Each year, guests at the O’Brien Awards go all out for their wardrobe for the annual Black-Tie Gala. With the event being virtual this year, organizers are still encouraging finalists and guests to dress up according to the Boots & Bling theme to get into the spirit of the event, and they've some extra incentive....read on

Atlantic Record For Marc Campbell

January 16, 2021:

Arc Light handed Marc Campbell an Atlantic record on Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the youngest driver to ever hit 2,500 victories on the East Coast....read on

Major Custard Cuts The Mustard

January 16, 2021:

Harness racing's top performers from Western Canada can sometimes end up lost in the shuffle of headlines dominated by the best of Eastern Canada. But, by virtue of a 15-win season, Major Custard made a major name for himself from coast to coast — and rightfully so....read on

2020 Dan Patch Award Winners

January 16, 2021:

Ontario-sired pacing colt Tall Dark Stranger was named the 2020 U.S. Horse of the Year as part of the Dan Patch Annual Awards Banquet held virtually on Saturday (Jan. 16)....read on

SC Rewind: Kingston Awards Night '85

January 16, 2021:

In this week's Rewind, Robert Smith recalls a few of the details of an award's night banquet held 35 years ago in Kingston back in 1986....read on

Sending A Horse To Race In The US?

January 16, 2021:

Do you have a horse going to the U.S. to race? If so, Standardbred Canada has some important information you need to know regarding eligibility fees....read on

Action Uncle Ohio's HOTY

January 16, 2021:

Action Uncle, the Ohio Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, has been named the 2020 Ohio Horse of the Year....read on

2021 Pocono Stakes Dates, Information

January 16, 2021:

The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association have released details early and late closers that will be highlighting the 2021 racing season....read on

Four Generations Of Champions

January 15, 2021:

Not many fillies can become the fourth female in the family to win an O'Brien Award, but then again few fillies come to the races with the pedigree of Caviart Audrey....read on

Ontario Race Date, Post Time Changes

January 15, 2021:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has recently approved a number of race date and post time amendments for Ontario racetracks....read on

Update On Ontario Strangles Case

January 15, 2021:

In early December 2020 the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed a Standardbred horse that had travelled from P.E.I. had tested positive for strangles....read on

Winbak Welcomes First Foal Of 2021

January 15, 2021:

Winbak Farm is proud to announce the arrival of its first 2021 foal. The colt is sired by The Bank and out of the mare Clover Market....read on

OSS Stallion Enrolment Extended

January 15, 2021:

Due the challenges resulting from COVID-19, the deadline for enrolling stallions for the 2021 Ontario Sires Stakes Program is being extended to January 22, 2021....read on

Condition Changes For Atlantic Stakes

January 15, 2021:

The Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association and the Maritime Breeders Association would like to remind participants of the changes in conditions to the Island Breeders Series Stake and Maritime Breeders Stake commencing in 2021....read on

Monti Makes Trek To The Meadows

January 15, 2021:

Drew Monti likes his home in Buffalo, but he also likes working regularly. Thus, the 26-year-old reinsman has decided to drive at The Meadows, even as he continues his regular schedule at Buffalo Raceway....read on

Meadowlands Adds Tioga / Vernon Stakes

January 15, 2021:

The Meadowlands will welcome four popular Grand Circuit stakes for older horses, previously been raced at Tioga & Vernon Downs, to the big time over the mile oval at "Harness Racing's Greatest Showplace" for 2021....read on

Spencer To Host Virtual Red Carpet

January 15, 2021:

Standardbred Canada will present the Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala on Sunday, January 31 and the evening will kick off with the Red-Carpet Show, hosted for the fourth consecutive year by Kelly Spencer....read on

McClure Goes 'Prime Time' In 2020

January 14, 2021:

After spending much of the past decade grinding things out at Ontario's Signature racetracks, Bob McClure has truly earned his way into Canadian harness racing's "prime time" over the last few seasons....read on

'Stealdeal' Draws National Attention

January 14, 2021:

Maritime star Woodmere Stealdeal created a buzz all through 2020 as he extended his unbeaten record, and that buzz recently reached the mainstream national airwaves....read on

Ontario Aids Horse Experience Business

January 14, 2021:

The Government of Ontario is investing up to $3 million through the Equine Hardship Program to help horse experience businesses cover animal maintenance costs incurred from COVID-19 disruptions....read on

Outstanding Groom Finalists Announced

January 14, 2021:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Outstanding Groom Award....read on

Ontario Racing Addresses Lockdown

January 14, 2021:

On Thursday, Ontario Racing issued a release regarding the possibility of horseperson support payments in light of racing being suspended due to the current provincial lockdown....read on

Kadabra Retired From Stallion Duty

January 14, 2021:

Trot Insider has learned that Hall of Fame trotting sire Kadabra has been pensioned from stallion duty....read on

Warrawee Vital To Stand In Ontario

January 13, 2021:

The connections of multiple Grand Circuit stakes winner Warrawee Vital (p,3, 1:47.1; $246,428) are pleased to announce that he will be standing stud privately in Ontario for the upcoming 2021 breeding season....read on

Bulldog Hanover 'A Pleasant Surprise'

January 13, 2021:

While 'glamour boy' Beaumond Hanover was the source of most of trainer Jack Darling's headlines last year, it turns out a two-year-old colt that was initially a bit of an afterthought ended up being the one to give the veteran conditioner a finalist for the 2020 O'Brien Awards....read on

SC, Equine Guelph Announce Online Training Partnership

January 13, 2021:

Standardbred Canada (SC) and Equine Guelph (EG) are pleased to announce an online educational program for SC members. A free offering of Equine Guelph’s online short course will be the highlight of the new partnership in the winter of 2021....read on

Which Horse Will You Miss The Most?

January 12, 2021:

Of the following horses that were retired in 2020, which will you most miss seeing compete on the racetrack in 2021?...read on

Terrific Trifecta Of Takter Trainees

January 12, 2021:

Heading into awards season, very few participants in the harness racing industry can state definitively that they'll be collecting hardware in the next few weeks. Nancy Takter is one of the exceptions to that rule....read on

Hoerdt Humbled By Horsemanship Nod

January 11, 2021:

While 2020 was without a doubt an extraordinary year, horseman Kelly Hoerdt’s success on track was nothing out of the ordinary....read on

Ontario Horsepeople Speak Out

January 11, 2021:

A number of Ontario's prominent harness racing industry participants have answered the call to action for increased awareness by penning letters to Premier Doug Ford and other political leaders in order to place racing in the same professional athletic status as the National Hockey League....read on

Walker Delighted With Talented Twosome

January 10, 2021:

It’s an extreme honour for anyone in the business to find themselves being involved with an O’Brien Award finalist, but when you’re hooked up with a pair of finalists it’s an unbelievable feeling. Just ask Paul Walker....read on

In 2020, Moreau Never Worked Harder

January 9, 2021:

Richard Moreau is more relieved than disappointed that he won't have to don a tuxedo again this year for the O'Brien Awards, where he's become a fixture with a ninth consecutive nomination as Canada's outstanding trainer....read on

PEI Breeders Award Applications Due

January 7, 2021:

The Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association has implemented a new Breeders Award for 2020....read on

Pentland's Prudent Patience Pays Off

January 7, 2021:

Business as usual for trainer John Pentland grew into a pleasant surprise and, with matured management, culminated into a nomination for the highest honour a Standardbred in Canada can receive....read on

Perfetto Prevails Against The Odds

January 6, 2021:

Nothing quite compares to a good comeback story — especially when the comeback culminates in serious consideration for one of Canadian harness racing's most prestigious honours....read on

2020 Media Excellence Awards Finalists

December 30, 2020:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Media Excellence Awards, sponsored by Ontario Racing for the fifth consecutive year....read on

COVID-19 Resources For Members

December 24, 2020:

With the second wave of COVID-19 and the lockdown of racing in some provinces, these are extremely challenging times for many of our members. Standardbred Canada wants to ensure our members have access to the most current news and relevant information for Federal and Provincial programs and resources that may provide assistance to you....read on

VIP O'Brien Awards Gala At Red Shores

December 22, 2020:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park in Prince Edward Island will host an O’Brien Awards VIP Gala in Top of the Park on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in conjunction with the 2020 Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala....read on

Ontario Faces Province-Wide Lockdown

December 21, 2020:

As a result of the province-wide lockdown announced on Monday (Dec. 21) by the Government of Ontario, harness racing will be suspended at Rideau Carleton Raceway, The Raceway at the Western Fair District and Woodbine Mohawk Park effective Saturday, Dec. 26....read on

2020 O'Briens Finalists Announced

December 21, 2020:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season....read on

Middleton, Portuondo Back For O’Briens

December 18, 2020:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Ken Middleton and Jason Portuondo will co-host the 2020 Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala on Sunday, January 31....read on

Tips & Resources For Online Entry

December 6, 2020:

Do you need assistance with using SC’s Self Serve Online Entry? If you have signed up for online entry or are thinking about signing up, or are having any difficulties or issues with using this program, we have resources that can help you!...read on

Virtual O'Brien Awards Gala Theme

December 4, 2020:

The O’Brien Awards Black-Tie Gala is Canadian harness racing’s version of the Academy Awards and each year, not unlike what we see on the Red Carpet at the Oscars, the guests outdo themselves with incredibly stunning, glamourous, and sometimes jaw-dropping gowns and tuxedos....read on

Notice Regarding 2021 Eligibility Fees

November 28, 2020:

Standardbred Canada would like to remind all owners and horsepeople that for any horse entered to have its first start of the year after November 30, the eligibility fee that is paid will be valid for 13 months until December 31 of the following year....read on

Hall Of Fame Accepting 2021 Nominations

November 16, 2020:

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (CHRHF) invites the public to participate in the nomination of people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred or Thoroughbred horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2021....read on

Use eShop -- Anytime, Anywhere!

August 28, 2020:

You can conduct most of your horse-related business with Standardbred Canada online via SC’s eShop....read on

SC Field Reps Working Remotely

May 25, 2020:

Standardbred Canada (SC) would like to notify members that in the best interests of the health and safety of our members and staff, SC Field Reps will not be working at racetracks during COVID-19....read on

Standardbred Canada COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Standardbred Canada (SC) management has decided to voluntarily close the main office building to external visitors and guests....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

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


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