December 20, 2015 |
Harness racing's Horse of the Year made the most of nearly every month on the calendar. Three-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, who on Thursday was named the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, won his first race of the season in January and continued posting victories through November. In fact, the only month during that span in which he failed to win at least one race was April, when he was given a brief respite before continuing a campaign that concluded Nov. 30 with 22 wins in 26 starts.
October 24, 2015 |
TORONTO - It is no surprise to find Howard Taylor's name among the owners of horses racing in Saturday's 12 Breeders Crown championships at Woodbine Racetrack. But even Taylor himself is surprised by the number of times his name appears. Taylor, a Philadelphia attorney and longtime harness racing horse owner, owns pieces of eight Breeders Crown contenders, including 8-5 morning line favorite Control The Moment in the $600,000 event for 2-year-old male pacers. "Frankly I'm shocked," Taylor said.
August 10, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brian Sears lucked out after some last-minute driver reshuffling and guided Pinkman to victory in the 90th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday. Sears landed in the sulky after the horse's usual driver, Yannick Gingras, chose to guide Mission Brief, the only filly and the 3-5 favorite. Pinkman, trained by Jimmy Takter, beat Mission Brief by three-quarters of a length and won in 1 minute, 51 seconds, making him Takter's second straight Hambo winner and fourth overall.
August 8, 2015 |
Who says a girl can't race with the boys? It has been 19 years since a filly has won harness racing's most prestigious race, the Hambletonian, slated for Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Mission Brief hopes to become the first female trotter to win since Continentalvictory in 1996. Mission Brief, the 3-year-old daughter of 2009 Hambletonian champion Muscle Hill, is co-owned and trained by Pennsylvania native Ron Burke. She is the prohibitive 6-5 morning-line favorite in the second of two eliminations.
November 25, 2014 |
Market Share, co-owned by Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, Pa., was a disappointing eighth in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for open trotters on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The race, won by European star Commander Crowe, saw Market Share trotting on the outside throughout the mile with his driver Tim Tetrick unable to make up ground on the leaders. Market Share, trained by Linda Toscano, won the Hambletonian in 2012 but has had a challenging year, with just four wins in 16 starts, though his seasonal earnings of $443,948 put him at $3,558,960 for his career.
August 4, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter swept the top two spots in the Hambletonian, even though he was not in the winner's circle with the horse he anticipated. Takter, known more for his training prowess, drove Trixton (4-1) to victory in the 89th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on Saturday. The 3-year-old trotting colt fought a heated battle in the stretch against stablemate Nuncio, who was driven by John Campbell. Nuncio finished a half-length behind in second, with Harper Blue Chip third.
August 2, 2014 |
Trainer Jimmy Takter has such a prohibitive favorite in Saturday's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, that one local owner is surprised he even has a horse in such a prestigious race. "I have tickets for the Billy Joel concert at [Citizens Bank Park], so I had to scramble to rearrange my plans," said Howard Taylor, a lawyer from Philadelphia and co-owner of 20-1 longshot Doncango. "[Winning the Hambletonian] would be a dream. It would be a shock, but it would be a dream," Taylor said.
October 20, 2013 |
WILKES-BARRE - Captaintreacherous, harness racing's top-rated pacer, will start from post No. 1 in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre. All 12 Breeders Crown championships, with purses totaling $5.6 million, will be held Saturday at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Captaintreacherous, who won his elimination last Saturday in 1 minute, 49.2 seconds, was the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the final.
August 5, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brian Sears has solidified his throne. Driving Royalty For Life, Sears won the 88th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands Racetrack after decisively taking first with Bee A Magician in the Hambletonian Oaks earlier in the day. The pair of victories replicated his performance in 2009, when he became the only driver to win both events in the same day. The Massachusetts-born Royalty...
August 4, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Phoenixville's Jennifer Schranz met harness-racing trainer Greg Peck in a Starbucks, she said she didn't know much about the sport. Now she is the co-owner of Super Classic, which Peck trains, and has high hopes for the 3-year-old in Saturday's 88th running of the $1.2 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack. "I read a story and was impressed with [Peck's] win in the Hambletonian in 2009 with Muscle Hill and, that same year, the Peter Haughton race with Holiday Road," said Schranz, the vice president of clinical research at ViroPharma Pharmaceuticals.