standardbred racing

As Arlington Closes, Hawthorne To Shoulder '22 Dual-Breed Dates Burden

Under the shadow of Arlington Park potentially going dark forever after Sept. 25, the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) on Thursday unanimously approved a 2022 race dates package that shifts the burden of hosting all Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in the Chicago area to Hawthorne Race Course. And while horsemen's groups for both breeds expressed gratitude for Hawthorne stepping up to implement a crammed-and-jammed, year-long race calendar that will be unprecedented in Illinois racing, representatives of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (ITHA) said during the Sept. 23 meeting that the new...

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Hambletonian Has Thoroughbred Connection

One of the favorites for Standardbred racing's ultimate prize has significant connections to the Thoroughbred world. Ready For Moni, the 3-1 morning line second choice in Saturday afternoon's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, was bred by the Moni Maker Stable's Frank Antonacci and David Reid, the principals behind Thoroughbred racing's Ice Wine Stable that has campaigned such stars at No Nay Never, now standing at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, and this year's promising 2-year-old Fauci (Malibu Moon). Reid is also the owner of Preferred Equine Marketing, a dual-breed sales...

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New Name Emerges In Doping Scandal

Harness trainer Richard Banca has become the 28th person identified in the horse doping scandal that yielded indictments against some of the biggest names in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing. Banca's name was not among those listed when indictments were announced Monday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He was arrested Monday and released after posting a $200,000 personal recognizance bond. That another name has surfaced fuels speculation that the investigation launched by the FBI and the Department of Justice will yield more names, perhaps...

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