2024 Winbak News

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Tetrick wins nine 2-year-old qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester PA — The 2-year-olds went in 12 qualifying heats at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday morning (June 11). Driver Tim Tetrick was the dominant force, winning nine of the dozen freshman contests.

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Curtsyforpurrseco fastest DSBF filly Tuesday at Harrington Raceway

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE – Jo Ann Looney-King’s Curtsyforpurrseco ($2.80, Tim Tetrick) was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 eliminations for pacing fillies Tuesday with a 1:56.4 triumph.

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Beat Cop Heads DSBF Splits At Harrington Monday

  • Monday, June 10, 2024 | Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE – P T Stable’s Beat Cop ($3, Tim Tetrick) was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday (June 10) at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.1.

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City Of Hope Triumphs In Saratoga Open Trot

  • Sunday, June 9, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Four-year-old trotter City Of Hope won the $20,548 Open Handicap at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday, June 8.

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Foster, Ahle triple at Ocean

  • Friday, June 7, 2024 | Ocean Downs Racing Publicity

Berlin, MD — Drivers Russell Foster and Johnathan Ahle were the stars on Thursday night (June 6) at Ocean Downs, each winning three races on the 12-race program.

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Forbidden Treasure Kicks Off Grand River Opener

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

On Wednesday, June 5, Grand River Raceway kicked off its most exciting season of harness racing yet. The inaugural trip around the new five-eighths of a mile oval was won by Forbidden Treasure, with a winning time of 2:00.4.

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Lexus Angel Smooth In Mohawk Qualifiers

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Three-year-old trotting filly Lexus Angel got back on track with a winning qualifier during Tuesday morning's short session at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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Always Watching does it again at Saratoga

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Casino Hotel

Saratoga Springs, NY — Always Watching (He’s Watching) became the first distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open four times this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

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Freshmen make 2024 Philadelphia debuts

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | PHHA/Harrah’s Philadelphia

Chester, PA — The first 2-year-old qualifiers of 2024 at Harrah’s Philadelphia were held Tuesday morning (June 4). 

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Keep Asking sets track record in NYSS win at Monticello

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | Monticello Raceway

Monticello, NY — Driver Tyler Buter and trainer George Ducharme teamed up for back-to-back wins in New York Sire Stake-Excelsior competition.

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Logan Park Gate-To-Wire In Mohawk Preferred

  • Monday, June 3, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Logan Park took the fastest way around the track on Monday evening (June 3) at Woodbine Mohawk Park as the pacesetter and victor in the $36,000 Preferred Trot.

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Dresden Hosts First Round Of Mark Austin Pacing Series

  • Sunday, June 2, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Dresden Raceway kicked off the Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series as part of its 10-race card on Sunday, June 2, featuring two divisions for colts and one for fillies and mares.

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Ontario-Sired Stars Deliver In Somebeachsomewhere

  • Sunday, June 2, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Funtime Bayama and Nijinsky posted strong performances to win Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions on the Saturday (June 1) card at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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USTA to conduct second annual outrider clinic from Aug. 29-31

  • Monday, May 13, 2024 | USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH — The U.S. Trotting Association announced Monday (May 13) that it will conduct its second annual outriding clinic and education program from Thursday (Aug. 29) through Saturday (Aug. 31) in Ashville and Columbus, Ohio.

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Youaremyrock completes sweep of Doc Frank Memorial Pacing Series

  • Sunday, May 12, 2024 | Mike Sardella

Saratoga Springs, NY - Youaremyrock (Boston Red Rocks) has been solid as can be this season.

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Twin Delight, Davis star Tuesday at Harrington

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024 | Matt Sparacino

Harrington, DE – Hutt Racing Stable’s Twin Delight ($9.60, Allan Davis) was a 1:53.1 winner in the $22,500 Mares Open Tuesday (May 7) at Harrington Raceway.

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Jamieson, Logan Park Top Mohawk Monday Card

  • Monday, May 6, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Jody Jamieson hosted a driving clinic on Monday, May 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning five including the featured $36,000 Preferred Trot with O'Brien Award winner Logan Park.

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Stakes Galore At Mohawk Saturday

  • Sunday, May 5, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

There was no shortage of stakes action on Saturday, May 4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of SBOA Colt Pace eliminations and three Canadian Graduate Series finals.

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Ima Standup Guy Stands Tall In Rideau Preferred

  • Sunday, May 5, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Ima Standup Guy stood above the competition on Sunday, May 5 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, taking the $10,000 Preferred Trot, which highlighted the 10-race card.

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Rush In Sparkles In PASS Debut

  • Saturday, May 4, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Impressive in his stakes debut, Rush In pulled the pocket early, blazed home and scored in the opening leg of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old male pacers on Saturday, May 4 at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows

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Sir Pinocchio wires field in Dexter Cup at Freehold

  • Saturday, May 4, 2024 | Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ — Sir Pinocchio took the lead from a group of breaking horses on the first turn and held off favorite Blackhawk Zette in the stretch to win Saturday’s $134,900 Dexter Cup 

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Fillies Face Off In SBOA Stakes Eliminations

  • Friday, May 3, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Ontario-sired three-year-old fillies, including a pair of season-debuting O'Brien Award divisional champions, were the headliners on Friday, May 3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park competing in a quartet of $25,000 SBOA Stakes eliminations.

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Knight Angel Leads Cumberland Friday Card

  • Thursday, May 2, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Maine’s top trotters will go postward just after the famed Kentucky Oaks winning filly dons her blanket of roses on Friday, May 3 at Cumberland.

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Always Watching Prevails Over Saratoga Mares

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

On Monday afternoon (April 29), Ontario-bred pacing mare Always Watching did what she so often does at Saratoga Casino Hotel and that’s win an Open.

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Better Be Gouda Best In Western Fair Preferred

  • Monday, April 29, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Better Be Gouda proved sharp at The Raceway at Western Fair District, front-stepping his way to victory in the $11,600 Preferred Pace.

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My Pal Joe makes history in Plainridge feature race

  • Monday, April 29, 2024 | Tim Bojarski

Plainville, MA — The 20-year-old track record for aged pacing geldings at Plainridge Park was finally re-written when My Pal Joe (Shawn Gray) turned in a convincing 1:49.2 mile.

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Ontario Sired Spring Series Concludes At Mohawk

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted the Ontario Sired Spring Series finals for three-year-old pacers and trotters on Saturday, April 27.

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Team Mac heads Team Eckley 1-2 punch at Pocono

  • Monday, April 22, 2024 | PHHA for Pocono Downs

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Dean Eckley made all the right moves heading into Monday (April 22) afterrnoon’s $17,500 Championship of the Game Of Claims Pacing Series for horses base-tagged at $10,000...

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Logan Park Wins 2024 Qualifying Debut

  • Monday, April 15, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

O'Brien Award-winning trotter Logan Park made his season's debut for trainer Kyle Fellows in the mid-April Monday morning qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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All Class sharp in 1:49.3 victory Sunday at Philly

  • Sunday, April 14, 2024 | PHHA/ Harrah’s Philadelphia

Chester, PA — It didn’t take long before the first sub-1:50 mile of 2024 was posted at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as  All Class won the $13,000 featured pace in 1:49.3 on Sunday (April 14).

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Hasty Bid, One Last Wish Top Mohawk Qualifiers

  • Friday, April 12, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

A winner of over half a million in career earnings, Hasty Bid won his second qualifying appearance of the year with ease at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday morning, April 12.

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Lexus Angel Tops Mohawk Series Opener

  • Thursday, April 11, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

A full sister to The Big M's newest track record holder Lexus Kody, Lexus Angel has continued to make strides in her own young career. 

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Always Watching wins feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Casino Hotel

Saratoga Springs, NY — Always Watching recorded her second Open win of the season on Tuesday (April 9) after she went coast-to-coast in the matinee’s feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

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Kakaley and Alexander sweep leg four of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | Yonkers Raceway Media

Yonkers, NY — Desperate Man, Pleaseletmeknow and Backstreet Shadow gave driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Travis Alexander victories in the three $50,000 divisions of the fourth round of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series.

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Borgata prelims conclude Monday

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024 | MGM Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY — Three $50,000 divisions of the final preliminary round of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series will go behind the gate on Monday night (April 15) at MGM Yonkers Raceway.

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MRC approves recommendation for $2.4 million in purses for 2024 Standardbred stakes

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2024 | Tom Lamarra

The Maryland Racing Commission at its April 2 meeting approved a recommendation from the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund Advisory Committee to offer $2.4 million in purses.

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Desperate Man aims for Borgata Series grand slam

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2024 | MGM Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY — Desperate Man will look to stay undefeated in this year’s MGM Borgata Pacing Series as he races in the first of a trio of $50,000 fourth-round splits of on Monday night (April 8) at MGM Yonkers Raceway.

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No reason for despair with this ‘Man’

  • Friday, March 29, 2024 | Ken Weingartner

Hightstown, NJ — Desperate Man is tenacious when it comes to racing on half-mile racetracks.

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Desperate Man, Rocknroll Runa A score again in MGM Borgata Pacing Series

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024 | Yonkers Raceway Media Relations

Yonkers, NY – Desperate Man and Rocknroll Runa A improved to two-for-two in this year’s MGM Borgata Pacing Series by taking their respective $50,000 divisions of the second leg on Monday night (March 25) at MGM Yonkers Raceway. Collecting wins in the other sections were Dunkin’ and Whats Stanley Got A.

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Paper Heart wins Donna Dunn Memorial final at The Meadows

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | Evan Pattak for MSOA

Washington, PA - Paper Heart again enjoyed escort service from GD Cool Otoole and again kicked by her in the lane to capture the $16,800 final of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace.

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Desperate Man now a millionaire after Borgata Series triumph

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | Yonkers Raceway Media

Yonkers, NY — Desperate Man, the 2021 Horse of the Year in Canada, became a millionaire in U.S. dollars after taking the first of four $50,000 flights of the opening leg

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Winbak Farm donates Heston Blue Chip breeding to MSOA

  • Monday, March 18, 2024 | Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Washington, PA — The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced that Winbak Farm has donated a breeding to Heston Blue Chip

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Bettors Delight To Leave North America

  • Friday, March 15, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

On Friday, March 15, Blue Chip Farms announced that Hall of Fame pacing stallion will stand his final season in North America in 2024.

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Desperate Man Headlines Pocono Qualifiers

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Former Horse of the Year Desperate Man won his second straight qualifier at Pocono Downs

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Prince Archie Rules At Flamboro

  • Sunday, March 3, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Prince Archie navigated the dense fog and a field of nine trotters to notch his first victory of 2024.

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Yank My Halo Tops Mohawk Leap Day Feature

  • Thursday, February 29, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Yank My Halo bided his time on the pylons throughout the featured $21,000 conditioned trot on Thursday, Feb. 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park before making a move in the stretch to win in upset fashion.

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Desperate Man Returns To Action

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Millionaire pacer Desperate Man was back in action on Wednesday morning, Feb. 28 at Pocono Downs, making a successful qualifying debut to launch his 2024 season after a winter break stateside.

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Desperate Man Primed For More Stateside Success

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Former Horse of the Year and fan favourite Desperate Man is approaching his return to action stateside, where he excelled at the end of his 2023 campaign.

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2024 Goshen Yearling Sale date announced

  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 | Tim Bojarski

Middletown, NY — Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales has announced that its 2024 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Monday (Sept. 9) at noon at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y.

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Arties Ideal Wires Western Fair Preferred

  • Monday, February 5, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Arties Ideal worked to achieve the lead and never looked back as he won the $11,000 Preferred Pace on Monday (Feb. 5) evening at The Raceway at the Western Fair District.

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2023 O'Brien Award Winners Announced

  • Saturday, February 3, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Standardbred Canada announced the winners of the 2023 O’Brien Awards, honouring Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season, at the Black Tie Gala in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024.

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Speaker Of Peace Poised For Snowshoe Series Sweep

  • Friday, February 2, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Speaker Of Peace was a repeat winner in the Snowshoe Pacing Series to complete a pair of preliminary legs on Friday night (Feb. 2) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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2024 Stallion Lineup Announcement

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2024 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm is excited to present the 2024 Stallion Roster.

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Covered Bridge and George Brennan star as racing returns to Yonkers

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 | Yonkers Raceway Media Relations

Yonkers, NY – Covered Bridge, coming off a campaign where he earned over $528,000, took the feature, while driver George Brennan made six trips to the winner’s circle on opening night.

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Winbak Farm welcomes first two foals of 2024

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 | Elizabeth Cheesman

Winbak Farm of Maryland and Winbak Farm of Canada have welcomed their first foals of 2024.

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Covered Bridge Tops Mohawk Preferred Pace

  • Saturday, January 13, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Covered Bridge took the track on Saturday (Jan. 13) evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the third straight start on Canadian soil in the featured class.

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A 'Home Run' Story Both On And Off The Track

  • Saturday, January 13, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Willys Home Run was one of the breakout success stories of the 2023 Ontario Sires Stakes season, capturing five Gold Series victories in her two-year-old campaign.

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Arties Ideal Wires Western Fair Preferred

  • Monday, January 8, 2024 | Standardbred Canada

Kyle Fellows trained a hat trick of winners on Monday (Jan. 8) evening with starters at The Raceway at the Western Fair District and Woodbine Mohawk Park.

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