The Trot Blog

A peek into the future of the Meadowlands

A Peek Into The Future Of The Meadowlands


Chelsey Moore, daughter of Dr. Ian Moore, talks about Shadow Play’s trip to Ontario from P.E.I and the overall state of the horse

Chelsey Moore, daughter of Dr. Ian Moore, talks about Shadow Play’s trip to Ontario from P.E.I and the overall state of the horse.

Adrenaline Festival Announced

The Comeback Kid!



Courtesy of Dover Downs and Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.— $1.7-million winner JM Vangogh rallied to win the $32,000 Open trot, Go Nano Go led from the start to win the $17,500 sub-feature trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 11. Corey Callahan had a driving quadruple.

After a torrid head-to-head duel that consummated more than the last quarter mile, JM Vangogh came back after being head in mid stretch by Joey The Jet JT to notch a 1:55.2 victory in the top trot of the week. Corey Callahan drove the nine-year-old son of ill-fated Earl-Queen’s Tut to his first win of the year for owners Paul Chambers, his trainer, and Laurieta Mello. Tom Jackson guided Joey The Jet JT to a second with Twelve Seventeen and Jack Parker finishing third in the eight-horse field. JM Vangogh has now banked $1,794,327 in his career. The win was the fourth on the card for Callahan.

Eddie Davis Jr. drove J&E Stable’s Go Nano Go into the lead on the first turn and led the rest of a 1:56 mile to win the $17,500 sub-feature trot. Jon Win (Vic Kirby) shadowed the lead the rest of the way to finish second. Letmetellusumthin (Callahan) took a shot at the leader after the three quarters then held on to finish third. The win was the first of the year for the Janet Davis-conditioned Balanced Image-Cool Reins gelding now a career winner of $313,170.

There were 16 winners on the card. In the 15th race when Deborah And Barak (Tony Morgan) and Fire The Dragon (Roger Plante) could not be separated in the 1:56.3 photo finish. In a $15,500 Delaware 3,4&5-Year-Old pace, Deborah And Barak and Playland Place (Ross Wolfenden) dueled down the lane until the closing strides when Onery Inc’s Fire The Dragon culminated a strong stretch drive to fly up on the outside and deadheat with Michael Mammes’ Deborah And Barak for first place. Playland Place, a head back, had to settle for third.

Red Skull, a recent acquisition by owner Larry Baron, won for the second time for leading trainer Josh Green fashioning a 1:54.2 victory in a $13,000 3,4&5-Year-Old pace.  Sudden Interest (Vic Kirby) third under the wire, was placed second when Dream Job (Jon Roberts), second, was disqualified and placed out of the money, for interference entering the backstretch.  CJ Striker (Frank Milby) was placed third. .

Dirty Devil opened the card with a 1:53 victory in a $10,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Owned by Dave Moffett, Dave Toomey and trainer Billy Moffett, the Real Artist-Ms. Eyes And Thighs sophomore gelding was driven to victory by George Dennis. Freedom Soldier (Jim Morand) came down the passing lane to finish second. Denim Hanover (Jon Roberts) cut out most of the mile held on for third.

Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. is post time. Friday is a dark day. Saturday and Sunday racing starts at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission or parking at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600.

Standardbred Canada announces Adrenaline-Canada’s Horse Racing Festival


Standardbred Canada announces Adrenaline-Canada’s Horse Racing Festival

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 – from Standardbred Canada

Sarnia, ON — Standardbred Canada today announced a multi-year initiative to help re-energize horse racing across Canada through the launch of Adrenaline-Canada’s Racing Festival.

Speaking at Sarnia’s Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre before local politicians, industry stakeholders and members of the media, Ted Smith, Standardbred Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer, called it “the dawn of a new day.”

Adrenaline will be a unique four-day festival combining horse racing, food, live music, sports competitions, entertainment and more. Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, Ontario will host the inaugural edition of Adrenaline from Thursday, August 20 through Sunday, August 23.

The first three days of the festival will target the 19–35 demographic and feature non-stop action and entertainment including a beach volleyball tournament, live music, a Battle of the Bands, sporting events, a vendor’s showcase, Coyote Ugly, food competitions and more.

Sunday’s activities will focus on family fun with interactive and educational Horseplay events, a Giddy Up and Gallop Fun Run, games and competitions for kids aged 3–14, food and more. Forty exciting horse races will complement the off-track entertainment over the four days.

Adrenaline is expected to attract 30,000-40,000 visitors over the four days.

“Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre is pleased to be the first racetrack to host Adrenaline and we are looking forward to the excitement that it will bring to Sarnia this August,” said Robert Locke, General Manager of Hiawatha Horse Park.

“This project has been in the works for over a year now,” explained Kathy Wade Vlaar, Manager of Industry Marketing for Standardbred Canada. “This is the first of many Adrenaline Festivals we intend to hold across the country. Our projected $1 million budget is supported by government, industry and sponsors. Our vision is to develop a brand that will help to generate awareness of harness racing, develop new customers, and generate revenue while fostering community spirit and driving the tourism industry within the local communities.”

“We are extremely excited about hosting this festival in Sarnia-Lambton. This event will not only showcase Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre but it will also showcase our community,” said Mayor Mike Bradley.

“Sarnia was an ideal venue for our inaugural Adrenaline festival,” explained Mark Hetherman, Festival Manager. “Its location and proximity to the U.S. has great potential to bring in American tourists and the fact that Hiawatha and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton have an excellent track record of organizing multi-day events will drive the success of this first-time event.”