Bill Finley

Bill Finley has been covering both thoroughbred and standardbred racing for more than 25 years. He is a racing columnist for ESPN.com and can also be heard on the Down the Stretch show on Saturdays on Sirius XM radio.

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Friday, June 27, 2014


Meadowlands To Stream Baby Races/Qualifiers


Beginning with Friday June 27th, the baby races and qualifiers at The Meadowlands will be streamed live on the Meadowlands website, http://www.playmeandowlands.com.

These baby races will be streamed each and every day they are contested for the balance of the summer as a convenience for owners, horsemen and fans.

In order to access the live stream of the baby races and qualifiers, follow the same directions and procedures as live race streaming.

The direct link to The Meadowlands live video section is here: http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/video.aspx?id=252. Post time for the baby races and qualifiers is 9:30 A.M.


Written by Darin Zoccali of Harness Racing Update

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Jeff Gural and Brian Sears Issue Joint Statement


Jeff Gural (Chairman, New Meadowlands Racetrack, LLC)

Brian Sears (Among the Leading Drivers in North America)

Earlier today Jeff Gural and Brian Sears spoke by phone and decided to issue a joint statement regarding the issues that were brought to light last week:

Brian Sears said:

"I’m pleased that Jeff and I had a chance to get together and talk about the issues that came to a head last week. I’ve known Jeff for a long time and so I’m comfortable speaking my mind with him.

"I may have said some things in our conversation that didn’t come across very well.

"I respect the many good things that Jeff has done for harness racing and I’m glad that we can put our differences behind us and get back to a great summer of racing."

Said Gural:

"Brian is a friend of mine and I am glad we had a chance to clear the air this morning. Brian is a very talented driver and one of the best I have ever seen.

"Brian made some comments to me that particularly did not line up with my vision for harness racing but we have spoken about them and are moving forward.

"I completely understand why Brian makes the decision to race at Yonkers and he completely understands why I wish he would still race at the Meadowlands.

"At the end of the day, Brian must make the decision that is best for him as I make the decisions that are best for my three tracks.

"I told Brian he is welcome to race at any of my tracks (Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs) and hope that he will race at them often.

"We are both happy to put this behind us and move forward."














Written by Darin Zoccali of Harness Racing Update

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Goshen Historic Track Welcomes Hall of Fame Drivers July 6


By Ellen Harvey

Goshen Historic Track in New York will feature a power-packed field of drivers in the annual $10,000 Mr. & Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Memorial Trot, July 6. Post time is 1 p.m. for the card.

The race brings together a “Who’s Who” of harness racing talent, with seven members of the Hall of Fame and 2014 inductee David Miller participating in the event.

Expected to drive in the race are John Campbell, Wally Hennessey, Mike Lachance, Miller, Bill O’Donnell, Ron Pierce, Dick Stillings, and Jimmy Takter. Collectively, they have won 20 Little Brown Jugs and 16 Hambletonians, along with nearly 64,000 races and $1.14 billion in purses.

Miller will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday night in a ceremony at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, located adjacent to Historic Track.

The race honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry; their sons Elbridge and Peter will be on hand to present the trophy.

After the race, the drivers will be on hand to meet fans and autograph photos.

Goshen Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen; admission is $5 for adults (includes program) and children are free. For more information, go to http://www.goshenhistorictrack.com or call 845-294-6330.


Written by John Pricci of Harness Racing Update

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