Harness Racing Entries and Results

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The harness racing starting gate. Cindy Pierson Dulay

Every horseplayer needs to know who is running and how they finished. Here are the best sources for up to date entry and race result data for North American harness racing.

Equibase Entries
Entries by track and date for all tracks in North America.

USTA Entries and Results
Entries and results by date and track for the United States from USTA.

Canadian Entries
Entries by track or date for Canadian harness tracks from Standardbred Canada.

Also searchable by horse, driver, and trainer.

Canadian Results - Results by track or date for Canadian harness tracks from Standardbred Canada. Also searchable by horse, driver, and trainer.

Harness Stakes Races
Upcoming stakes races at North American harness tracks listed by date from USTA.

Virtual Stable
Register to get emails when horses you specify are entered or complete a race from TrackMaster.

Other useful data:

 

There are three main breeds of racehorse in North America. Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses gallop over dirt or turf tracks under saddle, controlled by a jockey.  Standardbreds in North America race with sulkies (also known as "bikes"), controlled by a driver who rides in the sulky, hence the term "harness racing".   Thoroughbreds are rather ubiquitous across the continent, Quarter Horses are mostly focused on the southwest U.S. with its best races held at Ruidoso, New Mexico and Los Alamitos, California, while Standardbred harness racing is more popular in Canada and in the northeastern states, given its all-weather versatility.

  Standardbreds race over much harder surfaces, either dirt tracks rolled hard, or more commonly, gravel tracks built from finely crushed rock.  In addition, unlike Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses, Standardbreds do not gallop but instead race with a prescribed gait, either pacing or trotting, and a horse that breaks that stride mid race must move out of the way and allow others to pass until he or she has regained the proper racing gait.

  Failure to do so will result in a disqualification and being placed by the judges behind the horse(s) that was not able to pass.  Another major difference is race distances. Thoroughbred race from 4 1/2 furlongs up to as many as 2 1/2 miles (longer if over fences), Quarter Horses are short distance sprinters, from 220 yards up to a maximum 1000 yards, while Harness racing is mostly contested at the standard distance of 1 mile; the breed was founded because it only allows horses that can pace or trot a mile within a qualifying time.  Most harness tracks, such as Yonkers, NY, are just 1/2 a mile around, so every race starts at the finish line and goes 2 laps.  The headquarters of North American harness racing is arguably the Meadowlands in New Jersey, which is a 1 mile oval that formerly hosted Thoroughbred racing as well.  Many tracks are 5/8 mile ovals requiring races to run 3 turns, starting on the backstretch, while Canada's top tracks, Woodbine and Mohawk, are 7/8 miles around.  Harness racing does not use a stationary starting gate, instead the racers line up behind a moving gate (a car or truck equipped with movable "wings" on either side which serves as  a barrier), get into stride following the gate, and when the car passes the starting location, accelerates away from the field and folds in the wings, allowing racing to begin.

 

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Dulay, Cindy Pierson. "Harness Racing Entries and Results." ThoughtCo, Feb. 15, 2016, thoughtco.com/harness-racing-entries-and-results-1880376. Dulay, Cindy Pierson. (2016, February 15). Harness Racing Entries and Results. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/harness-racing-entries-and-results-1880376 Dulay, Cindy Pierson. "Harness Racing Entries and Results." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/harness-racing-entries-and-results-1880376 (accessed November 21, 2017).