05/23/2013 12:30PM

DRF and USTA join forces to promote Harness Racing's major events


The United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program is joining forces with the Daily Racing Form to promote 41 of harness racing’s most important stakes races on 28 dates at 15 racetracks across the country in 2013. 

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Daily Racing Form will publish past performances for each of the 41 major stakes races, as well as race analysis and Strategic Wagering promotional information, in their national print edition on those race days.

Also, each participating racetrack will have the opportunity to supplement this print campaign with additional online support on DRF.com.

“We are pleased to partner with the Daily Racing Form in spotlighting our major stakes races,” said USTA Director Chris Schick, who manages the Strategic Wagering Program.  “With this promotional and editorial support from DRF, we will showcase our biggest races to their well-established Thoroughbred audience and demonstrate the excitement and value in wagering on harness racing.”

Daily Racing Form is committed to help expand the harness racing fan base through our print, digital and mobile platforms,” said John Hartig, CEO, Daily Racing Form. “The cross-over opportunity is exciting as DRF's loyal players are always looking for quality wagering action, which these major harness race days offer.”

In addition, the Daily Racing Form will provide expanded coverage that includes past performances for all 12 Breeders Crown races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Saturday, May 25 and the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday, May 26 kick off the program this weekend. On each weekend day, there will be a two-page spread with analysis from Daily Racing Form’s Managing Editor-Harness Derick Giwner, promotion of Strategic Wagering guaranteed pool wagers and the complete past performances for each featured race.

At Hoosier Park this Saturday, there will be a Strategic Wager $25,000 guaranteed superfecta on the Dan Patch, the 11th race on the card as well as a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 anchored by the Dan Patch on races 8-11.  DRF.com features a special Dan Patch event page at http://www.drf.com/events/hoosier-park-dan-patch-hoosier-park.

On Sunday, two $250,000 stakes highlight the Harrah’s Philadelphia $15,000 guaranteed Pick-4 Strategic Wager on races 9-12 with the Betsy Ross Invitational as the 10th race and the Maxie Lee as the fourth and final leg in race 12.

The U.S. Trotting Association, in cooperation with its member tracks, established the USTA Strategic Wagering Program in April 2011to provide value to horseplayers by guaranteeing the size of designated betting pools. Since its inception, the Strategic Wagering Program has provided guaranteed wagers at 24 different racetracks and has averaged 90 wagers per month.  The responsibility for these guarantees is shared equally by the USTA, the track hosting the wager, and on some occasions, the local horsemen’s association.

Following is the complete USTA Strategic Wagering – Daily Racing Form schedule:


            Day     Date                            Track                                      Race


            Sat.      May 25                        Hoosier Park                           Dan Patch

            Sun.     May 26                        Harrah’s Philadelphia              Maxie Lee

            Sat.      June 1                          Yonkers Raceway                  Art Rooney

            Sun.     June 9                          Tioga Downs                          TBD  (Bettor’s Delight or Artiscape)

            Fri.       June 21                        Maywood Park                       Maywood Pace

            Sat.      June 29                        Pocono Downs                       Ben Franklin

            Sat.      July 13                         Meadowlands                         Meadowlands Pace

            Sat.      July 20                         Northfield Park                       Battle of Lake Erie

            Sat.      July 27                         The Meadows                         Delvin Miller Adios

            Sat.      July 27                         Yonkers Raceway                   Yonkers Trot

            Sat.      Aug. 3                         Meadowlands                         Hambletonian

            Sat.      Aug. 17                       Pocono Downs         TBD  (Colonial or Battle of the Brandywine

            Sun.     Aug. 25                       Vernon Downs                        Zweig

            Mon.    Sept. 2                         Tioga Downs                          Cane Pace

            Fri.       Sept. 6                         Vernon Downs                        TBD – Muscle Hill or Credit Winner

            Sat.      Sept. 14                       Balmoral Park                         TBD – (Super Night)

            Sat.      Sept. 16                       Harrington Raceway               Quillen Memorial

            Wed.   Sept. 18                       Delaware                                 Jugette

            Thurs.  Sept. 19                       Delaware                                Little Brown Jug

            S or S  Sept. 28 or 29              The Red Mile                           TBD – Bluegrass

            Sat.      Oct. 5                          The Red Mile                            Tattersalls Pace

            Sun.     Oct. 6                          The Red Mile                            Kentucky Futurity

            Sat.      Oct. 19                        Pocono Downs                        Breeders Crown

            Sat.      Nov. 2                         Hoosier Park                 TBD – Monument Circle or Indiana Derby

            Sat.      Nov. 2                         Yonkers Raceway                    Messenger

            Sat.      Nov. 9                         Balmoral Park                          American-National

            Fri.       Nov. 15                       Maywood Park                       Windy City Pace

            Sun.     Nov. 17                       Dover Downs                          Matron

            Sat.      Nov. 30                       Meadowlands           TBD  (FFA Championship or Governor’s Cup)

            Sat.      Dec. 14                        Northfield Park                       Cleveland Classic