Harness Racing Entries and Results
Harness racing is a version of horse racing where horses pull a cart called a sulky and must compete at a specific trot or pace. These races, like most horse races, also feature a betting pool at most racetracks in the United States, which often come with classic harness racing programs containing information about past performances, weather conditions, and betting odds. Every horseplayer needs to know who is running and how they finished.
Harness Racing Basics
In the United States, harness races are limited to Standardbred horses, which include any of a breed of light horses developed from the Thoroughbred and specially trained for trotting or pacing in harness races.
Harness races involve plenty of strategies and a well-trained horse and rider because the competitors may need to be either quick out of the gate or well-paced and quick at the end, depending on the track size. (Races are usually 1 mile in harness racing.) Racers typically form into two lines while on the track, one on the inside rail and one on the outside lane. They can implement a number of strategies including boxing in other horses or waiting in the pocket of the lead racer until his horse tires on the final quarter of the track.
Equibase, formed in 1991, lists harness race entries by track and date for all tracks in North America. In 1998, Equibase became the sole data-collection agency and provider of racing data to the Daily Racing Form. Through its website, upgraded mobile platform, and mobile applications, Equibase offers a menu of handicapping products, statistical information, and video race replays.
USTA lists entries and results by date and track for the United States. The U.S. Trotting Association is a not-for-profit association of Standardbred owners, breeders, drivers, trainers, and officials organized to provide administrative, rulemaking, licensing, and breed-registry services to its members. In addition to listing entries and results, the USTA maintains the racing and breeding records of more than 700,000 Standardbreds, and information regarding thousands of drivers, trainers, breeders, and owners.
You can register with TrackMaster’s Virtual Stable to receive emails when horses you specify are entered, or you can complete a race form. For harness racing, Virtual Stable provides advanced and beginner handicapping, data files (on horses, riders, trainers, and owners), results and replays, mobile apps, and even third-party software. TrackMaster’s website also offers similar information on Thoroughbred racing.