Horseracing

Plainridge Raceway

Plainridge Raceway is a harness racing track in Plainville, Massachusetts. The track features world class standard bred racing featuring some of North America’s top-ranked trotters and pacers, as well as the best drivers and trainers.

Plainridge Raceway normally holds races from April to December.

The signature event of the meet at Plainridge Raceway is the $50,000 Bert Beckwith Memorial which usually forms part of a big Labor Day program. The Invitational race features some of North America’s finest pacers, and has been a highlight in each of the track’s previous meets.

Other notable races held at Plainridge Raceway include:

  • The Stan Bergstein Pace, an Open for sophomore pacers;
  • The $25,000 Guy Smith Memorial Series Final, for $20,000 claiming pacers;
  • The $20,000 New England Classic

Plainridge Raceway Track Facts

  • Racetrack: 5/8 mile oval, Euro style with spiral turns
  • Length of stretch: 430 feet
  • Surface: Gravel base, stone dust composition, stone dust screening top layer
  • Track Opened: March 17, 1999
  • Speed Rating: 2:00.2
  • Starters Behind the Gate: 9
  • Hubrail: No
  • "Open" Stretch: No
  • General Admission: Free
  • Clubhouse Admission: Free
  • General Parking: Free
  • Grandstand Capacity: 3,000
  • Clubhouse Capacity: 3,000
  • Parking Capacity: 1,000

Plainridge Raceway Records

Pacers
TYPE HORSE TIME DRIVER DATE
5-yo-colt Marced Card 1:54.4 B. Irvine
9/20/04
2-yo-filly Felicia Hanover 1:56.3 G. Ducharne
8/4/01
2-yo-gelding Smoky Bonz 1:57.2 K. Switzer
9/20/04
3-yo-colt Maveric Seelster 1:52.2 M. Stevenson
9/20/04
3-yo-filly Felicia Hanover 1:54 R. Tisbert
8/13/02
3-yo-gelding Son Of A Witch 1:53.2 M. Eaton
8/02/04
4-yo-horse Space Shuttle 1:49.3 W. Case Jr
8/26/00
4-yo-mare Ex Libris Hanover 1:53.1 E. Smith
9/13/04
4-yo-gelding Color Me Best 1:52.3 H. Campbell
10/30/99
Aged horse Space Shuttle 1:50.3 D. Ingraham
8/18/01
Aged mare Kadijah 1:52.3 M. Beckwith
7/06/04
Aged gelding Chewy Gross 1:49.3 M. MacDonald
9/06/04
5/8th Mile Dash Midnite Tom
Senor Jamie
1:11
1:11
R. Andersen
G. Annaloro
9/07/02
11/04/02
1 1/4 Mile Admiral's Valet 2:29 J. Hogan
8/07/00

Trotters
TYPE HORSE TIME DRIVER DATE
2-yo-colt Fred Pickle 2:03.1 D. GuidetteJr.
7/29/00
2-yo-filly Male Nurse 2:01.4 R. Dybdahl
10/16/01
2-yo-gelding Rc Focus 2:04.3 G. Ducharme
11/02/02
3-yo-colt Ben-Him
Futile Qwest
1:57.4
1:57.4
K. Crawford
D. Marshall
6/23/03
10/11/04
3-yo-filly Clasicaly Designed 1:59.1 R. Tisbert
7/1/02
3-yo-gelding Queponco Magic 1:57.1 J MacDougall
8/18/01
4-yo-horse Maximum Speed 1:56.4 K. Crawford
8/20/02
4-yo-mare My Dolly 1:57.1 S. Smith
10/26/99
4-yo-gelding Queponco Magic 1:57 G. Bowden
6/24/02
Aged horse Sent From Above 1:56.1 W.D. Campbell
8/24/04
Aged mare Rompaway Ruth 1:56 M. Beckwith
7/12/04
Aged gelding Ringside Rocket 1:54.2 W. Case Jr.
8/26/00

Plainridge Raceway History

1999 - The track opened on March 17.

2004 - Nine different track records were established, including the 1:49.3 effort by Chewy Gross and Mike MacDonald that equaled the all-age standard set by Space Shuttle.


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