Cranbury, NJ... The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 137 stake events at 16 different tracks, headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands on August 2 and the $5 million Breeders Crown events at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, on November 21 and 22, is fast approaching. Because of the federal holiday on Monday, payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 18, per USTA rule 12, section 4. A host of new stakes in Ohio will be administered by the Hambletonian Society, including the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park for three-year-old colt pacers, and a pair of open events for both gaits at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing and Hollywood at Dayton Raceway. The inaugural $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity for four-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands is new on the stakes calendar this year and the four Historic races for sophomores are moving to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Yonkers Raceway has guaranteed purses of $500,000 each for their Triple Crown events of the Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers and the Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old colt trotters. The Hambletonian Society services 137 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The web site, Hambletonian.org, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For more information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. Races with February 15 payments due: • Delvin Miller Adios and Adioo Volo Filly • Arden Downs • Ben Franklin Free For All • Breeders Crown • Cane Pace and Shady Daisy • Carl Erskine for 3-year-old trotters (was Oliver Trot) • Centaur Trotting Classic FFA (was Pride in Progress) • Circle City 3-year-olds • Cleveland Classic and Courageous Lady • Currier & Ives Trot and Filly Trot • Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk Trot • Earl Beal Jr Memorial Trot • Hambletonian & Hambletonian Oaks • Hambletonian Maturity • Max Hempt Memorial & James M. Lynch Filly Division • Historic Series • Hoosier Park Pacing Derby (was Indiana Pacing Derby) • The Horseman • Kentuckiana Stallion Management Pace for 2YO Fillies • Kentuckiana Stallion Management Trot for 2YO Fillies • Keystone Classics 3-year-olds • Landmark Stakes • Matron Series 3-year-olds • Messenger Stake & Lady Maud • Miami Valley Distaff Pace for Mares • Miami Valley Distaff Trot for Mares • Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers • Monument Circle 3-year-olds • PA All Stars 3-year-olds • Progress Pace • W. N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes • Art Rooney Pace & Lismore Filly Pace • John Simpson Memorial Colt & Filly Stakes • Tompkins Memorial & Geers Stake • Yonkers Trot & Lady Suffolk Filly Trot by Moira Fanning for Hambletonian Society
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2014 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Donato Hanover and Precious Bunny. The other nominees were Fool's Goal, Real Desire and S J's Photo. Also entering the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2014 will be broodmare Hattie, having met the required criteria for induction (see below). Donato Hanover, Precious Bunny and Hattie will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 6th, 2014. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2014 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbreds are only eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade if they comply with the following strict criteria: They must be retired from racing for five years and had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have won 75% of their lifetime starts, or gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races, or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada). Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. BROODMARES are automatically elected if they have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner. The 2014 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEEs Donato Hanover (Nominated as Racehorse) 3,1:50.1 ($2,998,777) Bay Horse, 2004 (Andover Hall - D Train - Donerail) 2007 Hambletonian Stake winner and Horse of the Year Donato Hanover was the first trotter in history to earn more than $2 million in a single season. Foaled on May 3, 2004, he raced in 2006-2007 and never finished off the board, compiling a career record of 22-19-1-2. He is currently the fourth-leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time. In 2006, two-year-old Donato Hanover finished third in his career debut, but would win his remaining 8 starts. The freshman earned $662,587 and was voted Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Major victories included the Peter Haughton Memorial (in a stakes record 1:55) and Breeders Crown. As a three-year-old in 2007, Donato Hanover would extend his winning streak to 19, remaining undefeated until his last 2 races in November. Major victories that year included the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Hambletonian Stake, World Trotting Derby, Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity. Donato Hanover earned $2,336,190 that year, and became the first trotter in the history of the sport to surpass career earnings of $2.5 million during his three-year-old season. He broke the single-season moneywinning record for a trotter by well over $400,000 and was voted 2007 Horse of the Year. At the time of his retirement, Donato Hanover held the record for the fastest trotting mile on a mile track (1:50.1) and co-owned the record for fastest two-heat trotting race on a mile track (3:41.2). As a sire, Donato Hanover has produced winners of over $12.6 million, including 2011 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year and Breeders Crown winner Check Me Out 3,1:51.2 ($1,903,795). Precious Bunny (Nominated as Racehorse) p,3,1:49.4 ($2,281,142) Bay Horse, 1988 (Cam Fella - Bunny's Wish - B.G's Bunny) 1991 Horse of the Year Precious Bunny was foaled on May 6, 1988. At the time of his retirement, he ranked as the number one single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time (currently ranked ninth) and the fifth-leading moneywinning pacer of all time. Precious Bunny raced from 1990-1991 and had a lifetime record of 39-21-5-4. As a two-year-old in 1990, Precious Bunny had 14 starts, winning a New Jersey Sire Stakes event and finishing the season with a record of 1:57.2 and $63,920 in earnings. In 1991, three-year-old Precious Bunny won 20 of 25 starts, including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace (setting the stakes record in the second fastest race mile in harness racing history and fastest mile ever under the lights), Art Rooney Pace (stakes record), Adios (tying the stakes record and the world record for fastest mile by a Standardbred on a 5/8-mile track, and setting the world record for a second heat by a Standardbred on a 5/8-mile track - 1:50.4), Little Brown Jug (in straight heats with an electrifying start in the first), Cleveland Classic (stakes record), NJSS final and Windy City Pace. With his Cleveland Classic victory, Precious Bunny became only the second Standardbred to earn over $2 million in a single season (Immortal Beach Towel 1990). He was the first to win two $1 million races in one season (North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace). Precious Bunny was voted Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt and Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. As a sire, Precious Bunny has sired North American winners of over $50 million, with 181 in 1:55, 141 $100,000 winners and three millionaires, including 2001 Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Bunny Lake. Precious Bunny was elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004. HATTIE (Broodmare) p,2,1:55.3 ($266,623) Bay Mare, 1992 (Abercrombie - Albaquel - Albatross) Sired by 1978 Horse of the Year Abercrombie, pacer Hattie was bred by Richard Staley and was foaled on February 9, 1992 in Wallkill, New York. Hattie raced from 1994-1996 and compiled a record of 57-8-13-17 with earnings of $266,623. Her major career victories included a division of the 1994 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington, and a second-place finish in the 1994 Breeders Crown. The progeny that qualified Hattie for the Hall of Fame are 2004 Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover p,5,1:46.4 ($2,070,648); 2006 Western Canada Pacing Derby winner Hyperion Hanover p,6,1:49.1s ($1,156,789) and Hillbilly Hanover p,4,1:49.3 ($592,218). To date, Hattie has produced six fillies and seven colts, with thirteen starters and earnings of over $5,313,000. She is currently performing her broodmare duties for Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pennsylvania. (USTA statistics as of January 2014) Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 24, 2013-Post positions have been drawn for the 24th edition of the New York Night of Champions, hosted by Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The $1.8 million event, richest night of racing in the state, offers eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Some hot-off-the-overnight-sheet tidbits from each of the races (2-through 9).... Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot (2nd race)-Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald, post 4) eyes a fourth consecutive (NYSS) win. His dead-heat dance partner of a week ago here, Credit Fashion (Brian Sears), won the draw, while JS Trotting Bob (Jim Morrill Jr., post 2) and Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern, post 8) also figure to be players. Allerage Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (3rd race)-...and then there's Maude, er, Maud. Maud Blue Chip (Sears, post 6) is 5-for-7 this summer, including winning her last quartet. Like "Maud," Market Rally (John Cummings Jr., post 5) won her two visits here, at odds of 100-1 and 3-5. Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (4th race)-Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore, post 3) has three wins and three seconds in seven tries, her only "misstep" being an interference break. Supplemental Income (Jason Bartlett, post 6), like Sweetnsinful a six-figure performer, did burn money in her latest effort at Batavia. Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot (5th race)-After losing her first nine starts this season, Bouncing Bax (Bartlett, post 4) has rattled off four consecutive wins. Included in those are snappy 1:57-and-change efforts here and at Batavia. Royal Malinda (Dan Daley, post 1) rolled to a sharp Batavia win in her latest, while ultra-consistent Ban Babe (Cummings Jr., post 7) has hit the board in 22-of-25 career starts (a dozen wins). Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot (6th race)-Crazy About Pat (George Brennan, post 4) has been solid all season, with seven wins and four seconds in 17 tries ($256,492), while the gelding Tirade Hanover (Morrill Jr., post 5)-runner-up in the final a season ago-enters the final with four consecutive victories. Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace (7th race)-The post position gods have ensured the 7-for-7 He's Watching (Morrill Jr., post 1) shall be the NOC's shortest parimutuel proposition, male division. He's partnered with Major Trick (Brennan listed, post 2), and both Dave Menary-trained frosh were Yonkers winners earlier this month. Of course, the back story of world record-holder He's Watching-in addition to his bargain-basement ($3,000) price and earnings of $179,222 to date-was his nearly-costly Happy Wanderer impression through the lane here in mid-September. All Bets Off, who became the late-summer nemesis of He's Watching, did not qualify for the final. Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace (8th race)-Defending champ Summertime Lea (Morrill Jr., post 5) figures to be the night's shortest fairer-sex investment. Eight wins in nine '13 tries ($241,503) and 16-for-20 lifetime tends to attract some notice. Social Scene (Brennan, post 6) set a track record (1:52) for her age group here in mid-July. Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace (9th race)-As competitive as any of the finals, with standouts Fool Me Once (Sears, post 5), Bet the Moon (Brennan, post 6) and defending champ Doctor Butch (Morrill Jr., post 8). Fool Me Once, 9-for-13 this season, has earned more than $368,000 in 2013, "Butch" won the Art Rooney Pace here in early June and Bet the Moon has been board-certified in 18-of-26 career efforts. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. By Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
From the number of phone calls harness racing trainer Kevin McDermott received following the Art Rooney Pace, one might have thought his horse, Lonewolf Currier, won the race. The colt finished second, but the way he did it got the attention of plenty of people.
There was a host of stakes racing throughout the United States of America and Canada during the weekend. The results from it and the harness racing current leader boards follow.
Statebred harness racing standout Doctor Butch (George Brennan) finished what he started Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $275,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings.
Last week was my first attempt at trying to pick some decent harness racing winners for all of you. I ended the weekend going one out of four... meager 25%....but those of you who did pay heed and bet on Economy Terror in the $250,000 Betsy Ross Pace at Harrah's Philly.
Doctor Butch has gained a new driver and early harness racing favoritism for Yonkers Raceway's $275,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace Saturday night.
Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night stakes, the $275,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings) and $117,060 Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies).The Lismore goes as race 7 (approximate post 9:30 p.m.), on the 13-race card, while the Rooney goes as the ninth race (approximate post 10:10 p.m.).
Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing Saturday night stakes, the $275,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings) and $117,060 Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies).
Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace. All told, a dozen harness racing 3-year-old pacers--nine colts and three geldings--tried to wedge their way into next Saturday night's $275,000 final.
The Doctor is in...to the tune of 30-large.
Saturday Night at the Races, which features live radio broadcasts of many of the top harness racing in North America, will begin its fourth year June 1 with a show featuring the Art Rooney Pace and the Lismore at Yonkers.
This Week: Molson Pace Prep, The Raceway at Western Fair District, London, Ontario; Dan Patch Invitational, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Art Rooney eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and Betsy Ross and Maxie Lee Memorial, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.
A dozen 3-year-olds--nine colts and three geldings--have been entered for the 23rd edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace.
Yonkers Racetrack management has increased the appeal of its most important harness racing stakes beginning in 2013 by guaranteeing final purses in the open divisions, slashing entrance fees for colt and filly races by more than half, and reducing the sustaining payments by 50% to these events.