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The world record price for a Standardbred yearling racehorse was set Tuesday evening at $1,1,00,000 for the full brother to harness racing trotting star Greenshoe, Hip No. 44 Maverick, shattered the record book Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Maverick is sired by Father Patrick from the mare Designed To Be. The winning bidder was Bradly Grant. The colt was  consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. The prior record price for a yearling was $825,000, purchased by the Cancelliere brothers for Detour Hanover, a full-brother to Donato Hanover who sold at the 2011 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Later that evening, Damien, by Muscle Hill out of Danae, a full brother to international $3 million-earner Propulsion as well as stakes-winner Dream Together brought $1 million. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner D’Orsay. He was purchased by Bengt Agerup’s Brixton Medical AB and will be trained by Daniel Reden, who also trains Propulsion for Brixton subsidiary Stall Zet. The colt was consigned by Cane Run Farm and bred by Fredericka Caldwell and Bluestone Farms. The record yearling price for a pacer was also rewritten as Brixton Medical also was behind the purchase of Some Terror, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Economy Terror for $800,000. The colt was signed for by Nancy Johansson, who will train the horse. He was consigned by Vieux Carre Farms and bred by Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor, and Ed Gold. Ineffable, hip No. 7, got the party started with a record price of $600,000 for a yearling filly trotter. The previous record of $500,000 was shared by Courtney Hall (2003), Future Secured (2015), and Fifty Cent Piece (2018). Purchased by Lina Alm as agent for Lennart Agren’s S R F Stable, Ineffable is a daughter of Cantab Hall out of stakes-winner Jolene Jolene. She is a three-quarter sister to stakes-winner 2-year-old filly Crucial. She was consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency for breeders Maumee River Stables, Black Creek Farm, Martin Schmucker, and Steve Stewart. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Prominent harness racing owner, breeder and equestriane Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms in Durhamville, New York, was the succefull bidder for top trotting mare, Atlanta, winner of the 2018 Hambletonian and voted the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. The sale took place via the internet on www.OnGait.com. In order to buy out part owner and trainer Rick Zeron, who had received a six month suspension stemming from instances in Canada this past year, Atlanta was put up for auction.  The daughter of Chapter Seven, who has already earned $1,140,000, was started at $500,000 as the opening bid. Over the four-day period the bidding continued to increase. During the final five minutes of the auction, she remained at $1,550,000 until the auction was closed.  "This is a real deal," said Eric Cherry, co-owner of OnGait.com. "The other partners weren't sure how to disolve the ownership of Atlanta. Rick Zeron was speaking to me about it and one of the co-owners, Howard Taylor, has successfully sold a number of horses and that led them to us at OnGait. I understand that at least two or three of the partners wanted out on the horse and Michelle Crawford and Brad Grant wanted to keep the mare. "Once we got the page up," Cherry continued. "I started getting phone call from people wanting to know if this was for real. There were more than 23,000 views on the page. We were able to get a fair value on Atlanta as we have people around the world that were interested in her. Using OnGait.com was perfect for this special sale." Brad Grant then confirmed the deal. "Howard Taylor, Bill Holland (Holland Racing), the Crawfords and myself, we were all in to keep the mare and i thank them all." by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink  

The harness racing industry has the extremely rare opportunity to purchase one of the few fillies to capture the prestigious Hambletonian. Hambletonian champion Atlanta, the first filly to capture the Hambletonian in 22 years with her 2018 victory, won eight races and more than $1 million this past season. The daughter of Chapter Seven - Hemi Blue Chip never finished worse than third as a sophomore, and along with her coveted victory in the Hambo added wins in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, her Breeders Crown elimination, Empire Breeders Classic elimination and final and two New York Sires Stakes events to her resume.   Atlanta will receive the Dan Patch Award as 2018's Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year in the U.S on February 23. Atlanta was listed on www.OnGait.com on Tuesday night (February 12) with a starting bid of $500,000. The now four-year-old is entered in an online auction with bids closing Friday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. According to the listing, Atlanta is "selling to the highest bidder due to a true partnership dispute" with current owners listed as Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. On January 9, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued Zeron a fine of $10,000 and suspension of 180 days, which he has since appealed. "After a well-deserved vacation, she is back jogging at Sunshine Meadows in South Florida as she prepares for her 2019 campaign," the owner's statement on Atlanta continued. "Staked to the world." From OnGait.com

When harness racing owner Brad Grant heard the news last April about the accident that claimed the lives of 16 people aboard a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, he knew he wanted to help. Grant, whose own involvement in Canadian junior hockey stretches more than three decades, was uncertain what to do, but came upon the answer as he looked at a page of racing entries. Earlier in the year, Grant had bought a pacer named Humboldt. Grant decided to donate the horse's earnings for the remainder of the month to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Assistance Program, which was created to raise funds for all people affected by the accident. Humboldt, the horse, raised $15,000 for the fund. Horse owner Tom Rankin also contributed purse earnings to the program, pushing the figure to nearly $25,000. For his efforts, Grant has been named the 2018 recipient of the January Davies Humanitarian Award presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The award was created in 2008 by U.S. Harness Writers Association member Callie Davies-Gooch in memory of her daughter to recognize contributions beyond harness racing. "Brad is the epitome of what this award is about," Davies-Gooch said. "His work in the community, not only in this instance but in many others, is a great example of humanitarianism and he is a perfect choice for this award." Grant, a resident of Milton, Ontario, said he was surprised by the recognition. "I think there are a lot of good people that do a lot of good things, but I'm honored," Grant said. "I've known Callie all my life. To receive this in memory of her daughter is really quite an honor." Grant, the leading owner on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit in 2018, is also on the volunteer board of the Milton District Hospital Foundation, which raises funds for facilities and equipment. In addition, Grant has held several positions in the Ontario Hockey Association, including chairman. In 1986, he purchased the Milton Merchants junior hockey club and saved the team from folding. The Merchants won four division titles, three league championships, and a provincial crown before Grant sold the team in 2001. In November, Grant was inducted into the Milton Sports Hall of Fame for his work with the program. It was his connection to junior hockey that fueled his desire to help the people affected by the Humboldt tragedy. "Hockey has been a big part of my life and I know many of the people out there in junior hockey," Grant said. "That's something people are never going to forget; it's a tragedy beyond tragedies. To be able to get something going and support those who are going to need help down the road, my wife and I are very big supporters of health care in our local community at the hospital, so it was a no-brainer for us to do something. In my mind it was the least we could do." On the racetrack, Grant enjoyed a banner year. In February, his horses won three 2017 O'Brien Awards - Stay Hungry, Bettor's Up, and Sandbetweenurtoes. His highlight on the track came in August when he watched filly Atlanta win the Hambletonian, but he also owned multiple-stakes-winner Stay Hungry and six-figure-earners Babes Dig Me, Dr J Hanover, Easy Lover Hanover, Captain Trevor, B Yoyo, Witch Dali, Bettor's Up, Captain Ahab, and Missle Hill. In December, Atlanta was named the Dan Patch Award-winner for best 3-year-old female trotter. "There were a lot of highs this year," Grant said. "It's going to be hard to top, but I'd sure love to give it a try. We're hoping for good things for some of our 3-year-olds coming back and it looks like we have a nice crop of (2-year-olds). They're all going good, which at this time of year it's really hard to get excited, but they seem to know what they're supposed to do and their breeding says they should know what to do so we'll keep our fingers crossed. "It's going to be hard to top last year, but just to be a part of it, that's the exciting part." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association  

MILTON, ON - November 14, 2018 - Leading Standardbred owner Brad Grant will be inducted in the Milton Sports Hall of Fame at a special ceremony this Thursday (November 15). Woodbine's leading Standardbred owner will be inducted in the Builders category for his time owning and operating the Milton Merchants Junior Hockey Club. Grant purchased the Merchants in 1986 after the club won just five-games the previous season and was at risk of folding. During a 15-year run as owner and operator, Grant turned the club around and led them to great success, including four division titles, three league championships and a provincial title. The Merchants captured a Junior 'B' league title in 1992 and back-to-back Junior 'A' league titles in 1997 and 1998 under Grant. The 1998 championship team went on to capture the Dudley Hewitt Cup as Provincial champions and participated in the Royal Bank Cup to determine the national champion. Following the sale of the Merchants in 2001, Grant has remained involved in hockey by serving as the Ontario Hockey Association's (OHA) finance chair for 14 years before moving into the Chairman role. He received the Hockey Canada Order of Merit (Central) in May 2017 and currently remains on the OHA Board of Directors. Grant's Milton Merchant teams from 1996-1998 will also be taking a spot in the Milton Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday. With deep roots in the harness racing industry, Grant is currently enjoying tremendous success in the sport as owner of several award-winning and superstar horses, including Stay Hungry, Atlanta and Bettors Up. The 2018 Milton Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place this Thursday evening (November 15) at the Milton Sports Centre. Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate Brad Grant on his induction into the Milton Sports Hall of Fame. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Hanover Shoe Farms, along with Brad Grant and Wendy Samelman, are pleased to announce that 2017 2 year old colt Pacer of the year, Stay Hungry, will join their stallion roster in 2019. A son of super sire Somebeachsomewhere out of the 2 million-dollar winning mare My Little Dragon, Stay Hungry won the Breeders Crown as a 2-year-old on way to his award-wining season. This year at 3, he won the first 2 legs of harness racing's Triple Crown while taking a record of 1:47.3 and amassing over 1.3 million dollars in career earnings. Called by Tony Alagna, trainer of super sire Captaintreacherous and Promising stallion Artspeak, the most correct yearling he ever purchased, Stay Hungry will stand in Pennsylvania for an introductory stud fee of 6,000. Shares are available in this promising stallion. Please contact Jim Simpson (717) 637-8931 for further information. From Hanover Shoe Farms  

Owner Brad Grant hopes the best is yet to come from O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, who will be among eight harness racing horses trying to hand Lather Up his first loss of the year in Saturday's $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Stay Hungry, trained by Tony Alagna, finished a troubled-trip third last week in his Hempt elimination, beaten a half-length by winner Hitman Hill. Stay Hungry and driver Doug McNair will start the final from post No. 5, which has produced a track-best 16.2 win percentage this year, and are the 7-2 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Lather Up. Lather Up, the North America Cup champion who improved to 7-for-7 this season with his Hempt elimination victory, is 2-1 with driver Montrell Teague from post seven. "It's a tough division and Lather Up at this point is probably a head better than everybody else," Grant said. "You could be racing for second money, but you never know. When they're going for half-a-million dollars they're going to be racing. We lucked out getting (post) five. There is going to be a lot of front-end speed and this colt seems to like to come from the back end." The Hempt is one of four marquee events that make up Sun Stakes Saturday at Pocono. The card also features the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, where filly Manchego is the 5-2 morning-line favorite; $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers, with McWicked the 5-2 favorite; and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, where Sidewalk Dancer is the 5-2 choice. Stay Hungry is a son of 2008 Horse of the Year winner Somebeachsomewhere out of My Little Dragon, who was a multiple Dan Patch Award winner. Last year, Stay Hungry won six of nine races, including the Breeders Crown, and earned $535,742 for owners Grant and Irwin Samelman on his way to receiving the O'Brien Award as Canada's best 2-year-old male pacer. Samelman passed away in May at the age of 87. "We had a lot of fun with the horse last year," said Grant, whose partnership with Samelman on Stay Hungry was his first. "It was the first time for both of us winning a Breeders Crown and winning an O'Brien. It was great that we got to share that together. In the little time I knew him, he was a gentleman's gentleman." Stay Hungry has won one of four races this year and earned $83,642. He finished third, beaten by a neck, in his seasonal debut in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes before winning an elimination of the North America Cup. He finished fourth in the Cup final. "I was a little disappointed with his results in the North America Cup, but he wasn't a hundred percent after the race," Grant said. "You can't take anything away from Lather Up, he's just outstanding, but I thought Dougie had given (Stay Hungry) a great drive and we would finish second. He just was off a little bit and didn't fire like the week before." In his Hempt elimination, Stay Hungry was following Sometimesawinner on the outside when Sometimesawinner went off stride and caused McNair and Stay Hungry to lose momentum. Stay Hungry finished with a :26.4 last quarter-mile to rally for third place. "The horse raced great considering we came to a stop up the backstretch," Grant said. "I think we haven't seen the best of this colt yet, so you keep looking forward. "It's all about being the right horse on the right day and when they're on their game." Joining Lather Up and Hitman Hill as Hempt elimination winners was Dorsoduro Hanover, who won for the fourth time in five starts this season. The top-three finishers from each of the three eliminations advanced to the final. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Pocono. The Hempt is race No. 10 on the card, preceded by the Lynch and followed by the Franklin and Beal. Max C. Hempt was a renowned Pennsylvania-based breeder, whose horses were known for the prefix "Keystone," as well as a longtime director of the U.S. Trotting Association and Hambletonian Society. He served as the Hambletonian Society president from 1966-1984 and the creation of the Breeders Crown series evolved under his leadership. Hempt, who passed away in 1999, was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1980. Following is the field for this year's Max C. Hempt Memorial. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 2 - Hitman Hill by American Ideal - Brett Miller - Chris Oakes - 9/2 3 - Springsteen by Rock N Roll Heaven - Simon Allard - Rene Allard - 8/1 4 - Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere -Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 6/1 5 - Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair - Tony Alagna - 7/2 6  -Shnitzledosomethin by Fred And Ginger -Yannick Gingras - Dylan Davis - 12/1 7 - Lather Up by Im Gorgeous - Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis - 2/1 8 - Wes Delight by Bettor's Delight - Corey Callahan - Mark Harder - 15/1 9 - This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder-20/1 Complete entries for the card are available at this link. by Ken Weingartner for the USTA 

TORONTO, November 18 -Leading owner Brad Grant and leading harness racing driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack,. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn't slow down the momentum of last week's Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2/5 favourite in the $34,000 Preferred and picked up his third consecutive victory with an easy-looking 1:53 score. Driver Doug McNair got away third with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a backstretch brush to the lead before the half. 'Easy Lover' proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:25, before stepping home in :28 for the victory. Nirvana Seelster was second, while Ellis Park was third. Saturday's victory gives Easy Lover Hanover six wins in 21 starts this season. The four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has banked over $164,000 this season to bring his career totals to 22 wins and $530,509 earned. McNair's victory with 'Easy Lover' gave him four on the card. The Wallace trainee paid $2.90 to win. Easy Lover Hanover Witch Dali went coast to coast to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred in 1:53.3. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2, before kicking home in :28.1 to win by a length and a half. Moreau's other student Ms Mac N Cheese finished second, while L A Delight was third. Witch Dali is now three for 20 this season with $97,320 banked. The daughter of Dali is now a 22-time winner and her career earnings now sit at $445,668. The Moreau trainee paid $7.70 to win. Witch Dali Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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