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Brandon Bates has a horse in the Breeders Crown for the first time, and it's Priceless. Priceless, who last week won an Indiana Sire Stakes championship for her sixth victory of the season, was among the 21 horses entered in Friday's (Oct. 18) Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 44-year-old Bates trains and drives Priceless for owners Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung, who also are starting a horse in the Breeders Crown for the first time. It will be Priceless' second Grand Circuit start of the year (she won the Kentuckiana Stallion Management on Sept. 20 at Harrah's Hoosier Park) and she is the 7-2 third choice on the morning line in the first of three eliminations. Baby Your The Best, the runner-up in both the Kentucky and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships, is the 5-2 favorite followed by two-time Grand Circuit winner Reflect With Me at 3-1. The field also includes International Stallion Stakes division winner Peaky Sneaky (4-1) and Kentucky Sire Stakes champ Gai Waterhouse (9-2). Ontario Sire Stakes champion Alicorn is the 4-5 favorite in the second elimination and She's A Great Lady winner Lyons Sentinel, who brings a six-race victory streak to the event, is the 3-5 chalk in the third. The top three finishers from each elimination plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest earnings as calculated by Standardbred Canada will advance to the $600,000 final on Oct. 25 at Mohawk. Priceless, a daughter of Rockin Image out of Btwnyurheartnmine, has earned $328,662 in nine starts, with an average margin of victory of five lengths in her six wins. She has finished second once and gone off stride twice, the first of which Bates attributed to a bad night and the second to interference. She heads to her Breeders Crown elimination off her 1:52.2 score in the Indiana championship, where she paced her final quarter-mile in :26.1 and won by 6-1/2 lengths. "I don't know that she's been any better all year," Bates said Tuesday. "She's really matured and attitude wise she seems as happy as she could be. I couldn't be more pleased." Bates and Priceless did not get off on the best foot. "The first three days I didn't like her at all," Bates said with a laugh. "She laid down three days in a row. The first day I was brushing her and she laid down in the crossties. The second day I was putting hobbles on her and she laid down in the crossties. The third day, just before we were coming off the track, she kind of folded up and laid down in the jog cart. "But when she got her mind on her business and her work, she just blossomed and excelled. She showed a lot of talent." One thing Bates has never had to worry about is Priceless missing any meals. The filly's nickname is "Pudgie." "She likes to eat, and she looks like she's a little fat," Bates said. "Her race-night groom, Dani Copeland, gave her the nickname the first time we raced her down here. She's a great eater." Bates would like to see Priceless eat up the racetrack Friday and advance to the Breeders Crown final. "She's got a lot of personality," Bates said. "She gets turned out every day for as long as she wants to be out. She really likes that. She's the first one out of the barn in the morning and then she gets back out and she likes to watch the other horses jog. She'll pace some of them down the fence line and just really enjoys herself." An Ohio native who 20 years ago moved to Indiana, Bates has won 926 races as a driver and 194 as a trainer. He is on the board of the Indiana Standardbred Association and has worked full time in racing since the mid-2000s. Prior to then, he split his time between the horses and a job in a soybean processing facility. Over the years, Bates thought he had two previous hopes of making it to the Breeders Crown, with trotters Haulin Laser (who got sick) and Swandre The Giant (who was sold). "Hopefully the third time is the charm," Bates said. Racing begins at 7:50 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations for all 2-year-old Breeders Crown divisions are on the card. Eliminations for 3-year-olds and up are Saturday, with a 7:10 p.m. post time. For Friday's complete entries, click here. For Saturday's complete entries, click here. By Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Oct. 16) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Chad Rozema, Derick Giwner, and Brandon Bates. Woodbine Mohawk Park TV analyst Chad Rozema joins the broadcast to discuss the upcoming eliminations this weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He will discuss wagering and handicapping angles for the weekend, leading up to championship weekend next Friday and Saturday. Daily Racing Form's Derick Giwner will discuss the Saturday evening eliminations with the pair. Saturday eliminations feature the 3-year-old and Open divisions of the Breeders Crown. They will go over each elimination and how the finals could shape up next week. Trainer/driver Brandon Bates brings in Priceless to the 2019 Crown, his pacer has won six of nine starts in his young career including the Indiana Super Final on Friday (Oct. 11). He will talk about what it has been like bringing up this special mare, and what his thoughts are heading into the Crown. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

This Week: Harness racing Breeders Crown eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ont.; The Pegasus, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Friday (Oct. 18) and Saturday (Oct. 19) for Breeders Crown eliminations in nine divisions. Eliminations will not be required for the open pace, open trot and mare pace. The Friday card features a trio of $25,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old filly pace, two eliminations in the 2-year-old filly trot and single eliminations in the 2-year-old colt pace and 2-year-old colt trot. The Saturday card has a total of eight eliminations, with each carrying a purse of $25,000. The 3-year-old colt pace, 3-year-old filly trot and mare trot will each split two ways, while the 3-year-old colt trot and 3-year-old filly pace have lone eliminations. On Friday night at Hoosier Park, there will be eight divisions of The Pegasus for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The $80,000 colt pace, $76,700 colt trot, $69,000 filly trot and $67,000 filly pace will each have two divisions. The Meadowlands on Friday night will host another leg of The Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be two divisions in the filly trot and single divisions in the colt pace, colt trot and filly pace. Each race has a purse of $10,000. Complete entries for the Breeders Crown races are available at this link. Entries for the Hoosier and Meadowlands races are available at this link. Last time: If the boisterous Italian contingent who found their way to Westchester, N.Y., Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12) could have lifted Zacon Gio onto their shoulders, they would have. The 4-year-old survived nine world-class rivals and an inquiry, winning Yonkers Raceway's $1 million International Trot. Zacon Gio won the $1 million International Trot at Yonkers. Mike Lizzi photo. The 41st International - fifth after a two-decade hiatus - was truly "Viva Italia," as the favored Zacon Gio (Roberto Vecchione, $4.30) won by 3-1/4 emphatic lengths, the mile-and-a-quarter going in 2:24.1. At the outset, after a break by France's mare Bahia Quesnot (Junior Guelpa), it was another 4-year-old, American lass Atlanta (Yannick Gingras), making the lead. Directly outside of her, the third ma'am, Swiss miss Uza Josselyn (Erik Adielsson), also left, poking about a neck in front of Atlanta. If Adielsson had to do it over again, he probably would have kept his charge marching forward. Instead, Uza Josselyn found herself parked through fractions (:28.1, :59) usually reserved for qualifiers. Denmark's Slide So Easy (Ake Svanstedt) left from the pole, protecting the pocket, while Zacon Gio - from post position five - was content to work from second-over. Behind him was the other American entrant, Guardian Angel AS (Tim Tetrick). Meanwhile, Atlanta waltzed through a 1:28 three-quarters, a lap standing between herself, pomp and circumstance. Zacon Gio then went wide around Uza Josselyn and met no resistance from Atlanta, blitzing by after the 1:55.4 milepost and widening from there. Slide So Easy slid out for second, with Canada's Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) a ground-saving third. Guardian Angel AS wound up fourth, while last season's upsetter, Cruzado Dela Noche (Brian Sears), was fifth. Uza Josselyn and Atlanta tired to sixth and seventh, respectively, ahead of misbehavers Lionel (Goran Antonsen), Norton Commander (Conni Lagauer) and Bahia Quesnot. After a lengthy inquiry of what turned out to be the winning move, the result stood. For Zacon Gio, a son of Ruty Grif owned by Franco Giuseppe and trained by Holger Ehlert, the perfect season (nine-for-nine) continues with a 12th consecutive win overall dating to last season. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,252.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,053; 3. Dexter Dunn - 835; 4. David Miller - 831; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 664. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,073; 2. Tony Alagna - 690; 3 Ake Svanstedt - 562; 4. Marcus Melander - 534; 5. Nancy Johansson - 488. Owners: 1. Courant Inc. - 240; 2. Brad Grant - 227.3; 3. Fashion Farms - 214.5; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 211.3; 5. Robert Key - 191. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next week at Woodbine Mohawk Park with Breeders Crown finals in all 12 categories (2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters and older horse and mare pacers and trotters). Hoosier Park will host Circle City divisions for 3-year-olds and Madison County divisions for 2-year-olds. In addition, The Meadowlands will host another leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit    

MILTON, ON - October 15, 2019 - Filly pacer Lyons Sentinel, this harness racing season's richest 2-year-old, as well as undefeated divisional money-leaders Tall Dark Stranger, Real Cool Sam, and Hypnotic AM were among 63 freshmen entered Tuesday for the $6 million Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations for the 2-year-olds, which are necessary in all four divisions and go for a purse of $25,000 each, are Friday at Mohawk. Post time for Friday's first race is 7:50 p.m. (EDT). The $600,000 finals for 2-year-olds will be Oct. 25 at Mohawk, with an early 7 p.m. post time. Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-olds and up are Saturday at Mohawk. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for post positions one through five for the finals. The draws for the 2-year-old finals, except for the colt-and-gelding pace, will be conducted Friday following the eliminations. The draw for the colt-and-gelding pace will be Tuesday at the post-position draw and press conference at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Twelve horses were entered for the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace, with the connections of Capt Midnight and Catch The Fire accepting earnings-based byes to advance directly to the final. The top eight finishers from the remaining 10-horse elimination will join those two in the final. Capt Midnight, by Captaintreacherous, has won multiple Grand Circuit stakes for trainer Tony Alagna. Catch The Fire, also by Captaintreacherous and trained by John Ackley, is a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion. The connections of Tall Dark Stranger and Papi Rob Hanover declined a bye. Tall Dark Stranger is unbeaten in seven starts for trainer Nancy Johansson, with his wins including the Metro Pace at Mohawk. A son of Bettor's Delight, the colt has earned $411,265 this season. He starts the elim from post four. Papi Rob Hanover, trained by Brett Pelling, counts the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship among his three wins in eight starts. The son of Somebeachsomewhere finished second in the Metro and has earned $315,358. He leaves from post six. Thirteen horses were entered for the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding trot, with the connections of Real Cool Sam, Port Perry, and Capricornus accepting byes to advance directly to the final. The top seven finishers from the remaining 10-horse field will join that trio next week. Real Cool Sam, the Peter Haughton Memorial and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, is unbeaten in nine races. Trained by Jim Campbell, the son of Muscle Hill has earned $454,575. Ontario Sire Stakes final runner-up Port Perry, a son of Kadabra, has earned $224,090 for trainer Luc Blais while William Wellwood Memorial runner-up Capricornus, by Cantab Hall, has earned $192,885 for trainer Marcus Melander. Two-time Grand Circuit-winner Amigo Volo, a son of Father Patrick trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and Carter Pinske, will start the elimination from post three. New York Sire Stakes champion Third Shift, a son of Chapter Seven, leaves from post one for Ake Svanstedt. Ontario Sire Stakes champ Moon Bridge, a son of E L Titan also from Svanstedt's stable, starts from post seven. Twenty-one 2-year-old filly pacers entered the Breeders Crown, requiring three eliminations. The top three finishers from each elimination plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest earnings as calculated by Standardbred Canada advance to the final. Lyons Sentinel, a daughter of Captaintreacherous trained by Jim King Jr., is in the third elim. She has won seven of 10 races this year and finished no worse than second in any start, earning $519,255. She brings a six-race win streak to her Breeders Crown elimination, with her victories including the She's A Great Lady at Mohawk and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Ontario Sire Stakes champion Alicorn, trained by Chantel Mitchell, is in the second elimination while the first elim includes Indiana Sire Stakes champ Priceless, from the stable of Brandon Bates. Seventeen 2-year-old filly trotters were divided into two eliminations, with James Doherty Memorial and New York Sire Stakes champion Hypnotic AM in the first. Hypnotic AM, by Chapter Seven, has won all seven of her races this season and earned $386,457 for trainer Marcus Melander. Also in the first elim is Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Sister Sledge, trained by Ron Burke. The second elimination includes Peaceful Way winner Dip Me Hanover, trained by Linda Toscano, and multiple Grand Circuit winner Sherry Lyns Lady, trained by Jim Campbell. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the final. Following are the fields in post-position order for Friday's $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Elimination 1 (Race 1) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Madame Sherry-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 2-Shishito-Dexter Dunn-Per Engblom 3-Winter Olympics-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4-Sister Sledge-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-Whose Blues-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 6-Hypnotic AM-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 7-Globetrotting-Anthony MacDonald-Jason McGinnis 8-Violet Stride-Tyler Buter-Mark Harder Elimination 2 (Race 3) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Tricky Sister-Dan Dube-Andrew Harris 2-Crucial-Chris Page-Ron Burke 3-Jula Shes Magic-Jody Jamieson-Susanne Kerwood 4-Romona Hill-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna 5-Dip Me Hanover-David Miller-Linda Toscano 6-Wine Rack Hanover-Sylvain Filion-R. Nifty Norman 7-Sherry Lyns Lady-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 8-Ms Savannah Belle-Yannick Gingras-Per Engblom 9-May Baby-James Yoder-James Yoder 2-YEAR-OLD COLT & GELDING TROT Single Elimination (Race 2) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Third Shift-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2-Synergy-Yannick Gingras-Per Engblom 3-Amigo Volo-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman 4-Rome Pays Off-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 5-Back Of The Neck-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 6-Chestnut Hill-Tim Tetrick-R. Nifty Norman 7-Moon Bridge-Dexter Dunn-Ake Svanstedt 8-Beads-Paul MacDonell-John Bax 9-Blue Cupertino-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 10-Horse Trader-Trevor Henry-Paul Walker 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Elimination 1 (Race 4) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Baby Your The Best-David Miller-Linda Toscano 2-Peaky Sneaky-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Johansson 3-Sound Idea-Chris Christoforou-John Balzer 4-Gai Waterhouse-Yannick Gingras-Domenico Cecere 5-Priceless-Brandon Bates-Brandon Bates 6-Reflect With Me-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna 7-Merga Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Elimination 2 (Race 6) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Keystone Kalimba-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary 2-New Year-Corey Callahan-Ross Croghan 3-Shouldabeenatd-David Miller-Ron Burke 4-Alexa Skye-Dexter Dunn-Ian Moore 5-Alicorn-Louis Roy-Chantal Mitchell 6-Off The Press-Yannick Gingras-Paul Reid 7-Lady Lou-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Elimination 3 (Race 8) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Somebeachsometime-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary 2-JK First Lady-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 3-Marloe Hanover-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman 4-The Bethinator-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 5-Looksgoodinaromper-Chris Page-Ron Burke 6-Lyons Sentinel-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 7-Betalady-Jody Jamieson-Susanne Kerwood 2-YEAR-OLD COLT & GELDING PACE Single Elimination (Race 10) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Mayhem Hanover-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 2-Team Best-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh 3-Seeyou At Thebeach-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 4-Tall Dark Stranger-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 5-Cattlewash-Louis Roy-Ron Burke 6-Papi Rob Hanover-David Miller-Brett Pelling 7-Freedom Warrior-Brian Sears-Kevin Lare 8-Put To Right-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna 9-Major Betts-Dexter Dunn-Mark Harder 10-Allywag Hanover-Tim Tetrick-Casie Coleman For more information go to www.Hambletonian.com or https://woodbine.com/mohawk/events/breeders-crown/. by Ken Weingartner, for Hambletonian Society  

MILTON, ON - October 15, 2019 - Harness racing divisional supremacy and international glory will be on the line in the eight Breeders Crown events for three-year-olds and up at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All four sophomore divisions will require eliminations this Saturday (October 19), while only the Mare Trot from the older ranks will need eliminations. The three-year-old colt pace (15 entrants) and three-year-old filly trot (16 entrants) will have two eliminations each on Saturday's card, while the sophomore trotting colts (12 entrants) and pacing fillies (12 entrants) will each feature just a single elimination after two byes were issued in each event. The Mare Trot attracted 15 ladies and will need two eliminations to determine its final field. The Open Trot (11 entrants), Open Pace (10 entrants) and Mare Pace (7 entrants) will all headline directly to a final on October 26. A total of eight elimination races will take place on this Saturday's (October 19) card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Saturday battles for Crown spots Trainer Marcus Melander will send his three-headed monster of sophomore trotting colts Greenshoe, Green Manalishi S and Gimpanzee to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Breeders Crown. Only a single ten-horse elimination is needed in the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot division, as 12 horses were entered. The top-two earners in 2019 received byes, while the other ten entered will compete to eliminate two ahead of the $500,000 (USD) final. Melander opted to take the bye with the division-leader Greenshoe, who has banked over $1.1 million this season. Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade received the second bye, which was accepted by trainer Luc Blais. The Ontario Sires Stakes champion is eight for 13 with $1 million earned. Green Manalishi S headlines Saturday's elimination from post-two. The son of Muscle Hill is undefeated in four starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, capturing this year's Canadian Trotting Classic and last year's William Wellwood Memorial. Gimpanzee has drawn post-four for the elimination, as the son of Chapter Seven attempts to become a two-time Breeders Crown champion. The New York Sires Stakes champion won last year's 2-Year-Old Colt Trot final in convincing fashion and enters this year's event having won 15 of 19 career starts. The elimination field for the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Breeders Crown also includes Dont Letem (post-five), Marseille (post-nine) and Pilot Discretion (post-ten). All three trotters have posted strong results in marquee events this season. The single-elimination for sophomore trotting colts and geldings has been carded as Race 5 on Saturday's card. The 3-Year-Old-Colt Pace division is a wide-open affair with a group of 15 separated into a pair of eliminations. Pepsi North America Cup winner Captain Crunch has won just two of seven starts since his classic victory in June at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Nancy Johansson trained son of Captaintreacherous has been knocking on the door in his last two starts, posting runner-up finishes in each. The defending Breeders Crown champion has drawn post-two in the first elimination. Captain Crunch will tackle the likes of Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show (post-eight), Tattersalls winner Dancin Lou (post-three) and multiple Grand Circuit stakes winner Century Farroh (post-one), who was supplemented Monday by his connections for $62,500 (USD). The ultra-consistent Bettors Wish (post-one) will square-off with Little Brown Jug champion Southwind Ozzi (post-three) in the second elimination. Chris Ryder trainee Bettors Wish has won 11 of 15 starts this season, including the Art Rooney, Milstein Memorial, Kentucky Sires Stakes championship and Tattersalls. The son of Bettors Delight has finished in the runner-up spot in all four of his defeats this season. Southwind Ozzi rose to stardom this summer for trainer Bill MacKenzie by posting victories in marquee events such as the Adios and Little Brown Jug. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won nine of 12 starts and earned the confidence from his connections to put up $62,500 (USD) to supplement to the Breeders Crown. The top-five finishers from each 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt elimination will advance to the $600,000 (USD) final. Trainer Ron Burke turned down a bye and will race defending Breeders Crown champion Warrawee Ubeaut in Saturday's single-elimination for the 3-Year-Old Filly Pace event. Tony Alagna's Treacherous Reign and Bob McIntosh's Sunny Dee received byes from the group of 12 entered, which sets up a ten-horse division to eliminate two for the $550,000 (USD) final. Warrawee Ubeaut (post-six) powers into her elimination on a six-race win streak, which includes scores in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship, Jugette and Glen Garnsey Memorial. The daughter of Sweet Lou has won 10 of 15 this season and is a 13-time winner with over $1.3 million earned. The sophomore pacing filly elimination will also feature Ontario Sires Stakes champion Boadicea (post-nine). The Bill Budd trained daughter of Big Jim was supplemented on Monday to the event by her owners for a fee of $62,500 (USD). Standouts Stonebridge Soul (post-two), Tall Drink Hanover (post-five) and Queen Of The Pride (post-eight) will also compete. The elimination for three-year-old pacing fillies has been carded as Race 8. A competitive group of 16 has been split into a pair of eliminations for the 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Crown event. The top-five finishers from each division will advance to the $500,000 (USD) final. Elegantimage winner Evident Beauty (post-one) for trainer 'Nifty' Norman, Zweig Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess (post-two) for trainer Johansson and Ohio Sires Stakes champion Only Take Cash (post-three) for trainer McIntosh will all meet in the first elimination. The second elimination will feature a matchup between Hambletonian Oaks champion When Dovescry (post-two) for trainer Rene Allard and Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Beautiful Sin (post-eight) for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Those two will also have to deal with Millies Possesion (post-three), who has won 10 of 13 starts for trainer Jim Campbell. The sophomore trotting fillies will clash in Races 2 and 3 on Saturday's card. A strong turnout of 15 older trotting mares will allow fans the opportunity to see several superstars in action during this weekend's eliminations for the $325,000 (USD) Mare Trot. Four-year-old Manchego storms into Woodbine Mohawk Park on a three-race win streak, highlighted by a World Record 1:49 victory in the Allerage. The Nancy Johansson trainee is a 24-time winner and captured the Breeders Crown at age two in 2017. She'll line up from post-eight in Saturday's second elimination. A pair of two-time Crown champions will compete in the deep Mare Trot division. Emoticon Hanover is going for a three-peat in the event after victories last year at Pocono and in 2017 at Hoosier. The Luc Blais trained six-year-old has won 24 of 68 career starts, hitting the board in 51 of those outings. She tackles Manchego from post-three in the second split. Former Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover returns to the Mare Trot Crown division for the first time since 2016. The Ron Burke trained seven-year-old captured the Open Trot division in 2017 and the Mare Trot division in 2016. She is a 46-time winner with over $3.2 million (CAD) in career earnings. Hannelore Hanover lines up from post-six in the first elimination, which also features local standout Dream Together (post-one), supplement entry Custom Cantab (post-three) and the Svanstedt duo of Darling Mearas S (post-two) and Plunge Blue Chip (post-seven). The Mare Trot Breeders Crown eliminations have been carded as Races 6 and 9. Harness Racing Heavyweights head straight to Crown Finals A trio of events for older competitors will not require eliminations this weekend. Foreign classic invitee Bold Eagle will star in the $500,000 (USD) Open Trot. The eight-year-old son of Ready Cash will take on 10 rivals in his North American debut, seeking to add a Crown title to his incredible legacy. Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears will steer the winner of over $5 million for trainer Sebastien Guarato. France's Bold Eagle is the first foreign classic winner to accept a Breeders Crown invitation since Commander Crowe in 2014, who won the Open Trot at The Meadowlands. Four-year-old mare Atlanta has earned the confidence of her connections to take another crack at the boys in a classic event. The 2018 Hambletonian champion and winner of nearly $2 million will attempt to steal the attention of the trotting world from Bold Eagle and claim the Open Trot title for a 20th career victory. This season's highest earner in the Open Trot is Anette Lorentzon trainee Guardian Angel As, who scored the biggest victory of his career earlier this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The five-year-old stallion captured the Maple Leaf Trot on August 31 and most recently finished fourth in the Yonkers International Trot. The Open Trot star power also includes World champion Six Pack, 2016 Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder and 2017 Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill. The event is completed by Dunbar Hall, Mission Accepted, Southwind Chrome and Will Take Charge. Reigning Horse of the Year McWicked is back to defend his title in the $500,000 (USD) Open Pace and is seeking a third Breeders Crown victory. The Casie Coleman trained eight-year-old went four years between Crown victories after winning at age three and again last season. McWicked enters off back-to-back victories in the Allerage and Rooney Invitational. The ten-horse Open Pace field includes two former Little Brown Jug champions in Courtly Choice and Filibuster Hanover. Blake MacIntosh trained four-year-old Courtly Choice scored an upset win earlier this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Hometown favourite Jimmy Freight will make his Breeders Crown debut in the Open Pace. The five-year-old is a 21-time winner and has finished outside the top-five only once in 50 career starts. The field for the pacing heavyweight clash is completed by Always a Prince, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover, Easy Lover Hanover, Geez Joe and This Is The Plan. Shartin N returns to the $300,000 (USD) Mare Pace with eyes on a second-consecutive Breeders Crown victory. The six-year-old New Zealand bred has won 14 of 16 starts this season, frequently crushing her foes and earning much buzz as potential Horse of the Year. The Jim King Jr. trainee is undefeated in four starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, sweeping the last two editions of the Roses Are Red. While nearly flawless, Shartin N did taste defeat in her most recent start, finishing second to rival Caviart Ally in the Allerage at The Red Mile. The superstar mares finished in the opposite order in last year's Crown event. A five-year-old, Caviart Ally has seven wins and top-three finishes in all 16 starts this season. The Brett Pelling trainee captured her second-consecutive Milton Stakes last month at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Mare Pace field also includes 2017 Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, and Dan Patch Award winner Kissin In The Sand. Bettors Up, Kaitlyn N and Kendall Seelster will also compete. Elimination and Draw details set Breeders Crown 2-year-old eliminations will be held Friday (October 18) and the sophomore and open divisions requiring eliminations will race Saturday (October 19). Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5. Post positions will be drawn on Friday and Saturday after the elimination races, except for the 2-year-old Colt Pace, Crown Pace and Crown Trot. Those three events will be drawn at a Press Conference next Tuesday (October 22). Post time for Friday's (October 18) card is 7:50 p.m., while Saturday's (October 19) post time is set for 7:10 p.m. Following are the fields in post-position order for Friday's $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Elimination 1 (Race 2) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Evident Beauty-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman 2-The Ice Dutchess-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 3-Only Take Cash-Trevor Henry-Bob McIntosh 4-Seaside Bliss-James MacDonald-Paul Kelley 5-Grimmie Hanover-Corey Callahan-Jeff Cullipher 6-Golden Tricks-Andy Miller-Ake Svanstedt 7-Dark As A Pocket-Jody Jamieson-Mike Keeling 8-Winndevie-Brian Sears-Trond Smedshammer 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Elimination 2 (Race 3) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Sweet Chapter-Tim Tetrick-Blake MacIntosh 2-When Dovescry-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 3-Millies Possesion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell 4-Miss Trixton-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 5-Go Time-Mike Saftic-Allan McCoy 6-Cambridge Kate-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson 7-Asiago-Tim Tetrick-Per Engblom 8-Beautiful Sin-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Elimination (Race 5) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Chin Chin Hall-Peter Wrenn-R. Nifty Norman 2-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 3-Goes Down Smooth-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4-Gimpanzee-David Miller-Marcus Melander 5-Dont Letem-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 6-Soul Strong-Dexter Dunn-Ake Svanstedt 7-Only For Justice-Chris Christoforou-Dany Fontaine 8-Super Schissel-Louis Philippe Roy-Per Engblom 9-Marseille-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 10-Pilot Discretion-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna Mare Trot Elimination 1 (Race 6) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Dream Together-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Darling Mearas S-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 3-Custom Cantab-David Miller-Chris Beaver 4-Supergirl Riley-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Top Expectations-Sylvain Filion-Ben Baillargeon 6-Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Mare Trot Elimination 2 (Race 9) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Ice Attraction-Andrew McCarthy-Ake Svanstedt 2-Hey Livvy-Trevor Henry-Jeff Gillis 3-Emoticon Hanover-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 4-Highland Top Hill-Doug McNair-Amanda Fine 5-Weslynn Dancer-Scott Zeron-Richard Banca 6-Royal Witch-Trevor Henry-Ben Baillargeon 7-P L Jill-Mario Baillargeon-Ben Baillargeon 8-Manchego-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Johansson 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Elimination (Race 8) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Ideation Hanover-James MacDonald-Dave Menary 2-Stonebridge Soul-Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder 3-Bestseller Hanover-Scott Zeron-Scott Blackler 4-Philly Hanover-Brian Sears-Ron Coyne 5-Tall Drink Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 6-Warrawee Ubeaut-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Sylph Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 8-Queen Of The Pride-Brian Sears-Kevin Lare 9-Boadicea-Jonathan Drury-Bill Budd 10-Beautyonthebeach-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Elimination 1 (Race 10) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Century Farroh-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore 2-Captain Crunch-Scott Zeron-Nancy Johansson 3-Dancin Lou-Dexter Dunn-Tahnee Camilleri 4-Air Force Hanover-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Fixed Idea-Randy Waples-Todd Clements 6-Semi Tough-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 7-Stag Party-Doug McNair-Casie Coleman 8-Best In Show-Bob McClure-Linda Toscano 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Elimination #2 (Race 11) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Bettors Wish-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder 2-De Los Cielos Deo-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-Southwind Ozzi-Brian Sears-Bill MacKenzie 4-Bronx Seelster-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Covered Bridge-James MacDonald-Blake MacIntosh 6-Blood Money-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 7-Cant Beach That-David Miller-Brett Pelling For more information go to www.Hambletonian.com or https://woodbine.com/mohawk/events/breeders-crown/. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

CRANBURY, NJ/MILTON, ON, October 15, 2019 - Entries for the $6 million Breeders Crown events saw 161 elite harness racing trotters and pacers fill the entry box to qualify for the rich finals on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All purses are US dollars. There were 63 2-year-olds entered, forcing $25,000 eliminations in all divisions for Friday, Oct. 18. Those freshmen who chose to take byes and elimination fields will be available this afternoon. All 2-year-old finals have a purse of $600,000. With 12 entered in the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, two colts will be offered byes and a 10-horse elimination will race with the top eight advancing to the final. Post positions for that final will be determined on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the post position draw at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Entries of 13 freshmen trotting colts necessitated three byes and a 10-horse elimination to advance seven to the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Final. The $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (17) and $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (21) will have full eliminations on Friday to arrive at a field of 10. In the sophomore divisions, both the $500,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot and the $550,000 (Est) 3-Year-Old Filly Pace drew an even dozen entries each, so two byes will be issued and 10-horse eliminations conducted for both divisions. The $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Trot will have two eight-horse eliminations on Saturday, Oct. 20 and the $600,000 (Est) 3-Year-Old Colt Pace with 15 entered will also have two splits to arrive at 10-horse final, which will be drawn Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Press Conference. The following races will go straight to Oct. 26 finals: The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot has 11 entrants including the foreign invitee Bold Eagle and 4-year-old mare Atlanta. This event will go straight to the final. Post positions will be drawn on Tues., Oct. 22 at the post position draw at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $300,000 Mare Pace attracted seven entries and will go straight to the final. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace, with 10 entrants, also goes directly to the final. Two-year-old eliminations will be held Friday, Oct. 18 and the sophomore and open divisions requiring eliminations will race Saturday, Oct. 19. Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5. Post positions will be drawn on Friday and Saturday after the elimination races, with the exception of the 2-year-old Colt Pace, Crown Pace and Crown Trot. Post time is 7:50 p.m. on Friday and 7:10 p.m. for Saturday. Complete elimination and final fields will be available when byes and elimination draws are finalized. From Mark McKelvie and the Breeders Crown  

"Harness racing champions racing for yesterday's stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about." stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth, the Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Trainers and owners have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2018 this pledge raised over $12,000 for our program and allowed us to care for and transition over 100 Standardbreds into new homes. "This is an easy and effective way for racing connections to get involved and make a difference by giving back to the horses beyond the track," Nemeth said. "It is a positive way to show that harness racing does care about its retirees." New Vocations is a 501 (3) charity that focuses on rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds leaving the track. Since its inception in 1992, New Vocations has placed over 7,000 retired racehorses into new homes. Connections can pledge to donate a small percentage of their horses' earnings in the upcoming Breeders Crown to support New Vocations' mission. To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or visit us online and pledge: newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

Cranbury, NJ --- The wide-open sophomore pacing colt landscape and a sparkling performance in the Ontario Sire Stake 3-year-old filly pace Super Final triggered three supplements to those respective divisions. Trotting mare Custom Cantab will also start in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot via the supplemental entry route. Today at noon was also the deadline for world champion Bold Eagle, the lone foreign classic invitee to declare, and his connections have entered him in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot for Saturday, Oct. 26. The connections of Century Farroh and Southwind Ozzi each anted up $62,500 to enter the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, as did the owners of filly pacer Boadicea. Southwind Ozzi has staked a claim to divisional leadership with a seasonal bankroll of $804,435 and recent wins in the Little Brown Jug and Adios. The son of Crown champion Somebeachsomewhere was recently beaten a head Lexington by Dancin Lou in 1:49.4, but a qualifier at Freehold in 1:56.2 satisfied trainer Bill MacKenzie that a supplement was justified. “He was just fine,” stated MacKenzie, who trains for owners Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice, when he dropped off the check after the qualifier at Freehold Raceway. “Basically a training mile.” Century Farroh, who has raced primarily in Ontario, and like Southwind Ozzi did not race in the Breeders Crown as a 2-year-old, has also racked up an impressive record for trainer Ian Moore and owners the Ratchford Stable NS. Though he was third beaten a length in his last start, the Ontario Sire Stake Super Final, which saw a mad dash to the wire and an upset win by B Stoney, Century Farroh has picked up $573,570 this year and certainly earned a start in his divisional Crown event.   Boadicea, a sophomore daughter of Crown champion Big Jim, crushed foes with a 1:49.2 mile in her Ontario final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday. Her record of 11 wins in 18 starts and her sharp recent form for trainer Bill Budd and an exuberant group of Lawrence Stable owners saw her supplemented for $62,500 to the $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Pace. She will face defending divisional and Crown champion Warrawee Ubeaut among others. Custom Cantab, a 4-year old daughter of Mr Cantab, surged past the million-dollar earnings mark for trainer Chris Beaver with a second-place finish in the $250,000 Harry Harvey Trot to male trotter Mission Accepted. Her ownership of Beaver, Robinson and RBH Ventures will pay $31,250 to start in the $300,000 Mare Trot. Last, but the farthest from least, is foreign invitee Bold Eagle. The 8-year-old son of Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet has won 45 times against the toughest of European competition and banked more than $5 million. He has been invited three times to the Breeders Crown, and his racing schedule and the travel conditions finally aligned for Bold Eagle to ship to Canada for the Crown. He is the first foreign classic winner to accept an invitation since Commander Crowe came triumphantly to the Meadowlands in 2014. Foreign invitees must make up the same schedule of payments as eligible horses and pay the starting fee, but advance directly to the final if there are eliminations, and are placed in the open post position draw. With current driver Bjorn Goop unavailable due to a racing conflict, Hall of Famer Brian Sears has been tapped to drive the European champion.                     Regular entries for all eligible Breeders Crown trotters and pacers are due by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Woodbine Mohawk Park race office. The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races, if needed, this Friday and Saturday nights at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations for all 2-year-old events will be raced on Friday (post time 7:50 p.m.) and eliminations for all 3-year-old and up events will be Saturday (post time 7:10 p.m.). Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. The $6 million Breeders Crown finals will be raced on Friday, Oct. 25 (all 2-year-olds) and Saturday, Oct. 26, (3-year-olds and up) with an early post time of 7 p.m. [EDT] both nights. For more information go to www.Hambletonian.com or https://woodbine.com/mohawk/events/breeders-crown/.  From the Breeders Crown Media Department            

Freehold, NJ --- Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi will prepare for a trip to the Breeders' Crown by qualifying at Freehold Raceway on Friday morning (October 11). "Ozzi", trained by Freehold-based Bill MacKenzie and owned by Vincent Ali and Alma Iafelice, is coming off a second-place finish in the Tattersalls at the Red Mile on October 6. In addition to his Jug victory, he won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final and the Adios earlier in the year. All told, he's won nine races from twelve starts on the year, while bankrolling more than $800,000. He will qualify by himself on Friday morning, at approximately 11:20 AM EDT. Steve Smith will be the driver. Freehold will live-stream the qualifier on their Facebook page, starting at around 11:15 AM. Following the qualifier, Freehold will conduct a ten-race pari-mutuel program, beginning at 12:30 PM. There will also be a non-betting race at 12:15 PM. From the Freehold Raceway Media Department  

A little less than a week remains to the deadline for potential harness racing supplements to the three-year-old and older Crown races and for world champion Bold Eagle, the sole invitee to the Breeders Crown Trot, to declare. Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon [EDT], Monday, Oct. 14, in the race office of Woodbine Mohawk Park, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. There are no supplements for the two-year-old races. France's Bold Eagle must also declare by noon on Monday, Oct. 14. All Breeders Crown eligible horses must declare in by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Supplemental declaration amounts are listed below. Click here for more instructions on supplementing: https://www.hambletonian.com/s/How-to-3YO-Open-BC-Supplements.pdf The entrance fee is included in the supplemental amount. A minimum of half the amount of the supplemental fee, minus the entrance fee, will be added to the purse. This one-time supplemental payment makes a horse eligible to all subsequent years' Breeders Crown events under the normal schedule of payments. You can access the Woodbine Mohawk Park Condition Sheet here: https://woodbine.com/mohawk/horsepeople/ Eliminations, if needed, will occur for two-year-olds on Friday, Oct. 18 with a post time of 7:50 pm. [EDT] Three-year-old and open eliminations, if needed, will race Saturday, Oct. 19, with a post time of 7:10 p.m. [EDT] All eliminations will race for a minimum of $25,000. Eliminations occur when more than eleven (11), but less than fourteen (14) horses enter. There will be a single elimination to "qualify" only enough horses that can be accommodated by the number of positions in the front tier of the starting gate as follows: In the Open Trot, the invited winners of the designated foreign "classic" races that are declared, shall automatically advance to the Final regardless of earnings. If eliminations are required and one or more of the foreign invitees automatically advance to the final, the North American-based horse with the highest seasonal money earnings in that year, as determined below, may likewise automatically advance to the final. From the other declared horses, those with the least total earnings in the period from January 1 of that year up to time of declaration, will be selected to race in a single elimination field with no more starters than can score in a single tier with no trailers. Money earnings for races outside of Canada will be calculated at the exchange rate as determined by Standardbred Canada. If there are eliminations, post positions in the Final will be determined by an open draw with the exception that Elimination winners in an order determined by lot, will draw for post positions number one (#1) through five (#5) in the final. All other finalists, including foreign invitees, will be placed in an open draw for the remaining post positions. Those horse(s) that receive a bye into the Final will be in the open draw for post positions in the Final. All horses that start in the Final receive money. All Two-Year-Old races will be held Friday, Oct. 25 with an early post time of 7:00 p.m. [EDT]. Three-Year-Old and Open events will race Saturday, Oct. 26, also with an early post of 7:00 p.m. [EDT] For more information and racing conditions click https://www.hambletonian.com/2019-breeders-crown-information.html, or call 609-371-2211. From Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

LEXINGTON, KY - October 2, 2019 - The harness racing breeding auction to raise funds for the 2019 Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, presented by Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, was held Wednesday evening at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky.   A total of $205,000 was raised for the Charity Challenge through the sale of seven 2020 season breedings to harness racing's most notable stallions. A breeding to Muscle Hill brought the highest total, selling for $45,000.   Below is list of each breeding auctioned off to raise money for the Charity Challenge:   Always B Miki - $12,000 Captaintreacherous - $36,000 Chapter Seven - $42,000 Father Patrick - $33,000 Muscle Hill - $45,000 Sweet Lou - $15,000 Tactical Landing - $22,000   All the funds raised from the auction will go towards charity to become the single-largest donation by Woodbine Cares.   The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge features four teams consisting of a celebrity, a charity of their choosing and an award-winning three-year-old Standardbred. Each charity is receiving one per cent of their horse's earnings from June 1, 2019 through October 26, 2019.   The challenge portion of the initiative features the teams competing to garner the most votes in a Facebook poll. The poll will close on October 26, 2019 and the team with the most votes will receive the largest portion of the funds raised in Wednesday's breeding auction. Votes can be submitted by visiting www.BCCharityChallenge.com.   The four teams for the Charity Challenge are listed below:   Michael 'Pinball' Clemons - Warrawee Ubeaut - Pinball Clemons Foundation Kim MacDonald - Woodside Charm - Breast Cancer Society of Canada Eddie Olczyk - Gimpanzee - Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Dan Pleasac - Captain Crunch - Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society   Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5,000.   The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge would not be possible without the support and generosity of the following individuals and groups:   Captaintreacherous The Captaintreacherous Syndicate, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Hanover Shoe Farms   Always B Miki, Father Patrick & Sweet Lou Adam Bowden, Diamond Creek Farms   Muscle Hill Michael Klau, Southwind Farms   Chapter Seven Tom Grossman, Bluechip Farms   Tactical Landing Kevin Greenfield, Southwind Farms   Gimpanzee Courant Inc, S R F Stable, Marcus Melander:   Warrawee Ubeaut Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J & T Silva Purnel & Libb, Weaver Bruscemi   Captain Crunch 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms, Nancy Johansson   Woodside Charm Verlin Yoder   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment                

Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has reported that Bold Eagle will be driven by Brian Sears when the star European trotter makes his North American debut in the 2019 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park next month. On Saturday (Sept. 28) morning Sears confirmed that he had been contacted by the connections and committed to the drive. The drive on Bold Eagle became available due to a scheduling conflict with regular driver Björn Goop. "I'm honoured and excited to drive a horse of that stature," said Sears, who leads all active drivers (tied for second all-time with Ron Pierce) with 30 Breeders Crown titles. Earnings-wise, Sears ranks second among active drivers (and fourth all-time) with more than $12.19 million in Breeders Crown earnings. In 2018, Sears won Crown finals with Gimpanzee, Tactical Landing and McWicked. An eight-year-old son of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle has won 45 of 66 lifetime starts with 20 Group 1 trotting victories and two titles in the famed Prix d'Amerique. He's earned more than €4.6 million (C$6.8 million) through his career.   Bold Eagle does have experience racing at the one-mile distance, taking a mark of 1:50f at Sweden's Solvalla Racecourse in his elimination heat of the 2017 Elitlopp, a time that established a European record. He's trained by Sébastien Guarato for owners Pierre Pilarski and Thomas Bernereau.   From Standardbred Canada

The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the $6 million Breeders Crown series, will raise the purses on seven of the 12 divisions of the Breeders Crown championship races to held at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 25 & 26. "In recent years the Breeders Crown program has enjoyed support on all fronts - from breeders, owners, trainers and stallion nominators, and we always strive to keep our purse levels high while maintaining the future stability of the program," said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society. "It's important to give owners return on their stake payments, particularly for the two-year-old divisions, as quickly as possible." For the fifth straight year the two-year-old Breeders Crown events will be raised to $600,000, making them among the richest offered for the age group in North America. An additional $50,000 will be added to each of the mare events and $100,000 to the open pace. The Breeders Crown Mare Trot and Pace will now race for $300,000 each and the Breeders Crown Pace for $500,000. The Crown Trot and all four sophomore divisions remain at $500,000. The Society has a mission statement incumbent on supporting and promoting the breeding of Standardbred horses, and raising two-year-old purses shows provides immediate benefit to breeders, owners and yearling buyers. The 2019 Breeders Crown will take place over two nights in October, with the host track of Woodbine Mohawk Park creating a festive weekend of events surrounding the races. The parent group, Woodbine Entertainment Group, has hosted more Breeders Crowns from 1984 to the present than any other entity, with one at Greenwood, 91 at Woodbine and 64 at Mohawk. Eliminations for 2-year-old races will be held Friday, Oct. 18, while 3-year-old and older eliminations will race Saturday, Oct. 19. The freshmen Breeders Crown finals take place Friday, Oct. 25 and the eight three-year-old and up events are set for Saturday, Oct. 26 Harness Racing's Championship Series Presented by Woodbine Mohawk Park Twelve Events  $6.5 Million Estimated in Purses Friday, October 25 $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO COLT TROT $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO FILLY TROT $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO COLT PACE $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO FILLY PACE Saturday, October 26 $300,000 BREEDERS CROWN MARE TROT $300,000 BREEDERS CROWN MARE PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO FILLY TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO COLT TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO FILLY PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO COLT PACE by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ON - September 11, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership have released further details for the upcoming breeding auction on Wednesday, October 2 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge.   A live auction of seven 2020 breedings to harness racing's most notable stallions will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. The breedings have been listed as Hip 123-129 in the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale catalog.   The second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale will begin following the breeding auction on Wednesday, October 2.   A group of prominent owners and breeders have graciously donated a 2020 breeding to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. A single 2020 breeding to the following stallions will be available:   Always B Miki Captaintreacherous Chapter Seven Father Patrick Muscle Hill Sweet Lou Tactical Landing   The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge features four teams consisting of a celebrity, a charity of their choosing and an award-winning three-year-old Standardbred. Each charity is receiving one per cent of their horse's earnings from June 1, 2019 through October 26, 2019.   The challenge portion of this initiative features the teams competing to garner the most-votes in a Facebook poll. The poll closes on October 26, 2019 and the team with the most votes will receive the largest portion of the funds raised by the breeding auction.   The funds raised for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge are expected to exceed $100,000, which will mark the single largest donation by Woodbine Cares.   The four-teams for the Charity Challenge are listed below:   Michael 'Pinball' Clemons - Warrawee Ubeaut - Pinball Clemons Foundation Kim MacDonald - Woodside Charm - Breast Cancer Society of Canada Eddie Olczyk - Gimpanzee - Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Dan Pleasac - Captain Crunch - Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society   Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5,000.   The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge would not be possible without the support and generosity of the following individuals and groups:   Captaintreacherous The Captaintreacherous Syndicate, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Hanover Shoe Farms   Always B Miki, Father Patrick & Sweet Lou Adam Bowden, Diamond Creek Farms   Muscle Hill Michael Klau, Southwind Farms   Chapter Seven Tom Grossman, Bluechip Farms   Tactical Landing Kevin Greenfield, Southwind Farms   Gimpanzee Courant Inc, S R F Stable, Marcus Melander:   Warrawee Ubeaut Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J & T Silva Purnel & Libb, Weaver Bruscemi   Captain Crunch 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms, Nancy Johansson   Woodside Charm Verlin Yoder   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - August 28, 2019 - Dining passes are now on sale for this October's Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fans can purchase tickets for the COSA Premium Lounge, make reservations for the Terrace Trackside Buffet, Mohawk Harvest Kitchen and Trackside Bar. The COSA Premium Lounge will host an exciting party and dining atmosphere during the Breeders Crown weekend. Reserve your place amongst racing elite, where you'll be right in the action and experience mouth-watering aromas, fresh & delicious chef creations and exhilarating racetrack views all from the comfort of a private VIP space. Tickets for the COSA Premium Lounge are priced at $200 a night or $350 for two-night access. Each night features a different experience in the COSA Premium Lounge. Guests will be treated to gourmet passed hors d'oeuvres and food stations (Friday), ultimate gourmet buffet dinner (Saturday), open bar, live entertainment and exclusive trackside views with lounge seating. Weekend dining passes are also available for the Terrace Buffet, Mohawk Harvest Kitchen and Trackside Bar. Space is limited in these locations due to holds for connections of horses racing in the Breeders Crown. A weekend pass for the Terrace Buffet and Mohawk Harvest Kitchen is priced at $300, while Friday only is priced at $150 and Saturday only at $200. A weekend pass in the Trackside Bar is priced at $150, while Friday only is priced at $75 and Saturday at $100. To make a reservation, call 1-888-675-7223 or 416-675-7223. Full ticket and dining pass information for the Breeders Crown is available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. The official Breeders Crown event page houses all the details for the championships, including ticket information, dining passes, news and travel options. Woodbine Entertainment has secured a special Breeders Crown discount for accommodations at the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale and visiting guests can take full advantage by booking through the official Breeders Crown event page. A complimentary shuttle from the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale to Woodbine Mohawk Park will be available. The Breeders Crown championships for two-year-old pacers and trotters will be contested on Friday, October 25. The championships for three-year-olds and up will take place on Saturday, October 26. Post time for each night of championship racing is 7 p.m. Follow @WoodbineSB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for continuing coverage of the Breeders Crown. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - August 28, 2019 - The Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot take place this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park and mark the harness racing debut of a driver t-shirt giveaway series on the road to the Breeders Crown. Woodbine Mohawk Park will be hosting a trio of driver t-shirt giveaways over the next month to promote this October's Breeders Crown. Each giveaway will recognize one of the current top-three drivers in the Woodbine standings. Louis Philippe Roy will be first up for the t-shirt giveaway series. The Mont-Joli, Quebec native will be on hand Saturday evening at 6 p.m. to hand out free t-shirts and sign autographs for fans. The t-shirts for the giveaway series will match the racing colours of the driver. Fans will be able to collect t-shirts with the colours of drivers Roy, Sylvain Filion and Bob McClure. The t-shirt giveaway will begin at 6 p.m. on the main floor of the Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstand. Post time for this Saturday's stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

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