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Lima, OH - Royally-bred, multiple stakes winner MUSCLE DIAMOND 2,1:53.4; 3,1:53.2f; 1:50.1 ($834,424) has been retired from harness racing and will begin stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2021 breeding season. The fastest male trotter ever sired by the incomparable Muscle Hill, he is from the World Champion mare WINDYLANE HANOVER 3,1:53 ($1,155,231), and will stand for a stud fee of $4,000. A fast and ultra-consistent performer, Muscle Diamond was 55 times 1-2-3 in 70 lifetime starts with 20 wins. At age six, when he took his 1:50.1 record at The Meadowlands, he won 7 of his 13 seasonal starts, which also included the prestigious Vincennes Trot on Hambletonian Day, defeating some of the top trotters of the day like Pinkman and Obrigado. Throughout the first four years of his career, he was handled by the leading money-winning driver of all time, John Campbell. "Muscle diamond was a perfect horse to drive. He had a pure gait with a very high turn of speed," noted the Hall of Famer, and now President & CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "He raced at the highest level throughout his career and was very versatile with exceptional speed out of the gate." Earning an average of $119,203 per season in seven years on the track, he raced against the best stakes trotters in North America during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons. At 2, he won the International Stallion Stake at Lexington, and was second in both his elimination and the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final (by a head to Hambletonian winner Pinkman) at The Meadowlands. At 3, he went back to the Red Mile and captured the Bluegrass Stake, won numerous other stakes events around the Grand Circuit, and then capped off his sophomore season with a close third in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine. When the 2021 breeding season begins, Muscle Diamond will be the fastest trotter to stand in the state of Ohio. In fact, only two horses sired by Muscle Hill have ever trotted faster than Muscle Diamond, and they are both female. Yankeeland Partners (Charles E. Keller III, Charles E. Keller IV, Brett Bittle and Dan Bittle) selected Muscle Diamond as a Yearling, and have owned, trained and campaigned him ever since. Trainer Brett Bittle said, "We are excited to team up with Randy and Kim Haines and their Cool Winds Farm of Ohio to stand Muscle Diamond. We believe his exceptional breeding and talent on the track will be passed on to the next generation. He possessed unbelievable speed, stamina and athleticism ranking as one of the top 2-year-olds of his year." Yankeeland breeding manager Dan Bittle agreed, "Muscle Diamond has the breeding, ability, attitude and conformation to be an impact sire in the lucrative Ohio program. We are looking forward to breeding, purchasing and racing his sons and daughters in the Buckeye State." Coming full circle and impeccably bred, his dam Windylane Hanover won the 2002 $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, was a World Champion, won $1.15 million and went on to be named the 2003 Dan Patch Older Trotting Mare of the Year. She was campaigned by none other than Brett Bittle and owned by the Kellers and Dan Bittle. Muscle Diamond will stand in 2021 for a stud fee of $4,000, with multiple mare discounts available. For more information contact Cool Winds Farm at 419-227-2665 or 419-234-6772. by Chris Tully, for Cool Winds Farm  

Circleville, OH - Standardbreds by highly sought-after first crop harness racing sires, coupled with a considerable increase in auction attendance, resulted in Friday's (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale enjoying a 17.4 percent increase in average over last year's figures. A total of 272 Ohio-bred yearlings passed through the sales ring at the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio for a sales gross of $6,709,000 resulting in an average price per yearling of $24,665. Prices were strong throughout the day as the median of $20,000 gained $3,000 from 2019. In addition to the strength and secure opportunities inherent in the Buckeye state harness racing program, a handful of first-crop sires significantly bolstered the coffers of the premier sale's flagship consignors. As they have done for six years in a row, Jeff and Senena Esty's Spring Haven Farm sold the sale topper. Hip# 175, SPRINGBRIDGE DRAGN was hammered down to Burke Racing of Fredericktown, PA for $120,000. From Stonebridge Damsel p,1:53.2h ($206,000), the half-brother to Springbridge Duel p,2,1:51.3-'20 ($92,000) was by Midland Acres' sire Fear The Dragon. Also the co-breeder, Senena Esty was ecstatic following the sale. "Our job is our hobby. It's our life...it's our love. We bred this colt with our partners from Ontario, Dr. Cal Stiller and his wife Angie, and we couldn't be more thrilled." Also one of the biggest consignors at the sale, Spring Haven sold over 50 horses for a gross of $1.286 million. Esty added, "The success of this sale is shared across the board. These are our friends...and our family. The Ohio breeders are a close knit group. Many of the consignors that sold here today under their own banner, they also send horses with Spring Haven to sell in Lexington. We all root for each other." Through much of the first half of the sale, the buzz was all about pacing yearlings sired by Downbytheseaside. Boasting an average over $40,000 for 37 sold ($44,833 for 24 colts), the son of Somebeachsomewhere had three colts bring $100,000 each. The first to break the six figure mark was Hip# 78, SEASIDE TEA TEA, when he was bought by Brian Brown for a cool $100,000. The first colt from the Western Hanover mare Tea Pot Hanover p,3,1:52.3f ($188,000), he was consigned by Albert and Mark Adams' Winterwood Farm, Agent. Diamond Creek Farm, who manages the stallion career of Downbytheseaside, but stands him in at Sugar Valley Farm, Delaware, Ohio, consigned Hip#102, MOSCOW MITCH, the first foal from WICKED INTENTIONS p,4,1:53.1f ($221,000), she from a half-sister to MYSTICAL MADDY p,4,1:50 ($1.4 million). Greg Luther, Reynoldburg, Ohio signed the ticket. Prominent breeder and racehorse owner Adam Bowden was quick to confirm his stallion's place in the hierarchy. "This is the type of sale we thought that Downbytheseaside would have. They look the part and I think that people in Ohio, and outside of Ohio, are looking for this kind of horse. I don't think you can consider him a regional horse at this point." Behind the Auction Ring at the Pickaway Ag Center   In addition, Hip# 103, FIRE BY THE SEA sold for $100,000 by Spring Haven Farm, Agent, for Enos Weaver, and was purchased by Brian Brown, Agent, Ostrander, Ohio. The big numbers began with Ohio Standardbred breeding stalwart Midland Acres, who teamed up with Hanover Shoe Farms for this auction and sold Hip# 57, SEASIDE HANOVER, a Downbytheseaside half brother to The Little Brown Jug heat winner WESTERN FAME p,1:48.1f ($1,747,000) for $90,000 to Peter Wrenn, Agent, Carmel, IN. Midland Acres also enjoyed success with two first crop sires: Fear The Dragon, with 33 sold that averaged $26,700 ($32,800 for 15 colts); and Long Tom, the son of Muscle Hill that had 17 go through the ring for an average of $24,000 ($27,750 for 10 colts). Midland Acres also sold the most horses (64) of any consignor, for a gross of $1.4 million, which included a dozen for Hanover Shoe Farms. The highest priced trotter of the day was a colt by Long Tom that sold for $80,000 to Dennis Owens, Hamilton, OH. Hip# 198, BAMBOO, was consigned by Anvil and Lace Farm, Agent, for Walstan Farm. Another trotter with a great first showing was Hickory Lane's What The Hill, whose 44 colts and fillies averaged $26,693, the highest of any trotter in the sale with more than three offered. "From beginning to end it was just a very solid sale...all the way through the catalog. We were up nearly 20 percent and it truly shows the steady growth we have had over the last five or six years," stated Kevin Greenfield of Hickory Lane Horse Farm. "The enthusiasm was off the charts. I have never seen a crowd as big as we have had in Ohio this year." Ohio Harness Horse Breeders president Randy Haines of Cool Winds Farm agreed. "The buyers clearly wanted the product we had to offer. The first crop stallions were extremely well-received. Ohio is a great place to race. The buyers were here in full force, and they showed that they were ready to pay good money for our product." Complete auction results can be found at the link below: http://www.lexingtonselected.com/ohio_results2020/2020_results_day1.html   by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders    

Circleville, OH - Hundreds of harness racing horse owners and trainers descended upon the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio on Thursday to inspect over 270 yearlings being offered in tomorrow's (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale. Highlighted by five popular first crop sires, several with Big League credentials, inspections were heavy throughout the day and all with social distancing and protocols being followed. Making up nearly half the sale, first crop sires Downbytheseaside, Fear The Dragon, Long Tom, Lost For Words and What The Hill were clearly high on everybody's inspection list. The connections of 2017 Dan Patch 3-year-old pacing colt champion Downbytheseaside, Diamond Creek Farm's Adam Bowden and Sugar Valley Farms's Joe McLead, were quick to praise their stallion's progeny. "One thing that people liked about Somebeachsomewhere, other than his racetrack prowess, is that all his foals look the same. You knew exactly what you were getting. Now you are seeing that with Downbytheseaside ...every horse that comes out, they are built in the same mold!" "It would be shocking to me if they are not extremely successful here...inside and outside of the state of Ohio." Brian Brown, trainer of both Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside had a very busy day, as the Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner looked at all 60 of the yearlings by his two star pupils. "Like any other sires, there are some individuals that I like better than others, but as a group they are some very nice yearlings." Jake Mossbarger of Midland Acres agreed. "We have had great traffic throughout the day and are very happy with the compliments we have received on the Fear The Dragon yearlings. They have great conformation and we are excited to sell them, along with our well-received group of Long Tom foals." "In addition, we are thrilled to have been asked to represent Hanover Shoe Farms at this sale. We are extremely pleased that we are entrusted with their yearlings, which are also an outstanding group." On the trotting side, 2017 Dan Patch 3-year-old trotting colt champion What The Hill's 47 yearlings got the early attention of top trainers Ron Burke and Chris Beaver, who were looking at the son of Muscle Hill's colts and fillies first thing this morning. "Everybody that races regularly in Ohio have been here to look at the What The Hill's," noted Hickory Lane Horse Farm owner Kevin Greenfield. "There has been a lot of interest in him. I see no issues from an economic standpoint as everyone in the Buckeye State has been racing for all the money they are supposed to. The money is all there, people can bid with confidence." Ohio Harness Horse Breeders president and Cool Winds Farm owner Randy Haines was also optimistic. "Everybody is racing for a lot of money. As I have said before, I believe the Ohio program is the best in the country. The other yearling sales have been strong, so I am confident we will have a good sale as well." Tomorrow's auction begins at 10 a.m. with 278 cataloged, and all social distancing and covid courtesies, including mask-wearing being practiced inside the barns and sale area. by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders  

Rock Hill, NY - Now is the time to register with CCI.live for online bidding for this Friday's (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale, being held at the Pickaway Ag Center, Centerville, OH. Over 270 of the State of Ohio's finest yearlings are being offered at the annual event, which will begin at 10:00 am. Buckeye state owners and trainers will not want to miss the first crops of several popular sires, including 47 colts and filliles by What The Hill, 37 by Downbytheseaside, 33 by Fear The Dragon and 17 by Long Tom. The yearlings in this select sale have the look to match their strong pedigrees and are some of the highlights of large consignments from Abby Stables, Cool Winds Farm, Dublin Valley Farm, Hickory Lane Horse Farm, LMN Bred Stables, Midland Acres, Rose Run Farm, Spring Haven Farm, Steiner Stock Farm and Winterwood Farm. Agents Anvil And Lace Farm and Diamond Creek Farm have also brought a host of favorable yearlings to this premier Ohio auction. In addition, the 12 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings are now being sold under the Midland Acres banner. This includes a Downbytheseaside half-brother to WESTERN FAME p,1:48.1f ($1,747,333). Just a few highlights include: Walnut Valley Equine will sell a What The Hill half-sister (Hip# 87) to World Champion BARN GIRL 1:52.3h ($860,478); Hickory Lane Horse Farm offers a full sister (#92) to IT'S ACADEMIC 3,1:53.4f ( $315,574); Rose Run Farm has an Uncle Peter half-sister (#177) to ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1h ($597,703); Spring Haven Farm offers a Fear The Dragon colt (#183) from full sister to DARLIN'S DELIGHT p,4,1:49.1 ($2,901,926), and many, many more. To register for the Ohio Selected Jug Sale, click here: https://cci.auction/orgs/79/auctions/1404 This is the 'last call' for prospective purchasers that intend to utilize this state of the art auction management platform, as buyers must register in advance of the sale. This system provides a secure and reliable bidding experience. The platform is user friendly for the buyer and simplifies sale registration. An auction is viewable on any mobile device, tablet or desktop. CCI.live was launched as a "first of its kind" live bidding and sale day management service that allows registered users to view, bid and buy livestock during traditional live auction formats, with an auctioneer. "This platform was not developed because of COVID concerns. We have been successfully enhancing auction sales for years," noted developer Christy Collins. And, the process is simple. Register, watch the auction and press the bid button. That's it. Rest assured this is a "phone bidding" application through the internet. The online platform CCI.live does not make settlement, or collect funds for horses, or charge a fee. As always, successful bidders will pay the sales office for their purchases. by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders  

Rock Hill, NY - With yearling season upon the harness racing industry, and many states still implementing COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, many horse owners and trainers will look to the world wide web for solutions to quarantine issues and alternatives to "being there." The sales companies and auctions have been forced to take the lead in this electronic leap of faith, placing their annual offerings on an online platform so that buyers can feel safe and secure while still participating and bidding on the horse sale. This has been no simple task, as many horsemen and women still want to inspect horses in person. To aid in this process, many top consignors and agents have added inspection videos with walking and conformation shots to their paddock action videos. However, the key to online bidding success may not rest solely with the end user's browser and speed of web connection, but also the platform in which the sale in presented. The Ohio Selected Jug Sale has aligned itself with one of the pioneers in online bidding management, CCI.live, which is owned and operated by longtime auction expert Christy Collins. Christy Collins was born and raised near Frederick, Oklahoma on a family farming and cattle business that has been in operation since 1903. "I grew up watching my mother put together sale catalogs at the kitchen table, and I remember having to sit at the side of the picture pen, when I was little, watching them take the sale photos for the annual production sales. My job on sale day was to be on my horse and wave to the people when they came up the drive." Today, Christy continues to represent and market livestock all over the United States, primarily through her bidding platform, which successfully partners with dozens of auctions each month. "We are not originally computer people. We understand the auction business as well as breeding stock because we are also the owners and operators of a cattle farm," Collins noted. "This platform was born out of the necessity of phone bidding and the exponential growth of our industry. We just could not hire enough people to work the phone lines during the auction, so we built this platform to meet the increased demand." Having invested considerable time and resources into the project, in September 2017, CCI.live was launched as a "first of its kind" live bidding and sale day management service that allows registered users to view, bid and buy livestock during traditional live auction formats, with an auctioneer. "This platform was not developed because of COVID concerns. We have been successfully enhancing auction sales for years." This system provides a secure and reliable bidding experience. The platform is user friendly for the buyer and simplifies sale registration. An auction is viewable on any mobile device, tablet or desktop. "We have created a system that is state of the art with the fastest capabilities, backed by the knowledge that I have accrued over the past 20 years in the business," stated owner and developer, Christy Collins. "I created this system, primarily to be of benefit, not only for the buyer, but also for the sale managers and the sellers. This new application will simplify auction day sale management by a large degree. It will help sale companies, buyers and breeders alike. It has taken several years, but we have finally created the perfect auction day management tool!" This is not a 'flash'-based app, but a website driven platform that works seamlessly on any device. In fact, over 80 percent of users are utilizing mobile phones. "Bidding and driving is not recommended," Collins adds. "Not only is that dangerous, but the necessity of a strong, consistent internet connection is key." And, the process is simple. Register, watch the auction and press the bid button. That's it. "The audio and video of the auction is as close to real time as you can get, operating at a latency speed in the milliseconds on the asking price. There is less than a 3 second delay in most instances." But, along with a sound and robust bidding platform, the user must also have their technological affairs in order. "First time online buyers may assume this is like an EBay sale...they may not realize that it is live. It is no different than sitting on the bleachers at the sale. They must act quickly." Collins stated. "Be sure to register early, and remember your user name and password." "And don't let children hold the phone while the auction is in progress." Savvy bidders will want to check their devices and connectivity early to ensure that they are comfortable with how bids are entered and ultimately accepted. But that is only half the battle, as your web browser could have a dramatic effect upon your connectivity. "The browser battle has been raging almost as long as the internet has existed," according to Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine's lead analyst for software and web applications. Chrome dominates this landscape hands down, and claims nearly 70 percent of the browser market. Safari is the "go-to" browser within iOS (Apple) products, and can handle these online platforms seamlessly. Mozilla Firefox is quite capable, and had led the pack within the open source browser market. Microsoft Edge has practically replaced Internet Explorer, which is already antiquated with the sun setting on legacy support shortly. In all these instances it is imperative to ensure that whatever browser you are comfortable with, that the software is up-to-date with the latest version available. Simply put, this is a "phone bidding" application through the internet. CCI.live does not collect any money. All the successful bidders must settle with the sales office. To register for the Ohio Selected Jug Sale, click here:  by Chris Tully for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders  

Lima, OH - Cool Winds Farm is proud to announce that the stud book for harness racing World Champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907) is full and closed for the 2020 breeding season. Extremely pleased with the interest shown in the horse's inaugural season, co-owner Mark Weaver stated, "It is a great feeling to see Dancin Yankee receive the response he did in Ohio. To be able to assemble 140 mares is also a testament to the superb job Randy and Kim Haines have done. Cool Winds Farm has been fantastic! Thank you to everyone who supported him!" A perpetual iron-horse with 80 lifetime wins, as well as a fan favorite, the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser earned over $115,000 in each of the last nine of his ten racing seasons. Perhaps the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, Dancin Yankee recently eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings in 2019. Stallion manager and farm owner Randy Haines was also delighted over the horse's accomplishments, noting "Buckeye State breeders really embraced Dancin Yankee. He was as consistent and strong in the breeding shed, as he was on the racetrack. We bred several of our own mares to him, and look forward to raising and selling his foals in 2022." "We would also like to thank the breeders for choosing Dancing Yankee. During this difficult time, we are grateful for everyone that continued to support harness racing, as well as Standardbred breeding farms," Haines said. Still the fastest older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, Dancin Yankee defeated both Foiled Again and Heston Blue Chip in a world record 1:48.4h, winning the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga in 2014 at age six. He banked $509,140 that season, also setting a world record of 1:47.2f at Pocono and the $100,000 Sun Stakes Invitational in 1:47.3f. He is the first foal from the 100%-producing Cambest mare Dancewiththebest p,4,1:54.4f, she a half-sister to seven sub-1:54 multiple-stakes winners, including Marty Party p,2,1:51.2f ($684,603) and The Lunch Pail p,3,1:51.3 ($503,629). Dancin Yankee is also a three-quarter brother in blood to recent Breeders Crown champion Dancin Lou p,3,1:48.3 ($578,359) and four other sub-1:54 stakes winning performers. Dancin Yankee stood for an introductory stud fee of $2,500, at Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio. by Chris Tully for Cool Winds Farm

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, had his first two foals arrive in New York this past week. The first foal ever to be sired by In The Arsenal arrived late in the evening on Wednesday, February 19, a colt out of the ultra tough racemare Natural Woman N p,1:52f ($570,886). The handsome and strapping young lad was foaled at Crawford Farms of Durhamville, NY. The second In The Arsenal foal arrived the very next day, born on Thursday, February 20. This foal was a beautiful filly out of the impeccably bred and 100% producing mare Docdor Valentia. She a Western Hanover daughter of World Champion & Hall of Fame mare Eternal Camnation p,1:49.2 ($3,748,574). The filly was foaled out at Pine Hill Stables of Cohocton, NY. Standing his second season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York, In The Arsenal's stud fee remains at $2,500. Returning breeders from 2019, whose mares produced a live foal in 2020 by In The Arsenal, will be eligible to book the same mare, or another mare, at a discounted rate of $2,000. In addition, at the conclusion of the 2020 breeding season, the syndicate will hold a Facebook live drawing to pick one successful breeder where the stud fee will be free for one lucky person, drawn by lot. In The Arsenal earned $1,035,898 racing against some of the fastest pacers on the planet, capturing 18 wins lifetime, finding victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Well-known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. In The Arsenal was then immersed in one of the toughest group of 3-year-old pacing colts in recent memory. Not only was he born the same year as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but In The Arsenal also competed against Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate  

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the 8-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, will stand his second harness racing season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York. His stud fee remains at $2,500. Returning breeders from 2019, whose mares produced a live foal in 2020 by In The Arsenal, will be eligible to book the same mare, or another mare, at a discounted rate of $2,000. In addition, at the conclusion of the 2020 breeding season, the syndicate will hold a Facebook live drawing to pick one successful breeder where the stud fee will be free for one lucky person, drawn by lot. In The Arsenal earned $1,035,898 racing against some of the fastest pacers on the planet, capturing 18 wins lifetime, finding victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Well-known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. In The Arsenal was then immersed in one of the toughest group of 3-year-old pacing colts in recent memory. Not only was he born the same year as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but In The Arsenal also competed against Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. Several weeks prior he won an elim. and Final of the Art Rooney at Yonkers, his elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk, as well as a div. of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in October. Despite locking bridles with some of the gamest individuals of the decade, In The Arsenal still finished the season with over half a million in earnings and was 1-2-3 in 11 of 17 starts in 2015, with 7 wins. From the multiple stakes winning mare LADYOTRA p,2,1:53.2 ($115,627), her production and immediate family is loaded with speed and money winners. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate  

Goshen, NY - A few seats still remain for the Monticello - Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association's 61st annual awards banquet, featuring Mickey Burke as the apex harness racing honoree. The banquet takes place on Sunday, December 15 at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY Banquet chairman Shawn Wiles noted, "We have enjoyed one our greatest responses in recent memory, bolstered largely in part to this year's deserving and popular slate of honorees." With 150 tickets sold, so far, we have been fortunate enough to add another table to the banquet hall set up. The schedule for this year's festivities is as follows: Doors Open with a Cocktail Hour and Open Bar starting at 6 p.m. Banquet seating begins at 7 p.m. with the horse awards being presented. Dinner served at 8 p.m., followed by the primary honorees being presented their individual awards. The activities of the Monticello-Goshen chapter, largely through advertising sales and banquet participation, have allowed the organization to make generous annual donations to both the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, as well as Goshen Historic Track. In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Breeders Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Tickets for the gala event are still available and can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com, or contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. by Chris Tully, for Monticello-Goshen USHWA  

Goshen, NY - When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable will receive the Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award for their continued commitment to breeding Standardbred race horses in the State of New York. Probably best known as a prominent horse owner and philanthropist, Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable was also one of the leading breeders in the lucrative New York Sire Stakes program this season. Although she ranks fourteenth in the standings, Purple Haze bred just one participant in this year's program and ranks ninth in earnings for breeders with four or less starters. It was her home-bred Chaptiama 2,1:56h-'19 ($182,235), a World Champion 2-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven from the Credit Winner mare Crediama, that put breeder Purple Haze Stables in the NYSS spotlight. Setting a world mark at Saratoga while winning a $76,750 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer, the freshman trotter had eight seasonal starts, with 2 wins, 4 seconds and a third, racing exclusively in New York. Finishing a hard-charging second in the $225,000 NYSS final from post 7 at Batavia, Chaptiana completed the season as the second leading money-winning 2-year-old male trotter in the Empire State. Perhaps overshadowed somewhat by owner Purple Haze Stables' other Standardbred stars, like Breeders Crown champion Winndevie 3,1:53 ($787,682), the breeding arm of the operation is in good company with other successful NYSS small breeders such as Anders Strom's Courant AB, Jeff Gural's Little E, Stefan Balazsi's Order By Stable and Joie De Vie Farm. A resident of Fairport, NY, Polisseni owns over 100 Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds and has previously owned many hundreds more. She has also bred nearly 50 harness horses. It is this close connection to the animals that prompted Polisseni to establish several racehorse adoption and aftercare programs and facilities. Her latest project is the Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program (PHSAP) which sits on a beautiful 100+ acre farm in Oxford, NY that is being outfitted to accept retired New York-bred Harness Horses exclusively. A loyal owner and an avid fan of harness racing, Polisseni is working hard to ensure that racehorses have a safe haven once their competitive days are over. Never one to seek accolades, she quietly goes about her days making life better for those that may not be able to stand up for themselves. She is also the co-founder of the Polisseni Foundation, which is a humanitarian association that assists organizations and groups in meeting community needs and improving the quality of life in the areas of education, human services and civic improvement within Upstate New York. As a breeder, Wanda Polisseni can honestly say that she cares for racehorses from start to finish. In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Just a few days remain to place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully immediately at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA    

Meet and treat horses in their stalls and have your child's photo taken with Santa, courtesy of Goshen Historic Track! There will also be hay rides around the harness racing track, vendors, crafts for kids and a story time with Mrs. Claus and the Elves. The Boy Scouts will be selling wreaths.   And, there will be plenty of hot cider and hot chocolate will be on hand to keep you in good holiday spirits!   And, that's not all as Goshen Historic Track has teamed up with the Goshen Champber of Commerce in providing even more special events as part of the Goshen Holiday Experience.   The Goshen Holiday Experience will also feature these fun-filled activities!   Burke Catholic High School will host its 7th Annual Christmas Boutique & 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Jingle Jog and Santa Stroll. Enjoy food trucks, Christmas tree sales and over 40 vendors! Register with Catholic Charities to be a part of its 5th Annual Goshen Christmas House Tour. Don't miss the self-guided, inside tours of beautifully decorated homes in the village and surrounding area! For more information and ticket registration online go to cccsos.org. $40 for pre-registration (credit card option available online). $45 on the day of. Tickets can be purchased day of at the Harness Racing Museum at 12:00pm. 1:00 to 4:00pm. Goshen Historic Track and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce will feature photos with Santa, hay rides, story time with Mrs. Claus and so much more! See above. Visit the Goshen Music Hall to view Goshen Art League's Toy Land exhibit and Christmas Tree. At 4:30pm everyone will gather in the Village Square for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, courtesy of Illuminate Goshen. Download Flyer For Details   For more information call: (845) 294-7741   From the Goshen Holiday Experience

Goshen, NY - When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Dave Brower will receive the Phil Pines Award for his outstanding media coverage of the sport of Harness Racing. No stranger to the bright lights of Metropolitan area Standardbred sport, Dave Brower has been a fan of harness racing since childhood when his dad would bring him to the original "new" Big M back in the late 1970s. Growing up in nearby Passaic, New Jersey, just five minutes from the Meadowlands Racetrack, the ace handicapper and television personality has always had his finger on the pulse of the industry. While attending classes at St. John's University he also rubbed horses on the backstretch for Rick Farrington, John Conte and Randy Perry during the late 80s and early 90s along with working as an intern in the publicity department under Ellen Harvey. After graduating with a degree in journalism in 1991 he has held many positions in and around the top floor of the Meadowlands. "I operated the teletimer, was a chart caller for Sport's Eye and then became the morning line odds maker and program comments producer...all while sitting two seats to the left of Ray Brienza in the press box," Brower recalls with pride. "There was a lot of action in the press box in those days." As the in-house television and simulcast broadcasts grew, Brower got more opportunities to work in front of the camera. Brower, along with Gary Seibel, were the first hosts of TVG's Drive Time at the Meadowlands. Focusing on racing at the East Rutherford mecca, the duo provided on-site analysis and interviews during the Campbell-O'Donnell era. That experience proved to be serendipitous as the pair now team up annually for CBS Sports Net to host the live Hambletonian Day television coverage. "Live broadcasts are a true test of your abilities. You have to have faith in yourself, you gotta get it right. It's quite an adrenaline rush," Brower exclaims. "It is one of my favorite parts of the job." Dave Brower is good at it too! In fact, the right people have taken notice. He also anchors the Jug Week simulcast show and was brought in to provide color at the Red Mile this past season. But Brower is quick to give credit to his colleagues for planning and executing the broadcasts. "The TV department develops replays, we have voice checks, camera checks, the announcer adapts the content into the program sequence and preview highlights, and so on. There are hours, sometimes days, of advance notes and preparations." To this day, aside from his current handicapping duties he still anchors the Racing from the Meadowlands broadcast. His past and present colleagues read like a who's who in harness communicators: Sam McKee, Hollywood Heyden, Ken Warkentin, Dave Little, Gabe Prewitt, etc. Also very active on social media, many folks get their first breaking news about the night's racing card from Brower's Twitter and Facebook feed. Drivers changes, scratches, special guests...Dave sees it all first and then informs the public. But it's all in a day's work and the harness racing lifer takes it all in stride. "A lot has changed since we opened the Star Ledger to see what Ray Brienza had to say." In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA  

Goshen, NY - When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual harness racing Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Barbara Martinez will receive the chapter's Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award. Named in honor of the revered 'First Lady of Orange County', the award has been bestowed annually to over 35 men and women that have been recognized for their commitment and cooperation in the promotion and advancement of the village of Goshen and Historic Track. This year, however, Barbara Martinez may have no equal. With just nine months in her new role as the Executive Director for the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Martinez has taken the village, literally, by storm. Hired in February 2019, she and her colleagues felt that there may be a 'disconnect' between Goshen Historic Track, the Harness Racing Museum and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. "People thought the track had money," Martinez offered. "Many villagers thought that the Museum and the Track were the same entity...and they are not. We felt there was sort of an identity crisis." A sought-after public speaker, Martinez set out to change the misconception that the track is not financed by the Museum. "It needs its own support. I quickly learned that there were not enough eyes in Orange County on Goshen Historic Track." Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, she is both gregarious and engaging. At the barn reconstruction ground breaking in April some folks got their first glance at the social media whirlwind in action. Making friends and admirers instantly, she shook hands and posed for selfies...both professionally and sincerely. From that day forward she continued to jump into harness racing with both feet. With her can-do attitude, she climbed aboard a two-seated jog cart with trainer/driver Chuck Connor and counts the ride around the historic Trot Town oval as one her greatest inspirations. With iPhone in-hand, the award-winning community leader went LIVE on Facebook and recalled for her viewers the splendor of the horse Muscle N Beauty along with the reality of stone dust getting caught in her pearly white teeth. "It was an amazing and eye opening experience," recalls Martinez. "I instantly fell in love with the passion that these families share in the lost art of harness racing." Since then the tireless Martinez has continued her mission to highlight Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum, championing the importance of its history as the Cradle of the Trotter and incorporating the harness horse as a branding icon into nearly everything that the Goshen Chamber presents. "The Chamber feels that it is beneficial to have the track as the heart and imagery of all of Goshen," Martinez added. Employing a never-ending supply of charm and energy, Martinez has held successful Health and Wellness conferences in Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum and brought the Chamber's 'Then And Now' Gala to Historic Track, where the track received recognition for their decades of membership in the Chamber. In fact, all the trophies from that event were fashioned from used, refurbished harness horse shoes, helping to make an emotional and sentimental connection to the track. With the pending grand opening of Legoland slated for the same holiday weekend as the track's Grand Circuit meet in 2020, Martinez is preparing tourist literature that highlights Standardbreds. "We want to keep harness racing alive in Goshen, and help build the audience." Martinez adds, "We believe that when people visit Goshen, they should visit the track and be sure to see the horses in action. This should be part of their walk, make it a romantic stroll!" The popular star of her own Facebook live show, "Where in the Hudson Valley is Barbara Martinez" is a virtual tour of the region coupled with a Who's Who of local attractions and businesses. Next week (Dec. 7) the Chamber and Historic Track will host the Goshen Holiday Experience where the barns will be decorated and people can enjoy horse and carriage rides along with a full slate of seasonal experiences. Martinez offers, "The village and the chamber utilize a sense of uniformity, coming from the same place. The branding of Goshen should be a reflection of what the track is...the Cradle of the Trotter." In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. by Chris Tully,  for Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA  

Goshen, NY --Just like many of her classmates, when Noelle Duspiva entered the Horse Husbandry curriculum at Morrisville State College in 2001 she enjoyed being around pleasure horses and thought, "I could just ride horses for the rest of my life and it will be profitable." She added, "I realized very quickly that this would be a difficult career path." As the neighs and whinnies of yearlings echoed through the vast halls of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Duspiva noted that she had no idea that she would find herself managing a Standardbred breeding farm in Orange County, New York less than a decade later. While din of the auctioneers could be heard in the background of the Harrisburg yearling sale, Noelle recounted her need for a summer job while on college break and one of the only positions available was in the breeding barn. Being late in the month of May, there was but one mare left to foal, so the then-eighteen-year-old agreed to take a shot at foal watch. The mare foaled perfectly, "but I was freaking out," she adds with a laugh. Luckily for Duspiva she was working in the breeding shed beside one of the most knowledgeable and well-known breeding managers in the state of New York, Dave Hanson. She credits Hanson and Dr. Larry Sautter as two of her mentors in the industry and recalls the early days of collection stallions, inseminating mares and ultimately prepping yearlings at the Morrisville College program. "That summer I got a crash course in harness racing and breeding operations, literally from the ground up." She fell in love with the sport and was hooked. She picked breeding as her major concentration and stayed at Morrisville all four summers until she graduated. But, before she could graduate, the program stipulated an internship at a breeding farm...which provided Duspiva the opportunity to enter the world of Winbak Farm. Following the internship and graduation in 2004 she was offered a job on the Standardbred nursery in Walden, NY. She has been there ever since, taking over as manager in 2010. Over the course of her work at Winbak of NY there has been as many as twelve stallions standing stud at one time. Although she counts Muscles Yankee and Malabar Man as two of the most memorable, they each had their own distinct accomplishments and is very proud to have worked with all of them. In addition to her duties farm manager, Duspiva is also the President of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State. Her work with that organization has allowed her to interact with breeders from all over the state and to help implement improvements to the program in concert with the New York Sires Stakes and the Ag Fund. When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Noelle Duspiva will receive the chapter's Excelsior Award, for her dedication and contributions to harness racing in the State of New York. This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star); and Donald Bickle (Award of Appreciation). Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com.   by Chris Tully Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA  

Lima, OH - World Champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907) has been retired from harness racing and will stand for stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2020 breeding season. A perennial iron-horse with 80 lifetime wins, as well as a fan favorite, the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser earned over $115,000 in each of the last nine of his ten racing seasons. Perhaps the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, Dancin Yankee recently eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings while copping his 11th victory of 2019. "He's the best blue collar horse I've ever driven," exclaimed driver Chris Page. "He shows up every single week and gives you everything he's got every time out!" Still the fastest older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, Dancin Yankee defeated both Foiled Again and Heston Blue Chip in a world record 1:48.4h, winning the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga in 2014 at age six. He banked $509,140 that season, also setting a world record of 1:47.2f at Pocono in May with Tyler Buter driving. He returned six weeks later to win the $100,000 Sun Stakes Invitational in 1:47.3f. As of late, Dancin Yankee has been owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson and Larry Karr. "Dancin Yankee has been the perfect horse on the racetrack and he checks all the boxes as a stallion. Correct, versatile, handles any sized track and can race any way you want. He is from an outstanding family, is a double millionaire, and is tough, durable and classy." noted prominent owner Mark Weaver. "We expect him to pass on all of those traits to his offspring and feel that Ohio is the perfect place for him as it's quickly becoming the most lucrative sire stakes program in the country. We look forward to fully supporting him in the breeding shed and at the yearling sales." He is the first foal from the 100%-producing Cambest mare Dancewiththebest p,4,1:54.4f, she a half-sister to seven sub-1:54 multiple-stakes winners, including Marty Party p,2,1:51.2f ($684,603) and The Lunch Pail p,3,1:51.3 ($503,629). Dancin Yankee is also a three-quarter brother in blood to recent Breeders Crown champion Dancin Lou p,3,1:48.3 ($578,359) and four other sub-1:54 stakes winning performers. In fact, not only is his sire Yankee Cruiser p,3,1:49.3 ($1,150,123) the sire of the fastest 2-year-old pacer of all time, Elver Hanover p,2,1:48.3-'19 ($363,450), but he is also the sire of prominent Pennsylvania stallion Sweet Lou. The connections of Dancin Yankee have decided to send the horse to Kim and Randy Haines of Cool Winds Farm to manage his stud career. "He is an outstanding individual," Randy said. "Big, strong and was a very fast and gritty racehorse. Dancin Yankee is also incredibly fertile. We look forward to offering him to breeders in the Buckeye State." Dancin Yankee will stand for an introductory stud fee of $2,500, with a limited number of lifetime breedings available for $6,000 (or $3,500 in 2020 and $3,000 payable in 2021). For more information contact Cool Winds Farm at 419-227-2665 or 419-234-6772. by Chris Tully, for Cool Winds Farm

Goshen, NY - When Mickey Burke, Sr. started driving harness racing horses in 1956 the reinsmen wore soft caps and the sulky wheels were "open" and had no plastic safety discs. He still remembers those days well, along with the first horse he ever bought. "Hickory Buzz was a son of Phonograph and I purchased him, a single axle horse trailer, all of his equipment, several tack trucks, three jog carts, and two race bikes along with pitch forks, muck baskets, feed tubs and water buckets for the princely sum of six hundred dollars," Burke recalls. "After I loaded all of the stuff that came as part of this package deal, I had to go back and make a second trip to the seller's barn to pick up the horse ... all because the truck and trailer was overflowing with tack." Mickey Sr. campaigned around the fair circuits in Ohio and Pennsylvania and also enjoyed success with show horses. But training and driving horses was really just a hobby for the octogenarian during the sixties and seventies. Burke owned a successful car dealership in Western Pennsylvania for several decades. But, in 1981 a gentlemen offered to buy the dealership and he and his wife Sylvia never looked back. He started his own stable with a few cheap claimers and eventually amassed 3,167 wins and $35 million in earnings since training records began in 1991. Fast forward to 2009 when a health scare prompted Mickey Sr. to turn the operation over to his son, Ronnie, and the sport's biggest stable was well on its way. Now, the eldest Burke is known as the patriarch of the most successful horse racing stable in the world, with earnings over $230 million. With over 200 horses in training, Burke Racing and the Burke Brigade are synonymous with always having top Grand Circuit horses in every division, as well as filling the entry box at overnight tracks all over the East coast and Midwest. Although his son Ronnie has been the CEO of Burke Racing for the last decade, the organization is still very much a family affair. Sylvia is the stable's bookkeeper and Mickey, Jr. and Michelle oversee various aspects of the Pennsylvania operations. Although Melissa and Becky work in the Health Care industry, they still own race horses and attend many of the big Standardbred events. One would think that people with this kind of super success would take it easy at age 83. Not Mickey Burke, Sr. He still goes to the barn every day, jogging and training horses, talking to owners, and applying his over half-century of harness racing expertise to the stable. When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Mickey Burke, Sr. will receive the chapter's highest honor, their Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver; Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star); and Donald Bickle (Award of Appreciation). Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen USHWA Chapter    

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