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VERNON, NY (October 15, 2015) - When hip number 410, a Conway Hall filly out of the mare Classic Yankee, walked into the sales ring at last week's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, the expected sets of eyes watched with anticipation as the bidding began. Harness racing breeder Crawford Farms was hoping for a profitable sales price and interested buyers watched as the price inched upwards. Perhaps not surprisingly, the filly, already named Vernondownthehouse, was purchased by Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural for $65,000. But another interested party located in Central New York has plenty riding on the horse as well, even if that person was not watching at the time the horse sold. Stacey Michaud, a racing fan at Vernon Downs, is the one responsible for the filly's name, having submitted it during a Crawford Farms sponsored Name That Foal contest in August 2014 at the racetrack. Besides seeing her creative selection picked as the winning name, she is also in line to earn a potentially nice payday. As part of winning the contest, Michaud is entitled to one-percent of the filly's earnings during her two and three-year-old racing seasons. "Any time you purchase a yearling you always dream of having the next champion," said the filly's owner, Jeff Gural. "But in this case, I am really hoping to help a loyal Vernon Downs fan make some extra money through this promotion we did with our partners at Crawford Farms. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." The filly will be sent to trainer Julie Miller to be prepared for a racing career that will hopefully begin next season and include many trips to the winner's circle. For complete racing and promotional information, visit #410 VERNONDOWNTHEHOUSE from Michelle Crawford on Vimeo.   Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 30, 2015) - Continuing their wide-reaching partnership, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment and Crawford Farms, a leading New York-based standardbred breeding and racing operation, are teaming up to fight breast cancer with their Think Pink dinner at the races on Friday, July 17. The event will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. "This is a cause that is deeply personal to me as I am a breast cancer survivor," said Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms. "I am very passionate about the cause and also believe this is a unique way to not only raise money, but also to expose new people to the beautiful Meadowlands facility and the great sport of harness racing." Tickets to the event are $100 and include buffet dinner, live racing program, and silent auction. A cash bar will be available. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and takes place at Pink. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster by clicking this link . Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in conjunction with Crawford Farms have released the new harness racing logo for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. The new logo combines the Crawford Farms name and traditional green and blue colors with the iconic swoosh and pacer of the Meadowlands logo. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Crawford Farms to present one of the premier harness racing events in the world," said Jason Settlemoir, CEO/GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "This new logo is the perfect symbol to exemplify the type of industry cooperation we need to advance our sport." The new logo was designed by Kathleen Estes, graphic designer for Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Crawford Farms, a leading New York-based breeding operation, and Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment agreed to a three-year sponsorship deal that makes Crawford Farms the title sponsor of the Meadowlands Pace through 2017. Crawford Farms served as a major sponsor of "The Pace" in 2014. "We have made a long term commitment, which the industry needs, to the Meadowlands and the Meadowlands Pace and we are ecstatic that this race is held at a venue like no other in the sport," said Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms. "It is a dream come true to be able to sponsor one of the biggest events in harness racing and to be able to bring people to a state of the art entertainment facility with top restaurants and clubs." The Meadowlands Pace has been held annually since 1977, when Escort won the inaugural edition. He's Watching won the 2014 Pace in a record time of 1:46.4. The 2015 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace will be held on Saturday, July 18th with eliminations held the prior week on Saturday, July 11th. ABOUT CRAWFORD FARMS Crawford Farms is a family-owned and operated farm since 1966. The farm, located in Durhamville, NY, just acquired over 1000 acres to continue to develop the state of the art breeding and stallion facilities. In the recent years Albert & Michelle Crawford have greatly improved and expanded the Crawford Farms facility to include approximately 55 broodmares, 40 race horses in training, state of the art breeding/foaling facilities, plush pastures, a retirement paddock, and a half mile trotting track. Visit Crawford Farms online at Rachel Ryan

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