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This weeks guests on the Harness Racing Alumni Show include Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms and Valerie Pringle the Equine Campaign Manager for the Humane Society of the United States. Both guests discuss and share their thoughts on horse slaughter and the drugging of harness racing horses.   Both of these practices must be closely monitored, controlled and ended in order to protect our horses and save our sport.   On this weeks show Michelle announces the formation of her new organization to end the practice of shipping our horses to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered.   This weeks Show brought to you by Century 21's, Joe Ricco   by Fred Hudson

On December 13, 2019, the National Day of the Horse, we announced the formation of a new Alliance for the protection of U.S. horses from shipment to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption. We are asking for all organizations, corporations, small businesses, and individuals in this OPEN CALL to join us. We are establishing a Task Force for significant strategy and action. We need an urgent focus for reforms to our current policies which allow horses to be held ransom by auction and slaughter facility buyers to the grave detriment of horse breeders, owners, rescues and the public. It is time to INTERCEPT our horses and change the cycle Our initiative will bring together leading advocates and citizens in one body and one voice to petition the U.S. congress and enact pending legislation for horse protection. Join for free at Alliance.  From Michelle Crawford, Crawford Farms        

Goshen, NY - Michelle and Albert Crawford have announced that their harness racing World Champion trotter Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143) has been retired and will stand stud in New York for an introductory fee of $3,000. An outstanding individual and multiple stakes winner of over $2.5 million, Crazy Wow is the obvious choice for New York breeders as the next descendant of the unrivaled Credit Winner. His dam, No Pan No Gain (by Mr Vic, a son of the immortal Valley Victory), was a multiple stakes winner who earned $415,000 racing against the top fillies on the Grand Circuit, defeating Nova 2-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year in 2000, Spellbound Hanover. These bloodlines make Crazy Wow a great cross with Muscle Hill, Conway Hall and Chapter Seven mares. Well-respected breeder/farm owner Chris Coyle noted, "Crazy Wow is one of the best trotting stallions we've had under our care here at Olive Branch. He is an imposing horse with tremendous balance, length and soundness. He truly represents a durable, high speed horse with a genetic link to the incomparable Credit Winner that the New York horsemen want." Making money the hard way, Crazy Wow won 22 of 67 starts in 5 seasons, racing against and defeating some of the toughest and fastest trotters in recent memory. This September the son of Crazed captured the $500,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk over Marion Marauder, Ariana G and Emoticon Hanover, equaling his mark of 1:51.1. Last season Crazy Wow established a world record of 1:52.3h winning the $185,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic over Resolve and Obrigado. In addition, he won the $200,000 Charlie Hill at Scioto in a track record 1:52f and the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Chester over JL Cruze. He capped off the 2017 season with victory in the $250,000 Harry Harvey at Yonkers over 1¼ miles. Crazy Wow then won his elimination of the Breeders Crown at Hoosier, and was a fast closing second to Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in the $526,000 Crown Open Trot final earning just under $700,000 on the year. In fact, Crazy Wow has been so consistent for so long, that it is easy to forget that he won 9 of 17 races and over a million dollars back in 2015 at age three. Winning the $270,000 Erskine over Trotter of the Year Pinkman and the now-fastest-trotter-ever Homicide Hunter, and the $243,550 Matron at the end of the season, he also captured a division of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile. The fact is that Crazy Wow was good, and tough, all season at three, while also copping the $500,000 Colonial in August (over Pinkman at Pocono) and setting a track record of 1:51.1 in the $255,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon in June. Crazy Wow was also the champion 2-year-old trotting colt of the New York Sire Stakes program in 2014, winning two legs and the $225,000 final at Yonkers. This impressive effort led him to be purchased by a group led by Gene Kurzrok and sent to Burke Racing at the end of his freshman season. Following a major stakes win, trainer Ron Burke said this about Crazy Wow, "He's a good horse that I think can go with them all the time when he gets the chances. In the big races, I think he will acquit himself well." Michelle Crawford, who also foaled and raised the 16-hand speedster noted, "We are blessed to have our WOW return to our farm after his prestigious racing career. We are so excited to stand Crazy Wow, we are bursting at the seams. He is inevitably one of our first and favorite graduates from our growing farm. His tenacity and toughness on the track will hopefully flow over to his progeny. Wow always gave 100% on the track, winning one third of all of his lifetime starts.." From an impressive and ever-expanding broodmare band, the Crawfords plan on supporting Crazy Wow with some of their top trotting mares. The marketing and management of Crazy Wow's stallion career will also be administered by Crawford Farms. Renowned New York stallion manager David Hanson stated, "World Champion Crazy Wow is a fantastic addition to the stallion ranks in New York. We at Leatherstocking Equine are proud to have the privilege of standing him at our facility. Leatherstocking Equine intends to support him well with quality mares including Barn Babe 2,1:58f; 3,1:54.2f ($350,463)." All breeding and booking inquiries should be directed to David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. by Chris Tully for Crawford Farms            

Homicide Hunter (George Napolitano Jr.) slipped up the passing lane to pass Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller) to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.3 on sloppy track. Homicide Hunter is trained By Chris Oakes and owned by Crawford Farms Racing. Top Flight Angel led off the gate and hit the first quarter in :27, followed by Homicide Hunter along the rail. Those two led the field to the :55.3 half and on to the 1:24 three-quarter marker. In sight of the finish line, Homicide Hunter, trailing the leader, angled to the inside passing lane and overtook Top Flight Angel to win by about a length. It was the first Breeders Crown win for Napolitano. "Wow. Words can't even explain it," he said. "It's unbelievable. I am so grateful. It's a pretty simple track to drive on, and I have the right people beside me." On if trainer Chris Oakes had any words for him before the race, Napolitano said, "Nothing. Chris didn't say a word. He knows I know this horse and I know the track. I usually win the four claimers, not the Breeders Crown." Top Flight Angel was second and Warrawee Roo was third. The winner returned $10.20 to win, $5.20 to place, and $4.00 to show. by Ellen Harvey, For The Breeders Crown

LEXINGTON, KY -- With fast fractions set before him, Homicide Hunter ranged towards the center of the track into the stretch and slingshot past tiring trotters to become the fastest trotter in harness racing history with a 1:48.4 victory in the $145,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot, sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural, at The Red Mile on Saturday, Oct. 6. Homicide Hunter's 1:48.4 mile lowered the all-time trotting mark previously set by Hannelore Hanover, who beat the boys in the Allerage Farms Trot last year with a 1:49.2 mile. The time also lowers the record for gelding trotters of 1:49.4, set by Jl Cruze at the Meadowlands in 2015. Guardian Angel As took the lead from Pinkman firing at the rail while Lindy The Great floated for position into third. Lindy The Great brushed to the lead by the quarter in :26.2 as Will Take Charge, away fourth, angled off the rail and began his move for the lead, clearing before a :53.2 half. Will Take Charge faced first-over pressure from Guardian Angel As around the far turn with Pinkman positioned second over and Homicide Hunter third over. Guardian Angel As inched to the lead past three-quarters in 1:22 and fought for command into the eighth pole. However Homicide Hunter, poised from his setup, accelerated past the field with ease and trotted to the wire going away from Guardian Angel As holding second. Pinkman finished third while Lindy The Great weaved into fourth. A six-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer, Homicide Hunter won his eighth race in 13 starts and his 38th in 75 overall, surpassing $1.4 million in earnings. The Chris Oakes-trainee, returning $5.20 to win, races for Crawford Farms Racing and had Brian Sears in the bike. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Homicide Hunter, already #1 in the pointstandings in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) division for fast-class trotters, marked himself as the horse to beat in his $100,000 Championship event next Sunday with an authoritative 1:51.4 triumph in the $30,000 final GNOS prelim round at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The altered son of Cantab Hall has achieved much success racing on the lead, but on Sunday he looked strong coming off the pace, a trait which may help him at the GNOS Championship distance of 1¼ miles. Driver George Napolitano Jr., posting his 17th victory of a memorable Friday-Saturday-Sunday driving weekend, spotted the winner of $1,305,427 early, then put him in second-over position. When "George Nap" tipped him three-wide late on the far turn, the on-the-bit trotter surged forward, with the main stretch question being "How much is he going to win by?", the answer to which was 2½ lengths over 95-1 shot Tight Lines, who also had good late kick. But nobody was in the league tonight of Homicide Hunter, who is trained by Chris Oakes for Crawford Farms Racing. The top ten open trotters in the GNOS preliminaries were: 1. Homicide Hunter, 2. Smalltownthrowdown, 3. Lagerfeld, 4. the mare Broadway Donna, 5. Melady's Monet, 6. Marion Marauder, 7. Sutton, 8. Muscle Diamond, 9. (tie) Guardian Angel AS and Will Take Charge. Since some of the top ten have qualified for the Maple Leaf Trot final next week in Canada, the connections of those "on the bubble" (such as Tight Lines, 11th in the standings) will likely enter and then await with hope the results of the draw for Saturday's card, which takes place Monday (the 27th). The Great Northeast Open Series Championships, with open pacers and mare pacers in the other two GNOS categories, going for $100,000 and all at 1¼ miles, will be joined by the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for three-year-olds, along with their consolations, on a $1.5M card that must not be missed next Sunday at The Downs. There were $21,500 sub-features held for trotters and for mare pacers on Sunday. In the trot, the Majestic Son mare Charmed Life did an unusual thing at Pocono - she came from third-over to win, swinging four-wide into the stretch and just catching pacesetting Dayson by a neck in 1:53.4. Simon Allard got a big late effort out of the winner from the winner of $1,408,882 to achieve the triumph for trainer/brother Rene Allard and the partnership of Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. In the mares pace, the Mach Three mare Windsun Glory looked up and down the starting gate, did not see Shartin N et al., much to her relief, and then posted her third win in her last five starts, this one in 1:51.1. The classdropping winner of $306,898 briefly settled third before the ¼, then was out and moving off the first turn for driver Matt Kakaley to the lead just past the 3/8 and went on strongly, with Penpal firing strongly late but coming up 1½ lengths shy. Ron Burke conditions the winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Lawrence Karr. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 22, 2018-Odds-on Homicide Hunter (Brian Sears, $3.10) overcame the impost Sunday afternoon (July 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature went as the late-morning opener, the first of four, mile-and-a-quarter, bigger-field 'French' forays. Away sixth from his eight-ball incarceration in the field of 10, Homicide Hunter saw Madhatter Bluechip (Brent Holland) make the first lead. Gural Hanover (George Brennan) and lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) found seats directly in behind. After early subsections off :28, :57.2 and 1:25.4, there was a second helping of 'Happenstance,' as the mare was first-up. While she began the outer tier, Gural Hanover broke in the pocket. Meanwhile, Madhatter Bluechip was continuing to fight the good fight, with the lead the 1:55.1 milepost. N F Happenstance had backed out, with Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) going wide, Homicide Hunter wider and 34-1 shot Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton) even farther out. Smalltownthrowdown took a short lead into the lane, but couldn't sustain it. Homicide Hunter rolled off his rival, then held off a diving-inside Mosinterestingman by a neck in 2:24.2 for the added distance. Buen Camino (Jim Marohn Jr.) was s ground-saving third, with a solidly-closing Bluebird Jesse (Mark MacDonald) and a flattening Smalltownthrowdown settling for the minors. For Homicide Hunter, a 6-year-old Mr. Cantab owned by Crawford Racing trained by Chris Oakes, it was his fifth (consecutive) win in six seasonal starts (career earnings now over $1.28 million). The exacta paid $47.60, the triple returned $511 and the superfecta paid $3,625. Sunday's incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 1-La Moneda (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 2-Coach Cummings (Yonkers' 5th race) and returning $11.50 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,488. The next Sunday matinee is July 29th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

CHESTER PA - Bill's Man joined the illustrious company of harness racing greats Chapter Seven and Father Patrick by tying their track record time for four-year-old trotting horses, 1:52.1, in winning the $17,000 feature on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. A record was in the works from the 1/8 pole when EI EI O refused to let Arch Credit go by for the lead, forcing the latter to tuck before the 26.1 quarter. EI EI O went on to a 54.3 half, then was pressured by first-over Top Flight Angel to the 1:23.3 3/4s, with Bill's Man in pluperfect position second-over. Top Flight Angel wrested the lead by the top of the stretch, but Corey Callahan then asked the son of Credit Winner to trot on and he did so with power, equaling the track record as well as the season's record for the division (4-up) shared by Marion Marauder and Fraser Ridge. Trainer John Butenschoen saw Bill's Man raise his earnings to $556,229 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, M&L of Delaware LLC, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. Skates N Plates, a career winner of $437,944, extended his recent regaining of form to three straight victories in taking the $14,500 top trot for the older set. George Napolitano Jr. gunned the son of Revenue S away from the outside post eight and didn't have much trouble from there, stopping the timer in 1:54.4 while two lengths clear for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key. Freshman trotting colts made their pari-mutuel debut at Philly in 2018, with the Explosive Matter - Up Front Annika colt Ginger Tree Skyr trotting away in the stretch to a 4¼ length victory in 1:58.4. The winner came his own back half in 57.4 for driver David Miller, trainer Steven Cook, and the ownership of Ginger Tree Ventures LLC and Don Marean. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) cruised to a win in the featured pace ($6000) at a special Fathers Day matinee at Vernon Downs (June 17).   Major Bucks (Claude Huckabone iii) led them to a first quarter of :27.4.   After that is was all Dreams Beachboy ($2.90). Taking the lead just before the half in :58.1 then cruised to three-quarters in 1:25.2 and won by six lengths in 1:52.2. Major Bucks held for second with Prince Pinang (Artie Dickie) getting the third spot.   Dreams Beachboy is a 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. Owned by Crawford Farms racing and trained by Brunet, he won his first race of 2018. It was career win number 19 Truman Gale had three wins on the card. He won with Coopers Beach ($3.50), JDs Brent N Sheree ($3.00), and Card Knock Life ($40.20) . Jimmy Whittemore continues his strong season he leads all drivers in wins with 26 and Trainers in wins with 15. John MacDonald is second in both categories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 22) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Monticello, NY - The marque division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) featuring 3-year-old pacing colts will be showcased on Monday June 18 at Monticello Raceway. 3 divisions of Sire Stakes will race for $140,00, spilt into 3 heats of $39,200, 2 heats of the Excelsior A class - $15,000 and 1 division of the Excelsior B -$6,800. In the first division Real Surreal (PP4) has been installed the 5-2 favorite with Scott Zeron in the bike, the game son of So Surreal has been knocking on the door to the winner's circle for trainer Mark Steacy. Real Surreal finish second at Tioga Downs last start and a 3rd place third place at Vernon Down the prior week. Topville Olympian, who took his lifetime mark of 1:56 at Monticello as a 2-year-old has drawn the rail for trainer David Menary, the son of American Ideal is making his first seasonal start in Sire Stakes company and is seeking his first win of the year. Jordan Stratton. will handle the driving chores. Jersey Jim, the winner of the NYSS Final at Yonkers last fall drew PP 6 in the 1st division, racing for a purse of $39,200. The son of Artiscape has yet to regain his 2-year-old form, Jim Devaux will drive. The 2nd heat is a 7-horse field, the morning line favorite Trump Nation will start from the far outside from post position 7. The son of Betterthancheddar was the winner of $300,000 Rooney Final winner at Yonkers in 1:51.3 and was 2nd in his division of the Reynold Stake also at Yonkers. The Chris Oak trainee is owned by Crawford Farms and Evan Katz of Seaford NY. Ostro Hanover is a Monticello Raceway pupil for trainer Frank Yanoti. The son of Betterthancheddar will be driven by Jim Taggart Jr. Already a 6-time winner this year, he has picked up checks in his last 2 Sire Stake starts, looking impressive in his 3rd place finish at Vernon Downs in a blanket finish, pacing his mile in 1:50. Rockapelo (PP5) is moving up in class from the Excelsior A group, he scored an impressive win last start out at Tioga Downs were he jogged in 1:51.4 to win by 5½ lengths, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Linda Toscano for owner. Enviro Stables. My Delight (PP4 - Marcus Miller) highlights the final heat, the bay son of Betterthancheddar has won a Sire Stakes event this year at Vernon Down in 1:49.4, he is coming off a second-place finish in the same company at Tioga Downs. My Delight sports impressive tally this year with 2 wins and 3 thirds in 5 starts and $44,895 in 2018 earnings. Rock Lights (Rock N Roll Heaven) will benefit from the 2-post position, Scott Zeron at the helm. In the Excelsior A class, first division race 2, Casual Cool is being brought along very slowly this year by trainer Linda Toscano, the America Ideal filly has 4 qualifiers under her belt. A 5-time winner at 2, she will start from post 7, with owner Ken Jacobs favorite driver, Tim Tetrick. 2 local connections in this group, Rocknroll Delight (Gary Messenger - PP5) and Prophet Blue Chip (David Dziengiel PP6) Trainer George Ducharmes Rocksapatriot is the favorite in the other Excelsior A dash. The son of Rockincam will start from the rail, he has been first or second in his 4 seasonal starts, with Scott Zeron in the bike. The track record for 3 YOPC is 1:52.1 set by Kenneth J in 2007. by:Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway               All emails from Empire Resorts, Inc. and its subsidiaries, and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are considered privileged and confidential and may not be used by either party in any pending or future legal proceedings. Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001  

Columbus, OH --- Homicide Hunter and driver Aaron Merriman moved to the lead following the halfway point of Saturday’s (June 9) Charlie Hill Memorial and never looked back, winning the $200,000 event for older trotters by 4-1/2 lengths over In Secret in 1:50.3 on a track labeled good at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Charmed Life finished third. Defending champion Crazy Wow and two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder were scratched sick, reducing the field to seven horses. Race favorite Will Take Charge went off stride at the start and finished sixth.The winning time equaled the world record for an older gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and was a stakes and track record. I Know My Chip took the early lead in a :26.3 opening quarter-mile before seeing Smalltownthrowdown get the top spot prior to the half-mile point. Driver Sam Widger moved I Know My Chip back to the lead at the half, reached in :54.2, but faced pressure from Homicide Hunter, who was in front by the time he reached three-quarters in 1:22. Homicide Hunter is a 6-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of Evening Prayer. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing of New York and trained by Chris Oakes. The horse was bred by Patrick Graham. For the year, Homicide Hunter has won two of three races and earned $116,500. For his career, he has won 32 of 65 starts and banked $1.22 million. The Charlie Hill Memorial honors Hall of Famer Charles Hill, who was the founder and former president and chairman of the board of Scioto Downs. Homicide Hunter went off at odds of 3-1 and paid $8.60 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Durhamville, NY - All harness racing yearlings offered at the Morrisville State sale and the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by Crawford Farms have had a complete set of radiographs taken.   Michelle and Albert Crawford endeavor to offer their customers the utmost confidence when bidding on one of their yearlings and will be happy to provide the results to interested parties.   "We want buyers to know that every horse in our consignment has been closely examined by Dr. Michael Miller and that we stand by the results of the x-rays that these equine athletes are ready to start the next phase of their development" noted Michelle Crawford, the farm's co-owner.   Crawford Farms is excited to offer 17 New York bred yearlings in tomorrow's (Sept. 17) Morrisville sale and an additional 13 colts and fillies at the Lexington Selected Sale (Oct. 4-8) including a full brother to Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder.   For more information, check out our website: CrawfordFarms.com or call Michelle at 315-382-5378.    

Vernon, N.Y. -- Paul Kelley trainee Obrigado looks to defend his title in Friday (August 26) evening's $193,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot at Vernon Downs, but he'll once again have to contend with the likes of Resolve, Homicide Hunter, and Flanagan Memory after squaring off against them throughout the harness racing season.   Obrigado (7-2 morning line second choice, post 7) has won 4 of 11 races this year, including the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia, the Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs, and the Cleveland Classic at Northfield. While doing his best work on small tracks this season, his most impressive performance may well have come over two turns in the Cashman Memorial at the Meadowlands earlier in the month, where he escaped traffic on the far turn and stormed home in :26.4 in pursuit of Resolve. Regular driver Mark MacDonald will once again pilot the 6-year-old Boy Band gelding for the partnership of the Paul Kelley Racing Stable, the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45.   Elitloppet runner-up and Cashman winner Resolve (5-2, post 6) looks to lead the charge to upend the defending champion in the night's tenth event, having also won the Arthur Cutler Memorial this season. Ãke Svanstedt trains and drives the 5-year-old Muscle Hill entire. Flanagan Memory (9-2, post 8) also enters from the Cashman, finishing a gathered-in third after seizing command through a bold middle move. The 6-year-old Kadabra entire earned all four of his seasonal wins in Preferred company at Mohawk. Brian Sears will take over the lines for trainer Rene Dion.   While Obrigado, Resolve, and Flanagan Memory have faced each other on multiple occasions this year, a new shooter is quickly gathering momentum. Homicide Hunter (6-1, post 2)--representing Crawford Farms Racing--enters off a decisive 1:50.1 victory in last week's Sebastian K Invitational at Pocono, brushing to the fore with a circuit to go and edging away to a four-length score. David Miller handles the driving duties of the 4-year-old Mr Cantab gelding for trainer Chris Oakes.   In the $170,000 Muscle Hill for distaff trotters (race 9), 21-time winner Hannelore Hanover (5-2, post 7) looks to maintain her dominance after winning 12 of her 13 assignments this year. The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All proved a decisive and handy winner in her Miss Versatility preliminary at Tioga on August 14, completing the mile in 1:52.4 over off going yet with much in reserve. Yannick Gingras will remain aboard the Ron Burke trainee, who also captured the Miami Valley Distaff and the Armbro Flight, as well as the Fresh Yankee and Hambletonian Maturity over the 1-1/8-mile distance.   Among those aiming to hand Hannelore Hanover her second defeat of the year are Jewels in Hock (7-2, post 2, John Campbell), 2015 Empire Breeders Classic winner Barn Doll (9-2, post 4, Jeff Gregory), and double millionaire Shake It Cerry (6-1, post 5, David Miller).   A pair of New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings headline the undercard, with the undefeated Serious Major and Funknwaffles due to square off in the $55,500 eighth event.   Horsemen are reminded that entrants for the Crawford Farms and Muscle Hill events will race out of the detention barn, and they are due to arrive no later than 8:00 p.m. Thursday (August 25). Horsemen in need of hotel rooms for the weekend are advised to contact the race office at 315.829.6825.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

"It amazes me how many people had something to say about Drive All Night (Dan), the $628,000 winner in need of help to live out his life," said Kate Kingsbury. Kate took the calls at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) office after a plea for help was sounded. Whether the fact that Dan made so much money, or because he was in such dire need, or both, prompted enough help to take the "war horse" as some named him, off the path to the Canadian slaughterhouse.   The big gelding drew concern from past trainers, and grooms; a few of the many owners who enjoyed him, some in tears; compassionate horse lovers; and even past gamblers who knew this tough horse. One of his grooms shared how he had more heart than any horse she has ever known stating how he had a bad suspensory, and ankle, but when he put the harness on he went out there and gave his all. Another told SRF how he loved Gatorade, orange being his favorite and that he tilted it so he could drink it right out of the bottle.   Dan's true saving grace was when Jules Siegel, owner of Fashion Farms and the sire of Dan, Real Artist, offered him a place to live out his life on his farm. "Thank you, Mr. Siegel, for saving this horse. I worked for you for many, many years at the Drug Fair in Manville. I still have my 3 horses out in Ringoes and someday I'm going to make it out to your farm for a visit!!!" wrote Jane Lysebo, on SRF's Facebook page. No doubt Siegel will be pampering him in a very deserving way.   The other gelding, Alpine Adventure, was also brought to safety. Along with the two boys was a Standardbred mare, Glitter Ironstone. All three are safe, and once removed from harm's way they immediately had a visit by a veterinarian. The boys have eye ulcers, which appear to be recent injuries, and the mare has an old arthritic ankle. In need of life in pasture, a member of the Dancer family in NJ has expressed interest in offering a safe landing for her, saying it is a way of giving back.   While SRF was buried in the three in need, one more was lurking in NY on the same sad path. "It is very time consuming dealing with these rescues; we tried to get to the fourth and made some strides. We are grateful to Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms who took the reins and moved forward to get the son of Western Hanover, Nothing Artificial, to safety. She gifted his rescue fees, shipped him to a quarantine facility, and called in a veterinarian to evaluate his ataxia in his hind end," said Judy Bokman, SRF's Director.   SRF appreciates the support and heartfelt help to tend to the dire needs of these horses. Hopefully, a situation like this, especially where prominent people in racing have stepped up to help, today and in the recent past, will resonate and change will come to the welfare of harness racing's horse.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation      

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 www.vernondowns.com. #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

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