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HARRISBURG PA - Brian Sears, a "youthful veteran" of the sport of harness racing who stands fifth on the all-time list of moneywinning drivers and has driven some of the sport's greatest horses of the last 15 years to victories in championship races, has been elected to the sport's highest honor, the Hall of Fame, in balloting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the trade organization of harness journalists. In addition, Gordon Waterstone and Steve Wolf, two veteran harness publicists and writers whose careers share many similar highlights and awards though they never worked together directly, have been elected to the sport's Communicators Hall of Fame. Sears was named USHWA's Rising Star of the Year in 1991 and hasn't looked back. Sears, a 48-year-old native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who now resides in Secaucus, N.J., was at the top rungs of the driving colony of Vernon Downs, Pompano, Pocono, and The Meadows before moving eastward to the metro New York area a dozen years ago. He has continued to dominate on the toughest circuits in harness racing, winning multiple driving championships at the Meadowlands and also topping the charts at Yonkers Raceway. Sears entered Monday with 9,670 career wins, good for 14th place among all drivers in North American history. Among the horses that have helped boost his career driving earnings to $174 million all-time are three winners of the Horse of the Year title: Rocknroll Hanover in 2005, Muscle Hill in 2009, and Bee A Magician in 2013. Sears is the only driver to twice win the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks on the same day, accomplishing the feat with Muscle Hill and Broadway Schooner in 2009 and again with Royalty For Life and Bee A Magician in 2013. He also won the Hambletonian in 2015 with Pinkman in his only drive behind the horse that season. The sport's Driver of the Year in 2009, Sears has won 26 Breeders Crown titles, good for No. 4 on the all-time wins list in the series. Horses driven by Sears have earned more than $10 million in the series, which is among the top five in history. Waterstone was for many years the publicist for Hazel Park in Detroit, also working at other area racetracks, before becoming associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World, which was a magazine when Waterstone started and for whom he wrote two John Hervey Award-winning stories, before becoming a multimedia enterprise in recent years. Wolf was a publicist for several tracks in the immediate area of his native New Jersey (Freehold Raceway 13 years, Brandywine Raceway and Liberty Bell Park) and for the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey before "shipping south" to Pompano Park in Florida, rising through the ranks to become senior director of racing operations, until starting his own consulting agency. He also served on the Board, including as president, of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The parallels in the careers of Wolf and Waterstone are striking. Both first entered the communications end of the industry in 1979. Both have been president of USHWA and both have won that organization's Member of the Year (Wolf twice, the first to earn that distinction); both currently serve as their USHWA chapter's president. Both have won the Harness Publicists Association's Allen J. Finkelson Golden Pen Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in promoting harness racing, and both have won the Clyde Hirt Media Award from Harness Horsemen's International. Both have chaired several important USHWA committees, and are teaming again for the 2017 USHWA annual convention and Dan Patch Award Banquet: Waterstone on the Location Committee and on-site planner/negotiator, and Wolf on the Dinner Committee, which he has chaired 15 times. That USHWA event, to be held at the Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas on February 25-26 of next year, will be the first introduction of Sears, Waterstone, and Wolf as the newest members of the Halls of Fame. The formal induction ceremony will be held at the Hall of Fame dinner at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Hall of Fame voting is conducted among eligible USHWAns and members of the Hall of Fame; Communicators Hall of Famers are voted on by all members of the Harness Writers Association. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the United States Harness Writers Association announced Monday (June 27) that Centaur Gaming-owned Hoosier Park will be the lead title sponsor of next year's Dan Patch Awards banquet in Las Vegas. The event, to be held at Planet Hollywood on Feb. 26, will be named "The 2017 Dan Patch Awards presented by Hoosier Park." The Dan Patch Awards are for top equine and human performers, Harness Horse of the Year honors, as well as the first introduction of the newest member(s) to the Hall of Fame. The spotlight will shine on Hoosier Park in the fall of 2017 when the Breeders Crown makes its first visit to the Indiana racetrack. But several months prior to that big event, Hoosier Park will help direct the limelight toward harness racing's equine and human stars thanks to a new partnership with another of the sport's premier festivities. The awards, first presented in 1947, are named in honor of one of the great stars of the early 20th century --- in any sport --- the Indiana-born pacer Dan Patch. Born in 1896 in Oxford, Ind., Dan Patch attracted huge crowds wherever he traveled and set numerous world records. His mark of1:55-1/4 set at age 9 in 1905 stood for more than three decades and his name and image endorsed products from breakfast cereals to washing machines. Indiana-sired horses have also garnered national attention more recently, with the most notable examples including 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and Breeders Crown champions Always B Miki, Color's A Virgin, and Freaky Feet Pete, all hailing from the Hoosier State. "Hoosier Park and Centaur could not be more honored to serve as the first title sponsor for these prestigious awards," said Jim Brown, president and COO of Centaur Gaming. "Considering Dan Patch was an Indiana-bred made the opportunity feel even more appropriate. "Indiana harness racing is being recognized nationally, with some of the top horses and racing in the country, and sponsoring the 2017 USHWA awards and hosting the 2017 Breeders Crown races should both contribute to making this a year to remember for Indiana racing." The 2017 Dan Patch Awards will honor this season's top performers, including divisional champions plus Trotter, Pacer, and Horse of the Year. "This is a great opportunity for USHWA to team up with an outstanding racing organization like Hoosier Park to present our 2017 Dan Patch Awards banquet," said Tim Bojarski, president of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. "We believe the synergy of this partnership will better enhance the promotion of harness racing and its stars throughout the upcoming year and hope it will lead the way for other entities of the sport to work together for the same reason. "I can promise everyone a night to remember at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Feb. 26, 2017." For more information on the Dan Patch Awards presented by Hoosier Park, log onto, where all the latest news and announcements will be available throughout the year. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association

When last seen in these parts, Pinkman was exiting the harness racing winner's circle following his 2015 Hambletonian victory. The altered son of Explosive Matter returns to The Meadowlands in the sixth race on Friday, May 13 to face six foes with his sites set squarely on next week's opening leg of the Graduate Series.   Pinkman's 2015 season resulted in his being named as the Dan Patch three-year-old trotter of the year. He danced virtually every dance, winning eleven of seventeen starts including the Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity to go along with the Hambo win while banking over $1.8 million. Leaving from post four tomorrow night, Pinkman comes in off of a pair of conditioning qualifiers for Jimmy Takter who trains him for owners Christina Takter, Jon & Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Yannick Gingras will drive.   Transitioning into the summer meet, all of The Meadowlands outdoor attractions are now open for business including Victory Terrace with its spectacular NYC skyline views and a fashionable bar crowd. Directed toward that demographic is Friday's $50 Spring Handicapping Contest providing an arena for new fans to compete for cash prizes.   The guaranteed horizontal wagers are in place, free program pages for the late Pick-4 are available courtesy of Trackmaster and the last race Hi-5 Super Jackpot stands at $212,593 to open the weekend.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations    

HARRISBURG PA – The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the trade organization of harness racing communicators and the largest organization of its kind in the world, has announced that it will be holding its 2017 Dan Patch Awards Banquet at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino on Sunday, February 26, with the organization’s annual meetings to be conducted the day before and that day. A part of the Caesars chain of gaming resorts, Planet Hollywood started operation on its present site, formerly the Aladdin casino/hotel, on the famous Las Vegas Strip next to the Vegas and Bally’s casino/hotels, in 2007, and the property was acquired by Caesars in 2010. It was the first resort operated by Planet Hollywood, which is an upscale restaurant chain owned by many Hollywood stars and founded in 1991. Among its features at the Las Vegas site are The Miracle Mile, a 170-store shopping mall, and AXIS, the largest auditorium on the Vegas strip, where performers such as Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Lionel Richie have performed “in residence.” Its variety of on-site eating establishments run the gamut from a Gordon Ramsay-overseen restaurant to a Starbuck’s. The Dan Patch Awards Banquet annually honors the best and brightest performers, both human and equine, of the previous season. The awardwinners are selected by USHWA, which will be holding its Directors meeting on Saturday and its General Membership meeting on the banquet Sunday. The United States Trotting Association (USTA) will be meeting in Las Vegas starting the day after the banquet, Monday, February 27, headquartered at the Rio Hotel and Casino; Harness Horsemen International (HHI) is also having its annual meetings in Las Vegas in the general timeframe. A synergistic joint session of organizations is under discussion, but nothing has been finalized yet. “I’d like to thank chairman Gordon Waterstone and his entire Banquet Location Committee for its hard work in exploring options and then selecting and signing with Planet Hollywood,” said Tim Bojarski, president of USHWA. “Our organization is excited at the prospect of again going to Las Vegas, and Planet Hollywood has all of the necessary accommodations and infrastructure so that we can continue to present a first-class Dan Patch Awards Banquet, truly honoring the champions of our sport.” Details will be made available at the USHWA website,, and through trade media as they become available. by Jerry Connors, for USHWA

The fifth installment of the 2016 Chats with Champs video series features Dr. Ian Moore, harness racing trainer of 2015 Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year, State Treasurer. We visited Moore at his stable at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Fla., to see State Treasurer, ask the trainer about State Treasurer’s award-winning 2015 season, and look ahead to this year’s stakes schedule. the USTA Communications Department 

World champion and 2013 Dan Patch Award-winning female trotter Maven has been retired, harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter said. The 7-year-old Maven was attempting to return from a suspensory injury, which she suffered in August while in Sweden. "We did a scan on her (right hind) leg and it looked like it's too high risk to get her where she could compete at the level she was," Takter said. "It was tough, but the owners decided to breed her instead." Maven won 29 of 52 races in North America, earning $1.74 million in purses, before spending 2015 in Europe. She won 10 of 14 races in 2013, including a world-record 1:51.4 triumph in the Miss Versatility final at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, on her way to being named the Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner for best older female trotter. Her time in the Miss Versatility is the fastest race mile on a half-mile track in harness racing history. Other top career wins for Maven included the 2012 and 2013 Breeders Crown, the 2013 Armbro Flight, the 2012 Moni Maker, 2014 Muscle Hill, and 2012 American-National. She finished second in the 2012 Elegantimage and 2014 Breeders Crown. Last year, Maven won two of 15 races in Europe and earned $244,465 in U.S. dollars. One of her victories, in a Mares Open at Kalmar, Sweden, was in a track-record performance. She finished second by a neck to Robert Bi in the Group 1 Copenhagen Cup and was second to Timoko in the Group 1 Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-Mer. She also finished second in her Elitlopp elimination and seventh in the final. Maven was trained by Jonas Czernyson from age 2 to October of the 5-year-old season and was owned by Bill Donovan until November 2014, when she was sold to Herb Liverman. She is currently owned by Liverman, John Fielding, and Joyce McClelland. Takter took over the training of Maven in November 2014. A daughter of Glidemaster-M Stewart, Maven was purchased as a yearling for $37,000 under the name Bella Topona at the 2010 Lexington Selected Sale. She is a three-quarter sister to 2003 New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Glide About and a half-sister to multiple-stakes-winner Lanson. Her family also includes stakes-winners Furman and Egyptian Gentleman. "She's getting up in age," said Takter, who added the plan is to breed Maven to 2002 Trotter of the Year Kadabra. "We have to give her a chance to show herself as a broodmare now." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

In her first drive after recently receiving the National Amateur Driver of the Year Award in south Florida "Hurricane Hannah" Miller was back in the winner's circle again after copping a division of the harness racing NAADA Trotting Series with Warrawee Preferred at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (March 10). Ms. Miller, the first woman to be named Amateur Driver of the Year, received her award at the national Dan Patch Awards Banquet held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on March 6, and she seems to be picking up where she left off last year when the talented miss reined 32 winners. In a second split, Alan Schwartz with Bad I Am, and Dave Yarock up behind Mr. Invincible, finished simultaneously to score the first dead-heat victory ever recorded in recent amateur racing history. Both divisions were contested on a rainy afternoon over a race track rated 'good', and both competitive splits were decided by the photo finish camera. In her division Miller used a second over trip with Warrawee Preferred to wear down the favorite and pace-setter Nautilus De Vie (Dave Yarock) in the deep stretch to score a head victory in a 2:01.3 clocking despite racing with an unhooked check. "It (his overcheck) must have come unhooked somewhere in the mile and although he was running in on the turns he kept at his work and we overtook Dave's (Yarock) trotter in the final strides to win it," Miller said of Warrawee Preferred. Rev Up The Spice (Bob Kenny) and Bloomfieldcantifly (Monica Banca) finished third and fourth respectively and both were in the win photo. Owned by Dr. Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, Warrawee Preferred paid $9.20 for win.  The second split was a barn burner and it took the nudges five minutes to declare the race a dead-heat. The third place finisher, Just Like Lloyd (Bob Kenney) finished third a neck behind the winners and fourth place went to The B Street Fan (Matt Zuccarello) a short length in the rears in the 2:03.2 trotted mile. In that contest Dave Yarock and Mr. Invincible grabbed the race track when the gate sprung and parked Bad I Am (Alan Schwartz) to the quarter before letting them take command. "I was going to let Dave retake but since Bob Hechkoff (Alternat Thursdays) was also parked it never happened, " Schwartz explained. "But with me on the engine and Hechkoff parked it allowed Dave's horse to have a perfect covered trip." When the field trotted into the final turn Alternat Thursday was still third on the limb and when they swung into the stretch and Hechkoff's charge faded Yarock aimed his trotter up the passing lane and he and Bad I Am finished simultaneously on the wire. Bob Kenney and Just Like Lloyd were struggling for racing room and they finished just a neck behind the top two. B Street Fan was in the picture also, but a short length back in fourth place. Bad I Am, owned by Alan Schwartz and trained by Raheim Strong paid $5.10 for win. Mr. Invincible, owned and trained by Jimmy Doherty, Jr. paid $7.60. The NADDA Series continues at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, March 17. John Manzi for NAADA        

If Clyde Francis got a little teary eyed during Sunday night's harness racing Dan Patch Awards banquet, it was understandable. It also was not unexpected. Francis, who celebrated his 59th birthday Saturday, on Sunday watched as Wiggle It Jiggleit was honored as harness racing's 2015 Horse of the Year during the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six hotel. Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Francis for owner and longtime friend George Teague Jr., won 22 of 26 races last season and earned $2.18 million in purses. "With him, it doesn't take much for me to get emotional about it," Francis said. "I'll go back and look at races, I'll look at them over and over again, and I get teary eyed. It's just a sentimental thing. "I'm around him every day. He's like a pet. Everybody doesn't get to enjoy a horse like him every day. I'm just lucky enough to be around one like him. I never thought I'd be. Just to be affiliated with a horse like him is great." Wiggle It Jiggleit's Horse of the Year Award topped the night, but there were numerous other horses --- not to mention horsemen and horsewomen --- recognized during the evening's festivities. Other horses honored were trotters Pinkman (Trotter of the Year and best 3-year-old male), Southwind Frank (2-year-old male), Broadway Donna (2-year-old female), Mission Brief (3-year-old female), JL Cruze (older male) and Bee A Magician (older female) and pacers Boston Red Rocks (2-year-old male), Pure Country (2-year-old female), Divine Caroline (3-year-old female), State Treasurer (older male) and Venus Delight (older female). Francis has worked with Teague for nearly two decades. Teague co-owned and trained 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, and while Francis was somewhat involved with Rainbow Blue it was nothing like his connection with Wiggle It Jiggleit. Francis liked Wiggle It Jiggleit from his earliest days and Teague decided it was time for Francis to get more recognition and named him the trainer for the horse. "With Rainbow Blue, I was around for a little bit but not as much hands on as with (Wiggle It Jiggleit)," Francis said. "With him, I was hands on from day one; from the time we started breaking him. Me and Mike (caretaker Mike Taylor) had him on our side of the barn and we were the only ones to fool with him. It's been a fun ride." It's been a ride that has seen Francis become better known throughout the harness racing industry, even though he was previously recognized by many trainers and caretakers in racetrack paddocks on the East Coast through his association with the Teague Stable. "Now, I'm more so known worldwide in the horse industry as the trainer of Wiggle It Jiggleit," Francis said. "That's a great feeling. It's great to go through the paddock and have all eyes on you. "You're not going to find a better person than George. He would do anything for anybody in the world. He doesn't even have to know you for him to help. He just likes to help people. I can't praise him enough." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is getting ready for a return to action this season, also received 2015 Dan Patch honors as Pacer of the Year and best 3-year-old male pacer. His victories included the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, Battle of the Brandywine, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Carl Milstein Memorial, Hap Hansen Progress Pace, and Matron Stakes. He won the Little Brown Jug in a memorable stretch duel with Lost For Words, rallying in deep stretch after racing on the outside for much of the mile to get to the wire first by a nose. "The Jug, I don't know if you'll ever see another horserace like that again," Francis said. "I look at that race as one of the greatest races I've ever seen a horse go. "Even the races he lost, I was never disappointed in him. He's one of those horses that gave you what he's got every time he hit the track. You could never get down on him." Team Teague's celebrating went beyond Wiggle It Jiggleit's Horse of the Year honor. Teague was recognized as the 2015 Owner of the Year, his second such trophy in his career; 25-year-old Montrell Teague, who drove Wiggle It Jiggleit in all his races, was recognized as the Rising Star; and Taylor was honored as Caretaker of the Year. Teague's previous Owner of the Year honor was in 2007. "What a fun year it was to have such a great horse," Teague said, referring to Wiggle It Jiggleit. "Words can't explain it. When you've got the mom and you've got the dad and you wind up with one like this, and you don't expect it, it's definitely an extra bonus." Montrell Teague won 160 races last year and set a career high with $3.71 million in purses. In addition to driving Wiggle It Jiggleit, he piloted Ohio Sire Stakes champion Miss Me Yet and Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund winners Apple Bottom Jeans and Remember Me VK. "It's been a very fun ride, and to be honored with such a great award adds to it," he said. "Dad always said greatness comes with opportunity and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to race one of the greatest horses to ever hit the track. Wiggle It Jiggleit has given me and my family enough thrills to last a lifetime." Jimmy Takter received his fifth trophy --- and second in a row --- for Trainer of the Year. Takter trained Dan Patch Award-winners Pinkman and Pure Country and set a record by winning six Breeders Crown races in 2015. Other top horses for Takter last year included Crown champs Wild Honey, All The Time, Always B Miki, Creatine, and The Bank. "It's nice; we had a fantastic year," Takter said. "I had a great group of horses and I have a great group of people that participate with us. It's not just a one-man show." David Miller was recognized as Driver of the Year. He won a record five Breeders Crown races last year and was the regular driver of Dan Patch Award-winners Divine Caroline and Broadway Donna. He also had stakes wins with State Treasurer and Bee A Magician. Miller also was Driver of the Year in 2003. "It means a lot to me," Miller said. "I think my competition is pretty tough, it's a battle every night, so it's an honor to be named Driver of the Year. It's been an incredible ride. I love it so much." Hanover Shoe Farms President and CEO Jim Simpson received the Stanley Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award for his contributions to harness racing. He also saw Hanover Shoe Farms recognized as Breeder of the Year. Hanover-bred horses earned a record $30.16 million in 2015. "I would like to emphasize that political activism is one of my new chores in this industry, and I can't say I like it," Simpson said. "But it must be done. The more active you can be politically, the better." Other honorees included trainer Joann Looney-King, with the Good Guy Award; Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association Executive Director and multiple racetrack announcer Gabe Prewitt, with the Breakthrough Award; and Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Director of Development Joanne Young, with the Unsung Hero Award. For a complete list of winners, visit the U.S. Harness Writers Association website here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Delaware harness racing is in the spotlight at the U.S.Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual  “Night of Champions’ Awards-Dinner in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,saluting the outstanding individual and horse standouts,  the Dan Patch Award winners, of the 2015 season. First state horses and horsemen walk off with many of the major honors. World champion Wiggle It Jiggleit is top award winner, named Horse of the Year, as well as Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-Old Pacer of 2015. George Teague is Owner of the Year, his driver Montrell Teague is “Rising Star’ Award winner. JoAnn Looney-King is winner of USHW‘s ‘Good Guy’ Award. World champion JL Cruze is Trotter of the Year.  Last Wednesday, Wiggle It Jiggleit  make his 4-year-old debut in a qualifying race at Dover Downs. He finished third but is set to return this Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a second qualifying race. Qualifying races are just that, it only shows speed, it doesn’t count on its record. This week regular driver Montrell Teague will be back to drive. Early 2016 season Preferred pacer standout, Bushwacker, continues to be the richest horse in the sport earning $74,700 with five wins in nine races. Bushwacker takes off  from this Monday’ $36,000 Preferred pace. Mustang Art, second  in money won with $64,050, leads a select field of six including Doctor Butch, returning Phil Your Boots and fast Atta Boy Dan, in the week’s top pace of the week.    Rocknroll Jewell’s longest win streak at the track ended at six straight on Monday (2/22) finishing second. Filly pacer Westluckycam won her fifth in-a-row on Tuesday (2/16), a win that ended a three-win streak for Mystery Writer. Meanwhile, Northern Rocknroll, recorded her fifth consecutive victory and sixth in her last seven races. The 3-race win streaks by True Blue Hall and Lew’s Maverick, both came to an end on the 2/22 program.   Blazing Bobby Sox racked up his seventh win of the meet (2/29). On Monday he will be tested in the 8th race. Doctor McSwing is still the track’s richest maiden pacers.  the money-making five-year-old is still looking for his first lifetime win  after finished third for the fourth straight race. The well-bred pacer races in a $9,500 Delaware pace on Monday in the 3rd race. While winning $61,936 in his career, Doctor McSwing has yet to win a race in 68 starts. Hi lifetime record shows  68 races,15-times finishing second and 12- times third. Doctor McSwing races again  Monday from post 8 in the 3rd race. Driver Corey Callahan continues en route to his seventh-straight track’s dash win crown; Callahan with 146  wins has a big lead over second-place, Allan Davis with 104 wins. Tony Morgan ranks third with 97 winners, Ross Wolfenden, is fourth with 91 winners. George Dennis completes the Top 5 with 87 wins. Dylan Davis is also nearing a three-peat as the track’s Leading Trainer . Davis has trained 59 winners.  Jim King is second with 41 wins. Wayne Givens is in third place with 35, while Kevin Lare has moved into a fourth place haltering 29 winners with Josh Green and Kevin Lare tied for fifth with 29 wins. PHIL YOUR BOOTS RETURNS IN 36,000 PREFERRED MONDAY Phil Your Boots, a 1.49.1 winner in his last local appearance in mid-December, returns in this week's $36,000 Preferred/Handicap pace on Monday, March 7 at Dover Downs., Mustang Art, Doctor Butch and another returnee, Atta Boy Dan are among the select six starters in the feature race. The program features a standout undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Trainer Andrew Harris has replaced last week's 1:49.2 winner Lucan Hanover, with another stable standout, Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots teamed with Tim Tetrick, Atta Boy Dan, driven by Andrew McCarthy, also posted a late 2015 sub-1:50 victory for owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, at Dover Downs, negotiating the five-eighth mile oval in 1:49.4. Among the regulars in the week's top race is the fast Max Walton and Greg Papaleo owned Mustang Art handled by Sean Bier. He has three wins already this year good for the second highest purse-earnings thus far in 2016. . Stepping up to the top pace is Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's had-hitting Adventure Bound reined by Art Stafford Jr. starting from the rail after a big win last week. G.P.Calloway, Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Sweet Rock and Allan Davis leave from post 2. Not to be overlooked in this field is Ken Jacobs'$1-million winner, Doctor Butch, steered by Tony Morgan. On the undercard is an $18,500 Male pace. In one of two $17,000 paces, Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt (Tetrick) and Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta's Soto (Ross Wolfenden square off. Also there are two $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces, three $14,500 paces. Doctor McSwing makes his 69th career start in the 3rd race. The five-year-old pacer owned by Allan Pullman, Barry Glickstein and Eddie Davis, is still looking for his first win ever. He has been second 15 times and third 12 times including his last four races. A winner of nearly $62,000 lifetime, he's a longshot from post 8 this time. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts, daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

Harness racing's richest horse with $7.33 million in career earnings, 12-year-old Foiled Again is preparing for another season of going against the top older pacers in North America. He will qualify for the first time this year on Friday, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with an eye toward competing in the upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Levy Series begins March 19. Foiled Again won the series championship in 2009 and 2010. "He could not have trained back better," trainer Ron Burke said. "He really seems good. I cannot wait. He seems sharp. I'm just excited to get it going. Every time he steps on the track it's history, so it's cool." Foiled Again received Dan Patch Awards for best older male pacer in 2013, 2012, and 2011, when he also was named Pacer of the Year. The only older male pacers to receive three consecutive Dan Patch Awards are Foiled Again and Rambling Willie (1975-77). Foiled Again also received O'Brien Awards for best older male pacer in 2013 and 2011. Last year, Foiled Again won three of 22 races and earned $436,207. It was his lowest earnings total since 2008, but still ranked ninth among all older pacers in North America despite missing nearly seven weeks following minor throat surgery. He was the only pacer older than age 6 among the top 10 money-winners in 2015. His seasonal earnings also were a record for any 11-year-old pacer in history. Foiled Again's wins last season came in the Battle of Lake Erie, a triumph that lifted him to above $7 million in lifetime purses, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and an elimination for the Breeders Crown. He finished second in the Bobby Quillen Memorial and third in each the William R. Haughton Memorial, TVG Free For All Pacing Championship, U.S. Pacing Championship, and Roll With Joe Stakes. The gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and JJK Stables. "He really is amazing," Burke said. "He's 12 years old, and maybe he's not the best aged free-for-aller, but he's in the top 10 easily. Last year he missed a big part of his normal schedule with throat surgery. I look for him to have a little bit of a bounce back year this year." Foiled Again is among a dozen horses from the Burke Stable qualifying on Friday at the Meadowlands. The others are pacers Always At My Place, Bettor's Edge, Request For Parole, Sassa Hanover, Skippin By, Somewhere In L A, Southinkucandance, Take It Back Terry, and Western Bayama, plus trotters DW's NY Yank and Luminosity. Bettor's Edge, a 7-year-old, has earned $1.79 million in his career, and 7-year-old Take It Back Terry finished second in last year's Levy final on his way to $471,110 in purses. Stakes-winner Somewhere In L A is a newcomer to the stable. Sassa Hanover, a 4-year-old mare, also has $1 million in lifetime purses. "I think we're going to go four or five horses to the Levy," Burke said. "We're just trying to decide which ones. Take It Back Terry for sure is going. He couldn't have had a better year. By the end of the year he was just out of his mind. We're going to give him a shot this year to race a little more in the bigger races and see if he can compete with the true top ones. Somewhere In L A trained back very well. Hopefully he gives us another quality, upper level horse. "Skippin By and Request For Parole look like they're going to be top mares this year. Luminosity and DW's NY Yank are both a step below the true free-for-all trotters, but they can race in those races and get checks. I'm excited. We've got a lot of good horses getting ready to come back. This will be the first wave and then the 3-year-olds will come back and before you know it the 2-year-olds will be ready to go." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - A week-long trip for two to the Vincent Delaney Memorial festival in Dublin, Ireland, headlines the 2016 Dan Patch Awards Night live/silent auction at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 on Sunday, March 6. Tickets are sold out for this gala event held by the United States Harness Writers Association. The Dan Patch Awards honor the top pacers and trotters in racing and the leading horsemen and women in the industry from the 2015 season. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and if you cannot make it to the dinner, you can still call-in or text bids on the auction items. The lone live auction item is the trip for two to Ireland. The semi-flexible travel dates for the event are Wednesday, August 10 (right after the Hambletonian weekend) and returning Tuesday, August 16. Included is $1,500 in airfare cash, six night hotel stay at the Hilton, Dublin, all transportation for events, a trip to Oakwood Stud Farm & Training Center with lunch at a local pub, carriage ride through downtown Dublin with lunch in Temple Bar, two tickets to the August 12th kickoff gala dinner and VIP tent access both August 13th and 14th for the Vincent Delaney Memorial race cards. For more information visit The silent auction features the following items: Philadelphia Phillies Ticket Package with 2 tickets in the Diamond Club (best seats in the park!) and a parking pass for the following games: May 3 - Phillies Vs. Cincinnati, June 17 - Phillies Vs. Arizona, July 15 - Phillies vs. Mets plus three $50 VISA gift cards for food and souvenirs.  CR Kay Suzie Collection with winning blanket from her 1995 victory in the Merrie Annabelle at The Meadowlands and Rod Allen's whip from her 1994 Freehold Raceway victory in which she tied the world record in 1:59. A Bow River "for men" jewelry package including a gold & silver men's ring, money clip and cuff links all with sulky design. Two-night stay and dinner for two at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. A rare watercolor harness racing painting by Cortland Butterfield (1904-1977) well known as a painter of figure, genre, still life and marine works. The painting features a driving finish of Lila Belle Rhythm at Liberty Bell Park. Dimensions are 36 x 18. Lovely Polish crystal dish with exclusive LV Harkness sand-carved harness racing design. Size is 10 x 6 x 4. Baseball/Harness Racing Memorabilia collection featuring an official 1998 American League Baseball/Mickey Mantle edition signed by 13 Hall of Famers: John Campbell, Robert Heyden, Wally Hennessy, Charles Keller III, Michel Lachance, Bob Marks, Sam McKee, David Miller, Ray Remmen, James Simpson, Chuck Sylvester, Jimmy Takter. Also in the collection is a Phillies warm up jacket signed by Dan Plesac (former pitcher for the Phillies) and a first edition Mickey Mantle comic book. Framed 2004 Wanda Morgan print of three horse heads. Print is numbered 6/400. Dimensions are 26.5 x 21. Large Italian flag signed by the connections of the international trotter Varenne, making it a one-of-a-kind collector's item. Hoosier Park Gift Basket stuffed full of goodies. "Nostalgic" Harness Racing Memorabilia including programs/tip sheets from Roosevelt Raceway, Garden State Park, Lewiston, Green Mountain, Foxboro, Fox Stake trivet, a Garden State Park Groundbreaking plaque, Sportsman's Park Leroy Neiman promotional poster, a copy of Chicago's Horse Racing Venues by Kimberly Rinker, Red Mile retired logo items and a PA Harness backpack. In order to bid on these items via phone or texting, please contact Steve Wolf, email at, phone: 954-654-3757 or Ellen Taylor, email at, phone: 317-867-5877. From the United States Harness Writers' Association      

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The dinner committee of the United States Harness Writers' Association (USHWA) is pleased to announce that the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Dinner, set for Sunday, March 6, 2016 is SOLD OUT! All 350 seats have been purchased for the event that honors the leading horses, horsemen and women from the 2015 harness racing season. The dinner is being held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. "It is great news that our Dan Patch Awards dinner is sold out," said Chris Tully, president of USHWA. "This dinner is the highlight of the 2015 race season and everyone wants to be here. It is going to be a grand affair!" From the United States Harness Writers' Association  

Goshen, NY - The Dan Patch Horse of the Year trophies will be presented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are still available, but the deadline for advertising in the souvenir journal is Wed., Feb. 10.   In addition to equine divisional honors, a host of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremony, including this year's inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Charles Keller III & Bruce Nickells; and Communicators Hall of Fame, David Carr and Jerry Connors.   The U. S. Harness Writers list of human awards also includes the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner, James Simpson, as well as the Owner, Trainer, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, Rising Star, Breakthrough, Good Guy and a host of others, which are listed below and available on the website.   Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email:   Savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the luxury resort of Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six. A special rate can be reserved by calling 888-421-1442 BEFORE February 11, and mentioning code: DAN PATCH or by clicking this link: The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Wednesday, February 10. To advertise in the Souvenir Journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via internet link:   Dan Patch Horse Awards – 2015 Champions   E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of theYear: Wiggle It Jiggleit Trotter of theYear: Pinkman Pacer of theYear: Wiggle It Jiggleit 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Southwind Frank 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter: Broadway Donna 3-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Pinkman 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter: Mission Brief Trotting Horse: J L Cruze Trotting Mare: Bee A Magician 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Boston Red Rocks 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer: Pure Country 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Wiggle It Jiggleit 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer: Divine Caroline Pacing Horse: State Treasurer Pacing Mare: Venus Delight   United States Harness Writers Association – Awards and Honorees United States Harness Writers Association Awards Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Charles Keller III Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Bruce Nickells Communicators Hall of Fame: David Carr Communicators Hall of Fame: Jerry Connors Stan Bergstein–Proximity Award: James W. Simpson Norman Woolworth Owner: George Teague Jr. Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year: Jimmy Takter Driver of the Year: David Miller Breeder of the Year: Hanover Shoe Farms Lew Barasch Breakthrough: Gabe Prewitt Rising Star: Montrell Teague President’s Award: Breana Carsey President’s Award: Michelle & Albert Crawford W. R. Haughton Good Guy: Jo Ann Looney-King USHWAn of the Year: Ellen Taylor Lee Anne Pooler Unsung Hero: Joanne Young January Davies Humanitarian Award: Marvin Chantler Amateur Driver of the Year: Hannah Miller Caretaker of the Year: Mike Taylor Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Margie Seelster Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Mozzi Hanover Hervey Awards - Writing: Feature: Kimberly French; Writing: News & Commentary: Dave Briggs Broadcasting: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Smallsreed Photography Awards - Feature:  Frances Lund; Racing:  Clive Cohen Grand Circuit – Driver: Yannick Gingras; Trainer: Ron Burke; Owner: Burke Racing US Trotting & US Harness Writers Railbird Recognition Awards - Horse Person: Joe Bellino; Racing Moment: Wiggle It Jiggleit’s Jug US Trotting & US Harness Writers Dash Winning Driver: Aaron Merriman Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service to Youth Award: Callie Davies-Gooch   Chris Tully    

Harness racing's richest pacer of the year, 3-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, and fastest pacer of the year, 6-year-old stallion State Treasurer, were among the six pacers named divisional champions in Dan Patch Award voting announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on Wednesday. Also receiving Dan Patch Award pacing honors were undefeated 2-year-old female Pure Country, 2-year-old male Boston Red Rocks, 3-year-old female Divine Caroline, and older female Venus Delight. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year will be announced live Thursday at approximately 1 p.m. from Monticello Raceway, following the second race. The announcement will be available on Monticello's simulcast, advance deposit wagering sites, or via replay at An email announcement will follow immediately. A total of 136 Dan Patch Award ballots were returned. Wiggle It Jiggleit received 97 percent of the votes in the 3-year-old male pacer division while Pure Country got 91 percent for 2-year-old female pacers. Divine Caroline, State Treasurer, and Venus Delight each received more than 77 percent in their categories and Boston Red Rocks got 60 percent. All six pacers are receiving their first Dan Patch Award honors. Wiggle It Jiggleit won 22 of 26 races this year and finished second on three occasions on his way to $2.18 million in purses. The gelding's victories included the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, Battle of the Brandywine, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Carl Milstein Memorial, Hap Hansen Progress Pace, and Matron Stakes. In addition, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a half-mile track when he won in 1:49 at Harrington Raceway. His time of 1:48 in winning the Battle of the Brandywine set the world record for a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile oval. Wiggle It Jiggleit is owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. and trained by Teague's longtime assistant Clyde Francis. Teague's son, Montrell, drove Wiggle It Jiggleit in all his starts. Three-year-old filly Divine Caroline won five of her final six starts this year --- including the Breeders Crown and Tarport Hap --- and won eight of 22 races overall. She finished among the top three a total of 19 times and earned a division-leading $667,266 for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, and Michael Ouriel. Divine Caroline's remaining wins this season also included divisions of the Glen Garnsey and Bluegrass stakes. State Treasurer topped all older pacers in purses with $865,807. His time of 1:47 in winning the U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands was this year's fastest mile by a pacer and only one-fifth of a second off the fastest race mile in harness racing history. For the year, State Treasurer won nine of 19 races and hit the board a total of 15 times. His victories also included the Canadian Pacing Derby, Roll With Joe, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Molson Pace. His triumph in the Molson Pace made him the first three-time winner of the event. State Treasurer, trained by Ian Moore, is owned by Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Venus Delight was the richest pacing mare of the season, with $603,265 in purses for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and owner Bamond Racing. She won eight of 19 starts and finished among the top three on 15 occasions. Her wins included the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship, the Milton Stakes, the TVG Free For All Series championship for pacing mares, and the Artiscape. Pure Country was a perfect 10-for-10 this year and led all 2-year-old pacers with $689,968 in earnings. She joins JK She'salady (2014), See You At Peelers (2010) and My Little Dragon (2005) as the only 2-year-old female pacers to win a Dan Patch Award with an undefeated season. Trained by Jimmy Takter for owner Diamond Creek Racing, Pure Country's wins included the Breeders Crown, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship --- in a stakes- and track-record 1:51 at The Meadows --- and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. Boston Red Rocks never finished off the board in nine races this year, winning four times. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers and Governor's Cup. The colt, trained by Steve Elliott, is owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks earned $579,205 this year, the top figure for a 2-year-old male pacer. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Boston Red Rocks (82 votes) Rocknroll Hanover---McGibson---McArdle Yearling Price: $50,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Andray Farm Owners: Peter Blood, Rick Berks Trainer: Steve Elliott Drivers: Tim Tetrick, John Campbell Races: 9-4-4-1 Purses: $579,205 Mark: 1:50.3 at Meadowlands Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $413,000 Governor's Cup 2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER Pure Country (124 votes) Somebeachsomewhere---Western Montana---Western Hanover Yearling Price: Homebred Breeder: Diamond Creek Farm Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Brett Miller Races: 10-10-0-0 Purses: $689,968 Mark: 1:51 at The Meadows Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Wiggle It Jiggleit (132 votes) Mr Wiggles---Mozzi Hanover---Jenna's Beach Boy Sale Price: Private Breeders: James Bernstein, Theresa Bantle, Eric Felter, Vincent Tancredi Owner: George Teague Jr. Inc. Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague Races: 26-22-3-0 Purses: $2.18 million Mark: 1:47.4 at Meadowlands Top wins: $706,000 Meadowlands Pace; $677,000 Little Brown Jug; $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine; $500,000 Hempt Memorial 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER Divine Caroline (113 votes) Rock N Roll Heaven---Loving Caroline---Art Major Yearling Price: $75,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Diamond Creek Farm Owners: Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, Michael Ouriel Trainer: Joe Holloway Driver: David Miller Races: 22-8-5-6 Purses: $667,266 Mark: 1:49.2 at The Red Mile Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $173,500 Tarport Hap; $117,250 Glen Garnsey division OLDER MALE PACER State Treasurer (108 votes) Real Desire---Ideal Treasure---Western Ideal Yearling Price: $6,500 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Brittany Farms Owners: Sally MacDonald, Paul MacDonald Trainer: Ian Moore Drivers: David Miller, Randy Waples, Chris Christoforou Races: 19-9-1-5 Purses: $865,807 Mark: 1:47 at Meadowlands Top wins: $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby; $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship; $150,000 Roll With Joe OLDER FEMALE PACER Venus Delight (105 votes) Bettor's Delight---Venus Killean---Run The Table Sale Price: Private Breeder: Estate of George Hempt Trust Owner: Bamond Racing Trainer: Jeff Bamond Drivers: Jason Bartlett, Tim Tetrick, James MacDonald Races: 19-8-3-4 Purses: $603,265 Mark: 1:49.4 at Vernon Downs Top wins: $261,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker; $225,000 Milton; $200,000 TVG; $194,000 Artiscape From the U.S. Harness Writers Association

Bee A Magician, Mission Brief, and Pinkman added to their respective Dan Patch Award totals Tuesday when divisional honors for harness racing trotters were announced by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Mission Brief, a filly, and Pinkman, a gelding, were Dan Patch Award winners last year at age 2 and repeated as honorees for 2015. Five-year-old mare Bee A Magician was previously recognized in 2013, when she was voted harness racing's best 3-year-old female trotter as well as Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year. Joining that trio in also receiving Dan Patch Award divisional honors this year were 2-year-old filly Broadway Donna, 2-year-old colt Southwind Frank, and older male JL Cruze. Divisional honors for pacers will be announced Wednesday, followed by the live announcements of Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday after the second race at Monticello Raceway. The announcement will be available on Monticello's simulcast, advance deposit wagering sites, or via replay at An email announcement will follow immediately. A total of 136 ballots were returned. Each winner received at least 82 percent of the votes in their division. Southwind Frank received 135 votes, with one voter abstaining from voting in the category. Pinkman, trained by Jimmy Takter, is the richest trotter in North America this year, with $1.89 million in purses. He won 11 of 17 races, including the Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic, Kentucky Futurity, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, and Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial. His time of 1:51 in the Hambletonian set the world record for a 3-year-old gelding trotter on a mile racetrack and his 1:51.3 win in the Beal established the world record for a 3-year-old gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile oval. Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. Pinkman is the second consecutive Takter-trained male trotter to receive Dan Patch Award honors at ages 2 and 3, following Father Patrick in 2013 and 2014. Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, won 10 of 14 races this year, finished second on three occasions, and earned $1 million in purses. Her triumphs included the Elegantimage Stakes, Matron Stakes, and the filly division of the Zweig Memorial. She challenged the boys in the Hambletonian, rather than facing the fillies in the Hambletonian Oaks, and won her elimination before finishing second to Pinkman in the same-day final. Her time of 1:50.2 in the Matron Stakes set the world record for a 3-year-old female trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and equaled the fastest mile ever by any 3-year-old trotter on a five-eighths-mile oval. Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. Mission Brief joins Shake It Cerry (2013 and 2014) and Check Me Out (2011 and 2012) as recent trotting fillies to receive Dan Patch Award recognition at ages 2 and 3. Bee A Magician enjoyed multiple successes this year against male rivals. She became the first female trotter to win the Maple Leaf Trot since 2006 and she became the first mare to ever win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and Centaur Trotting Classic. She also knocked off the boys in the Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. For the year, Bee A Magician won 10 of 18 races, finished second five times, and earned $980,845 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee. Her victories also included the Armbro Flight Stakes for trotting mares. Bee A Magician is the first female trotter since Peace Corps to receive a Dan Patch Award at ages 3 and 5. Peace Corps garnered five consecutive trophies from ages 2 through 6 (1988-92). JL Cruze, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Eric Ell, saw his season cut short by complications from a virus, but before being sidelined won 16 of 21 races and put together a string of three consecutive world-record performances. He became the sport's first trotter to trot a mile in less than 1:50 on a mile-sized track, stopping the timer in 1:49.4 to capture the Graduate Series championship at the Meadowlands. In addition, JL Cruze set the world record of 2:04.2 for the distance of 1-1/8 miles in the Hambletonian Maturity and equaled the world record of 1:51 for a 4-year-old gelding on a five-eighths oval in the Sun Invitational. A relative unknown entering this year, JL Cruze began the season by winning the Super Bowl Series championship in January, followed by the Singer Memorial Series in February, the Shiaway St Pat Series in March, and the Weiss Series in April. He earned $627,456 this season. JL Cruze is owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta. Two-year-old colt Southwind Frank, another trotter from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, won 11 of 12 races this year and earned $786,419. His wins included the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, and William Wellwood Memorial. His time of 1:52.2 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes set the world record for a 2-year-old male trotter. Southwind Frank is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. Two-year-old filly Broadway Donna won nine of 10 races this season and earned $531,286 for trainer Jim Campbell and owner Fashion Farms. Her victories included the Jim Doherty Memorial, a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Southwind Frank (135 votes) Muscle Hill---Flawless Lindy---Cantab Hall Yearling Price: $100,000 at Lexington Selected Sale Breeder: Southwind Farm Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras Races: 12-11-0-0 Purses: $786,419 Mark: 1:52.2 at The Red Mile (world record) Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial; $283,480 William Wellwood Memorial   2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER Broadway Donna (112 votes) Donato Hanover---Broadway Schooner---Broadway Hall Yearling Price: Homebred Breeder: Fashion Farms Owner: Fashion Farms Trainer: Jim Campbell Driver: David Miller Races: 10-9-0-0 Purses: $531,286 Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands Top wins: $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial; $351,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship; $129,500 Bluegrass Stakes division   3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Pinkman (132 votes) Explosive Matter---Margie Seelster---Angus Hall Yearling Price: $77,000 under name Traffic Jam at Lexington Selected Sale Breeder: O Narutac Equine Nursery Owners: Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, Herb Liverman Trainer: Jimmy Takter Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Brian Sears Races: 17-11-3-1 Purses: $1.89 million Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record) Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $532,000 Canadian Trotting Classic; $527,000 Kentucky Futurity; $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial   3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER Mission Brief (118 votes) Muscle Hill---Southwind Serena---Varenne Yearling Price: $150,000 at Lexington Selected Sale Breeders: Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, Andrea Lea Racing Stables Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras Races: 14-10-3-0 Purses: $1 million Mark: 1:50.2 at Dover Downs (world record) Top wins: $307,040 Elegantimage; $187,400 Matron; $185,000 Zweig Filly   OLDER MALE TROTTER JL Cruze (118 votes) Crazed---Topcat Hall---Conway Hall Sale Price: $37,000 at 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale Breeders: Joanne Morrison, Glengate Farms Owners: Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr., Stephen Iaquinta Trainer: Eric Ell Driver: John Campbell Races: 21-16-2-0 Purses: $627,456 Mark: 1:49.4 at Meadowlands (world record) Top wins: $443,300 Hambletonian Maturity; $250,000 Graduate; $75,000 Sun Invitational\   OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Bee A Magician (119 votes) Kadabra---Beehive---Balanced Image Yearling Price: $90,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: White Birch Farm Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee Trainer: Richard "Nifty" Norman Drivers: Brian Sears, David Miller Races: 18-10-5-0 Purses: $980,845 Mark: 1:51.1 at Mohawk Top wins: $516,800 Maple Leaf Trot; $220,320 Armbro Flight; $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic   From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

LUCAN, Ontario . . . Seelster Farms today announced that the harness racing Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winning Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year,  Wheeling N Dealin, is the latest addition to their stallion roster for 2016.   Wheeling N Dealin enjoyed a spectacular freshman season during which time he never tasted defeat in nine starts. He swept the Bridger Series, won the Champlain in a season’s best 1:55, captured the elim and final of the William Wellwood Memorial and concluded the season with a sweep of the Breeders Crown.   He was the overwhelming choice as the best two-year-old trotting colt of the year in Canada and the US winning the O’Brien and Dan Patch Awards.   As a sophomore, Wheeling N Dealin started in the three toughest races for his group, the Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic and the Kentucky Futurity. In the first, he finished second in his elimination timed in 1:53.1 and, in the second, he was a close third in his elim and fourth in the final.   Wheeling N Dealin concluded his racing career late this summer at Mohawk, winning his final two starts including a life best 1:54 performance. He retires to the Seelster Farms’ breeding shed with $913,000 in earnings.   In addition to his talent on track, Wheeling N Dealin also possesses a deep pedigree. His sire is the great Cantab Hall, a winner of $1.5 million in his racing career and the sire of such standouts as Father Patrick ($2.6 million), Wild Honey ($1.6 million), Explosive Matter ($1.5 million), etc.   Wheeling N Dealin’s dam is the multiple stakes winner Quick Credit who won more than $553,000 and has also produced Sugar Wheeler ($354,000).   The introductory fee for Wheeling N Dealin is $4,000. For further information, please see or call (519) 227-4294.   2012 Breeder's Crown     2012 Bridger Final     2012 Champlain Stakes     2012 William Wellwood Final  

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