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Montgomery, NY --- World champion and $1.9 million winner Check Me Out has been pronounced in foal to Credit Winner.       The daughter of Donato Hanover-Illusion Bi retired as the richest trotting filly of all-time and was a Dan Patch award winner at ages 2 and 3. She was trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick during her brilliant career. As a 2-year-old she set a world record on a five-eighths-mile track (1:53.2) and set stakes records in the Merrie Annabelle, Breeders Crown, Bluegrass, Champlain, Matron and Tompkins-Geers. Winning 14 of 16 starts, Check Me Out was the fastest and richest 2-year-old colt or filly of 2011. She returned at 3 to win the Elegantimage, Hudson Filly, Hambletonian Oaks elimination, Delvin Miller Memorial, Zweig Filly, Bluegrass, and three Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, including the final, making her the richest 3-year-old filly of 2012. She raced for owners Charles Iannazzo and Ray Schnittker and is now owned by Steve Jones and Ray Schnittker. From Cameo Hills Farm

Trainer Jonas Czernyson is getting Maven ready to defend her division title among older female trotters, but last year's Dan Patch Award winner is not his sole focus as he prepares her for the stakes season. Four additional older female trotters are receiving Czernyson's attention as he looks forward to the Miami Valley Distaff on May 4 at Ohio's new Miami Valley Raceway. Joining the 5-year-old Maven in the division for Team JC are 5-year-old D'Orsay and 4-year-olds Ma Chere Hall, Mistery Woman, and Coffeecake Hanover. All five were in qualifier action last week at the Meadowlands, and all should be returning there again Saturday morning for qualifying efforts. "It's going to be an interesting year," Czernyson said. "We're unfortunately going to have to race against each other, but we just have to hope for the best. When you have horses that are that good, they're going to go up against each other." Maven finished second by a half-length to older male trotter Uncle Peter in last week's qualifiers, timed in 1:56.1. Last season, Maven was the unanimous selection for the Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter after winning 10 of 14 races and $509,220 for owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. "So far everything is very good," Czernyson said. "She did what we asked her to do (in her qualifier). We wanted to go somewhere between (1):56 and (1):57 and that's what she did. That was the beginning and we'll go from there." Where she goes could be overseas. Czernyson is considering sending Maven to Sweden for the Elitlopp on May 25. "We're thinking about that," said Czernyson, a native of Sweden. "We're trying to get some better shipping arrangements for that. That would be very fun. That would be very nice if we could go over there and win that race. "She's coming back as nice as she did before, but we'll see how she does racing. That's when we'll make the full decision whether we're going or not." For her career, Maven has won 25 of 40 races and $1.42 million. D'Orsay finished third in the qualifier with Uncle Peter and Maven. She trotted in 1:56.3. Last year, D'Orsay won four of 14 races and $189,928 for owner Consus Racing Stable. Her wins included the Muscle Hill Stakes and Ima Lula Series final and she finished third in the Breeders Crown. D'Orsay has won seven of 46 career starts and $348,335. "She's her own worst enemy," Czernyson said. "Unfortunately, when the gate leaves, she wants to leave with it. Hopefully we can get her to settle down a little more. She's sure fast enough. She's a lot better now than she was at 2; we just have to hope she keeps on maturing." Ma Chere Hall finished second by three-quarters of a length to Archangel in her qualifier. She was timed in 1:56.4. Last season as a 3-year-old, Ma Chere Hall won nine of 17 races and $506,869 for owners Walnut Hall Limited, Aldebaran Park, and Joe Sbrocco. Her victories included the Matron Stakes and Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. She ended the campaign with a second-place finish in the Moni Maker Stakes, which was won by Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. She also was second in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. For her career, Ma Chere Hall has won 12 of 29 races and $668,933. "She's coming back very nice," Czernyson said. Mistery Woman finished sixth in the qualifier with Ma Chere Hall, timed in 1:57.4. Last year, she won three of 15 starts and $292,323 for owners Millstream Inc., Misty Miller, Donovan, and Aldebaran Park. Her wins included the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Filly Memorial Trot and she was third in the Moni Maker. Lifetime, Mistery Woman has won six of 20 career races and $380,500. "She's also coming back very nice," Czernyson said. "(Driver David Miller) was happy with her. Hopefully she can step it up and go with the big girls." Coffeecake Hanover is a newcomer to the Team JC Stable. She was purchased for $140,000 by Czernyson's wife, Christine, at November's Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. Last season in the stable of trainer Ron Burke, Coffeecake Hanover won four of 16 races and $194,473. She captured a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and was second to Frau Blucher in the Buckette Stakes. For her career, she has won eight of 27 races and $359,816. She finished fifth in her qualifier, one spot ahead of Mistery Woman, timed in 1:57.3. "(Christine) bought her as a future broodmare also," Czernyson said. "We'll try to make some of our money back at the racetrack first, and then we'll go from there. So far she's been training down really good. "I wish I saw better than a :30.2 last quarter in the qualifier, but there was a headwind and we didn't have her rigged right. We're going to make a few changes to her and hopefully she should be a little sharper for this week." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Just when you figure there is nothing new that Foiled Again can accomplish, he accomplishes something new. Foiled Again is 3-for-3 this year as he gets ready for Saturday's fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The 10-year-old pacer, who has won 79 of 201 career races, had never before started a season with three consecutive wins. So when trainer Ron Burke said in early March that Foiled Again "started this year better than he's ever come back," he wasn't kidding. The ageless wonder is the richest horse in North American harness racing history, now with $6.10 million, the oldest horse ever to win a Breeders Crown, the oldest horse ever to have a million-dollar campaign, and one of only two horses to claim three consecutive Dan Patch Awards for best older male pacer. Rambling Willie is the other. Foiled Again's three wins in the Levy put him tied with stablemate Bettor's Edge atop the series standings. Rounding out the top 10 are Mach It So, Easy Again, Itrustyou, Apprentice Hanover, Clear Vision, P H Supercam, Dancin Yankee, and Hillbilly Hanover. The six-week series concludes April 26. * * * Speaking of multiple Dan Patch Award winning pacers, Anndrovette picked up her first win of the year last week in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. Anndrovette has received the Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer each of the last three years, equaling the record shared by Eternal Camnation and Shady Daisy. With $2.61 million in career purses, Anndrovette ranks No. 6 on the all-time list for pacing mares, and she is closing in on No. 5 Loyal Opposition, who retired with $2.64 million. Eternal Camnation is the only pacing mare to exceed $3 million, finishing her career with $3.74 million. Anndrovette is tied with Rocklamation for fourth place in the Matchmaker series standings, behind Angels Delight, Yagonnakissmeornot, and Summertime Lea. Spots six through 10 are held by Ideal In Vegas, Somwherovrarainbow, Krispy Apple, Ramalama, and Fashion Mystery. The six-week series concludes April 26. * * * Somwherovrarainbow, who was the sport's 2-year-old pacing filly champion in 2012, has started this year with three consecutive wins for trainer Joe Holloway, and the second half of Holloway's dynamic duo is ready to return to action Friday at the Meadowlands. World champion Shebestingin is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the fillies and mares B-1/A-2 handicap at the Big M. Holloway said earlier this year that he planned to start Shebestingin in several overnight races before going to the $50,000 Miami Valley Distaff on May 4 at Ohio's new Miami Valley Raceway. Shebestingin paced the fastest mile ever by a female pacer when she won in 1:47 at Lexington's Red Mile last year. She prepped for her first start this season by winning two qualifiers, the first in 1:52.2 and the second in 1:54.3 into a stiff homestretch wind. * * * Also on Friday at the Meadowlands is the second leg of the Artistic Vision Series for pacing fillies and mares. Ron Burke's American In Paris, a perfect 5-for-5 this year, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the 12-horse field. Road Bet, who joined American In Paris in winning a first-round division last week, is 7-2 from the second tier. JK Letitgo, who was second to American In Paris for her first loss in eight starts this season, is 2-1. On Saturday night, the Big M hosts the second round of the Whata Baron Series. Wake Up Peter, who won his first-round division, leads the first of two second-leg splits. Captive Audience, who also won last week, headlines the second. * * * The Meadowlands has released the first edition of "The Road to the Meadowlands Pace," with undefeated Dan Patch Award winner He's Watching in the No. 1 spot. He's Watching dominated the New York Sire Stakes circuit and finished the year 8-for-8 with multiple track records and one world record. "We're pretty excited," trainer Dave Menary told Woodbine Media's Greg Gangle earlier this year. "He's the kind of horse that makes you want to get up in the morning. "We want to dance in all the big dances and hopefully he's up to it," he added. "There's a difference between saying it and doing it, but I think his speed is unquestionable." To see the entire "Road to the Meadowlands Pace" list, with comments from Darin Zoccali, click here. To see Gangle's interview with Menary, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Trainer Noel Daley is hoping for a pleasant year from Delightful Dragon. A 3-year-old filly pacer, Delightful Dragon was slow to make it to the races last season because of issues with her knees but finished the campaign by winning the $394,950 Three Diamonds Stakes on Nov. 30 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Overall, the homebred daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Little Miss Dragon won three of eight starts and earned $227,329 for owner Adam Victor & Son Stable. “She’s come back very sound,” Daley said. “She can go right with the top ones, I think. She’s a big strong filly. She’s got the will and the desire. She didn’t have a tough year by any means. A few of the speedy ones last year had a lot of racing; it’s always interesting to see what comes back.” Delightful Dragon made her first start on Aug. 19, winning a conditioned race at Yonkers in 1:56.2. She was off the board in her next five appearances, but suffered in part from tough draws. She got post 10 in her division of the Bluegrass Stakes, where she finished fourth, and post nine in her elimination for the Breeders Crown, where she finished eighth. “We always liked her; we always thought she had a lot of ability,” Daley said. “She had no luck a few times. She drew outside in the Bluegrass and (driver) Mike Lachance said afterward that she was the best 90-1 shot he’d ever driven. She drew the outside in her elimination for the Breeders Crown, which was a death sentence. After that, we tried to set her up for the Three Diamonds.” Delightful Dragon won a conditioned race at Yonkers in early November and then qualified twice to prep for the Three Diamonds, which she captured by a neck over Act Now in 1:52.4 at odds of 9-1. “It worked out,” Daley said. “She got a good trip, but she deserved to win that race. She was definitely good enough; it wasn’t a shock to us at all.” Delightful Dragon’s mom, Little Miss Dragon, was a multiple-stakes winner during her racing days. Her first foal was a colt, but he lacked, in Daley’s words, “ambition.” “She’s the opposite,” Daley said. “She’s very nice to deal with, lovely to be around, wants to do it. Everything about her is good.” In addition to Delightful Dragon, Daley is getting a number of other horses ready to return to action. Here is a synopsis of three others to keep an eye on. Demoiselle Hanover: A 3-year-old half-sister to 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover, she was winless in four starts last season. The trotter is by stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare D Train and is owned by Timo Nurmos’ Timot Stable. “She only had a couple races; she had a bunch of issues,” Daley said. “She’s got enough ability to go with them if she behaves herself. If (last year’s division leaders) come back and improve, they’re obviously going to be very good. But you can’t worry about anyone else’s horses. I’m happy with the way she’s been and she’s definitely got enough go if she can step it up a little.” Outburst: A 3-year-old male trotter, he won five of 10 races last season and finished worse than third only once. He trotted a world-record 1:53.1 in winning his division of the Bluegrass Stakes. He is owned by Daley, Adam Victor & Son Stable, Kemppi Stables, and Mirva Bogucki. “He’s a nice horse,” Daley said. “I don’t think he’s a top three or four horse, but I think he’s a top 10 horse if he comes back as good as he was. If you can be a top 10 horse you can make a lot of money if you pick your spots and get lucky now and then. There’s so much money out there and the good ones can’t be in all of them. If you can win one decent one, you can do alright there.” Cedar Dove: She was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old filly trotter in 2011. She has won 14 of 50 lifetime races and earned $1.17 million. Last year, she won a division of the Miss Versatility (in a dead heat with Maven) and finished second in the Breeders Crown and Armbro Flight. She is owned by Bill Weaver. “So far she’s been really good,” Daley said. “I just have to make sure I don’t have her ready too early because she seems to fade away as the year goes on. Keeping weight on her is her biggest issue. But so far so good; I’m real happy with her. She won’t race in too much else other than those (major stakes) races. Canada seems to wipe her out, so I’ll probably do the Armbro Flight but won’t go for the early Miss Versatility this year. She could qualify in probably a week or two.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The honeymoon is not over for Bill Mack when it comes to harness racing. Mack, a breeder/owner in central New Jersey, sends 3-year-old filly trotter Sally Savannah into Wednesday's third round of the Bobby Weiss Series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Sally Savannah finished second in her Weiss division last week and was third in the opening round. Driven by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Neal Ehrhart, the filly is 9-2 on the morning line. The 71-year-old Mack has owned horses since retiring from his job as a criminal court administrator for the state of New Jersey. Most of his horses have "Savannah" in their names, which is a nod to the city where Mack and his wife Lorraine spent their honeymoon. "(Sally Savannah) is racing very well," Mack said. "I like her determination; she just seems to like to race. I'm hoping to have a nice year with her." A homebred daughter by stallion Equinox Bi out of Mack's mare Sassy Savannah, Sally Savannah won two of nine races last year and earned $42,512. She won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Stallion Series, finished second to world champion Designed To Be in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and capped her 2-year-old season by finishing third in her division of the Keystone Classic. "She finished last year well and she's back where she left off," Ehrhart said. "We toyed around with the idea of putting her in the regular sire stakes last year, but thought it might be pushing it. It worked out because she did well in the Stallion Series. "I don't know yet where we'll put her this year. I'd rather be a star in the Stallion Series than put her in over her head. A lot of the top 3-year-old (trotting) fillies are going to come out of Pennsylvania. Maybe she'll get there, but she'll let us know." Sally Savannah, who was named by one of Mack's granddaughters because she was naming all her dolls "Sally" at that time, also is eligible to the Arden Downs Stakes and Currier & Ives this year. "This series should be a good prep for the sire stakes," Ehrhart said. "She's been facing a lot of 4-year-olds (in the Weiss) and that's what has impressed me. "This horse is a lot like her mother, and that's a good thing," the trainer added. "George Napolitano said (Sally Savannah) is a very smart horse. She can size up a race and know where she needs to be." Sassy Savannah was a rare yearling purchase for Mack. He bought her for $6,000 under the name Strapless at the 2002 Standardbred Horse Sale. Sassy Savannah won a division of the Arden Downs as a 2-year-old and a Landmark Stakes at age 3, finishing her career with $101,242. "She was sick as a dog at the sale," Ehrhart said. "That might have hurt her (price in the auction), but it didn't hurt her down the road." Mack and Ehrhart have been a team for nearly 15 years. Mack found Ehrhart through an advertisement in Hoof Beats magazine. "He's a nice person," Mack said. "He's easy to deal with. He's done I think as well as could be expected with my horses." Said Ehrhart of Mack, "He's the epitome of what a good racehorse owner should be. He cares about the horses and is patient and never puts them in positions they shouldn't be in. We have a trust and he has confidence in me. He leaves me to do my thing and we've held our own." The two hope to continue the success with Sally Savannah. She faces six rivals Wednesday in the Weiss Series, which is for 3- and 4-year-old female trotters that entered 2014 with fewer than three career wins or $40,000 in lifetime purses. Clementine Dream, who finished second in the Super Bowl Series final in January, is the 5-2 favorite. Connie Keeper, who has finished second in both her Weiss races, is the 2-1 choice in the first division. Perfect Alliance and Take The Money, both undefeated this year out of the stable of trainer Julie Miller, are skipping this week's races after winning their starts in the previous two rounds. "It's a lot stronger series than I had anticipated," Mack said. "I think she'd have to hit the board (Wednesday) and next week to make the final. But I always have high hopes for my horses. Hopefully she'll do alright." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

TORONTO, March 27 - An elite group of 70 horses remain eligible to the 31st edition of the Pepsi North America Cup, one of harness racing's most prestigious events and Canada's richest harness race with a $1 million final. The one mile pace for three-year-olds at Mohawk Racetrack, is scheduled for Saturday, June 14. Headlining this year's group of nominees is the Dan Patch Award winner and undefeated He's Watching, who set two world records last season along with six track records for trainer and co-owner David Menary. The son of American Ideal boasts a 1:50 speed badge along with $291,722 in earnings. O'Brien Award winner Arthur Blue Chip, who banked $400,120 last season, also remains a top contender for this year's prize. The son of first-crop sire Shadow Play amassed a 6-2-1 record from 11 starts last season. He capped off his year as the richest two-year-old colt pacer. Luck Be Withyou, the 2013 Breeders Crown champion, is also on the list and one of the early favourites for the race. National Debt, who remains undefeated in his career after capturing the Buddy Gilmour Memorial at The Meadowlands, is also on the list of nominees. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations are set for Saturday, June 7. Sustaining payments will be due on April 15 and May 15. The list of nominees follows: AGADIR HANOVER ALWAYS B MIKI ARI ALLSTAR ARTHUR BLUE CHIP AVALANCHE HANOVER BEAT THE DRUM BONDI HANOVER BOOMBOOM BALLYKEEL BRODYS SCRAPPER BUGGER BRUISER CABANA BOY HANOVER CAPITAL ACCOUNT CARRACCI HANOVER CRAFTY MASTER DANCIN HILL DOO WOP HANOVER EWALD HANOVER FOR A BETTOR TIME FORT KNOX GOLD ROCKS HERE COMES WILLIAM HE'S WATCHING IDEAL COWBOY IDEAL MAGIC IDEAL SHADOW IDEALBEACH HANOVER IM DRINKIN DOUBLES JACK ATTACK JET AIRWAY JIGGLE IT JK ENDOFANERA JOURNEYMAN LETS DRINK ON IT LIMELIGHT BEACH LUCK BE WITHYOU LUCKY KING LYONSSOMEWHERE MAJOR DEAGAN MAJOR TRICK MCWICKED MELMERBY BEACH MOLIERE HANOVER NAKED CITY NATIONAL DEBT ODDS ON RHODONITE ON GOLDEN Ponder P L HELLCAT PARNU HANOVER PLAY IT AGAIN SAM SILVERHILL SHADOW SMACK TALK SOME MAJOR BEACH SOMESTARSOMEWHERE SOMETIMES SAID SOMEWHERE FANCY SURPRISE HANOVER SWEET BEACH SWEET TALKIN CLYDE TELLITLIKEITIS THATS MY OPINION THREE OF CLUBS UNLOCKED WACO BRUISER WEATHER HANOVER WELL WRITTEN WESTERN VINTAGE WHISKEY N PIE WHISTLE JIMMY K WICKED BUSINESS WINDS OF CHANGE Total Horses after the following payments. February 15 - 77 Qualifiers moved to Saturday Due to mild and wet temperatures scheduled for this Friday, Woodbine Racetrack will shift its qualifying sessions to Saturday. Seven qualifying sessions till take place, beginning at 4 p.m. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features four $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 28) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 29) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Trainer Ron Burke and driver George Brennan were the stars in the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series last weekend at Yonkers. For the weekend, Burke earned a total of 70.5 Grand Circuit training points and Brennan posted 48.5 driving points. Burke and Brennan kicked things off on March 21 by teaming up to capture a Blue Chip Matchmaker division with Summertime Lea. Brennan also won another Matchmaker split with Angels Delight for trainer Kevin Carr. Then on March 22 in the George Morton Levy series, the Burke/Brennan duo won a pair of divisions with Bettor's Edge and Easy Again. Burke added two other Levy winners with Foiled Again and Itrustyou, both piloted by Yannick Gingras. Foiled Again opened up his 2014 campaign with a 1:52.1 score in the first round of the Levy Series. Foiled Again, the three-time defending Dan Patch Award winner as the sport's top older pacing male, began his season and a quest for a third Levy title by throwing down the gauntlet with a wire-to-wire win in the last of this past Saturday's five $50,000 divisions. In play early from post position No. 6, career win No. 77 couldn't have been less stressful for Foiled Again. A Westchester waltz through fractions of :27.4, 57.1, 1:24.4 and 1:52.1 had him 2-3/4 lengths to the good at the wire. Apprentice Hanover caught Hillbilly Hanover in a dead-heat for second. Start No. 199 for the Dragon Again-In A Safe Place gelding increased his lifetime bankroll to $6,055,968. Burke co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. George Brennan - 48.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 32; 3. Tim Tetrick - 19; 4. Brian Sears - 17; 5. Daniel Dube - 10. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 70.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 21; 3. Rene Allard - 15; 4t. Joe Holloway - 10; 4t. Kevin Carr - 10. Owners: 1t. Burke Racing -19.3; 1t. Weaver Bruscemi - 19.3; 3. Bamond Racing - 18.5; 4. Joe Pennacchio - 10; and 5. M1 Stable - 5.8. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next four weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 26. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2014 ballot. A total of 36 horses and people, including 18 Standardbred racing candidates and 18 Thoroughbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on this year’s ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will declare the winners in their respective categories.  Results will be announced Tuesday, April 8.   On the Standardbred ballots representing this year’s six voting categories are as follows: Male horse category, Blissfull Hall, J M Vangogh and Rocknroll Hanover In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown.  Owned by Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, QC, this champion was trained by Ben Wallace with Ron Pierce as regular driver.   A 31 race career over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before embarking on a successful career as a stallion. J M Vangogh, purchased as a yearling for $4,500 by Paul Chambers of Harrington, Delaware, made a remarkable recovery from an accident in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final as a two year old to earn $2.28 million in 206 starts over 8 seasons and the nickname “The Comeback Kid”.  Rocknroll Hanover banked more than $3 million during his race career, for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, ON; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC.  Career highlights include victories in Canada’s most prestigious races for two and three year olds, the Metro Pace and the North America Cup.  He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America’s most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013. Female horse category: B Cor Tamara, Dreamfair Eternal and J Cs Nathalie Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000.  Bred and owned by Peter Core of Dresden, ON, the daughter of Dream Of Glory was the dam of 19 foals, including star trotter B Cor Pete, and granddam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall.  Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.7 million. Dreamfair Eternal retired from racing in 2012 after a career spanning seven years, 56 victories, including every stake event on the older pacing mare schedule, earning over $2.5 million and being named Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010.  The daughter of Camluck was bred, raised and owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON with Patrick Fletcher receiving training credit. As a broodmare, J Cs Nathalie has produced two millionaires for owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON -- pacing colt Dreamfair Vogel, and pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal.  Dreamfair Vogel was a winner of 19 races and over $1.1 million with a mark of 1:49.3.  Dreamfair Eternal, a winner of 56 races and over $2.5 million in purse earnings was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010. The trainer-driver category: Yves Filion, William Gale, and Wally Hennessey. Yves Filion, 67 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years driving in almost 18,000 races with 4,362 wins and $26.5 million in earnings.   Training credits include 248 winners and horses earning in excess of $3.4 million.   Pacing colts Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama each became millionaires with Filion responsible for both training and driving. William Gale, 65 of Woodstock, Ontario, was one of Canada’s leading drivers for a period that spanned the 70s, 80s and 90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons.  During his career, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million. Wally Hennessey, 56, of Prince Edward Island, has more than 8,200 victories to his name and has banked earnings in excess of $55 million.  In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker, a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown.  In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. Candidates in the builders’ category: Dr. Ted Clarke, John B. Ferguson and Robert Murphy. Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry.  Highly regarded for his thoughtful insights, Clarke’s strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth.  Before Grand River, Clarke led numerous initiatives to put Elmira Raceway on the path to stability, including the inauguration of Industry Day, the Battle of Waterloo and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network. John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC.  In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson also took a role in track management.  He was hired by Blue Bonnets in Montreal and after leaving hockey became the President of Windsor Raceway.  He was also one of driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The late Robert Murphy, a native of Vancouver, BC, one of Canada’s most respected horse breeders and owners, was known by his popular Red Star moniker.  First introduced to racing at Cloverdale Raceway in 1980, he rapidly became one of Canada’s most prolific owners.   He averaged 935 starts as an owner each year between 2005 and 2009.  In 2007, at the age of 74, Murphy owned more Standardbreds than anyone else in Canada. Outstanding Standardbreds: Albatross, Artsplace, and Happy Lady Albatross was voted US Harness Horse of the Year in 1971 and 1972.  He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million.  As a sire, Albatross's thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million. Artsplace was the1992 O’Brien Award and Dan Patch Award winner as Horse of the Year following an undefeated four-year-old season.  He was a two-year-old world record holder winning the Breeders Crown in a time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida, soundly defeating champion Die Laughing.  He won 37 races and bankrolled over $3 million during his racing career which saw him race many times in Canada before becoming a world class sire. Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, ON and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville.  Though her race career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.2.  Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races.  As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts. Communicators category selections: Harry Eisen, Bill Galvin and Frank Salive. The late Harry Eisen spent a lifetime loving and covering horse racing in Ontario.  As a lifelong journalist, he spent many years exposing the sport to the public, including the majority of his 40 years at the London Free Press.  Eisen who once said he saw his first harness race when he was “three or four years old”, sold tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a boy.  He was inducted into Western Fair’s Wall of Fame in 1980. As a publicist, promoter and author, Bill Galvin, a native of Arnprior, ON made a tremendous impact on horse racing in Canada. Galvin’s promotions transcended racing.  He led a charge to bring ice horse racing to the Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans.  He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the health of horse racing during his career. Leamington, ON native Frank Salive was known for over 35 years as “The Voice” of Canadian harness racing.  During his career it is estimated he called over 100,000 races, becoming a fan and industry favourite for his knowledgeable and informative calls and silky voice.  Frank’s career as a track announcer began at Sudbury Downs in the late 70’s and continued at tracks throughout Ontario,  includin  fourteen years at Ontario Jockey Club/Woodbine Entertainment Group harness tracks and concluding at Pompano Park, Florida.  Salive was also a regular writer for the Canadian Sportsman for several years. From the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

We had to take a bone chip out of a hind ankle. Dr. Patty Hogan did the surgery and we pretty much followed the textbook bringing him back." Sevruga made a statement last year that he could compete with harness racing’s best older trotters. Trainer Julie Miller hopes Katie Said can announce herself in similar fashion when she takes on stakes-calibre three-year-old filly pacers later this season. Katie Said, who was limited to two starts last year, and Sevruga were among four winners for Miller at last Friday’s qualifiers at the Meadowlands. The others were six-year-old trotter Bambino Hall and three-year-old pacer The Lunch Pail as Team Miller -- Julie and her husband, driver Andy -- went 4-for-4 on the day. It was the six-year-old Sevruga’s second qualifier of the season, a winning effort in 1:54.2 as he comes back from bone chip surgery that forced him to miss the end of last year. Sevruga won nine of 22 races and earned $484,575 in 2013 for owner KDM Stables.   His wins included the John Cashman Jr. Memorial and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, both at the Meadowlands, and he finished worse than third only once in his first 19 starts. He was off the board in his last three races and missed the final of the TVG Free For All Series after ending the preliminary rounds as the points leader. "He’s had two nice qualifiers. We’re going to qualify him back again because the level he has to race at, with the top horses in the country, I’d like to have one more tightener for him. But so far he’s done everything we’ve asked of him.” Sevruga, who finished fifth in purses among all older trotters in North America last year, is staked to a similar schedule in 2014. “He’s got all the big races,” Miller said. “If you can get a piece of those, you’re doing good. It’s a tough division, but (Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural) putting together those nice races for the older horses to keep them on the track, it’s been great to see that competition.” Katie Said, a daughter of stallion Well Said, is a half-sister to Kikikatie, the 2003 Dan Patch Award winner for best two-year-old filly pacer, and stakes-winner Just Wait Kate. Katie Said’s mother, Katies Lucky Lady, is a full sister to millionaire Camluck. Purchased as a yearling for $67,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale, Katie Said is owned by the Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. She won her first start last year in 1:55.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia in early October, but in her second race made a violent break while challenging for the lead and went to her knees. “She grabbed a shoe,” Miller said. “She just had some scrapes and scratches, but instead of going on with her, we turned her out and did the right thing by her. It’s working out.” Katie Said won her qualifier last week in 1:55.2. She is eligible to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit as well as a number of stakes including the Lynch Memorial, Adioo Volo, Shady Daisy, Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers. “Andy said she was vicious in her qualifier, just under wraps,” Miller said. “As a two-year-old, she was a late-comer. She had some maturity issues, not physically, but mentally. She’s got a nice three-year-old (stakes) season for this summer. She’s been a pleasant surprise. Hopefully she’ll be a nice racehorse for us this year. We’re really looking forward to her.” The Lunch Pail was another late bloomer, after getting an attitude adjustment. The now gelded son of Yankee Cruiser-Noble Marty, won a division of the Historic-Goshen Cup in 1:51.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia and finished second in divisions of the Reynolds and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes after a slow start to his career. “He was a little bit of a project for us,” Miller said. “He grabbed a shoe one time at The Meadows and got jammed up another time and was making some breaks. In the stall, he was a nipper and biter and kind of would buck around and kick. We decided to geld him and keep his mind on his business. “As soon as we did that, he had a dazzling performance in (1):51.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. It’s amazing what they can accomplish when they keep their mind on their business.” The Lunch Pail, who was purchased as a yearling for $44,000 under the name Bud Bay at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale, is a full brother to stakes-winner Marty Party. The Lunch Pail was owned by the Millers, but three days after his 1:52.4 qualifier win was sold to Michael Ouriel, who also owns Marty Party. He is eligible to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes as well as events such as the Hempt Memorial, Adios, Reynolds and Historic. He also could go to the Bobby Weiss Series, which begins Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. “He’s a nice bred horse,” Miller said. “He’s got pedigree, he’s got the conformation, and now he’s got a great attitude too.” From the United States Trotting Association

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series opening legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. This is the opening event of the 2014 Grand Circuit season. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers features four $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 21) in the first round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 22) card at Yonkers will see five $50,000 divisions in the opening round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Defending champion Feeling You competes in the third division of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and 2012 champ Rocklamation races in the first. Anndrovette, the three-time defending Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer, is in the second division. Former Dan Patch Award winners Economy Terror, who was named best 2-year-old filly pacer in 2011, and Somwherovrarainbow, who earned the same honor in 2012, also are racing in the first round. Million-dollar-earners Camille, Handsoffmycookie, Krispy Apple, and Royal Cee Cee N add depth in the field of 29 Matchmaker hopefuls entered Friday. A total of 36 (of the 47) series eligibles are in to go in the opening round of the George Morton Levy. Ten of the entrants carry the hope and dreams of trainer Ron Burke, including the season-debuting Foiled Again. Foiled Again, the richest pacer in history, leads a field of 36 into the opening round of the Levy. Twice a Levy champion and twice (including last season) a bridesmaid, the sport's $6,030,968 ageless wonder makes his 199th career start. The 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, co-owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, landed post position six in the final event, with Yannick Gingras doing the honors. He draws in with the red-hot Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson, post three), the scourge of Ontario who has won nine consecutive races (five-for-five this season). Ben Wallace trains the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for owner Brad Grant. Burke and P J Fraley (six entered in the opening round) each have coupled entries in the second division, where double-millionaire Sweet Lou (Gingras, post five) makes his 5-year-old debut for Burke. Doctor Butch, last season's Art Rooney Pace champ at Yonkers, commences his 4-year-old season in the fourth division. Tim Tetrick drives for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next four weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 26. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Feeling You will try to become the first repeat winner in the brief history of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway, but it won't be easy. The six-week series for pacing mares, which dates back to 2009, begins with four first-round divisions Friday night at the Hilltop. Defending champion Feeling You competes in the third division and 2012 champ Rocklamation races in the first. Anndrovette, the three-time defending Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer, is in the second division. Former Dan Patch Award winners Economy Terror, who was named best 2-year-old filly pacer in 2011, and Somwherovrarainbow, who earned the same honor in 2012, also are racing in the first round. Million-dollar-earners Camille, Handsoffmycookie, Krispy Apple, and Royal Cee Cee N add depth in the field of 29 Matchmaker hopefuls entered Friday. "This is one of the toughest Matchmakers that I can remember," said Amber Buter, who trains Feeling You. "There are plenty of outstanding mares, and the newer mares like Charisma Hanover and Somwherovrarainbow can't be ignored either. "It's going to come down to how we draw. Hopefully we can draw well and get enough points to reach the final." Feeling You, who is now 7, won 12 of 26 starts last year and earned $407,463 for owners Stephen Oldford, Oldford Farms and driver Tyler Buter. She has won 36 of 100 career races and needs $13,054 to become a millionaire. "We were hoping she could reach that last year, but it's something to look forward to," Amber Buter said. "I'm not one that likes to expect more, so if she could do just as well as last year, or a little bit better, I'll be happy. She feels good and is healthy, so hopefully we can keep it going." Feeling You will race a similar schedule to last season, with a few more stakes events - such as the Roses Are Red and Milton in Canada - sprinkled in. "We're not looking to be world travelers, but she's staked to a few more things," Buter said. Feeling You, who had issues with tying up last season that contributed to several of her poorer showings, spent the offseason in North Carolina and freshened up for this year with a 1:57.1 qualifier win on March 7 at Yonkers. She made her seasonal debut last week, finishing sixth from post seven in the open handicap for fillies and mares, but gained four lengths in the stretch with a :26.4 final quarter-mile. Royal Cee Cee N won the race in 1:53.4, with Cocoa Beach in second and Fashion Mystery third. All of the horses in that race are entered in Friday's Matchmaker divisions. "She raced really well," Buter said about Feeling You. "Unfortunately, she drew outside but it was a good start for her. I'm looking forward to a good Matchmaker Series, hopefully." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Trainer Joe Holloway hopes to have a good time racing 4-year-old female pacers Shebestingin and Somwherovrarainbow this season and thinks both mares could have strong campaigns as they make the jump to facing older foes. Shebestingin, who last year set the record for the fastest mile ever by a female pacer when she won in 1:47 at Lexington's Red Mile, likely is two weeks from qualifying. Somwherovrarainbow, who joined Holloway's stable at the end of last year, makes her seasonal debut Friday night in the B1/A2 handicap for fillies and mares at Meadowlands Racetrack. Somwherovrarainbow is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line, starting from post six with driver Tim Tetrick. Six-year-old Monkey On My Wheel, who won a Breeders Crown at age 3 and has earned $1.34 million lifetime, is the 2-1 favorite from post seven, with driver David Miller at the lines for trainer Andrew Harris. Friday's card at the Meadowlands also includes two opening-round divisions of the Horse & Groom Series for trotters and the second leg of the Winter Survivor Series for pacers. "We'll see how it plays out, but I think they'll both compete very good as 4-year-olds against the aged mares," Holloway said about Shebestingin and Somwherovrarainbow. "Right now, Sting couldn't train back any better. I think Rainbow could have a really good year; I'm excited about her. But I'm very excited about Sting." Somwherovrarainbow's start Friday is a prep for the upcoming Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. Among the mares eligible to the Matchmaker, which begins March 21, are three-time defending Dan Patch Award winner Anndrovette and last year's series champion Feeling You. A daughter of two Horse of the Year winners - stallion Somebeachsomewhere and mare Rainbow Blue - Somwherovrarainbow was the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly pacer. Last year, she won five of 14 races and earned $359,103, pushing her career totals to 12 victories and $886,259. Bred by trainer George Teague Jr. and K&R Racing, she was owned most of last year by Teague, K&R Racing and Ted Gewertz. As of November, she has been owned by Gewertz and Diamond Creek Racing. She made one start for Holloway last season, finishing third in the $167,500 Nadia Lobell at the Meadowlands on Nov. 30. The race was won by Shebestingin. Somwherovrarainbow won two qualifiers last month at the Big M; the first in 1:55.2 and the second in 1:53.3, both with Brian Sears in the sulky. "Obviously she was a good horse before," Holloway said. "I think she's considerably better than she was at the end of last year. She's put on weight and doing well. She qualified well; Brian was happy with her." Holloway plans to start Shebestingin in several overnight races before heading to the $50,000 Miami Valley Distaff on May 4 at Ohio's new Miami Valley Raceway. Her first major stakes appearance should come in the Roses Are Red in June at Mohawk Racetrack in Canada. "Even though I don't have the Matchmaker for her, you really can't just sit around until June; you've got to be tight," Holloway said. "I never took Rainbow out of training because I thought she needed to put on weight and muscle. So we did two different types of (programs) bringing them back." Holloway, who trained 1996 Dan Patch Award winning older female pacer She's A Great Lady, expects this year's group of 4-year-olds to make the mare division even tougher in 2014. Shebestingin and Somwherovrarainbow ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in earnings among 3-year-old filly pacers last year; division champion I Luv The Nitelife and Charisma Hanover were first and third, respectively. "Last year's 3-year-old filly crop was very good, I thought the depth in that division was pretty good, so you've got some good ones coming into the division," Holloway said. "I don't think I would trade either one of mine. "With the mares, you might as well race them; you can only have one (foal) with them. And at least now they can make more money. Back when I raced She's A Great Lady you could win everything and make like $300,000. It's better than it used to be that way." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

The entire Dan Patch Awards Banquet, which was held at Dover Downs on Sunday, February 23, is now available for viewing "on demand" at the home of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), www.ushwa.org . Thanks to the USTA and Roberts Communications, the entire production has been archived and made available to everyone through a link at the top of the USHWA homepage. If you were an honoree or presenter, this is a great opportunity to see exactly what the live and simulcast crowd saw as you were on stage. And if you weren't able to attend in person or watch the live broadcast that night, you can now enjoy the show in its entirety. Once again, USHWA would like to thank the USTA and Roberts Communications for making this available on our site. by Tim Bojarski, for USHWA  

TORONTO, CA March 5 - An impressive group of 77 sophomore including rookie standouts Hes Watching, Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou have been nominated to the 31st edition of the Pepsi North America Cup.   One of harness racing's most prestigious events, the $1 million race is set for Saturday, June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack.   Headlining this year's group of nominees is the Dan Patch Award winner and undefeated Hes Watching, who set two world records last season along with six track records for trainer and co-owner David Menary.   The son of American Ideal boasts a 1:50 speed badge along with $291,722 in earnings.   Arthur Blue Chip, who banked $400,120 last season along with an O'Brien Award, was the richest rookie-pacing colt of 2013. The son of first-crop sire Shadow Play amassed a 6-2-1 record from 11 starts last season.   Luck Be Withyou, the 2013 Breeders Crown champion, is also on the list and one of the early favourites for the race.   The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations are set for Saturday, June 7. Sustaining payments will be due on March 15, April 15 and May 15.   The complete list of this year's Pepsi NA Cup eligibles are listed below: AGADIR HANOVER ALWAYS B MIKI ARI ALLSTAR ARTHUR BLUE CHIP AVALANCHE HANOVER BEAT THE DRUM BEST OF THE BUNCH BONDI HANOVER BOOM BOOM BALLYKEEL BRODYS SCRAPPER BUGGER BRUISER BUSHWACKER CABANA BOY HANOVER CAPITAL ACCOUNT CARRACCI HANOVER CRAFTY MASTER DANCIN HILL DEVIL'S ARCADE DOO WOP HANOVER EARTHSHAKER EWALD HANOVER FOR A BETTOR TIME FORT KNOX GOLD ROCKS HERE COMES WILLIAM HES WATCHING IDEAL COWBOY IDEAL MAGIC IDEAL SHADOW IDEALBEACH HANOVER IM DRINKIN DOUBLES JACKATTACK JET AIRWAY JK ENDOFANERA JIGGLE IT JOURNEYMAN LET'S DRINK ON IT LIMELIGHT BEACH LUCK BE WITH YOU LUCKY KING LYONS SOMEWHERE MAJOR DEAGAN MAJOR TRICK MARCO DE VIE MCWICKED MELMERBY BEACH MOLIERE HANOVER NAKED CITY NATIONAL DEBT ODDS ON RHODONITE ON GOLDEN Ponder PLAY IT AGAIN SAM P L HELLCAT PARNU HANOVER SHADIOS SILVERHILL SHADOW SMACK TALK SOME MAJOR BEACH SOMESTARSOMEWHERE SOMETIMES SAID SOMEWHERE FANCY SURPRISE HANOVER SWEET BEACH SWEET TALKIN CLYDE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT TELLITLIKEITIS THAT'S MY OPINION THREE OF CLUBS UNLOCKED WACO BRUISER WEATHER HANOVER WELL WRITTEN WESTERN VINTAGE WHISKEY N PIE WHISTLE JIMMY K WICKED BUSINESS WINDS OF CHANGE   by Greg Gangle, for WEG  

Whether or not you attended the 2014 Dan Patch Awards Banquet in person, here is your opportunity to experience all the excitement of the night's activities first-hand. If you log onto the United States Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) website (www.ushwa.org ) you will find full listings of all the award winners, fully captioned presentation pictures from that night for every category (both human and equine), a downloadable version of the entire 160 page color Journal that includes pictures, bios and well wishes from industry insiders, and a bank of over 150 professionally taken, high resolution pictures of all the night's events (including the Red Carpet) that you can downloaded and printed. So if you did attend, take a minute and find yourself among the pictures and remember what a great night it was. And if you didn't, you'll find out why almost 400 people did. Mark Hall of the USTA and Frances Blazer of Fotowon photographed the pictures that we are making available for download on our website. USHWA would like to thank them for providing their photographic talents and excellence for your enjoyment. by Tim Bojarski, 1st VP National USHWA  

When you see Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, Communicators Hall of Famer and "King Of Statistics" for The Meadowlands and almost any other point, walking towards you with his head cocked at a slight but unmissable angle, you know you're about to be asked the hardest harness racing trivia question of your life. I saw Mr. Heyden at Dover Downs this past weekend, just before the annual meetings and Dan Patch Awards Banquet of the United States Harness Writers Association. He walked towards me, head at telling angle. I braced myself. "Jerryconnors, this year Shebestingin and Beeamagician both went faster than any of their three-year-old colt counterparts. When was thelasttime that thathappened?" (Bob's brain is always in hyperwarpdrive, and sometimes the words come out of his mouth as if frantically trying to keep up with the grey matter that had just produced them.) When defeated, honesty is best. "I don't know, Bob. I could do some research on the computer, but I don't think they have the entire history of season's leaders anywhere. But I'll take a look and let you know what I find." Walking back to my room, I realized again that the entire history of season's leaders probably wasn't online, but I did think of one thing that WOULD be online - the Trotting and Pacing Guide carries the lists of all the divisional champions from the beginning of such voting. (There are some advantages to once having been the editor of the "T and P," even if it was 28 years ago.) This would not perfectly answer Bob's question - just this past year, Shebestingin's 1:47 was the fastest in her division, but I Luv The Nitelife was voted the divisional crown - but it was all that I had. My research from those lists showed me that there were eight 3YO trotting filly champions whose quickest time had beaten their counterpart males - Bee A Magician of course, Housethatruthbuilt, Syrinx Hanover, Continentalvictory and C R Kay Suzie in successive years, Whiteland Janice, Peace Corps, and Fancy Crown, with two fillies equaling the male best. (The fillies were voted on separately from the colts beginning only in 1978 - something I sorta knew but had forgotten.) There were also two ties on the pacing side, and three years when the filly outpaced the colts outright. The amazing thing here is that the pacing feats happened in three consecutive years, 1981-1983, by Fan Hanover, Three Diamonds, and Turn The Tide, and the feat had not been duplicated in the last 31 campaigns on the sidewheeling side! If Heyden would allow me to substitute "divisional champions" for "season's leaders" (and hey, we were at Dover to honor divisional voting champions at the Dan Patch banquet, right?), I would have a challenging answer for him. See if you can figure the difference in these two true statements: --In no year did both sophomore filly champions go faster than their male counterparts, and --In one year both sophomore colt champions did not go faster than their filly counterparts. If you look above, I didn't mention who the horses were in the "tied" situations: we've already established Turn The Tide was the faster pacing sophomore of 1983, and on the trotting side, colt champ Joie de Vie and filly counterpart Duenna both froze the timer in 1:56.3 in the quickest outings. So we have a "one-beat and one-tied" situation in 1983, falling in the middle - which is a great place for a trivia answer to locate itself, making it even more challenging. I reported my findings back to Heyden. "Notgoodenough," Bob answered, notunexpectedly. "I thought you could do better than that." And off he went to a mental galaxy far, far away from the rest of us - or else back to the table where he was sitting with Ellen Taylor; I couldn't tell which. Bob knows where to possibly get the answers: check places that have a full set of Trotting and Pacing Guides, like the USTA or the Hall of Fame, and see if they published season's leaders back as far as he needs; check with the Horseman and Fair World, which keeps a list of season's leaders, but might not update it after their Christmas issue; or ask sainted David Carr of the USTA to see if a few hundred keystrokes will be able to elicit the answer from the USTA archives. If not, the question will just become mental file card #3,574,826 in the amazing brain of Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, with a red note - "TOBECHECKEDLATER." ***** And then, lo and behold, on Sunday in the Dover paddock, I lucked into coming across one of the greatest pieces of trivia of all-time. Not 10 feet apart from each other were two gentlemen who are both members of a very, very exclusive club - they were both the leading dashwinning drivers at tracks that hosted just ONE season of harness racing! They accomplished their feats 15 years apart. And they both have the same initials! Anybody want to take a stab? (The answer to come - I PROMISE - in an upcoming column.) by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

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