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Harrisburg, PA --- Thursday (Nov. 10) was Ladies Day at the Standardbred Horse Sale, with some distinguished harness racing matrons commanding the largest bids. “On a day like today, we saw the people who brought yearlings to sell, especially if they had a good sale, reinvesting,” said Russell Williams, chairman of the event. “They went from consigner to customer; they were buying. A couple hundred thousand is a good price for a broodmare. I would never sell a broodmare anywhere else but Harrisburg.” Satin Pillows, Hip No. 1059, brought a bid of $250,000 for Peninsula Farms. Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm signed the check. The 11-year-old daughter of Conway Hall is a half-sister to Pampered Princess, two-time divisional champion, and the dam of Breeders Crown and divisional champion To Dream On (1:52.1, $975,395). She is in foal to Cantab Hall. “Where we have made our most money, Pizza Dolce, Southwind Serena, Graceful Touch, Emilie Cas El – (broodmares) have been the best,” Stewart said. “That’s what we are trying to do, playing at the top level with one of the best. We were very surprised that we bought her for that price, we were ready to go quite a few more (bids). If you can play at that level, that is where you need to try to play. It’s worked out for us and she will be a great addition to the other girls at the farm.” Satin Pillows had a 2016 colt by Muscle Hill who died, but Stewart is inclined to try again in 2017 with that leading stallion. “Probably Muscle Hill (who she will be bred back to); I was told by Carter (Duer, of Peninsula Farms) that the foal was spectacular," he said. "She’s had some bad luck, but hopefully now that will work out better for us. She will be very happy.” Another trotting mare, Cedar Dove, found a new home not far from the sale at Hanover Shoe Farm, changing hands for $160,000. Her race history, divisional champ in 2011 and nearly $1.2 million in earnings along with a 1.52.3 record, was part of the attraction. “She was a great mare, a lot of name recognition and a great-looking mare,” said Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe. “I like the fact that she’s in foal to Explosive Matter because he never had a mare bred like that to him, so I’m excited to sell the best-bred Explosive Matter (progeny) ever. We will wait (to see the 2017 foal before deciding who to breed her back to), but he would be logical. I don’t know, we sit down in January and figure that out. She has a Muscle Hill weanling and it probably would be nice to breed her back to Muscle Hill, but we’ll see in then.” Sugar Wheeler will go right back where she started from, selling for $150,000 from the Concord Stud Farm consignment as agent for the estate of Bill Weaver and partners Wellwood, Hainsworth and Kelley. She was bought back for the farm, with the sales ticket signed by Julie Meirs. Her 2016 yearling colt by Muscle Hill sold on Monday for $400,000 and the current weanling colt by Kadabra sold for $60,000 to Thomas Dillon just minutes before the mare sold. “We did not have the intention (to try to buy her) at all," Meirs said. "We sold her $400,000 Muscle Hill colt earlier in the week, so you have to do a double-take on looking at her that way. We had a good sale and needed to make sure we put something back in to the broodmare band every year that will continue to produce those yearlings that everyone’s looking for, so we thought that she would be one to get. She had a nice-looking Kadabra weanling here so we will see what happens. “It will be nice to have one of the mares that we’ve had on the farm for Mr. Weaver and his partners," added her father, David. “They were family for us and we have one of the better ones now.” At the other end of the price spectrum, the 21-year-old Neverhaveneverwill, Hip No. 1249, sold for $2,000 as the third from last sale of the day, to Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farm. The grey mare is the dam of Always A Virgin (1:48.4, $1,135,559) and thus granddam of the fastest Standardbred in history, Always B Miki (1:46, $2,519,368). Skolnick is a partner on both Always A Virgin and Always B Miki. “She will go out in the field and she’ll live out the rest of her life," he said. "She won't be bred. I was told she did a great job for us; she gave us Always A Virgin. I didn’t come here thinking I was going to buy her. I was told I was going to buy her by a lot of bleeding heart employees (Emily Homan and Kelly Deitweiller). by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

Harrisburg, PA --- The decision was not a hard one for harness racing trainer Benoit Baillargeon when he saw Alarm Detector.  “I like the whole package,” he said of the Chapter Seven – Final Countdown – Yankee Glide colt whose sales ticket he signed for $110,000, the day’s sales topper,  at the Standardbred Horse Sale on Wednesday.  “There’s a guy (Bryan Montgomery) who put me on to him,” said Baillargeon.  He said, ‘Ben, this is a very nice looking colt, you should go take a look at him.  He knows I’m a trotting man.  I buy mostly trotters all the time.  He said you should go take a look at this horse.  “Bryan saw him raised, really, because he lives locally, near the farm (Concord Stud Farm, consignor for Order By Stable).  He said he’d seen the horse grow up and he was a nice horse.  So I looked at the horse, I looked at the video and he had a beautiful way of going and I said, ‘Well, let’s try to buy him.’ “I know all these horses (in his pedigree), it’s a good family.  Trotters have been good to me; they’ve been bread and butter to me. I buy and race a lot of trotters, it’s good fit for me.  “He will head north, in Canada, no Florida for me.  I’m at Ideal Training Center, about half an hour north of Mohawk.   He will have the harness on him Monday.” Russell Williams, Chairman of the Standardbred Horse Sale, was pleased with the virtual wrap up of the yearling portion of the sale.  “It was the second best average we ever had,” he said.  The top average came in 2007, when 1,048 yearlings sold for an average of $40,824. This year’s average was $38,662 for 866 yearlings. “Very satisfying, particularly when you think of all the work that goes in to raising these horses.  It’s really great that our consignors can have a pay day.” Top ticket horses for the day included: Hip #515 Photobomb Hanover (Explosive Matter – Phaeton) $65,000 filly to Purple Haze Stables - Hanover Shoe Farm Hip # 590 Sweet Toujours (Mach Three – Sweet Hedge) $60,000 filly to Determination – Preferred Equine Marketing Hip # 685 Muscle Miley (Muscle Mass – Bar Ballad) $60,000 filly to Bjorn Noren, Agent – Fair Winds Farm Hip # 704 Brandon Hanover (Big Jim – Brissonte Hanover ) $60,000 colt to David Menary – Hanover She Farms Hip # 723 Shadow Moon (Shadow Play – Lofty Yankee) $60,000 colt to Dr. Ian Moore – Spring Haven Farm Hip # 759 Everyone Hanover (Sportswriter – Edra Hanover) $65,000 colt to Mark Steacy – Hanover Shoe Farms Hip # 765 Western Passage (Sportswriter – Ever Western) $80,000 colt to Casie Coleman – Winbak Farm The day’s offering of  brought the three day total to 866 yearlings sold for an average $38,662 against  $30,818 after three days in 2015 for 1,010 yearlings, and $32,903 in 2014 for 1,089 yearlings. Trotters led the overall totals, bringing an average of $40,438 against $37,207 for pacers.  The sale resumes Thursday morning at 10 a.m., with a limited number of yearlings and weanlings selling first, then bloodstock.  Friday’s sale features racehorses.  For more detailed results and a look at the catalog for the next two days, go to www.theblackbook.com.  by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Walner (Tim Tetrick) was the easiest kind of winner of the $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a track and stakes record 1:53 by 4½ lengths on Saturday at The Meadowlands. The record had been 1:53.2, shared by Pinkman (2014) and Manofmanymissions (2010). Walner is trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Ken Jacobs. Moonshiner Hanover (Scott Zeron) was second and Sortie (Andy McCarthy) was third. The early pace was set by Moonshiner Hanover who got to the :28 first quarter alone at the lead, after an early break by Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan) left the second spot temporarily empty. Walner was up front to take away the lead at the three eighths, and he was in front at the :57 half. Jake (Sylvain Filion) tried to overtake the lead from fifth and got up to third at the 1:26 three quarters, with Moosnhiner Hanover second inside him along the rail. When the field straightened for home, the son of Chapter Seven got mild urging from Tetrick and the two put distance between them and the field for an unpressured win in record time. "He can do it either way," said Tetrick. "He's got a ton of ability and he's very special. I just wanted to get around there safe and make sure I didn't mess it up. I knew I had a good horse, so if I got him in there with decent fractions I knew he would be hard to catch." "I was nervous this time because I expect big things from this colt, said trainer Linda Toscano. "He's a good colt, he has a great attitude. He loves his job." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) came out of the clouds to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies by a length and a quarter on Saturday at The Meadowlands. Araina G is owned and was bred by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and trained by Jimmy Takter. For the daughter of Muscle Hill and Cantab It All, the win was her ninth in 11 starts. Cameron Hill (Andy Miller) was first to the lead at the :27.4 quarter, but Treviso (Charlie Norris) was on the move on her outside to take over the lead momentarily before That’s All Moni (Tim Tetrick) took a turn on the lead and held it to the :56.1 half. She stayed in the top spot to the 1:25.1 three quarters, with Sunshine Delight (John Campbell) right at her bridle on the outside.  Those two were trotting strong for the wire when Chezatter (David Miller) started to move on the winners, but outside of her, Ariana G trotted down the middle of the track to pass them both about a sixteenth of a mile from the wire. Princess Aurora (Brian Sears) closed for second for the same connections as the winner and Sunshine Delight was third. “Last week she got a little hot on me,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “But they went big fractions, so I was able to race her from behind, but last week she was really grabby and I really believe I choked her. Even at the top of the stretch, I still had a stranglehold of her and then two steps later I had two loose lines. I’m pretty sure she choked last week. The credit goes to Jimmy, he made equipment changes and obviously they worked tonight. “I drew in a good spot, Chezatter was inside of me. She looked like she was going to move to the front early on and I was really content to follow her and obviously it worked out.” “She raced good," said Takter. “There was a little commotion in front of her, horses in and out; she raced well. It was her race to lose. I think it was necessary. It’s a long year for her. This is her last for the year. We decided, she’s been racing since May, it’s a long year. It’s a great way to finish the year for her. I put the ear hood on her and opened her up a little so she could get a little more relaxed. "Princess Aurora finished very, very good. She’s probably the horse that’s in the best form out of my horses right now. But by the same token she wasn’t in the early races like those other horses were in the season. She’s going to continue racing, going to the Goldsmith Maid up in Canada."   by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Flanagan Memory and harness racing driver Brian Sears flushed out heavily favored Resolve past the half and then just waited their turn to wear down the field to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.1 by a length on Friday at The Meadowlands. Flanagan Memory is trained by Rene Dion and co-owned by him with Liette Flanagan. Windsun Revenge (Scott Zeron) was first to the lead in :27, with Crazy Wow in second and 1-5 favorite Resolve behind JL Cruze, who was third. Past the first quarter, Sears was on the move from sixth with Flanagan Memory, which caused trainer/drive Ãke Svanstedt to tip off the rail and head for the lead. At the :55.3 half, Windsun Revenge was still on the lead, with Crazy Wow in second and Resolve looking to pass him on the outside. Resolve was second on the outside to Windsun Revenge by the 1:23.2 three quarters. When the field straightened for home, Yannick Gingras was moving for the lead on the rail with Crazy Wow, while Svanstedt and Resolve briefly got a nose in front of the field before Brian Sears and Flanagan Memory trotted fastest of all to the wire. Resolve held for second and JL Cruze was third. "We got a nice trip tonight with him," said Sears. "We got to follow Resolve halfway down the lane so it worked well. The horse has been racing really good and Rene and Susie (Kerwood, his caretaker) really deserve it, they've done a great job with the horse, really awesome. It was a really big effort in the International Trot two weeks ago (he was third). He came out of it good and to finish third with the overland trip he got and still coming at the wire. This horse, he likes to pick them up late. He's a solid horse, he's a contender, always going forward at the wire." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications    

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) sprinted away from the field in the last eighth of a mile to win the $250,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing trotting mares in 1:53.3 by two lengths on Friday (October 28) night at The Meadowlands. Hannelore Hanover is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, Jerry and Teresa Silva.  Bee A Magician (Brian Sears) and Hannelore Hanover were first to flirt with the lead, but Bee A Magician got there first just before the :27.4 first quarter. Hannelore Hanover was right behind her on the rail and was on the move just beyond that point and took over the lead and held it to the :56.1 half mile marker. Shake It Cerry (Dave Miller) was on the move toward the lead from the back of the pack past the half and ranged second on the outside when Hannelore Hanover led the field to the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Bee A Magician was still along the rail behind those two as the field turned for home.  Hannelore Hanover had no serious challengers down the stretch and pulled away from the field for the win, her 16th in 19 starts this year. Bee A Magician was second and Shake It Cerry was third. “I didn’t doubt my mare, she’s a great horse,” said Gingras. “The International was just a race to forget (she was 7th) on a half-mile track. There was definitely a Bee A Magician factor, she looked really good at Yonkers last week (October 15) and I thought she would definitely give me a run for the money.  “She’s (Hannelore Hanover) got big lungs and that’s one of the reasons we were interested in going to Yonkers, the distance doesn’t faze her at all. She’s always strong finishing like she showed again tonight. She didn’t handle the half but tonight she showed what a great horse she is.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Standardbreds with new careers under saddle will serve as honorary parade harness racing marshals on Breeders Crown nights at The Meadowlands, October 28 and 29. On Friday night, October 28, a pair of pacers will lead the older divisions to the post. Nite Train, winner of 11 races in 36 starts, will be ridden by Mary McDermott, daughter of trainer Kevin McDermott. Nite Train is known by his nickname, Whitey, and he and Mary compete in english and western competition at horse shows and also enjoy trail riding. Mary is a graduate of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Alongside Nite Train will be JR Grin and Joanna Ricci. JR Grin is a daughter of Breeders Crown champion Grinfromeartoear and granddaughter of three time Breeders Crown champ Jenna's Beach Boy. JR Grin was adopted from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) by Joanna Ricci, who is also a graduate of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. JR Grin and Joanna have competed extensively in both english and western events for two years and have a stack of blue ribbons to show for their work. Joanna is president of the Allentown (NJ) High School FFA and a member of the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization. On Saturday, 25 year-old Osborne's Shy Cam, a son of Cam Fella, will take the lead, along with trotter Independent Act, a son of trotter Conway Hall. "Ozzy" was adopted 11 years ago from the SRF. He's got a busy life with mother and daughter Amanda and Terry Keynton. Ozzy has had a full competitive career in 4H horse shows, along with english, western and gymkhana competition, hunter paces, parades and trail rides. Independent Act, "Indy," and owner Suzanne D'Ambrose are a very busy pair, with Indy serving as an active ambassador for the breed. Aside from an active show career, he and D'Ambrose, a retired law enforcement officer and high school teacher, have appeared at library events for the NJ Month of the Horse, parades and neighborhood trick or treat on horseback. D'Ambrose also helps other Standardbreds prepare for a new career, as a volunteer trainer and massage therapist with the SRF. There are currently 212 horses in the SRFs care, all of them looking for a forever home. Many, because of age or limited use, are not attractive adoption prospects, but their future is secure with the SRF. The SRF (www.adoptahorse.org) is the only organization dedicated solely to rehoming Standardbreds, and the only program that follows up every adoption for life. Ellen Harvey

The Halters For Hope program, which sells halters used by harness racing stars to benefit adoption programs for their fellow Standardbred has some power-packed new additions. Halters worn by Continentalvictory, Father Patrick, Somebeachsomewhere and Bettor's Delight can be purchased for a $400 tax deductible donation. Halters For Hope designates donations to a rotating assortment of programs that serve Standardbreds. The halters were generously donated by the connections of the horses who wore them. For a $250 donation, the halters of a star-studded group that includes Mr. Muscleman, Forrest Skipper, Camtastic, See You At Peelers, Bunny Lake and broodmares D Train, Rich N Elegant and Hattie are available. A full list can be found on the Halters For Hope Facebook page. There is no additional charge for shipping and 100% of all donations go directly to the adoption programs benefitting Standardbreds. Ordering information is on the Facebook page. Ellen Harvey

East Rutherford, NJ ---- It wasn’t the perfect drive. But it was the perfect ending. Marion Marauder won Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $1 million Hambletonian, presented by Mullinax Ford, by a nose over Southwind Frank in 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Sutton was third as the top three horses stretched across the finish line separated by only a neck in the 91st edition of the sport’s top race for harness racing 3-year-old trotters. It was Marion Marauder’s second win of the day. Earlier in the afternoon, he won his Hambletonian elimination by a half-length over Southwind Frank in a career-best 1:51.3. Last year, Marion Marauder was winless in races against Southwind Frank, finishing second on four occasions. In the Hambletonian final, Marion Marauder was fifth as Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping traded the lead in the first half of the race. At that point Scott Zeron, driving Marion Marauder for the wife-and-husband training team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, put his horse in gear and launched a first-over attack. Marion Marauder was second behind Bar Hopping at three-quarters, but reached the front at the top of the stretch. As Bar Hopping dropped back, eventually finishing fifth, Marion Marauder held off hard-charging challenges from Southwind Frank to his inside and Sutton on the outside. Waitlifter K was fourth, beaten a length. Zeron, who at age 27 became the second-youngest driver to win the Hambletonian, thought he might have moved too soon with Marion Marauder. “I know better,” Zeron said. “I know that when he clears another horse, he thinks the race is over, and I got a little over anxious. I just tried to get away on Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping and just sprint away from them and my horse just kind of started lollygagging around and not knowing where the wire was but he hung tough to finish. “It is amazing. The Wellwood family has trained trotters their whole lives and everything they’ve done has lead up to this point. The pressure is all on the Hambletonian and we delivered, the horse delivered. It was amazing. I can’t believe it.” Wellwood, who became the second female trainer to win the Hambletonian, along with Linda Toscano, is the daughter of the late Bill Wellwood, a driver/trainer enshrined in both the U.S. and Canadian halls of fame. Marion Marauder is owned by Wellwood’s mother, Marion Jean, and her 19-year-old son, Devin Keeling. Marion Marauder’s name combines the names of Wellwood’s mom and the nickname of Devin’s college mascot at McMaster University, where he will play football. Interestingly, the horse’s original name already had “Marion” in it; he was purchased for $37,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale under the name Marion Monopoly. According to Wellwood, this was the family’s 10th try at winning the Hambletonian. “It means the world; it was my father’s dream,” Wellwood said. “It has been my mother’s and my dream. We’ve tried. When this horse came along, you dare to dream. We started to dream last year. “I was in shock (at the finish) it was so close. I knew where he was, I knew he was first up and had taken over the lead. I guess I was in shock, I couldn’t even scream. I watched and I thought it was too close to call and everyone was saying it was too close to call.” Added a teary-eyed Marion Jean Wellwood, “It feels really good. I’ve been trying for this for a long time and I just want to say I dedicate this to my late husband.” Marion Marauder, a son of 2009 Hambletonian winner  Muscle Hill out of the Nova Award-winning mare Spellbound Hanover, has won six of seven races this year and seven of 20 career starts. He pushed his lifetime earnings to $1.01 million with his Hambletonian triumph. “The difference between last year and this year is that he grew quite a bit,” Paula Wellwood said. “He got bigger and stronger but the real difference is that he learned how to win.” Zeron’s win capped a memorable championship meet at the Meadowlands for the driver, who won the track’s driving title. “I want to thank Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling for bringing me in to drive this horse full time,” said Zeron, who was driving in the Hambletonian for the first time. “Not a lot of people give a young guy a chance to drive a Hambletonian trotter. It’s amazing.” by Ken Weingartner and Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, NJ --- All The Time (Yannick Gingras) emerged from the pack at the head of the stretch to pull away from the field to win the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Meadowlands in 1:52.1 by 3-3/4 lengths. Side Bet Hanover (Corey Callahan) was first to the lead at the quarter-mile pole in :28.1 before being overtaken by Caprice Hill, who put Side Bet Hanover behind her and led the field through the :55.4 half-mile. Celebrity Eventsy (John Campbell) was out to challenge past the half-mile marker but could not get past the leader, who got to the three quarters in 1:24 before the field straightened for home. A trio of fillies were ahead of All The Time with about an eighth of a mile to go were left in her wake as she overhauled them handily in an all-out sprint to the wire. “I was hoping to follow Brian (Sears with Windowshopper),” said Gingras. “I thought his filly was one of the fillies to beat, and they had a little bobble on the backstretch. She felt so strong, she was able to catch the gap really quickly. I was just hoping not to be first-up around the last turn. I figured John would come (with Celebrity Eventsy) and when he did it made my job really easy.” Caprice Hill (Tim Tetrick) was second and Celebrity Eventsy (John Campbell) was third. Broadway Donna (David Miller) was fourth and Side Bet Hanover fifth. All The Time is a daughter of Muscle Hill, trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. It was the sixth Hambletonian Oaks win for Takter and his third in a row. He ties Jan Johnson for the most Oaks wins ever as a trainer. “She was really sharp today,” said Takter. “She had a good week. The timing had to be perfect. I knew I had a ticket that was very strong with a couple good fillies. We pulled the front shoes on her, which I think might have kicked her up a little bit. It was the first time she ever did that. There were three horses in the race that I had tremendous respect for. We were the lucky ones.” by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ ---- Bar Hopping and harness racing driver Tim Tetrick won the first of two $70,000 elimination races by open lengths in 1:51.4 to advance to the final of the $1 million Hambletonian, presented by Mullinax Ford, on Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Meadowlands. Milligan’s School (Andy Miller) was second and Lagerfeld (Yannick Gingras) was third. Iron Mine Bucky (George Dennis) was fourth and Mavens Way (John Campbell) was fifth and got the final spot in the Hambletonian final. The time was Bar Hopping’s lifetime best. The son of Muscle Hill is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marin Katz and Al Libfeld. Brooklyn Hill (David Miller) was first to the lead in :27.2, but Bar Hopping was out past that mark to challenge and grabbed the lead before hitting the half in :55.4. Milligan's School was out to challenge at the five-eighths-mile marker but could not get past the leader at the 1:24 third quarter. Bar Hopping pulled away from the field for the win. “He was super. He was even better than he was the last couple weeks,” said Tim Tetrick. “Jimmy’s good at those big days and he’s got him right where he wants him. I didn’t know (about multiple horses making breaks past the three-quarters). But when Andy (driving Milligan's School) was first up and he started growling at his, mine took right off. I wasn’t worried from there. I think he’s ready for the final.” Bar Hopping Marion Marauder stormed through the stretch and overtook leader Southwind Frank in the final strides to win the second of Saturday’s two eliminations for the Hambletonian. The time for the mile was 1:51.3, a lifetime best for Marion Marauder, who was sent off at odds of 3-1. Joining Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank in the $1 million final were Waitlifter K, Sutton, and The Royal Harry. Southwind Frank, the 1-5 favorite, got the lead in a :26.4 opening quarter-mile and led through fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.2. Scott Zeron drove Marion Marauder for trainer Paula Wellwood and owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. It was the colt’s fifth win in six races this year. “If I had a helmet cam on, it would have been pretty interesting to watch,” said Scott Zeron, competing in his first Hambletonian. “There were some people in front of me and I was hoping that things would work out a little bit differently but it didn’t and he ended up overcoming the distance we had to make up at the three-quarter pole. We were trying to mow down a horse that I thought was the best horse, I felt, to get to the final (Southwind Frank) and he did it. And he did it impressively.” Below is the draw for the Hambletonian final. 1 – Southwind Frank 2 – The Royal Harry 3 – Bar Hopping 4 – Waitlifter K 5 – Marion Marauder 6 – Sutton 7 – Milligan’s School 8 – Iron Mine Bucky 9 – Mavens Way 10 – Lagerfeld by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Resolve and harness racing driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt withstood a judge’s inquiry to win the $273,600 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters on Saturday (Aug. 6) at The Meadowlands in a time of 1:50.2. The 6-5 favorite Resolve was first to the lead at the :27.1 first quarter, with Crazy Wow (Tim Tetrick) behind him on the rail. JL Cruze (John Campbell) was on the move past that mark, grabbing the lead briefly, before ceding to Flanagan Memory (Chris Christoforou) just past the :54.3 half. Flanagan Memory held that lead to the 1:22.2 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Resolve was moving three wide close to the three-quarters, prompting a judge’s inquiry to look closely at whether he interfered with Homicide Hunter when he fanned wide. As the field turned for home, Flanagan Memory was hard pressed by JL Cruze and Il Sogno Dream (David Miller), but Resolve was coming fastest of all in the center of the track, getting up to win by 1-1/4 lengths. Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) was second and Flanagan Memory was 1-3/4 lengths off the winner in third. Resolve, a 5-year-old Muscle Hill stallion, is owned by Hans Enggren. The victory was his 12th lifetime and improved his career earnings to $1.31 million. We have good tracks to train the horses on our farm,” said Svanstedt. “This horse is a little bit different. If it’s a long way between the races he’s more excited and he wants to race. He always does better races when there are a couple of weeks in between. He’s not like (former Svanstedt trainee and world champion) Sebastian K, but he’s a very good horse and I hope he can race at that level for maybe one more year.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- What The Hill (David Miller) came off the rail and split horses to grab the lead in the final hundred feet to win the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts on Saturday (Aug. 6) at The Meadowlands. The time of 1:54.4 was a career best for the son of Muscle Hill - K T Cha Cha for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Deo Volente Farms, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stables. Burke won the Haughton last year with Southwind Frank. The early pace was set by Snowstorm Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley who got to the quarter in :28,2, trailed by What The Hill. Those two were in the same order at the :57 half, with Bjorn Goop creeping up on the outside with Victor Gio and moving into the lead by the 1:25.4 three-quarters. As Goop started to move away from the field in the homestretch with Victor Gio, Rubio (Yannick Gingras) was trotting down the center of the track trying to catch him, but What The Hill trotted off the rail to dart between Rubio and the leader to overtake him in the final yards for the win by three-quarters of a length. Victor Gio held for second and Rubio was 2-1/4 lengths off the winner to be third and New Jersey Viking was fourth. “I knew he had a shot,” said co-owner Jerry Silva. “Ronnie (Burke) and I spoke about a driver. Yannick (Gingras) was really committed to a lot of Takter horses, and Ronnie spoke to David Miller. David said he would commit to What The Hill for the rest of the year, I think, and after this race I’m sure he will. That’s what is very important with young trotters. You need a consistent driver behind them.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- The color of the day at The Meadowlands on Saturday (Aug. 6) will be silver, for the glistening Hambletonian and Oaks trophies that are the object of dreams for many harness racing owners. But the complementary color of the day will be teal, for ovarian cancer awareness. The longtime girlfriend of Hambletonian trophy presenter, NASCAR driver Martin Truex, Sherry Pollex, is an ovarian cancer survivor and advocate for others fighting the disease. The owner of a women's clothing and accessories store, Pollex has a website, www.sherrystrong.org, which provides information and news for those dealing with ovarian cancer. To honor her commitment, trainer Jonas Czernyson and his wife Christine will ask Pollex to sign a teal ribbon to be braided into the mane of Hambletonian Oaks contender Side Bet Hanover shortly before she races. This is not the first time the Czernysons have been involved in building awareness and raising funds to fight the disease. "It started last year with Aldebaran Eagle," said Christine Czernyson of the now 4-year old trotter who has a mark of 1:52.1 and earnings of $209,243 and is trained by Jonas. "The owner of Aldebaran Eagle is Duncan McPherson from Australia and his wife, Lyn, passed away from ovarian cancer. Jonas and I wanted to do something for Duncan, who's very involved in ovarian cancer awareness in Australia. We had the horse racing for ovarian cancer awareness and we gave a percentage of his earnings last year to the cause, it was almost $2,000. "We put out an initiave and said we'd love for Eagle to be racing not only for Lyn McPherson, but for all the angels that have passed away from ovarian cancer, and also the survivors. We wrote the names of all the people who wrote to us on teal ribbons, and Eagle will actually be racing tonight (Friday, August 5, race five) at The Meadowlands with all of those survicors and angels' names on ribbons in his mane. We have almost 50 - it involves three ribbons." The Czernysons are extending the ribbon project to Side Bet Hanover for the rest of 2016 and will donate a percentage of her earnings for all of 2016. The filly, who won her elimination of the Hambletonian Oaks at odds of 38-1, is rated at 8-1 for the final from post four. "My aunt, Kathy Terrazas, passed away from ovarian cancer, so it is a cause close to my heart," said Christine Czernyson. "We do this in honor of her and Sherry Pollex. She will be racing with the ribbons of all of Eagle's angels and survivors." $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Race 12 – Post time 4:41 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Caprice Hill – Kadabra - Tim Tetrick–Tony Alagna–5/2 2. Celebrity Eventsy – Manofmanymissions - John Campbell–Staffan Lind–6/1 3. Dream Child – Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron–Linda Toscano–30/1 4. Side Bet Hanover – Donato Hanover - Corey Callahan–Jonas Czernyson–8/1 5. Windowshopper – Donato Hanover - Brian Sears–Ake Svanstedt–40/1 6. All The Time – Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras–Jimmy Takter–9/5 7. Broadway Donna – Donato Hanover - David Miller–Jim Campbell–7/2 8. Wildflower – Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt–Ake Svanstedt–30/1 9. Black Broadway – Broadway Hall - Brett Miller–Michael Eaton–50/1 10. Double Exposure – Donato Hanover - Tim Tetrick–Tony Alagna–15/1   by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  

Harry Harvey, the Vermont-born son of a dairy farmer who trained and drove Albatross, one of harness racing's most important sires, died on July 17 at the age of 92 after a long battle with old age. One of 12 children, he was born October 22, 1923 in Duxbury, Vermont to Mabel and Harry F. Harvey. He drove his siblings to school in a pony cart, worked the fields with heavy horses, made maple syrup and cut ice from the Winooski River to help sustain the big family in a harsh, hilly climate. During World War II, he helped his father select green draft horses in Montreal, to be shipped by rail to the family farm. He walked them home from the rail yard with his siblings, leading two in each hand. Harvey helped train and sell the horses, in demand due to war-time restrictions on gas and oil. He saw harness racing at Vermont fairs and when Little Pat and driver Earl West won a race in 2:01 in 1938 at the Essex Junction Fair, his father confidently told him, "You'll never see a horse go faster." One of the young horseman's duties was to walk the work horses to the farrier over the bridge to Waterbury, where he read every word of Harness Horse magazine. Discerning that Tom Berry was the leading trainer and driver of the 1940s, he launched a job seeking, letter-writing campaign that spanned years. He finally got a telegram in 1947 telling him to report to winter training headquarters in Florida. Berry admitted years later that he offered the aspiring trainer a job just to stop the letters. Harvey joined the Delvin Miller Stable in 1951 and was a second trainer in 1953 when Miller entered Elgin and Charles Armstrong's filly, Helicopter, in the Hambletonian. Miller and his other second trainers, the late Jimmy Jordan and Jimmy Arthur, drove horses with better prospects, but in the 23 horse field, going three heats, Harvey and Helicopter prevailed. The next year, he left the racetrack to manage Miller's Meadow Lands (PA) Farm, where Adios was beginning his career as the sport's dominant sire. It was Harvey who suggested the mare Countess Vivian be bred to Dale Frost when Adios was battling the effects of laminitis. The mating produced Meadow Skipper. After Adios died in 1965, Harvey bought the Meadow Lands Farm annex where he lived and started his own Arden Hills Farm and racing stable at nearby Arden Downs, the Washington County fairgrounds. For 54 of their 61 years of marriage, Cornelia Harvey managed finances for the farm and stable, taught the children to ride and rode stallions at both Meadow Lands and Arden Hills Farms. It was at Arden Downs that Albatross, a son of Meadow Skipper, arrived in November of 1969, and where he was trained until sold in May of 1971 and moved to trainer Stanley Dancer a few weeks before the start of his three-year-old racing season. Harvey drove the colt through a 14 for 17 season and top juvenile pacing colt honors for 1970 and prepared him that winter and the following spring. Harvey was elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2001 and continued to operate a public stable until 2009, driving in distinctive solid maroon colors. His long time patrons included Art and his son Tim Rooney, Saul and his sons Richard and Steven Finkelstein. He trained the Rooney-bred Hall of Fame broodmare Lismore and many of her $4.1 million winning progeny. In 1994, Rooney homebreds Lisheen (1:52.3, $518,405) and Newbridge (1:53.4, $237,528), out of Lismore and Powerscourt, respectively, also Harvey trainees, were first and second in the Mistletoe Shalee. Harvey referred to the pair, who spent nearly every day of their lives together, as the "Ballerina" (Lisheen, refined and quick) and the "Working Girl" (Newbridge, stout but relentless). Lislea Phia ($542,450 1:50.2), winner of the 2007 Matron Stake, and bred by Tim Rooney, was his last good horse. In his last years, Harvey delighted in watching YouTube replays of her improbable, incredible charge to the wire to win that race, driven by Tim Tetrick. A skilled woodworker, he made Mission and Shaker style furniture as fundraising items for the Harness Racing Museum and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. The podium from which inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame accept their honor was made by him from a black walnut tree on his New Jersey farm. Less complex creations included doll beds and fishing pole racks for grandchildren, for whom he also converted wheelbarrows and diaper boxes to makeshift carriages. He leaves behind his wife, Cornelia Etzel Harvey, who he met when she was a college student riding Saddlebreds at a farm in Goshen, New York, daughters Ellen Harvey, Anne Harvey Watson (Admiral James), Kathryn Harvey (Mark Teasdale) and son, Leo Harvey (Kathy Dunn Harvey), as well as grandchildren Elizabeth, Michael, Daniel and Emily Watson, Shawn and Ryan Harvey. His surviving siblings are Jim Harvey, Helene Harvey and Sister Mary Harvey. He was predeceased by infant daughters Elizabeth and Mary and siblings Irene, Steven, Ruth, Grayce, David, Wayne, Leo, and Mary Ellen. Funeral services will be private, with a graveside service for friends and family to be held at a later date at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in McMurray, Pennsylvania . Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Cornelia Harvey at Tower 506, St. Dominic Village, 2401 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77021. Memorial donations to the Harness Racing Museum, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924 or the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101, Millstone, NJ 08535 would be appreciated. by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

Driver Brian Sears, a third generation horseman, is the sole nominee on the ballot in voting for the 2017 Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Hall of Fame screening committee met this past weekend in Goshen and reviewed nominations from 11 chapters of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Sears was the only candidate to make the ballot. The ballot will be sent to 223 members of USHWA and existing Hall of Fame inductees in August. A nominee must receive 75% of votes cast to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Results will be announced when tabulated. Sears, who plies his trade primarily on the east coast, has 9,601 wins in nearly 50,000 starts. He has exceeded $10 million in annual purse earnings nine times for a total of just over $172 million. He concluded another outstanding driving year in 2015 with the highlights including capturing his third Hambletonian win with Pinkman and grabbing divisional Dan Patch Award honors behind the great trotting mare Bee A Magician. Sears has driving wins in classic races such as 10 of the 12 divisions of the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug, Kentucky Futurity, Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup, Yonkers Trot, Messenger, Cane, Adios, Battle of Brandywine, Canadian Trotting Classic, Metro, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller and Canadian Pacing Classic. He has been the primary driver on three Dan Patch Harness Horses of the Year, Muscle Hill in 2009 and Bee A Magician in 2013 plus Rocknroll Hanover in 2005. Racing has been a family affair for Sears. His father, Jay, won more than 1,400 races and purses of over $3.3 million. Brian's grandfather, the late Gene Sears, was also a 1,000-plus race winner who won $1.7 million in purses during his career. by Ellen Harvey for Harness Racing Communications

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