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Chester, PA --- Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter has seen his share of great trotters over the years and he thinks Father Patrick is among them. The 4-year-old Father Patrick, who was a division champion at ages 2 and 3, made his 4-year-old debut a winning one by capturing Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters by two lengths over Bee A Magician in 1:52.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lindy's Tru Grit finished third. Father Patrick's time equaled the track record for a 4-year-old male trotter. "If everything stays perfect I think he's going to be very dominant," said Takter, whose past stars include Horse of the Year Award winners Moni Maker and Malabar Man. "I really do. I've been around greatness, and I think he's going to be a horse people talk about for many, many years." Father Patrick has won 23 of 29 career races and earned $2.51 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. Takter also visited the winner's circle following the inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers, which was won by his Great Vintage by three-quarters of a length over Dancin Yankee in 1:50.2. Mach It So finished third. Radar Contact won the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers by a neck over Anndrovette, who won last year's race. Ooh Bad Shark was third. The Maxie Lee field featured a deep group of trotters, including 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician as well as division champions Classic Martine and Market Share, who won last year's edition of the event. Father Patrick and Bee A Magician were among four horses to go for the lead on the first turn and Father Patrick got to the front before the group neared the second turn. The opening quarter was :27.1, followed by a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Bee A Magician tried to launch a challenge coming off the final turn, but Father Patrick yielded no ground. "He did it so easy too," winning driver Yannick Gingras said. "The earplugs are still in; I never really called on him. I let him trot the last eighth (of a mile). "Bee A Magician got the right trip, but with those kinds of fractions maybe I got a little bit of a jump on her. But she's a great horse and I was definitely worried around the turn when Brian (Sears) pulled because I knew she would give me a run. But he just showed what kind of horse he is." A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal debut by qualifying three times, with his final effort being a 1:52 victory at the Meadowlands on May 16. "Last week we wanted to get him a race but weren't able to, so I treated that (qualifier) as a race," Gingras said. "We went decent fractions and he stretched his legs out a little. I knew he was about as ready as he could be. He's not in peak, peak form yet, but he was good enough to win today." In addition to preparing for his racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. He made three trips to the breeding farm in the week leading up to the Maxie Lee. "It's individual," Takter said about whether breeding and racing could work for all horses. "I know horses that won't go at all; when you start breeding them they lose total interest in racing. In his case, it hasn't been negative. So far so good." Great Vintage also has done stud duty, but after he bred just a handful of mares this year Takter decided it was better to give him a chance again on the racetrack. Great Vintage had been "retired" after suffering a ligament injury last August. A 7-year-old son of American Ideal out of the mare Art's Vintage, Great Vintage is 2-for-2 this season. He has won 28 of 95 career races and earned $793,108. "He came back very happy," Takter said. "He got hurt in the fall last year, so I thought he was done. But he came back sounder and better. He was a really good 2-year-old, but he got hurt in the paddock when he was turned out so he didn't come back good as a 3-year-old. He had a bad injury on the knee. "He raced good (in the two years) after that. He's a good horse. He's a brother to ($2.1-million-earner) Vintage Master, so he's got a license to play. He's a tough horse." Takter trains Great Vintage for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg and Goran Falk. In the Betsy Ross, Radar Contact went to the front in the opening quarter-mile and never looked back, holding off multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette at the wire. A 7-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway out of the mare Topville Cyberwave, Radar Contact has won six of 16 races this year and finished worse than second only twice. For her career, she has 31 victories in 97 starts and $877,006 in purses. Radar Contact is trained by Noel Daley for owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter looks at Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia and can't help but be impressed. "It's like a mini Elitloppet," Takter said, referring to the famed invitational in Sweden that brings together an international field of 16 trotters. "This would have been a top field in Elitloppet elimination, anyway. It's going to be a great race." Takter's Father Patrick - who on Sunday makes his debut as a 4-year-old - is among four trotters entered in the Maxie Lee with Dan Patch Awards on their resumes. The others are Bee A Magician, who was harness racing's 2013 Horse of the Year, Market Share, and Classic Martine. The race is part of a star-studded card that also features the $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers and the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers. Father Patrick, who received Dan Patch Awards at both ages 2 and 3 and was the sport's top money-winner last season, drew post five with driver Yannick Gingras and is 7-2 on the morning line. He has won 22 of 28 career starts and earned $2.43 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal bow with three qualifiers. He was second to Melady's Monet in the first in 1:55, then won in 1:53.3 and 1:52. "Everything is much better than I expected," Takter said. "The horse had three qualifiers and he was stronger in every one of them. The last one was in (1):52 with the plugs left in; (Gingras) never really asked him anything. The horse is ready." In addition to getting ready for the racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. "It hasn't hurt him," Takter said. "He's going to breed three times this week. He's got a busy schedule, this guy. He doesn't seem to mind it. We've been fortunate that it hasn't been that hot. Sometimes when they've got to ship back and forth and breed, you just want to make sure their weight stays right." Bee A Magician, who on Saturday became the first female trotter to win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and is No. 1 in the first Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, drew post three and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The 5-year-old mare is 3-for-3 this season, defeating male rivals in all of her starts. She won the Cutler in 1:51.2, which is the season's best time for any trotter. Her trainer, Nifty Norman, also is impressed with the Maxie Lee lineup. "I would say that's the best field she's met - maybe in her life," Norman said. "That's a really, really good field. I think we got probably the best draw out of that crew so we'll see how it shakes out. "You couldn't be more pleased with her," he added. "She's been fantastic every start and maybe got better each start. I'm thrilled." Classic Martine, who received last year's Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter, got post seven and is 5-2. She has won two of three races this season, including the Miami Valley Distaff at Miami Valley Raceway in a track-record 1:52.2. Market Share, a Dan Patch Award honoree in 2012 and 2013, drew post four and is 8-1. "This is (Father Patrick's) first time racing against aged horses," Takter said. "Bee A Magician has really impressed me this year. She's a horse that's going to be tough to beat. But I feel optimistic. I think he can give her a run for the money. Classic Martine has been racing really good and you can't rule out Market Share with the class he has." Following is the field for the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 20-1 2. DW's NY Yank, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 9-1 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 2-1 4. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 8-1 5. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 6. Melady's Monet, John Campbell, Kevin McDermott, 12-1 7. Classic Martine, George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes, 5-2 8. Bourbon Bay, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson, 15-1 Following is the field for the Jerry Taylor Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Doctor Butch, John Campbell, Linda Toscano, 6-1 2. Sapphire City, Mark MacDonald, Paul Blumenfeld, 20-1 3. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 2-1 4. Great Vintage, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 5. Mach It So, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 5-2 6. Dancin Yankee, Brett Miller, Josh Green, 15-1 7. Clear Vision, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1 8. Modern Legend, James MacDonald, David Drew, 6-1 Following is the field for the Betsy Ross Mare Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 2. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 7-1 3. Radar Contact, John Campbell, Noel Daley, 9-2 4. Jerseylicious, David Miller, Wayne Givens, 9-1 5. Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious, 20-1 6. Yagonnakissmeornot, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 9-5 7. Ooh Bad Shark, Allan Davis, William Wiggins, 12-1 8. For The Ladies N, Brian Sears, Peter Tritton, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

Three invitationals headline a star-studded program of harness racing at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, each going for a purse of $150,000. The Jerry Taylor Invitational for colt and gelding pacers is race ten on the fourteen race program.   Jerry Taylor was a prominent horse owner for many years, owning horses like Devil's Adversary, Exotic Earl, Sunny Disposition, Mister Karamea, Sands A Flyin, among others.   George Morton Levy winner Domethatagain drew post three in the field of eight.   The son of Bettors Delight had a perfect trip behind defending champ PH Supercam before gunning him down in the stretch, pacing the mile in 1:51.1, just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record at Yonkers.   Millionaire Dancin Yankee is making his ninth start of the season for Baron Racing and Richard Lombardo.   The 7-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is looking to regain the form of last season, where he won eighteen of twenty-nine starts, highlighted by a world record performance (1:48.4) in the Gerrity Pace at Saratoga.   Two-time millionaire Clear Vision drew post seven in Sunday's event.   The multiple-stakes winner is looking for his first win of the season, finishing on the board in four straight starts against open competition for trainer Ron Burke.   The field also includes 2013 Art Rooney winner Doctor Butch (post 1), millionaire and Levy Consolation winner Sapphire City (post 2), Jimmy Takter trained pacer Great Vintage (post 4), Bamond Racing's Mach It So (Post 5), and 2014 Canadian Derby up setter Modern Legend (post 8).   The Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares is race eleven on the all-star program.   Multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner Anndrovette will be looking to add to her $3 million dollar bankroll.   Drawing post two for this event, the forty-two time winner, trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is looking to go back-to-back in the Betsy Ross.   She also won this event in 2011.   Yagonnakissmeornot drew post six.   The 6-year-old daughter of The Panderosa is just shy of one million dollars in career earnings.   The Rene Allard trainee is coming into this race off back-to-back wins including a narrow win in the Chip Noble Pace at Miami Valley.   She finished a close second after setting the tempo in the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers three starts back.   The field also includes Ron Burke trainee Sayitall BB (post 1), who had a tremendous season in 2014, thirty-time winner Radar Contact (post 3), Jerseylicious (post 4), Table Talk (post 5), who suffered a heart-breaking loss to Yagonnakissmeornot in the Chip Noble in Ohio, Ooh Bad Shark (post 7), and For The Ladies N (post 8).   The Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for trotters is race twelve on the program.   It features perhaps the most anticipated matchup in all of harness racing as superstar mare Bee A Magician squares off against the great Father Patrick.   Bee A Magician drew post three for the event, with wins against the boys in her first three starts of the season.   She is the only female to win the Cutler Memorial, which she did easily in her last start.   Approaching three million in career earnings, she looks to be in top form heading into this affair.   Jimmy Takter trainee Father Patrick (post 6) has qualified well at The Meadowlands in preparation for his 4-year-old season.   The multi stakes winner put an exclamation point on his unforgettable 2014 season, with a win in the Breeders Crown.   He is making his first start of the season.   The field also includes Lindy's Tru Grit (post 1), Ron Burke trainee Dw's NY Yank (post 2) who is making his 100th start of his career, three time millionaire Market Share (post 4), Meladay's Monet (post 6), millionaire Classic Martine (post 7), and Bourbon Bay (post 8).   Sunday will be Family Day at Harrah's Philadelphia.   There will be family friendly activities including prize giveaways and much more.   The Riverview Terrace will be open for lunch from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.    Michael Bozich

East Rutherford, NJ --- Some of harness racing's biggest stars, including five Dan Patch Award winners, were in qualifier action Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack, where they were greeted by an unseasonably cold morning and stiff headwind in the stretch. Three of the Dan Patch Award winners - older trotters Father Patrick, Market Share and Bee A Magician - met in the ninth of the day's 16 qualifiers, but it was Kevin McDermott-trained Melady's Monet who led them all to the finish line. Melady's Monet, who has raced in the Opens during the winter at the Meadowlands and has won five of eight starts this season, won by 1-1/4 lengths over Father Patrick in 1:54.4. Market Share was third and Bee A Magician fourth, both timed in 1:56. Four-year-old Father Patrick, making his first trip of the season to the track, and driver Yannick Gingras were content to sit behind Melady's Monet through the stretch after fractions of :29.1, :57.4, and 1:27. No harness racing horse earned more money last year than Father Patrick, who banked $1.69 million. He was a divisional Dan Patch Award winner at both ages 2 and 3. "(Father) Patrick looked fantastic," trainer Jimmy Takter said. "Yannick said he was just crawling over (Melady's Monet), but he didn't want to make a sprint of it." Father Patrick, whose wins in 2014 included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, Canadian Trotting Classic and Beal Memorial, has done stallion duty while preparing for this season. "He loves it," Takter said. "Everything is good. He's filled out quite a bit; he's much more stout." Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old mare who was the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year in 2013, was making her final qualifying start prior to the Miami Valley Distaff on May 3. "She was good," trainer Nifty Norman said. "She's come back really good. I'm very happy with her. (Driver Brian Sears) likes to qualify nice and simple, but he's very happy with her. If he's happy, I'm happy." Market Share, a 6-year-old who has won $3.68 million in his career and received Dan Patch Award honors at ages 3 and 4, was making his first qualifying start as he gets ready for the Cutler Memorial (eliminations May 9) at the Meadowlands. "It was pretty much what we expected," trainer Linda Toscano said. "We've kind of gone back to basics and we knew we were going to race him just at the end of the mile. It was such a tough qualifier; we don't really have anything to prove. We just needed to get some work under him. "He'll come back and qualify again next week and he should be the better for it. If he acts like he's good for the Cutler, we'll go to the Cutler. He'll tell us." Pinkman, who was voted the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, was the only award-winner to win his qualifier. The Takter-trainee won by three-quarters of a length over stablemate Uncle Lasse in 1:55.1. Aldebaran Eagle and Cruzado Dela Noche, who each won an International Stallion Stakes division last year, were third and fourth, respectively, followed by Breeders Crown runner-up Muscle Diamond. Last season, Pinkman won six of eight races and earned $566,960. Named after a character from the television series, "Breaking Bad," the gelding's victories included the Breeders Crown, in a stakes-record-equaling 1:53.2, and Valley Victory Stakes. "Pinkman is so lazy," Takter said. "He does what you ask of him. It's not impressive at all, but that's him. And he wins. He might be one of those horses we always underestimate." Artspeak, who received the 2014 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male pacer, made his first qualifying effort Saturday, but went off stride approaching the three-quarters point and finished 10th. Hurrikane Ali, trained by John McDermott Jr., won in 1:51.4. Last year, Artspeak won eight of 10 races and earned $742,185, with top wins coming in the Metro Pace and Governor's Cup. He went off stride in both losses. "He loses his focus sometimes when he comes first over like that," trainer Tony Alagna said. "He did it the other day training up here. He just doesn't pay attention. (Driver Scott Zeron) says he felt perfect, he just loses his focus. If he's on a helmet, he doesn't do it. But he's got to be able to come first over as well. "I'm going to take his hobbles back in a little bit more because they're still two inches longer than they were last year. We'll train him next week and make sure he's OK before we put him back in to qualify. That's why we gave ourselves some extra time, just to make sure, because he's done it before. It's frustrating, but if training horses was easy everybody would do it. We'll fix it and he'll be as good as ever." Takter sent out four qualifier winners, with 3-year-old filly trotters Wild Honey (1:55.1), Lilu Hanover (1:57.4) and Fly Angel Fly (1:56.3) joining Pinkman in victory. Takter's 3-year-old male trotters The Bank, Walter White and French Laundry finished second through fourth behind Crazy Wow in another qualifier featuring multiple stakes winners. "I thought they qualified very good," Takter said. "It's tough weather; the wind is tough, but I'm happy with all of them." Crazy Wow, who won last year's New York Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male trotters, was making his debut for trainer Ron Burke after spending last season with Dan O'Mara. Crazy Wow won in 1:54.1. "He was very good," Burke said. "I wasn't surprised, but he was even better than I thought he would be." Burke also had wins with 3-year-old filly pacers Happiness (1:53.1) and Southwind Roulette (1:53.3). JK Endofanera, who won the 2014 North America Cup, finished second to Larry Remmen-trained Somesizesomestyle in 1:51.3 in a qualifier for older male pacers. Somesizesomestyle was a Breeders Crown runner-up in 2014. "Overall I thought it was real good," Burke said. "I was happy with JK Endofanera; he was strong for his first start. My better horses were what they should have been. They improved today. That's all you're looking for, improvement each time." Steve Elliott had two qualifier winners, with 3-year-old male trotter Twain Drive (1:56.2) and 3-year-old male pacer Artistic Major (1:53.2). Toscano's Dapper Don won a qualifier for 3-year-old male trotters in 1:58.2 and Alagna's 4-year-old male trotter Propulsion won in 1:55. Other winners were Wayne Givens' 5-year-old pacing mare Jerseylicious (1:51.4) and Monte Gelrod's 3-year-old male pacer Maxdaddy Blue Chip (1:52.3). For the complete charts of Saturday's qualifiers, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, (April 17, 2015) - Whom Shall I Fear, the full-brother to Father Patrick and a $475,000 yearling, served notice that he is a three year old trotter to watch in 2015 with a compelling harness racing performance in his 2015 debut at The Meadowlands. Released from the gate as the 1/5 prohibitive favorite, Yannick Gingras guided Whom Shall I Fear towards the rear of the field while following what would turn out to be a live outer flow. Danish Durango would establish the early lead through a 28.2 opening quarter, but quickly felt a challenge from Clifton Beach who he released going past the three-eighths marker. But, Whom Shall I Fear was tracking that trotter every step of the early stages and Gingras guided his three year old to the lead past the half-mile in 57.3. From there, the race was over as Whom Shall I Fear created separation on Clifton Beach and all the rest, gliding past three quarters in 1:26.2. The lead would expand from that point with the final margin listed as 10 lengths in the end. The final time was an impressive 1:53.3, including a 27.1 final quarter under no pressure. Starzinner was a distant second with Madman Hall third. Whom Shall I Fear is trained by Jimmy Takter for Whom Shall I Fear Stable. He is eligible to both The Hambletonian and The Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. There is a new kid on the block when it comes to the open trotters at The Meadowlands and his name is Wind Of The North.  The Daryl Bier trainee has gone back to back at the top trotting level after his win Friday night. Surprisingly dismissed at 5-1, Wind Of The North left for position and sat third on the pylons early in the mile as Lindy’s Tru Grit, the overwhelming 1/5 favorite (coupled with Master Of Law) established a rapid 26.2 opening quarter.  The favorite would continue to dictate the tempo through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.3 while turning for home with a diminishing lead.  Appomattox mounted a challenge from out of the pocket while Master Of Law ranged up off a live cover trip.  As Lindy’s Tru Grit tired, Wind Of The North quietly began to rally up the pylons and he powered through the stretch to grab the victory in the final strides in 1:52.  Appomattox finished second with Master Of Law third. Wind Of The North was driven to victory again by Dave Miller for Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck. There was no single winner in the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5, that carryover has grown to $83,210.  The last race Jackpot Hi-5 also went unclaimed and that carryover will be $52,142 into the last race on Saturday. The 13-race Saturday program will feature the opening round of the Whata Baron series.  In addition the Spring Preview debuts for the pacing colts and fillies.  Post time is 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

Jimmy Takter-trained Canepa Hanover and Whom Shall I Fear headline a group of 12 harness racing Hambletonian hopefuls scheduled to qualify Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Whom Shall I Fear and Canepa Hanover both battled maturity and health issues last season at age 2, combining for only 11 starts and one victory. Canepa Hanover, who made six starts, won a Peter Haughton prep race in 1:58.1 at the Meadowlands and finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. He went off stride in three races, including the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes. A son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Cressida Hanover, Canepa Hanover is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. The colt sold for $300,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. Whom Shall I Fear was winless in five starts last year, but finished second in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile. The colt is a full brother to Dan Patch Award winners Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick and sold - under the name Custom Fit - for a Lexington Selected Sale-record $475,000 in 2013. "They are huge horses, big horses," said Takter, who won last year's Hambletonian with Trixton and is a three-time winner of the trotting classic. "Canepa started getting more problems after a couple starts. But he was in the Peter Haughton, so at least he showed that kind of ability. He was probably one of the fastest colts early. "But both of them have come back super. I never turned them out; I kept them around and kept going with them. I actually wish they would have been out a couple of weeks earlier, but the weather hasn't cooperated. I'm very excited to go up with both of them. They should be able to qualify very nice and we'll see where we're heading." Other Hambletonian-eligible male trotters entered in Saturday's qualifiers are Explosive Brother, Fashion Creditor, Finish Line, Handover The Money, Michael's Pearl, Natural Kemp, P Mac Attack, Southwind Mozart, Stonebridge Force, and Workout Wonder. Natural Kemp, who last year won one of two starts for trainer Ake Svanstedt, is a son of Muscles Yankee out of the stakes-winning mare Impressive Kemp. His family includes last year's Hambletonian winner Trixton as well as Dan Patch Award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall. Svanstedt also trains Handover The Money, Southwind Mozart, Stonebridge Force, and Workout Wonder. Handover The Money, a son of Andover Hall-CR Sister Suzie, is a half-brother to 2010 Yonkers Trot winner On The Tab whose family also includes Dan Patch Award winner CR Kay Suzie. Stonebridge Force, by Muscle Hill out of Cream Puff, is a half-brother to 2008 Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi and his family includes Dan Patch Award winner Pizza Dolce. Trond Smedshammer, who won the 2004 Hambletonian with Windsong's Legacy, trains and drives Finish Line, a son of Yankee Glide-Calchips Finisher whose family includes past Smedshammer star - and Dan Patch Award winner - Blur. Explosive Brother, a son of Explosive Matter-Meadowbranch Irene in the stable of trainer Noel Daley, is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award winner Mr Muscleman. Fashion Creditor, now in the stable of trainer Tom Fanning, finished third in a division of the International Stallion Stakes last year. He is a son of Credit Winner-Bon Voyage. P Mac Attack is by Muscle Hill and out of the stakes-winning mare Under My Thumb. He is trained by Nancy Johansson. Michael's Pearl is from the stable of Bruce Lauer. The $1 million Hambletonian Stakes will be contested Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands, with eliminations and final on the same day. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

The second edition of the $400,000 (est.) Hambletonian Maturity Stake attracted 25 eligibles, including Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, the filly Shake It Cerry and Dan Patch sophomore trotting colt of the year, Father Patrick. Both are trained by Jimmy Takter. The Maturity moves to Saturday, July 18, a night worth $2.6 million, anchored by the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, will take place at the New Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, NJ. Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, the inaugural event drew a field of 14 that included the 2013 Oaks winner and Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician and the Hambletonian champion, Royalty For Life. The first edition was won by Your So Vain and Ake Svanstadt. The Maturity was created in 2011 when the Hambletonian Society saw an opportunity to provide an additional stake event for four-year-olds returning to the races. A total of 25 horses: 14 stallions, nine geldings, and two mares made the February 15 payment. Six of the 11 starters in last year's Hambletonian remained eligible to the Maturity: Datsyuk, Don Dorado, Father Patrick, Harper Blue Chip, Il Sogno Dream, and Resolve. Shake It Cerry will be joined by Celebrity Artemis as the only two eligible females. Also paid into the Maturity are top NY Sires Stakes performer Gural Hanover, Indiana star Rose Run Parker, and EL Titan who defeated Father Patrick in the Carl Erskine Trot. Those two stallions will both race and breed this year. Like the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance of a mile and eighth provides a fairer shot for the possibility of 16 starters in the race. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50% of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of those finalists finishing 6 through last. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24 -16-10% for the horses finishing second through fifth. Owned & Serviced by The Hambletonian Society, Inc; Hosted by The New Meadowlands Racetrack 4-Year-Old Open Trot in 2015 - $400,000 Est., Saturday, July 18, at The New Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Entrance fee of $8,000 is due with the declaration Owner(s) Horse Gender Sire Dam Trainer Celebrity Farms CELEBRITY ARTEMIS M Andover Hall Celebrity Feeling Sam Stathis PG Van Camp Stb. DAMFOOLRMILLIONAIR G Muscles Yankee Village Beauty Brad Maxwell Leonard Buckner & Charlie Norris DATSYUK G Explosive Matter Pink Ribbons Charlie Norris Reima Kuisla Stable DD'S HITMAN H Donato Hanover Deedee's Destiny Ake Svanstedt Kelly Walker Stable DON DORADO G Donato Hanover Quintessential K Bob Baggitt Jr. EMP Invest OY E L TITAN H Muscle Hill Courtney Hall Riina Rekila Celebrity Farms ELDORADO OF GOLD S G Celebrity Secret Trace Of Gold Sam Stathis John Grasso Stable EXPRESSIVE ACTION H Conway Hall Yetta's Angel John Grasso Father Patrick Stable FATHER PATRICK H Cantab Hall Gala Dream Jimmy Takter Burke Racing, Weaver-Bruscemi, Little E LLC & Panhellenic Stable GURAL HANOVER G Crazed Givemearing Ron Burke Landmark 6 Racing, David MacDonald, David K Reid & George Judson HARPER BLUE CHIP H Majestic Son Winning Jonlin Mark Steacy Roy Dobbins HILL I AM H Muscle Hill I'm A Checkmate Dennis Laterza Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher &  Rand Christopher IL SOGNO DREAM H Cantab Hall Le Reve Christopher Beaver Chris Ryder MADEWELL HANOVER G Yankee Glide Mayday Hanover Chris Ryder Robert J. Key MISTER B'S WAY H Conway Hall Winning Missbrenda Rich Gillock Lindy Farms of Conn, Barbato & Rudolph MR LINDY H Cantab Hall Lindy'sleadinglady Frank M. Antonacci F. Bellino & Sons LLC MUSCLE NETWORK H Muscle Hill India Hall Ake Svanstadt Diamond Creek Racing ODDS ON AMETHYST G Muscle Hill Mystical Sunshine JimmyTakter Brittany Farms, Katz, Libfeld & Goldband, Sbrocco & Little E LLC PROPULSION H Muscle Hill Danae Tony Alagna Hans Enggren RESOLVE H Muscle Hill Anikawiesahalee Ake Svanstadt Burke Racing, Weaver-Bruscemi & W. Haas ROSE RUN PARKER G Jailhouse Jesse Centergy Ron Burke Solveig’s Racing Partners SHAKE IT CERRY M Donato Hanover Solveig Jimmy Takter Robert J. Key SKATES N PLATES H Revenue S Pleasure Skate Jim Arledge Jr. Joseph Smith SUMATRA G Muscles Yankee Lola Seelster Tom Fanning Nick Salenetri TWO HIP DIP H Glidemaster Mayflower Volo Nick Salenetri 23 Trotting Horses/Geldings, 2 Mares                

MANALAPAN, NJ – February 9, 2015 -- Hambletonian winner Trixton and Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year Father Patrick have joined the New Jersey stallion ranks in 2015. Eight stallions – four pacers and four trotters- are currently registered in the Garden State. Trixton, the New Jersey Standardbred of the Year, stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ, for a fee of $12,000.  The Jimmy Takter trainee is owned by the Trixton Syndication.  His book for 2015 is full. At three, the son of Muscle Hill won eight of 11 starts and retired with a career record of 12 wins, two seconds and two thirds from 19 starts for earnings of $947,057 and a mark of 1:50.3. Father Patrick remains in training with Takter as a four-year-old while also standing at Walnridge Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ, for a fee of $30,000.  His book is nearly full with only a few bookings available. The son of Cantab Hall closed out his three-year-old campaign with a victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown, compiling a record of 12 wins and three seconds in 17 starts for earnings of nearly $1.7 million. Lifetime, Father Patrick has 22 wins and four seconds from 28 starts and earnings of $2,437,138 with a mark of 1:50.2.  He is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ. The list of 2015 New Jersey stallions with gait, fee, farm and contact information: 2015 REGISTERED STALLIONS Stallion Gait Fee Farm Standing Farm Manager Phone Great Vintage P $2,000 Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 Hurrikane King Cole P private Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 If I Can Dream P $3,500 Deo Volente Farm Fidencio Cervantez 908 782-4848 Philos Hanover P private Last Cance Farm Tom Cancelliere 201 726-8660 Calchips Brute T $3,000 Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 Father Patrick T $30,000 Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 Opening Night T private Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 Trixton T $12,000 Deo Volente Farm Fidencio Cervantez 908 782-4848    

Plans for the newly-crowned 2014 Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year Father Patrick to do double duty as a stallion and racehorse in 2015 will still proceed, but after being denied permission in Pennsylvania to stand in that state while being trained in New Jersey, Diamond Creek Farm co-owner Adam Bowden has told harnessracing.com he will now go with "Plan B.” Bowden said he received word from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission (PHRC) that his request for a special waiver for Father Patrick to breed at his Pennsylvania farm while being trained at Jimmy Takter's farm in New Jersey had been rejected. Bowden said Father Patrick will now stand stallion duty next year at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey, which is only about a 10-minute drive from Takter's farm. The Pennsylvania Stallion Registration Form states that stallions "must stand in Pennsylvania for the minimum period of Feb. 15 to July 4. Bowden had asked the PHRC for an exemption for Father Patrick.   To view the rest of this story click here.

The much anticipated Harness Horse of the Year announcement will be made live at 1 pm today (Thursday). Don't miss out. Will it be JK She'salday,Sweet Lou or maybe even McWicked? Could Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry or Sebastian K steal top honors? The Dan Patch Awards for Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year will be announced at 1 p.m. (EST) Thursday at the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Victory Sports Bar. Thursday’s announcements will be streamed live on the racetrack’s website,www.playmeadowlands.com. From the United States Harness Writers Association

The fastest trotter of all time and the richest Standardbred of the year were among the six trotters to receive divisional honors in Dan Patch Award voting announced Tuesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Divisional honors for pacers will be revealed Wednesday, followed by the live announcements of Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Meadowlands Racetrack's Victory Sports Bar. Thursday's announcements will be streamed live on the racetrack's website, www.playmeadowlands.com. Sebastian K, an 8-year-old who won in 1:49 in June to become the fastest trotter in history, was voted harness racing's best older male trotter of 2014. Father Patrick, who earned $1.69 million this season to lead all Standardbreds, was named the sport's best 3-year-old male trotter. Father Patrick is from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who also conditioned Pinkman, the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and Shake It Cerry, who was one vote shy of being the unanimous selection for best 3-year-old female trotter. Shake It Cerry and Father Patrick also were honored last year at age 2. Completing the list of this year's award winners were 2-year-old female trotter Mission Brief and older female trotter Classic Martine. A total of 157 ballots were returned. Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Sebastian K joined Shake It Cerry in exceeding 89 percent of the vote in their respective divisions. Father Patrick received 60 percent and Classic Martine garnered 58 percent. Yannick Gingras was the primary driver for three of the trotters to receive Dan Patch honors: Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Father Patrick. Classic Martine won nine of 18 races this year and hit the board a total of 16 times to lead all older female trotters in purses with $438,912. Her victories included the Armbro Flight Stakes, Miss Versatility Series championship and the Ima Lula Series final in a then-world-record-equaling performance. Trained by Chris Oakes and driven primarily by Tim Tetrick, Classic Martine is owned by Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Edwin Gold. No harness racing horse earned more money this year than Father Patrick, who banked $1.69 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, American-National Stakes, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. His 1:50.2 win in the Beal Memorial on June 28 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by any 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. Father Patrick joins Lucky Chucky, Muscle Hill, Deweycheatumnhowe, and Donato Hanover as male trotters in the last 10 years to receive a Dan Patch Award at both ages 2 and 3. Mission Brief trotted the fastest mile ever by any 2-year-old, stopping the clock in 1:50.3 in winning her division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 2 at The Red Mile. It was the third time Mission Brief either equaled or lowered the world record. She finished her campaign by winning the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters in a stakes-record 1:51.4. For the year, Mission Brief won nine of 13 races - she went off stride in all four losses - and earned $591,070 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She won eight of her starts by at least three lengths and had a combined margin of victory of 65-3/4 lengths - an average of more than seven lengths per triumph. In addition to the Breeders Crown, her wins included the Merrie Annabelle Stakes and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. Pinkman, who was entered in November's Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale before Takter reconsidered, won six of eight races and earned $566,960 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Named after a character from the television series, "Breaking Bad," the gelding's victories included the Breeders Crown, in a stakes-record-equaling 1:53.2, and Valley Victory Stakes. Takter-trained horses have been named best 2-year-old male trotter three times in five years, with Pinkman following Father Patrick in 2013 and Pastor Stephen in 2010. Sebastian K arrived in the U.S. this season after a record-setting career in Europe. The Swedish-born stallion trotted a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 in his debut at the Meadowlands and capped a record streak of four consecutive victories in 1:50.3 or faster with his 1:49 triumph at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Sebastian K was driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt and finished the year with eight wins in 13 races and $663,853 in purses. His victories included the Cashman Memorial, Crawford Farms Open Trot, and Cutler Memorial. Shake It Cerry won 15 of 17 races this year, earning $1.23 million for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group and driver Ron Pierce. The Takter-trained filly finished her season by winning the Breeders Crown in a stakes-record 1:52.2. She also won the Matron Stakes in a stakes- and track-record 1:52.4 over a "good" surface at Dover Downs, the American-National in a stakes-record 1:52.2 and equaled the stakes record of 1:52.1 in capturing the Elegantimage. Both of Shake It Cerry's parents were Dan Patch Award winners. Donato Hanover was Horse of the Year at age 3 in 2007 and Solveig was voted best 2-year-old female trotter in 2004. Solveig also was trained by Takter, who named the filly in honor of his mother. Shake It Cerry joins Passionate Glide and Pampered Princess, both also trained by Takter, and Check Me Out as female trotters to receive Dan Patch Awards at ages 2 and 3. Complete vote totals for all awards will be released Thursday with the Horse of the Year announcement. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER PINKMAN (144 of 157 votes) Explosive Matter - Margie Seelster - Angus Hall Yearling Price: $77,000 under name Traffic Jam at Lexington Selected Sale. Breeder: O Narutac Equine Nursery. Owners: Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, Herb Liverman. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras, Sylvain Filion. Races: 8-6-1-0. Purses: $566,960. Mark: 1:53.2 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $463,690 Valley Victory. 2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER MISSION BRIEF (150 votes) Muscle Hill - Southwind Serena - Varenne Yearling Price: $150,000 at Lexington Selected Sale. Breeders: Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 13-9-0-0. Purses: $591,070. Mark: 1:50.3 at The Red Mile (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $352,050 Merrie Annabelle. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER FATHER PATRICK (94 votes) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Yearling Price: $105,000 under name Royal Press at Lexington Selected Sale. Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 17-12-3-0. Purses: $1.69 million. Mark: 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Beal Memorial. 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER SHAKE IT CERRY (156 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Yearling Price: Homebred. Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 17-15-0-1. Purses: $1.23 million. Mark: 1:51.2 at The Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $368,100 Elegantimage; $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity. OLDER MALE TROTTER SEBASTIAN K (141 votes) Korean - Gabriella K - Probe Yearling Price: Homebred. Breeder: Knutsson Trotting AB. Owner: Knutsson Trotting Inc. Trainer: Ake Svanstedt. Driver: Ake Svanstedt. Races: 13-8-2-0. Purses: $663,853. Mark: 1:49 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $300,650 Cashman Memorial; $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot; $175,000 Cutler Memorial. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER CLASSIC MARTINE (91 votes) Classic Photo - Drinking Days - Andover Hall Yearling Price: None (sold privately at age 3). Breeders: Todd Schadel, Christine Schadel. Owners: Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Edwin Gold. Trainer: Chris Oakes. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 18-9-5-2. Purses: $438,912. Mark: 1:51.1 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $244,720 Armbro Flight; $121,500 Miss Versatility. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou are the highest profile pacers retiring to the stallion ranks this year. They both head off to Pennsylvania. The Captain will command a $15,000 stud fee, double that of Lou. That’s $5,000 less than Captain T would have gotten if he retired at three and avoided the disastrous four-year-old campaign. His book is already full and closed. And Lou’s fee is $2,500 more than his up and down career would have warranted prior to his 2014 speed explosion. His soon to be fifteen-year-old sire, Yankee Cruiser, has yet to produce a credible stallion. The Captain’s new stablemate, his daddy, Somebeachsomewhere, is the only Hanover stallion to take a pay cut this year, as his fee dropped 17% to $25,000. This is the second time he has experienced a price reduction. Last time his fee went back up the following year. During his short stint at Hanover he has stood at various times for $15,000, $20,000, $25,000 and $30,000—there have been a few zigs and zags along the way. Pennsylvania will also be home to the most prestigious new trotting sire, Father Patrick. The son of Cantab Hall will do duel-duty at Diamond Creek Farm. His fee will be a rich $30,000 for a limited number of mares. Crazed, who was not well received during his two year stay at Hanover, heads back to Blue Chip Farm in New York at a 20% fee increase; he’ll stand for $5,000. Those buying for the PASS tended to discount his offspring. On the other hand, Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow had very successful seasons in the NYSS, while Tirade Hanover carried on in the aged ranks. Soon to be fifteen-year-old Broadway Hall is also moving out of Pennsylvania. The sire of Hambletonian winner, Broad Bahn, millionaire trotting mare, Action-Broadway, and the mercurial speedball, Cooler Schooner, was purchased from Fashion Farms by Global Farm of Sweden and will stand in the new “it place” for stallions—Ohio. He’ll be relieved to be out from under Cantab Hall, Andover Hall and Donato Hanover in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program. Along the same lines, the pacing stallions in Pennsylvania won’t miss the peripatetic Bettor’s Delight, who will lead all pacing sires in earnings once again this year. He took a one-year hiatus from the turbulence in Ontario and will head back there now that a stable funding mechanism is in place. The back from the brink Ontario program also gets local favorite Betterthancheddar, who moves from Winbak New York to Winbak Canada. Tara Hills struck gold with Casie Coleman pupil Sportswriter last year; perhaps Cheddar can also succeed in the OSS program. He stood in New York for one year at a $4,500 fee and Winbak is knocking $1,000 off of that, bringing him to market at an attractive price point that is $1,500 less than Shadow Play and Big Jim and $2,500 less than Sportswriter. Archangel, who has movie star looks, speed to burn and a mighty thin resume also heads to Winbak Canada for $4,000. He covered 42 mares at Blue Chip in 2013 but the cold shoulder he got from New York breeders sent him back to the track where he only won twice this year, but a world record tying 1:50 mile in a Cashman elimination enhanced his desirability as a stallion. To this point his daddy Credit Winner hasn’t excelled as a sire of sires. The soon to be eighteen-year-old has produced Crazed, RC Royalty and Chocolatier. North America Cup winner Up The Credit, began his stallion career in 2012, when he stood at Seelster Farms for $5,000. That didn’t last long, as he returned to the track in the spring of that year. He’s been retired for a second time, and stands at Casimir Farm in Ontario for $3,000. He would be the first successful stallion by soon to be thirteen-year-old Western Terror. Mister Big, who met with little success in Ontario, has been relocated to Abby Stables in Ohio, where he will stand for $2,500, which is $2,000 less than he was available for in Canada. Abby has also added the highly regarded but chronically stymied Western Vintage to its roster for $3,500. And Running Brook will stand there for $2,000. Last year Midland Acres in Ohio added world champion Pet Rock, who is available for $6,000. There are no high profile pacing newcomers like him on the horizon this year. Although world champion Uncle Peter matches Pet Rock in the fee department, becoming the state’s highest priced trotting stallion at $6,000. He stands at Hickory Lane Farm. And Wishing Stone, the richest and fastest son of Conway Hall in North America, who did double duty for Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey this year, will stand at Sugar Valley for $4,500—that’s $500 less than his 2014 fee. There isn’t much happening in the way of new stallions in Indiana. Of course Always A Virgin has drawn lots of attention to the program during the last three years and Rockin Image just impressed us with his first crop. The latter’s Well Said half-brother, Tellitlikeitis, who won an elimination to the NA Cup but not much else, will be standing in Indiana in 2015 for $3,000. And a full brother to Rockin Image, Rockin Amadeus, who knocked off Captain T in the BC at two, will stand in Ohio for $3,500. Kikikatie is making her presence felt. In one of the more curious moves in the breeding realm, Trixton will stand at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey for $12,000. Muscle Hill began his stallion career in New Jersey but the lack of a stable and lucrative sire stakes program seemed to be holding him back, so he was relocated to Pennsylvania. Like Muscle Hill, Trixton will be perceived by most as a Grand Circuit stallion, so location won’t matter as much as it would for a bottom or middle tier stallion. The gamble is that gaming will come to the Meadowlands and restricted dollars will flow like water from a tap. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

Freehold, NJ --- Undefeated 2-year-old female pacer JK She’salady is the No. 1-ranked horse in the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll for 2014. She is followed by 3-year-old female trotter Shake It Cerry and 3-year-old male trotters Father Patrick and Nuncio. Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick and Nuncio are from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter; JK She’salady is from the stable of trainer Nancy Johansson, who is Takter’s daughter. Eight-year-old male trotter Sebastian K completes the top five. Sweet Lou won last weekend’s TVG Free For All Series Championship for pacers and received four first-place votes. The 5-year-old male pacer moved up a spot to sixth in the poll. Also winning was 3-year-old male pacer McWicked, who captured the Progress Pace Preview. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes this month on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. All winners will be announced on Dec. 18. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 29 – 12/2/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (26) 2pf 12-12-0-0 $883,330 330 1 2 Shake It Cerry (3) 3tf 17-15-0-1 $1,230,411 293 2 3 Father Patrick (2) 3tc 17-12-3-0 $1,693,081 249 4 4 Nuncio 3tc 17-11-5-1 $1,458,071 198 5 5 Sebastian K 8th 13-8-2-0 $663,853 194 3 6 Sweet Lou (4) 5ph 19-11-3-1 $1,361,433 185 7 7 Mission Brief 2tf 13-9-0-0 $591,070 157 6 8 McWicked 3pc 22-11-5-4 $1,322,157 81 8 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 52 10 10 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 50 9 Also: Artspeak (39), Commander Crowe, Pinkman (25), JK Endofanera (11), Limelight Beach, Maven (10), Intimidate (3), Color’s A Virgin, In The Arsenal, Modern Family, Wild Honey (2), Creatine, E L Titan, Freaky Feet Pete, Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Undefeated JK She’salady remained atop the poll after capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown for juvenile filly pacers in record-setting fashion on Saturday, November 22 at the Meadowlands. Artspeak dropped from the Top 10. Next week will be the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll of the year. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. All winners will be announced at that time. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 28 – 11/25/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (25) 2pf 12-12-0-0 $883,330 323 1 2 Shake It Cerry (3) 3tf 17-15-0-1 $1,230,411 284 4 3 Sebastian K (5) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 262 2 4 Father Patrick (2) 3tc 17-12-3-0 $1,693,081 254 5 5 Nuncio 3tc 17-11-5-1 $1,458,071 186 3 6 Mission Brief 2tf 13-9-0-0 $591,070 160 10 7 Sweet Lou 5ph 18-10-3-1 $1,111,433 115 6 8 McWicked 3pc 21-10-5-4 $1,304,657 59 -- 9 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 57 7 10 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 53 9 Also: Artspeak (51), Commander Crowe (31), Pinkman (29), Maven (22), JK Endofanera (17), Limelight Beach (11), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Modern Family (2), Color’s A Virgin, E L Titan, Freaky Feet Pete, Natural Herbie, Thinking Out Loud (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady improved her hold on No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll after winning her elimination in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. JK She’salady received 22 first-place votes, an increase of five, and increased her advantage to 48 points over second-place Sebastian K. Sebastian K, Nuncio, Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick and Sweet Lou -- in positions two through six -- did not race last week. All but Sebastian K will be competing in the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki moved up a spot off his elimination win in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Mission Brief joined the rankings at No. 10 following her elimination victory in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. JK Endofanera dropped from the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/18/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (22) 2pf 11-11-0-0 $633,330 321 1 2 Sebastian K (6) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 273 2 3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 271 T3 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 257 T3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 211 5 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 130 6 7 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 125 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 68 7 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 67 9 10 Mission Brief 2tf 12-8-0-0 $341,070 60 -- Also: JK Endofanera (42), Maven (18), Limelight Beach (16), Color’s A Virgin (13), McWicked, Wild Honey (7), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie, Pinkman (5), Market Share (4), Dancin Yankee, French Laundry, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, He’s Watching (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

A few high-profile trotters who weren't required to race in Breeders Crown eliminations used the Saturday morning qualifiers as a prep for next week's finals. The morning was sunny, though crisp with temperatures in the mid 30's and the horses facing a fairly significant headwind in the homestretch.   Trotters opened the card, so Jimmy Takter won. He steered Ferragamo, a two-year-old facing some three-year-olds and swept by in the stretch to win in 1:57.2.   Father Patrick came out for race two with trainer Takter driving for the first time all season. He tracked Bluto through fair fractions and pulled pocket past the 1:25.2 three quarters, closing out the 1:54- mile with a 28.3 final quarter. It took some Takter encouragement in the stretch to hold off Don Dorado and Team Six who were both gaining near the wire.   Vanity Matters went well this morning, leading all the way for Dave Miller in 1:57- with a 28.3 final panel. She held Cantabs Fortune at bay, moving away in deep stretch under her own power as both fillies look forward to next week's three-year-old filly Breeders Crown trot final.   Commander Crowe took a spin around the big track in anticipation of his third Crown appearance with Trond Smedshammer baby sulky-sitting the beautiful chestnut champion for his French connections. He cut the mile through even numbers ending the 1:54.1 mile in 29 flat while using Lasix for the first time. Creatine, also getting some work in toward next week's championship, broke before the start but went well after getting that out of his system.   Some classy older pacers competed in the fifth, with millionaire veteran Real Nice holding sway for John Campbell over the returning Lonewolf Currier and I Am Bonasera in 1:55.1 / 27.4. They all looked sharp and ready for action.   Breeders Crown eliminations resume this evening at The Meadowlands with post time for the first race set for 7:15. Find all the info you'll ever need, including charts and replays for this morning's races by visiting The Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

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