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East Rutherford, NJ - The final Future Wager on the 94th edition of the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands will open its fourth and final pool Thursday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. The pool will remain open until Saturday, August 3 at post time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian scheduled for Race 8 with a post-time of 2:55 p.m. [EDT]. A winning ticket pays the closing odds in the pool before the first elimination of the Hambletonian, Race 8. This is the final of four pools opened in advance of the Hambletonian, held Saturday, August 3, at The Meadowlands. Of the 101 trotting colts eligible for the $1 million Hambletonian, just 16 entered to race for $1 million on Saturday, Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The Marcus Melander trained quartet of trotters - Greenshoe, Green Manalishi S, Gimpanzee and Gerry, have earned a combined $1.9 million to date and it's no surprise that Greenshoe is tabbed the Future Wager favorite at 2-1. The first Future Wager poll closed with Indiana-sired Swandre The Giant favored at 2-1, but the Ron Burke trained Hambo hopeful is now 12-1. The second Future Wager Pool closed with a drastic shift to the lightly-raced Greenshoe, whose two winning efforts in NJ Sire Stake events were nothing short of dominant. The colt offered 3-5 odds at closing time. Greenshoe remained the favorite in Pool 3 closing at 8-5. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally, and wagering for the final pool closes on Saturday, August 3 at post time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian scheduled for Race 8 with a post-time of 2:55 p.m. [EDT]. Real-time odds, pool data and updates on field participants for the 2019 Hambletonian Wagers and current odds will be shown on various simulcast shows including at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool are listed in alphabetical order on the attached program page. The mutuel field, No. 15, will consist of Reign Of Honor and Summit In Sight. The minimum future wager is $1 and all future wagers are win only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian final heat. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website www.playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering - Pool #4 in morning line order HD-Horse-Morning Line Odds   1. Greenshoe/ 2-1 2. Don't Let'Em/ 5-1 3. Gimpanzee/ 8-1 4. Green Manalishi S/ 10-1 5. Swandre The Giant/ 12-1 6. Cantab Fashion /15-1 7. Forbidden Trade/ 15-1 8. Marseille/ 15-1 9. Pilot Discretion/15-1 10. Soul Strong /15-1 11. Super Schissel/ 15-1 12. Gerry/ 20-1 13. Mr. Vicktor/ 30-1 14. Osterc/30-1 15. Field (Reign Of Honor & Summit In Sight) /20-1 The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules https://www.hambletonian.com/uploads/8/2/8/3/82831928/2019hambofuturewagerrules.pdf 17% Takeout Win Wagering Only-$1 Minimum MANDATORY PAYOUTS THIS SATURDAY The Meadowlands Racetrack will offer horseplayers a rare opportunity this Saturday with mandatory payouts in the track's two jackpot super high five wagers. The Race Seven jackpot is $7,084.66 while the Race Eleven jackpot is $53,519.54. Both wagers have a 20-cent base wager and carry a 15 percent takeout. On nights when there is no single winning ticket, 25 percent of the net pool is added to the jackpot amount while 75 percent of the net pool is paid out to the multiple winners. Race Seven's mandatory payout race features a field of 12 pacers in the $230,200 Sam Mckee Memorial. Race Eleven's mandatory payout is the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. Saturday's full card past performances are available at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=3357 from the Hambletonian Society and Meadowlands Racetrack

Hightstown, NJ — Adios winner Southwind Ozzi found a spot in the top 10 and Clara Barton winner Shartin N remained No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Southwind Ozzi joined the top 10 for the first time this season, landing at No. 10. Shartin N, who won the Clara Barton with the fastest pacing mile in Plainridge Park history, 1:49.1, stayed solidly entrenched in the top spot with 33 of 35 first-place votes and a 66-point cushion over No. 2 Atlanta. Millies Possesion, who is unbeaten in eight races, moved from No. 10 to No. 8 thanks to her win in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination. No other horses in the top 10 raced last week. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 10 – 7/30/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (33) 6pm 12-11-0-0 $655,765 347 1 2 Atlanta (1) 4tm 7-6-1-0 $438,330 281 2 3 Greenshoe (1) 3tc 5-4-1-0 $326,500 276 3 4 Lather Up 4ph 9-6-0-1 $411,405 233 4 5 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 7-5-2-0 $554,630 157 5 6 Captain Crunch 3pc 6-4-0-0 $511,574 156 6 7 Gimpanzee 3tc 3-3-0-0 $161,688 108 7 8 Millies Possesion  3tf 8-8-0-0 $195,517 63 10 9 Hannelore Hanover 7tm 5-3-0-0 $79,282 60 8 10 Southwind Ozzi 3pr 6-5-1-0 $291,921 45 -- ALSO: Stonebridge Soul 36; Best In Show 32; McWicked, Western Fame 16; Guardian Angel As 13; Evident Beauty 9; Caviart Ally 8; Boadicea, When Dovescry 6; Rich And Miserable 5; Bettor Joy N, None Bettor A, Highalator, JK First Lady, Pilot Discretion, Shake That House, Tequila Monday, This Is The Plan 4; Crystal Fashion, Green Manalishi S, Sister Sledge, Six Pack 3; Courtly Choice, Jimmy Freight, Workin Ona Mystery 2; Mr Vicktor, Warrawee Ubeaut 1.

Sixteen 3-year-old trotters entered today for America's Trotting Classic, the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, to be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Post positions, drivers and morning-line odds will be available during a live post draw at 2 p.m. (EDT) that will be streamed on the Meadowlands Facebook page and YouTube channel. The entered horses in alphabetical order are: Cantab Fashion Don't Let'em Forbidden Trade Gerry Gimpanzee Green Manalishi S Greenshoe Marseille Mr Vicktor Osterc Pilot Discretion Reign Of Honor Soul Strong Summit In Sight Super Schissel Swandre The Giant From the Hambletonian Society    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In celebration of the 94th edition of America's greatest harness race, the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racetrack and Tomasello Winery have again teamed up to provide fans and guests with two special limited edition wine selections. The $1 million Hambletonian will be raced Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3 as the finale to the championship meet at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Post time is 12 noon. Labeled "The Hambletonian at the Meadowlands", the Hammonton-based winery (the second-oldest active in the Garden State) will produce a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir exclusively for Saturday's edition that will be available for purchase Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. This year's label was created by Meadowlands Racetrack's graphic designer Kathleen Estes and is based on the Jim Lisa of track photographer LisaPhoto image of last year's Hambletonian winner, Atlanta, in honor of her becoming the 14th filly in history to win the event and the first to accomplish the feat in 22 years. "Folks are always looking for an alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay which seem to be still so popular after a long period of time. The truth is some of the world's finest wine educators will tell you after tasting thousands of wines, many still find Pinot Noir to be one of the best wines in the world. Without any question this is the most difficult grape to grow in New Jersey hands down, but for people who want to explore a nice soft red wine there is nothing better," said Tomasello Winery vice president Jack Tomasello. "Pinot Grigio is such a nice white wine for the summer and it has such a clean and crisp taste. Non-oaked, this wine goes so well with foul and fish, but can also be served with fine cheeses and spreads." Tomasello Winery is a fourth generation family-owned winery producing award winning wines since 1933. Tomasello is one of the largest winegrowers in New Jersey, having 70 acres of grapes under cultivation, and producing 75,000 cases of wine per year, distributing in over half of the United States and also exporting to the Pacific Rim. In addition to wines, Tomasello produces sparkling wines, hard ciders, fruit wines and ports. Tomasello Winery has 10 retail outlets thought out the Garden State and their wines are distributed by Fedway and available in over 800 retail wine stores in the state. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

East Rutherford, NJ - The entries, post positions and harness racing morning line odds will be revealed for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands during a live post position draw on Tuesday, July 30 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be streamed exclusively on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page and YouTube channel. Fans should be sure to "Like" the Facebook page or "subscribe" to the YouTube channel in order to view the stream. Guests are welcome to attend the live draw which will be held in the Meadowlands Racetrack's second floor Lounge. Marc Malusis, co-host of the "Taz and the Moose" CBS Sports Radio morning show will serve as the co-host and celebrity drawmaster. Marcus Melander, trainer of three top Hambletonian contenders Greenshoe, Gimpanzee and Green Manalishi S, will be a guest on the broadcast. The $1 Million Hambletonian will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network, 4-5:30 pm on Saturday, August 3. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com or www.hambletonian.com. From the Meadowlands Media Department

In, 2019, the Hambletonian Society is accepting Supplemental Yearling Nominations for the stakes and harness racing events they service that required a May 15 yearling nominating payment for foals of 2018. "It was brought to our attention by the staking services that there are always a handful of yearlings missed in the process in May," said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers 137 of the richest stakes in North America. "The board accepted the premise that the odd yearling may have been left out when it comes time to catalog yearlings for fall sales." "Since yearling eligibility is the key to so many stakes, we thought it would be fair to try accepting a yearling supplement in August for the races we service. The key was trying to find a fair amount and the right time frame to allow this." The Supplemental Yearling Nomination payment is for those nominators who have missed the regular May 15th payment deadline but are still interested in maintaining eligibility to those stakes that require yearling payments. The new supplemental payment is due by August 15th, in an amount five times the standard May 15th payment for the race in question. For example, the May 15th yearling payment for the Adios is $10. The Supplemental Yearling Payment would be five times that amount, or $50. All payments must be postmarked by August 15 and mailed to the Hambletonian Society office. The direct link to the form for Supplemental Yearling Nominations can be found on our website here: https://www.hambletonian.com/supplemental-yearling-form.html or by calling our office and having the form faxed or e-mailed to you. For further information please feel free to call (609) 371-2211 or e-mail me at davidjanes@hambletonian.org. Moira Fanning  

Hightstown, NJ — New Zealand-bred pacing mare Shartin is the No. 1-ranked harness racing horse in this year’s first Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The 6-year-old Shartin, a Dan Patch Award winner last season, has won six of seven races this year including the Blue Chip Matchmaker championship, Betsy Ross Invitational and Sam “Chip” Noble III Memorial. Six-year-old pacing stallion Western Fame, who won the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship, is No. 2 followed by 3-year-old colt pacers Captain Crunch, a returning Dan Patch Award winner who is a two-time victor on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit, and Bettor’s Wish, who captured the Art Rooney Pace. Miami Valley Distaff winner Atlanta, last season’s Trotter of the Year, rounds out the top five. Commodore Barry Invitational winner Courtly Choice is ranked sixth, followed by Empire Breeders Classic champ Gimpanzee, who was an undefeated Dan Patch Award winner in 2018, and Confederation Cup winner Done Well. Greenshoe, a winner on the New Jersey Sire Stakes circuit, and returning Horse of the Year McWicked, who won a preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park in his only start of the campaign, complete the top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.   Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 1 – 5/28/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (28) 6pm 7-6-0-0 $369,500 342 -- 2 Western Fame (3) 6ph 8-5-1-1 $448,800 229 -- 3 Captain Crunch (2) 3pc 2-2-0-0 $57,818 179 -- 4 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 3-3-0-0 $180,000 142 -- 5 Atlanta (1) 4tm 1-1-0-0 $50,000 119 -- 6 Courtly Choice 4ph 3-2-0-0 $74,000 112 -- 7 Gimpanzee 3tc 1-1-0-0 $107,600 84 -- 8 Done Well 4pg 3-2-1-0 $88,870 74 -- 9 Greenshoe 3tc 1-1-0-0 $12,500 72 -- 10 McWicked (1) 8ph 1-1-0-0 $12,580 66 -- Also: Rodeo Rock 64; Highalator, Ideal Jimmy 53; Guardian Angel As 51; Caviart Ally 45; Bettor Joy N 30; Six Pack 23; Sunny Dee 20; Workin Ona Mystery 17; Southwind Ozzi 16; Century Farroh 15; Sintra 14; Apple Bottom Jeans 12; Osterc, Trolley 11; Lather Up 10; Tiger Thompson N 8; All Champy 7; Evident Beauty 6; Phaetosive, Queen Of The Pride 5; Haveoneforme, Kate’s Massive, Swansea 4; Always A Prince, Quincy Blue Chip, Seaswift Joy N 3; Tequila Monday, Thinkbig Dreambig 2; Bestseller Hanover, Cruzado Dela Noche, Sonnet Grace, Rich And Miserable, The Wall 1.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

The 94th Hambletonian Future Wager at the Meadowlands will open its first pool Friday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the final payments taken on the harness racing trotters for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. This will be the first of four pools opened in advance of the race to be held Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally and wagering for the first pool will close on Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 p.m. (EDT) A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers led by Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin, whose Road to the Hambletonian annually tracks the leading candidates to the race, selected a group of 14 trotters out of the 199 colts, fillies and geldings that were made eligible to start in the Hambletonian after the final February 15 payment. The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million event for males in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool will be listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field, #15, will consist of the remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no supplements permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian. The second future pool will open Friday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, June 2, closing at 11:00 p.m. The third future wager pool will open Friday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, July 7, and close at 11:00 p.m. The fourth and final pool opens Thursday, August 1, after the entries and elimination heats are sorted, and close at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, August 3. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZX. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD - Horse - Morning Line Odds 1. CHAPTER FASHION 20-1 2. CHIN CHIN HALL 10-1 3. DONT LET'EM 10-1 4. FORBIDDEN TRADE 15-1 5. FORECAST 20-1 6. GIMPANZEE 4-1 7. GREEN MANALISHI 6-1 8. GREENSHOE 8-1 9. HUDSON RIVER 20-1 10. KINGS COUNTY 20-1 11. OSTERC 20-1 12. PROSPECT HILL 15-1 13. SOUTHWIND AVENGER 10-1 14. SWANDRE THE GIANT 12-1 15. All Other Horses - 8-1 ***************************************************************** The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules 17% Takeout Win Wagering Only - $1 Minimum The Hambletonian Future wager will be four (4) separate wagering pools during the months of March, May, June, July and August, with the winner of each pool being determined by the official first place winner of the Hambletonian on August 3, 2019. Each pool will remain open for a period to be determined by the association, but in any event, not less than three (3) days nor more than ten (10) days. The pools shall each be open for the same length of time. The starting and closing date of the wager will be determined by the association and will be promoted to the public. Each Hambletonian Future wager shall be win wagers only and each pool shall be separate and independent. Calculation and distribution of winning wagers will be made following the official results of the 2019 Hambletonian. The minimum wager shall be one dollar ($1.00). Each pool shall be comprised of up to fifteen (15) betting interests. The top fourteen (14) betting interests shall be determined by the New Meadowlands Racetrack handicapper and listed alphabetically. The number fifteen (15) betting interest shall represent the mutuel field, which will include all other runners not listed in numbers one (1) through fourteen (14). The fifteen (15) betting interests will appear in the daily race program with morning line odds on each day the wager is offered. Following the close of each month's Hambletonian Future wagering pool, the final odds and/or probable payoffs will be listed in the racing program and released to the media. No refunds will be issued. All wagers are final once the patron has left the window. Career-ending injuries, death and failure to start are not subject to refunds. If the New Meadowlands Racetrack and/or Hambletonian Society becomes aware that a horse suffers a career-ending injury or becomes deceased after the numbers (1) through fourteen (14) are printed, but before Future Book Wagering has begun, the number shall be scratched and no wagers shall be accepted on that horse. That scratched horse will become part of the field number fifteen (15). If the New Meadowlands Racetrack and/or Hambletonian Society becomes aware that a horse suffers a career-ending injury or becomes deceased after the numbers one (1) through fourteen (14) are printed, and after Future Book Wagering has begun, wagering on that number shall be suspended. No refunds will be issued on the suspended number. Notwithstanding the above, in the event the 2019 Hambletonian is not run or does not produce an official winner, all wagers shall result in a refund. Also, in the event that there is a coupled entry or mutual field in the 2019 Hambletonian, for the purpose of the Hambletonian Future wager, each entry or mutuel field shall be considered a single betting interest. All calculations and payoffs for the Hambletonian Future wagers shall be governed by the New Jersey Racing Laws and Rules. Each pool shall be separately and independently calculated and distributed. Takeout shall be deducted from each gross pool as stipulated by law. The remainder of the monies in the pool shall constitute the net pool distribution as payoff on winning wagers. The amount wagered on the betting interest which finishes first is deducted from the net pool, the balance remaining being the profit; the profit is divided by the amount wagered on the betting finishing first, such quotient being the profit per dollar wagered to win on that betting interest. The net pool shall be distributed as a single price pool to winning wagers in the following precedence, based upon the official order of finish: (a) To those whose selection finished first; but if there are no wagers, then To those whose selection finished second; but if there are no wagers, then (b) To those whose selection finished third; but if there are no wagers, then (c) The entire pool shall be refunded on win wagers for that contest. If there is a dead heat for first involving: Contestants representing the same betting interest, the pool shall be distributed as if no dead heat occurred or Contestants representing two or more betting interests, the pool shall be distributed as a profit split. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZX and the future wager pools will be placed as follows: * Race 1: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 1 March 15 - March 17 * Race 2: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 2 May 31 - June 2 *Race 3: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 3 July 5 - July 7 * Race 4: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 4 August 1 - August 3 Real time odds, pool data and updates on field participants for the 2019 Hambletonian Wagers and current odds will be shown on various simulcast shows including New Meadowlands Racetrack. For the Hambletonian Society & Meadowlands Racetrack    

Cranbury, NJ... The first payment deadline for eligibility to 136 harness racing stake events, headlined by the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown series is just around the corner. The 94th Hambletonian will raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, August 3 with same-day elimination heats. The $500,000 Oaks has eliminations the week before on July 27. The Breeders Crown returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2019, with 2-year-old elims scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18 and finals on Friday, Oct. 25. Three-year-old and open events will race eliminations, if necessary, on Saturday, Oct. 19 and finals on Saturday, Oct. 26. Since February 15 falls on a Friday, followed by a federal holiday (Monday, Feb. 18 President's Day with no mail delivery) payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes will be accepted if postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 19. In 2019, The Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and Clara Barton Distaff Pace will be raced at Plainridge Park Casino on Sunday, July 28th. Both of these races were cancelled in 2018, but are back with us in 2019. There is a new series at Hoosier Park the Society will handle called The Star Destroyer Series. This series is for 3-Year-Old Colt and Filly Pacers and Trotters and will be raced in late June of this year. The conditions are similar to the Pegasus Series and can be found on the race page at https://www.hambletonian.com/star-destroyer-series.html. There are scheduled payment changes to the following races: Caesar's Trotting Classic, Dan Patch, Dayton Derby Pace & Trot, Jenna's Beach Boy and the Miami Valley Distaff Pace & Trot. Please check over the payment forms and payment schedules on the condition sheets for these races as they all have different payment schedules than in 2018. The conditions for each race can be found on the specific race page. The Hambletonian Society services 136 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. Our website, Hambletonian.com, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. Payment forms are always available on our website at https://www.hambletonian.com/payment-forms.html Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For more information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. The following races are serviced by The Hambletonian Society: Adios/Adioo Volo Arden Downs Art Rooney/Lismore Breeders Crown Cane Pace/Shady Daisy Carl Erskine Centaur Trotting Classic Circle City Series 3-Year-Olds Clara Barton Distaff Pace (New) Courageous Lady Filly Pace Currier & Ives Stakes Dan Patch Open Pace Dayton Pace & Trot Derby Dexter Cup/Lady Suffolk The Elevation Fox Stakes Hambletonian/Oaks Hambletonian Maturity Hoosier Stake Horseman Stake Hoosier Park Pacing Derby Jenna's Beach Boy 3CP Kentuckiana Stallion Mgmt T/P Keystone Classics Landmark Early Closer Liberty Bell T/P Madison County 2-Year-Olds Matron Stakes Messenger Stakes/Lady Maud Miami Valley Distaff Trot & Pace Monument Circle Pegasus Series 3-Year-Old Trot/Pace Progress Pace W.N. Reynolds Memorial E.C. John Simpson Memorial E.C. Spirit of Massachusetts Trot The Star Destroyer Series The U.S.S. Indianapolis Mem. The Crossroads of America Tompkins-Geers Early Closer Ralph Wilfong/The Horseman Yonkers Trot/Hudson Filly Trot by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society  

A Celebration of Life  is planned for Mary Lou Dondarski, Assistant Treasurer of the Hambletonian Society. Mary Lou Dondarski, 74, of Jackson, NJ, passed away after a brief illness, Thursday, Nov. 8 at Centrastate Hospital in Freehold, NJ. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Dondarski was an accomplished artist, a skilled racing operations manager, and a creative force dedicated to preserving and enhancing harness racing history. Her friends and family are invited to join in a memorial celebration of her life on Dec. 8, from 1-4 p.m. at the American Hotel, 18 E Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728. Without her contributions over the past 30 years, the Dan Patch Museum in Savage, Minnesota, the Round Barn/Stable of Memories in Lexington, Kentucky, the Greyhound exhibit at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, New York, and the offices of the Hambletonian Society would be lacking in their scope and depth of harness racing history. Ms. Dondarski began her career in harness racing when she transitioned from a local insurance office to the stable, working as a groom for entrepreneur and horse owner Bill Brooks and the Benny Webster Stable. She cared for open pacer Afella Rainbow (p, 4, 1:55.4M, $323,860) among many others in the late '70s. She then returned "frontside," working in the race office at Freehold Raceway, at Los Alamitos Racecourse and at the Daily Racing Form before being hired at the Hambletonian Society in New Jersey in 1993, where she remained until her passing. She was also the assistant race secretary for the NJ Sire Stakes Fair program when New Jersey-breds had a flourishing state-bred program. Though she started as an accounts payable manager, there was very little that she didn't help expedite or execute at the Society, from stakes payments to sponsorships. She was a detailed and thorough financial manager, but what she loved the most and was perhaps best recognized for was her tremendous creativity. "I know it's said that nobody is irreplaceable," said Tom Charters, former president of the Hambletonian Society. "But the precision, talent and imagination that Mary Lou brought to the Society over the past 25 years may be just that - irreplaceable. She never failed to surprise us and we will miss her dearly." One of her most popular projects was the Hambletonian buttons, which she started designing in 1998. Months before the race she took the list of Hambo eligibles and pored over clip art and illustrations to create buttons specific to each horse that might enter the race. They were an instant tradition, and can be seen in every Hambletonian winner circle photo through 2018, adorning owners and fans lapel pins. An accomplished equine artist, Ms. Dondarski's portraits were highly sought after, and grace the walls of racetracks and homes of Hall of Famers as well as those who were simply fans of her portraits of champion Standardbreds, favorite racehorses, pets and glimpses of all facets of racetrack life. She was also an expert and dogged collector, spending weekends scouring flea markets and auctions for memorabilia, and when a fledgling site for collectors called Ebay.com was created, Ms. Dondarski quickly had the internet at her mercy. Once she set her sights on a genre, harness racing postcards, or advertising, or cigar box labels, buttons, or matchbooks, she would soon have a museum quality collection. Legendary Hall of Fame horses Dan Patch and Greyhound were her favorites, and her beautifully decorated office at the Hambletonian Society resembled a mini-museum of two of the most famous harness horses in history. Ms. Dondarski was a seemingly endless source of unique donations and often offered her own paintings for every charity auction, horse rescue group, museum event, fundraiser, retirement ceremony or any important event that followed her life's work of supporting harness racing or marking harness racing's historical importance. For her selfless and benevolent efforts, she was recognized by the U.S. Harness Writers in 2006 with the sport's LeeAnne Pooler Memorial Unsung Hero award; in 2013 with a President's Award for support of the organization; and again as one of only 50 honorary USHWA members inducted since the organization was started in 1947 an honor that comprises 20 Hall of Famers past and present such as John Campbell, Delvin Miller, E. Roland Harriman and George Morton Levy. Despite failing health that made everyday tasks difficult, Ms. Dondarski spent her last weeks assembling and shipping a large collection of memorabilia and art to the Round Barn in Lexington, KY, for their Fall Stable of Memories fundraiser. She cherished her vacations in Lexington, and felt a personal responsibility to preserve the legacy and history of the Round Barn. She is survived by sons Anthony Dias, (and granddaughters Morgan, Jessica and Courtney Dias), Raymond Dias (and grandsons Quentin and Jake) and William "BJ" Richards and was preceded in death by her son Kevin Dias. Mary Lou will be sorely missed by her family, many friends and large network of passionate and like-minded collectors. Ms. Dondarski did not like the limelight and never sought credit or attention for her many, many acts of kindness and benevolence. Nonetheless her harness racing family is determined to honor her memory with sadness but mostly joy for having known her. Please join us at the American Hotel in Freehold, NJ on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1-4:00pm. All those who knew her, or were the recipient of her unending largesse, or simply appreciate harness racing history, are welcome to attend. Donations can be made to her favorite causes: Stable of Memories PO Box 11073 Lexington KY 40512-1073 Or Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame 240 Main Street Goshen, NY 10924 by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

For the second straight week there are no changes in the Top Ten Poll. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/20/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (27) 7ph 18-11-3-2 $1,403,864 341 1 2 Shartin N (6) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 309 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 249 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 222 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 191 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 141 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 20-10-5-1 $1,244,612 96 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 14-11-1-1 $1,075,648 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 68 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 59 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 53; Warrawee Ubeaut 39; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight 14; Marion Marauder 12; Crystal Fashion 9; Lather Up 8; Captain Crunch 5; Emoticon Hanover, Met’s Hall 4; Plunge Blue Chip 2; Pure Country 1.    

Hightstown, NJ — None of the horses in the harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll’s Top 10 were in action last week. Seven-year-old pacing stallion McWicked, the year’s richest horse with $1.39 million in purses, continues in the top spot and had 26 first-place votes. Shartin N is in second place and picked up seven first-place votes. They remaining two first-place votes went to Woodside Charm, who ranks fourth overall behind Atlanta. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/13/2018 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7ph 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 1 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 246 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 4i 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 183 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 141 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 19-10-5-1 $1,229,112 95 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 68 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 67 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 59; Warrawee Ubeaut 39; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight, Marion Marauder 12; Lather Up 11; Captain Crunch, Crystal Fashion, Emoticon Hanover 7; Met’s Hall 6; Plunge Blue Chip 3; Caviart Ally 2; Foiled Again, Lily Stride 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Mary Lou Dondarski, the longtime office manager at The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, died early Thursday morning, Nov. 8. She was 74. Prior to her working for the Hambletonian Society, Ms. Dondarski was a race office assistant at Freehold Raceway. In 2006, Ms. Dondarski received the Unsung Hero Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) for her behind-the-scenes role at the Hambletonian Society. She was also recognized by USHWA in 2013 with a President's Award from then-USHWA president Steve Wolf and was voted an Honorary Member of USHWA in 2014 -- an honor that had not been bestowed on anyone in the previous dozen year.  Ms. Dondarski had been in declining health for the past year and was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago. Fighting blood clots in her lungs and lymphoma—a disease she'd fought once and won, according to her son—she lost her battle shortly after midnight on Thursday. On Monday afternoon, Ms. Dondarski made the decision to end treatment, thus she was taken off the blood thinners and other medications, and place on a morphine drip for comfort. B.J. said he was with her Monday night when she fell asleep, and she never woke up. "Her life was a difficult one," said B.J. "She sacrificed and worked incredibly hard and made sure I always had anything I needed. She raised me single handedly and fostered everything that I loved and everything that I am today. She was my moral compass and she believed in me my entire life, even when I didn't always believe in myself. "And she did all that while being one of the most talented and creative artists I know, while championing the sport of harness racing while fighting to preserve its history and its future. She was a champion of progressive values and ideals." More details will be posted when available.

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 24 – 11/6/2018 There was no movement at all in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7phc 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 1 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 245 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 183 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 138 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 19-10-5-1 $1,229,112 98 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 70 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 68 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 58; Warrawee Ubeaut 40; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight, Lather Up, Marion Marauder 12; Captain Crunch, Crystal Fashion, Emoticon Hanover 7; Met’s Hall 6; Plunge Blue Chip 3; Lily Stride 1.  

 The “Red Million” a new harness racing event for two-year-old trotters with a $100,000 buy-in and a $1 million pay-out will not be raced in 2019 due to a conflict in race scheduling. Owners of The Red Mile, The Hambletonian Society and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had jointly announced the new race would be the centerpiece of the richest day in Kentucky harness racing, riding the crest of a burgeoning breeding, racing and sales upswing in the Bluegrass State. The Red Mile Million is a new concept for harness racing with an innovative purse structure. It was seen as a natural accompaniment to the $2 million Kentucky Sire Stake finals in late September, bookending the Grand Circuit week of racing at Lexington’s Red Mile that features elite yearling sales and culminates with the final jewel of the trotting Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity. The event was embraced by local and state tourism officials, who heralding the continued growth of one of the state’s most valuable resources, the equine-driven economy. After several meetings on race dates, the Red Mile opted to race the Kentucky Sires Stake finals on Sept. 15, in order to avoid conflict with existing Grand Circuit and stakes races for those age groups on the North America stake calendar.   “Our owners and breeders have too much invested to be forced to choose between these rich opportunities for their stake colts and fillies that crowd the calendar near the end of the season,” said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society. “Though canceled for 2019 we will continue planning for this event until we get the best date and scenario for all the stakeholders involved.” by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

Hightstown, NJ —– For the first time this year, a male pacer or trotter is No. 1 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Seven-year-old pacing stallion McWicked, fresh off his win in Saturday’s Breeders Crown Open Pace, moved from No. 2 to the top spot following No. 1 Atlanta’s second-place finish in her Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old female trotters. McWicked is the year’s richest horse, with $1.39 million in purses. Prior to this week, the No. 1 position was held by trotting mare Hannelore Hanover (weeks 1 through 10), Atlanta (weeks 11 through 16 and weeks 20 through 22) and 3-year-old filly trotter Manchego (weeks 17 through 19). Atlanta dropped to third in the rankings as Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner Shartin N moved from No. 3 to No. 2. Shartin N set the record for the richest season ever by a pacing mare with her victory. She has earned $968,361. Undefeated 2-year-old filly trotter Woodside Charm jumped from ninth to fourth following her Breeders Crown triumph. Kissin In The Sand, a parked-out second in the Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly pacers, rounded out the top five. Breeders Crown champs Gimpanzee (2-year-old male trotter), Dorsoduro Hanover (3-year-old male pacer) and Tactical Landing (3-year-old male trotter) were newcomers to the Top 10. The remaining two horses in the Top 10, Six Pack and Courtly Choice, did not race last weekend. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 – 10/30/2018 Rank Name (1st Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7ph 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 2 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 3 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 243 1 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 9 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 186 4 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 120 — 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 18-10-4-1 $1,181,612 91 — 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 85 5 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 81 6 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 67 — Also: Homicide Hunter 62; Warrawee Ubeaut 40; Manchego 23; Jimmy Freight, Marion Marauder 12; Crystal Fashion 10; Emoticon Hanover, Lather Up 9; Captain Crunch 7; Plunge Blue Chip, Stay Hungry 3; Lily Stride, Met’s Hall 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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