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John Campbell, a Hambletonian Society director since 1992 and harness racing's leading money-winning driver of all time, was recently elected president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Society in a unanimous vote of the board of directors at the winter board meeting held March 12 in Boca Raton, Florida. He replaces current president Tom Charters effective July 1, 2017. Campbell will fulfill his driving commitments through June of this year.  "I want to thank the Hambletonian Society for their support and confidence in this new and exciting opportunity," said Campbell. "It is a challenge that I am looking forward to. "I would also like to thank and commend Tom Charters for all his years of service. I have worked with Tom on various projects over the years and have tremendous respect for his opinion and passion for harness racing. I have sought his advice many times over the years and will continue to do so moving forward. "He has worked tirelessly for the betterment of our sport, many times in the background, not receiving the credit that was his due," Campbell emphasized. "Going forward, I will be reaching out to all facets of our industry, encouraging them to make decisions that are in the best interest of our sport. We have our issues and problems, no question, but I believe very strongly that from a betting and entertainment point of view our sport can be relevant and attractive." Tom Charters, the current president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, had informed the board last August of his intent to cut back on his schedule. He will step down as president, a position he has held since 1998. He will remain on staff through the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park in October and on the Society board as a director. The Hambletonian Society is a not-for-profit organization which supports and encourages the breeding of Standardbred horses by sponsoring and administering stakes and other special events in harness racing. The Society was founded in 1924 to organize the Hambletonian Stake, one of 37 races it currently owns, and one of the 131 stakes events it oversees. These races are some of the richest and most prestigious racing events across North America, held at 14 different racetracks, involving the processing of more than 51,700 individual payments totaling $11.6 million and responsible for the disbursement of more than $14.8 million in purses. No active driver or jockey has amassed more purse money than John Campbell. His career earnings top $299 million from more than 10,600 victories in his four decades of driving. He has led all North American drivers in earnings 16 times and has won every major race in the sport - including a record six Hambletonians - at least once. His remarkable career on the racetrack saw him elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1990 at age 35, the youngest person so honored and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1987. He was voted Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award Winner in 2012; voted U.S. Harness Writers Driver of the Year in 2006 and W. R. Haughton Good Guy in 2002; the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service To Youth honoree in 2003; awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his commitment to harness racing by the Governor General of Canada in 2000 and is president of the Grand Circuit and a director of the Little Brown Jug Society. Charters was originally hired by the Society in 1984 to guide the newly created Breeders Crown championship series. "I am proud of what the Society has accomplished over the last three decades, especially in sponsoring the two preeminent events in harness racing, the $1 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown," said Charters. "I believe this is the perfect opportunity for the Society. John's accomplishments on the race track are beyond compare and his knowledge and broad grasp of the traditions of the sport and the current day challenges of the industry will be of enormous benefit to the Society. "I look forward to continuing to work with John, as he has provided valuable counsel in past matters, and his leadership qualities and the industry-wide respect he commands represent make him a unique choice for the Society. "The timing is right," concluded Charters. by Moira Fanning for the Hambletonian Society  

Cranbury, NJ... March sustaining and nominating payments to 131 Hambletonian Society stake events at 14 different harness racing tracks are due Wednesday, March 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Thursday, March 16.   Please note that there is a separate Breeders Crown 2-year-old future eligibility payment of $500 due March 15 that maintains eligibility for the Breeders Crown 3-year-old events of 2018.   The Landmark, W.N. Reynolds Memorial, and the Tompkins-Geers races for two-year-olds have been restructured as early closers that race in the year payments are collected. There will now be a single nomination fee per colt or filly due March 15, 2017 and a single sustaining fee due May 15 2017, payable to the Hambletonian Society should you wish to participate in the race(s). The entrance fee to start in any division of the races will apply.   There is also a March 15 sustaining payment due for the new Pegasus Series for 3-year-old Pacers and Trotters to be raced at Hoosier Park as an undercard event to accompany the Breeders Crown weekend.   The Hambletonian Society services most of the sport's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The website Hambletonian.com contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself.   All forms are available on the web site and are PDF fillable. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information are now available online, as well as eligibility lists for races that had a final payment on Feb. 15, 2017.   For additional information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. Listed below are the stakes with payments due for all ages due March 15. Delvin Miller Adios (and Adioo Volo Filly Division) Arden Downs Stakes Battle of Lake Erie Breeders Crown Cane Pace (and Shady Daisy) The Carl Erskine Centaur Stakes Circle City Cleveland Trotting Classic Courageous Lady Filly Pace Currier & Ives Trot (and Filly Trot) Dan Patch Dayton Derby Trot and Pace Dexter Cup (and Lady Suffolk Trot) The Elevation Fox Stake Hambletonian (and Hambletonian Oaks) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby Hoosier Stakes The Horseman Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Filly Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies) Keystone Classics Landmark Stakes Liberty Bell Early Closer 3yr Liberty Bell Early Closer 2yr Madison County (previously the Circle City for 2-year-olds) Matron Series Messenger Stakes (and Lady Maud) Miami Valley Distaff Monument Circle Pegasus Series (New Early Closer) 3yr Progress Pace W. N. Reynolds Memorial Early Closer Art Rooney Pace (and Lismore Filly Division) John Simpson Memorial Early Closer The Crossroads of America The USS Indianapolis Memorial Tompkins Memorial & Geers Early Closer Ralph Wilfong Yonkers Trot  

The Meadowlands Racetrack, longest-running host track of the classic Hambletonian race for harness racing 3-year-old trotters, has set a date of Saturday afternoon August 5, 2017 for the 92nd edition of the classic event. The Hambletonian Society, which owns the race, and Jeff Gural, chairman of the New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, have an existing contract to host the Hambletonian through 2021. The $1 million Hambletonian, and the companion race for 3-year-old fillies, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, are the richest of their kind currently offered in harness racing, and among the richest worldwide, regardless of breed. There are currently 350 colts and 347 fillies eligible to make sustaining payments in February 2017 to remain eligible to participate in next year's race. "Despite the likelihood that the casino referendum will be defeated, the Meadowlands is fully committed to host the Hambletonian next year on August 5 and continues to expect to fully promote this prestigious race as our signature event," said Jeff Gural. Hambletonian day continues to set North American handle and attendance records in the new Meadowlands grandstand, with more than $6.9 million wagered in 2016. The Hambletonian race is also the longest-running live national TV broadcast in harness racing. For more information contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society (732-306-6713) or Rachel Ryan at the Meadowlands Racetrack (201) 842-5015. Moira Fanning Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind.-Oct. 3, 2016 - The Breeders Crown, harness racing's annual series of 12 championship events valued at $5.8 million, will race over two nights in the fall of 2017 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana. The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the events, and Hoosier Park management have chosen a traditional October weekend for their Crown showcase, with the Crown races to be held Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. Eliminations, if necessary, would be raced the weekend prior, Oct. 20 and 21. Hoosier Park, home of harness racing in Indiana, has made enormous strides in establishing the state as home to champion Standardbreds, competitive overnight racing and host of world class racing. The Indiana breeding program has produced such stars as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, Breeders Crown champions Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki and top-ranked mare trotter Hannelore Hanover, among many others prominent on the national stage. "Over the next twelve months, our team at Hoosier Park and Centaur Gaming will be working diligently as we prepare to welcome thousands of racing fans and members of the horse racing industry to our property, as well as showcase the best in harness racing to thousands more across the world," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. In addition, Hoosier Park takes the spotlight in 2017 as the presenting sponsor of the Dan Patch Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 26. The Dan Patch Awards are for top equine and human performers, Harness Horse of the Year honors, as well as the first introduction of the newest member(s) to the Hall of Fame. The seven-eighths mile track, which opened in 1994 and is now owned by Centaur Gaming, is the 31st racetrack to host the Breeders Crown. It is the final host track featured in a three-year agreement announced in 2014 by the Hambletonian Society that saw Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto set a Canadian Standardbred record handle of CDN $5,748,950 for the 13-race card at Woodbine Racetrack in 2015; The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ will host the 2016 Breeders Crown events on Oct. 28 and Oct.29, as the historic New Jersey oval celebrates its 40-year anniversary; and Hoosier Park becomes the latest track to host the Breeders Crown for the first time in 2017. Hoosier Park will also be the first track to host the event in the Midwest since 1995 when it was last held at Northfield Park and the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. "The Breeders Crown series, the horsemen, owners, fans and racetracks benefit in every way by rotating among the best tracks in North America," said Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society. "Hosting the 2017 Breeders Crown is an honor and certainly a recognition of the hard work and dedication from the entire Hoosier Park team, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Indiana Legislature, Indiana Standardbred Association and all of our partners in the racing industry," said Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer. "Centaur Gaming is fully committed to the success of the 2017 Breeders Crown in hopes that Hoosier Park will continue to share the responsibility of hosting the events for years to come." The 33-year-old series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and has been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors since 1984. More than $180 million in purse money has been disbursed over 370 events. Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the Crown has traveled to racetracks across North America and been raced as single night and multiple night events. Emily Gaskin

Freehold, NJ --- Four-year-old female trotter Hannelore Hanover, who extended her win streak to eight with a harness racing track-record in last Friday’s Muscle Hill at Vernon Downs, moves to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll. The mare is the only horse to make a gain in the rankings. Wiggle It Jiggle, who was idle, remains in the No. 1 position following a quiet week. Marion Marauder, who won the Yonkers Trot elimination last Saturday, and Lady Shadow, who finished second to Solar Sister in Sunday’s Artiscape, joined Hannelore Hanover as the only Top 10 horses in action last week. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all 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 15 – 8/30/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (18) 4pg 18-11-5-2 $1,055,927 321 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (7) 4tm 14-13-1-0 $662,639 282 4 3 Betting Line (10) 3pc 10-9-1-0 $971,830 268 2 4 Always B Miki 5ph 10-6-3-0 $657,570 229 3 5 Marion Marauder 3tc 9-7-1-0 $874,905 215 5 6 Southwind Frank 3tc 9-6-3-0 $910,023 157 6 7 Control The Moment 3pc 9-4-1-2 $737,463 105 7 8 Racing Hill 3pc 10-4-5-1 $961,702 91 8 9 Lady Shadow 5pm 13-6-2-1 $475,451 68 9 10 Pure Country 3pf 12-6-2-2 $713,706 49 10   Also: Obrigado (32); Darlinonthebeach (23); Ariana G (15); Resolve (13); All The Time (11); Rockin Ron (10); Solar Sister (9); Caprice Hill (7); Lookslikeachpndale (5); Luck Be Withyou (3); Bar Hopping, Funknwaffles, L A Delight, Newborn Sassy (2); Freaky Feet Pete, Huntsville, Muscle Hustle, What The Hill (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

(August 28, 2016) - Michael Carter (110.48 points) muscled past Adam Friedland (101.1) to win weekly honors in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Finishing third for the week was Sally Hinckley with 99.45 points. Unlike the first half of the harness racing season, this half is much closer with the second half leader (and first half winner) Jay Hochstetler having three handicappers on his tail, less than 50 points separating the quartet. Overall, Hochstetler is cruising along on his quest for overall champion, still 650.78 points ahead of his nearest competitor, Adam Friedland with Russ Adams sitting in third, another 0.87 points back. Despite the dominating lead, the second half of the contest is only in its second week and there is much more handicapping to go, so there is time for other handicappers to get hot. On Friday night, Michael Carter and Sally Hinckley hit the Pick-4, sweeping the contest card earning 72.28 points with winners in the Muscle Hill and the Crawford Farms Trot at Vernon Downs as well as the two divisions of the Casual Breeze at Mohawk Raceway. While no one hit the Pick-3 on Saturday evening, Carter, Adam Friedland, Dennis O'Hara, Anne Stepien, and Gordon Waterstone had two out of three but Friedland's duo was more lucrative than the remainder of the quintet as he took down Wildflower ($31.00) in the Hudson Filly Trot earning 52.5 points to the other's 18.23 for the evening. Sunday was Friedland's day, the only handicapper to pick three out of four selections with his final selection finishing second, earning him 38.5 points. The condensed standings after this weekend's action follows. For the complete standings, visit the HANA Harness contest website. 2nd Half and Overall Standings Position Handicapper Points This Week Total Points Points Back Overall Position Overall Points Overall Points Back 1st Jay Hochstetler (FHW) 42.28 307.53 - 1st 2096.63 - 2nd Russ Adams 42.20 264.05 43.48 3rd 1444.98 651.65 3rd Sally Hinckley 99.45 262.55 44.98 5th 1432.43 664.20 4th Michael Carter 110.48 259.85 47.68 8th 1352.40 744.23 5th Mark Deutsch 46.68 241.78 65.75 9th 1219.98 876.65 6th Gordon Waterstone 49.93 227.58 79.95 6th 1396.05 700.58 7th Ray Garnett 26.10 213.35 94.18 14th 1002.13 1,094.50 8th Dennis O'Hara 61.93 200.13 107.40 7th 1377.03 719.60 9th Adam Friedland 101.10 199.70 107.83 2nd 1445.85 650.78 10th Anne Stepien 71.60 175.20 132.33 11th 1111.70 984.93 11th Joe Bengston 16.10 174.70 132.83 12th 1090.05 1,006.58 12th Rusty Nash 38.60 146.13 161.40 4th 1442.28 654.35 13th Matt Rose 42.88 109.43 198.10 10th 1211.48 885.15 14th Ray Cotolo 36.00 108.55 198.98 15th 904.08 1,192.55 15th Bryan Owen 30.38 74.05 233.48 13th 1051.33 1,045.30 The action begins early this week as Monday evening Tioga Down’s card wraps up the Tompkins Series for two-year old pacers of both gaits.  The first Thursday evening of the contest season has the handicappers taking on the Champlain Stakes for two-year old filly trotters at Mohawk, followed up by Friday’s Champlain Stakes for two-year old open trotters and Simcoe Stakes for three-year old filly trotters.  Saturday evening has races from Mohawk (Canadian Pacing Derby, Simcoe, She’s A Great Lady) and Yonkers Raceway where the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes will be contested.   Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information from HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Allan Schott Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

Freehold, NJ --- Three-year-old male pacer Betting Line, who won the Battle of the Brandywine with a world-record performance last Saturday, surges four spots to the No. 2 position in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the runner-up to Rockin Ron in the Prix d’Ete, remains No. 1. Also gaining ground is 3-year-old male trotter Southwind Frank, who moves from eighth to sixth following his win in the Colonial. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all 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 14 – 8/23/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (18) 4pg 18-11-5-2 $1,055,927 318 1 2 Betting Line (10) 3pc 10-9-1-0 $971,830 277 6 3 Always B Miki (1) 5ph 10-6-3-0 $657,570 254 2 4 Hannelore Hanover (5) 4tm 13-12-1-0 $580,189 250 3 5 Marion Marauder 3tc 8-6-1-0 $854,905 184 4 6 Southwind Frank 3tc 9-6-3-0 $910,023 167 8 7 Control The Moment 3pc 9-4-1-2 $737,463 114 5 8 Racing Hill 3pc 10-4-5-1 $961,702 97 7 9 Lady Shadow 5pm 12-6-1-1 $425,451 70 10 10 Pure Country 3pf 12-6-2-2 $713,706 46 9 Also: Darlinonthebeach (38); Resolve (24); Ariana G (16); All The Time (14); Rockin Ron (12); Shamballa (10); Homicide Hunter (9); Mel Mara (7); State Treasurer (6); Dr J Hanover, Fear The Dragon (3); Bar Hopping, Devil Child (2); Caprice Hill, Freaky Feet Pete (1). Resolve received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

(August 22, 2016) - The second half of the 2016 Hambletonian Society harness racing Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs starts off as the first half ended; Jay Hochstetler, albeit the smallest of leads, is in first place. Hochstetler, who is the overall leader as well by a substantial amount, kicks off the 2nd half of the contest season earning 214.63 points, 0.18 points ahead of Russ Adams who earned 214.45. In the show spot for the week is Mark Deutsch with 186.5 points. The condensed standings after this weekend’s action follows.  For the complete standings, visit the HANA Harness contest website.      2nd Half and Overall Standings Position Handicapper Points This Week Total Points Points Back Overall Position Overall Points Overall Points Back 1st Jay Hochstetler (FHW) 214.63 214.63 - 1st 2003.73 - 2nd Russ Adams 214.45 214.45 0.18 2nd 1395.38 608.35 3rd Mark Deutsch 186.50 186.50 28.13 10th 1164.70 839.03 4th Gordon Waterstone 170.25 170.25 44.38 4th 1338.73 665.00 5th Ray Garnett 166.63 166.63 48.00 14th 955.40 1,048.33 6th Sally Hinckley 155.90 155.90 58.73 6th 1325.78 677.95 7th Joe Bengston 155.40 155.40 59.23 11th 1070.75 932.98 8th Michael Carter 140.78 140.78 73.85 8th 1233.33 770.40 9th Dennis O'Hara 129.60 129.60 85.03 7th 1306.50 697.23 10th Rusty Nash 98.93 98.93 115.70 3rd 1395.08 608.65 11th Adam Friedland 90.00 90.00 124.63 5th 1336.15 667.58 12th Anne Stepien 82.98 82.98 131.65 13th 1019.48 984.25 13th Ray Cotolo 68.35 68.35 146.28 15th 863.88 1,139.85 14th Matt Rose 63.75 63.75 150.88 9th 1165.80 837.93 15th Bryan Owen 43.68 43.68 170.95 12th 1020.95 982.78 This week is a busy week for contest handicappers as the action kicks-off Friday night at Vernon Downs for the Muscle Hill and Crawford Farms Trot for open trotters of both sexes.  Saturday’s action kicks off with the Nadia Lobell at The Meadows, followed by The Lady Maud and Yonkers Filly Trot at Yonkers Raceway.  Sunday begins a double header of action at Tioga Downs where the Artiscape and Reynolds for two year old trotters will be contested, and followed up with Monday’s two year old pacing divisions editions of the Reynolds.  Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information from HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Allan Schott HANA Harness Racing Coordinator Check out the HANA Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge

Freehold, NJ --- Four-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit, who won last Friday’s Dan Patch Stakes, returns to the No. 1 spot in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, unseating 5-year-old rival Always B Miki, who finished second in the Dan Patch. Hannelore Hanover, a 4-year-old female trotter who won last week’s fourth round of the Miss Versatility Series, remains third and is followed by 3-year-old male trotter Marion Marauder and 3-year-old male pacer Control The Moment, who were both idle. Betting Line moves from eighth to sixth thanks to the 3-year-old male pacer’s win in the Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational last Saturday. Pure Country, a 3-year-old female pacer who finished second in the Milstein, is up one spot to No. 9 in the rankings. There are no newcomers in this week’s Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all 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 13 – 8/16/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (26) 4pg 17-11-4-2 $1,016,927 329 2 2 Always B Miki (4) 5ph 10-6-3-0 $657,570 282 1 3 Hannelore Hanover (1) 4tm 13-12-1-0 $580,189 264 3 4 Marion Marauder (1) 3tc 7-6-0-0 $729,905 220 4 5 Control The Moment (1) 3pc 8-4-1-1 $677,463 172 5 6 Betting Line (1) 3pc 9-8-1-0 $721,830 164 8 7 Racing Hill 3pc 9-4-4-1 $836,702 111 6 8 Southwind Frank 3tc 8-5-3-0 $660,023 102 7 9 Pure Country 3pf 11-6-2-2 $685,706 83 10 10 Lady Shadow (1) 5pm 12-6-1-1 $425,451 79 9   Also: Resolve (29); All The Time (17); Ariana G (14); Freaky Feet Pete, Shamballa (12); Bar Hopping (7); Obrigado (6); Celebrity Eventsy, Darlinonthebeach (5); What The Hill (4); Sports Column (3); Fear The Dragon, Manhattan Beach (2); Magnum J (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

At the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Hambletonian Society held Aug. 5 in Rutherford, NJ, the board of directors of the Society approved the conditions of Hambletonian No. 94, the stake for harness racing foals of 2016 to be raced in 2019.   In addition to the approval of the conditions for 2019 Hambletonian (and Oaks) and 2020 Hambletonian Maturity at the Annual Meeting, three vacancies on the board were filled.   Frederick W. Hertrich III of Seaford, Delaware, Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Dr. John C. Mossbarger of Washington Courthouse, Ohio were all elected to serve on the board of the Hambletonian Society. All have extensive racing and breeding backgrounds, and are deeply committed to the future of harness racing.   Hertrich heads an enterprise that operates car dealerships in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey and has been selling and raising yearlings under the All American Harnessbreds name for more than 25 years. Last year Hertrich bred the winners of $4.3 million, and notables he's bred or owned include Allamerican Native, Boston Red Rocks, Spirit To Win, Bettor Be Steppin, Travel Playlist, Allamerican Nadia and the richest pacing mare of all time, Eternal Camnation. Hertrich owns shares in 90 percent of all the major pacing and trotting stallions and has ranked in the top 10 of all U.S. breeders in the last two years.   Katz, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada has been a dominant owner and breeder in harness racing in North America for more than 30 years. He has won every major race - from the Meadowlands Pace to the Hambletonian - and developed, along with partners Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband, one of the more elite trotting broodmare bands in the sport. Katz bred full sisters All The Time and Ariana G who won the Hambletonian Oaks and Jim Doherty Memorial respectively last Saturday, and also shared ownership on 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive and 2008 Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi.   Dr. Mossbarger is a veterinarian and the vice president of Midland Acres, Inc., a family-owned 500-acre breeding farm in Bloomingburg, Ohio. Midland Acres has become one of Ohio's largest nurseries, and is currently home to eight of the most in-demand stallions in the Midwest, including Breeders Crown champions Broadway Hall, Manofmanymissions and Break The Bank K. A second-generation horseman, Mossbarger is a director of the USTA, the past president of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and the Ohio Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. He is a member of the Fayette County Harness Horsemen's Association, and serves as a state trustee on the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.   The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. The Hambletonian Society services 129 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events at 13 different tracks, including harness racing's most prominent race, the Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters, its filly division, the Hambletonian Oaks and the sport's championship series, the Breeders Crown. The organization was responsible for the disbursement of more than $17.8 million in purses last year.   Tom Charters is president of the Hambletonian Society and Jim Simpson chairs the executive committee.    

Freehold, NJ --- This week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll features a season-low number of horses receiving votes, 21, but a season-high number receiving at least one first-place nod, eight. The previous high for horses receiving first-place votes was seven, set in Week 1 when 37 horses got at least one point. Always B Miki remains No. 1 in the rankings, although his margin over second-place Wiggle It Jiggleit dropped from 48 points to eight. Hannelore Hanover, the winner of last week’s Fresh Yankee, is No. 3 -- up one spot -- while Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder vaults into the Top 10 at No. 4. Marion Marauder is the only newcomer. Cane Pace winner Control The Moment moves from ninth in the rankings to fifth while Hambletonian runner-up Southwind Frank slips to seventh from third. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all 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. Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (16) 5ph 9-6-2-0 $578,570 306 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (7) 4pg 16-10-4-2 $858,927 298 2 3 Hannelore Hanover (3) 4tm 12-11-1-0 $560,189 248 4 4 Marion Marauder (5) 3tc 7-6-0-0 $729,905 218 -- 5 Control The Moment (1) 3pc 8-4-1-1 $677,463 176 9 6 Racing Hill (1) 3pc 9-4-4-1 $836,702 120 6 7 Southwind Frank 3tc 8-5-3-0 $660,023 103 3 8 Betting Line 3pc 8-7-1-0 $571,830 98 7 9 Lady Shadow (1) 5pm 12-6-1-1 $425,451 92 10 10 Pure Country 3pf 10-6-1-2 $610,706 83 5 Also: Resolve (47); All The Time (33); Shamballa (31); Freaky Feet Pete (19); What The Hill (14); Obrigado (13); Bar Hopping (11); Ariana G (8); Bee A Magician (3); Bit Of A Legend N (2), Caprice Hill (2). Resolve received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Three-year-old male pacer Racing Hill, the winner of last week’s Adios, moves from ninth to sixth in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but there were few other big changes in the harness racing rankings. Always B Miki (No. 1), Wiggle It Jiggleit (No. 2) and Freaky Feet Pete (No. 8) all were idle last week as they prepare for Saturday’s clash in the U.S. Pacing Championship. Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank won in the Reynolds Memorial in the slop last week and remains at No. 3. There are no newcomers to the Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all 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 11 – 8/2/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (33) 5ph 8-6-2-0 $560,887 348 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (2) 4pg 15-10-3-2 $803,667 300 2 3 Southwind Frank 3tc 6-5-1-0 $417,523 224 3 4 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 11-10-1-0 $472,605 220 5 5 Pure Country 3pf 9-6-1-2 $586,642 170 4 6 Racing Hill 3pc 9-4-4-1 $836,702 157 9 7 Betting Line 3pc 7-6-1-0 $531,930 147 6 8 Freaky Feet Pete 4ph 9-5-2-1 $327,802 115 7 9 Control The Moment 3pc 7-3-1-1 $527,063 113 8 10 Lady Shadow 5pm 11-5-1-1 $315,733 50 10   by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ - There was little change in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with the only movement in positions coming with 3-year-old female pacer Pure Country and 4-year-old female trotter Hannelore Hanover swapping places in spots Nos. 4 and 5. The two horses are separated by one point. Pure Country won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes last week, her fifth consecutive victory, while Hannelore Hanover was idle. Also idle last week was No. 1 Always B Miki, No. 3 Southwind Frank, No. 7 Freaky Feet Pete, No. 8 Control The Moment, and No. 10 Lady Shadow. The remaining horses in the Top 10 -- No. 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit, No. 6 Betting Line, and No. 9 Racing Hill all posted wins last week. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all 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 10 – 7/26/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (33) 5ph 8-6-2-0 $560,887 348 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (2) 4pg 15-10-3-2 $803,667 310 2 3 Southwind Frank 3tc 5-4-1-0 $390,779 204 3 4 Pure Country 3pf 9-6-1-2 $586,642 195 5 5 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 10-9-1-0 $460,105 194 4 6 Betting Line 3pc 7-6-1-0 $531,930 167 6 7 Freaky Feet Pete 4ph 9-5-2-1 $327,802 135 7 8 Control The Moment 3pc 7-3-1-1 $527,063 118 8 9 Racing Hill 3pc 8-3-4-1 $636,702 97 9 10 Lady Shadow 5pm 11-5-1-1 $315,733 51 10   Also: Marion Marauder (22); Obrigado (20); Resolve (19); Rockeyed Optimist (10); Bee A Magician (7); Sports Column (5); Bar Hopping, Bit Of A Legend N, Broadway Donna (4); Flowers N Songs (3); Caprice Hill, Luck Be Withyou  (2); Maestro Blue Chip, Manhattan Beach, Musical Rhythm, State Treasurer (1).   by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

(July 25, 2016) - Another week, another impressive performance by Jay Hochstetler in the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, as Hochstetler padded his overall lead with 310.23 points, good for a seasonal total of 1,481.45. With the weekend's harness racing action concluded, this leaves Hochstetler 511.13 points ahead of his nearest competitor, Russ Adams who sits in second place with a total of 970.33 points. While Hochstetler topped the field for weekly honors, second place honors for the weekend goes to Joe Bengston whose 248.75 points moved him from last to 12th place. Show honors belong to Russ Adams with 126.25, nosing out Anne Stepien's 121.2. The tone for the weekend was set Friday evening (July 22) when Bengston and Hochstetler both tabbed Kindergarten Winner Muscles Jared ($80.40). While Hochstetler had three winners on the evening's program to Bengtson's two, the latter added Sunshine Delight ($25.60) to his winning tally allowing him to win the evening 208.05 to 205.05. Continuing his hot streak, Hochstetler was a perfect four for four Saturday (7/23) evening allowing him to add another 72.8 to his tally while Adams responded Sunday night (7/24) nailing three of six at Vernon Downs, including Zweig Filly Stake Champion Flower N Songs ($18.40), adding another 87.75 points to his total. At the conclusion of the weekend’s racing action, here are the standings: July 24, 2016 - Leg #33 Pos Handicapper Total Points Prior Week Points Earned This Week Overall Total Points Position Last Week Points Back 1st Jay Hochstetler 1,171.23 310.23 1,481.45 1st - 2nd Russ Adams 844.08 126.25 970.33 2nd          511.13 3rd Rusty Nash 769.40 80.65 850.05 3rd          631.40 4th Adam Friedland 722.30 61.88 784.18 5th          697.28 5th Mark Deutsch 725.35 58.60 783.95 4th          697.50 6th Gordon Waterstone 701.90 68.23 770.13 6th          711.33 7th Dennis O'Hara 664.20 78.55 742.75 7th          738.70 8th Michael Carter 637.60 95.50 733.10 8th          748.35 9th Anne Stepien 602.40 121.20 723.60 11th          757.85 10th Bryan Owen 613.73 83.13 696.85 9th          784.60 11th Matt Rose 606.63 61.90 668.53 10th          812.93 12th Joe Bengston 412.90 248.75 661.65 15th          819.80 13th Sally Hinckley 554.03 78.75 632.78 12th          848.68 14th Ray Cotolo 506.28 50.53 556.80 13th          924.65 15th Ray Garnett 469.38 68.60 537.98 14th          943.48   As the mid-way point of the contest approaches on August 14, it looks like Hochstetler will easily be the first half champion, earning his rescue a $250 award. Contest action resumes Friday (7/29) and Saturday (7/30) with Adios weekend at The Meadows with multiple tilts of the Arden Downs plus the Adioo Volo and The Adios in addition to Reynolds action for 3yo colt and gelding trotters at the Meadowlands.  The contest then moves on to August 6 for the Hambletonian Day card at the Meadowlands. Racing fans may continue getting the handicappers’ selections and other contest-related information from HANA Harness’ contest website  http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. Allan Schott  

July 19, Cranbury, NJ....Mullinax Ford, developed by founder Ed Mullinax into one of the largest Ford dealer groups in the world, has been named the official truck dealer of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers 137 of harness racing's most important events, including the $1 million Hambletonian and the $5.6 million Breeders Crown Championship Series. Mullinax, known as the one-price pioneer for instituting a no-haggle pricing policy on car sales, is also a successful breeder and owner of Standardbreds, winning the Little Brown Jug with P-Forty-Seven and campaigning the $2.3 million earner and successful stallion Dragon Again. Many of his racehorses bear the name prefix "Upfront" a reference to the Mullinax dealerships tag line of "Up Front Pricing! No Dealer Fees! Huge Inventory!" The 91st edition of the Hambletonian, America's Trotting Classic, will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. It is the focus of a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports-Network the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, from 4-5:30 p.m. [EDT] "It is the most famous race in the history of harness racing - and when [Hanover Shoe Farms president] Jim Simpson suggested a partnership, [between the Hambletonian Society and Mullinax Ford] I didn't have to stutter," said Ed Mullinax. "I want to sponsor harness racing because I've spent my life in the business," Mullinax added. "I've sold more Fords than anyone in the country and I'm proud to be associated with these races." In addition to the live telecast, Mullinax Ford will be promoted with "The Road to the Hambletonian, Powered by Mullinax Ford" on Hambletonian.com and through an integrated social media campaign coordinated with the U.S. Trotting Association and the Harness Racing FanZone. Mullinax Ford will participate in race presentations and Hambletonian Festival events. "The Hambletonian, first raced in 1926, is one of America's most traditional events, and Mullinax Ford trucks are a natural partner for the racing and farming businesses," said Tom Charters, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "We welcome the Mullinax Ford family of truck dealerships and look forward to our partnership." The John Cashman Jr. Memorial, and the Cane Pace, the first leg of the pacing Triple Crown, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $1 million Hambletonian are the features of the Hambletonian Day card, closing day of the Meadowlands Championship Meet. Post time is 12:00 noon on August 6. The Breeders Crown championship series will also be raced this year at the Meadowlands, with the open events raced Friday, October 28 and the two and three-year-old events on Saturday, October 29.  

Freehold, NJ --- Older male pacer Always B Miki is the unanimous No. 1-ranked horse in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The harness racing 5-year-old stallion by Always A Virgin won last week’s William R. Haughton Memorial, defeating a field that included No. 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit and No. 7 Freaky Feet Pete. Three-year-old male trotter Southwind Frank moves to No. 3 in the rankings, coming off his victory in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Four-year-old female trotter Hannelore Hanover also moves up, to No. 4, thanks to beating the boys in the Hambletonian Maturity. Meadowlands Pace winner Control The Moment joins the Top 10 at No 8. Also new to the rankings is Golden Girls winner Lady Shadow, at No. 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all 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 9 – 7/19/2016  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (35) 5ph 8-6-2-0 $560,887 350 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit 4pg 14-9-3-2 $673,667 285 2 3 Southwind Frank 3tc 5-4-1-0 $390,779 217 6 4 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 10-9-1-0 $460,105 209 7 5 Pure Country 3pf 8-5-1-2 $546,702 160 5 6 Betting Line 3pc 6-5-1-0 $492,030 151 3 7 Freaky Feet Pete 4ph 9-5-2-1 $327,802 147 4 8 Control The Moment 3pc 7-3-1-1 $527,063 146 -- 9 Racing Hill 3pc 7-2-4-1 $624,202 72 8 10 Lady Shadow 5pm 11-5-1-1 $315,733 67 -- Also: Resolve (29); Marion Marauder (27); Obrigado (12); Broadway Donna (8); Caprice Hill, Rockeyed Optimist (7); Bee A Magician, Mel Mara (6); Shamballa (4); Bit Of A Legend N, JL Cruze, Missile J (3); Magnum J, Rockin Ron (2); Maestro Blue Chip, Shake It Cerry (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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