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At the Annual Winter Meeting of the Directors of the Hambletonian Society David H. Anderson, Ernest M. Gaskin and David H. McDuffee were appointed to fill vacancies on the Society Board. The new appointments, created by the retirement and subsequent election to director emeriti status of long-time Society directors Dr. J. Glen Brown, E.T. Gerry Jr. and Charles Keller III, were approved on March 28 at the Society virtual Winter Board meeting. David Anderson is a breeder and owner from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, whose most recent ownership interests include 2020 Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa. He and his father, Bob Anderson, a former Hambletonian Society director, started the filly Pampered Princess, a winner of $1,648,362, in the 2007 Hambletonian against the colts, winning an elimination of the classic trotting race. They also owned 2003 Hambletonian Oaks winner Southwind Allaire. Anderson owns Phoenix Performance Products, an equine safety equipment company and was recently named to Ontario Racing Board of Directors. Ernie Gaskin, of Anderson, Indiana, rose to prominence as an assistant trainer for the dynastic W.R. Haughton Stable, whose dominant presence in the early years of the Breeders Crown helped make the series an instant classic with champions like Nihilator, Caressable, Naughty But Nice and Peace Corps. That priceless foundation took Gaskin to Indiana, where he owns, trains, breeds and races Standardbreds, as well as stands stallions at his Crimson Lane Farm. He was appointed by the Governor in 1994 to the Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Commission as one of the early advocates for the future of harness racing in the Hoosier State. The work of that commission shaped the legislation that brought pari-mutuel racing to the state. Some 25 years later Indiana-breds compete on the national stage, and have won multiple divisional honors, including Dan Patch Horse of the Year. Additionally Hoosier Park has hosted the Breeders Crown to record-breaking events on two occasions. Longtime insurance man Dave McDuffee of Delray Beach, Florida, has his father to thank for his 50-year involvement in harness racing. His friendship with partner Tom Walsh and their success with 1994 Little Brown Jug and Breeders Crown champion Magical Mike sealed the deal for McDuffee. More recently, McDuffee was co-owner of Hambletonian Oaks champion filly trotter Bee A Magician, who won $4.2 million and authored an undefeated 2013 Horse of the Year season, as well as the star-crossed pacing colt Papi Rob Hanover. "Charlie Keller, Glen Brown and Ebby Gerry have contributed so much both to the sport and to the Society that they are truly irreplaceable.." said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "All have left a lasting legacy with the Society. We welcome the new directors to the board and we feel their commitment and knowledge of our sport will have significant impact with the Society as we move forward." In other business, the racing conditions of Breeders Crown No. 36 and Hambletonian No. 98 were approved with additional integrity language to accept yearling payments of May 15, 2021. 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 147 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 $18 million in purses last year. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown thanks all stakeholders in harness racing for their support during a year filled with unexpected challenges and loss. The Society serviced 133 races in 2020, and thanks to the work of our partners, host tracks, owners and horsemen, only 12 races were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. More than $800,000 was returned to owners and nominators in staking fees within two weeks of every event cancellation. It was a process - and a year - we never want to repeat. Enclosed are links to the payment forms and updates for the 147 races currently administered by Society with payments due February 15th, 2021 (postmarked by Wednesday, February 17th), as well as the changes we have for 2021. Payment forms are always available at https://www.hambletonian.com/formsinfo or by calling our office for fax and email options. All the forms on the website are pdf fillable. Just type in the form, print as many as you need and return the form with your payments. Along with checks, ACH bill pay and wire transfers, we accept credit cards for stake payments, which are subject to a 3% service fee which will be added to the payment total. 2021 has new races on the schedule: the Phil Langley Memorial for 3YO Colt Trotters and the Thanksgiving Classic Series for all 3YOs both to be raced at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Madison County, previously an Early Closer for 2YOs, is now a single event - a $100,000 (est.) 2YO Colt Trot on 9/24 along with many other Hoosier Park races. Also in 2021 the Hambletonian Society will service the PA-All Stars (a PA-bred Early Closer for 2 & 3YOs) and the returning Sun Stakes Early Closers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The PHHA added the Delmonica Hanover for 3YO filly trotters, along with the Earl Beal Memorial (3CT), James Lynch Memorial (3FP), and Max Hempt Memorial (3CP.) Note: The Hambletonian Society February 15th payment ad had incorrect dates of June 23rd - 25th for the Star Destroyer at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The correct date for those races is Thursday, November 18th. Please be advised of the Stallion Restriction Condition that applies to the Cane Pace/Shady Daisy, Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers races that we service at the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. An updated list of the foals for stallions who are on that list and aren't eligible to the above mentioned races can be found on the Meadowlands website here: Stallion Restriction Condition The payment schedule and racing dates for the rest of the races we service are unchanged from 2020. Current racing conditions for the races we service can be found on our website under each specified race page. In all cases only ONE check is ever necessary for each of the four payment periods i.e. February 15, March 15, April 15 or May 15. For convenience, eligibility lists can be emailed to nominators who request them. Eligibility lists are always available on our website. For further information please, or to update your status on our mailing list, feel free to call (609) 371-2211 or email davidjanes@hambletonian.org. ** New races for 2021 Adios/Adioo Volo Arden Downs Breeders Crown Cane Pace/Shady Daisy Caesar's Trotting Classic Carl Erskine Circle City Series 3-Year-Olds Clara Barton Distaff Pace Courageous Lady Filly Pace Currier & Ives Stakes Dan Patch Open Pace Dayton Pace & Trot Derby Dayton Distaff Derby Delmonica Hanover** Dexter Cup/Lady Suffolk Earl Beal Memorial** The Elevation Fox Stakes Hambletonian/Oaks Hambletonian Maturity Hoosier Stake Horseman Stake Hoosier Park Pacing Derby James Lynch Memorial** Jenna's Beach Boy 3CP Kentuckiana Stallion Mgmt T/P Keystone Classics Landmark Early Closer Liberty Bell T/P Madison County 2CT** Matron Stakes Max Hempt Memorial** Messenger Stake/Park MGM Pace Monument Circle Pennsylvania All-Stars** Pegasus Series 3-Year-Old T/P Phil Langley Memorial 3CT** Progress Pace W.N. Reynolds Memorial E.C. John Simpson Memorial E.C. Spirit of Massachusetts Trot Thanksgiving Classic Series** The Star Destroyer Series The U.S.S. Indianapolis Mem. The Crossroads of America Tompkins-Geers Early Closer Ralph Wilfong/The Horseman Yonkers Trot/NY NY Mile From Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown  

Three-year-old colt and filly trotters not made eligible to the 2020 Hambletonian or Hambletonian Oaks with a February 15, 2020 payment can supplement to the 2021 Hambletonian Maturity via a $2,000 supplemental payment postmarked by midnight Tuesday, Nov. 17th. The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity at The Meadowlands is the richest race restricted to 4-year-old trotters and is traditionally raced in July on the same card as the Meadowlands Pace. For forms and more information click here: 2021 Hambletonian Maturity Supplement From the Hambeltonian Society

ANDERSON, IN -- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in conjunction with the Hambletonian Society, has announced the addition of several guaranteed wagers and multi-leg wagers for the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's annual series of 12 championship races, which will be held on October 30 and 31, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. First post for both nights will be 6:00 p.m. EDT. The two-year-old Breeders Crown finals will highlight the 15-race card on Friday evening while the sophomore and open competitors will take center stage on Saturday evening. The first Breeders Crown race will be race eight each evening and will have an estimated post time of 8:24 p.m. EDT. In addition to the regular pick-4 sequence in races 3-6, two pick-4 sequences have been added to both Friday and Saturday's cards. A $20,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 will be featured in races 7-10 with a $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 in Races 12-15. Harrah's Hoosier Park will also guarantee their signature wager, the Hoosier High-5, at $20,000 each night and will be featured in Race 15 with a 12% reduced takeout. A special all-stakes pick-8 has been added to the wagering menu for Saturday's card and will begin with the first Breeders Crown race, race 8. The pick-8 will be guaranteed at $10,000. "Our racing fans will notice a number of additional wagering pools when they begin handicapping our Friday and Saturday Breeders Crown racing cards," said Harrah's Hoosier Park VP and GM of Racing, Rick Moore. "We believe these pools will be well received and will provide value and liquidity for those participating and fortunate enough to select the winning combinations. The entirety of our wagering menu is designed to bring added excitement to two incredible racing cards featuring the greatest equine and human stars our sport has to offer." The full list of multi-leg wagers for this weekend's Breeders Crown cards is listed below: Friday: Early Pick-4 in Races 3-6 Pick-5 in Races 1-5, 6-10 and 11-15 $20,000 Mid-Card Pick-4 in Races 8-11 $40,000 Late Pick-4 in Races 12-15 Jackpot Pick-6 in Races 10-15 $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 15 Saturday: Early Pick-4 in Races 3-6 Pick-5 in Races 1-5, 6-10 and 11-15 $20,000 Mid-Card Pick-4 in Races 8-11 $10,000 Guaranteed All Stakes Pick-8 in Races 8-15 $40,000 Late Pick-4 in Races 12-15 Jackpot Pick-6 in Races 10-15 $20,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 in Race 15 Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the entire Breeders Crown racing cards on YouTube and can be found by clicking here. The live stream broadcast will be part of a week-long coverage leading up to the Breeders Crown finals. Harrah's Hoosier Park's social media feeds will also stream the Breeders Crown event week festivities. In addition to live streaming, there will be over 500 outlets receiving the Harrah's Hoosier Park racing signal including Australia and for the first time the Harrah's Hoosier Park live racing signal will be seen in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the 2020 Breeders Crown Finals with limited spectators, in accordance with the approved health and safety plan for the event. "Our team at Harrah's Hoosier Park remains focused on hosting a highly-successful Breeders Crown, in partnership with the Hambletonian Society, the Indiana Standardbred Association, and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission," Moore noted. "We will once again execute a top-notch, two-night event to decide year-end honors for the best harness racing athletes in North America, all while keeping the safety of our guests, team members, and racing community at the forefront of our event." The 2020 Breeders Crown event, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be the 37th edition of the $6 million event. For more information on the Breeders Crown or upcoming events at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

At a recent telemeeting, the executive committee of the Hambletonian Society reluctantly accepted the resignation of long-time member and Harness Racing Hall of Famer Charles E. Keller III.   Keller was named to the board of directors in 2000, and to the executive committee soon after. As chairman of the executive committee he was the driving force in establishing a three-year host track rotation for the $6 million Breeders Crown Championship series, which included first-time host venue Hoosier Park in 2017, as well as the last two Hambletonian contract extensions with the Meadowlands.   "Charlie has served the Society and our industry with class and distinction and his body of work is to be commended," said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society.   "He has been a valuable contributor to the Society board for 20 years and he will join Dr. J. Glen Brown, P.J. Baugh and Mrs. Alice Johnston as director emeriti." continued Campbell.   Keller continued the legacy of the Maryland-based Yankeeland Farms, started by his father, New York Yankees star outfielder Charlie Keller, and built it into one of harness racing's premier nurseries. He has been a key figure in many of the industry's top organizations, including the U.S. Trotting Association, as a director of and an active member of its important Financial Committee. He is also a long-time trustee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and former chairman of its Audit Committee and Planned Giving Committee.   From the Hambletonian Society

The Hambletonian Society supports the proposed Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), the latest version of which is S.R. 4547, introduced on September 9, 2020. The Society believes that the current system of oversight and regulation of horse racing needs and demands changes in structure and execution and that the proposed legislation has the potential to bring new found confidence and trust to horseplayers, owners and all other participants. While some of the provisions of the original bill caused legitimate concerns for the Standardbred industry, since, among other concerns, it provided for "one size fits all" rules for all breeds, the amended bill now recognizes the uniqueness of other breeds, including Standardbreds. To be represented effectively, the Standardbred industry and its leaders must be united in their approach to the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority to be established under HISA, so as to ensure that therapeutic medication protocols, funding mechanisms and representation, are appropriate and practical for the harness racing industry. Universal thresholds and withdrawal times, as well as standardized testing procedures for permitted therapeutic medications, will allow honest and ethical breeders, trainers and veterinarians to care for race horses in a more consistent manner. This proposed legislation also greatly increases the chances of detecting and apprehending unscrupulous and unethical people who currently operate within industry-regulated boundaries. The Society urges all participants and organizations in the Standardbred Industry to familiarize themselves with the contents of the amended bill, (Amended HISA Bill SR4547) and support this groundbreaking legislation. There is an opening to be part of a solution that will allow harness racing to be treated fairly and be the best that it can be as we move forward. Sincerely, John Campbell President & Chief Executive Officer Jim Simpson Chairman of the Executive Committee   The Hambletonian Society Executive Committee Frank Antonacci Thomas A. Charters E.T. Gerry Jr. Ted Gewertz Fred W. Hertrich III Charles E. Keller III Michael G. Kimelman Seth Rosenfeld George I. Segal   The full board of the Hambletonian Society, Inc. can be found here: Hambletonian Society Board Below is the link to the House floor if you would like to watch the debate on the HR 1754, the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act.  It should begin around 1pm.  There is 40 minutes of debate, divided between Reps and Dems.   Votes will be stacked beginning at 6:30, and you can watch the live vote at the same link. live.house.gov/

Hightstown, NJ — All four horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll’s top 10 that raced last week won, resulting in no newcomers joining the harness racing group and only one minor shift in the rankings. Ramona Hill remained No. 1 following her win in the Simcoe Stakes and Tall Dark Stranger stayed at No. 2 after his win in a preliminary round of the Kentucky Sire Stakes. Party Girl Hill and Gimpanzee, both idle and separated by only a point last week, swapped places at No. 3 and No. 4 while Shartin N, also idle, remained fifth. Completing the top 10 were Ready For Moni (idle), Atlanta (idle), Sorella (conditioned race winner), Reflect With Me (Kentucky Sire Stakes preliminary round winner) and Manchego (idle). The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll 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 10 – 9/15/2020 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ramona Hill (24) 3tf 6-5-0-1 $765,315 338 1 2 Tall Dark Stranger (11) 3pc 8-7-0-0 $899,131 323 2 3 Party Girl Hill 3pf 9-9-0-0 $482,181 231 4 4 Gimpanzee 4th 7-5-1-1 $643,464 227 3 5 Shartin N 7pm 6-5-1-0 $282,519 205 5 6 Ready For Moni 3tc 6-5-1-0 $575,670 129 6 7 Atlanta 5tm 7-3-2-0 $414,564 115 7 8 Sorella 3tf 8-6-0-0 $418,404 112 8 9 Reflect With Me 3pf 6-6-0-0 $233,630 86 9 10 Manchego 5tm 8-4-1-2 $276,201 55 10 ALSO: Donna Soprano 25; Captain Corey 21; Warrawee Vital 8; Action Uncle, Caviart Audrey 7; Century Farroh 6; Charlie May 5; Ocean Rock, Papi Rob Hanover 4; American Courage, Bettor’s Wish 3; Back Of The Neck, Hypnotic AM, Macho Martini, Tattoo Artist 2; Catch The Fire, Darlene Hanover, Guinevere Hall 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Cranbury, NJ. - The eight Landmark Stakes events for two and three-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers that comprise the Grand Circuit stop at Goshen Historic Track in Goshen, New York, have moved from Monday Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 6, joining the NYSS County Fair Finals on that date. The management of world's oldest harness racing track has worked hard to preserve their early-closing events, traditionally raced on the July 4 Great American Weekend race meeting and then rescheduled for Labor Day weekend. Goshen Historic Track will now host one day of racing on Sunday, Sept. 6. Post time is 12:00 p.m. and entries are due 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, by calling the County Fair Entry Hotline at 518-388-0964 or online via the USTA online entry system. For Landmark eligibles, starting fees and conditions, visit https://www.hambletonian.com/upcomingstakes/landmark and for information on Goshen Historic Track rules and Covid-19 protocols go to goshenhistorictrack.com Sunday, September 6, 2020** Landmark Stakes #37 (3-year-old Open Trot) $12,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #37 (3-year-old Filly Trot) $6,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #37 (3-year-old Open Pace) $12,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #37 (3-year-old Filly Pace) $6,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #38 (2-year-old Open Trot) $8,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #38 (2-year-old Filly Trot) $4,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #38 (2-year-old Open Pace) $6,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #38 (2-year-old Filly Pace) $3,000 EST. ** Landmark Events with less than four (4) entries will NOT be raced From the Hambletonian Society

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 3 – 7/28/2020 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Gimpanzee (24) 4th 4-4-0-0 $401,200 330 1 2 Tall Dark Stranger (6) 3pc 3-3-0-0 $336,785 308 2 3 Manchego (4) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $218,975 285 3 4 Atlanta 5tm 4-2-2-0 $177,950 171 4 5 Papi Rob Hanover (1) 3pc 4-1-2-1 $173,205 166 10 6 Shartin N 7pm 4-3-1-0 $133,416 159 8 7 Dancin Lou 4ph 5-3-0-2 $254,661 100 5 8 Hurrikane Emperor 4ph 5-4-0-1 $165,625 98 6 9 Ramona Hill 3tf 2-1-0-1 $126,465 97 7 10 Back Of The Neck 3tc 3-2-1-0 $96,145 57 9 ALSO: Reflect With Me 45; Bet On Becky 20; Tattoo Artist 14; Ready For Moni 11; Hypnotic AM 10; Sister Sledge 9; Allywag Hanover 8; Captain Corey 6; American Courage, Charlie May 5; Backstreet Shadow, Party Girl Hill, Splash Brother 4; Action Uncle 3; Workin Ona Mystery 2; Kissin In The Sand, P L Notsonice, Sorella, Southwind Amazon 1.

The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity trotting race is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at The Meadowlands. It is the seventh edition of the race created by the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands to provide more racing opportunity for four-year-old trotters. The Hambletonian Maturity allows for supplemental entries under the following conditions:  Supplemental entries are due and payable by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Payment of $50,000 ($42,000 plus the $8,000 entrance fee) must be in certified U.S. Funds and RECEIVED in the Meadowlands Race Office prior to 8 a.m. (local time) on that day along with the supplemental entry. The supplemental check or wire may also be delivered to the Hambletonian Society office before the end of the business day on Monday, July 13.  All supplemental entrance fees shall be made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. All supplemental fees shall be added to the amount of the purse of the specific race. Entries for eligible Maturity horses are due at the standard entry time of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14. If any supplemental entries are received for the Hambletonian Maturity, notice will be disseminated via the Meadowlands text message service. 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 Maturity is raced at a distance of a mile and an eighth and allows for up to 16 starters. If more than 16 enter, the top money-earners in their three and four-year-old seasons are given preference.  There are 34 eligible trotters: 26 horses and geldings and eight trotting mares. All starters sixth through last will receive money.  The complete race conditions and eligibles can be found here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c1bb71f1aef1dd4c1f5942a/t/5e723126ae3bfc6fb9411a78/1584541992343/Hambletonian94MaturityEligibles.pdf Please call the Meadowlands Racing office at 201-842-5130 or the Hambletonian Society at 609-371-2211 for further information.      From the Hambletonian Society

East Rutherford, NJ - Amigo Volo takes over the top harness racing spot in week four of Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian.         Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Amigo Volo  (Father Patrick) Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Leading money winner among 2YO trotters in 2019 [$610,646], won the Breeders Crown & Matron & set four world records, rallied for third [1:54.2] with a :26.3 in a Big M qualifier on June 20, entered in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27 2 Real Cool Sam (Muscle Hill)  Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman, Pinske Stables, David J. Miller Dan Patch Award & Peter Haughton Memorial winner took a bad step & went offstride approaching the half & finished seventh in his first qualifier on June 20 @ The Big M, back in to qualify on June 27 3 Hypnotic AM (Chapter Seven)  Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc. NYSS champion & Jim Doherty Memorial winner by Chapter Seven won her first Big M qualifier in 1:54 on June May 30, then unleashed an ultra impressive 1:51.1 [:27.3] on June 12, cruised in a NYSS @ Tioga Downs on June 21 in 1:54.2 4 Maesteraemon (Andover Hall)   Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, S R F Stable    Gives Melander three in the Top Ten, took a mark of 1:52.4 @ The Red Mile, rallied to win his second Big M qualifier in 1:53.3 [:26.4] on June 6, won another Big M qualifier in 1:54 [:26.3] on June 20, entered in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27 5 Synergy (Father Patrick) Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman & David Anderson  This son of Father Patrick was third [1:55.4] in a Big M qualifier on May 30, fourth [1:54.2] @ Big M on June 12, second by a head in 1:54 [:26.2] @ Big M on June 20, entered in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27 6 Big Oil (Father Patrick) Andy & Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen  The Millers have two seconds & a third in the last four Hambletonians, first in a deadheat with Real Cool Sam in 1:52.1 @ The Red Mile, 1:53.3 winner in Big M qualifier on June 12, entered in an overnight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 28 7 Capricornus (Muscle Hill)  Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, JJ Racing Stable, Inc Second in the William Wellwood Memorial, Melander finished second, third & fifth in last year’s Hambletonian, second [1:52.4] in his 2020 debut on June 5, was entered in an overnight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 25 8 Third Shift (Chapter Seven) Ake Svanstedt, Mellby Gard, Inc., Ake Svanstedt  NYSS champion son of Chapter Seven set a stakes & Batavia Downs track record of 1:56 in the NYSS Final, banked $210,461, won a Big M qualifier in 1:55 on May 30, was entered in NYSS @ Vernon Downs on June 24  9 Chestnut Hill (Muscle Hill) Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, Little E LLC Stablemate to Amigo Volo gives Muscle Hill three in the Top Ten, third in the PASS Final, Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, won his 2020 debut @ The Big M on June 19 in 1:53.1 [:26.1] 10 Back of the neck (Ready Cash) Yannick Gingras, Ake Svanstedt, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Judith Taylor Son of two-time Prix D’Amerique winner Ready Cash now with Team Svanstedt, won a Wellwood elimination & third in that final, won a Big M qualifier on June 20 in 1:53.4, entered in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27   Meadowlands Media Relations  

In the wake of the stake scheduling havoc wreaked by the Covid-19 shut-down in the sport, the Road to the $1M 2020 Hambletonian has turned into more of a harness racing "guideline." In an attempt to close some of the gaps on the calendar, the Meadowlands and Hambletonian Society are sponsoring $25,000 overnight events for three-year-old filly and colt trotters, Hambletonian-eligible preferred. Fillies will draw the inside if entered. The races will be slated for Saturday, June 27 and Saturday, July 4 on the Meadowlands condition sheet. With the rescheduling of many Grand Circuit Stakes north and south of the border, from the Currier & Ives Trot at The Meadows to the prestigious Goodtimes at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the cancellation of such important races like the Earl Beal Memorial, trainers are scrambling to remap the path to the Hambletonian winner circle, which has held firm to the date of Saturday, August 8 at the Meadowlands. "We are trying to do everything we can to get all the various sire stakes, Grand Circuit stake, closers and overnight horses raced." said Jason Settlemoir, COO and General Manager of the Meadowlands. "We appreciate the Hambletonian Society partnering with us on creating this additional opportunity for Hambletonian-bound trotters." The 3-year-old trotters resume a schedule in July that includes the Currier & Ives (July 4 Meadows), Reynolds (July11 Meadowlands), Stanley Dancer & Del Miller Memorial (July 18 Meadowlands) and the Tompkins-Geers (July 25 Meadowlands) prior to Hambletonian and Oaks eliminations on Saturday, August 1. The $1M Hambletonian is the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown. The $500,000 MGM Yonkers Trot (Sep. 5 at Yonkers Raceway) and the $500,000 Kentucky Futurity (Oct. 11 at Lexington's Red Mile) comprise the remaining legs.  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands and Hambletonian Society are announcing a joint policy addressing the March harness racing indictments and arrests resulting from the current FBI investigation into illegal drug use.   The policy states that in 2020, any future arrests or indictments coming from this investigation shall result in those horses either owned or trained by an arrested or indicted individual being denied from racing in any Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs or Hambletonian Society controlled races until 60 days after transfer to a bona fide separate trainer or in the case of ownership 60 days after ownership transfer.   Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Real Cool Sam leads Ken Warkentin's harness racing 'Road to the Hambletonian week 2'.   For all things 2020 Hambo click here             Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Real Cool Sam (Muscle Hill)  Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Dan Patch Award winner named after Hall of Famer Sam McKee won his first nine starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, Muscle Hill gelding was a 1:52.1 world record performer, $497,774 winner finished off freshman season with fourth in Breeders Crown 2 Amigo Volo  (Father Patrick) Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman, Pinske Stables, David J. Miller Father Patrick gelding was the leading money winner among 2YO trotters in 2019 [$610,646], won the Breeders Crown & Matron, and set four world records, finished fifth [:26.4] from post nine in his second qualifier on June 6 @ Big M 3 Capricornus (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, JJ Racing Stable, Inc 1:52.2 Muscle Hill colt won four of his last five starts, including a Bluegrass division, and finals of the Kindergarten & Valley Victory, banked $511,309 & leads a strong Team Svanstedt contingent, went wire-to-wire in Big M qualifier on May 30 in 1:55.2 4 Rome Pays Off (Muscle Hill)  Mattias Melander, Marcus Melander,  S R F Stable  $339,484 winning son of Muscle Hill was second in both the Peter Haughton Memorial & Breeders Crown, Melander had the Winterbook favorite the past two years, sixth [1:56.2] behind EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, then ninth [1:57.1] on June 6 5 Third Shift (Chapter Seven)  Ake Svanstedt, Mellby Gard, Inc., Ake Svanstedt NYSS champion son of Chapter Seven set a stakes & Batavia Downs track record of 1:56 in the NYSS Final, banked $210,461, won a Big M qualifier in 1:55 on May 30, Svanstedt has three other prospects:  Moon Bridge, King Alphonso & Ganster Hanover 6 Synergy (Father Patrick)  Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman & David Anderson Per Engblom made his Hambletonian debut last year with Osterc, this son of Father Patrick won a Peter Haughton elimination, Champlain division & Breeders Crown elimination, finished third [1:55.4] to EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12 7 Ready For Moni  (Ready Cash) Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Conn, Herb Liverman & Bud Hatfield Son of two-time Prix D’Amerique winner Ready Cash & grandson of the great Moni Maker won the Kentucky Sires Stakes Final in 1:54.1 & finished second in the Valley Victory Final, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12 8 Chestnut Hill (Muscle Hill)  Brian Sears, Nifty Norman, Melvin Hartman, David Mc Duffee, Little E LLC Bay Colt gives Muscle Hill four in the Top Ten, stablemate to Amigo Volo won a Kindergarten Classic division, and finished third in the PASS Final, Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, finished eighth [1:57.2] behind EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12 9 Big Oil (Father Patrick) Andy & Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen Team Orange Crush have two seconds & a third in the last four Hambletonians, this son of Father Patrick finished first in a deadheat with Real Cool Sam in 1:52.1 @ The Red Mile, finished fourth [1:57.1] in a Gaitway qualifier on May 31, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12 10 Maesteraemon (Andover Hall) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, S R F Stable Improving son of Andover Hall gives Melander three in the top ten, took a mark of 1:52.4 @ The Red Mile, seventh [1:56.3] in a Big M qualifier on May 30, then rallied to win a Big M qualifier in 1:53.3 [:26..4] on June 6 Meadowlands Media Relations  

Attention Owners/Staking Agents: Enclosed you will find links to the payment forms for the races administered by The Hambletonian Society with payments due by Friday, May 15th of 2020, which must be postmarked by midnight of Monday, May 18th. The forms are always available on our website at https://www.hambletonian.com/formsinfo and by calling our office and having them faxed or e-mailed to you. All the forms on the website are pdf fillable. Just type right in the form, print as many as you need and return the form with your payments. Along with checks, we are accepting credit cards as a form of payment for any stakes payments you may want to make. All credit card payments are subject to a 3% service fee which will be added to your payment total. In May, sustaining payments are due for a majority of the 2-Year-Old races that we service. Yearling payments are also due this May, as well as the supplement payment for the Courageous Lady 3-Year-Old filly event. Below are the races which have a payment due this May (broken down by division): Yearlings Pacers: Adios, Arden Downs, Breeders Crown #35, Cane Pace, Fox Stake, Horseman, Hoosier Stake, MGM Messenger Grand Stakes, Progress Pace Yearlings Trotters: Arden Downs, Breeders Crown #35, Currier & Ives, Dexter Cup, Hambletonian, Hoosier Stake, Horseman, Ralph Wilfong and MGM Yonkers Trot 2-Year-Olds: Breeders Crown #34, The Elevation, Fox Stake #94, Hoosier Stake #84, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Pace/Trot, Keystone Classic, Landmark Early Closer, , Liberty Bell, #84, Matron Series, Reynolds Memorial, Simpson Memorial,Tompkins-Geers Early Closer and the Ralph Wilfong #83 3-Year-Olds: Courageous Lady Supplement payment As a reminder, there are stallion restrictions for the Breeders Crown and Cane Pace yearling payments that are due on May 15th. Foals of Downbytheseaside are ineligible to be paid into the Cane Pace per the Stallion Restriction Condition (SRC) in the Cane Pace conditions. For the Breeders Crown, a list of the stallions whose foals are Breeders Crown eligible for foals of 2019 (Breeders Crown #35) can be found here: Breeders Crown #35 Stallion List. Links to the lists of eligible stallions for previous and future years can be found here: https://www.hambletonian.com/breeders-crown-stallion-nominations. The condition sheets for each race can be found on our website on the specific race page set up for that race. In all cases only ONE check is ever necessary for each of the four payment periods i.e. February 15, March 15, April 15 or May 15. To make it more convenient, eligibility lists can be emailed to those nominators who provide us their e-mail address and request these lists. Eligibility lists are always available on our website here: https://www.hambletonian.com/eligibles. For further information, or to update your status on our mailing list, please feel free to call our office at (609) 371-2211 or e-mail me at davidjanes@hambletonian.org.   Moira Fanning

Please find below is a quick update on some of the Hambletonian Society serviced event payments for harness racing in 2020: Breeders Crown No. 37 (breedings of 2020; foals of 2021): Breeders Crown No. 37 Stallion Nominations for first-year stallions placed in commercial service (which would not include test breedings) must be paid within 60 days after the stallion first breeds a mare. In no event will any first-year stallion nomination fee be accepted after December 31, 2020. Stallion Nominations forms can be found here: Breeders Crown No. 37 Stallion Nomination Form. Madison County Date Correction: Please note that the Madison County at Harrah's Hoosier Park for 2-year-old colt trotters with a final sustaining payment due April 15 has always been scheduled for Friday, September 25, not Thursday, October 29 as listed in some of the April payment ads. The race dates and estimated purses for all of the Madison County divisions is as follows: The Madison County 2yo Colt & Gelding Trot Friday 9/25/20 $75,000 Est. The Madison County 2yo Filly Pace Thursday 10/29/20 $70,000 Est. The Madison County 2yo Filly Trot Thursday 10/29/20 $70,000 Est. The Madison County 2yo Colt & Gelding Pace Friday 10/30/20 $70,000 Est. Cancelled Race Refunds: The W.N. Reynolds Early Closers for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers at Yonkers Raceway originally scheduled for May 2 have been canceled. The Hambletonian Society will refund all eligible horses that have made payments for these Reynolds divisions. In accordance with the published conditions (see below) refunds will be handled by the Society office as quickly as possible. Cancellation: The Society, NMR, MYI and the Track further reserve the right to cancel any or all of the races if for reasons beyond their control it becomes impractical or undesirable in the opinion of the Sponsor to conduct said race(s). If an event is not raced due to circumstances beyond their control, the Sponsor's responsibility and liability will be limited to refunding without interest nomination, sustaining and entrance fees collected toward canceled event that have not been disbursed at the time of cancellation. These monies will be prorated among the owners of the horses eligible as of the time of cancellation. The 2020 Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters scheduled for April and May race dates at Freehold Raceway have also been canceled. The Hambletonian Society will also handle refunds for those races according to the published conditions: Cancellation: The Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel either or both of the races if for reasons beyond its control it becomes impractical or undesirable in the opinion of the Sponsor to conduct said race or races. If an event is not raced due to circumstances beyond its control, the Sponsor's responsibility and liability will be limited to refunding without interest nomination, sustaining and entrance fees collected toward canceled events that have not been disbursed at the time of cancellation. If canceled after the first 2-year-old payment, these monies will be prorated among the owners of the horses eligible at the time of cancellation. If canceled prior to the first 2-year-old payment, the nomination fees will be refunded to the nominators. For further information about any of the stakes that we service, or to update your status on our mailing list, feel free to call our office at (609) 371-2211 or email me at davidjanes@hambletonian.org. Hambletonian Society

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