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Middletown, NY - The second annual Goshen Yearling Sale took place on Sunday, September 18 at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY and enjoyed an increased gross of $1,860,200 on 153 yearlings and an average of $12,158 that held steady from the inaugural harness racing event.   The highest priced yearling was Hip# 59, an outstanding RC Royalty colt named Vecellio Hanover who fetched $60,000 from Eugene Kurzrok of Hauppauge, NY. Considered a "real-looker" by many, the sale topper was just one of 47 colts and fillies consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. "The Greatest Name in Harness Racing" was a new addition to the Goshen Sale and helped attract prospective purchasers from all over the Northeast region.   Goshen Sale president Bob Boni noted, "We had an excellent turnout and as anticipated the more fashionable yearlings were extremely well received. The market place is very discerning and I felt the buyers were more than willing to bid on the yearlings that they wanted and we are very grateful to those that participated in our second sale."   Two individuals brought $40,000 to tie for second highest: Hip# 84, an RC Royalty colt from L Dees Maggie. Consigned by Cameo Hills Farm, he was purchased by Dan Daley of Wellington, FL.   The other was Hip# 136 a Chapter Seven colt from R S Giggles who was consigned by Concord Stud and brought home by Ake Svanstedt of "Sebastian K" fame who was also the sale's biggest buyer. He selected and signed for five yearlings for a total of $112,500.   Anthony MacDonald, representing was the sale's next big spender, taking home five prospects for a total of $76,500.   Overall pleased with the results, Bob Boni also stated, "We are especially appreciative of our consignors this year and we look forward to making the sale that much better going forward as we strongly believe it offers a unique opportunity for both buyers and sellers. In addition, we intend to work closely with other industry stakeholders to ensure that potential date conflicts are kept to a minimum."   Complete results and other averages can be found on the web at:   from Goshen Yearling Sale            

Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms, and the owners of Betting Line, Ross Warriner, Christine Calhoun, Casie Coleman and Mac Nichol, are announcing that the stallion will retire after the 2016 harness racing season and that he will stand at the Hanover Shoe Farms. Betting Line at 3 has won 11 of 12 starts so far and has earned $1,090,810 which includes wins in the North American Cup, the Carl Milstein Memorial and the Battle of the Brandywine, where he posted his career best time of 1:47.2f. Betting Line has total earnings to date of $1,502,485. James W. Simpson

Two of the sports biggest breeding operations in all of harness racing, Hanover Shoe Farms in North America and Alabar Stud in Australia/New Zealand, have both signed on as new sponsors for the 6th annual Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend (VDM) in Ireland for 2017. In addition, Diamond Creek Farm and Joe Bellino Racing Stable in the USA, PJI Engineering and Oakwood Stud in Ireland, have all “re-upped” their race sponsorships for the big race weekend. The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend is the creation of Derek and James Delaney of Offlay, Ireland, who is 2012, a year after the tragic death of their younger brother Vincent, decided to have a memorial race in his honor. Little did they know that their weekend honoring their lost brother would develop into the richest harness racing stakes event in all of Ireland and the UK. “My brother James and I look back at what we’ve done with our brothers race in just four years,” said Derek Delaney. “And it blows us away. We have a VDM Committee who is the backbone of our big weekend and now we hire some outside agency’s to help us. It’s amazing. We know that Vincent is very proud of what we have done in his memory.” Hanover Shoe Farms is the leading money earning breeding farm in racing and they are now the title sponsor of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Colt Pace for two-year-olds. The icing on the cake for Hanover Shoe Farms management may have been after Tyrion Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, won the VDM colt division on August 14. He was purchased at Hanover’s Harrisburg Sale at a yearling and flown back to the UK. “Murray (Brown) came back with great enthusiasm about the weekend in Ireland.” Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms. “He told me how they are in it for the love of Horse Racing...not the money. The sponsorship was available so we took it. We sponsor races in Lexington, Meadowlands, The Hambletonian, The Little Brown Jug, Chester, The Meadows, Pocono Downs, UK and Germany.  So why not Ireland?” Simpson said that he is already planning on coming to Ireland next year for the VDM Weekend. The Diamond Creek Farm VDM filly division is being sponsored for the second straight year by Diamond Creek Farm and the Adam Bowden Family. “It was an easy decision.” Bowden said. “After going to Ireland for the 2016 edition of the VDM Memorial we were blown away by the hospitality of the Irish people as well as the Delaney family. “Joining a grassroots movement is addicting, Bowden explained, “and being part of something great is what we are all about. Diamond Creek Farm wants to be involved in events that showcase the greatness of Standardbred racing both at home in the US as well as abroad. Derek Delaney, single-handedly has energized the sport in that region and we could not be more excited about the what the future will bring. “How could you not be entirely blown away over there?” Bowden said. “You can see the event in pictures or follow Heather Vitale's live Facebook posts, but being there in person is an out of this world experience. My wife and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity and the generosity shown by everyone we came in contact with. “I grew up going to the races in Maine (especially the Cumberland Fair in my hometown),” Bowden added, “and being at Portmarnock Raceway was like being transported back in time to 1985 when I was a little kid and reliving my first harness racing experiences where everything was novel and new. It was grassroots racing at its finest.” The VDM is the world’s most rugged race for two-year-olds, requiring the young horses to race Saturday in elimination divisions and then return Sunday for their respective finals in the one-mile race. “We even have sponsors now for the VDM elimination races,” Derek Delaney added. “Clive and Anne Dalton from Australia have signed on and are guaranteeing that each elimination division for both the colts and fillies will race for €2,000 each.”    Alabar Stud, the largest breeding operation down under with 28 stallions in Australia and New Zealand, is now co-sponsoring the Alabar-Oakwood Derby for three-year-old pacers. This race calls for the same format as the VDM, eliminations Saturday (if necessary) and the finals on Sunday. The race is also at a one-mile distance.   And, with the Alabar sponsorship, there will also be a filly division for the 3YO Derby in 2017. Alan Galloway, owner and director of Alabar Stud, was in Ireland for the VDM Weekend this past August and was infatuated with everything he saw. “It was my first time in Ireland for the VDM,” said Galloway, “And what a show they put on. Just a fantastic race weekend. So much excitement. So much passion for the sport that I knew Alabar had to get involved again. “We actually were sponsors when the first Breeders Crown UK & Ireland came about over ten years ago.” Galloway said. “We were invited to come over and help them and the Ireland improve racing. I met and worked with its president, David Wilson, when he first developed the Breeders Crown series. We bred over 100 mares back then,” Galloway said. “We sent over Village Jasper, Armbro Operative and Safely Kept. It was very difficult getting all the approvals from the government but we got it done. Many of the horses racing there now are from their offspring’s. “I was really taken back this year,” Galloway said. “The Irish are such lovely people. Everything that Derek Delaney and his brother have done to promote this weekend is fantastic. Their story is very moving, so emotional, it’s what we at Alabar want to be part of.” Another major sponsor, smitten by coming to the VDM this year, was Joe Bellino and his family, all eight of them. The Bellino Racing Stable in the USA had agreed to sponsor the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace this year and was so enthralled with the entire Ireland experience, Joe re-upped for 2017 even before he came home. “It was the way the people in racing there embraced my family,” Joe Bellino said. “And their deep love for the sport that convinced me to want to sponsor the race again. The way they celebrated a win with cheering and excitement. It’s just the same way I am whether racing for $100 purse or $500,000. It was also great to see and feel it firsthand. “In some way in North America we have lost our way with that sort of enthusiasm.” Bellino explained. “It’s almost like the people who win are used to winning and have come to expect it. That’s why I really appreciated the Hambo this year as it was great to see and feel the passion for our sport just as they do in Ireland.” PJI Engineering of England, one of the largest metal fabricators in all of the UK and Ireland, has come back on board as the sponsor of the Junior FFA Pace. “I first met Derek and James in 2015,” explained Paul Johnson, owner of PJI Engineering in England, “and he was telling me the story on Vincent and the passion the two of them have for the sport is unbelievable. “These two are trying there utmost to take this sport to the next level,” Johnson said, “and the VDM has done so. This is an event that everyone looks forward to every year now, and it gets better every year. Let's not forget the charity's they give to as well. We look forward to be a part of the VDM for many years to come!” With new and renewed sponsorship support coming from around the world, Derek and James Delaney are putting the money right back into their big race weekend. “Because of the great growth of sponsors for the VDM Weekend,” Derek Delaney said, “we will be able in 2017 to also expand the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds to both a horse and mare divisions with Yirribee Stud in Australia taking on as sponsor of the mare division and there will be an increase in purse for the Elvin-Delaney Invitation Le Trot race. This is all so grand! “We now have many of the world’s leading harness racing breeders, owners, trainer, drivers, announcers and journalists coming to Ireland for the VDM.” Delaney added, “It’s hard to imagine that just five years ago we raced for €20,000 ($25,000US) in total purses that first year and now in 2017 the weekend will feature more than €100,000 ($127,000US) in purses. “The VDM has become a major success story to have the biggest breeding farms in the world sponsoring our brothers memorial weekend” Delaney added, “and it's also a major step in the right direction for our breeders, owners, trainers and drivers that they can now breed and sell, train or own horses that has real earning potential in juvenile racing and more! “When you have Alan Galloway and Alabar Farms, Joe Bellino and his Bellino Racing Stables, Jim Simpson & Murray Brown of Hanover shoe Farms, Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farms, Rod Woodhouse of Yirribee Stud Australia, all willing to advise and sponsor us and help improve the breeding in Ireland and the UK.” Said Delaney. “We all know this can only mean a very strong future for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend and a very bright future for our Oakwood Stud.” Delaney added, “We have been a major factor in the racing and breeding in Ireland and the UK and I believe our Standardbreds will become world class in the future. Ireland has a history for producing the best gallopers in the world, so why can't we in Ireland and UK not be the best producers of Standardbreds in the world or at least one of the best! “We are also working with Sire Stakes Ireland and the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland, bricking and building stronger with devoted people like my brother James Delaney, Bernie Kelly, Dave Wilson, Jackie Mann, Thomas Bennett and others. It's all going to complement our events and others stakes. It’s going to be something special how our racing will be growing in the next two to three years’ time, getting stronger year on year. “Maybe most important about all of this,” Delaney said, “is the great new friends we have made over the years that will last a lifetime.” For more information, visit The dates for the 2017 Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend are Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend   

The videos of the 13 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to the Ohio Selected Jug Sale are now online and can be seen at the Hanover website The consignment to Ohio consists of 13 well-bred harness racing yearlings representing prominent Ohio sires and coming from the sports best maternal families. The stallions represented in this offering are Dragon Again, Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser. The yearlings are presently at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, PA and may be seen daily except Sunday until they ship to Ohio on Wednesday, September 14. They will be available for inspection in Sunbury, Ohio at the Eden Park Equestrian Complex beginning Thursday morning, September 15. They will sell on Friday, September 16 at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale. For further information or to make an appointment to see them in Hanover, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

The videos of the 48 harness racing Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to the Goshen Yearling Sale are now online and can be seen at the Hanover website The consignment to Goshen consists of 48 well-bred yearlings representing most of today's prominent sires and coming from the sports best maternal families. Stallions represented in this offering include A Rocknroll Dance, American Ideal, Andover Hall, Art Major, Artiscape, Betterthancheddar, Cantab Hall, Chapter Seven, Crazed, Credit Winner, Donato Hanover, Explosive Matter, Lucky Chucky, Muscle Massive, RC Royalty, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe, Russell Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere, Well Said and Wishing Stone. The yearlings are presently at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Pa and may be seen daily except Sunday until they ship to Goshen on Friday, September 16. They will be available for inspection in Goshen at the Mark Ford Training Center sales site beginning Saturday morning, September 17.They will sell on Sunday, September 18 at the Goshen Yearling Sale. For further information or to make an appointment to see them in Hanover, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

Columbus, OH --- He has submitted nearly several hundred names to Hanover Shoe Farms for consideration recognizing European horsemen and horsewomen and readily admits the vast majority of those have never been selected or the horses never quite panned out, but when it came to Hannelore Hanover, Dean Hoffman struck pay dirt when he suggested this then-youngster be named after quite possibly one of the best harness racing amateur female drivers of all-time. “When Dean called me and told me a horse was named after me I was honored and thrilled,” said Hannelore Würzinger. “I asked him if she would maybe race in the Hambletonian and he said he didn’t think so as she only made two starts in her career as a 2-year-old. Even though she won one, he did not think she would amount to much, but I always had faith she would be something special. He told me she would probably be a dud and not to get too excited, but I ended up being right. What a horse she is.” The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare High Sobriety was the recent winner of the Hambletonian Maturity and has won nine of 10 starts this year, with earnings of $460,105. Trained by Ron Burke, the mare is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino. Hannelore Würzinger resides in Johanneskirchern, Germany, which is located outside of Munich, and commenced her harness racing career at the ripe old age of 17. She captured 470 amateur contests in the sulky during her days of competition and won such contests as the World Cup and the Europ Cup when she was at the controls. Unfortunately statistics are not available to truly demonstrate not only where Würzinger’s number of triumphs rank historically or internationally, but clearly this woman is not only a top pilot in respect to her gender, but anyone that sat behind a horse in amateur races across the globe. “My family has always been involved with trotting horses,” she said. “We owned them and bred them. At one time we had more than 50 horses. Since I have gotten older, I retired from driving because it just is not as easy as it used to be when I was young. We have also cut back on the number of horses we have and now have maybe 20. Harness racing is not as popular in Germany as it used to be or like it is in the United States, but my husband and I watch as much racing as we can. We watch all of Hannelore’s races and would love to come see her in America.” Würzinger has been stateside in her earlier years, In fact, she raced in Florida at Pompano Park where she finished second in an amateur competition that took place on the same timetable as the Breeders Crown that year. It was also where she met Hoffman and a certain other member of the Hall of Fame that was one of the highlights of her sojourn in the Sunshine State. “Do you know who this man is?” she asked after sending a picture of herself with John Campbell. “I could not believe such a famous horseman took the time to have his picture taken with me and recognize my accomplishments. I don’t think he realizes everyone around the world knows who he is and what he has done in racing. That occasion was just one of the many things we were so impressed with when we came to America. “I only finished second in that race in Florida, but we had such a wonderful time. My husband and I have always wanted to return, but we have not had the opportunity. Maybe Hannelore Hanover will provide us with that chance.” On any evening the world champion trots, Würzinger is glued to the Internet and has not missed any race Hannelore Hanover participates in. “I have watched her progress,” she said. “She only became stronger and stronger after her 2-year-old season. Dean called me and told me he did not think she would amount to much and he was sorry she would not become a top horse. Then last year when she was racing at Hoosier Park you could see with each start she was improving. She is a big, strong filly that kept trotting better with each race. “I was not surprised when she started winning, but for her to win like this and at this level...I cannot explain how fantastic it is to not only have an American horse named after me, but for her to be such an outstanding horse. I was beside myself watching her tie the world record and then beating males at the Meadowlands. “Every time she reaches new heights it makes me want to hop on a plane to America so I can be at her races in person. I can’t express enough how happy I am that Dean thought enough of my achievements to name a horse after me and then for her to be such a horse. There are no words to express it.” As the season progresses, Würzinger’s attention will remain focused on the mare that carries her name, but she harbors a secret hope that one day she will be in a position to do something much more than witness her compete online. “I told Dean I fervently hope she will come to the Elitlopp in Sweden next year,” she said. “My family and I not would not miss that for the world. We would certainly travel there and hopefully her connections would be kind enough to introduce her to us. We are her biggest fans and would just be overjoyed to root for her at a race like that. Can you imagine what kind of excitement that would bring to me? “I cannot thank Dean, the owners and Hanover Shoe Farms enough for not changing her name. This mare has been the ride of a lifetime and I am so lucky to have a horse like her named for me. Sometimes I still can’t believe this happened.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Goshen, NY -- The complete roster and pedigree pages for the second annual Goshen Yearling Sale on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY are now available on the web. houses a PDF link of the printed sale catalog, complete with all the pedigrees for the 162 yearlings being offered. In addition, a complete sortable roster is also available with individual links to TrackIT pedigrees which offer real time updates to current performers.   The sale features strong consignments from Hanover Shoe Farms, Winbak Farm, Blue Chip, Concord Stud and Cameo Hills, just to name a few. Colts and fillies by popular sires such as Roll With Joe and Chapter Seven are included in the 70 trotters and 90 pacers cataloged.   The sale facility is centrally located within a ninety-minute drive of all the Standardbred hot spots in the tri-state area.   Printed catalogs are being mailed on August 1, and will be available at the Hambletonian Festival at The Meadowlands racetrack, as well as at other area racetracks and training centers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.   To request a sale catalog, please call 201-863-2082 or fill out an online request on our website:   From the Goshen Yearling Sale  

Hattie, one of the greatest producers in the history of the breed, died yesterday at Hanover Shoe Farms. The daughter of Abercrombie and the Albatross mare Albaquel was 24 years old. She was a terrific race filly herself taking a two year old record of 1.55.3 and earning $266,323, when both those achievements were relatively exceptional. She was bred and trained by Doug Ackerman. Ironically she was scheduled to be retired after her 2016 foaling. She delivered a healthy Bettors Delight colt on Tuesday April 19, seemingly without complication. Unfortunately, she hemorrhaged the next day and passed on. Hattie left a huge legacy. From 14 living foals older than two, she is the dam of 4 in 1.50, 11 in 1.55, one two million dollar winner, two million dollar winners and four $500,000 plus winners. All fourteen of her living foals raced, took records and earned money. She was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in 2014. The best known of her foals are Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover p,2,1:58, 3,1:49, 1:46.4($2,070,648), Hyperion Hanover p,3,1:52f, 1:49.1($1,187,755), Hillbilly Hanover p,2,1:52.2f, 3,1:50.1f and Haverford Hanover p,2,2:01.1, 3,1:53.2, 1.49($510,295). Hattie was laid to rest at the Hanover Shoe Farms equine cemetery, where the ashes of her most notable son, Holborn Hanover lay. by Murray Brown, for Hanover Shoe Farms    

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that breedings to Well Said and Winning Mister have been donated and are being auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's College Scholarship Fund.   Two of the sport's leading breeders, Hanover Shoe Farms and Bob Key, have donated breedings for the second straight year. Well Said stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $7,500. Winning Mister stands at Lindwood Farms for a fee of $6,000.   "These are two of the top breeders not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the sport of harness racing," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "The MSOA cannot thank them enough for donating breedings to these two top-quality stallions. We are proud of our scholarship program here at the MSOA, and to have great partners like Hanover and Mr. Key supporting us is very important."   Bidding is currently open on the website Terms are 10% non-refundable down at the conclusion of the auctions, which will end April 1. The remainder is payable upon a live foal.   For additional information, contact the MSOA Office at 724-228-3644.

Bob Boni, president of Northwood Bloodstock Agency and well known in harness racing from his many years as a yearling sale consultant and bloodstock agent and owner, has joined the Goshen Yearling Sale as its president. In addition, Hanover Shoe Farms will offer a large consignment of yearlings at the 2016 edition of the Goshen Yearling Sale, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y., near historic Goshen. “We had a great inaugural sale and we really wanted to take the sale to the next level, and bringing Bob on board, and the addition of a consignment from Hanover Shoe Farms, will certainly help us achieve that goal,” said Ford, a principal in the sale company as well as the host. “You can’t do any better than to get a guy with Bob’s experience, expertise and integrity and Hanover’s position as the sport’s leading breeder speaks for itself.” The Goshen Yearling Sale was created in 2015 because of the lack of an early-fall yearling sale with the proximity to many of the richest racing programs. Last year 113 yearlings were sold at the inaugural edition, generating gross sales of $1.4 million. “I attended the inaugural sale last year and was very impressed with the facility and what it had to offer. I am very excited about the potential of this sale going forward and the addition of a consignment from Hanover Shoe Farms immediately adds to the impact and appeal of the sale,” said Boni of joining the organization. “I believe we have a sale that will offer many opportunities to a variety of buyers and consignors and I look forward to working with Mark Ford, Tom Grossman and Joe Thomson along with Chris Tully.” Hanover Shoe Farms will join Thomson’s Winbak Farms and Grossman’s Blue Chip Farms in offering consignments at the Goshen Yearling Sale. “I think this is a good venue and good timing,” said Hanover president and CEO Jim Simpson of sending a consignment to Goshen. “I think our consignment will fit in very well. We plan to sell in the neighborhood of 40 yearlings at this sale, and there will be a mix of Pennsylvania and New York-sired yearlings.” Simpson added that Hanover will sell approximately 270 yearlings at 2016 yearling sales, and is limited to around 220 at the annual Standardbred Horse Sale Company in Harrisburg. For more information about the Goshen Yearling Sale, contact Bob Boni at or phone 201.863.2082.

For as long as records have been compiled there has only been one farm who has led all breeders in money earnings in the sport. That farm is harness racing's Hanover Shoe Farms. In 2013, Hanover became the first farm to become the breeder of the winners of over thirty million dollars in a single season, its produce having earned $30,016,209. Now even that record has been surpassed. As of December 28, Hanover breds have earned $30,057,385 in 2015 and the numbers keep accumulating. To put those numbers in perspective, that number represents two and a half times what Thoroughbred racing's leading breeder has produced this year. Harness Racing's second leading breeder, Winbak Farm, and its third leading money producer, Brittany Farms, have each also produced the winners of more money than that of Thoroughbred racing's leading breeder. Hanover's president, Jim Simpson, when asked about his feelings of the new record responded, "We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and are thankful to our employees, owners, trainers, drivers and grooms who helped us achieve this new record. We must give extra special thanks to the ultimate athletes - the horses. Thank you all". Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

HARRISBURG PA - The United States Harness Writers Association, the industry's organization of communicators, announces the following Dan Patch award winners for their accomplishments during the 2015 racing season:   Rising Star Award - Montrell Teague Breakthrough Award - Gabe Prewitt Good Guy Award - Joann Looney-King Unsung Hero Award - Joanne Young Breeder of the Year - Hanover Shoe Farms Trotting Broodmare of the Year - Margie Seelster Pacing Broodmare of the Year - Mozzi Hanover   It is interesting to see this list of honorees and note the various relationships that these people and horses have with the winners announced yesterday: Bergstein Proximity Award winner Jim Simpson, Owner of the Year George Teague Jr., Trainer of the Year Jimmy Takter, and Driver of the Year David Miller.   Jim Simpson gets two additional pieces of good news today. His Hanover Shoe Farms has been voted the Breeder of the Year, as its leads the industry tables in money won by its graduates for the 67th straight year - ever since records started to be kept.   And with Aaron Merriman now in control of the drivers' dashwinning derby, the last major statistical race of the year focuses squarely on Hanover and the record books in relation to the calendar - Hanover "offspring" had earned $29,920,074 this season through Sunday, only $92,135 shy of their own all-time one year record of $30,016,209, set in 2012. Granted, this is not "prime time" for racing opportunities, but Hanover could still rewrite the record - especially seeing as their produce earned $88,595 between Thursday and Sunday.   Hanover was also the seller of Pacing Broodmare of the Year Mozzi Hanover as a yearling. The daughter of Jenna's Beach Boy - Movie Star Laag was purchased by a partnership that included George Teague Jr., who campaigned her successfully as a racehorse. In the summer of 2012, Teague went back and purchased "Mozzi" with a suckling colt at her side - that baby of course turning out to be Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015's Harness Horse of the Year, a winner of over $2 million last year with a 1:47.4 mark, a sophomore who earned admiration throughout the harness community for his talent, durability, and courage.   As much as George delights in his "equine family" members "Mozzi" and "Wiggle," his warmest family feelings are for his son Montrell, who has won the Rising Star Award, for trainer/drivers 35 years of age or less. Montrell, who will turn 25 the day after New Year's, went into 2015 with fewer than 700 lifetime wins.   However, in the ultimate "pressure cooker" of weekly being the driver of the horse to beat in a major stake, his handling of Wiggle It Jiggleit, by turns aggressive and temporizing as needed, marked him as a star - right now, let alone "Rising" -- no doubt with an occasional word of guidance from his dad. Montrell also showed a level-headedness in handling whatever racing fortunes were thrown at him, and was friendly and cooperative with the media despite its blazing spotlight on him all year.   When Wiggle It Jiggleit won a qualifier at the Teagues' home base of Harrington Raceway on April 22, finishing second in that race was a fellow sophomore named Wakizashi Hanover, who is trained by Joanne Looney-King. "Wakizashi" would go on to win $1.15 million in 2015, winning the North America Cup at Mohawk over his chief foe and giving "Wiggle" all he wanted on several other occasions.   Through it all Looney-King, a pioneering female driver who now focuses on training, maintained delight in her horse's performances, a warm nature which was conveyed to the media throughout the season, and which earned her the Harness Writers' "Good (GAL) Award."   Jimmy Takter and David Miller have been both selected for harness racing's highest honor, induction into the sport's Living Hall of Fame. The Hall, which is located in Goshen NY, near Monticello Raceway and north of New York City, benefits from having a staff of knowledgeable, resourceful people - among whom Joanne Young ranks at the very top of the list.   The Director of Development for the Museum, Joanne's primary responsibilities (she can do most any job there) include overseeing membership, and the sale of the bricks and pavers that are a unique feature of the entrance to the Museum. For basically contacting people to request money from them, doing so with a smile, and NEVER getting turned down for a request, Joanne Young is truly an Unsung Hero in the continued success of the Hall/Museum, and thus was voted the Unsung Hero Award by USHWA.   Takter and Miller had their fair share of success this season during Grand Circuit action at Lexington's Red Mile, where this year's Breakthrough Award winner Gabe Prewitt serves as the announcer during the fall meet and in several managerial capacities during the Grand Circuit meet.   At age 32, the multi-talented Prewitt has already served as a horsemen's representative, media representative, and "Manager of Post Times" (an important job in this simulcasting era), and is currently employed as the announcer at Pompano Park in addition to The Red Mile, at both venues conveying the urgencies and drama of a developing race in a professional yet dynamic style.   Finally, Takter also figured prominently in the election of the Trotting Broodmare of the Year, Margie Seelster, a daughter of Angus Hall - Meadowbranch Gal. Like her pacing counterpart Mozzi Hanover, Margie Seelster struck it big with her first foal - Pinkman, this past season's Trotter of the Year, a winner of $2.4 million lifetime with a mark of 1:51, and the Hambletonian winner, all under the tutelage of trainer Takter. An ownership combine of Team Takter has since purchased Margie Seelster.   All of the winners will be presented their awards during the Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held on Sunday, March 6 at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale FL. Information on dinner tickets, accommodations, and related topics for the event can be found at   From the US Harness Writers Association  

Between the worldwide financial crisis and the anticipated end of the slots-at-racetracks program in Ontario, 2012 was a year when stud fees fell at a disturbing rate; those that managed to maintain their 2011 price level were considered lucky. And while many 2016 fees have yet to be announced, those that have dribbled out give every indication that 2016 will be somewhat similar to 2012. Hanover keeps the highest profile in the sport; Pennsylvania is home to a lucrative sire stakes program and a state where one expects to find Grand Circuit worthy stock. Cantab Hall, Captaintreacherous, Donato Hanover, Western Ideal and Explosive Matter will roll over their 2015 fees, while Somebeachsomewhere, Well Said, Muscle Massive and Andover Hall will see reductions. There will be no increases. Contrast that with last year when SBSW was the only Hanover stallion to see a reduction, and Muscle Massive’s fee actually went up. (Crazed was shipped back to New York). Well Said shows the deepest cut as his $15,000 fee, which has remained intact since he joined the Hanover stallion brigade in 2010, has been cut in half. Uffizi Hanover was the most productive issue from his first crop; she won the BC at two and the Fan Hanover at three, but she didn’t accomplish a whole lot beyond that. Tellitlikeitis was the top male; he won a Cup elimination and experienced some success in the PASS. Well Said has no millionaire offspring. Lost For Words is his richest son, and his claim to fame is winning a heat of the Jug. He also won the Standardbred and splits of the Bluegrass and ISS at two. Control The Moment won this year’s Metro and Nassagaweya and is his top freshman to date. Well Said sold a sale topping 61 yearlings at Harrisburg, at an average that was down 10% from last year. He should be popular at $7,500. SBSW’s fee has been up and down like a yoyo. He was at $20,000 in 2011; dropped to $15,000  in 2012; back up to $20,000 the following year; jumped again, to $30,000 in 2014; down to $25,000 this year; and drops down again to $20,000 in 2016. He leads North America in gross earnings for two-year-old pacers and average earnings for the same group. And he leads in average earnings for the three-year-olds. Pure Country is the top freshman filly in NA, but SBSW comes up short at the top end of all other age/class groups—star power is lacking. The closest he’s come to duplicating himself is Captain T and that one is much better than the rest. There were 39 fewer registered foals in 2015 than there were the previous year, but still there were 91 of them. He led all pacing stallions at the Lexington and Harrisburg sales. The superstar pacer’s book remained open throughout 2015. Seeing his fee drop $10,000 in two years is alarming in some respects, but prospective breeders will be thrilled. Muscle Massive, whose second crop was a big disappointment, sees his fee drop 46% to $4,000. And 16-year-old Andover Hall drops 20% to $8,000. He was at $30,000 back in 2008, but has been at $10,000 for the past few years. Nuncio raced in Europe this year, and Magic Tonight was off his form when he returned to NA. Kathy Parker generated early interest, and she won money, but a split of the Liberty Bell was her best win.   The first crop of A Rocknroll Dance won’t race until 2017, but Diamond Creek dropped his fee from $6,000 to $5,000. And Father Patrick, who served a limited book in New Jersey at $30,000 this year, moves home to Pennsylvania at $20,000. His less than stellar foray into the aged ranks probably didn’t help. Ponder, who had a terrible year, drops from $4,000 to $3,500. Sweet Lou remains at $7,500 for his second season. New York, which is, along with Pennsylvania, a lucrative source for sire stakes cash, is also showing signs that its stud fee structure is adjusting to market forces. Blue Chip Farms is top dog in the Empire State and Art Major and Credit Winner have been the most expensive pacing and trotting stallions, respectively, in the state for some time. Art Major held steady at $15,000 until 2013 when his fee dropped to $12,000. In 2016 the sire of JK She’salady and JK Endofanera will stand for a further reduced $10,000. And Credit Winner, who jumped from $12,000 to $14,000 in 2014 and remained there last year, will be dropping 28% to $10,000 in 2016. American Ideal will stay at $10,000. Credit Winner, who was third on the two-year-old NYSS money list this year and second among the sophomores, got hammered at Harrisburg. And his average also dropped by $19,000 in Lexington. The high ticket individual sales that have buoyed him up until now abandoned him. Top tier performers have also been missing.  NYSS rank means little: four of the top five trotting stallions on the three-year-old list are all experiencing stud fee cuts. Lucky Chucky, Crazed and Conway Hall are the other three. The latter leads both lists and his fee will be reduced by a third. And Lucky Chucky’s fee has gone from $7,500 in 2014 to $6,000 this year to $4,000 next year. Crazed gets his annual haircut, dropping from $5,000 to $4,000. Art Major was top five among two and three-year-olds in the NYSS. JK She’salady retired and Travel Playlist lost his mojo in the fall, but JK End won the TVG, Allerage Open and Dan Patch. The sixteen-year-old stallion showed modest gains at the sales. However, his registered foal count was down 47 between 2013 and 2014. Rocknroll Heaven, who was standing for $8,500 at Blue Chip, is now available for $6,500 in New Jersey. The sales weren’t kind to him and his sons have been slow to come around, but he does have the top two fillies on the sophomore money list for that division, presumptive division winner Divine Caroline, and recent Matron champ, Sassa Hanover.  Trixton will remain at $12,000 in New Jersey, where the sire stakes program has been restructured for the sake of volume and diversity. The 2016 fees for the Midwestern states on the come—Ohio and Indiana—haven’t shown up yet. Rockin Image, the sire of Freaky Feet Pete jumped $500 to $4,000 in 2015, while Miki’s daddy Always A Virgin made the same move the previous year. Ontario seems to be back on its feet. Bettor’s Delight and Muscle Mass have returned and Royalty For Life, He’s Watching, E L Titan, Archangel and Betterthancheddar have been added to the mix over the past two years. Kadabra saw his fee drop from $15,000 US to $12,000 US in 2014 and it looks like it will remain there. So to this point fees are taking a hit in Pennsylvania, where the politicians have been applying pressure to the tracks and horsemen, and in New York, where too many stallions are failing to produce: There are no New York sired horses in the top 15 on the all-horse money list. It will be interesting to see just how widespread will this trend be? by Joe FitzGerald for Harnesslink Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

Hanover Shoe Farms management has announced the 2016 stallion service fees for their horses. Andover Hall (to be announced) Artspeak  $5,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous  $15,000 Donato Hanover  $15,000 Explosive Matter  $7,500 Muscle Massive  $4,000 Sebastian K  $6,000 Somebeachsomewhere  $20,000 Well Said  $7,500 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farm

Artspeak p,2,1:50.2, 3,1:47.4 ($1,625,869), last year's Dan Patch and Joe O'Brien Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, and this season's fastest 3-year-old pacing colt, will stand his first season at stud in 2016 at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. His fee has been set at $5,000. He is presently being syndicated, and shares will be available to breeders on a first-come, first-served basis. In making today's announcement, Hanover president Jim Simpson said that Artspeak makes a perfect addition to Hanover's stallion lineup. "The fact that he's among the best sons of Western Ideal played a lot into the decision," Simpson said. "Although Western Ideal is still siring at the highest level, it's nice to have a great son of his to carry on a breeding cross that's worked so well for so many through the years. "Western Ideal is already a proven sire of sires, and we think Artspeak can take that siring ability to the next level." Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, was trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron throughout his career. He was 2014's richest 2-year-old pacing colt, with $742,185, and took wins in the $667,000 Metro, $565,000 Governor's Cup, Bluegrass and four other stakes that season en route to his championship title. His signature win came perhaps this year in the $450,000 Tattersalls Pace in Lexington, where he defeated a stellar field in 1:47.4 to secure his lifetime record and just miss the year's fastest mile by a fifth of a second. After winning his Breeders Crown elim, he ended the season with a second-place finish in the $531,250 final. Those interested in purchasing shares or breeding for 2016 should contact Hanover Shoe Farms at (717) 637-8931 or email From Hanover Shoe Farms  

Videos of all the 2015 Hanover Shoe Farms Harrisburg yearlings will all be available on the Farm's website beginning at noon on Tuesday, October 13. The vast majority of the videos are already online and can be now accessed via the website. Visitors are invited to come to the Hanover Fairgrounds to inspect the 2015 Harrisburg consignment. The yearlings are available for inspection and paddocking daily, except Sunday beginning at 11.00 AM. Appointments are not necessarily required, but would be greatly appreciated. In order to facilitate your visit, please call Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky or Murray Brown at 717-637-8931 and let them know when you can be expected. Murray Brown

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