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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 http://www.ushwa.org.   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  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/. 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 hanover@hanoverpa.com. From Hanover Shoe Farms  

Videos of all the 2015 Hanover Shoe Farms Harrisburg yearlings will all be available on the Farm's website hanoverpa.com 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

The videos of the 24 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale are now online and can be seen at the Hanover website hanoverpa.com. The consignment to Lexington consists of 24 well-bred yearlings representing most of today's prominent sires and coming from the sports best maternal families. The group is headed by several yearlings by 2015's leading two year old money winning sires Donato Hanover and Somebeachsomewhere. Other stallions represented in the offering are Andover Hall, Art Major, Bettors Delight, Cantab Hall, Credit Winner, Dragon Again, Explosive Matter, Muscle Massive, Well Said and Western Ideal. The yearlings are presently at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Pa and may be seen daily except Sunday until they ship to Lexington on Friday, October 2. They will available for inspection in Lexington at the Fasig Tipton sales site beginning Saturday morning, October 3. They will sell in the Monday and Tuesday segments of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on October 5 and October 6. For further information or to make an appointed to see them in Hanover, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or Murray Brown at 717-487-1812 or hofmurray@aol.com.                     Murray Brown   Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.   2310 Hanover Pike   Post Office Box 339   Hanover, PA 17331   Phone: 717-637-8931 Ext. 219   Fax: 717-637-6766   Email: mbrown@hanoverpa.com or hofmurray@aol.com      

The 50th Anniversary festivities continue at Pocono Downs, with everyone looking forward to an exciting weekend of tremendous harness racing and events. Friday, August 21 Racing will kick off with a special Post Time of 5:30pm, and the "Legends Race" will start off the night. The race will feature familiar names such as Bill Popfinger; Don Wiest; Jim Williard; Bill Mullin, Syl King Jr.; Eddie Nickle; and Joe Antonelli. There will also be a special Winner's Circle trophy presention by Pocono's first leading driver, J.D. Dennis, Sr., and Gene Daisey, who drove in 1965 as well. Horsemen from the past to the present are all invited into the Circle for the presentation and a group photo. After the 10th race, Wilkes Barre Mayor Thomas M. Leighton will present a proclamation honoring the track for their 50th anniversary and their contribution to the community. Immediately following the races on Friday night, there will be a free concert on the apron with a Tribute to Motown featuring The Fellas; and a Tribute to the Supremes, featuring Encorz. The time for the concert will be approximately 9:30pm. A $1 Coors Light draft drink special will be at the track apron bars only for the concert fans. After the concert, fans with the coupon from the live racing program can grab their "Decades of the Downs" 1965 t-shirts on the apron, while supplies last. Saturday afternoon, August 22 Former manager and Major League baseball player Pete Rose drops in for pictures and autographs in the racing lobby from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. This is a wristband-only event, and wristbands are available starting at 1:00pm in the lobby. Authorized photos will be signed, and are available at the event. Then the action shifts to the famous 5/8 mile oval with the $2.3 million Super Stakes Saturday. Representative Eddie Day Pashinski of the 121st Legislative District in Luzerne County will perform the National Anthem to kick off this tremendous night of racing, featuring the Battle of the Brandywine; the Colonial Trot; and the Valley Forge Pace, plus two consolations of each. Also featured on this prestigious night of racing is the Sebastian K Invitational Trot, named after the fastest trotter of all time. The famed trotter will also be honored with a special retirement ceremony after the 4th race on the card, featuring owner Michael Knuttson; driver/trainer, Ake Svanstedt and Bernie Noren; along with James Simpson from Hanover Shoe Farms. Special collectible Sebastian K color photos will be available for fans after the ceremony. A special 50th Anniversary souvenir beer mug will be given away to fans with the coupon from the live racing program starting at 9:00pm at the Trackside Concession area on the apron. Programs are on sale starting at 5:00pm. The Hanover Shoe Farms Mares Invitational Pace and the USTA Invitational Pace have also been added to this stellar card of racing, with a purse of $50,000 to each. Immediately following the races, at approximately 10:30pm, will be a spectacular fireworks display featuring music of all five decades from 1960's to the present. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a good spot on the apron. Plenty of food will be available on the apron both Friday and Saturday with food trucks Dominic's; Big Belly BBQ; Johnny Rockets; and Doc Popcorn ready to go with something for everyone's appetite. The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame will be on hand with items for sale as well. In the racing lobby both Friday and Saturday will be a special display of memorabilia from the past 50 years for fans to enjoy. Included are old photos; trophies; programs, and more. As always, parking and admission are free at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and valet parking is also free. Everyone is invited to the once-in-a-lifetime 50th Anniversary celebration! Jennifer Starr

The brothers Tristan Sjöberg and Michael Knutsson (Knutsson Trotting Inc) are proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with Jim Simpson, the President of Hanover Shoe Farms to stand the World's fastest trotter Sebastian K at the world's most renowned Standardbred breeding Farms beginning with the 2016 breeding season. "Anybody who ever saw Sebastian K at his best had to be impressed with his breathtaking speed, his incredible gait and the charisma that shone from every hair on his coat. He brings to Hanover a perfect outcross and possesses the magic elixir of the combination of great French and American blood that has dominated the best of world trotting for the last several decades. Moreover he is a great individual, who I feel confident will produce beautiful yearlings and very fast racehorses" says Jim Simpson. Tristan adds "Michael and I are delighted to be given the opportunity to stand Sebastian K at the most prestigious stud farm in the world. We are convinced that Sebastian's flawless technique and excellent conformation will translate to his offspring". Sebastian K was a beacon of trotting in North American trotting from his very first start in 2014. He won eight of his first nine races on his way to a near unanimous choice as the older trotter of 2014. The apex of his astounding season took place at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 28, when he shattered the world record in taking an incredible record of 1.49f in defeating a host of North America's best trotters. Sebastian K comes to Hanover with lifetime earnings of $2,973,252, over two million dollars of it earned in Europe where he took on and often defeated the best Free For All trotters in the world including victories in the Oslo Grand Prix, UET Trotting Masters and Åby Stora Pris (twice).. Appropriately he will be officially retired in a special ceremony at the scene of his greatest triumph at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on August 22nd. The Open trot will be named in his honour - The Sebastian K Invitational. Meet World Record Holder Sebastian K. in his paddock at Legend Farm, Åke Svansted's training camp in New Jersey.  Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

JULY 5, 2015 - Just over two years ago Brian Peterson made the leap from harness racing fan to yearling owner and four weeks ago he made his first start as a trainer, winning an overnight event with three-year-old trotting filly Amoureuse Hanover. On Sunday Peterson shipped Amoureuse Hanover to Rideau Carleton Raceway for the second Gold Leg of the season and the filly delivered a track record equalling 1:55.3 effort to give the Port Hope, ON resident his first training win in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "My wife and I just started going to Kawartha Downs to watch the races about six years ago, and I just kept on getting more and more interested in it and decided I wanted to give it a go," said Peterson of his transformation from fan to owner. Peterson purchased two yearlings from Hanover Shoe Farms in the spring of 2013 and, with the help of his friend and long-time horseman John Smith, started to teach them the basics of racing. One year later Amoureuse Hanover was ready to qualify and the daughter of Pilgrims Taj and A Youre Adorable proved good enough for the Gold Series. Racing out of Smith's barn, the two-year-old Amoureuse Hanover posted one win and two seconds in Gold Series action, and finished fourth in her elimination and the final of the Peaceful Way at Mohawk Racetrack, for freshman earnings of $102,435. With an additional year of knowledge under his belt, Peterson stepped into the training role in time for Amoureuse Hanover's second start this season, and the filly rewarded him with a 1:56.3 victory at Mohawk Racetrack. In the June 18 Gold Series opener one week later the filly finished fifth for her newly minted trainer and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON. "She was good as a two-year-old, and this year she just seems to have matured," said Peterson. "She just wasn't quite as driveable. Last year she was just to the front, to the front and there was no stopping her. This year she's learned to race. "Mike's done a great job driving her this year, an awesome job." Amoureuse Hanover showed off her maneuverability in Sunday's Gold Leg, circling out three-wide at the three-quarters and accelerating home to reel in the leaders and fend off a late challenge from runner-up Lady Ping. Fan favourite Stubborn Belle rounded out the top three in the 1:55.3 mile, which matched the three-year-old trotting filly track record set by the great Peaceful Way in 2004. While Amoureuse Hanover has been a full-blown success for the novice horseman, Peterson has not been so lucky with the pacing colt he acquired. "He hasn't made it to the races yet. He's got some leg issues that I've been dealing with, so he's still unraced," explained Peterson. "Gary (Oliver), I board my horses at his place now, he says, 'You've got the one percent and you've got the 99 per cent,'" Peterson added with a laugh. One percenter Amoureuse Hanover will attempt to continue her successful season in the third Gold Leg at Mohawk Racetrack on July 16. Joining her will be division leader Muscle Baby Doll, who won her second straight Gold Series trophy in the other $105,000 division at Rideau Carleton on Sunday. Starting from Post 1, driver Doug McNair allowed Muscle Baby Doll to float away from the gate into fifth spot while Juanitas Fury battled her way to the :28.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :58 half McNair tipped the heavy favourite to the outside and Muscle Baby Doll made a powerful move to the front and had opened up a two length lead before the 1:26.2 three-quarters. LMC Marshmellow attempted to catch Muscle Baby Doll in the stretch, but the leader refused to yield and hit the wire three-quarters of a length on top in 1:56. Juanitas Fury finished third. Guelph, ON resident McNair engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owners F. Bellino And Sons LLC of Bronxville, NY. The victory was Muscle Baby Doll's fourth in five starts this season, boosting the Muscle Mass daughter's earnings to $127,640, and giving her sole ownership of top spot in the division with 100 points. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, August 13 with a unique program that will feature both the Grassroots and Gold Series divisions of two-year-old pacing colts. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favourite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to win capture the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48. The final time was just a fifth of a second off the stakes record at Mohawk set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. It also marked the 18th time that an elim winner had also won the final. Named for a ceremonial Japanese sword, 'Wakizashi' had come into the final off a blazing 1:49.2 elim win, when he threw down a :25.3 final quarter while upsetting last year's division champion Artspeak. The 32nd edition of the Cup brought together the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, including the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, a perfect 11-for-11, including his elim in 1:49.2 and Wakizashi Hanover, who tipped his hand last week as well. For Tetrick, it was his second Cup win, following a victory with favoured Captaintreacherous in 2013. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. But the gelded son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, has only been worse than second once. The sire was fourth to Straight Path in the 1998 Cup. "It worked out perfect," said Tetrick. "I got to follow a really good horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He's a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He's versatile. He's a good horse and he's got tons of speed." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, laying down fractions of :25.1 (equalling the fastest Cup first-quarter), 53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. "Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it's just been phenomenal," said co-owner Bruce Kennedy, who along with his partners, races under the Tri County Stable banner. "We're living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they're hooked, I hope. "We've got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We're all small time operators. I don't know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver but we did. We had the package coming in." Wakizashi Hanover earned $500,000 for the prestigious win, pushing his career bankroll to almost $700,000. Sent postward the 5-1 third choice, he paid $13.40, $4 and $3.20, combining with Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.50, $2.20) for a $30.60 (2-3) exactor. A 2-3-4 (Betting Exchange, $8.40) triactor came back $235.10, while a $1 Superfecta [2-3-4-5 (In The Arsenal)] was worth $410.45. Mark McKelvie

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that Hanover Shoe Farms has donated a breeding to Western Ideal, to be auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   Western Ideal, a winner of more than $1.4 million in his career, stands for a fee of $7,500. Bidding, which is currently underway at OnGait.com, starts at $3,000.   "We are pleased to have support from Hanover Shoe Farm on board to assist with our scholarship program," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Over the years we have had many great partners that have helped our scholarship program to benefit many deserving young people."   The OnGait.com auction for the Western Ideal breeding ends on March 2 at 2PM Eastern.   Jeff Zidek

HARRISBURG PA - Russell Williams, who is an important part of many of harness racing's major entities - Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, the U.S. Trotting Association, the Harness Racing Museum - and also serves as "Santa Claus" to horses after their racing/breeding careers are completed, has been named the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner by the United States Harness Writers Association, the media association of the industry. It is the highest award given by USHWA that is voted on solely by its membership of 220. Williams is the grandson of Hall of Famer Lawrence Sheppard, founder of Hanover Shoe Farms, the world's largest Standardbred nursery. But while always enjoying the horses, Russell carved his own path in life as a lawyer, serving as assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia and teaching law at the University of Richmond. Later, he returned to Hanover as a senior official, and to this day his contributions to Hanover and the sport are numerous and progressive. He serves the dual roles in the "Hanover family" as vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, leading breeder within the industry since records started to be kept in 1949, and as chairman and vice president of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, which each year conducts a weeklong sale of quality horseflesh in Harrisburg, just more than an hour from the Hanover Farm near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. Williams is also vice chairman of the U.S. Trotting Association, the sport's breed registry, statistical record-keeper, and overall input into national/international issues - his background as a lawyer is especially valuable in this role. He is a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum, and the former chairman of the American Horse Council, a multi-breed organization. Russell also campaigns a modest stable of horses and owns several broodmares, including Nicole Isabelle, a second-generation Williams mare whose first foal was the trotting star Nuncio, an Andover Hall colt who won the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity en route to earnings of $1.45 million in 2014. But the main equine beneficiaries of Williams' "ownership" are those horses whose careers as racehorses are finished, and elder broodmares retired from the breeding ranks. The latter group of Hanover mares are boarded at Hanover for life; the racehorses are literally given "the gift of life" by "Santa Claus" Williams, as he purchases them and helps find them suitable homes. Russell Williams, still agile and youthful of mind approaching 60, has spread his earned talents throughout the Standardbred world, to the benefit of every level, and thus is a worthy recipient of the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award. This award, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human award trophies will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available. Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet can be reserved via telephone or email by contacting Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A special rate of $115 can be reserved by calling 407-352-1100 BEFORE January 25, 2015, and mentioning code: Dan Patch or clicking this link. The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, January 26. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845-807-7538 or email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via Internet link: USHWA.org. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association     -30-  

The following are the 2015 service fees for the stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms. All of the books are subject to close without notice.  Andover Hall $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $15,000 Explosive Matter $7,500 Muscle Massive $7,500 Somebeachsomewhere $25,000 Well Said $15,000 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farms

Hanover/Harrisburg, PA – Looking for a fun-filled way to take part in the upcoming Harrisburg sale?  Standardbred Horse Sales Company invites you to enter its new, “Stable Stars” contest.  You will have a chance at winning prizes and eternal bragging rights of being the first-ever winner! From now through 12 Noon on Sunday, November 2, 2014, you can enter your guess on the final hammer price of 10 designated yearlings being sold on November 3. Entries can be made by following the link on the company’s web site at www.theblackbook.com or by sending your guesses via email to jkrentler@hanoverpa.com Grand prize winner will be the person submitting guesses closest to the total actual prices of all yearlings in the contest.  The winner will receive a Standardbred Fleece Jacket, Polo Shirt and Hat, as well as a copy of Ellen Harvey’s “Standardbred Old Friends”.  Prizes will also be awarded for second place and the closest guesses on the individual horses. For full contest rules and details, go to the link at http://theblackbook.com/contest.php then follow along on the LIVE Webcast to Monday, November 3, as well as on our Facebook page and on Twitter, using the hashtags: #harrisburgsale #stablestars. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company

The Hanover Shoe Farms videos of the yearlings consigned to this year's Harrisburg sale are now being taken at the Hanover Fairgrounds. Videos of these yearlings will be posted on a daily basis as they are done. They may be accessed at the Hanover Shoe Farms website hanoverpa.com. It is anticipated that all of the 220 yearlings will have their videos on the website by Saturday, October 11, this of course to some degree is weather dependent. The yearlings will be available for inspection at the Fairgrounds beginning Monday, October 13. Appointments are not necessary, but they will be greatly appreciated. To arrange for the yearlings that prospective buyers would like to see please call Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or Murray Brown at 717-487-1812. By doing so your particular yearlings will be ready for you at your arrival. The yearlings will be available for inspection daily, except Sunday through Friday, October 31 beginning at 11.00 AM. They will ship to Harrisburg on Saturday, November 1 and be ready for evaluation there beginning at 8.00 AM on Sunday, November 2. by Murray Brown, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

Jim Simpson, the president of Hanover Shoe Farms and the members of the the Captaintreacherous racing group have announced that The Captain will be officially retired at Lexington's famed Red Mile during the races on Thursday October 2. Tony Alagna, the colt's trainer said "Captain just hasn't been himself for the last several weeks. He's been fighting a low respiratory bug and we just haven't been able to overcome it. Rather than take the chance of doing irreparable harm to this great horse, I think it would be wise for everybody concerned to have him retired at Hanover Shoe Farms. I have no doubts that he is destined to become a great sire. I very much look forward to the day when I will be looking at, buying and training his babies". Jim Simpson said that he looks forward to having the greatest son of the sport's supersire Somebeachsomewhere stand at Hanover. "Captaintreacherous was one of the greatest two and three year old pacers in the sport's history. It's now time for him to excel in the next stage of his remarkable career." Myron Bell, the colt's racing manager throughout his career said "I've been involved in Harness Racing for half a century. I've seen all of the greats during that time. Captaintreacherous has to rank right up there among the very best. In my entire career in the sport I've only predicted two horses as being "can't miss" sires. Those two were Artsplace and Western Ideal. The one quality that all three horses share is extreme courage. I have no doubt whatever that Captaintreacherous will follow in their footsteps in the stallion ranks. I look forward to buying and training a large number of his yearlings". Captaintreacherous was voted "Pacer of the Year" at both two and three. At 2, he won 8 of 10 starts and earned $918,253. At 3, he won 13 of 16 starts and earned $2,055,033 winning almost all of the Classic events including the three richest, the North American Cup, the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown. Captaintreacherous retires with earnings of $3,148,657. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky in whose hands the Captain will be literally be in at Hanover can't wait until the horse gets to his next home. "I don't think I've ever been more excited about an incoming stallion. The Captain has it all, great performance on the racetrack, great courage, a fantastic pedigree and perhaps most important of all, he's drop dead gorgeous and correct, something that I'm certain he will transmit to his foals." Captaintreacherous will begin his stallion career in February of 2015. Captaintreacherous 2013 Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) fighting the bit to win the Crown Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

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