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After joint consultation Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms and majority owner Jeff Snyder have decided to retire Cam's Card Shark from active stallion duty at Hanover. "The horse has been good to everybody associated with him from the day he was foaled" Simpson said. "He has now reached the stage in life where it is both difficult and dangerous for him and those around him to mount the phantom mare or even to be collected using a live mare". Cam's Card Shark is a foal of 1991. As a two year old he was lightly campaigned under the guidance of trainer Micky McGivern. His wins at two included the Lou Babic Memorial and two New Jersey Sires Stakes. At 3, he was transferred to the Bill Robinson Stable. He was voted "Horse of the Year 1994". In addition he garnered both O'Brien and Nova awards for Horse of the Year. His wins at three include the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace, The North America Cup,  the Art Rooney Memorial, the Adios, the Messenger, the New Jersey Classic and the Miller Memorial. He was syndicated at the end of 1994 and retired with two and three year old earnings of $2,498,204.. He entered the stallion ranks at Hanover's New Jersey Farm in 1995. His stallion accomplishments are many and varied He has sired ten millionaires including five who have earned in excess of two million dollars. He is credited with three Little Brown Jug winners and two winners of The Meadowlands Pace.His most renowned performers have been Shark Gesture, Bettors Delight, Four Starzzz Shark, Royalflush Hanover, Holborn Hanover, Roll With Joe, Village Jolt and Million Dollar Cam. Of special note is that his son Bettors Delight is the fifth great stallion from a paternal line that follows from Meadow Skipper, through Most Happy Fella, to Cam Fella, to Cams Card Shark and now Bettors Delight. This is a feat unprecedented in both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeding. Its quite possible that the line will be extended through his grandson Betterthancheddar. Snyder said that Cams Card Shark will live out his remaining days "which I hope will be many" at Hanover Shoe Farms. From Hanover Shoe Farms        

Here is the first foal born at Hanover Shoe Farm on Saturday. The foal, a filly by leading pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere, is the second foal from the young Rocknroll Hanover mare Summer Thriller p.2,1:59.2, a half sister to Vertical Horizon p.2,1:57.2, 3,1:50.4f, 1:49.3f($856,063). Summer Thriller's first foal is the yearling Somebeachsomewhere colt Speedster Hanover.    

The first of 316 anticipated Hanover Shoe Farms foals of 2014 arrived at the Farms Saturday morning at 4.00 a.m. The foal, a filly by leading pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere, is the second foal from the young Rocknroll Hanover mare Summer Thriller p.2,1:59.2, a half sister to Vertical Horizon p.2,1:57.2, 3,1:50.4f, 1:49.3f($856,063). Summer Thriller's first foal is the yearling Somebeachsomewhere colt Speedster Hanover. He will be one of the featured yearlings in the Hanover Shoe Farms consignments this Fall. In addition to the remaining 315 Hanover Shoe Farms foals scheduled to arrive in 2014 another 74 outside owned foals are expected By Vivian Jewitt for Hanover Shoe Farms    

Westfield, IN- For the second consecutive year, a Delaware resident has won the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Service to Youth Award. The 2013 award goes to 2nd-generation horsewoman, Janet Stevenson Davis, who follows the University of Delaware's Susan Truehart Garey as the winner of HHYF's most prestigious honor. The Service To Youth Award is given annually to individuals, farms, or organizations who exemplify outstanding effort in facilitating youth participation in harness racing. Recipients show exceptional assistance (either financially or educationally as a catalyst) to existing HHYF programs or in their own successful efforts. Davis joins a distinguished list of Service To Youth honorees that includes the Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation, Noel Daley, John Campbell, Martin Scharf, Brittany Farms, Odds On Racing, Steve Wolf and Ellen Harvey. (A complete list of winners in posted at http://www.hhyf.org/service_to_youth.asp. "I'm speechless," said Davis." I'm so honored to be recognized by HHYF. It's such a great organization and that they think I deserve an award, that's great. I don't do this for awards, I do it to help. That's just me." Announcing the award, HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor had high praise for Davis. "Janet epitomizes the best of harness racing with her indefatigable positive attitude. She has never hesitated to assist HHYF in whatever way we requested and even in ways we haven't. Her enthusiasm for helping the industry and young people, makes her most deserving of this year's Service To Youth Award." The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Submitted by Harness Horse Youth Foundation  

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2014 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Donato Hanover and Precious Bunny.   The other nominees were Fool's Goal, Real Desire and S J's Photo.   Also entering the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2014 will be broodmare Hattie, having met the required criteria for induction (see below).   Donato Hanover, Precious Bunny and Hattie will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 6th, 2014. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2014 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330.   Standardbreds are only eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade if they comply with the following strict criteria:   They must be retired from racing for five years and had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have won 75% of their lifetime starts, or gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races, or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada).   Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.   BROODMARES are automatically elected if they have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner.   The 2014 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEEs   Donato Hanover (Nominated as Racehorse) 3,1:50.1 ($2,998,777) Bay Horse, 2004 (Andover Hall - D Train - Donerail)   2007 Hambletonian Stake winner and Horse of the Year Donato Hanover was the first trotter in history to earn more than $2 million in a single season. Foaled on May 3, 2004, he raced in 2006-2007 and never finished off the board, compiling a career record of 22-19-1-2. He is currently the fourth-leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time.   In 2006, two-year-old Donato Hanover finished third in his career debut, but would win his remaining 8 starts. The freshman earned $662,587 and was voted Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Major victories included the Peter Haughton Memorial (in a stakes record 1:55) and Breeders Crown.   As a three-year-old in 2007, Donato Hanover would extend his winning streak to 19, remaining undefeated until his last 2 races in November. Major victories that year included the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Hambletonian Stake, World Trotting Derby, Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity. Donato Hanover earned $2,336,190 that year, and became the first trotter in the history of the sport to surpass career earnings of $2.5 million during his three-year-old season. He broke the single-season moneywinning record for a trotter by well over $400,000 and was voted 2007 Horse of the Year. At the time of his retirement, Donato Hanover held the record for the fastest trotting mile on a mile track (1:50.1) and co-owned the record for fastest two-heat trotting race on a mile track (3:41.2).   As a sire, Donato Hanover has produced winners of over $12.6 million, including 2011 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year and Breeders Crown winner Check Me Out 3,1:51.2 ($1,903,795).   Precious Bunny (Nominated as Racehorse) p,3,1:49.4 ($2,281,142) Bay Horse, 1988 (Cam Fella - Bunny's Wish - B.G's Bunny)   1991 Horse of the Year Precious Bunny was foaled on May 6, 1988. At the time of his retirement, he ranked as the number one single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time (currently ranked ninth) and the fifth-leading moneywinning pacer of all time. Precious Bunny raced from 1990-1991 and had a lifetime record of 39-21-5-4.   As a two-year-old in 1990, Precious Bunny had 14 starts, winning a New Jersey Sire Stakes event and finishing the season with a record of 1:57.2 and $63,920 in earnings.   In 1991, three-year-old Precious Bunny won 20 of 25 starts, including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace (setting the stakes record in the second fastest race mile in harness racing history and fastest mile ever under the lights), Art Rooney Pace (stakes record), Adios (tying the stakes record and the world record for fastest mile by a Standardbred on a 5/8-mile track, and setting the world record for a second heat by a Standardbred on a 5/8-mile track - 1:50.4), Little Brown Jug (in straight heats with an electrifying start in the first), Cleveland Classic (stakes record), NJSS final and Windy City Pace.   With his Cleveland Classic victory, Precious Bunny became only the second Standardbred to earn over $2 million in a single season (Immortal Beach Towel 1990). He was the first to win two $1 million races in one season (North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace). Precious Bunny was voted Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt and Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada.   As a sire, Precious Bunny has sired North American winners of over $50 million, with 181 in 1:55, 141 $100,000 winners and three millionaires, including 2001 Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Bunny Lake. Precious Bunny was elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.   HATTIE (Broodmare) p,2,1:55.3 ($266,623) Bay Mare, 1992 (Abercrombie - Albaquel - Albatross)   Sired by 1978 Horse of the Year Abercrombie, pacer Hattie was bred by Richard Staley and was foaled on February 9, 1992 in Wallkill, New York. Hattie raced from 1994-1996 and compiled a record of 57-8-13-17 with earnings of $266,623. Her major career victories included a division of the 1994 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington, and a second-place finish in the 1994 Breeders Crown.   The progeny that qualified Hattie for the Hall of Fame are 2004 Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover p,5,1:46.4 ($2,070,648); 2006 Western Canada Pacing Derby winner Hyperion Hanover p,6,1:49.1s ($1,156,789) and Hillbilly Hanover p,4,1:49.3 ($592,218).   To date, Hattie has produced six fillies and seven colts, with thirteen starters and earnings of over $5,313,000. She is currently performing her broodmare duties for Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pennsylvania.   (USTA statistics as of January 2014)   Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame                    

As part of their normal reduction policy at this time of year, Hanover Shoe Farms will be offering a group of broodmares and yearlings of 2014 for private sale online. The offering includes 13 broodmares all of which, other than one, are in foal to Pennsylvania eligible stallions. The stallions to which the mares are in foal to are Cams Card Shark, Dragon Again, Explosive Matter, Western Ideal and Yankee Cruiser. The 21 yearlings of 2014 are by Badlands Hanover, Dragon Again SJs Caviar, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. A listing of the horses together with their prices and other information may be found on the Hanover Shoe Farms website hanoverpa.com or at ongait.com. For further information please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or at 717-637-8931. Submitted by Hanover Shoe Farms  

If you were planning on trying to book your pacing mare to Somebeachsomewhere for the 2014 season you had better make plans now for 2015! Hanover Shoe Farms is proud to announce that for the 2014 season Somebeachsomewhere's stud book is full and closed well before the start of the breeding season. His stud fee for 2014 is set at $30,000. by Gunjan Patel for Hanover Shoe Farm  

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Groom of the Year Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport's horses. All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 32nd annual Groom of the Year Award is a letter from an individual or group to Harness Tracks of America detailing the skills and special qualities of the groom. The winning groom receives an oil painting of himself or herself with the horse of their choice. All individuals nominated for the award receive a certificate of excellence and the first 50 grooms nominated also receive an embroidered jacket as a groom of the year nominee. The Groom of the Year Award was founded in 1982 after Delvin Miller, addressing attendees at the annual HTA meeting as its Messenger Award winner for that year, noted the sport gave no recognition to its grooms, its unsung stars. The 2012 Groom of the Year was Florzell "Georgie Boy" Daniels. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31. All letters detailing why candidates are deserving of the honor as groom of the year should be mailed to Harness Tracks of America, 12025 E. Dry Gulch Pl., Tucson, AZ, 85749. Nominations also may be submitted by fax to 520-529-3235 or by e-mail to delight@harnesstracks.com. Letters must contain the name, address, telephone number and jacket size (S, M, L, XL, XXL) for the nominated groom, along with the name, address and telephone number of the nominator. Submitted by Harness Tracks of America  

Freehold, N.J. --- Blue Chip Farms and Joe Thomson of Winbak Farm are the finalists for the U.S. Harness Writers Association's 2013 Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award, an honor in the sport second only to election to the Hall of Fame. Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award finalists were determined through preliminary voting of the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). The entire membership of USHWA will vote for the winner, which will be announced in late December. The Proximity Award has been given by USHWA since 1952 to "an individual, group, or organization for outstanding contributions of the harness racing industry." Last year, USHWA added the name of the late Stan Bergstein, a Hall of Famer and widely-respected contributor to harness racing during the last 50 years, to the name of the most prestigious award for which it is the sole voter. Blue Chip Farms, founded in Wallkill, N.Y., in 1969 by the Kimelman family and now owned by Thomas Grossman, is one of harness racing's top breeding farms. Blue Chip's best known graduate is Gallo Blue Chip, who was 2000 Horse of the Year and retired as the top money-winning pacer in harness racing history. Grossman was the first to send a top stallion to stand Down Under and now many of Blue Chip's stable, including American Ideal, Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and Roll With Joe, are dual-hemisphere stallions. Blue Chip helped the fight for New York to get video lottery terminals in 2001 by creating and distributing orange helmet covers that simply said "Yes." They were worn by many drivers across the state and brought much attention to the cause. Blue Chip also sponsors races at numerous tracks and contributes to organizations such as the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, New Vocations, Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Thomson, who was the Bergstein-Proximity Award runner-up to John Campbell in 2012, and his wife JoAnn founded Winbak Farm in 1991. Winbak Farm, based in Maryland with additional operations in Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Canada, bred Horse of the Year Award winners No Pan Intended, Rainbow Blue and Muscle Hill. Winbak Farm ranked No. 2 in wins and earnings in 2012, behind only Hanover Shoe Farms, and this year is again second in both categories. Last year, the Monticello-Goshen chapter of USHWA gave Thomson its Lifetime Achievement Award and he is also an inductee of the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame. Thomson plays a leadership role in several areas of the sport, from being among the owners of The Red Mile in Lexington, to serving as a trustee and director of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and a director of the Hambletonian Society. In 2012, he was elected president of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania. The Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award winner will be honored at Dover Downs on Feb. 23 during USHWA's annual Dan Patch Awards banquet. by Ken Weingartner for the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

TORONTO, November 6 – It’s best known as “Harrisburg” in Harness racing. But to many others, it’s the Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale and the 2103 edition is underway with more than 2,100 racehorses offered at public auction. The ‘Black Book’ will feature a Select Yearling Sale held Monday through Thursday, followed by the Mixed Sale on Friday and Saturday at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the sport’s brightest starts, including those who are currently racing at Woodbine, will be offered on Saturday during the Mixed Sale. Atop the list is the four-year-old Knows Nothing, who is fresh off an open-length victory in the $34,000 Preferred Trot at the Rexdale oval. Hillsborough conditioner Jeff Gillis will auction the top sales prospect. The trotting star has a terrific 5-4-2 record from 17 starts this season, along with his 1:51.4 career best. The talented son of Kadabra competed in the Grand Circuit this season when he contested in the Maple Leaf Trot, Arthur Cutler Memorial,and TVG Free-For-All Series. The Ontario Sires Stakes graduate has $729,356 in career earnings and will sell as hip number 1970. Click here to see Knows Nothing’s latest victory. Another Gillis-trainee that will sell at the Mixed Sale is Continual Velocity. The classy five-year-old has found the winner circle in 21 of 85 career starts along with $344,166 in career earnings. A regular overnight campaigner on the WEG Circuit, Continual Velocity has a 1:50.3 career best and has raced in the Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace. She will sell as hip number 1797. Cheltenham conditioner, Dave Menary will offer four top campaigners in Tarpon Hanover, Windsong Jack and Tea Party Princess and Macharoundtheclock. Tarpon Hanover, who captured the $300,000 Battle of Waterloo last season as a rookie, will sell as hip number 1947. The pacing son of Badlands Hanover has banked $503,854 in his two season of racing. Fresh off a second place finish in the $200,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final, Tarpon Hanover recently qualified at Mohawk on October 30 in 1:55.3. The brown colt has a 5-3-8 record from 24 career starts. His stablemate is another top OSS campaigner in Windsong Jack. A son of Santanna Blue Chip, Windsong Jack has banked $438,486 in his career for Menary. The brown gelding has amassed an impressive 6-7-2 record from 21 career starts along with a 1:49.4 career best. He recently qualified at Mohawk on October 30, winning gate-to-wire in 1:54. He will sell as hip number 1953. Macharoundtheclock, a daughter of Mach Three, has banked $239,837 in her young career. From 21 career starts, the bay filly has a 3-5-1 record and a 1:51.1 lifetime best. She talented filly competed in the Jugette, Shes A Great Lady, Canadian Breeders along with the OSS. She will sell as hip 1825. The richest of Menary’s offerings is Tea Party Princess, who has banked $666,934 in her career. The daughter of Art Major has found the winner circle in 18 of 73 career starts. A regular overnight competitor on the WEG Circuit, Tea Party Princess has competed in the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover and Milton Stakes, just to name a few. The $40,000 yearling purchase will sell as hip 1836. Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh will sell top OSS graduate Pan Luis Obispo as hip 1832. The daughter of No Pan Intended enjoyed a terrific three-year-old season in 2013 with $240,833 banked from 16 starts and five wins. The pacing miss has a 1:51.4 lifetime best and was a top competitor in the Ontario Sires Stakes program this season. She was primarily driven by Randy Waples. WEG’s top conditioner Richard Moreau will sell top trotting mare Smarty Pants as hip 1807. The daughter of Kadabra banked $305,836 last season while racing primarily in the provincial program. She classy mare recently finished third in the $34,000 Preferred Trot as she took on aged pacing horses of both sexes. With career earnings of $389,017, Smarty Pants has a 1:54.3 lifetime best. She competed in the Miss Versatility, Armbro Flight, Elegantimage and Casual Breeze in her career. Greg Gangle

Harrisburg, PA --- Day three of the Standardbred Horse Sale was topped by a trotting filly, hip #564, Arwa Hanover, a daughter of Andover Hall and the Balanced Image mare Always A Starlet. “She’s a beautiful filly, gorgeous,” said Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, manager of Hanover Shoe Farms, who bred and consigned the filly, purchased for $110,000 by Jeff Gural of New York. “Probably one of the nicest trotting fillies we had in the whole sale and she was placed right. Historically, the last two days, if you have a stand out horse, you get paid very well for it. I think it was a combination of her looks, her video and she has a great family and I think that all combined to make the price very, very good.” Millstream Farm in Kentucky raised and consigned the second highest priced horse of the day, Soul Shout, hip #570, a son of Conway Hall and the Lindy Lane mare Angelholm Hanover who sold for $105,000. “He is very, very solid and I would call him a typical Conway Hall,” said Claudean Cone, proprietor of Millstream Farm. “Conway throws great length and he’s got it. He had a beautiful gait -- typical Conway. So if you liked the Conway Halls, you’d have to like him. “His personality is all boy, but he’s well mannered. The name just popped in to my head. We try not to name then until we get to know their personalities. Sometimes the names are well received (by their new owners) and sometimes not, so we’ll see.” North America’s leading moneywinning driver ($14.48 million and 531 wins) Tim Tetrick was at the sale to buy two Pennsylvania-sired fillies. “I bought a The Panderosa filly (hip #660 Rumor Mill) and a McArdle filly (hip #698 McPlay Girl), both Pennsylvania-bred,” he said. “My family will train them back home (in Illinois) and if they’re any good, they’ll come out this way to Scott DiDomenico or Jimmy King in Delaware. I bought five last year and they did pretty good, they all made it, made about $200,000.” Dr. Paul Spears, president of the Standardbred Sales Company, has kept an eye on the Canadian market segment. “There have been 130 Ontario sired horses sold so far for a gross of just over $3.5 million and an average of $27,000,” he noted. “Last year it was a total of 224 horses were sold for $4,338,000 for an average of only $19,000. So the performance of Ontario horses is still better than it was last year, and a fair number of the Canadian buyers told me they were buying horses that were U.S. eligible to race down here. New York is a special favorite for them from what I’ve heard personally.” The middle market seems to remain strong, said Spears. “The middle market, I think what we saw is simply a continuation of what happened at Lexington and what happened the first two days,” he said. “Buyers don’t have that many more alternatives (to purchase horses). “The Canadian Sale (Forest City yet to come) is going to be attractive mainly to Canadians. U.S. buyers have the next couple days to get what they need and with the total number of yearlings at public sale in the U.S. being down so much the demand is going to be there because of decreased supply. “Part of the reason is that the lower market is gone, it just doesn’t exist anymore. The horses that used to be sold for the county fairs, for the smaller guy and that kind of thing, those sales are gone. Everyone is competing for the horses sold on Wednesday and Thursday and the prices, I think, are going up accordingly.” Through the first three days of yearling sales, the overall average is $39,807 for 782 horses sold. The average through Day 3 last year was $34,195 for 848 horses sold. This is an increase of 16.4 percent overall for three days. Trotters have averaged $42,033 this year and pacers $38,022. The sale resumes Thursday at 10 a.m. with the final day of yearling sales. For more information, or to see the live video stream, go to www.theblackbook.com. by Ellen Harvey for HRC

All sessions of the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale in Harrisburg will be webcast  live on our website at: http://theblackbook.com/livestream.php. A direct link will be posted on the Home page of the Black Book website at www.theblackbook.com.    The world’s most renowned Standardbred Sale begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 4.    All subsequent sessions will start 10:00 a.m. The Select Yearling Sale continues daily through Thursday, November 7. The Mixed Sale begins on Friday, November 8 and continues through Saturday, November 9.    New features will make the webcast even more enjoyable in 2013. Viewers will be able to access individual pages from the Black Book catalog, recent sale results including prices and buyer information, and lists of OUTs and vet reports. A higher definition video feed will enhance the viewing experience, and make you feel part of the action!    Be sure to check out our daily “Black Book Today” videos as they are posted online, featuring interviews by Bob Heyden and Sam McKee of the world’s leading owners, trainers, and drivers as they search for their next champions. 2013 marks our 75th and reminiscences of sales past. A link to 2013 “Black Book Today” videos will be posted on the Home page, or can be found by following this link: http://theblackbook.com/bbtoday-theater.php. Archived “Black Book Today” videos dating yearly from 2005 are also available in our Archives.   If you can’t come to Harrisburg, you can still be part of the experience with our live webcast!    

This Week: Breeders Crown finals, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Kindergarten Series, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: The 12 Breeders Crown championship events on Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be front and center in the Grand Circuit spotlight this week. Breeders Crown championship races will be held for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older Standardbreds of both sexes and gaits. For all the current Breeders Crown information, click on this link. Vernon Downs will host the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters on Friday (Oct. 18). There will be two $10,000 divisions for the colts and two $10,000 divisions for the fillies. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Breeders Crown eliminations were held this past weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as 18 contests were raced at the speedy five-eighths-mile oval. Bee A Magican and Captaintreacherous, who are the top two ranked horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, were among the winners this past weekend. Bee A Magician, with Brian Sears in the bike, continued to dominate her division with an easy win in the second 3-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown elimination in 1:52.4 this past Saturday night. Bee A Magician needed no urging to dismiss a closing Ma Chere Hall, who could do no better than follow the top filly home. Time To Kill got third and Handover Belle took the fourth spot. Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee own the daughter of Kadabra-Beehive, trained by Nifty Norman. She is undefeated this season in 14 starts. Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) was challenged and challenged again throughout the mile, but was strong enough to win the second Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt pace elimination at Pocono Downs on Saturday in 1:49.2. Captaintreacherous refused to surrender, regardless of the stressful trip, which got to pacesetter Vegas Vacation as he faded eventually to fourth, though Sunfire Blue Chip kept going to get second and Beach Memories passed tired ones to take third. The Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure, bred by White Birch Farms and owned by Captaintreacherous Racing, won his 11th of 12 sophomore races. Several world records were set in the Crown eliminations, including one by freshman trotting colt Father Patrick, who ranks fourth in the latest poll. Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) wore down Nuncio after a stretch duel to win the single Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a world record clocking of 1:52.1 on Friday night. The streaking Father Patrick improved his record to 9-1-0 in 10 starts while surpassing the $500,000 earnings mark. The son of 2003 Breeders Crown champion Cantab Hall out of Gala Dream is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, N.J. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,488; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,321; 3. David Miller - 898; 4. Brian Sears - 617.5; and 5. Andy Miller - 577. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,409.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 972.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 443.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 382.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 371. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 313; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 293.55; 3. Brittany Farms - 230.1; 4. Frank Bellino - 218.5; and 5. WJ Donovan - 197.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Vernon Downs, Yonkers Raceway and Hoosier Park. Vernon will host the Kindergaten finals and consolations for the 2-year-old trotters, Yonkers will have eliminations for the Messenger and Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacers and Hoosier Park will contest divisions of the Circle City for 3-year-old colt pacers and trotters and 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

HARRISBURG PA, October 15 , 2013 The Keystone Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association is pleased to announce the first inductees into the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. They are: BOWMAN BROWN SR. ROGER HUSTON MAX C. HEMPT DELVIN MILLER DAVE PALONE ED RYAN LAWRENCE SHEPPARD JOHN SIMPSON SR. PAUL E. SPEARS MARY MC CUNE (veteran) All but Mary McCune were elected by the membership of the Keystone Chapter from a list of candidates prepared by the Chapters Hall of Fame Committee. This Committee also selected Ms. McCune as a Veteran honoree by the Hall for her achievements in the sulky sport before the modern pari-mutuel era. This format will be used for the first couple years of selecting inductees; after a large part of the sports modern pioneers have been honored, the intake each season will be smaller. A Keystone Chapter website, focusing on honoring this initial Pennsylvania Hall of Fame class, is currently under construction. There will be ceremonies at tracks and other important gatherings honoring Hall of Famers of a particular area in the next few months. A search for a place for a permanent display honoring the Pennsylvania Harness Hall of Famers would benefit from any and all suggestions. Here are brief biographies of the inaugural Pennsylvania Harness Hall of Famers (much longer bios, giving more idea of the depth and breadth these Hall of Famers had on Keystone harness racing, will appear on the shortly-following website): BOWMAN BROWN SR. President of the important trade publication The Harness Horse; vice-president of the sales company holding the huge annual autumn auction in Harrisburg PA; breeder of top sires Hickory Smoke (a Hambletonian winner) and Hickory Pride. ROGER HUSTON The Voice of Harness Racing; racecaller and TV host at The Meadows racetrack; announcer for the Little Brown Jug and Grand Circuit Week in Delaware OH; master statistician; probably the most-traveled and busiest racing announcer in the sports history. MAX C. HEMPT Founder and operator of Hempt Farms, the Home of the Keystones, with the likes of Horse of the Year Keystone Ore going on to be champions. Owned Hambletonian winner Stenographer. Influential and longtime member of the sports leading organizations. A 68 talented amateur driver, DELVIN MILLER Mr. Harness Racing, Harness Racings Good Will Ambassador. Master horsemen in eight different decades. Founded The Meadows. Stood Adios, arguably the sports most influential sire. Introduced many celebrities to the sport. Suggested Meadowlands be a mile track. Friend to all. DAVE PALONE - The leading dashwinning driver of all-time in North America, with over 16,000 visits to the winners circle, and fast closing in on the world record of the German Heinz Wewering, which will likely be about 17,000 when Dave goes even. Has led the Meadows driving ranks for over two decades. ED RYAN A leader in the home construction business, Ryan and business associate Joe Hardy purchased The Meadows in the 1970s, and under Ryans stewardship The Meadows helped usher in the eras of telephone wagering and television broadcasting. Also a noted amateur driver. LAWRENCE SHEPPARD The pioneer of the Hanover Shoe Farms dynasty, Simpson began with the 1926 purchase of the Cox disbursal to acquire the top broodmares and, later, stallions, to build the leading Standardbred nursery in the world. President (1950-1958) of the U.S. Trotting Association. JOHN SIMPSON SR. A top-level horseman when joining the Hanover team as trainer/driver, Simpson continued to produce champions, and then became Lawrence Sheppards personal choice to take on oversight of the entire Hanover dynasty. Sire of two national Hall of Famers, John Jr. and Jim. PAUL E. SPEARS Parlayed his entre to Hanover as an accountant into progressively-more responsible positions in Hanover administration, rising to the farms President and Chairman, and in the Sales Company management. The most successful high-level amateur driver of the last 50 years. MARY MC CUNE (Veteran) A driving force behind the promotion of amateur racing across the country for the first half of the 20th century. Set a world record to wagon for an amateur, the 2:05 with the trotter Mignola when Ms. McCune was only 17 years old. by Jerry Conners for the Keystone Chapter USHWA  

This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Hanover Stakes, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday night (Oct. 11) at Pocono Downs with three sets of Breeders Crown eliminations, with a $25,000 purse for each race. There will be a pair of elims in the 2-year-old filly trot and 2-year-old filly pace, plus a single contest for the 2-year-old colt trotters. The Saturday card (Oct. 12) at Pocono will feature seven sets of $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations. The 2-year-old colt pacers will split into a trio of eliminations; the 3-year-old filly trotters, 3-year-old colt trotters, 3-year-old colt pacers, and older mare trotters will have two eliminations apiece; and the older mare pacers and older open pacers will each have a single elimination. Balmoral Park will host a pair of $70,000 (est.) Hanover Stakes on Sunday (Oct. 13) with contests for both the 2-year-old colt trotters and the 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,423; 2. Tim Tetrick – 1,284; 3. David Miller - 872; 4. Brian Sears - 598.5; and 5. Andy Miller – 575. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,357.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 937.5; 3. Linda Toscano – 443.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson – 362.5; and 5. Tony Alagna – 359. Owners: 1. Burke Racing – 298.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 280; 3. Brittany Farms – 225.1; 4. Frank Bellino – 218.5; and 5. WJ Donovan – 185.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Vernon Downs. Pocono will host all 12 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses of both sexes and gaits. Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Hanover Shoe Farms are in the process of filming the videos of their yearlings selling at Harrisburg. Most of the videos of the trotting colts are up now. All of the others will be posted on a daily basis until the process is completed. The videos can be found at the Hanover Shoe Farms website hanoverpa.com. Its anticipated that they should all be up by the end of this week. Visitors will be welcome to see and evaluate the yearlings daily at 11.00 AM, except Sunday beginning Monday, October 14 at the Hanover Fairgrounds. The yearlings will be available for inspection there through Friday, November 1. They will ship to Harrisburg on Saturday, November 2 and be available for inspection there beginning at 8.00 AM on Sunday, November 3. Appointments are not necessary but would be greatly appreciated. Please call or contact Dr Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-578-7395 or drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or Murray Brown at 717-487-1812 or hofmurray@aol.com to let them know you are coming. They will arrange to have the yearlings available that you are interested in seeing and arrange for lunch while you are there. by Murray Brown for Hanover Shoe Farm  

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