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Hungary’s National Trotting Breeders' Association continues its training series, which was launched in 2018, on January 28, 2020 (10:30 am at Kincsem Park), when a world-recognized harness racing breeder and executive, Dr. Paul F. ’’Pete” Spears, will direct our further training. Dr. Spears is President of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, that conducts an annual early November auction in Harrisburg, PA ((USA), and formerly Vice President of Hanover Shoe Farms, practically growing up there, as his father worked as President and Treasurer of that world renown breeding facility. Dr. Spears has been very active in trot racing and breeding for several decades (his family’s Windsong Stable bred Hambletonian winner Windsong’s Legacy among many stakes winners), and his main expertise is genetics, pedigree analysis and auctions. Standardbred Horse Sales Company In his lecture, Dr. Spears will present examples of the possibility of pairing on related breeding and line breeding issues. He gives his opinion on the x-position and talks about the correct decisions that affect the effectiveness of breeding. There's great interest in this event. In view of this, please indicate your intention to participate by e-mail ( as soon as possible. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Hanover Shoe Farms welcomed its first foal of 2020 on Thursday January 16th at 2:30 am. The sturdy bay colt is a son of Muscle Hill and the first foal of the Conway Hall mare Abbie Hall 3,1:56.3 ($41,358). Abbie Hall is out of Armbro Archer thus making her a half sister to iron horse Arch Madness 1:50.2 $4,288,981. Hanover is expecting approximately 340 foals this season. New arrivals are listed daily on the farm website by Gunjan Patel, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

The Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation has made a grant of $50,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) to support their mission of accrediting and granting to programs assisting Standardbreds as they transition to new careers. "This gift is meant to incentivize the STA's establishment of advanced standards for transformative grant making," said Russell Williams, president of the Foundation and president and chief executive officer of Hanover Shoe Farms. "Transformation will be necessary to give our industry an effective network of post-career facilities using best practices." "Hanover Shoe Farms has been a leader in the Standardbred industry since 1926," said David Reid, president of the STA. "It is no surprise that the Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation recognizes the importance of caring for the cornerstone of our business -- the horses. "We greatly appreciate Hanover's faith in STA and the support of the flagship program for Standardbred aftercare with this donation. It is vitally important that our donors have confidence in the business practices of the organizations we accredit, and that funds raised are making a difference in future options for our racehorses." The STA, which was granted approval in April of this year by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable nonprofit organization, is currently reviewing and inspecting six applicant agencies. The process will be complete in early 2020 and accredited groups will be eligible for grants from the STA. Groups seeking accreditation have supplied detailed documentation of their financial, operational, and horse care policies and practices. Inspections will be conducted at each farm housing horses in the care of an applicant agency. To learn more about the work of the STA and donors who have supported its mission to date, click here. From the Standardbred Transition Alliance  

The annual Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare reduction is now taking place on the website This year's reduction features 41 well -bred mares in foal to top stallions including Bar Hopping, Betting Line, Bettor's Delight EL Titan, Huntsville,, International Moni, Stay Hungry and Swan For All. The list of mares selling can be found here: All service fees are paid but non-refundable with no returns if the mares fail to produce live foals. There is no reserve on any of these mares. All mares will be boarded at Hanover one week free of charge starting at the conclusion of the auction while shipping arrangements are made. Hanover Shoe Farms is committed to the welfare of all their horses, even after they are sold. Therefore, if it becomes necessary, all of these mares are welcome back to live out their lives at Hanover Shoe Farms at the conclusion of their breeding careers providing that they are not in foal at the time and that they meet the testing requirements for re-entry. 2020 Stallion books are open   From Hanover Shoe Farms

Hanover, PA — Russell Williams and Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky excitedly announce that Hanover Shoe Farms has purchased the World Champion and 2017 Horse Of The Year Hannelore Hanover 1:49.2($3,048,857).  Hannelore’s illustrious career is highlighted by the following wins: Breeders Crown twice Hambletonian Maturity Armbro Flight three times TVG Mare Trot twice Maple Leaf Trot Allerage Farm Trot Cutler Memorial “Hannelore Hanover is one of the greatest trotting mares ever to wear a harness. It is very special that she is coming home for her second career as a broodmare. She’s fast, she’s great- gaited, she’s tough, she’s great looking and she has a deep pedigree. Her foals will be consignment headliners for years to come” says Dr. J. Hannelore Hanover will be bred to top trotting prospect Greenshoe in 2020.   From Hanover Shoe Farms

Harness racing yearlings are available for inspection daily (excluding Sundays) at the Hanover Shoe Farms Fairgrounds through Friday November 1st.   To view yearlings online click here.   Appointments can be made by calling Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 or through email at   From Hanover Shoe Farms  

Hanover, PA — Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli proudly announce that superstar harness racing colt trotter Greenshoe will retire to Hanover Shoe Farms at the conclusion of his 3-year-old campaign to commence stallion duty at the world’s foremost nursery in 2020. Greenshoe burst onto the harness racing scene in early June of his freshman year, winning his first 2-year-old race in 1:55 with a last quarter of :27.3. He would go on to win his next four races at 2, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes final in 1:53.3. Greenshoe made his highly anticipated return to the races as a 3-year-old in May of this year and has once again electrified industry participants and fans alike with his unparalleled speed, stamina, and determination. Greenshoe has thus far won seven of his nine sophomore starts, including both the New Jersey Sire Stakes leg and the final, his Earl Beal elimination, the Stanley Dancer Memorial, his Hambletonian elimination, the Zweig Memorial and, most recently, a Kentucky Sire Stake leg in 1:50.4 with a last quarter of :26. Greenshoe has trotted sub-:27 final quarters in each of his last five starts. To date Greenshoe boasts a record of 1:50.1 and $843,223 in earnings. According to Sabine Kagebrandt, managing director of Courant Inc., Greenshoe is slated to appear in three more races this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes final on Sept. 15, the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 6 and the Breeders Crown on Oct. 26 (eliminations the week before if necessary). It is possible that Greenshoe will also start in the TVG final at The Meadowlands on Nov. 23. A former $330,000 yearling purchase from breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, Greenshoe is from the first crop of the trotting stallion Father Patrick and the first foal out of Designed To Be 3,1:51.3f ($656,166), she by Donato Hanover. While sporting the most modern of bloodlines, Greenshoe’s pedigree still makes him accessible to mares by preeminent stallions Muscle Hill and Chapter Seven. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Executive Vice President of Hanover Shoe Farms, has been an avid Greenshoe fan since the colt’s first 2-year-old race. Dr. Jablonsky says, “It is with much joy and satisfaction that I share this announcement with the harness racing world today. I fell in love with Greenshoe the first time I saw him race and could envision his spot in our stallion barn very early in his career. To me, he is the horse of a generation. He can do things that I haven’t seen other horses do. His acceleration is magical and his gait is a thing of beauty.” Courant’s Anders Ström says, “Greenshoe showed early talent in training during the spring as a 2-year-old and showed his capacity in his performances early on. He is, in my opinion, the most capable and technically most perfect gaited horse since Muscle Hill and there are perhaps only ten horses like this born in a century. With his ability, conformation and pedigree, I am looking forward to his career as a stallion and will of course be breeding my best mares to him.” Hanover President Russell Williams adds, “Over nearly a century, Hanover has built the greatest Standardbred broodmare band in existence, and we continue to add at the top. Potential stallions of Greenshoe’s caliber do not come along often, but when they do, they belong in our stallion roster. The Greenshoe yearlings of 2022 will begin a new page in trotting history.” The response to the syndication of Greenshoe is expected to be overwhelming. Although shares won’t be formally sold until after his fertility exam in December, we encourage all those who are interested in becoming a Greenshoe shareholder to contact Dr. Jablonsky at 717.578.7395 or to discuss the syndication. From Hanover Shoe Farms

Middletown, NY --- The Goshen Yearling Sale is just about a month away and the 109 available yearlings are already being examined by many sets of eyes in person, on video and in the catalog. But those who know them the best are the managers of the respective farms that have sent these prospects to the auction block. The consignors are excited to make their talent available and have some opinions about who they like from their groups. Comments by Jean Brown, General Manager-Blue Chip Farms Blue Chip Farms will be representing five yearlings at the Goshen Yearling Sale. Four are out of pacing dams with collective average earnings of over $147,000. These pacing offerings include (76) Spartacus Blue Chip, an American Ideal first foal out of the Western Hanover mare Crucial Moment. Rounding out the consignment is a son of Credit Winner, (30) Chase Blue Chip, who is the first colt out of Cantata. Cantata is from the immediate family of Hambletonian Oaks winner, Creamy Mimi ($927,000.) Yearlings can be viewed at the farm prior to the sale by appointment 7 days per week. Contact the office at 845-895-3930 for more information. Videos will be available the week of August 19th. Comments by Steve Jones, General Manager-Cameo Hills Farms This year's consignment is certainly headlined by our So Surreal's. (102) Full Of Herself (So Surreal-I Am A Snob) is a full sister to So Rude who is a very smart and athletic filly. (7) Bud Truck (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) is a full brother to Hickfromfrenchlick. He is a late foal but nice looking and very correct. (22) Cougar Bar (So Surreal-Please Me Please) is from a mare who earned $750,000 racing. (16) Stop Staring (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) is the first colt and second foal from Paramelons Hanover, a daughter of Paula's Best. (90) Scratch Golfer (So Surreal-Dune In Red) is the first foal from $385,000 winner Dune In Red. We are also selling (51) Boozer (American Ideal-Whiskey A go Go) who the first foal from Whiskey a Go Go who is a sister to Always A Virgin and (79) The Yankee Chapter (Muscles Yankee-Chapter And Verse) whose dam is a sister to the great sire Chapter Seven. Cameo Hills 2018 Goshen consignment has yielded some serious results. The farm consigned a total of 11 yearlings; nine have raced and eight have done very well. Play Trix On Me (Trixton-Lima Playmate 2,1:54.3 $111,500) Undefeated in four lifetime starts and is a NJSS Champion. So Rude (So Surreal-I Am A Snob 2,1:53.3 $61,996) Multiple NYSS winner. Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art 2,1:56.2 $60,491) Multiple NYSS winner. The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover 2,1:55.4 $27,615) NYSS winner. Paulie Walnuts (Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover 2,1:56.2 $22,180). Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated 2,1:54.2 $38,401). The Party's Rockin (Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo 2,1:53.1. $15,000) PA stallion series winner. Fear The Pasta (So Surrela-Pasta La Vista 2,2:01.2 $10,050) NY Excelsior A winner. We also sold Beerthiry K (Credit Winner-Venus Hall 2,1:58h $47,260) as agent and he is a NYSS winner. Those yearlings cost a total of $130,000 and have already earned just under $400,000. Comments by Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Executive Vice-President-Hanover Shoe Farm "We have a group of really nice colts and fillies with some exceptional pedigree." (54) Acup O Joe Hanover (Roll With Joe-A Royal Hanover) is the first foal from a Somebeachsomewhere sister to Up Front Hoosierboy, Artache Hanover and Arockin Hanover. (38) Seth Hanover (Artspeak-Subtle Charm) is from the family of Glowing Report and Well Said, brother to dams of Treacherous Reign and Miso Fast. (72) Bison Hanover (Art Major-Burning Point) is the first Art Major from 3-year-old filly pacer of the year and older pacing mare of the year Burning Point. (41) Skaikru Hanover (Art Major-Sympathy Hanover) is a first foal from a sister to Shadyshark Hanover and Sharky Osborne. (20) Pinpoint Hanover (Explosive Matter-Peace Dove) is out of a sister to the dam of 2019 Hambletonian Oaks winner When Doves Cry. (26) Quimby Hanover (Art Major- Queen Teen) is a sister to UF Dragons Queen. (71) Bygone Hanover (Artspeak-Brissonte Hanover) is a sister to Blush Hanover. Comments by Garrett Bell, General Manager-Winbak Farms We are selling yearlings by five of the top six stallions in 2-year-old stallion standings for the NYSS. (American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Art Major, Bolt The Duer and Heston Blue Chip) (2) Parallel Line (Heston Blue Chip-Marshamarshamarsha) is a nice racy colt who looks the part. (6) Perfect Bella (American Ideal-Mom's Bella) is a very athletic filly that moves very nice. (11) No Pay No Way (Credit Winner-Not A Diva) is a nice, long, athletic filly. (42) Rockin Good Time (Rock N Roll Heaven-Timeless Beauty) is another very nice athletic and good sized filly. (58) Just For Luck (Lucky Chucky-Arenal) is a trotting colt that looks the part; nice size and really moves well. (55) Blue Flame (Heston Blue Chip-All Italian) is another very nice athletic good size filly that travels well. Last year at Goshen Winbak sold Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) and he became a standout in the NYSS this year. He's won five out of six starts with a mark of 1:54.3 and earnings of $115,770. The Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday (Sept. 8) at the Mark Ford Training Center located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY. Catalogs are now available online at and at all major racetracks and training facilities in the northeast. By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale

On Friday night (July 12), the last North American foal by the immortal Somebeachsomewhere was born at Hanover Shoe Farms. The bay filly with no white markings is the first foal out of the Shadow Play mare Tessa Seelster p,4,1:50 ($521,648) and was conceived via frozen semen after her father’s death. Both mare and foal are doing well. The filly will appropriately be named The Legacy Hanover.   by Bridgette Jablonsky VMD Executive Vice President Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

Larks Crown, who led all older harness racing trotters in wins in 1990 and later embarked on a second career as a teaser stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms, died Monday (Feb. 4), owner Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky said. He was 34. A son of Mighty Crown out of Lark's Peacock, Larks Crown was born in Ohio, where he enjoyed success on the state's fair circuit at ages 2 and 3. He shipped east to compete at Yonkers and Roosevelt raceways and earned fans in New York with his gritty performances in the claiming ranks. In 1990, Larks Crown won 20 of 36 races. His victory total was surpassed by only one trotter that season, 3-year-old filly Marilu's Lady with 26. For his career, Larks Crown won 64 of 190 starts and earned $229,206. The horse was featured in the book "Standardbred Old Friends," which detailed his career and Jablonsky's history with the trotter. Jablonsky and her family owned Larks Crown, known affectionately as "Larkie," during his ascent in New York, but eventually saw the trotter claimed away. Jablonsky, who was in veterinary school during the latter part of Larks Crown's career, kept tabs on the horse on the racetrack as well as following his retirement. She regained ownership of the horse in 2005 and moved him to Hanover Shoe Farms, where he was loved by all who worked there. He found a role as a teaser stallion and enjoyed watching over the mares and their foals, said Jablonsky, who is now the executive vice president/syndicate manager at Hanover Shoe Farms. Larks Crown will be buried at the farm. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been granted exemption from the Stallion Restiction Rule. This exemption permits foals from Stay Hungry's first crop , as well as all future crops, to race at The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. Stay Hungry stands his first season at Hanover Shoe Farms in PA for a fee of $6,000. His book is full and closed.   Bridgette Jablonsky VMD Hanover Shoe Farms    

HANOVER PA - Hanover Shoe Farms, the southern Pennsylvania harness racing breeding operation which has led all of North American harness racing in seasonal money won by its graduates since recordkeeping began in 1949, has just broken its own mark for one-year earnings by those raised at the nursery. The $31,451,117 total it posted in 2017 was eclipsed on December 27 of last year, with the final number for 2018 reaching $31,589,496. Dorsoduro Hanover (picture attached), recently voted champion three-year-old pacing male of the season, led the contributors to the record total with $1,284,562, second-highest total of 2018, behind only McWicked. The 2017 Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover, making the difficult stepup to the free-for-all ranks (and horses such as McWicked), still brought in winnings of $661,601, the most money earned by any four-year-old in 2018 North American racing. The Hanover success story is well-known in the sport: how in 1926 Lawrence Sheppard bought the 69-horse dispersal of A.B. Coxe and used the stock as a foundation to build the premier harness operation in the sport, with racehorses graduating to the breeding ranks, and a continuous, relentless search to acquire the top sires in the sport, along with outstanding broodmares. Sheppard has been followed by John Simpson Sr., his son Jim, and Sheppard's grandson Russell Williams as visionary horsepeople/businesspeople who have continued Hanover's dominance while giving back much to the sport in leadership positions. "The record-breaking 2018 racing year by Hanover Shoe Farm-bred racehorses shows our commitment to Mr. Sheppard's vision of being the premier Standardbred farm," said Jim Simpson, Hanover's Chairman. "I am proud to have been at the helm for 20 years, and to state that the new record tops all farms in the world breeding all types of racehorses. This accomplishment takes a dedicated staff, the best stallions and mares our commercial business can buy, and talented trainers, drivers and grooms working tirelessly. What drives this entire business are the owners who buy and race these horses. All of us at Hanover Shoe Farms give thanks for the owners willing to invest the money, time and effort to keep this business alive." Giving no signs of slowing down despite "fronting its field" into an eighth decade now, Hanover has truly become synonymous with excellence in the harness racing industry, with the earnings record of 2018 just the latest proof in a list of accomplishments which continues on strongly, and shows no sign of "tiring." Hanover Shoe Farms    

Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that effective immediately Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Syndicate Manager . This follows last week’s announcement of Russell Williams as company President and CEO. Former Assistant Farm Manager Patti Murphy will replace Dr. Jablonsky as Farm Manager. Dr. Jablonsky started with the farm in 1996 and says “ I am excited to start this new chapter in my career at Hanover. While I will still oversee the breeding operation and raising of the foals and yearlings I will now be able to focus more on stallion management, customer relations and the administration of the farm as a whole. I want to sincerely thank Russell for giving me this opportunity to advance at a farm I am so passionate about”. Hanover Shoe Farms

Hanover Shoe Farms and Moni Maker Stable (The Antonacci Family and David Reid) are excited to announce that the 2017 O’Brien Award-winning Three-Year-Old Trotter Of The Year International Moni will join the Hanover harness racing stallion roster in 2019. By the outstanding French sire Love  You, and out of the $5.5 million winning Hall of Famer, O’Brien, Dan Patch Horse and Trotter of the Year Moni  Maker, International Moni took a stellar record of 1:53.1 at 2 capturing an International Stallion Stake division. International Moni took home the 3-year-old trotting colt division trophy after winning 9 of 15 races at 3. His victories included an elimination of the Hambletonian, Goodtimes (elim. and Final), Carl Erskine Memorial, Breeders Crown elim., Kentucky Futurity elim., Simcoe, and the Bluegrass. He retired with a record of 3,1:51.4 and $775,463 in career earnings. Lindy Farm’s Frank M. Antonacci says International Moni is a culmination of three generations of work and feels he is a stallion that will attract a global market as well as injecting fresh blood into North America. “That's why I say he's a special horse on so many levels... It's just really cool to think about it.” LOVE YOU has produced champions in six countries including Prix d’Amerique winner Royal Dream, Elitloppet winner Nahar, as well as the 2018 three-year-old star Face Time Bourbon. Additionally, he is the broodmare sire of the brilliant Bold Eagle. "We've had a tremendous amount of success in the business with stallions and with this horse, we think he can reshape the breed for the next 25 years says Frank “The Elder” Antonacci.  Standing 16 hands tall, with his unique pedigree and classic looks, Hanover’s Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky says, "I don't think there's a mare in Canada or the U.S. that can't be bred to him. Hanover will be supporting him heavily, amongst the mares being bred to him are D Train (dam of Donato Hanover) and two of her daughters.” International Moni will stand in Pennsylvania for an introductory stud fee of $5,000. Shares are available by contacting Hanover Shoe Farms (717-637-8931) or David Reid (914-773-7777). Hanover Shoe Farms

For the second consecutive year and third time in its history, harness racing horses bred by Hanover Shoe Farms have earned over thirty million dollars. Last year Hanover Shoe Farms set an ALL EQUINE BREED RECORD with earnings of $31,451,117. With more than one month remaining on the calendar, it is possible that last year's record will be eclipsed. Jim Simpson Hanover's President and CEO said: "We are extremely pleased and proud of this unique accomplishment. If there is one thing I've learned in this business, it is that we cannot rest on our laurels. We plan to keep breeding and raising the very best horses we possibly can. Thank you to our customers and staff who have made these accomplishments possible. Murray Brown

Harrisburg, PA — Gallie Bythe Beach, a 7-year-old pacing mare in foal to Always B Miki, was the top seller Thursday (Nov. 8) during the first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s two-day mixed sale. She was purchased for $280,000 by Hanover Shoe Farms. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Galleria, the stakes-winning Gallie Bythe Beach earned $749,898 during her career in harness racing. She retired in 2016. Her dam was a Dan Patch Award-winner in 1998 and 1999 and added an O’Brien Award in 2000. The family also includes mares Gallic Sea and Gallie Beach, who joined Gallie Bythe Beach on Thursday’s top-sellers list. Gallic Sea, a full sister to Gallie Bythe Beach, was purchased by Shmuel Farhi for $157,000, which was the day’s third-highest price. The 4-year-old mare is in foal to Always B Miki. Gallie Beach, a 4-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere out of stakes-winner Western Gallie, sold for $110,000 to Fair Winds Farm. She also is in foal to Always B Miki. Her dam is a half-sister to Gallie Bythe Beach. Gallie Beach’s price tied for the day’s fourth highest. Coming in at No. 2 on Thursday was 3-year-old trotting filly Danish Girl, who was purchased for $170,000 by Karen Carroll. Danish Girl is a daughter of Credit Winner out of Steamy Windows and a half-sister to undefeated Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. She is in foal to Muscle Mass. Rounding out the top five at $110,000 was 4-year-old pacing mare Kate Is Well Said. The mare is a daughter of Well Said out of stakes-winner Just Wait Kate. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Kikikatie. Kate Is Well Said is in foal to Captaintreacherous. One other mare, 4-year-old trotter Pure Kemp, reached six figures. She was purchased for $100,000 by agent Bjorn “Bernie” Noren. Pure Kemp is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Ally Hall. The family includes O’Brien Award-winner Amigo Hall. Pure Kemp is in foal to Walner. All of the six-figure sellers were consigned by Preferred Equine. Among stallion shares sold Thursday, two shares in Muscle Hill were purchased for $150,000 and $135,000 by Steve Stewart and Fair Winds Farm, respectively. Both shares were consigned by Preferred Equine. One Chapter Seven stallion share sold for $140,000 to Steve Jones and one Captaintreacherous share sold for $125,000 to Tim Klemencic. The Chapter Seven share was consigned by Steiner Stock Farm and the Captaintreacherous share was consigned by Preferred Equine. A stallion share for pacer Lazarus N sold for $50,000 to Urie Byler. The share was donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation by Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. Lazarus N will stand at Deo Volente for the 2019 breeding season. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday with the second session of the mixed sale at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. For complete results visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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