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ANDERSON, Ind. -- Once finding clearance in the open stretch, even money favorite Lady Chaos lunged and clung to the lead to hold off Mazzarati and win the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly harness racing trot on Friday (Oct. 30) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Parked to a :27.1 first quarter, Lady Chaos cleared the lead entering the backstretch with Mazzarati settling for the pocket and Iteration racing third. Presto, caught wide from the start, pressed forward to challenge and then take command from Lady Chaos past a :57.1 half. Iteration tipped first-over entering the far turn and marched towards new leader Presto nearing three-quarters in 1:26, edging to a narrow lead as Presto faltered off the turn. Splash Blue Chip charged to the center of the course, but stalled in her bid as Lady Chaos dove into the passing lane to take the lead while pursued by Mazzarati -- who angled deeper into the open stretch. Mazzarati dug into Lady Chaos through the final sixteenth, but the Linda Toscano-trained Cantab Hall filly kept her late foe narrowly at bay in 1:54.4. Splash Blue Chip finished third, with Ima Diamond Babe rallying for fourth.   "Everybody is going to try and get into position, take shots. It's expected," driver David Miller said after the race. "The trip actually worked out good. I mean, I got parked around the first turn, but she got to the lead and relaxed. Yannick came at her pretty hard, so I followed her around the turn and into the stretch. And my [filly] had a lot of trot finishing." Now a six-time winner in 10 starts, Lady Chaos has accrued $560,803 for owners Richard Gutnick, Thomas Pontone, Joseph Lozito Jr. and Enviro Stables Ltd. Linda Toscano trains the filly bred by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and AV And Son Bloodstock LLC. "I loved her from the minute we bought her," Toscano said after the race. "She's done everything right -- we had a couple of glitches along the way, but she really rose to the occasion tonight. I'm tickled. The horses are what drive me here, and the horses are what keep me here. I'm blessed to have an incredible group of owners who have confidence in me and entrust me with animals like this. I couldn't be more happy." Lady Chaos paid $4.00 to win. by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

Two years ago, harness racing trainer Nancy Takter accepted a bye for Kissin In The Sand and advanced directly to the Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old female pacers. By skipping the eliminations, though, Kissin In The Sand missed the chance to earn an inside starting position with a win. Kissin In The Sand ended up drawing post nine for the final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, got parked out the entire mile, and finished second by three-quarters of a length. So, this year when Takter was once again offered a Breeders Crown bye for Kissin In The Sand, she declined. And Kissin In The Sand drew post nine for her elimination at Harrah's Hoosier Park. "I was like, what the heck," Takter said with a laugh. This time, however, Kissin In The Sand prevailed from post nine, winning the single elimination by three-quarters of a length and securing post-position safety for the final. Kissin In The Sand starts from post three in Saturday's $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace at Hoosier Park. Dexter Dunn will drive the 5-year-old, who brings a five-race win streak to the event and is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. "She's just been really good," Takter said. "She's a little cursed when it comes to the Breeders Crown, so I hope we can get this done. She's my girl." Kissin The Sand is making her fourth appearance in the Breeders Crown, and her third in a final. Last year, she drew post seven in a seven-horse Mare Pace final at Woodbine Mohawk Park and finished third. In 2017, at Hoosier, she drew post eight in an eight-horse elimination and failed to advance. For her career, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate has won 25 of 56 races and $1.51 million for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. She was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3. Saturday's Mare Pace field includes three previous Breeders Crown champions: 2019 Mare Pace winner Caviart Ally, 2018 Mare Pace winner Shartin N, and 2- and 3-year-old filly winner Warrawee Ubeaut. Shartin N, the 2019 Horse of the Year, is the 2-1 second choice. Caviart Ally will attempt to become the first repeat Mare Pace winner since Shelliscape in 2013-14. Warrawee Ubeaut will try to become the first female pacer to win three consecutive Breeders Crown finals and the first 3-year-old filly champ to win the Mare Pace as a 4-year-old. Kissin In The Sand is one of four morning-line favorites Takter will send out in Saturday's eight Breeders Crown finals. The others are 3-year-old colt pacer Tall Dark Stranger, 3-year-old filly trotter Spoiled Princess, and 5-year-old mare trotter Manchego. (To read a story on Tall Dark Stranger, click here. To read about Spoiled Princess, click here.) Manchego is a two-time Breeders Crown champion, with titles at ages 2 and 4. Only three trotters in history have won three or more Breeders Crown trophies. Female trotter Peace Corps holds the record with four. Grades Singing, another female, won three as did male trotter Mack Lobell. Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic, has won 31 of 54 career races and $2.41 million. She was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 2 and is owned by Black Horse Racing. She will start the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot from post seven with Dunn in the sulky and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. She is the fastest female trotter in history, with a 1:49 mile in 2019, and the only female trotter ever with sub-1:50 wins in multiple years. Last Saturday, Manchego finished second to Gimpanzee, a stallion with two Breeders Crown titles to his credit, in an invitational at Hoosier. She was sixth for most of the mile before closing with a :25.1 last quarter. As a point of reference, the fastest last quarter by a trotter in Breeders Crown history is :26, shared by Greenshoe and Chin Chin Hall in 2019. "I was really happy with her," said Takter, a four-time Breeders Crown winner. "I made some changes on her just to keep her a little quieter. I changed her bit and put an ear hood on her, just so she could maybe be taken off the gate a little bit more and not go so hard the first three-eighths of a mile. She trotted really good. I changed her shoes up a little bit too. I think she'll be in good form this week. She needed that mile." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown Mare Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Sweet Lucy Lou-Brian Sears-Robert Cleary-30/1 2-Rockin Nola-Joey Putnam-Joe Putnam-8/1 3-Kissin In The Sand-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-7/5 4-Caviart Ally-Andrew McCarthy-Brett Pelling-15/1 5-Warrawee Ubeaut-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6/1 6-Shartin N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-2/1 7-Philly Hanover-Scott Zeron-Robert Fellows-30/1 8-Treacherous Reign-David Miller-Tony Alagna-30/1 9-Trillions Hanover-Bob McClure-Tom Fanning-20/1 10-Stonebridge Soul-Brett Miller-Chris Ryder-30/1 Stonebridge Soul starts from the second tier. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown Mare Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Weslynn Quest-Scott Zeron-Chris Beaver-20/1 2-Conway Kellyanne-Yannick Gingras-Daryl Bontrager-30/1 3-Pat Matters-Andrew McCarthy-R. Nifty Norman-8/1 4-When Dovescry-David Miller-Brett Pelling-7/2 5-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-9/5 6-Felicityshagwell S-Andy Miller-Ake Svanstedt-15/1 7-Manchego-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-8/5 8-Grand Swan-LeWayne Miller-LeWayne Miller-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Chris Ryder says having a horse like Bettor's Wish is probably the highlight of his harness racing career as a trainer. Having another like Party Girl Hill is not far behind. "That's exactly right," Ryder said. "It's great to have two horses like this." Bettor's Wish, a 4-year-old stallion, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Five races earlier, Party Girl Hill, unbeaten in 14 lifetime starts, is the 2-5 choice in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old female pacers. Party Girl Hill is the No. 2-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, behind 3-year-old male pacer Tall Dark Stranger. Bettor's Wish is No. 8. Bettor's Wish, co-owned by Ryder, has won five of 10 races this year and $384,732. His triumphs include the Sam McKee Memorial, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Allerage Farms Open Pace. He was second in the Dan Patch Stakes. For his career, the son of Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star has won 23 of 41 starts and $2.30 million. He led the sport in earnings in 2019 with $1.64 million and was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male pacer. At the end of the season, Bettor's Wish will retire to stallion duties at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania. "Bettor's Wish is probably the highlight of my training career," Ryder said. "He's like part of the family. He's got such a great personality, I really appreciate him around the barn, and he just keeps coming out and producing time after time. Right now, he's just got a couple starts left. Then you realize it's going to be done. It's going to be bittersweet. But we're pleased it's working out the way it is. "He's going to retire sound and at the top of his game. He's got a great gait, a great attitude, a big heart, he knows how to win, and he's from a great family; I don't know what more people could want in a horse. He's going to be a popular stallion. It's going to be fun to see his babies." Bettor's Wish was purchased for $20,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Ryder owns the horse with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, and Bettors Wish Partners. Last year in the Breeders Crown, Bettor's Wish finished second by a head to Dancin Lou. This year, he starts from post nine, the outermost spot on the gate. He brings a three-race win streak to the final. "No matter how it goes, he's the horse to beat," said Ryder, who has won four Breeders Crown trophies in his career. "He had the seven (post) in the Allerage and eight in the Sam McKee, and he got the job done. He's real good at the moment. If he stays healthy, I think people are going to see something pretty good."   Something pretty good could be in store with Party Girl Hill, as well. Unraced at age 2 because of an injury, she has dominated at 3. Her victories this season include the Fan Hanover, Jugette, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and Tattersalls Pace division, where she became only the second pacing filly to beat male rivals in a race worth at least $100,000 in the last 30 years. She won her Jugette elimination in 1:49.3, the first sub-1:50 mile on a half-mile track by a female pacer in history. "It's all systems go," Ryder said. "It's not like she's done a lot of easy races, they've all been top of the line. "She's a phenomenal filly. I feel confident going into (the final), although there are some tremendous horses here. She has many qualities. She's got class. She's got speed and she can relax. She's got it all. She is versatile and takes everything that comes at her. She's undefeated, you can't beat that." Party Girl Hill, a daughter of Captaintreacherous-Look Cheap, is owned by breeder Tom Hill. Lyons Sentinel, the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly pacer, is the 9-2 second choice in the Crown final. Peaky Sneaky is 5-1. Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown Open Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Sectionline Bigry-Tyler Smith-Steve Bauder-8/1 2-Filibuster Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-12/1 3-Western Joe-Andrew McCarthy-Christopher Choate-30/1 4-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20/1 5-Sintra-Trace Tetrick-Tyler George-20/1 6-Backstreet Shadow-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-9/2 7-Century Farroh-David Miller-Ian Moore-4/1 8-Dancin Lou-Brian Sears-Tahnee Camilleri-20/1 9-Bettor's Wish-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder-8/5 10-This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/1 This Is The Plan starts from the second tier. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Drama Act-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15/1 2-Party Girl Hill-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder-2/5 3-Lyons Sentinel-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-9/2 4-Peaky Sneaky-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-5/1 5-Pettycoat Business-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown-30/1 6-Rocknificent-Scott Zeron-Linda Toscano-12/1 7-JK First Lady-David Miller-Nancy Takter-10/1 8-Lady Lou-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-30/1 9-Hen Party-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-30/1 10-New Year-Joe Bongiorno-Chris Ryder-30/1 New Year starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Anderson, IN --- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to host the 2020 Breeders Crown on Friday (Oct. 30) and Saturday (Oct. 31) with limited spectators, in accordance with the approved health and safety plan for the harness racing event. The first event in 2017 was a rousing success, producing record handle and rave reviews. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be a ticketed-only event with three main experiences hosted in a limited-capacity format: Breeders Crown Owners & Sponsors Experience - Located in the Homestretch Dining Area, Lower Level Grandstands, and Terrace Showroom Suites Breeders Crown Grandstand Experience - Located in the Terrace Showroom Grandstand Seating Breeders Crown Simulcast Center Experience - Located in the State-of-the-Art Simulcast Center Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the entire Breeders Crown cards on YouTube or can be found by clicking here. The Breeders Crown Facebook page will also stream the Breeders Crown events. In addition to live streaming, there will be over 500 outlets receiving the Harrah's Hoosier Park racing signal including Australia and for the first time the Harrah's Hoosier Park live racing signal will be seen in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. In addition, a free program will be available for download on Hoosier Park's website. "Our team at Harrah's Hoosier Park remains focused on hosting a highly-successful Breeders Crown, in partnership with the Hambletonian Society, the Indiana Standardbred Association, and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission," Moore said.. "We will once again execute a top-notch, two-night event to decide year-end honors for the best harness racing athletes in North America, all while keeping the safety of our guests, team members, and racing community at the forefront of our event." The Breeders Crown is a $6 million championship series designed to decide year-end honors and draws the best Standardbreds from across North America to compete. The 2020 events at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown, with the following lineup: Friday (Oct. 30) - First Post 6 p.m. Breeders Crown 2-year-old Filly Pace Breeders Crown 2-year-old Filly Trot Breeders Crown 2-year-old Colt/Gelding Pace Breeders Crown 2-year-old Colt/Gelding Trot Saturday (Oct. 31) - First Post 6 p.m. Breeders Crown 3-year-old Filly Pace Breeders Crown 3-year-old Filly Trot Breeders Crown 3-year-old Colt/Gelding Pace Breeders Crown 3-year-old Colt/Gelding Trot Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot Breeders Crown Open Pace Breeders Crown Open Trot The first Breeders Crown race will be race eight each evening and will have an estimated post time of 8:24 p.m. EDT. Harrah's Hoosier Park is currently operating at a reduced capacity, in accordance with the State of Indiana and regulatory guidelines. Both Harrah's Hoosier Park and the Hambletonian Society remain committed to following all safety protocols outlined by the State of Indiana and set forth in Harrah's Hoosier Park's health and safety plan. For more information on the 2020 Breeders Crown, please click here. More information on Harrah's Hoosier Park, event FAQ, Breeders Crown experience and the fields please visit www.HarrahsHoosierPark.com by Kim French, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

SMYRNA, DE  -- Harness racing podcast The Extra Mile offers listeners an in-depth look at Saturday's (Oct. 31) Breeders Crown Pick-8 at Harrah's Hoosier Park.   Presenter James Witherite delves into the Pick-8 sequence, which consists of the Breeders Crown finals for 3-year-olds and older horses, with help from harness racing handicapper -- and fellow former Meadowlands oddsmaker -- Darin Zoccali. Discussions with Breeders Crown participants Bob McClure, driver of On A Streak and Trillions Hanover, and Marcus Melander, trainer of Gimpanzee and others, are also available on the podcast's feed. To listen to "Handicapping the Breeders Crown," click here. To listen to discussion with Bob McClure, click here. To listen to last week's discussion with Marcus Melander about trotting titan Gimpanzee, click here. Listeners can have new episodes of The Extra Mile delivered to their iOS devices by subscribing on Apple Podcasts. Alternately, new episodes can be found at the podcast's new online home.   Listeners are encouraged to follow The Extra Mile on Twitter at @TheExtraMile412.   From 412 Communications    

Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras has won numerous Grand Circuit stakes, including 23 Breeders Crown finals, in his career. That can only be done with some great horses. Thus, it's an impressive declaration when Gingras says of Tall Dark Stranger, "He's the most complete horse I've ever driven." "For pure blazing speed, maybe I've driven horses that are a bit quicker than him; not a lot, but a bit quicker," he added. "But for a horse that can absolutely do it all, I don't really think I've driven one like that and I don't think many other people have, either." Gingras will have perhaps his final chance to drive harness racing's No. 1-ranked horse Saturday in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old male pacers at Harrah's Hoosier Park. In September, Hanover Shoe Farms announced that Tall Dark Stranger will join its stallion roster for the 2021 breeding season. Tall Dark Stranger will start the Breeders Crown final from post one and is the 3-5 favorite on the morning line. A Breeders Crown winner at age 2, Tall Dark Stranger is looking to become the first male pacer to add a trophy at 3 since Artiscape in 1997-98. "I don't mind the pressure," Gingras said. "If I did, I'd be in the wrong business and maybe being a driver wouldn't be the right thing to do in my life. This week, he's the horse to beat and everybody knows that. "I think that's what makes it fun. I'd rather have the pressure of having the best horse than not having any pressure." Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms, and Howard Taylor, Tall Dark Stranger is trained by Nancy Takter and has been driven by Gingras in every lifetime start but one. He enters the race with 11 wins in 12 starts and $1.19 million in earnings this year; and 19 wins and one second in 21 career starts with $1.90 million in earnings. Sired by Bettor's Delight out of Precocious Beauty, Tall Dark Stranger is the only horse to ever win the Metro Pace and Breeders Crown as a 2-year-old and the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup as a 3-year-old. He was the Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year in the U.S. and earned the same honor in Canada. "He's the total package," Gingras said. "It would be hard to pick just one thing I liked. He's big, he's strong, he's fast, he's got heart. He can do it all, there's really no flaws in his armor." Those qualities were not completely apparent as a baby, but Takter and Gingras have cultivated all the potential over two years. "I really loved him from the start but to say he was the most complete horse, I'd be lying if I was saying that at the beginning," Gingras said. "I think he's developed to be that. When I baby raced him I absolutely loved him. He showed then he had tremendous speed and he had a great gait to him. "But until you really test them once or twice you don't know what the heart is. You could have an idea whether they're going to be game or not. Two-year-olds, they're a little dumb in a way. They do things sometimes that they physically can't, but their brains are not telling them not to do it. That's why you have to be careful not to ask a 2-year-old to do too much really early. "We took it easy a little bit on him in the beginning, but when it was time to put the money on the line we raced him and he showed up every single time. He's proved to be a tremendous, tremendous horse." Coming off his Dan Patch-winning year, expectations were obviously high for Tall Dark Stranger. But not so great that he couldn't go even higher. "It would be hard to say he didn't surpass expectations," Gingras said. "Of course I was super confident in the horse, I thought he could win it all and he hasn't lost a race of any major importance. Every big race Nancy put him in the box, he's won them all. It would be hard to say he could do anything more than he's done so far. Now the Breeders Crown is the last little check mark." Gingras feels the colt's breakout race was last year's Metro Pace, when he got out in front and held off a late challenge from Papi Rob Hanover. "He just exploded," Gingras said. "Up until that point we really hadn't raced him too hard. We didn't have to dig until then, and that's when I actually raced him pretty hard. That's when I knew he was better than just a very good horse, he was a great horse, and he hasn't disappointed me since." As for Tall Dark Stranger's best race, Gingras opted for the Meadowlands Pace, when the horse overcame an off day. "He wasn't maybe at his best, there were other races where he's been a little sharper than that," the driver said. "That day he really had to dig deep. Papi Rob took it to him. That day he just showed all the grit I knew he had, and he showed the world how tough of a horse he was." In fact, it is emblematic of how Tall Dark Stranger likes to race. He can get out in front or come from behind, but seems content to always make it a battle. "He likes to fight," Gingras said. "He's not a horse that's going to come home at :25 flat like some of the others. He likes to race, he likes the fractions to be fair. I don't think he's quite the sprinter that many others can be. "Other than that, this week if they mix it up fast the first three-eighths, I could definitely come first up, second over or I could be in the front, and have no worries. I'm not looking to be too far back, so he's going to be put in play one way or the other." In looking at the field, Gingras feels that Cattlewash, Warrawee Vital and Captain Barbossa are among the horses that can give Tall Dark Stranger a challenge. Cattlewash, trained by Ron Burke, won the other Breeders Crown elimination in a track-record 1:47.2 and has a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 mile to his credit. "It's definitely not a one- or two-horse race," he said. "It's a complete field of horses and it goes to show how great of a horse he is because he's beaten them every time." And he will look for one more victory to cap a memorable career. "It actually got into my head about two starts ago, once I got to Lexington. I thought, you know what, there's not much left," he said. "Realistically this weekend could be his last lifetime start. There's a chance he goes to TVG, but it's not official, it depends on how this weekend goes and how he comes out of the race. "I've enjoyed the run, but I think he would be a tremendous aged horse. He's the kind of horse that keeps getting better and tougher. If he came back at 4 and 5, I think he would dominate. Selfishly, I'd love to have him for a couple more years and I think the fans would love to have him. But I understand the breeding part of the business. I totally get it. I know the horse is worth a fortune as a sire." He has already been worth fortune in memories. Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Tall Dark Stranger-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-3/5 2-Manticore-Jordan Stratton-Bruce Saunders-20/1 3-Cattlewash-David Miller-Ron Burke-5/2 4-Warrawee Vital-Tim Tetrick-Robert Fellows-6/1 5-Save Me A Dance-Andrew McCarthy-Andrew Harris-20/1 6-No Lou Zing-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-8/1 7-Captain Barbossa-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna-20/1 8-Sandbetweenmytoes-Scott Zeron-Jim Campbell-30/1 9-The Greek Freak-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-30/1 10-Elver Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-30/1 Elver Hanover starts from the second tier. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA    

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

Perfect Sting can do what's never been done in Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male harness racing pacers. With a win, the Joe Holloway-trained colt will finish his campaign 10-for-10. In the history of the event, none of the 36 male pacers to win a trophy at age 2 ever finished his rookie season undefeated. Holloway said the Breeders Crown start at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be Perfect Sting's last race of 2020. The colt heads to the final off a 1:50.4 score in his elimination last week. He defeated Summa Cum Laude by 3-3/4 lengths and his time over a sloppy surface was just a tick off the track record. Perfect Sting will start Friday from post two with David Miller in the sulky. He is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. "He just keeps feeling better and better, so that's a good thing," said Holloway, a seven-time Breeders Crown winner. "I hope he gets the job done. I think he deserves it because I truly think he's a great horse. Hopefully, he can show it on Friday." Perfect Sting is a son of Always B Miki out of Shebestingin. Always B Miki, a two-time Breeders Crown Open Pace winner trained by Holloway at ages 2 and 3, shares the record for history's fastest mile, 1:46. Shebestingin, trained by Holloway throughout her career, was the all-time fastest female pacer until 2019, when Shartin N's 1:46.4 mile bettered her mark by one-fifth of a second. In his three starts prior to the Breeders Crown, Perfect Sting won the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship before picking up his first Grand Circuit scores in divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. He rallied from third in the stretch to win the International Stallion by a head. In his Crown elim, he led in the stretch and extended his advantage by an additional two lengths. "There is something every time," Holloway said, referring to Perfect Sting's improvement. "Two starts prior, he ran that horse down; I thought he had an insurmountable lead. His last start, when he was on the front, when David called on him, he was out there going. "I think he's learned how to be a racehorse now. He knows what he's doing now, so I think he'll do what he has to." Perfect Sting's path to perfection will not be easy. Southwind Gendry won the other Breeders Crown elimination by three lengths over Caviart Lotus in 1:51. He has captured nine of 11 starts, including the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion. He brings a seven-race win streak to the final. Southwind Gendry, a son of Always B Miki-Gambler's Passion, is the 8-5 second choice on the morning line, leaving from post three with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. The final will be the first meeting between Southwind Gendry and Perfect Sting. "I know he's been racing well and he's tough," Holloway said about Southwind Gendry. "But I think my horse is better. I'm supposed to think that way. They're supposed to think that way. We'll find out come Friday." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Friday's Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-JK Going West-LeWayne Miller-LeWayne Miller-12/1 2-Perfect Sting-David Miller-Joe Holloway-7/5 3-Southwind Gendry-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-8/5 4-Always A Miki-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-12/1 5-Bayfield Beach-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown-20/1 6-Summa Cum Laude-Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Abuckabett Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-20/1 8-Caviart Lotus-Tim Tetrick-Nancy Takter-15/1 9-Captains Place-Tyler Smith-John Ackley-30/1 10-Literl Lad Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20/1 Literl Lad Hanover starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Harness racing owner Richard Gutnick and trainer Linda Toscano enjoyed special Breeders Crown successes from 2011-2013 and hope to relive those feelings this weekend with Lady Chaos. Whether or not that happens, their special relationship will remain intact. Lady Chaos is in the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old filly trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday. She has five wins in nine starts, including the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship, and was second in the Peaceful Way Stakes. It is the most talented horse owned by Gutnick - who shares ownership with partners Tom Pontone, Joseph Lozito Jr. and Enviro Stables - to enter the race since his previous Breeders Crown champs. "She's got such talent," said Gutnick, whose horse is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. "I'm just enjoying the ride. She's the best horse I've had since Chapter Seven and Market Share." Chapter Seven won the Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot in 2011 and Open Trot in 2012, while Market Share won the Open Trot in 2013. In 2012, Chapter Seven was Horse of the Year and Market Share won the Hambletonian. Toscano trained both after she and Gutnick first started working together in 2008. From there, a partnership became so much more. "She and I consider each other friends first, and then I consider her my trainer," Gutnick said. "It probably took me a year after I first started with her to earn her respect and convince her I knew what I was talking about. "At times Linda will call and ask me what I want to do. I have often said, Linda you know exactly the way I think. You didn't even have to ask me." The two often plan strategy together and, on the rare occasions they disagree, a solution is usually inevitable. "As far as I'm concerned, the person who works with the horse should have the final say 95 percent of the time," Gutnick said. "I have enough confidence in Linda. I always have." It was Toscano, a six-time Breeders Crown winner and Hall of Famer, who brought Lady Chaos to Gutnick's attention when he was looking around at some different fillies. "She didn't tell me that she loved it or anything else at that time, she just said, maybe you should go look," Gutnick said. "I went and looked, and I loved her. When I watched the video and everything else, I told Linda, OK, we're going to go up to X amount of dollars. I was standing right next to her. I always give her some leeway. I'm not always good at bidding at auctions. I'm the type that bids against myself." The purchase was made for $125,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, when the daughter of Cantab Hall-Strong Legacy was named Tiger Mom Lindy. Before Toscano went to work, that moniker changed. "When we bought her, I told Tommy the first thing that goes is her name and he agreed," Gutnick said. Thus, Richard decided to name the horse after - his wife? What, pray tell, did Suzanne Gutnick ever do to be associated with chaos? Her husband chuckled, saying, "I told her one of these days someone is going to ask how we got that name. Let's just say my wife lacks some organizational skills. I've always seemed to have luck if I named something for my wife and I always thought that name fit her like a glove. "She's a sweetheart, don't get me wrong," he added. "The funny part is, she's always liked the name and she's laughed about it also. I always tell her when her namesake is racing and that I felt she is one of the top two 2-year-old fillies in the country. "This one is learning. She has the innate ability to be a top filly and hopefully go forward. We'll take very good care of her, needless to say." With David Miller driving, the horse flashed her potential in a qualifier at The Meadowlands. "Linda told a few people how nice the horse was, but she also had told David she didn't want to leave with the horse, she wanted to come off the pace," Gutnick said. "In Linda's words, 'After she got shuffled back to last, I said where are we going? I can't believe I told people how nice she is.' "Then, all of a sudden, she exploded on her own and went :26.4 in the last quarter and just lost by a head in that baby race to Ineffable, who was a $600,000 buy. That's when I knew, with the proper tutelage by Linda and David, that we had a top filly. "She does everything really easily. The only negative she has is, I guess she's still immature mentally in the sense that when she gets in front, she believes the race is over. That's why, to me, she's much better off the pace." After a tough early race in Kentucky, the horse rebounded and began to show her ability. "As with all horses we had some ups and downs," Gutnick said. "She had allergies. So that cost her in one race and then the last race at the Red Mile she went off at 3-5 (odds). When she came out of it, she was very sick. Linda and I had to decide if we wanted to race her the following week or not. "She was hoping to get her ready, and then she called and said she thought the horse needed that week off. I was all for it. My philosophy is always to do what's best for the horse. That always ends up best for me in the long run." It turned out to be the right move. After a three-week break, Lady Chaos won her Breeders Crown elimination by overtaking Presto down the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2 on a sloppy surface. Gutnick feels the horse should be even tighter entering the final. "I was happy that she got the five post," Gutnick said. "I didn't want the rail. I preferred the three, four or five. Even statistically the six is better than the one. That gives Dave Miller the opportunity to race her whatever way he feels is best and to avoid any type of trouble." However it turns out, Gutnick knows his filly is in good hands with his good friend. "Linda is top-notch at getting a horse ready," he said. "When you have someone like that in your corner, you can't go wrong." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Ima Diamond Babe-James Yoder-James Yoder-30/1 2-Iteration-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-6/1 3-Splash Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-15/1 4-Mazzarati-Tim Tetrick-Lucas Wallin-5/1 5-Lady Chaos-David Miller-Linda Toscano-5/2 6-Hello I Love You-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna-15/1 7-Big City Pearl-Verlin Yoder-James Yoder-30/1 8-Swift Swanda-Trace Tetrick-Erv Miller-9/2 9-Gotta Believe-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-15/1 10-Presto-Yannick Gingras-Ake Svanstedt-4/1 Presto starts from the second tier. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA    

Six weeks ago, harness racing trainer Nifty Norman said he couldn't be happier with the way Amigo Volo looked heading into the rest of the season. As the horse prepares for Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, it's safe to say he remains enthusiastic. Amigo Volo, who was the Breeders Crown champion at age 2, won the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 11 at Red Mile and followed up with a track-record victory in his Crown elimination last Saturday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Going back to mid-August, he has won five of six races and finished second in the other. "He has not let me down," Norman said. "Even last week, I was kind of mildly shocked at how good he was. He's just solid. He's raced in just about every race there is, and he's as good now as he was at the start. He maybe even better. That's a good sign for a horse." Amigo Volo won his elimination in 1:51.2, the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old trotter at Hoosier Park. The time was just one-fifth of a second off the track's overall record. In Saturday's Breeders Crown final, Amigo Volo will start from post two with driver Dexter Dunn. He is the 6-5 morning-line favorite. Three male trotters this century have won Crown trophies at ages 2 and 3: Gimpanzee, 2018-2019; Father Patrick, 2013-2014; and Muscle Hill, 2008-2009. Amigo Volo is by Father Patrick out of Margarita Momma. For the year, Amigo Volo has won seven of 13 races. Lifetime, the multiple world-record-setting gelding has won 13 of 25 starts and $1.21 million in purses for owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. "It won't be easy, but I think that at the moment he's probably the best horse," said Norman, who has won four Breeders Crown finals. "I've got a good driver, a good draw, so I've got as good a shot as anybody." Norman also sends out Chestnut Hill in the event. Chestnut Hill finished second by a neck to Capricornus in the other Breeders Crown elimination. For the year, Chestnut Hill has won three of 14 races, including the Canadian Trotting Classic. The colt is by Muscle Hill out of Poof She's Gone, a filly that provided Norman his first Breeders Crown trophy in 2009. He is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee, and Little E. Hartman and McDuffee bred Chestnut Hill with Herb Liverman. Chestnut Hill will start from post nine, the outermost spot on the gate, with David Miller in the sulky. The colt is 15-1 on the morning line. "I thought he raced really good last week, but then the draw just crushed him," Norman said. "Now you're really relying on luck. But you know what, he's had some bad draws or rough trips and got good finishes out of them. A few things went his way, and he always gets home good. The horse himself is in good shape." Ready For Moni, who won the Goodtimes Stakes and Harry M. Zweig Memorial after finishing second in the Hambletonian, is the 7-2 second choice. Capricornus is 6-1. Norman's Breeders Crown weekend begins Friday with Fire Start Hanover in the $600,000 final for 2-year-old female pacers. The filly had a five-race win streak snapped with a second-place finish to Continualou in her elimination. Fire Start Hanover is the 3-1 favorite, starting from post seven with driver Dunn. "I was very happy with her run," Norman said. "She was sick after Lexington, we brought her home, she had five days off. I only trained her once. I thought she would be kind of short, but she was actually really good. Even though she's drawn seven, I think she'll go really good. I think that run last week will really help her and she's good either way, she can leave or she can race from off the pace. "She's a nice filly and I think she's got a good shot. She's a big, strong thing, and has just gotten better as the year has gone on. I've got a lot of confidence in her." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Capricornus-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-6/1 2-Amigo Volo-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman-6/5 3-Ready For Moni-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-7/2 4-Play Trix On Me-Joe Bongiorno-Linda Toscano-20/1 5-Hillexotic-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-20/1 6-Maesteraemon-Scott Zeron-Marcus Melander-15/1 7-Back Of The Neck-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-8/1 8-Beads-Brian Sears-Per Engblom-8/1 9-Chestnut Hill-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman-15/1 10-Gangster Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

JK She'salady was a Breeders Crown champion in 2014 and as a mom she might have two daughters equal that harness racing accomplishment by the time this weekend is over. Six years ago, JK She'salady went undefeated in 12 races and became the only 2-year-old filly pacer in history to be voted Horse of the Year. Flash forward to this weekend, when her first two foals will be in the Breeders Crown finals at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. JK Alwaysbalady is in Friday's $600,000 final for 2-year-old filly pacers while JK First Lady will go against Horse of the Year candidate Party Girl Hill in Saturday's $500,000 final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Both were bred and are owned by 3 Brothers Stables. "It's fantastic, we look forward to it," said Alan Katz, who with brothers Ron and Steve comprise the breeding and ownership group. "We foaled the whole family so to have two in the Breeders Crown from the same mare is unbelievable. She was a fantastic filly and her first two foals are fantastic." Adding to the close-knit environment is the fact that Nancy Takter has trained both JK She'salady and her fillies. As always, Takter provides the good vibes heading into the race. "I've known Nancy for seven years and she is super optimistic," Katz said. "Everything is wonderful, terrific, couldn't be better. She's optimistic at all times. But you need racing luck, everybody knows that. There are no locks in this business. Every week something different can happen. You've got to draw lucky, don't get sick and have a good race." JK First Lady, by Western Ideal, has had her share of good races, having won nine of 22 career starts, hitting the board a total of 19 times, and earning $623,231. She has been no worse than second in her last nine races, winning four. Her losses have come against either Party Girl Hill or returning Dan Patch Award winner Lyons Sentinel. She finished second to Lyons Sentinel in their Breeders Crown elimination. She is 10-1 on the morning line in Saturday's final, where unbeaten Party Girl Hill is the 2-5 chalk. JK Alwaysbalady, by Always B Miki, won her elimination and has two firsts, two seconds, two thirds and $79,407 in purse winnings in eight starts. She is the 7-2 second choice behind Fire Start Hanover (3-1) in Friday's final. In comparing the two, there is no comparison according to Katz. "They're completely opposite horses," he said. "Nancy explains to us that First Lady is aggressive, she's got a great attitude. "The other one is lazy. You've got to ask her to go. But she's getting better and better. The last three starts she's starting to catch it. In the beginning she was a little slow learning. She's big, she was overweight, but the hot weather, racing every week gets her in better shape. Now she's as good as we were hoping she was going to be. We're happy going into the race with both of them, but they are completely opposite." Physically, JK First Lady is not as big as her sibling, but both are well bred and will join the 3 Brothers broodmare band when they retire. Katz is careful when making comparisons between the fillies and their dam. "It's hard to do," he said. "JK She'salady won 12 out of 12, that doesn't really happen. I know Party Girl (Hill) obviously has done it, but that's a once in a lifetime horse. When do you get a horse that goes 12 for 12? It's hard to compare them. You're only going to be disappointed if you try to compare anyone to JK She'salady." When asked to compare their racing styles, Katz said, "JK She'salady could do anything. Alwaysbalady we're very careful with, to make sure we don't leave with her too much and keep her nice and quiet. In fact, we make sure to do that with both of them, and not get them too hot." As for their attitude, JK First Lady easily has more of her mother's traits. "With Alwaysbalady, you've got to make her do it," Katz said. "The other filly, she's aggressive, she's on the iron." One thing they have in common is good health. "They've both been pretty sound," Katz said. "They've gone through the whole year and they haven't really been sick and stuff like that." When it comes to who has the better chance of winning this weekend, the owner gives his 2-year-old the nod. "Truthfully, anyone could win it," Katz said. "Without (Test Of Faith) in there it's an open field. There's no standout. Some of those fillies that were good a month ago haven't been racing that well in the last two starts, so . . . "You need the luck, you need the right trip. Whoever gets the right trip and the racing luck will win. It's a very competitive field, anyone can win." As for JK First Lady, Katz said, "We know it's going to be tough to beat Party Girl Hill. Unless she has a bad day, I don't think any filly can beat her. Obviously, Party Girl Hill is in another league right now. We'll be tickled pink to get a good check in there. "But nothing's ever a lock. You never know how a horse is going to wake up that day. It's tough to stay undefeated. Like in any sport, it's tough to win them all. You've got to be really, really lucky to be undefeated." The Katz brothers hope good fortune finds them this weekend. With Takter, they have a four-time Breeders Crown winner whose stable this season ranks No. 2 in North America with a career-best $5.77 million in purses. "Nancy's having a great year," Katz said, "so we're hoping her luck continues." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Friday's Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Continualou-Brian Sears-Ron Burke-8/1 2-JK Alwaysbalady-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-7/2 3-Caviart Audrey-Andrew McCarthy-Nancy Takter-20/1 4-Paulas Bet Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-20/1 5-Scarlett Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4/1 6-Blue Diamond Eyes-David Miller-Ron Burke-9/2 7-Fire Start Hanover-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman-3/1 8-Nashville Elgenna-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna-30/1 9-Notorious Pink-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-5/1 10-Somethingbeautiful-Scott Zeron-Dylan Davis-15/1 Somethingbeautiful starts from the second tier. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Drama Act-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15/1 2-Party Girl Hill-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder-2/5 3-Lyons Sentinel-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-9/2 4-Peaky Sneaky-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-5/1 5-Pettycoat Business-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown-30/1 6-Rocknificent-Scott Zeron-Linda Toscano-12/1 7-JK First Lady-David Miller-Nancy Takter-10/1 8-Lady Lou-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-30/1 9-Hen Party-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-30/1 10-New Year-Joe Bongiorno-Chris Ryder-30/1 New Year starts from the second tier. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA    

Atlanta has done plenty to impress harness racing trainer Ron Burke in the two seasons she has been in his stable, including win eight Grand Circuit finals, set speed records in the U.S. and Canada, and receive a Dan Patch Award. Yet as she prepares to take on nine male rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Burke has never felt better about the 5-year-old mare. Atlanta heads to the race off a 1:50 win over a "good" surface in the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Oct. 11 at Lexington's Red Mile. Only a half-length loss to Gimpanzee in the Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier in September keeps her from a four-race win streak. "I could not be happier with her, she's the best she's ever been for us," said Burke, who took over the training of Atlanta at the beginning of 2019. "I like getting the week off because she loves to race off multiple weeks off, so she's going to come in sharp for the final. I'm thrilled." What has made Atlanta even better? "I think she's matured a little bit more," Burke said. "I've always worried about her weight, and it's really not an issue now. She looks great. And maybe the year, the way her schedule has been, it's really helped. She hasn't raced that much, and I don't think she really wants to race a lot, because when she races she gives everything every step every time." Atlanta has won five of 10 races this season. In addition to the Allerage, her victories include the Maple Leaf Trot, Dayton Trotting Derby, and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. She will attempt to become the fourth mare to win the Breeders Crown Open Trot, joining Hannelore Hanover (2017), Moni Maker (1998) and CR Kay Suzie (1996). Atlanta, the Trotter of the Year in 2018 and Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter in 2019, is seeking her first Crown. Last year, Atlanta finished third in the Open Trot behind Bold Eagle and Six Pack. Burke leads all active trainers in Breeders Crown hardware with 17 trophies. Jimmy Takter holds the record with 34. Atlanta, who has won 25 of 49 career races and $2.52 million, will start Saturday from post five with driver Yannick Gingras, a 23-time Breeders Crown winner. The mare is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant, and Howard Taylor. With the way Atlanta is racing, Burke cannot help but think ahead a bit to 2021. "I think it points to next year being her best year," Burke said. "I'm excited. Right now, it's all go to race next year again. I think we can do special things next year." Atlanta is not alone in looking to add her name to the Breeders Crown record book Saturday. Four-year-old stallion Gimpanzee is aiming for his third win in a Crown final. Only three trotters have captured three or more Breeders Crown trophies in history. Female trotter Peace Corps holds the record with four. Grades Singing, another female, won three as did male trotter Mack Lobell. Gimpanzee, a Dan Patch Award winner at age 2, has won seven of 10 races this year, including the John Cashman Memorial, and 24 of 33 lifetime. He has earned $2.45 million for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. He enters the Crown final off a 1:52 win last Saturday in an invitational at Hoosier. He starts from post three with Brian Sears in the sulky. Sears has won 32 Crown finals, second most in history behind John Campbell's 48. Prior to winning the invitational, Gimpanzee was sixth in the Allerage, his only off-the-board finish of the campaign. "The result in Lexington was a little disappointing, even if I wasn't disappointed in the horse, but the result," trainer Marcus Melander said. "I could feel in the warmups (Saturday) that he was in form. I told Brian that too. "We were both very excited that he bounced back the way he did. It was a perfect prep race for him. Brian drove him perfectly and he didn't have to chase him hard down the lane, he did it very easily. I couldn't have been happier." The Open Trot field also includes Fiftydallarbill, who won a Breeders Crown at age 2 in 2017 at Hoosier, as well as Lindy The Great and Majestic Player A, who are among three horses sharing the Hoosier track record of 1:51.1 for a trotter, and millionaire Crystal Fashion. Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Mission Accepted-Chris Page-Ron Burke 2-Majestic Player A-Brett Miller-Walter Haynes Jr. 3-Gimpanzee-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 4-Reign Of Honor-David Miller-Marcus Melander 5-Atlanta-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 6-Lindy The Great-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 7-Soul Strong-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 8-Katkin American-James Yoder-James Yoder 9-Crystal Fashion-Jordan Stratton-Jim Campbell 10-Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-Luis Quevedo Fiftydallarbill starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

After watching Venerate become the fastest 2-year-old trotter ever at Harrah's Hoosier Park by winning his Breeders Crown elimination in 1:52.2 last week, harness racing trainer Julie Miller offered a succinct summary of the colt's effort. "If he minds his manners and stays focused, that's the kind of performance we thought he could put in," Miller said. Venerate heads to Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male trotters with four wins in his last six starts. He went off stride in the two losses. In addition to capturing his Crown elimination, Venerate's victories include the inaugural Mohawk Million and the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. Overall, the son of Love You-Peaceful Kemp has won five of nine races and earned $703,114. He is owned by Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc. "He can be his own worst enemy," Julie Miller said prior to the elimination. "He's kind of immature mentally and is still trying to figure out what we're asking of him. He wants to do the right thing, he's trying to figure it out." On Friday, Venerate will start from post five with Andy Miller, Julie's husband, in the sulky. Julie and Andy have won one Crown together, with Lucky Jim in the 2009 Open Trot. Andy has a total of five trophies as a driver. "(Venerate) is the horse to beat in my opinion," said trainer Marcus Melander, who conditions In Range, the winner of the event's other elimination. "That's a great horse." In Range won his Crown elimination by a neck over Brookview Bolt in 1:54.1. The colt, by Bar Hopping out of Ilia, has won five of nine races and earned $276,003 for owners AMG Stable, Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Hans Asell, and Rick Wahlstedt. He has finished worse than second only once, a sixth-place finish in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. Tim Tetrick will drive In Range, starting from post three. "He's only had one bad race this year, and that was the first week of Lexington, and we didn't really know what was going on with him that week," said Melander, who has won two Breeders Crown trophies, both with trotter Gimpanzee. "Otherwise, he's been great. You can never count him out because he's always right there. He'll be right there with them." Friday's final also includes William Wellwood Memorial winner On A Streak and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Captain Corey, who was undefeated in five races before finishing second to Venerate in their Crown elimination. "He raced good," trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt said about Captain Corey, "but Venerate was better." He added, "We're not giving up. We're going to fight (in the final)." Captain Corey is one of two Svanstedt-trained colts in the race. Yannick Gingras will drive Delayed Hanover, who was third in the elimination won by In Range. "He raced OK, but I expected more of him," Svanstedt said. "He didn't come home so good. Maybe it was a long trip (to Hoosier) too close to the race. Now, he is there for a week and can take it easy, so maybe he can be better." Jim Campbell also has two finalists, Cricket Fashion and Take All Comers, who punched his ticket to the Breeders Crown by winning a Bluegrass Stakes division on Oct. 2 at Red Mile. The gelding finished third in his Crown elimination, which was won by Venerate. "I'm very happy with him," Campbell said. "He was a very confident third. We've kind of taken it week to week with him. When we brought him to Lexington, we were going to race him the first week and see how he raced. He went out and raced super and that's when we decided to go to the Breeders Crown with him. We chose not to race him the second week (in Lexington) intentionally." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male trotters. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Take All Comers-David Miller-Jim Campbell 2-Cricket Fashion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell 3-In Range-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 4-On A Streak-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 5-Venerate-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-Muscle Dynasty-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 7-Captain Corey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 8-Delayed Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ake Svanstedt 9-Moonstone S-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 10-Brookview Bolt-Dexter Dunn-Ron Burke Brookview Bolt starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

When it comes to online harness racing purchases, Spoiled Princess looks like a royal buy. The 3-year-old filly trotter is a nose from being undefeated in three races for trainer Nancy Takter since her father Jimmy acquired the horse for $90,400 last month in an onGait.com auction. On Saturday, she races in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Spoiled Princess heads to the race off a 1:53 win in her elimination this past Friday, when she defeated favorite Hypnotic AM by a neck. "It's 2020, the year of COVID-19, and everybody learned to shop online," Takter said, adding with a laugh. "Even Jimmy Takter learned how to buy horses online." Jimmy Takter, the Hall of Famer who retired from training following the 2018 season, and happens to be the winningest trainer in Breeders Crown history with 34 trophies, was interested in Spoiled Princess as a broodmare prospect. Five days before she sold online, Spoiled Princess won a division of the Buckette Stakes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Nancy Takter was at the track that day, watching her stable's Caviart Eva win the other division. "He called me and asked about her," Nancy Takter said. "He was really looking for a mare that he could breed to Ready For Moni later, that would cross well with Ready For Moni. She looked good, a nice-gaited filly, a nice big strong-looking filly. I knew she was sound. I didn't see where you could go wrong with buying her." Jimmy Takter made the buy, with Black Horse Racing's Barry Guariglia. The filly now races for Black Horse Racing and Christina Takter. Since joining her new group, Spoiled Princess finished second by a nose to stablemate Sorella in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, won a 3-year-old filly open, and captured her Breeders Crown elimination. For her career, Spoiled Princess has won eight of 21 races and $171,136. The daughter of Trixton-Fashion Spooner was trained previously by Nifty Norman. Spoiled Princess will start the Breeders Crown final from post five with driver Dexter Dunn. "She was in really good shape when she got to me; she was sound and a well-mannered filly," Nancy Takter said. "She's beautifully gaited. We just made some bridle changes and stuff like that, and I put her on Lasix. She's maybe a little fresher than some of the other ones now. That plays to her advantage as well." Spoiled Princess is one of three finalists for Takter. Her others are Sorella, the Hambletonian Oaks winner, and Caviart Eva. Sorella finished third, beaten a half-length, in Spoiled Princess' elim. Caviart Eva was fourth in the other elimination, which was won by Next Level Stuff in 1:53.4. "I was happy with both of them," Takter said. "Eva is a game, honest filly. She's really an overachiever. She tries really hard. You can't help but like her. I was happy with Sorella too. She's not really as much of a sprinter as maybe Princess is. I think she raced good. She raced with shoes and she's better without shoes. She'll race without shoes in the final. She's been good all year. It's tough to maintain your form from May to November." Next Level Stuff rallied to win her elimination by a neck over tempo-setting Ab'sattitudexpress. She has won three of her last four races for trainer Jim Campbell and owner Runthetable Stables. Her only loss during that span was a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. She will start the final from post one with driver Tim Tetrick. For the year, the daughter of Sebastian K S-Nantab has won six of 12 races and $231,361. "I couldn't be happier with her, the way she's been going," Campbell said. "She's been very consistent all year long. She had a real good race the other night and hopefully we can keep her going for the final. "She was really good in the Kentucky (Filly) Futurity final, she just had some bad racing luck. She was pinned in and didn't get out until late. But she raced really good there and she took advantage of a good trip Friday at Hoosier." Ab'sattitudexpress, trained by Lucas Wallin, and Hypnotic AM, trained by Marcus Melander, will start the Breeders Crown final next to each other, in posts six and seven, respectively. "I was very happy with how Ab's raced and she never gave up," Wallin said. "With an eighth of a mile left it looked like she would get beat by two lengths or so, but she tried her best. She hasn't disappointed me yet this year." Said Melander about Hypnotic AM, the Oaks and Filly Futurity runner-up, "I was very happy with her in the elimination. She got to the lead and just got beat by a neck. She's always right there in these races, she always shows up. She's never missed the board in her entire life. You can always count on her. She's a great horse and definitely one of the fillies that can win the race." Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Love A Good Story finished third in her elimination, beaten a length by Next Level Stuff. She will start Saturday from post 10, in the second tier. "I think she was really coming on for a good-closing third," trainer Julie Miller said. "I wasn't tickled with the 10-hole, but that's better than the eight or nine. We'll see what happens with her. I think she's really peaking right now." $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Next Level Stuff-Jim Campbell 2-Crucial-Ron Burke 3-May Baby-James Yoder 4-Sorella-Nancy Takter 5-Spoiled Princess-Nancy Takter 6-Ab'sattitudexpress-Lucas Wallin 7-Hypnotic AM-Marcus Melander 8-Caviart Eva-Nancy Takter 9-Rock Swan-Erv Miller 10-Love A Good Story-Julie Miller by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the final free harness racing handicapping contest for the 2020 season on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Saturday, October 31, at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Breeders Crown Night. One of the Breeders Crown races will be the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). Harrah's Hoosier Park is sponsoring the three prizes that will be given away. First place will receive a $150 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a gift box with 30 different popular candy bars in it. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contest's title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday, October 29. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 4:00 pm Saturday afternoon (Oct. 31) to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. USHWA members Garnet and Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 12:00 noon Sunday, November 1 at www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prize winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook page or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Sorry, but all current USHWA members are not eligible for this contest. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA

Anderson, IN -- Post positions were drawn on Saturday, October 24 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the Open Mare Pace, Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, and Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Breeders Crown Finals. Elimination winners drew from posts one through five with the remainder of the field in an open draw. The Open Mare Pace was the only open event that required an elimination. Rockin Nola and Trillions Hanover received byes and advanced directly to the final. Following are the fields in post position order for the Breeders Crown Finals: $300,000 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Sweet Lucy Lou--Robert Cleary 2-Rockin Nola--Joe Putnam 3-Kissin In The Sand--Nancy Takter 4-Caviart Ally--Brett Pelling 5-Warrawee Ubeaut--Ron Burke 6-Shartin N--Jim King Jr. 7-Philly Hanover--Robert Don Fellows 8-Treacherous Reign--Tony Alagna 9-Trillions Hanover--Tom Fanning 10-Stonebridge Soul--Chris Ryder $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Ima Diamond Babe--James Yoder 2-Iteration--Marcus Melander 3-Splash Blue Chip--Ake Svandstedt 4-Mazzarati--Lucas Wallin 5-Lady Chaos--Linda Toscano 6-Hello I Love You--Tony Alagna 7-Big City Pearl--James Yoder 8-Swift Swanda--Erv Miller 9-Gotta Believe--Julie Miller 10-Presto--Ake Svandstedt $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Drama Act--Ron Burke 2-Party Girl Hill--Chris Ryder 3-Lyons Sentinel--Jim King Jr. 4-Peaky Sneaky--Nancy Takter 5-Pettycoat Business--Brian Brown 6-Rocknificent--Linda Toscano 7-JK First Lady--Nancy Takter 8-Lady Lou--Tony Alagna 9-Hen Party--Tony Alagna 10-New Year--Chris Ryder   $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Next Level Stuff--Ron Burke 2-Crucial--Chris Ryder 3-May Baby--James Yoder 4-Sorella--Nancy Takter 5-Spoiled Princess--Nancy Takter 6-Ab's Attitudexpress--Lucas Wallin 7-Hypnotic AM--Marcus Melander 8-Caviart Eva--Nancy Takter 9-Rock Swan--Erv Miller 10-Love A Good Story--Julie Miller The remaining fields for the Breeders Crown Finals will be drawn at Harrah's Hoosier Park at a Post Draw Reception on Monday, October 26 at 6pm. In addition to a live stream of the racing cards for the Breeders Crown finals, Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a live stream of the post position draw. The draw broadcast will be part of a week-long coverage leading up to the Breeders Crown finals. Harrah's Hoosier Park's social media feeds will also stream the post position draws and other Breeders Crown event week festivities. The Breeders Crown finals will be drawn in the following order: Monday, October 26--Post Draw Reception at 6pm: Open Trot Open Pace Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the 2020 Breeders Crown Finals on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 with limited spectators, in accordance with the approved health and safety plan for the event. The 2020 Breeders Crown event, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be the 37th edition of the $6 million event. First post for the Breeders Crown eliminations will be 6:30 p.m. (EDT) while post time for the Breeders Crown finals will be 6:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information on the Breeders Crown or upcoming events at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park        

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