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ANDERSON, Ind -- In the first Breeders Crown elimination division for three-year-old pacing colts, Cattlewash equaled the all-age Harrah's Hoosier Park track record with a 1:47.2 performance.Later on the card, charging to his 11th win of the season, Tall Dark Stranger and regular driver Yannick Gingras fought off a late charge by Warraee Vital to win the second elimination in 1:48.4 Saturday.   Leaving fast and finishing faster, Cattlewash won the first 3-year-old colt pacing Breeders Crown elimination. The mile, clocked in 1:47.2, equaled the all-age track record and set a sophomore colt pacing mark. Driver David Miller left alertly from the rail with Cattlewash and rebuffed an early outside challenge from No Lou Zing, who settled in second through a :26 first quarter. Long shot The Greek Freak followed in third and favorite Capt Midnight sat in fourth. Miller sat comfortably with Cattlewash as he cut a :54.1 half. Heading into three-quarters, Capt Midnight took to the outside and started a strenuous chase for the leader, but one that saw him fade as Cattlewash excelled to three-quarters in 1:20.3. Allywag Hanover took his shot off the sizzling third panel and swung wide into the stretch, but he could not rally off weakening cover. Meanwhile, Cattlewash remained strong to the line, holding off No Lou Zing by 1-1/2 lengths. The Greek Freak, who drafted behind the leading pair, finished third, followed by Save Me A Dance and Manticore.   "He's real sharp right now," David Miller said, adding that he had no strategy when leaving from post one. "If a lot of horses left, I would've raced him differently, but no one did ... It's an awfully long stretch, but he [was going easily]." Cattlewash, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Road Bet, is trained by Ron Burke for owner and breeder William Donovan. He paid $7.80 to win. Warrawee Vital tried to get a hold of the pace right off of the gate in the second BC elim division, leaving quickly and taking the lead over Captain Barbossa, with Tall Dark Stranger dropping in third into a fiery :25.4 first panel. Gingras shifted to the overland route to take over the lead, guiding the other six colts to three-quarters in 1:23. From the back, Captain Kirk failed to sustain an outer-tier advance while Elver Hanover stayed in fourth. Meanwhile, the original trio in front wrestled for the finish line. Warrawee Vital came out gallantly down the center of the track for a charge at Tall Dark Stranger, making Gingras urge the leader to shake off the challenger -- as he has done through the season when faced with a possible duel to the wire. Tall Dark Stranger responded again with a :25.4 closing quarter, winning by a neck in 1:48.4. Captain Barbossa held on for third, while Elver Hanover and Sandbetweenmytoes followed to make the final.   "I just trust [Tall Dark Stranger] and let him fight off horses in the stretch," Gingras said. "Last week in Lexington, I knew he was in the best shape he's ever been." Nancy Takter trains the James Avritt-bred son of Bettor's Delight and Precocious Beauty. Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor own Tall Dark Stranger, who paid $2.20 to win.   by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Bettor's Wish and Gimpanzee prepared for next week's Breeders Crown finals with wins in their respective $25,000 invitational races Saturday (Oct. 24) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Breeders Crown Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot did not require eliminations, so the invitationals were an opportunity to get a start prior to next Saturday's finals. Bettor's Wish won the invitational pace, a seven-horse field with four Breeders Crown finalists, by three-quarters of a length over Brassy Hanover in 1:50.2. Century Farroh finished third. The Breeders Crown finalists in the race were Bettor's Wish, Century Farroh, Sectionline Bigry (fourth) and Dancin Lou (sixth). Last year, Bettor's Wish finished second by a head to Dancin Lou in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Gimpanzee won the invitational trot, a seven-horse field with six Breeders Crown finalists, by 1-3/4 lengths over Manchego in 1:52. Majestic Player A finished third. The Breeders Crown finalists in the race were Gimpanzee, Manchego, Majestic Player A, Lindy The Great (fourth), Fiftydallarbill (fifth) and Reign Of Honor (seventh). In the invitational pace, Bettor's Wish and driver Dexter Dunn were fourth as Century Farroh led the field to the quarter in :26.2 and half in :55.4. Bettor's Wish made his move heading to the final turn and was a half length from the leader when they reached three-quarters in 1:24.4. Bettor's Wish came home in :25.3 to get the win. "He's such a gutsy horse, his attitude is amazing, and makes my job easy because he's so versatile," Dunn said. "It's not an easy move (from age 3 to 4), but you know he's going to go out there and give you 100%. He's stepped up very good." Chris Ryder trains Bettor's Wish, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Lifetime Star. The 4-year-old has won five of 10 races this season, earning $382,232. For his career, he has won 23 of 41 starts and $2.29 million. He is owned by Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. He was bred by Brittany Farms. Bettor's Wish will stand at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania in 2021. "I'll miss him, that's for sure," Dunn said. "He's like an old mate. I'll definitely miss him, but I'm looking forward to see what he can produce on the racetrack once he becomes a stud." Bettor's Wish, the 4-5 favorite, paid $3.60 to win. In the invitational trot, Lindy The Great set the fractions -- :27, :56.3 and 1:25.2 -- while Gimpanzee and driver Brian Sears bided their time in third behind Reign Of Honor. Once in the stretch, Gimpanzee took control and cruised to victory. Manchego, who was sixth until well into the stretch, charged late with a :25.1 last quarter to get the place spot. The 4-year-old Gimpanzee, trained by Marcus Melander, is a two-time Breeders Crown champion. With a victory next week, he would join Mack Lobell as the only male trotters to win trophies at ages 2, 3 and 4. Gimpanzee has won seven of 10 races this year and $728,464. For his career, he has won 24 of 33 races and $2.44 million. He is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. The son of Chapter Seven and Steamy Windows was bred by Order By Stable. Sent off as the even money favorite, Gimpanzee paid $4.20 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind -- Odds-on choice Kissin In The Sand bested reigning Horse of the Year Shartin N in the final strides of the lone $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for harness racing pacing mares on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Floating for position from post nine, Kissin In The Sand found a spot in fourth as Shartin N slid to the lead past a :27.1 first quarter. Warrawee Ubeaut rode the pocket up the backside with Treacherous Reign third. Meanwhile, driver Dexter Dunn waited to move Kissin In The Sand past a :56.2 half. Rounding the final turn, Dunn gave marching orders to the 4-5 betting choice, rolled toward Shartin N by three-quarters in 1:23.4, and stayed at her side through the stretch drive. Shartin N kept Kissin In The Sand at bay until the final sixteenth, where the 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare slid to a three-quarter length advantage to win in 1:49.4. Shartin N settled for second with Warrawee Ubeaut giving pursuit up the passing lane for third and Treacherous Reign behind the top three in fourth. "She's been a good mare -- you know, she was a good 2-year-old, good 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old, so she's just super tough," trainer Nancy Takter said after the race. "The best part is going to be that she's not going to have the nine-hole in the final now." A winner on six occasions from 10 starts this year and 25 times in 56 starts overall, Kissin In The Sand has earned $1,519,094 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. She paid $3.60 to win. With Rockin Nola and Trillions Hanover opting for byes to the $300,000 final, Philly Hanover, Caviart Ally, Sweet Lucy Lou and Stonebridge Soul -- who finished fifth through eighth, respectively -- will also advance. The field of 10 distaff pacers, and their trainers, that will contest the $300,000 final are as follows: 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) by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Zenith Stride, who won the Peter Haughton Memorial at 87-1 earlier this season, is scratched sick from the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, according to trainer Mark Harder. Zenith Stride finished fifth in his elimination and drew post eight in the final, which is scheduled for Friday (Oct. 30) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. According to Breeders Crown conditions, the first also eligible -- Moonstone S -- moves into the farthest outside post on the starting gate, post nine. As such, Delayed Hanover, who drew post nine initially, moves in one slot to post eight. The amended field, with trainers, is below: 1. Take All Comers (Jim Campbell) 2. Cricket Fashion (Jim Campbell) 3. In Range (Marcus Melander) 4. On A Streak (Luc Blais) 5. Venerate (Julie Miller) 6. Muscle Dynasty (Paula Wellwood) 7. Captain Corey (Ã…ke Svandstedt) 8. Delayed Hanover (Ã…ke Svandstedt) 9. Moonstone S (Marcus Melander) 10. Brookview Bolt (Ron Burke) AE2. Capstone (Ãke Svanstedt)   From the Breeders Crown

Anderson, IN— October 23, 2020—Post positions were drawn on Friday, October 23 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the Open Mare Trot, Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, and Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Breeders Crown Finals. Elimination winners drew from posts one through five with the remainder of the harness racing field in an open draw.  In the two-year-old pacing filly ranks, elimination winners Continualou and JK Alwaysbealady drew post one and two respectively. Continualou provided the biggest upset of the evening after pacing home in :26 to score at odds of 92-1 and claim the first of two $25,000 eliminations with David Miller in the bike.   Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt Perfect Sting remained undefeated with an impressive performance in the second of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown Juvenile pacing colts and geldings for trainer Joe Holloway. Southwind Gendry also continued his winning ways as he delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the first elimination for freshman pacing colts. Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry will line up right next to each other in the $600,000 Final on Friday, October 30, drawing post two and three respectively.  On the trotting side, elimination winners In Range and Venerate drew post three and five, respectively for their $600,000 final.  Following are the fields in post position order for the Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Finals:    $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Continualou--Ron Burke 2-JK Alwaysbalady-Nancy Takter 3-Caviart Audrey-Nancy Takter 4-Paulas Bet Hanover-Ron Burke 5-Scarlett Hanover--Ron Burke 6-Blue Diamond Eyes—Ron Burke 7-Fire Start Hanover—R. Nifty Norman 8-Nashville Elgenna—Tony Alagna  9-Notorious Pink--Tony Alagna  10-Somethingbeautiful—Dylan Davis   $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot  PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Take All Comers—Jim Campbell 2-Cricket Fashion—Jim Campbell 3-In Range—Marcus Melander 4-On A Streak—Luc Blais 5-Venerate—Julie Miller 6-Muscle Dynasty—Paula Wellwood 7-Captain Corey—Ake Svandstedt  8-Zenith Stride—Mark Harder 9-Delayed Hanover—Ake Svandstedt  10-Brookview Bolt—Ron Burke   $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Jk Going West—LeWayne Miller  2-Perfect Sting—Joe Holloway 3-Southwind Gendry—Ron Burke 4-Always A Miki—Nancy Takter 5-Bayfield Beach—Brian Brown 6-Summa Cum Laude—Ron Burke 7-Abuckabett Hanover—Tony Alagna 8-Caviart Lotus—Nancy Takter 9-Captains Place—John Ackley 10-Literl Lad Hanover—Ron Burke    The Open Mare Trot did not require an elimination and all entrants advanced to the final slated for Saturday, October 31.    $300,000 Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Weslynn Quest—Christopher Beaver 2-Conway Kellyanne—Daryl Bontrager 3-Pat Matters—R.Nifty Norman 4-When Dovescry—Brett Pelling 5-Plunge Bluechip—Ake Svandstedt  6-Felicity Shagwell—Ake Svandstedt  7-Manchego—Nancy Takter 8-Grand Swan—LeWayne Miller   Five Breeders Crown eliminations will highlight the Saturday, October 24 program at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The remaining divisions will be drawn as follows:    Saturday, October 24—following the final elimination race: Open Mare Pace Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Three-Year-Old Filly Trot   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   Emily Ratcliff  |  Race Marketing Manager and Commentator

ANDERSON, Ind. -- After throwing down a :25.1 final quarter, Party Girl Hill (Dexter Dunn) kept her perfect record intact after tripping the timer in 1:50.1 in the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 23). Lyons Sentinel (Tim Tetrick) made a late bid to hit the wire in front in 1:49.4 in the second elimination. Party Girl Hill coasted along in third as Peaky Sneaky (Yannick Gingras) held the lead right from the start and Rocknificent (Scott Zeron) tracked in second. Sneaky Peaky set fractions of :25.4, :56.3 and 1:24.3, and shortly after they rounded the final turn in the mile, Party Girl Hill was given her cue.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous and Rocklamation bore down on the leader and passed a valiant Peaky Sneaky to improve her resume to 14-14-0-0 and her bankroll to more than $745,000. Drama Act (Matt Kakaley) got up for third, with Rocknificent coming home fourth. Pettycoat Business (Trace Tetrick) collected the last spot in the $500,000 final next Saturday (Oct. 31). Trained by Chris Ryder, Party Girl Hill competes as a homebred for owner Tom Hill. The winner paid $2.20. "She's a phenomenal filly," Ryder said. "I feel confident going into next weekend, 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. I think not racing her last year helped her. She is doing as well as a horse can do this year. She only has the Matron left (after the Breeders Crown final), but we haven't talked about it whether she will race in it." Lyons Sentinel was allowed to float off the gate as Hen Party (Andrew McCarthy) went straight to the front. After Hen Party led the field of seven through the first quarter mile in a sizzling :25.2, Priceless (Andy Miller) was hot on her hooves, as was Baby Your The Best (David Miller). Miller decided it was time for Priceless to set the fractions and pulled her, placing Hen Party in the pocket. The Indiana champion set standards of :55.2 and 1:23.3 before the other fillies came to her as they hit the stretch. JK First Lady assumed command in mid-stretch and seemed to be home free as Priceless faded. That's when Lyons Sentinel was just gearing up. Loaded with pace, the filly had been sitting in sixth for most of the mile but moved into fourth turning for home. After catching JK First Lady, Lyons Sentinel dueled with that rival before putting her away in late stretch. New Year (Dunn) passed Hen Party, who was fourth, to be third. Lady Lou (Joe Bongiorno) nailed down the final spot in the final, finishing fifth.  A daughter of Captaintreacherous and Tutu Hanover, Lyons Sentinel was the slight favorite over JK First Lady and returned $3.60. She is trained by Jim King Jr. and owned by Threelyonsracing. by Kimberly French, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Spoiled Princess carved a path towards the lead and powered to the front in the final strides to score in the first $25,000 elimination for the Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly harness racing trot on Friday (Oct. 23) at Harrah's Hoosier Park.   Sister Sledge slid to the lead from post five as Sorella rolled alongside and soon moved to the lead by a :26.4 opening quarter. Hypnotic AM, positioned third, pulled from the pylons to circle to the lead before a :57 half, seating Sorella into the pocket and shuffling Sister Sledge to third. At that point, driver Dexter Dunn angled Spoiled Princess first-over from fifth and began marching towards Hypnotic AM trotting to three-quarters in 1:26.2. Off the turn, Spoiled Princess drew to equal terms with the leader and stuck a head in front charging for the finish, maintaining that margin in progress to a 1:53 victory over Hypnotic AM with Sorella finishing third. Rock Swan and May Baby round out the first-elimination finalists. "She felt great sitting fifth there, and she felt even better when I moved her off the helmet and came first-over," Dunn said after the race. "She's really strong right now and she was good to the finish." Bred by Robert McNerney and Hauser Brothers Racing Entertainment LLC, Spoiled Princess collected her fifth win from 12 starts this season and her eighth from 21 overall, earning $171,136. Nancy Takter conditions the daughter of Trixton for owners Black Horse Racing and Christina Takter. She paid $7.40 to win. Next Level Stuff lunged to the lead through the open stretch to take the other elimination for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Whose Blues protected position from the pylon post to a :26.4 first quarter, but yielded for the pocket as Ab'sattitudexpress rolled towards the top approaching the backstretch. Next Level Stuff trotted third to a :58 half and raced locked at the pylons into the final turn as Caviart Eva pulled first-over but stalled. Ab'sattitudexpress continued unchallenged to three-quarters in 1:26.4, but faced pressure as Whose Blues popped pocket straightening for the finish. Next Level Stuff had a seam to slide closer to the leader and, as Whose Blues went on a gallop, dove into the passing lane to take aim at the pacesetter late and edge by in the final strides of a 1:53.4 mile. Love A Good Story, the 3-2 favorite, rallied for third, while Caviart Eva and Crucial completed the finalists. Winning her sixth race from 12 starts this season and her 12th from 22 overall, Next Level Stuff has banked $396,816 for owner-breeder Runthetable Stable. Tim Tetrick drove the Jim Campbell-trained Sebastian K S filly, who paid $6.00 to win. by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Mazzarati, a 24-1 long shot, motored down the stretch to win the first of Friday's (Oct. 23) two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old filly harness racing trotters in a lifetime best 1:54.3 and Lady Chaos captured the second in 1:54.2, both over a sloppy surface at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $600,000 final on Oct. 30 at Hoosier Park. Joining Mazzarati in the final from the first elim were Gotta Believe, Splash Blue Chip, Iteration and Ima Diamond Babe. Donna Soprano, the 3-5 favorite, went off stride behind the gate and third choice You Ato Dream made a break on the first turn. Beautiful Game also made a break.   Joining Lady Chaos in the final from the second elim were Presto, Swift Swanda, Big City Pearl and Hello I Love You. Flawless Country, the morning line favorite, was scratched. In the first elimination, Mazzarati and driver Tim Tetrick were third as Iteration, with Brian Sears in the sulky, led the field through fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.2. As the group turned for home, Mazzarati hit another gear and sped home to victory by 1-1/4 lengths over Andy Miller-driven Gotta Believe, who was sent off at 50-1. Ãke Svanstedt's Splash Blue Chip was third.   Lucas Wallin trains Mazzarati for owners Mazza Racing Stables and Stormi and Bruiser Stable. Mazzarati, by Cantab Hall out of Falls For You, has won four of nine races this season and earned $83,785. She was bred by Fair Winds Farm. Mazzarati paid $50.80 to win. In the second elimination, Lady Chaos and driver David Miller sat second as Dexter Dunn guided May Karp to fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26.4. Presto, the 8-5 favorite driven by Yannick Gingras, came first-over from fifth to take the lead, but was unable to hold off Lady Chaos in the stretch. Lady Chaos, the 5-2 second choice, won by three-quarters of a length over Presto. Swift Swanda, with Trace Tetrick, finished third.   "I was really happy with her," said Linda Toscano, who trains Lady Chaos for owners Richard Gutnick, Tom Pontone, Joseph Lozito Jr. and Enviro Stables. "David gave her a really good trip and she finished up good. She was sick her last start in Lexington and we opted to not race her the second week, and so far it looks like it's paid off. "I have a lot of confidence in the filly. She's been a pleasure all the way through." Lady Chaos, the Kentucky Sire Stakes champion and Peaceful Way Stakes runner-up, has won five of nine races this season and earned $260,803. A daughter of Cantab Hall out of Strong Legacy, she was bred by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and AV & Son Bloodstock. Lady Chaos paid $7.80 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Perfect Sting remained perfect on the harness racing season with an authoritative performance in the second of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown juvenile pacing colt and gelding division on Friday night (Oct. 23) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Southwind Gendry continued his successful stakes winning streak as well, capturing the first $25,000 elimination to notch his seventh straight win. Perfect Sting, the royally-bred son of champions Always B Miki and Shebestingin, scored effortlessly in 1:50.4, leaving pocket-sitting rival Summa Cum Laude four lengths behind at the wire. Driver David Miller left for early placement, allowing Bayfield Beach to claim the early lead with Summa Cum Laude and Yannick Gingras getting parked past the :26.3 opening quarter to take control. At that point, Miller gunned Perfect Sting to the front and cleared before reaching the half mile in :55.1. The Joe Holloway trainee was in relaxation mode the third quarter, leading the field through a pedestrian :29.2 fraction. While, some 13 days earlier, rival Summa Cum Laude nearly defeated Perfect Sting at Lexington while on the lead, that foe proved powerless to keep contact with Perfect Sting -- who effortlessly expanded his lead to 3-3/4 lengths with a :26.1 final quarter over a rain-soaked surface rated sloppy.   The biggest battle was for the place spot, as Always A Miki cleared road trouble in mid-stretch and just missed catching Summa Cum Laude for second. Abuckabett Hanover and driver Andy McCarthy made a furious rally and was lapped on that pair, but settled for fourth. Early leader Bayfield Beach claimed the final qualifying berth. Owned and bred by Brittany Farms (Geoge Segal) and Val D'Or Farms (Martin Granoff), Perfect Sting has won all nine of his career starts. Southwind Gendry continued his successful stakes winning streak in capturing the first $25,000 elimination. Yannick Gingras guided the gelding from the first crop of Always B Miki to an impressive 1:51 victory. Indiana Sires Stakes champion J K Going West and driver LeWayne Miller pushed the early tempo, clearing the lead ahead of Captains Place in a :27 first quarter while Gingras got away in third position with the 2-5 favorite Southwind Gendry. Coming off the bend, Southwind Gendry made a methodical move up the backstretch to gain control while hardly stressed through a :56.4 first half. Gingras didn't allow an outer flow to develop as he picked up the pace with Southwind Gendry, making others work through three quarters in 1:25.1. It was essentially a one-horse race from there, as the Ron Burke trainee hit high gear and powered through a wind-aided :25.4 final quarter to complete the mile in 1:51.   Caviart Lotus and driver Tim Tetrick rallied late for the place spot, three lengths back, with early leader J K Going West along for third. Literl Lad Hanover and Captains Place completed the top five to qualify for the final. It was the ninth victory in 11 starts this year -- and the seventh in a row -- for Southwind Gendry. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, Knox Services, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Southwind Gendry was bred by Southwind Farms. "He's got a high gear," said Gingras in the winner's circle. "I'm really looking forward to next week." by Jay Bergman, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Continualou (David Miller), at odds of 92-1, strode home with a :26 final panel to claim the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old harness racing pacing fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 23). JK Alwaysbalady (Yannick Gingras) got up in the shadow of the wire to take the second elimination and collect the second win of her young career. Continualou was placed in second after leaving the starting gate and remained there through the :27.2 first quarter established by Caviart Audrey (Gingras). Fire Start Hanover (Dexter Dunn) was gunned to the lead from third with Caviart Audrey remaining in the pocket spot and Continualou tracking in third. Fire Start Hanover led the field through fractions of :57.1 and 1:25 heading into the stretch. Caviart Audrey appeared poised to strike as the fillies turned for home, however Continualou had other plans. The daughter of Sweet Lou and Continual Velocity surged past Fire Start Hanover in mid-stretch to stop the clock in 1:51.4. Fire Start Hanover held for second, 1-3/4 lengths behind, with Paulas Bet Hanover passing Caviart Audrey for third. The favorite, Indiana Sires Stakes champion Somethingbeautiful (Tim Tetrick), failed to fire and was fifth. The top five finishers advance to the $600,000 final on Oct. 30. Conditioned by Ron Burke, Continualou is a homebred for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. The filly's record now improves to 11-3-2-0 and she has now banked more than $140,000. "She is a homebred and we own her sire and her dam," said co-owner and co-breeder Mark Weaver. "It's always special when you win a race like this with a homebred. David (Miller) put her in a perfect position, and everything just worked out for her. Yes, I did think those odds were a little long. Of course, if I had bet on her, she would have went off a lot lower. But when I asked Ronnie (Burke) earlier this week about which horses were doing well here, he mentioned two and she was one of them. You never know how a horse is going to like this track and she sure seemed to." Continualou paid $186.00 to win. JK Alwaysbalady (Gingras) got up in the shadow of the wire to outlast Scarlett Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Notorious Pink (Tim Tetrick) and take the second $25,000 elimination for her age, gait and sex. It is the second win of her young career. The daughter of Horses of the Year Always B Miki and JK She'salady settled into fifth after leaving the gate. Thebeachiscalling shot to the lead and set a swift first fraction of :25.3. Notorious Pink was the first to move from fourth and procured the lead shortly before the half-mile marker. Notorious Pink continued to top the field through fractions of :55.1 and 1:23. But Scarlett Hanover was prepared to challenge her rival as the field headed for home and Notorious Pink seemed to slightly shorten stride. In the middle of the stretch, JK Alwaysbalady was placed on the outside to commence her bid. She closed stoutly and bested Scarlett Hanover by a head in 1:51. Notorious Pink held for third, with Blue Diamond Eyes fourth and Nashville Elgenna fifth. Trained by Nancy Takter, JK Alwaysbalady races as a homebred for 3 Brothers Stables. Her resume now stands at 8-2-2-2 and she has now earned more than $75,000. "We were thrilled we got one in, let alone two (fillies in the Breeders Crown elims out of the same dam)," said Alan Katz, who operates the stable with his brothers Ron and Steve. "It's been a blessing owning them. We've got two stallions and we're thrilled to be here. "She's getting better and better. She was lazy and starting to get to it which is the complete opposite of her older sister (JK First Lady). We wouldn't sell her unless we get out of the business." by Kimberly French, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Venerate produced a wire-to-wire domination of the field in the second $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old colt and gelding harness racing trotters on Friday (Oct. 23) at Harrah's Hoosier Park, leading all the way with ease to win in 1:52.2 -- a track record for freshman trotters. Driver Andy Miller wasted no time taking the lead with Venerate off the gate in the sloppy going, seating favorite Captain Corey in the pocket. Outsider Capstone dropped into third with Dancinginthedark M following in fourth through the :27.1 first quarter. Nothing changed as Venerate glided on the lead effortlessly to cut the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Captain Corey went to the outside in an attempt to catch the leader. Venerate pounded onward with no concern for the following favorite, as those two drew many lengths ahead of the others. Dancinginthedark M, looking to pick up third, broke stride and backed up, leaving a path for Take All Comers to get the show spot and Muscles Dynasty to finish fourth. Zenith Stride finished fifth.   Venerate's divisional track record mile was only one-fifth of a second off the all-age trotting record at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Venerate is by the French sire Love You and out of the Muscle Hill mare Peaceful Kemp. The Julie Miller trainee was bred by Steve Stewart and Kemppi Stable and is owned by the Pinske Stable and Andy Miller Stable. He paid $7.00 to win. In the heat of the stretch, In Range flew on the outside past a breaking leader to finish a hair ahead of a fast-closing Brookview Bolt in the first elimination. The two favorites, Delayed Hanover and Cuatro De Julio, left quickly to take the first two spots off the gate and reach the quarter in :26.3. Moonstone S, who dropped into third early, broke stride going to the half, allowing Brookview Bolt to inherit third and In Range to roll along in fourth. While Cuatro De Julio led the field to three-quarters in 1:26.4, Tim Tetrick steered In Range to the outside for a charge into the stretch. Losing some ground but still ahead, Cuatro De Julio began to gallop and back up. From mid-stretch, Brookview Bolt got going, only to meet In Range at the wire and miss by a neck. The 1:54.1 win was a career best for In Range, a son of Bar Hopping and Ilia bred by the Windsong Stable. In Range is trained by Marcus Melander for owners AMG Stable, Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Hans Asell and Rick Wahlstedt. In Range paid $14.00 to win.   "The track was playing fair," Tetrick said after the race. Delayed Hanover finished third, and On A Streak was fourth. Cuatro De Julio, who finished fifth, was disqualified and demoted to seventh, elevating Cricket Fashion to the official fifth place. by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

After a career-best 2019 that included winning his first Breeders Crown trophy, driver Joe Bongiorno hopes to add to his success in the championship event at Harrah's Hoosier Park this year. And he will have more opportunities than ever to try to accomplish that goal. The 27-year-old Bongiorno heads to this weekend's eliminations with eight drives, including with Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa. Prior to this year, the most drives he ever had in a Breeders Crown was five, in his debut year in 2016 at The Meadowlands. He has driven a total of nine horses in the event, elims and finals combined. Bongiorno won his Crown last year in the Open Pace with American History, trained by Tony Alagna, at Woodbine Mohawk Park and finished his season with a career-best $5.89 million in purses. "It was unbelievable," Bongiorno said. "To win a Breeders Crown at the age of 26 is something special. It's something special at any time in your life, but to win it that early in my career, I'm just very thankful. "To have these opportunities this early in my career is not something I expected. I'm very grateful. This weekend with the Breeders Crown is a big opportunity and now I just have to try to make the most of it." Bongiorno drives in three Breeders Crown eliminations Saturday, with 3-year-old male pacers Captain Barbossa and Save Me A Dance, and 3-year-old male trotter Play Trix On Me. Captain Barbossa, who won the Little Brown Jug a month ago the day after Bongiorno's 27th birthday, is 4-1 on the morning line in his elim, which includes the sport's No. 1-ranked horse, Tall Dark Stranger, who is the 3-5 favorite. In his most recent start, Oct. 4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile, the Tony Alagna-trained Captain Barbossa finished second by a half-length to Tall Dark Stranger. He has one win in 14 races this season but has been no worse than second in his last five starts. "The horse raced unreal in the Little Brown Jug," Bongiorno said. "Then he came back in (1):48.3 at Lexington. He's definitely going to be fit. It's going to be 21 days from his last start, but Tony always has his horses ready to go. "This year being able to win the Jug for Tony, I can't thank him and his owners, his whole team, for the opportunities they've given me." Save Me A Dance, trained by Andrew Harris, is 10-1 in his elimination. It will be Bongiorno's first drive behind the colt, who spent most of the season on the New York circuit before heading to Red Mile for the recent Grand Circuit meet. He was third in a division of the Bluegrass and fourth in a division of the Tattersalls Pace. "He's been pacing hard to the wire in some big miles," Bongiorno said. "I think he's a nice colt. He just needs a little bit of luck." Play Trix On Me is 12-1 in his elimination, where he starts from post nine. Play Trix On Me, trained by Linda Toscano, is a two-time New Jersey Sire Stakes champion and finished second in the Canadian Trotting Classic in September. Bongiorno drove the colt for the first time Oct. 15 at Hoosier Park and won in 1:54.1 on a "good" track. "He was very good," Bongiorno said. "He had been off for three weeks and won as easily as a horse can do it. I look forward to racing him. The nine hole is not ideal, but it doesn't bother me. The horse has gate speed, and he can put himself in the race. I think he can go with them. If things work out, I think he has just as good a shot as anyone in that division. "He got a good run over Hoosier. Even though it's a big track, it's tighter turns than you would think, and the stretch is so long. It was good to see how he felt as far as being straight and shod properly for that track." In addition to his Breeders Crown drives Saturday, Bongiorno has five on Friday. Following are his thoughts on those eliminations. Exploit, a 2-year-old male pacer trained by Alagna, who is 12-1 in his elim. He counts the Metro Pace among three wins this year. "I've never raced him but, obviously, I've paid attention to what he's done," Bongiorno said. "He can do it either way, from up close or behind. He's got a quick turn of foot. I'm really looking forward to driving him. He's a really nice horse." Nashville Elgenna, a 2-year-old female pacer trained by Alagna and the first foal out of four-time Dan Patch Award winner Anndrovette. She is 2-for-2 this year and 9-2 in her elim. Bongiorno has driven her once. "I think that's a horse on the upswing and the sky is the limit," Bongiorno said. "She's been super impressive in her two lifetime starts and we really don't know what her bottom is. I expect her to keep getting better. She hasn't had to race against these top fillies yet, but I think she can hold her own. I was super impressed with her." Lady Lou, a 3-year-old female pacer trained by Alagna, who is 15-1 in her elim. She was second in the Fan Hanover Stakes and Shady Daisy. "I've never raced her," Bongiorno said. "There are a lot of really nice horses in that division. If she can put herself in the race, she's going to have a chance. She's been on the wire with some good horses before, so hopefully she can do it again." Hello I Love You, a 2-year-old female trotter trained by Alagna, who is 5-1 in her elim. She has two wins, including a division of the Bluegrass, and was second in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. "She is a really, really nice filly," Bongiorno said. "I've liked her since the first time I drove her; I thought she would win some big races this year. The first week of Lexington she was really good, as sharp as sharp could be. The second week, I came late first over with her. (Insta Glam) drifted out and allowed (Flawless Country) up the inside. If she doesn't get that clear run up the inside, I win the second week of Lexington with her too. "She was very impressive both weeks. I think if she's on her 'A' game both weeks, she's got as good a shot as anybody in that division." Ms Savannah Belle, a 3-year-old female trotter trained by Per Engblom, who is 9-2 in her elimination. She was a Breeders Crown elimination winner in 2019 (seventh in the final). Bongiorno drove her for the first time Oct. 11 in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, finishing fifth over a "good" Red Mile surface. "I had to go to the inside in the stretch and the track was deep there, more so than on the outside," Bongiorno said. "She raced even better than the line looks. She was very good, but I know that she's got more than that. She's handy, that's what I like about her. I think she's going to be really good." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday and Saturday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. For Saturday's complete entries, click here. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Anderson, IN— October 22, 2020—Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host a weekend of world-class harness racing as the 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will begin with eliminations on Friday, October 23. Twelve Breeders Crown eliminations for varying age groups of both gaits and genders will highlight Friday’s live racing action while five eliminations will be featured on Saturday's live racing card. The sport’s best trotters and pacers will be looking to secure a spot in next weekend’s lucrative finals.  The Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot did not require eliminations and will go directly to the finals on Sat. Oct. 31. There were 61 two-year-olds entered, resulting in $25,000 eliminations in all divisions for Friday, Oct. 23. All of the two-year-old finals will carry a purse of $600,000. There were 61 three-year-olds entered, resulting in $25,000 eliminations in all divisions with the fillies racing on Friday, Oct. 23 and the colts on Saturday, Oct. 24. All of the three-year-old finals will feature a purse of $500,000.  Harrah’s Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the Breeders Crown Finals and eliminations cards. The live stream will be available on YouTube along with a link available on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website. In addition to a live stream of the racing cards, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will provide a live stream of the post position draws.  The draw broadcast will be part of a week-long coverage leading up to the Breeders Crown finals, including the Breeders Crown post draw reception which will be held on Monday, October 26 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park at 6pm. 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:  Friday, October 23—following the final elimination race: Open Mare Trot Two-Year-Old Colt Pace  Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Two-Year-Old Filly Pace   Saturday, October 24—following the final elimination race: Open Mare Pace Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Three-Year-Old Filly Trot   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.    Emily Ratcliff

Harness racing Jamie Macomber has fond memories of the first time Harrah's Hoosier Park hosted the Breeders Crown in 2017. Now, with the event back again at the Indiana oval the trainer calls her home track, she would enjoy creating more. Macomber won a Breeders Crown trophy three years ago with 3-year-old male pacer Beckhams Z Tam, who stormed down the stretch and bested eventual Pacer of the Year Downbytheseaside by a quarter-length. This time, her hopes rest with a 3-year-old male trotter, Swan In Motion. Swan In Motion races Saturday in the first of two eliminations for the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trotters. He will start from post seven in a field of nine with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky and is 12-1 on the morning line. Ready For Moni, the Zweig Memorial and Goodtimes Stakes winner, is the 3-1 favorite. Hoosier hosts $25,000 eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers and trotters as well as older female pacers on Saturday. Eliminations for 2-year-olds and 3-year-old fillies are Friday. Elims were unnecessary for the Open Pace, Open Trot, and Mare Trot. Swan In Motion has won six of 10 races this season and heads to his Breeders Crown elimination off a win in last week's Indiana Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male trotters. The colt began his campaign with five consecutive victories before being slowed by a few minor issues but appears back to top form. He kicked home in a race-best :27.2 last week and won in a career-best 1:53.1. "I feel pretty confident," Macomber said. "I think he's going in the right direction leading up to it. If you asked me a month ago, I might not have been so confident. But I'm more confident now. I think he is back to normal." Macomber trains Swan In Motion for M & M Racing and Norbert Joseph Maza. The son of Swan For All-Keystone Sadie has won eight of 21 career races and $396,845. "I think his best quality is his ability to trot home fast," Macomber said about Swan In Motion, who three times this year trotted his last quarter in :26.3 or faster. "And he's got heart. Hopefully, his heart and his speed can take us where we need to be." The top-five finishers from each of the two eliminations advance to the $500,000 final next week at Hoosier Park. Elimination winners draw for posts one through five. When Macomber won the Breeders Crown in 2017, she was in her first full season with her own stable after spending 10 years running Ron Burke's Indiana outpost. She shared the Hoosier Park training title that year and is tied for second this season. "I have awesome memories of that Breeders Crown," Macomber said. "Hopefully, we can make those same memories again. "Could it happen two times? Let's hope." Amigo Volo, a returning Breeders Crown champion and fresh off his win in the Kentucky Futurity, is the 8-5 favorite in the second elimination for 3-year-old male trotters. The gelding has won four of his last five starts, with only a second-place finish to Back Of The Neck keeping him from an unbeaten string. Back Of The Neck is the 5-2 second choice in the second elim. The most recent male trotter to win Breeders Crown trophies at ages 2 and 3 was Gimpanzee, who did it last year. There also are two eliminations Saturday for 3-year-old male pacers, with the top-five finishers from each advancing to the final. Stakes-winner Capt Midnight is the 5-2 favorite in the first, which also includes Adios winner Catch The Fire, world-record-equaling Cattlewash, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ No Lou Zing. In the second elimination, returning Breeders Crown champion Tall Dark Stranger is the 3-5 favorite. Tall Dark Stranger is the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, with 10 wins in 11 races. His victories include the Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup, and Cane Pace. The elimination also includes Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa and stakes-winner Warrawee Vital. The most recent male pacer to win Breeders Crown titles at ages 2 and 3 was Artiscape in 1997-1998. Only one elimination is necessary for the Mare Pace, where the top-eight finishers will join bye recipients Trillions Hanover and Rockin Nola in the final. Kissin In The Sand, on a four-race winning streak that includes the Milton, Dayton Distaff Derby, and Allerage Mare Pace, is the 8-5 favorite. Shartin N, last season's Horse of the Year, is 9-5. Caviart Ally, who won last year's Breeders Crown Mare Pace, is 9-2. The most recent pacing mare to repeat as champ was Shelliscape in 2013-2014. In addition, the elim includes Warrawee Ubeaut, who won Breeders Crown titles at ages 2 and 3. She is attempting to become the first 3-year-old female pacing champion to win at 4. If successful in winning a third Breeders Crown trophy, she would tie the record for a pacer, shared by Jenna's Beach Boy, Eternal Camnation, and My Little Dragon. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. For Saturday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Harness racing trainer Lucas Wallin quickly admits that having horses in the Breeders Crown eliminations for the first time is no great accomplishment since "anyone can enter." But he does feel it's an accomplishment to be training horses that have enough potential to be entered. "That's right," said Wallin, who has three entries in Friday's (Oct. 23) Breeders Crown eliminations at Harrah's Hoosier Park. "None of the horses will be the favorite but all of them have something to do there. It's not that we just put them in there to have fun. They can do pretty good in there, I think." It's another step forward for the 27-year-old, now in his fourth full year of building up a stable since coming from Sweden in 2014. His earnings and victories have risen each year, although that won't happen this season due to a COVID-19-impacted season. But his numbers still look good considering the huge drop-off in starts. In 2017, he won 18 races and $183,712 in 110 starts; followed by 29 wins and $351,877 in 164 starts in 2018, and 32 wins and $692,544 in 216 starts last year. This season, in just 87 races, Wallin has 19 wins and earned $434,155, which is roughly $250,000 less than 2019 in 129 fewer starts. "I'm happy but also I feel I'm not near where I want to be," said Wallin, who has a stable of 16 horses at Marcus Melander's farm in New Egypt, N.J. "I don't want to have many more horses. But we want to do better in the big stake races. "This year we only had two horses we raced over 2-years-old. We haven't done too many starts but when we race them we've done good. I'm happy, we have some nice babies here in the fall. But I don't want 60 or 70 horses. I want 20 or 25. I'd like to have a finger everywhere to see what's going on." Wallin already has been involved in some major stakes races, including the Hambletonian Oaks, but he still feels emotions stirring as he readies for Friday's eliminations. "It's a pretty strong feeling," he said. "It's one of the biggest events in harness racing. That's a pretty special feeling. It's the end of the year, most of the horses have raced a lot. Anything can happen. It's a good feeling to have three of them in there." Hoosier hosts $25,000 eliminations for 2-year-olds and 3-year-old fillies Friday. The top-five finishers from each elimination advance to next week's finals. Elimination winners will draw for posts one through five for the finals. Eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers, 3-year-old male trotters, and older female pacers will be held Saturday at Hoosier. Eliminations were unnecessary for the Open Pace, Open Trot, and Mare Trot. May Karp and Mazzarati will be competing for Wallin in the 2-year-old filly trot. May Karp, who will have Dexter Dunn in the sulky, is in the second of the two eliminations and is 8-1 on the morning line. Mazzarati, with Tim Tetrick, is 15-1 in the first elim. May Karp, by Cantab Hall out of Evermore, has won three of 10 races and $90,387 for owner Shermay Stables. She won two rounds of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series and the consolation for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. She finished second in a Bluegrass Stakes division at Red Mile and then was the favorite in her International Stallion Stakes division but went off stride and finished seventh. "She's a nice little filly," Wallin said. "We put her in good races. We tried her in the Jim Doherty (Memorial) in the summer, but she made a break in the last eighth of the final, otherwise she would have been in nice shape. "She raced good at the Red Mile and finished second in the Bluegrass, but unfortunately she made a break on the backstretch in her next race. She was getting a little aggressive when Dexter wanted to get a hold of her. We'll adjust the equipment for this race." Mazzarati, by Cantab Hall out of Falls For You, has won three of eight races and $71,285 for owners Mazza Racing Stables and Stormi and Bruiser Stable. She won her elimination for the Doherty Memorial and finished fifth in the final. Her other wins came in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars and a leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series. "I was pretty high on her very, very early but then she struggled with a couple issues in the summer that took time to fix," Wallin said. "I'm a little disappointed with the season but not the horse. I trained her (Tuesday) and it feels like she's going into this race in good shape. So, I'm going into the Breeders Crown with a good feeling but also a realistic feeling. It's good to race with the best fillies and hopefully she can learn from that." Competing in the 3-year-old filly trot is Ab'sattitudexpress, who is 10-1 in the second of two eliminations and will have Brian Sears in the sulky. She has won five of 10 races this season including the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, where she defeated Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill. The daughter of Trixton-Abbie'sgotattitude has earned $171,700 this year for breeder/owner Stop The Jade Farm. "We took our time with her as a 2-year-old," Wallin said, referring to her two wins and a second in three starts. "She did some nice things in overnights at (Harrah's Philadelphia) and we felt she could go a little. "Overall, she's had a very good season and she looked absolutely perfect over at the Red Mile when she won over Ramona Hill. Tetrick drove a perfect race; it worked out 100 percent, the filly looked really good. I go in with a very good feeling with her for this race. We drew good, post three, and I think she's going to have a very good race as well." Wallin began driving ponies at age 8 and, a few years after that, began helping at his uncle Joakim Wallin's stable. When childhood friend Oskar Florhed told Wallin about an opportunity to work in the U.S. for Ake Svanstedt in 2014, he jumped at it. Those two years proved invaluable, in getting both an education and important contacts as a second trainer. "I have a lot to thank Ake for," Wallin said. "I had a good time at his place. He gave me so much responsibility with everything. He let me drive a lot of races. Without him I would probably not be here. It's tough to get owners, but a lot of owners throw my name out there because he let me drive his horses. "He's for sure one of the best horsemen in the world, his resume speaks for itself. I learned a lot of things from him. We still talk a lot when we see each other on the racetracks." While Wallin would like to start making inroads on the Grand Circuit, he is smart enough and patient enough to realize he is still young with plenty of time to hit it big. "I just want to get better and better each year," he said. "I want to stay here in America and build my stable. I'm happy with where I'm located with the farm. It's a very nice place, it's nice and quiet. The horses like it. There's a lot of harmony. "I just really want to get going in the big ones. But that takes time. I learn something every day and every season I feel more and more comfortable in what I'm doing. I'm very confident in myself and my team. We're getting better and better and I'm sure we'll get where we want to be." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Hoosier Park. For complete entries, click here. by Rich Fisher, for the USTA         Ken Weingartner   Media Relations Manager   U.S. Trotting Association   www.ustrotting.com      

Harness racing trainers Ron Burke and Julie Miller have three of the four richest 2-year-olds in Friday's Breeders Crown eliminations at Harrah's Hoosier Park - Venerate, Southwind Gendry, and Blue Diamond Eyes - and both trainers feel good about their entries overall as they prepare for the night. Hoosier hosts $25,000 eliminations for 2-year-olds and 3-year-old fillies Friday. The 3-year-old fillies include returning Breeders Crown champions Ramona Hill and Reflect With Me. The top-five finishers from each elimination advance to next week's finals. Elimination winners will draw for posts one through five for the finals. Eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers, 3-year-old male trotters, and older female pacers will be held Saturday at Hoosier. Eliminations were unnecessary for the Open Pace, Open Trot, and Mare Trot. Burke, who ranks No. 2 among all trainers in Breeders Crown history with 17 trophies, will send out 12 horses in Friday's elims, including male pacer Southwind Gendry and female pacer Blue Diamond Eyes. "I think they're all going to be competitive," Burke said. "I'm happy with where most of them drew. We're just going to try to get as many in (to the finals) as we can and then get ready for next week." Southwind Gendry has won eight of 10 races this year and earned $409,269, tops among 2-year-old male pacers. He brings a six-race win streak to his elimination. His triumphs include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final and three Grand Circuit stakes (Elevation and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion). The gelding competes in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male pacers and will start from post two with driver Yannick Gingras. "He's super sharp and drew a good spot," Burke said. "I can't be happier. He has a real good attitude about winning. That's what most impresses me. He seems to want to win." The first elimination also includes Metro Pace winner Exploit and Indiana Sire Stakes champion JK Going West. The second elimination features undefeated Perfect Sting (8-for-8) as well as Metro runner-up Bayfield Beach and the season's fastest male pacer, Lou's Pearlman, who won a division of the Bluegrass in 1:49.1. Burke also trains Lou's Pearlman, the winner of five of 10 starts this year. "He started out great, then hit a little dry patch, but his last couple have been excellent," Burke said. "He's another one that's really coming in sharp and ready to go." Blue Diamond Eyes races in the second of two eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers. She has won four of nine starts, finished second three times, and earned $383,417. Her victories include sire stakes championships in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Her foes in the elimination include stablemate Scarlett Hanover, the Ontario Sire Stakes champion who finished first in the She's A Great Lady Stakes but was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch. "I can't be happier with (Blue Diamond Eyes); she's become one of the better fillies of the class," Burke said. "I'm thrilled with her. We thought she was our best filly and then she went the wrong way for a little bit. When she went to Lexington (for the recent Grand Circuit meet) she turned everything around. It all came together. "Whatever was wrong, she fixed it on her own, basically. Since then, she's been very good." The first elimination for 2-year-old filly pacers includes She's A Great Lady winner Caviart Audrey, Indiana Sire Stakes champion Somethingbeautiful, and Fire Start Hanover, who is on a five-race win streak. Miller-trained Venerate leads all 2-year-olds in purses with $690,614. The trotting colt won the Mohawk Million and Kentucky Sire Stakes final in September. He went off stride in his most recent start, a division of the International Stallion at Lexington's Red Mile. He is in the second of two eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters. "He can be his own worst enemy," Miller said. "He has to mind his manners, that's his biggest thing. 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. But he trained very well and I think he's on his game right now. I think he's peaking." Venerate's rivals in his elimination include undefeated Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Captain Corey (5-for-5) and Peter Haughton Memorial winner Zenith Stride. The first elim includes William Wellwood Memorial winner On A Streak and Grand Circuit stakes winner Cuatro De Julio, whose 1:51.3 mile in a division of the International Stallion makes him the fastest of the Breeders Crown hopefuls. In the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters, Peaceful Way winner Donna Soprano headlines a group of eight in the first elimination. The Luc Blais-trained filly has won five of six starts, including a division of the Champlain Stakes, and finished second to colt Venerate in the Mohawk Million. She leads 2-year-old filly trotters in purses with $433,570. The first elimination also includes New York Sire Stakes and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes winner Iteration as well as recent Grand Circuit stakes winner Beautiful Game. In the second elimination, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Flawless Country, Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Lady Chaos, and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Swift Swanda are among the hopefuls in a field of nine. Among the 3-year-old fillies, Tony Alagna's Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill competes in the second of two eliminations for 3-year-old female trotters. The most recent Breeders Crown-winning 2-year-old filly trotter to repeat at age 3 was Ariana G in 2016 and 2017. Her foes in her elimination include Love A Good Story, who earlier this month won the Kentucky Filly Futurity for trainer Miller. "We just tried to nurse her this summer in the New York (Sire Stakes) program and then target the Futurity and Breeders Crown," Miller said. "She's an easy keeper and loves her job and is full of energy. She's been a consistent, honest filly for us." Burke sends out Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Moni Maker Stakes winner Crucial in the second elimination and Sister Sledge, last year's Breeders Crown runner-up, in the first. Neither hit the board in their two most recent starts, but Burke said they were suffering from stomach issues. "We worked on them and they look better, and they trained great," Burke said. "I'm hoping we're going to turn them back around." The first elimination for 3-year-old filly trotters also includes New York and Kentucky sire stakes champ Hypnotic AM and Indiana Sire Stakes champ May Baby. Reflect With Me, another Alagna trainee, is in the first of two eliminations for 3-year-old filly pacers. The most recent Breeders Crown-winning 2-year-old filly pacer to repeat at age 3 was Warrawee Ubeaut, just last year. Her elimination includes undefeated (13-for-13) Party Girl Hill, who beat male rivals in her most recent start in the Tattersalls Pace. Her wins also include the Jugette and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. The second elimination includes last year's Dan Patch Award winner, Lyons Sentinel, along with New York Sire Stakes champion Hen Party and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Priceless. Priceless is a newer addition to Miller's stable. She will be making her third start for Miller in the Breeders Crown elim. "We kind of did a test run the first time with her so we could figure out how we wanted her to be and she really raced well," Miller said. "She really likes that Hoosier track. There are a lot of nice horses in there, but she deserves it and it's her home turf. Hopefully, she'll have a little advantage there. "Things seems to be going our way right now," she added. "We're very thankful and fortunate. I hope it continues." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Hoosier Park. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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