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Louisville, KY --- It wasn’t exactly in the cards for White Birch Farms to be racing In The Arsenal, but after capturing his $25,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard elimination at Yonkers Raceway on July 12, in front running fashion, they have to feel vindicated after the colt came home from last year’s Harrisburg Sale rather than being in someone else’s barn. “He didn’t reach his reserve,” said Kelvin Harrison, the colt’s conditioner. “So White Birch bought him back for $7,500. It was because he was small, but not real small. He was also absolutely correct. “I think it was because he was the 14th foal out of this mare (Ladyotra). A lot of today’s yearling buyers will steer away from horses after they are the eighth foal for some reason. Also, the thing is they grow and that’s exactly what he did. Even if he had turned out to be a small 2-year-old that wouldn’t have bothered me as Direct Fight (a former Harrison trainee that earned $825,052 in his career) was and it never bothered him.” The son of American Ideal and the On The Road Again mare Ladyotra, In The Arsenal seeks his second consecutive triumph and the second of his three race career on Saturday (July 19) in the $175,000 Sheppard final. In The Arsenal will leave from post position two with Eric Goodell holding the lines in race five. He is the 5-2 morning line second choice in a field of eight. The colt will face some stiff competition from 8-5 morning line favorite Cartoon Daddy, who is a perfect two-for-two with more than $31,000 in the bank and was the other Sheppard elimination victor. But back to In The Arsenal’s family tree. The homebred’s dam was 21 years old when she foaled him, but Ladyotra, who earned more than $115,000 in her racing career, has been as prolific as they come in the breeding shed. From her 14 foals she has produced Exquisite Art (1998, Artsplace, p,3,1:50.4, $578,544), Otra Sign (1999, Life Sign, p,1:54.2f, $115,458), Queen Otra (2001, Artsplace, p,4,1:51, $200,837) and Premier (2007, Artsplace, p,1:51.3f, $158,233). Ladyotra has dropped nine winners and the 12 yearlings that were sold to other buyers at public auction fetched the sum of $589,000. It is still early in his racing career, but In The Arsenal certainly possesses the genetic material to be a very nice horse. “I watched He’s Watching last year in the final of the (New York) Sire Stakes,” Harrison said. “He was a small horse but he has the same sire as In The Arsenal and he certainly could go fast. I watched him again this year in the eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace and he had not grown much from last year but was really muscled out. Then you saw what he did the night of the Meadowlands Pace. 1:46.4. That time speaks for itself. “In The Arsenal has actually grown and is now probably bigger than He’s Watching. He is no longer a small horse but a medium sized one. He’s very muscular and he’s a well put together horse. He is also great gaited. The only thing that ever concerned me with him was he might get a little bit hot.” The colt was sixth in his career debut on July 5, a $15,000 2-year-old race at Meadowlands Racetrack, after having the lead at the half. “It wasn’t the greatest of trips,” Harrison said. “Brian (Sears) chased him up a little bit out of the gate and then he got him going. He put him in the hole and then he didn’t get out of the hole, then was a bit aggressive when he did let him go. He still paced nicely right to the wire. “For the elimination, I thought when the sheet came out, we would put him in the hole and race him from behind, but when I saw what was in there I told Eric (Goodell) to just not get him in trouble.” After Saturday’s engagement, In The Arsenal will appear in most of the major stakes races for his age, gait and gender. “We have him staked up to everything,” Harrison said. “He just has real, real high speed. I think he’s one of those that has enough speed to make his own race. He’s also one of those horses that has never had a bad day. Even when he was training, I trained him with a group and put him behind, etc. He just always did everything so easily. I even worked him at White Birch in 1:59 before I even qualified him. Even then he was really handy.” Here is the field for the Sheppard final, with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1-Rock N’ Roll World-Eric Carlson-Nifty Norman-10-1, 2-In The Arsenal-Eric Goodell-Kelvin Harrison-5-2, 3-Perfect Bet, Jeff Dauplaise, Jeff Dauplaise-12-1, 4-Mystical Pacer-Brent Holland-Erv Miller-10-1, 5-Cartoon Daddy-George Brennan-Ron Burke-8-5, 6-Parklane Eagle-Jordan Stratton-Peter Foley-20-1, 7-Lone Survivor-Brian Sears-Sam DePinto-6-1, 8-Byby Landon-Jason Bartlett-Allan Johnson-8-1. Courtesy of Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Kevin Lare has experienced being on top of the harness racing world and then on the bottom.   He is on his way back again. In 2007 horses trained by Kevin won over $2,500,000 . In 2010 horses trained by Kevin won only $12,000. It has been an up and down career for Kevin. Already this year horses trained by Kevin have won $390.115, sporting an impressive UTRS training record of 0.387. At the present time, his stable contains about twenty horses.   Kevin's stable of quality stakes horses once included Snow White, the Dan Patch 2007 two-year-old filly trotter of the year, Southwind Tempo, and Fred and Ginger. Now he is back with his first stake winning horse in five years with Yankee Bounty.   Yankee Bounty has proved the be one of best two year pacing colts in the early start of this yeawr's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. Yankee Bounty sports a two race unblemished winning record in two stakes races this year. His most recent win was at the Meadows scoring impressively in 1:53 over a very deep rain soaked track. Yankee Bounty looks to keep his undefeated record intact Wednesday at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes racing as the 3-1 favorite in the seventh race.   "Yankee Bounty was really impressive in his last race," said Lare. "I was thrilled when the timer showed 1:53. It was a deep and sloppy track. I would like to think he could have gone at least a second faster over a fast track. He will have to go a lot faster very soon.   "Corey (Callahan) called on him when they came out of the turn," said Lare. "Somebody came right up on his back This horse is so professional and relaxed. He can go one quarter in twenty seven seconds and go the next quarter in thirty five seconds. He can go from. zero to one hundred and then from one hundred to zero. He is just so talented. It makes him stand out from the others in how you can control him. Yankee Bounty is the best youngster I have ever had. We will not be shocked to see how fast he paces at Pocono this week.   "He was purchased by Frank Chick because of his brother," added Lare. "Frank had his full brother who was a midget of a horse. He was the smallest standardbred I have ever seen. This small horse paced in fifty-five as a two-year-old. Frank went to the sale and bought Yankee Bounty, figuring if the tiny horse can go that fast the much bigger one will do much better.   "I have another twelve to fifteen horses in my barn for Frank right now," said Lare. "Frank has been unbelievable with helping me in my comeback. I can't thank him enough for what he has done for me. We have become not only business partners but great friends. We are mainly playing the claiming game at Pocono, and it has been successful. I have a couple of Maryland Babies with him who will race in the Maryland Sire Stakes this year. The rest are all overnight horses.   "I have some other horses with Mike Coombs," said Lare. "We have a nice trotter in the name of Boffin. He was one of the first to give me a chance again and I am very grateful.   "I have two Maryland Sire Stake Horses and one Delaware," said Lare. "The one two-year-old filly looks to be outstanding for the Maryland Sire Stakes. She is faster than the rest of them. Her name is Helaine's Firebird. She will have her first race next Sunday."   Kevin Lare went thru a nightmarish 2009 when horse after horse came down with a devastating injury. His great trotter Snow White had to be euthananized following colic surgery. His life went into a downward spiral. His wife divorced him, he lost all his money, and he got caught up in drugs. With the help of his friend, Fern Panquet Jr., he moved to Florida and got his life back on track.   "I took a bad turn in life," added Lare. "I got caught up in the drug activity of life. I had seventy horses in my stable at one time. If you mess with the devil, it does not take long for the devil to take it from you. I lost it all. I went to Florida to live with a friend, Fran Panquet Jr. I didn't even have enough money for a airplane ticket. He bought me the ticket. He told me I could come down there to get away. I went to Florida and worked for Fran. I got my head screwed back on straight and came back here.   "I had an eight day period in 2009 where everything went wrong," said Lare. "During this period, Snow White died, Fred and Ginger could not pick up her feet, and Southwind Tempo pulled a suspensory when she got run into on the racetrack. My phone was ringing off the hook with questions about the horses. I just went into the corner and hid. I did not want to talk to anyone.   "I am hoping when the sales come in September/October that some owners will see what I am doing and pick up the phone and ask if I want to train some babies for them," stated Lare."   Frank Chick has been a mainstay and stalwart supporter of harness racing for years. He has a saddle shop and hosts a horse sale three times a year at the Harrington Racetrack Fairgrounds. He currently owns over a dozen horses in the care of Kevin Lare.   "When Kevin was having his success he would always go out of his way to help me with some of my horses," said Chick. "He never asked for anything and was just happy to do it. There came a time when I was in a position to help him.   "I think Yankee Bounty is the real deal," said Chick. "He has done everything we have asked him to do. When Corey has asked him to pace he has put it into another gear. I think he is an exceptional colt.   "Outside of the Pennsylvania Sire Stake Races, he is staked to Arden Downs, the Matron,and Keystone Classic," added Chick. "Next year he is staked to everything including the Breeders Crown and Little Brown Jug.   "We were cutting a bunch of horses after the Harrisburg Sale," said Chick. "The colts I had from the sale were not very well bred. I got a deal on the fifth one and it was Yankee Bounty. They ended up cutting him for twenty bucks. I really didn't know if I wanted to cut him or not. He's not a fancy bred horse.   "Every horse I have is for up for sale for at the right price," said Chick. "I will sell anything if the right offer comes along. I have had some tire kickers."   Corey Callahan has been the driver on Yankee Bounty for both of his victories this year. His maiden win was an easy several lengths victory at Pocono Downs in the Pennsylvania Allstars on June 29th. The second victory was at the Meadows in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in 1:53 over a deep sloppy track. Yankee Bounty has almost doubled his sale price of $21,000 with bankrolling $39,931 on his card.   "Yankee Bounty has done everything right so far," said Callahan. " I have had several people call me about the horse who want to buy him. I had a really nice colt ( Tomy Terror ) come after him on the backside in the last race. I had just been with that colt last time in 1:53 at Pocono Downs. We went pretty good up the backside in 27:1. I asked him to go a little more at the wire but he still had plenty of horse left.   "He hasn't really been tested yet," added Callahan. "He can go four quarters. He is really good horse. He is in again on Wednesday at Pocono Downs. The Burke's have a nice horse ( Lyons Levi Lewis ) in there that they just bought. I think we have the best horse in there.   "Kevin is the best," said Callahan. "We have been friends going back many years. I am proud and amazed he got himself back so fast. He has been a great trainer all his life. It does not surprise he is all the way back. He is a great guy to work for. He is cut and dry. He tells you if they will be good or if they will not be good."   Yankee Bounty has brought Kevin Lare back into the harness racing world spotlight again. Thanks to the support of owners Frank Chick and Mike Coombs, he has been able to build a foundation for his comeback. Will he be able to attain the greatness he had once before when his stable included Snow White, Fred and Ginger, and Southwind Tempo? That remains to be seen. He has battled his demons and is on his way back.   by Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - July 12, 2014 -A pair of Western Ideal youngsters, Artspeak and Stacia Hanover, scored in the $100,000 finals of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacers on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Meadowlands. Artspeak [$3.40, $2.80, $2.40], a son of Western Ideal, captured the New Jersey Sire Stakes for pacing colts and geldings in 1:52.3, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Hurrikane Ali, by Rocknroll Hanover. Dealt A Winner by Cam's Card Shark was an early breaker who reconnected with the field and got up for third by two and a half lengths. Artspeak, driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Tony Alagna, was sent off as the 3-5 favorite and did not disappoint, picking up his second win in two career starts. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, he races for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The Gym Partners. In the 13th and final race of the night, Stacia Hanover took command early and held the lead at every call, extending her unbeaten streak to three with a career best 1:53.4 mile. Scott Zeron guided the Western Ideal filly, who is trained by Steve Elliott and races for Ohioans David Van Dusen and Michael Ciamaglio, who purchased her for $35,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. Stacia Hanover returned $3.40, $2.40, $2.10, finishing a length and a quarter ahead of Cashaway, who was a half length ahead of Ideal Nuggets. All three are by Western Ideal. Artspeak Stacia Hanover by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 4, 2014 -- Guess Whos Back benefited from a quarter-mile duel between Stonebridge Force and Canepa Hanover to win the $40,500 second round New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Friday, July 4, 2014 in the second race at the Meadowlands. In the $39,500 filly division, the fourth race, Mission Brief trotted a stakes record 1:55.1. In the colts' race, Stonebridge Force [Muscle Hill] and driver Ake Svanstedt would not relinquish the lead and the rail to 1-5 favorite Canepa Hanover [Muscle Hill] as the two battled down the backstretch. Early in the turn for home Canepa Hanover broke stride, leaving Stonebridge Force on a clear lead until Brian Sears, who won both ends of the early daily double, sent Guess Whos Back sprinting in the stretch. The son of Muscles Yankee - Shes Gone Again took the lead in the final eighth and clocked a career best 1:57 flat, last quarter in 29 seconds, winning by a length and a half over Stonebridge Force. Guess Whos Back returned $12.60 to win. Falk On Hill [Muscle Hill], entrymate to Canepa Hanover, saved the bridge-jumpers, finishing third by eight and three-quarter lengths. Guess Whos Back, a $90,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, was making his second career start, having broken stride in last week's opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The Nikolas Drennan trainee picked up the winner's share of $20,250 for owners Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Brad Shackman of Calgary, Alberta. He was bred by Diamond Creek Farm of Kentucky and Melvin Hartman of Ontario. Mission Brief, who broke stride early in last week's first leg, was carefully timed to the starting gate by driver Yannick Gingras and had the lead from first call to the finish line. The 3-5 favorite Saturday Mornings was second by nine and three-quarter lengths. It was 12 and a half lengths to Demons N Diamonds in third. All three top finishers are daughters of Muscles Hill. Mission Brief clicked off fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 125.1 before stopping the clock at 1:55.1, eclipsing the stakes record of 1:55.3 shared by Act of Grace [1995] and Southwind Cocoa [2012]. The Ron Burke trainee, out of the Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena, paid $7.20 to win. It was the filly's first win in two starts, earning $19,750 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA; Our Horse Cents Stables of Clifton Park, NY; J&T Silva Stables of Long Beach, NY and Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA. The $150,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase was bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky, Black Creek Farm of Indiana and Andrea Lea Racing Stables of Quebec. A quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014, sharing the card with the finals of the Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller, William R. Haughton and Golden Girls. The $30,000 Free For All Handicap for pacing mares featured a quintet of mares prepping for the Golden Girls next week.  It was one of those five, in fact, odds-on favorite Shebestingin who scored a neck victory over a very game Mattie Terror Girl in 1:50.3.  Jerseylicious established the early pace but was quickly shuffled back through a quarter of 26.4 and a half-mile in a rapid 53.2.  Mattie Terror Girl made a steady grind to the lead and turned for home with the lead through three-quarters of 1:21.1.  ‘Mattie dug in, but simply could not hold off the classy Shebestingin who scored the victory for Dave Miller.  Both mares look poised as major contenders in the Golden Girls on Pace night.  Charisma Hanover finished a solid third. The winner is owned by Val D’Or Farms, Theodore Gewertz and L&L Devisser LLC and is conditioned by Joe Holloway. The following race, a C-1/B-2 Handicap saw Aunt Caroline make her 2014 debut a winning one, scoring a sharp 1:51.3 victory.  Aunt Caroline is also Golden Girls eligible and figures to go postward in that event on Pace night as well. Racing returns on Saturday with a special post time of 6:30 P.M.  The Saturday program is a blockbuster, featuring two eliminations for The Meadowlands Pace, the $484,450 Hambletonian Maturity, an elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee and New Jersey Sire Stakes action.  The past performances for the Saturday program can be found free at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/Handicapping/Past_Performances/mxx0705e%5B1%5D.pdf. There will also be a spectacular fireworks show following the live racing program. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 25, 2014 - Hope springs eternal as two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers and trotters make their first career starts on Friday night, June 27, 2014 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Eight trotting colts - five sons of Muscles Yankee and three by Muscle Hill - will make their debuts in the second race, the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, vying for a purse of $39,000. Seven trotting fillies, all by Muscle Hill, will go postward in the $38,500 fifth race. Two divisions of pacing colts and geldings, each worth $27,000, are carded as the ninth and 12th races on the 14-race card. In the first split, there are six sons of Rocknroll Hanover, two by Cam's Card Shark and one by Western Ideal. In the second division, five are by Rocknroll Hanover, and two each by Cam's Card Shark and Western Ideal. Two-year-old pacing fillies are competing in a pair of $25,500 divisions, races three and 11, and include seven by Rocknroll Hanover and five by Western Ideal. Yearling prices do not guarantee great racehorses but expectations will be high for the six entrants who cost $100,000 or more as yearlings. Among the trotters, they are French Laundry, a $115,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Jimmy Takter and winner in both of his baby races, including a 1:57.3 clocking on June 14. The son of Muscles Yankee is out of the $927,169-earner and Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi, who is also the dam of The Franchise and King City. French Laundry races for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and co-breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. True Blue Stride, a Muscle Hill son of Sabrina Hall, cost $160,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. He is the three-quarter brother of He's A Demon, who banked more than $300,000. Mark Harder trains for Australians Emilio and Maria Rosati. The filly Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, was a $150,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. The daughter of Muscle Hill is out of Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena and won her last baby race by 23 lengths in 1:57.4. On the pacing side, Richard and Joanne Young have invested $180,000 [Lexington Selected Sale] in The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam's Place and turned her over to trainer Chris Ryder. The Youngs campaigned her $2.4 million earning full sister Put On A Show. Tony Alagna is training Cashaway for Brittany Farms [co-breeder] and Marvin Katz, after the Western Ideal -CPA filly passed through the Lexington Selected sales ring for $105,000. She is the full sister to two who have won in excess of $250,000 each, Authorize and Act Now, and has won a baby race in 1:55.4. The Rocknroll Hanover colt Sid Rock is the first foal of My Fantasy, who earned nearly $345,000. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase for William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick and is trained by John Butenschoen. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

Breakfast with the babies at The Meadowlands took place on a perfect Saturday morning under cloudless skies with temperatures in the low 70's and little to no wind. A nice gathering that grew with Belmont Stakes early customers anticipating the Triple Crown attempt by California Chrome enjoyed the races. Along with the youngsters poised to embark on their racing careers, two time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous prepped for his seasonal debut in next Friday's Meadowlands Maturity pace. In the day's final race, the champ set all the fractions then drew well clear late in a 1:50.1 tightner for regular driver Tim Tetrick under his own power. The Captain looks like he's ready to return to the racing wars for Team Treacherous. Trotting fillies opened the card and the prodigious Jimmy Takter freshman force picked right up where they left off last week, winning. The Donato Hanover daughter of Hambletonian Oaks winner Southwind Allaire named Sarcy impressed with a powerful six length 1:58.3 win. She sat just off the lead and ended the mile with a 28.2 close for Yannick Gingras with plenty in reserve. She is a $37,000 graduate of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding. Wild Honey cut the mile and won race two effortlessly for the Gingras / Takter combination in 1:59.4 / 28.2. She's a Cantab Hall from U Wanna Lindy bought from the Lexington sale for $35,000 by the partnership by Mrs. Takter, Herb Liverman and John & Jim Fielding. Canepa Hanover is the Muscle Hill half brother to Glidemaster who brought a bid of $300,000 at Harrisburg last fall from Brittany, Brixton Medical Ab, Katz & Libfeld and today he looked like a bargain. Gingras brushed him to the front from third as the half went by in a dawdling 1:04 then opened a long lead before finishing in 2:01, a final half of 57 flat. He's big, fast and pretty as well as being trained in the Takter barn, a recipe for success. The fourth race was won by the Broadway Hall x Orange Pekoe colt The Bakers Choice in a forwardly placed effort for John Campbell in 2:01.2 / 29. He is trained by John Berger for Barbara Berger and John Siena who bought him from the Harrisburg sale for $30,000. Takter and Gingras returned to victory in the fifth with the Andover Hall x Lady Luck Hanover filly Lilu Hanover. She sat in and split horses late like a veteran for Yannick to score in 2:02.3 into a 29 flat final panel. She cost Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Pacers opened in the sixth and Perry Soderberg's sharp looking Western Pioneer popped from the pocket and streaked home in 27.2 on the end of a 2:00.3 trip for Yannick. He was a $15,000 bargain Western Ideal from Up Front Fire at Harrisburg and is trained by Nancy Johansson. Divine Caroline impressed the considerable crowd with her recovery from a final turn break and won easily in 1:56.4 for Corey Callahan. Still a touch unsure of her gait, she flashed unusual speed a few times in the mile. From the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven from Loving Caroline, Divine Caroline brought $75,000 at Harrisburg and is trained by Joe Holloway (who is clearly quite handy with the ladies) for Val D'Or, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stable and MA Ouriel. Holloway spun right back with a nice Bettors Delight filly from Two Steppin Sally who won in 1:57.2 / 28.1 with Dave Miller Aboard. She set most of the pace and was a handy winner. A $70,000 Harrisburg grad, she counts Val D'Or, Rojan and Gewertz among her owners. Takter pacers were one / two in the ninth and final baby race with Bet You edging Franzo (Rockin Image) in 1:56.2 / 28. This one is a son of Bettors Delight from the stakes winning Armbro Amoretto who cost Takter, Mc Clelland, Fielding & Fielding $75,000 at Lexington. Jimmy trains and Yannick drove Bet You in his successful career debut. The later qualifiers featured some stakes stars with two freshman world champion trotting fillies hooking up in the eleventh race as sophomores and Designed To Be outkicked Cooler Schooner to the wire in 1:53.1. Brian Sears drove her for trainer Julie Miller and owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. Older trotter Waiting On A Woman scorched the track in 1:53 for new connections, now residing in the Ron Burke barn. Big night tonight at The Meadowlands with the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes, Seafood Fest and comedian Gilbert Gottfried scheduled to appear. Post time is 7:15pm. The Meadowlands reminds those horsemen racing tonight to expect traffic and add travel time to their plans. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - As a racetrack owner, Jeff Gural has been a winner at Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and more recently with the Meadowlands. As a racehorse owner and breeder, Gural has enjoyed plenty of victories including the current nine-race winning streak by his 4-year-old trotting mare Perfect Alliance. But Gural will experience even a first for him in Friday's first race at the Meadowlands when Gural the horse-owner faces Gural the horse. Gural is a part-owner of 3-year-old trotting colt Propulsion, a $250,000 purchase by noted pedigree expert Myron Bell. Propulsion, a royally bred son of Muscle Hill out of Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae, was fifth last week in his first career pari-mutuel start. Among Propulsion's eight opponents on Friday is Gural Hanover, a 3-year-old Crazed gelding, owned by Jesse and John De Long. Gural Hanover sold for $17,000 at the 2012 Harrisburg sale, but won his only career pari-mutuel start last September at Balmoral Park. He makes his Meadowlands debut on Friday for trainer Heidi Rohr. "I guess the pressure is on Myron to deliver with our expensive horse," said Gural, "but I'm looking forward to watching Gural Hanover race too." by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Continuing its massive investment in harness racing, Crawford Farms, located on more than 100 acres in Central New York, has signed on as a premier sponsor of the Meadowlands Pace, to be broadcast nationally for the first time since 1999. The $750,000 classic for the sport’s premier 3-year-old pacers will air on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, July 12. Crawford Farms has also been a major sponsor at the two Upstate New York tracks owned by Jeff Gural, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, for several seasons. “Crawford Farms is very excited about the multiple sponsorships with Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs and the Meadowlands including the Crawford Farms Trot and the Kindergarten Classic,” said Crawford Farms owner Michelle Crawford.  “We feel strongly that more marketing dollars must be spent by all participants for our industry to grow and prosper.  A television presence as well as any media production is what our industry needs to thrive.  As a New York breeder we are in an industry that needs our support and we are happy to partner with Jeff Gural and his efforts.” Crawford Farms was the leading consignor at the 2013 Morrisville Yearling Sale and a major seller at both the Lexington and Harrisburg sales. by James Witherite, for the Meadowlands

BOWDEN ALSO BUYS SHARES IN FATHER PATRICK...WILL STAND HIM AT DIAMOND CREEK FARM

Sophomore trotting colt Turbo Donato continued his perfect record on the WEG circuit for the Baillargeon brothers on Friday night with a front-stepping score in Woodbine Racetrack's ninth race. Turbo Donato has now won five races in a row, with his last four at Woodbine for his new ownership group. The Donato Hanover colt was purchased for $32,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in November by Rockwood, Ont. trainer Ben Baillargeon and partners Santo Vena of Brampton, Ont., Nunzio Vena of Bolton, Ont. and Craig Turner of Ingersoll, Ont. Driven by Mario Baillargeon in Friday's $18,000 conditioned trot, 3-5 favourite Turbo Donato ($3.30) worked his way to the lead from post seven during the :27.4 opening quarter and proceeded to lead his nine rivals through middle splits of :57.4 and 1:28. As he entered the homestretch, first over Whata Donato and Per Henriksen offered up a serious challenge nearly matching strides with the tempo-setter, but Turbo Donato fought back to prevail by three-quarters of a length in 1:57 flat. Flight Of The Kiwi and Luc Ouellette edged out pocket-sitter Margarita Bi and Sylvain Filion for third nearly three lengths behind. Turbo Donato is now five-for-six in his career with earnings totalling $39,000. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca. 

We are visiting today with Chris Oakes who was recently crowned the leading trainer as far as wins go and also capturing the Universal Training Rating (UTR) for the second straight year at the just completed Pocono Downs meet.  We made the trip to his impressive farm in Wilkes Barre, PA, just minutes from Pocono Downs.  We toured the farm and sat down for an interview about his thoughts on his past year of racing.  We also got to visit with the great pacing mare Economy Terror and the recently purchased filly yearling Bodacious.  Bodacious was the sales topper at the Harrisburg sale. The full sister to Beach Body was sold for a price of $355,000.  One-On-One is done exclusively by Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink. HLINK:  Congratulations on a great year of racing and winning UTR Training Title for the second straight year at the just completed meet at Pocono Downs. How do you rate the season? CO:  We had an excellent year this year. I set goals every single year. We actually achieved every single goal this year.  One of the goals is to win the UTR Title at Pocono, and we did that.  Another goal was to make $2 million for the stable.  We are right now at about $2.2 to $2.3 million for the year.  The third goal was to win a Breeders Crown title at my home track (Pocono Downs).  We did that though that was a funny kind of situation. HLINK:  You are based at your farm near Pocono Downs for three years now.  Most of your stable is Pennsylvania breds.  This is obviously a great place for you to have your home base.  Tell us a little about your farm and the convenience of being based here. CO:  This is a great set up here.  I am roughly about 7 minutes from Pocono Downs.  We have big beautiful fields here for the horses to run and to freshen up during their down time.  We have a swimming pool for the horses to swim all year inside the barn.  We also have a indoor exerciser.  We keep 16 stalls here. We keep rotating them around.  After they race they come back out here for 2-3 days and get freshened up.  A lot of guys are shipping in from New York and New Jersey. My ships are about five minutes which is a great advantage. HLINK:  You had three great 3-year-old filly trotters in Frau Blucher, Classic Martine, and Lady Broadway.  Classic Martine was added to your barn in late May.  Tell us about these outstanding trotters and their future. CO:  We sold Lady Broadway at the Harrisburg Sale.  She was the weakest of those three.  She was a very good filly but did not measure up to Frau Blucher and Classic Martine.  Frau Blucher and Classic Martine are now in North Carolina getting freshened up.  We are going to bring them back next year and race them in the open trots for the mares. That is going to be a task in itself seeing that Bee A Magician will be coming back, and Maven is a great mare.  When you race those 4-year-olds against the older mares it is a tough transition.  They are both great fillies and they're healthy.  I believe they will come back and make very good money next year.  HLINK:  Unfortunately you had to race against Bee A Magician all year. CO: That wasn't fun (laughing).  My hats off to her.  She is an absolute champion and deserves to be the Horse Of The Year. HLINK:  Beach Body had a promising year as a 2-year-old filly.  She came up at a little short at the end of the year.  What are your feelings on her and your plans for next year? CO:  I really like her a lot.  She is a great big filly.  This should be an advantage for her next year.  She is also down there in North Carolina getting rest and relaxation.  We expect her to come back healthy and have a big next year. HLINK:  Economy Terror has had a long year and is still racing.  I heard she had some tying up problems this year.  What is up with this great mare and is she getting a rest? CO:  Right now we are contemplating whether to go on with her racing next year as a 5-year-old.  We are also thinking of sending her to the breeding shed.  I think we will make that decision in the next couple of weeks.  She had some tying up and breathing issues.  It was a lot of little things that nag these horses as they get a little older.  She has made between $1.5 and $1.6 million. She has been a great horse for us. HLINK:  The Hauser Brothers and Conrad Zurich have been owners of many of your horses.  Give us some info on your relationship with these owners, CO:  We got horses with Tim Hauser starting about four years ago.  He has about 20 horses with me right now.  He is a great owner and a super friend of mine. We share a passion for racing.  His goal is to win a Hambletonian and I would love to assist in that goal.  I got Conrad's horses this past year.  He stepped up big time at Harrisburg this year and purchased Bodacious for $355,000.  He is another great owner that I have enjoyed working for. HLINK:  You made a huge splash at the Harrisburg sale when you purchased Bodacious for $355,000.  She is a full sister to Beach Body.  Tell us about the purchase and what you liked about her. CO:  We loved her.  We actually went to the farm she was raised at to look at her. Conrad and his wife, Linda, came along.  We like what we saw.  I was pretty sure he was going to be a big bidder on that filly.  I didn't realize the bidding was going to get that high.  He was seating right next to me as the bidding was going along.  I was glad he was sitting right next to me.  I was going to have heart attack at around $300,000, but he told me to stay calm and keep putting my hand in the air.  HLINK:  You also purchased Mclkenry for $82,000.  Tell us about him and other purchases you made at the sales this year. CO:  Mclkenry is a McArdle colt. I am not a big fan of McArdle.  They are nice horses but you don't see a lot of them win a Breeders Crown.  This horse I just happen to stumble upon.  He is an absolute stunner.  $82,000 was a lot of money for him, but he is an absolutely beautiful colt.  We bought a Somebeachsomewhere colt out at Hanover for $72,000.  We bought a bunch out at Kentucky.  We have 30 horses at the training center at White Haven.  We get all our babies broke and going behind the cart there.  We have a colt over there named Pastalaplooza, out of Art Major that we are very high on. Brickstone is another nice colt by Bettor's Delight.  There are so many. HLINK:  Your wife Susan also owns some horses with you.  Is she tough on you?  What advice does she give you? CO:  She is very tough on me, brutal (laughing).  She is easy going.  She enjoys the horses.  We are trying to make this a family environment.  My son is 15 and my daughter is 13.  They are starting to get interested and enjoy the horses.  HLINK:  The Meadowlands had it grand opening this month.  What are your thoughts on the new place and what Jeff Gural has done for racing? CO:  Most of my horses are now turned out.  My stable for the most part is shutdown.  I did race one there Saturday night.  The place is absolutely beautiful and he is excellent for this business. I think he has done a great job over there. We have some horse that will be eligible for their upcoming series.  I am concentrating on my babies now. HLINK:  I see you use several drivers on your horses.  What are your thoughts on how you pick your drivers for your horses? CO:  Right now Ron Pierce and I have a great relationship.  We work well together.  We have had a lot of success together.  Ron drives a majority of them now.  Georgie Napolitano  drives a lot of the claiming horses at Pocono.  Ron is driving most of my young horses.  There are so many good drivers around.  It is not a big issue now.  The driver colony is so deep.  You are getting a good driver no matter what.  HLINK:  You are going on a well earned vacation.  Where are you heading and when will you be back racing? CO:  We are going to Florida over Xmas with the family.  We will be full throttle come March when Pocono resumes racing.  It is a good break for the horses.  They can't go year round with the level of racing and the speeds we race at now.  They need their rest and are getting it.  By Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com

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

It was fifty years ago to the day that the great world champion pacer and stallion, Bret Hanover, was sold at the Harrisburg Sale. He fetched a price of $50,000 that at the time was the highest price ever paid for a Standardbred yearling. Bret’s favorite treat was Brach’s Starlight Peppermints, and soon word got around the press newsrooms about the “peppermint-eating horse.” So one day a camera crew showed up at Frank Ervin’s barn with a bag of — A & P Peppermints. Ervin gave one to the horse. He spit it out. He tried again. Bret spit it out. A third time – spit it out. Then Ervin noticed the candy wasn’t Brach’s, and he hollered for the groom to look in the tack trunk for some Brach’s peppermints. The groom gave Frank two candies – and they looked like they had been through the Civil War. Ervin cleaned one off and gave it to Bret – who ate it instantly and was immediately looking for more. Ervin gave him the other one – which the horse chomped down right away as well. On camera afterward, Ervin said, “The galling thing is that I have a bunch of A & P stock in my portfolio. I don’t have a nickel’s worth of Brach’s stock.” By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com  

Harrisburg, PA --- Bodacious sold for $355,000 and was the sales topper during Monday's opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Chris Oakes signed the sales slip for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Silky. She is a full sister to Beach Body p,2,1:53.1f ($280,609), the runner-up in last month's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. Oakes is also the trainer of Beach Body. Canepa Hanover sold for $300,000 earlier in the day. The Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover colt was purchased by Jimmy Takter. He is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. Below is a list of the $100,000-plus yearlings sold during Monday's session. A full recap will be available shortly. Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 194–Bodacious–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Silky–$355,000 Half-sister to Malicious (1:50.1f; $780,859) and Ms Malicious (1:51.4f; $351,963); full sister to Beach Body (1:53.1f; $280,609) 89–Canepa Hanover–Colt–Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover–$300,000 Half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster (1:51.1; $1.96 million) 202–Honey I’m Home–Colt–Well Said-Sweet Future–$300,000 Half-brother to Bettor Sweet (1:47.2; $2.78 million) and Sweet Lou (1:47.4s; $2.04 million) 155–Way Bay Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Western Duel–$270,000 Half-brother to Westwardho Hanover (1:49.1f; $689,408), Woodstock Hanover (1:50.1f; $456,007) and Whackamole Hanover (1:49f; $439,896) 108–Katniss–Filly–Credit Winner–Armbro Deja Vu–$260,000 Full sister to Dejarmbro (1:52.2f; $1.13 million) 189–Fire Permit–Colt–Credit Winner-Amber Fire Hanover–$230,000 Dam is a half-sister to Spicy Wings (1:54.3f; $570,720) 164–Paparazzi Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Paula’s Best–$190,000 Half-brother to Pirouette Hanover (1:50.3; $608,759) 172–Lookslikeachpndale–Colt–Muscle Hill-Poster Pin Up–$185,000 Stakes-winning dam had a mark of 1:55.4f and earned $439,454 187–Off To Bed–Colt–Credit Winner-Satin Pillows–$185,000 Full brother to To Dream On (1:52.1; $975,395) 162–Peruski Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Paris Hanover–$180,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 144–Hit The Hay–Filly–Kadabra-Bedtime Song–$160,000 Dam is a half-sister to Pampered Princess (1:53; $1.64 million) 186–Workout Warrior–Colt–Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall–$160,000 Half-brother to He’s A Demon (1:53.1; $305,370) 82–Its Okay To Stare–Filly–Deweycheatumnhowe-Glide By–$155,000 Dam is a half-sister to Maven (1:51.4h; $1.37 million) and Lanson (1:51.3; $791,586) 106–Lady Winona–Filly–Credit Winner-Ladylind–$155,000 Full sister to Jezzy (1:55; $834,240) 176–Wheels Ah Smokin–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit–$155,000 Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (1:55; $811,226) 222–Bring On The Beach–Colt–Mach Three-Wheres The Beach–$155,000 Full brother to 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4; $3.22 million) 61–Dreams Beachboy–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Dream-A-While–$150,000 70–Morning Blue Chip–Colt–Bettor's Delight-BJ’s Sunshine–$150,000 Full-brother to Fashion Delight (1:50.1s; $803,897) 116–Lovely Jan–Filly–Muscle Massive-Lotsa Love–$145,000 Dam is a half-sister to Malabar Man (1:53.1; $2.14 million) 175–Motleyjue Bluechip–Colt–Art Major-Fool That I Am–$145,000 Full brother to Feel Like A Fool (1:49.4; $933,986) and Fool Me Once (1:48.1s; $635,057) 149–Anwar Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Allamerican Nadia–$140,000 Half-brother to Rusty’s All In (1:50f; $481,589) and Apprentice Hanover (1:49.4f; $383,405) 158–Strong Sorceress–Filly–Kadabra-One Tough Lass–$140,000 Dam won 2008 Kentucky Filly Futurity 133–Class Included–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie–$137,000 Full brother to 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill (1:50.1; $3.27 million) 114–Raylan Givens–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-Lisheen–$135,000 Half-brother to Lismara (1:47.3; $2.14 million) 216–Azorean Art–Colt–Art Major-Dancin Barefoot–$135,000 Stakes-winning dam had mark of 1:51.4f and earned $219,147 107–Lilu Hanover–Filly–Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover–$130,000 Full sister to Luckycharm Hanover (1:52.2; $430,056) 151–Ideal Donato–Colt–Donato Hanover-New Ideal–$130,000 Half-brother to Kadealia (1:55.1s; $570,375) 183–Arque Hanover–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover–$130,000 Dam is a half-sister to Appleoosa Hanover (1:52.1s; $468,725) 200–Gold Beach–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Sunone–$130,000 Three-quarter brother to Smashbox (1:51.4s; $426,282) 62–Late Night–Colt–Art Major-Dreamland’s Jo Jo–$125,000 Half-brother to Real Nice (1:51.1h; $1.24 million) 227–Hard Rock Deo–Colt–Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty–$125,000 Full brother to World Of Rocknroll (1:50.3s; $338,561) 14–Raptureblisterburn–Filly–Conway Hall-Lady Marian–$120,000 Half-brother to Possessed Fashion (1:53.4; $314,272) 59–Day Man Hanover–Colt–Credit Winner-Dornello–$120,000 Half-brother to Lauderdale (1:54.1s; $217,535) 79–Sacreligulous–Colt–Credit Winner-Religulous–$120,000 168–Taiya Hanover–Filly–Rock N Roll Heaven–Trim Hanover–$120,000 Half-sister to American Jewel (1:48.2s; $1.84 million) 213–Penji Hanover–Colt–Art Major-Platinum Hanover–$120,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 177–Can’t Wait Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Carolina Angel–$110,000 Dam is a full sister to Knock Three Times (1:51; $645,922) 204–Tady’s Legacy–Colt–Muscle Hill-Tady’s Comer–$110,000 Half-brother to Hez Striking (1:52.3s; $1 million) and Tady Strikes Again (1:54f; $585,681) 104–Rocknroll Katie–Filly–Rocknroll Hanover-Kutekatie–$100,000 Dam is a full sister to Kikikatie (1:50.3; $1.26 million) and Just Wait Kate (1:50.4; $387,931) by Ken Weingartner for USTA/HRC

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

Just when you thought the quality of stallions in the Empire State couldn’t get better, four speedy sires have taken up residency here for the upcoming breeding season. Panther Hanover, Glidemaster, Betterthancheddar and Rockincam have put the competition on notice and are looking to make a name for themselves in this very competitive market.  Panther Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover-Panned Out 1:47.2 $367,877) became one of the fastest 3-year-old colts ever when he registered a 1:47.2 victory in the $275,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic. He battled a game Hurrikane Kingcole down the stretch in the hard fought win to record the fifth fastest mile ever recorded by a pacer of any age and the fastest time by a 3YO in 2012. He followed that up by taking the $257,571 Simcoe Stake, defeating the heavily favored A Rocknroll Dance and Michael’s Power. Panther Hanover then closed out the year by finishing second by a head in the Breeders Crown elimination before placing fifth in the final in a race that saw him parked out to the half in 53.4 before taking the lead. For the year he scored six wins in ten starts with two seconds and bankrolled $347,990 for his efforts. Panther Hanover will stand at Win Place and Show Farm in Champlain, New York for a fee of $3,000. (http://winplaceandshowfarm.com or call (518) 297-3506) In conjunction with Panther Hanover’s first season at stud, his owner Jim Carr is giving away a complimentary breeding to the promising young stallion through a promotion to be held at the Harrisburg Sale. To be eligible, those attending the sale are asked to go to the New York Sire Stake promotions table and fill out an entry blank. The drawing will be held on Thursday night, November 7 at 5 PM. 2006 trotting Triple Crown champion Glidemaster (Yankee Glide-Cressida Hanover 1:51.1 $1,968,023) has relocated to the Empire State and looks to continue his production of exceptional race horses to compete at the top level here. Glidemaster was a world champion 2-year-old, equaling Mack Lobell’s mark of 1:55.3 in only his second lifetime start. At 3 he won the $1.5 million Hambletonian, $117,903 Simcoe Stake, $526,000 Kentucky Futurity and the $728,930 Yonkers Trot. When he retired after that campaign, he was the highest single-season money winning trotter and fastest 3-year-old trotter of all time. This resulted in him being named the 2006 3-year-old trotting colt of the year and overall horse of the year by the United States Harness Writers Association and being awarded the 2006 HTA Nova Award as 3-year-old trotting colt of the year. Since entering the breeding ranks he has sired winners of $6.25 million as well as 10 performers in 1:55 including the millionaire mare Maven (1:51.4 $1,379,969) who is a two-time Breeders Crown champion and set multiple world records this year. Other top campaigners include Blue Porsche (1:54 $637,646), For You Almost Free (1:53 $309,139) and Punxsutawney (1:53.2 $295,453). Glidemaster will stand at Winbak Farm in Walden, New York for a fee of $4,000. (http://www.winbakfarm.com  or call (845) 778-5421) Betterthancheddar (Bettor’s Delight-Lady Ashlee Ann 1:48 $1,635,364) has the kind of versatility that any breeder can appreciate. He was quick off the gate and quick out of a hole and his world records on both a half and five-eighth’s mile tracks should prove to be a recipe for success for him in New York State where he will begin his stallion career. At 3, Betterthancheddar got extra sharp late in the year and creamed the competition in four major stakes. He won the $342,875 Cane Pace, both the elimination and final of the $500,000 Breeders Crown, the $225,000 American National and the $175,000 Windy City, which helped him bank $777,283 for the year. At 4 he won the final of the $500,000 Ben Franklin in a world record time of 1:48, the $174,735 Des Smith and the $216,500 Bobby Quillen in another world record time of 1:49.2. He had nine wins and two seconds in eleven starts with $799,936 in earnings and his efforts garnered him the 2012 O’Brien Award for aged pacing horses. Betterthancheddar will also stand at Winbak Farm in Walden, New York for a fee of $4,500. (http://www.winbakfarm.com  or call (845) 778-5421) Finally, career Open pacer Rockincam (Cambest-Migraine $795,237) brings a hard-hitting style to town for his first year in service. This working man’s horse made a living the hard way; he earned it in overnights from day one facing the toughest top-class pacers in the country for most of his career. His lifetime mark of 1:48.1 came at age 5 in the Graduate Pace elimination when he beat Golden Receiver and Foiled Again. He also won the $200,000 Dan Patch in 1:51.1 and the Winbak Pace in 1:50 flat. In 62 lifetime starts, he won 25 and banked a hefty $795,237. In those 62 starts, he paced 20 sub-1:50 miles, both in victory and defeat. He closed out his career in 2013 with three consecutive 1:48 and change miles. His speed and ability to compete over any size track is an attribute that should well serve his offspring. Rockincam will stand at Majestic View Farms (845-255-2357) in Gardiner, New York for a fee of $2,500.  Bred in New York to take on the world is not just a slogan, it’s a business model. The New York Sire Stakes is the nation’s oldest harness racing breeding program of its kind and continues to lead the industry by annually producing some of the finest standardbreds to circle a race track.  by Tim Bojarksi for Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

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