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Clic K did all the road work in Monday’s $10,000 Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, but Royal Outlook got the lion’s share of the loot thanks in large part to a beautiful trip. Alfie Carroll carved out a two-hole ride for Royal Outlook while Clic K supplied the field with fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:30.2 over a track rated ‘good’ with a four-second allowance. Carroll shot up the rail and used a :29.3 closing panel to win by a head over Clic K in 2:00.2. Third prize was earned by Hoboken Hanover. Tom Hamm trains Royal Outlook, who was recently named the track’s Older Pacing Horse of the Year for 2013, for owner Dave Hudson of Dallas, Texas. The six-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty is a 24-time winner with lifetime earnings in excess of $275,000. He’s scheduled to sell as Hip 248 in next Monday’s 2014 January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands. Art Professor blew away the foes he faced in the $6,500 Preferred 3. Tony Kerwood came first-over with the Ben Wallace pupil who drew clear to win by 3-3/4 lengths over Thats The Life in 2:00.3. Western Captive rounded out the top three finishers. Art Professor, who is owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario, won for the 19th time in his career while pushing his lifetime earnings to $584,624. The seven-year-old son of Art Major-Allamerican Toffee is schedule to sell as Hip 221 in the 2014 January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands. Savthelstdancforme pulled off a 25-1 stunner in the $6,500 Preferred 3 for trotters. Dennis Duford treated the Ashley Duford trainee to a two-hole trip, and the eight-year-old son of Striking Sahbra-Iam Worthy Too turned it into a 2:03.1 triumph. Winkys Pride was second best, with Fiery Manes finishing third. It was the first win of the season in two tries for Savthelstdancforme, who is quickly closing in on $120,000 in lifetime earnings. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca 

DOVER, Del. ---- More than 300 horsemen, legislators and friends of harness racing turned out for the 17th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards Dinner at Modern Maturity in Dover, Del. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The annual DSOA meeting at mid-day preceded the awards-dinner and its early evening cocktail hour. As usual, the popular Heather Vitale served as Mistress of Ceremony and presented videos of award winning horses plus colorful, fun-filled videos of high spots of her weekly "Post Parade" programs on WBOC TV. The highlights of the 2013 racing seasons featured top horses of the Dover Downs and the Harrington Raceway meets. A silent auction to benefit Horse Lovers United, Inc., a Not-for Profit organization which provides a residence and care for retired horses, was held in conjunction with the banquet. In addition to leading horsemen and friends in attendance at the banquet were many of Delaware's top legislative executives. The list included Congressman John Carney; State Senators Dave Lawsom and Gary Simpson and State Legislative Representatives; Michael Barbieri, Don Blakey (who gave the pre-meal blessing), Gerald Brady, William Carson, Ronald Gray, John Kowalko, Bobby Outten, Michael Ramone, Danny Short, Jeff Spiegelman and Dave Wilson and former State Senator Nancy Cook, a longtime strong supporter of racing in the First State. Among those in attendance were Delaware Harness Racing Commission representatives, Beth Steele (Chair) and commission members Stephanie Liguori, Patricia Wagner and interim administrator, Mike Davis. Also present were USTA District Directors, Jim Boese, Russell MacKinnon and Dr. William Moffett, Introduced were the DSOA board of directors - President Andy Markano, Brenda Bramble, 1st vice president, Dr. William Moffett, 2nd vice president, Dr. William Moffett,, treasurer, Frank Diliberti, secretary, Frannie West and Sal DiMario, executive director and his staff, Denise Rothermel and Lisa Pearson. Other directors include, Frank Deliberti, George Dennis, Russell McKinnon, George Teague, Max Walton, Valerie Warnick, and directors emeritus, Dan Camac and Ralph Holloway. Also among the dignitaries were members of the media. DSOA 2013 award winners: The 3rd annual James T. Case Jr. DSOA Horizon Award (to a horseman making outstanding progress during year) was presented to harness driver Allan Davis, one of the sport's rising stars. Davis drove winners of around $600,000 in purses in 2012 and that figure mounted to $3,2-million in 2013. The James T. Case Jr. 1,000 Scholarship in memory of the longtime DSOA President was presented to Erica Brittingham, attending Del. Tech &U Community College majoring in Physical Education. Again this year, the DSOA gave out a total of $6,000 in Scholarship awards. The recipients of awards are Brent Ashley, Virginia Tech majoring in Dairy Animal Science; Amber Callahan, De. Tech & Community College major in Agriculture Business Management;; Brooke Gannon, a Nursing major at Wesley College; Kierston Gray, Wor-Wic Community College Major/Secondary Education/Counseling; Morgan Jewel, Wesley College, Education Major and Wade Z. Marsh, Duke University, major in Religious Studies & Divinity.. DSOA Horses Honored 2-Year-Olds: Trotters - (colt) Whichwayrightrleft (filly); Kelsey's Command; Pacers - (colt) Casino Bags Carlo, (filly) Seboomook Fool Yah 3-Year-Olds: Trotters - (colt) Triple Command, (filly) Starlit Eyes Pacers - (colt) Hot Roddy, (filly) Bags Of Stars DSOA Horses of the Meet - Dover Downs Horse of the Meet - Nova Artist Trotter of the Meet - Awsome Valley Claimer of the Meet - Lislea Miles Harrington Raceway Horse of the Year - People Are Crazy Trotter of the Year- Can Do Claimer of the Year - Lislea Miles The DSOA Special Appreciation Award was presented to Delaware representative Danny Short, a member of the Delaware Firefighters Hall of Fame, and Heroic Fireman of the Year Award A highly successful silent auction of harness memorabilia to benefit Horse Lovers United under the supervision of its founder, Lorraine Truitt, was supported for the care for horses whose racing careers had ended. A number of door prizes were also handed out. Marv Bachrad  

It is major awards time for the recently completed 2013 harness racing season. The Delaware Standardbred Owners (DSOA) led off the local awards programs on Friday, Jan. 10. On Feb. 9, the top seasonal awards will be handed out in Canada. The 'Black Tie," O'Brien Awards banquet will honor the top horses, drivers and trainers racing "North of the Border." --------------------------------- Harness Racing's top 2013 winners will be honored at the prestigious "Dan Patch Awards" at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association awards-dinner. This year, the event is being held at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, along with all divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season will receive awards. Dover Downs leading driver for the past four seasons, Corey Callahan is winner of the "Rising Star" award, Judy Davis-Wilson is the USHWAn of the Year winner. For ticket information and the roster of honorees, visit the www.ushwa.org website. ----------------------------------- At age 72, driver Walter Layfield Jr. is on a renaissance. For more than five decades, Layfield has driven horses. He has been virtually inactive for several years, but recently, he has hooked up with trainer Richard Lewis and its been a successful combination. Layfield has driven more than a dozen Lewis trained horses and has posted four winners, several in sparkling wire-to-wire performances. ------------------------------------ While Layfield has shown what a 'senior citizen' can do at 72, Youthful Tyler Davis is winning races at age 21. His dad is Allan Davis, second in the current driver standings, and his grandfather is Eddie Davis, the all-time leading race winning driver in the Middle Atlantic region. The third generation driver, Davis, won his third race of the season last Wednesday (1/8) piloting a 32-1 longshot Color Me Royal in a $9,000 trot, --------------------------------------- Just as last season, Corey Callahan is off to another big start for the 2014 season. Callahan, who led the 2013-14 standings for the fourth consecutive meet, currently has a meet-leading total to 104 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 60 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third in the standings with 52 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 51 and Tony Morgan completes the top five with 42 wins. ------------------------------------ Wayne Givens holds the top spot in the trainer standings with 29 wins. Dylan Davis is now second with 27 wins. Trish Foulk is third with 23. Joe Hundertpfund takes fourth with 22 wins. Les Givens has 20 winners, good for fifth place in the standings. ----------------------------------- Marv Bachrad  

Mary Lou Dondarski, whose unselfish work and donations over many years by supporting most every special event concerning Standardbreds in North America, ranging from rescue groups, charity auctions, museum events, fundraisers and more, has been selected by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president, Steven Wolf, as the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award. Dondarski, who resides in Jackson, NJ has been involved in harness racing for most of her life. The former Freehold Raceway race office manager, now operations manager for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown for the past 20 years, Mary Lou Dondarski is an avid collector of harness racing memorabilia, a renowned equine artist, and a friend to many organizations in the industry. For years she would go out of her way to help with special events, often using her own money to purchase items and donate them to worthy causes. She was one of the first to come to major stakes events and provide the now popular bouquet of carrots for the winner of the race. She is an extensive harness racing antiques collector on Ebay and at any and all antique shops, flea markets, yard sales, you name it that she can attend. This past year she helped the Harness Racing Museum with their special exhibit entitled” the Hambletonian” Its Trotters, their Connections and the Racing Event 1929-2009 celebrating the 75th anniversary of the prestigious race. That exhibit was made possible largely through items loaned by Mary Lou Dondarski, who proudly owns all but six of the Hambletonian race day programs. “The exhibit featured a large array of trophies, poster, memorabilia and photographs,” explain Museum Executive Director Janet Terhune. “Most of the items belonged to Mary Lou and were superb. She has always been outstanding in helping out at the museum.” When it comes to the United States Harness Writers Association, Mary Lou Dondarski holds nothing back. She always donates either to the silent or live auction. Last year her oil painting of Harness Horse of the Year, Chapter Seven, brought $2,000 in the live auction. Even before she knew of her President’s Award, she had already committed to donating a special display for the silent auction and two oil paintings for the live auction. She is also one of the foremost authorities and historian on the great Standardbred trotter, Greyhound. Mary Lou has one of the largest collections of Greyhound artwork and memorabilia in the world. She was also responsible for the design and production of the popular Hambletonian starter buttons. Hundreds are produced each year for the race and are distributed to the connections of each horse that is entered. Mary Lou Dondarski will be honored on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the USHWA Dan Patch Awards Banquet, the climatic event of 2013 race season, to be held at Dover Downs in Dover, Delaware. Further information about the banquet, hotel reservations and purchasing dinner tickets is available at www.ushwa.org. By Steven Wolf, president of the United States Harness Writers Association

On Wednesday, December 18, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This year marks the 25th edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Nine past O’Brien Award winners are looking to add to their trophy collections and are either defending titles or are nominated in a new division. These past winners include: Anndrovette, Bee A Magician, Foiled Again, I Luv The Nitelife, Intimidate, Mister Herbie, Sylvain Filion, Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms. Sylvain Filion will defend the Driver of the Year title against first-time nominee Doug McNair. Filion, 44, of Milton, ON, is currently the leading money winning driver on the WEG circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk and Woodbine. With 281 victories, he is closing in on Scott Zeron for the title as WEG’s top dash winning driver. He has a good shot of achieving that as Zeron has moved to The Meadowlands. A career winner of 7,477 races, Filion recently surpassed $6 million in earnings in 2013 in addition to going over $80 million in his career. He is also the regular driver for O’Brien finalist, Intimidate. Doug McNair, 24, of Guelph, ON, is enjoying a productive year as he’s driven 292 winners to go along with $5.6 million in purse earnings, his second best year on record ever for money. McNair was the regular driver for O’Brien finalists Precocious Beauty and Love Canal. There will be a new name beside the Trainer of the Year category as Gregg McNair and Richard Moreau are looking for their first National title. McNair, 52, of Guelph, ON, is en route to a career year and sits second in the Canadian trainer earnings standings. McNair conditions O’Brien finalist Precocious Beauty and to date has trained 109 winners and horses to $3.1 million in purse earnings. Moreau, 49, of Puslinch, ON, was a finalist in this category last year. The conditioner has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade. He leads the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Kelly Hoerdt, 47, of Beaumont, AB, receives his third nomination for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and he is up against first time nominee Paul MacKenzie. Kelly Hoerdt is a successful horsemen who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. He’s been training in Alberta on and off for 25 years. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in earnings at Alberta Downs this year. He’s currently in the top five trainers at Northlands for both wins and money and sits in sixth at Northlands in the driving charts. Hoerdt has 66 wins and $487,528 in earnings as a driver and 81 wins and $616,517 as a trainer. Paul MacKenzie, 52, of Puslinch, ON, has been driving and training for over 35 years and has managed to be one of the top B circuit drivers for decades. The Charlottetown native is the all time leader in driving wins at Flamboro Downs. In 2013 he was the third leading dash winner at Grand River and in the top 10 drivers at Flamboro. Paul drove 169 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $1 million in 2013. He didn’t focus much on training. Unfortunately MacKenzie suffered some injuries at Grand River in late October and has not driven since. Precocious Beauty and Shes Da Bomb, both sired by Art Major, are the finalists in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly category. Precocious Beauty won 7 of 11 races, $462,912 and took a mark of 1:50.1 which happened to tie a World Record for the mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the $451,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Shes Da Bomb had 5 wins in 8 starts and earnings of $216,056. She paced to her season’s record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile. Both fillies captured divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and Champlain at Mohawk. Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou didn’t battle each other much on the racetrack but the two will vie for the Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt title. Arthur Blue Chip scored 6 wins in 11 starts, bankrolled $400,120 and took a mark of 1:51.2 in an elimination of the Metro at Mohawk before being scratched from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya. Luck Be Withyou’s victory in the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the highlight of a 40 year partnership between owner John Craig and trainer Bill Cass. Luck Be Withyou had 5 wins in 11 races and $363,402 in purse earnings. He took a mark of 1:50 in an elimination of the Breeders Crown, and also scored a victory in a division of the Champlain at Mohawk. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore and looks to add another O’Brien to her trophy case. She is up against Love Canal in the three-year-old pacing filly division. I Luv The Nitelife boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner-up finish in the American National. Love Canal put together a record of 4-3-1 in 13 races, earned $344,693 and took a mark of 1:50.1 at Mohawk in the Canadian Breeders Championship one week after her win in the elimination. She also had victories in the final of the SBOA Stake and an Ontario Sires Stakes event. Sunshine Beach and Vegas Vacation are finalists in the sophomore pacing colt category. Sunshine Beach hit for 16 top three finishes, including eight wins in 20 starts for earnings of $913,702. He defeated Captaintreacherous in the Battle of the Brandywine in a 1:47.4 world record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in August and was a runner-up to the division leader in the Breeders Crown. He was also victorious in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Progress Pace. Vegas Vacation put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 in 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses with major wins in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic, Simcoe Stakes, Little Brown Jug and the Matron Stakes. He was also a close runner-up in the Hempt Memorial, the Tattersalls Pace and the Adios. Anndrovette is looking to defend her crown as Canada’s Older Pacing Mare against the talented Rocklamation. Anndrovette is looking for her third consecutive trophy as the country’s top pacing mare following a season where she scored 7 wins and bankrolled $564,827. She took a mark of 1:48 at Mohawk in the Roses Are Red Final -- a Canadian record -- and also posted a win in the elimination. She won three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and finished third in the final. Rocklamation won 5 of 21 races and earned $546,217 on the season while posting a mark of 1:49.3 in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands. She won two legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and captured the Milton Stakes at Mohawk. A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Multiple World Champion A Rocknroll Dance was the first horse in harness racing history to pace three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (1:47.4f) and in the elimination and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four-year-old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in an invitational race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He defeated the best older pacers of the year in winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final, for his third straight million-dollar campaign. Following Foiled Again's final start of the year, trainer Ron Burke noted that the iron tough pacer has exceeded his expectations with all of his accomplishments. He earned $1.4 million on the year, while surpassing the $6 million career marker and closed the season sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at The Meadowlands. Miss Aultsville and Riveting Rosie are nominees in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Miss Aultsville established a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:59.2 for two-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, one of her two season wins. She earned just over $151,000 on the season. Riveting Rosie closed out her 2013 campaign with six wins, one second and one third in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Riveting Rosie’s major victories were the Peaceful Way Final, The Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain. Father Patrick and Muscle Matters will face off in the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division. Father Patrick topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Stakes. Muscle Matters was lightly raced but earned $218,800 in 6 starts, half of which he won. He took his mark of 1:55.4 in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. Bee A Magician, who was perfect in her 2013 season, is up against Motown Muscle in the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her 2013 races and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore season. The invincible filly took a mark of 1:51 at The Meadowlands and won the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Motown Muscle enjoyed a productive 2013 campaign, hitting for 6 wins in 14 races and $331,423 in purse money. She took a mark of 1:53.4 at Mohawk and racked up wins in a division of the Casual Breeze, Canadian Breeders Championship elimination and final, and several Ontario Sires Stakes events. Flanagan Memory and Your So Vain are the sophomore trotting colt nominees. Flanagan Memory won seven of 11 races for $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Your So Vain was a winner of 5 of 13 and $382,105. He posted a mark of 1:52.4 in winning an elimination of the Canadian Trotting Classic. He also added wins in the Simcoe Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, and a heat of the Kentucky Futurity to his resume. Bax Of Life and Maven are the Older Trotting Mare finalists. Bax of Life won 4 of 23 races and earned just over $155,000. She took a mark of 1:52.2 at The Red Mile. She was a nose winner in a Breeders Crown elimination and second in the Miss Versatility. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She swept the Miss Versatility Trotting Series including a 1:51.4 World Record in the final at Delaware. She also added wins in an elimination and the final of the Armbro Flight and Allerage to her credentials. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her coffers. Intimidate and Mister Herbie are the Older Trotting Horse finalists. Both horses were O’Brien winners in 2012 – Intimidate as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Mister Herbie as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse. Intimidate stepped up to the Older Trotting Horse ranks to win 7 of 9 on the year and bank $176,000. He won several Preferred events and took a mark of 1:51 in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in races including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067. Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms are nominated in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, and are both previous winners of this award. McIntosh’s 98 starters have accounted for 228 wins and just over $2 million in earnings in 2013, while Seelster-bred horses have posted 254 victories and $2.1 million in purse earnings. In the Future Star Category, the finalists for this first-time award are Travis Cullen and Patrick Shepherd. Horseman Travis Cullen, 21 of Edmonton, AB, closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the last day of racing while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year of over $366,000 in trainer earnings and over $577,000 in driving earnings, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. His 2013 total of 109 training wins in Canada places him fourth among all trainers while his .430 UTRS leads the nation. Patrick Shepherd, 21, of Lynden, ON, trained 112 winners and horses to $542,799 in earnings. His Canadian win total ranks as the third best among all conditioners, as does his .389 training average. One of the 24 horse nominees will be honoured as Canada’s Horse of the Year. The winners will be announced at the O’Brien Awards Gala on Saturday, February 8, 20114, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE. The complete list of finalists and owners is as follows. 2013 O’Brien Award Nominees Pacers Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Precocious Beauty - owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Shes Da Bomb – owned by F. Bellino And Sons LLC, Bronxville, NY   Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Arthur Blue Chip – owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Luck Be Withyou – owned by John H. Craig, North York, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer I Luv The Nitelife - owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Love Canal - owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc – Robert Cooper Stables LLC, Boca Raton, FL - J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY   Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Sunshine Beach - owned by Hudson Standardbred Stb Inc., Hudson- Conrad Leber, Montreal QC – Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB Vegas Vacation – owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON   Older Pacing Mare Anndrovette - owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Rocklamation - owned by J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY – Stable 45, Boynton Beach, FL- Our Horse Centre Stables, Clifton Park, NY   Older Pacing Horse A Rocknroll Dance - owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable, Wauseon, OH Foiled Again - owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL   Trotters   Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Miss Aultsville - owned by Old Aultsville Stable, Mississauga, ON – Pealer Pen, Camp Hill, PA – John Kopas Stables Ltd. Milton, ON Riveting Rosie - owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON   Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Father Patrick - owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Muscle Matters - owned by Nunzio Vena, Bolton – Santo Vena, Brampton – Benoit Baillargeon, Rockwood – Richard Thompson, London, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Bee A Magician – owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Motown Muscle - owned by Bet Max Stables Inc., Casco – Benenati Inc., Clinton Twp, MI   Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Flanagan Memory - owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Your So Vain – owned by P G Van Camp Stables, Port Perry, ON   Older Trotting Mare Bax Of Life – owned by Jerry Duford – Joanne S Wray, Campbellville, ON Maven - owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL   Older Trotting Horse Intimidate – owned by Judith Farrow, Hemmingford – Luc Blais, Lochaber Ouest, QC Mister Herbie – owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY   People Awards   O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Paul MacKenzie, Puslinch, ON   Armstrong Breeder of the Year Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., Windsor, ON Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON   Driver of the Year Sylvain Filion, Campbellville, ON Doug McNair, Guelph, ON   Trainer of the Year Gregg McNair, Guelph, ON Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON   Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB Patrick Shepherd, Lynden, ON

Smilin Eli has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2013. The son of Muscles Yankee won all three of his NJSS starts at The Meadowlands, including the $150,000 championship final in a career best and stakes record matching 1:51.2. The award for NJSS Green Acres Division Horse of the Year went to the two-year-old pacing filly Ideal Helen, winner of all three of her major NJ-sired stakes races at Freehold Raceway, the $61,900 Lou Babic Memorial Filly Final, $52,650 New Jersey Futurity and $25,000 NJSS Green Acres Final. These awards, which are voted by the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, are based only on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS races and other NJ-sired major stakes and futurities. Owned and bred by Nicholas Cimino of Pompano Beach, Fla., Smilin Eli is out of Cimino’s homebred mare Gerri’s Joy.  Unraced at two, he won both his preliminary NJSS Premier Division legs in the first two races of his career. Smiin Eli compiled an overall 2013 record of four wins and 11 in-the-money finishes in 14 starts, with four seconds and three thirds. His purses earnings for the year totaled $638,629. In open competition, he was second in the $1-million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands and the $500,000 Colonial at Pocono. and third in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final at Pocono.    Ideal Helen, a daughter of Western Ideal out of the mare Armbro Nectarine, won six of her nine starts in NJ-sired competition and was in the money in 11 of 14 starts overall, earning $125,736 for owner D.R. Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, Illinois. The awards will be presented Jan. 26, 2014 at the 57th annual New Jersey Breeders Awards luncheon at Charley’s Other Brother in Easthampton.  Tickets are $35.00.  For reservations, call (609) 984-4389. For further information:  Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830 by Leon Zimmerman for the New Jersey Sire Stakes

Just as an announcement that a shipment of Dream Vacation frozen semen has become available once again to Australasian harness racing breeders we thought it is timely to look at the background of this son of Pine Chip. Dream Vacation achieved international recognition finishing second to the world champion Varenne in a then all time record 1:51 Breeders Crown encounter at The Meadowlands. Dream Vacation personifies the term “stallions pedigree” being a son of the World Champion Pine Chip from a full sister to Valley Victory’s brilliant son Victory Dream sire of the all time fastest Hambletonian champion Self Possessed. Pine Chip (1:51) was available in Australasia for six seasons but only covered 21 mares in NZ and just four in Australia. He did produce the champion Somrthingaboutmaori ($461,000) in Australia but nothing else of real class. So when Dream Vacation a son of Pine Chip was offered to Australasian breeders via frozen semen the response was very low key to put it mildly. Taking a time of 1:52 and winning stake money of $616,000, Dream Vacation was not in the same class as his sire as a racehorse but was a quality individual nonetheless. His record at stud in North America shows he was a talented sire and makes good reading remembering that Dream Vacation only stood at stud for five seasons in the US as he was exported to Sweden in 2007.  US stakes won - $25,495,000    Winners - 265     Sub 1:55 winners - 43    Sub 1;53 winners - 7  As a broodmare sire Dream Vacation has achieved a rarity having already produced the 2012 "Horse Of The Year" in Chapter Seven (now at stud) the equal fastest trotter on the Planet at 1:50.1 ($1,954,966). Okay, Dream Vacation was made available to Australasian breeders for over 10 years, but numbers of mares served were never very large. In New Zealand Dream Vacation has only 84 registered foals, three- year-old or older. The statistics for those 84 are nothing short of amazing. Starters - 66 which is 78% of his live foals.  Winners - 52  which is 62% of his live foals   Stakes won - $2,451,000 Winners include such stars as Stent $242,000, Leighton Hest $205,000, Cyclone U Bolt $192,000,   Real Deal Yankee $175,000, Dream Merchant $159,000, Boizel $148,000 and Great Getaway $117,000. In Australia he has just 29 foals three years or older for 21 winners including such handy trotters such as Dougie $89,000, King Kong Cooma $89,000, Likeaplayboy $88,000, Alderbaran Maori $74,000 and Maori Vacation $74,000  Right from the start , Dream Vacation has excelled at stud in Australasia. A lot of stallions have issues with their frozen semen not being as productive as their fresh semen. Not Dream Vacation. He has become the flag bearer for frozen semen in Australasia. As noted his frozen semen has just become available again at Nevele R stud and as a result Dream Vacation should serve books of mares more in keeping with his outstanding stud record to date in Australasia. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues?

Breeding is such an inexact business that nothing can ever be taken for granted. One sire who this applies more than most is the great Artiscape.  In North America he was an absolute champion as a two and three year old on the track taking a mark of 1:49:3z on his way to winning $1,469,461. A measure of his quality was he ran 1 -2-3 in twenty five of his twenty six starts. And he took that kind of performance into the breeding barn when he went to stud. Right from the start he sired quality colts and fillies that were competitive with the best in North America. His stud statistics are outstanding. Stakes earned $89,648,000           Winners 834      Sub 1:55 - 404     Sub 1:50 - 30 He has eight millionaires (One Horse Of The Year, Rainbow Blue $1,600,000) including such standouts as Maltese Artist $2,340,000 Escape The Wind $2,129,000 Yankee Cruiser $1,457,000 and Rose Jewel $ 1,396,000. He also has sons showing up as sires with Yankee Cruiser already having progeny with stakes of $25,000,000 on the card including the brilliant Sweet Lou 1:47:4s $2,117,000 and Feelin Friskie who is 15th on the two year old sires list in 2013 and sixth on average earnings with just 35 foals.   In the 2001/2002 breeding season, Artiscape was made available to NZ breeders via frozen semen at Nevele R stud. Serving just 13 mares in his first year at a high service fee of $8,500. The next two seasons he bred 84 and 77 at the same fee.   For both the 2005 and the 2006 seasons he was shuttled to New Zealand and stood at Nevele R Stud. The number of mares he served in those two years was 56 and 43 which was in no small way a reflection of the performance of his first crops to hit the track in NZ. To say that his NZ stock under performed compared to their North American counterparts would be a massive understatement. From 218 foals in NZ he has left 90 winners but only two passed the $100,000 mark, Fight Fire With Fire ($151,657) and Steve McQueen ($179,835). So what is the reason for  the massive difference in results. The first three crops were all conceived in NZ via frozen semen could be the major contributing factor to his lack of success in NZ.. Some stallions such as Dream Vacation and Western Ideal seem to have no issue with frozen semen but some including Artiscape obviously don't have the same impact with frozen semen. Several sires have been available to NZ breeders via frozen semen whose results have been less than satisfactory but when available to breeders via fresh semen have produced a much better quality of stock. This leads one to the conclusion that frozen semen has to be evaluated on a sire by sire basis as it obviously doesn't work for some stallions. And Artiscape is definitely one of those. What all this has meant for NZ breeders is that Artiscape is poorly regarded in the marketplace which I feel has more to do with frozen semen in his case than his siring ability. It has meant that none of the commercial studs in NZ have stood sons or grandsons of Artiscape which is a real shame as they obviously have plenty to offer breeders going by the results in North America.  JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow

No matter the category, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras has enjoyed a career-best season in 2013. Entering Tuesday, the 34-year-old Gingras has established personal highs with 517 wins, $14 million in purses and a .368 driver rating. He captured the Grand Circuit driving title for the first time in his career and on Monday became the 15th driver to reach $100 million in lifetime earnings. Gingras surpassed $100 million when he won with Lucky House in the fifth race Monday at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lucky House is trained by Ron Burke, for whom Gingras drives regularly. "That was good," Gingras said. "After last year I figured it was going to be tough to do better, but I always want to try to do a little more each year. But I'm lucky. I've been getting to drive for the best connections, so it's hard not to do good. It's all kind of snowballed and I keep getting better horses to drive." Gingras' win total this year is ninth best in North America - he could finish in the Top 10 in the category for the first time in his career - and his purses are second to only Tim Tetrick's $16 million. He also finished second to Tetrick last season. He has driven a slew of contenders for year-end honors, including older male pacer Foiled Again, older female trotter Maven, 2-year-old male trotter Father Patrick and 2-year-old male pacer Western Vintage, not to mention stakes-winners such as Sunfire Blue Chip, Dedi's Dragon, Wishing Stone and Charisma Hanover. Gingras won Breeders Crown trophies with Foiled Again, Maven and Father Patrick. Foiled Again, at age 9, became the oldest horse to ever win a Crown and capped his year by winning the TVG Free For All Series Championship to push his career earnings to a North American-record $6 million. "Winning the Breeders Crown with Foiled Again was the highlight of the year," Gingras said. "A close second was getting to drive Father Patrick. I never had to sweat it in any of his races. Sure, there is some pressure being 1-to-9 and expected to win, but I knew if I lost it was because I messed up." Gingras was particularly happy to see Foiled Again win the Breeders Crown because he thought he might have cost the horse his best chance at a trophy two years ago. Foiled Again missed by a head against Bettor Sweet at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, with Gingras stuck in New Jersey because of a fluky October snowstorm. "I felt guilty about missing that year; that one was on me," Gingras said. "I knew (Foiled Again) wasn't getting any younger and he might not get many more chances. "To me, the Breeders Crown (this year) was the race of the year," he continued. "To get it done and the trip he went was incredible. That was the most thrilling race I've ever been in." Of course, at this stage nothing Foiled Again does surprises Gingras. Foiled Again won six of his final nine starts this year and was never worse than second during that span. He ended the campaign with 11 victories in 29 races and $1.4 million in purses. "He's shown year in and year out that he can outlast them," Gingras said. "He's resilient and just has that desire to win. When it's time to dig down deep, I haven't seen too many with as much as him." As Gingras ponders how to top this year's numbers in 2014, he is buoyed by the realization that all of his top drives are expected to return next season. "This year was great with so many great horses," Gingras said, referring not only to horses he drove, but the sport in general. "There are so many worthy candidates (for Horse of the Year) it's scary. And with maybe the exception of (injured) I Luv The Nitelife, all of them should be coming back. It should be another great year next year." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

Akron, NY--The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced the award winners for top performing horsemen for 2013 as well as the Batavia Downs meet. Ray Fisher Jr. has been named the western New York driver of the year. 2013 was an enigma for Ray Fisher because a mid-year accident that could have just as easily killed him ultimately drove him to produce one of the best years of his career. On July 12 at the Buffalo Raceway meet he was the leading reinsman at; Fisher went down in a horrific accident involving half the field and suffered a fractured pelvis and two broken vertebrae. Despite the dire diagnosis, Fisher was seen at his barn the following morning and returned to driving only 20 days later. Without missing a beat, the 45 year-old Geauga, Ohio native righted the ship and went back on a driving tear that hasn't slowed up since. For the year, Fisher has scored 233 wins, 190 seconds and 182 thirds from 1,349 starts. His $1,198,955 in purses is a career best and his .296 UDR was his second best ever. Those numbers push his career totals to 3,537 wins and $14,183,533 in earnings. Fisher was the leading dash driver at the completed Buffalo meet and is currently second at Batavia with only two nights of racing left. The western New York trainer of the year is John Mungillo. To say that John Mungillo had a career year would be an understatement. His 775 starts, 154 wins and $675,746 in earnings were all lifetime bests for him by a good margin. And his .309 UTR was not far off his previous best effort. Those numbers bring his career stats to 731 wins and $2,820,586 in the bank. Mungillo will also be recognized as the trainer of the meet for the current Batavia Downs session. His 65 wins, 38 seconds and 37 thirds earned his owners $252,134 and solidified his spot as the top conditioner at the Genesee County oval. The Batavia Downs driver of the meet is Shawn McDonough. 23 year-old Shawn McDonough has accomplished quite a bit in 2013. Finding himself a commodity among trainers this year, he parlayed that in-demand status into some pretty impressive numbers. He found the winners circle at the Downs 94 times and has a legitimate shot to break the century mark by Saturday night. And checks amounting to $452,740 have been distributed to his respective owners as a result of his performances. For the year McDonough has 173 wins, 176 seconds and 193 thirds from 1,252 starts and has pocketed $896,204 in spoils. Those are all career-best totals by far. Shawn McDonough is a fourth-year provisional driver and is a rarity to be a "P" and a dash winning champion for a meet. Ray Fisher Jr., John Mungillo and Shawn McDonough will be presented their awards during the UNY-USHWA "Night of Distinction" this Saturday night (Dec. 7) in the winner's circle at Batavia Downs. Here is a complete list of award winners that will be honored: WNY Driver of the Year- Ray Fisher Jr. WNY Trainer of the Year- John Mungillo Batavia Downs Driver of the Meet- Shawn McDonough Batavia Downs Trainer of the Meet-John Mungillo WNY Comeback Driver of the Year-Ron Beback Jr. WNY Rising Star-Drew Monti Good Guy Award- Paul White WNY Horse of the Year- Naked News Batavia Downs Trotter of the Meet-Mystical Escapade Batavia Downs Pacer of the Meet- Fireyourguns   Tim Bojarski Hoof Beats Magazine Columnist United States Harness Writers Assn. National VP-USHWA President-Upstate NY Chapter  

Lexington, KY --- World champion Cash Hall, the fastest trotting Standardbred of all time on a half-mile track at T1:51.1h, will stand in 2014 at Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio. A racehorse who earned $554,298, Cash Hall has been equally successful in the stud, with progeny earnings of more than $9 million to date, including 18 trotters in 1:55 and the 2013 USTA District 8 Horse of the Year, Market Rally, the winner of $281,816 this year at two and the third place finisher in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot. By Hambletonian winner Self Possessed, out of Chatty Hanover, by Super Bowl, Cash Hall offers the same sire line as Cantab Hall, the leading sire of the present day. He will stand at Cool Winds Farm under the management of Walnut Hall Ltd. for a fee of $3,000, live foal. Submitted by Walnut Hall, Limited

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ A new era in harness racing dawned Saturday night with the debut of The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The gleaming $88 million track, the vision of chairman Jeff Gural, launched with a 13-race program on a blustery, chilly night with occasional snow squalls before an estimated 15,000 fans. The on-track handle exploded in the new facility, reaching a total of $530,917, an impressive 18-percent of the total $2,968,600. The evening began with a dedication ceremony in the paddock with Gural thanking the numerous members of The Meadowlands team who made the dream a reality. "To all the people who helped--and there are many of you--and for all the people who are here tonight, I hope you enjoy what you see," Gural said. "It's not only racing, it's also entertainment." Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, joined Gural in welcoming the fans on opening night. Luchento recalled how Gural came to the rescue when The Meadowlands faced closure. "Three years later, we are here in a magnificent new building, at the premier track in North America looking forward to showcasing the best harness racing presented anywhere in the world," Luchento said. There was a ceremonial ribbon breaking by a hero of yesteryear, Gallo Blue Chip. The winner of the 2000 Meadowlands Pace was also joined in the winner's circle by Foiled Again, the sport's all-time leading money earner at $5.7 million, who returned later that evening to win a TVG division. The honor of winning the first race at the new Meadowlands went to Alexie Mattosie and driver David Miller in 1:50 4/5. They were greeted in the winner's circle by Ray Remmen, who captured the first race at the original Meadowlands with Quick Baron in 1976. The opening night features were the final $50,000 legs of the inauguaral TVG Free-For-All Series. The $500,000 TVG finals are on tap next Saturday night along with a quartet of 2-year-old stakes: the $534,500 Governor's Cup, the $494,750 Valley Victory, the $394,950 Three Diamonds and the $456,150 Goldsmith Maid. The TVGs were a clean sweep for the team of driver Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke, one night after he set the single-season training record with his 1,000th win. The TVG Trot went to Wishing Stone, a race contested in a brief but blinding blizzard. He set the pace, beating Arch Madness by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:54 with Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, third. Foiled Again, a top contender for Horse of the Year, turned in yet another game effort in the TVG Pace. He ranged up first-over victory into a stiff wind to beat Warrawee Needy by a neck in 1:49 3/5. Modern Legend was third. Following the racing, the party at The Meadowlands continued long into the night as Victory Sports Bar & Nightclub was packed and in full swing into the morning. Rachel Ryan  

Caledon, Ontario --- Brittany Stallion Management announced Friday that world champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of Ontario. Winbak will be assuming managerial duties for the stallion, whose stud fee will remain at $4,000. Glidemaster becomes the sixth addition to the stallion barn at Winbak of Ontario. “We’re glad the opportunity presented itself to stand a Horse of the Year and a sire who’s already producing world-class trotters. We’re excited to have him,” said Winbak Farm owner, Joe Thomson. Thomson added that Winbak will offer its full support of the stallion in terms of breeding mares to him and promoting him. Glidemaster 2, 1:55.3; 3, 1:51 earned close to $2 million during his racing career. He was a world champion and Triple Crown winner who captured the Hambletonian in stakes record time. He was an overwhelming selection as Horse of the Year in 2006. “We feel that Ontario has a void in trotting stallions and Glidemaster will help fill it,” said Joe Thomson. “Winbak Farm is optimistic about the sire stakes and grassroots program in Ontario.” Leading his progeny in 2013 earnings is world champion and two-time Breeders Crown champion, Maven, 2, 1:56f; 3, 1:52.3; 1:51.4h -'13 ($1,420,319). He is also the sire of O’Brien Award Winner, Blue Porsche, 2, 1:54.1s; 3, 1:54s ($638,240), For You Almostfree, 2, Q2:01.1s; 3, 1:56.1s; 1:53s -'13 ($309,146) and PASS Winner, Punxsutawney, 2, 1:56.2f; 3, 1:53.2f -'13 ($300,153). Glidemaster is the sire of 11 who have trotted faster than 1:55. Call Brittany Farms at 859.873.3878 or visit www.britfarms.com for more information on Glidemaster. For more information on Winbak Farm of Ontario, contact 905.838.2145 or visit www.winbakfarm.com. Submitted by Winbak Farm

BLACKY the horse had a starring role in the funeral of his doting owner Beverly McDonnell in England. Bev, who had a lifelong passion for horses, requested that her beloved horse play a key part in her funeral, which was held at Poole Crematorium on Saturday, November 9. Family and friends were urged to dress up in their party clothes and bring a carrot for Blacky. Bev, of Avon Run Road, will be remembered for her “bubbly, strong and inspirational” personality, who was determined to stay positive and give hope to others. An accomplished rider and trainer, the 32-year-old was devastated when doctors advised her to give up horse riding because of the strain it would place on her bones. But she bought and decorated a carriage and started offering horse-drawn carriage rides along the beach to raise money for charity. And she also managed to compete in this year’s New Forest Show, coming sixth in a strong field, and travelled to Birmingham for the Horse of the Year Show just a fortnight before she passed away. (reprinted with permission by the Daily Echo at www.bournemouthecho.co.uk)

For the first time in over two decades, a horse trained from outside the Gippsland region has won the Warragul Horse of the Year award. Based on performances during the 2012/2013 racing season, which ran from September to August, Lara pacer Inky Cullen was declared the winner. One member of a team that provided trainer Dean Braun with an outstanding season of success, Inky Cullen won three out of three at the Logan Park circuit, including the Traralgon Pacing Cup in June. The last time a non-Gippsland trained horse won the title was in season 1991/1992, when trotter Green Cape was successful. Trainer of the year was Cranbourne horsewoman Jayne Davies. Jayne and partner Noel Alexander have between them dominated this award since it was introduced in 1980/1981, with more than 15 wins. Leading driver for the season was again Chris Alford, who enjoyed a stellar season statewide. Chris drove Inky Cullen in the Traralgon Cup victory, and has won the Warragul Driver of the Year award over 10 times, and is second only to Ted Demmler who won the award on 20 occasions. Joshua Duggan scored his first win in the Concession Driver of the Year award, which recognises the talent of relative newcomers to the driving ranks. Awards presentations will take place at the next Warragul meeting on Monday, December 2.  

   Balmoral Park will not only play host to some of the best horses in North America on Saturday Nov. 9th for the American National Stakes ,  but some of the sport’s leading reinsman will also be in Crete to steer the cream of the crop over the one-mile oval.      A pair of $200 million men—Hall of Famers John Campbell and Ron Pierce are slated to drive. This pair will reach half a billion combined in purse earnings—that’s right—HALF A BILLION DOLLARS, in 2014.       While many of Campbell’s accomplishments in the sport came when he was in his 30s and 40s, every single one of Pierce’s Triple Crown or Breeders Crown triumphs—41 total—have all come after his 35th birthday!  Pierce, who trailed Campbell for many years, surpassed $200 million in career earnings while competing at Lexington’s famed Red Mile this September.      Pierce is also the oldest driver to record a driving triple in Breeders Crown Finals, when he did so a few weeks ago at Pocono Downs, at age 57.  He was the first driver to win with a 2-year-old in 1:50, when he steered Badlands Hanover to a 1:50 clocking in the 1998 Breeders Crown at Colonial Downs.  He was also the only driver to defeat world champ Somebeachsomewhere, when he piloted Art Official to victory in the 2008 Meadowlands Pace.      Pierce is also the only driver to go five straight seasons winning either the Meadowlands Pace (2008, 2009, 2001) or the Hambletonian (2007, 2010)—two of the sport’s greatest events, and just missed becoming the only driver in history to win the Hambletonian from post ten in 2002 with Like A Prayer, who finished a neck back of the winning Chip Chip Hooray. Pierce also was the driver behind the sport’s last female Horse of the Year, Rainbow Blue (2004).      Campbell, 58, was the youngest person ever inducted into harness racing’ s Hall of Fame in 1990, and his dominance and presence in racing in untouchable, as he at the top of nearly every statistical list kept by the USTA.  He’s driven the winners of more than $3 million annually every year since 1982, except for 2011, when he drove the winners of $2.5 million.   He currently has $284 million in career purse earnings and 10,613 lifetime wins to his credit.      Campbell is the leading driver of Breeders Crown winners with 43 to his credit and has won six Hambletonians , three Hambletonian Oaks, six Kentucky Futurities, three Little Brown Jugs, and Sweden’s famed Elitloppe, among his endless list of accomplishments.       Campbell and Pierce are also the two winningest drivers in Breeders Crown history with 29 victories each, while Mike Lachance (also here tonight) is in third with 27 Breeders Crown titles to his credit.      Speaking of Breeders Crown triumphs, for the first time in history, the top five ranking North American drivers won every Breeders Crown Final contested this year, on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.  Pierce, Tim Tetrick, and Yannick Gingras each won three Crowns, while David Miller notched two Crowns and Brian Sears a single Crown.       With his lone 2013 Breeders Crown victory, Sears (also here tonight!) extended his streak of winning at least one Breeders Crown race now for 11 straight years.   John Campbell, no surprise, holds the record at 15 years (1984-1988).      Sears has nearly $150 million in purse earnings and was the first driver in history to earn more than $15 million in a single season (in 2005), the same year he drove Rocknroll Hanover and Muscle Hill to Horse of the Year titles, and the same year he set a world record for female pacers with My Little Dragon of 1:48.1.       Ten of Sears’ 24 Breeders Crown wins (all since 2003) have come with 3-year-old trotters (5 fillies & 5 colts each).  He has driven all of trainer Trond Smedshammer’s eight Breeders Crown winners, and is the only driver in history to have won the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks in the same year, twice—in 2009 and 2013.      Yannick Gingras (he’s here too!) had just one Breeders Crown victory prior to his start in the classic events in 2012.  That lone win, however, came with Southwind Serena in 2008 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot—when he steered her to win and return $102.80 on a two dollar ticket.  Gingras, 34, is nearly $7 million ahead of Campbell in career earnings at the same age.      Gingras also steered the 2012 American National 3-year-old Filly Trot winner Maven, to a 1:54.3 clocking here last year, and had multiple Am-Nat victories in 2011 when he piloted Princess Cruiser to win the 2-year-old Filly Pace in 1:56.1; Looking Hanover to win the Aged Trot in 1:56; and Foiled Again to win the Aged Pace in 1:51.4.      Mike Lachance, 62, who’ll be piloting Creatine tonight in the American National for 3-year-old colt trotters, just finished second with the colt at the Breeders Crown, and won the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile with the Bob Stewart-trained sophomore in September.       Lachance was the first driver to win six races on a day card and six races that same night, when he did so at Yonkers on June 23, 1987.  One year later, in 1988, he scored his 5,000th career victory at The Meadowlands, with Instrument Landing.      Lachance also became the first driver in history to win a Breeders Crown race at age 55 or older when he won three in 2006 at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto.  He won one Hambletonian (with Dream Victory in 1994) before going into the Hall of Fame in 1995, and three after going in (with Continentalvictory in 1996; Self Possessed in 1999 and Amigo Hall in 2003) and is the last driver to win the Hambletonian with a female, the aforementioned Continentalvictory.      Lachance has won eight American Nationals:  first in 1988 with Matt’s Scooter in 1:55.2 in the 3-year-old Colt Pace; then in 1992 with Baltic Striker in 1:57.3 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot & with Imperfection in 1:59.3 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot & with Crouch in 1:54.4 in the 3-year-old Colt Pace; in 1995 with Divine Victory in 1:57.2 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot; in 1999 with Self Possessed in 1:53 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot; in 2004 with Cantab Hall in 1:55 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot; and in 2009 with Lanson in 1:53.4 in the Aged Trot.      Ohio native David Miller, 48, is the fourth leading money winning driver in the sport’s history and has nearly 11,000 career victories. He is the only driver in history with eleven, $10 million seasons and is the only driver to ever have a Triple Crown and Breeders Crown winner in the same season, in 2003 with No Pan Intended.  He won the first ever Breeders Crown million dollar event, with the mighty trotter Magician in 2000.      This year he’s steered his two fastest career drives: with Pet Rock and Shebestingin, who both paced in 1:47, and was elected into harness racing’s national Hall of Fame this year as well. He was named Driver of the Year in 2003 and is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug.  He is also one of only two drivers to have won the Jug and its sister event, the Jugette, the same year.  His ranks among the top five Breeders Crown winning reinsmen, with $8.5 million in Crown earnings.      Tim Tetrick needs no introduction to Illinois racing fans. This Prairie State native has 13 Breeders Crown wins under his belt with only a few weeks away from his 32nd birthday (Nov. 22).  This is the seventh straight year he’ll sit atop the national standings in earnings (only Billy Haughton has ever gone longer; eight years—from 1952 to 1959).    Tetrick has the distinction of being the youngest member of harness racing’s $100 million-earning club, and is the only driver to win a million dollar race on a half-mile track—when he steered Southwind Lynx to win the 2007 Rooney at Yonkers. He’s the only driver in history to win the Meadowlands Pace twice in his first four attempts and if Captaintreacherous is named Horse of the Year, it will be the first time in 28 years that a driver has won that award back to back with a trotter and then with a pacer (last year he was the driver on the Linda Toscano-trained Chapter Seven).  Hall of Famer Bill O’Donnell accomplished that feat in 1984 and 1985 with Fancy Crown and the great Nihilator.   by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

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