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He got the sport's attention as a 44-1 outsider in the Champlain this year, but Captive Audience has easy to overlook in the days leading up to the $600,000 Breeders Crown juvenile colt pace. Most of the headlines have been reserved for the Metro and Wilson winner Captaintreacherous.

White Birch Farm, a major nursery in the standardbred sport, has a history of excellence that spans three generations of the Parisi family. Once known as Joe-Mar Farm, the Allentown, New Jersey breeding and harness racing training center has been known to produce some of the finest pacers and trotters in the sport.

He's called Royalty For Life. For his Norfollk (Massachusetts) harness racing trainer George Ducharme winning the Breeders Crown juvenile colt trot would be a life changing experience. For the conditioner who trains a small group of trotters pointed towards the New York Sire Stakes program each year, the Breeders Crown is a pleasant departure from the norm and something he's definitely not taking lightly.

Harness racing history has a way of repeating itself. If that's true, Richie Silverman hopes it happens on October 27 at Woodbine Racetrack. Last year half-brothers Sweet Lou and Bettor Sweet became the first siblings to capture Breeders Crowns on the same night. This year Silverman has a brother and sister act named Razzle Dazzle and Ramalama hoping for lightning to strike twice.

In 2005 Erv Miller and Roger Hammer were on completely different sides of the harness racing spectrum. Miller sent out the 1-2 Hambletonian favorite that year in Classic Photo and Hammer piloted the upset race winner Vivid Photo to victory in the $1.5 million event one spot ahead of Classic Photo.

It's been a rocky road for the harness racing connections of Hurrikane Kingcole this year. The brilliantly fast three-year-old pacer has at times looked like a world beater. Then there were the times when he would simply beat himself.

Personal Style got the breaks on Saturday and captured the $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks as a 55-1 outsider in the wagering. The breaks turned out to be that of 3-5 harness racing favorite Check Me Out who was on the lead as the field turned into the homestretch.

Harness racing trainer Linda Toscano became the first female trainer to win the sport's most coveted prize when Market Share captured the $1.5 million, 87th edition of the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on Saturday afternoon.

The appearance of two sons of Kadabra in Saturday's $1.5 million Hambletonian is anything but magic. Knows Nothing and Prestidigitator earned a berth in the final with solid efforts and represented their home Ontario in a way that may not have been possible pre-1998.

Can lightning strike twice? In harness racing, the answer is a profound yes. When 2007 Hambletonian winner Donato Hanover retired to stud there were countless breeders with mares hoping to connect to the outstanding colt and create the next Hambletonian winner. Lightning Storm is among five Donato Hanover colts with an opportunity to win the sport's most coveted prize.

When you think of Daily Racing Form, Thoroughbred racing comes to mind. But DRF launched an online harness initiative in 2012.

If we learned one thing from Saturday's great Breeders Crown night it should be to celebrate the great horses. A night that started with trainers and owners scrambling to find replacements for empty sulky seats culminated with champions crowned and horses exhibiting incredible speed and courage in a dozen fantastic races.

Brilliant harness racing driver Dave Palone had some live mounts entering Saturday's (October 29) 12-race Breeders Crown program but good fortune put him in the bike on a few more than expected and he made good on the opportunity.

Seth Rosenfeld has been in the harness racing game pretty much his entire life. His parents owned some champions in the 1970s and his uncle Alan Leavitt ran Lana Lobell Farms, which his family shared ownership in.

Sam DePinto is harness racing's proof that size doesn't matter. Stable size. In DePinto's case less has become more.

Harness racing trainer Dustin Jones brought a good 2-year-old trotting filly to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last year for the juvenile trotting filly Breeders Crown contest. After finishing second in her elimination heat, he thought it would be a difficult task to beat Fitness Girl.

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