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Wilkes-Barre, PA - Favored McWicked ($3.80) moved to the lead at the five-eighths pole, easily putting away Lazarus N and then opening to win by four comfortable lengths in 1:49.3. Brian Sears drove McWicked for trainer Casie Coleman, as he won his second Breeders Crown trophy. Early leader Filibuster Hanover rallied for second, while Donttellmeagain finished third. Mcwicked has now earned over $3.7 million in his career after posting his 24th career win. "He's real easy to drive and he does everything you want. It's great to have the opportunity to drive such nice horses," said Sears, who won three Breeders Crown races Saturday night. "I always think he's gonna be good, but to think he is going to do what he did this year... I think he is better now than he was at three. He is a big team effort no doubt. I hope he is going to race next year, but that is not my call. It is up to Mr. James (owner Edward James of the SSG Stables.) I think he will be at stud, but I hope he will race, our team would really like that," explained trainer Casie Coleman. Filibuster Hanover took the field to the quarter in 26.1, but Lazarus N was immediately out and winging, taking the field past the half in 55.2. McWicked pulled up the backside and easily disposed of his challenger, rolling past three-quarters in 1:21.2 before Sears took his foot off the gas in the stretch. McWicked is a seven-year-old bay horse by McArdle, out of the Western Ideal mare Western Sahara. He was bred by Andray Farm of Punxutawney, Pennsylvania. By Keith Gisser, For The Breeders Crown      

Wilkes-Barre, PA - The track at Mohegan Sun Pocono may have been sloppy but the effort from Tactical Landing was pretty neat as he took the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Trot in a speedy 1:52.1. Harness racing driver Brian Sears got Tactical Landing away second as Met's Hall took the field to the quarter in 27.1, but he cruised to the front en route to the 55.4 half mile marker. Tactical Landing hit three-quarters in 1:23.4 and drew off from Met's Hall and Crystal Fashion in the stretch, winning by open lengths. Met's Hall and Crystal Fashion were second and third, respectively. The presumptive favorite, Six Pack, was scratched from the race due to sickness. Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, who is retiring at the end of this season, trains Tactical Landing for the Tactical Landing Stable of Perrysburg, Ohio. An $800,000 yearling, the son of Muscle Hill from the Varenne mare Southwind Serena, was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables. He has now earned $644,300 in his career as he won for the eighth time. The win was the second Crown title of the night for driver Sears. Takter was pleased, but philosophical in the winner's circle. "This horse, he's been battling a lot of issues. I have trained a lot of great horses, but the way he carries himself in this weather, I know he's by far the best three-year-old out there. I know Six Pack is a good horse, and it's too bad he got sick, but he would not have a shot with this horse. This horse is a level above anything. This was number 34 (Breeders Crown win), and I was very nervous going into it. This is my last year so I'd like to get at least one Crown before I get out of here." In taking home the John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Brittany Farms, favored Tactical Landing paid $2.80 to win. by Keith Gisser, for The Breeders Crown

Wilkes-Barre, PA - Brian Sears piloted favored Gimpanzee to a 2½ length victory in the $600,000 two-year-old Breeders Crown Colt Trot, with an effortless 1:54.4 win. Stablemate Green Manalishi S was second and longshot Hudson River finished third. Marcus Melander trains the top two finishers. Melander was very pleased with Gimpanzee, saying, "It feels great, of course. He's like an aged horse, you can do whatever you want with him in a race. He's got a lot of stamina and a lot of speed and everything went well. I thought he raced great. I couldn't be more happy with the year." "It's not over until it's over but the horse has showed up all year," added Sears. "He just knows how to do his job and got it done again tonight, figured I'd take my shot on the front." Gimpanzee got the early lead but yielded to Green Manalishi S just before the 27-second quarter mile marker. Sears had the son of Chapter Seven out and moving at the three-eighths and the race was for all intents and purposes over. He cruised through a leisurely 57.3 half mile and 1:26.3 three-quarter marks before sprinting home in 28.1, fending off a mild challenge from Green Manalishi S entering the stretch. Gimpanzee's dam is the Muscle Massive mare Steamy Windows. He finishes his two-year-old campaign with a perfect nine-for-nine record, while banking nearly $600,000. Bred by Order By Stable, he is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable, both of Delray Beach, Florida. In taking the Bill Weaver Memorial Trophy, Gimpanzee paid $3.00 to win. The Melander-trained exacta paid $12.40. by Keith Gisser, For The Breeders Crown  

Harnesslink will be updating the results from Pocono Downs Saturday night with all of the results from the 14 elimination divisions. WILKES-BARRE, PA - Guardian Angel AS and Top Flight Angel recorded commanding wins in their respective $25,000 Breeders Crown or Open Trot elims at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 20. In the first elim, Matt Kakaley steered Guardian Angel AS to victory after taking the lead after the :28.1 first quarter set by Pinkman. Guardian Angel AS easily came from third to take control of the race, going on to cut the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:24.3.   Pinkman drafted behind Guardian Angel AS as Cruzado Dela Noche attempted a second-tier challenge, which was only enough to finish third, as Pinkman held for second. Yes Mickey broke at the top of the stretch, causing no interference with Marion Marauder, who floated behind Cruzado Dela Noche and finished fourth.   The winning time was 1:52.3 and the winner paid $11.60.   Lindy The Great finished fifth but would not make the final since every horse in the second elim already earned more than him.   Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel AS (Archangel—Provide AS) for owners ACL Stuteri AB, also the breeder, and Kjell Johansson.   Andy Miller guided the Julie Miller-trained Top Flight Angel to a similarly dominating win in the second $25,000 Open Trot elim. Top Flight Angel went directly for the lead leaving the gate, followed by Dunbar Hall, Warrawee Roo and Homicide Hunter.   Top Flight Angel recorded a :27.3 first quarter and continued afloat as the leader in a :57.1 half. Warrawee Roo came out of the pocket to challenge the leader heading for three-quarters but never got close enough to truly threaten as three-quarters went in 1:25.   The top three remained in their stalking positions as Top Flight Angel floated home to win in 1:52.3. Will Take Charge finished fourth and Homicide Hunter took fifth to be the last eligible entry for the final.   Legendary Standardbred Farm owns Top Flight Angel (Archangel—Top Photo), who was bred by Alan C. Hainsworth.   The winner paid $20.60.   Post positions for the Open Pace and Open Trot will be drawn on Tuessday, Oct. 23 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. With Lather Up breaking stride around the first turn and placed towards the back of the pack, Shnitzledosomethin swept past pacesetter Hayden Hanover heading to three-quarters and maintained control from Grand Teton closing and a recovering Lather Up to take the final of three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, Oct. 20. Stay Hungry took the lead with Hayden Hanover between horses and Lather Up carried three wide attempting to clear the lead around the turn. Lather Up broke stride heading to a :26.3 opening quarter and got back on gait into the stretch, positioned fifth while Hayden Hanover brushed to the lead.   Shnitzledosomethin launched his first-over move heading to a :55.2 half. As Hayden Hanover faltered towards the inside, the Dylan Davis-trained colt by Fred And Ginger darted to the lead with Done Well chasing first over and Lather Up second over to a 1:22.3 third-quarter. Shnitzledosomethin, slowing into the stretch, held a wide enough margin to best Grand Teton, sweeping from last to finish second, and Lather Up, from second over, in third.   Returning $81.00 to win, Shnitzledosomethin won his third race in 15 starts this season and his ninth in 28 overall, earning $536,087. The Aaron Dale Stutzman-bred colt from the Sand Shooter mare Summer N Sand races for owners Bfj Stable, Thomas Lazzaro, Edwin Gold and Abraham Basen and had David Miller in the bike.  Youaremycandygirl ($4.20), a noted frontstepper, moved to the lead in front of the stands and went on to a hard-fought head victory over Alexa’s Power in the sole $25,000 three-year-old pacing filly Breeders Crown elimination Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The sophomore fillies saw eleven horses declare for the Breeders Crown, with Kissin In The Sand and Baron Remy taking byes into the Championship (earnings-based) and the other nine being reduced by two in the elim. Alexa’s Power fired to the top early ahead of Double A Mint; Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras were on the move from third approaching the 27.4 quarter on the sloppy track, grabbed the lead, and cut fractions of 56.3 and 1:24.2 without great pressure. Through the stretch Alexa’s Power made a good rally on the inside, but just missed to Youaremycandygirl at the end of the 1:52 mile.   Behind the top two, the qualifiers for the Crown final, in finish order, were Double A Mint, Solitary, Dance Blue, Percy Blue Chip, and Strong Opinion.   The winner was the third of the night for trainer Ron Burke, and his fourth of the Crown weekend. Defending Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, bred by Birnam Wood Farms, now has career earnings of $1,304,473 for owner W.J. Donovan.   Here is the draw for the $530,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made):   1 – *Dorsoduro Hanover – Ron Burke – Matt Kakaley 2 -- *This Is The Plan – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras 3 – Springsteen – Rene Allard – Simon Allard 4 – Thinkbig Dreambig – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 5 -- *Shnitzledosomethin – Dylan Davis – David Miller 6 – American History – Tony Alagna – Andrew McCarthy 7 – Grand Teton – Jimmy Takter – Andrew McCarthy 8 – Lather Up – Clyde Francis – Montrell Teague 9 – I’m A Big Deal – Chris Ryder – Brett Miller   Here is the draw for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made):   1 – Strong Opinion – Ron Burke – Joe Bongiorno 2 – Alexa’s Power – Jim Campbell – Tim Tetrick 3 – Double A Mint – Ron Burke – David Miller 4 – Percy Bluechip – Ron Burke – Matt Kakaley 5 -- *Youaremycandygirl – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras 6 – Dance Blue – Nancy Johansson – Andrew McCarthy 7 – Baron Remy – Ron Burke – Chris Page 8 – Solitary – Nick Surick – Brett Miller 9 – Kissin In The Sand – Nancy Johansson – Scott Zeron   The Somebeachsomewhere gelding, This Is The Plan, powered to the front early and wired his competition with a 1:51 performance to take the second of three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, Oct. 20.   The Ron Burke trainee slid to the top from post seven with I’m A Big Deal securing the pocket to a :26.4 quarter. Courtly Choice, sent the 4-5 favorite and positioned fourth to the quarter, angled first over and ranged into second heading to a :55.4 half.   Courtly Choice continued to pressure This Is The Plan heading past three-quarters in 1:23.1 before giving way into the final turn. This Is The Plan spun into the stretch and sprinted to the wire under pursuit from I’m A Big Deal chasing to finish second ahead of American History, circling past Courtly Choice from second over, closed for third.   Winning his third race in 16 starts this season and his fifth in 29 overall, This Is The Plan, out of the Western Ideal mare That’s The Plan, competes for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Silva Purnel and Libby and Lawrence Karr. Yannick Gingras drove the gelding bred by Moni Market Breeders and paid $18.80 to win.  From start to finish, Atlanta and driver Scott Zeron led the six-horse field and won the second $25,000 Breeders Crown elim for three-year-old trotting fillies on the “sloppy” track at Pocono Downs on Oct. 20, skillfully holding off a late-closing Lily Stride to win in 1:53. The field lined up behind Atlanta, with Lily Stride next, followed by Manchego, then Ciao Dolce, Supergirl Riley and Phaetosive. Atlanta cut the fractions in :28, :57.4 and 1:26.   At three-quarters the only movement behind Atlanta came from Phaetosive. She came to the outside after lagging behind the five others and picked off enough of them to finish fourth and make the final.   Manchego rolled in the stretch to get third as Lily Stride was pushed futilely to try to catch Atlanta and finished second.   Atlanta is by Chapter Seven—Hemi Blue Chip. She was bred by Order By Stable.   “I wanted to command the lead early,” Scott Zeron said in the winner’s circle, “and [Atlanta] stole the first fraction. It took her a bit to get back after the two heats in the Hambletonian and she was coming off two heats at the Red Mile, so tonight was good.”   Rick Zeron trains Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner, and he co-owns her with Crawford Farms, Howard Taylor, Brad Grant and Holland Racing Stable. She paid $4.20 to win. Here is the draw for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made):   1 -- *Plunge Blue Chip – trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt 2 – Supergirl Riley – Erv Miller – Marcus Miller 3 -- *Atlanta – Rick Zeron – Scott Zeron 4 – Lily Stride – Mark Harder – Tim Tetrick 5 – Looking For Zelda – Norm Parker – Matt Kakaley 6 – Courtney Hanover – Rick Zeron – Scott Zeron 7 – Phaetosive – trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer 8 – Manchego – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 9 – Impinktoo – Ron Burke – Brian Sears Brushing to the lead before the half, the Ron Burke-trained Somebeachsomewhere gelding Dorsoduro Hanover held off the passing-lane bid from pocket-sitter Thinkbig Dreambig to take the first of three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, Oct. 20.   Driver Matt Kakaley positioned Dorsoduro Hanover fourth to the quarter as Hitman Hill swooped to the top from post seven. Thinkbig Dreambig, away second, pulled from the pocket approaching the quarter and cleared past the :27.1 opening marker while Dorsoduro Hanover made his move first over in progress to a :55.2 half.   Dorsoduro Hanover controlled the pace heading to three-quarters with Ideal Feeling, tracking the favorite’s stand-side brush, advancing into second through the 1:22.4 clip. Thinkbig Dreambig, off the pocket trip, thrust into the passing lane after Dorsoduro Hanover through the stretch but settled for second in the 1:50.1 mile. Springsteen, trailing the field throughout, fanned widest of all into the stretch and stormed home for third.   “I just didn’t want to be first up tonight,” Kakaley said after the race. “I had him first up in his last couple of starts, so I just controlled things my own way [and] he was really good. When they get to his bridle, he usually digs in and fights—when Yannick [Gingras on Thinkbig Dreambig] shot into the passing lane he just hit another gear; he was super.”   Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLc, Silva Purnel And Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Wingfield Five LLC, Dorsoduro Hanover won his ninth race from 17 starts this season and his 11th from 31 overall, earning $991,856. The Hanover Shoe Farms-bred gelding from the Artsplace mare Deer Valley Miss returned $4.60 to win.  Favored Six Pack won the second $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for three-year-colt trotters, in line to trainer/drive Ake Svanstedt. The 1-5 betting favorite took the lead two steps out of the gate and took one more step toward divisional honors. Six Pack posted fractions of 28, 57.1:25.1 and 1:53.3 over the sloppy surface to post a tight, but comfortable victory over fast closing Fiftydallarbill and Run Director, who were the only horses to make headway in the cover flow. Second Choice Crystal Fashion finished fourth from far back to qualify for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final next week and fifth place finisher Wolfgang also advances to the final by virtue of having higher 2018 earnings than first heat's fifth place finisher, Gemologist. World Champion Six Pack won for the 10th time in 13 seasonal starts. He has earned over $970,000 this year and nearly $1,170,000 in his career. A son of Muscle Mass from the Cantab Hall mare Pleasing Lady, Six Pack was bred by the Brittany Farms of Kentucky and is owned Ake Svanstedt Inc., of New Jersey The Little E Llc of New York, New York, Stall Kalmar of Sweden and Lars Berg of Delaware.   Earlier, favored Tactical Landing with Brian Sears in the sulky kicked off Saturday night Breeders Crown elimination action winning the first$25,000 Crown elimination for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:52 over Met’s Hall.. Sears moved from well back at the 3/8, battling leader Met’s Hall before pulling away at the top of the stretch to win by five lengths. Met’s Hall finished second, with Jula Downtown third and Evaluate fourth. Those four all advance to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final next Saturday.    The $500,000 Breeeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts will be one of twelve Crowns to be awarded on Saturday, October 28 at Mohegan Downs at Pocono. Special first race post time is 5:30 PM Eastern. Plunge Blue Chip and driver/trainer/co-owner Ake Svanstedt once again dominated a field of three-year-old trotting fillies, this time in the Breeder’s Crown’s first of two $25,000 eliminations for her division on Oct. 20 at Pocono Downs, winning easily in 1:53.3 on a track rated “sloppy.” The daughter of Muscle Mass—Dunk The Donato sat fourth off the gate as Top Expectations grabbed the lead with Looking For Zelda in the catbird seat and Courtney Hanover behind her in single file. The first quarter was clocked in :27.   Leading the field to a half in :56.2, Svanstedt pulled Plunge Blue Chip into the first-over position to challenge the leader. She tagged along side of Top Expectations until the 1:25 three-quarters near the final turn when she eased to the front the entering the stretch.   Plunge Blue Chip drew away to win in 1:53.3 with a lot of trot left.   Passing tired foes, Impinktoo slid into second, while Looking For Zelda locked into third and Courtney Hanover checked in fourth. Top Expectations was fifth.   Ake Svanstedt owns Plunge Blue Chip along with Blue Chip Bloodstock, which is also the breeder, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stable.   Plunge Blue Chip paid $3.20 to win. The field for Saturday’s $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot is set after Emoticon Hanover and NF Happenstance won their respective eliminations earlier tonight. The next three finishers -- Ariana G, Ice Attraction and Celebrity Ruth from the first split and Barn Bella, Pink Pistol and Caprice Hill from the second elimination -- will join the winners, in the final, along with  Broadway Donna from the second division, , the fifth place finisher with the highest earnings. Second choice Emoticon Hanover, trained by Luc Blais, sat in the pocket behind Ariana G to win the first $25,000 elimination in 1:52.4, going by  he favorite in deep stretch to win by 3/4 of a length in 1:52.4. Ariana G posted fractions of 27.4, 57 and 1:24.4 to set up the Emoticon Hanover win. Both are previous Breeders Crown champs.   Emoticon Hanover, a five-year-old bay mare by Kadabra from the Ken Warkentin mare Emmylou Who, posted her 20th career win and pushed her earnings past $1.24 million dollars for owners Determination of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Bred by L. Wellwood, T. Aspden, A. Shunock and D Ingham, Emoticon Hanover was a $165,000 yearling purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   The second $25,000 division went to 9-1 NF Happenstance, who cleared to the front just before the 27 second first quarter pole and then took the field past fractions of 56.3 and 1:25.4 over the sloppy racing surface before facing a modest challenge from favored Dream Together, who eventually made a break in stride, wiping out the second choice, Broadway Donna and opening up the easy win for the Jack Parker Jr- driven NF Happenstance. Her winning margin was three and one quarter lengths.   Broadway Bella survived an inquiry to finish second and 95-1 Pink Pistol finished third. Broadway Donna finished sixth in the race, but was placed fifth due to interference from Dream Together, and that placing means the millionaire daughter of Donato Hanover will also race next week in the final.   NF Happenstance is an eight-year-old bay daughter of SJ’s Caviar, from the Conway Hall mare Moira Hall. She is trained by Carole Jamieson-Parker for owner James D Moore III of North Carolina. The win was her 11th this year and 31st in 110 career starts as she pushed her lifetime earnings over $600,000. NF Happenstance was bred in Pennsylvania by John Huntgen.   The $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot is one of twelve Breeders Crown Finals to be featured Saturday, October 28 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. First race post time is set at an early 5:30 PM Eastern.   Here is the draw for the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made):   1 – Broadway Donna – Jim Campbell – David Miller 2 – Barn Bella – trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer 3 – *NF Happenstance – Carol Jamieson-Parker – Jack Parker Jr. 4 – Caprice Hill – Chris Oakes – Brian Sears 5 – *Emoticon Hanover – Luc Blais – Daniel Dube 6 – Celebrity Ruth – trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer 7 – Pink Pistol – Peter Shody – Tim Tetrick 8 – Ariana G – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 9 – Ice Attraction – trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt   The ironsided New Zealand pacing mare Shartin N ($4.40) was hustled to the lead over a “sloppy” track Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then went on to a one-length victory in her $25,000 elimination of the Open Mare pace. The daughter of Tintin In America, who is now tied for second in wins in North America with her 17th win of the year (one behind Always A Prince), left well from post eight for driver Tim Tetrick, and she would not settle for an early “tuck,” but went on to the front in a demanding 26.3 opener.   Shartin N, the second choice behind even-money chalk Caviart Ally, was able to back off the half to 56, and then was ready when that one advanced towards the lead down the backstretch. But Caviart Ally never got right up tight with the leader as she reached the third station in 1:24.1, and then Shartin N kept a safe margin through the 27.4 final kicker.   Twinkle, who sat in the pocket, came up the inside to be a length behind; then came Caviart Ally, another half a length behind, with another half-length to fourth-place Blue Moon Stride; Nike Franco N, the stablemate of Shartin N, was fifth and made next week’s Championship because of superior seasonal earnings.   Shartin N boosted her seasonal earnings to $832,361 and her lifetime bankroll to $909,478. Trainer Jim King Jr. trains the game mare for his wife, Jo Ann Looney King, and owner Richard Poillucci. With a $270,000 Championship next Saturday, the $31,250 fee to make Shartin N eligible via supplementation is looking like a pretty sound investment. Call Me Queen Be, a Breeders Crown winner in 2016 at age three, continued her sharp form spree in her $25,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown Mare Pace Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, traversing a “sloppy” oval in 1:50.3. Eric Carlson, the hottest “longshot driver” in eastern Pennsylvania the last two months, sent the 18-1 daughter of Somebeachsomewhere streaking to the lead from the outside post eight, hitting the quarter in 26.2. He was able to give the mare a breather to a 55.3 midpoint clocking, then picked up the speed as Agent Q progressed first-over, with Pure Country, the winner’s contemporary who won Crown Championships in 2015 and 2017, right on her back.   But the outer tier, and pocketsitter Carol’s Z Tam, could not stay with the “Queen” at the 1:23.1, and she proceeded home sharply in 27.2 to be 4 ¼ lengths to the good at the finish. Pure Country came a long way in the lane to be second, a half-length ahead of Newborn Sassy, who in turn photoed Carol’s Z Tam for third.   Trainer Ross Croghan and owners Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham saw the John Carver-bred five-year-old boost her earnings to $1,359,085, winning her fifth race in her last seven starts. Call Me Queen Be paid $38.00 for the win.    Favored Tactical Landing with Brian Sears in the sulky kicked off Saturday night Breeders Crown elimination action from Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning the first $25,000 Crown elimination for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:52.. Sears moved from well back at the 3/8, battling leader Met’s Hall for most of the mile before pulling away at the top of the stretch to win by five lengths. Met’s Hall finished second, with Jula Downtown third and Evaluate fourth.   Those four all advance to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final next Saturday. Gemologist was fifth and could advance as a wild card pending the second elimination’s results.   Lawmaker battled Met’s Hall for the early lead, taking the field to the quarter in 26.4, but Met’s Hall  and Andy Miller were immediately on the move, taking control as the field headed to the half-mile mark, which was reached in 55 seconds flat. Met’s Hall continued to lead the field past three-quarters, but he was feeling pressure from Tactical Landing, who easily took his measure late. Tactical Landing paid $3.60 to win.   Tactical Landing, an $800,000 yearling purchase, is a son of Muscle Hill from the Varenne mare Southwind Serena, a Breeders Crown champion of 2007. He is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Tactical Landing Stable of Perrysburg, Ohio. The win is his seventh seasonal starts and pushes his 2018 bankroll to $392,800. Earlier this season he won the Bluegrass Stakes and eliminations of the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity.it   From The Breeders Crown

Michael Barnard liked Sapphire Deo from the time he saw her as a yearling at Deo Volente Farms. After purchasing the filly trotter for $62,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale and changing her name to Miss You Kelly, he discovered even more reasons to like her. "Taylor Gower broke her and I was jogging her, not too long after he broke her, and she got startled by something in the grass and she took off on the trot," said Barnard, who owns Miss You Kelly as part of his Stormi And Bruiser Stable. "She did it so easy and then just came right back to me. "I knew she was special there, just to be able to do that. She did everything perfect from day one, just a great attitude. She's a beautiful horse to be around. Deo Volente turns out beautiful yearlings and Fidencio (operations manager Fidencio Cervantez) does a great job over there. She's just a real sweet horse." Miss You Kelly races Friday in the second of three Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old trotting fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Miss You Kelly has the rail in that race, the fourth on the card, which is scheduled for 7:54 p.m. (EDT). Racing begins at 7 p.m. and features a total of 10 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds. Barnard is making his second trip to the Breeders Crown as an owner. His first was with Fresh Winner Pearl, who finished eighth in the 2002 event for 3-year-old male trotters at Woodbine. He also bred Creamy Mimi, who won the 2008 Hambletonian Oaks and finished fifth in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. Among Barnard's other breeding credits is stakes-winner Brooklyn, who is the dam of another of this season's 2-year-old Breeders Crown hopefuls, trotting colt Kings County, who is owned by Lindy Farms. Miss You Kelly, by Trixton out of Blue Yonder, was renamed in honor of Barnard's rescue dog, who was a fixture around the horses and passed away last year. "She was my best friend," Barnard said. "She was just the sweetest, kindest thing I ever had in my life." Miss You Kelly has won two of six races this year. She is trained by Bruce Lauer. "Bruce has done a great job with her," Barnard said. "She's about as good as she could be right now. He's done a great job getting her ready for this race. We just have to hope she gets a good trip and it works out for her." Lauer is a veteran of the racing wars, but is making his Breeders Crown debut with Miss You Kelly. "I've worked for, and with, some really good people over the years," Lauer said. "Blair Burgess, Mark and Frank O'Mara, Ron Waples -- just to name a few -- so I have been here, but never on my own. I just never had the deep-pockets owners. "The first horses I trained on my own were a $4,000 claimer and a green 3-year-old filly. I started when I was at the University of Toledo. A bunch of us went over to Raceway Park and before I knew it, I was on the backside." Lauer said Miss You Kelly had a minor setback in June before beginning her career in an elimination of the Jim Doherty Memorial, where she finished eighth. After winning a maiden race at Harrah's Philadelphia, the filly went to Canada and finished fourth in a division of the Champlain Stakes and sixth in her elimination of the Peaceful Way. She rebounded with a 1:57.1 victory at Pocono and heads to the Breeders Crown off a sixth-place finish against older horses at Pocono. "We've always liked her," Lauer said. "She had a minor setback in June and we had to back off with her and with her first start being in the Doherty she might have been over her head that early in her career. But she won a maiden with (Tim) Tetrick driving and he said he really liked her, so that was encouraging. "She raced OK in Canada. I probably should have shipped her up there sooner. She didn't really have her legs under her. That's on me." Lauer pointed the filly to the Breeders Crown by giving her the two races at the host track. "We wanted to get her a couple starts at Pocono to see if she could go enough," he said. "Matt Kakaley drove her and she won pretty handily. Matt eased her up and said she left a couple of seconds on the track. The next week, the only race we could get her in was against the boys and 3- and 4-year-olds, but she still trotted in (1):54 and a piece, which is as much as a lot of these others have gone. "We figured it was time to give her a chance." The top-three finishers from each elimination for the 2-year-old filly trotters return Saturday (Oct. 27) for the $600,000 final. The draw is scheduled to take place live after the 10th race on Friday. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for post one through five. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner and Keith Gisser, for the Breeders Crown

When trainer Bruce Saunders last sent a horse postward in the Breeders Crown, he took home a crystal trophy with 3-year-old pacing colt Rock N Roll Heaven. That was back in 2010 when the Crown races were first held at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This year he returns to Pocono and the Breeders Crown with 2-year-old pacing colt Mangogh, a $63,000 yearling purchase (under the name Critical Artist) for M And L of Delaware and New York City-based M & M Harness Racing. He is from the family of three-time Breeders Crown winner My Little Dragon. "We went to Harrisburg looking to buy him," explained Doug Paul of M And L of Delaware. "He comes from a good family and we have had several of them and he was a good looking colt. He has exceeded our expectations." Mangogh, a son of Western Ideal from the Real Artist mare My Little Artist, has posted a 10-4-2-2 summary this year. He took his 1:50.3 lifetime mark in his most recent start at Lexington's Red Mile in the International Stallion Stakes. He also posted wins in the Reynolds Stakes and Liberty Bell, as well as a solid second-place effort in the Bluegrass. His bankroll stands at $117,980. "He certainly had ability from the start," said Saunders, who has trained the winners of more than $30 million in purses. "He always wanted to grab the bit and go on from the first time we trained him, but he has really matured. We have made some slight changes -- we want them to go as free and easy as possible -- and we have been able to lower his head, let him be more comfortable as he has learned his ways." Mangogh missed the board in his first two starts before running off a string of eight straight finishes of third or better. Saunders credits his drivers. "As a trainer you want to have the same driver on a colt week in and week out, but that doesn't always happen," he said. "They have other clients who may have more horses. I get that. But Timmy (Tetrick) has been a huge help with his input. I have to credit some of his other drivers, Andrew McCarthy and Eric Carlson, their input is helpful." Mangogh has the rail in race five, the first of three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Friday. McCarthy is scheduled to drive. First race post at Pocono is 7 p.m. (EDT) with Mangogh's elim scheduled for 8:12 p.m. The top-three finishers from each freshman colt pace elimination will advance to the $600,000 final on Saturday (Oct. 27). The draw is scheduled to take place live after race 12 on Friday. Elimination winners, in an order by lot, draw for posts one-five. Mangogh is 5-1 on the morning line. De Los Cielos Deo, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final runner-up, is the 2-1 favorite. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Proof is the 5-2 choice in the second elimination and Workin Ona Mystery, unbeaten in five races, is the 5-2 pick in the third. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Keith Gisser, for the Breeders Crown

The Mahoning County Fair hosted the Canfield Trotting and Pacing Derbies Friday morning and Kurt Sugg piloted the winners of both heats. In fact, Sugg won three of his four drives on the card, with a second, place finish in his other drive, for a UDRS of .889 on the day. The day started with the $4,250 Canfield Trotting Derby, which saw Star Chip, a seven-year-old Chip Chip Hooray gelding, lead at every call while posting a 1:59.3 win, his sixth of the season. Star Chip is an all-Sugg project, as Kurt also trains for owner Rebecca Sugg. Thanks For Plain was second, six and three-quarters lengths back, and Annie's Rocketman finished third, losing the place photo. The five horses in the $4,250 Canfield Pacing Derby had amassed an impressive $1.24 million in career earnings heading into the race and once again Sugg went to the lead and dared the field to catch him. He drove the Herman Hagerman owned and trained Roll'em Up to a 157.3 victory, after reaching the half in a leisurely 59.2. The 10-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding defeated Blue Spanx by two lengths, while Don't Tell Rusty was three-quarters of a length further back in third. Racing continues at Canfield Saturday with an eight race card starting at 11 AM and concludes on Monday with a noon post. Those ten races will be followed by mule races and draft horse races. by Keith Gisser, for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association      

Although he is probably best known as the sire of top harness racing three-year-old pacing colt Lather Up, I'm Gorgeous still has some get up and go on the racetrack. Wednesday he won the $3,400 Jerome Osborne Memorial Pace, part of the Signature Series, at the Lake County Fair in line to Hunter Myers.   I'm Gorgeous sat the pocket behind his five-year-old daughter, Gorgeous Road, through fractions of 29.1, 1:00. 2 and 1:29.4 before sweeping by his five-year-old daughter to win in 1:58.3   The win was one of two on the card for Myers. Kurt Sugg led all drivers with three wins at Painesville Wednesday.   Now 11, I'm Gorgeous won for the third time in 18 seasonal starts and pushed his career earnings to $627,899.   Corey Dey Ermand trains the son of Bettor's Delight for Jeffrey Stacy of Cedar Bluff, Virginia.   by Keith Gisser for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association

Cameron McCown won three of the seven races on Tuesday's Lake County Fair harness racing card at Painesville, Ohio, including both $15,000 splits of the Buckeye Stallion Series for two-year-old filly trotters. McCown took the $6,000 opener with two-year-old pacing filly Always Be Special for Joe Paver, coming from last at the half in 2:01.4. Trainer Paver shares title to the The Panderosa-sired filly with Pearl and Dennis Paver. In the first Buckeye Stallion split, McCown moved Ilianora first up at the 1:04.1 half and rolled home in 1:01.3 to hold off Foolmegypsy by a head in 2:05.4. Ladycallstheshots was third. Illianora, a Broadway Hall filly, is co-owned by her breeder, Sandra Burnett. She won for the second time in four starts and has now banked $10,558 in her young racing career. McCown was back in the winners circle in the second Buckeye Stallion heat as he steered the Wishing Stone filly Precious Diamond to a stalking 2:08.2 win. Precious Diamond sat in the pocket and capitalized when leader Twentyfour K Magic made a break rounding the final turn. She held off a hard-charging Supreme Lady to pick up her first career win. Dakota Dawne, yet another Beaver-trainee finished third. Trainer Beaver co-owns Precious Diamond with the Ohio trio of James Gallagher, Mark Schwartz and Steven Zeehandelar . by Keith Gisser for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association      

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is seeking a part-time Office Manager with in depth knowledge of social media and experience with administrative tasks, as well as general knowledge of the horse industry. The Office Manager will oversee office operations, including maintenance of HHYF website and social media accounts as well as assist with program services including camps. This will be a salaried, remote position and require 20-25 hours of work per week. Full job description below. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to ellen@hhyf.org. Office Manager Description: The Office Manager works closely with the Executive Director, HHYF board of trustees and other staff members. This individual is responsible for the daily administrative tasks which assures a well-managed and well-organized organization. He/she will oversee office operations, assist with program service including camps and other activities, maintain website, develop and manage social media programs. Individual recommends changes in office practice and procedures. The Office Manager is a critical team member whose focus is to ensure the efficient operations of the organization. As this is a remote position, independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload. Employee will need to provide his/her own personal computer with MS Office suite, printer, internet access, and phone line. Duties & Responsibilities Handle phone, email and postal mail inquiries and respond appropriately. Oversee dissemination of promotional materials and press releases on a regular basis. Assist with basic finance operations (filing, requests from accountants etc.). Manage and execute special projects as assigned. Act as a project manager for special projects which may include: planning and coordinating presentations and special event planning. Coordinate the planning of the youth camps, including camp registrations, lodging, transportation and specific details to make camps run smoothly. Maintain files, donor databases as well as other recordkeeping information. Maintain the HHYF website including posting news articles, updating contacts and links, etc. as well as managing its Search Engine Optimization. Plan, manage and implement all social media activities including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Coordinate e-newsletter compilation and distribution. All other duties as assigned. Note: The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that may be assigned for the position. An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Job Requirements The requirements listed below are representative of the experience, education, knowledge, skill and/or abilities required. Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in business administration/office management/marketing. Ability to self-manage and work with little day to day supervision. Capable of managing multiple projects at the same time. Strong interpersonal skills and work well with other staff members and trustees. Strong writing and communication skills. High level of flexibility and time management. Represents the organization in a professional manner. Comfortable speaking to clients, vendors, donors, etc. Strong knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Strong knowledge of social media landscapes, networks, toolsets. Strong knowledge of website management is a plus. Physical & Mental Demands The mental and physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. This is a largely sedentary role. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, type and engage in repetitive motion. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand or grasp. The employee is intermittently required to stoop or crouch; push or pull; or kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and intermittently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. Keith Gisser    

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation trustees recently elected four new individuals to its 15-member working board. Jennifer Connor, Suzanne D’Ambrose, John Reames, and Gabe Wand along with reelected incumbents Nicola Abrams, Tony Alagna, and Emily Gaskin will each dedicate their efforts to educating today’s youth about harness racing by actively working on various HHYF projects. Jennifer Connor, Pine Bush, NY, comes from a family of horsemen who have volunteered on many occasions with HHYF activities. “My parents even trained Sweet Karen one year so I see how important HHYF work is. One big goal is to keep the kids involved after their camp experience. We need to find ways to give them more access and the ability to network.” Jennifer is an equine pharmaceutical representative, races under saddle, and is an owner and breeder. Suzanne D’Ambrose, Neptune, NJ, is an enthusiastic Standardbred supporter in several capacities even before joining the HHYF board. A 4-H advisor and Corresponding Secretary for Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey, she also retrains retired harness horse under saddle and, along with her equine sidekick Independent Act, participates in meet-and-greets at local events. “I have 26 years of teaching experience and we need to get kids excited about learning horsemanship. I want to help HHYF solidify its curriculum to make sure it is standardized in order to expand our reach and retain quality instructors.” John Reames, Dayton, OH, has been on the road as HHYF program assistant for the past two summers and prior to that both of his sons participated in the camps. “It’s a whole lot more than people realize; the logistics that go into running the camps are enormous. I am retired but my experience with structured companies, processes and procedures, how to get things done gives me a different perspective on how to help HHYF adapt going forward.” Gabe Wand, Dodgeville, WI, is an active owner, trainer, and driver as well as serving as Wisconsin Harness Horsemen’s Association President for the past 14 years (in a state with no pari-mutuel wagering) so he emphasizes the importance of creating new fans. “We have done many camps under HHYF guidance for years and introduced more than 1000 kids to racing. We need to remember that we are not just looking to produce new drivers, trainers or caretakers – but also new enthusiasts…and that can be hard to measure in the long term.” At its annual meeting, HHYF also reelected its 2018 slate of officers: Ron Battoni – President; Adam Bowden – Vice President; Allison Conte – Secretary; Nicola Abrams – Treasurer. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with harness horses, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Sudlersville, MD- While many Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) camp alumni have made their marks in the harness racing industry over the past 40 years, a whole new generation is now showing up on programs regularly. Artie Dick, 21, who attend camp at Balmoral Park in Illinois, recently picked up his first Meadowlands driving win with Major Legacy. Besim Odza, who is just 18, earned his first training victory at Freehold with Steady Pulse; Odza attended camp in Goshen, New York. And Delaware native Eric Davis, 21, who has been driving on the New England circuit debuted as trainer and driver last week at the Meadowlands with Arpeggio Hanover. HHYF is proud of these young men, just a few from the long list of individuals who got their first tastes of harness racing by attending HHYF summer programs. Is there someone in the business who you are proud of? There's no better way to honor him/her than by making a contribution to HHYF or perhaps you will include HHYF in your year-end giving? To make a donation, go to www.hhyf.org and hit the donate button, or you can send a check or money order to our current address, 217 East Main Street, Sudlersville, MD 21668. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Sudlersville, MD- The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), the harness racing industry leader in youth development is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the three 2018 scholarships HHYF offers. Completed applications are not due at the HHYF office until April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to https://www.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships to access the applications and each scholarship's eligibility requirements and general information. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of essay (where applicable). The HHYF scholarships are the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, a stipend of up to $15,000, sponsored by Martin Scharf, for children of licensed trainers or caretakers in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey; the $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need; and the $1,000 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. HHYF has awarded over $625,000 in scholarship grants since its 1976 founding. For questions please e-mail the HHYF office at ellen@hhyf.org. The HHYF website also provides a comprehensive listing of harness racing-related scholarships available through other sources, which is regularly updated. That list is available at http://hhyf.org/scholarships-and-education. For over 40 years, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, ia charitable 501(c)3 organization, has been dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation is at the forefront of youth education and service to harness racing , making a difference in young people's lives through interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For further information on this press release, contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or e-mail keith@hhyf.org.      

Anderson, Indiana- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in celebration of the 34th edition of the harness racing Breeders Crown, is sponsoring a charitable art show and silent auction in conjunction with Anderson(IN) Community Schools. The auction supports the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and the Standardbred Retirement Fund. The Madison County Animal Protection League will also benefit. Art of all types, executed by students and faculty of Anderson Schools, is featured in the on-line auction here. The art exhibit and silent auction is open to the public, and will feature original works from local students in the Madison County community. Much of the art, which may include paintings, sculptures, glasswork, woodwork, and more, will also be showcased at Hoosier Park during the week leading up to the Breeders Crown. “We are extremely proud to announce our ART-Rageous Culture For A Cause auction as part of the 2017 Breeders Crown events at Hoosier Park,” said Emily Gaskin, Hoosier Park’s Race Marketing Manager. The charity organizations, along with our local, very talented, art students, deserve our support and acknowledgment and we are hopeful that the racing fans will join us in our efforts to support them with the Artrageous event.” For more information on the beneficiaries, go to the organizational websites, www.hhyf.org for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation; www.newvocations.org forr New Vocations; www.adoptahorse.org for the Standardbred Retirement Fund; and www.inapl.org for the Animal Protection League. The 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual series of 12 championship events with purses valued at $6 million, will be raced over two nights at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The Breeders Crown is returning to the Midwest for the first time in more than three decades and for the very first time on Indiana soil at Hoosier Park. For more information on the upcoming Breeders Crown events and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Keith Gisser  

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is pleased to announce Maja Bown and Hannah Wieder as recipients of the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by Martin Scharf, honors the pacer who retired as the richest pacer of all time; Scharf campaigned Gallo Blue Chip during his illustrious career. Bown and Wieder will be honored at a special dinner and winners circle ceremony at The Meadowlands later this year. "I'm so honored to have received this scholarship as it relieves some of the financial burden of obtaining my college education, " said Bown who will receive the $15,000 stipend. She is currently studying nursing and wellness at the University of New Hampshire which will allow her to enter a nursing program after graduation. She hopes to positively affect more people through nursing than she would have been able to as a dietician. She is particularly interested in oncology, as she lost her father to cancer while she was in the sixth grade. Bown was the recipient of the Curt Greene Scholarship from HHYF in 2016. She has worked at a number of New Jersey stables during summer break. "I was so unbelievably excited to hear the news about the scholarship. My parents have done and sacrificed so much for me over the years that I want to make them proud" said $5,000 Gallo Blue Chip recipient Hannah Wieder, of Yonkers, New York. She will attend Quinnipiac University to study Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Once she has her degree, she will move into an accelerated nursing program. Getting involved in medicine is something that is near and dear to Wieder, as she was born three months prematurely and spent several months in neonatal intensive care. A graduate of Maria Regina High School, Hannah is an after school religious teacher, a Eucharistic minister and has volunteered at White Plains Hospital, where she was born. Her father Alex campaigns a small stable at Yonkers Raceway. For more information on HHYF Scholarships, go to https://hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships. The organization also maintains a harness racing scholarship database at https://hhyf.org/industry-scholarships. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

Four talented and dedicated students have been selected to represent their Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) camps in this year's harness racing driving demonstration at The Meadowlands on Hambeltonian Day, Saturday, August 5. They are Lily Kairewich of Chittenango, NY; Sundene Lodge of Milton, DE; Danny Eick of Howell, NJ; and Connor Lutz of Etters, PA. The non-wagering event is a one-half mile dash, the standard Trottingbred distance, from behind the mobile starting gate, and is set for post just prior to the 12:00 Hambletonian wagering card. Here is the field for Saturday's event: PP1. Pokie's Topshot driven by Lily Kairewich, age 12, representing Vernon Downs. Assistant Driver: David Miller PP2 CD'S Miss M driven by Sundene Lodge, age 13, representing Harrington Raceway. Assistant Driver: Scott Zeron PP3. I Want Another driven by Danny Eick, age 12, representing Gaitway Farm. Assistant Driver:Andy Miller PP4 Royal Attire driven by Connor Lutz, age 12, representing The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Assistant Driver: Tim Tetrick According to HHYF Executive Directors Ellen Taylor the participants selected for this event showed exemplary horsemanship at their camps and are ideal candidates to represent the organization. Taylor and the HHYF also wish to thank Miller, Zeron, Miller and Tetrick, as well as Meadowlands management for their continued support of the organization. Now in its fifth decade of service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. Keith Gisser

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