Day At The Track
Search Results
17 to 32 of 2093

His arrival was delayed, but Southwind Fulton is ready for his first big dance. Southwind Fulton, who saw his season slowed by growth issues and throat surgery, will make his first stakes appearance on the Grand Circuit's final weekend when he competes in Saturday's $505,050 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The Lucas Wallin-trained colt has only three starts but won his past two races by a total of more than 14 lengths. "Of course, I would like to have three more starts in him before racing against these guys, but it is what it is," said Wallin, who trains Southwind Fulton for owner Mazza Racing Stables. "The other horses have more races and faster times, but I think if he can follow a horse, he should be OK. "It's tough to say (what his potential is) when he only has three starts, but I think he's a Grand Circuit horse next year. He doesn't have the fastest miles, but the way he won his two races was very good. He did both very easy. It's good for him to race against these kinds of horses one time before we turn him out. It is a good learning experience." Southwind Fulton will face a well-tested group led by Breeders Crown and Matron Stakes winner Amigo Volo. The 10-horse field also includes Rome Pays Off, a state-bred stakes winner in Pennsylvania who was runner-up in both the Breeders Crown and Peter Haughton Memorial, plus Kindergarten Classic Series champion EL Ideal and Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Ready For Moni. Purchased for $95,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Sale, Southwind Fulton is a son of Muscle Hill out of Fillyanthrophy. His second dam (Filly At Bigs) and third dam (Mombasa) were both O'Brien Award winners. The family also includes stakes-winners Big Rigs and Miss Tezsla. "He's been good all the time," Wallin said. "We took him to the Meadowlands in May and he showed some speed already. But then he started to grow, and we had to take our time with him. When we started to bring him back to race, his throat started struggling. We had to take him to (Dr.) Patty Hogan and the throat seems to be good now, but he lost a month of training." Southwind Fulton heads to the Valley Victory off two qualifiers following his two conditioned wins in October at Harrah's Philadelphia. His most recent qualifier was Nov. 16, when he led for three-quarters of the mile before finishing fourth. He was timed in 1:55.3, with David Miller in the sulky. "He's an honest horse and normally has good stamina," Wallin said. "The last qualifier, Dave left a little with him and he got a little too grabby and went a :27.1 first quarter. We're going to try a couple of new things and see if we can calm him down. He's normally a very relaxed and calm horse. Dave asked him to go a little bit and he got a little too grabby. That's something we have to work on. But he should be fine." The Valley Victory is part of the Fall Final Four, with the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, Three Diamonds for 2-year-old female pacers, and Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old female trotters. In addition, Saturday's Meadowlands card includes the TVG championships for pacers and trotters. Matron Stakes winner Papi Rob Hanover headlines the Governor's Cup. The Brett Pelling trainee has finished no worse than second in his past nine races, winning five. Multiple Grand Circuit winner Lyons Sentinel got a bye into the Three Diamonds final, where her foes include elimination winner JK First Lady and Kindergarten champ Marloe Hanover. Kindergarten champ Senorita Rita and Breeders Crown runner-up and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Sister Sledge lead the field in the Goldsmith Maid. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EST) Saturday at The Meadowlands. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Hightstown, NJ — The harness racing draws for Saturday’s (Nov. 23) TVG championships and Fall Final Four at The Meadowlands were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Big M. Accepting invitations to challenge older foes in the TVG championships were 3-year-olds Beautiful Sin (Mare Trot), Gimpanzee (Open Trot), Warrawee Ubeaut (Mare Pace) and Bettor’s Wish (Open Pace). Three-year-olds have won the past two editions of the TVG Open Trot (Tactical Landing in 2018 and What The Hill in 2017). Beautiful Sin is the first 3-year-old filly trotter to enter the Mare Trot and Warrawee Ubeaut is the first 3-year-old filly pacer to enter the Mare Pace. Bettor’s Wish is the second 3-year-old male pacer to enter the Open Pace. Captaintreacherous was the first, finishing sixth in 2013. In addition, trotting mare Manchego will tackle male rivals in the Open Trot. First-race post time is 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Following are the draws. $175,000 TVG Mare Trot 1 – Atlanta 2 – Emoticon Hanover 3 – Beautiful Sin 4 – Hannelore Hanover 5 – Darling Mearas S $350,000 TVG Open Trot 1 – Six Pack 2 – Gimpanzee 3 – Mission Accepted 4 – Fiftydallarbill 5 – Manchego 6 – Guardian Angel AS 7 – Lindy The Great $175,000 TVG Mare Pace 1 – Shartin N 2 – Youaremycandygirl 3 – Apple Bottom Jeans 4 – Warrawee Ubeaut 5 – Kissin In The Sand 6 – Divas Image 7 – Caviart Ally 8 – Reclamation 9 – Wisdom Tree $350,000 TVG Open Pace 1 – American History 2 – Endeavor 3 – Courtly Choice 4 – McWicked 5 – Dealt A Winner 6 – Dorsoduro Hanover 7 – Bettor’s Wish 8 – Always A Prince 9 – Western Joe 10 – Geez Joe $505,000 Valley Victory 1 – Book Seven 2 – Amigo Volo 3 – St Martins 4 – Moveoutofmyway K 5 – EL Ideal 6 – Ready For Moni 7 – Southwind Fulton 8 – Chestnut Hill 9 – Rome Pays Off 10 – Patriarch Hanover $475,100 Goldsmith Maid 1 – Sister Sledge 2 – Senorita Rita 3 – Hall Of AM S 4 – Winter Olympics 5 – Queen Of The Hill 6 – Common Sense S 7 – Musclesandmascara 8 – Tricky Sister $401,850 Governor’s Cup 1 – Lake Charles 2 – Cattlewash 3 – Father Nuno 4 – Papi Rob Hanover 5 – Captain Groovy 6 – Mac’s Big Boy $411,000 Three Diamonds 1 – JK Finendandy 2 – The Bethinator 3 – Hen Party 4 – Marloe Hanover 5 – JK First Lady 6 – Lyons Sentinel 7 – Baby Your The Best 8 – Perfect Storm 9 – Looksgoodinaromper 10 – Rocknificent by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hightstown, NJ — Matron Stakes 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace winner Bettor’s Wish moved up to No. 2 in this week’s Harness Racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, receiving one point more than previous No. 2 Greenshoe. Season-long No. 1 Shartin N won an invitational for fillies and mares last week at Dover Downs and added 17 points to her total. She enjoys a 52-point cushion over Bettor’s Wish. Warrawee Ubeaut finished fourth in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers and dropped four first-place votes but remained No. 4. Manchego, who was idle, rounded out the top five. Atlanta returned to the top 10 after winning the preferred trot Saturday at The Meadowlands. Atlanta, who was previously ranked in the top 10 in week 22, was eighth this week. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. The final poll will be released Dec. 3. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/19/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (25) 6pm 18-15-2-0 $940,177 328 1 2 Bettor’s Wish (3) 3pc 18-13-5-0 $1,560,620 276 3 3 Greenshoe (6) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 275 2 4 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 18-12-2-3 $937,170 220 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 16-8-0-0 $500,038 189 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 13-8-1-2 $1,101,313 134 6 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 70 7 8 Atlanta 4tm 14-8-3-1 $726,200 68 — 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 65 9 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 63 10 ALSO:  Tall Dark Stranger 60; Caviart Ally 38; Southwind Ozzi 21; Papi Rob Hanover 20; Lyons Sentinel 15; Dancin Lou 13; Winndevie 12; Amigo Volo, Elver Hanover, When Dovescry 8; Tall Drink Hanover 6; Ramona Hill 5; Bold Eagle, Reflect With Me 4; Millies Possesion, Six Pack 3; Captain Crunch, Guardian Angel AS, Swansea 2; Easy Lover Hanover, Forbidden Trade, Hypnotic AM 1. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

The best of harness racing journalism in 2019 will be honored by the U.S. Harness Writers Association with the John Hervey Awards for writing, Sam McKee Award for broadcasting, and George Smallsreed Awards for photography. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Entries will be accepted for news/commentary writing, feature writing, broadcasting, race photography and feature photography. Entries published or broadcast between Dec. 1, 2018 and Nov. 30, 2019, are eligible. All entries must be in English. Judges in each category will select a winner and, where appropriate, up to two honorable mentions. There are no entry fees or cash prizes. Winners will be announced in January and will be recognized at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's annual Dan Patch Awards festivities Feb. 23 in Orlando. Winners will receive a plaque/trophy as well as two tickets to the Dan Patch Awards dinner. Photo and written submissions must have appeared in a paid-circulation publication or on the website that is the same-name affiliate of a paid-circulation publication, recognized broadcast news organization, or established industry/news website. Content that appeared on personal websites, message boards or lists, and similar entities is not valid for inclusion in the competition. The final decision on eligibility is in the hands of the Hervey Committee. Broadcast entries will be an accepted feature or live racing segment no longer than 10 minutes. The entry must have aired on a network television or cable station, recognized news and/or industry website, or have been included in a racetrack's simulcasting presentation. Documentaries or other long-form productions are not eligible although one segment of that documentary, edited only to fit the length limitations of no more than 10 minutes, may be submitted for consideration. The awards are not open to entries that are fiction, in the form of Q&As, or were prepared for commercial purposes (for advertisements/promo/publicity purposes). There is a limit of one submission per person per category. A person may enter more than one category, but not with the same submission. An entry may only be submitted in one category and the category must be indicated clearly. The Hervey Committee, at its discretion, may disqualify an entry at any time in the process, and reserves the right not to bestow an award in a particular category based on the quality and quantity of entries. All entries must originate with the author/photographer/producer and must include a signed cover letter expressing the wish to enter materials in the contest and granting permission for the materials to be used for promoting the awards in press releases. The letter must also include the following contact information for the writer/producer/photographer: name, full address, telephone numbers (home, office, cell) and email address. The letter must also include the date that the media organization published/aired the submission and specify the category for which the entry is being submitted. Editors may submit entries provided the cover letter includes contact information for the writer/producer/photographer as well as for the person submitting the entry. All other third-party entries will be rejected. Written entries must specify the category - news or feature - for consideration. All print entries must include a tear sheet of the entry (a PDF is acceptable) as it appeared in print and a plain text version with no identifying information (bylines, publication name, graphs, photos or other graphic elements). Broadcast entries must not exceed 10 minutes and must not contain commercials. Each submission (one per person or organization) should have a cover letter. Submissions can be in the form of a mailed DVD or provided via a file-sharing service. Photography entries must include a cover letter designating the category for the photo - race or feature - and a tear sheet of the published photo, showing the date, name of publication and photographer's name. Tear sheets for Internet-based submissions will consist of a screen shot. Photographs should not be digitally enhanced beyond the basics needed to achieve realistic color balance and sharpness. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification. Photographs may be sent via email. If mailed, three prints of the entry must be provided. The decisions of the Hervey Committee and the judges are final. Email entries, or file shared for broadcast, are encouraged. Email entries should be sent to ken.weingartner@ustrotting.com. Mailed entries should be sent to Ken Weingartner, 425 S. Main St., Hightstown, NJ 08520. Questions can be directed to Ken Weingartner, chairman of the Hervey Committee, at the above email address. by Ken Weingartner, for USHWA  

Mark MacDonald is still more than a month away from returning to the racetrack as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but the veteran harness rcing driver is feeling good and looking forward to a successful 2020. MacDonald was injured in July when he was unseated from the sulky prior to a race at Saratoga. He suffered a fractured left shoulder joint and is now rehabbing following surgery and three months in a sling. He hopes to return to action sometime in January. "I'm doing really good," said MacDonald, who is working out at the gym daily and getting physical therapy four days a week. "I'm taking it day to day. It was a massive surgery and it takes time. It's just time to stabilize the muscles around it. But I'm feeling good. I feel like I could drive tomorrow. I don't know if I'd want to hit the ground tomorrow, and that's what they're worried about. The surgeon wants me clear for contact. "Strength-wise, it's no problem. But I don't want to mess it up if something were to happen. It's frustrating because it feels really good and they're saying just take it easy. That's easier said than done sometimes but I'm working through it and listening to what they tell me. "They X-rayed it the other day and said it's perfect. They were really happy with the way it looked." In addition to repairing MacDonald's shoulder, the surgeon was able to correct tendon issues MacDonald suffered in a previous accident. "I always had pain in that shoulder for a long time," MacDonald said. "Not horrible, but it always bothered me a little bit. Where he fixed it up, it feels really good. They did a great job and I have a feeling that when I do start driving again it's going to be a lot better than it's been in a long time. "It's hopefully short-term pain for long-term gain." MacDonald has suffered his share of injuries over the years but said this one was the most difficult. "I seem to get myself into these predicaments," MacDonald said with a laugh. "For a while, I was bummed because I couldn't do anything. Shoulder surgery is really tough, the toughest one I've had. "You're just sitting around doing nothing. I had a hard time getting out of bed for a long time, physically; I needed a hand up. I couldn't move my arm for months. It's hard to sleep, hard to get comfortable. I couldn't even put my socks on, it was terrible." A native of Prince Edward Island who now lives in Goshen, N.Y., the 40-year-old MacDonald has won 6,220 races lifetime and $91.6 million in purses. He was Canada's Driver of the Year in 2005 and 2006. "Hopefully I'll get back at it in January," MacDonald said. "Maybe I'll change it up a little this year and go to The Meadowlands a little bit more. We'll see what happens. Hopefully I'll have a real good year. I'm just staying positive now. I have something to look forward to." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Wanda Polisseni is the type of person who, in her own words, prefers to fly under the harness racing radar. But after her Winndevie won last month's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, providing Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables with its first trophy, that became a little more difficult. Not that Polisseni has any complaints. "I was surprised at the number of people that congratulated me and follow my horses; I'm very appreciative," Polisseni said. "I'm not infatuated with the winner's circle. That's not what I'm all about. But I fully appreciate it. Winning a race like the Breeders Crown makes it all worth it. "There are so many people that have been in (the sport) so much longer than I have and I'd like to see these other people win too. I feel like I've had more than my share of blessings and good fortune. I just love to see my horses race, no matter where they end up, as long as they're healthy and happy." Winndevie returns to the races Thursday in the $176,150 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Dover Downs. In fact, all four 3-year-old Breeders Crown champions - with Dancin Lou, Gimpanzee, and Warrawee Ubeaut joining Winndevie in that group - will be in action in the Matron events for sophomore pacers and trotters. Trained by Trond Smedshammer and driven by Brian Sears, Winndevie is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field that includes Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry, who was second in the Breeders Crown, as well as Crown third- and fourth-place finishers The Ice Dutchess and Only Take Cash, not to mention Elegantimage Stakes winner Evident Beauty. Winndevie, by Credit Winner out of Vida De Vie, has won six of 14 races this year and hit the board a total of 13 times. Her earnings of $559,804 lead all 3-year-old filly trotters. For her career, Winndevie has won 12 of 21 starts, including the 2018 New York Sire Stakes championship, and $787,682. Her trip to the Breeders Crown was her first Grand Circuit appearance after spending her career to that point on the New York circuit. Polisseni called the filly's Breeders Crown triumph at Woodbine Mohawk Park, "really a very nice surprise." It is probably fitting because her arrival in Smedshammer's stable was a surprise as well. Polisseni thought she had completed her shopping for yearlings at the Standardbred Horse Sale two Novembers ago until she looked over her list of purchases and realized she did not get a Credit Winner-sired filly. So, after a review of the remaining possibilities, she bought Winndevie (then named Hello Dolly De Vie) for $45,000 on the final day of the yearling auction. "I never told Trond I was going to buy her," Polisseni said, laughing at the circumstances surrounding the purchase. "I knew I wanted a Credit Winner filly and she was the best one that I liked that day. I liked the way she looked on the floor, the way she moved, and the video. I loved her. She's a beautiful filly. "I put her on the truck to go down to Trond's (stable). It was a surprise to him. But he's told me many times in the winner's circle that he's so glad I bought her." Polisseni, who lives in upstate New York, got her start as a harness racing owner about 15 years ago. Smedshammer has trained her horses for a decade. Her Purple Haze Stables has ranked among the top 10 in earnings for owners on multiple occasions, including in 2018 and 2019. "I feel really blessed with the success that I've had and having Trond as a trainer," Polisseni said. "He's the best. He knows how I want my horses treated and it's always the horse comes first. I never have to worry with Trond, there is no stress. That makes the racing so much more fun. "(The Breeders Crown) was all for Trond. That's how I felt. I wanted him to get all the attention and accolades. I was thrilled." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dover Downs. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

All four 3-year-old Breeders Crown champions -- Dancin Lou, Gimpanzee, Warrawee Ubeaut, and Winndevie -- return to action for the first time since their Crown triumphs when Dover Downs hosts the Matron Stakes for harness racing sophomore pacers and trotters on Thursday. A total of 19 Breeders Crown finalists will be racing in the Matrons, including the top-six finishers from the 3-year-old filly pace (won by Warrawee Ubeaut) and the top-four finishers from each the 3-year-old filly trot (won by Winndevie) and 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace (won by Dancin Lou). Gimpanzee, who won the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot, faces four Breeders Crown finalists, including recent Carl Erskine Trot winner Don't Let'em and Erskine runner-up Chin Chin Hall. Gimpanzee is a two-time Breeders Crown champion and was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. He starts Thursday's $208,300 Matron for 3-year-old male trotters from post five with Brian Sears driving for trainer Marcus Melander. He is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. "He's doing great," Melander said. "He came out of (the Breeders Crown) really well and he's been training good ever since. I'm confident going into the race. He's raced good all year, never done a bad race really. There are some nice horses in there, of course, but he's pretty good himself too." Gimpanzee has won seven of 12 races this year and earned $997,163. In addition to the Breeders Crown, his wins include the Yonkers Trot, New York Sire Stakes championship, and Empire Breeders Classic. He finished third in both the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity. The colt could join recently retired 3-year-old colt stablemate Greenshoe with more than $1 million this year, which would make Melander only the second trainer ever to have two million-dollar-earning trotters in the same division in the same season. Jimmy Takter accomplished the feat in 2014 with Father Patrick and Nuncio. "That's cool," Melander said. "(Gimpanzee) has had a great year. He couldn't have done too much more. "I think he will be as good as he's been all year on Thursday. He's feeling great here at home. He really feels like he has all year. He's happy, so I'm happy." For his career, Gimpanzee has won 16 of 21 races and $1.58 million for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. If all goes well, the son of Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows could finish this season by facing older foes in the TVG championship on Nov. 23 at The Meadowlands. "Hopefully he does a good race Thursday and then we'll probably race in the TVG," Melander said, adding the plan is to bring back Gimpanzee next year at age 4. "It feels like he could be a good aged horse too. He only had nine starts last year and 12 so far this year. I think that's perfect if we want to continue to race him. He feels like a horse that's not been pushed too hard. If nothing happens, it's a big chance he comes back." In the $248,350 Matron for 3-year-old male pacers, Bettor's Wish is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The Chris Ryder-trained colt leads the sport with $1.43 million in purses. He was beaten by a head by Dancin Lou in the Breeders Crown. He has won 12 of 17 races and finished no worse than second in any start, with each of his last four runner-up finishes coming by no more than a neck. Dancin Lou is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. He brings a three-race win streak to the Matron. "I'm so proud of that horse, my heart could burst," trainer Tahnee Camilleri said about Dancin Lou, who has won 11 of 18 starts this season. She added about his Breeders Crown victory, where he rallied from fourth with a quarter-mile to go, "I was in shock. He did it the hard way. It's just unbelievable. What a little champion." Camilleri, a native of Australia, gave up a career practicing law to pursue her passion by moving to the U.S. to train horses. She is in her first full season with her own stable. The 32-year-old Camilleri conditions Dancin Lou for owners David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario Ltd. "I didn't appreciate how hard it was going to be to come over here," Camilleri said. "I got terribly homesick and I'd lie in bed at night and wonder if I made the right decision. I toughed it out. For something like this to happen, I know in my heart I made the right decision. I'm so glad I'm here and so glad I did this. "I've had a lot of help, and I'm thankful to the owners for picking me to train their horse. They could have picked a bigger name, but they gave me a shot. I'm tickled pink that I could get such a good result for them." The field for the Matron colt-and-gelding pace also includes 2018 Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch and recent Monument Circle Stakes winner De Los Cielos Deo. In the $176,150 Matron for 3-year-old filly trotters, Trond Smedshammer-trained Winndevie is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The field includes Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry, who was second in the Breeders Crown, as well as Crown third- and fourth-place finishers The Ice Dutchess and Only Take Cash, plus Elegantimage Stakes winner Evident Beauty. Warrawee Ubeaut, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, is the 2-1 favorite in the $165,900 Matron for 3-year-old filly pacers. Tall Drink Hanover, who was second in the Breeders Crown, is 3-1. The remaining fillies from the Crown final are Stonebridge Soul, Sunny Dee, Treacherous Reign, and Queen Of The Pride. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dover Downs. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Harrisburg, PA -- Donttellmeagain, a 5-year-old male harness racing pacer with $779,011 in lifetime earnings, was the top seller at Friday's final session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $400,000 by Jon Paton. The gelding was one of six horses to sell for at least $250,000 during the second day of the auction's mixed sale. Donttellmeagain, by Dragon Again out of Donttellmewhattodo, has won 19 of 46 career races and finished among the top three a total of 37 times. He won last year's Graduate Series championship and Dayton Pacing Derby. This year, he was a dead-heat second by a nose to McWicked in the Jim Ewart Memorial and third in the Roll With Joe. The Jim King Jr.-trained pacer was owned by Paton Racing Stables. He was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Starita, a Grand Circuit-winning 3-year-old trotting filly, was the day's second-highest seller, going for $360,000 to Hanover Shoe Farms. She was one of three fillies to reach at least $300,000. Starita, by Trixton out of Morningstar, has won six of 29 career races and $307,696. Her second dam is two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Passionate Glide and her family also includes Hambletonian Oaks winner Marita's Victory. She was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, and trained by Joe Holloway. O'Brien Award-winner Percy Bluechip, also purchased by Hanover Shoe Farms, sold for $340,000. The 4-year-old pacing mare, by Shadow Play out of Advantest, has won 12 of 40 career races and $874,267. She was a Breeders Crown winner at 3 and a two-time Ontario Sire Stakes champion. She is full sister to O'Brien Award winner Arthur Blue Chip and half-sister to millionaire Kenneth J. She was consigned by Preferred Equine, owned most recently by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Purnel & Libby, and Donald Emond, and trained by Ron Burke. Quincy Blue Chip, a 3-year-old trotting filly by Chapter Seven out of Sirenuse, sold for $300,000 to Steve Stewart. She has won 12 of 23 career races, including this year's Empire Breeders Classic and New York Sire Stakes final, and $675,430. She was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock, owned most recently by Barbara Boese, James Boese, and Richard Banca, and trained by Banca. Two female pacers reached $250,000 - Medusa and Lu's Illusion. Medusa, an 8-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight out of Mythical, was purchased by Erika Sergent. Medusa has won 40 of 160 career races and $1 million. She was consigned by Fox Den Farm, owned most recently by Randy Bendis and Pollack Racing, and trained by Bendis. Lu's Illusion, a 3-year-old filly by Sweet Lou out of Artistic Vision, sold to Fair Winds Farm. She is a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven as well as multimillionaire Clear Vision. Lu's Illusion, who has won five of 17 career races, was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, owned by Determination, and trained by Luc Blais. The two-day mixed sale portion of the auction saw a total of 663 horses and stallion shares sell for $27 million, an average of $40,756. Last year, the mixed sale saw a total of 619 horses and stallion shares sell for $18.2 million, an average of $29,498. For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA         Ken Weingartner   Media Relations Manager   U.S. Trotting Association   www.ustrotting.com      

Darlinonthebeach, a 6-year-old harness racing pacing mare who earned $1.06 million on the racetrack and is in foal to Always B Miki, sold for $450,000 to Diamond Creek Farm on Thursday as part of the White Birch Farm broodmare dispersal at the Standardbred Horse Sale's mixed sale. New Jersey's White Birch Farm sold 30 broodmares at the sale, going for a total of $3.51 million. Darlinonthebeach led the group, followed by trotter Celebrity Ruth at $400,000. Rounding out White Birch's top five were pacer My Little Dragon and trotter Please Beehave, both for $230,000, and pacer Dragon's Tale for $200,000. All the White Birch horses were consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing. Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere, is carrying her first foal after a multiple Grand Circuit stakes-winning career. Her dam, Darlin's Delight, was a Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner. Celebrity Ruth, by Archangel out of Celebrity Obsesion, also enjoyed a stakes-winning career and is in foal to Muscle Hill with her first foal. The 5-year-old, signed for by Megan Velardo as agent, is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Housethatruthbuilt. My Little Dragon, a 16-year-old by Dragon Again out of My Little Pretty, was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner and three-time Breeders Crown champion. She is the dam of O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry and in foal to Captaintreacherous. She sold to Steve Stewart. Five-year-old Please Beehave (Muscle Hill-Beehive) is a half-sister to 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. She sold in foal to Chapter Seven to Ola Yoder. Dragon's Tale (Dragon Again-Born Storyteller) is the dam of stakes-winner Workin Ona Mystery. The 9-year-old sold in foal to Captaintreacherous, also to Yoder. Also selling in excess of $200,000 were trotting broodmares Secret Passion and Anikadabra. Secret Passion (Yankee Glide-Secret Magic) sold for $425,000 to Hanover Shoe Farms. The 5-year-old is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner and world-record-holder Manchego and in foal to Kadabra with her first foal. She was consigned by Walnridge Farm and owned by Harbor Racing Stable. Five-year-old Anikadabra (Kadabra-Anikawiesahalee) sold in foal to Walner for $235,000 to Linda Stewart. She is from the family of O'Brien Award-winner Resolve. She was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and owned by Michael Pozefsky and Edward Wilson. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday with its final mixed session beginning at 10 a.m. (EST). For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

For the second year in a row, it was a record year for the Standardbred Horse Sale. The three-day yearling portion of the sale concluded Wednesday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, where a total of 833 horses sold for a record average of $48,903. The previous best average was set last year, at $42,675 for 830 horses. This year's average represented a 14.5-percent increase. In addition, this year's gross of $40.73 million was nearly 15 percent better than last year's $35.42 million. The only other time the gross exceeded $40 million came in 2007, when 1,048 horses sold for $42.78 million. "It was a great sale," Standardbred Horse Sale President and CEO Pete Spears said. "I think the sale was strong throughout, all the way to the end. There was a great reception for the top sires and many, many top-selling horses. We're very happy." Last year, two yearlings reached six figures on Day 3 of the sale. This year, the total was five. Pacing colt Keystone Catalyst was Wednesday's top seller, purchased for $120,000 by Myron Bell as agent. The colt, by Betting Line out of Keystone Caitlyn, is a three-quarter brother to 2018 Ontario Sire Stakes champion Keystone Concrete. The family also includes Keystone Havoc, the dam of millionaire Keystone Horatio and grandam of millionaire Bedroomconfessions. Keystone Catalyst was consigned by Vieux Carre Farms for Max J. Hempt. Next on the list was Twin B Edge, a pacing colt by Betting Line out of Twin B Exquisite. He was purchased for $110,000 by Casie Coleman. The colt, from a family of strong Ontario Sire Stakes performers, was consigned and bred by Twinbrook Limited. Three horses sold for $100,000. Trotting colt Swingforthefences, by Swan For All out of stakes-winner Sunday Yankee, was purchased by Mel Hartman as agent. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Miss Sue V, who in addition to her victories in North America later picked up wins in Europe. He was consigned and bred by Concord Stud Farm. Vali Hanover, a trotting colt by Chapter Seven out of Vanity Treasure, was purchased by Jim Glass as agent. His family includes stakes-winner Fad Finance. The colt was consigned and bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Trotting filly Flawless Country, by Southwind Frank out of Aleah Hanover, sold to Ake Svanstedt. She is from the family of 2018 Yonkers International Trot champion Cruzado Dela Noche, who also counts the Copenhagen Cup among his victories in Europe. She was consigned by Spring Haven Farm and bred by Christian Stoltzfus. A total of 374 trotters sold for $20.52 million, with the money divided nearly evenly between colts and fillies. The fillies averaged $55,297 for 182 and the colts averaged $54,469 for 192. Muscle Hill was the top trotting stallion with an average of $153,323 for 31 horses. Father Patrick was second with an average of $109,667 for 24 horses. A total of 459 pacers sold for $20.21 million. Colts averaged $49,943 for 229 and the fillies averaged $38,161 for 230. Somebeachsomewhere was the top pacing sire with an average of $97,860 for 43 horses. Captaintreacherous was second with an average of $54,295 for 44 horses. First-crop sire Betting Line averaged $52,561 for 66 horses. The Standardbred Horse Sale's two-day mixed sale begins Thursday at 10 a.m. (EST). For complete results, visit The Black Book.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

After delivering the Pinske family its first Breeders Crown trophy, Amigo Volo will look to continue his stakes-winning ways in Thursday's $181,600 Matron for 2-year-old male trotters at Dover Downs. Amigo Volo is the 2-5 morning-line harness racing favorite in a field of six. The race is one of four Matrons for 2-year-olds. Papi Rob Hanover is the 2-5 favorite in the $186,000 division for male pacers and Lyons Sentinel is the 6-5 choice in the $176,400 event for female pacers. The $147,600 Matron for female trotters attracted a four-horse field and will go as a non-betting race 15 minutes prior to the regular card beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Amigo Volo has won three of his past four races and five of 10 overall this season. He has earned $514,696 for owners Pinske Stables and Florida's David J. Miller. The gelding is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and will have Dexter Dunn in the sulky Thursday. Nearly two weeks ago, Amigo Volo captured the Breeders Crown by 4-1/4 lengths over Rome Pays Off in 1:54.3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. It gave Pinske Stables (Marlys Pinske and her son Karl) and Miller their first victory in the series. The Pinskes had double-digit starters in Breeders Crown finals, and two second-place finishes, before breaking through. The triumph was additionally sweet because Karl's son Carter has worked this year for Norman's stable and worked closely with Amigo Volo, even getting his first training win with the horse during the Grand Circuit meet at Lexington's Red Mile. "It's pretty special," Carter Pinske said. "We've been close, had a lot of great horses over the years and won other big races, but it's nice to win this one at the end of the year. "My dad and I have kind of changed with Nifty to go after the end-of-the-year money instead of racing so tough at the beginning of the year. After a few years of working toward that, it's finally taking shape and working that way. That's always the goal, to get to the Breeders Crown, and it's special." The Crown triumph also came 15 months after the passing of owner/trainer Tim Pinske, Marlys' husband. "I'm thinking he had a little bit to do with it," Carter said. Amigo Volo, by Father Patrick out of Margarita Momma, was purchased for $42,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to Reign Of Honor, who won last year's Kindergarten Classic Series championship for Norman's stable. "He's been an awesome horse to be around," Pinske said about Amigo Volo, who had world-record performances on five-eighth and one-mile ovals this season. "Every day he trained, you'd either be really mad at him or really excited about him. But he would always make up for it with his personality. He's got such a good personality. He'd let you know where he was all the time. He just likes being around people. "As far as being ready, Nifty said he's no different than he was in July," Pinske added. "He's jumping around in the paddock. He's got a good attitude that way." Following the Matron, Amigo Volo is eligible to the Valley Victory Stakes at The Meadowlands. The connections will take a wait-and-see approach about that race. "It's been a long season, he's been everywhere, and we want a 3-year-old too," Pinske said. "We'll see how he races and talk about it after." For the Matron Stakes 2-year-old filly trot entries, click here. For the complete regular card, click here.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

Pacing colt Make My Deo was the top-selling yearling at Tuesday's (Nov. 5) second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $280,000 by Robert Cleary as agent for Bill Peshina's Royal Wire Products. Through two sessions at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, a total of 468 horses sold for $32.65 million and average of $69,769. The gross is up 16.6 percent from 2018 when 473 horses sold for $27.99 million. The average is up 17.8 percent compared to last year's $59,182. Make My Deo, by American Ideal out of Electric Fool, is a half-brother to Rodeo Rock, who has earned more than $700,000 in his career for Royal Wire Products. The family also includes millionaire Western Shore. The colt was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing and bred by Deo Volente Farms. "He's a nice horse," Peshina said about Make My Deo. "We bought Rodeo Rock as a yearling too and he's done just fine for us. This is a very nice colt, so we were happy to get him. I liked just about everything about him; he's just a nice horse all around. And it's a good farm we bought him from, they're good people. "It's a big expense for us, we've never gone that high before. We're going to see what happens. Hopefully it works out. We'll find out next year." Second on the bestsellers list was trotting colt Delayed Hanover, by Southwind Frank out of Don't Wait Up, who was purchased for $230,000 by Ake Svanstedt for owner Melby Gard. He is from the family of international winner Order By Keeper as well as mare Amour Heiress, whose colt Spy Booth sold for $460,000 Monday. The family also includes 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton. He was consigned and bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. "I liked everything, it was good," Svanstedt said. "He is a good-looking horse. It will be interesting to see how he does on the racetrack. He has good conformation and the family on the mother is also very good. He is a good colt." Next was trotting colt Ghetto Boy, by Cantab Hall out of Galloway, who went for $200,000 to agent Robert Lindstrom. His family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Maven. The colt was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by Order By Stable. Filly trotter Donna Soprano, by Donato Hanover out of O'Brien Award-winner Windsong Soprano, was purchased for $190,000 by Serge Godin's Determination stable. She is a half-sister to Ontario Sire Stakes champions Jula She's Magic (2019) and Tony Soprano (2015). She was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing and bred by White Birch Farm. Sun B Kini, a pacing filly by Always B Miki out of One For The Beach, was purchased by Dana Parham for $170,000. Her family includes the dams of stakes-winners Divine Caroline and This Is The Plan. She was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by S R F Stable. Team Allard bought trotting filly Oh My Goodness, by Andover Hall out of Oh My Darlin, for $160,000. She is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Cedar Dove, who is the dam of Team Allard's Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovecry. She was consigned by Concord Stud Farm and bred by Windsong Stable. Also selling for $160,000 was pacing colt Abuckabett Hanover, by Betting Line out of All Tucked Up. He was purchased by Tony Alagna as agent for Cousins Stable. His family includes stakes-winner Thong. The colt was consigned and bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. The yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Wednesday. The final session begins at 10 a.m. (EST) at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. The two-day mixed sale begins Thursday morning at 10. For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Harrisburg, PA -- A year after consigning the two highest-priced yearlings at the 2018 Standardbred Horse Sale, Concord Stud Farm enjoyed another big day during Monday's (Nov. 4) opening session of this year's auction. Concord consigned the two highest-priced yearlings yesterday and three of the top four. All three were bred by Stefan Balazsi's Order By Stable and raised at Concord, located in Cream Ridge, N.J. Leading the way was trotting filly Gangsta Rat, who sold for $550,000. The price surpassed the $500,000 for last year's sales topper, Fifty Cent Piece, and is the second-highest auction price ever for a yearling filly trotter, trailing only the $600,000 paid for Ineffable at last month's Lexington Selected Sale. The second-best seller Monday was trotting colt Take This Society for $475,000. Fourth was trotting colt Spy Booth for $460,000, who was displaced at No. 3 by trotting colt Glacier Hanover ($470,000) in the final minutes of the sale. Last year, Concord's second-highest seller went for $415,000. "It's extremely rewarding," said Julie Meirs, the daughter of Concord founders Robin and David Meirs III. "It's nice to see that we're able to get over that barrier again. We just keep raising the ceiling, which is great. It keeps us reaching for the stars." In addition to its big three on Monday, the Concord-Order By Stable partnership had two more yearlings in the top 20 -- trotting colt No Ball Games Rat at $300,000 and trotting filly Keep Your Coins at $250,000. Order By Stable received the 2018 Breeder of the Year Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. "We have a great relationship with Stefan," Meirs said. "We work really well together. He's got all the trust in the world in us and we treat his horses, as we do with all the horses on our farm, like they're our own. We're making decisions and communicating with him on a daily basis if necessary. And now we're here." When Monday's session ended, Concord had sold 32 horses for $4.34 million. The gross was second to only Hanover Shoe Farm's $8.68 million for 69 horses. Concord's average of $135,750 topped consignors with more than four horses sold. "We're very excited, very pleased with how the sale has been going so far," Meirs said. "Some didn't sell for what we thought they would, but those ones at the top just light it up, which is awesome." During last year's sale, the Meirs family hosted a brunch for horse owners and buyers on the morning of the opening session. The brunch was back Monday and looks to have become a fixture. "I think we're stuck with it, which is good; it's a good way to be stuck," Meirs said, laughing. "We've had numerous people thank us for the brunch and I think it's a good morale builder. It's something for people to enjoy before they get bidding. It's worked well for us, so I'd say it's here to stay for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

LeWayne Miller knows Grand Swan is good. He is still trying to figure out just how good. Grand Swan brings a four-race win streak to Friday's $120,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for 3-year-old female harness racing trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The filly has won 10 of 13 races overall this season, including the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and divisions of the Pegasus and Circle City stakes. For her career, she has 18 victories in 25 starts and has finished worse than second only twice. She has earned $575,900 and is owned by Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable, and Never 2 Late Stable. "She's done very well for us," said Miller, who co-owns, trains and drives Grand Swan. "She's a big, strong mare. I really don't feel like we've seen the best of her just because she likes to race against someone. She's not one that will draw off and win by five; she waits on other horses to chase her. "I really don't know how good she is. There were a few times when you thought she was beat, they'd come eye her up, and then she would take off with them." Grand Swan faces nine foes in the Crossroads of America. The field includes The Ice Dutchess, a multiple Grand Circuit winner coming off a third-place finish in the Breeders Crown, and $10,000-supplemental entry Pure Chance, who brings her own four-race win streak to Friday's race. A daughter of stallion Swan For All, Grand Swan is out of the mare Queen Mum. Joe Yoder, who is part of the Grand Swan Racing ownership group, bought Queen Mum in foal with the filly and trained Grand Swan down at age 2 before turning her over to Miller. She won eight of 12 races last season and continued to blossom after turning 3. "She grew up a lot and matured a lot," Miller said. "Last year I didn't feel comfortable getting locked in or sitting with her for a long time, she just got a little too anxious last year. This year training her down we trained her to help her with that and she really learned from it. "Her manners (are her best attribute). She's very professional and takes care of herself. In the post parade and scoring down she's nice and relaxed. When you ask her to go, she goes. She does whatever you want to do." Following the Crossroads of America, Grand Swan is eligible to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. The race would take Grand Swan out of Indiana for the first time. "We're planning on that," Miller said. "Then we'll turn her out and bring her back (next year) and see how she is. We're probably going to stake her to some of the aged races. We want to be careful because it's a tougher transition from 3 to 4, so we'll probably pick our spots." Friday's card at Harrah's Hoosier Park also includes the $120,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, $220,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old male trotters, and $225,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Hightstown, NJ — Seven of the top 10 horses in last week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll lost their respective Breeders Crown finals this past weekend, resulting in little change in positions, but a tightening in points in the upper half of the rankings. Shartin N (second in the Mare Pace), Greenshoe (second in the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot), and Bettor’s Wish (second in the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace) remained 1-2-3 in the rankings. Warrawee Ubeaut, who won the 3-year-old filly pace, also saw her position unchanged at No. 4 but added four first-place votes and gained 110 points to pull within four points of Bettor’s Wish. Mare trot winner Manchego made the biggest position move, going from No. 10 to No. 5 while picking up 108 points. Gimpanzee, the winner of the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot, and Tall Dark Stranger, who was second-placed-first in the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace, joined the top 10 at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Gimpanzee gained 71 points from a week ago; Tall Dark Stranger, ironically, dropped four points but made up positions as Southwind Ozzi and Atlanta dropped from the top 10 and Lather Up and McWicked each lost nearly 40 points. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 – 10/29/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (17) 6pm 17-14-2-0 $920,177 304 1 2 Greenshoe (11) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 274 2 3 Bettor’s Wish (1) 3pc 17-12-5-0 $1,436,445 255 3 4 Warrawee Ubeaut (4) 3pf 17-12-2-3 $923,898 251 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 15-7-0-0 $485,038 189 10 6 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 88 5 7 Gimpanzee 3tc 12-7-1-2 $997,163 82 — 8 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 75 — 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 65 7 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 58 8 ALSO:  Caviart Ally 50; Atlanta 48; Bold Eagle 31; Dancin Lou 28; Southwind Ozzi 24; Papi Rob Hanover 22; Ramona Hill 18; Amigo Volo 11; Winndevie 9; American History, Forbidden Trade, Six Pack 7; Lyons Sentinel, Reflect With Me 6; Elver Hanover 5; Millies Possesion 2; Captain Crunch, Guardian Angel AS, When Dovescry 1. Bold Eagle received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hightstown, NJ -- Tony Alagna entered this past weekend's Breeders Crown finals without an elimination winner, without a harness racing favorite, and, in some cases, without a favorable post position. He did, though, enter with confidence. The result was a memorable couple of nights at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Alagna became the fourth trainer in the 36-year history of the Breeders Crown to win three or more trophies in a year when Ramona Hill, Reflect With Me, and American History captured their finals at Mohawk. The other trainers in that group are Jimmy Takter, Ron Burke, and Bob McIntosh. "That's great company," Alagna said. "The horses showed up and did what we thought they could do. It turned out to be a phenomenal weekend for us. The drivers stayed confident, I stayed confident, my staff stayed confident; if you get all that together, then anything can happen." Ramona Hill got the fun started with a victory in the Breeders Crown's first race, winning Friday's 2-year-old filly trot from post 10 at odds of nearly 15-1. In the next race, the 2-year-old filly pace, Reflect With Me won from post eight at 27-1. On Saturday, American History captured the Open Pace at 5-1. "We didn't win any eliminations, but I was really happy with all the horses," Alagna said. "You don't panic. You set a goal for the horses and you don't stray from your goal even though everything is not perfect along the way. You know you have a quality horse, you do the right thing, and you hope it pays off. The majority of the time, it will. "You learn that over time. The best thing is I've got a tremendous group of owners that don't waiver. They don't want to do this or that if the horse didn't have a good race. They keep the faith and let us do our job. They know that we're going to do the right thing." Robert LeBlanc was among Alagna's owners who tasted Breeders Crown success over the weekend. LeBlanc, who grew up in Toronto and now lives in Austin, Texas, got his first-ever Breeders Crown with Ramona Hill. Robert LeBlanc (center) with Brittany Farms’ George Segal (left) and Ramona Hill’s co-owner Brad Grant (right) after her Breeders Crown victory. USTA/Mark Hall photo "I was probably 8 or 9 years old when I first came to Mohawk, so to come back here for the Breeders Crown is something special; I am on cloud nine," said LeBlanc, a retired vice president at IBM who has partnered on horses in Alagna's stable for three years. "This is what it's all about. You want to be there at the end of the year when all the best horses are there and beat the best. It's fantastic." Ramona Hill started from post 10 but was hustled from the gate by driver Andy McCarthy and landed on the lead. She was third at three-quarters before bursting through the stretch to win by four lengths over Sister Sledge. "We knew that if she could get off the gate and into a position, she would be there at the end," LeBlanc said. "But your expectation is that (post) 10 against the best fillies in the country, you're hoping to get a good piece of it. But in the back of your mind, you're thinking maybe she can do it. "What a great mile, what a great drive by Andy, and what great preparation by Tony. This is fun." McCarthy's win with Ramona Hill was his first Crown triumph, and he would add three more (including with Reflect With Me) before the weekend was finished. Joe Bongiorno, who drove American History, also picked up his first win in a Crown final. Joe Bongiorno picked up his first win in a Breeders Crown final with American History. USTA/Mark Hall photo Bongiorno put American History in front from post three in the race's early stage, marking only the second time in 18 starts this season the 4-year-old stallion was on top at the first quarter. "I wasn't planning on leaving but when (Jimmy Freight in post two) wasn't taking off, I changed my plan," the 26-year-old Bongiorno said. "I had confidence, but I knew this was a great group of horses and I had to have him in the right spot. We put him in the right spot. The whole mile he was alive and felt great. He's a special horse; he knows what his job is. "To win a Breeders Crown, I'm just so thankful to Tony and his owners for having faith in me and trusting me with their horse. It's something I didn't even dream of. It's unbelievable." Alagna's stable now has won six Breeders Crown trophies. His previous victories came with Captaintreacherous (2013), Racing Hill (2016) and Stay Hungry (2017). "It just goes to show that the barn has matured," Alagna said. "The owners kept the faith, the drivers had confidence, and everything came together." USTA/Mark Hall photos   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

17 to 32 of 2093