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Latham, NY --- The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State (HHBNYS) have announced that long time Standardbred owner Ken Jacobs will receive the 2018 Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal. Jacobs is the kind of person anyone loves to have involved in harness racing because unlike many who view the sport with a dollars and cents mentality, Jacobs is not involved in this sport for investment only. He is also a fan who loves to carry the message of harness racing with him where ever he goes. A lifelong resident of Baldwinsville, New York, Jacobs has always had an interest in horses. And after buying an antiquated electric motor plant in 1981 and turning it into a North American industry-leading state of the art manufacturer of electric drive motors, he found some time to pursue his love of the sport. In 1993 Jacobs bought his first horse; a $2,500 claimer at Vernon Downs. From there it didn't take long for him to turn his attention to buying yearlings that were staked; in particular to the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) program. Through spending hours on research and doing his "due diligence" for every sale, Jacobs became very adept in his selections and as a result, has had a long run of picking successful yearlings who have become big time winners. Names like Rita J (Bettors Delight-Road Sign $193,012), Kenneth J (Bettors Delight-Advantest $1.56 million), He's Gorgeous (Art Major- So Ravishing $743,844), Heston Blue Chip (American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip $1.78 million) and Walner (Chapter Seven-Random Destiny $567,652) have not only made an impression on the racing scene in the state, they have helped keep New York-breds in the forefront of the sport on the Grand Circuit. Jacobs cares about his horses beyond what they do on the track as well. He is very particular in the way they are treated no matter how they perform. In a previous interview Jacobs stated "I'm not like some other owners who just want the money. I want what's right for the horse. And every horse I have gets the same thing regardless how they perform. They are all very special to me." Jacobs also cares about the community he lives in and supports many charitable causes and organizations. He does not want any credit for doing well for others; he feels it's his duty to give back where he can because he has been blessed himself. For decades, Ken Jacobs has brought the best he could to the track and has always supported the sport of harness racing. He has been involved hands-on through supporting breeding in the state, but he also goes the extra mile to promote harness racing whenever he can. Through talking to fans at the track, bringing non-racing acquaintances to the races or grabbing random people and children from the crowd to go out for win pictures, his friendly personality and affable demeanor make him a true ambassador to harness racing and one of the true "good guys" in the industry. Ken Jacobs will receive his award on Sunday (Dec. 2) during the NYSS Awards Banquet that will be held at 6 p.m. in the Grandstands Banquet Room at Batavia Downs. The Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to harness horse racing and the improvement of breeding Standardbred horses in the State of New York. It is presented in honor of Bruce Hamilton who was the 18-year executive secretary of Harness Horse Breeders and guided the New York Sire Stakes program through some of its most exciting and challenging years. Hamilton was instrumental in uniting racetracks, horsemen and breeders in pursuit of video lottery terminals and the eventual passage of the gaming law in 2001. By Tim Bojarski, for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

Harrisburg, PA —- Ken Jacobs arrived at Tuesday’s second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale with the intention of buying one horse. He departed several hours later with his objective fulfilled. Jacobs bought pacing colt Rodeo Blue Chip, out of the family of his Dan Patch Award-winning Heston Blue Chip, for $250,000. The price topped the 303 yearlings sold on Day 2. “I was going to get him,” Jacobs said. “He looked good. He looked a lot like (Heston Blue Chip). I didn’t think I would have to pay that much, but if you’ve got one guy who likes him beside yourself, you’re going to pay. “I’m done,” he added with a laugh. “I’m going home.” Linda Toscano will train Rodeo Blue Chip. The colt was among three yearlings to sell for at least $235,000 on Tuesday. Last year, the second session’s top-seller went for $180,000. Through two sessions this year, a total of 473 horses sold for $27.99 million. The average of $59,182 was 11.9 percent better than last year’s $52,847 for 483 horses ($25.5 million gross). On Tuesday, 19 horses sold for at least six figures, which was an increase of two from 2017. Rodeo Blue Chip is by Sweet Lou out of Lotsa Matzah and his family also includes millionaire Sunfire Blue Chip and Dan Patch Award-winner Kikikatie. He was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Daniel Zucker, Christine Sallee, and Stephen Demeter. The colt was consigned by Blue Chip Farms. Following Rodeo Blue Chip on the top-sellers list were Chapter Seven-sired trotting colt Third Shift and Muscle Hill-sired trotting filly Hilly Holbrook. Both yearlings sold for $235,000. Third Shift was purchased by trainer Ake Svanstedt. The colt, bred and consigned by Winbak Farm, is out of the mare Overnight Command. “He is a very nice horse and good gaited,” Svanstedt said. “I like his conformation and that he is a Chapter Seven.” Hilly Holbrook was purchased by trainer Julie Miller for a group headed by Marvin Katz. Also in the partnership are Brixton Medical and Bud Hatfield. The filly is out of the mare Winky Dink, from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Winky’s Goal. She was bred by Julie Meirs and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “We’re super excited,” Miller said. “We loved her at Concord. She was great in the field, she just had a racy, athletic way of moving. She is a strong filly. You can’t help but love the (pedigree) page and her being a Muscle Hill filly. I don’t know if we can go wrong. Getting her was our goal and we were successful.” Rounding out the top five Tuesday were Chapter Seven-sired trotting filly Robin Blue Chip and Andover Hall-sired trotting colt Amstel Hanover. Robin Blue Chip, out of the Swedish-bred mare Richesse Oblige, sold for $175,000 to trainer Per Engblom for a yet-to-be-completed partnership. She was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Herbert Burns III, and Jacob Kiefer and consigned by Blue Chip Farms. “She was solid and very correct, I thought,” Engblom said. “The Chapter Seven fillies are doing great, so we want to get on the train. She’s out of a Swedish family I know pretty well. It’s a good, solid Swedish family.” Amstel Hanover, out of the mare Angel Pie from the family of Hambletonian champion American Winner, sold for $170,000 to agent Lina Alm. The colt was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Through two days, trotting fillies led the sale with an average of $67,570 for 100 yearlings sold. Pacing colts were next with an average of $64,254 for 138 sold followed by trotting colts at $58,529 for 104 and pacing fillies at $47,954 for 131. Muscle Hill led trotting stallions with an average of $178,938 for 16 yearlings sold while Captaintreacherous led pacing stallions with an average of $84,146 for 41. 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. For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Monticello, NY - Over the course of the winter Ken Jacobs may have to rearrange his trophy case and make room for some incoming hardware. Ken has been an ardent harness racing fan since the 1960s, buying his first horse in the 1990's. Fast forward to the present and Ken has the honor of owning the fastest 2-year-old Trotting Colt in Harness Racing history when his colt Walner shattered the existing world record by almost a second, to set the new stanza of 1:51.3.   For his affable demeanor and industrial longevity, when the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 58th annual awards banquet on Dec. 4th at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Kenny Jacob's will receive the chapter's "John Gilmour Good Guy Award."   The always smiling Jacobs is always on hand when his top horses compete. When Walner won the Breeders Crown Freshman Trot in a Stakes and Track Record of 1:53, and then completed his season with a crushing win over his opponents in the Kindergarten Series Final, Jacobs was the first person to reach the Meadowlands winners circle.   Walner, is named after the Swedish pioneer Hakan Wallner, who led the way for the Swedish Invasion in the mid and late 1970's to this country. Walner, the horse, is expected to be a strong winter book favorite for next year's Hambletonian and a top contender for the Dan Patch 2 Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year Award.   Monticello Raceway has been lucky for Ken, as he has enjoyed much success over the years and has been a frequent visitor to the Monticello Raceway winners circle. His horse's currently hold three track records at the Mighty M. Kenneth J, paced the fastest mile ever for a 3-year-old Pacing Colt at Monticello Raceway when he won the $478,000 Monticello Gold Rush in 1:52.1h in 2007. This year, Planet Rock set the track record in 1:55:2h. For 2-year-old Pacing Fillies, Allerage Echo holds the track mark for 2yo Trotting Colts of 1:58.1h set last summer.   Ken is a dedicated family man, and is devoted to his wife Rita. Residents of Baldwinsville, NY, the entire Jacobs family have already cleared the 2017 date of the first Saturday of August, as Ken looks to fulfill a bucket list item and win the Hambletonian with Walner...although he might need a bigger trophy case.   This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horsepeople from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Bob Boni (Lifetime Achievement Award); Keith Hamilton (Excelsior Award); Dave Little (Phil Pines Award); Roger Dowd (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Robert Krivelin (Amateur Driver); Justin Huckabone (Rising Star); and Denise DeSimone (Award of Appreciation).   Tickets for the gala event can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com.   To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com.   by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA                    

It took a year for harness racing owner Ken Jacobs to find a hole with Walner --- and that was a hole in the wind.  Walner trotted a world-record 1:51.3 on Oct. 6 at Lexington’s Red Mile, a mark that came one year to the day after Jacobs purchased the colt for $90,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. It was Walner’s fourth win in five races this season and established the horse as one of the top Breeders Crown 2-year-old male trotting contenders. “I look for holes in horses,” Jacobs said about selecting Walner, a son of 2012 Horse of the Year Chapter Seven out of the O’Brien Award-winning mare Random Destiny, at last fall’s yearling auction. “When I can’t find a hole, those are the ones I’m interested in. And I try very hard to find a hole. There were no holes in (Walner) at all.” On Saturday night, Walner will compete in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He is the 3-1 morning line favorite, starting from post five in a 10-horse field with Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Linda Toscano. Walner’s elimination also includes Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion What The Hill, New York Sire Stakes champion Devious Man, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Giveitgasandgo, and stakes-winners Dover Dan, New Jersey Viking, Long Tom, and Southwind Cobra. “Isn’t that amazing?” Jacobs said. “It’s the luck of the draw. What are you going to do? I didn’t like the draw but it is what it is. We’ve got to beat them all anyway, so what’s the difference.” Walner won two qualifiers at the Meadowlands before capturing his career debut in 1:55.4 in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs. In his next start, at Saratoga, he went off stride in the first turn but stormed from more than 16 lengths back to win by 1-3/4. He went off stride in his only loss, a division of the Kindergarten Series, but rebounded to win in the next round of the Kindergarten in 1:53.4 at the Meadowlands and then in 1:51.3 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington. His 1:51.3 mile is the fastest in history for a 2-year-old male trotter and trails only filly Mission Brief’s 1:50.3 in the record book. “I’ve been very cautious with him because I knew he was a really nice horse,” said Jacobs, who has received inquiries about selling the horse, but emphasized he is not for sale. “I’d like to have a horse in the Hambletonian next year, so I didn’t want to over-race him at 2. He’s a pretty awesome horse and we still don’t know how fast he can go. But we know he’s fast.” Jacobs, the leading owner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, is known for his successes with a number of pacers, including 2012 Breeders Crown champion and Dan Patch Award-winner Heston Blue Chip, but has bought more trotters in recent years. He won NYSS championships last year with trotters Jewels In Hock and Allerage Echo. “I got into trotters a couple years ago,” said Jacobs, who said he bought four trotters and four pacers last year and has a similar plan this year. “I love to see a trotter trot. It’s different. I enjoy it. If I can get a horse in the Hambletonian, it will fulfill my goal. My bucket list, if you will. I’ve been lucky to reach so many of my other goals. This is a big goal for me.” The second Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old male trotters finds stakes-winner Bill’s Man as the 3-1 morning line favorite, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer John Butenschoen. Breeders Crown finals for older pacers and trotters will be held Oct. 28 at the Meadowlands and the championships for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters will follow on Oct. 29. Eliminations are unnecessary for the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot, so those horses will advance directly to their respective finals. Eliminations for the Mare Pace and 2-year-old filly trotters will be Friday and eliminations for the remaining 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be Saturday, all at the Meadowlands. Post positions for the Open finals will be drawn live Friday and posts for the 2- and 3-year-old finals will be drawn Saturday. Elimination winners draw for inside posts one through five for the finals. For Friday’s complete card, click here. For Saturday’s complete card, click here. For more information visit www.Hambletonian.com or www.playmeadowlands.com. Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BCrown16 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BreedersCrown. Fans can also go to http://harnessracingfanzone.com, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play. Ken Weingartner  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 1, 2015) - After reaching the sport's highest level in 2012 with champion three-year-old pacer Heston Blue Chip, harness racing owner Ken Jacobs is looking to strike again, this time with Gweneeee J, a full-sister to his earner of more than $1.7 million. The three-year-old daughter of the mare Shot Togo Bluechip makes her first career start Friday night (April 3) in Race 3 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Jacobs purchased Gweneeee J for $145,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She was the most expensive yearling at the sale by the top stallion American Ideal. "She was a very good looking yearling," said Jacobs, a Central New York native. "She looked so much like Heston and since I had so much success with him, I figured I'd take a shot." Jacobs says Gweneeee J did not race as a two-year-old because "she wasn't up to it" and he didn't want to push her too hard. Instead, she was turned out and prepared for her three-year-old season. "We already know she'll make a very good broodmare, but we'll find out a little more on Friday if she'll be a good racehorse," explained Jacobs. "You never know until you put them on the track to race, but we just want to take it cautiously and see what happens." Jacobs is a longtime owner and breeder who is best known as the owner of top horses Kenneth J, Heston Blue Chip, and He's Gorgeous. He also likes to name many of his horses after family members and friends. "I named this one after my grandson's girlfriend and added the "E's" at the end because I thought it would be fun for the track announcers to yell 'Gweneeee' down the stretch," said Jacobs. "I've run out of kids and grandkids to name horses after so I've moved on to the girlfriends of my grandkids." Gweneeee J won a qualifier at the Meadowlands last Friday in a sharp 1:54.3. She's trained by Linda Toscano and will be driven in Friday's race by Hall of Famer John Campbell. Friday's 12-race program includes a carryover of $64,065 in the Jackpot Super High 5 in the fifth race. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz

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