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Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna knows Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry will race in next week's $411,700 Governor's Cup final and he hopes to send the colt some company for the event. Alagna-trained American History and Captain Deo are among the 2-year-old male pacers in Saturday's single Governor's Cup elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The top nine horses from the $20,000 elimination will join Stay Hungry in the $411,700 final on Nov. 25 at the Big M. Stay Hungry received a bye based on earnings. The Governor's Cup is part of the "Fall Final Four," four stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. Saturday's card also includes single $20,000 eliminations for next week's $464,650 Valley Victory for male trotters, the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies and the $381,200 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies. Post time is 7:15 p.m. (EST) for the night's first race. Fourth Dimension is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the elimination for the Valley Victory, where Samo Different Day received a bye. Basquiat is the 3-1 choice in the Goldsmith Maid elimination (bye to Hey Blondie) and Kissin In The Sand is the 2-1 pick in the Three Diamonds elimination (byes to Youaremycandygirl, Majorsspeciallady, and Rainbow Room). Elimination winners will draw for posts one through six for their respective finals. All other finalists will be in an open draw. American History, undefeated in three races since launching his career a month ago, is the 7-2 second choice in the Governor's Cup elimination, leaving from post nine with driver Yannick Gingras. Metro Pace winner Lost In Time, now in the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 3-1 favorite from post 10. Captain Deo, who has a win in three starts and was second to American History in his most recent race, is 15-1 from post three with driver Joe Bongiorno. "Both colts just needed a little time," Alagna said about their late starts to the season. "We were high on them all along and they trained down with Stay Hungry and Key Advisor and our better colts. "So far (American History) has put it together on the racetrack. I sure wish he'd drawn better, but I'll leave it up to Yannick. "(Captain Deo) I thought came up a little short the other night, but he was used pretty good getting out of there so I think that's why he was a little flat on the end of it. He scoped clean, his blood work was good, and he trained back good. Hopefully with a trip he'll fire right back." Alagna anticipated a bye for Stay Hungry, so he had the horse in a qualifier last Saturday at the Meadowlands. The colt won in 1:53. "We got a good work into him last weekend," Alagna said. "I'll train him a pretty good trip on Saturday and he'll be fit going into the final." In addition to sending horses to the Governor's Cup, Alagna will have Missle Hill in the Valley Victory elimination. Missle Hill was third in his Breeders Crown elimination and seventh in the final, when he started from post eight. He is 15-1 in the Valley Victory elim, leaving from post three with driver Peter Wrenn. "He's shown in the last couple starts he can go with the better colts when he gets a decent shot," Alagna said. "He had bad luck in the Breeders Crown and just got away too far back. But he showed good trot on the end of it. If he races as good as he did in his elimination of the Breeders Crown he can get some money." The sport's top pacing mares also will be in action Saturday, competing in the final preliminary round of the TVG Series. Nike Franco N is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Alagna's Bedroomconfessions is 5-1. The 5-year-old mare has won 20 of 77 career races and earned $952,754. She was second to Pure Country in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. "She's had a solid career," Alagna said. "Every year she shows up and does her work and puts a couple hundred thousand on her card. She's almost to a million dollars, and for a homebred, we're tickled to death with that. Hopefully she races as well as she did in (the Breeders Crown) because she was excellent. "After this year we'll most likely breed her to (Captaintreacherous). That's been our plan all along. We always hoped we could get her to a million dollars, but if we didn't it wasn't the end of the world. It would be a nice feather in her cap because she's earned it. She got a new lifetime mark (1:48.4) this year. She deserves it." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- It is unlikely Barbara Matthews will recapture the breeding magic she conjured up in the mid-2000s when she saw the births of Foiled Again, a pacer who became harness racing’s richest horse, and Floored, a Morgan who became a multiple-world-champion in the show world. But she is willing to dream. Matthews, after a decade away from breeding horses for harness racing, last week sold a yearling trotter named Prospect Hill for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt, by stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Louise Kemp, was Matthews’ first since breeding pacer Tres Noel, who was born in 2007. Her goal now is to produce a top trotter. “I don’t know if it will ever come true, but my one desire is to get a really nice trotter,” said Matthews, who recently returned to New Jersey after living in South Carolina. “Everyone has to have a goal. I guess you could call it the Impossible Dream.” Matthews is best known in the harness racing world as the breeder of Foiled Again, who was born in 2004 and recently got career win No. 97. The 13-year-old gelding, by Dragon Again out of In A Safe Place, has earned $7.55 million in purses and with three more wins would become the 16th pacer in the last 40 years to reach 100 victories. Only two horses in that group are millionaires, Rambling Willie and Pilgrim’s Fiery. “He’s just been truly amazing,” Matthews said. “He’s certainly got a very large fan club, and deservedly so.” Matthews’ champion Morgan, Floored, was born in 2005 and named after a pacer that raced for Tony Abbatiello. “I grew up in Colts Neck across the street from his farm,” Matthews said about Abbatiello, who passed away last month at the age of 89. “He always looked out for me as a kid and I would ride my pony on his track. He was one of the greatest people to me growing up.” In addition to Louise Kemp, Matthews bought 3-year-old trotting filly Cool Cates in September and 4-year-old trotting mare Spicedbourbongirl earlier this month. Both will be bred when they finish their racing careers. Cool Cates, the Buckette winner and runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, will complete her career Thursday in the $186,600 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. For Thursday’s complete entries, click here. Matthews said she is thankful to Noel Daley, Richard Meirs, Rob Pennington and Kelvin Harrison for their assistance. “I’ve got to go into this and hit them hard, or what’s the point of trying,” Matthews said, adding with a laugh, “We’re not getting any younger. I’m not getting any younger that’s for sure. “I missed the foals. I love these horses. I can’t imagine not having them in my life. We’ll see what happens; right, wrong or indifferent. I’m having fun.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- There was little movement in this week's harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with the top five horses remaining unchanged. Ariana G continues to lead the poll with 326 points, with Hannelore Hanover second, followed by Manchego, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside. Matron Stakes winner Youaremycandygirl made the only move in this week’s poll, improving from No. 9 to No. 8 in the rankings. The remainder of the horses in the Top 10 were idle. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ariana G (16) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 326 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (10) 5tm 16-9-5-0 $952,879 306 2 3 Manchego (5) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 292 3 4 Fear The Dragon (3) 3pc 16-12-2-0 $1,264,391 197 4 5 Downbytheseaside (1) 3pc 19-11-2-3 $1,325,922 167 5 6 What The Hill 3tc 16-8-1-2 $758,776 116 6 7 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 12-5-3-3 $385,666 110 7 8 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 10-8-0-0 $714,545 103 9 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 94 8 10 Stay Hungry 2pc 8-6-0-0 $437,964 30 10 Huntsville (21); Twister Bi (20); Agent Q, Pure Country (13); Crazy Wow, Marion Marauder (12); Devious Man, Keystone Velocity, Lost In Time (11); Alarm Detector (8); Resolve (7); Beckhams Z Tam, Filibuster Hanover, Plunge Blue Chip, Rainbow Room (5); Easy Lover Hanover, Nike Franco N (4); Fiftydallarbill, Panocchio, Phaetosive (3); Caviart Ally, Charmed Life, International Moni (2); All Bets Off, Wolfgang (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Downbytheseaside will try to continue a late-season surge when he faces seven foes in Thursday's $210,000 Matron Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt, who is harness racing's richest horse of the year, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite starting from post seven. The race is one of four Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and trotters Thursday at Dover Downs. Idyllic Beach is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the event for female pacers while Devious Man is the 3-1 choice in the Matron for male trotters and Ice Attraction gets the 3-1 nod for female trotters. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. EST. Downbytheseaside enters the Matron Stakes off a career-best 1:48.3 win Nov. 4 in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park. His time was one-fifth of a second off Freaky Feet Pete's track record for 3-year-old male pacers. For the year, Downbytheseaside has won 11 of 19 races and earned $1.32 million for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. He faces on Thursday a field that includes Little Brown Jug champion and Monument Circle runner-up Filibuster Hanover, who is the 3-1 second choice from post one with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. Burke also sends Rock N Tony, Eddard Hanover, and Miso Fast into the event. Chris Page will drive Downbytheseaside for trainer Brian Brown, leaving from post seven, which has produced only four winners in 111 races during the current meet at Dover Downs. "He seems as good now as he's been all year," Brown said. "He trained sharp (on Saturday) and checked out OK, so I think we're ready to go." Downbytheseaside, who has battled issues with his feet throughout the season, won his first four races this year, including the Art Rooney Pace, before a third-place finish in the North America Cup. He was second in the Meadowlands Pace and third in the Cane Pace before winning the Messenger Stakes as part of another four-race win streak. He then finished fifth in both his Little Brown Jug elimination and final and third in a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He won his elimination for the Breeders Crown and was second in the final before capturing the Monument Circle. "The horse has actually gotten better," Brown said. "He's put on some weight in the last month and his feet the last month are better. "He had some tough spots where things weren't going his way and we could have easily lost him, but he recovered. I think it speaks to his guts and his durability. I just wish he would have been this good a couple months ago." Brown also trains 3-year-old male pacer Fear The Dragon, who has won 12 of 16 races this season and is No. 2 in purses with $1.26 million for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. The colt was not eligible to the Matron, but his connections discussed supplementing the horse to the race. However, after battling health issues in recent weeks and qualifying on Nov. 9 in 1:53.4 at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, the decision was made to sit out. "Dragon qualified decent, but he didn't qualify great," Brown said. "And for him to have to go against these horses, I think he has to be great. I don't want to cheapen the horse at all. We're still not a hundred percent sure he won't race again, but he's not racing this week." The Matron for 3-year-old male pacers is Race 10 on Thursday's 13-race card. Estimated post time for the race is 7:30 p.m. EST. There is no lack of talent in the remaining Matron Stakes. The field for the 3-year-old filly pace includes six of the division's seven richest horses: Caviart Ally, Agent Q, Idyllic Beach, Bettor's Up, Tequila Monday, and Obvious Blue Chip. Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic champion What The Hill, Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel, and Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover are among the horses joining Devious Man in the Matron for male trotters. Ice Attraction, the Kentucky Filly Futurity winner, meets a group that includes stakes-winners Thats All Moni, Cool Cates, On A Sunny Day and Dream Together in the filly trot. For Thursday's complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

Harrisburg, PA --- Dynamite Dame, a 5-year-old trotting mare in foal to Muscle Hill, was the sales topper at Thursday’s (Nov. 9) harness racing mixed sale session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, going for $135,000 to agent Bryan Montgomery. A daughter of Muscles Yankee out of the Donerail mare One Sharp Lady, Dynamite Dame was a stakes-winner at age 2 and runner-up to world champion Mission Brief in the 2014 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. Her family includes Bold Dreamer, the dam of two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O’Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream. Bold Dreamer also is the mother of Satin Pillows, who is the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner To Dream On and sold for $250,000 at last year’s mixed sale. Dynamite Dame was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency. Pacing mare Sea Cruise Hanover, an 8-year-old daughter of Dragon Again out of the No Nukes mare Sami Cam, sold for $85,000 to Hickory Lane Horse Farm. Sea Cruise Hanover, who is in foal to Always Be Miki, is a full sister to multiple stakes-winner Sutter Hanover. Northwood Bloodstock Agency was the consignor. Megaball Hanover, also in foal to Always Be Miki, sold for $82,000 to Cornerstone Stock Farm. Megaball Hanover is a 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror out of the Matt’s Scooter mare Mary Mattgalane. She is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winners Meirs Hanover and Lady Mattgalane. Preferred Equine was the consignor. Moonlight In Miami, a 6-year-old trotting mare in foal to Father Patrick, sold for $80,000 to Richard Arnold. Moonlight In Miami is a daughter of Muscles Yankee out of the Windsong’s Legacy mare Bedtime Song. Her second dam is Bold Dreamer. She was consigned by Concord Stud Farm. Rounding out the top five were two mares tied at $77,000 --- trotter Pleasing Lady and pacer Jiminey Three. Pleasing Lady sold to Steve Stewart while Jiminey Three went to Daryl Miller. Pleasing Lady, in foal to Bar Hopping, is an 11-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall out of the Mr Vic mare Victory Please. Her previous foals include this season’s New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old colt champion Six Pack (by Muscle Mass). Preferred Equine was the consignor. Jiminey Three, who is in foal to Betting Line, is a 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three out of the The Panderosa mare Disneypan. She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Frontierpan, whose first foal, Quatrain Blue Chip, sold for $180,000 on Tuesday. She also is a half-sister to stakes-winner Tomorrowpan and her family includes two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Mystical Maddy. She was consigned by Preferred Equine. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. For complete results visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

When he was a young child, John Como Jr. would sit on his father's shoulders to see over the crowd and share in the excitement of watching harness racing horses battle down the stretch. As an adult, Como has enjoyed the exhilaration of seeing his own horses, such as stakes-winner Bolt The Duer, charge to victory. Now he hopes the future will be filled with more trips to the sport's big dances with Astaire. Como bought Astaire, a New York-eligible pacing colt by American Ideal out of the stakes-winning mare Dancinwiththestarz, for $115,000 during Wednesday's session of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. It was the third and final yearling session at the sale, which will begin its two-day mixed sale on Thursday. Astaire was Wednesday's second-highest priced horse, following only trotting filly Amanda Blue Chip, who sold for $130,000 to Ken Jacobs. "We liked his look and I like American Ideal," said Como, who competes under the name All Star Racing. "And we wanted a New York-bred. We tried for a few others and didn't get them, so I got lucky and got (Astaire) today. "He's a really nice-looking colt, well built. And (consignor) Concord Stud does a great job with their yearlings. I'm real happy to get him." Amanda Blue Chip and Astaire were the only horses to bring six figures on Wednesday, but 10 others sold for at least $70,000, which helped produce a near-record yearling average for the sale. The three days averaged $39,675 for 851 horses, a 2.64-percent increase over last year's $38,652 for 867 horses. The top average came in 2007, when 1,048 yearlings sold for an average of $40,824. Trotting colts (196 sold) led the average, at $42,069. They were followed by pacing colts (251) at $41,984, trotting fillies (186) at $38,546 and pacing fillies (216) at $35,938. This year's gross of $33.76 million surpassed last year's $33.51 million. "We certainly made a great recovery from a somewhat slow Monday," Standardbred Horse Sales Company President and CEO President Pete Spears said, referring to a 4.28-percent dip in the first day's average compared to 2016. "We're very pleased with the results. I think the entire day today was very strong. Most Wednesdays have some fairly significant lulls in the action, but I think it was quite strong throughout the day. If anything, it seemed to pick up as the day went on. "Now, of course, we're hoping for an equally strong mixed sale. The momentum should carry through. If everything is dictated by supply and demand, not only are yearlings in relative short supply, but broodmares and broodmare prospects are in fairly short supply too. I would hope the very attractive broodmares and broodmare prospects offered (Thursday) and Friday will be in big demand." Como knew he would have to pay a price for a potential stakes-caliber yearling. He hopes Astaire, who will be trained by Pete Foley, can find his way to success. "Quality was going for good money; it really was," Como said. "My father started this business in '69 and one thing he told me all along was that you have to buy top breeding and quality if you want to have a chance in stakes races. I had a taste with Bolt The Duer and once you have that taste you want to get it back again." Como and his father, who passed away in 2013, saw Bolt The Duer win the 2012 Adios and several years earlier also enjoyed stakes victories with female pacer Shanghai Lil. "I love the horse business," said Como, who has 15 horses. "I'll always have horses. I basically grew up with it and it's always a thrill to have a good one. You always have something to shoot for. I've been lucky. I've always had a few horses that can compete at the higher levels. That's what makes it fun." Jacobs' Amanda Blue Chip is a daughter of Chapter Seven out of the mare Cantata. Her family includes stakes-winners Creamy Mimi, Pizza Dolce (a Dan Patch Award winner) and Mars Bar. Two horses brought $85,000 on Wednesday --- colt pacer Woodside Cody, purchased by Linda Toscano, and filly pacer Highmoon Sunshine, purchased by Paul Reid, as agent. Woodside Cody is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Filly Buster. His second dam is multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Loyal Opposition. Highmoon Sunshine is a daughter of Sunshine Beach out of the mare Ozone. Her family includes stakes-winners Wind Me Up and Northern Sky. For complete results visit The Black Book. Day Three Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 582-F-T-Amanda Blue Chip-Chapter Seven-Cantata-Ken Jacobs-Blue Chip Farms-$130,000 606-C-P-Astaire-American Ideal-Dancinwiththestarz-John Como Jr.-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$115,000 640-C-P-Woodside Cody-American Ideal-Filly Buster-Linda Toscano-Northwood Bloodstock, agent-$85,000 772-F-P-Highmoon Sunshine-Sunshine Beach-Ozone-Paul Reid, agent-Walnridge Farm, agent-$85,000 650-C-P-Hi Tech Gadget-Mach Three-Gadgets To Go-Brad Maxwell-Brad Maxwell/Tim Murray-Winbak Farm-$82,000 736-C-T-Bigly-Muscle Mass-Miss Fidget-Michael Anderson-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 572-C-T-Borges Hanover-Explosive Matter-Brooke Blue Chip-Purple Haze Stables-Hanover Shoe Farms-$80,000 816-C-P-Shamma Lamma-McArdle-Shabalabadingdong-Wrenn Racing, agent-Northwood Bloodstock, agent-$80,000 857-F-P-Soft Wind Hanover-Sportswriter-Summer Thriller-Casie Coleman-Hanover Shoe Farms-$80,000 834-C-T-Knight Of Valour-Muscle Mass-Smooth And Sassy-Paul Kelley-Twinbrook Farms, agent-$75,000 Ken Weingartner

Harness racing trainer Joe Holloway hopes this year does not provide the last word on Closing Statement's disposition. Closing Statement has won five of 12 races and earned $226,939 in purses this season despite being "a work in progress." In his most recent start, the colt finished third in the Breeders Crown. On Thursday, he faces seven foes in the $211,300 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. "The horse has got high, high speed, but he's a little difficult," Holloway said. "He's a good colt this year, but you also have to have manners. That's what we're working on. Hopefully next year he matures. He's going to need (better manners) next year." Closing Statement is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Ideal Newton. He was purchased under the name Ian Hanover for $125,000 at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a full brother to 3-year-old female pacer Inverse Hanover, who also was a Breeders Crown finalist, and his family also includes stakes-winner Newborn Sassy. The colt, owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz, is the 7-2 second choice on the Matron morning line. He will start from post seven with driver Brian Sears. Shnitzledosomethin, who was supplemented to the race for $20,000, is the 3-1 favorite. He will start from post five with Peter Wrenn driving for trainer Dylan Davis. Shnitzledosomethin finished second in the Breeders Crown and Indiana Sire Stakes championship. The race also features Nutcracker Sweet (4-1), This Is The Plan (5-1), and Karpathian Kid (6-1). This Is The Plan and Karpathian Kid were also Breeders Crown finalists. "The way the draw shook out, it's kind of tough," Holloway said. "But I don't know if I'd feel a whole lot better if I had (an inside post) because it's such a speed track and you're going to have to go. It's not like you're leaving and protecting the rail with that group of horses. It's a good race for being in November. "Hopefully we're the last one to the front and hold from there. Brian gets along with him, he's got a quiet set of hands, so we'll hope for the best." Dover Downs also hosts Matron Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers and 2-year-old male and female trotters on Thursday. Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Matron for female pacers. Jimmy Takter's Wolfgang is the 2-1 favorite in the event for male trotters and Ake Svanstedt's Plunge Blue Chip is the 5-2 pick for female trotters. Ken Weingartner

Harrisburg, PA --- As Bruce Trogdon made his way around the Standardbred Horse Sale the past couple days, he was looking to the future, but still keeping an eye on the present as well. A present that might include several more races for harness racing 3-year-old male pacer Fear The Dragon. Fear The Dragon, who finished eighth in his Breeders Crown elimination Oct. 21 and was scratched from an Oct. 28 race, will qualify Thursday at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway. If all goes well, the colt could be supplemented to the upcoming Matron Stakes and Progress Pace. "He had some health problems, but he finally trained better and acted more like himself and scoped decent," said Trogdon, who owns Fear The Dragon through his Emerald Highlands Farm. "So we're going to qualify him and decide, is that the real Dragon or should we just retire him. We haven't finalized anything yet, but it looks like he will be going to stud next year." Fear The Dragon has won 12 of 16 races this year and earned $1.26 million in purses. His victories include the North America Cup, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Delvin Miller Adios, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He finished second in the Carl Milstein Memorial. The colt's campaign has been part of a season Trogdon called "magical." Emerald Highlands Farm bred and owns 3-year-old female pacer Blazin Britches, who counts the Breeders Crown among her 11 victories this year, as well as Indiana Sire Stakes champions Always Bet De Grey and Always Woggy. All of the horses are trained by Brian Brown. "I've had so many fortunate things happen, and just a lot of really good horses," Trogdon said. "Brian has done a great job. It hasn't all been perfect. It's been a bumpy road here at the end with Dragon with some things, but when you've had as much luck as I have this year you can't complain when things go wrong. "We've had a magical year. I pinch myself and ask if it really happened." Blazin Britches, who has won 11 of 15 races and earned $540,424, saw her season come to an end after the Breeders Crown. She had surgery Tuesday to remove a small chip from her left hock. "We were going to quit with her anyway," Trogdon said. "She had chips taken out as a yearling and a little piece came off of the previous surgery site. We had never seen it (previously) on an X-ray. That was probably bugging her the last half of the year. She should bounce back real fast. "We're going to turn her out and she will come back and race again next year. But I'm going to try to embryo transplant her first so she might get a little bit of a late start. I don't want to miss the chance of having a Britches and Dragon foal." In addition to Blazin Britches' future, Trogdon on Tuesday added a Sweet Lou-sired filly named Afraid Not Hanover to his roster. Afraid Not Hanover, out of the stakes-winning mare Appleoosa Hanover, sold for $55,000. "I particularly had to have that one," said Trogdon, who also bid on an Art Major-sired filly, but was unsuccessful in acquiring the horse. "I like horses that are flashy and I love Sweet Lou. "We've got a lot of new ones coming, I've got a lot of my own (homebreds), but I couldn't resist. It's always fun to bring in a little new blood." Ken Weingartner

Harrisburg, PA --- Mac Nichol will hope Quatrain Blue Chip is poetry in motion on the harness racing track after making the pacing colt the sales topper for Tuesday's (Nov. 7) session of the Standardbred Horse Sale. Nichol bought Quatrain Blue Chip, a son of Somebeachsomewhere and first foal out of the mare Frontierpan, for $180,000. The colt's family includes stakes-winner Tomorrowpan and two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Mystical Maddy. Casie Coleman will train the colt. "He's a super-looking horse," Nichol said. "I loved the breeding on him, Somebeachsomewhere, and he's one of the best ones I thought I saw at the sale. So that's the reason I went for him. "We liked him right from the time we saw him. We were waiting for him all day. I'm happy, for sure. He was probably a little more than I thought, but that happens." Quatrain Blue Chip was one of 17 yearlings to sell for at least $100,000 during the second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale. Despite a 4.28-percent dip in the sale's first-day average compared to last year, the two-day average of $52,847 was nearly identical to last year's $53,322. A total of 483 yearlings have been sold this year compared to 479 last year. "We made up our difference and we're basically where we were last year at this time," Standardbred Horse Sale Company President and CEO Pete Spears said. "After the way things started a little slowly yesterday, I think we're doing very well. "I was told by multiple people that they felt there weren't the usual valleys that go on for a while and then peak. It was always fairly steady straight through. The consignors thought that as well." Following Quatrain Blue Chip on the list of Tuesday's top sellers was trotting colt Army Of Monkeys, who went for $170,000 to Courant Inc. and trainer Marcus Melander. Army Of Monkeys is a son of Chapter Seven out of the mare Steamy Windows. His family includes Met's Inn, the dam of recent Breeders Crown runner-up Met's Hall, and 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill. "It got a little expensive, but it was a very nice Chapter Seven colt," Melander said. "We were very happy to get him. There weren't that many Chapter Sevens here and this was one of the nicer Chapter Seven colts, so you're going to have to pay a little bit for him. "I liked everything about him. He's a complete horse and the video was great. I've had a couple of nice Chapter Sevens and it looks like he had the same that they had. We were lucky this year with (Chapter Seven-sired stakes-winner) Fourth Dimension, so hopefully we can get lucky next year too." Shake First, a pacing colt by American Ideal out of Shake That Junk, sold for $160,000 to Crawford Farms. Shake First is a half-brother to recent Breeders Crown Open Pace winner Split The House and mare Cult Status, both owned by Crawford Farms. "We weren't going to bid on him," Michelle Crawford said. "But I couldn't help it. I went and pulled him out. I loved his tape from the get-go, so I always had in my mind we would get him, but we purchased so many that we didn't need another pacing colt for New York. I brought my husband (Al) over and that was it. "I think we are well positioned to have some success next year, I hope. I think we've been up our game as far as pedigrees and what we're buying. It's exciting." Quarter Blue Chip, a daughter of Shadow Play and first foal out of the mare Michelles Song, sold for $150,000 to Team Allard. The filly's second dam is Michelle's Jackpot, a half-sister to 1994 Horse of the Year Cam's Card Shark and mother of Canada's 2012 Horse of the Year Michael's Power as well as O'Brien Award-winner Michelle's Power. Absynthe Hanover was purchased for $140,000 by Serge Godin's Determination stable. The filly is a daughter of Kadabra out of the mare Anonyme Hanover. Her third dam is Amour Angus, who produced Canada's 1994 Horse of the Year Emilie Cas El as well as Dan Patch Award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall. She is a Kadabra filly and I like a Kadabra filly," said Luc Blais, who will train the horse. "I thought the bidding was OK for her. There weren't that many Kadabras in the sale and we figured that filly was the best for us. We decided to get her. "The third dam is a great third dam. And (Anonyme Hanover) went in (1):56.3, she showed something. I like that when the dam raced at 2 and has a good mark." The yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale ends Wednesday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. The two-day mixed sale begins Thursday. "I think we're looking at a good day again (Wednesday)," Spears said. "I think there are still a lot of people that need horses. Everybody has been pretty relaxed and happy. There hasn't been a lot of drama, and that's a good thing on this end." Day Two Top 10 (and ties) Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 308-C-P-Quatrain Blue Chip-Somebeachsomewhere-Frontierpan-Mac Nichol-Blue Chip Farms,agent-$180,000 485-C-T-Army Of Monkeys-Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows-Courant Inc.-Concord Stud Farm,agent-$170,000 464-C-P-Shake First-American Ideal-Shake That Junk-Crawford Farms-Fair Winds Farm-$160,000 237-F-P-Quarter Blue Chip-Shadow Play-Michelles Song-Team Allard-Blue Chip Farms,agent-$150,000 212-F-T-Absynthe Hanover-Kadabra-Anonyme Hanover-Determination-Hanover Shoe Farms-$140,000 495-C-T-Start Talking-Chapter Seven-Talktalktalk-Benoit Baillargeon-Fair Winds Farm-$140,000 474-C-P-Stag Party-Bettor's Delight-My Lady Day-Casie Coleman-All American Harnessbreds-$125,000 217-C-T-Winesap-Donato Hanover-Apple Plush-Andy Miller Stable-Walnridge Farm,agent-$115,000 254-C-P-Bettor Be Honest-Bettor's Delight-Moment Of Truth-Rick Berks-All American Harnessbreds-$110,000 321-F-T-Heaven On Credit-Credit Winner-Holier Than Thou-Paul Kelley-Concord Stud Farm,agent-$110,000 413-C-P-No Mas Amor-Sweet Lou-No More Loving-Ken Jacobs-Walnridge Farm,agent-$110,000 444-C-T-Crowned Eagle-Cantab Hall-Red Hot Spicy-Paul Kelley-Concord Stud Farm,agent-$110,000 For complete results visit The Black Book. Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- There was little movement in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with the top four horses remaining unchanged. Ariana G continues to lead the harness racing poll with 321 points, with Hannelore Hanover second, followed by Manchego and Fear The Dragon. Downbytheseaside, who won the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park on Saturday night, moved from sixth place into fifth. What The Hill, a ninth-place finisher in the Carl Erskine on the same night, dropped from fifth place to sixth. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December 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 24 – 11/7/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ariana G (14) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 321 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (12) 5tm 16-9-5-0 $952,879 308 2 3 Manchego (6) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 291 3 4 Fear The Dragon (3) 3pc 16-12-2-0 $1,264,391 182 4 5 Downbytheseaside 3pc 19-11-2-3 $1,325,922 156 6 6 What The Hill 3tc 16-8-1-2 $758,776 116 5 7 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 12-5-3-3 $385,666 113 7 8 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 90 8 9 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 9-7-0-0 $627,195 89 9 10 Stay Hungry 2pc 8-6-0-0 $437,964 26 10   Agent Q (24); Huntsville, Pure Country (23); Twister Bi (21); Keystone Velocity (18); Marion Marauder (17); Lost In Time (15); Crazy Wow (14); Resolve (12); International Moni (10); Alarm Detector (9); Filibuster Hanover (8); Beckhams Z Tam, Kissin In The Sand (7); Fiftydallarbill, Ice Attraction (5); Barn Bella (4); Devious Man, Phaetosive (3); All Bets Off, Caviart Ally, Easy Lover Hanover, Fourth Dimension, Nike Franco N (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Harrisburg, PA --- Tim Tetrick enjoys winning races, which probably is no surprise given the historic rate at which he’s collected victories throughout his harness racing career. Tetrick, who attended Monday’s opening of the Standardbred Horse Sale, last week became the 12th driver in North American harness racing history to reach 10,000 lifetime wins. Tetrick shattered the record for youngest driver to reach the milestone, which was set previously by a 40-year-old Walter Case Jr. in 2001. Tetrick is still two weeks from turning 36. “It’s a great accomplishment,” Tetrick said. “We’ve been racing horses forever and there have only been 12 who have ever done it, so that’s pretty cool. I’ve been able to have a great career. I’m 35 years old and I’m honored to get to do something that I love to do and get to win races.” Of course, Tetrick is no stranger to milestones. He had 1,000 wins by the age of 22 and, aided by a single-season record 1,189 triumphs in 2007, was at 5,000 victories just five years later. In 2007, Tetrick was named the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Rising Star Award winner as well as Driver of the Year. That season he became the first driver to lead the sport in both wins and purses in the same year since 1991. Driver of the Year honors from the U.S. Harness Writers Association followed in 2008, 2012 and 2013. This season, Tetrick has won 438 races and earned $10.2 million in purses. He is trying for a 13th consecutive year in the top 10 for wins and an 11th in the top three for earnings. Tetrick’s 11 consecutive years with at least $10 million is a record. He is the only driver in history to surpass $18 million in seasonal earnings, which he has accomplished three times, including a record $19.7 million in 2008. For his career, Tetrick is fifth in earnings, with $187 million. In 2012, Tetrick was the regular driver of Horse of the Year winner Chapter Seven and Pacer of the Year honoree Captaintreacherous. All totaled that season, Tetrick was the regular driver of seven of the sport’s 12 divisional champions, including Hambletonian winner Market Share. “The last 10 years I’ve been playing in the major leagues,” said Tetrick, who has won races at a nearly 20-percent rate during his career. “I guess (winning) one out of five isn’t bad, especially when you’re playing with the big boys. Since ’07 it’s been about 7,000 wins, so that’s pretty good. “Getting to win the Hambletonian and getting to win the Breeders Crowns are moments that stand out, but mainly it’s just getting to drive the high-profile horses, getting to follow those. Just showing up to work and getting to do something I like. My life is pretty good.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Harrisburg, PA --- For harness racing John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms, the opening of the Standardbred Horse Sale on Monday was a break-even kind of day. First, Floren watched Coyote Wynd Farms-bred trotting colt Sheer Muscle sell for $320,000. Then, as the session neared conclusion, Coyote Wynd Farms bought trotting filly The Ice Dutchess for $320,000. The two horses, both sired by Muscle Hill, shared the honor of being the day's top sellers. "How often does that happen?" said trainer Clark Beelby, who signed the ticket for The Ice Dutchess. "It's just a little kind of trade." The "trade" was part of a day that saw Muscle Hill listed as the sire of the session's four highest-selling horses and seven of the 11 that brought at least $200,000. A total of 21 Muscle Hill-sired trotters passed through the ring and sold for an average of $148,762. Overall, a total of 164 yearlings sold for an average of $75,305. The average was a drop of 4.28 percent from last year's average of $78,676 for 170 horses. The first-day average two years ago was $55,781 for 258 horses. A total of 42 horses sold for at least $100,000 compared to 40 in 2016. Trotters on Monday sold for an average of $88,441 while pacers sold for an average of $66,000. There were 68 trotters sold and 96 pacers. Pacing colts sold for an average of $64,557, a decrease of 13.6 percent from last year, while pacing fillies sold for $68,514, an increase of 14.8 percent from 2016. Trotting colts averaged $91,838 on Monday, a dip of 6.69 percent from last year when two trotting colts reached $400,000, and trotting fillies averaged $84,387, which was nearly identical to last year's $84,545. "The pacing colts were light," Standardbred Horse Sale Company President and CEO Pete Spears said. "I really can't give you a reason for that. Everything else was very strong. Pacing fillies were very strong. Why did the pacing fillies out-average the pacing colts? If you can tell me that one, then I'll understand. But I really don't understand. "The trotters were very strong. If it weren't for the pacing colts, I think we would have been far above last year's average. I can't explain it." Mario Mazza was the winning bidder for Sheer Muscle, a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Sheer Glide. His family includes stakes-winner Flex The Muscle. Earlier in the day, Mazza was out-bid on trotting colt Summit In Sight, who went for $300,000 to Stroy Inc. "This makes up for it," Mazza said. "I thought (Summit In Sight) went for a little too much, but they're all going for big money. I figured I better jump in and get him. I like (Sheer Muscle's) family. I just trusted in Muscle Hills this year, so I decided to go for it. Hopefully it's going to work out." Francisco Del Cid will train Sheer Muscle for Mazza. The Ice Dutchess was the seventh-to-last horse to sell Monday. She is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of the mare The Ice Queen. She is a full sister to Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Ice Attraction and her family also includes 2007 Breeders Crown champion Southwind Serena, who is the dam of two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Mission Brief. "First, I liked her breeding and pedigree; it speaks for itself," Beelby said. "She had a great video and is a nice racehorse size. She's just an overall beautiful filly. John picked her out. I just gave him the thumbs up. "I'm not sure who else was bidding on her, but bids were coming from everywhere. I didn't think she would sell that strong, but I always underestimate." Summit In Sight is a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Bluff. The colt's second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Blur. Julie Miller will train the trotter for Natalia Stroy's Stroy Inc. Next on the list of top-sellers was filly trotter Personal Paradise, by Muscle Hill out of the mare Armbro Deja Vu, who went for $265,000 to Ake Svanstedt on behalf of owner Mellby Gard Inc. She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Dejarmbro and her family includes 2010 Breeders Crown winner Manofmanymissions. "I liked the pedigree," said Svanstedt, who trained Personal Paradise's half-sister Katniss. "She is a good-looking horse. I liked everything about her. She was the No. 1 filly to me." The top-selling pacer of the day was Unseen, a son of Bettor's Delight out of the mare Sight To See. The colt, a half-brother to stakes-winner Casual Cool, sold for $200,000 to Scott Horner. His family also includes O'Brien Award-winner Glowing Report and stakes-winner Must See, who is the dam of 2009 Pacer of the Year Well Said. Izzy Hanover was the leading pacing filly, selling for $170,000 to agent Perry Soderberg on behalf of owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She is a daughter of Captaintreacherous out of the mare Ideal Newtown. She is a three-quarter sister to recent Elevation Pace winner Closing Statement and her family also includes stakes-winner Newborn Sassy. "To me, she was the nicest horse in the entire sale," Soderberg said. "She was kind of Thoroughbred-like to me, like a classy Thoroughbred. She had very few faults, excellent in the field, great attitude; the complete package. She was my No. 1-horse in the whole sale. I'm extremely happy. "She is going to be a broodmare down the road, but hopefully she races good before." The yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale continues Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. The final day of the yearling sale is Wednesday, followed by the two-day mixed sale. "I think compared to last year we cut a lot off the bottom end, so I think Tuesday and Wednesday will be stronger than last year," Spears said. "We'll hope that the sales prove that (Tuesday)." Day One Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 112-C-T-Sheer Muscle-Muscle Hill-Sheer Glide-Mario Mazza-Peninsula Farm, agent-$320,000 162-F-T-The Ice Dutchess-Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen-Clark Beelby-Preferred Equine,agent-$320,000 29-C-T-Summit In Sight-Muscle Hill-Bluff-Stroy Inc.-Fair Winds Farm-$300,000 49-F-T-Personal Paradise-Muscle Hill-Armbro Deja Vu-Ake Svanstedt-Fair Winds Farm-$265,000 139-F-T-So Diane Hanover-Cantab Hall-Shared Past-Chuck Sylvester-Hanover Shoe Farms-$240,000 76-F-T-Inge Hanover-Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine-Jules Siegel-Hanover Shoe Farms-$225,000 31-C-T-Kings County-Muscle Hill-Brooklyn-Lindy Farms-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$210,000 43-C-T-Battenberg-Trixton-Coffeecake Hanover-Crawford Farms-Millstream Farm-$210,000 104-C-T-Hillofamistery-Muscle Hill-Mistery Woman-Perry Soderberg, agent-Millstream Farm-$210,000 141-F-P-Unseen-Bettor's Delight-Sight To See-Scott Horner-Fair Winds Farm-$200,000 150-C-T-Steuben Hanover-Trixton-Star Hanover-Determination-Hanover Shoe Farms-$200,000 For complete results visit The Black Book. Ken Weingartner

The deadline for entries for the 2017 John Hervey Awards, which honor the best of harness racing journalism, is Dec. 8. Entries will be accepted for news/commentary writing, feature writing, broadcast, and the George Smallsreed Awards for race and feature photography. Judges in each category will select a winner and, where appropriate, up to two honorable mentions. Winners will be announced in January and will be recognized at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's annual Dan Patch Awards festivities Feb. 25 in Orlando. Entries published or broadcast between Dec. 1, 2016 and Nov. 30, 2017, are eligible. There are no entry fees or cash prizes. Email entries should be sent to Mailed entries should be sent to Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications, 49 E. Main St. #5, Freehold, NJ, 07728. If using an overnight service, please indicate that no signature is required. Rules for the 2017 John Hervey Awards The best of harness racing journalism in 2017 will be honored with the 56th edition of the John Hervey Awards for writing, the 34rd edition of the Broadcasters Awards and the 18th edition of the George Smallsreed Awards for photography. Please read these rules carefully. Failure to follow instructions may result in disqualification of the entry. Entries will be judged in the following categories -- all must be in English: 1. News & Commentary Writing: Hard news, opinion pieces and essays. 2. Feature Writing: Articles not written on overnight deadline; involving background research or expanded profiles. No Q&As. 3. Broadcast: A feature or live racing segment no longer than 10 minutes. The segment must have appeared on a network television or cable station, recognized news and/or industry website, or have been included in a racetrack's simulcasting presentation. 4. Racing Photography. 5. Feature Photography. Winners will receive a plaque/trophy as well as two dinner tickets to the Dan Patch Awards dinner on Feb. 25. There are no cash prizes. The decisions of the Hervey Committee and the judges are final. Photo and written submissions -- news and feature categories -- 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 must have appeared on a network television or cable station, recognized news and/or industry website, or have been included in a racetrack's simulcasting presentation. 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The submission may be a segment from a live show or a pre-taped feature but must be submitted "as broadcasted" and not edited other than to meet the length restriction and to remove commercials. Commercials or promotional videos are not eligible. A single segment of a documentary may be submitted but not a full-length documentary. Photography entries must be in the form of three non-returnable 8-by-10 prints of each photograph as it appeared in print, with no identifying information on the front or back along with the cover letter that provides all the identifying information. The three prints should be accompanied by a single tearsheet of the published photo, showing the date, name of publication and photographer's name and info. Tearsheets for Internet-based submissions will consist of a "screen print" with an accompanying letter from the editor or similar senior official of the website, attesting to who submitted it and that it appeared on the date indicated in connection with a news-related story. Each photographer may submit one entry in each the race and feature categories. Additionally, the winners (and any honorable mentions) must be able to provide a JPG version of the photograph upon request from the Hervey Committee. 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. Deadline All entries must be in the hands of Hervey Chairman Ken Weingartner by 3 p.m. on Dec. 8. This is not a postmark deadline but actually when the entry must be received. You are urged to submit early to avoid missing the deadline. Where to send the entries Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications, 49 E. Main St. #5, Freehold, NJ 07728. If using an overnight service, please indicate that no signature is required. To email an entry: Questions may be sent to Ken Weingartner at the above email address. Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- Devious Man missed his opportunity to race in last weekend’s Breeders Crown championship for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, but the colt returns to the Anderson, Ind., track for Saturday’s (Nov. 4) $235,000 Carl Erskine Trot. The Erskine’s 10-horse field includes the three best finishers from the Breeders Crown -- winner What The Hill, runner-up Lindy The Great, and International Moni. Two other Crown finalists, Dover Dan and Top Flight Angel, are also in the field. Beckhams Z Tam, another Breeders Crown champion, headlines Saturday’s $245,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers at Hoosier. The card also includes the $140,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old female trotters and $125,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) at Hoosier Park, with the four major stakes events carded as races seven through 10. Devious Man, the richest 3-year-old male trotter of the season with $921,219 in purses, finished sixth in his Breeders Crown elimination Oct. 21 and failed to advance to the final. It was only the second time he finished off the board this year. “He got caught too far back and they trotted slow fractions,” said Andy Miller, who drives Devious Man for his wife, trainer Julie Miller. “Off of slow fractions on that track it’s hard to make up a lot of ground. I was disappointed.” Devious Man, who adds Lasix for the Erskine, has won four of 15 races and finished second on six occasions. His wins include the Beal Memorial and Empire Breeders Classic while his runner-up finishes include the Hambletonian (third-placed-second), the Kentucky Futurity, and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. He was third in the Yonkers Trot and Zweig Memorial. “He’s showed up all year other than the Breeders Crown,” Miller said. “You can’t map out a much bigger year. It would have been nice to win a couple of those, but he’s put up some great numbers. We’ve got two more races left (Erskine and Matron) so hopefully we can do something in those two.” Miller and Devious Man will start from post seven in the Erskine. “I wish he had drawn a little better, but I think he will put in a good effort,” Miller said. Top Flight Angel, also from Team Miller, will start the Erskine from post eight. The colt went off stride in the Breeders Crown final and finished last. “He bumped a knee coming off the last turn,” Miller said. “He was sitting in a great spot. He was sitting on the rail with a lot of trot. I hadn’t even pulled the earplugs yet. I was very optimistic about his chances. It was disappointing. I think he will be fine this week and put in a good effort.” Breeders Crown champion What The Hill has won three of his last four races and eight of 15 starts for the year. He has earned $758,776. His other victories include the Canadian Trotting Classic, the Reynolds Memorial and an elimination of the Kentucky Futurity. He was first-placed-ninth in the Hambletonian and second in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. He finished third in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final. David Miller will drive What The Hill, who starts the Erskine from post No. 1, for trainer Ron Burke. “I have been with the horse for a couple years now and we had a little bit of hard luck with him early this summer,” Miller said last weekend in the Breeders Crown winner’s circle. “I told them all, ‘I hope I can make it up for you.’ This helps.” What The Hill will try to become the second Breeders Crown winner to capture the Erskine, joining last year’s champion Bar Hopping. Burke won the 2015 Erskine with Crazy Wow. Click here for Saturday’s complete Hoosier Park card. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Erv Miller hopes for a strong 1-2 punch in Saturday’s (Nov. 4) $214,900 Kindergarten Series championship for 2-year-old male trotters, especially now that Tito seems to have reached better form after battling sickness. Miller sends out Tito and series-points-leader Farsetti Hanover in Saturday’s 10-horse final at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Tito and driver Andy McCarthy will start from post five while Farsetti Hanover and driver Marcus Miller will leave from post one. Stakes-winner Seven Iron, from the stable of trainer Linda Toscano, will start from post nine. Among finalists, Seven Iron was second in points while Tito was fourth. Saturday’s card at The Big M, which begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT), also includes Kindergarten finals for 2-year-old female trotters, 2-year-old male pacers and 2-year-old female pacers. Tito, a son of Muscle Mass out of Stonebridge Encore, has won three of 12 races this year and earned $100,173 for owners Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes and Andy Willinger. His family includes multiple O’Brien and Dan Patch Award-winner Peaceful Way. He heads to the Kindergarten championship off a win in the fifth-and-final preliminary round of the series, a 1:55.2 score Oct. 26 at Vernon Downs. “I’ve liked him all along,” Miller said. “He got sick on us early and didn’t do what he was supposed to do. We kind of lost the middle of the summer there. He’s just kind of rebounded here the last couple of starts.” Tito was winless in his first six starts, but won three of his next six races. He was a two-time winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and finished fourth in the New York Sire Stakes championship. He is eligible to the Valley Victory Stakes in late November at the Meadowlands. Farsetti Hanover, who was entered in next week’s Standardbred Horse Sale, has won two of 12 races and earned $98,999 for owners Ervin Miller Stable, Golemes and David Prushnok. His wins came in divisions of the Kindergarten and Reynolds Memorial Stakes.   Lisa photo Farsetti Hanover has won two of 12 races and earned $98,999. A son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Finesse Hanover, Farsetti Hanover heads to the Kindergarten championship off a miscue in the Oct. 26 Kindergarten leg at Vernon. The colt, who was second in a division of the International Stallion Stakes and third in a division of the Bluegrass, went off stride behind the gate. It was the first time he made a break in a race. “It was pretty uncharacteristic for him,” Marcus Miller said. “He’s been super handy. I think I relaxed on him a little too much. They’re still 2-year-old trotters. I’m not really concerned about it. I like him. Hopefully he can come back. I think he fits with that group, especially at this time of year.” Added Erv Miller, “He’s been solid all year. He’s a big, strong colt, so hopefully he’ll come back here.” Miller also will start Aldine Hanover in the $140,550 Kindergarten championship for 2-year-old female pacers. She was third in points in the series, behind finalists I’m Trigger Happy and Reign On Me. Aldine Hanover has won four of 14 races and earned $35,420 for owners Ervin Miller Stable, Glenn Bechtel and Willinger. She is a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance out of O’Brien Award-winning mare Armbro Amoretto. “She’s the same as Tito,” Erv Miller said. “She got sick on us and we’re just getting her going good. She’ll race right through the end of the year; she’s got the Matron and Three Diamonds.” The $150,000 Kindergarten for 2-year-old male pacers features five of the top six horses in the standings, including leader Points North as well as Rockapelo, I’m A Big Deal, Fashiononthebeach and Born To Be Bad. The $198,000 Kindergarten for 2-year-old female trotters includes the top six fillies in points: Dab Hanover, Megadolce, Basquiat, Mooshka Stride, Hey Blondie and Piranha Fury. Saturday’s card also includes the debut of the new Pick 10 Survivor wager at the Meadowlands. Click here for the night’s complete card. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

ANDERSON, Ind. - Beckhams Z Tam out-dueled 3-5 favorite Downbytheseaside down the stretch to win Saturday night's $527,500 Breeders Crown for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers by one-quarter length in 1:51.1, and in the process, touched off an emotional celebration at Hoosier Park. Miso Fast was third. Beckhams Z Tam, the third Indiana-bred of the night to capture a Breeders Crown, has spent nearly his entire career racing at Hoosier Park. He was driven by Ricky Macomber Jr. and is trained by his wife, Jamie, who is a former assistant to trainer Ron Burke. The colt is owned by Bill Matz's Z Tam Stables. It was the first Breeders Crown win for all. Jamie Macomber greeted her husband with a hug and kiss as he returned to the winner's circle with Beckhams Z Tam. A large crowd gathered in and around the winner's circle and shouted words of congratulations to the connections. "I never dreamed anything like this," a teary-eyed Jamie Macomber said as she made her way to the trophy presentation. "This is his home track. Turning for home, I knew he was the winner. I don't know what to say. My husband did it. It's amazing." All but three of Beckhams Z Tam's career races have come at Hoosier Park. Miso Fast was the early leader, taking the field to the opening quarter in :26.2. Downbytheseaside claimed the lead prior to the half, reached in :56, and remained on top when he hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. Beckhams Z Tam was fourth at three-quarters, following the first-over cover of Mac's Jackpot, before surging three wide and making his way to the front. Downbytheseaside remained within striking distance, but was unable to get closer than the final margin. "That horse that was first up, I was a little worried that he wouldn't be able to carry me around the last turn, and I was more concerned about that half being in 56 flat," said Ricky Macomber. "It was a little slow, but he overcame it." Macomber pumped his fist as he crossed the finish line. "I was thrilled," he said. "Just a big weight lifted off my shoulders." Jamie Macomber is in her first year of running her own stable after spending the past 10 years handling Burke's Indiana-stabled horses. She received support, as well as horses such as Beckhams Z Tam, from Wilbur Eash, who was looking to slow down with an eye toward retirement. Macomber took over the training of Beckhams Z Tam in March. "I couldn't have had a better team to prep me for this," said Jamie Macomber. "Ron Burke is an amazing man and my parents are awesome." Beckhams Z Tam has won 11 of 19 races this year and earned $500,295. For his career, the son of Always A Virgin out of the mare Sara's Lucky Charm, has won 11 of 25 races and $547,994. Sent off at odds of 9-2, Beckhams Z Tam paid $11.20 to win. By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

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