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Winbak Farm of Canada has announced that the great harness racing pacer McWicked's book is now full and closed for the 2021 season. McWicked, p, 2, 1:52f; 3, 1:47.3f; 1:46.2 ($5,103,271), is standing his second season in 2021. He stands at Winbak Farm of Canada. "Breeders have been very happy with the McWicked foals that have foaled so far in 2021," said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Canada Manager. "We have heard that these foals are athletic, outstandingly correct and intelligent." Tammy McNiven, co-owner of Twinbrook Farms, has high reviews for their foal from Mystic Dance. "He's a big, strong, good looking colt," said McNiven. "He has long legs under him, has a naturally muscular build with a solid neck and chest, a strong hind end and a very sharp head. You couldn't ask for a better-looking colt at this stage in the game." Mares that are booked to McWicked for 2021 are highlighted by: Armbro Bombay, p, 1:52.2f ($372,102), dam of Major Bombay, p, 3, 1:50.1 ($575,031) Armbro Dancer, p, 1:48.4 ($876,631) Dancin Inthe Nude, a ½-sister to Dancin Yankee, p, 1:47.2f ($2,004,867), and Dancin Lou, p, 1:47.2 -'20 ($1,119,848) Glacier Express, a full-sister to Electrical Art, p, 3, 1:51 ($1,010,568), and the dam of Stonebridge Tonic, p, 1:50.1 ($955,034), and Stonebridge On Ice, p, 1:49.4s ($530,665) Heavenly Hill, p, 3, 1:53.4s ($139,324), a ½-sister to Party Girl Hill, p, 3, 1:47.2 -'20 ($932,545) Keepers Destiny, p, 1:51s ($712,747) Los Angeles, p, 2, 1:53.4f ($289,213), the dam of Thinking Out Loud, p, 1:47.2 ($1,957,217), and the 2nd dam of Somewhere In L A, p, 1:48.4f ($1,876,155), and L A Delight, p, 3, 1:49.1f ($1,782,999) Moving Pictures, p, 1:49.3s ($1,302,492) Request For Parole, p, 1:49.2f ($719,975) Shadow Of Mymind, a ½-sister to Mr Feelgood, p, 1:49 ($1,306,626), and Remember When, p, 1:50.3s ($1,245,718) So Rocked, a full-sister to Rock N Soul, p, 1:49.4f ($1,158,637) Stonebridge Hugs, a ½-sister to Stonebridge Kisses, p, 1:50.2s ($1,082,459) Unique Desire, a ½-sister to Mr Feelgood, p, 1:49 ($1,306,626), and Remember When, p, 1:50.3s ($1,245,718) Winbak Farm has booked some of their top mares to McWicked for 2021 including these mares from rich families: Ashley's Pride, a full-sister to Shadow Play, p, 1:47.4 ($1,559,822) Balasun, a ½-sister to Dali, p, 3, 1:48.2f ($1,436,363) Bay Girl, p, 3, 1:50s ($600,299), the dam of 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Winner, City By The Bay, p, 2, Q1:55.1f -'20 ($111,889) Benazire Blue Chip, a ½-sister to Mach It So, p, 1:48f ($2,961,689) Betterthanrevenge, a ½-sister to Art Maker, p, 1:49.1 ($1,109,717) Crown Apple, a daughter of Sportsfancy, p, 1:49.4 ($1,001,957) Give Me Life, p, 1:52.4 ($133,217), a full-sister to Image Of Dawn, p, 3, 1:50.4 ($1,267,372), and the dam of Request For Parole, p, 1:49.2f ($719,795), and Gallant Yankee, p, 1:50.3f ($552,930) Krushed Apple, a ½-sister to Krispy Apple, p, 1:48.4f ($1,908,539) Ms Mac N Cheese, p, 1:50.4s ($816,427) My Little Art, a ½-sister to My Little Dragon, p, 1:48.1 ($2,386,055). My Little Dragon is the dam of Stay Hungry, p, 3, 1:47.3 ($1,358,086) Not Enough, p, 3, 1:49 ($1,389,925) Parkavenuejulieann, a ½-sister to Rainbow Blue, p, 3, 1:49.2s ($1,600,012). Rainbow Blue is the dam of Somwherovrarainbow, p, 1:48f ($1,344,856) Regal Wish, a full-sister to Bettor's Delight, p, 3, 1:49.4 ($2,581,461), and Roll With Joe, p, 3, 1:48.2 ($1,805,607). She is a ½-sister to No Pan Intended, p, 3, 1:50.3 ($1,613,180) Rocknroll Wishes, a ½-sister to Bettor's Delight, p, 3, 1:49.4 ($2,581,461), Roll With Joe, p, 3, 1:48.2 ($1,805,607), and No Pan Intended, p, 3, 1:50.3 ($1,613,180) Shes A Pansation, a full-sister to Nebupanezzar, p, Q1:51.1s ($1,090,939) Southwind Jazmin, p, 1:49.2f ($620,593) Sun N Sand, a ½-sister to Somebeachsomewhere, p, 3, 1:46.4 ($3,328,755) Tide Her Over, a daughter of Tidewaterdragonfly, p, 1:49.4 ($1,079,213) "Winbak Farm of Canada would like to thank everyone who has supported McWicked in his second season," said Woods. "We appreciate the loyalty and enthusiasm of breeders during these tough times." McWicked served full-books in 2 hemispheres in 2020. The farm plans on McWicked returning down under in their upcoming season. "McWicked is a handsome, strong individual who is already proving he passes these traits to his offspring," said Woods. "His foals are showing up large and in charge." McWicked added to his long list of accolades (including being 2018 Horse of the Year in Canada and the United States) when he was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 2020. "We want to give a huge thank you to Ed James for allowing us to stand McWicked at Winbak Farm of Canada," said Woods. "We would also like to say thank you to Casie Coleman for encouraging and supporting the establishment of this connection." McWicked foal pictures can be found on the Winbak Farm Facebook Page. Limited syndicate opportunities are still available. Call 905.838.2145 for more information. For information on McWicked or the additional Winbak Farm of Canada Stallions, please call Pat Woods at 905.838.2145 or email him at by Elizabeth Cheesman, for Winbak Farm  

The first known 2021 foal sired by McWicked has arrived and it is a filly! The foal was born on January 7th at 8:20 a.m. and her dam is Bestfriendforever. Both mare and foal are reported to be doing well. “This is a very nice filly,” said Dino Vasos. “She is plain but beautiful. She is very alert and has good conformation.” McWicked, p, 2, 1:52f; 3, 1:47.3f; 1:46.2 ($5,103,271), stood his first season in Ontario in 2020. He is a 2020 Canadian Racing Hall of Fame Inductee and retired as the richest pacing stallion ever. His many accolades include being 2018 Horse of the Year in the U.S. and in Canada. Bestfriendforever is a Stakes-placed 1/2-sister to Tipitina, p, 1:51.3f ($434,795). “We are breeding to McWicked again in 2021,” said Vasos. “We would like to say thank you to Winbak Farm for standing a great stallion.” In 2020, McWicked served full books in Ontario and in Australia. For more information on McWicked, please visit or contact Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager, at 905.838.2145 or

McWicked (p,2,1:52f; 3,1:47.3f,1:46.2 $5,103,271).  2018 Horse of the Year and the richest pacing stallion in harness racing history, will stand his initial Southern Hemisphere season at the renowned horse haven Cobbitty Equine Farm. Already established as a Farm that delivers world class facilities that cater for all aspects of horse racing, Cobbitty Equine have extended their stallion roster to cater for the commercial breeder and the yearling sales market. McWicked will stand his introductory year at exceptional value at $5,500 including GST with a live foal guarantee (multiple mare discounts apply). Grit, determination and raw talent propelled McWicked through a seven-year racing career that saw him earn over $5 million dollars, with 40 appearances in the winner’s circle and a record of 1:46.2 over The Red Mile. With those Statistics, the son of McArdle joins an elite group of horses elected into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame just months after his last appearance on a racetrack. He retires as the richest pacing stallion ever and is second behind Foiled Again on the all-time earnings list for pacers. In 2018, he was the oldest horse in 43 years to top the leading money earners list in North America. At two, McWicked won two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions and prizemoney of $179,617. He dominated his rivals as a 3YO winning the Breeders Crown, Delvin Miller Adios Stakes Final, Max Hempt Memorial elimination & Final, North America Cup elimination, Progress Pace Preview & 2 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes & Final. In 2014, McWicked was both the USHWA and O’Brien Award Winner for Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year. At four, McWicked was second in the Allerage Farm Stakes. From five to eight, McWicked won the Allerage Farms twice, Ben Franklin elimination and final, Breeders Crown final, Canadian Pacing Derby final, Dan Rooney Invitational division twice, George Morton Levy Series leg, Jim Ewart Memorial twice, Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial division, Mohawk Gold Cup, TVG Open final, and William R. Haughton Memorial division. He took a mark of 1:46.2 winning the 2018 Allerage at Lexington’s Red Mile, which is the third-fastest winning race mile in history. McWicked achieved this record in one of his many Northern Hemisphere tussles with the “Wonder from Down Under” Lazarus. The two time Breeders Crown winner is known not only for his amazing speed, but his toughness, soundness and conformation. “McWicked gave it 110% every time he got behind the gate. He was first over more than any horse I have ever seen and raced strong up until the end of his career at 8 years old. He was impressive on any size track and had perfect manners. McWicked had a great gait and was smart and classy. He is a big, strong horse that has a huge back end and shoulder. He has a long gait and wore no boots” Casie Coleman, trainer. Champion reinsman Brain Sears said McWicked was one of the most intelligent horses he had ever sat behind. “He was very smart and all business. McWicked was the perfect size and had everything one could ask for. I will always be appreciative of how smart McWicked is. I hope his potential offspring get his intelligence.” The son of McArdle and Western Sahara (Western Ideal) was voted the 2018 United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Dan Patch and 2018 O’Brien Horse of the Year and 2018 Aged Pacer of the Year. At seven, he was the oldest horse to ever win Horse of the Year honours from (USHWA). McWicked descends from the famed U1 Family, a family which is littered with standardbred royalty and includes, Wiggle It Jiggleit, Betting Line, Stay Hungry, Artsplace, Armbro Operative, Artiscape, Western Terror, Sabilize, Bret Hanover, Tall Drink Hanover and Sushi Sushi. McWicked has just completed his first commercial year at Stud at Winbak Farm, Ontario. Farm Manager Pat Woods has stated that he has exceeded their expectations receiving a full book and recording a 92% fertility rate thus far. Pat quoted “The best thing about McWicked is that with him being a son of McArdle, he will cross well with most of the best and most popular broodmare bloodlines. He has all the make-up of being a top stallion; speed at every age he raced, $5 million in earnings, toughness, soundness, and conformation”. McWicked is the richest and fastest son of McArdle who boasts a 41.57% live foal to winner ratio in the Southern Hemisphere. The most successful winners include Nike Franco NZ, Tintin In America (father of world champion race mare Shartin NZ), Five Star Anvil NZ, Tact Tate NZ and Elusive Chick NZ. The Falcon Seelster Grand Sire provides an excellent outcross to many mares here in Australia. With the announcement of McWicked’s arrival Down Under last week, it was also revealed that McWicked’s owner Mr. James, SSG Stables, had bred three foals whilst he was racing. From these foals, the eldest a 3YO Colt named McWicked One was successful on only his second appearance recording a slick 1:51.3 mile rate at Pocono Downs on the 6th of July. McWicked has also sired a 2YO Colt and a Yearling filly. In his initial season McWicked will be available to Australian domiciled broodmares. McWicked will join established Cobbitty Equine Farm Stallions For A Reason and Bling It On. For A Reason, the 2017/18 NSW Sire of the Year, is the sire of $340,000+ Group 1 earner Conviction and has sired nine (9) individual 2YO winners this season. Conviction is one of 20 individual winners from For A Reason’s first crop of 33 foals – giving a 60.6% win to starter ratio, with earnings of over $1.2 million dollars.   Bling It On’s oldest progeny are yearlings and the reports from trainers and breakers have been exceptional. Many have commented on their natural gait and profound intelligence. Farm Managers Luke and Belinda McCarthy said “We have had our eye on the Northern Hemisphere stallion market for the past few seasons. We are thrilled to have secured McWicked, a tough as nails stallion that refused to lose and gave everything to the line every week. He ticks the boxes and provides our stud with a real commercial option for breeders. We have a stallion for every budget and can help breeders every step of the way”. Cobbitty Equine Farm offers a free pedigree matching service to breeders, simply send your broodmares’ name to or go to, look up your broodmare and submit your details and the Team will contact you. For further information concerning Cobbitty Equine Farm stallions go to:

Coral Springs, FL - The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced the 2019 inductees to the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The four new human inductees are Anthony "Tony" Alagna, Frank Antonacci, Tom Merriman and Laurie Poulin. There was one equine inductee, the pacing stallion McWicked. Their induction will take place on Friday, March 27 at McDivot's at the Carolina Country Club in Margate. Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ has been a prominent Florida figure in harness racing, spending every winter training upwards of 80 two and three-year-old trotters and pacers at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach. This season Tony has the most expensive yearling ever sold, Maverick, for $1.1 million in his stable, along with a slew of promising two-year-old's and some great three-year-old's that includes Ramona Hill, the Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year last season. Frank Antonacci, of Somerville, CT, is no stranger to Florida harness racing. He has had his Lindy Farm Stable wintering at Sunshine Meadows for nearly 30 straight years. Frank and the Antonacci Family have a great passion for the sport of Harness Racing and have been actively involved in promoting the industry for decades. Tom Merriman, of Delray Beach, is one of only a handful of people who can boast of being at Pompano Park when the track first opened in 1964, but that's where Tom Merriman was driving that night. The top trainer of three million dollar winning horses, Civil Action, Monte Hall and Energy Burner are just a few of the many great horses he has handled over the years. His trademark warming smile is always there to greet friends and it is just this year that Tom has hung up the lines and no longer is training horses after 60 plus years in the sulky. Laurie Poulin, of Okeechobee, continues to have very successful racing seasons for decades in Florida. The former trainer/driver has bred, foaled and owned numerous Florida Sire Stakes champions from her farm in Okeechobee. Current and past champions include Diamond Goal ($586,000), Prairie Jaguar ($408,000), Prairie Panther ($332,00) and many more top 'Prairie' horses over the years. McWicked was the 2018 Harness Horse of the Year in both Canada and the USA. In 2019 he was voted the Aged Pacer of the Year and is now retired to stud duty in Canada. His career was amazing and every winter he was in Jim McDonald's stable at Pompano Park. McWicked's lifetime mark was 1:46.2 and he earned more than $5 million(CA) in purses. This year there will be two President's Awards presented by Florida Chapter President Steve Wolf. The President award winners are Eric Cherry and Maurice Chodash, of Boca Raton, for the development of The second President's Award goes to Myron Bell of Boynton Beach, for his part in the development of On The Deck at Sunshine Meadows. Other award winners who will be honored at the dinners are: The Bill Popfinger Award for pacing goes to trainer Kim Sears of Osteen, the first person ever to win this award three times. The Stanley Dancer Award for trotting goes to driver/trainer Peter Wrenn of Carmel, IN, who trains at Sunshine Meadows. The Francis Dodge Van Lennep Award to an outstanding female in the industry goes to Casie Coleman-Herlihy of Cambridge, ON. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award goes to John Hallett of Margate. There are two Lifetime Achievement Awards that will go to farrier Phil Cable of Pompano Beach, and trainer Mike Murphy of Otisville, MI. The Caretaker of the Year Award will be presented posthumously to Joe Kroll, who died this past year. Joe was an outstand caretaker during his career. He took care of two world champions in McWicked and Tarport Frenzy, plus many other stake champions. Accepting his award will be his widow, Shawna Kroll of Lake Worth. Tickets are $80 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:30 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. There is free parking at McDivot's at the Carolina Country Club, located just off Sample Road West on N. Rock Island Road. The address is 3011 N Rock Island Road, Margate, FL 33063. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757 or email From the Florida Chapter USHWA

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2019 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available for holiday gift-giving. The front of each card features a photograph, while the back includes statistics and biographical information; both sides are laminated. The subjects include the following champions from the 2018 season: Ariana G, Atlanta, Captain Crunch, Dorsodoro Hanover, Emoticon Hanover, Exhilarated, Forbidden Trade, Gimpanzee, Homicide Hunter, Illusioneesta, Jimmy Freight, Kissin In The Sand, McWicked, Run Director, Shartin N, Shower Play, Six Pack, Stag Party, Tall Drink Hanover, The Ice Dutchess, Warrawee Ubeaut, Will Take Charge, Woodside Charm and Foiled Again. The featured humans include: Blair Burgess, Ray Cotolo, Ted Gewertz, Mark Hall, Joe Holloway, Dave Little, Marcus Melander, Marlys Pinske, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano, and Ted Wing. To order your complete set of HARNESS HEROES cards, send a (suggested) donation of $20 ($30 Canadian) per set along with your name and address to: Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 2711 Friar Tuck Road, Anderson IN 46013. HHYF also offers packs of 10 random cards as handouts for youth groups, farm tours, and other promotional events. A limited number previous years' card sets are also available for a similar donation. For more details, please e-mail Ellen Taylor at The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in the lives of many since 1976 by dedicating its efforts and resources to projects which enable the growth of those who want to get involved and learn about the industry. These efforts include the creation of interactive learning experiences, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Hightstown, NJ — For the past several years, owner Ed James and harness racing trainer Casie Coleman could look forward to racing McWicked. Now, they will have to look forward to racing his offspring. McWicked retired Saturday following his fifth-place finish in the TVG Open Pace championship at The Meadowlands, bringing the curtain down on the 8-year-old stallion’s award-winning and record-setting career. The horse was honored in the Big M winner’s circle, where James, Coleman, and driver Brian Sears gathered in a light rain to offer their thoughts about the 2018 Horse of the Year. “He’s been a real special horse for me,” Sears said. “He’s raced against the best his whole career and brought us a lot of special moments, that’s for sure. The last couple falls in Lexington, those were some great races, but he’s done some tremendous things throughout his career. He’ll be real hard to replace.” McWicked, a son of McArdle out of Western Sahara, won 40 of 110 career races and $4.93 million in purses. USTA/Mark Hall photo. McWicked, a son of McArdle out of Western Sahara, won 40 of 110 career races and $4.93 million in purses. He is the richest pacing stallion in North American harness racing history and second to only gelding Foiled Again on the all-time money list. This season, McWicked won six of 17 races and $1.03 million. It was his third million-dollar season, putting him in the company of Foiled Again as the only pacers with three million-dollar campaigns. Last year at age 7, McWicked became the oldest pacer in history to receive Horse of the Year honors from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He led the sport in earnings, with $1.57 million, and became the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. He also broke Foiled Again’s earnings record for a 7-year-old, which was $1.40 million in 2011. McWicked’s victories included two editions each of the Breeders Crown (at ages 3 and 7), Jim Ewart Memorial, Dan Rooney Pace, and Allerage Open Pace. He also won the Ben Franklin Pace, Max C. Hempt Memorial, William R. Haughton Memorial, Canadian Pacing Derby, Delvin Miller Adios, TVG Open Pace, Progress Pace, and Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial. He won the 2018 Allerage at Lexington’s Red Mile in 1:46.2, which is the third-fastest winning race mile in history. Throughout his career, McWicked battled throat and foot issues. “He’s tough as nails,” Coleman said. “He just refuses to lose and gives everything he’s got right to the wire every week. I’ve never been disappointed with the horse.” James, whose S S G Stables has owned McWicked since late in his 2-year-old season, made the decision to retire the stallion two days prior to the TVG, which was won by Always A Prince in 1:48.2. “I can’t say he raced bad, they went (1):48, but I’m glad we made the decision,” Coleman said. “It’s time for him to go to the breeding shed.” “He wasn’t as sharp as he used to be after eight years,” James said, noting how difficult it is for a horse to remain at the top level over such a long period of time. “He’s just good; he busts his butt every day. Casie has done a great job with him. The (drivers) have done a great job driving him. It’s about as good as it gets.” There was no decision where McWicked, who was bred by Andray Farm in Pennsylvania, would stand stud. “Mr. James has to make his decision what farm is best for him to go to,” Coleman said. “I know I’ll definitely buy some McWickeds when they come to the sales. The way he looks, his speed and grit, if they’re anything like that, we’ll be good.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

As reported by Trot Insider and via Casie Coleman-Herlihy, the richest pacing stallion in harness racing history, McWicked, will make his final career start in the TVG Open Pace this Saturday (Nov. 23) at The Meadowlands. Coleman-Herlihy told Trot Insider that owner Ed James made the decision to shut the eight-year-old down on Thursday. "Ed phoned me just a bit ago and made his decision," said Coleman from her Florida base of operations. "He's been humming and hawing on what to do and whether to race or stand [stud]. Originally he told me that he'd race in the TVG Final Saturday and then make up his mind after that. But he just called and said it's going to be his last start Saturday." A winner of the 2014 Dan Patch and O'Brien Awards as three-year-old male pacer of the year, McWicked was the best horse in harness racing in 2018 and swept horse of the year honours in both Canada and the U.S., becoming the oldest pacer to win the U.S. Horse of the Year title. A winner of the Adios, Breeders Crown, Max Hempt, PASS Championship and Progress Pace as a sophomore, McWicked rebounded from throat surgery and battled through foot issues to capture virtually every major stakes event for older pacers. In the seasons between 2017 and 2019 McWicked prevailed in the Mohawk Gold Cup, the Jim Ewart Memorial (twice), the Ben Franklin, the William Haughton Memorial, the Gerrity Memorial, the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Allerage Open Pace (twice), the Roll With Joe, the Dan Rooney Invitational (twice), the Breeders Crown and the TVG Open Pace. His 2018 bankroll of $1.662 million made him the oldest horse to top North American harness racing's earnings standings at the age of seven. With another million-dollar season in 2019, McWicked boasts earnings of $5,086,646 in his stellar career. The start on Saturday will be his 110th, with a summary of 40-26-16 competing almost exclusively in stakes competition. The son of McArdle - Western Sahara sports a mark of 1:46.2, the third fastest race win time ever. The future home of McWicked is yet to be determined, with a number of states and provinces as possible locations for stud duty. "He does have many stud farms on the table, he's got many, many options of farms that want to take him," said Coleman. "Now [Ed's] got to sit down and talk to them and decide which one seems best." Coleman gave credit to James for keeping the horse on the track, giving both her and the fans the chance to see a superstar continue to compete when many lucrative stud offers were presented over the years. "You're never going to replace his stall, that's for sure. I've had a lot of nice horses over the years but never one that's made $5 million and races week in and week out, year after year like him. He's eight years old and still winning top open stakes, just won Horse of the Year at seven, it's just absolutely impossible [to replace]. "My first big horse was American Ideal and I thought 'I'll never get one as good as him again' and we've been very fortunate, we've had many that have came since him. Saying that, most of them when they're this top level go to stud after their three-year-old year we don't see them anymore. Ed James was willing to keep this horse racing year after year after year and we got to see late into his eight-year-old year. It was a lot of fun. Having that horse in the barn, you're never going to fill that stall again, it leaves a big empty void no doubt." Coleman's next crop of potential superstars are currently in training in Florida, including 10 from the first crop of 2016 Horse of the Year Betting Line, as well as half-brothers to Sportswriter and Captain Crunch. As hopeful as one can be with that talent, Coleman is fully aware that McWicked will be nearly impossible to replace. "I can't say enough about the horse...Even though he's a stud, he's a nice stud. He makes a lot of noise but he's a pleasure to have around the barn. It's definitely going to suck not seeing him anymore." McWicked will not only leave a void in Coleman's stable, he'll leave a void on the racetrack in the older pacing division as well. The trainer noted that she's never had a horse with such a fan following. "It's crazy how many people stop by the paddock and see him, they send me messages on Facebook asking if they can come to the barn and see the horse. It was cool to be a part of and I'm sorry to all the fans that they're not going to see him on the track anymore." The last chance to see McWicked on the racetrack comes this Saturday at The Meadowlands Racetrack. McWicked has drawn post four in the $350,000 TVG Open Pace, a race he won decisively a year ago. After a sick scratch from the 2019 Potomac Pace, McWicked qualified last Saturday at The Meadowlands to prepare for Saturday's start. Regular pilot Brian Sears guided McWicked to a third-place finish behind fellow TVG starter Geez Joe, with his mile individually timed in 1:52.2. "I admit, watching the qualifier I wasn't happy with it. I wasn't there, I was watching it at home here in Florida. But once I talked to Brian, he said 'listen, I never spoke to him once' and he didn't get to score him down because it's a qualifier, he went right to the gate, and he just came off five days antibiotics." Coleman couldn't recall the last time McWicked had a high temperature like the one that forced him to miss the Potomac, and the pacing powerhouse understandably wasn't at 100 percent in that qualifier. "Saying that, he trained much much better on Tuesday, his blood's way better, he's been off the antibiotics for a full week and he's feeling good. He's sharp, he's sound and he's healthy...I like the way everything looks. No I don't think he's 100 percent normal McWicked but I do think he's good enough to give a good showing of himself and hopefully go out with a win. I wouldn't put him in the race if I thought he wasn't right; he's definitely ready to go." From Trot Insider

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The final true monster card on harness racing's 2019 calendar takes place Saturday (Nov. 23) night, when just over $2.8 million in purses will be up for grabs in eight stakes events on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night at the Meadowlands. Seven of the horses in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 poll will be in action. In three events, two of those horses will go head-to-head. The 6-year-old super mare Shartin N (No. 1 in the poll), the presumptive leader in the Horse of the Year race, will take on the top 3-year-old filly in training, Warrawee Ubeaut (No. 4), in the $175,000 TVG Mares Pace. A win by Shartin N puts her on the inside track for the HOTY hardware, a loss could put that award up for grabs. Bettor's Wish (No. 2) is another 3-year-old who will take on older foes, as he'll tackle defending Horse of the Year McWicked (No. 10) in the $350,000 TVG Open Pace. Bettor's Wish is off an impressive score in the Matron in 1:49.2 and is harness racing's high money-earner this year, with a bankroll of just over $1.5 million. A TVG win would undoubtedly help his Horse of the Year cause, but he would have to beat the standout who sealed up last year's HOTY trophy (McWicked) in the very same event last November. The final matchup of Top 10 horses comes when the sport's hottest horse, the great mare Manchego (No. 5), a winner of six in a row, takes on the boys in the $350,000 TVG Open Trot. Standing in her way will be double New York Sire Stakes and double Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee (No. 6), who has banked $1.1 million in 2019. Atlanta (No. 8) is the other Top 10 member who will be on the card. She'll be a short price in the $175,000 TVG Mares Trot off an easy win in a prep at the Big M in 1:52.2. One of the great trotting mares of all time - Atlanta's Ron Burke stablemate Hannelore Hanover - a lifetime earner of more than $3 million, will also be behind the gate making the final start of her stellar career. The four TVG events are just half the story. The Fall Final Four races - all for 2-year-olds with divisional honor impact - include the $401,850 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings (where Papi Rob Hanover is the 3-5 early favorite); $505,050 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings (Breeders Crown winner Amigo Volo is 8-5); $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies (Senorita Rita is 2-1); and $411,00 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies (Lyons Sentinel is 2-1). EARLY START, BIG ACTION: The Saturday night program, which will have an earlier-than-usual first race post time of 7 p.m., features an enhanced wagering menu. It will include: 20-cent Survivor Pick-6 (Races 1-6) $40,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7) $75,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11) Rolling Pick-3s GETTING IT DUNN: Driver Dexter Dunn's star continues to rise, as the regular pilot for horses such as Manchego and Bettor's Wish has been red hot during November at the Meadowlands, winning 17-of-60 drives, good for a gaudy win percentage of 28. Yannick Gingras and Tim Tetrick have more than earned their keep as well, as both have nine victories through the first three weeks of the month with still four November race cards remaining. TOYS FOR TOTS: Come on out to the track on Monday, Dec. 2 and bring an unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown. Not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa - the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign - as the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception takes place at the Meadowlands. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates are expected to attend. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between now and the night of the event. FANDUEL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: With Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28) just a week away, here is the holiday operating schedule for the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook: Thanksgiving Day: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. New Year's Day: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. For more information, go to GIVING OUT THANKS: "On behalf of Jeff Gural and I, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our employees, horsemen and officials for all they do to help us maintain a great racing product. I would also like to wish our faithful fans a joyous Thanksgiving holiday. This is a time for family and friends, and I sincerely hope everybody gets to spend some quality time with the special people in their lives," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. From the Meadowlands Media Department    

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

There is little change this week in the Top Ten Poll. Gimpanzee did move up to #6 with Real Cool Sam dropping one notch to #7. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/12/2019 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (18) 6pm 17-14-2-0 $920,177 311 1 2 Greenshoe (11) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 275 2 3 Bettor’s Wish (1) 3pc 17-12-5-0 $1,436,445 262 3 4 Warrawee Ubeaut (4) 3pf 17-12-2-3 $923,898 248 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 16-8-0-0 $500,038 177 5 6 Gimpanzee 3tc 12-7-1-2 $997,163 97 7 7 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 79 6 8 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 78 8 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 73 9 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 60 10   ALSO:  Caviart Ally 47; Atlanta 45; Dancin Lou 28; Papi Rob Hanover, Southwind Ozzi 23; Lyons Sentinel 15; Winndevie 12; Ramona Hill 11; Amigo Volo 10; Bold Eagle 8; Forbidden Trace 6; Elver Hanover, Millies Possesion 5; American History, Reflect With Me 4; Captain Crunch, Emoticon Hanover, Hypnotic AM, Sister Sledge, Six Pack 3; Youaremycandygirl 2; Hickfromfrenchlick, When Dovescry 1.

Two of the top harness racing horses scheduled to race tonight in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway have been scratched. McWicked was scratched due to a fever reported trainer Casie Coleman-Hearty. "I wanna apologize to the fans who were hoping to see Mcwicked at Rosecroft tonight. He has been in Jersey over a week and been great, he was great this am. His caretaker went to go get him a bit ago to ship for tonight and he hadn't ate his lunch (very unusual for wicked he eats everything). He felt warm so he checked his temp and he was high, even used a second thermometer both read the same. "Sadly we do gotta do what’s right for him and scratch him tonight. The vet came in on a Sunday pulled blood and treating his temp and I’m sure he will hopefully get over this quick and be able to still go to the TVG."   Also scratched from the same race is Ron Burke's This Is The Plan. Top four-year-old this year became the fastest horse ever in Canada on a half mile track with a 1:49.1 record in the $200,000 Prix d'Ete at Trois-Rivieres.    by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - One hundred grand has never been spent as well at a harness racing track as it will Sunday night when the $100,000 Potomac Pace goes to the post at Rosecroft Raceway. Not only is 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked among the eight pacers entered, but so are American History and Dorsoduro Hanover, the one-two finishers in the last weekend's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Six of the Potomac Pace entrants are racetrack millionaires. "This is our fourth Potomac Pace and this is no doubt the strongest field we've had," said Peter Hanley, Rosecroft's racing secretary. "It should be a great betting race, too." "The big dogs are coming to play," said Casie Coleman, trainer of McWicked the Potomac's 5-2 morning favorite. "This is a very tough race for $100,000." There will be an extra $10,000 at the finish line for any pacer who breaks the Rosecroft track record of 1:47 3/5 set by Keystone Velocity in the 2017 renewal of the Potomac Pace. American History will line up behind the mobile starting gate as the race's hottest horse. He rallied up in the inside part of the stretch to win the Breeders Crown Open Pace by two lengths over Dorsoduro Hanover, an earner of $1.1 million who also returns in the Potomac Pace. "He's matured as a four-year-old and he's going with these guys," said Tony Alagna, the trainer of American History, following the Breeders Crown. "He's so versatile. He can (win) on any size racetrack. He's a special animal. American History, a winner of 16 of career 42 starts and $1,037,656, will be handled by regular driver Joe Bongiorno. They'll start from the favorable No. 2 post and are 3-1 second choice on the morning line. McWicked, harness racing's amazing eight-year-old champion, was the 6-5 betting favorite in the Breeders Crown but raced evenly to finish fourth, beaten four lengths. "He raced big," said Coleman. "The track (surface) wasn't at its best and I had a bar shoe on him (left front). It's hard to switching shoes late in the game, so we went ahead and raced him in the bar shoe. He had trouble getting a hold of the track." McWicked enters the Potomac Pace with career earnings of $4.9 million, second only to Foiled Again ($7.6 million) on the all-time trot/pace list money list. Despite drawing the No. 7 post position, he's the race's 5-2 morning line favorite. The other three millionaires in the Potomac Pace are This Is The Plan ($1.4 million), Courtly Choice ($1.3 million) and Dealt A Winner ($1.2 million). This Is The Plan's 1:49 1/5 clocking in the Aug. 18 Prix d'Ete at Hippodrome Trois Rivieres is the fastest mile ever on a half-mile oval in Canada. Courtly Choice won this year's Canadian Derby at Woodbine Mohawk, and Dealt A Winner is back after finishing fourth in last year's Potomac Pace. The Potomac Pace is the ninth race on the 13-race program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. and also includes the $25,000 Maryland Invitational. The race for Maryland owned, sired, bred or foaled in the state horses has attracted a field of nine. Romantic Interest, a six-time winner in 2019, is the 3-1 morning line favorite. by Bob Roberts, for Rosecroft Raceway

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - The Horse of the Year is coming to Rosecroft. S S G Stable's McWicked, harness racing's 2018 Horse of the Year, headlines an all-star group of Standardbred pacers Sunday evening in the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft. First race post time is 7:15 p.m. for the 13-race program. Rosecroft will offer a $10,000 bonus to any pacer who breaks the track record of 1:47.3,set by Keystone Victory in the 2017 Potomac Pace. In addition, there will be a $5,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick 5, races 7-11. The $100,000 Potomac Pace has become Rosecroft's signature event. In its first three years, the Potomac has attracted some of the sport's biggest stars including Split The House, Keystone Velocity Always B Miki, Wakizashi Hanover and All Bets Off. "We're very excited and really looking forward to Sunday's $100,000 Potomac Pace," said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. "Since the inaugural Potomac Pace in 2016, the event has grown and has attracted some of the best pacers in North America. We very appreciative of all the horsemen who have supported this great event." McWicked joins that list as one of the sport's top stars. A winner of 40 starts and $4.9 million, McWicked became the oldest pacer to be named Horse of the Year. Trained by Casie Coleman and driven by Brian Sears, McWicked has surpassed $1 million in purses for the third time in his career, joining Foiled Again as the only pacers with three million-dollar seasons. The 8-year-old won the Dan Rooney Invitational and Allerage Farms Open Pace earlier this year. McWicked will leave from post seven. McWicked came up short in his attempt to win a third Breeders Crown Oct. 26 when he finished fourth behind American History in the $655,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace. American History, bred by Brittany Farm, previously won the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial and has earned $437,291 this year. Those facing McWicked and American History in the Potomac include Dorsoduro Hanover, second to American History in the Breeders Crown and winner of last year's $530,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Others entered in the Potomac include Dealt A Winner, fourth in last year's Potomac, This Is The Plan, who turned in the fastest mile ever on a half-mile track in Canada earlier this year, and Maryland's Slick Tony, a winner of 14 of 34 starts this season. by Dave Joseph, for Rosecroft Raceway                          

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

Harnesslink’s North America and Europe editor, Hall of Famer Steve Wolf, is putting his handicapping abilities on the line for the Breeders Crown weekend at Mohawk Park. Here are Steve’s selections with comments for both Friday and Saturday night’s Breeders Crown races. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 6th race $786,000 2YO Filly Trot #1 HYPNOTIC AM – Unbeaten streak came to an end last week in elimination division. Chapter Seven daughter had been flawless before that and feel she can avenge her defeat and wire the field in Breeders Crown final. #2 SISTER SLEDGE – Gingras gave her perfect trip last week and she beat Hypnotic AM. She should get same kind of trip again Friday and could well beat top choice in stretch battle. #5 MS SAVAHHAH BELLE – Gets first time Tim Tetrick, but filly has been so good winning four of last five starts that she figures to get a good trip and should hit the board. 7th race $786,000 2YO Filly Pace #4 NEW YEAR – Going against the big favorite here. This colt has been super for Corey Callahan/Ross Croghan and showed me plenty of true grit to win. Late bloomer has won four of his five lifetime starts and in perfect spot to score from. #1 LYONS SENTINEL – Won with ease in BC elim in 1:50.3. Currently on impressive seven-race win streak and all handicapping logic says this is the top choice. Has won from on and off the pace. #3 PRICELESS – On a four-race win streak and came to Mohawk last week from Hoosier Park and won by over four lengths. In tougher here but should be a contender all the way. 8th race $786,000 2YO Colt Trot #9 REAL COOL SAM – Undefeated with a dead heat score last start. Checking back shows he had the nine post before and won with ease in a Peter Haughton elim. Needs only to overcome outside post to win again. #8 CAPRICORNUS – Has been really competitive in Grand Circuit and needs only to work out live cover from outside post and will close at the finish. #4 AMIGO VOLO – Has been making breaks last two starts, one of which he won the race. As long as this one minds it manners it will have a shot to hit the board. 9th race $786,000 2YO Colt Pace                          #3 PAPI ROB HANOVER – First or second last six starts and has never been off the board. Won BC elim last week with authority. The kind of authority that makes him a repeat winner. #7 TALL DARK STRANGER – Saw unbeaten streak come to an end last week in BC elim. Will be gunning for the lead again and might be able to go all the way. Has been great all season. #4 CATTLEWASH – Raced well for first-time Louis Philippe Roy last week and needs only to get some live cover to be very close in here. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 2nd Race $393,000 Older Mare Pace #1 SHARTIN N – The Queen of Harness Racing saw her 14-race win streak come to a close two weeks ago. Then she wins qualifier with ease in 1:51.1. She is in fit form and ready to blow away this field as she has done all season long. #3 CAVIART ALLY – Was at her best in beating Shartin N two weeks ago. Now she faces her again and should get the trip but as most of the season she just can’t catch her every week. #4 YOUAREMYCANDYGIRL – Raced last week against some great older horses and held her own for third place finish. I see her being able to do the same here. 3rd Race $425,750 Older Mare Trot #4 MANCHEGO – Here is a 99.9% winner. Tough mare has been at her best and on a four-race win streak. She has beaten most of the mares she faces tonight and will do it again. #3 PLUNGE BLUE CHIP – First, second or third every start except when against top pick. Can race well from on or off the pace for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, just can’t seem to be able to beat Manchego. #10 EMOTICON HANOVER – Far outside post may just force this mare to leave, which she shows doing well every week. Has to get into the fray early to have any shot of getting a good check from post 10. 4th Race $655,000 3YO Filly Trot #9 ONLY TAKE CASH – Liked her last week but was beaten by another good filly. Has no choice but to leave from post nine and force her to press the front. From there she can surprise everyone with a big score. #1 THE ICE DUTCHESS – Logical top choice here after what looked like an easy score. Figures to try and wire the field again but too much on the line and will get pressed hard for control of the lead. #5 WHEN DOVESCRY – Hambletonian Oakes winner keeps racing her heart out all season with good results, just not winning all the time. May cut the mile here but at a price. Can hold on for a check. 5th Race $720,000 3YO Filly Pace #5 WARRAWEE UBEAUT – Last year’s top 2yo filly has reached peak form this year with seven straight wins. She crushed the field last week in BC elim. In case of early speed duel for the lead, this filly can also race from off the pace. #2 SUNNY DEE – This filly can be hot for the lead or sit the pocket trip to try and score form. In perfect post position for a big effort. #3 TREACHEROUS REIGN – Put in poor effort in last start at Red Mile. Rested and should be ready for strong mile in BC Final. Also, can do well from on or off the pace. 6th Race $655,000 Open Horse Pace #8 McWICKED – Last two starts for this world class pacers have been tremendous wins despite hoof problems. He seems to be able to get parked out first-over and grind his opponents down and get his nose up before the wire. Amazing $5 million winner takes another Breeders Crown. #7 DORSODURO HANOVER – Has been seeing the heels of McWicked for most of the season. Seems only to be able to win when McWicked is not in the field. That’s not the case today for this fast class top horse. Second best in here. #2 JIMMY FREIGHT – Gives it his all every week but comes up short at the wire in post cases. Game performer is in front of his home crowd and with good inside post will be heard from in this race as he always is. 7th Race $655,000 3YO Colt Trot #4 GREENSHOE – The horse to beat in here for sure. Top son of Father Patrick is on a five-race winning streak, having beaten most in this field throughout the season. As long as he minds his manners, he will be tough to beat one he gets rolling along. #8 FORBIDDEN TRADE – Hambletonian winner has done OK since big triumph, racing mainly in Ontario Sire Stakes, but tonight he faces the best in the country again. Needs to overcome outside post and get dream trip to have a chance against top choice. #2 DON’T LET’EM – Coming off big score last week in BC elim division and draws very well in here. With gate speed and post two he should cut the mile and may hold on a long way against tough opponents. 8th Race $786,000 3YO Colt Pace #5 BETTOR’S WISH – With 12 wins in his 16 starts, $1,367,000 in earning this season and on a four-race winning streak, Bettor’s Wish is heading towards Dan Patch Award honors and needs only to win tonight to seal it up. He can do it from on or off the pace as he has done most of the season for driver Dexter Dunn. #6 BEST IN SHOW – Meadowlands Pace winner has yet to win since big score in July but seems to be always in the hunt no matter what post he starts from. I see Bob McClure doing it again in here with dramatic race finish. #4 DANCIN LOU – Sports ten wins this year and last two have been super strong. Showed last week how great a closer he is with BC elim win in 1:50.1. 9th Race $655,000 Horse Open Trot #1 BOLD EAGLE – Race fans will now get to see one of the all-time great trotters from Europe here in North America. I have followed Bold Eagle’s career since he was a two-year-old and saw what great speed and ability he has. Should be a like a sprint for him going just one mile in distance and look for him to blow away the field. #6 ATLANTA – Provided this great mare does not quit by the three-quarters, she can be a real tigress in against male opposition. May not be good enough to beat Bold Eagle, but certainly second best. #10 SIX PACK – Game horse needs only to overcome far outside post to be a factor in here. Ake Svanstedt knows what to do to get his horse in the hunt despite starting from post 10 and can be on the board with some racing luck. We know Ake will be gunning him at some point in the mile. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

Hightstown, NJ - McWicked's accomplishments have already put him in rarefied air, and the 8-year-old harness racing pacing stallion has a chance this weekend to add to his achievements. On Saturday, McWicked competes in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park, where he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. With a victory, he would join Jenna's Beach Boy as the only male pacers with three Breeders Crown trophies. The only other horses with three Crowns are female pacers Eternal Camnation and My Little Dragon as well as male trotter Mack Lobell and female trotter Grades Singing. Female trotter Peace Corps holds the record with four. In addition, McWicked is on the verge of surpassing $1 million in purses for a third time in his career. The only pacer with three million-dollar seasons is Foiled Again. McWicked will enter Saturday with C$990,198 (US$981,466). For his career, McWicked has earned C$5.03 million (US$4.87 million) and is second to only gelding Foiled Again among all pacers in history. Last year at age 7, McWicked became the oldest pacer in history to receive Horse of the Year honors from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He led the sport in earnings, with $1.57 million, and became the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. He also broke Foiled Again's earnings record for a 7-year-old, which was $1.40 million in 2011. Foiled Again holds the record for an 8-year-old with $1.20 million. "He's an amazing horse, no doubt," said Casie Coleman, who trains McWicked for Ed James' S S G Stables. "There are not too many horses that have done what he's done, and to keep doing it at his age. You really wouldn't know this horse is 8 years old. "And he's got a lot of big, tough miles under his belt; it's not too often he has an easy race. Every time he goes behind the gate, they're pacing (1):47, (1):48, (1):49. He's definitely an unbelievable horse." McWicked won his first Breeders Crown at the age of 3 in 2014. When he won his second in 2018, he became the first pacer to ever win Crowns separated by four years. He will try Saturday to become the first repeat Open Pace winner since Always B Miki in 2015 and 2016. He starts Saturday from post eight with regular driver Brian Sears. Jimmy Freight is the 4-1 second choice. "Everything has been great," Coleman said about the horse's preparation for the race. "I trained him (Tuesday) and he was awesome. He's sharp, sound, healthy. I'm very happy with how he is coming in. "I obviously would have liked a little bit better (post) but it's better than the nine and it's better than the 10. The way this horse has been racing, I'm not too concerned about it. Everybody wants to draw the inside more but it's a big track and the eight-hole at Mohawk really isn't terrible." McWicked, who has battled throat and foot issues throughout his career, has won 40 of 108 races lifetime. He has won six of 15 this year, hitting the board a dozen times, and enters the Breeders Crown final with back-to-back victories in the Dan Rooney Invitational and Allerage Farms Open Pace. McWicked is one of three horses attempting to win a third Breeders Crown. The others are trotting mares Hannelore Hanover and Emoticon Hanover. Hannelore Hanover, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, won her first Crown in 2016 in the Mare Trot. She came back the following year and won the Open Trot, becoming the first mare to knock off the boys since Moni Maker in 1998. Emoticon Hanover, a Luc Blais trainee, has won the past two editions of the Mare Trot. She was the first to accomplish that feat since Buck I St Pat in 2009-2010. Manchego, the fastest female trotter in history, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the $325,000 Mare Trot. The Nancy Johansson-trained Manchego is a past Breeders Crown champion, having won the 2-year-old filly division in 2017. Johansson's Captain Crunch was a Crown winner in 2018 in the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace. He is the 5-2 second choice behind 9-5 Bettor's Wish in the $600,000 event for 3-year-old male pacers. The most recent male pacer to win a Crown at both 2 and 3 was Artiscape in 1997-1998. Burke trained three past champions in addition to Hannelore Hanover that are in action this weekend: Warrawee Ubeaut, Youaremycandygirl, and Dorsoduro Hanover. Warrawee Ubeaut won last year's 2-year-old filly pace and is the 4-5 favorite in the $550,000 3-year-old filly pace. The most recent filly pacer to win at Crown at both 2 and 3 was My Little Dragon in 2005-2006. Dorsoduro Hanover won last year's 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace and is 6-1 in the $500,000 Open Pace. The most recent male pacer to win a Crown at ages 3 and 4 was Art Major in 2002-2003. Youaremycandygirl was a Breeders Crown champion at age 2 in 2017. Now trained by Richard Moreau, she is 6-1 in the $300,000 Mare Pace, where returning champion Shartin N is the 4-5 chalk. Shartin N, trained by Jim King Jr. and ranked No. 1 in the sport's Top 10 poll, is looking to be the first repeat winner since Shelliscape in 2013-2014. Marcus Melander-trained Gimpanzee is back after winning last year's 2-year-old colt-and-gelding trot. He is 8-1 in the $500,000 race for 3-year-old male trotters, where stablemate Greenshoe is the 3-5 favorite. There is one other past champion competing this weekend, Fiftydallarbill, who claimed his title in the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding trot in 2017. He is in the $500,000 Open Trot. Lindy The Great is the 3-1 favorite, followed by Guardian Angel AS at 7-2 and French star Bold Eagle at 4-1. Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds are Friday at Mohawk. The finals for 3-year-olds and older horses are Saturday. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership is the presenting sponsor of this year's Breeders Crown. For Friday's entries, click here. For Saturday's entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

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