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 The “Red Million” a new harness racing event for two-year-old trotters with a $100,000 buy-in and a $1 million pay-out will not be raced in 2019 due to a conflict in race scheduling. Owners of The Red Mile, The Hambletonian Society and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had jointly announced the new race would be the centerpiece of the richest day in Kentucky harness racing, riding the crest of a burgeoning breeding, racing and sales upswing in the Bluegrass State. The Red Mile Million is a new concept for harness racing with an innovative purse structure. It was seen as a natural accompaniment to the $2 million Kentucky Sire Stake finals in late September, bookending the Grand Circuit week of racing at Lexington’s Red Mile that features elite yearling sales and culminates with the final jewel of the trotting Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity. The event was embraced by local and state tourism officials, who heralding the continued growth of one of the state’s most valuable resources, the equine-driven economy. After several meetings on race dates, the Red Mile opted to race the Kentucky Sires Stake finals on Sept. 15, in order to avoid conflict with existing Grand Circuit and stakes races for those age groups on the North America stake calendar.   “Our owners and breeders have too much invested to be forced to choose between these rich opportunities for their stake colts and fillies that crowd the calendar near the end of the season,” said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society. “Though canceled for 2019 we will continue planning for this event until we get the best date and scenario for all the stakeholders involved.” by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

WILKES-BARRE PA – With a record 24 Breeders Crown eliminations in the books from the weekend, here are the final fields for the $6 million Breeders Crown finals on Sat., Oct. 27. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot and the $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace will be drawn Tues., Oct. 23 at the press conference, which begins at noon at Wisecrackers at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The draw will be streamed live on the Breeders Crown Facebook page. The finalists for the Breeders Crown Open Trot in alphabetical order are: Cruzado Dela Noche Dunbar Hall Guardian Angel AS Homicide Hunter Marion Marauder Pinkman Top Flight Angel Warrawee Roo Will Take Charge   The entrants for the $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace in alphabetical order are: All Bets Off Dealt A Winner Donttellmeagain Filibuster Hanover Lazarus N** McWicked Rockin Ron Western Fame **Lazarus N was supplemented to the event for $50,000. Ten race finals were drawn after their respective eliminations. The fields, prior to scratch time and driver changes (due by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday), are below. $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – Broadway Donna – Jim Campbell – David Miller 2 – Barn Bella – trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer 3 – *NF Happenstance – Carol Jamieson-Parker – Jack Parker Jr. 4 – Caprice Hill – Chris Oakes – Brian Sears 5 – *Emoticon Hanover – Luc Blais – Daniel Dube 6 – Celebrity Ruth – trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer 7 – Pink Pistol – Peter Shody – Tim Tetrick 8 – Ariana G – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 9 – Ice Attraction – trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt $270,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – Twinkle – Ross Croghan – Scott Zeron 2 -- *Shartin N** – Jim King Jr. – Tim Tetrick 3 -- *Call Me Queen Be – Ross Croghan – Eric Carlson 4 – Lakeisha Hall – Ron Burke – Matt Kakaley 5 – Pure Country – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 6 – Carol’s Z Tam – Jamie Macomber – Brian Sears 7 – Newborn Sassy – Jim King Jr. – Tim Tetrick 8 – Blue Moon Stride – Mark Harder – Corey Callahan 9 – Caviart Ally – Noel Daley – Andrew McCarthy **Shartin N was supplemented to the event for $31,250. $530,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – *Dorsoduro Hanover – Ron Burke – Matt Kakaley 2 -- *This Is The Plan – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras 3 – Springsteen – Rene Allard – Simon Allard 4 – Thinkbig Dreambig – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 5 -- *Shnitzledosomethin – Dylan Davis – David Miller 6 – American History – Tony Alagna – Andrew McCarthy 7 – Grand Teton – Jimmy Takter – Andrew McCarthy 8 – Lather Up** – Clyde Francis – Montrell Teague 9 – I’m A Big Deal – Chris Ryder – Brett Miller **Lather Up was supplemented to the event for $62,500. $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Trot (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – Run Director – Benoit Baillargeon – Sylvain Filion 2 – Evaluate – Marcus Melander – Tim Tetrick 3 – Fiftydallarbill – William Crone – Brett Miller 4 -- *Tactical Landing – Jimmy Takter – Brian Sears 5 -- *Six Pack – trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt 6 – Jula Downtown – Susanne Kerwood – Jody Jamieson 7 – Crystal Fashion – Jim Campbell – Tim Tetrick 8 – Met’s Hall – Julie Miller – Andy Miller 9 – Wolfgang – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination 1 -- *Plunge Blue Chip – trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt 2 – Supergirl Riley – Erv Miller – Marcus Miller 3 -- *Atlanta – Rick Zeron – Scott Zeron 4 – Lily Stride – Mark Harder – Tim Tetrick 5 – Looking For Zelda – Norm Parker – Matt Kakaley 6 – Courtney Hanover – Rick Zeron – Scott Zeron 7 – Phaetosive – trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer 8 – Manchego – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 9 – Impinktoo – Ron Burke – Brian Sears $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – Strong Opinion – Ron Burke – Joe Bongiorno 2 – Alexa’s Power – Jim Campbell – Tim Tetrick 3 – Double A Mint – Ron Burke – David Miller 4 – Percy Bluechip – Ron Burke – Matt Kakaley 5 -- *Youaremycandygirl – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras 6 – Dance Blue – Nancy Johansson – Andrew McCarthy 7 – Baron Remy – Ron Burke – Chris Page 8 – Solitary – Nick Surick – Brett Miller 9 – Kissin In The Sand – Nancy Johansson – Scott Zeron $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – Hudson River – Jimmy Takter - Yannick Gingras 2 – Chin Chin Hall - Melanie Wrenn - Peter Wrenn 3 – Prospect Hill – Julie Miller – Andy Miller 4 – *Smart As Hill – Paula Wellwood – Bob McClure 5 – *Gimpanzee – Marcus Melander – Brian Sears 6 – Super Schissel – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 7 – Trix And Stones – Carl Jamieson – Scott Zeron 8 – Green Manilishi S – Marcus Melander – Tim Tetrick 9 – Kings County – Domenico Cecere – Brian Sears $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – *When Doves Cry – Rene Allard – Simon Allard 2 – *Woodside Charm – trainer/driver Verlin Yoder 3 – *Champagne Jane – Luc Blais – Bob McClure 4 – Cloud Nine Fashion – Jim Campbell – Tim Tetrick 5 – Special Honor – Julie Miller – Andy Miller 6 – Whispering Oaks – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 7 – Miss You Kelly – Bruce Lauer – Tim Tetrick 8 – The Ice Dutchess – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 9 – Stella Jane – John Butenschoen – George Napolitano Jr. $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – *Proof – Brian Brown – David Miller 2 -- *No Mas Amor – Linda Toscano – Matt Kakaley 3 – Lyons Johnnyjnr – Jeff Gillis – Brian Sears 4 – Captain Crunch – Nancy Johansson – Scott Zeron 5 – *Captain Trevor – Tony Alagna – Andrew McCarthy 6 – Air Force Hanover – Brian Brown – David Miller 7 – Love Me Some Lou – Tom Cancelliere – Corey Callahan 8 – Mangogh—Bruce Saunders – Andrew McCarthy 9 – Blood Money – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination. 1 – Beautyonthebeach – Gregg McNair – Doug McNair 2 -- *St Somewhere – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras 3 – *Tall Drink Hanover – Tony Alagna – Andrew McCarthy 4 – Warrawee Ubeaut – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras 5 – Queen Of The Pride – Kevin Lare – Tony Hall 6 – Treacherous Reign – Tony Alagna – Scott Zeron 7 – Zero Tolerance – Joe Holloway – David Miller 8 – Prescient Beauty – Gregg McNair – Doug McNair 9 – Annie Hill – Chris Oakes – Brian Sears  by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Twelve of harness racing's top handicappers will be playing for charity on Saturday night (Oct. 27) in a unique contest on the 12 Breeders Crown championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest is sponsored by the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown with total prize money of $1,750 to be awarded to three designated charities. The 12 players have been divided into three teams of four members uignated charity. Second place is worth $500 and third place will earn $250. The teams and the designated charities they are playing for are: Foiled Again/Harness Horse Youth Foundation; Gallo Blue Chip/New Vocations; and Moni Maker/Standardbred Retirement Foundation. All team names honor past Breeders Crown champions, who are also the three richest North American-based horses of all-time. "The Hambletonian Society was proud to support the Grand Circuit Wagering Contest which was responsible for thousands of dollars raised for equine aftercare charities and is happy to be a part of the new format," said Hambletonian Society COO and director of publicity Moira Fanning. "The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest will help support these charities as well as encourage real wagering on the unprecedented 15 percent low takeout on all Breeders Crown wagers. "Good luck to all the new members of the #SenditinArmy." Each team member will handicap three races. All wagers are mythical and players for each race will be limited to $100 maximum win or win/place combination, $100 maximum in total exacta wagers, and $120 maximum in total trifecta wagers. The selections will be available via a press release sent out prior to Saturday night's finals, with the results announced on Monday, Oct. 29. Here are the teams, and the charity they will be playing for: Team Foiled Again, playing for Harness Horse Youth Foundation: Allan Schott-Seasoned handicapper who was the coordinator for the Horseplayer's Association of North America (HANA) Grand Circuit Handicapping Contest. Dave Brower-Race analyst and oddsmaker at the Meadowlands, host of nationally-televised Hambletonian broadcast. Derick Giwner-Editor of, DRF Harness Weekend Newsletter and Harness Eye for Daily Racing Form. Dave Weaver-Announcer for TVG for nearly 20 years. He lived out his dream covering this year's Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian and his favorite Breeders Crown moment is Foiled Again winning the 2013 Open Pace. Team Gallo Blue Chip, playing for New Vocations: Ellie Sarama-Former host and handicapper at Meadowlands, Freehold and The Racing Network, as well as commentator for ESPN's Breeders Crown shows. Garnet Barnsdale-Veteran handicapper and harness reporter/writer currently working as the Mohawk Park public handicapper for DRF Harness. Won the HANA Grand Circuit Shootout charity handicapping contest in 2014. Gabe Prewitt-Announcer at Red Mile and Pompano Park as well as race analyst at Meadowlands. Gordon Waterstone-Communicators Hall of Famer, associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World, HarnessRacing Weekend Preview and Team Moni Maker, playing for Standardbred Retirement Foundation: Mark McKelvie-Communications director for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Megan Maccario-Featured contributor for Thoroughbred Insider, also participated in the HANA Grand Circuit contests. Michael Carter-The 2017 Breakthrough Award winner, social media and publicity coordinator for the USTA as well as co-host of Mike and Mike. Sally Hinckley-Oddsmaker and public handicapper for decades, won the 2015 HANA Grand Circuit contest. From the Breeders Crown

The Breeders Crown Finals will all take place at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, October 27 and will feature all 12 divisions.  $250,000 BREEDERS CROWN MARE TROT $270,000 BREEDERS CROWN MARE PACE  $430,000 BREEDERS CROWN PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT $530,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT  $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE $25,000 2-Year-Old Eliminations are raced on Friday, Oct. 19, post time 7:00 p.m. $25,000 3-Year-Old & Open Eliminations are be raced Saturday, Oct. 20, post time 7:00 p.m. For complete conditions for the Breeders Crown in 2018, refer to the USTA Stakes Guide or check online at For more information, contact the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown office at: (609) 371-2211. by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Cranbury, NJ --- With many divisions still in flux as to year-end honors, the connections of three of the top pacers in their respective groups each supplemented to their Breeder Crown event. The Breeders Crown Open events attracted the richest female pacer, 5-year-old mare Shartin N, whose 16 wins in 21 starts and bankroll of $820,861 made the $31,250 supplemental payment an easy decision for co-owners Richard Poillucci and Jo-Ann Looney-King. Jo-Ann's husband, Jimmy King Jr. trains the imported daughter of New Zealand stallion Tintin In America-Bagdarin. Another Down Under sensation, Lazarus N, was supplemented to the $400,000 Crown Open Pace to the tune of $50,000. The racing world has enjoyed heavyweight match ups featuring Lazarus N and McWicked, but Lazarus was scratched sick from their last meeting in Saturday's Dan Rooney Invitational by trainer Jimmy Taker to ensure he was in top form for the Crown. Lazarus N, owned by Taylor Made Stallions, has banked $400,245 in North America this year, with a two wins and three seconds in just five starts on this continent. Combined with his New Zealand earnings, he's made $689,861 for a hefty $3 million lifetime. Gary and Barbara Iles homebred sophomore pacing colt Lather Up emerged as the early season sensation, blasting a 1:48.1 mile in his North America Cup victory back in June. Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by Montrell Teague, Lather Up's consistent performance on the racetrack has resulted in a 14-11-0-1 slate and $768,612 in earnings. Regular entries for 3-year-old and up trotters and pacers are due by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Pocono Downs race office. Two-year-old entries closed at 9:00 a.m. Monday and you can see the fields here: The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races, if needed, this Friday and Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eliminations for all 2-year-old events will be raced on Friday [post time 7:00 p.m.] and eliminations for all 3-year-old and up events will be Saturday [post time 7:00 p.m.]. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. There will be an industry-wide low 15% takeout on all wagers on all three nights of Crown competition. The $6 million Breeders Crown finals will be raced on Saturday, October 27, with an early post time of 5:30 p.m. [EDT] For more information go to by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

In just three days the entry box closes for potential supplements to the three-year-old and older races and all two-year old divisions of the $6 million Breeders Crown Finals on Saturday, Oct. 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. You can access the Pocono condition sheet here: Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon [EDT], Monday, Oct. 15, in the race office at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. There are no supplements for the two-year-old races. Foreign invitees to the Crown Trot must also declare by noon on Monday, Oct. 15. Supplemental declaration amounts vary by division. Click here for more instructions on supplementing: The entrance fee is included in the supplemental amount. A minimum of half the amount of the supplemental fee, minus the entrance fee, will be added to the purse. This one-time supplemental payment makes a horse eligible to all subsequent years' Breeders Crown events under the normal schedule of payments. Two-year-olds eligible to the $600,000 freshman events declare in by 9:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Three-year-olds and older horses eligible to their respective divisions declare in by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Eliminations, if needed, will occur for two-year-olds on Friday, Oct. 19 with three-year-old and open elims on Saturday, Oct. 20, both nights starting at the regular post time of 7:00 p.m. [EDT] Eliminations split at 12 entries. Because there are no trailers allowed at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, if 10 or 11 horses enter, the two highest money earners receive byes and there will be a single elimination to "qualify" the remaining nine horses for the final. If there are eliminations, post positions in the Final will be determined by an open draw with the exception that Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, will draw for post positions number one (#1) through five (#5) in the final. All other finalists, including foreign invitees, will be placed in an open draw for the remaining post positions. Those horse(s) that receive a bye into the Final will be in the open draw for post positions in the Final. All horses that start in the Final receive money. There will be 24-hour retention barns for eliminations and finals. The 12 Breeders Crown events will be raced Saturday, Oct. 27 with an early post time of 5:30 p.m. [EDT]. There will be 15% take-out on all wagers, on all three days of Breeders Crown competition. For more information and racing conditions click: or call 609-371-221 by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

The Red Mile Renaissance continues with the creation of $1 million harness race for two-year-old trotters slated for a blockbuster Grand Circuit weekend in 2019 at the historic Lexington, Kentucky harness track. The race for two-year-old trotters, was initiated by the Hambletonian Society and received an enthusiastic response from host partners The Red Mile, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the Kentucky Sires Stakes board. A formal announcement, outlining the parameters of the event will be made on Sunday, Sept. 16, when the Red Mile hosts the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stake Finals, the finale of the $4.5 million program on Fayette County Fair Day. Other partners include the Bluegrass Sports Commission, Cornett Agency, and the inaugural Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, slated for Oct. 7, 2018, which has dedicated net proceeds from the sale to promotion and marketing of the new event. The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

WILKES-BARRE, PA (August 9, 2018) - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will offer a 15% across-the-board takeout rate on all available wagers-not only on the entire Breeders Crown Finals card, but also on two nights of elimination cards. "It's a significant benefit to offer bettors one of the absolute lowest multi-race takeout rates in all of North America," said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the Breeders Crown championship series of races. "Adding this incentive to one of racing's most highly anticipated events will make it all the more exciting." The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association have also partnered with TVG to broadcast key Breeders Crown races, and with Daily Racing Form for live streaming on their website with analysis, past performance pages and commentary, giving fans access free of charge. Set for Saturday, October 27, this will be the third time The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has hosted the $6 million event, harness racing's richest and most prestigious year-end divisional series. Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-olds will be raced Friday, October 19 and three-year-old and open horses will have eliminations, if necessary, on Saturday, October 20. Tickets, dining options and hotel recommendations for the Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will be available shortly. Please go to or for more information. by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Seventeen colts and a lone filly entered the 93rd Hambletonian, to be raced as two $100,000 elimination heats for the $1 million final on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Atlanta, a sophomore daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip, trained and driven by the father-son team of Rick Zeron and Scott Zeron, will attempt to become just the 14th filly to win the Hambletonian title in its 93 years. The last filly to do so was the world champion Continentalvictory in 1996. Post positions for the Hambletonian heats and the $500,000 final of the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters will be drawn and morning lines assigned on a Facebook live post-position draw at 2 p.m. (EDT) on the Meadowlands Facebook page and also streamed live on the Meadowlands YouTube channel. The top-five finishers in each Hambletonian elimination heat will advance to the same-day final later Saturday afternoon. Elimination winners draw for inside posts 1-5 and all other finalists will then be placed in an open draw. There is no Lasix or any race day medication permitted in the eliminations or finals of the Hambletonian Oaks or Hambletonian Open. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $1 million Hambletonian will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday. Below is the alpha list of entries to the Hambletonian. First Leg of the Trotting Triple Crown; 3-Year-Old Colt Trot in 2018 - $1,000,000 ALPHA LIST Horse Sex Trainer Nominator ALARM DETECTOR C Ben Baillargeon T & E Rankin, C Hamel, S Vena ATLANTA F Rick Zeron Holland Rcg Stb, H Taylor, B Grant, Crawford CLASSICHAP C Trond Smedshammer Purple Haze Stbs LLC CRYSTAL FASHION G Jim Campbell Fashion Farms LLC EVALUATE C Marcus Melander Stall TZ Inc FASHIONWOODCHOPPER C Jim Campbell Fashion Farms LLC FOURTH DIMENSION C Marcus Melander Courant Inc HAT TRICK HABIT C Scott DiDomenico Fred Monteleone Stb LLC LAWMAKER C Anthony MacDonald The Stable Lawmaker Group MET'S HALL C Julie Miller Stroy Inc, Andy Miller Stable Inc PATENT LEATHER C Jim Campbell Fashion Farms LLC SHOSHIE DEO C DeWayne Minor Annemette Minor SIX PACK C Ake Svanstedt Svandstedt, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Berg SOUTHWIND CHROME C Paula Wellwood Dreamville Stable TACTICAL LANDING C Jimmy Takter The Tactical Landing Stable WOLFGANG C Jimmy Takter Brixton Medical, Hatfield Stbs, Fair Island Fm YOU KNOW YOU DO C Jimmy Takter Taylor, Order By Stb, Hatfield,Katz, Libfeld Goldband ZEPHYR KRONOS C Jimmy Takter A Libfeld, M Katz, P Soderberg, C Takter 17 Colts and 1 Filly Hambletonian Day is closing day with a post time of 12:00 noon, and the zenith of the Championship Meet. Fans can follow the next two action-filled weekends at, and on Twitter at #Hambo18. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- Seventeen 3-year-olds trotters entered today for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the filly division of the Hambletonian. Hambletonian Festival week kicks off on July 28 with two $50,000 eliminations to narrow the field to 10 for the $500,000 Oaks final on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 4, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. The recent battle between Dan Patch Award champion Manchego and rival Plunge Blue Chip in a division of the Del Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands resulted in a near dead-heat with Plunge Blue Chip emerging a nostril ahead in a world-record 1:49.4. The two fillies were seeded into different Oaks eliminations, with Plunge Blue Chip receiving post eight in one and Manchego receiving post seven in the other. The other Del Miller Memorial winner, Phaetosive, will start inside of Plunge Blue Chip with post five in their elimination. Manchego has lost just two of 17 career starts, breaking against males in the Beal Memorial final on June 30, and the aforementioned nose loss to Plunge Blue Chip. Her career earnings stand at $961,170 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. Plunge Blue Chip, driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt, has a record of 5-3-2-0 in 2018 for an ownership comprised of Svanstedt Stable, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Zeron Racing Stables and Tomas Andersson. Her only losses this year have come in meetings with Atlanta, the top filly in the division, whose connections opted to race the males in the $1 million Hambletonian Open. The daughter of Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donut became the fastest 3-year-old of any gender with her recent 1:49.4 score. For the first time this year Plunge Blue Chip will face Phaetosive, driven and trained by Trond Smedshammer and owned by Purple Haze Stables. The daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton was a $65,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale in 2016 and has earned her connections $352,358 in just 10 lifetime starts. The Oaks elimination fields are as follows: $50,000 Oaks Elim for Saturday, July 28 Post Position Horse Trainer Driver 1 Blonde Magic Thomas Durand Thomas Durand 2 Lima Novelty Linda Toscano Scott Zeron 3 Winbak Noelle Lucas Wallin Andrew McCarthy 4 Perfect Summer K Andrew Harris Louis Roy 5 Phaetosive Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer 6 Live Laugh Love R. Nifty Norman David Miller 7 Nixie Volo John Butenschoen Corey Callahan 8 Plunge Blue Chip Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt   $50,000 Oaks Elim for Saturday, July 28 Post Position Horse Trainer Driver 1 What A Knockout Marcus Melander David Miller 2 Bill’s Lady John Butenschoen Corey Callahan 3 Lily Stride Mark Harder Tim Tetrick 4 Hey Blondie Chuck Sylvester Andrew McCarthy 5 Fly Fly Selena Dustin Jones Brett Miler 6 Courtney Hanover Rick Zeron Scott Zeron 7 Manchego Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras 8 Piranha Fury R. Nifty Norman Tim Tetrick 9 Seviyorum Julie Miller Andy Miller The top five finishers in each elim will advance to the final on Aug. 4. There is no Lasix or any race day medication permitted in the eliminations or finals of the Hambletonian Oaks or Open. Elimination winners draw for inside posts 1-5 and all other finalists will then be placed in an open draw. The winner of the final on Aug. 4 is the Oaks winner, regardless of elimination finish on July 28. Post positions for the $500,000 final will be drawn and morning lines assigned on Tuesday, July 31, on a Facebook live post-position draw at 2 p.m. on the Meadowlands Facebook page and also streamed live on the Meadowlands YouTube channel. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $1 million Hambletonian will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. [EDT] on Aug. 4. Hambletonian Day is closing day with a post time of 12:00 noon, and the zenith of the Championship Meet. Fans can follow the next two action-filled weekends at, and on Twitter at #Hambo18. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

The Hambletonian Maturity, a race exclusively for 4-year-old trotters, drew nine entrants and will go to post Saturday (July 14) at the Meadowlands Racetrack for a purse of $405,850. Ariana G, owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, fresh off a world-record 1:50.2 victory in the Graduate Series final, seeks to join 2016 winner Hannelore Hanover, 1964 winner Elma and 1963 winner Spry Rodney as mare winners of the Maturity. Ariana G, who won the 2017 Hambletonian Oaks on her way to divisional honors and $1.1 million in earnings, would be the first mare to complete the Oaks-Maturity double if she wins Saturday. Her stiffest competition comes in the form of Guardian Angel As, with three wins in three starts this year for trainer Anette Lorentzon. The son of Archangel authored a 4-year-old track record of 1:52 last month at Harrah's Philadelphia, but was ineligible to the Graduate final. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, Guardian Angel As has racked up $320,030 in his career, with most of his sophomore success coming on the New York Sire Stakes trail. This year he's a different horse according to Lorentzon. "Last year he was just unlucky most of the time," Lorentzon said. "He raced good but he wasn't as good on a half-mile track and that's where the New York Sire Stakes are raced. He was always better on a mile track. I thought he raced really, really good in the Hambletonian to make the final and everyone knows the story of him getting run into. (Guardian Angel As, driven by Jason Bartlett, was fourth in his Hambletonian heat and interfered with in the final, causing the first ever disqualification of a Hambletonian winner, when What The Hill was placed ninth). "At the end of the year I started to have a problem with his foot -- I'm still not sure what bothered him, but he had a lot of issues with it. He raced really well in Lexington but he was not paid into the Kentucky Futurity. Then the Breeders Crown, that didn't go as we planned either. I was happy in the elimination but the final did not work out as it should, so then I just turned him out." Guardian Angel As ended the year with a record of 19-8-3-1 and $259,280 in earnings. Lorentzon qualified him at Hoosier Park in May and won an overnight in 1:53, a new mark for Guardian Angel As that he subsequently lowered in winning a leg of the Graduate at Tioga Downs and lowered again by setting the track record at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:52. "When Timmy (Tetrick) drove him in Tioga he said he got away a little further back then he wanted but won as easy as could be. Then of course at (Harrah's Philadelphia) he was very happy with him," Lorentzon said. "We missed the Graduate because you have to race in half the legs and there are only three and I did not want to ship him to Canada because it's a long season with a lot of racing towards the end of the year. I am thinking about the future with him because we plan on racing him for several more years -- you never know what will happen but that's our plan. "Ariana G was very, very impressive and it's a tough race for everybody. I'll be happy if he races well and has a little luck." Also entered is Sortie, who was a surprise third-place finisher in the Graduate final at 53-1 for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer; Canadian invader R First Class from the barn of Ben Baillargeon; a pair of contenders from trainer John Butenschoen, Don Dream and Bill's Man; as well as International Moni, Yes Mickey and Top Flight Angel. R First Class is driven by Trevor Henry, whose most recent of only three previous career appearances at The Meadowlands was in 2017 when he drove Classic Pro to a third-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace at 64-1. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Guardian Angel As-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon-4/1 2-Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-12/1 3-R First Class-Trevor Henry-Benoit Baillargeon-15/1 4-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-8/1 5-International Moni-Scott Zeron-Domenico Cecere-5/1 6-Don Dream-Brett Miller-John Butenschoen-20/1 7-Sortie-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-10/1 8-Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-10/1 9-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-7/5 Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt won the first edition of the current incarnation of the Hambletonian Maturity in 2014 with Your So Vain and starts Yes Mickey from post two. Four of the nine entered were 2017 Hambletonian starters: Bill's Man, Guardian Angel As, International Moni, and Sortie. Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance is 1-1/8 miles. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50 percent of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalists finishing sixth through ninth. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10 percent for the horses finishing second through fifth. For the complete Meadowlands card, click here. For Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin's analysis of all the races, click here. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society  

Cranbury, NJ... April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Friday, April 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Saturday, April 16. The only payments due on April 15 are those with previous payments in March. Eligibility lists for races with final payments in February or March of this year have been posted on the web site. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is available online at For additional information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. Breeders Crown Battle of Lake Erie Supplement The Carl Erskine The Elevation Dayton Derby Trot and Pace Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Filly Pace & Trot (for 2-year-old fillies) Madison County (previously the Circle City for 2-year-olds) Matron Series Miami Valley Distaff Monument Circle by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society    

There are 11 trotters entered in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 3-year-old males on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto. Most are by marquee stallions well known to aficionados of U.S. pedigrees. To have two starters - in a field of 11 - is an incredible achievement for Infinitif given that of the remaining nine trotters in the field, only two are not by Muscles Yankee, Muscle Hill and Donato Hanover, all Hambletonian winners and high-priced stallions.   The stallion Infinitif, a son of Breeders Crown champion Pine Chip from the Coktail Jet mare Island Dream, was moved to Ontario from Kentucky in 2011 by Frenchman Jean-Pierre DuBois before being exported to Sweden that same year. Dubois, considered a bloodstock genius, has been out front in mingling the bloodlines of French and American trotters, with extraordinary results.   Infinitif made over half a million in purses racing overseas, primarily in Italy, and was brought to the U.S. by Dubois in 2008. Though he raced only once, he did take a mark of 1:53.1 in a qualifier over the Red Mile surface. An advocate of racing and breeding, Dubois then set Infinitif back to Europe where he continued racing for another year. Despite his very limited stud book - with a total of just 47 registered foals, Infinitif's offspring have earned more than $1.8 million. Nonetheless, Dubois nominated his stallion to the Breeders Crown program. Two from his last crop of 12 trotters will start in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters. Ontario Sire Stake star Dont Rush, a son of Infinitif-Color Me Pretty has earned $583,101 for trainer and co-owner Dustin Jones. The colt is a result of a free breeding to Infinitif given to Jones by Dubois. He starts from post 8 in the Crown event, carded as the eighth race on Saturday, Oct. 24. Infiniti As, from the Donerail mare Yankee Jeannie, starts from the second tier post 11 and is 20-1 on the morning line. With more modest earnings of $51,606, Infiniti As has been improving for trainer Anette Lorentzen since he was gelded. Though both are longshots in a division dominated by the $2.4 million winner Pinkman, their presence in the sport's elite events is enough. Moira Fanning Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

Stallion nominations (other than first-year stallions) for breedings of 2015 are due Thursday, January 15 for Breeders Crown No. 32. This payment makes the resulting foals of 2016 eligible to the sport's most prestigious year-end championship series, the $5.6 million Breeders Crown. Nominations must be postmarked by Friday night by midnight, January 16, 2015. For more information, please contact (609) 371-2211. This form is available here: by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

The world's greatest harness racing trotting spectacle is just six weeks away, and this year's edition of the Prix'd'Amerique may feature an actual Amerique - the trotting mare Maven. The daughter of Glidemaster - M Stewart, now trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for owners Herb Liverman, John Fielding and Joyce McClelland is headed to France to race in the Prix de Bourgogne on Dec. 28, a preliminary event for the Prix d'Amerique. How she fares will determine if Jimmy Taker tries for a second victory in the race that attracts over 40,000 spectators on the last Sunday in January. Takter also trained the 1999 winner, the legendary Moni Maker. If you never been to Paris, consider going to see one of the most beautiful cities in the world, in the best possible setting: framed by the world's best trotters, with a group of like-minded harness racing enthusiasts. International travel company Equitours offers a guided tour that features some of the best attractions Paris has to offer, in value-priced package that offers plenty of time to explore the City of Lights on your own, or simply immerse yourself in the French trotting culture. You can try to win the trip through the Standardbred Retirement Foundation raffle ( or leave nothing to chance and book this fantastic experience today. The tour begins on Thursday, Jan. 22 and ends on Monday, Jan. 26. Options includes a visit to Grosbois training center and the stable of Pierre Vercruysse, who raced several years at The Meadowlands and will be hosting Maven, an auction of trotting horses and an extraordinary equine trade fair where the champagne flows freely, a visit to the Moulin Rouge, a personalized bus tour of Paris, extraordinary meals and international company, and culminates with VIP seat for the Prix d'Amerique at famed Vincennes Racetrack. For complete information, go to and click on the American flag to take you to a full description of the Paris and Prix d'Amerique tour. Or contact American representatives Dean Hoffman at or (614) 457-8750 and Moira Fanning at or (732-306-6713) by Moira Fanning for Prix D'Amerique Tour    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Post positions for the $500,000 freshman Breeders Crown filly pace and trot finals and the $593,750 3-year-old filly pace were drawn tonight at The Meadowlands Racetrack. Elim winners in an order determined by lot, are then placed in the draw for post positions 1 through 5. After those are drawn all other post positions are drawn for the remaining eight horse. Mission Brief and Wild Honey were heavily favored in their respective elims, paying just sixty cents on the dollar to their backers. Mission Brief, from the Burke Stable, went first in the shake and got post five. Wild Honey then drew post two. $500,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot: (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Love Me Madly, John Campbell, Ross Croghan 2. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 3. Danielle Hall, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson. 4. Wiclet Hanover, Ake Svanstadt, Ake Svanstadt; 5. Mission Brief, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 6. Stubborn Belle, Paul Macdonell, John Bax 7. Lilu Hanover, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter 8. Hot Start, Brian Sears, Jonas Czernyson 9. Livininthefastlane, Tim Tetrick, Julie Miller 10. Smexi, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter AE1 Sarcy AE2 Scented Roses The completed field is as follows: Undefeated filly JK She'salady extended her winning streak to 11 while Heart Major was placed first after an incident-plagued elimination race that ended with winner Ideal Nuggets set back to sixth for interfering with Well Hello There and fifth placed finisher Happiness placed seventh for multiple pylon violations. First in the draw was Heart Major, receiving pill number 5. JK She'salady then got post 4. $500,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace: (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Southwind Roulette, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 2. Divine Caroline, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 3. Happy Becky, David Miller, Casie Coleman 4. JK She'salady, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson 5. Heart Major, Ron Pierce, Joe Pavia Jr. 6. Bettor Be Steppin, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 7. Well Hello There, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke 8. Bettor N Better, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke 9. Heavenly Bride, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 10. Sassa Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke AE1 Ideal Nuggets AE2 The Show Returns Color's A Virgin continued her march towards divisional honors, making short work of an elimination race that could have passed for the Crown final. The Jugette winner was first in shake order and drew post five. The other elim winner Gallie Bythe Beach drew post four. $593,750 3-Year-Old Filly Pace (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Major Dancer, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 2. Beach Gal, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary 3. Gettingreadytoroll, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell 5. Color's A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown 6. Uffizi Hanover, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 7. Beach Story, David Miller, Kelvin Harrison 8. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 9. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 10. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair AE1 Weeper, Ron Pierce, Kelly O'Donnell AE2 Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious The $500,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot will be drawn after tonight's ninth race at The Meadowlands. by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

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