Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life, who drew post one in tonight’s $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and was the 5/2 morning line favorite, will scratch from the race, according to trainer George Ducharme. “It’s disappointing,” said Ducharme. “This is not how I wanted to cap the year. He is just not himself and I have to put the interests of the horse first. Nothing specific but he’s been so good to us I don’t want to take the chance of hurting him. I will get him vetted out this week and see if anything is really wrong. “He wasn’t really himself in the second heat of the Futurity and then after the Breeders Crown elim he just didn’t seem like himself. “ Royalty For Life won a heat of the Kentucky Futurity but was fifth in the final heat. In last week’s Breeders Crown elim he finished fourth. Royalty For Life has the most earnings this year of any trotter with $1.2 million. All entrants in the race will move down one slot on the starting gate. The number two, horse All Laid Out, will now start from the rail on through post eight. Head numbers for all horses in the race are unchanged. by Moira Fanning for the Breeders Crown
The deadline for ineligible horses to supplement to the Crown was noon Monday, October 7, 2013. There were no supplemental entries. The box closes on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9:00 a.m. [EDT] at Pocono for all 12 divisions of eligible horses. Three-year-olds also have the option of entering the sophomore event to which they were nominated or an Open event. For a list of eligible horses go to http://www.hambletonian.org/staking/breeders_crown.html by Mora Fanning for the Breeders Crown
MANALAPAN, NJ - July 26, 2013 - The 2013 Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Scholarships were presented in winner's circle ceremonies at the Meadowlands on Friday, July 26, 2013. Plaques and checks were presented to Caroline Fanning [$5,000], John McDermott [$1,500] and Nicole Coyne [$1,500]. All three honorees are from prominent New Jersey harness racing families. Caroline Fanning, 18, is the daughter of Tom and Moira Fanning of Jackson, NJ. John McDermott, 19, is the son of John and Nancy McDermott of Lyndhurst, NJ. Nicole Coyne, 20, is the daughter of Ron and Regina Coyne of New Egypt, NJ. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ Presenting the SBOANJ scholarships and plaques in the Meadowlands winner's circle on July 26, 2013 were Backstretch Community Assistance Program [BCAP] Executive Director Chris Samaha [far left] and SBOANJ Director Ed Razzetti [far right] to Caroline Fanning, Nicole Coyne and John McDermott.
First Choice Marketing announced today plans to host the 14th Annual Hambletonian Continuing Education Seminar for Equine Veterinarians, to be held in conjunction with the 88th Annual Hambletonian Festival of Racing in East Rutherford, NJ.
Sustaining payments for all 2-year-old races, including the Fall Final Four at The Meadowlands, Under Saddle Racing Series payments and yearling nominations for all events administered by the Hambletonian Society are due Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Ron Burke sold this year's top money-winning horse heading into Saturday's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series final at Yonkers Raceway, but the harness racing trainer still likes his chances in the $450,000 event.
April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Monday, April 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, April 16.
The Historic Stakes for freshman pacers and trotters will be raced at Harrah's Philadelphia this August. The sophomore events remain at Tioga Downs.
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society harness racing stake events are due Friday, March 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked no later than midnight on Saturday, March 16.
The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 129 harness racing stake events, headlined by the return of heat racing in the$1 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands and $6 million Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is fast approaching.
Yonkers Racetrack management has increased the appeal of its most important harness racing stakes beginning in 2013 by guaranteeing final purses in the open divisions, slashing entrance fees for colt and filly races by more than half, and reducing the sustaining payments by 50% to these events.
The Breeders Crown and Walsh Products are pleased to announce the renewal of the Most Valuable Trainer ( MVT ) Award to be presented at the conclusion of harness racing's big day - the Breeders Crown races next Saturday, Oct. 27 from Woodbine Racetrack.
Though it didn't happen in a Breeders Crown elimination, Rebeka Bayama's impressive, 1:48.4 track-record tying performance at Woodbine in an Open Mare prep on Friday night established her as a top harness racing contender for the US$600,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace Final on Oct. 27.
One favorite and one upset gave Canadian harness racing trainer Tony Alagna a powerful pair of contenders for the US$600,000 Breeders Crown freshman pace, race 7 in a set of 12 championship races scheduled for Oct. 27 at Woodbine Racetrack.
Two sophomores, colt pacer Michael's Power and colt trotter Intimidate, along with mare pacer Rebeka Bayama were supplemented to their respective harness racing divisions by the noon deadline on Monday, Oct. 15.
Calle Wihlborg's European harness racing champion Commander Crowe was committed to the $600,000 Breeders Crown Trot by the noon deadline on Saturday, Oct. 13, but he had one small obstacle to complete before making travel plans for the Oct. 27 event.