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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

Nov. 11, Cranbury, NJ.....The first entry box of the Meadowlands fall championship meet was packed with 156 trotters and pacers creating eliminations on Fri., Nov. 14 and Sat. Nov. 15. in all but five divisions. The $5.4 million Breeders Crown Finals will be conducted on Fri., Nov. 21 and Sat., Nov. 22, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the new Meadowlands grandstand under the management of Jeff Gural. Post time for both final nights will be 7:15 p.m.  Sophomore trotters of both genders will advance directly to the $500,000 finals, fillies on Friday and colts on Saturday. In alphabetical order the nine fillies entered are Cantabs Fortune, Cee Bee Yes, Heaven’s Door, Lifetime Pursuit, Market Rally, Riveting Rosie, Shake It Cerry, Struck By Lindy and Vanity Matters. The powerful Takter team of Father Patrick and Nuncio are two of ten colt trotters entered. In alphabetical order they are Datsyuk, Don Dorado, EL Titan, Father Patrick, Harper Blue Chip, Hillustrious, Il Sogno Dream, Nuncio, Odds On Amethyst and Sumatra. The $400,000 Crown Pace, $281,250 Mare Pace and $250,000 Mare Trot will go straight to the finals on Nov. 21 and 22. A compact field of seven open pacers set for Sat., Nov. 22 in alphabetical order are Bettor’s Edge, Clear Vision, Foiled Again, Modern Legend, State Treasurer, Sweet Lou and Thinking Out Loud.   Eleven mare pacers will also go straight to the final on Fri., Nov. 21 and include three past Breeders Crown champions. In alphabetical order they are: Anndrovette, Camille, Charisma Hanover, Krispy Apple, Regil Elektra, Rocklamation, Shelliscape, Somewherovrarainbow, Venus Delight (S), Voelz Hanover, and Yagonnakissmeornot (S). Reigning Horse of the Year and Breeders Crown champion Bee A Magician headlines the $250,000 Mare Trot, with eight entered. In alphabetical order they are: Bee A Magician, Charmed Life, Classic Martine, D’Orsay, Handover Belle, Intense America, Ma Chere Hall and Mistery Woman. The Mare Trot is also scheduled for Fri., Nov. 21 Complete elimination and final fields will be available when byes and elimination draws are finalized. The Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, Three-Year-Old Colt Trot and Open Trot will be drawn at the press conference at Victory Sports Bar at The Meadowlands on Tues., Nov. 18. At 2:00 p.m. (S) stands for supplement. by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown 

Mon. Nov. 10.....A trio of sophomore filly pacers, Color's A Virgin, Sayitall BB and Weeper, a pair of mare pacers, Yagonnakissmeornot and Venus Delight, and 3-year-old colt pacer Always B Miki were supplemented to their respective Breeders Crown divisions by the noon deadline Monday, Nov. 10. The $5.4 million Breeders Crown events will be contested on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. With the 3-year-old colt pace division still seeking a leader, Always B Miki (Always A Virgin- Artstopper) will try to seize the top spot with a victory in the Breeders Crown. The cost to supplement to the 3-year-old colt pace is $62,500. The Indiana-bred is trained by Joe Holloway, who won this division with Jenna's Beach Boy in 1995, and owned by Bluewood Stable, Val D'Or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable. Always B Miki has won 11 of 18 races this year and $778,982. He is coming off a win in the Monument Circle and other recent victories include the Indiana Sire Stakes championship and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. Always B Miki's half-sister Yagonnakissmeornot (The Panderosa-Artstopper) has made $476,218 this year for owners Allard Racing, Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh, meriting a $31,250 supplemental entry to the Crown Mare Pace. Bamond Racing has won the last three Breeders Crown Mare Pace events as owner of Shelliscape and Anndrovette (twice) and will try for a fourth with Venus Delight (Bettor's Delight-Venus Killean), a 4-year-old purchased in August for trainer P.J. Fraley. Venus Delight is coming off a win in the open handicap for fillies and mares at Yonkers Raceway on Nov. 7. Anndrovette and Shelliscape are among the eligible mares to the Crown Mare Pace, now with a purse of $281,250. Jugette winner Color's A Virgin (Always A Virgin-Full Color) is the top money-winner in her division with $472,622 on the season and needs to "defend her honor" says owner Bruce Trogdon, who paid $62,500 to supplement his filly in the Crown. Joining her as a supplemental entry will be Matron winner Weeper (Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad), owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by Kelly O'Donnell, and Sayitall BB (Tell All-Challo BB) from the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver-Bruscemi roster. O'Donnell captured this division in 1985 with Stienam. Half of all supplemental fees are added to respective purses. The 3-year-old colt pace and filly purses will be $531,250 and $593,750 respectively. Regular entries for eligible trotters and pacers are due by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in a double draw at The Meadowlands race office for the weekend events. There are no supplemental provisions for 2-year-old races. The finalists for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races this Friday and Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter using #Crown14 and on Facebook at and at   by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown    

With most divisional titles still in play as the Grand Circuit heads towards the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs, the spotlight turns shortly to the Meadowlands Racetrack and the $5.4 million 12-race Breeders Crown series. It's final decision time for foreign invitees, supplementals and entries for the Crown finals slated for Friday. Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 in East Rutherford, NJ. Invited foreign horses must declare by noon on Friday, Nov. 7. Supplemental declarations for the three-year-old and open events are due and payable on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 by 12:00 noon in the racing secretary's office [1-877-782-2537] at The Meadowlands. All amounts below are listed in U.S. dollars and payable as such. Click here for more instructions on supplementing: Gtd. Purse Event Supplement $500,000 3-Year-Old Events $62,500 $500,000 Open Trot $62,500 $400,000 Open Pace $50,000 $250,000 Mare Pace $31,250 $250,000 Mare Trot $31,250   There are no supplements for the two-year-old races. The starting fee is included in the supplemental amount. A one-time supplemental payment makes a horse eligible to all subsequent years' Breeders Crown events under the normal schedule of payments. Horses eligible to the Breeders Crown events must enter by 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, also at the Meadowlands race office. Eliminations, if needed, will occur on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15, both nights starting at the regular post time of 7:15 p.m. Elimination races, if necessary, will be raced for a minimum purse of $25,000 each on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday. Nov. 15. If an elimination is required because more than 11, but less than 14 horses are entered, there will be a single elimination to "qualify" only enough horses that can be accommodated by the number of positions in the front tier of the starting gate. 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. Four Breeders Crown distaff events will be raced Friday, Nov. 21, and the remaining eight Breeders Crown finals will be raced on Saturday, Nov. 22. Both nights have a regular Meadowlands post time of 7:15 p.m. [EDT]. For more information and racing conditions visit, or call 609-371-2211. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

Columbus, OH --- Thomas Carl Fanning, 87, of Shark River Hills, Neptune, and formerly of Oradell, N.J., died July 19, 2014, at his home. Mr. Fanning was a loving father, beloved husband and an extraordinary man whose family and faith took precedence in his life. He cherished his friendships and had a warm, loving and giving heart. He enjoyed time spent by the sea, wood carving and art-deco painting. Born in Jersey City in 1927 to Techla and Edmund Carl Fanning, he was an avid photographer and radio enthusiast. He graduated from St. Peter’s College High School in 1944, joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, Squadron N 3505th AAF Base Unit and Detach 723d AAF Base Unit. After his service he attended Seton Hall University Business School where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1951. Mr. Fanning worked in the printing business/sales for Shelby/Miami Systems for 55 years, retiring in 2006. He was founding partner and manager of Hexagon Farm Horse Racing Stable. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Club in Union City, a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Oradell, a 3rd degree Knight at the New Milford K of C St. Joseph’s Council #3814, and a Eucharistic Minister and member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Innocents Church in Neptune. He was married to Enes Lidoli Fanning for 45 years until her death in 1999. Mr. Fanning is survived by his wife, Barbara-Ann, whom he married in 2001; sons, Thomas (Moira), Stephen (Sharon) and Edmund (Lisa); grandchildren, Alyssa, Emma, Veronica, Caroline, Sara, and Brielle; step-children, Denise (Bill) Heitman and Donald (Donna) Tietjen; step-grandchildren, Liam Heitman, John Tietjen, Louis Tietjen and Katie Tietjen; as well as extended family, Renee (Jeffrey) Loprete, Tina (Rich) Jablonowski, Stacy (Max) Guenther, Thomas (Charlotte) Delaura and William, Donald and Paul Sullivan. He was preceded in death by his mother, Techla M. Schreck Fanning; father, Edmund Carl Fanning; sisters, Veronica DeLaura and Jean Sullivan; and brother, Bill Schreck. Visitation will be on Tuesday (July 22) from 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday (July 23) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, Wall, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday (July 24) at 10 a.m. at Holy Innocents Church, 3455 W Bangs Ave., Neptune. The Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Rd., Paramus, N.J. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Innocents Church, 3455 West Bangs Ave., Neptune, NJ 07753 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The $5 million Breeders Crown year-end championships will return to Canada in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. Woodbine Entertainment Group has signed a letter of intent to host all 12 events in the fall of next year announced WEG Executive Vice-President of Racing Jamie Martin and Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administrates the series. Woodbine last hosted all 12 races in 2011 and 2012, handling more than $8.5 million on the events, and luring international stars Rapide Lebel and Commander Crowe to compete against North America's greatest trotters - San Pail and Chapter Seven -- for Crown titles that resulted in eventual Horse of the Year honors. Details on dates and format of the events are to be determined.   by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown  

This year we might have the chance to see American trotters participate, like Market Share and Maven! Make your plans now! There's an old saying that you can't get people in horse racing to agree on just about anything, but anyone who's ever been to Stockholm for the Elitlopp agrees it's an experience no harness racing devotee should miss. Quite literally, you've never seen anything quite like it. It's a bit like the Little Brown Jug as you have over 35,000 enthusiastic Swedes and other Europeans cheering on 16 of the best trotters in the world. And the Elitlopp takes place in Stockholm, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, at a time of year when the weather is unbeatable. Many people also enjoy the chance to visit the resplendent Menhammar Stud, Sweden's largest breeding facility, just outside the city. You'll certainly be familiar with many of the stallions there (Maharajah, From Above, Going Kronos, Chocolatier and others). Maybe the best part of the Equitours Elitlopp Tour is that all the details of the trip---lodging, transportation, sightseeing tour----are taken care of for you. All you need to do is enjoy! If you want a reference on Equitours, contact us and we'll be happy to give you the names of others have who enjoyed the Equitours experience, or contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society: (+1) 609 371 2211 or email to * You can get full details on the 5-day trip (4 nights) by clicking here. * If you prefer to have a light program of 3-nights please click here. * If have any questions, or wish book the tour please email The entire Elitlopp experience in Stockholm will be one you'll never forget. Equi Tours Sweden AB | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Fax: +46 (0)40 30 58 05 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

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 by Mora Fanning for the Breeders Crown  

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