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When Kerin Warner got a degree in history from Rutgers some two decades ago, he already knew his future was with harness racing horses and not students in a classroom. The education he gained during the ensuing years, though, has now led the 45-year-old Warner to the role of teacher. Warner is the new instructional support associate for the Standardbred program at SUNY Morrisville. The program emphasizes hands-on participation in the breaking, care, training, conditioning and racing of Standardbreds through requisite courses such as equine anatomy and physiology, stable management, breeding management, nutrition and training. Students receive an associate in applied science degree in equine racing management. "I saw it as a great opportunity," said Warner, who shut down his stable in northern New Jersey to take the position at Morrisville, which is located 30 miles southeast of Syracuse. "I'm just going to take it and run with it. I'm going to try to make it big." Warner, who grew up near Freehold, followed his father, trainer/driver Warren Gabettie, into harness racing. Warner considered going to veterinary school, but ended up helping with his father's stable after Gabettie became ill while Warner was at Texas A&M. Warner got a degree from Rutgers, but the horses would be his career. "I never wanted to be a history teacher; I just finished up a degree," Warner said. "I knew I was going to be in the horse business when I figured out I wasn't going to be a veterinarian. "I thought this was a cool opportunity. It's a great college. It's a big program, a big school. I grew up in this business. My father was a trainer, my uncle Bobby was a trainer. I think I owe it to give back. I'm trying the best I can right now." Prior to joining Morrisville, Warner focused on breaking yearlings for other owners and trainers in addition to training a small stable, most notably the "Munn" horses of breeder/owner George Munniksma. Warner has won 350 races as a trainer and 24 as a driver. Morrisville's equine center features the nation's only half-mile harness racing track on a college campus, as well as rehabilitation, breeding, and training centers. Students work with assigned horses and, upon successful completion of the U.S. Trotting Association's driver/trainer test and other mandated requirements, can race those horses on the New York county fair circuit or amateur events at local pari-mutuel tracks. The school also offers a bachelor of technology degree in equine science for students interested in continuing their studies. "They have state-of-the-art facilities," Warner said. "It's a good opportunity for the kids; they learn a lot. "I fell in love with the place the minute I was there." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Beginning in 2016, Harness Horse Breeders of NYS and the Morrisville Equine Institute took on a new initiative for Standardbred aftercare. At that time all Morrisville Yearling Sale consignors pledged support of the new initiative and joined in supporting NY-bred aftercare. In 2018 alone the program has provided help to 19 horses. Funds were used for bail and to cover shipping and quarantine if necessary. EVERY NY-Bred in danger of slaughter that the HHBNYS was contacted about was bailed. This 100% success rate was also made possible by individual contributions of the Harness Horse Breeders' membership when the Morrisville Yearling Sale funding was exhausted. Harness Horse Breeders of New York State and Morrisville Equine Institute have decided to continue this endeavor again this year for all 2017 yearlings owned and sold by Morrisville College on September 16th, 2018. The College will donate $100.00 from the purchase price of each of their yearlings to a reserve fund to support any NY-Bred standardbreds found to be in need. Erin Shantal, reproduction manager of the equine program at the Morrisville Equine Institute, states "We are amazed by the response of our wonderful consignors and hope that purchasers will also be generous and help support the aftercare program in the years to come." A donation box will also be available at the Harness Horse Breeder's table at the sale for those individuals who would like to make a donation. Morrisville College and the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS are once again asking consignors to support this initiative to provide a safety net for our NY-Bred horses. For a sponsorship form please contact Mary at Morrisville Equine Institute (315-684-6355.) The HHBNYS will coordinate the use of the donations for NY-Bred horse support services and with further assistance from the Standardbred Retirement Fund work to provide safe homes for these horses. From the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

Durhamville, NY - All harness racing yearlings offered at the Morrisville State sale and the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by Crawford Farms have had a complete set of radiographs taken.   Michelle and Albert Crawford endeavor to offer their customers the utmost confidence when bidding on one of their yearlings and will be happy to provide the results to interested parties.   "We want buyers to know that every horse in our consignment has been closely examined by Dr. Michael Miller and that we stand by the results of the x-rays that these equine athletes are ready to start the next phase of their development" noted Michelle Crawford, the farm's co-owner.   Crawford Farms is excited to offer 17 New York bred yearlings in tomorrow's (Sept. 17) Morrisville sale and an additional 13 colts and fillies at the Lexington Selected Sale (Oct. 4-8) including a full brother to Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder.   For more information, check out our website: or call Michelle at 315-382-5378.    

Morrisville College Institute Manager, Erin Shantal is proud to announce that Morrisville College has taken on a new initiative for the harness racing "Standardbred" aftercare. For all yearlings owned and sold by Morrisville College at the yearling sale on September 17th the College will donate $100.00 from the purchase price of each of their horses to a reserve fund to support any NY-Bred Standardbreds found to be in need. Erin Shantal, states "There is a need for breeders to be responsible for the animals they produce and provide for their well-being. The success of Morrisville's Equine program is directly linked to all NY-Bred Standardbred horses and the college has decided to provide support for those who need assistance. Dave Reid from Preferred Equine also supports the new initiative and will encourage his consignors to participate in supporting the future needs of all NY-bred horses. Dave Hanson from Lake View Equine has pledged his support as well as his major consignors; Guy Howard and Ross Bonafield. The following consignors have also pledged support of the new initiative and all other consignors are encouraged to join them in supporting NY-bred aftercare: Allerage Farm Black Knight Stable Crawford Farms Flyhawk Farm Forty Hills Farm Howard Stables Silver Maple Farm Stein Racing Stable Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

Morrisville State College announces their first foal of 2016.   Students give a warm welcome to the Conway Hall colt as the dam Identity Theft - Malabar Man - Crown Filling watches on.    

The Morrisville Sale is pleased to announce their annual Yearling Sale will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 beginning at 12:00 noon. This will coincide with the NY Excelsior finals and the harness racing three-year-old New York Sire Stakes consolations to be held later that evening at Vernon Downs, located just 15 minutes from the Morrisville Sales facility.  As a convenience to the purchasers and consignors, a brunch will be served starting at 10:00 a.m. Anyone who purchases a yearling(s) will be allowed to leave their yearling(s) at the sale facility until Monday if needed. In the 2015 Morrisville Sale, a total of 62 yearlings comprised of 48 trotters and 14 pacers sold for an average price of $15,540. That represents the highest average of any sale in the state and was a 43% percent increase from the 2014 sale. The sale attendance was very impressive and all the seats were full until the last yearling went through the ring. This comes on the heels of several sales graduates racing at the highest level in the state in 2015 including leading two-year-olds DAYSON 2, 1:55.2-’15 ($182,612) and SMALLTOWNTHROWDOWN 2, 1:57-’15 ($121,965) as well as three-year-old performer’s ROYAL DECEPTOR 3,1:57.2h-‘15 ($207,965), SUMMER SCENT 3,1:59h-’15 ($123,434) and FROU FROU 3,1:56f-’15 ($115,133).  Other recent graduates include MARKET RALLY 3,1:54.4 ($704,445), BIG BOY DREAMS p,4,1:49.4f-’15 ($544,742), CASH ME OUT 4,1:53.3-’15 ($447,149), BARN BABE 3,1:54.2f ($350,463) and ROYAL SHYSTER 1:55 ($326,669). The Morrisville College students greatly appreciate hosting the sale and making industry contacts with the consignors. These industry connections often lead to internships and further employment for our students. See what some of our graduates have to say: "Before coming to MSC I had never heard of a Standardbred. Not only have I come to be a fan of the sport, I have fallen in love with the Standardbred horse. Morrisville's internship program has helped me land a career at New York's fastest growing breeding farm, Crawford Farms" - Bobbi Jean Carney '14 “While at Morrisville I learned how to properly care for stallions, mares, and foals.  My horse handling skills improved thanks to the yearling prep class I took. I gained experience learning to handle the workload and long hours that comes with working on a breeding farm. Through my experience while at Morrisville and my internship I was able to secure a position at a top Thoroughbred breeding farm in Kentucky.”- Alisha Hite ‘15 "This hands-on program taught me the fundamentals of breeding and has allowed me to enter the Standardbred breeding world with confidence. Morrisville not only taught me the textbook version of breeding, it allowed me to ask questions and broaden my knowledge. This program gave me the stepping stones and real world experiences I needed to be where I am today working at Allerage Farm.” Amber Pruchnik (current intern) ‘16 "To complete my degree I had to find a 15-week internship. My experiences at Morrisville allowed me to confidently take an internship at a Standardbred breeding farm located in Paris, Kentucky. Being in the equine program I was required to participate in the fall yearling sale. Over the four years I was able to work for different aspects in the sale and make connections in the industry. I worked as a groom for a consignor one year, Morrisville consignment for two years, and a first leader my senior year. After, working all four sales I was comfortable prepping and handling yearlings. Shortly before my 15 weeks were up I was offered a permanent job on the farm. I accepted. My first year on the farm I was a farm hand. I then became the assistant farm manager and by my fifth year I became the Kentucky farm manager. Morrisville gave me a solid foundation to start with. Without that foundation I may not have had the opportunity to be where I am today."  Gina Dailey ’10 - Diamond Creek Farm The New York breeding and racing program has been a strong economic supporter of the Morrisville Equine Program for many years. In addition to the annual Morrisville College consignment, this year’s sale will include support from Crawford Farm, Lakeview Equine, Allerage Farm, Brittany Farms, Preferred Equine Marketing, Brook Meadows Farm, Howard Stables, etc. Entries are now being accepting to the Sept. 17 Sale. Please visit Jim Gillies

Latham, NY---62 well-bred yearlings, including 58 eligible to the lucrative New York Sire Stakes, went up for auction Sunday (Sept. 20) at the annual harness racing Morrisville College Yearling Sale at the Nancy Sears Stowell Equine Arena located on the college campus. A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered well in advance of the 1:00 p.m. start time for breakfast and to get a good look at the next generation of stars from 17 top sires in the sport before finalizing their short lists and heading into the sales arena. When everything was said and done, 48 trotters and 14 pacers produced a sales total of just under $1 million with an average price per horse of $15,540. That number is up a substantial 43% from last year’s average bid of $10,715 and a 60% increase over the average price of the last five years combined. Speculation at the sale was the smaller group of higher caliber yearlings drove the prices up. The sale topper (as well as highest priced trotter) was hip number 24, Royal Pinot (RC Royalty-Graduation Party) who was consigned by Crawford Farms. The filly was purchased for $55,000 by Burke Racing LLC The second highest bid of $40,000 was realized for hip number 68, Texican (Cash Hall-Hot Chili Girl) who was consigned by Lakeview Equine. The trotting colt was purchased by Wanda Polisseni of Fairport, NY. On the pacing side, hip number 42, Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover), who was also consigned by Lakeview Equine, drew a final bid of $24,000 from Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY. Chapter Seven yearlings brought the highest average price of the sale at $24,667, just ahead of Conway Hall who commanded $24,200. RC Royalty, who had the highest number of yearlings in the sale (21), was third at $18,190. The seven-horse consignment from Crawford Farms brought the highest average price of $21,143. Lakeview Equine who offered 15 head averaged $17,767 and the Morrisville College Equine Institute, who had the largest consignment of 18, realized $17,500 per horse. A complete listing of all hip number bids and other searchable information can be found at this link. ( ) Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

Louisville, KY --- There certainly are not many horses that break a track record in their very first pari-mutuel engagement, but that’s exactly what the trotting colt Royal Deceptor did. That situation, however, is not the only reason he is the best horse Chip Foster has ever owned during his three decades of involvement in the harness racing industry. “This horse has been an absolute thrill for me and my partners Mike Sentiwany and Mike James,” he said. “I’ve bred and bought horses to race for 30 years. We never had one good enough to even start in a New York Sire Stake race, let alone break a track record. I told everyone after he did that it would not matter to me what he did the rest of the year, but he went out and earned more than $70,000 as a 2-year-old. “Now we have the opportunity to compete in the Empire Breeders Classic which has a $250,000 purse. I’m tickled just to be there as this horse only (sold for) $11,000 as a yearling and he will be racing against horses like Crazy Wow and Habitat. He is very special to us in many, many ways.” Foster is referencing the next engagement for the son of RC Royalty and the Malabar Man mare Art Of Deception, which is on Sunday (June 21) at Vernon Downs. Carded as the ninth race, the Empire Breeders Classic sports a purse of $255,325 and has an 11-horse field. Royal Deceptor, who is driven by Mike McGivern and conditioned by his wife, Cheryl, will commence his mile journey from the third post position and will seek to collect his fifth win from seven starts on the season. He possesses a resume of 14-6-2-2 for his career, has earned $113,350 and owns a lifetime mark of 1:58h. “He is very spoiled,” Cheryl McGivern said. “We fell in love with him the day we brought him home and fully expected he would go for a much higher price. He has quite the personality and loves to talk. He really enjoys his turnout time each day in the paddock. We bring him to the track only to race him and then take him right back home. We are just so very pleased to have him.” Royal Deceptor was purchased by his connections at the 2013 Morrisville Sale and has performed only on the New York circuit. His dam was unraced and her first three foals earned just over $60,000 between them. Art Of Deception, however, is a daughter of Keystone Delicious, who herself is a daughter of American Winner with Speedy Crown as her broodmare sire. Keystone Delicious also did not make it to the races, but she produced Marian’s Man (Malabar Man, 4,1:56.3s, $468,060) and Mr Tasty (Malabar Man, 4,1:53.2s, $462,209). “We can’t afford to buy $100,000 yearlings and definitely had a budget going into the sale,” Foster said. “We thought Royal Deceptor would go for more money, as Royalty For Life won the Hambletonian and RC Royalty did not breed many mares. We were prepared to go to $20,000 for him and Mike (McGivern) thought he was the best horse in the sale. Fortunately, he came into the ring right after the sales topper, which I really liked, but he went for $59,000. “The bidding opened on this horse at $10,000 and then we bid $11,000. We sat there waiting for another bid, but there was silence and then he was ours. We were in shock we got him for that price and we were very lucky. We realized his dam hadn’t foaled anything really at that point, but we felt that she would and he had the potential to be a very nice horse.” The McGiverns, who have also been in the business for about 30 years, operate a small stable in Gansevoort, N.Y., and always had faith in Royal Deceptor’s ability. In fact, they talked him up considerably to Foster and his partners. That faith was rewarded when the world witnessed Royal Deceptor’s debut at Buffalo Raceway on July 9, 2014. That was when the colt captured a $27,750 New York Sire Stake contest in a new track standard of 1:59.3 with a last quarter in :28.4. The previous record was 2:01.2, which was established in 2012 and tied in 2013. “Mike James and I drove to Buffalo to watch him, unfortunately my other partner had to care for his ill wife and could not attend,” Foster said. “Mike and Cheryl kept telling us how good this horse was, but having been in the business for awhile I had a wait and see approach. My jaw was on the ground that he broke two minutes for the mile, let alone set a new track record. That’s when I told everyone he didn’t have to win another race all year, because that was enough for me.” But Royal Deceptor did visit the winner’s circle again in his next start and subsequently picked up checks in his next five races before finishing sixth in the $225,000 New York Sire stakes final. This year, the colt won his first three starts, which were all in overnights at Saratoga, prior to a fourth place effort in a NYSS race at Monticello Raceway. He posted another triumph in a NYSS contest at Yonkers Raceway and was fifth placed eighth for breaking at Vernon Downs in his last start, also in NYSS competition. “Mike had to take him up a little bit in that race and he took a step, but he got right back on stride,” Foster said. “I’m very happy with the third post for this upcoming race and I know we have to have the perfect trip. Habitat and Crazy Wow are great horses, but anything can happen in horse racing. We are very fortunate just to be racing for that kind of money and to have a nice chance. “All the credit has to go to Mike and Cheryl. They are very patient and are excellent with trotters. I’m also happy for them they have a horse like this. They have a very small barn and had a horse named Cash Me Out (Cash Hall, 3,1:56.4h) that won more than $350,000 on the New York circuit over the last couple years. To have another horse do the same thing on a relatively small investment is truly an accomplishment for them and they really deserve it.” For the time being, Royal Deceptor will continue to compete in the Empire State and although he is not eligible for the Hambletonian, he is staked to the Yonkers Trot. “We don’t usually stake our horses,” Foster said. “Even with this horse as he only was $11,000, but he deserves the chance to see what he can do against the top horses. I really can’t explain what a thrill it is either to have a horse to enter in a classic race like that. Actually, this race on Sunday is the highest purse we all, including Mike and Cheryl, have ever raced for.” Cheryl also cannot say enough good things about Royal Deceptor. “Our job is simply to keep him happy,” she said. “It is an absolute pleasure to be associated with him and words cannot express how much gratitude we have to just be around him.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent   

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday morning served as Opening Day for the 2015 harness racing edition of Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands. It was a beautiful, windless morning with temperatures in the 70's. There were but four two-year-old races with short fields in all.   The first race was for trotters with a field of three fillies. Royal Treason led all the way with a 28.4 sprint on the end of a mile in 202.2 for driver Tim Tetrick. She's a daughter of RC Royalty owned by trainer Paul Kelley in partnership with Charlie Iannazzo, Steve Michaels and Jim Winske. She was a $26,000 purchase at the Morrisville sale last fall.   Colt trotters came up next and the Andover Hall colt Mikkeli Hanover looked like his $130,000 Harrisburg price tag may have been a bargain. He set all fractions as driver Yannick Gingras did his best to rate the colt through a sensible 1:01 half, tacking a 28.2 final quarter on the 1:59.3 mile under wraps. He sure is big and pretty! Ron Burke trains for his Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Panhellic Stable Corp.   Also noteworthy in this race was the sharp looking Cantab Hall colt Rocky Hanover who followed along willingly to be second just a few lengths off the winner, finishing under his own power. Rocky Hanover will sell tomorrow in the Tattersalls Mixed sale as Hip #9 for trainer Tony Alagna and Steve Stewart.   A pair of Burke pacing fillies squared off in the third with Yankee Moonshine holding Eloquent Grace at bay though a sparkling 26.3 close to a 1:57.2 mile. Matt Kakaley drove the $42,000 Harrisburg Yankee Cruiser filly for Burke Racing, Stable 45, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The Roll With Joe filly Play Again went along nicely to be third here and she will be sold in tomorrow's sale as Hip #7.   Stolen Glimpse looked sharp, easily winning the colt pace in 1:55.3/27.2 for Gingras and Burke. The Art Major colt was a $100,000 Harrisburg purchase by Stable 45, J&T Silva and Burke Racing. No Shame Blue Chip, also sale-bound as Hip #6, set the early fractions here.   Moving on, one of last season's top freshman filly trotters and half-mile track World Record holder Wild Honey breezed a mile in 1:54.1/27.2 for Yannick. She looked fantastic today for trainer Jimmy Takter scoring a decisive open length win over the good colt Billy Flynn.   Gural Hanover (Gingras) and JL Cruze (John Campbell) came out to sharpen up for next week's second leg of the Graduate Series and sharpen up they did. Gural Hanover cut the mile as JL Cruze followed along in second through a 1:24.3 three quarters, then threw up a 27 flat last quarter to finish the 1:51.3 mile that drew a couple of "Wows" from the small crowd of attendees. JL Cruze actually closed it up a bit in the final eighth under no urging at all.   The field of pacers that lined up next would be the feature at any track with three of the entrants, Foiled Again, McWicked and Bettor's Edge accounting for more than $9 million. There were all nearly upstaged by That's My Opinion who bull rushed the field just past the McWicked-led 57.2 half and opened up by three or four. Ultimately, the old warrior Foiled Again (Gingras) saved the day by tracking That's My Opinion down near the wire in 1:51 flat and he looked good doing it. It's good to see him back.   That's My Opinion sells as Hip #84 tomorrow, he may be the sleeper of the sale.   JK Endofanera (Gingras) and Somewhere In LA (Brett Miller) were also getting in some work before the Graduate leg, the former zipping around the oval in 1:50 off a half in 56 for Gingras going under the wire four or five in advance of his chief rival.   Three year old pacer King Of Delight closed it out with a 1:51.3 win for trainer/driver Richie Silverman over Dream's Beachboy and the sale-bound Suchasenseofhumor (Hip #54) who set the fractions and held well late.   Live racing resumes tonight at 7:15pm and it will be accompanied by the annual Food Truck battle known as JerseyFest.   Royal Treason (Race 1 Baby race)     Mikkeli Hanover (Race 2 Baby race)     Yankee Moonshine (Race 3 Baby race)     Stolen Glimpse  (Race 4 Baby race)     Toys Is Ours (Race 5 qualifier)     Wild Honey (Race 6 qualifier)     Gural Hanover (Race 7 qualifier)     Foiled Again (Race 8 qualifier)     JK Endofanera (Race 9 qualifier)     Well Hello There (Race 10 qualifier)     King Of Delight (Race 11 qualifier)     Meadowlands Media Relations Department    

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.- Morrisville State College offers one of the most complete training programs for New York's next generation of harness racing horsemen through two and four-year degree programs and hands-on learning. The annual yearling sale held by the college is not only a learning experience in itself for students, but also raises funds to continue supporting this valuable program. Entries for the Morrisville Yearling Sale on Sept. 20 are now being accepted and consignors can feel confident that they will be supporting the training of students enrolled in both Equine Science and Management and Equine Racing Management programs at the school. Approximately 150 of the 300 students enrolled in Morrisville's equine programs annually participate in the sale in various roles. Through one of these courses of study, students concentrate on the breeding, training, nutrition, and management of horses. Students gain skills such as learning how to drive harness horses, stable management, how to problem solve equine training and management challenges, equine reproduction and management, shoeing, breaking yearlings and prepping young horses for sale. Students seriously interested in driving can even participate in a summer internship driving on the county fair circuit. Graduates of Morrisville's equine programs are prepared for license exams, able to serve as assistant trainers or grooms in a racing stable, or work in a breeding operation. These students are trained to serve the needs of today's harness racing industry. Morrisville's sale supports the education programs and the learning facilities, which house 250 horses on site and include a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center with therapies ranging from aquatic to solariums, a half-mile racetrack, Eurociser, hot walkers, barns, arenas, and paddocks. Owners consigning their yearlings to this sale are contributing to the long-term education of young people entering a variety of fields in harness racing. Harness Horse Breeders of New York State strongly urge you to support the sale." Entries are now being accepted for the Morrisville Sale through May 15. For more information or an entry form, please visit Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

If you decide to drop a claim slip in with the judges, it's fair to say that you've done all your homework first. You've looked at pedigree; studied past performances; watched how the horse makes it around the oval for several weeks and generally have the feel that you can get him to be competitive in a higher class in rapid fashion.

A total of 152 yearlings passed over the auction block at the Morrisville College Yearling Sale on Monday, Sept. 24, for an average of $8,813. Trotting specialist Trond Smedshammer walked away with the two sale toppers. He picked up Planet Hallywood for $45,000, a Cash Hall half-brother to last year's 2-year-old New York Sire Stakes champion Royal Shyster. The colt was consigned by Morrisville College Equine Institute.

On September 24th Winbak Farm will be selling 34 New York eligible harness racing yearlings at this year's SUNY Morrisville fall yearling sale.

The annual Morrisville College Equine Institute harness racing sale will be held in Morrisville, N.Y. this weekend. Yearlings may be previewed on Saturday, Sept. 24, after 10:00 a.m., eastern.

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