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The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association is looking for eligible high school seniors or returning college students from families of licensed owners, trainers, or drivers who participate full or part time in harness racing. They can now submit an application that could bring them $1,500.00 closer to completing their college education. Through the generosity of Ray Schnittker and Jeff Gural, UNY-USHWA is offering the scholarship named for Schnittker's world class trotter, Deweycheatumnhowe. The sixth annual "Dewey Degree Scholarship" will be given to an eligible student who meets the criteria and is chosen by the chapter officers and an impartial third party judge. It is a $1,500.00 one time, non renewable assistance award. The applicant must be entering college for the first time this fall or already in a college, university, or trade school and be enrolled as a full time student (12 credit hours minimum). Applicants' parent(s), grandparent(s), and/or legal guardian(s) must be a licensed horseman or horsewoman during the year prior to application. (In this case, 2013) Only one relative need be licensed to be eligible. The applicant must be at least a high school senior at time of application. Anyone living in the U.S. or Canada is eligible. You are required to submit an essay discussing your background in harness racing, your work experience in harness racing, what you think could be done to better harness racing in the future, and how you see yourself as part of it. The essay should be around 600 words in length. You will also need to submit proof of your relatives licensing and a minimum of two letters of reference - one from a horse person and one from a teacher or advisor in your current school. All documents must be received by UNY-USHWA no later than May 31, 2014. The recipient of the 2014 Dewey Degree will be announced shortly thereafter and the scholarship will be presented in the winners circle at Tioga Downs this summer. We request the winner be present for that presentation. You can click here to download a copy of the application. By Tim Bojarski, for Upstate NY Chapter USHWA  

Ever been to Paris? Ya' know, Paris- like in France. I always wanted to visit the city of lights, and just recently I had an opportunity to do so. And whatever you've heard about Paris probably doesn't do it justice. With magnificent attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee du Louvre, Notre Dame , the new giant Ferris Wheel sticking out high above the river Seine, and all the other glorious attributes the city has to offer, I was mystified, and you'd be, too. I was lucky to go with a contingent of horse people who were invited guests of France's Harness Racing Association(Le Trot) and its Chairman of Cheval Francois, the very gracious Dominque de Bellaigue. The dozen, or so, who made the trip were from the U.S Trotting Association, the Standardbred Owners Association of NY, Yonkers Raceway, and the New York State Breeders Association, along with other dignitaries. The major purpose of that French trip was to work with Le Trot to set up simulcasting from the US to France and eventually co-mingling of wagering pools so the French would be able to bet directly into American pools. And with Yonkers president, Tim Rooney and SOANY president, Joe Faraldo among us, they also are working to reinstate the International Trot, won twice by both Roquepine and Une de Mai, which the French were quick to remind us of. The International Trot was very popular decades ago and it may return to Yonkers Raceway before you know it . And it appears that both objectives will come to fruition. Perhaps the best part of that journey was that we went as V.I.P.'s, and as guests of Le Trot we were chauffeured all around, wined and dined, but for airfare and money spent out of pocket. On the evening of our arrival our contingent were guests at a gala Le Trot Banquet and the next two days were spent at the races at Vincennes-their magnificent racetrack-where France's premier trotting event, the Prix d' Amerique-- a 1.2 Million Euro spectacle-- is raced. And both days we were treated to outstanding luncheons at the track and the Moet Champagne flowed like water. Prior to the races on Prix d' Amerique Day the afternoon began with a grand spectacle on the racetrack of different breeds of horses, men on big-high stilts and a Corvette automobile parade with the Prix D' Amerique drivers waving to the huge crowd. That race is the French way of paying homage to the Americans who helped free France during World War I. Even though I'm not a betting man, on the day of the big race I wanted a souvenir so I wagered five Euros on a pick that I made from the 18 starters figuring I'd have a ticket to remember my trip by. But, lo and behold, the horse I picked, Maharajah, won the race and I won nearly fifty U.S. bucks, which was a heck of a lot better than a souvenir losing ticket. We spent three nights in Paris and on the fourth day we were taken by bus to Gros Bois, the unbelievably magnificent training center on the outskirts of Paris, where over 2500 horses are stabled and trained on five or six different size tracks. I even got to meet and take a photo with Maharajah, who was stabled there. After a wonderful luncheon at Gros Bois -with Moet flowing again- we had a three hour trip north to Normandy and for the next two days we visited many training facilities in that part of France. On our last night in Normandy we stayed in Caen, a city rebuilt after it was devastated in World War II, and our group dined at a fine restaurant with the officials of Le Trot who joined us to solidify a co-mingling betting agreement. (And guess what? The Moet flowed there, too. ) On our way back to the airport on our final day of the trip we went by the race track in Caen as our hosts explained that there are over 234 different hippodromes in France, which surprised everyone in the group. It took more than three hours for us to get to the airport in Paris for our return to the USA. While traveling through the city I was amazed at the amount of graffiti that seemed to be everywhere, similar to what you might see in our subways in New York City. We made it to the plane on time and then we prepared for the nine-hour trip back home to JFK. Although I had been to Europe in the late 1980's on two different occasions as publicist for the North American Amateur Drivers Association visiting various cities in Holland, Belgium, as well as Berlin, then in West Germany and before the Wall was taken down. As wonderful as those cities were--- there is only one Paris! John Manzi is the Director of Racing Publicity at Monticello Raceway  

On Presidents Day, with well over two feet of fresh snow on the ground, much of it piled along the inside and outside of the racetrack, Monticello Raceway was still able to present its "Not Quite Presidential" Pace despite the fact that three horses were late scratches. "That we lost three horses to scratches was something we didn't figure on," said Eric Warner the tracks director of racing. "When you have drivers coming in from out of town there is always a possibility of losing someone along the way especially when the weather is bad, but losing three horses in the race was something we didn't figure on." And perhaps it was because of the short field that Howard "Zachary" Taylor altered his driving strategy and sent his charge, Red Carpet Tonight, to the front and together they made every pole a winning one en route to a 2:04 triumph over Space Chalet, driven by Don "Herbert" Hoover and She's A Screamer with Peter Gerry aboard. "I left with her (Red Carpet Tonight) because I watched replays and she threw her head when she was grabbed into. Therefore decided to roll her out of the gate so that I didn't have to grab her and that we had a short field seemed like the right time to put her on the front-end," Taylor said after being contacted in the paddock after the race. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Taylor sent Red Carpet Tonight to the lead and opened-up a three- length lead as they passed the first quarter in :29.1, From there, Taylor and Red Carpet Tonight had open lengths on the field at every other stanza and at the top of the lane they were five lengths in front. "We had a good lead as we headed for home and although my mare was tiring she held off a late charge by Don Hoover's pacer to win," Taylor added. Owned by Leonard Segall and trained by Steve Moore, Red Carpet Tonight paid. $10.80for win. Because it was the Presidents Day Holiday the" Not Quite Presidential" Pace was carded and mainly relegated to drivers with U.S. Presidential names although Peter Gerry became eligible since his five -times removed Great Grandfather Elbridge Thomas Gerry was a U.S. Vice President under the fourth President of the United States, James Madison. Others who participated in the five-horse race were Dennis "George" Washington, who finished fourth and "Harry" Truman Gale was fifth. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway  

Columbus, OH --- United States Trotting Association Directors Joe Faraldo, who is also president and CEO of the Standardbred Owners of New York and former chairman of the board of the USTA, and Alex Dadoyan, the current executive Director of SOA of NY and a USTA Executive Committee member, along with Yonkers Raceway President Tim Rooney Sr. and his son, USTA Director Tim Rooney Jr., the track's general counsel, will lead a delegation of U.S. industry representatives to Paris, France this week to negotiate the final details of a breeding, wagering and simulcasting agreement between the USTA and French racing officials. Also in the U.S. delegation will be USTA Directors and SOA Board members Mike Kimelman, Jr., who serves as president of Blue Chip Farms, and Ray Schnittker, as well as longtime former USTA Director Peter Venaglia, a vice president for the SOA of NY. During the trip, in addition to the breeding agreement, the two sides will work toward establishing a calendar of simulcasting of and wagering on Yonkers' races in France and French races into the U.S. by the end of 2014. "This is a historic, monumental agreement," said Faraldo, who will sign the agreement on behalf of the USTA. "It is the predicate for international simulcasting into Europe and a move forward to more global simulcasting of U.S. harness racing." "We're very proud to be a part of this effort to bring our two organizations closer together," said Yonkers Raceway President Tim Rooney Sr. "Yonkers has always been heavily invested in international racing partnerships and a workable breed agreement is an important step in furthering these relationships. We also look forward to sharing racing simulcasts in the near future, another next step in this exceptional effort." "This is an important step in the worldwide growth of our sport," said USTA President Phil Langley. "Congratulations to Yonkers and the SOA of NY for negotiating this deal. We are all interested in seeing them have Great Success in this venture." On behalf of the the French delegation, Dominique de Bellaigue, who is President of both Cheval Francais and the Trotteur Francais Stud Book Committee, will sign the contract on Saturday (Jan. 25). Faraldo cited the support of Yonkers Raceway management and the expertise and established relationships with the French racing officials of Dadoyan as key factors in negotiating the pact. "We have had tremendous cooperation from Yonkers management," said Faraldo. "This is an important business consideration for the racetrack. "Most instrumental in the group has been Alex Dadoyan," said Faraldo of the former director of racing operations at the Meadowlands. "He knows it better than anyone. He speaks the racetrack lingo that buys credence, plus he has the connections." Further details will be released when the negotiations are finalized and the agreement is executed. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications    

On Saturday, December 7, The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA), the horsemen's association representing the over 1,000 owners, trainers and drivers regularly competing at Yonkers Raceway, held its annual membership meeting.   At the meeting, the results of the SOA's 2013 Board of Directors election were certified. In the driver/trainer category, Ray Schnittker and Peter Younger were unopposed in their election to three year terms. In the owner category, SOA President Joseph Faraldo, Robert MacDougall and Chris Wittstruck were all re-elected to three year terms, also in unopposed fashion.   Additionally, the following officers and trustees of the Welfare and Retirement Funds were elected to serve during 2014. They are:   Officers: President: Joseph Faraldo 1st Vice President: Peter Venaglia 2nd Vice President Irv Atherton 3rd Vice President: John Brennan Treasurer: Irv Atherton Secretary: John Brennan Trustees: Joseph Faraldo Peter Venaglia Irv Atherton John Brennan Jordan Stratton Henry Gargiulo (1st Alternate) Chris Wittstruck (2nd Alternate)   At the meeting, the Board discussed a variety of statutory and administrative goals for the upcoming year. Also discussed were the salient points of the new three (3) year horsemen's agreement which was recently negotiated with Yonkers management. That agreement calls for 236 race dates for each of the three years. Subject to approval by the New York State Gaming Commission, the 2014 racing season with commence on Monday evening, January 6.   by Alex Dadoyan for SOA/NY

Monday evening’s qualifiers served as a dress rehearsal for Saturday night’s grand opening of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment’s brand new grandstand. Meadowlands employees and their families were invited to Pink, the terraced dining room in the new building, for a complimentary tasting of the new menu and give the servers a test run of the facility.   The races began at 6:00pm with the accomplished older trotter Mister Herbie cruising around the oval in 1:53- for driver Tim Tetrick. After a 57- half, “Herbie” turned on the jets and won by many lengths. Trainer Jeff Gillis shares ownership of the $1.7 million winning son of Here Comes Herbie with Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay.   So Surreal (Somebeachsomewhere) won easily in 1:53.4 (final half in 55-) for trainer/driver Ray Schnittker prepping for next week’s Governors Cup eliminations. Gewertz, Kurnit & Arnold are partners with Ray on the colt.   Don’t Blame Her, long a favorite of the Bongiorno family, sharpened up with an eye catching 1:54.2/27.1 effort in the third. Barbara and Bobby own the mare, driven by their son Joe. Brad Irvine trains.   Another preview night of qualifiers comes along this Thursday at 6:00pm. Horsemen have been invited to attend on that occasion to sample the fare in Pink. Then the house opens for real on Saturday with a stakes laden card of racing. Stay informed with a visit to The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment website. by Nick Salvi for the Meadowlands

2013 leading Monte America (RUS) performers in the United States (horses, riders and trainers based on earnings) are shown below.  Congratulations to all for making the monte season memorable and for setting the stage for future years. The equine leaders were Flex The Muscle and Vassar Hall with three wins each. Ray Schnittker posted three riding wins versus two each for Michelle Crawford and Helene Gregory. Schnittker and Brett Crawford earned three training victories. Horses: Flex The Muscle led the US equine monte competitors with three wins in five starts earning $19,750. Vassar Hall recorded three wins but did not hit the top five money earnings that also included single dash winners Chinese Cuisine ($14,420), Master Pine ($9.250), A Penney Earned ($6,500) and the consistent non-winner Muscolo ($7,004). Other monte winners during the season included Andover America, Admirable Hanover, John-Michael, Motown Dream Girl, First Tail U See, Pointe Of Honour, Fort Valley As, and Sundance Bayama. Riders: Ray Schnittker earned three wins with his trainee Flex The Muscle for earnings of $19,750. Helene Gregory recorded two wins for $14,250 with the other top five money winners being Tina Duer (one win for $14,420), Jenny Melander (one win for $8,520) and Karen Isbell ($7,250 earned with one victory). Other winners included two-time dash winner Michelle Crawford and single dash winners Heather Reese, Tara Hynes, Jennifer Lowery, Ashley Eldred, Jennifer Connor, Therese Lindgren, Melinda Giroso and Mary Dolce-Conti. Trainers: Schnittker also led the trainer category in 2013 with three wins and $19,750. Brett Bittle’s charges earned $11,300 with one win followed by Julie Miller ($9,250, one win), Paul Kelley ($7.004 without a win) and George Ducharme ($6,500, one victory). Other dash winning monte trainers not in the top five money winners were Brett Crawford (3 wins) and single dash winners Henrik Lundell, Jennifer Sabot, Frank Scamporino Jr., Robert Bresnahan, Robert Lounsbury, Daryl Bier, Janice Connor, Ashley Eldred and James Doherty Jr. Our Canadian monte colleagues are listed below based on wins and all events were exhibitions without purses. Horses: Harlequin led the 2013 equine monte performers with three wins and a second in four starts. Other single dash winners were I’ll Be There, Katla, Lady Is A Pirate, Sixth Man and Speedy Desperado. Riders: Riina Rekila posted a category leading four victories in six starts steering Harlequin and Katla to wins. Evelyn Harms, Maggie Jones, Sharleen MacDonald and Emma Jayne Wilson scored one win each. Trainers: Geoff Maltby led the way with three wins in eight starts for a UTRS of .444. Maggie Jones, Doug McIntosh, Anthony Montini, Riina Rekila and Julie Walker recorded one training win each. Thanks to all participants, owners, sponsors and track operators for making 2013 a successful monte campaign and in heightening interest in racing under saddle in North America. Special thanks to USTA’s David Carr for being the diligent scorekeeper and to racetrack photographers for recording the racing action. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley picked a perfect spot in registering a lifetime mark, winning the $51,525 Matron Stakes elimination Sunday at Dover Downs for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The son of Bettor’s Delight was able to take the early lead away from McWicked (Andy Miller) by the opening quarter mile in :27.1 and then kept on truckin. They led to the half in :55.2 as Bakersfield (Corey Callahan) started up first-over giving outside cover to Carracci Hanover (Yannick Gingras). Then at the three-quarter mile marker in 1:23.1, Stevensville and driver Ray Schnittker tried coming three-wide on the final turn to mount a challenge but All Bets Off and Kakaley proved to be too strong, winning by a half length in 1:51.3 over McWicked with Stevensville third. It was the third win this year for All Bets Off, who is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino and the Panhellenic Stable. Sent off at odds of 3-1, All Bets Off paid $8.00 to win. Also making it to the $165,000 Matron final next week are Thereisapaceforus, Carracci Hanover, Ideal Fashion and Bakersfield. By Steve Wolf for

In order to develop comprehensive proposals on the use of therapeutic medications and recommended penalties for violations in harness racing, President Phil Langley has appointed a diverse panel of experts to a new United States Trotting Association (USTA) medication advisory committee. "Recognizing that some of the fault was that the USTA lacked sufficient scientific representation on the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC)," said USTA President Phil Langley, "I have appointed a widely representative advisory committee to guide us in future medication proposals." The members of the USTA medication advisory committee are: eminent researchers Dr. George Maylin and Dr. Thomas Tobin; practicing veterinarians Dr. Jay Baldwin, Dr. Janet Durso and Dr. William Moffett; trainers Mark Ford, Sam Beegle, Ray Schnittker and David McCaffrey; racing commissioners Bob Schmitz and Alan Leavitt; attorneys Joe Faraldo and Chris Wittstruck; racing investigator Brice Cote; Hambletonian Society President and CEO Tom Charters; and Phil Langley, Mike Tanner, and T.C. Lane from the USTA. As has been widely reported during the past few weeks, the USTA has struggled with acceptance of some of the RMTC and Association of Racing Commissoners International (RCI) proposed uniform medication rules - especially those regarding clenbuterol and corticosteroids. "Under these proposed rules, both medications would become virtually useless in harness racing," said USTA President Phil Langley. "We are hopeful that after much discussion with RMTC and with testimony before racing commissions, some adjustments will be forthcoming." The USTA has already been working with the Pennsylvania horsemen groups to commission Dr. Larry Soma and Dr. Mary Robinson to conduct research on items like EPO, extracorporeal shock wave therapy and some of the unknown drugs that most threaten the integrity of harness racing. Their research also is pursuing alternatives to clenbuterol and the adjustment of threshold levels that can be utilized with Standardbreds. By Dan Leary, USTA director of marketing and communications  

DOVER, Del.--- The Matrons, the sport's oldest major stakes, kick off the Dover Downs' "Novemberfest" of stakes. Many of the top stables, trainers and drivers will be headquartered at the track for two-weeks of Sunday Grand Circuit competition starting on Nov. 10. All eight Matron freshman and sophomore division share the spotlight on the same program. Two of the divisions are split with one elim in the others with the first eight in each of the divisions making the lucrative finals the following Sunday, Nov. 17. One of the headline events is a $53,462 Three-Year-Old Colt & Gelding elim featuring Dedi's Dragon (Yannick Gingras), upset winner beating highly touted Captaintreacherous last week at Hoosier Park, Ronny Bugatti (Jason Bartlett) who won the $450,000 Messinger Stake last Saturday got Prevost, McNeese and Haughton, the highly touted Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) a nine-time winner of $887,162 and Leber, Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred's Sunshine Beach fresh from a second-place finish in the recent Breeders Crown. Some of the major names in this year's Matrons include freshmen pacers: Colts; Stevensville (Ray Schnittker), McWicked (Andy Miller) and So Surreal (Tim Tetrick) and fillies: Ideal Helen (Marcus Miller), Beach Body (Brian Sears) and Ali Blue (Tim Tetrick), and filly trotters Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce), Struck By Lindy (David Miller), Scream And Shout (Tim Tetrick) and colts led by Nuncio (John Campbell). Among a strong group of three-Year-olds are trotters are Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) and Southwind Cocoa (Tim Tetrick) in one section and Time To Kill (John Campbell) and Thistle Dhu (Brett Miller) in another division and Don Dorado ( Tim Tetrick) heading the colt section. The soph filly pace has strong fields, Somwhereovrarainbow (Montrell Teague), Summertime Lea (George Brennan), Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) and Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller) in one division and in the other Shebestinggin (David Miller), Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller). Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick), Dontyouforgetit (Yannick Gingras), Crazy About Pat (David Miller), All Laid Out (David Miller) Possessed Fashion) and Tirade Hanover (Ron Pierce) are part of a field of 10 in the three-year-old trot. For those planning to enjoy racing dinning in the Winner 's Circle Restaurant or for those seeking to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel, it is suggested to make reservations early. Call 302-674-4600. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Parking and admission at Dover Downs are free. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Wishing Stone, the international trotting winner of over $2 million who started his 2013 campaign in March, seems to be ready to keep going on with it as some rich FFAs events loom on the horizon. He is staying sharp with a 1:55.4 qualifying win Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Matt Kakaley guided the six-year-old son of Conway Hall to the lead just past the quarter and kept him rolling from there for trainer Ron Burke, snapping home with a 28.1 final quarter. Stevensville, a Ray Schnittkerite who heretofore probably had his most fame as the 67-1 shot who almost wired his field in the rainsoaked "can't-see-'em" race at Lexington, rallied from the pocket to catch highly-regarded Western Vintage by ¾ of a length in 1:53 in a Q race containing freshman horses also looking at rich late-season opportunities. B oth horses were making their first racetrack appearance after not qualifying for their Breeders Crown Championship: Stevensville was fifth after being last at the half, while Western Ideal had everything imaginable thrown at him in the first quarter of his elim, causing him to tire in the lane. Schnittker was the winning driver today behind the son of Somebeachsomewhere; the team of Marcus and Nancy Johansson sent out Western Vintage, an NJSS champion who was second in the Metro. From Pocono Downs Publicity Office  

Chairman Shawn Wiles wants to remind members that the  USTA District 8 Membership Meetings along with the District 8 and  New York Sires Stakes  Awards Dinner will be held at Tioga Downs on Sunday, October  27. The informative  programs are run  under the aegis of the United States trotting Association and  Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund. “During the membership meetings there will be a discussion of the proposed rules and suggested by-law changes  and  we’ll have a Q and A period ” Wiles said.  Joining Wiles will be the USTA’s Ellen Harvey. “I’ll have the usual USTA list of activities and some of them I know more about than others, so I can give a summary of those with which I am most familiar and answer some questions,” Harvey added. Also present at the USTA Meetings  will be District Directors, Jason Settlemoir, Mark Ford, Ray Schnittker, Mike Kane, Bruce Tubin and Kim Crawford. The General Membership Meetings will begin at 5:00PM. At 6:30PM there will be a Cocktail Party hosted by Tioga Downs, Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Saratoga Raceway and Vernon Downs followed at 7:30PM with the Banquet Dinner and Awards Ceremonies. The membership meetings and discussions are free to all USTA District 8 members. However, tickets to the Banquet and award ceremonies are $30 per person. The top horses  in the New York Sires Stakes program  along with the best  owned by USTA District  8 members will be awarded beautiful trophies. But the highlight of the awards presentations will be the Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal which will be awarded to Wanda Polisseni. Those who plan on attending the awards dinner must  remember to make reservations (518-785-5858) prior to Wednesday October 23 and  then make checks payable to HHBNYS  and mail to: Harness Horse Breeders;  400 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110 by John Manzi for USTA/NYSS

Wilkes Barre, PA – At a press luncheon today the final two fields for the 12 Breeders Crown Championship finals were drawn for post positions at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. In the 12th race $500,000 final for three-year-old pacing colts, there was a late scratch of Fool Me Once and thus the AE 1, Urbantite Hanover was able to draw into the race, but per the Breeders Crown conditions he must start from post nine. Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) 5/2 Beach Memories (Dave Miller) 10-1 Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller) 4-1 Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) 15-1 Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) 3-1 Captive Audience (Randy Waples) 12-1 Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) 6-1 Sunshine Beach (John Campbell) 5-1 Urbanite Hanover (Doug McNair) 20-1 In the 13th race $500,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts the posts are: Royalty For Life (Brian Sears) 5/2 All Laid Out (Dave Miller) 3-1 E L Rocket (Yannick Gingras) 12-1 Deadliest Catch (Corey Callahan) 10-1 Spider Blue Chip (Ron Pierce) 5-1 Creatine (Mike Lachance) 6-1 Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) 8-1 Dewycolorintheline (Ray Schnittker) 15-1 Aperfectyankee (Jim Oscarsson) 15-1 By Brian McEvoy for

Royal Assets, trained and driven by Ray Schnittker, finished fourth in her elimination and drew the eight post in the final of the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old-Filly Trot but was scratched this morning. Per the Breeders Crown conditions, the first Also Eligible can opt to move into the race on the outside post nine of the remaining entrants. Linda Toscano, trainer of also eligible Southwind Cocoa, will start the filly from the nine post with Tim Tetrick in the bike and Time To Kill (Ross Croghan-John Campbell) will move in one place to the eight hole. In the $500,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace, elimination winner Gallie Bythe Beach was also scratched. The daughter of Breeders Crown champions Somebeachsomewhere and Galleria held a world record briefly in her elimination win of 1:50.3f, only to see it lowered two races later by Allstar Rating. “She just didn’t come out of the race the way I wanted,” said trainer Jim Campbell. “I spoke with [owner] Jules Siegel and we decided we wanted to do what was right for her. We want to have a horse for next year and it was a decision we made together. You hate to scratch out of any race, especially the Breeders Crown.” Because Gallie Bythe Beach drew post two, all but the rail horse moves in one slot and Rockingcam Park, the AE1, starts from post nine. Rockingcam park is trained by Ron Coyne and will be driven by Brian Sears.    Post time for the Oct. 19 Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs will be 5:00 p.m. [EDT]. by Moira Fanning for the Breeders Crown

Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, who have combined to win 35 of 37 races and $3.67 million this year, lead the list of 156 horses entered Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers and Open Trot, which both received nine entries. Eliminations for 2-year-old male and female trotters plus 2-year-old female pacers are Friday at Pocono Downs, with the remaining elims Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. both nights. All 12 finals - with purses totaling $5.6 million - will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Bee A Magician, a 3-year-old filly trotter, is 13-for-13 this year for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship Sept. 28 at Mohawk, which pushed her seasonal earnings to $1.09 million. Other victories this season include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $356,981 Elegantimage Stakes. A daughter of the stallion Kadabra out of the mare Beehive, Bee A Magician is the fastest 3-year-old trotter this season, with a clocking of 1:51 that came in winning the $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands. The time is the fastest ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician has won 23 of 26 lifetime starts and earned $1.86 million - the most ever for a filly trotter at ages 2 and 3 combined. She finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, which was won by To Dream On. Bee A Magician is the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old filly trotters, starting from post three. To Dream On, who on Sunday won the $205,100 Kentucky Filly Futurity final, is in the second of the two eliminations. To Dream On is one of 12 previous Breeders Crown champions entered in this year's event. Three-year-old colt pacer Captaintreacherous is a nose from perfect this year, with 10 wins in 11 starts and $1.61 million. He is trained by Tony Alagna for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He heads to the Breeders Crown following his victory Saturday in a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. Other wins this year for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure include the $980,000 North America Cup, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial and the $360,211 Cane Pace. His only loss came by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 18 of 21 career races and earned $2.53 million. He finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. He is in the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old male pacers and will leave from post four. I Luv The Nitelife, a 3-year-old filly pacer, has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $968,337 for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune, she most recently won the $154,650 Jugette final at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 for her 11th consecutive victory. Other triumphs include the $384,044 Fan Hanover Stakes, the $350,000 Valley Forge and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won 16 of 23 starts and $1.65 million. She finished second in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers, which was won by Somwherovrarainbow. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers, so the final was drawn Tuesday. I Luv The Nitelife will start from post seven; Somwherovrarainbow leaves from post eight. Shebestingin, who on Sunday paced the fastest mile in history by a female pacer when she won a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:47, drew post five. The Open Trot, Mare Trot and Mare Pace each have three past Breeders Crown winners. Arch Madness, who makes his record-tying sixth Breeders Crown appearance, Intimidate and Uncle Peter all are previous trophy winners competing in this year's Open Trot. Arch Madness became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday at The Red Mile. In the Mare Trot, Cedar Dove, Check Me Out and Maven have won titles, as have Mare Pace contenders Anndrovette, Economy Terror and Monkey On My Wheel. Anndrovette is seeking her third consecutive Breeders Crown, a feat never accomplished in any of the open divisions. Sweet Lou, in the Open Pace, completes the list of previous Breeders Crown champions. The Open Pace also includes Foiled Again, who is the richest pacer in harness racing history, with $5.38 million. Following are the fields with listed drivers and trainers. Elimination purses are $25,000. FRIDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Struck By Lindy, David Miller, Nifty Norman; 2. Goddess, John Campbell, Paul Kelley; 3. Designed To Be, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Shake It Cerry, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter; 5. Lifetime Pursuit, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Cantabs Fortune, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron; 7. Market Rally, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson. Division Two: 1. Cooler Schooner, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 2. Scream And Shout, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 3. Harley Momma, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 4. Vanity Matters, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Noon Tea Party, Brian Sears, Paul Fusco; 6. Demanding Sam, Paul Macdonell, Scott McEneny; 7. Ruby, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller. 2-year-old filly pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: She's Da Bomb, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 2. Rain Cloud Hanover, Brian Sears, David Taff; 3. Put On A Display, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder; 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 5. Bettor Business, Tim Tetrick, Scott DiDomenico; 6. Southwind Silence, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 2. JK Molly, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke; 3. Act Now, Ron Pierce, Nikolas Drennan; 4. Quick Thrill, Jim Morrill Jr., Brewer Adams; 5. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Rockingcam Park, Brian Sears, Ron Coyne Jr.; 7. Scandalicious, Andy Miller, Scott DiDomenico; 8. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter; 9. Delightful Dragon, Mike Lachance, Noel Daley. 2-year-old male trotters (top seven advance) 1. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke; 2. Expressive Action, Brian Sears, John Grasso; 3. Exodus Hanover, Andy Miller, Steve Elliott; 4. Another Transcript, Corey Callahan, Jerry Silverman; 5. Odds On Amethyst, Tim Tetrick, Robin Schadt; 6. Auspicious Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris; 7. Muscle Network, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 8. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 9. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter. Byes: Credit Fashion, Don Dorado. SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old male pacers (top three finishers from each elimination advance) Division One: 1. Workandplayhard, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 2. Journeyman, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 3. Let's Drink On It, Ron Pierce, Joe Seekman; 4. So Surreal, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 5. Idealbeach Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 6. Somestarsomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell. Division Two: 1. Beat The Drum, TBA, Staffan Lind; 2. Doo Wop Hanover, Ron Pierce, Steve Elliott; 3. Bakersfield, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Melmerby Beach, Paul Macdonell, Brent MacGrath; 5. Crafty Master, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 6. Carracci Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Western Vintage, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson; 8. Some Major Beach, Brian Sears, Tony Alagna. Division Three: 1. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Smack Talk, Ron Pierce, John Williamson; 3. Three Of Clubs, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 4. Fort Knox, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna; 5. Pierce, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Ari Allstar, Brian Sears, Mark Ford; 7. Stevensville, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 8. Arthur Blue Chip, Randy Waples, Ian Moore. 3-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Royal Assets, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Bouncing Bax, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 3. Coffeecake Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 4. Thistle Dhu, Brett Miller, Del S. Miller; 5. To Dream On, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Frau Blucher, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Southwind Cocoa, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 2. Shared Past, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman; 4. Ma Chere Hall, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Time To Kill, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6. Handover Belle, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna. Mare trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bax Of Life, John Campbell, Jerry Duford; 2. Unefoisdansmavie, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 3. Mystical Starlight, Brett Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. D'Orsay, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Cowgirl Hall, Brian Sears, Deborah Brunet; 6. Cedar Dove, Ron Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. China Pearls, Paul Macdonell, David Drew. Division Two: 1. Real Babe, David Miller, Mark Harder; 2. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Check Me Out, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 4. Intense America, Mike Lachance, Susanne Kerwood; 5. Win Missy B, TBA, Rich Gillock; 6. Beatgoeson Hanover, David Miller, Nifty Norman. 3-year-old male pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2. Sunshine Beach, John Campbell, Mark Steacy; 3. Wake Up Peter, Rick Zeron, Tony Alagna; 4. Fool Me Once, Brian Sears, Mark Austin; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. Captive Audience, Randy Waples, Colin Johnson. Division Two: 1. Vegas Vacation, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 2. Urbanite Hanover, Yannick Gingras, John Williamson; 3. Emeritus Maximus, TBA, Tony Alagna; 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 5. Sunfire Blue Chip, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. 3-year-old male trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bluto, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 2. Dewycolorintheline, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 3. Fico, Corey Callahan, Staffan Lind; 4. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 5. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith; 6. All Laid Out, David Miller, Noel Daley; 7. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning. Division Two: 1. Caveat Emptor, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 3. Hamdalla, Jody Jamieson, Riina Rekila; 4. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Jim Oscarsson; 7. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. Open Pace (top seven advance) 1. Warrawee Needy, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 2. A Rocknroll Dance, Tim Tetrick, Jim Mulinix; 3. Bettor's Edge, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 4. Modern Legend, John Campbell, David Drew; 5. Sweet Lou, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Golden Receiver, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder; 8. Michael's Power, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 9. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley. Byes: Clear Vision, Pet Rock. Mare Pace (top seven advance) 1. Economy Terror, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Swinging Beauty, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 4. Ooh Bad Shark, Howard Parker, William Wiggins; 5. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 6. Monkey On My Wheel, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 7. Krispy Apple, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 8. Camille, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 9. Shelliscape, David Miller, P.J. Fraley. Byes: Drop The Ball, Feeling You. FINALS, ON OCT. 19 (no eliminations necessary) $500,000 3-year-old filly pace: 1. Parlee Beach, 2. Mattie Terror Girl, 3. Carols Desire, 4. Authorize, 5. Shebestingin, 6. Aunt Caroline, 7. I Luv The Nitelife, 8. Somwherovrarainbow, 9. Love Canal. $600,000 Open Trot: 1. Market Share, 2. Wishing Stone, 3. My MVP, 4. Guccio, 5. Intimidate, 6. Mister Herbie, 7. Arch Madness, 8. Uncle Peter, 9. Sevruga. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

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