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East Rutherford, NJ - What is a racetrack to do when faced with following a Breeders Crown weekend chock full of thrills? Why at The Meadowlands the response is to come right back with the $1 million TVG Series Championship featuring the very finest of the older set on both the trot and pace.   After following a season-long trail of top class events that began in May and concluded with last Saturday's Crown Finals, the TVG Championships close out a fantastic season for the top Free For Allers with year-end awards hanging in the balance.   The $500,000 Pacing Championship comes as the seventh race on the card and offers a renewal of the thrilling rivalry between Thinking Out Loud and Sweet Lou who have been duking it out in headline events for the past three years.   "Lou" put together an unprecedented string of six straight sub-1:48 miles during the heart of the summer season, winning ten in a row once united with Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce. He's the division's top seasonal money winner with more than $1.1 million this season and has amassed a lifetime bankroll of over $3.2 million for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. They've enjoyed a great ride with the son of Yankee Cruiser from Sweet Future who remains the fastest freshman of all time with his 1:49 score in the 2011 Breeders Crown. Ron Burke has trained Sweet Lou throughout his career, which comes to a close on Saturday as he goes to stud at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania.   Thinking Out Loud is a pure homebred, by Ponder from the mare Los Angeles, both raced in the stable of his Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh who shares ownership with brother Al McIntosh and long-time patrons CSX Stable (brothers Keith, Ken and Mike Carpenter). The winner of the 2012 North America Cup, Thinking Out Loud has amassed over $1.8 million career-wise with $200,000 coming in last Saturday's Breeders Crown Final where he and driver John Campbell used every inch of the long Meadowlands stretch to nail Sweet Lou on the wire. Known for his late rallying style and nail-biting finishes, Thinking Out Loud comes to this race near his best form.   Space does not permit the tale be told of the depth present for the TVG Pacing Championship. Suffice to say that these eight champions have amassed nearly $18.5 million in earnings and among those not mentioned above are both the richest at $6.77 million, 2013 TVG champion Foiled Again and co-fastest, Warrawee Needy at 1:46.4, pacers in the history of the sport.   Hoosier Pacing Derby winner Bettor's Edge, Canadian Pacing Derby champ Modern Legend, winner of the inaugural Dayton Pacing Derby Clear Vision and Allerage Farms Open victor State Treasurer complete the All Star line-up.   If it were possible to out-do the race that I have just described, it could likely occur just three races later in the $500,000 TVG Trotting Championship, where the career earnings of the ten participants is over $21 million!   The Trotting Championship has something for everybody; including the fastest trotter ever in Sebastian K who set the trotting world on its ear with his epic 1:49 masterpiece at Pocono this summer. Though his air of invincibility may have been breached, the majestic Swedish invader racing for Knutsson Trotting has a chance to reassert himself in Horse of the Year balloting in this contest. Ake Svanstedt trains and drives the champion.   The competition is fierce, led by a pair femme fatales who are just now finding their best form of the season. From Sebastian K's inside starts 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. She is the winner of the Breeders Crown Mare Open Trot, thus the lone invitee to this race as allowed by the TVG conditions. She was devastating in victory, scorching the first quarter in 26.1 to line up the competition in her wake, then sprinting home in 27.2 to hold them off in 1:51.4. Brian Sears was at his best in orchestrating the winning trip on behalf of trainer Nifty Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.   Maven made headlines when she commanded a king's ransom of $750,000 when offered at auction just three weeks ago and has made buyer Herb Liverman look like the Warren Buffet of horse racing since. Declining the chance to race the girls, she went into the Open division of the Breeders Crown and won the elimination despite the disadvantage of post ten. Another brave performance followed in the final of that race where she not only survived a long, uncovered bid into International champion Commander Crowe but was still inching in on his lead when the wire came in 1:51.   Maven begins again from the far outside here but asks no quarter from her rivals. Top driver Yannick Gingras will attempt to overcome the poor starting position in his quest to find the best course to victory, as the pair has done many times. She is most recently trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter and Mr. Liverman now has John Fielding and Joyce McClelland as partners in the mare.   Beyond those three lurk such talented trotters as last year's TVG Champion, the $3.5 million winning Market Share, Allerage Farms Open and American National winner Creatine, International star and classics winner Wishing Stone, Maple Leaf Trot winner Intimidate, ageless wonder, $4.2 million, multiple classics winning world record holder Arch Madness, 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes champ Flanagan Memory and the iron tough DW's NY Yank.   These are but the highlights of a titillating thirteen race Saturday night program at The Meadowlands. First post is 7:15pm and the wagering options are many; multiple guaranteed Pick 4's and the brand new Super Hi Five wager with a building jackpot. More details may be found at www.playmeadowlands.com .   From The Meadowlands Media Relations Department

This Week: TVG Series finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will be at Meadowlands Racetrack this Saturday (Nov. 29) for the $500,000 TVG Series final for 3-year-old and up open pacers and the $500,000 TVG Series final for 3-year-old and up open trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Twelve classes competed in Breeders Crown finals this past weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. Let's take a look at some of the highlights: Commander Crowe won the $500,000 Open Trot by three-quarters of a length over favorite Maven in a stakes-record-equaling 1:51. Le Grand Blond -- European star Commander Crowe -- provided a grand finale to Saturday's eight Breeders Crown races, winning the $500,000 Open Trot by three-quarters of a length over favorite Maven in a stakes-record-equaling 1:51. An 11-year-old chestnut, Commander Crowe became the oldest Breeders Crown champion in history. Foiled Again, who won last season's Breeders Crown Open Pace at the age of 9, held the record for oldest winner. The Swedish-born Commander Crowe, who has won 61 of 106 career races and earned $5.09 million, captured his first Breeders Crown after third-place finishes in 2011 and 2012 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. His earnings rank No. 4 among all trotters in history and his triumphs include the Elitlopp Invitational, which he captured in 2012. Commander Crowe, trained by Fabrice Souloy, was driven to victory by Orjan Kihlstrom. Maven, who was trying to become the first mare since Moni Maker in 1998 to win the Breeders Crown Open Trot, raced on the outside from the half-mile point, closing from fourth to second, but getting no nearer. Creatine finished third, followed by Flanagan Memory. Three of the Crown winners put themselves in prime contention for Horse of the Year honors. On Friday, Shake It Cerry and Ron Pierce made it back-to-back Breeders Crown victories as the duo won the $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Trot edition in a stakes record time of 1:52.2, two-fifths of a second better than the old mark set by Bee A Magician last year. Shake It Cerry shook off the competition and left the field behind to win by 2-1/4 lengths. Cee Bee Yes was second and Struck By Lindy closed strongly for third. It was the 19th Breeders Crown for her trainer Jimmy Takter and 30th for driver Ron Pierce, and she was the first trotting filly to win back-to-back Crowns since Cameron Hall in 2001-2002. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig is owned by Sloveig's Racing Partners. Make that an even dozen in as many tries for JK She'salady as she and driver Tim Tetrick won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. She covered the mile in 1:50.2, a track and stakes record. Tetrick kept JK She'salady to her task and went straight to the finish line by 1-3/4 lengths in front of second place finisher Sassa Hanover and Bettor Be Steppin in third. JK She'salady is trained by Nancy Johansson and owned by 3 Brothers Stables of New York. It was the first winner for 33-year-old Johansson, who is the daughter of Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. If she would be voted the Horse of the Year, the homebred daughter of Art Major-Presidential Lady would be the first 2-year-old pacing filly accorded that honor. "Redemption for Father Patrick. He is blessed with a Breeders Crown," called out track announcer Ken Warkentin as Father Patrick hit the wire to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting colts by a neck in a stakes record time of 1:51.4 on Saturday. E L Titan was second and Nuncio, who was looking for late racing room along the rail, was third. Harper Blue Chip was fourth. Father Patrick, a son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream, is owned by the Father Patrick Stable, is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven to victory by Yannick Gingras. He has won 12 of 17 starts this year, good for earnings of $1,693,081. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 2,267; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,162; 3. David Miller - 1,003.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 852.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 647. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 2,445.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,908; 3. Erv Miller - 446.5; 4. Joe Holloway - 411; 5. Julie Miller - 347. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 540.48; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 490.48; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 357; 4. Brittany Farms - 294.45; 5. Robert Key - 272. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs as the Delaware track will host the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Freehold, NJ --- Undefeated JK She’salady remained atop the poll after capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown for juvenile filly pacers in record-setting fashion on Saturday, November 22 at the Meadowlands. Artspeak dropped from the Top 10. Next week will be the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll of the year. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. All winners will be announced at that time. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 28 – 11/25/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (25) 2pf 12-12-0-0 $883,330 323 1 2 Shake It Cerry (3) 3tf 17-15-0-1 $1,230,411 284 4 3 Sebastian K (5) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 262 2 4 Father Patrick (2) 3tc 17-12-3-0 $1,693,081 254 5 5 Nuncio 3tc 17-11-5-1 $1,458,071 186 3 6 Mission Brief 2tf 13-9-0-0 $591,070 160 10 7 Sweet Lou 5ph 18-10-3-1 $1,111,433 115 6 8 McWicked 3pc 21-10-5-4 $1,304,657 59 -- 9 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 57 7 10 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 53 9 Also: Artspeak (51), Commander Crowe (31), Pinkman (29), Maven (22), JK Endofanera (17), Limelight Beach (11), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Modern Family (2), Color’s A Virgin, E L Titan, Freaky Feet Pete, Natural Herbie, Thinking Out Loud (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

There were just a few (five) qualifiers on a blustery Breeders Crown Saturday morning at The Meadowlands held under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid- 30's and a considerable cross-wind.   Sebastian K came out to get some pre-TVG Final work in and he looked sharp in a 1:55 win for Ake Svanstedt.   Sebastian left the gate alertly with ears pricked, then allowed Svanstedt to rate him through a kind 59.4 half with Lindy's Tru Grit in close pocket attendance. The pair of trotters finished the mile out with a final quarter of 27 flat,   Sebastian K held to be a comfortable three-quarters length winner over a very willing Lindy's Tru Grit who closed it up a bit near the wire for Tetrick.   Race three saw a pair of nice three year old pacers zipped around the oval in 1:53.4 / 26.4 with Ontario-bred Play It Again Sam holding off early season sensation National Debt.   Golden Receiver looked fantastic in a 1:52.1 / 26.2 romp, leading all the way with driver Andy Miller never straightening up on him. The "Golden One" has the TVG Final next week if his connections so choose and he certainly made a case for himself this morning.   To view the qualifying races at the Meadowlands click here.   The Breeders Crown championship races continue at The Meadowlands this evening with first post at 7:15. It's quite a card, the weather looks good and excitement is high. Get any info you may desire on tonight's racing at www.playmeadowlands.com.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

The drawing of post position for the final divisions of the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands Racetrack took place this afternoon at the Meadowlands. For the $525,000 Older Horse Trot division, European world champion, Commander Crowe drew the outside post position nine but was still make the 3-1 morning line favorite. Market Share drew post two and is the second choice at odds of 7/2. In the $550,000 final of the Breeders Crown for two-year-old pacing colts, it was Go Daddy Go who drew post position five and was installed as the 5/2 race favorite while for the second straight week, In The Arsenal drew the far outside ten post. The $581,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts saw Always B Miki draw post four and then be made the 8/5 favorite while JK Endofanera drew post six and was made the 5/2 second choice in the race. For the $500,000 final of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old trotting colts, it was Nuncio drawing post position three and he was made the 6/5 morning line favorite over stable mate Father Patrick, who drew post six and is the 7/5 second choice in the race. By Chris Tully , for Harnesslink.com

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady improved her hold on No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll after winning her elimination in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. JK She’salady received 22 first-place votes, an increase of five, and increased her advantage to 48 points over second-place Sebastian K. Sebastian K, Nuncio, Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick and Sweet Lou -- in positions two through six -- did not race last week. All but Sebastian K will be competing in the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki moved up a spot off his elimination win in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Mission Brief joined the rankings at No. 10 following her elimination victory in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. JK Endofanera dropped from the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/18/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (22) 2pf 11-11-0-0 $633,330 321 1 2 Sebastian K (6) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 273 2 3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 271 T3 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 257 T3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 211 5 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 130 6 7 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 125 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 68 7 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 67 9 10 Mission Brief 2tf 12-8-0-0 $341,070 60 -- Also: JK Endofanera (42), Maven (18), Limelight Beach (16), Color’s A Virgin (13), McWicked, Wild Honey (7), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie, Pinkman (5), Market Share (4), Dancin Yankee, French Laundry, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, He’s Watching (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady and Sebastian K remained in the top two spots in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with Nuncio and Shake It Cerry making upward moves and landing in a tie for third. Neither JK She’salady nor Sebastian K raced last week. Nuncio won the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and Shake It Cerry won the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Father Patrick, who went off stride at the start of the Matron for 3-year-old male trotters, slipped to fifth in the poll. There were no newcomers to the Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/11/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (17) 2pf 10-10-0-0 $620,830 308 1 2 Sebastian K (7) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 272 2 T3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 260 5 T3 Shake It Cerry (2) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 260 4 5 Father Patrick (3) 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 227 3 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 141 6 7 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 100 7 8 Always B Miki 3pc 18-11-4-0 $778,982 93 9 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 80 8 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 16-10-2-1 $949,895 51 10 Also: Mission Brief (36), In The Arsenal (19), McWicked (12), Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie (9), He’s Watching, Limelight Beach (7), Clear Vision, Dancin Yankee (5), Color’s A Virgin, Market Share (4), Habitat, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), Maven (2), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, Somewhere In LA, Weeper, Wild Honey (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- For the second week in a row, a new horse is No. 1 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Two-year-old female pacer JK She’salady moved into the top spot as last week’s No. 1, Father Patrick, slipped to third following his second-place finish to E L Titan in the Carl Erskine Trot. JK She’salady, who was idle last week, received 15 first-place votes to lead a group of five horses getting at least one first-place nod. Sebastian K, who was No. 1 for the first 23 weeks of the poll, moved to second place and garnered 10 first-place votes. He did not race last week. Shake It Cerry, who won the Moni Maker Stakes, and Nuncio, who was idle, rounded out the top five. Always B Miki, who won the Monument Circle, moved into the rankings at No. 9. Mission Brief dropped out of the Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/4/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (15) 2pf 10-10-0-0 $620,830 300 2 2 Sebastian K (10) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 279 3 3 Father Patrick (7) 3tc 15-11-3-0 $1,443,081 273 1 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 15-13-0-1 $899,936 230 5 5 Nuncio (2) 3tc 15-10-5-0 $1,297,896 221 4 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 141 6 7 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 106 7 8 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 96 8 9 Always B Miki 3pc 18-11-4-0 $778,982 72 -- 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 16-10-2-1 $949,895 67 9 Also: Mission Brief (42), Lifetime Pursuit, McWicked (14), He’s Watching (13), Natural Herbie (10), Limelight Beach (8), Act Now (7), Dancin Yankee, Market Share (5), Modern Family (4), All Bets Off, Billy Flynn, Color’s A Virgin (3), Clear Vision, In The Arsenal (2), Freaky Feet Pete, Habitat, Harper Blue Chip, Maven, Yankee Bounty (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

In the world of harness racing there is not much that super star trotter Sebastian K has not done. The eight-year-old stallion by Korean has nearly $3 million in career earnings, has won most every major event in Europe, came to the USA this year and scored the fastest one mile race in Standardbred history with his 1:49 mile at Pocono Downs. So what’s left for the world champion to prove? How about making his first start ever on a half mile track! That’s right. Sebastian K has never raced on a half mile oval. He has 74 lifetime starts, 34 wins, 14 seconds and 2 thirds in his championship career. But can he handle the sharper turns on a half mile track? “It will not be a problem,” said Bjorn “Bernie” Noren, second trainer for Ake Svanstedt, “He (Sebastian K) is in good shape and with his quick early speed he will be OK on the smaller track.” This Saturday Sebastian K and Svanstedt will start from post six in the $250,000 International Trot Preview at Yonkers Raceway. The invitational event has drawn eight of the top trotters in racing. Included in the field and making his USA debut of another European champion, Commander Crowe, who has raced against Sebastian K in the past. Also in the field and the only mare against male rivals, is the 2013 Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician. In fact, the total career earnings of the eight horses in the race is an amazing $17 million. Both Commander Crowe and Arch Madness are career earners of more than $4 million each. The Yonkers International Trot also tests the stamina of these champion trotters as the race is not the usual distance of one mile, the mainstay of North American harness racing, but is an extra distance race at one and one-quarter mile. How will that affect Sebastian K, who now has to maneuver the sharper turns of a half mile oval five times instead of just four times. “It will affect the American horses much more than it will Sebastian K,” said Noren. “They are not use to going an extra quarter mile, but Sebastian K, Commander Crowe and Arch Madness have all raced extra distances and should have an advantage over the other horses.” Commander Crowe has just come over from Europe and may not have had enough time to recover from the stress of trip and according to Noren, “He may not be at 100% for this race. He is a very great horse but the trip overseas is very tough on a horse. He could be in good shape but I would look for him to be at his best for the Breeders Crown next month at the Meadowlands. “It is good that he (Commander Crowe) has come over here to race,” Noren added, “The competition will help make the races more exciting for everyone here.” When asked to size up the competition against Sebastian K on Saturday, Noren summed it up. “Of course Sebastian K is the best in the race,” Noren chuckled, “And Ake Svantsted is so good at measuring a horse in an extra distance race. I think that Archangel and Arch Madness can be good and if Commander Crowe is feeling good he will be tough too.” The big question in the race will be that most of the horses entered have not set foot on a half mile track for most of their careers and they include Commander Crowe, Archangel, Sebastian K, Natural Herbie and Not Afraid. That’s five of the eight starters. And the other three, Bee A Magician, Obrigado and Arch Madness, have all won or were second in their last starts on Yonkers half mile oval. The morning line has Natural Herbie from post seven as the 3-1 race favorite. He is on a three-race winning streak. Arch Madness is the second choice at odds of 7/2 and for the first time since arriving in the USA, Sebastian K is not the race favorite in the morning line, but third choice at 4-1. With such keen competition, the revival of the International Trot will be quite the event to watch this weekend. Here is the field in post position order: $250,000 International Trot Preview 1 ¼ miles Commander Crowe (Orjan Kihlstrom) 8-1 Bee A Magician (David Miller) 8-1 Archangel (Matt Kakaley) 6-1 Obrigado (Jason Bartlett) 5-1 Arch Madness (George Brennan) 7/2 Sebastian K (Ake Svanstedt) 4-1 Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) 3-1 Not Afraid (Brett Miller) 20-1 By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com 

Freehold, NJ --- The top five in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll were unchanged from a week ago, although No. 3 JK She’salady added one first-place vote to her total following a win in her elimination for Saturday’s Three Diamonds. In the only other movement, Yonkers Trot elim winner Nuncio moved from seventh place to sixth, swapping places with Trixton. Sebastian K, who returns to action in Saturday’s International Trot Preview, remained No. 1, followed by Father Patrick, JK She’salady, Shake It Cerry, and Sweet Lou. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (22) 8th 11-8-2-0 $663,853 324 1 2 Father Patrick (5) 3tc 14-11-2-0 $1,385,581 303 2 3 JK She’salady (8) 2pf 9-9-0-0 $432,150 255 3 4 Shake It Cerry 3tf 14-12-0-1 $803,436 210 4 5 Sweet Lou 5ph 16-10-1-1 $958,558 179 5 6 Nuncio 3tc 14-9-5-0 $1,047,896 144 7 7 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 120 6 8 Artspeak 2pc 9-7-0-2 $490,760 86 8 9 Mission Brief 2tf 10-7-0-0 $324,440 82 9 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 14-9-2-1 $921,145 63 10 Also: Always B Miki (35), Lifetime Pursuit (29), He’s Watching (24), McWicked (22), Limelight Beach (9), Dancin Yankee, Yankee Bounty (8), In The Arsenal, Modern Family (5), Billy Flynn, Market Share (3), Act Now, Arch Madness (2), All Bets Off, Creatine, Freaky Feet Pete, Harper Blue Chip (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Father Patrick, off his win in the American-National Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters, pulled within 16 points of No. 1-ranked Sebastian K in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Sebastian K did not race last week. Father Patrick, who leads all horses in purses with $1.38 million, received six first-place votes, an increase of four. Sebastian K saw his total drop from 26 to 22 while 2-year-old female pacer JK She’salady was unchanged with seven. Shake It Cerry, who won the American-National Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters, moved up one spot to No. 4 in the poll while Sweet Lou, who was idle, dropped to fifth. JK Endofanera won the American-National Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers and joined the Top 10 at No. 10. McWicked, another 3-year-old male pacer, dropped out. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 22 – 10/14/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (22) 8th 11-8-2-0 $663,853 322 1 2 Father Patrick (6) 3tc 14-11-2-0 $1,385,581 306 2 3 JK She’salady (7) 2pf 8-8-0-0 $421,025 228 3 4 Shake It Cerry 3tf 14-12-0-1 $803,436 201 5 5 Sweet Lou 5ph 16-10-1-1 $958,558 195 4 6 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 125 6 7 Nuncio 3tc 13-8-5-0 $1,027,896 114 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 8-7-0-1 $488,090 108 7 9 Mission Brief 2tf 9-6-0-0 $313,315 82 9 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 14-9-2-1 $921,145 60 -- Also: Lifetime Pursuit (37), He’s Watching (32), McWicked (30), Always B Miki (24), Yankee Bounty (14), Limelight Beach (13), In The Arsenal, Modern Family, Somewhere In LA (5), All Bets Off, Creatine (4), Billy Flynn, Dancin Yankee, Market Share (3), Freaky Feet Pete, Harper Blue Chip (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady, Shake It Cerry, Nuncio, and Mission Brief were big winners at The Red Mile and made big gains in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Freshman female pacer JK She’salady remained undefeated with a victory in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. She received seven first-place votes and moved from sixth to third in the rankings. Shake It Cerry won the Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old female trotters and soared from ninth to fifth in the poll. Sophomore male trotter Nuncio won the Kentucky Futurity, defeating stablemate and No. 2-ranked Father Patrick, to join the Top 10 at No. 8 while Mission Brief also landed in the Top 10, at No. 9, following her world-record 1:50.3 victory in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. No. 1-ranked Sebastian K lost the Allerage Farm Open Trot by a head to Creatine, but remained in the top spot. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 21 – 10/7/2014   Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (25) 8th 11-8-2-0 $663,853 325 1 2 Father Patrick (2) 3tc 13-10-2-0 $1,292,201 298 2 3 JK She’salady (7) 2pf 8-8-0-0 $421,025 210 6 4 Sweet Lou 5ph 16-10-1-1 $958,558 194 3 5 Shake It Cerry 3tf 13-11-0-1 $734,436 165 9 6 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 135 4 7 Artspeak (1) 2pc 8-7-0-1 $488,090 120 5 8 Nuncio 3tc 13-8-5-0 $1,027,896 114 -- 9 Mission Brief 2tf 9-6-0-0 $313,315 80 -- 10 McWicked 3pc 16-9-4-1 $945,596 51 7 Also: Lifetime Pursuit (47), JK Endofanera (45), He’s Watching (37), Limelight Beach (30), Always B Miki (25), Yankee Bounty (22), All Bets Off, Market Share (5), Modern Family (4), Somewhere In LA (3), Billy Flynn, Creatine, Dancin Yankee, Sassa Hanover (2), Act Now, Yagonnakissmeornot (1).   by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The fastest trotter in harness racing history, Sebastian K, visits The Red Mile on Sunday, but co-owner Tristan Sjoberg doesn’t need to see fast times to have a good time. Sebastian K, an 8-year-old male trotter from Sweden in his first season of competing in the U.S., set the world record of 1:49 in June at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The previous mark was 1:49.3, set by Enough Talk in 2008, and no other trotter had gone faster than 1:50.1 before Sebastian K’s performance at Pocono. On Sunday in Lexington, Sebastian K is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot. Sebastian K will start from post No. 2 in the nine-horse field with trainer Ake Svanstedt doing the driving. “We’re very much looking forward to the race,” said Sjoberg, who owns Sebastian K with his brother, Michael Knutsson. “It might not be the biggest purse of the season, but it is such a classic track and race, the money is secondary. Along with the Maple Leaf Trot and Cashman (Memorial) this is the élan of racing for aged trotters.” Sebastian K has won eight of 10 races this year and is the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly Top 10 poll. His victories include the John Cashman Jr. Memorial, Crawford Farms Open Trot and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. He finished second by a nose in the Maple Leaf Trot. In his most recent start, Sebastian K finished seventh in the Centaur Trotting Classic. The track was labeled “good” for the Centaur Trotting Classic and “sloppy” for the Maple Leaf. All of Sebastian K’s remaining races were on fast tracks. The forecast for Sunday in Lexington is mostly sunny and 64 degrees. Two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share is the 9-2 second choice in the Allerage Open Trot. The field also includes past Kentucky Futurity winners Creatine (2013) and Wishing Stone (2010) and Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. “Ake took Sebastian out for a training session on the track Monday and everything felt great,” Sjoberg said. “The (Red Mile) track surface is very much Sebastian’s kind of surface and the weather forecast, touch wood, is looking pretty good. “It might be difficult to go under 1:50 if the temperature stays below 70 degrees, but the primary goal is to get back to winning ways.” Sebastian K, who was Sweden’s Horse of the Year in 2012, has won 34 of 73 races in his career and earned $2.91 million. Svanstedt, Sweden’s five-time Trainer of the Year and three-time Driver of the Year award winner, moved his stable to the U.S. late in 2013 and Sebastian K’s owners decided to send the horse with him. “We knew he was fast enough to compete against the best in North America and win races, but the real carrot was breaking the world record,” Sjoberg said. “His best time in Sweden was 1:51 flat and that was on a five-eighths-mile track that is medium fast. We believed he could go sub-1:50 on a fast mile track so after a lot of soul searching we decided to ship him to the States with Ake with the singular aim to break the world record.” Following the Allerage Open Trot, Sebastian K’s schedule includes theInternational Trot Preview on Oct. 25 at Yonkers Raceway. The Breeders Crown in November also is a possibility, but Sebastian K would have to be supplemented to the race. “After Lexington, we turn our attention to Yonkers and a long-awaited reunion with Commander Crowe,” Sjoberg said, referring to another standout from Sweden, who earlier this week accepted an invitation to race in the Breeders Crown Trot for the third time in his career and is expected to prep with the International Trot Preview. “It is four victories apiece between them and their rivalry during the summer of 2012 was fantastic for the sport in Sweden. After that race, we’ll make a decision whether to supplement for the Breeders Crown or not.” Sunday’s card at The Red Mile also features the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters and the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Tristan Sjoberg remembers listening to the International Trot on the radio while growing up as a teenager in Sweden.   He would be rooting for his favorites Callit and Legolas during the early 80s when the International Trot was held at the now defunct Roosevelt Raceway.   Now, Sjoberg is proud to be part of the return of the International Trot Preview to Yonkers when it returns to Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 25.   "To have a horse in this race means the world to my brother and I," said Sjoberg, who is part owner of Sebastian K., the world record holder for trotting a mile. "Our father would be proud."   The International Trot, with all its pageantry and worldwide participation will return in 2015 to Yonkers after last being run in 1995.   "As for the sport, I think the reinstatement of the race is very good for harness racing in the United States," Sjoberg said. "When the race was cancelled (in 1988) I think the sport in North America lost a bit of its soul and became more isolated. It is important to have overseas horses compete in the United States as it is brings fresh ideas and keeps the interest up when international marauders come to race in North America.   "One of the main problems in the last 10 years or so has been the focus on retiring successful horses too quickly and the lack of international races on American soil," Sjoberg said. "I hope with the reinstatement of the International Trot, or the World Championship as we call the race in Sweden, and the implementation of the "Gural rule" (keeping horses racing into their 4-year-old season) should revitalize the sport."   Sebastian K or "Sebbe" as he's known around the barn, has won eight of 10 starts since coming to the United States from Sweden and appears to be one of the top choices in the estimated $250,000 International Trot Preview.   On June 28 at Pocono Downs, Sebastian K, an 8-year-old trotter, set the world record for trotting the fastest mile in harness racing, when he stopped the clock in 1:49 in the $100,000 Sun Invitational. "He's an amazing horse," said Bjorn (Bernie) Noren, the assistant to trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. "He's a phenomenal animal."   In 2012, Sebastian K was named Sweden's Horse of the Year and having started his career in Sweden, Sebastian K, races barefoot, with no shoes unlike many of his American counterparts.   "Most horses over there race without shoes," Noren said. "I think it makes them go a little faster. You must have a good surface to race barefoot on or it could sting the horse's foot. Yonkers has a very good surface. We try to race him every time without shoes because he doesn't like to wear them."   In Sebastian K's last start, the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park on Sept. 20, the 8-year-old faded to seventh, finishing off the board for the first time since coming to North America.   "We put down his lackluster performance to dehydration and the thunderstorm that rolled in," said Sjoberg, who noted that Sebastian K scoped clean after the race. "He does not like high humidity." The International Trot Preview is also expected to attract Market Share, Bee a Magician and Archangel and is part of a strong evening of racing from the Old Hilltop featuring the Messenger Stakes and the Yonkers Trot.   Yonkers Raceway will keep the international flavor going on Sundays, beginning on Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, when it will host an all-trotting card that will be simulcast to Europe beginning at 11 a.m.   The track will offer fans many promotions for the special Sunday cards. More details about the promotions will be available as the time draws closer.   By Jerry Bossert

Freehold, NJ --- Sebastian K remained No. 1 following his seventh-place finish in the Centaur Trotting Classic, but the 8-year-old trotter lost eight first-place votes to the competition in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Sweet Lou, Father Patrick and Artspeak all received at least one first-place vote. All three were idle last week. Winners last week in the Top 10 were JK She’salady in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers and Lifetime Pursuit in the Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters. Shake It Cerry, who was idle, moved into the No. 10 spot as Sandbetweenurtoes dropped out. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 19 – 9/23/2014                                              Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (27) 8th 10-8-1-0 $620,603 335 1 2 Sweet Lou (4) 5ph 14-10-1-1 $940,533 303 2 3 Father Patrick (3) 3tc 11-9-1-0 $1,136,901 284 3 4 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 218 4 5 Artspeak (1) 2pc 6-6-0-0 $437,825 142 7 6 JK She’salady 2pf 7-7-0-0 $378,575 125 8 7 McWicked 3pc 15-9-3-1 $939,346 120 6 8 He’s Watching 3pc 10-5-2-1 $801,578 117 5 9 Lifetime Pursuit 3tf 13-8-1-2 $652,054 99 9 10 Shake It Cerry 3tf 11-9-0-1 $579,086 41 -- Also: JK Endofanera, Sandbetweenurtoes (19), Limelight Beach (15), Nuncio (13), Classic Martine, Mission Brief, Yankee Bounty (12), Foiled Again (9), Dancin Yankee, Market Share (6), Modern Family (5), All Bets Off (4), Somewhere In LA, Somwherovrarainbow (2), Billy Flynn, Clear Vision, I Like My Boss, Master Of Law, Wild Honey (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner

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