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Anderson, IN -- Post positions were drawn on Saturday, October 24 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the Open Mare Pace, Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, and Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Breeders Crown Finals. Elimination winners drew from posts one through five with the remainder of the field in an open draw. The Open Mare Pace was the only open event that required an elimination. Rockin Nola and Trillions Hanover received byes and advanced directly to the final. Following are the fields in post position order for the Breeders Crown Finals: $300,000 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Sweet Lucy Lou--Robert Cleary 2-Rockin Nola--Joe Putnam 3-Kissin In The Sand--Nancy Takter 4-Caviart Ally--Brett Pelling 5-Warrawee Ubeaut--Ron Burke 6-Shartin N--Jim King Jr. 7-Philly Hanover--Robert Don Fellows 8-Treacherous Reign--Tony Alagna 9-Trillions Hanover--Tom Fanning 10-Stonebridge Soul--Chris Ryder $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Ima Diamond Babe--James Yoder 2-Iteration--Marcus Melander 3-Splash Blue Chip--Ake Svandstedt 4-Mazzarati--Lucas Wallin 5-Lady Chaos--Linda Toscano 6-Hello I Love You--Tony Alagna 7-Big City Pearl--James Yoder 8-Swift Swanda--Erv Miller 9-Gotta Believe--Julie Miller 10-Presto--Ake Svandstedt $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Drama Act--Ron Burke 2-Party Girl Hill--Chris Ryder 3-Lyons Sentinel--Jim King Jr. 4-Peaky Sneaky--Nancy Takter 5-Pettycoat Business--Brian Brown 6-Rocknificent--Linda Toscano 7-JK First Lady--Nancy Takter 8-Lady Lou--Tony Alagna 9-Hen Party--Tony Alagna 10-New Year--Chris Ryder   $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Next Level Stuff--Ron Burke 2-Crucial--Chris Ryder 3-May Baby--James Yoder 4-Sorella--Nancy Takter 5-Spoiled Princess--Nancy Takter 6-Ab's Attitudexpress--Lucas Wallin 7-Hypnotic AM--Marcus Melander 8-Caviart Eva--Nancy Takter 9-Rock Swan--Erv Miller 10-Love A Good Story--Julie Miller The remaining fields for the Breeders Crown Finals will be drawn at Harrah's Hoosier Park at a Post Draw Reception on Monday, October 26 at 6pm. In addition to a live stream of the racing cards for the Breeders Crown finals, Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a live stream of the post position draw. The draw broadcast will be part of a week-long coverage leading up to the Breeders Crown finals. Harrah's Hoosier Park's social media feeds will also stream the post position draws and other Breeders Crown event week festivities. The Breeders Crown finals will be drawn in the following order: Monday, October 26--Post Draw Reception at 6pm: Open Trot Open Pace Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the 2020 Breeders Crown Finals on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 with limited spectators, in accordance with the approved health and safety plan for the event. The 2020 Breeders Crown event, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be the 37th edition of the $6 million event. First post for the Breeders Crown eliminations will be 6:30 p.m. (EDT) while post time for the Breeders Crown finals will be 6:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information on the Breeders Crown or upcoming events at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park        

If anyone chooses to buy into The Jockey Club mandates imposed upon harness racing; that seek to shove this Federal bill down our throats based upon what they think is good for us because it's good for them, then I guess we could be satisfied with whatever The Jockey Club comes up with. Further, if one so believes, then one should be counted with those who believe that the USTA has not been negotiating, or not expending a great deal of effort for the best interest of its membership and our industry. You can believe that the hundreds of hours expended by USTA officers, directors, staff, lobbyists and counsel over the last three years has been nonexistent from the debate to negotiation stages on this Federal Bill. Blindly believe as anyone chooses but the reality is that simply is not true. Besides working to achieve recognition for the differences in our breed, bet you didn’t know that the USTA has been actively negotiating with thoroughbred interests even on a state level for recognition in regulations suited to our industry. The USTA has been pro active negotiating for our breed on state and federal levels, which work it has put front and center as its priority to protect the harness racing industry.   Just to give you an idea of what has also been taking place on the state level while we worked for similar goals on the National level. The concept of a National Racing Compact was advanced in a number of states that would have put us under thoroughbred umbrella similar to what the  Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act will also do as a practical matter. That effort was initially and forcefully opposed by harness horsemen’s associations. Then with the aid of the USTA, a compromise was not only suggested, but crafted for the good of the harness industry. The USTA worked and actually drafted a state bill that would have put harness into the National Compact on the same footing as the thoroughbred industry. That would be with the statutory recognition that harness would have a separate state commission-appointed delegate to the Compact. That each breed would have separate delegates and each breed would be recognized for its differences and its unique performance model. The delegates would not be bound by, but would take input on medication rules regulations  from the separate breed representatives and enact regulations suited to each breed as those delegates saw fit. Under the National Racing Compact compromise offered by the USTA, the harness delegation could not force any regulations on the thoroughbreds, or vice versa, unless the other breed’s delegates consented. For example, if a regulation’s withdrawal time and threshold level was scientifically shown to have applicability to each breed, the other breed’s delegates could adopt it. Regulations would not be forced upon a breed that did not fit its own performance model. Unfortunately, while the Compact was deemed to work well for the thoroughbreds, when an offer was made for the same formula for harness separately, negotiations broke off despite all our work. What  the USTA sought in those negotiations was a simple equal and fair agreement on National Racing Compact legislation that would be as fair and acceptable to the harness industry as it was for the thoroughbred industry. Simply, everything was the same in the statute that was applicable to them would be applicable to our industry, but on a parallel line. Naively we thought that this should get a done deal. It seemed fair, after all we race more than they do and our vets treat our horses quite differently often doing multiple joints bilaterally. The USTA’s work was rejected by the thoroughbreds. No reason given. Over many months and before the new version of the “Integrity” Act of 2020 popped up, harness offered that deal on the National Compact in our negotiations. The same kind of effort was put into the Federal Bill but with even greater intensity and work. The thoroughbred representatives refused any negotiation and the USTA received the very same response it was getting to the Compact offer it made. This despite the harness industry’s efforts spearheaded by the USTA over the last three years and 300 hours of meetings to factor fairness for our breed into the Federal bill. The result, the same, No deal. The thoroughbreds, one has to think, will benefit from our payments under the new Federal bill based upon our number of starts as compared to theirs and at a cost to our horsemen of initially $50 per start. Much of our money will be for studying how to prevent thoroughbred breakdowns by improving racing surfaces. Additionally, the cause for removing Lasix is based upon the fiction that the therapeutic medication is the cause of those breakdowns and the further fiction that it masks other medications, when today we can find medications down to the picogram in most horses on Lasix.  Safety and Integrity are nice buzz words… but don’t be fooled, because all the 2020 Act will provide the harness industry is a massive fee assessment towards the cure of someone else’s problems, and a brand new set of regulations that will provide solace for the pet peeves of someone else’s industry, and the potential destruction of ours. The USTA is not so naive to think that once this law is passed, if indeed it might be, that somehow our negotiations will continue and the USTA will succeed in achieving fairness for our members. Make no mistake, once enacted we will pay under this law in many ways. With 1 seat at a table of 27 and you can see the degree of input we will have in effectuating necessary reforms in either the law or its application. For those who think differently, one can only wish you are correct. Our experience teaches us differently. From Joe Faraldo, chairman of USTA District 8A  

Plainville, MA --- Harness racing trainer George Ducharme has been one of the top trainers competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for years and his success in the series is no surprise as many of the horses the Walpole, Massachusetts native starts are tight and experienced coming in off their New York Sire Stake races. This year he brings a "Ducharmy" of nine starters to Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 26) including a pair of defending 2-year-old champions looking to repeat and take their share of the $720,000 up for grabs in purse money. Here is a look at his starters followed by some comments by Ducharme. In the 3-year-old trotting filly division, Ducharme has a three headed monster led by Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) who is one of those returning champions. Without A Warning race against Love A Good Story and Hypnotic Am all summer in the NYSS and finished third in the $225,000 final. She has now won three in a row in MASS competition, taking a new lifetime mark and setting a MASS stake record of 1:54.2 in the process. He is also starting Dramatra (Trixton-Bourbon 'n Grits) who is a sister to 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life and Greyscale (Credit Winner-Global Beauty) who has had some light stake work in New York. "Without A Warning is just a nice horse. She raced those three good fillies in New York all year and held her own. She was just maybe a step below them, but it has definitely bravened her up for the competition level she's had to race so far." "Dramatra was just growthy and sore last year so we quit with her. This year she's come back to be a useful racehorse that has held her own in stakes so far. Greyscale is a good honest little horse, not quite as fast as the other two, but one that has done what we've asked of her to this point for sure." Ducharme has two 3-year-old trotting colts starting including another returning champion, Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) who was racing in the Ontario Sire Stakes and Double Dealing who was a NYSS Excel A finalist. "I just got Life Is A Feast back a couple weeks ago. I trained him down last winter and then sent him up to Canada for his Canadian stakes. He hadn't raced in almost three weeks before his first MASS start the other day and I think he needed the race. So hopefully he should be a little better this week." "Double Dealing has just turned into a real honest little horse. He trots 55-ish every week and he can do it on the lead or from behind and I'm pretty happy with him." Another two starters appear in the 2-year-old trotting colts division with In The Cards (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) who had a win and a third in NYSS action and Beantown Madness (Conway Hall-Armbro Archer) who Ducharme has been very pleased with his progression coming in. "Beantown Madness has turned out to be a really nice little horse. We were very slow with him, we raced him in the NYSS Excel B races and let him learn because he wasn't the biggest horse at the time. But he's grown and filled out and really come into his own and he's learning how to make speed. I couldn't be happier with him." Ducharme's last trotting entry is 2-year-old trotting filly Royal Envy (RC Royalty-Temper Of Will) who seems to be peaking at the right time and is three-for-three in MASS action. "Royal Envy was growthy and sore most of the summer and that hindered her progress. I qualified and tried to race her and she just wasn't good so we backed off on her, blistered her up a couple of times, brought her back and she's been really good. She definitely has plenty of speed and she's finishing her miles real good right now. I think she'll become a useful horse, hopefully Monday, and then into next year." Ducharme is also starting one pacer, a 2-year-old filly named So Amazing (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) that has actually raced up to her name. "So Amazing is just a nice filly. Last week I was really impressed with her, having horses at her the whole mile without a breather and finish the way she did. And to pace in 1:53 as a 2-year-old against a good group of fillies. That's a real good division because there are three or four in there that have taken turns every week depending on how the trips go." Ducharme also commented on how far the stake has come since the Race Horse Development Fund was put in place in 2015. "Every year this stake gets more competition as the quality of the mares gets better. And the numbers are getting better because people have faith in the program at Plainridge and Massachusetts right now. I think all of the class groups are in the 20's next year so a lot of them could go split divisions next year," said Ducharme. "We bought a couple more Mass-bred yearlings in Lexington this year besides our home-breds so we're going to keep supporting the program for sure." By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – After an incredibly uncharacteristic sixth-place finish a week ago in a race that saw him back up on the far turn while going after the leader, Highalator, the best overnight horse currently in training at The Meadowlands, returned to his outstanding self with another eye-popping harness racing performance in the track’s weekly pacing feature Saturday night. Having been assigned post position nine in the nine-horse field for non-winners of $20,000 in their last five starts on the pace, driver Ricky Still did what he usually does with Highalator, leave the gate hard. Stacked up five-wide into the first turn, the 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher kept on digging on the outside as early leader U S Captain yielded to Ana Afreet N, who then yielded to Highalator, who grabbed the top while parked at the half in a sizzling :53. Despite having won three in a row before last week’s loss, Highalator was sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice. He was sailing along on the point as 7-5 favorite Ana Afreet N, who was looking for his third straight score, remained in the pocket as three-quarters was hit in 1:21. Ana Afreet N vacated the pocket inside the eighth pole, and while he relentlessly inched closer, he could not pass Highalator, who held on by a pulse-pounding nose in 1:49.3. Angers Bayama finished third. Highalator, who returned $8.80 to win, has now won 39-of-84 career starts (seven-for-15 in 2020), good for earnings of $625,864 for owners Jenny Bier (who is also his trainer), Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. A LITTLE MORE: A two-day carryover in the 20-cent Pick-6 led to a total pool of $41,095, and those with winning tickets had big smiles on their faces. After a sequence that saw winners’ odds of 5-1, 4-5, 7-1, 3-1, 2-1 and 6-1, the payout was a handsome $9,255. … Jason Lynch recorded his first-ever win at The Big M guiding Edge Of Eternity to a wire-to-wire score in the third race in 1:51.4. He also trains the 4-year-old, whose recent stops include Harrington Raceway, Ocean Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia. … Todd McCarthy continued to do good things, as the recent Australian import drove three winners on the card. … All-source wagering totaled $2,077,815. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

ANDERSON, Ind -- In the first Breeders Crown elimination division for three-year-old pacing colts, Cattlewash equaled the all-age Harrah's Hoosier Park track record with a 1:47.2 performance.Later on the card, charging to his 11th win of the season, Tall Dark Stranger and regular driver Yannick Gingras fought off a late charge by Warraee Vital to win the second elimination in 1:48.4 Saturday.   Leaving fast and finishing faster, Cattlewash won the first 3-year-old colt pacing Breeders Crown elimination. The mile, clocked in 1:47.2, equaled the all-age track record and set a sophomore colt pacing mark. Driver David Miller left alertly from the rail with Cattlewash and rebuffed an early outside challenge from No Lou Zing, who settled in second through a :26 first quarter. Long shot The Greek Freak followed in third and favorite Capt Midnight sat in fourth. Miller sat comfortably with Cattlewash as he cut a :54.1 half. Heading into three-quarters, Capt Midnight took to the outside and started a strenuous chase for the leader, but one that saw him fade as Cattlewash excelled to three-quarters in 1:20.3. Allywag Hanover took his shot off the sizzling third panel and swung wide into the stretch, but he could not rally off weakening cover. Meanwhile, Cattlewash remained strong to the line, holding off No Lou Zing by 1-1/2 lengths. The Greek Freak, who drafted behind the leading pair, finished third, followed by Save Me A Dance and Manticore.   "He's real sharp right now," David Miller said, adding that he had no strategy when leaving from post one. "If a lot of horses left, I would've raced him differently, but no one did ... It's an awfully long stretch, but he [was going easily]." Cattlewash, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Road Bet, is trained by Ron Burke for owner and breeder William Donovan. He paid $7.80 to win. Warrawee Vital tried to get a hold of the pace right off of the gate in the second BC elim division, leaving quickly and taking the lead over Captain Barbossa, with Tall Dark Stranger dropping in third into a fiery :25.4 first panel. Gingras shifted to the overland route to take over the lead, guiding the other six colts to three-quarters in 1:23. From the back, Captain Kirk failed to sustain an outer-tier advance while Elver Hanover stayed in fourth. Meanwhile, the original trio in front wrestled for the finish line. Warrawee Vital came out gallantly down the center of the track for a charge at Tall Dark Stranger, making Gingras urge the leader to shake off the challenger -- as he has done through the season when faced with a possible duel to the wire. Tall Dark Stranger responded again with a :25.4 closing quarter, winning by a neck in 1:48.4. Captain Barbossa held on for third, while Elver Hanover and Sandbetweenmytoes followed to make the final.   "I just trust [Tall Dark Stranger] and let him fight off horses in the stretch," Gingras said. "Last week in Lexington, I knew he was in the best shape he's ever been." Nancy Takter trains the James Avritt-bred son of Bettor's Delight and Precocious Beauty. Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor own Tall Dark Stranger, who paid $2.20 to win.   by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Bettor's Wish and Gimpanzee prepared for next week's Breeders Crown finals with wins in their respective $25,000 invitational races Saturday (Oct. 24) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Breeders Crown Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot did not require eliminations, so the invitationals were an opportunity to get a start prior to next Saturday's finals. Bettor's Wish won the invitational pace, a seven-horse field with four Breeders Crown finalists, by three-quarters of a length over Brassy Hanover in 1:50.2. Century Farroh finished third. The Breeders Crown finalists in the race were Bettor's Wish, Century Farroh, Sectionline Bigry (fourth) and Dancin Lou (sixth). Last year, Bettor's Wish finished second by a head to Dancin Lou in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Gimpanzee won the invitational trot, a seven-horse field with six Breeders Crown finalists, by 1-3/4 lengths over Manchego in 1:52. Majestic Player A finished third. The Breeders Crown finalists in the race were Gimpanzee, Manchego, Majestic Player A, Lindy The Great (fourth), Fiftydallarbill (fifth) and Reign Of Honor (seventh). In the invitational pace, Bettor's Wish and driver Dexter Dunn were fourth as Century Farroh led the field to the quarter in :26.2 and half in :55.4. Bettor's Wish made his move heading to the final turn and was a half length from the leader when they reached three-quarters in 1:24.4. Bettor's Wish came home in :25.3 to get the win. "He's such a gutsy horse, his attitude is amazing, and makes my job easy because he's so versatile," Dunn said. "It's not an easy move (from age 3 to 4), but you know he's going to go out there and give you 100%. He's stepped up very good." Chris Ryder trains Bettor's Wish, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Lifetime Star. The 4-year-old has won five of 10 races this season, earning $382,232. For his career, he has won 23 of 41 starts and $2.29 million. He is owned by Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. He was bred by Brittany Farms. Bettor's Wish will stand at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania in 2021. "I'll miss him, that's for sure," Dunn said. "He's like an old mate. I'll definitely miss him, but I'm looking forward to see what he can produce on the racetrack once he becomes a stud." Bettor's Wish, the 4-5 favorite, paid $3.60 to win. In the invitational trot, Lindy The Great set the fractions -- :27, :56.3 and 1:25.2 -- while Gimpanzee and driver Brian Sears bided their time in third behind Reign Of Honor. Once in the stretch, Gimpanzee took control and cruised to victory. Manchego, who was sixth until well into the stretch, charged late with a :25.1 last quarter to get the place spot. The 4-year-old Gimpanzee, trained by Marcus Melander, is a two-time Breeders Crown champion. With a victory next week, he would join Mack Lobell as the only male trotters to win trophies at ages 2, 3 and 4. Gimpanzee has won seven of 10 races this year and $728,464. For his career, he has won 24 of 33 races and $2.44 million. He is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. The son of Chapter Seven and Steamy Windows was bred by Order By Stable. Sent off as the even money favorite, Gimpanzee paid $4.20 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind -- Odds-on choice Kissin In The Sand bested reigning Horse of the Year Shartin N in the final strides of the lone $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for harness racing pacing mares on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Floating for position from post nine, Kissin In The Sand found a spot in fourth as Shartin N slid to the lead past a :27.1 first quarter. Warrawee Ubeaut rode the pocket up the backside with Treacherous Reign third. Meanwhile, driver Dexter Dunn waited to move Kissin In The Sand past a :56.2 half. Rounding the final turn, Dunn gave marching orders to the 4-5 betting choice, rolled toward Shartin N by three-quarters in 1:23.4, and stayed at her side through the stretch drive. Shartin N kept Kissin In The Sand at bay until the final sixteenth, where the 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare slid to a three-quarter length advantage to win in 1:49.4. Shartin N settled for second with Warrawee Ubeaut giving pursuit up the passing lane for third and Treacherous Reign behind the top three in fourth. "She's been a good mare -- you know, she was a good 2-year-old, good 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old, so she's just super tough," trainer Nancy Takter said after the race. "The best part is going to be that she's not going to have the nine-hole in the final now." A winner on six occasions from 10 starts this year and 25 times in 56 starts overall, Kissin In The Sand has earned $1,519,094 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. She paid $3.60 to win. With Rockin Nola and Trillions Hanover opting for byes to the $300,000 final, Philly Hanover, Caviart Ally, Sweet Lucy Lou and Stonebridge Soul -- who finished fifth through eighth, respectively -- will also advance. The field of 10 distaff pacers, and their trainers, that will contest the $300,000 final are as follows: 1. Sweet Lucy Lou (Robert Cleary) 2. Rockin Nola (Joe Putnam) 3. Kissin In The Sand (Nancy Takter) 4. Caviart Ally (Brett Pelling) 5. Warrawee Ubeaut (Ron Burke) 6. Shartin N (Jim King Jr.) 7. Philly Hanover (Robert Don Fellows) 8. Treacherous Reign (Tony Alagna) 9. Trillions Hanover (Tom Fanning) 10. Stonebridge Soul (Chris Ryder) by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind -- Capricornus (Tim Tetrick), who was dismissed at odds of 61-1 in the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday (Oct. 24), collected his first triumph of the season. Kentucky Futurity winner Amigo Volo (Dexter Dunn), never truly pressured, tripped the timer in a new track record of 1:51.2 in the second elimination. EL Ideal (Andy Miller) left sharply from the rail but was outgunned for the early lead by Play Trix On Me (Joe Bongiorno). Play Trix On Me established the first fraction of :26.2, but EL Ideal was not satisfied with not being on the front. He retook the lead before the half-mile marker and clicked off fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Play Trix On Me was prepared to challenge while Capicornus remained in sixth -- where he had advanced after getting away eighth. As Ready For Moni (Yannick Gingras), Chestnut Hill (David Miller) and Gangster Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) launched their bids, Tetrick decided it was time to make his move, and Capicornus did not disappoint. As EL Ideal and Play Trix On Me faded from the toll of their earlier efforts, Capricornus trotted with conviction to the wire. He stopped the clock in a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2. Chestnut Hill was second and Gangster Hanover was third. Ready For Moni held for fourth and Play Trix On Me just lasted to procure the final spot in the $500,000 final on Saturday (Oct. 31).   Trained by Marcus Melander, Capricornus, a son of Cantab Hall and Oh My Darling, is owned by JJ Racing Stable. He was bred by Windsong Stable. His record now stands at 22-4-5-5, and he has banked more than $250,000. He returned $125.00 to win. "I liked this horse from last year; today I didn't even pull him until the top of the lane," Tetrick said. "He disappointed me all year and has not fulfilled his job, but tonight he did what I thought he could all year and showed his talent. We said if he raced as good as we felt he could, he would win." In the second elimination, Amigo Volo left the gate quickly and had an early tussle with Beads (Brian Sears) for the early lead. Amigo Volo shrugged him off and clicked of a quarter mile in :27. Amigo Volo led the field through the half mile in :56.1 and to the three-quarters in 1:24.4. It appeared the only opposition he would encounter would be from Maesteraemon (Tim Tetrick) -- who was in third -- and Beads in second. As the horses headed to the wire, Maesteraemon began to close on the outside while Beads sought to challenge on the inside, but Amigo Volo maintained his advantage to the line under minimal urging.   Beads remained in second, three-quarters of a length behind at the finish, Maesteraemon was third and Back Of The Neck (Ã…ke Svenstedt) came from well back to be fourth. Hillexotic (Andy Miller) earned the last position in the final. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman, the son of Father Patrick and Margarita Momma is owned by Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. He was bred by Kentuckiana Farms and Jorgen Jahre Jr. Amigo Volo, last year's Breeders Crown winner for his age, sex and gait, now has a record of 25-13-3-2 and has earned more than $1.2 million. He paid $3.20 to win. When asked about his improvement since a fourth-place finish in this year's Hambletonian, Dunn had a positive response. "He was great in the Hambo," he said. "He just didn't have a lot of luck. He's done very well since that race. He was very good again tonight and worked hard all the way to the finish." by Kimberly French, for the Breeders Crown

Live streaming video from Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is available here for the 2020 Breeders Crown eliminations. Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host a weekend of world-class harness racing as the 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will begin with eliminations on Friday, October 23 and Staurday , 24th October.. Twelve Breeders Crown eliminations for varying age groups of both gaits and genders will highlight Friday’s live racing action while five eliminations will be featured on Saturday's live racing card. The sport’s best trotters and pacers will be looking to secure a spot in next weekend’s lucrative finals. The Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot did not require eliminations and will go directly to the finals on Sat. Oct. 31. There were 61 two-year-olds entered, resulting in $25,000 eliminations in all divisions for Friday, Oct. 23. All of the two-year-old finals will carry a purse of $600,000. There were 61 three-year-olds entered, resulting in $25,000 eliminations in all divisions with the fillies racing on Friday, Oct. 23 and the colts on Saturday, Oct. 24. All of the three-year-old finals will feature a purse of $500,000. Harrah’s Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the Breeders Crown Finals and eliminations cards. The live stream is available on Harrah's Hoosier Park's website and also below. In addition to a live stream of the racing cards, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will provide a live stream of the post position draws. The draw broadcast will be part of a week-long coverage leading up to the Breeders Crown finals, including the Breeders Crown post draw reception which will be held on Monday, October 26 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park at 6pm. Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s social media feeds will also stream the post position draws and other Breeders Crown event week festivities. The Breeders Crown finals will be drawn in the following order: Friday, October 23 — following the final elimination race: Open Mare Trot Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Saturday, October 24 — following the final elimination race: Open Mare Pace Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Monday, October 26 — Post Draw Reception at 6:00 p.m: Open Trot Open Pace Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the 2020 Breeders Crown Finals on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 with limited spectators, in accordance with the approved health and safety plan for the event. The 2020 Breeders Crown event, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be the 37th edition of the $6 million event. First post for the Breeders Crown eliminations will be 6:30 p.m. while post time for the Breeders Crown finals will be 6:00 p.m. From Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Zenith Stride, who won the Peter Haughton Memorial at 87-1 earlier this season, is scratched sick from the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, according to trainer Mark Harder. Zenith Stride finished fifth in his elimination and drew post eight in the final, which is scheduled for Friday (Oct. 30) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. According to Breeders Crown conditions, the first also eligible -- Moonstone S -- moves into the farthest outside post on the starting gate, post nine. As such, Delayed Hanover, who drew post nine initially, moves in one slot to post eight. The amended field, with trainers, is below: 1. Take All Comers (Jim Campbell) 2. Cricket Fashion (Jim Campbell) 3. In Range (Marcus Melander) 4. On A Streak (Luc Blais) 5. Venerate (Julie Miller) 6. Muscle Dynasty (Paula Wellwood) 7. Captain Corey (Ã…ke Svandstedt) 8. Delayed Hanover (Ã…ke Svandstedt) 9. Moonstone S (Marcus Melander) 10. Brookview Bolt (Ron Burke) AE2. Capstone (Ãke Svanstedt)   From the Breeders Crown

Pompano Beach, FL - The FSBOA highly anticipated and lucrative Florida stakes program got underway at Pompano Park on Saturday and the nonwagering nine race program took a page from baseball’s World Series with a multitude of doubles, triples and even a grand slam to kick off the festivities. The grand slam belonged to Wally Hennessey, who had four wins on the program, while Mike Simons had the triple. Trainers Rod Lorenzo, Kim Sears and George Coblentz had training doubles. Laurie Poulin also had a grand slam in the breeder category. And despite the stiff winds and sporadic rain showers, there were several noteworthy performances on the nine race program. Below is a recap of the action. 2 YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Prairie Virtue, a daughter of Shibboleth Hanover, driven by Mike Simons, won an all-out war with Ifnotmwho, handled by Wally Hennessey, earning a maiden victory in 2:02.3-- the margin a scant neck featuring a :28.3 final panel by the winner. it was a “back and forth” tug of war as Ifnotmewho left the gate early, yielded at the opener to the eventual winner, who, herself, yielded three-eighths into the mile. Around the final bend, Prairie Virtue left he cozy pocket to engage in war through the lane and eked by at the wire. West Haven (John Campagnuolo) was third in the mile while Bob’s Legacy was next. Ciao Bella was placed fifth to pick up the final award. Bred by Laurie Poulin, who co-owns with Mary Martin, Prairie Virtue is trained by Lisa Martin. 2 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT Driver Mike Simons swept the “early daily double” of sorts by guiding Nick Coblentz’ Shulda Hada Drink to a 17 length win in 2:01.2 in an impressive first start to kick off his racing career. Also by Shibboleth Hanover, the gelding was out-sprinted at the opening by IInotnowhen (Wally Hennessey) and was content to let that one cut the mustard into the final bend before sweeping by as the leader made a miscue. From there, Shulda Hada Drink widened his margin to the wire. Jo Jo Jet (Alessandro Spano) was second with Ifnotnowwhen third.. Seeking Matthew and Prairie Lazuli picked up the final awards. The winner is trained by George Coblentz and was also bred by Laurie Poulin. 2 YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Sheza Terror, with Wally Hennessey in her bike, was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:59.3, highlighted by a :28.4 finale after cutting panels of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.4. The daughter of Western Terror earned her second lifetime score in six starts to pin a two length win on Ms Rodeo Drive (Dave Ingraham) with Gator Babe (Mike Simons) next. Sparkyfareyouwell and Prairie Cheetah completed the order of finish. Trained by Rod Lorenzo, who co-owns with Souren Hovsepian, Sheza Terror picked up her second lifetime in--the first being at Scioto Downs in 1:55. The winning owners also have bragging rights as the breeders. 2 YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE (2nd Division) Prairie Sweetness, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines, made her first appearance a winning won, carving up fractions of:30.4, 1:01 and 1:31.2 before a :28.3 sprint home sealed a photo finish win over a game KKs Dream Girl (Corey Braden) in 2:00. The juvenile daughter of Royel Millennium was confronted once turning for home and the pair raced side-by-side all the way home in the slugfest. Rocks Stormyd (Marshall Makin) was third followed by Princess Royal and Prairie Dutchess. The winner was bred by Laurie Poulin, who co-owns with trainer Mike Deters. 2 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE Mister David C, gave Wally Hennessey his consecutive triple, scoring with yet another son of Royel Millennium, stopping the timer in 1:59.4 in his maiden victory. Away in good order third early, Mister David C made a quarter move to the front, repelled a bid from Lucky Ramsey (Fern Paquet, Jr.) around the final bend and through the lane, to score by a neck. Theflyingrock (Mike Simons), bothered at the start, was, indeed, flying at the end of the mile to finish third just a length away. The early leader Buddha Beach was fourth while Hey Don’t Tell Me pickedd up the final award. Also bred by Lauren Poulin, Mister David C is trained by Tony Dinges for owners Fred Grant and the Birnam Farm. 3 YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Callin On Sunday, yet another offspring of Shibboleth Hanover, proved that manners matters by scoring a wire-to-wire win for Mike Simons in 1:59.2--her first career victory. Leading every step of her mile, Callin On Sunday, owned and trained by George Coblentz, carved up panels of :29.2, :58.3 and 1:29.1 before coasting home in 30.1 for the score measuring 26 lengths. Prairie Delight, who made a miscue halfway through the mile, was second while Brasen Bo went up in the air at the start to complete the order of sinish. Nick Coblentz bred the winner. 3 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING TROT Last year’s Super Night Champion, Rhinestone Cowboy, handled by Mike Micallef, took advantage of a miscue by the leader turning for home and went on to a two length victory in a lifetime best 2:01.2, this in his inaugural start of his 2020 campaign. The gelded son of Proud Bushy was away in good order and sat in the garden spot throughout the journey before inheriting the lead when Prairie Gold Mine made a miscue once straightened away. Prairie Romeo (Corey Braden) rallied for second while YD Dream Machine (Dave Ingraham) finished third in the quartet. The winner is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with John Campagnuolo. Bred by Kathy Bove, Rhinestone Cowboy now has a lifetime card reading 8-3-2-3, good for over $46,000 and change. 3 YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Laurie Lee, last year’s Super Night winner in her juvenile class, kicked off her sophomore year with a sharp 1:58.2 win for Wally Hennessey, completing his grand slam performance in the sulky. This daughter of Royel Millenium stalked the pacesetting Gold Star Igotdis through fractions of :30.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.4 before forging to the lead when the leader went up in the air turning for home. Her :28.2 finale held off the fast closing Molly McGator (Mike Simons) by a length with Alil Touch Of Pink next. Gold Star I Gotdis did pick up the final award in the quartet. Bred By Jay Sears, Laurie Lee, named after top breeder Laurie Lee Poulin, is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with Richard Dunmire. Laurie Lee now has a bankroll of $51,875. 3 YEAR-OLD COLT/GELDING PACE Surviving an interference call halfway through the mile, Hurrikanekingjames, a son of So Surreal, posted a handy 1:56.4 win measuring 5 1/2 lengths for Carl Garofalo. A $100,000 plus winner last season at two, Hurrikanekingjames earned his 10th career win--third this semester--opening daylight on the backside and coasting home uninterrupted with a :29.3. final panel. Prairie Valentine (Dave Ingraham) was second followed by Goldstar Buniholly (Corey Braden). Repeal or Replace, who lead through the opening half, made a miscue right there and would up fourth over Shudahadahunemoon. The winner gave Rod Lorenzo a training double and sent the sophomore’s earnings to $142,065 for Jonathan Kell Racing, Kuhen Racing and Geroge Viern0. Hurrikanekingjames was bred by Our Horse Cents Stable. Sunshine State Stakes racing continues next Saturday, October 31, with post time at 12 Noon. by John Berry, for the FSBOA

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing history was made at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, as Podium Girl wrapped up the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund series with a bang. She won the $56,000 final for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54.3, equaling the track record.   Off an impressive win in the first leg of the series two weeks ago, she was sent off as the 1/5 favorite in the field of eight. Driver George Brennan had her in the pocket early on, off In High Cotton, but soon moved her to the front and got her to the lead at the half. She maintained a comfortable lead going by three-quarters, and pulled away in the stretch to win by 3 1/2 lengths.       Podium Girl's win marks the third time a 2-year-old filly has paced in 1:54.3 at Freehold. The mark was first set by Darlin's Delight, who won the Molly Pitcher on August 20, 2005. It was then equaled by I Kill Time, while winning the NJSS-SDF Final on September 25, 2010.   For Podium Girl, Saturday's win marks her fifth career win from eleven starts, and pushes her career earnings past the $104,000 mark. She's owned by Henderson Farms, Robert Mondillo, and Barry Spak, and trained by Chris Ryder.   Live racing resumes at Freehold Raceway on Friday, October 30, starting at 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway  

Get Your Armor paced home for her 50th career victory, winning the fifth race at MGM Northfield Park on Saturday (October 24). The 10-year-old veteran, with 293 career starts, also has 49 seconds and 45 third-place finishes. Get Your Armor (American Ideal-Mystic Money-Nihilator) has career earnings of $518,367 with a lifetime mark of 1:52.2, taken at Northfield Park at age seven. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $14,000 in a Fillies and Mares Open at Northfield Park, an event she has won multiple times. Get Your Armor has only won on two racing services. She has six victories at Saratoga Raceway in 2014. Since then she has scored 44 times on Northfield's Flying Turns. Get Your Armor started from the rail in the Saturday's $5,500 conditioned event. She sat forth through the :26.3 and :55.1 initial quarters before starting her first-over bid. Get Your Armor took the lead by the 1:24.1 three-quarter clocking and won by 2¼-lengths. The $4.20 winner posted a final time of 1:53.   Sam Schillaci Jr. of Silver Springs, New York owns Get Your Armor. Trainer Sam Schillaci called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the winning drive. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Dan Noble got off to an incredible start on the Saturday (Oct. 24) night program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The former national dash champion captured the first six races on the 14-race card, the first time any driver has won six straight in over 20 years on the year around southern Ohio circuit (Miami Valley, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hollywood Dayton).   Noble's incredible feat began in race one when Buckeye Starlet copped a conditioned trot in 1:54 as the even money favorite. Dan completed the initial daily double winning with $20,000 claimer Indiana Cam ($3) in 1:51.1.   Next came Hamsandwich ($6), who notched a 1:53.4 win for Noble in a non-winners of two races event. Rock To Glory ($6.40) followed with a 1:54.1 score in an $8000 claiming pace.   The red hot purple and white clad son of the late Ohio Hall Of Famer Sam 'Chip' Noble added his fifth straight triumph in the $14,000 Open Pace, guiding Our Majordan A ($4.60) to an impressive 1:50 tally in gate to wire fashion. It was the sixth 2020 win for the Australian import, an 8-year-old by Art Major. Our Majordan A is owned by Enviro Stables LTD, Ned Hodkinson and Milton Leeman who entrust the training to Virgil Morgan Jr. The feature race winner is approaching one-half million dollars in earnings.       It'sgoodtobedaking rounded out Noble's consecutive streak by capturing a $15,000 claiming pace in 1:51.4. In the seventh race, Noble's mount Scott Rocks was roughed up through the first quarter and faded to sixth in the stretch after a valiant effort to extend the win streak.   With a pair of additional victories, Noble established a Hollywood Dayton record as the first driver to win eight on a single card in the track's seven year history. He guided My Buddy Ninkster ($6.60) to a 1:52.4 win in the 11th; and Sammy The Bull (3.80) to a 1:52.1 triumph in the nightcap.   Noble, who only races on Friday and Saturday nights due to the large size of he and wife Christi's stable of horses at the Xenia fairgrounds, ranks fifth in the local dash standings behind Brett Miller, Josh Sutton, Jeremy Smith and Tyler Smith. His 25%-plus win percentage is easily the best among the talented drivers colony at Dayton Raceway   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Plainville, MA --- Ken Jacobs has never had a horse compete in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes. But when the man who has competed harness racing standouts Heston Blue Chip (American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip $1.78 million), Kenneth J (Bettors Delight-Advantest $1.56 million), He's Gorgeous (Art Major- So Ravishing $743,844) and Walner (Chapter Seven-Random Destiny $567,652) finally does comes to town, it's no surprise he has the favorite in the glamour division of the $720,000 Massachusetts Sire Stake finals at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 26). Wyatt J (American Ideal-Think Pink) is the heavy morning line favorite in the 3-year-old male pacing division. He was a $245,000 yearling purchase at Lexington in 2018, the highest price paid for any American Ideal yearling that year. And although his stature in the ring is what ultimately made Jacobs decide to buy him, it was also the reason he didn't meet his early expectations until this year. "I liked him going in; he was such a beautiful big horse, I had to have him. I usually don't go for big horses because I like a more medium size because we race on a half a lot in New York. But he was just gorgeous looking. As it turned out he was too big for his age and he had to grow into it," said Jacobs of Wyatt J. "As a 2-year-old he wasn't mature at all. He was so big I didn't want to hurt him. He did race decent at Vernon but that's a big track and I didn't want to put him on the smaller tracks so we shut him down and let him grow into his body. And he's done a pretty good job of that." His first two starts at three were 1:49 miles at Tioga and Vernon Downs against the top 3-year-old male pacers in New York and he acquitted himself pretty well. But Jacobs said he wasn't ready for that out of the gate and he decided to take him to Yonkers and get him brave in the non-winners classes and look past stakes in New York and forward to Massachusetts. "I sent him to Linda (Toscano) and that move worked out well for us. He kept winning races and kept getting better with each start. And he has just kept getting braver every week. They know when they're winning and they swell up, and that's what he's doing. And we want to keep that going for one more week," said Jacobs. Since moving to Yonkers, Wyatt J has won four straight races there before moving to Plainridge Park where he is now three for three in MASS competition. He has also set a new stake record of 1:51.3 for a 3-year-old pacing geldings in the process. Jacobs has never been to Plainridge Park, but plans to attend the finals this Monday. He said he has been impressed with the Sire Stake program and likes what he has experienced first hand this year. So much so he has already purchased another Massachusetts eligible yearling at Lexington named Knockout Lindy (Muscle Hill-Kinda Crazy Lindy) who was the sales topper for the third session and sold for $175,000. It's interesting to note that Knockout Lindy's dam, Kinda Crazy Lindy, is a sister to Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy 1:53.3, $231,921) who was the 3-year-old MASS trotting colt champion in 2017 and holds the stake and track record at Plainridge of 1:53.3 for 3-year-old trotting colts. Eight divisions of the $720,000 Massachusetts Sire Stake finals will take place at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 26) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- Heavily backed at the windows, Black Is Back delivered for his harness racing supporters after going gate to wire in the $8,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 24). The red-hot Dave McNeight III pushed the car away with Black Is Back and took the point passing the quarter in :28 and led a single file field to the half from there. Rounding turn two, McSpidey (Denny Bucceri) and Cultural Paradise (Kyle Cummings) pulled into the breeze and prompted the third quarter to a snappy 1:25.2. Rounding the last turn, Cultural Paradise tipped three deep, Percy's Z Tam (Jim Morrill Jr.) went four wide around him and McSpidey shook loose from the pylons and all five horses were charging down the lane. With a highly animated group of drivers doing their best to get there first, McNeight and Black Is Back refused to lose and hung on by ½ length in 1:54.4. It was the seventh win of the year for Black Is Back ($2.80) who is owned by Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zedjelar Sr. Mihajlo Zedjelar Jr. trains the winner. The $7,500 Open II Handicap pace went to Machlicious (Drew Monti) who got away fourth before pulling first-over at the half, taking the lead at the three-quarters and then maintaining a 1½ length lead to the wire where he won in 1:55.2. Machlicious ($5.10) captured his third win in his last four starts for owner Jim Caradori and trainer Darrin Monti. Dave McNeight III led all drivers on Saturday with driving Grand Slam but Ron Beback Jr. had a big night as well, winning three races as both a driver and a trainer. There was a $5,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool at Batavia Downs on Saturday that paid out big. The winning combination of 6-3-5-5-4 returned $6,065 for a $1 wager. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 28) at 5 p.m. There will be another guaranteed Pick-5 pool of $3,000 on Wednesday and it will again be part of the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program with free program pages available on both USTA and Batavia Downs websites starting early next week. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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