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Columbus, OH - Beginning with the harness racing foal crop of 2019, the primary means of USTA horse identification will be the microchip. "Microchipping provides a more safe, efficient and reliable way to identify horses," said USTA Director of Registry T.C. Lane. "The microchipping process is less stressful for the horse than freeze branding or a lip tattoo. In addition to its identification capability, the Merck microchips also can read the horse's body temperature quickly in a non-invasive fashion, which is a great benefit in monitoring the horse's health." To watch a video explanation and demonstration of the microchipping process hosted by the USTA's Wendy Ross with Midland Acres' doctors John Mossbarger and Bob Schwartz, click here. Not all horses will need to be microchipped immediately, but by 2021, all horses that race in the United States at all USTA member tracks (including county fairs) will be required to be identified with a microchip. All USTA ID Technicians are trained to implant microchips and will also continue to collect a DNA sample from each horse to send to the approved laboratory. All horses that have been previously freeze branded by the USTA will be required to be microchipped by a USTA ID Technician. Horse owners have the option to microchip stallions as well as broodmares. For foals of 2019, the microchipping fee is incorporated into the registration. All others with an existing freeze brand (racehorses, broodmares, stallions, etc.) can be implanted for a fee of $35 per head. The USTA has agreed to allow those that choose to continue to freeze brand the foals of 2019 to do so. That $75 fee must be prepaid to the USTA in addition to the normal registration fee and there are no discounts for multiple horses at any location with this arrangement. All USTA extended pari-mutuel racetracks will be equipped with readers to identify horses and county fair officials that will be responsible for identifying horses will be required to have them as well. As a USTA Member Benefit through our partnership with Merck Animal Health/HomeAgain, Bio thermal Scanners are available at the discounted, introductory rate of $279 for a BlueTooth model and $69 for the smaller standard unit. Industry participants (tracks/individual members/associations) can purchase a universal scanner for their own purposes at a reduced rate via our supplier by contacting the USTA at 1.877.800.8782 or by ordering via myaccount.ustrotting.com. In addition, Merck has agreed to partner with the USTA, for free, a lifetime subscription to their HomeAgain rescue services, which is a proactive network of veterinarians, rescue facilities and volunteers who are immediately notified in an attempt to help locate lost animals. The program maintains owner contact information that proactively prompts owners to update it during the annual membership renewal process and through other member communications. This is an added benefit for horses that are in need of rescue or connected via the USTA's Full Circle program. There are multiple reasons why microchips are a superior means of identification including: • Microchips in general offer a faster/more efficient and less stressful means of identification and require less time to implant than freeze branding or lip tattooing, providing greater convenience for farm visits. • Can measure a temperature in only a few seconds compared to rectal reading that might take several minutes. • Is a safe, unobtrusive way to uniquely identify individual horses. • Provides a less stressful way to alert owners of health problems through temperature sensing (EHV-1), which makes preventive care easier. • Allows for monitoring temperature during and after surgery or procedure, where minimal disturbance is desired. • Alerts owner to possible sub-clinical indications of potential infectious diseases. • Ideal for both young and pregnant stock. Improved technology has eliminated the concerns about the microchip moving after implantation. With Merck’s patented Bio-Bond® process, the microchips are encased in an insert micro-capsule made of bio-compatible material. The process enables the animal's tissue to permanently anchor the microchip at the desired anatomical site. HomeAgain/Destron Fearing microchips stay where they should for the health of the animals and for reading convenience. Any registration or identification question can be addressed by contacting the USTA Member Services team at memberservices@ustrotting.com or by calling the USTA office at 1.877.800.8782. U.S. Trotting Association | 6130 S. Sunbury Rd. | Westerville, OH 43081-3909  

A reminder that today (Nov. 21) is the deadline to RSVP for the New York Sire Stakes & US Trotting Association District 8 (Upstate New York) Annual Awards Banquet. Please RSVP via phone or email to Judy Spadaro at 518-694-5002 or jspadaro@caphill.com. The banquet will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel. The cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., hosted by USTA District 8 Tracks. The awards banquet will follow immediately at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandstands Banquet Room. Tickets are $35. Payment should be made out and sent to: Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund C/O CHMS 230 Washington Avenue Extension, Suite 201 Albany, NY 12203 A special room rate of $99 has been arranged for all banquet attendees at the Hotel at Batavia Downs. Reservations can be made online by using Code NYSS2, or by calling 585-815-7000. Tell the desk you are making a reservation for the New York Sire Stakes banquet to receive the discounted rate. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the banquet. From the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund  

As a trendy statement, "Fake News", seems to be thrown around frivolously typically with little to no meaning.  After this week's United States Trotting Association Executive Board meeting "Fake News" seemed to hit social media even before the meeting's adjournment. The Standardbred Transition Alliance, the STA, has been a hot topic for the last year. The idea was formed based on the clear success of the already existing Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The TAA accredits existing racehorse aftercare organizations based on important criteria such as; that they are pro-racing, maintain a current 501(c)3 federal status, and create fundraisers to aid accredited organizations. The TAA was founded in 2012 and have granted $10 million dollars to 7,000 Thoroughbreds to be retrained, rehomed or retired by their 64 accredited organizations (www.ThoroughbredAftercare.org). At the meetings of this week's Executive Committee meeting, the STA's proposal was brought to the Board of Directors requesting $75,000 to be diverted from the SOS program that has been in place to help rescue horses. When the rebuttle and directors questions began, it was clear that the Standardbred Transition Alliance did not yet have had not shared any details deemed important such as a business proposal, budget, mission, or vision in place to accompany their request. Through negotiation without the necessary details it was decided that the $75,000 fund allocation would have to be "tabled" until the STA can create a more extensive business plan and budget to accompany their request. An alternate suggestion, by Joe Faraldo was made in discussion on the motion to table, that upon delivery of more details perhaps it would be wise to deliver funds in tranches starting at $25,000, upon the STA reaching stated goals of actual contributions from industry participants themselves. Supplementing STA's growth further as the goal levels were achieved down the line. The motion carried however, because of the underlying failure of a concrete plan being presented. Soon after, the President of the USTA, Russell Williams, (Trotstorm @Russell_USTA) took to social media private messaging USTA members to "Tell You Directors to support the STA and retweet, please #supportSTA" and made a public Tweet as follows; "After an intense day, we have a good budget. All action items complete but one. The directors can't get together to support the Standardbred Transition Alliance. We are the last major breed in the US to have zero infrastructure for post career horses". This tweet then went viral, as it became quickly assumed that the USTA Board of Directors that voted against the $75,000 fund allocation were against the STA. The assumption on behalf of social media weren't portrayed by the USTA President that the majority of the Directors' action reflected their disinterest in helping seed this new entity was false and misleading. wasn't entirely honest in fact true. After looking into the matter more extensively, it became clear that clearly the majority of the board Executive Committee felt that without a proper business proposal in place, it would be irresponsible to allocate those funds at this time. Especially after the recent dues increase and a potential $700,000.00 projected deficit in the next 5 years. If you revisit the Twitter and Facebook posts you will see a plethora of negativity surrounding this. On occasion through Facebook comments, the USTA Directors are referred to as "heartless", "disgusting", and "clueless", in retrospect this isn't the case. Gabe Wand, a member of the USTA Executive Board of Directors stated, "the majority of our board would love nothing more than to see this effort become fruitful. At this time we need to see a more transparent plan in place. We need to make sure this group is pro-racing and their mission is congruent with the USTA's mission. I have faith this will be something great. The STA Board plans to have their first meeting late November, we will relook at this once we receive more information." After chatting with many other board members this statement rang true. As an avid supporter of aftercare, I find faith in Wand's statement and look forward to seeing the STA become a staple within the harness racing industry. I cannot help but think, that in wake of an epic $750,000 social media bust, can you blame the USTA Board of Directors Executive Committee for requesting a more extensive business plan/proposal before allocating $75,000? I cant. This letter was submitted by Ashley Tetrick, Delaware

Dover, DE — A pair of long shots in This Is The Plan and The Downtown Bus stole the show in the $193,750 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 15) at Dover Downs, tag-teaming in deep stretch to nose out Jimmy Freight in a 1:49.1 dead heat. While Jimmy Freight and local favorite Lather Up tasted defeat in their Matron split, divisional standouts Six Pack and Youaremycandygirl refused to disappoint in their respective events. $210,150 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot (race four) In a meeting of the millionaires, dual classic winner Six Pack ($3.00) made easy work of the first-over Met’s Hall en route to a 1:54.1 score over sloppy going in his Matron Stakes division. Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt sent the son of Muscle Mass to the front immediately from post five, and the pair floated clear of Fashionwoodchopper (Yannick Gingras) midway on the first turn before rating early splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Up the backstretch, Met’s Hall (Andy Miller) sustained a first-over ascent out of third to within half a length of the lead, but Six Pack shrugged off his rival under minimal hand urging through the final turn. With Met’s Hall no longer a threat past three-quarters in 1:26, Six Pack accelerated away from Fashionwoodchopper to take his 15th career win by four lengths. Mississippi Storm (Andy McCarthy) saved ground after gapping cover to just collar the weakening Met’s Hall for third. Svanstedt co-owns Six Pack with Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar FF, and Lars Berg. $183,900 3-Year-Old Filly Trot (race six) Indiana standout Custom Cantab ($17.80) had something left in the stretch after winning a cutthroat first-quarter duel, as she was able to turn aside Plunge Blue Chip not once, but twice en route to a 1:53.1 Matron score. David Miller put the Mr Cantab filly in play from the outset, but the pair faced immediate resistance from Supergirl Riley (Tony Morgan) on approach to the first turn. After pressing in the two-path through a :26.4 first quarter, Custom Cantab accelerated to the fore with a circuit to go, but shortly thereafter faced pressure from the emerging Plunge Blue Chip (Åke Svanstedt) nearing a :55.2 half. Custom Cantab asserted up the backstretch, but had to dig in again a quarter from home to fend off the resurgent Plunge Blue Chip a second time on the final turn. Not only did she have enough to parry her outside rival, but she also kept a second push from Supergirl Riley — who emerged up the open stretch in the final sixteenth — a head short. Plunge Blue Chip’s third-place finish, 1-3/4 lengths behind, was enough to push her past the million-dollar mark in career earnings, while Breeders Crown winner Lily Stride (Tim Tetrick) failed to threaten from second-over and finished last. Trainer Chris Beaver co-owns 15-time winner Custom Cantab with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc. $159,350 3-Year-Old Filly Pace (race 10) Youaremycandygirl ($2.40) strode strongly to the front and never looked back, avenging Breeders Crown defeat to stablemate Percy Bluechip with a 1:51.3 win in their Matron event. Entering off a resounding 9-3/4 length win in the $113,000 USS Indy at Hoosier Park, Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras out-sprinted Percy Bluechip (Matt Kakaley) and Solitary (Andy Miller) through a :27.2 first quarter before pulling the pace back. With a circuit to go, Dance Blue (Andy McCarthy) commenced a first-over bid from fifth and advanced steadily as the pace slackened through a :56.2 half. Up the backstretch, Youaremycandygirl’s lead was cut to a length and a quarter by Dance Blue, but was never in jeopardy. The daughter of American Ideal coasted through a :27.1 third quarter to evade Dance Blue and kept the pocket-sitting Percy Bluechip 1-1/4 lengths at bay in 1:51.3. Alexa’s Power (Tim Tetrick) chased evenly for third after being hemmed in until the top of the stretch. Ron Burke trains 18-time winner Youaremycandygirl for William Donovan. $193,750 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace (race 12) After Ontario standout Jimmy Freight was tasked with the heavy lifting through strenuous fractions and sternly dismissed the challenge of 4-5 local favorite Lather Up, This Is The Plan ($17.00, Tim Tetrick) and The Downtown Bus ($20.60, Corey Callahan) emerged in the final stride to simultaneously nose out Jimmy Freight in a dead heat in the glamour boys’ division of the Matron. Jimmy Freight and driver Scott Zeron let This Is The Plan clear before taking charge midway on the first turn and reeling off a :25.3 initial quarter. A determined advance from Lather Up (Montrell Teague) out of fourth with a circuit to go kept the pace hot through a :54.4 half, but Jimmy Freight remained undeterred with three-eighths to go and shrugged off that rival. Meanwhile, This Is The Plan remained close from the pocket and The Downtown Bus followed the three-wide cover of Breeders Crown winner Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) past three-quarters in 1:22.1. Turning for home, Dorsoduro Hanover stalled and Jimmy Freight was driven out to maintain a two-length lead, but it began to shrink in the final sixteenth. This Is The Plan lunged up the open stretch and The Downtown Bus surged widest of all, and they both reached the winning post simultaneously in 1:49.1, a nose better than Jimmy Freight. Ron Burke trains This Is The Plan, a six-time winner by Somebeachsomewhere, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. Trainer Jeff Gillis co-owns 11-time winner The Downtown Bus with Ellen Ott. From the USTA Commincations Department

Hightstown, NJ — None of the horses in the harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll’s Top 10 were in action last week. Seven-year-old pacing stallion McWicked, the year’s richest horse with $1.39 million in purses, continues in the top spot and had 26 first-place votes. Shartin N is in second place and picked up seven first-place votes. They remaining two first-place votes went to Woodside Charm, who ranks fourth overall behind Atlanta. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/13/2018 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7ph 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 1 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 246 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 4i 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 183 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 141 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 19-10-5-1 $1,229,112 95 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 68 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 67 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 59; Warrawee Ubeaut 39; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight, Marion Marauder 12; Lather Up 11; Captain Crunch, Crystal Fashion, Emoticon Hanover 7; Met’s Hall 6; Plunge Blue Chip 3; Caviart Ally 2; Foiled Again, Lily Stride 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Harrisburg, PA — Gallie Bythe Beach, a 7-year-old pacing mare in foal to Always B Miki, was the top seller Thursday (Nov. 8) during the first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s two-day mixed sale. She was purchased for $280,000 by Hanover Shoe Farms. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Galleria, the stakes-winning Gallie Bythe Beach earned $749,898 during her career in harness racing. She retired in 2016. Her dam was a Dan Patch Award-winner in 1998 and 1999 and added an O’Brien Award in 2000. The family also includes mares Gallic Sea and Gallie Beach, who joined Gallie Bythe Beach on Thursday’s top-sellers list. Gallic Sea, a full sister to Gallie Bythe Beach, was purchased by Shmuel Farhi for $157,000, which was the day’s third-highest price. The 4-year-old mare is in foal to Always B Miki. Gallie Beach, a 4-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere out of stakes-winner Western Gallie, sold for $110,000 to Fair Winds Farm. She also is in foal to Always B Miki. Her dam is a half-sister to Gallie Bythe Beach. Gallie Beach’s price tied for the day’s fourth highest. Coming in at No. 2 on Thursday was 3-year-old trotting filly Danish Girl, who was purchased for $170,000 by Karen Carroll. Danish Girl is a daughter of Credit Winner out of Steamy Windows and a half-sister to undefeated Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. She is in foal to Muscle Mass. Rounding out the top five at $110,000 was 4-year-old pacing mare Kate Is Well Said. The mare is a daughter of Well Said out of stakes-winner Just Wait Kate. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Kikikatie. Kate Is Well Said is in foal to Captaintreacherous. One other mare, 4-year-old trotter Pure Kemp, reached six figures. She was purchased for $100,000 by agent Bjorn “Bernie” Noren. Pure Kemp is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Ally Hall. The family includes O’Brien Award-winner Amigo Hall. Pure Kemp is in foal to Walner. All of the six-figure sellers were consigned by Preferred Equine. Among stallion shares sold Thursday, two shares in Muscle Hill were purchased for $150,000 and $135,000 by Steve Stewart and Fair Winds Farm, respectively. Both shares were consigned by Preferred Equine. One Chapter Seven stallion share sold for $140,000 to Steve Jones and one Captaintreacherous share sold for $125,000 to Tim Klemencic. The Chapter Seven share was consigned by Steiner Stock Farm and the Captaintreacherous share was consigned by Preferred Equine. A stallion share for pacer Lazarus N sold for $50,000 to Urie Byler. The share was donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation by Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. Lazarus N will stand at Deo Volente for the 2019 breeding season. The Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Friday with the second session of the mixed sale at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. For complete results visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Harrisburg, PA — Chapter Seven-sired trotting colt Book Seven sold for $157,000 to lead Wednesday’s (Nov. 7) sellers at the Standardbred Horse Sale, which concluded its three-day yearling auction with a record average of $42,675 for 830 horses sold. The average topped the previous high set in 2007, when 1,048 yearlings sold for $40,824. This year’s average was 7.56 percent better than 2017, when 851 horses sold for an average of $39,675. This year’s gross was $35.42 million, which surpassed last year’s $33.76 million. “I’m very happy with such a successful sale,” Standardbred Horse Sales President and CEO Pete Spears said. “Despite the fact we sold 21 fewer horses than last year the gross is way up. I thought today the sale was a little spotty, it was up and down, but there were still some very strong sales. People were still active and enthusiastic and the figures reflected that. “It was a fabulous yearling sale and now we go on to the mixed sale tomorrow. Breeders should have a little bit of money in their pockets to reinvest in mares and race fillies. “Hanover Shoe Farms went over $12 million today for the sale, and I know Mr. Simpson (Jim Simpson, Hanover Shoe Farms president and CEO and Standardbred Horse Sales vice president) is extremely happy about that as well.” Book Seven was purchased for $157,000 by Stroy Inc. The colt, out of the mare Tantalizing Donna, is from the family of stakes-winners Triumphant Caviar, Prayer Session, and Centurion ATM. He was bred and consigned by Winbak Farm. Next on Wednesday’s top-sellers list was Sportswriter-sired pacing colt Sports Style, purchased for $100,000 by Adriano Sorella. Sports Style, out of the mare Nothing But Style, is from the family of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere. He was bred and consigned by Spring Haven Farm. Tony Alagna bought filly pacer Pure Essence and colt pacer Radiant Blue Chip for $90,000 apiece. Pure Essence, by Western Ideal out of My Little Artist, is a full sister to stakes-winner Mangogh, who races Thursday in the Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner My Little Dragon. Pure Essence was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine. Radiant Blue Chip, by Roll With Joe out of Incredible Beauty, is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winners Sportswriter and Precocious Beauty as well as stakes-winner Prescient Beauty. Radiant Blue Chip was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock and consigned by Blue Chip Farms. Nine yearlings sold for at least $80,000 on Wednesday. Pacing colts led the yearling sale with an average of $49,465 for 226 horses. Trotting fillies were next with an average of $47,215 for 177 followed by trotting colts at $41,265 for 185 and pacing fillies at $34,091 for 242. Muscle Hill led trotting stallions with an average of $178,938 for 16 yearlings followed by Father Patrick at $119,000 for 12. Captaintreacherous led pacing stallions with an average of $81,091 for 44 yearlings followed by Somebeachsomewhere at $72,235 for 51. The Standardbred Horse Sale’s mixed sale begins at 10 a.m. (EST) Thursday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. For complete sale results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Harrisburg, PA —- Ken Jacobs arrived at Tuesday’s second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale with the intention of buying one horse. He departed several hours later with his objective fulfilled. Jacobs bought pacing colt Rodeo Blue Chip, out of the family of his Dan Patch Award-winning Heston Blue Chip, for $250,000. The price topped the 303 yearlings sold on Day 2. “I was going to get him,” Jacobs said. “He looked good. He looked a lot like (Heston Blue Chip). I didn’t think I would have to pay that much, but if you’ve got one guy who likes him beside yourself, you’re going to pay. “I’m done,” he added with a laugh. “I’m going home.” Linda Toscano will train Rodeo Blue Chip. The colt was among three yearlings to sell for at least $235,000 on Tuesday. Last year, the second session’s top-seller went for $180,000. Through two sessions this year, a total of 473 horses sold for $27.99 million. The average of $59,182 was 11.9 percent better than last year’s $52,847 for 483 horses ($25.5 million gross). On Tuesday, 19 horses sold for at least six figures, which was an increase of two from 2017. Rodeo Blue Chip is by Sweet Lou out of Lotsa Matzah and his family also includes millionaire Sunfire Blue Chip and Dan Patch Award-winner Kikikatie. He was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Daniel Zucker, Christine Sallee, and Stephen Demeter. The colt was consigned by Blue Chip Farms. Following Rodeo Blue Chip on the top-sellers list were Chapter Seven-sired trotting colt Third Shift and Muscle Hill-sired trotting filly Hilly Holbrook. Both yearlings sold for $235,000. Third Shift was purchased by trainer Ake Svanstedt. The colt, bred and consigned by Winbak Farm, is out of the mare Overnight Command. “He is a very nice horse and good gaited,” Svanstedt said. “I like his conformation and that he is a Chapter Seven.” Hilly Holbrook was purchased by trainer Julie Miller for a group headed by Marvin Katz. Also in the partnership are Brixton Medical and Bud Hatfield. The filly is out of the mare Winky Dink, from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Winky’s Goal. She was bred by Julie Meirs and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “We’re super excited,” Miller said. “We loved her at Concord. She was great in the field, she just had a racy, athletic way of moving. She is a strong filly. You can’t help but love the (pedigree) page and her being a Muscle Hill filly. I don’t know if we can go wrong. Getting her was our goal and we were successful.” Rounding out the top five Tuesday were Chapter Seven-sired trotting filly Robin Blue Chip and Andover Hall-sired trotting colt Amstel Hanover. Robin Blue Chip, out of the Swedish-bred mare Richesse Oblige, sold for $175,000 to trainer Per Engblom for a yet-to-be-completed partnership. She was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Herbert Burns III, and Jacob Kiefer and consigned by Blue Chip Farms. “She was solid and very correct, I thought,” Engblom said. “The Chapter Seven fillies are doing great, so we want to get on the train. She’s out of a Swedish family I know pretty well. It’s a good, solid Swedish family.” Amstel Hanover, out of the mare Angel Pie from the family of Hambletonian champion American Winner, sold for $170,000 to agent Lina Alm. The colt was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Through two days, trotting fillies led the sale with an average of $67,570 for 100 yearlings sold. Pacing colts were next with an average of $64,254 for 138 sold followed by trotting colts at $58,529 for 104 and pacing fillies at $47,954 for 131. Muscle Hill led trotting stallions with an average of $178,938 for 16 yearlings sold while Captaintreacherous led pacing stallions with an average of $84,146 for 41. The yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Wednesday. The final session begins at 10 a.m. (EST) at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Columbus, OH --- The U.S. Trotting Association and Northfield Park are pleased to announce that they have reached a settlement of the dispute between the two parties that began in June 2017. "We've very pleased with the outcome and look forward to a renewed and improved relationship with Northfield Park," said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner. Northfield Park's membership has been reinstated and the track's director restored to the USTA Board of Directors. In addition, the track is able to participate in the USTA Strategic Wagering Program, is eligible for co-advertising opportunities and has all Pathway account access returned. Additionally, the USTA already has begun to post on its website press releases from Northfield Park that serve to publicize the track and its racing. "We are excited along with our fans and horsemen to once again be working with the USTA and all the great initiatives that they provide," commented Northfield Park's Vice President and General Manager Brent Reitz. Northfield Park has also agreed to make a charitable donation before the end of the year to the newly formed Standardbred Transition Alliance, which is an industry-wide group created to accredit programs serving Standardbreds seeking placement outside traditional commercial uses and also serves as a conduit for partial funding to those groups. From the USTA Communications Department  

Hightstown, NJ --- Action at Red Mile resulted in shuffling of the rankings in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Manchego, who finished third in her Kentucky Filly Futurity elimination and did not return for the final, dropped from No. 1 to No. 6 after three weeks in the top spot. She was replaced by Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Atlanta, who had been No. 1 in the six weeks prior to Manchego’s ascent. McWicked, who paced the second-fastest race mile in history -- 1:46.2 -- to win the Allerage Farms Open Pace, moved from No. 6 to No. 2. Shartin N, who won the Allerage Farms Mare Pace, went from No. 4 to No. 3 while Courtly Choice dropped from second to fourth after a fifth-place finish in a division of the Tattersalls Pace. Kissin In The Sand, who won her division of the Glen Garnsey in 1:47.4, the third-fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly pacer, improved from No. 7 to No. 5. Six Pack, who won the Kentucky Futurity in 1:49.1, the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old trotter, was the only newcomer to the Top 10, entering the rankings at No. 8. Results last week for the remainder of the Top 10: Marion Marauder, idle; Crystal Fashion, third in Kentucky Futurity elimination and second in final; Stay Hungry, second in Tattersalls division. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 20 – 10/9/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (20) 3tf 12-7-4-1 $889,778 311 3 2 McWicked (6) 7ph 15-8-3-2 $1,053,864 282 6 3 Shartin N (2) 5pm 21-16-1-0 $820,861 243 4 4 Courtly Choice (3)  3pc 15-10-1-0 $910,603 204 2 5 Kissin In The Sand (3) 3pf 14-10-4-0 $730,495 192 7 6 Manchego (1) 3tf 12-7-3-1 $655,994 185 1 7 Marion Marauder 5th 10-6-4-0 $544,680 131 5 8 Six Pack 3tc 12-9-1-1 $958,073 121 -- 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 15-9-4-1 $1,027,867 43 9 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 14-6-1-4 $759,967 41 8 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

As driver Peter Wrenn walked to the Red Mile winner's circle alongside Chin Chin Hall after their victory in a division of last week's Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, he wore a big smile while rubbing and patting the horse's side, followed by several fist pumps. Patience and faith had been rewarded. Making only his second career start, and first in more than two months, Chin Chin Hall got his first victory by defeating a field that included five trotters with Grand Circuit or state-restricted stakes triumphs to their credit. Chin Chin Hall, a three-quarter brother to award-winning Cantab Hall, won by 1-1/2 lengths over Hudson River in 1:55.4 over a surface labeled "good." The time was one-fifth of a second off the night's fastest trotting mile. "A few of those horses (in Chin Chin Hall's race) had been there and done it," Wrenn said. "As a group we decided to see where he was at and put him in there. We thought he could trot along there and not get embarrassed. "He wasn't even stressed afterward. He came out of the race great. That was exciting for everybody involved. To come out of the woods with a maiden trotter in September and win on the Grand Circuit, that's pretty fun." Chin Chin Hall is trained by Wrenn's wife, Melanie, and owned by David McDuffee and Gene Oldford Farms. The horse, a son of Cash Hall out of Canland Hall, was purchased for $50,000 at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale. In addition to Cantab Hall, who received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter in 2003, Chin Chin Hall is a half-brother to Ontario Sire Stakes winners Constance Hall and Campbell Hall. The family also includes Dan Patch Award winner Cameron Hall and Hall of Fame broodmare Amour Angus. "The last couple years we've been buying in Ohio," Wrenn said. "Mr. McDuffee wanted to feel the waters out a little bit in Ohio. Mr. Oldford has been a client of mine for a long time and he's always interested in buying a yearling or two at the sale. We combined those two guys and picked (Chin Chin Hall). "We liked that maternal family; that's a great family. We were looking for a sire stakes-type colt that may be competitive somewhere and we took a chance. If you get one that tries out of (that family) you've usually got a pretty good chance of doing something." Chin Chin Hall won two qualifiers before making his debut in a maiden race for 2-year-olds on July 14 at Hoosier Park. He went off stride in the stretch while second to eventual winner Woodside Charm. "He trained like a nice horse most of the winter," Wrenn said. "When he got up north, he kind of lost his gait for a while, but he got it back, just as babies will do. He wasn't quite ready to qualify early so we waited a bit. We qualified him twice and I put him in an overnight and he knuckled over in the stretch. He was a little weak behind and made a break. We gave him time and he's come back good ever since that little break." The goal was to have Chin Chin Hall ready for the Kentucky Sire Stakes, which began in mid-August, but the horse required more time to mature. "He's a growthy colt," Wrenn said. "He grew a lot over the winter and he's still growing. He's getting it together again. He needs to race. He needs some good confidence builders at race speed. He always could go enough. I qualified him a week before the (Bluegrass) and he qualified like a nice horse. It was a bad day here -- rain, deep mud -- and he qualified like the horse we were hoping. "We have patient owners. It worked out well. Sometimes good owners make good horses. They're both great guys. They've been in the game, they understand it, and that goes a long way." Next for Chin Chin Hall is Thursday's International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters at Red Mile, where he will compete in the first of three divisions. He is also eligible to the Breeders Crown and Valley Victory Stakes. "(The Breeders Crown) wasn't on the radar two months ago, but as of last Thursday it's been on the radar," Wrenn said. "We'll let him tell the story. You'd hate to have him spotlighted and disappoint everybody. I don't think he will because he usually puts in a good effort. That mile last week did him a wonder of good. We'll know a lot more Thursday evening, whether he's the real deal or what direction he might go. "But he's been a nice colt, a fun colt to be around. He's got his quirks, but he craves work, which I like, and he never misses a meal, which is another thing I like. He's got some good characteristics to him. The end of the mile seems to be his deal. We'll see where he's at. "It's a lot of fun. I've been here before, where you see it, you hope everything is good, and the next week you say, darn it, he's not as good as we thought. You hate to talk. But I'd take a whole barn like him, that's for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Columbus, OH --- At the 2019 U.S. Trotting Association's Annual Meeting this March in Columbus, Ohio, 26 rule change proposals will be voted on by the USTA directors. The 2019 proposed rule changes can be found here. But prior to the final decision on which rules will be adopted, amended or rejected, they are discussed at each of the USTA's 12 district meetings. At each annual district meeting, USTA members in attendance will review then vote to provide a recommendation for each proposal that is submitted to the full Board of Directors at the annual meeting where the final decisions on rule change proposals are made. All USTA members are encouraged to consider the proposed rule changes and attend their local district meeting to provide input or to contact their local directors prior to that meeting if they are not able to attend. The names and contact information for directors in each district can be found online via this link. For a schedule of district meetings, click here. The 26 rule change proposals cover a wide range of issues that include a number of racing rules involving breaks, start of races and starting gate procedures as well as driver violations that were submitted by Chairman John Campbell on behalf of the Ad Hoc Universal Rules Committee. Other proposals consider topics such as claiming eligibility, purse redistribution for interference during a race, the time horses should enter the track before races, procedures for taking entries and drawing post positions, the definition and licensing of amateur drivers, breeding requirements and the naming of horses. Besides the Ad Hoc Universal Rules Committee, proposals were submitted by racetrack and horsemen's association executives, a state racing commissioner, a fair official, owners, breeders and a driver. Submissions came from numerous states including Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. From the USTA Communications Department  

Yannick Gingras, the leading driver in earnings in North America for the past four years, will represent the United States in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden from May 24-31 next year. Conducted since 1970, the World Driving Championship brings together the world's best harness drivers for an exciting, international competition. "First of all, it's a great honor to be asked," said Gingras who will be making his first WDC appearance. "Only one person can represent the United States and I'm very humble and proud. "I'm looking forward to going to Sweden because I have made good relationships there over the years and have some great friends," added Gingras. "I'll get to spend a couple of weeks there during a beautiful time of the year. The timing and location make the whole package perfect." Gingras is currently the second-leading driver in purses earned this year with more than $7.6 million. For his career, he's on the verge of reaching 40,000 starts, 7,000 wins and $165 million in earnings. "Yannick has been an elite, big race driver for the past several years as demonstrated by his being the top money-winner for the last four years in a row," said USTA President Russell Williams in making the announcement of his selection of Gingras. "He is a fan favorite, is always very good with the media and he will be an excellent representative both on and off the track." Gingras, who turned 39 on Aug. 4, has a long list of career highlights. He was named the Driver of the Year last year and in 2014, when he had a career high $17.3 million in earnings. In 2003, he received the Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He has been among the Top 10 drivers in earnings for the past 12 years and has been in the top five in each of the past eight seasons. His $164.9 million in career earnings rank eighth all-time and fifth among active drivers. Gingras is the regular driver of 2017 Horse of the Year Award winner Hannelore Hanover. In 2017, Gingras' top wins included the Maple Leaf Trot with Hannelore Hanover, four Breeders Crown finals (with Hannelore Hanover, Ariana G, Manchego, and Youaremycandygirl) and the Little Brown Jug with Filibuster Hanover. Gingras has won 20 Breeders Crown trophies in his career. Also among his many accomplishments, Gingras is known for his association with pacer Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history with $7.59 million in lifetime earnings. With Gingras in the sulky, Foiled Again got career win No. 100 on July 8 at Harrah's Philadelphia and joined Hall of Famer Rambling Willie as the only pacers with at least 100 wins and more than $2 million in purses in the past 40 years. From the USTA Communications Department    

Columbus, OH --- A group of 13 people, representing a variety of sectors in the industry, has been assembled to lead the development of the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA). The STA will accredit programs serving Standardbreds seeking placement outside traditional commercial uses and also serve as a conduit for partial funding to those groups. The group has filed articles of incorporation and is registered as a charity with the state of Ohio; documents have also been submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to file as a 501(c)(3)charitable entity. The STA will operate independently of the United States Trotting Association, though the USTA will provide operational support and will have an ex officio spot on the board. The USTA Board of Directors in March directed Chief Executive Officer Mike Tanner, with assistance from a steering committee comprised of Directors Don Marean, Jacqueline Ingrassia and Fred Nichols, to form the group. The STA will not directly care for horses, but will accredit and provide some funding for groups that meet accreditation standards. It will be modeled after the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which provides financial assistance to about 60 groups annually. "It is past time that we have a pervasive and proportional system to provide some support to groups helping our horses when they are no longer viable on the racetrack or as bloodstock," said USTA President Russell Williams. "We have many horse owners that provide for their horses for all of their lives, but that is not an option for every person or every horse. We owe the horses that provide our living and enjoyment a coordinated effort to give them a secure future off the track. The STA will support that goal." The STA Board will convene for the first time in early November. The USTA Executive Committee is expected to consider and vote on actions to provide some funding for them at their November meeting. For questions and comments about the STA, email STA@ustrotting.com. The members of the STA Board are: Bill Abdelnour, horse owner and president of the New England Amateur Drivers Association Elizabeth Caldwell, owner and manager of Cane Run Farm, Kentucky Michelle Crawford, breeder and owner of Crawford Farm, New York Moira Fanning, chief operating officer of the Hambletonian Society Dr. Donna Franchetti, horse owner and veterinarian Kevin Greenfield, breeder and president of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Dr. Patricia Hogan, horse owner, breeder and veterinarian Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, horse owner and veterinarian, manager of Hanover Shoe Farm Rick Moore, vice president and general manager of racing at Hoosier Park David Reid, owner of Preferred Equine Marketing Mitchel Skolnick, breeder and partner in Bluestone Farm Kelly Young, executive director of the New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund From the USTA Communications Department

As the harness racing stakes season turns for home, there is great excitement leading into many of the sports premiere events. This weekend, there is a plethora of guaranteed pools offered by the Strategic Wagering arm of the USTA that is certain to create added interest in these events. Guaranteed pools, big carryovers and great stakes action are certain to not only increase interest in these pools but will also increase interest in the events themselves. Saturday, September 15th RUNNING ACES All stakes $100,000 guaranteed Pick Five pool (races 8 thru 12 ) Carryover $41,769  Mandatory payout  20% takeout  20 cent minimum First post 6 pm Central Minnesota Night of Champions HAWTHORNE $20,000 guaranteed Pick Four pool (races 10 thru 13) 15% takeout  50 cent minimum First post. 7:10 central Night of Champions Final leg of qualifying Sunday, September 16th THE RED MILE All Stakes $10,000 guaranteed pick 8 pool ( races 3 thru 10 ) 20 cent minimum   Mandatory payout   15% takeout $2,000,000 in purses The Pick 8 consists of eight $250,000 KYSS Finals. Also offering: All Stakes $5,000 guaranteed Pick Four pool ( races 7 thru 10 ) Special first post 3pm Eastern DELAWARE First day of five day racing festival $5,000 guaranteed pick four pool ( races tba) 15% takeout First post 1pm Eastern HAWTHORNE $30,000 Guaranteed Pick four pool (races 6 thru 9 ) 15% takeout  50 cent minimum First post 7:15 central Night of Champions final leg of qualifying Strategic Wagering is proud to partner with these racetracks to offer higher guaranteed pools. We have not only seen the Meadowlands break the $100,000 plateau on a regular basis with their pick four pools in 2018, we have seen Pompano, Hawthorne and Cal Expo each break thru the $50,000 barrier with their guaranteed pick four pools with no carryover. These guarantees, combined with low takeout, the new tax laws on withholding and free program pages courtesy of Track Master have resulted in these pools growing rapidly. The ultimate goal is to get the popularity of the event to grow rapidly in popularity with them. We wish our friends at Woodbine Mohawk Park the best of luck this Saturday as they present a fabulous card with over $2,000,000 in purses. They will offer two $50,000 guaranteed pools and the finals of the Canadian Trotting Classic, the William Wellwood, the Peaceful Way and the Elegant Image, featuring a rematch between the two top rated horses in the sport, #1 Atlanta vs. #2 Manchego. As we move on to the Little Brown Jug, The Red Mile Grand Circuit, The Breeders Crown, the Final Four and the TVG, we hope to make our premiere events must see and must play events. Free program pages along with a schedule of Strategic Wagering events can be downloaded for free on the handicapping tab at www.ustrotting.com. by Mike Antoniades, for the Strategic Wagering Committee

Hightstown, NJ --- The top seven positions in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll were unchanged this week, but two pacing colts joined the rankings at Nos. 8 and 10. Lather Up, who won his Ohio Sire Stakes championship with a track-record performance over a sloppy track Saturday at Scioto, returned at No. 8 after two weeks out of the Top 10. Stay Hungry makes his first appearance in the Top 10, at 10th, following his win in a division of the Simcoe Stakes. Lazarus N and Ariana G dropped from 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 Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (21) 3tf 8-6-2-0 $729,074 329 1 2 Manchego (10) 3tf 9-6-2-0 $501,402 294 2 3 McWicked 7ph 12-7-2-1 $902,114 222 3 4 Shartin N 5pm 19-14-1-0 $759,111 217 4 5 Courtly Choice (2) 3pc 12-9-0-0 $655,393 181 5 6 Hannelore Hanover 6tm 10-6-0-3 $307,824 105 6 7 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 11-7-4-0 $599,070 103 7 8 Lather Up (2) 3pc 12-10-0-0 $664,865 93 -- 9 Marion Marauder 5th 9-5-4-0 $444,680 91 8 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 11-5-0-4 $650,000 86 -- by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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