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Harness racing trainer Verlin Yoder of Bell has been a busy man for the past few years. He trains Standardbred horses at Gilcrest Farms in Gilchrist County for much of the year. Yoder’s two year old filly Woodside Charm won the 2018 Breeders Crown. Yoder drove Woodside Charm to a 1:54.1 win in the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Yoder and his wife Rachel live and train horses locally at Verlin Yoder Stables and have since 2011 when they moved to Gilcrest Farms. Yoder was working in a factory as a foreman building RVs in Indiana for several years before becoming involved with Harness Racing. Verlin and Rachel grew up Amish. He said having 300 employees was very stressful for him. So Harness Racing became a hobby for him. As time passed they purchased a couple horses that did well on the track so he left the factory to become a full-time horse trainer. He went on to say that owning 10-12 horses and training them kept he and Rachel very busy, but they enjoy working with the horses. Yoder said when he budgets for a horse, it costs about $100 dollars a week in feed and at least one hour’s work per day. One of Rachel’s favorite horses Natural Herbie was purchased for only $2,000, since that time he has won over 1 million dolllars. These days Herbie is nine years old and nearly at the end of his racing career. Rachel said, “We race him now because he just loves to race.” The Yoder’s have three sons who all attended Bell High School. Two of the three are in the horse industry today, and the third, Tony, is a student at Webber University where he is studying Computer Science. Each of the boys while in high school had to clean the stalls before going to school each day. In the warmer months, the Yoder’s travel north to race their trotters. Much of their year is spent here in Gilchrist County training and caring for their horses. When talking about Gilcrest Farms Yoder said, “There have been some mighty good horses come out of here.” Their family’s stable is not the only local stables that has produced winners in recent years. The Dan Patch Awards have been won the past three years by horses in stables at Gilcrest Farms. In 2016 the Dan Patch Award was won by Control the Moment, trained by Brad Maxwell. In 2017 the Dan Patch Award was won by Lost in Time, which was trained by Jim Mulinix. In 2018 the Dan Patch Award went to Woodside Charm the 2 year old Filly owned and trained by Verlin Yoder. Winning the Dan Patch award in the Harness Racing world is equivalent to winning an academy award if you were an actor. During the month of April there are qualifying races at Gilcrest Farms track every Saturday at 1 p.m. Verlin Yoder, who serves as the President of the Gilcrest Farm Owners Association, invites the public to attend the April races. There is no charge to attend. Dino Miliucci, who served as a director on the board at the Home Owners Association said, “Everyone loves horses, young and old alike and the qualifying races are exciting to watch.” Come out to the track in April and see these beautiful animals as they race. Reprinted with permission of The Gilchrist County Journal

Verlin Yoder raced the best horse of his career this season, the undefeated Breeders Crown champion Woodside Charm, but the filly was not alone in helping the 45-year-old owner/trainer/driver to the best season of his career. Yoder established highs of 31 wins and $1.38 million in purses as a trainer to go with a career-best $1.15 million as a driver. His 26 victories in the sulky were two shy of his career mark of 28 set last season. And while 2-year-old female trotter Woodside Charm contributed $521,658 in purses to this year's totals, Yoder still would have surpassed his previous highs of $571,162 as a trainer and $571,903 as a driver without her. "We just had the right horses in the right classes," Yoder said. "It worked out great." Yoder had three Indiana Sire Stakes champions: 2-year-old male trotter It's A Herbie, 2-year-old female trotter Kissesforall, and 4-year-old female trotter Compelling. Three-year-old male trotter Katkin American finished second to Fiftydallarbill in his Indiana Sire Stakes final. Those four horses combined for 18 wins, hitting the board 43 times in 50 starts, and $749,440. Compelling, claimed by Yoder last year, came back from a suspensory injury to find success. Katkin American was unraced at 2, but showed potential last winter while training with Yoder's millionaire trotter Natural Herbie. Driven by Yoder's son James, Katkin American was a Hoosier Park track-record-setter and finished worse than second only once in 12 starts. "I knew we had some decent ones coming out of Florida," said Yoder, who lives in the Sunshine State during the offseason and returns to Indiana to race. "We knew (Katkin American) was pretty nice. It was nice to have him and watch my son do well with him. "The Herbie colt, about the middle of March he showed me he had some real talent. We just took our time with him. He's a big growthy colt and I stuck to my guns and kept on trying to teach him. Every start, he got smarter about things. I was really excited about him. "Compelling was a very nice addition. I was going for a Hail Mary (when I claimed her last year) because I was kind of soft in the 3-year-old fillies. I took the gamble of keeping her and rehabbing her. I tried to do all the right things and she came back a hundred percent. It was the middle of February and the boys kept on telling me they're going to read about her. The farther we got down, the stronger she got." And then there was Woodside Charm, who on Oct. 27 capped a 7-for-7 campaign with her win in the Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. It was Yoder's first trip to the Breeders Crown. She joined Manchego as the only 2-year-old filly trotters to be undefeated Breeders Crown champions. "The way she did it is what impressed me about her," Yoder said about the filly's season. "She went to so many tracks and shipped all over, and every time I went to a different track she adjusted. She let me do what I had to do. "She's a fast, smart horse." Woodside Charm won her Breeders Crown final by 1-3/4 lengths over Simon Allard-driven When Dovescry, covering the mile distance in 1:54.1 on a cold rainy night. "I was going up the backside and she was cruising and I'm thinking, man, it can't be this easy," Yoder said. "I thought I better grab into her a little bit to make sure I had plenty left. Then when Simon pulled, I was waiting on him, I squawked at her and she was gone. "You're pinching yourself in the race. And then when you get done and get home and start thinking about what you did in the last couple weeks, it's pretty amazing. "It takes a lot of focus and a lot of hard work to pull something like that off. The biggest thing is staying focused on your work. To stay focused and do your job every day, and stay religious about it, that's the tough part. You set up a plan to lead to one direction. I wouldn't say that I'm proud of myself, but I was happy with myself to stay focused." Yoder also credited his wife, Rachel, with being instrumental to the stable's success. "This was the first year that my wife was able to help me in Indiana and it made a big difference," Yoder said. "We've always been a team, but the boys always went to school and she had to be in Florida and I was always trying to do it myself. When you have somebody that thinks the same way that you do and it's a team, it just works better." Yoder is already resettled in Florida, giving his horses some time off and contemplating next season. "Things went right; we did the right things and stuck to the plan," Yoder said. "Now we have to go back through the motions again. Hopefully we come back and do all right again." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Wilkes-Barre, PA - Verlin Yoder drove Woodside Charm to a 1:54.1 win in the Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Final at The Downs at Mohegan Pocono on Oct. 27 over a track that was rated "sloppy." Yoder owns and trains the Chapter Seven--Fireworks Hanover filly, which was Yoder's first Breeders Crown entry, along with his first appearance. Yoder took his filly right to the top as the gate swung open, followed by When Dovescry and Cloud Nine Fashion, with The Ice Dutchess waiting in fourth for a move. The first quarter went in :27.4. The field remained in the same order as Woodside Charm glided along easy to a half in :57.1. The Ice Dutchess took to the outside and tried to launch a challenge but was soon weary and faded by three-quarters which went in 1:25.2. When Dovescry made her move just after three-quarters, but Woodside Charm was taking Yoder on an easy path to the winner's circle, finishing in 1:54.1. When Dovescry finished second to the 1-9 favorite, with Cloud Nine Fashion holding on for third and Special Honor sliding in fourth. It was the seventh win in seven starts for Woodside Charm, who was bred by AV & Son. "You can't put this into words," Yoder said after his visit to the winner's circle, adding the filly will "go to Florida to un-thaw and see what happens for next year." by Frank Cotolo, For The Breeders Crown

George Napolitano Jr. has won more races than any driver in the history of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but it was a second-place finish at his home oval that proved to be a winner in terms of punching Napolitano's ticket to his first Breeders Crown final. Napolitano guided Stella Jane to a runner-up finish behind undefeated Woodside Charm in their Breeders Crown elimination last week to advance to Saturday's $600,000 championship for 2-year-old filly trotters at Pocono. Napolitano, who has won 11 driving titles at Pocono, drove Stella Jane for owner Crawford Farms Racing and trainer John Butenschoen. Crawford Farms also bred the filly, a daughter of Crazed out of Naughty Nana. The 52-year-old Napolitano, a New York native who splits his time between Pennsylvania and Florida, has won 9,360 races in his career, ranking 21st in North American harness racing history, and was the North American dash champion in 2010 when he won 748 times. All 12 Breeders Crown championships, with $6.4 million in total purses, will be raced Saturday at Pocono. Post time is 5:30 p.m. (EDT) for the first race. "It's going to be exciting," Napolitano said. "I thought (Stella Jane's elimination) was amazing. I was totally satisfied. She's an awesome little horse to drive and she's got a great trainer and great owners." Stella Jane has won two of 11 races and hit the board in eight of her most recent nine starts. Napolitano has driven the filly twice, winning a division of the Simpson Stakes on Sept. 27 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "The Crawfords have had luck with the horses that they own with George," Butenschoen said. "He won with Stella Jane at (Philly) so I said let's put him up. It's his home track and maybe we can get some karma going. I guess it worked." Napolitano has won more than 500 races in nine consecutive years, including this year. He is on his way to another driving title at Pocono, which would be his seventh in a row, and is battling with Tim Tetrick for his fifth consecutive title at Harrah's Philadelphia. "I kind of stayed local," Napolitano said. "I made an agreement with myself years ago and I'm happy with doing it this way, with this place, (Philly) and Pompano. That's good enough for me. "I think it's a pretty big accomplishment doing the two tracks, here and (Philly). It's a tough grind, but we're getting it done. It's a matter of having great people around you. Trainers that it would take forever to mention keep on consistently putting me back on horses. That is the difference right there. I have a lot of great owners that love me and I love them. It's an awesome journey." So will Napolitano have a home-track advantage in the Breeders Crown? "I think you've got to have a good horse," he said with a smile. "That's the biggest advantage." * * * * * Napolitano won't be the only Breeders Crown newcomer driving in the 2-year-old filly trot. Bob McClure, Verlin Yoder, and Simon Allard also will be appearing on championship night for the first time. All three drove elimination winners. McClure, a 28-year-old Canadian, piloted Champagne Jane to victory in her elimination. Champaign Jane is owned by Serge Godin's Determination stable and trained by Luc Blais. McClure is third in wins and purses in Canada this year. He led Canada in wins in 2017 and 2016 and was third in 2015. "For the last four or five years I just drove the small tracks in Ontario," McClure said. "I moved to Woodbine Entertainment Group last December and it snowballed from there. A lot of good stables have picked me up. That makes all the difference in the world." Champagne Jane, by Holiday Road out of Dicent No, broke her maiden with her elimination win. She has hit the board a total of seven times and entered the Breeders Crown off a second-place finish in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old filly trotters. "She's been getting better every week," McClure said. "She's been battling some health issues, so the colder weather helps and Luc's got her healthy. She's always showed ability, she just lacked that last step. She seems to have found it at the right time." McClure, who has 2,207 career wins, also won a Breeders Crown elimination with Paula Wellwood-trained 2-year-old male trotter Smart As Hill. "It's been a lot of fun," McClure said. "Hopefully it stays fun." Yoder is the owner-trainer-driver of Woodside Charm, who is a perfect 6-for-6 heading into the Breeders Crown final and won her elimination by 12-1/2 lengths over Stella Jane. "We did what we had to do," Yoder said. "She's an absolute professional. We don't know how or why, but we're enjoying the moment. "It's pretty cool," he added about appearing in the final. "It probably won't sink in until we get there. It's going to be a pretty neat experience." Allard drove When Dovescry, by Muscle Hill out of Cedar Dove, to a win in her elimination. She has won four of six races and never been worse than third. She is owned by Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh, and Lawrence Dumain. Rene Allard is the trainer. She won her elimination in gate-to-wire fashion after coming from off the pace in all but one other race. "We were very patient with her, trying to teach her the right things, to come from the back," Simon Allard said. "We didn't really want to teach her to leave because we knew that she would have done that very easily. "We were very confident she had explosive speed and knew all along she was a great filly." Following is the draw for the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Elimination winners drew for post one through five in an order determined by lot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-When Dovescry-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 2-Woodside Charm-Verlin Yoder-Verlin Yoder 3-Champagne Jane-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 4-Cloud Nine Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 5-Special Honor-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-Whispering Oaks-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 7-Miss You Kelly-Tim Tetrick-Bruce Lauer 8-The Ice Dutchess-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 9-Stella Jane-George Napolitano Jr.-John Butenschoen by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

WILKES-BARRE, PA -  Captain Trevor, with Andrew MacCarthy at the reins for trainer Tony Alagna, won the third of three Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old colt pacers at Pocono Downs on Oct. 19. The time for the mile was 1:52.3. Captain Trevor left with two others off the gate and settled behind Sugar Factory as that one captured the top. From the outside, race-favorite Workin Ona Mystery roared first over to challenge the leader with a half of :57.  Sugar Factory struggled but kept the lead until Captain Trevor came out of the pocket to replace Workin Ona Mystery as that one tired and faded by three-quarters in 1:24.1. Captain Trevor was all out in the stretch, passing the rest and keeping ahead of a fast-closing Blood Money, who paced enough to get second ahead of Lyons Johnny JNR, who passed Sugar Factory to get third. Stag Party scratched from the race. Captaintreacherous is the sire of Captain Trevor, who is owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, J. Grant and Captain Trevor Racing and was bred by Bay’s Stable and Riverview Breeding. Trainer Tony Alagna said the colt is “tactical, a handy horse, really laid back and easy to drive,” calling Captain Trevor’s last few efforts “phenomenal.” The winner paid $9.80 to win. Before the Breeders Crown eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono started Friday night, Ontario driver Bob McClure had never participated in the prestigious championship series. Now he’s won two Crown races – Champagne Jane in the filly trot and then the Muscle Hill – Smarty Pants colt Smart As Hill in the colt trot. Both horses rallied from far back, and both horses were lightly-regarded, with Smart As Hill returning $36.80. McClure kept the winner of $105,491 along the inside behind fractions of 27.1, 56.1, and 1:24.2 set by Green Manilishi S, then swung wide at headstretch and generated tremendous speed in the last sixteenth, getting past the pacesetter in the last 100 feet to take a new mark of 1:53.4. Green Manilishi S, Super Schissel, and Trix And Stones were next in line behind the three-time winner, who is trained by Paula Wellwood of Marion Marauder fame and owned by Dreamville Stable and Steve Organ. Proof, driven by David Miller, was a 1:52.1 winner of the second of three Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old colt pacers at Pocono Downs on Oct. 19. The A Rocknroll Dance homebred let the field fly early as race-favorite Captain Crunch left with three others and took the lead to a :26 first quarter. Moving early to get involved with the leader, Shake That House took to the outside, followed by Yacht Week and Semi Tough.  The half was reached in :55.4 as Shake That House took over the lead, aiming forcefully to three-quarters in 1:23.2. He was challenged in the speedy route by Semi Tough, who led the second tier and rolled side by side with Shake That House as the stretch approached. Those two were burning out on top as Proof picked off pacers on the outside with ease and flew to the finish first. Captain Crunch was tough on the outside in the stretch and kept the second spot while passing tired ones to finish third was Love Me Some Lou. Those three go to the final. Brian Brown trains Proof, owned by Diamond Creek Racing and bred by Diamond Creek Farm.  Proof paid $7.80 to win. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s leading trainer, Rene Allard, and his brother and Pocono’s second-leading driver, Simon, combined with the impressive Muscle Hill – Cedar Dove filly When Dovescry to post an impressive 1:54 victory in the third $20,000 elimination for the Breeders Crown two-year-old distaff trot, paying $9.40 for the win. Simon had When Dovescry, named after a song by the late artist Prince, on top almost immediately and had a big lead by the fast 26.4 initial marker. The filly went on to the half in 56.3 and ¾ in 1:24.3, with favored The Ice Dutchess on the move to challenge down the back. But When Dovescry was not to be caught on this evening, with The Ice Dutchess holding for second, 2 ¼ lengths back, and Cloud Nine Fashion photoing out Fate Smiled for third. In talking about the $205,000 yearling purchase, who has now won four races in a row, Simon Allard said, “She is a great horse, and we knew she would be a great horse. We brought her along slowly, as we are looking to race her on at three and four – but obviously she was very good tonight.” The ownership combine of the Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh, and Lawrence Dumain are undoubtedly focusing on the short-term outlook – next Saturday’s $600,000 Championship event. Tall Drink Hanover, with Andrew McCarthy steering, worked to get to the top early and went all the way to win the second of two Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old filly pacers at Pocono Downs on Oct. 19. The opening quarter hosted a shuffle between Money Shot Hanover, Zero Tolerance and Tall Drink Hanover before McCarthy gained the lead with the daughter of Captaintreacherous. The first quarter went in :26.4. As Tall Drink Hanover led the field to a half in :56.2, race-favorite Warrawee Ubeat brushed strongly to challenge on the outside, looking at first as if she could take over the lead. However, Tall Drink Hanover was steady and stubborn and best as the two were dueling into three-quarters at 1:22.4. Zero Tolerance stepped lively into the stretch but Warrawee Ubeat could not hustle to stay with Tall Drink Hanover and began to fade and stray a bit. Another threat surfaced when from the inside Zero Tolerance hooked up with the leader for a minor duel but Tall Drink Hanover won that, too, and finished in 1:51.3. Beautyonthebeach got third, Warrawee Ubeat held on for fourth and Renaissance Lady K finished fifth to also make the final. Tony Alagna trains Tall Drink Hanover who won her fourth-straight. Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC own Tall Drink Hanover, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Tall Drink Hanover paid $7.80 to win. Yannick Gingras drove St Somewhere to a 1:52.2 win in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old filly pacers at Pocono Downs on Oct. 19.  St Somewhere watched Queen Of The Pride and Annie Hill leave quickly but Queen Of The Pride took a few bad steps and could not get the lead. Annie Hill couldn’t hold on too long racing smoothly as St Somewhere brushed first over and took over the lead at a first quarter in :27.1. Once on top, St Somewhere, the race favorite for trainer Ron Burke, cut the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 as Queen Of The Pride led the second tier and tried to rally with Treacherous Reign looking to go three wide for a charge. None of the action behind St Somewhere mattered much as the daughter of American Ideal floated past the finish line to win in 1:52.2. She paid $5.20 to win. Annie Hill got the best inside trip and finished second, while Queen Of The Pride managed to finish third after making more bad steps that cost her ground. Also making the final was fourth-place finisher Prescient Beauty. Burke Racing Stable, P. Colllura, J & T Silva and Pumel & Libby own St Somewhere, who was bred by Crawford Farms.     New York Sire Stakes harness racingchampion Gimpanzee ($4.00) remained undefeated in eight career starts, overcoming a four-week absence and the tough tuck-then-first-over trip to post a 1:54.4 victory in one of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old trotting males Friday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The son of Chapter Seven, who also sired the earlier filly winner Woodside Charm, out of the mare Steamy Windows left from post eight outside a host of horses and tucked fifth, with Union Forces emerging from the early scramble with the lead before the 27.3 quarter. He got a 57.3 breather to the half, but driver Brian Sears had Gimpanzee grinding forward down the backstretch, to the 1:26.4 3/4s, and around the turn to emerge with the lead headstretch. Despite the arduous trip, Gimpanzee was able to draw away in the lane by 1 1/2 lengths, with Chin Chin Hall, Hudson River, and Prospect Hill next in line at the wire and advancing to the Championship. Trainer Marcus Melander thought early in the season that this horse was of Grand Circuit caliber, and wasn’t especially concerned about either the layoff or the tough trip. Melander thinks the horse will acquit himself well next week, into which he will bring earnings of $291,358. No Mas Amor, with Matt Kakaley in the bike, rolled swiftly on the inside through the stretch to win the first elimination of the Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace in 1:50.3. No Mas Amor , a son of Sweet Lou, stayed in the back early as Air Force Hanover passed De Los Celos Deo when the gate launched the small field of five (American Mercury was a scratch) into action.  Air Force Hanover stayed afloat to a :26.4 quarter with De Los Celos Deo tracking him in second and race-favorite Lyons Night Hawk following in third. Air Force Hanover kept the pace going through a half in :55.3 and began to open up on the field. Lyons Night Hawk came to the outside as three-quarters clocked in 1:22.4 with Mangogh picking up his cover. Still, Air Force Hanover rolled on easily into the stretch and seemed to be coasting to the win.  From the inside, though, No Mas Amor soared down the lane and picked off Air Force Hanover to win in 1:50.3. Air Force Hanover held the place and Mangogh took the show spot, the first three qualifying for the final. “The last two week his trips worked out perfectly,” said driver Matt Kakeley in the winner’s circle. “I took my chances staying on the inside and it worked out good.” Linda Toscano trains No Mas Amor for owner Kenneth E. Jacobs. Sherri K. Meirs and David A. Meirs bred the colt who paid $21.80 to win. Bob McClure, a top Canadian driver who has shown an ability to coax the most out of harness racing trotting females (Dream Together), worked his magic again in the first of Friday’s three $20,000 eliminations of the Breeders Crown for two-year-old trotting fillies, guiding Champagne Jane to her maiden victory in 1:55.4 with a strong stretch burst at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Special Honor and Andy Miller went to the lead late on the first turn, passing the ¼ in 27.4 and then keeping Conway Kellyanne outside to and past the 56.2 half. Favored Whispering Oaks circled wide to challenge near the 1:26.1 ¾ pole, with McClure slipping outside with Champagne Jane. Special Honor looked like she was on her way to victory in midstretch, but Champagne Jane was closing with high speed and picked up the leader handily in deep stretch, with Whispering Oaks holding on for third and advancement to the Championship. McClure, who was making his Breeders Crown debut, said that the filly had had health issues in the summer, but that trainer Luc Blais had brought her back to top form, sharpness that was evident in the lane as she closed with determination for the ownership group named Determination, from Quebec. She paid $17.40 to win. Woodside Charm further established her credentials as a superstar in the making when she won her $20,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown for two-year-old trotting fillies Friday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a startling 1:53 - almost a second faster than any divisional Crown final has gone on a 5/8-mile track. Owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder made the lead on the first turn, and when second choice Sonnet Grace made a break in the pocket late on that bend, the daughter of Chapter Seven - Fireworks Hanover controlled her own destiny. Yoder guided his star filly to early fractions of 27.2 and 57.2, then asked his horse for more speed down the back, and she reached the 3/4s in 1:25. The winner trotted home in 28 as her lead increased to double digits, and she crossed the wirer 12 ½ lengths to the good, with 50-1 shots Stella Jane second and Miss You Kelly third to advance to the final. Woodside Charm is now undefeated in six lifetime starts, with earnings of $219,158 - and another $300,000 looming in a week's time. She paid $2.40 to win. Here is the draw for the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made): 1 – *When Doves Cry – Rene Allard – Simon Allard 2 – *Woodside Charm – trainer/driver Verlin Yoder 3 – *Champagne Jane – Luc Blais – Bob McClure 4 – Cloud Nine Fashion – Jim Campbell – Tim Tetrick 5 – Special Honor – Julie Miller – Andy Miller 6 – Whispering Oaks – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 7 – Miss You Kelly – Bruce Lauer – Tim Tetrick 8 – The Ice Dutchess – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 9 – Stella Jane – John Butenschoen – George Napolitano Jr. Here is the draw for the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made): 1 - Beautyonthebeach - Gregg McNair - Doug McNair 2 -- *St Somewhere - Ron Burke - Yannick Gingras 3 - *Tall Drink Hanover - Tony Alagna - Andrew McCarthy 4 - Warrawee Ubeaut - Ron Burke - Yannick Gingras 5 - Queen Of The Pride - Kevin Lare - Tony Hall 6 - Treacherous Reign - Tony Alagna - Scott Zeron 7 - Zero Tolerance - Joe Holloway - David Miller 8 - Prescient Beauty - Gregg McNair - Doug McNair 9 - Annie Hill - Chris Oakes - Brian Sears Here is the draw for the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made): 1 – Hudson River – Jimmy Takter - Yannick Gingras 2 – Chin Chin Hall - Melanie Wrenn - Peter Wrenn 3 – Prospect Hill – Julie Miller – Andy Miller 4 – *Smart As Hill – Paula Wellwood – Bob McClure 5 – *Gimpanzee – Marcus Melander – Brian Sears 6 – Super Schissel – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras 7 – Trix And Stones – Carl Jamieson – Scott Zeron 8 – Green Manilishi S – Marcus Melander – Tim Tetrick 9 – Kings County – Domenico Cecere – Brian Sears Here is the draw for the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt Championship, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (* - elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination (a choice will have to be made): 1 – *Proof – Brian Brown – David Miller 2 -- *No Mas Amor – Linda Toscano – Matt Kakaley 3 – Lyons Johnnyjnr – Jeff Gillis – Brian Sears 4 – Captain Crunch – Nancy Johansson – Scott Zeron 5 – *Captain Trevor – Tony Alagna – Andrew McCarthy 6 – Air Force Hanover – Brian Brown – David Miller 7 – Love Me Some Lou – Tom Cancelliere – Corey Callahan 8 – Mangogh—Bruce Saunders – Andrew McCarthy 9 – Blood Money – Jimmy Takter – Yannick Gingras From the Breeders Crown (USA)

Verlin Yoder has sat behind his share of good trotters, such as millionaire Natural Herbie and a number of Indiana state-bred champions, but none impressed him as quickly as undefeated world-record-setting filly Woodside Charm. "It was the middle of March," Yoder said. "I have a filly called O So Easy and last year she was a very nice (1):55-(1):54 horse as a 2-year-old, which is very good for Indiana. I came back in the barn from training (Woodside Charm) in March and I said to my wife, 'O So Easy who?' "Just the way (Woodside Charm) was doing things in March versus what anyone else ever has done for me was incredible. I knew she had high-end speed, I just didn't know how far she would go." On Friday, Woodside Charm will go to the Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old filly trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. She is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the second of three eliminations. The top-three finishers from each elimination return Saturday (Oct. 27) for the $600,000 final. She is Yoder's first Breeders Crown starter. Yoder, who trains and owns the filly, will be in the sulky. "I've never had anything to go with before," Yoder said. "All I had before was BB guns. When you're going to go in a big fight you've got to have a big gun. It'll be exciting." Woodside Charm is a daughter of Chapter Seven out of Fireworks Hanover. She is a half-sister to millionaire Explosive Matter, himself a world-record-setter. As a 2-year-old, Explosive Matter won his Breeders Crown elimination before finishing second to Muscle Hill in the final. As a young horse, Woodside Charm suffered a leg injury that cast doubt on her racing future. Since getting on the track, she has left no doubt about her ability. In her second start, she trotted 1:55.2 in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs, finishing just one-fifth of a second off a track record. But that was nothing compared to what she did two starts later, on Sept. 13, when she won a NYSS division at Saratoga in 1:53.4 to become history's fastest 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. The previous record for a 2-year-old filly, 1:55.2, was set by Wild Honey in 2014. Don Dream holds the mark for the boys, at 1:55. She heads to the Breeders Crown off a win in the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, which was her fifth win in five starts and pushed her earnings to $209,158. There has yet to be a horse within 2-1/4 lengths of her at the finish line. Her total margin of victory in her five races is 23-1/2 lengths. "She's a very smart horse, very easy to work on," said Yoder, who is in the midst of his first million-dollar season as a trainer. "I like her speed and smartness. She's teachable. There are a lot of trotting fillies that are fast, but if you find one that's teachable and you can use when you want to use, then it's a different game. That's what separates the good ones from the bad ones." Woodside Charm starts her Breeders Crown elimination from post five in a field of seven. The field also includes Grand Circuit winners Asiago (3-1 on the morning line), Sonnet Grace (7-2), Princess Deo (9-2) and Stella Jane (8-1). "I think post five is going to be fine," Yoder said. "With 2-year-old trotting fillies you never know until it's done. I always say that if you go behind the gate enough you'll screw up somewhere along the line. But she seems healthy coming in. That's all we can ask for." Whispering Oaks, whose wins include a division of the International Stallion Stakes and the finals of both the New Jersey and Kentucky sire stakes, is the 2-1 favorite in the first elimination for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Ice Dutchess, whose wins include the Jim Doherty Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes, is the 5-2 pick in the third. Both are trained by Jimmy Takter. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Pocono. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown 

ANDERSON, IN  - October 13, 2018- The stars of the Indiana Sires Stakes program converged on Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Friday night, October 12 for the track's annual Super Night program. Over the course of the 14-race card, trotters and pacers battled for over $2 million in purses and year-end honors in the state. On a night when rain and cold conditions leveled the playing field, the leaders turning for home had a difficult time reaching the winner's circle. Trainer Verlin Yoder was the big winner on the program, collecting three sires stakes finals. He was one of the few that turned a front-end trip into a winning effort, picking up a victory with Kissessforall in the $220,000 Super Final for two-year-old filly trotters. Starting from post five, Yoder sent the favorite to the front and clicked off fractions of :28.1, :59.3 and 1:29.2 on a surface that started fast and turned sloppy. Turning for home, the Swan For All-Deliteful Debbie lass cruised home in :28.2 to win by five and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Measuredperfection followed in second and Kota's Swan raced third. "When I got to the half I was licking my chops," Yoder said of the trip and the fractions. "She usually comes home pretty good." The filly, owned by Yoder in partnership with Eleven Star Stables, added her fifth win from 12 seasonal starts. Bred by Alvin R. Fry and sold for $14,000 at the Hoosier Classic sale, Kissessforall improved her seasonal earnings to $194,300. Yoder's biggest score came in the $220,000 Super Final for freshman trotting colts. Steering It's A Herbie from post two in the ninth race on the program, Yoder handed Swandre The Giant his first defeat in Indiana Sires Stakes action, trotting to a 1:56.1 victory. When the gate folded, the trainer sent his charge to the lead from post three and posted a :28 first panel. Swandre The Giant and Yannick Gingras moved from fourth on the backstretch, but had to move three wide around a stalled Airman Kelly to reach the front. Following the leader into the stretch, It's A Herbie overtook the favorite and hit the wire three parts of a length ahead of his rival. "I can't race that horse into the stretch, I had to race him the whole mile," Yoder said of the strategy employed with his colt against Swandre The Giant. "I was expecting him to come to me in the last turn. He came a little earlier than I had hoped." The Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image colt was bred by David Schmucker Jr. and purchased by Yoder for $22,000 last fall. Collecting his third triumph in 12 attempts, It's A Herbie's earnings now stand at $242,000. Churita's bid to add yet another $70,000 Super Final victory to her resume was foiled Friday night by Yoder and his second choice, Compelling. The veteran placed his Swan For All-First Lady Two four year old in perfect position in the last turn, and in the stretch, the trotter headed the leader and favorite before reaching the wire half a length in front, stopping the clock in 1:54.2. Churita and Trace Tetrick settled for second while Diamond Dagger and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. Bred by Lavon Miller, Compelling earned her fifth win in 14 starts, and her seasonal bankroll is now $91,690. Yoder looked to add a fourth win on the program but had to settle for second best as Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill and Trace Tetrick put away Katkin American in the $220,000 Super Final for sophomore trotting colts. The William Crone trainee took advantage of a pocket trip before springing to a one-length victory, trotting the mile in 1:54.2. Owned by John Barnard, Fiftydallarbill picked up his eighth victory of 2018. The son of Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick, bred by John L. Miller, boosted his earnings for the year to $360,998. The colt's career earnings stand at $819, 948. Besides Yoder's hat trick, the feel-good story of the night came in the $220,000 Super Final for sophomore pacing fillies when 11-1 It's Time For Fun crashed the party with a 1:54 upset over favored Voom Or Bang. The victory was a family affair as the Skydancer Hanover-Irwin's Character filly was bred by Lynn Wilfong, trained by his son, Brett, and driven to victory by grandson, Kyle. Friends and family filled the winner's circle to celebrate. "This filly has a tremendous last eighth if you don't have to show her a ton of air," Brett Wilfong said of his filly. "When I saw him slide out second or third over, I thought, 'Oh boy.'" Making her 19 start of the year, It's Time For Fun settled in third along the rail through a :56.3 opening half. Kyle Wilfong would move the filly into the outer flow, third over as the field raced into the turn. Moving wide in the stretch, It's Time For Fun paced home in :28.2 to finish a length in front. It was the sixth win of the year, moving her earnings to $199,040. Always A Prince, one of the best stories of the Indiana Sires Stakes season, closed out the $220,000 final for sophomore pacing colts with his 17th win in 20 starts. Trained by Tyler George for Carl and Melanie Atley, the Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess gelding was unfazed by lining up in the second tier. Driven by Tetrick, Always A Prince raced fourth early on before Hoosier Park's leading driver sent him to the lead, reaching the half in :56.1. The favorite would carry a three-length lead into the stretch and cross the wire ahead by just over two lengths. Shnitzledosomethin and David Miller finished second followed by Just N Ace and Gingras. Unraced at two, Always A Prince has banked $379,500 for his connections. Bred by Emerald Highlands Farm, he was a $30,000 purchase at the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in 2016. Custom Cantab was much the best throughout the Indiana Sires Stakes campaign, and she finished in style, capturing the $220,000 final for sophomore trotting fillies in a 1:55.1 performance. The Mr Cantab-Custom Model mare, driven by Peter Wrenn, held off a closing Black Mamba As and Todd Warren late in the mile to win by a quarter length. Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller finished third. The trotter is owned by trainer Chris Beaver in partnership with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc. A $6,000 yearling purchase, Custom Cantab earned her 10th win in 13 trips behind the gate. She has earned $555,036 over the last two seasons, $340,550 of that coming in 2018. The mare was bred by Hoosier Standardbred Farm and Fair Meadow Farm. Rockin Nola, at odds of 8-1, sprung the upset in the $220,000 Super Final for freshman pacing fillies. Guided by LeWayne Miller, the Rockin Image-Gottogetoutmore filly dashed a :26.4 last quarter to win by less than a length, covering the mile in 1:53. Queen Lagertha and Lady Capulet followed in second and third. "She had talent right from the get go. We've been plugging away and she's raced good. We've had to have a little luck to get to this point, but she's had talent all along," trainer Joe Putnam said. "We've been getting closer and closer each week. She's been a finisher every week, so it kind of played into our hands a little bit." Trained by Joe Putnam, the filly notched her fourth win in 10 outings. Putnam owns the two year old in partnership with Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot LLC. Bred by Mahlon Lambright and sold for $15,000 at the Hoosier Classic sale, Rockin Nola now sports earnings of $141,850. Freshman Egomania and driver John DeLong used cover to their advantage and sprinted home to collect the $220,000 Super Final for pacing colts. The son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude kicked home in :28.1 to secure a one and one-quarter length victory in the night's 10th race, tripping the timer in 1:53. Always A Vavoom, 12-1, and Outloud rounded out the trifecta. Bred by Brittany Farms, Egomania is trained by Shane Bowermaster for Brian Brown. The colt, now a winner in five of 11 seasonal starts, is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and John Fodera. The victory pushed Egomania's earnings to $213,100. Trotting stalwart Bridge To Jesse's added yet another Super Final victory to his lengthy list of credentials. Trained by Roger Welch and driven by DeLong, The Jailhouse Jesse-Bridge to Nowhere five year old annexed the $50,000 final for aged stallions and geldings, completing the circuit in 1:54.3. Closing out the mile with a :27.3 last quarter, Bridge To Jesse's finished four lengths ahead of Bluebird Reverend, with Milford's Z Tam trotting third. "When we put him behind the gate, we know he's going to be there. He does everything we ask of him," said Bo DeLong, one of the gelding's owners. "He's good on a track like this. He got a good trip. John drove him perfect and didn't get excited." Owned by Welch, DeLong, Pat DeLong and Ray DeLong, Bridge To Jesse's won for the sixth time in 19 starts. The victory was the 34th in 67 career starts. Bred by Michael and Randy Wilt, the gelding now possesses career earnings of $793,055. Always Giggling left her connections in good spirits after claiming the $70,000 final for aged pacing mares. Brett Miller steered the Always A Virgin-Giggles The Clown four-year old to a 1:52.2 score, one length better than E R Hilary. Nick Surick trains the mare, owned by Cornerstone Stock Farm, Phil Wiley and J L Benson Stables Inc. The victory was the mare's fifth of the season. Tookadiveoffdipper and Tetrick took command in the stretch to win the $50,000 final for stallion and gelding pacers Friday night, holding off 62-1 Ideal Ace by a length in a time of 1:51.1. Sent off as third choice in the contest, the Always A virgin-Onceinabluemoon four year old racked up his sixth win of 2018. Trained by Virgin Morgan Jr., the gelding is owned by Jane Cross, Mark Cross, James Hepp and Mike Brink. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 13 with a 12-race card. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by James Platz, for Hoosier Park 

ANDERSON, IN - Sophomore trotting colts were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on Thursday, October 4. With James Yoder in the bike, Katkin American turned in a dominant, front-running effort to win going away in 1:53.2 and with it, notch his second consecutive victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals at Hoosier Park. Last week's elimination winner and divisional rival, Fiftydallarbill, opted out of the Indiana Sires Stakes action and has been entered in an elimination of the Kentucky Futurity slated for Sunday at The Red Mile. With no Fiftydallarbill to contend with, Yoder sent Katkin American away from the gate firing from post eight in the field of ten. The duo would have to work for position as Robert Taylor sent River Otter to the front to the grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Katkin American pressed on to the front and took command just before the half in :57.2. Katkin American went uncontested through the three-quarters in 1:26 but John DeLong had Got The Groove on the attack, first-over. As the field turned for home, Got The Groove was inching closer but Katkin American wasn't finished. Utilizing a :27.2 final panel, Katkin American coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Got The Groove. Admiral Dewey and Trace Tetrick rallied well late in the mile to finish third. As the 1-9 favorite, Katkin American returned $2.20 to his backers at the betting windows. "He never quits trying," Yoder noted after the victory. "He really started coming around about April and has been improving with every start. He goes out there and tries hard every time he's behind the gate." Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Guccio-Katkin has now won five of 11 lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $171,450. Trained by Verlin Yoder, Katkin American currently holds the track record at Hoosier Park for three-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:52.1 clocking in stakes action earlier this season. Katkin American is owned and was bred by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. With the win, Katkin American secured his spot in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings slated for October 12 at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Friday, October 5 with a 14-race card featuring Indiana Sires Stakes action. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, IN --September 15, 2018--After finishing second in his elimination last week, It's A Herbie rebounded gamely to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 15. Driven, trained, and owned by Verlin Yoder, It's A Herbie went gate to wire to deliver as the heavy favorite and establish a new lifetime best of 1:54.2. Leaving from post six in the competitive field of ten, Yoder sent It's A Herbie straight to the front to reach the first quarter in :28. Trump This and Sam Widger grabbed a pocket seat while Mocedes Boy and LeWayne Miller were next in line third. It's A Herbie went uncontested through splits of :57.2 and 1:26 as the field remained in single file order down the backside. As the field rounded the final turn, Yoder asked his mount for more and he trotted evenly on to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Trump This. Mocedes Boy used a ground saving trip to finish third. As the 3-5 favorite, It's A Herbie returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "He's a big clumsy colt that's just starting to come into himself," Yoder said. "I knew he needed time and it wouldn't be till later in the season that he would come around. He's a smart horse and has done everything right--just needed time." With the win, It's A Herbie improved his lifetime record to 9-2-6-1. The son of Here Comes Herbie-Psychic Image also pushed his lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory. It's been a great week for the Yoder Stable as they also scored a victory in the New York Sires Stakes earlier in the week with Woodside Charm who shattered the North American record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino with a 1:53.4 mile. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 18 with an 11-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Woodside Charm (Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover-Muscles Yankee) shattered the harness racing world record for two year old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. Drawing the rail in the $81,750 New York Sire Stakes event, Woodside Charm brought a three-for-three lifetime record into the start. Bet down as the race's 1-5 favorite, the freshman filly played catch me if you can with trainer Verlin Yoder in the sulky. The sensational filly clicked off a first quarter of 27.3 and half in 55.2 and showed no signs of letting up trotting past three quarters in 1:24.1. The previous track record for two year old fillies of 1:57.2 was all but a memory at that point but what the timer said at the conclusion of the wire to wire victory was almost too unbelievable to fathom. Woodside Charm scored in 1:53.4, the third fastest mile in track history for a trotter and a new world record mark for two year old fillies. The previous North American record on a half mile track was 1:55.2 for a freshman filly, a mark easily surpassed in the dazzling Thursday stakes victory by Woodside Charm. 1:53.4, an almost imaginable time for a two year old trotting filly, is now the time to beat for freshman highsteppers moving forward and what a daunting task that will be as Woodside Charm enters the history books en route to staying undefeated. Though her five-for-five record was broken in the record performance on Thursday, Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) was incredible in defeat, finishing second by only a little more than two lengths in the eye-popping, record-setting mile. The other division of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old trotting fillies went the way of Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse-Cantab Hall) who scored in 1:57.1, a time that heading into the day would have served as a new track record for freshman filly highsteppers. The Erv Miller-trained Quincy Blue Chip cruised out to the early lead for Jim Morrill Jr. and didn't face many anxious moments before recording her fourth Sire Stakes win of the season besting Amal Hall (Andy Miller) who kept her streak of finishing first or second in every career start intact. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

ANDERSON, IN -August 30, 2018- Setting a new standard for three-year-old trotting colts & geldings, Katkin American and James Yoder coasted across the wire in 1:52:1 in his respective $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final on Thursday, August 30 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, lowering the record the pair set for his class earlier this year. The betting public was backing Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill with Trace Tetrick, who had been sent off as the 1/5 favorite and who immediately took a pocket seat behind J S Peyton and Alex Udell, hitting the first quarter in :27. Once the horses hit the half in 55:2, Katkin American came around from the outside and passed his biggest competitor, Fiftydallarbill. The two continued to battle it out through the third quarter in 1:25, with the rest of the field fighting for show. In the final stretch, Katkin American found a burst of speed and hit the wire in 1:52:1, not only lowering his lifetime mark, but also the track record for three-year-old trotting geldings. Fiftydallarbill fought hard for second, with the rest of the field eleven lengths behind. Got The Groove with John De Long followed for third. Katkin American returned $7.00 to win for his betting backers. "He tries every time, and that's probably what sets him apart," driver James Yoder noted after the victory. "He felt really strong there in the stretch." The trotter, trained by Verlin Yoder, did not race as a two-year-old and has now won four of his nine lifetime starts. Tonight's victory brought Katkin American's lifetime purse earnings to $128,950 for owners Brett Boyd Racing Inc. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 1 with the $75,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies in race 12 of the night's 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30pm, live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Hoosier Park

Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) remains unbeaten with a win in a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies, as Vernon Downs hosted two divisions on Thursday (August 23). Both divisions raced for a purse of $56,500. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morill Jr.) charged out to the early lead in the second division of NYSS. Woodside Charm ($2.60) went first-over and took control as they headed for the back stretch. Owned and trained by Yoder, she led them to a half in :57.3. Leading by two lengths after they went to three-quarters in 1:26.3. She found another gear as they hit the top of the stretch, winning going away in a lifetime best time of 1:54.3. Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett) came up to finish second. Quincy Blue Chip held on for third money. Woodside Charm is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. She has yet to be tested in her young career. She has won all three of starts with ease. In the first division of the NYSS, Hanna Dreamgirl (Jim Morrill Jr) went right to the front hitting the first quarter in 27.4. Sensibility (Charlie Norris) followed in the pocket with Safe Word (Jeff Gregory) following in third. Hanna Dreamgirl, who is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, continued to control the race hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:29.2. Sensibility popped the pocket and made her move but had to settle for second best as Hanna Dreamgirl cruised to the win in 1:57.1. Hot Chapter (Marcus Miller) was third. Hanna Dreamgirl is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Shipps Empress. She now has two wins, a second and five thirds in eight career starts. Linda Toscano had a training double on the night. Her other win came with Global Pageant ($5.00), who was driven by Scott Zeron. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 24) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs.

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage at a soggy Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). In the first division of the NYSS ($35,866, Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) nips Amal Hall (Marcus Miller) in an exciting stretch drive. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Rick Zeron) led them to a first quarter of :30.1, Amal Hall then took control leading them to a half of 1:00.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.2. Winndevie ($3.50) made her move at the half . Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she took over second before the three-quarter. Winndevie and Amal Hall then matched strides around the last turn and all the way down the stretch with neither filly giving an inch. Winndevie made one last lunge to capture the mile in a lifetime best of 1:58.0. Amal Hall had to settle for second best with Qiss Me Blue Chip taking third. Winndevie is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie. She is now a perfect four for four in her young career. Meittinis drove two more winners on the night. His other wins came with Persistent Bettor ($6.00) and Royalpine Princess ($3.50). Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) charges late to win the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford) led to a first quarter in :28.3. Sweet Chapter (Rick Zeron) blew by just after the first quarter and easily led the group to the half in :57.4 and was the first one to three-quarters in 1:26.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($3.00) was six lengths back after three-quarters. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she just flew down the stretch to win in 1:56.1. With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) came on late to finish second with Thanks For Leaving (Jeff Gregory) finishing third. Quincy Blue Chip is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse. It was her third win in four career starts. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) was impressive in NYSS debut, winning the third division ($36,566). Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) controlled the first half of the race (:28.1, :58.3). Woodside Charm ($3.30) followed in the pocket until the middle of the backstretch. Owned and trained by Yoder, she brushed to the lead hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2 and breezed in the stretch winning in 1:55.2. She was just 1/5 of a second off the track record . Stella Jane (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished second. Sensibility (Mike Simons) was third best. Woodside Charm is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. She is now two for two in her career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (August 4) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

ANDERSON, IN - Katkin American, with James Yoder at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:52.3 in the second round of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, June 28. The 1:52.3 mark was a new lifetime best for Katkin American and re-established the previous record by nearly a full second, a 1:53.2 mark that was held by Swan Chase and Fly Jesse Fly. In just the fourth start of his sophomore campaign, Katkin American turned in a dominant performance to finish 14 lengths in front of his next closest competitor and record his second win of the season. His 1:52.3 victory also marked the fourth track record that has been re-established or equaled at Hoosier Park through 63 nights of live racing in 2018. Leaving from post two, Katkin American grabbed an early pocket seat behind Wham Bam Guccio and Lewayne Miller through the first quarter in :28.2. Unable to find a seat along the rail, Doug Rideout had Northern Skyway pointed to the front and he grabbed the lead just before the half in :57. Yoder gave Katkin American the green light and the colt did the rest, exploding to the front approaching the final turn. Reaching the third station in 1:25, Katkin American began to put his talent on display and trot away from the rest of the field. Using a :27.3 final panel, he coasted on to the wire under a hand drive. Wham Bam Guccio had to settle for second place honors while Batting Stats and Sam Widger rallied late to round out the trifecta. Unraced as a two-year-old, the homebred son of Guccio-Katkin has now won two of four lifetime outings while pushing his lifetime bankroll to $24,500. Trained by Verlin Yoder, Katkin American is owned and was bred by Brett Boyd Racing Inc. With the win, Katkin American successfully earned a spot in the second round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals slated for Friday, July 6 at Hoosier Park. All On Black and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy favorite in the second split of stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on the evening's 13-race card. Utilizing the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, All On Black was able to wear down the leader late in the lane to stop the timer in 1:54.4. Trained by Jenny Melander, the three-year-old gelded son of Swan For All-Right on Renee is owned by Gabriella's LLC and Melander Racing Inc. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 29 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Columbus, OH --- They both equaled or established a new Hoosier Park track standard in the same week, are diagonally gaited and hail from the same harness racing barn but other than sharing these similarities, Indiana champions O So Easy and Natural Herbie could not be more diametrically opposed to one another. Each horse, one a new arrival on the scene and another who has established his presence over the course of six years, endeavor to enhance their impressive seasons with victories at Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 13) when they compete in their respective Indiana Sire Stakes finals in rein to their conditioner, Verlin Yoder. “I’ve always said with this filly (O So Easy) she was either going to kill me or I was going to kill her,” said Yoder, who co-owns the 2-year-old daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover in conjunction with Eleven Star Stables. “I knew her mother and that was why I was interested in her and I also knew her mother was a strong mare, but this filly would toss herself on the ground the minute you went to buckle the harness on her. All trotting fillies have their quirks though but this one required a lot of patience.”   Linscott Photography O So Easy has compiled a record of 11-9-1-1, has collected $217,550 and is currently riding a six-race win streak. Scheduled to perform in the evening’s second race, which possesses a purse of $220,000 and includes 11 other rivals, O So Easy will leave from post position six and is the morning line favorite at 6-5. From her brief career she has compiled a record of 11-9-1-1, has collected $217,550 and is currently riding a six-race win streak. In this field only Custom Cantab, the second selection at 4-1, has amassed relatively the same amount of purse money ($190,486) and trotted close to the same lifetime mark (1:55.3). O So Easy, until recently, was also the track record holder for her age, sex and gait (1:54.3), which she posted on Sept. 12 with a facile triumph in a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final. That record was rewritten on Sept. 22 when Basquiat lowered that standard to 1:53.4 in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes over the Anderson oval. That filly returned to capture a $58,000 division of the International Stallion Stakes at Red Mile on Oct. 6. “People always ask me why I put her on the front end,” Yoder said. “It is not because she is speed crazy or doesn’t come back to me, but with 2-year-old trotting fillies you just have to try to keep them out of trouble and she is still very green.”   USTA/Mark Hall photo Natural Herbie won the 2014 International Trot Preview at Yonkers. The same cannot be uttered in regard to Natural Herbie. The 7-year-old gelded son of Here Comes Herbie-Ljanearl has earned $1.12 million, sports a resume of 102-38-20-12 and has captured contests such as the 2014 International Trot Preview at Yonkers in what was then a world record time of 2:24.4 for the 1-1/4 mile event. Despite the horse not traveling as frequently to Grand Circuits events as he once did, Natural Herbie did finish second in last year’s $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs behind Dan Patch Award winner Obrigado and was a fast-closing third to world champions Homicide Hunter and Hannelore Hanover on Sept. 22 of this year in the $240,000 Centaur Trot at Hoosier Park. While Hannelore Hanover returned to become the fastest female trotter in history (1:49.2) at Red Mile on Oct. 7 with Homicide Hunter in her immediate wake, Natural Herbie won a $20,000 sire stakes elimination at Hoosier Park on Oct. 5. He also equaled the track record of 1:52.1 for older trotting geldings, which he shares with I Know My Chip, on Sept. 16 in a Hoosier Park Invitational. Natural Herbie’s seasonal record stands at 17-6-3-3 and he has not been worse than third in his nine trips to the post since July 25. Four of his six 2017 trips to the winner’s circle have come since Aug. 26. Natural Herbie will have earned more than $100,000 in each of the six years he has competed if he finishes first or second in Friday evening’s fourth race, which is a $50,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for older horses and geldings. The gelding is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind Bridge To Jesse's (5-2, post position five, John DeLong) and will begin trotting right beside the favorite from post four. “He is finally getting back to himself,” Yoder said. “I had three vets tell me to stop with him because he had a suspensory injury in his left rear hind. They said he could never come back and be the same horse. “It was so rewarding for me when he equaled the track record after returning from that suspensory. He is a special horse and he loves to race so much, I did not want to take that away from him. So we gave him all the time he needed and it all worked out for him.” Throughout most of this year, Yoder, who is the sole owner of the gelding, kept steel shoes on him and made the switch to aluminum recently. “He has never went in under 1:54 unless he has aluminum shoes on,” he said. “Since I made that change he keeps improving. He was right there in the Centaur (Trot) and he had a great chance to win, but he just ran out of real estate.” Although Yoder easily describes some of the difficulties he had training down O So Easy, the same circumstances never applied with Natural Herbie. “He never wins by very much and I think the only time he did it was by like seven lengths,” Yoder said. “And that was because I tricked him. I tried to do it again when he was on the lead and started acting like he was race driving a ways before the finish by hooping and hollering at him. He just flicked his ears back at me and then forward again. He was onto me and it was like he was saying, ‘Are you kidding me? You think I’m going to fall for that from you again? You are not going to fool me twice.’ That’s what makes great horses; when they have their own personality and are that intelligent.” Yoder is certainly aware Hoosier Park will host the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, but his horses will more than likely be enjoying the sunshine in Florida. “I just said the other day I’m ready to head to Florida on Saturday morning (Oct. 14),” he said. “I checked into the Breeders Crown but decided 12 starts was more than enough for a 2-year-old trotting filly and Herbie is racing well now. We’ll turn out for a few months, then bring them back and hope they continue just as well next year.” To review the full fields, odds, post positions, drivers and trainers for the Friday card, which also includes 10 other sire stakes races and purses totaling more than $2 million, please click here. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 12, 2017 - O So Easy, with Verlin Yoder at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:54.3 in the fourth round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, September 12. After establishing a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 in her elimination last week, O So Easy bested that time to re-establish the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies, a mark of 1:54.4 set by Princess Aurora in Grand Circuit racing action last season. In just the ninth start of her freshman campaign, O So Easy used a gate to wire effort to defeat nine other rivals and score her fourth consecutive win of the season. Her 1:54.3 victory also marked the fifth track record that has been re-established at Hoosier Park throughout the 2017 live racing season. Leaving from post eight, O So Easy left alertly with the wings of the gate but would have to work for position as Sam Widger and Lisa's Famous Filly also left for position from the inside. O So Easy would grab command just before the first stop in a snappy :26.4 and continue to call the shots through splits of :55.4 and 1:24.4. As the rest of the field struggled with the quick fractions, O So Easy looked strong on the front and her lead was ever-increasing turning for home. O So Easy coasted on to the wire to finish nearly two lengths in front of Meadowbrook Grace and Trace Tetrick who staged a big rally late in the lane but were no match for the winner. Custom Cantab and Peter Wrenn used a ground saving trip to secure third place honors. As the 4-5 heavy betting favorite, O So Easy returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "I was just going to try to float out of there but I asked her to go behind the gate and it took me a while to get her settled back down," Yoder, who also does the training duties, noted after the win. "She came back to me and I was able to get her quieted down so that helped. As soon as she heard those horses coming around the last turn, she took right back off." "I was just trying to get to the wire first," he continued. "I knew we were going a pretty good mile but I didn't think it would be a track record." The rookie filly has now won seven of nine lifetime starts and has yet to finish off the board in 2017. The daughter of Swan For All-Ostia Hanover is owned in partnership by Verlin Yoder and Eleven Star Stables. O So Easy has now amassed $168,650 in lifetime purse earnings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, September 12 with a stakes-filled 14-race card. Wednesday's card will feature the $160,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies and also the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. A field of nine is set to square off the in the 2017 edition of The Nadia Lobell Stakes and will feature two of harness racing's Top-10 ranked horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll. Agent Q, currently ranked eighth on the poll, will start from post seven with David Miller in the bike for trainer Aaron Lambert. Blazin Britches, currently ranked tenth on the poll, will return to Hoosier Park and put her four race win streak on the line from post three with Trace Tetrick in the bike for trainer Brian Brown. This will mark the first time this season these two fillies have met behind the gate. Blazin Britches and Agent Q share the mark for fastest win time by a 3-year-old female pacer this season, at 1:48.4. The Nadia Lobell Stakes, which has been carded as the 10th race on the program, will also feature a $20,000 Guaranteed Trifecta. Grand Circuit action returns to Hoosier Park as part of Hoosier Park's 2017 Championship Meet, which features a record-breaking $14 million stakes schedule. The twelve-week championship stretch, which kicked off on Friday, August 11 with the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, will offer an unparalleled series of high caliber stakes races, culminating with the Breeders Crown championship races which will come to Hoosier Park for the first time ever on October 27 and October 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

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