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The annual Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) Awards banquet honoured the breeders of the top Ontario Sires Stakes performers of 2013 on Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre. The evening included cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, a stallion auction and the awards presentations. The award winners are listed below. Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly Performing Art, bred by Bob Young, David Garrett, Premier & Associates 2013 OSS Earnings: $182,600 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding Bugger Bruiser, bred by Gerald Mijal 2013 OSS Earnings: $206,100 Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly Riveting Rosie, bred by Schare Adams 2013 OSS Earnings: $232,750 Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding Muscle Matters, bred by Reg and Donna Higgs 2013 OSS Earnings: $216,300 Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Pan Luis Obispo, bred by Peter Pan Stables Inc. 2013 OSS Earnings: $165,000 Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding Mach It So, bred by Enviro Stables Ltd. 2013 OSS Earnings: $215,000 Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly Bee A Magician, bred by White Birch Farm 2013 OSS Earnings: $280,000 Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding Flanagan Memory, bred by Michel Flanagan 2013 OSS Earnings: $271,500 Masterfeeds Awards - Outstanding Pacing Broodmare Teig N Riley, owned by Ballykeel Racing Masterfeeds Awards - Outstanding Trotting Broodmare Beehive, owned by White Birch Farm Lampman Cup Sylvain Filion Johnston Cup Gregg McNair Lloyd Chisholm Achievement Award Canadian Sportsman Chris Van Bussel Memorial Award Cool Creek Farms - Harry Rutherford and Diane Ingham Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 14, 2014 - The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has selected Michael Parisi's White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ as the 2013 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. White Birch Farm [whitebirchfarmnj.com] will be among the honorees at the 57th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 26, 2014 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton Township, NJ. This will be the third time in the last 10 years that White Birch Farm, under the management of owner and general manager Michael Parisi, has collected New Jersey Breeder of the Year, having also won in 2004 and 2011. Additionally, White Birch will be honored as the US Harness Writers Association's Breeder of the Year for the second consecutive year at its Dan Patch Awards Banquet on February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs. This year, the 800-acre breeding farm and training center not only enjoyed success with its New Jersey-breds such as Wake Up Peter [Rocknroll Hanover-Lovely Lady; $307,091 in 2013 earnings], I Fought Dalaw [Western Ideal-In For Life; $151,320], Ideal Champ [Western Ideal-Female Champs; $130,185] and In The Clear [Western Ideal-Orchid Island; $52,140] but also produced the two leading contenders for 2013 Horse of the Year -- three-year-old pacing colt Captaintreacherous and three-year-old trotting filly Bee A Magician. Broodmares Beehive [dam of Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown winner Bee A Magician, who banked $1.5 million in 2013] and Worldly Treasure [dam of Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Breeders Crown winner and double millionaire Captaintreacherous] help to serve as the foundation of the White Birch success story. The 2013 productivity of White Birch Farm's offspring is exemplified by 152 starters accounting for 418 wins and earnings of $8,657,995. The earnings are third only to Hanover Shoe and Winback which had more than 1,000 starters each. Past champions produced by the farm founded by Joseph and Marie Parisi, were 1996 Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year and Meadowlands Pace winner Hot Lead, 1998 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year Island Fantasy, 2002 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Worldly Beauty, 2005 Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year My Little Dragon and 2006 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Darlin's Delight. Previous New Jersey Breeder of the Year winners include Perretti Farms [a two-time winner, 2003 and 2010], Valley High Stables, Southwind Farms, Kentuckiana Farms, Fair Winds Farm, Walnridge Farm and Heritage Hill Farms. For tickets to the awards luncheon [$35 per person], contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625 or call at 609-984-4389. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ                

Monticello, NY - The much anticipated winner of the E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of the Year trophy will be announced live on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs, Dover Delaware. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Night of Champions, are now available. In addition to equine divisional honors, a host of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremony, including this year's inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, David Miller and Bill Weaver; and Communicators Hall of Fame, Carol Cramer and John Pawlak. The U. S. Harness Writers list of human awards also includes the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner, Joe Thomson, as well as the Owner, Trainer, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, Rising Star, Breakthrough, Good Guy and a host of others, which are listed below and available on the USHWA.org website. Adding to the festivities will be the popular souvenir red carpet photo shoot during the cocktail hour followed by a main course dinner of lobster surf and turf. Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson (302.359.3630), zoe8874@aol.com or Scott Warren (302.222.1222), voiceofrcr@aol.com Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, on US Rte. 13 (DuPont Hwy.) in Dover, Delaware. A special rate of $149 can be reserved by calling 866.473.7378 BEFORE January 22, 2014, and mentioning code: GHWA. The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, January 27. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org Dan Patch Horse Awards - 2013 Champions and Finalists* 2-Year-Old Trotting filly: Shake It Cerry 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly: Precocious Beauty 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt: Father Patrick 2-Year-Old Pacing Colts* -- He's Watching, Luck Be With You 3-Year-Old Trotting Colts* -- Royalty For Life, Spider Blue Chip 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly: Bee A Magician 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly: I Luv The Nitelife 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt: Captaintreacherous Trotting Mare: Maven Trotting Horse: Market Share Pacing Mares* -- Anndrovette, Rocklamation Pacing Horse: Foiled Again *Finalists, *Trotter of the Year, *Pacer of the Year, and the E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of the Year* to be announced live Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014   United States Harness Writers Association - Awards and Honorees Harness Racing Hall of Fame: David Miller & William Weaver Communicators Hall of Fame: Carol Cramer & John Pawlak Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award: Joe Thomson Norman Woolworth Owner: Burke Racing & Weaver Bruscemi Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year: Ron Burke Driver of the Year: Tim Tetrick Breeder of the Year: White Birch Farm Lew Barasch Breakthrough: Heather Wilder Rising Star: Corey Callahan President's Award: Mary Lou Dondarski W. R. Haughton Good Guy: George Ducharme USHWAn of the Year: Judy Davis-Wilson Unsung Hero: Sam Landy & Open Space Amateur Driver of the Year: Steve Oldford Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Beehive Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Worldly Treasure January Davies Humanitarian Award: Donna Marshall HHYF Service to Youth Award: Janet Stevenson Davis Grand Circuit Awards: Owner, Burke Racing; Trainer, Ron Burke; Driver, Yannick Gingras USTA & USHWA Railbird Recognition Awards TBA Hervey & Smallsreed Awards TBA by Chris Tully for United States Harness Writers Association   

The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) today released the majority of their 2013 human award winners for excellence in the Standardbred industry. Heading the list is Joe Thomson, winner of the Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award. The award, originally named for the great trotting mare, Proximity, is considered the second-most-prestigious honor in harness racing, after the Hall of Fame. In 2012, the name of the award was altered to honor harness racing's only double Hall of Famer, the Stanley F. Bergstein, and is now referred to as the Bergstein-Proximity award. It is presented annually to a person or organization for outstanding contributions to harness racing. In 1991, Joe Thomson and his wife JoAnn founded Winbak Farm on the site of Windields Farm, where the great Thoroughbred Northern Dancer was foaled. They employed the Win from Windfields Farm with the initials of their children -- Bradley, Ashlee and Kimberly -- to form the name Winbak. Their main farm is located on more than 2,000 acres near Chesapeake City, MD. Winbak Farms has been named Breeder of the Year by USHWA three times. This past July, two horses owned by Winbak Farm, Bettor's Delight and Lady Ashlee Ann, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Over the last 10 years, Joe Thomson's Winbak Farm bred, raised and sold three Horses of the Year -- No Pan Intended in 2003, Rainbow Blue in 2004 and Muscle Hill in 2009. Muscle Hill and Vivid Photo were both Hambletonian winners bred by Winbak, which also produced 2011 Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year Roll With Joe. Thomson, one of four partners in the ownership of Lexington's Red Mile, is involved in many aspects of the Standardbred industry. He is a director of the Hambletonian Society, Breeders Association of Delaware, Lexington Trots Breeders Association, and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He was elected president of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania in 2012. Other honors he has received include 2001 Sports Eye Breeder of the Year, 2001 times: In Harness Owner of the Year, 2009 Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame inductee, and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA. All of the award winners will be honored at the annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet hosted by USHWA on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware. The Norman Woolworth Owner of the Year award goes to the team of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi. Burke Racing Stable (trainer Ron Burke and his mom Sylvia) and Mark Weaver and Michael Bruscemi (Weaver Bruscemi LLC) have been racing partners for years. Together, the partnership raced more than 220 horses over the course of a year and according to the U.S. Trotting Association, they have together owned nearly 1,000 horses. The stable reads like a "Who's Who" of harness racing with such as Foiled Again ($1.4 million earned this season), Quillen Memorial champion Clear Vision ($596,103), multiple-stakes-winner Charisma Hanover ($555,729), Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Southwind Silence ($375,581), American-National winner Southwind Spirit ($370,295), Monument Circle winner Dedi's Dragon ($368,342), Meadowlands Maturity champ Sweet Lou ($330,138) and Garnsey Memorial division winner Carols Desire ($260,099). In 2013, Foiled Again became the richest Standardbred in North American history (with more than $6 million in lifetime earnings) and the oldest to win a Breeders Crown. This group is dedicated to the sport and is invested in it for the long run. Burke, Weaver and Bruscemi - along with their many other ownership partners - have been an asset to the sport by keeping their stars at the tracks where fans are able to see, enjoy and connect with them. Burke and Weaver Bruscemi have been the leading owners in terms of both races and money won every year this decade, racing mostly overnight stock. The Rising Star award goes to a "younger" driver in the industry who has achieved above and beyond the norm in racing ability and this year's recipient is long overdue. Corey Callahan did not find his way into the harness world until 2005, but his rise has not been of the meteoric variety. Callahan began as a full-time driver at 29 and almost immediately accorded himself as a top-20 driver in both wins and earnings. From 2007-2012 he ranked 13th, 11th, 11th, seventh and eighth nationally in wins, and 21st, 14th, 19th, 18th and 13th in earnings. While his statistics were strong, he plied his trade mostly out of the spotlight until making a decision to focus on major stakes races in 2013. That choice has paid off in leaps and bounds for Callahan, who currently (through early December) ranks fifth in wins (566) and seventh in earnings ($9.2 million). Both numbers are career bests. Callahan picked up drives on some of the best horses in the country in 2013, including those from top trainers Jonas Czernyson and Tony Alagna. He has won the driving title at Dover Downs for four consecutive years and he ranks among the leaders at Harrah's Philadelphia . He finished second at the Meadowlands with 99 wins, behind only Yannick Gingras. It is no surprise that the Breeder of the Year in 2013 is none other than White Birch Farm for the second straight year. The farm bred both three-year-old pacer Captaintreacherous and the three-year-old trotting filly Bee A Magician. In the final month of racing in 2013, White Birch progeny have accounted for more than 390 trips to the winner's circle and $8.3 million in 2013 earnings. Other White Birch Farm standouts in 2013 includes free for all trotter Sevruga, who earned $484,575 of his $800,000 lifetime purse money this year, $500,000 winner Wake Up Peter, and six-figure earners Ali Blue, Proclaiming April, I Fought Dalaw, She's Da Bomb and Ideal Champ. The late Joe and Marie Parisi started building White Birch Farm's breeding operation more than 35 years ago as Jo-Mar Farm, where they stood New Jersey Sire Stakes stallion Adios Ronnie. Their son, Michael Parisi, now runs the 800-acre facility that is home to nearly 100 broodmares and also serves as one of the premier training centers in Central New Jersey, accommodating 300 horses in training. The Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award goes to a "non-racing" individual who has excelled beyond the scope of their job profile during the year. This year's winner is Heather Wilder, who is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Assocation (MSOA) at the Meadows Racetrack in Washington, PA. Heather had background doing publicity and racing support work in the Columbus area (Scioto, Delaware) while still in her teens. After staying home with two children in her 20s, Wilder decided to pursue training horses. It was because of this unique marriage of talents that she was thought to be an ideal person by the board of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) to fill their newly-created role of Director of Public Relations and Marketing. With her extensive backstretch knowledge, Heather has been the liaison to introducing countless area fans, both individuals and groups, to the "hands-on" side of racing, through backstretch tours, time in the jog cart and the starting gate, and even reaching out to the local business community through the area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. A big night of racing always finds the MSOA and Wilder with several outreach programs for fans and casino patrons. Wilder also promotes the The Meadows and MSOA through social media efforts which help extend their reach. While wearing her BET HELP button and walking the grandstand assisting patrons with any questions about making wagers on the races, Wilder is dynamic and approachable. Always willing to support harness racing and USHWA, she is slated to be one of the emcees for the national awards dinner in 2014. There is no more legitimate "Good Guy" in the sport than trainer George Ducharme, who will be honored with the W. R. Haughton Good Guy Award. He totally embraced the spotlight this year with his outstanding three-year-old colt trotter, Royalty For Life, while always representing the sport in a classy manner to the media and to the public. The hard working 51 year-old native of Norfolk, Massachusetts was catapulted into the spotlight in 2013 after a 25 plus year racing career that saw him toil mostly in anonymity in New England. But Ducharme's work ethic and commitment to his trade and his great attitude towards both the fans and media have always been there despite the immensely rocky road to his Hambletonian victory with the horse of a lifetime. Along with all the glory of guiding the career of a Hambletonian champion, Ducharme also faced a lot of difficult situations during the year. An early year quarantine at his home base, a tiring off-track at Lexington, hard trips from difficult draws and a season-ending scratch from the Breeders Crown all had to be dealt with. Through the tough times, Ducharme never ducked the media and took the good with the bad while offering the best analysis of any situation he could. He looked for his next positive move forward and remained accessible while dealing with every twist and turn with class and dignity. Ducharme was asked to be part of the autograph session on Hambletonian Day (clearly the biggest day of his career) and never hesitated to accept. He even arrived early to spend as much time with the fans as possible. And all year long he did every interview and answered every question from anyone who approached him. Ducharme is universally liked. From his days in New England to campaigning his first "good horse" Donttellmywife to his Grand Circuit success this year; you would be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't respect the man. And through it all, he has always been affable and approachable to any media member and fan alike. Dedicated to the industry, Ducharme also toils as a USTA Director for District 9. He is truly one of harness racing's good guys in many ways. The 2013 Leeanne Pooler Unsung Hero award goes annually to someone who has gone beyond the scope of helping the harness racing industry that that person is Sam Landy. In 2012 horse owner Sam Landy and a committee of volunteers created an event called the Open Space Pace Day at Freehold Raceway. The concept arose from Landy's determination to find a way to illustrate the importance of harness racing to the state and local economy in New Jersey's horse country. The inaugural event included a parade, celebrity appearances, under saddle races, a Southside Johnny concert - but primarily showcased harness racing in one of the most populous counties [Monmouth] in New Jersey. The event was valuable as a public relations vehicle, both raising the awareness of harness racing as well as bringing out legislators and public officials to see the importance of racing to the county and state economy. In September of 2013, despite the expense (much of it personal) and countless hours of work involved, Landy and his Open Space Pace committee presented the second annual festival, employing it as a tool to connect the agri-business of harness racing in the minds of legislators and the public. Several thousand people were drawn to the borough of Freehold and the raceway within its borders for the renewal of the event. Grants totaling $10,000 were distributed to harness racing and agricultural-related charities and programs. There are also two additional equine awards announced today by USHWA. Two outstanding "moms" will be honored as the 2013 Broodmares of the Year. They are Beehive and Worldly Treasure. The lightly-raced trotting mare Beehive 3,Q1:57.3f ($8,791) is the dam of the undefeated 3-year-old Bee A Magician (by Kadabra), a winner of 26 races in her career (17 of them in this year) and $2,313,956. She is owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. She is also the dam of the Explosive Matter freshman filly Dynamite Honey 2,2:00.3f ($17,400). This season Bee A Magician has swept her division, winning the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono; the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at The Meadowlands; the $356,981 Elegant Image at Mohawk, the $253,000 Moni Maker at The Meadowlands; the $205,608 Simcoe Final at Mohawk; the $265,600 Delvin Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands; the $118,500 American National at Balmoral; among others. The pacing broodmare of the year, Worldly Treasure, is the dam of world champion Captaintreacherous p,3,1:47.1 ($2,973,286). Worldly Treasure herself was no slouch on the track, taking a 2-year-old mark of 1:53.1 en route to earning $97,923. She hails from a strong maternal family, as her full sister is the outstanding pacing mare Worldly Beauty, who was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner with nearly $2 million in career earnings. They are both out of World Order p,3,1:53 ($267,205), whose dam was Rodine Hanover p,2,1:54 ($231,630)-the dam of Real Artist p,3,Q1:51 ($424,94) and the grand-dam of Art Major p,4,1:48.4 ($2,727,224), Perfect Art p,3,1:51 ($629,122) and Panspacificflight p,3,1:50.3 ($368,843). She is also owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. USHWA can be reached at www.ushwa.org  by Steve Wolf, president USHWA  

Columbus, OH --- Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday. A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father Patrick was named on 130 with one abstention. Six other year-end champions were named Thursday in divisions that saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. Three-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous and older male trotter Market Share both received 130 votes and were declared winners in their divisions. Also being named winners were 2-year-old filly pacer Precocious Beauty, 2-year-old filly trotter Shake It Cerry, 3-year-old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife, and older male pacer Foiled Again. Winners in the three remaining divisions - 2-year-old male pacer, 3-year-old male trotter, and older female pacer - will be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year also will be revealed at that time. Finalists for best 2-year-old male pacer are He's Watching and Luck Be Withyou, with the 3-year-old male trotter race coming down to Royalty For Life and Spider Blue Chip and older female pacer a battle between Anndrovette and Rocklamation. Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts this year and joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive Dan Patch divisional honors dating back to 1975. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial on her way to $1.54 million in purses. Her earnings are the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, and Market Share are repeat winners. Last year, Captaintreacherous claimed Dan Patch Awards as best 2-year-old male pacer and Pacer of the Year. This season at age 3, he won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million for trainer Tony Alagna, driver Tim Tetrick and the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only 3-year-old male pacers to win a Breeders Crown, the North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. The 9-year-old Foiled Again, who this season became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joins Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Market Share, a 4-year-old, also took divisional honors last season at age 3. This year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. The competition for 3-year-old male trotter features Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life against Breeders Crown champion Spider Blue Chip. The race for older female pacer is between two-time defending division champ Anndrovette, who won the Roses Are Red Stakes, and Milton Stakes winner Rocklamation. Two-year-old male pacer honors come down to New York Sire Stakes champion He's Watching, undefeated in eight races, and Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, who won five of 11 starts. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS These divisions saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick (130 votes, 1 abstention) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry (124 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty (117 votes) Art Major - Precious Beauty - Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She's A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous (130 votes) Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure - Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife (123 votes) Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune - Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis "Andy" Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician (131 votes) Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard "Nifty" Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again (125 votes) Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share (130 votes) Revenue S - Classical Flirt - Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven (131 votes) Glidemaster - M Stewart - American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra Srl. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. DAN PATCH AWARD FINALISTS Top two vote-getters in these divisions were named finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 23 at Dover Downs 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He's Watching American Ideal - Baberhood - Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. Luck Be Withyou Western Ideal - Trim Hanover - Camluck Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: John Craig. Trainers: Bill Cass, Chris Oakes. Drivers: Phil Hudon, Ron Pierce. Races: 11-5-1-0. Purses: $359,417. Mark: 1:50 at Pocono Downs. Top win: $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty - Bourbon 'N Grits - Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. Spider Blue Chip Andover Hall - Southwind Catlin - Muscles Yankee Breeder: McLain Ward. Owners: David McDuffee, Mel Hartman. Trainer: Chuck Sylvester. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 20-10-3-2. Purses: $1.08 million. Mark: 1:51.3 at Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Colonial; $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King - Easy Miss - Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. Rocklamation Rocknroll Hanover - Art Sale - Artsplace Breeder: Perretti Farms. Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Brett Miller. Races: 21-5-7-6. Purses: $540,358. Mark: 1:49.3 at Meadowlands. Top win: $275,480 Milton. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications    

Bee A Magician will do her best to keep her unblemished 3-year-old campaign intact tonight, when she goes postward in the American National for 3-year-old trotting fillies.   Making her first start tonight since her Oct. 19 victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the daughter of Kadabra has a perfect 15-for-15 record this year, with seasonal earnings of $1,359,184.   Owned by David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, and conditioned by Richard “Nifty” Norman, Bee A Magician was a $10,000 supplement to tonight’s event.   “It’s her attitude; she just wants it more than anything else,” said Norman after her 1:52.4 Breeders Crown victory. “She’s amazing. She makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up just when you’re warming her up. She’s special for sure.” Bred by White Birch Farm, Bee A Magician earned $766,652 as a freshman, winning ten of 13 starts while competing on Canadian ovals in nearly all Ontario Sire Stake events. She recorded her 2-year-old record of 1:53.4 while triumphing in the $448,050 Peaceful Way at Mohawk on Sept. 15, and capped off her freshman season by winning the $300,000 OSS Final in 1:53.4 by 9½ lengths at Woodbine. “It’s an honor to drive a filly like her,” admits driver Brian Sears. “Whenever you go behind the gate, you’ve got an awful lot of confidence. She’s awesome, real professional and very handy. She knows what we’re trying to accomplish out there and makes my job pretty easy. She’s been good every time I’ve sat behind her so I’ve got no complaints.”   This season Bee A Magician has faced and conquered every challenge posted before her, beginning the season by winning Ontario Standardbred Breeders divisions on May 17 and 24 in 1:53.4 and 1:54.4; the $72,750 Casual Breeze in 1:54.2 on May 31 and her Elegant Image $34,300 elim in 1:53.3 on June 7 and the $356,981 final on June 15 in 1:53.   On June 24 she captured a $99,750 Ontario Sire Stake at Mohawk in 1:52.2, then shipped to the Meadowlands on July 13 where she romped in the $265,500 Delvin Miller in a career best 1:51, drawing away by 4½ lengths.  That clocking was the fastest mile of the year for a 3-year-old trotting distaff, and Bee A Magician thus joins Peace Corps (1989) and CR Kay Susie (1995) as only the third filly in the past quarter century to be the season’s fastest sophomore trotter.   On July 27 she won her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks elimination in 1:53.3, then returned a week later to capture the $500,000 Final in 1:51.4 by 3¼ lengths at the East Rutherford, NJ one miler.    She then returned to Canada, rattling off four victories at Mohawk before shipping to Pocono Downs for her Breeders Crown elim and final.  She took the $145,500 ONSS in 1:53.1 on Aug.10; the $205,608 Simcoe Stake on Sept. 9 in 1:52.3; the $101,808 ONSS in 1:52.1 on Sept. 13; and the $194,000 ONSS series final on Sept. 28 in 1:52.2.    Bee A Magician’s career earnings now stand at $2,125,836, with 25 wins in 28 lifetime trips postward. The purse monies she’s accumulated have seen her establish a new earnings standard for a combined 2- and 3-year-old season among sophomore filly trotters, pushing her well past Pampered Princess’ 2006-2007 record of $1,648,362.   If she wins the American National tonight, Bee A Magician will join Syrinx Hanover—who was never bested during her 2001 season when she went 12 for 12—as the sport’s second, $1 million-winning, undefeated single-season earner.   Certainly, an American National victory would put Bee A Magician in serious contention for Horse of the Year honors, although only five of the 66 winners have had unblemished, single-season records. Thirty winners of that title have been trotters, and 13 have been females.   If she is crowned Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician would join five other sophomore filly trotters who have been so honored: Stenographer in 1954; Emily’s Pride in 1958; Fancy Crown in 1984; CR Kay Suzie in 1995; and Continentalvictory in 1996.   Bee A Magician was a $90,000 yearling purchase at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, and is the first foal out of the Balanced Image mare Beehive 3,Q1:57.3F ($8,791).  She has 2-year-old half-sister in Dynamite Honey (by Explosive Matter) 2, 2:00.3F ($17,400), who is also conditioned by Norman and these same owners, and who scored her maiden victory on Oct. 31 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   By Kimberly Rinker…For Balmoral Park Publicity  

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Bee A Magician ($2.20) extended her unbeaten 2013 campaign to fifteen straight victories and put on display her credentials for Harness Horse of the Year Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with an effortless victory in the $500,000 three-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown championship, her 1:52.4 winning time the fastest Crown triumph in her division ever despite sloppy going. Driver Brian Sears let his rivals battle to a 27 first quarter, with Frau Blucher and Ma Chere Hall taking the 1-2 early spots, before moving Bee A Magician to the lead well before the 55.2 half split (Ma Chere Hall eliminated herself at this point with a break). The daughter of Kadabra needed only the magic of her athletic superiority to be in control from there, with a clocking of 1:24 with a quarter-mile left to go preceding a powerful, drawing-away triumph in the record time. White Birch Farm is the breeder of the newly-minted $2,000,000 winner, with the beneficiaries of this largesse being owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee. Frau Blucher could not stay with the champion winner through the lane, but held the place, 4 1/2 lengths behind and 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Southwind Cocoa, who shot the passing lane for the last board spot; Thistle Dhu and Coffecake Hanover were next in line at the wire. Sears, who has won a Crown event for 11 consecutive years, the longest active streak, says, "She gets over the ground so easily -- 55.2 was a little bit faster to the half than I might have liked, but you'd hardly know she's going that fast, she covers ground so effortlessly." Trainer "Nifty" Norman gave out a bit of interesting news when he said that Bee A Magician was being pointed to face older mares in the Moni Maker Trot at The Meadowlands on November 30. "She's a fantastic horse," Norman enthused. "The best thing about her is her attitude -- she just wants to win more than the other horses." FINISHING LINES -- Sears won the evening's ninth Crown event; four drivers -- Yannick Gingras, Tim Tetrick, Ron Pierce, and David Miller -- each had two wins before Sears. Video attached by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

This Week: Breeders Crown finals, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Kindergarten Series, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: The 12 Breeders Crown championship events on Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be front and center in the Grand Circuit spotlight this week. Breeders Crown championship races will be held for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older Standardbreds of both sexes and gaits. For all the current Breeders Crown information, click on this link. Vernon Downs will host the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters on Friday (Oct. 18). There will be two $10,000 divisions for the colts and two $10,000 divisions for the fillies. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Breeders Crown eliminations were held this past weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as 18 contests were raced at the speedy five-eighths-mile oval. Bee A Magican and Captaintreacherous, who are the top two ranked horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, were among the winners this past weekend. Bee A Magician, with Brian Sears in the bike, continued to dominate her division with an easy win in the second 3-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown elimination in 1:52.4 this past Saturday night. Bee A Magician needed no urging to dismiss a closing Ma Chere Hall, who could do no better than follow the top filly home. Time To Kill got third and Handover Belle took the fourth spot. Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee own the daughter of Kadabra-Beehive, trained by Nifty Norman. She is undefeated this season in 14 starts. Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) was challenged and challenged again throughout the mile, but was strong enough to win the second Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt pace elimination at Pocono Downs on Saturday in 1:49.2. Captaintreacherous refused to surrender, regardless of the stressful trip, which got to pacesetter Vegas Vacation as he faded eventually to fourth, though Sunfire Blue Chip kept going to get second and Beach Memories passed tired ones to take third. The Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure, bred by White Birch Farms and owned by Captaintreacherous Racing, won his 11th of 12 sophomore races. Several world records were set in the Crown eliminations, including one by freshman trotting colt Father Patrick, who ranks fourth in the latest poll. Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) wore down Nuncio after a stretch duel to win the single Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a world record clocking of 1:52.1 on Friday night. The streaking Father Patrick improved his record to 9-1-0 in 10 starts while surpassing the $500,000 earnings mark. The son of 2003 Breeders Crown champion Cantab Hall out of Gala Dream is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, N.J. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,488; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,321; 3. David Miller - 898; 4. Brian Sears - 617.5; and 5. Andy Miller - 577. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,409.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 972.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 443.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 382.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 371. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 313; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 293.55; 3. Brittany Farms - 230.1; 4. Frank Bellino - 218.5; and 5. WJ Donovan - 197.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Vernon Downs, Yonkers Raceway and Hoosier Park. Vernon will host the Kindergaten finals and consolations for the 2-year-old trotters, Yonkers will have eliminations for the Messenger and Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacers and Hoosier Park will contest divisions of the Circle City for 3-year-old colt pacers and trotters and 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Myron Bell, the racing manager of the outstanding pacing colt Captaintreacherous and Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms today announced that an agreement has been reached for the great son of Somebeachsomewhere to stand at stud at Harness Racing's greatest breeding farm beginning with the season of 2015. Present plans call for "The Captain" to continue racing for the duration of 2013 and through the entire racing season of 2014. Voted as the Pacer of the year in 2012 and now one of the leading candidates for horse of the year 2013, Captaintreacherous was bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Michael Parisi's White Birch Farms. Myron Bell purchased him at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in 2011 for a winning bid of $250,000. Bell was acting on behalf of a group of owners which included Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco, Marvin Katz and Michael Parisi. Some shares in the pacer were sold to a group of prominent breeders between his two and three year old racing season. The colt has been trained by Tony Alagna, driven by Tim Tetrick and superbly managed by Myron Bell throughout his illustrious racing career. The Captain will continue to race under his present ownership and management group "Captaintreacherous Racing" until he begins his stud career. Bell said "Its the dream of a lifetime to stand a stallion at Harness Racing's greatest and most historically important breeding farm". "He's a great horse and deserves to be at Hanover". Jim Simpson said "We couldn't be prouder to stand this colt alongside his great and most accomplished sire. We look forward to seeing The Captain continue to race at the highest level possible and then await the beginning of his second stage in life at Hanover". by Murray Brown for Hanover Shoe Farms  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -_ CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute live telecast at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) of America's Trotting Classic, the $1.2 million Hambletonian, from The Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 3. The 88th Hambletonian, the second leg of Trotting's Triple Crown, will feature a return to heat racing, last seen in 1996 when the brilliant filly Continentalvictory defeated male rivals in straight heats. The telecast undercard will include Hambletonian eliminations, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old fillies and the $250,000 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters. The Hambletonian Final will go to post at 4:45 p.m. (EDT). "The Hambletonian is the premier race in the sport of harness racing," said Meadowlands Racetrack chairman Jeff Gural. "It deserves its place as a nationally televised event. The CBS Sports Network coverage of the 2012 Hambletonian was excellent and we look forward to the 2013 broadcast. We are very proud to be the host racetrack for this historic race and are very pleased to have the CBS Sports Network as partner in the event's coverage." The award winning television team is lead by veteran executive producer Mike Trager, who's overseen Hambletonian television for more than 25 years; producer Peter Lasser, at the helm the 2008 coverage for NBC; and Bruce Treut, in his second year of directing the race for CBS Sports Network. Coverage of racing's biggest day will be hosted by Gary Seibel with analyst Dave Brower, and Justin Horowitz reporting from the paddock and backstretch. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The 2013 Hambletonian broadcast is presented by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands Racetrack with the support of the following participating television sponsors: breeding operations Brittany Farms, Fashion Farms, Joie de Vie Farm, White Birch Farm and Winning Key Farms; the Atlantic City Alliance and the U.S. Trotting Association, Standardbred Breeders & Owners of NJ, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame; Clinton Tractor & Implement Company and Judge Audio Visual Solutions. The Hambletonian was broadcast live on CBS from 1993-2006 and was moved to CBS Sports Network last year with an expanded format. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com. Rachel Ryan

Two divisions of Hambletonian Monte's first leg are set to go Friday at the new Meadowlands. Last year winners Master Pine, Chinese Cuisine and Armbro Doyle will be at the start along with early 2013 winners Flex The Muscle, First Tail U See and Sundance Bayama. Entries are shown below (horse, rider, trainer). Second division entrant Flowing James just qualified under saddle at M1 on July 13, scoring in 2:00 for rider Emma Johansson. Thanks go to the host track, all participants, series manager The Hambletonian Society and sponsors Allerage Farm, William Weaver, White Birch Farm, Back on Track, Blue Chip Farm, Burke Stable and Global Graphics for supporting this exciting series that showcases the leading point winners final on Hambletonian Day for a $25,000 purse. Monte/RUS Division 1 - post time 7:00pm, Purse $5,000, One Mile Master Pine, Helene Gregory/Julie Miller Where's Harry, Caroline Green/James Potter Admirable Hanover, Jennifer Connor/Janice Connor Waldorf Hall, Jenny Melander/Jim Raymer Pointe of Honour, Tara Hynes/Frank Scamporino Jr. A Penny Earned, Heather Reese/George Ducharme' Amoreena, Marielle Enberg/Pat Lachance Chinese Cuisine, Tina Duer/Brett Biddle Monte/RUS Division 2 - after race 3 on M1 card, Purse $5,000, One Mile Motown Dreamgirl, Jennifer Lowery/Robert Lounsbury Flowing James, Emma Pettersson/Mark Harder Flex The Muscle, Ray Schnittker (also trainer) Muscolo, Michelle Crawford/Paul Kelley Celebrity Playboy, Maria Andersson/Ron Burke First Tail U See, Ashley Eldred/John Battiato Sundance Bayama, Stephanie Werder/Henrik Lundell Armbro Doyle, tba/Dawn Anderson by Thomas H. Hicks  

Talk about a photo finish! How about the four-horse finish in the $180,000 final of the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Trot at the Meadowlands Saturday night! Only a long nose separated first from fourth place and the photo finish camera could not even separate the battle for second place with a dead heat!

It was another crowning moment for Chapter Seven. Chapter Seven and his connections received the Dan Patch Award for harness racing's Horse of the Year on Sunday night before a crowd of more than 400 people at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa.

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