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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 6, 2017—After 308 career starts and more than $7.5 million in earnings. Foiled Again is taking the fifth. It’s not that he’s suddenly clamming up. Rather, the sport’s richest-ever equine is taking his fifth shot at a milestone 100th career victory. Foiled Again won the automated draw ahead of a Thursday evening (March 8th) Yonkers Raceway return in the $20,000, eighth race. Yannick Gingras is reunited with one of his more popular dates as the 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding goes after triple figures in the win column. The pacer, fresh off his starring role in a well-received—and oft-repeated—local news (WCBS-TV) feature, wound up in a dead-heat for fourth in his latest effort two weeks removed from this upcoming start. He’s raced the same class level (non-winners of $20,000 in last five starts) in all five seasonal tries, including a successful 2018 debut with George Brennan driving.  Foiled Again’s last dance with Gingras saw the duo just falter after the cutting the mile over a ‘good’ surface. Ironically, his last three starts have come over off tracks, and if the weatherman is correct, the remnants of a late-season snowstorm could have the going a bit moist Thursday night as well.   Despite outdrawing his seven rivals, Foiled Again shall have to earn it in a race with some class-dippers as well as those exiting high-price claimers.   Frank Drucker

Orlando, FL --- The connections of Hannelore Hanover need to make room for several more trophies. Hannelore Hanover, who last year at age 5 produced the fastest mile in history by a female trotter and defeated male rivals in both the Breeders Crown and Maple Leaf Trot, received three Dan Patch Awards on Sunday, including the night’s grand prize, Horse of the Year. In addition to being named Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, Hannelore Hanover got trophies for Trotter of the Year and best older female trotter during the Dan Patch Awards banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek resort. Hannelore Hanover was named Horse of the Year on 95 ballots, outdistancing 3-year-old filly trotter Ariana G, with 15 votes, and 2-year-old filly trotter Manchego, with 12. Downbytheseaside, a 3-year-old colt who was named Pacer of the Year, had eight votes for Horse of the Year. In balloting for Trotter of the Year, Hannelore Hanover had 100 votes, while Ariana G had 16 and Manchego 15. Earlier this month, Hannelore Hanover received the O’Brien Award for Canada’s Horse of the Year in addition to getting her second consecutive award as best trotting mare. Hannelore Hanover is the first trotting mare to be named the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year since Moni Maker in 1999. She is the first Horse of the Year Award winner for trainer Ron Burke and the Burke Brigade. “Since 1954, I’ve been walking around picking up papers, trying to find something,” an emotional Mickey Burke Sr., the patriarch of the Burke Stable, told the crowd at the awards banquet. “I found it. The winner for the fastest trotting mare that ever lived. I’m so proud of her. “She’s just a dream horse.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All out of the mare High Sobriety, won 10 of 17 races last season and earned $1.04 million. She became the fastest female trotter in history when she won the Allerage Farms Open Trot in 1:49.2 at Lexington’s Red Mile and was the first mare to beat the boys in the Breeders Crown Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. Other wins included the Maple Leaf Trot and Armbro Flight Stakes. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. Yannick Gingras was her regular driver. “She’s just an amazing mare,” Mickey Burke Jr. said. “You don’t get many of these.” Downbytheseaside was named Pacer of the Year with 93 votes. Youaremycandygirl, a filly who was a 2-year-old last year, finished second with 23 votes while 3-year-old colt Fear The Dragon was third with seven. A total of eight pacers received at least one vote. Retired to stallion duty at the end of last season, Downbytheseaside finished his 3-year-old campaign with a four-race win streak on his way to leading the sport with $1.60 million in purses. The colt’s victories included the Messenger Stakes, Progress Pace, Carl Milstein Memorial, and Art Rooney Pace. He was trained by Brian Brown and owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. Chris Page, Brian Sears, and David Miller all guided the horse to stakes wins. “We loved this horse as a 2-year-old,” Brown said. “When he got to race and we really started to find out what he was, for him to come back this year and prove it again, and overcome all the adversity he went through was special. “And for all the owners, it was so much fun when this horse did well. His last race, he won, but you’re kind of disappointed it’s all over. After his last race we sat and reminisced about the whole year. It’s so good that all those owners got to experience this.” Other honorees Sunday included Brown, for Trainer of the Year and Good Guy Award winner; Gingras for Driver of the Year; Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm for Owner of the Year; and Hanover Shoe Farms for Breeder of the Year. Horses recognized in addition to Hannelore Hanover and Downbytheseaside were divisional champions Manchego, 2-year-old female trotter; Fourth Dimension, 2-year-old male trotter; Ariana G, 3-year-old female trotter; What The Hill, 3-year-old male trotter; Marion Marauder, older male trotter; Youaremycandygirl, 2-year-old female pacer; Lost In Time, 2-year-old male pacer; Blazin Britches, 3-year-old female pacer; Pure Country, older female pacer; and Keystone Velocity, older male pacer. For additional information about the divisional champions, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – As Bill Belichick and Tom Brady prepare for their big game on Sunday, another dynamic duo was at work Saturday night at the Meadowlands, as the team of harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke scored in the track’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers with Starznheaven by a nose over Bettor’s Edge in 1:50.2 in 28-degree cold that included a minus one-second track variant. Gingras, who also won the Friday night feature with trotter Theresademoninme, was ultra-patient with Starznheaven, who was sent off by the Big M faithful at a big 22-1 on the tote board, sitting fifth to the half as Western Joe and Bettor’s Edge exchanged stints on the front end. The Ross Croghan-trained Hug The Wind N, made the 2-1 betting choice off a lone North American win one week ago with far lesser foes, was moving first-over past the five-eighths as Starznheaven picked up cover. Bettor’s Edge and Hug The Wind N were on even terms at the head of the stretch, but the backfield was very much in motion. Gingras tipped Starznheaven off his cover in mid-stretch, Bettor’s Edge dug in dead game, Hug The Wind N was crisp between rivals while Endeavor and Awesomeness were flying on the outside. At the wire, it Starznheaven prevailing over Bettor’s Edge and Hug The Wind N with Endeavor and Awesomeness cashing the final two checks. The quintet were within three-quarters-of-a-length of each other at the wire. Starznheaven returned $47.80 as the sixth choice in the wagering in the eight-horse field and now has 24 wins in 113 lifetime starts for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Emond and Karr. WEEKEND WARRIORS: Gingras won eight races over the two weekend racing programs, teaming up to win six of those with Burke. … Jim Marohn Jr. had a three-bagger on the Saturday card. … Favorites won 11 of the 26 weekend races (42.3 percent). A LITTLE MORE: For the second straight night, the 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 sported a total pool of over $20,000 and a payoff of over $17,000. … The Pick 4 saw $85,779 in wagers and a payoff of $1,351.30. … The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $92,461. … All-source wagering was $2,757,068. … Racing resumes at the Big M Friday night at 6:35 p.m. ANOTHER STORY OF SURVIVAL AT BIG M AS PICK 10 RETURNS 17K AGAIN The 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 wager appears to have hit its stride as the Meadowlands’ newest bet saw a total pool of over $20,000 for a second straight night.  What it also saw for a second straight night was a big single-ticket winner, as Saturday night’s expert player, wagering into the Oregon Express hub, cashed in for a cool $17,019.78, “settling” for $290 less than Friday night’s winner. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 — “He helped take me to the next level as a harness racing driver.” Such were the words of Yannick Gingras, who takes a seat behind Foiled Again as the sport’s richest-ever equine is invading Yonkers Raceway in search of his 100th career victory. Foiled Again returns to the Westchester wars Thursday night (Feb. 1st), leaving from post position No. 5 in the $20,000, eighth-race pace. The 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding makes the 306th purse start of his $7.5 million career. “I can’t say enough about him,” Gingras said. “There were seven or eight seasons, starting when he as a 4-year-old, when he was among the best in the sport, which to me is amazing. “He’s not the biggest or the fastest, but I’ve never driven one that had his desire…and the way he wins, it’s usually a rough trip. I don’t think he’s ever been second-over. He’d rather grind his way into it and battle. Not to mention he’s smarter than the average bear. “He never exerts himself until he has to,” Gingras said. “If you’d allow it, he’d go a second quarter in 35 seconds, but right around the five-eighths or three-quarters, when he hears or sees someone coming, he picks up the bit and the switch goes on.” Foiled Again won his 99th race here in his mid-January, final-season debut, but his first crack at Century City did not go well, as in a non-factor sixth. George Brennan was the driver for both efforts.  “That’s another thing about him,” Gingras said. “Some horses, if they race poorly, it seem to affect them for a month. ‘Foiled’…nothing seems to bother him. “It would be fitting to do it here (Yonkers). He’s won the (George Morton) Levy Series twice (2009-10) and he always gets around the track well, probably because he rides the left line just enough”. “I can’t lie, I hope I’m the one who gets him to 100,” Gingras said. “I told (co-owner/trainer) Ronnie (Burke) to try and schedule him when I can drive him. “I’m looking forward to seeing him Thursday. He’s just been such a big part of the my career.” Frank Drucker  

Hightstown, NJ --- Yannick Gingras’ focus is on winning races, not harness racing awards, but when you win races like he did in 2017 it’s no surprise when recognition follows. Gingras drove four horses last year that captured Dan Patch Award divisional honors, including the three horses ranked at the top of the season’s final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll: No. 1 Hannelore Hanover, No. 2 Ariana G, and No. 3 Manchego. The remaining Dan Patch winner, Youaremycandygirl, was ranked seventh. He led the sport in purses for the fourth consecutive year, with $12.9 million, and topped the driver standings on the Grand Circuit. His Grand Circuit victories included four Breeders Crown finals, the Hambletonian Oaks (for a record-extending fourth consecutive year), the Maple Leaf Trot, and Little Brown Jug. All totaled, Gingras won 33 races worth at least $100,000 last season and did it with 16 different horses. And when it was all said and done, Gingras received his second Driver of the Year Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. His previous honor came in 2014. “It’s always nice, there’s no doubt,” Gingras said about the award. “Going into the year, it’s not what I’m looking to get. I’m trying to win the big races and stay healthy. But it’s nice recognition. It means you had a good year and the horses had a good year. “You go on the track and try to do your job,” he added. “I was lucky this year that the horses I drove stayed healthy. That’s the main thing.” There were numerous memorable moments for Gingras last year. In addition to winning his fourth Hambletonian Oaks, with Ariana G, he guided Hannelore Hanover to the fastest mile by a female trotter in history, 1:49.2 at Lexington’s Red Mile, and piloted Youaremycandygirl to the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old female pacer, 1:50, also at the Red Mile. Ariana G, Hannelore Hanover, Youaremycandygirl, and Manchego all won their respective Breeders Crown finals, with Manchego becoming the first undefeated Breeders Crown 2-year-old female trotting champion in history. It was a rewarding weekend for Gingras, who said he never felt pressure with Ariana G, Hannelore Hanover, or Manchego other than at the Breeders Crown because he wanted to keep potential Horse of the Year honors alive for all three of the horses. “Going into the Breeders Crown I definitely did feel a little pressure on those three,” Gingras said. “I love all three of them in different ways and all three are special to me. You want all three of them to have the best shot at winning the Horse of the Year. You don’t want to come to a point where you win with two of them and one of them you mess up the drive. “It’s one thing if they get beat because they’re sick or some other horse is better and beats them. But it’s another thing to lose the race and maybe lose a chance for those owners to have a Horse of the Year because of my own mistake. Getting it done with all three of them was definitely very special. They got the job done. They did the work. But I put them in position to win and they all three did it.” As for which of the three should receive Horse of the Year, which will be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 25 in Orlando, Gingras had a simple solution. “Personally, I hope it’s a triple dead-heat,” he said. “I think all three are very special.” With the horsepower Gingras has returning this year, the 38-year-old Quebec native could be looking forward to another strong season. “I’m really happy with the way (2017) went,” said Gingras, who was the sport’s Rising Star Award winner in 2003 and has won 6,672 races and $157 million in purses lifetime. “Hopefully we have a couple more like that.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With the groundhog's weather report due in nine days, some of the Meadowlands' most recognizable names will be seen popping up more in the harness racing program in the coming weeks as winter's chill begins to slowly melt into spring. First up is Yannick Gingras. "The Green Hornet" won 395 times a year ago, ending his streak of 400 or more at eight, but things went well nonetheless. The 38-year-old was voted the 2017 Driver of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association after leading the sport in money earned ($12.9 million) while guiding horses such as Hannelore Hanover, Ariana G and Manchego, all of whom are in the Horse of the Year conversation. Gingras will be at the Big M this Friday (Jan. 26) and Saturday (Jan. 27), and will be seen on Fridays regularly from this point forward. Tim Tetrick, who won his fifth Meadowlands Pace in 2017 with Huntsville, is getting ready for his return to the East Rutherford track. The 36-year-old "Bionic Man" had another big year in 2017, as horses he drove earned at least $11 million for an 11th consecutive year. His Meadowlands return is slated for Friday, Feb. 2, at which time he will drive regularly at the mile oval where he's been so successful over the last decade. Corey Callahan is coming to Friday nights at the Big M and his opponents can't be too happy about that. The eight-time leading driver at Dover Downs has been a Saturday night terror at the Meadowlands of late, winning six races on Dec. 23, three on Dec. 30 and four more on Jan. 20. The 39-year-old, known as "The Captain", is as consistent as they come, having won at least 400 races and earned at least $5 million for 10 straight years. Callahan's schedule calls for him to be a Big M regular (drive both on Fridays and Saturdays) effective Feb. 9. LIVE RACING SCHEDULE: The Meadowlands will race on Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 4. Post time currently is 6:35 p.m. On Friday, March 23, post time moves to 7:15 p.m. until Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 4, when there is a special early post time of noon. Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras was the go-to guy Saturday night at the Meadowlands, winning four times on the 14-race card. The 2017 United States Harness Writers Association Driver of the Year scored in the first race with 6-5 favorite P H Kenny, who had lost no fewer than 37 straight heading into the night. The son of Lis Mara took the $15,000 claiming pace in 1:53 in powerful, two-move fashion. Next up was 9-5 chance Abbijade Hanover in the sixth race fillies and mares conditioned pace. The winner overcame the strong anti-speed track bias by taking the point at the half and holding on in a game performance in 1:53.2. Gingras took the seventh, a mid-range conditioned pace, with Cheyenne Seeber. Trapped at the rail at the top of the stretch, Gingras weaved the son of Rocknroll Hanover through the field to score in 1:52.2 at odds of 8-1. "The Green Hornet" scored his fourth of the night as he fired Six Gun to victory in the 11th race conditioned pace in 1:53.4. The 10-1 chance paid $23.80 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Bill Mann and trainer Al Annunziata put smiles on their fans' faces, scoring twice at a nice price. Lachie Maguire N took the 10th race and paid $58.00, then, two races later, Don'tcallmefrancis was in the winner's circle after scoring at 9-1. ... The Pick 5 pool, which had a total wager of $45,432, returned $9,653.90 to those smart enough to have the winning combination of 6-6-4-7-3. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,568,853. ... After failing to result in a single-ticket winner, the 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover swelled to $68,553.35. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

HARRISBURG PA - In a year when he drove the horses ranking 1-2-3 in the Final Top Ten polls and making a sweep of the female trotter divisional characters while contributing almost a quarter of his $12.9M seasonal sulky earnings, Yannick Gingras was selected harness racing 'Driver of the Year' in balloting conducted among the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the sport's leading media organization. One of this awesome distaff threesome benefiting from Gingras's driving talents was older trotting mare champion Hannelore Hanover, whose dam, High Sobriety, earned honors as Trotting Broodmare of the Year. And that mother-daughter connection certainly factored into Hanover Shoe Farms being picked as Breeder of the Year - they bred Hannelore, but perhaps just as importantly they set a single-season record for the earnings of the produce of one nursery, with $31.3M registered into the last days of the season. Yannick Gingras has earned the respect of the leading horsemen of this era to the extent that he is principal catch-driver for most of the top stakes performers trained by both Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter, the "friendly rivals" almost always battling for #1 bragging rights in the sport. For Burke, Gingras guided the above-mentioned Hannelore Hanover, and for Takter, he steered three-year-old Ariana G (a repeat divisional champion) and the undefeated two-year-old Manchego. The group won fifteen $100,000+ stakes among themselves, and each won her respective Breeders Crown division, with the three Crowns for Gingras putting him at the top of the 2017 table. But it wasn't all just going out there with the best horse and winning as expected for Gingras in 2017 - he drove Filibuster Hanover, who going into the Little Brown Jug Final was 2-for-13 on the season, and they combined to upset the "hometown favorite" 1-2 punch of Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. In total, Gingras won 33 stakes races worth $100,000 or more in 2017. Before Hannelore Hanover made the spotlight, if someone had told you that High Sobriety would be in contention for the Trotting Broodmare of the Year award, you might have good reason to question that person's sobriety - she had won once in a two-year racing career, and her first three foals had earned a combined total of $65,000. But then along came Hannelore Hanover, who added 10 wins, over $1M in earnings, and the second-fastest trotting mile in history - a 1:49.2 win at Lexington - to her already sizable accomplishments, and the glory of her campaign, where she defeated "the boys" on several occasions, brought honors to High Sobriety. Hanover Shoe Farms is usually among the top names considered for Breeder of the Year honors - and that only makes sense, for they have led the list of money winning graduates for each of the 69 years that the USTA has been keeping that record. Along the way, there of course have been many, many champions bred by Hanover, with Hannelore Hanover joining the very highest of those ranks this year. But the signal accomplishment of Hanover's 2017 was the $31+M intake by graduates of the Farm. This broke the old record of $30.4 - which Hanover set in 2015 - with that one breaking the old record set by Hanover in 2014 ... Hanover aggressively replenishes and adds to its breeding stock year after year, and the results speak for themselves. Yannick Gingras and Hanover Shoe Farms (as Breeder of the Year and as owner of the Trotting Broodmare of the Year High Sobriety) will be honored at the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held on Sunday, February 25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL. Those wishing to take out a congratulatory ad in the Banquet's Awards Journal should contact Kim Rinker, Journal Committee chair, at trotrink@aol.com. Those wishing to attend the banquet can make room reservations online via a special "portal" on the USHWA website - but do so quickly to take advantage of the special room rates USHWA has obtained. Tickets for the banquet, priced at $175, can be obtained through Judy Davis-Wilson, Dinner Planning Committee chair, at zoe8874@aol.com. Jerry Connors

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 12, 2017— Harness racing favored Charmed Life (Yannick Gingras, $5.50) was first-up and faultless Sunday afternoon (Nov. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. With ‘only’ a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile. Charmed Life, unhurried from post position No. 3, saw an early scrum for the lead. A very wide In Secret (George Brennan) eventually worked around Georgie’s Pockets (Joe Bongiorno) just after a :27.3  opening quarter-mile. It was a 57-second intermission as Charmed Life took out of fourth. The lone lass here found minimal resistance as In Secret closed up shop around the 1:26 three-quarters. Charmed Life, showing few effects from 21 days out, opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. She eventually closed the sale, winning by 2¾ lengths in 1:54.4. Home’n Dry (Jason Bartlett) edged Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) for second, with Buen Camino (Brian Sears) and ‘Georgie’ rounding out the payees.  For Charmed Life, a 7-year-old daughter of Majestic Son co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was her seventh win in 22 seasonal starts (career earnings in excess of $1.2 million). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $33, the triple returned $99 and the superfecta paid $203. Sunday’s return of the ‘New York, New York Double’ offered a winning combination of 1-Dig That Mine (Aqueduct’s 3rd race) and 6-Jacks to Open (Yonkers’ 5th race) returning $15.90 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $4,608. Sunday matinees, along with the ‘New York, New York Double,’ return Nov. 19th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

ANDERSON, Ind. - Hannelore Hanover became the first female harness racing winner of the Breeders Crown Open Trot in 19 years, beating Crazy Wow by 1¼ lengths in 1:52.1 in Saturday night's $526,250 final at Hoosier Park. Marion Marauder was third. Crazy Wow led the field around the first turn with Hannelore Hanover staying to his outside in a move for the lead. She got there just prior to the quarter, reached in :26.3, but held the spot only briefly as Marion Marauder trotted by and took the group to the half in :55.3. Marion Marauder remained on top as the field hit three-quarters in 1:25, but Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras were soon to make a move in the stretch to take the lead for good. "I honestly didn't see that one coming," said Gingras about Marion Marauder leaving hard off the gate. "I didn't really want to be in a two hole. I know he is a nice horse, but I didn't want to be behind him. It's just the way it goes and it worked out." Hannelore Hanover, a 5-year-old mare trained by Ron Burke, became the first female winner of the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. The only other mare to win the Open Trot was CR Kay Suzie in 1996. For the year, Hannelore Hanover has won nine of 16 races and earned $952,879. For her career, the former Indiana Sire Stakes champion has won 35 of 57 races and banked $2.37 million. Hannelore Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi each have seven Breeders Crown wins while J&T Silva Stables has three and Frank Baldachino two. Hannelore Hanover is a daughter of Swan For All out of the mare High Sobriety. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. "It's an Indiana bred, we bought her as a baby," said Baldachino. "We never had expectations when we bought her. If she had been a nice Indiana-sired horse we would have been tickled pink. And for her to do this tonight is incredible." Gingras picked up his fourth Breeders Crown win of the weekend and pushed his career total to 20. Burke got his 12th trophy as a trainer. Hannelore Hanover paid $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite. Hannelore Hanover By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind. - As co-owner Marvin Katz made his way to the winner's circle for another harness racing celebration with Ariana G, the word he used to best describe the 3-year-old female trotter was "fantastic." He could have chosen others, including dominant. Ariana G won Friday night's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters by 5¼ lengths over Ice Attraction in 1:54.3 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park. Dream Together finished third. Ariana G joined Shake It Cerry as the only trotting fillies since 2002 to win the Breeders Crown at ages 2 and 3. Shake It Cerry was trained by Jimmy Takter, as is Ariana G. Takter extended his record for Breeders Crown training wins to 32 with Ariana G's victory. Ariana G, driven by Yannick Gingras, has won 12 of 15 races this year and earned $1.12 million. For her career, she has won 21 of 26 races and earned $1.86 million. Overdraft Volo led the field to the opening quarter in :27.1, but was still parked outside Checkmate Time when they hit the marker. Gingras moved three wide around the duo to take the lead in a :55.3 half and never slowed from there. "They tried to beat her, they just can't," said Katz, who bred Ariana G with Al Libfeld and still owns the filly with Libfeld. "I know she's great. I know she's a fantastic, exceptional, one-of-a-kind type filly. I just wanted her to perform well. She's great. She's fantastic. "(This year) is different. She was a 2-year-old last year, her career was ahead of her. Right now, she's at the pinnacle of the sport. She gotten so many accolades that she richly deserves. She's been a star for the whole industry for the whole year. She's really an exceptional, rare filly. She's one of these fillies that comes along every five or 10 years. "Jimmy Takter, Yannick Gingras, they deserve all the credit. They've managed her fabulously." Katz has 10 Breeders Crown wins and Libfeld nine. Gingras, who earlier on the card drove the Takter-trained Manchego to victory, has 18 trophies. "I thought she was by far the best trotting filly in the country and she proved it tonight," said Gingras. "Donald (Dupont with Checkmate Time) definitely took it to Andy (Miller with Overdraft Volo) and I didn't get in the hole because it looked like he was going to let him go very easy, but then he took him all the way to the half. That's the way it goes, when you go for $500,000, they are racing." Ariana G paid $2.40 as the 1-5 favorite. Ariana G By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Manchego became the first undefeated 2-year-old female trotter to win a Breeders Crown, capturing Friday night's $600,000 harness racing final by 4¼ lengths over Seviyorum in 1:54.4 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park. Phaetosive finished third. Manchego improved to 12-for-12 with the victory for trainer Jimmy Takter, who increased his record for Breeders Crown wins to 31. Takter has won this race five of the last six years. Yannick Gingras, Manchego's driver, has won 17 Breeders Crown finals. S M S Princess, Manchego and Phaetosive battled three wide through the first turn, with S M S Princess holding the early lead before yielding to Manchego as they reached the first quarter in :27.2. Manchengo kept Phaetosive to her outside up the backstretch before Phaetosive took the lead in a :55.4 half. On the final turn, Manchego made her move to claim the lead for good and powered past Phaetosive near the top of the stretch on her way to her historic win. Manchego is owned by Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. Fielding has won 13 Breeders Crown trophies while Liverman has won six and Guariglia two. A daughter of Muscle Hill out of the mare Secret Magic, Manchego has earned $873,948 this year. She was bred by Brittany Farms. Manchego paid $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite. Manchego By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Youaremycandygirl captured the second $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies with an eye-catching 1:51 victory at Hoosier Park Friday night. Yannick Gingras guided the daughter of American Ideal to the score. Stablemate Strong Opinion and Matt Kakaley bolted to the :26.2 opening quarter lead but Youaremycandygirl, the 1-9 betting choice, shunned an early tuck and drove to take command between the first- and second-quarter mark. From that point the Ron Burke-trained filly cruised to victory easily holding off runner-up Reign On Me by a half-length. A $150,000 yearling purchase from last fall's Harrisburg auction, Youaremycandygirl is owned by W J Donovan of Delray Beach, Florida. "She was a little excited tonight," said Gingras after the race. "I heard the other filly (Reign On Me) and I asked her. She's a very honest filly." Youaremycandygirl won for the sixth time in eight career starts, which includes an impressive score in the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Joining Youaremycandygirl in next Friday's Breeders Crown finale for juvenile pacing fillies will be Reign On Me, along with Strong Opinion, Pueblo Blue Chip and Im With Her. The overwhelming betting favorite Youaremycandygirl paid $2.20 to win. by Jay Bergman, for Breeders Crown

Yonkers, NY ---  Crazy Wow and harness racing driver Yannick Gingras made light work of the field to win the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14) by a half-length in the time of the 2:25 in the 1-1/4 contest.  Crazy Wow and Gingras went right to the lead and reached the quarter mile mark in :28, with Lookslikeachpndale trailing him at that point and to the :58.3 half  Dia Monde (George Brennan) tipped off the rail past the half but could not make up ground on the leaders. At the 1:28 three quarters, it was still Crazy Wow and Lookslikeachpndale behind him. Crazy Wow hit the mile marker in 1:55.4 and never had a serious challenge in the stretch to win. Looklikeachpndale was second and Dia Monde was third.  “He raced good and the fractions worked out in our favor, no doubt,” said winning driver Gingras. “We took advantage of it.” “They don’t come much better than they, do they?” said Burke assistant trainer Shannon Murphy. “Awesome. He raced great in Lexington (fourth in the Allerage in 1:50.4). He got used really, really hard, but dug in and held forth. Breeders Crown next.”   by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras is no stranger to driving successful filly trotters. In the past six years alone, the list of such horses includes Maven, Mission Brief, Lifetime Pursuit, All The Time and Ariana G. And now there is Manchego. Manchego is a perfect 8-for-8 this year for Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. Her next start is Friday in the fifth of five $66,000 Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old female trotters at Lexington's Red Mile and she is 3-5 on the morning line. Her wins this season include the Jim Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. She has earned $501,948 for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. She was purchased under the name Whispering Hills for $120,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale. "She's a very special filly," Gingras said. "She's not the biggest thing, but she's got a long, long gait to her. She doesn't trot like a little filly. She's very efficient in her gait." Manchego's best win time is 1:52.4, which is tied for seventh fastest by a 2-year-old filly trotter in history. Among the horses ahead of her: Mission Brief -- whose record of 1:50.3 is one full second faster than the next best time by a 2-year-old -- Ariana G and Lifetime Pursuit. "All of them had one thing in common - speed," Gingras said about the aforementioned filly trotters he has driven. "They all have really high speed and all of them could carry it a long way. "After that, they're different. Mission Brief had the most pure speed of the six of them, but she was hard on herself. The rest of them were all pretty handy, you could do whatever you wanted with them. They had more speed than anyone else they competed against, but you could race them any way you wanted, which made it easier on them and made them the fillies that they are." Gingras worked with Manchego in May and was impressed with the filly from the beginning. "I trained her in May and I really liked her then," Gingras said, adding with a laugh, "Jimmy qualified her the first time, and I was hoping he didn't decide to drive her himself. But I got her the following (qualifier). "Right from the beginning she showed that she had this kind of talent. Obviously, they have to keep improving, and some of them do and some of them don't. But she's got the pedigree and the attitude. You could tell from the beginning that she had that desire, that extra little push that great horses have." Manchego is a daughter of stallion Muscle Hill, the 2009 Horse of the Year, out of the stakes-winning mare Secret Magic. Her family includes multiple-stakes-winner and world champion Possess The Magic. Gingras has worked to teach Manchego not to get too revved up in races, and with the exception of her elimination of the Peaceful Way, the filly has been a good student. In her Peaceful Way elim, Manchego trotted away from the field to lead by as many as 10 lengths, but a bridle change had her back to herself for the final. "She was perfect," Gingras said. "She had never been like (she was in the elimination) before. Credit goes to Jimmy, he does a great job. "She's getting better and better, no doubt." In the first division of the Bluegrass, Ron Burke-trained Front Circle, a two-time winner on the Pennsylvania circuit, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Mooshka Stride, from the stable of trainer Mark Harder, is the 2-1 choice in the second division. She has a win and a second from three starts in the Kindergarten Series. The favorite in the third division, at 2-1, is Harder's Lily Stride, who has won four of seven races and never finished off the board. She finished second by a neck to Top Expectations in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. Top Expectations, trained by Erv Miller, is 3-1 in the same division. Julie Miller-trained Seviyorum, a two-time Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth division. Click here for Friday's complete Red Mile card. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Hannelore Hanover got her Maple Leaf Trot redemption with an impressive 1:51.1 harness racing victory in Saturday's $594,000 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old trotting mare and driver Yannick Gingras seized the lead heading to the half and proceeded to trot away to a 4½ length victory for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. "When she's like this, in North America anyway, I'll take on any trotter," said Gingras following Hannelore Hanover's sensational performance. JL Cruze shot out to the grab the early lead and posted a snappy opening-quarter of :26.2. Hannelore Hanover settled into third in the early going, while Gingras waited to make his move. 'Hannelore' came with a second-quarter rush and secured the lead in time to post a half of :54.3. Odds On Amethyst came first up in the third-quarter and got up to the wheel of the leader, but Gingras got a comfortable third-quarter of :28.4 to lead at that station in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover waved goodbye to her rivals and trotted home strongly in :27.4 for her biggest victory to date. JL Cruze finished second, while Pasithea Face, the other mare in the field, was third. The Superfecta was completed by Warrawee Roo. "When she's like this you can race her any which you want," said Gingras about moving 'Hannelore' to the lead. "They told me how good she trained and the great week she had and they sure were right." The victory is extra special for Hannelore Hanover's connections after coming up just short in last year's event. "Last year she raced her heart out and was second to Resolve in a great race," said co-owner Baldachino. "For her to comeback a year later and actually win it, it's real sweet and very special." A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover is now six for 10 this season with $634,986 earned. The talented trotting mare surpassed $2 million in career earnings with her 32nd career win Saturday. Hannelore Hanover's Maple Leaf Trot victory is the first win in the event for driver Gingras and trainer Burke. Hannelore Hanover returned $3, $2.60, $2.30. The $2 Exacta with JL Cruze ($7.50, $3.90) paid $15.70, while the $1 Trifecta with Pasithea Face ($3.40) returned $30.15. The $1 Superfecta with Warrawee Roo in the fourth-slot paid $228.10. Mark McKelvie

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