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CHESTER, PA - It's not very often, if not unprecedented, that a track's "Late Double" in Tuesday morning qualifiers is won by a pair of Breeders Crown champions, much less Crown champion stablemates, but such was the case here with four-year-olds Sandbetweenmytoes and Next Level Stuff for trainer Jim Campbell at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Somebeachsomewhere - Galleria gelding Sandbetweenmytoes, last seen at the pari-mutuels beating Horse of the Year Tall Dark Stranger while paying $409.80 to win in their Crown event at Harrah's Hoosier Park, followed up on a 1:55.3 qualifying triumph here last week with a 1:53 victory despite a "good +1" surface Tuesday. Driver Scott Zeron was a three-time winner on the morning; Campbell, who sent out four winners during the a.m. session, looks to have this one ready for facing the older stock for Fashion Farms LLC. The Sebastian K S distaff Next Level Stuff stepped her own last half in :57.2 in a 1:55.4 win for Campbell, Zeron, and the Runthetable Stables in her initial racetrack appearance since her Indiana victory. Her dam Nantab got a production double credit as the sophomore Creatine gelding Take All Comers, a 1:52.3 winner at two, came home in :56.4 to draw away in a 2:00.3 mile for Campbell, Runthetable, and driver David Miller. Another sophomore worth noting was the Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach, who stepped his own last half in :55.4 in a 1:55.4 triumph. Andrew McCarthy guided the Brett Pelling trainee, who won in 1:51.1f at two, for owners Alan Johnston and John Craig. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Columbus, OH — James R. Gluhm, 77, a lifelong harness horse trainer, died recently after a lingering illness. He was a native of Hamilton, Ohio, but lived in Trenton, Fla., for many years. “The best horse I ever trained was JEFs Spice,” Mr. Gluhm said recently. The daughter of Super Bowl won $951,469 in 1985-86, winning 19 of her 33 starts with seven second-place finishes. She took her mark of 1:55.2 at The Red Mile and was later exported to Europe. JEFs Spice won the Breeders Crown in 1986. Mr. Gluhm and his stepdaughter Kim Miller were the first father-daughter to win Breeders Crowns. Miller trained the 2006 Breeders Crown winner Charley Barley by Western Hanover. “I learned so much from him,” Kim says. “He wasn’t consciously teaching me. You had to watch what he did. I learned from that.” Mr. Gluhm was a trainer who didn’t seek the limelight and his horsemanship was best appreciated by his peers in the training profession. For many years, he helped to develop youngers for the Sunbird Stable operated by Jack Landis of Florida. Mr. Gluhm would develop the youngsters and get them gaited, mannered, and trained down, then often send them north to be raced by other trainers. Some of their most notable performers were the back-to-back 1983-84 Peter Haughton Memorial winners Why Not 4,1:56.4 ($823,108) and Another Miracle 3,1:57.1 ($906,314). He was also involved in the purchase and preparation of Kentucky Futurity winner Jazz Cosmos 3,1:55 ($701,568) and the top star Nearly Perfect 4,1:54 ($630,327). “Jim picked them out and got good value at the yearling sales,” says Miller. “He was willing to buy from the scratch-and-dent section of a yearling sale if he saw something he liked.” Mr. Gluhm was also closely involved with the success of three horses in the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Anythings Possible, American Patriot and Basil. Mr. Gluhm’s father was a veterinarian in Butler County in southwest Ohio and he worked on many Standardbreds in that area, including those raced by Howard Beissinger and his father. Stepdaughter Kim says that Mr. Gluhm considered John Patterson, Eldon Harner, Bruce Nickells, and Ohioan Charlie King to be his mentors. “He learned patience from them,” she says. “He believed in allowing a horse to find itself.” “Just keep going with one,” Mr. Gluhm often told his stepdaughter. “But when you have to start making excuses for a horse, then you’re in trouble.” Miller says that Mr. Gluhm didn’t put much faith in luck in racing. “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” was one of her stepfather’s favorite sayings, said Miller. “He said you simply had to watch and see what the horse was doing. He also didn’t believe a horse had to dance every dance; a trainer had to pick the right spots to race. He was always in full command of his barn.” Mr. Gluhm felt that owners trusted him to provide the best care for their horses and Kim Miller said he was not happy when an owner once told him that he “wasn’t progressive enough about using veterinarians.” The family asked that any donations in Mr. Gluhm’s memory be made to a local chapter of the America Legion. by Dean A Hoffman, for the USTA

Mississauga, ON — Trot Insider has learned that harness racing three-time Breeders Crown winner Manchego is being aimed for a return to the races in 2021. The daughter of Muscle Hill and Secret Magic won six of her 13 starts last season, including her third Breeders Crown title and a jaw-dropping 1:49.3 performance in the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot. While she was initially slated to retire after the Nov. 21 TVG Open at The Meadowlands, the Nancy Takter trainee will return to training for a 6-year-old campaign after banking $599,451 last season. “After Gimpanzee and others retired, Nancy talked me into bringing her back as she stopped in great shape,” owner Barry Guariglia of Black Horse Racing told Trot Insider. “We’ll see how it goes!” To read the complete story on the Standardbred Canada website, click here. from Standardbred Canada

The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual $6 million year-end series of 12 championship events, returns to longtime partner track The Meadowlands, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for 2021. Bringing the championship series back to New Jersey was made possible through the efforts of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and New Meadowlands managing owner and CEO Jeff Gural, partners in what has long been considered the premiere harness racing product in North America.    “The Meadowlands is synonymous with championship racing,” said Gural. “Getting back in the Breeders Crown rotation makes sense for all involved and is good for the business. I’m happy we could make this happen.”   The Meadowlands is the leading host racetrack of Breeders Crown events, staging 91 events since the first Crown held there in 1987 and most recently holding all 12 Crown events in 2014 and 2016.  “All of us at the Meadowlands Racetrack are excited to host the Breeders Crown again in 2021,” said Jason Settlemoir, chief operating officer and general manager of the famed mile oval. “The Meadowlands has a long and rich tradition of hosting many of our sports top races so it’s fitting for the Crowns to come back to the Garden State. I would like to thank Mr. Gural, the Hambletonian Society and the SBOA of NJ for entrusting the team at the Meadowlands to showcase our sport’s best.”  The Breeders Crown will feature the four freshman events on Friday, Oct. 29.  The eight 3-year-old and open races will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30. Eliminations for all events, if needed, would be held the prior week, Oct. 22 and 23. “Securing the return of the Breeders Crown to The Meadowlands was a goal we worked with Jeff Gural to make happen,” said Mark Ford, president of the SBOA of NJ. “We are excited to accomplish that, and look forward to an incredible fall championship calendar.”  Since 2016, the Breeders Crown series enjoyed record-breaking runs at Harrah’s Hoosier Park (2017 & 2020), The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (2018) and Woodbine Mohawk Park (2019.) “The Hambletonian Society has partnered with The Meadowlands to present many extraordinary races over the last 40 years,” said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the Breeders Crown. “The SBOA of New Jersey along with Jeff Gural and his management team have really pulled together over the last three years to strengthen and promote all factions of the harness racing industry in NJ, and bringing back the Breeders Crown continues that legacy.” Breeders Crown 2-year-old races are the richest stakes offered in the division, with $600,000 finals in each gait and gender. Payments for the 2021 Breeders Crown program commence February 15, and all information can be found at The Breeders Crown Series was created in 1984 by the Hambletonian Society, one of the most influential sponsors of Standardbred racing. The 37-year-old series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and has been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors since its inception. More than $209 million in purse money has been disbursed over 430 events. Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the Crown has been hosted by racetracks across North America and been raced as single night or multiple events. For more information visit or

ANDERSON, Ind.--November 27, 2020--In conjunction with the initiative created by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing and Casino raised $126,189 as part of the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The challenge culminated on Friday, October 30, 2020, the first night of the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Through different fundraising outlets, four Indiana charities benefitted from the Charity Challenge with Hoosier Burn Camp coming out ahead and earning the most of the four. Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center Inc., AWS Foundation of Indiana and The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment also received funds from the challenge. The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership acted as the official presenting sponsor of the 2020 Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park, the second year that the partnership has sponsored The Breeders Crown Series. The partnership, voted Armstrong Breeder of the Year in four of the last five years, was founded more than 25 years ago and has been involved in the breeding of many champions in the sport. Libfeld & Katz bred the sport's first million-dollar yearling, Maverick, and in 2019 were voted the Stanley Bergstein Proximity Award, one of the sports highest honors, for the creation and execution of the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The challenge kicked off raising $105,000 at the Lexington Select Yearling Sale on Tuesday, October 6, where buyers could bid on breedings to some of the elite sires for 2021. Stallions featured were Father Patrick, Greenshoe, JK Endofanera, Swan For All, Tall Dark Stranger and Walner. The Father Patrick breeding brought the highest bid at $30,000. The second fundraising aspect was the Glamour Boy Challenge, where connections of a top-performing three-year-old pacing colt would donate one percent of their earnings through November 1. With Tall Dark Stranger, Cattlewash, Captain Barbossa and Odds On Osiris featured, it was Tall Dark Stranger who once again contributed the bulk of the funds, his connections donating $13,062 to the challenge. With the Glamour Boy Challenge raising a combined total of $21,189, the donation bank for the Charity Challenge reached $126,189. Fans held a bit of the weight for the final component of the challenge. To determine which charity received the most donations, fans could vote via Facebook for a celebrity spokesperson and the spokesperson's charity of their choosing. The winning charity would receive one-half of the funds, second place would receive one-fourth and so on. With a total of 6,723 votes recorded, Jeff Saturday representing Hoosier Burn Camp won the fan vote, receiving over half the votes and earning $63,094.50 for the organization. "Working with everyone associated with Harrah's Hoosier Park was absolutely spectacular," Mark J. Koopman of Hoosier Burn Camp expressed. "Their organization was truly a first-class experience from start to finish. The time, talent and treasure they have invested to help our very deserving adolescent burn survivors with Hoosier Burn Camp is very much appreciated and genuinely difficult for me to express knowing how it will yield such a positive impact." The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge was introduced in 2019 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park, host of the 2019 Breeders Crown. Breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz wanted to partner with the Breeders Crown to find a creative way to support local charities and strengthen the host track ties to the community. "I want to thank Harrah's Hoosier Park's Tony Renz who worked so diligently with Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz," Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Rick Moore, noted. "I also would like to that our four local charities in making our Charity Challenge a phenomenal success. Giving back to our community is at the core of what Harrah's Hoosier Park and the entire harness racing industry represents." The 2020 Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park also pulled in its largest handle in the 27-year history with a total of $2,474,344 wagered on the 15-race card Saturday, Oct. 31. The previous track record for handle on a single program was set during the 2017 Breeders Crown at $2,063,985. The 2020 edition was also a two-night record for the track with a total of $4,297,864 wagered on Breeders Crown Championships compared to a two-night total of $3,837,869 wagered in 2017. For more information on the upcoming live racing schedule at Harrah's Hoosier Park, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Despite Tall Dark Stranger's most valiant effort, his absolute reign among 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings came to an end in Saturday night's (Oct. 31) $500,000 Breeders Crown, as 200-1 shot Sandbetweenmytoes lifted down the grandstand side to narrowly record a 1:48.3 win over the divisional leader. Sandbetweenmytoes got away ninth in the field of 10 while Cattlewash (David Miller) and Warrawee Vital (Tim Tetrick) threw down through a :25.3 first quarter. Upon reaching the backstretch, Yannick Gingras moved Tall Dark Stranger out from third to brush for the lead, and they cleared after being strung out by Cattlewash through a punishing :52.3 half mile. Tall Dark Stranger controlled an uncontested lead through the far turn, but after reaching three-quarters in 1:20.3 and turning for home, the odds-on favorite looked vulnerable as the outer tier had finally caught up to him. The first-over No Lou Zing (Dexter Dunn) worked to within striking range at the eighth pole, Cattlewash launched for the open stretch, and Captain Barbossa (Joe Bongiorno) took a solid shot off cover as well -- but as he had done on numerous occasions this season, Tall Dark Stranger dug deep to find more while under siege. Game as Tall Dark Stranger was, though, one of the unlikeliest of rivals had his number. Scott Zeron fanned Sandbetweenmytoes -- who was towed into contention from fourth-over -- to the five-path in upper stretch, and they found their best gear in the final sixteenth. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere lifted to collar Tall Dark Stranger by a neck, with Cattlewash finishing third and Save Me A Dance fourth. The $409.80 win mutuel yielded by Sandbetweenmytoes was the highest ever in the 37-year history of the Breeders Crown. Trainer Jim Campbell felt the race set up perfectly for his gelding, and that he had the potential to contend: "He had a good week, and before the race, Scotty and I talked it over," he said. "Where we were at, we had to hope for a hot pace up front. We got it, and Sandbetweenmytoes took advantage of it." Despite the faith he had in Sandbetweenmytoes, Campbell was just as surprised by the end result as anyone: "I wasn't confident [in the result] until they flashed his number up, because I watched one angle and thought we had a shot," he said. "Watching the race live, I couldn't tell ... it was tight; he just happened to go the right way at the wire to get his nose up." The Fashion Farms homebred has now won seven of 15 races and $487,135 in purses this season.   by James Witherite, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Gimpanzee made it three Breeders Crown titles in a row by winning Saturday's (Oct. 31) $500,000 Open Trot by a length over Crystal Fashion in 1:51.3 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Atlanta finished third. Gimpanzee, a 4-year-old stallion, became the fifth trotter in history to win at least three Breeders Crown trophies, joining Peace Corps, Grades Singing, Mack Lobell, and Manchego -- who accomplished the feat earlier in the night. Peace Corps, who leads the group with a record four Crowns, and Mack Lobell are the only others to win titles at ages 2, 3, and 4. In addition, Gimpanzee became the first trotter to win a Breeders Crown at age 3 and return to capture the Open Trot at 4 since his sire, Chapter Seven, did so in 2011 and 2012. "He's just an amazing horse and means a lot to me," trainer Marcus Melander said. "He's been with us from the start since we bought him at the Harrisburg sale, and it's just amazing what a journey it's been for us. "This is our third win together, and it's very tough to win these Breeders Crown races. I'm very happy. Doing it with this horse -- taking his third straight Breeders Crown -- just shows how good of a horse he is." Gimpanzee and driver Brian Sears followed early leader Crystal Fashion around the first turn through an opening :27.3 quarter before moving to the front on the backstretch. From there, Gimpanzee hit the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Atlanta, the lone mare in the field, tried to launch a challenge on the last turn, but Gimpanzee kept both Crystal Fashion and Atlanta at bay down the stretch. "I didn't know what Brian had planned," Melander said. "I think (Gimpanzee) is better chasing horses, but they went a little softer there on the backside and he could get the lead." Gimpanzee, out of the mare Steamy Windows, has won eight of 11 races this season and 25 of 34 in his career, with earnings of $2.70 million. He is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. He was bred by Order By Stable. Sent off as the even money favorite, Gimpanzee paid $4.00 to win.   by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

Harness racing driver David Miller had Century Farroh in just the right spot, and the 4-year-old son of Mach Three charged by favorite Bettor's Wish in the late stages to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday night (Oct. 31). Century Farroh left hard from the outside and tucked in behind early speedster Backstreet Shadow heading into the first turn. Tim Tetrick guided Backstreet Shadow to the quarter in :26.3 and was able to slow the half to :54.1 as favorite Bettor's Wish and driver Dexter Dunn tracked from fourth after leaving the gate. Dunn pulled with Bettor's Wish and methodically moved without cover, towing Sectionline Bigry into the race in second-over position. Backstreet Shadow controlled the lead at the three-quarter marker in 1:21.2, but Dunn appeared poised and Bettor's Wish moved with purpose into the homestretch to take control. David Miller had to wait for the passing lane to find room, and once he got that room, he roused the Dr. Ian Moore trainee and got the response he was looking for. As the leaders approached the finish line, Century Farroh had the momentum and got the best of Bettor's Wish by a neck, denying that horse a second straight Crown title. Backstreet Shadow managed to hold on to the third spot, with This Is The Plan and Filibuster Hanover rounding out the top five finishers. Century Farroh won for just the fourth time this year in 15 starts for the Ratchford Stable and pushed his career earnings over the $1 million mark. Century Spring Farms bred the winner, who returned $17.40. "When I landed in the two-hole, I was pretty happy," said Miller following the race. The Hall of Fame driver was far from confident heading into the stretch. "I wouldn't say I was loaded, but when I popped the earplugs, he got the job done." The Breeders Crown victory for Century Farroh was eerily similar to his August Dan Patch triumph at Harrah's Hoosier Park, where he tracked down the pacesetting Bettor's Wish in the shadow of the wire. by Jay Bergman, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Thrice a Breeders Crown competitor but now finally a bride, Kissin In The Sand kept defending Horse of the Year Shartin N at bay and equaled the stakes record in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Kissin In The Sand was parked to a :26.4 opening quarter, but cleared command from Shartin N entering the backstretch. Warrawee Ubeaut raced third as the field lined up single file to a :54.2 half, where Caviart Ally tipped first-over from sixth. Caviart Ally's uncovered rush prompted Warrawee Ubeaut to vacate the cones from third and lead the two-wide tier after Kissin In The Sand to three-quarters in 1:22.1. Warrawee Ubeaut drew to equal terms with Kissin In The Sand straightening for the finish, but leveled off nearing the eighth pole. Once arriving at the open stretch, Shartin N shot from the pocket after Kissin In The Sand to mount a final charge after the leader, but finished a length shy of victory. Warrawee Ubeaut finished third with Sweet Lucy Lou sweeping up the pegs for fourth. "I only got on this mare within the last six weeks, but she's been extremely powerful the later half of the season," winning driver Dexter Dunn said after the race. "[We] made a move, got the front, and she kicked really well down the stretch. She's just been vicious lately and she showed it again tonight -- a 1:48.4 mile... a strong run." Kissin In The Sand, a 5-year-old mare by Somebeachsomewhere, collected her seventh win from 11 starts this season and her 26th from 57 overall, earning $1,669,094 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Nancy Takter trains the mare bred by Christina Takter, John Fielding and R A W Equine who missed qualifying for the Breeders Crown at 2, finished second in the Breeders Crown as a 3-year-old, and was third in last year's Mare Pace.   Her 1:48.4 mile equaled the stakes record set by Hana Hanover in 2009. "Nancy did the right thing -- she decided not to take the bye in the eliminations and race the horse. That way, we were afforded the three-hole, and I think that made a big difference in the final," Bud Hatfield said. "It's a very special feeling [to win]. We love this horse; she's such a wonderful animal. I can't be any happier than I am right now." Kissin In The Sand paid $2.80 to win.   by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Harness racing driver Dexter Dunn drove Amigo Volo to victory for the second week, posting a 1:53 win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding trot on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Play Trix On Me left quickly along with Back Of The Neck, who advanced to take the lead at the end of a :27.1. Amigo Volo angled from third and rolled by the new leader to take control of the pace. Gliding atop the field, Amigo Volo cut a :56 half with no pressure, but Ready For Moni took to the outside and passed Back Of The Neck and Play Trix On Me at the rail to chase the leader, with Gangster Hanover second-over and Chestnut Hill poised to go wide in the stretch. After reaching three-quarters in 1:24.4, Dunn began to urge Amigo Volo to stay afloat in the stretch as Play Trix On Me found a path inside and driver Joe Bongiorno had his colt closing rapidly. It took a photo finish to separate the huge public choice with the 27-1 shot, but Amigo Volo was a breath ahead and won in 1:53. Play Trix On Me was second, Chestnut Hill passed tired rivals to take third, and Hillexotic, another long shot, picked up the fourth spot. Amigo Volo is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. "It's been an incredible year," 25-year-old co-owner Carter Pinske said before offering a humble comment, saying, "I'm going to have a long career, so I guess it'll be downhill from here." As for Amigo Volo, Pinske said he had one word to describe his colt: "Guts." Amigo Volo, a son of Father Patrick and Margarita Momma, won his eighth race in 14 starts this season with the championship. He returned $3.00 to win. by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Peaky Sneaky became the first filly to defeat Party Girl Hill -- and she made the most of it, capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown sophomore filly harness racing pace on Saturday night (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park in rein to driver Yannick Gingras. Gingras and Peaky Sneaky left explosively to secure the lead before yielding into the opening bend to Rocknificent and driver Scott Zeron. The Nancy Takter trainee was quick to regain at the :26.2 opening quarter, and she then stung the 1-5 favorite Party Girl Hill before allowing her to pass at the halfway point in :54. Party Girl Hill and Dexter Dunn kept the tempo lively, hitting three-quarters in 1:21.3 while second choice Lyons Sentinel and Tim Tetrick crept into contention first-over and was on the leader's flank heading into the homestretch. Unlike in her 14 straight victories, Party Girl Hill and Dunn looked vulnerable on Breeders Crown night under outside pressure from Lyons Sentinel. And once the inside passing lane opened, Peaky Sneaky picked up the fight. The three fillies raced head-to-head through deep stretch, with Party Girl Hill fighting valiantly. Ultimately, Peaky Sneaky wore her down in the closing strides to prevail in a stakes record 1:49 mile. Lyons Sentinel edged Party Girl Hill for second. Peaky Sneaky is owned by Howard and Judith Taylor and Order By Stable, and was bred by White Birch Farms. The victory was her sixth on the season in 14 tries. The Bettor's Delight filly paid $16.20 as the third choice. "She was tremendous last week," Gingras said of Peaky Sneaky. "I thought she had a shot." Takter has believed in Peaky Sneaky all year long: "She was so good. I've been saying all along that she's going to win a big one. She won the right big one." by Jay Bergman, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Long left in the shadow of her division's titans, Next Level Stuff took the throne with an open-stretch dash past Hypnotic AM and Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old filly harness racing trot on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Protecting position from the pylon post, Next Level Stuff eased into the pocket as Sorella slid to top and Hypnotic AM rolled towards the front past a :27.2 first quarter. Hypnotic AM grabbed the lead into the backstretch and seated Sorella in the pocket as the tempo accelerated by a :55.2 half. Approaching the far turn, Love A Good Story kicked off the pylons from fourth and pressed forward to challenge Hypnotic AM to three-quarters in 1:23.4, but began to lose ground off the bend. Sorella swung out of the pocket nearing the eighth pole, leaving a seam up the inside for Next Level Stuff to dart through to the open stretch as Hypnotic AM tired. Next Level Stuff charged to the finish with the most momentum, holding off Sorella in a stakes and track record 1:52 mile while Ab'sattitudexpress rallied for third and Hypnotic AM settled for fourth. "She raced really good; her last three starts, she's really been coming into top form," winning driver Tim Tetrick said after the race. "Last week she got home in :26 and a piece and raced well, and today we got kind of the same trip -- but with the long stretch, we had plenty of time to get there. She's definitely exceeded expectations, that's for sure." A homebred Sebastian K S filly for Runthetable Stables, Next Level Stuff won her seventh race from 13 starts this season and her 13th from 23 overall, earning $646,816. Jim Campbell trains the winner, who returned an $18.00 mutuel. "My family's been with Jim Campbell for 30-plus years," Scott Farber of Runthetable Stables said. "My stable's named after my father, who I loved with all my heart. He's my best friend in the entire world and I just miss him so much and I hope I made him proud tonight. "I'm so proud of this horse. I'm so proud of being a small part of the Campbell family. There's just no way I'm going to be able to put this into words." by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Manchego became only the fourth trotter in harness racing history to win three Breeders Crown trophies by capturing Saturday's (Oct. 31) $300,000 Mare Trot in 1:52 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Dispatched as the 4-5 favorite, Manchego won by 3-1/4 lengths over Plunge Blue Chip. When Dovescry overcame a break at the start to rally for third. Manchego joined Peace Corps, Grades Singing and Mack Lobell as the only trotters with at least three Crowns. Peace Corps holds the Breeders Crown record with four titles; Grades Singing and Mack Lobell each had three. In Saturday's final, Felicityshagwell S went to the front followed by Plunge Blue Chip, Weslynn Quest, and Manchego. The top four remained in that order through a :27.3 opening quarter and :56 half. Entering the last turn, driver Dexter Dunn put Manchego on a first-over march. She was third to three-quarters in 1:24.2, and she briefly followed Plunge Blue Chip (Ãke Svanstedt) -- who pulled the pocket in the stretch -- before powering past her rivals for the victory. "It actually worked out good because I got on (Svanstedt's) helmet for a while; he sort of beat me into the stretch there," Dunn said. "Once I moved her off Ãke's helmet, she really exploded. "She's an amazing horse. She really did it easy. It was a good performance tonight. It's a pleasure to sit behind her." Manchego's previous Breeders Crown triumphs came at age 2 at Hoosier Park in 2017 and at age 4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park last year. "It sure never gets old," said owner Barry Guariglia of Black Horse Racing. "She's an awesome mare. It's been a great ride." Manchego, a 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, is trained by Nancy Takter. Manchego has won five of 12 races this year and 32 of 55 in her career, with earnings of $2.56 million. She was bred by Brittany Farms. Manchego paid $3.80 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown  

Live streaming video from Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is available here for the second of two nights in the harness racing 2020 Breeders Crown championship finals. The four $600,000 two-year-old Breeders Crown finals were held on Friday with the three-year-old and open events featured on Saturday. Each evening will feature a first post of 6:00 p.m. The 2020 Breeders Crown event, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be the 37th edition of the $6 million event.

Nearly every owner who gets involved in the sport of harness racing does so with aspirations of getting that one special horse who can compete and win at the stakes level. Nearly every fractional ownership group promises to fulfill those dreams, but few can claim to deliver on those promises and fulfil those dreams as reliably as VIP Internet Stable. Horses like River Shark, Allstar Partner, Keystone Velocity, Charmed Life, and others have taken VIP Stable's partners to the upper echelons of the sport. On Saturday night (Oct. 31), two more of VIP Stable's horses have a chance to make their partners' dreams come true in the Breeders Crown at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Trillions Hanover and Lindy The Great, who will compete in the divisions for older pacing mares and older trotters, respectively. "This is a really important weekend for us, having Trillions Hanover and Lindy The Great in there. I wouldn't say either of them are slam dunks, but they're not a million-to-one shots either. With a little bit of luck, both horses have a shot to take home some good money and they belong in there. We're really fortunate," said Ed O'Connor, VIP Stable founder and managing partner. "I think we're in the two most top-heavy divisions," O'Connor continued. "The 2-year-olds are pretty competitive, the 3-year-olds are pretty competitive. The older trotters and the older mares are where you've got Atlanta and Shartin. Those are some really tough competition. We've had a good year so far, but we're really just excited for our partners to get in on Saturday night and have something really big to root for." Trillions Hanover was a $20,000 buy for VIP Stable and trainer Tom Fanning at the 2017 Harrisburg sale. By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare Tutu Hanover, Trillions Hanover went 4-for-7 as a freshman, including a victory in the $40,000 Stallion Series Final at Harrah's Philadelphia. At 3, Trillions Hanover earned her first Grand Circuit victory in the $122,224 Lady Maud at Yonkers and competed most of the big races: the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Shady Daisy, and Mistletoe Shalee. Trillions Hanover completed her sophomore season with 6 win in 15 starts and $192,440 earned. "She's been a delight. Tom Fanning has done a great job with her," O'Connor said. "He raced her really conservatively as a 2-year-old. I think she raced in the "B" level races in Pennsylvania and did really well. Last year, she won a couple sire stakes races and the Lady Maud." Trillions Hanover got a late start this year due to the COVID-19 lockdowns that temporarily shuttered racing across America from March through May. She earned her first win of the year in a $15,000 overnight at the Meadowlands June 26 before earning checks in the Dorothy Haughton and the Clara Barton at the Big M and Plainridge July 18 and 26, respectively. Trillions Hanover's biggest performances this year have come in Canada, however. She shipped north of the border for the $220,400 Roses Are Red at Mohawk Aug. 29 and for the first time since her June 26 win, got an aggressive drive. Sylvain Filion sent the mare to the lead before yielding to favorite Warrawee Ubeaut. Trillions Hanover paced a :26.4 final quarter to finish second to the pacesetter in 1:49.4. In an elimination of the Milton Stakes Sept. 19, Bob McClure put Trillions Hanover on the front and she went the distance, scoring in 1:50.3. "We had a lot of confidence in her all year," O'Connor said. "One of the downsides with trying to break into a division with a couple of really great horses is it's tough to ask your driver to race them really aggressively against horses like Shartin. We got up to Canada and got a couple of really nice, aggressive drives. She can leave the gate really well, she can close, she's really handy. There's nothing not to like about her." Trillions Hanover made her most recent start in the $161,250 final of the Milton Sept. 26. Driver Doug McNair elected to stick to the pylons in third around the final turn and was never able to shake free in the stretch. Although Trillions Hanover appeared to be loaded with pace, she was mired in traffic through the lane and finished sixth. All told, Trillions Hanover is 13-for-32 with $341,741 earned for VIP Stable and partners Falcon Racing and Paul Lang. "As much as our partners tend to get upset with drives that don't work out, I don't really like second-guessing those guys," O'Connor said. "They're making split-second decisions and trying to do the best they can. It didn't work out. It could have just as easily been the right move. Monday morning quarterbacking is always hard." Trillions Hanover drew post nine in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Final for open pacing mares, the 12th race Saturday night at Hoosier Park. Bob McClure will take the lines again and the pair are 20-1 on the morning line. The field also includes division heavyweights Shartin, Kissin In The Sand, and Warrawee Ubeaut. "We've got Bob McClure who did a great job with her in Canada, so we'll cross our fingers and hope for the best," O'Connor said. "The division is a little more competitive. It's not just Shartin and everybody else. Maybe if there's a little bit of action, we can close into it. Who knows. We're happy to be there. If we can come home with a decent check, we're going to be really excited. A 4-year-old racing against older mares is always a tough spot to be in and she's given a good account of herself all year. Trillions Hanover had one qualifier leading up to the Breeders Crown, pacing a mile in 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands Oct. 17. She trained well this week before shipping to Indiana Thursday (Oct. 29). "Trillions Hanover really races well off a little bit of rest. We've been fine qualifying her up to a few events this year," O'Connor said. "Up in Canada, she went back-and-forth, she didn't stay up there. That's a little extra wear and tear on her. Tom Fanning wanted to give her an easy week after her last race and qualify her back. I think he was looking for a start and it just didn't work out. I think she will be plenty ready and it's just a matter of how the race shakes out for us." Unlike Trillions Hanover, who was a relatively inexpensive yearling purchase, Lindy The Great was an aged racehorse buy for VIP Stable at the Meadowlands January Mixed sale. Hammering down for $450,000, the 6-year-old son of Crazed became VIP Stable's most expensive purchase to date and one of their most popular offerings. "We sold out of our share of the horse within six hours. The idea that people can get involved at the very top level, that's what they're in it for," O'Connor said. "Clearly people want a return on their investment and when you're racing for these kind of purses and you have the ability to get a lot of your money back in one or two starts, guys like that. It's been really exciting. "We've got a small but elite group of guys and gals we've worked with for a long period of time who really want to be involved at the top level," O'Connor continued. "Doing it on your own means your spending $450,000 on Lindy The Great. Going out on your own for something like that is an aggressive move. Back to our bread and butter, breaking up a price like that over a number of partners, it gets to be affordable." Campaigned under the name "Team Lindy The Great" and in partnership with Andy Miller Stable, Inc., Lindy The Great is 0-for-13 on the season, but has earned $316,674 with second-place finishes in the Cashman, Maple Leaf Trot, and Dayton Trotting Derby, thirds in the Caesar's Trotting Classic and the Cutler, and fourths in the Spirit of Massachusetts, Crawford Farms Trot, and Allerage Open Trot. "I don't know what the record is for earnings without a victory," O'Connor joked. "I would have hoped that he could have picked up an open. He raced in an open at Hoosier getting ready for the Caesar's and he raced again last week. I know those are just tighteners, but who knows. Maybe we'll break through this week or in the TVG. The competition is really tough with Atlanta and Gimpanzee, but we'll give it a go. "It's very different than racing overnights. Most of our horses, unless you're racing upper-level conditions or opens, seconds and thirds are nice, but they're not going to make a big difference in having a big month or having a bill for the month," O'Connor continued. "But when you're racing for $500,000, seconds and thirds are big checks. That's been really good. "Atlanta is just a very special mare, Gimpanzee is a great horse. Up against them, do we expect to win? Never. Would we like to win? Of course," O'Connor said. "With the races we're in, to come in second and race as well as we have, we're happy. It's hard not to be excited about the way Lindy The Great has performed this year. Andy and Julie have done a super job with him." One of Lindy The Great's highlights this season came in the $291,350 Cashman on Hambletonian Day. Andy Miller was aggressive with the trotter early before moving first-over on leader Atlanta up the backstretch. Lindy The Great drew even with the sensational mare at the top of the stretch and under a stiff right-handed drive, put his head in front. However, favored Gimpanzee tipped three-wide off cover and bore down on them both. Lindy The Great quickened when met with the challenge while Atlanta retreated. Gimpanzee had the momentum though and drew away to a 3/4-length win. "He went first-over and cleared by everybody. Gimpanzee got to us late, he had a really easy trip and went right by us," O'Connor said. "Lindy The Great was super, he couldn't have raced any better. He's just a really, really nice horse that tries hard. He can leave, he can come from behind. He's done it any which way. We've had a number of situations where we go into a big money race and we're not the favorite, but we have a chance and if we get a big check finishing second, it's hard not to be excited." Lindy The Great will start from post six as a 10-1 morning line in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot, the 14th race at Hoosier Park Saturday night. The lineup also includes Atlanta and two-time Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. A top four finish would boost Lindy The Great's career earnings over the $1 million mark; he currently boasts a record of 14 wins from 60 starts and $965,799 banked. What if one or both of Trillions Hanover and Lindy The Great were to win their Breeders Crown Finals? "I haven't really thought about it," O'Connor answered. "We're hoping to go and get a good trip and get a check. If you're in it, you always have a chance, so it's tremendously exciting. It would always make a difference for our partners. They get into this for the thrill. Horse racing isn't an investment you make because you need a return on your dough. The fun you have is a big part of your ROI. "We've always said this is the best advertising we could possibly get. Having our name in the program in big races really tells people across the industry what level of racing we are in and expect to be in. Not that it's better or worse than when we used to race overnights at Rosecroft, but we've been doing this for over 20 years, we've had some really great horses, and we are a source people can look to, to get involved at the very top level of the game." For more information on VIP Internet Stable and ownership opportunities, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for VIP Stable

ANDERSON, Ind. -- A highly anticipated clash between Breeders Crown elimination winners Perfect Sting (David Miller) and Southwind Gendry (Yannick Gingras) on Friday (Oct. 30) at Harrah's Hoosier Park did not disappoint. In fact, it was epic, as Summa Cum Laude (Brian Sears) inserted himself into the fray right at the line to not only finish in front of Southwind Gendry, but to dead heat with Perfect Sting in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in 1:50.2. It was the first occasion in the 37 editions of the Breeders Crown that there has been a dead heat for a victory. Right when the wings of the gate folded, the duel was on as Southwind Gendry went to the lead with Perfect Sting right behind him through a blistering first fraction of :25.3. Miller had no intention of allowing that rival to get away from him and sent Perfect Sting to the lead prior to a half mile in :54.1. Southwind Gendry sat in the pocket biding his time with JK Going West (LeWayne Miller) in third. As Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry headed to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, they provided a bit of separation between themselves and their eight rivals. It appeared the battle was on, and it certainly was. After Abuckabett Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) made a nasty break on the outside, Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry threw down the gauntlet in the stretch. While those horses were locked in on one another, JK Going West hit his best stride and Summa Cum Laude had moved from sixth to fourth. As the horses paced to the finish line, it became obvious Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry had their hooves full. All four horses in contention crossed the line nearly as a quartet and the decision was too close to call. A photograph determined exactly that, as Perfect Sting and Summa Cum Laude could not be separated. Southwind Gendry was third and JK Going West was fourth.   "I knew I was getting close," said Sears. "And Hoosier Park has a long stretch." Summa Cum Laude is a son of Somebeachsomewhere and Western Graduate trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Nick Surick Stable and J L Benson Stables. His record now stands at four wins in 13 starts. For Perfect Sting, the triumph kept his unblemished record intact. The son of Always B Miki and Shebestingin is now 10-for-10 and competes as a homebred for Brittany Farms and Val D'Or Farms. "We talked the talk right in the beginning of the year, and he backed it up," said Joe Holloway, Perfect Sting's trainer. "I trained the dad and the mom and a lot of other very nice horses, but I said right away this horse is the best I've ever had. He proved that tonight. None of them went undefeated as a 2-year-old or won like he did tonight." Summa Cum Laude paid $11.20 while Perfect Sting paid his supporters $2.20. by Kim French, for the Breeders Crown

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