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Crawford Farms is proud to announce that Lock Down Lindy foaled a full sister to 2020 Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill on March 28. The filly is the third foal for her dam, who also has a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven named La Vie En Blanc. A top racehorse of her generation, Ramona Hill has earned Dan Patch Awards from the U.S. Harness Writers Association in both her seasons on the track and was the third Hambletonian winner for sire Muscle Hill. Following in Muscle Hill's famous footsteps, Ramona Hill stopped the clock in 1:50.1 to equal her sire's record. "We are so thrilled to announce this special arrival out of Lock Down Lindy," said Michelle Crawford. "This is a Muscle Hill full sister to Ramona Hill and we are so excited to continue to be adding blue-blooded pedigrees to our roster!"   A four-time winner, Lock Down Lindy is also a half-sister to 11-time winner Double L Lindy. Their dam Love Lockdown is a half-sister to the great Breeders Crown winner Majestic Son, who is now a leading sire in New Zealand and Australia. There is class throughout this filly's famous family with her third dam Ramerizi a champion racemare who also produced World Champion Misterizi and 28-time winner Rams Billy Brisco.   Crawford Farms' second Hambletonian winner in three years alongside 2018 winner Atlanta, Ramona Hill was the first bred by the farm. LockDown Lindy will be bred back to Muscle Hill.   Questions? Contact Jason Maxon at 315-671-4811   From Crawford Farms  

Rock Hill, NY - The nearly $15,000 proceeds from the sale of seasonal breedings sold January 18, 2021 at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands are being distributed to various Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC donated the breedings to help jump-start the aftercare programs that are always in need of supplies and revenue. "It is a hard message to get across, but these breedings are a great stepping stone toward raising awareness and providing much-needed funding to these aftercare facilities," noted Michelle Crawford. Although funding for aftercare programs is generated across a wide spectrum of the Standardbred industry, including regulatory agencies, horsemen's groups, tracks, sales companies, farms, and individuals who participate as trainers, drivers, owners and breeders, this could be one of the largest single-source fundraising efforts of the year. "We can't say 'Thank You' enough to the Tattersalls Sales Company, David Reid and Preferred Equine Marketing for their continued support for our aftercare initiatives." Providing a safe and secure future for Standardbreds when their racing days are over is no easy task. With the addition of COVID-19 challenges impacting every facet of the industry, it has become even more difficult to find rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming for retired racehorses. With thousands of Standardbreds withdrawn from racing duties annually, the need for aftercare continues to grow. To learn more about aftercare and organizations in-need, go to the Standardbred Transition Alliance: by Chris Tully, for Crawford Farms

Rock Hill, NY - Eleven seasonal breedings to some of the harness racing sport's most attractive stallions will be offered at auction on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC have donated the nearly dozen breedings to help jumpstart the aftercare programs that are in constant need of revenue and supplies throughout the year. "There is always a shortage of essential feed and care at the many aftercare facilities around the country. We thought that it was important to show our continued support for the retired equine athletes and to help lead the charge in establishing a consistent revenue stream that will help offset the ever-growing number of horses that are in transition," noted Michelle Crawford. "These horses give us their all...we should all ensure that they can live out their remaining lives with dignity!" Providing a safe and secure future for Standardbreds when their racing days are over is no easy task. The Crawford's have recognized this plight and have entered the following eleven stallion breedings in the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands: American Ideal (NY) p,3,1:47.4 ($786,055). World Champion. Sire of 63 in 1:50 and earners of over $111 million. Crazy Wow (KY) 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143). World Champion. Oldest foals are now yearlings. Now standing in Kentucky. Devious Man (NY)(3) 3,1:52.2 ($1,338,677). Oldest foals are now 2. Multiple stakes winner, second in Hambletonian. Racing Hill (OH)(2) p,3,1:48 ($1,727,692). From his first crop of racing age, sire of 10 in 1:55. Oldest foals are now 3. Roll With Joe (NY)(3) p,3,1:48.2 ($1,805,102). Sire of 17 in 1:50 and earners of over $26 million. Swandre The Giant (IN) 3,1:51.3 ($655.368). 2-time Indiana Super Final champion. First season at Stud. The full sale catalog is now available for the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale and can be downloaded now at or on the Equineline Sales Catalog app.   January 10, 2021 - by Chris Tully for Crawford Farms  

Timonium, MD – Harness racing pacing broodmare Somwherovrarainbow, a Dan Patch Award winner at age 2, was purchased in foal to stallion Always B Miki for $240,000 by Crawford Farms to lead Friday’s (Nov. 6) first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s mixed sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The 10-year-old Somwherovrarainbow is the offspring of two Horse of the Year winners, Somebeachsomewhere and Rainbow Blue. On the track, she won 20 of 46 races and $1.34 million. She was consigned by Diamond Creek Farm. Next on the list of top sellers was the trotting broodmare Live Laugh Love, who was purchased for $150,000 by Robert Lindstrom. The 5-year-old is by Donato Hanover out of Shes Gone Again. Her family includes Dan Patch Award winner Poof She’s Gone. On the track, Live Laugh Love won eight of 25 starts and $281,718. She also was consigned by Diamond Creek Farm. A total of 275 horses sold Friday for a gross of $6.56 million and average of $23,880. The final day of the mixed sale is Saturday (Nov. 6). For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

This weeks guests on the Harness Racing Alumni Show include Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms and Valerie Pringle the Equine Campaign Manager for the Humane Society of the United States. Both guests discuss and share their thoughts on horse slaughter and the drugging of harness racing horses.   Both of these practices must be closely monitored, controlled and ended in order to protect our horses and save our sport.   On this weeks show Michelle announces the formation of her new organization to end the practice of shipping our horses to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered.   This weeks Show brought to you by Century 21's, Joe Ricco   by Fred Hudson

On December 13, 2019, the National Day of the Horse, we announced the formation of a new Alliance for the protection of U.S. horses from shipment to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption. We are asking for all organizations, corporations, small businesses, and individuals in this OPEN CALL to join us. We are establishing a Task Force for significant strategy and action. We need an urgent focus for reforms to our current policies which allow horses to be held ransom by auction and slaughter facility buyers to the grave detriment of horse breeders, owners, rescues and the public. It is time to INTERCEPT our horses and change the cycle Our initiative will bring together leading advocates and citizens in one body and one voice to petition the U.S. congress and enact pending legislation for horse protection. Join for free at Alliance.  From Michelle Crawford, Crawford Farms        

Goshen, NY - Michelle and Albert Crawford have announced that their harness racing World Champion trotter Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143) has been retired and will stand stud in New York for an introductory fee of $3,000. An outstanding individual and multiple stakes winner of over $2.5 million, Crazy Wow is the obvious choice for New York breeders as the next descendant of the unrivaled Credit Winner. His dam, No Pan No Gain (by Mr Vic, a son of the immortal Valley Victory), was a multiple stakes winner who earned $415,000 racing against the top fillies on the Grand Circuit, defeating Nova 2-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year in 2000, Spellbound Hanover. These bloodlines make Crazy Wow a great cross with Muscle Hill, Conway Hall and Chapter Seven mares. Well-respected breeder/farm owner Chris Coyle noted, "Crazy Wow is one of the best trotting stallions we've had under our care here at Olive Branch. He is an imposing horse with tremendous balance, length and soundness. He truly represents a durable, high speed horse with a genetic link to the incomparable Credit Winner that the New York horsemen want." Making money the hard way, Crazy Wow won 22 of 67 starts in 5 seasons, racing against and defeating some of the toughest and fastest trotters in recent memory. This September the son of Crazed captured the $500,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk over Marion Marauder, Ariana G and Emoticon Hanover, equaling his mark of 1:51.1. Last season Crazy Wow established a world record of 1:52.3h winning the $185,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic over Resolve and Obrigado. In addition, he won the $200,000 Charlie Hill at Scioto in a track record 1:52f and the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Chester over JL Cruze. He capped off the 2017 season with victory in the $250,000 Harry Harvey at Yonkers over 1¼ miles. Crazy Wow then won his elimination of the Breeders Crown at Hoosier, and was a fast closing second to Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in the $526,000 Crown Open Trot final earning just under $700,000 on the year. In fact, Crazy Wow has been so consistent for so long, that it is easy to forget that he won 9 of 17 races and over a million dollars back in 2015 at age three. Winning the $270,000 Erskine over Trotter of the Year Pinkman and the now-fastest-trotter-ever Homicide Hunter, and the $243,550 Matron at the end of the season, he also captured a division of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile. The fact is that Crazy Wow was good, and tough, all season at three, while also copping the $500,000 Colonial in August (over Pinkman at Pocono) and setting a track record of 1:51.1 in the $255,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon in June. Crazy Wow was also the champion 2-year-old trotting colt of the New York Sire Stakes program in 2014, winning two legs and the $225,000 final at Yonkers. This impressive effort led him to be purchased by a group led by Gene Kurzrok and sent to Burke Racing at the end of his freshman season. Following a major stakes win, trainer Ron Burke said this about Crazy Wow, "He's a good horse that I think can go with them all the time when he gets the chances. In the big races, I think he will acquit himself well." Michelle Crawford, who also foaled and raised the 16-hand speedster noted, "We are blessed to have our WOW return to our farm after his prestigious racing career. We are so excited to stand Crazy Wow, we are bursting at the seams. He is inevitably one of our first and favorite graduates from our growing farm. His tenacity and toughness on the track will hopefully flow over to his progeny. Wow always gave 100% on the track, winning one third of all of his lifetime starts.." From an impressive and ever-expanding broodmare band, the Crawfords plan on supporting Crazy Wow with some of their top trotting mares. The marketing and management of Crazy Wow's stallion career will also be administered by Crawford Farms. Renowned New York stallion manager David Hanson stated, "World Champion Crazy Wow is a fantastic addition to the stallion ranks in New York. We at Leatherstocking Equine are proud to have the privilege of standing him at our facility. Leatherstocking Equine intends to support him well with quality mares including Barn Babe 2,1:58f; 3,1:54.2f ($350,463)." All breeding and booking inquiries should be directed to David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: or call: 607-847-9996. by Chris Tully for Crawford Farms            

Homicide Hunter (George Napolitano Jr.) slipped up the passing lane to pass Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller) to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.3 on sloppy track. Homicide Hunter is trained By Chris Oakes and owned by Crawford Farms Racing. Top Flight Angel led off the gate and hit the first quarter in :27, followed by Homicide Hunter along the rail. Those two led the field to the :55.3 half and on to the 1:24 three-quarter marker. In sight of the finish line, Homicide Hunter, trailing the leader, angled to the inside passing lane and overtook Top Flight Angel to win by about a length. It was the first Breeders Crown win for Napolitano. "Wow. Words can't even explain it," he said. "It's unbelievable. I am so grateful. It's a pretty simple track to drive on, and I have the right people beside me." On if trainer Chris Oakes had any words for him before the race, Napolitano said, "Nothing. Chris didn't say a word. He knows I know this horse and I know the track. I usually win the four claimers, not the Breeders Crown." Top Flight Angel was second and Warrawee Roo was third. The winner returned $10.20 to win, $5.20 to place, and $4.00 to show. by Ellen Harvey, For The Breeders Crown

LEXINGTON, KY -- With fast fractions set before him, Homicide Hunter ranged towards the center of the track into the stretch and slingshot past tiring trotters to become the fastest trotter in harness racing history with a 1:48.4 victory in the $145,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot, sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural, at The Red Mile on Saturday, Oct. 6. Homicide Hunter's 1:48.4 mile lowered the all-time trotting mark previously set by Hannelore Hanover, who beat the boys in the Allerage Farms Trot last year with a 1:49.2 mile. The time also lowers the record for gelding trotters of 1:49.4, set by Jl Cruze at the Meadowlands in 2015. Guardian Angel As took the lead from Pinkman firing at the rail while Lindy The Great floated for position into third. Lindy The Great brushed to the lead by the quarter in :26.2 as Will Take Charge, away fourth, angled off the rail and began his move for the lead, clearing before a :53.2 half. Will Take Charge faced first-over pressure from Guardian Angel As around the far turn with Pinkman positioned second over and Homicide Hunter third over. Guardian Angel As inched to the lead past three-quarters in 1:22 and fought for command into the eighth pole. However Homicide Hunter, poised from his setup, accelerated past the field with ease and trotted to the wire going away from Guardian Angel As holding second. Pinkman finished third while Lindy The Great weaved into fourth. A six-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of the Like A Prayer mare Evening Prayer, Homicide Hunter won his eighth race in 13 starts and his 38th in 75 overall, surpassing $1.4 million in earnings. The Chris Oakes-trainee, returning $5.20 to win, races for Crawford Farms Racing and had Brian Sears in the bike. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Homicide Hunter, already #1 in the pointstandings in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) division for fast-class trotters, marked himself as the horse to beat in his $100,000 Championship event next Sunday with an authoritative 1:51.4 triumph in the $30,000 final GNOS prelim round at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The altered son of Cantab Hall has achieved much success racing on the lead, but on Sunday he looked strong coming off the pace, a trait which may help him at the GNOS Championship distance of 1¼ miles. Driver George Napolitano Jr., posting his 17th victory of a memorable Friday-Saturday-Sunday driving weekend, spotted the winner of $1,305,427 early, then put him in second-over position. When "George Nap" tipped him three-wide late on the far turn, the on-the-bit trotter surged forward, with the main stretch question being "How much is he going to win by?", the answer to which was 2½ lengths over 95-1 shot Tight Lines, who also had good late kick. But nobody was in the league tonight of Homicide Hunter, who is trained by Chris Oakes for Crawford Farms Racing. The top ten open trotters in the GNOS preliminaries were: 1. Homicide Hunter, 2. Smalltownthrowdown, 3. Lagerfeld, 4. the mare Broadway Donna, 5. Melady's Monet, 6. Marion Marauder, 7. Sutton, 8. Muscle Diamond, 9. (tie) Guardian Angel AS and Will Take Charge. Since some of the top ten have qualified for the Maple Leaf Trot final next week in Canada, the connections of those "on the bubble" (such as Tight Lines, 11th in the standings) will likely enter and then await with hope the results of the draw for Saturday's card, which takes place Monday (the 27th). The Great Northeast Open Series Championships, with open pacers and mare pacers in the other two GNOS categories, going for $100,000 and all at 1¼ miles, will be joined by the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for three-year-olds, along with their consolations, on a $1.5M card that must not be missed next Sunday at The Downs. There were $21,500 sub-features held for trotters and for mare pacers on Sunday. In the trot, the Majestic Son mare Charmed Life did an unusual thing at Pocono - she came from third-over to win, swinging four-wide into the stretch and just catching pacesetting Dayson by a neck in 1:53.4. Simon Allard got a big late effort out of the winner from the winner of $1,408,882 to achieve the triumph for trainer/brother Rene Allard and the partnership of Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. In the mares pace, the Mach Three mare Windsun Glory looked up and down the starting gate, did not see Shartin N et al., much to her relief, and then posted her third win in her last five starts, this one in 1:51.1. The classdropping winner of $306,898 briefly settled third before the ¼, then was out and moving off the first turn for driver Matt Kakaley to the lead just past the 3/8 and went on strongly, with Penpal firing strongly late but coming up 1½ lengths shy. Ron Burke conditions the winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Lawrence Karr. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 22, 2018-Odds-on Homicide Hunter (Brian Sears, $3.10) overcame the impost Sunday afternoon (July 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature went as the late-morning opener, the first of four, mile-and-a-quarter, bigger-field 'French' forays. Away sixth from his eight-ball incarceration in the field of 10, Homicide Hunter saw Madhatter Bluechip (Brent Holland) make the first lead. Gural Hanover (George Brennan) and lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) found seats directly in behind. After early subsections off :28, :57.2 and 1:25.4, there was a second helping of 'Happenstance,' as the mare was first-up. While she began the outer tier, Gural Hanover broke in the pocket. Meanwhile, Madhatter Bluechip was continuing to fight the good fight, with the lead the 1:55.1 milepost. N F Happenstance had backed out, with Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) going wide, Homicide Hunter wider and 34-1 shot Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton) even farther out. Smalltownthrowdown took a short lead into the lane, but couldn't sustain it. Homicide Hunter rolled off his rival, then held off a diving-inside Mosinterestingman by a neck in 2:24.2 for the added distance. Buen Camino (Jim Marohn Jr.) was s ground-saving third, with a solidly-closing Bluebird Jesse (Mark MacDonald) and a flattening Smalltownthrowdown settling for the minors. For Homicide Hunter, a 6-year-old Mr. Cantab owned by Crawford Racing trained by Chris Oakes, it was his fifth (consecutive) win in six seasonal starts (career earnings now over $1.28 million). The exacta paid $47.60, the triple returned $511 and the superfecta paid $3,625. Sunday's incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 1-La Moneda (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 2-Coach Cummings (Yonkers' 5th race) and returning $11.50 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,488. The next Sunday matinee is July 29th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

CHESTER PA - Bill's Man joined the illustrious company of harness racing greats Chapter Seven and Father Patrick by tying their track record time for four-year-old trotting horses, 1:52.1, in winning the $17,000 feature on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. A record was in the works from the 1/8 pole when EI EI O refused to let Arch Credit go by for the lead, forcing the latter to tuck before the 26.1 quarter. EI EI O went on to a 54.3 half, then was pressured by first-over Top Flight Angel to the 1:23.3 3/4s, with Bill's Man in pluperfect position second-over. Top Flight Angel wrested the lead by the top of the stretch, but Corey Callahan then asked the son of Credit Winner to trot on and he did so with power, equaling the track record as well as the season's record for the division (4-up) shared by Marion Marauder and Fraser Ridge. Trainer John Butenschoen saw Bill's Man raise his earnings to $556,229 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, M&L of Delaware LLC, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. Skates N Plates, a career winner of $437,944, extended his recent regaining of form to three straight victories in taking the $14,500 top trot for the older set. George Napolitano Jr. gunned the son of Revenue S away from the outside post eight and didn't have much trouble from there, stopping the timer in 1:54.4 while two lengths clear for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key. Freshman trotting colts made their pari-mutuel debut at Philly in 2018, with the Explosive Matter - Up Front Annika colt Ginger Tree Skyr trotting away in the stretch to a 4¼ length victory in 1:58.4. The winner came his own back half in 57.4 for driver David Miller, trainer Steven Cook, and the ownership of Ginger Tree Ventures LLC and Don Marean. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) cruised to a win in the featured pace ($6000) at a special Fathers Day matinee at Vernon Downs (June 17).   Major Bucks (Claude Huckabone iii) led them to a first quarter of :27.4.   After that is was all Dreams Beachboy ($2.90). Taking the lead just before the half in :58.1 then cruised to three-quarters in 1:25.2 and won by six lengths in 1:52.2. Major Bucks held for second with Prince Pinang (Artie Dickie) getting the third spot.   Dreams Beachboy is a 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. Owned by Crawford Farms racing and trained by Brunet, he won his first race of 2018. It was career win number 19 Truman Gale had three wins on the card. He won with Coopers Beach ($3.50), JDs Brent N Sheree ($3.00), and Card Knock Life ($40.20) . Jimmy Whittemore continues his strong season he leads all drivers in wins with 26 and Trainers in wins with 15. John MacDonald is second in both categories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 22) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Monticello, NY - The marque division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) featuring 3-year-old pacing colts will be showcased on Monday June 18 at Monticello Raceway. 3 divisions of Sire Stakes will race for $140,00, spilt into 3 heats of $39,200, 2 heats of the Excelsior A class - $15,000 and 1 division of the Excelsior B -$6,800. In the first division Real Surreal (PP4) has been installed the 5-2 favorite with Scott Zeron in the bike, the game son of So Surreal has been knocking on the door to the winner's circle for trainer Mark Steacy. Real Surreal finish second at Tioga Downs last start and a 3rd place third place at Vernon Down the prior week. Topville Olympian, who took his lifetime mark of 1:56 at Monticello as a 2-year-old has drawn the rail for trainer David Menary, the son of American Ideal is making his first seasonal start in Sire Stakes company and is seeking his first win of the year. Jordan Stratton. will handle the driving chores. Jersey Jim, the winner of the NYSS Final at Yonkers last fall drew PP 6 in the 1st division, racing for a purse of $39,200. The son of Artiscape has yet to regain his 2-year-old form, Jim Devaux will drive. The 2nd heat is a 7-horse field, the morning line favorite Trump Nation will start from the far outside from post position 7. The son of Betterthancheddar was the winner of $300,000 Rooney Final winner at Yonkers in 1:51.3 and was 2nd in his division of the Reynold Stake also at Yonkers. The Chris Oak trainee is owned by Crawford Farms and Evan Katz of Seaford NY. Ostro Hanover is a Monticello Raceway pupil for trainer Frank Yanoti. The son of Betterthancheddar will be driven by Jim Taggart Jr. Already a 6-time winner this year, he has picked up checks in his last 2 Sire Stake starts, looking impressive in his 3rd place finish at Vernon Downs in a blanket finish, pacing his mile in 1:50. Rockapelo (PP5) is moving up in class from the Excelsior A group, he scored an impressive win last start out at Tioga Downs were he jogged in 1:51.4 to win by 5½ lengths, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Linda Toscano for owner. Enviro Stables. My Delight (PP4 - Marcus Miller) highlights the final heat, the bay son of Betterthancheddar has won a Sire Stakes event this year at Vernon Down in 1:49.4, he is coming off a second-place finish in the same company at Tioga Downs. My Delight sports impressive tally this year with 2 wins and 3 thirds in 5 starts and $44,895 in 2018 earnings. Rock Lights (Rock N Roll Heaven) will benefit from the 2-post position, Scott Zeron at the helm. In the Excelsior A class, first division race 2, Casual Cool is being brought along very slowly this year by trainer Linda Toscano, the America Ideal filly has 4 qualifiers under her belt. A 5-time winner at 2, she will start from post 7, with owner Ken Jacobs favorite driver, Tim Tetrick. 2 local connections in this group, Rocknroll Delight (Gary Messenger - PP5) and Prophet Blue Chip (David Dziengiel PP6) Trainer George Ducharmes Rocksapatriot is the favorite in the other Excelsior A dash. The son of Rockincam will start from the rail, he has been first or second in his 4 seasonal starts, with Scott Zeron in the bike. The track record for 3 YOPC is 1:52.1 set by Kenneth J in 2007. by:Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway               All emails from Empire Resorts, Inc. and its subsidiaries, and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are considered privileged and confidential and may not be used by either party in any pending or future legal proceedings. Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001  

Columbus, OH --- Homicide Hunter and driver Aaron Merriman moved to the lead following the halfway point of Saturday’s (June 9) Charlie Hill Memorial and never looked back, winning the $200,000 event for older trotters by 4-1/2 lengths over In Secret in 1:50.3 on a track labeled good at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Charmed Life finished third. Defending champion Crazy Wow and two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder were scratched sick, reducing the field to seven horses. Race favorite Will Take Charge went off stride at the start and finished sixth.The winning time equaled the world record for an older gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and was a stakes and track record. I Know My Chip took the early lead in a :26.3 opening quarter-mile before seeing Smalltownthrowdown get the top spot prior to the half-mile point. Driver Sam Widger moved I Know My Chip back to the lead at the half, reached in :54.2, but faced pressure from Homicide Hunter, who was in front by the time he reached three-quarters in 1:22. Homicide Hunter is a 6-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of Evening Prayer. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing of New York and trained by Chris Oakes. The horse was bred by Patrick Graham. For the year, Homicide Hunter has won two of three races and earned $116,500. For his career, he has won 32 of 65 starts and banked $1.22 million. The Charlie Hill Memorial honors Hall of Famer Charles Hill, who was the founder and former president and chairman of the board of Scioto Downs. Homicide Hunter went off at odds of 3-1 and paid $8.60 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Durhamville, NY - All harness racing yearlings offered at the Morrisville State sale and the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by Crawford Farms have had a complete set of radiographs taken.   Michelle and Albert Crawford endeavor to offer their customers the utmost confidence when bidding on one of their yearlings and will be happy to provide the results to interested parties.   "We want buyers to know that every horse in our consignment has been closely examined by Dr. Michael Miller and that we stand by the results of the x-rays that these equine athletes are ready to start the next phase of their development" noted Michelle Crawford, the farm's co-owner.   Crawford Farms is excited to offer 17 New York bred yearlings in tomorrow's (Sept. 17) Morrisville sale and an additional 13 colts and fillies at the Lexington Selected Sale (Oct. 4-8) including a full brother to Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder.   For more information, check out our website: or call Michelle at 315-382-5378.    

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