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The last weekend on June was outreach time at Fair Winds Farm, in Cream Ridge, NJ for nearly 400 visitors. Fair Winds' owner, Mark Mullen, teamed up with Dr. Patty Hogan's Hogan Equine Clinic, located on the grounds of the farm, to open their doors to the public and hold a workshop for future equine health professionals. On Saturday, June 24, high school students spent the morning with Dr. Hogan at her clinic to learn how to prepare for a career in equine medicine, either as a veterinarian or a technician. "I'm often asked by young people how to prepare for a career caring for horses," said Hogan. "It's not all just good grades in math and science; the best vets I know have one thing in common - they know horses - they handle them well, they know their quirks, and are just all-around great observers of horse behavior. That is something no school can teach you - it's all experience." The afternoon brought a demonstration of equine massage by Suzanne D'Ambrose and a chance to try out what they learned on trotter Independent Act. Mark Mullen gave a close look at careers in breeding farm management. "The farm manager has to be good at many things," said Mullen. "Horse husbandry and first aid, foaling mares, nutrition, maintenance, there is so much to attend to in order to have healthy animals." There was no tuition for the workshop; students were asked to bring a donation of pet food. Feral cats at Gaitway Farm training center and the Monmouth County SPCA Pet Food Bank were the beneficiaries of about 600 pounds of donated food. On Sunday, the 4th annual Fair Winds open house brought a crowd of over 300 people to tour the clinic, see mares and foals up close, watch farrier Tom Mulryne at work, and see a demonstration of Standardbreds in new careers by the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization. Trainer Stacey Chiodo brought retired racehorse Mighty Young Joe and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's mare Sweet Karen showed how the trottingbred ponies teach young people about their training and care. The $1.3 million winner, Falls For You, and her gregarious three month old son by Trixton participated in the demonstrations to educate the crowd on the "crop" that Fair Winds produces. A team of grey Percherons pulled a wagon full of 17 different groups of visitors around the farm, with narration provided by a USTA staff member. There were also booths from the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ, Rutgers University, FFA, 4H and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Captions: Falls For You (T 1:52.2, $1,311,152) and her son by Trixton. By Ellen Harvey / Harness Racing Communications/USTA

Freehold, NJ --- The 107th season of harness racing in Goshen, N.Y., will include the final race in the United States for all-time money-winning driver John Campbell and inductions for harness racing's finest over a long weekend from July 1-4. On Sunday (July 2), John Campbell, whose $299.8 million in purses and 10,662 wins makes him the leading money-winning driver of all time in the world, will race for the final time in this country in the $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame drivers at Historic Track, 44 Park Place. In the race with Campbell will be many who have competed against him in the past several decades, including Bill O'Donnell, Ron Waples, David Miller, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, Dick Stillings, Wally Hennessey and Brian Sears, who will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame that evening. The first 500 paid admissions to the track will get a commemorative photo montage of Campbell's career highlights. All of the drivers in the Hall of Fame race will sign photos after the race. The Hall of Fame race is on the card in the second of four days of racing at Historic Track. Racing starts at 1 p.m. each day, with New York-bred Excelsior stakes races taking place on Saturday (July 1), along with a visit from Cameo Hills Farm's goodwill ambassador/riding horse/yearling babysitter Whiskey Pete p,4,1:48.4 ($426,701). Whiskey Pete will pose for selfies and invite pats from visitors behind the grandstand after races one, three, five and seven. The Harness Racing Museum, adjacent to the track at 240 Main Street, is open every day of the long weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free. New exhibits include one on the "Grey Ghost" Greyhound, trotting legend of the 1930s and set to open July 2 at 5 p.m. The exhibit includes his stall and adjacent sitting room, taken apart board by board in 2014 and re-assembled in the Museum. The sitting room was built next to his stall at his retirement home in Illinois to accommodate the regular parade of visitors he had until his death in 1965. Induction ceremonies at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in the Museum will take place Sunday evening (July 2). Driver Brian Sears leads the list of people and horses to be inducted. The 36th annual Great American Weekend celebration takes place just a block from the Museum and track on Goshen's nine-acre town green on Saturday and Sunday (July 1 and 2). Entertainment, craft and carnival food vendors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Racing resumes on Monday (July 3) with Landmark Stakes races and concludes on Tuesday (July 4) with New York-bred county fair races. Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Keystone Wallis, the paternal great-granddam of 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki, died over the weekend at her home of eight years with equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan, and her husband Ed Lohmeyer, in New Jersey. She was 31. "We found her in the paddock at feeding this morning (Sunday, June 4) with her faithful friend, (Hall of Fame broodmare) Flat Foot Fluzy standing guard over her," said Hogan. "Looks like it was peaceful -- no signs of trauma or any struggle in the ground around her." She was the dam of 14 foals, including Neverhaveneverwill, dam of Always A Virgin, the sire of Always B Miki. Keystone Wallis had lived with Hogan since 2009, long before her great-grandson became a patient of Hogan's for two different orthopedic surgeries. Keystone Wallis won 18 races in 62 starts, including a heat of the Jugette, along with $618,256; she took a mark of 1:55.3f as a 2-year-old. She was trained by the late Jack Kopas for owners Trent Valley Stables. She changed hands for the last time in the fall of 2009, at age 23, when she sold for $150 at public auction to Kate Miller, who'd seen her race in the Adioo Volo at The Meadows when Keystone Wallis was a 3-year-old and Miller was 6. Not yet in first grade at the time, Miller couldn't read a program, but she remembered the mare for her grey color and her post position -- one. Two decades later, she recognized her name in a sales catalog and went for the specific purpose of buying her to ensure a safe home. Miller was 26 then, but in no position to provide care for an older broodmare. Hogan read of their story and volunteered to care for Keystone Wallis at her home for the rest of her life. The mare forged a strong friendship with Lohmeyer's mare Flat Foot Fluzy, now 30, and the two spent every day together until the end of Keystone Wallis' life. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Spots are still available in a workshop for those who would like to learn to call a horse race. The United States Trotting Association, in conjunction with the Meadowlands Racetrack, is sponsoring the educational event on Saturday (June 17) at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 17 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, anchors the Meadowlands show on SNY and has also been on racing broadcast teams for CBS, NBC and ESPN. He provides voice overs for a variety of outlets and has a website, The workshop was last conducted in 2015 with announcer Tom Durkin as the instructor. Video of that workshop can be seen here. The two hour workshop has been logged so viewers can skip to the segments of most interest to them if they do not want to watch the entire segment. The day's events will start at 8 a.m. at the track and wrap up with students who wish to do so calling one of the non-betting, non-purse races for 2-year-olds that will start at 10 a.m. If the number of students who want to call a race exceeds the number of races that day, a random draw will be held to match a student with a race. Tuition is $40 for adults and $10 for high school and college students. Tuition will take the form of a tax deductible donation to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Class size is limited to 30. As a tribute to Sam McKee, the late Meadowlands announcer who started calling races at age 14, the USTA and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation have teamed up to provide travel grants, if needed, for high school and college students attending the class. For more information or to sign up, contact Ellen Harvey at or call 732.780.3700. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  

Freehold, NJ --- Jan. 1 is the universal birthday for every horse in North America. Waco Hanover (born May 4, 1977) of Randolph Center, Vt. and his fellow 40-year-old (born March 20, 1977) Standardbred, Chocolate Sundae, of Cumberland, Maine, overcame very long odds to reach that milestone. A crew from the CBS Sunday Morning Show visited with Waco Hanover, and two men devoted to his care, on Dec. 21 and 22. Their story about the senior Standardbred is scheduled to run on Sunday (Jan. 1). The show airs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EST) on CBS affiliates throughout the country. The story was placed by the U.S. Trotting Association's Harness Racing Communications division, with help from USTA member and CBS News Senior Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen. Sunday Morning is in its 36th season, first with host Charles Kuralt, then Charles Osgood and now Jane Pauley. Correspondent Tony Dokoupil traveled to Vermont to meet Waco Hanover and talk with his owner, Everett Kettler and caretaker, Donnie MacAdams. Here is an excerpt on Waco Hanover from the book Standardbred Old Friends, available in the Harness Racing Museum gift shop. *** Everett Kettler quickly spotted the new horse's problem. "He had a real attitude problem," he said. "Sour. He was very sour." Waco Hanover, now 37, was six when Kettler bought him for $1,500 in 1983. The gelding had raced for four years, most recently for Nelson Haley, in $2,000 claimers at Saratoga Raceway. In 57 starts, he'd won only four races. Kettler had just what Waco Hanover needed, a farm in Woodbury, Vt. "I let him be a horse," Kettler said. "He ate grass, ran around with mares." Waco was more teacher than pet to Kettler, more accustomed to coaxing sound from strings than speed from a horse. Kettler was a luthier, a craftsman of stringed instruments. "He taught me how to drive," Kettler said. "I didn't know anything. He wouldn't respond if you didn't do the right thing. "I had a tiny track, not good for anything but jogging. Before that, I was driving on the road, going through horseshoes every two weeks." Every spring, from 1983 to 1991, Kettler legged up Waco Hanover. They raced at places like the Tunbridge World's Fair in Vermont, featuring maple ice cream, an oxen costume class and the world's narrowest racetrack. It fits four horses across, but they'd better be narrow horses. "My God, it's scary," Kettler said. If you don't get down to three (wide) by the turn, you're going in the river." Waco Hanover won at Tunbridge his first year for Kettler, a mile in 2:15.2, an impressive time if you've seen the track. In the late 1980s, Kettler integrated his hobby and business. He founded Rough Terrain Carts and started building horse-drawn carts for country roads -- or no roads. Waco tested prototype carts. "It had these big, wooden wheels," said Kettler. "Waco looks over his shoulder and starts freaking. I put it over his rump, touched him with the shafts. It was like he said, 'Oh, you want me to pull it.' You could see the light bulb go off." "I got into endurance driving events," Kettler said. "I used that to put his legs under him in the spring, then I'd go off and race him." "He cleaned up in a couple of them," Kettler said. "I remember his first race. Well, it's not a race, an event. I didn't want two in the cart, but I was looking at five miles to go, and I thought this is nothing, absolutely nothing. My wife got in, and we must have passed 15 horses. They must have wondered what kind of monster is this?" The seasons turned with Waco resting in winter and legging up on country roads in spring. Kettler and Waco raced for a few hundred dollars from New York to Maine. Most years they won a race. That was nice but not essential, or, in Waco's mind, perhaps, wholly unnecessary. "I think he's the age he is and the shape he's in because he knew he'd still get fed, no matter what," Kettler said. In 1991 Waco Hanover turned 14. That season, his eleventh, spanned three weeks; he earned $1,350. All that work for so little money would be worth it, Kettler thought, if they could win at Tunbridge. "The main goal was to get a couple of races under him and win the 14-year-old race at Tunbridge," Kettler said. The purse was $210. "It was funny," Kettler said. "Well, funny to me, anyway. We got there, and there were only two horses in it." The other 14-year-old was Luke Hanover, owned and trained by Dale Allen. Luke and Waco Hanover were born and raised at Hanover Shoe Farms. Luke Hanover hadn't raced in two years. "This guy's kind of like me. He must keep pets around, because the horse hadn't been trained at all," Kettler said. "He just hitched him, made sure he could still go and put him in this race. "He told me, 'This horse hasn't trained at all. Don't leave me too far behind.' I said, 'Yeah, right.' I think he's going to the front and never looking back.' "Turns out it was the truth. I followed him a few feet and went to the front. I let Waco go at about the three-quarter-mile mark. I learned a long time ago not to look back. We won by the length of the stretch. Waco had a great cheering section." The cheering stopped, but Waco stayed busy. In 1991, Kettler and Leslie Bancroft Haynes formed a personal and professional partnership. Their first order of business was buying a farm. Called Rough Terrain Farm, after Kettler's cart business and Vermont's topography, it accommodated Haynes' pleasure horses and Kettler's racehorses. "The farm had a track," Kettler said. "It wasn't exactly flat, parts of it were flat. I had a trotter and when I was breaking him, I used Waco to help, to have another horse out there to give him the idea." Haynes trained carriage driving horses on her half of the farm. "I used Waco for that, too, to teach the young ones," she said. "When you put the harness on him, he was like, 'Yes, I get to go!' I think if you put a harness and a jog cart on him now, he'd be the happiest guy in the world." Haynes' and Kettler's relationship ended when Waco Hanover was 28, but their commitment to the horse endures. Kettler moved to Vermont's Champlain Islands to build boats. Haynes and Waco remain at Rough Terrain. Kettler's section of the farm is leased to the Vermont Technical College Equine Studies program. "The barn where he lives is the Co-op Barn. Kids who bring their horses to school board there," Haynes said. "It's called Waco's Barn, because everybody knows that when Waco dies, Everett will sell his share of the farm. But as long as Waco is alive, he promised Waco he could live his days out here." Donnie MacAdams, who sports a bushy white beard and a no-nonsense personality, lives above the barn and looks after Waco. "I'm an old dairy farmer and still believe horses are hay burners. But I've come around as far as Waco. We get along because we're a couple of old, cranky, miserable bastards. We understand each other. "I get out of my truck and walk toward the barn, and he starts walking to me. If I don't come right out and speak to him, he'll start kicking." There's something in this relationship, too, for MacAdams, who mans a tourism information site. "There are rude kids, obnoxious teenagers, people who expect to be waited on," MacAdams said. "He consoles me, calms me down. Waco loves to rub his face on my shoulder. He's worn out two jackets." Waco Hanover, it seems, has done as much for the people in his life as they for him, though not in money. The $2,600 won in seven years of racing for Kettler wouldn't feed him through one Vermont winter. Waco always cooperated, even, Kettler admits, with his rookie training skills. "He'd see a hill, and the steeper it was, the more determined he was to get up it," Kettler said. "There was something in his efforts that inspired tenacity in my life. Perhaps I appreciated Waco because of a common trait. Maybe he inspired tenacity that wouldn't have been available without his life intermingling with mine. "You've got a certain relationship with a horse, like being married. They're not perfect and you know it, but you put up with them, and they put up with you." .................................................. Due to expanded coverage of news stories, the feature story on 40 year-old Standardbred Waco Hanover scheduled to air on the CBS Sunday Morning show on January 1 has been postponed. No new air date has yet been finalized but it will be communicated as soon as possible. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  

Harrisburg, PA --- Thursday (Nov. 10) was Ladies Day at the Standardbred Horse Sale, with some distinguished harness racing matrons commanding the largest bids. “On a day like today, we saw the people who brought yearlings to sell, especially if they had a good sale, reinvesting,” said Russell Williams, chairman of the event. “They went from consigner to customer; they were buying. A couple hundred thousand is a good price for a broodmare. I would never sell a broodmare anywhere else but Harrisburg.” Satin Pillows, Hip No. 1059, brought a bid of $250,000 for Peninsula Farms. Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm signed the check. The 11-year-old daughter of Conway Hall is a half-sister to Pampered Princess, two-time divisional champion, and the dam of Breeders Crown and divisional champion To Dream On (1:52.1, $975,395). She is in foal to Cantab Hall. “Where we have made our most money, Pizza Dolce, Southwind Serena, Graceful Touch, Emilie Cas El – (broodmares) have been the best,” Stewart said. “That’s what we are trying to do, playing at the top level with one of the best. We were very surprised that we bought her for that price, we were ready to go quite a few more (bids). If you can play at that level, that is where you need to try to play. It’s worked out for us and she will be a great addition to the other girls at the farm.” Satin Pillows had a 2016 colt by Muscle Hill who died, but Stewart is inclined to try again in 2017 with that leading stallion. “Probably Muscle Hill (who she will be bred back to); I was told by Carter (Duer, of Peninsula Farms) that the foal was spectacular," he said. "She’s had some bad luck, but hopefully now that will work out better for us. She will be very happy.” Another trotting mare, Cedar Dove, found a new home not far from the sale at Hanover Shoe Farm, changing hands for $160,000. Her race history, divisional champ in 2011 and nearly $1.2 million in earnings along with a 1.52.3 record, was part of the attraction. “She was a great mare, a lot of name recognition and a great-looking mare,” said Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe. “I like the fact that she’s in foal to Explosive Matter because he never had a mare bred like that to him, so I’m excited to sell the best-bred Explosive Matter (progeny) ever. We will wait (to see the 2017 foal before deciding who to breed her back to), but he would be logical. I don’t know, we sit down in January and figure that out. She has a Muscle Hill weanling and it probably would be nice to breed her back to Muscle Hill, but we’ll see in then.” Sugar Wheeler will go right back where she started from, selling for $150,000 from the Concord Stud Farm consignment as agent for the estate of Bill Weaver and partners Wellwood, Hainsworth and Kelley. She was bought back for the farm, with the sales ticket signed by Julie Meirs. Her 2016 yearling colt by Muscle Hill sold on Monday for $400,000 and the current weanling colt by Kadabra sold for $60,000 to Thomas Dillon just minutes before the mare sold. “We did not have the intention (to try to buy her) at all," Meirs said. "We sold her $400,000 Muscle Hill colt earlier in the week, so you have to do a double-take on looking at her that way. We had a good sale and needed to make sure we put something back in to the broodmare band every year that will continue to produce those yearlings that everyone’s looking for, so we thought that she would be one to get. She had a nice-looking Kadabra weanling here so we will see what happens. “It will be nice to have one of the mares that we’ve had on the farm for Mr. Weaver and his partners," added her father, David. “They were family for us and we have one of the better ones now.” At the other end of the price spectrum, the 21-year-old Neverhaveneverwill, Hip No. 1249, sold for $2,000 as the third from last sale of the day, to Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farm. The grey mare is the dam of Always A Virgin (1:48.4, $1,135,559) and thus granddam of the fastest Standardbred in history, Always B Miki (1:46, $2,519,368). Skolnick is a partner on both Always A Virgin and Always B Miki. “She will go out in the field and she’ll live out the rest of her life," he said. "She won't be bred. I was told she did a great job for us; she gave us Always A Virgin. I didn’t come here thinking I was going to buy her. I was told I was going to buy her by a lot of bleeding heart employees (Emily Homan and Kelly Deitweiller). by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

Harrisburg, PA --- The decision was not a hard one for harness racing trainer Benoit Baillargeon when he saw Alarm Detector.  “I like the whole package,” he said of the Chapter Seven – Final Countdown – Yankee Glide colt whose sales ticket he signed for $110,000, the day’s sales topper,  at the Standardbred Horse Sale on Wednesday.  “There’s a guy (Bryan Montgomery) who put me on to him,” said Baillargeon.  He said, ‘Ben, this is a very nice looking colt, you should go take a look at him.  He knows I’m a trotting man.  I buy mostly trotters all the time.  He said you should go take a look at this horse.  “Bryan saw him raised, really, because he lives locally, near the farm (Concord Stud Farm, consignor for Order By Stable).  He said he’d seen the horse grow up and he was a nice horse.  So I looked at the horse, I looked at the video and he had a beautiful way of going and I said, ‘Well, let’s try to buy him.’ “I know all these horses (in his pedigree), it’s a good family.  Trotters have been good to me; they’ve been bread and butter to me. I buy and race a lot of trotters, it’s good fit for me.  “He will head north, in Canada, no Florida for me.  I’m at Ideal Training Center, about half an hour north of Mohawk.   He will have the harness on him Monday.” Russell Williams, Chairman of the Standardbred Horse Sale, was pleased with the virtual wrap up of the yearling portion of the sale.  “It was the second best average we ever had,” he said.  The top average came in 2007, when 1,048 yearlings sold for an average of $40,824. This year’s average was $38,662 for 866 yearlings. “Very satisfying, particularly when you think of all the work that goes in to raising these horses.  It’s really great that our consignors can have a pay day.” Top ticket horses for the day included: Hip #515 Photobomb Hanover (Explosive Matter – Phaeton) $65,000 filly to Purple Haze Stables - Hanover Shoe Farm Hip # 590 Sweet Toujours (Mach Three – Sweet Hedge) $60,000 filly to Determination – Preferred Equine Marketing Hip # 685 Muscle Miley (Muscle Mass – Bar Ballad) $60,000 filly to Bjorn Noren, Agent – Fair Winds Farm Hip # 704 Brandon Hanover (Big Jim – Brissonte Hanover ) $60,000 colt to David Menary – Hanover She Farms Hip # 723 Shadow Moon (Shadow Play – Lofty Yankee) $60,000 colt to Dr. Ian Moore – Spring Haven Farm Hip # 759 Everyone Hanover (Sportswriter – Edra Hanover) $65,000 colt to Mark Steacy – Hanover Shoe Farms Hip # 765 Western Passage (Sportswriter – Ever Western) $80,000 colt to Casie Coleman – Winbak Farm The day’s offering of  brought the three day total to 866 yearlings sold for an average $38,662 against  $30,818 after three days in 2015 for 1,010 yearlings, and $32,903 in 2014 for 1,089 yearlings. Trotters led the overall totals, bringing an average of $40,438 against $37,207 for pacers.  The sale resumes Thursday morning at 10 a.m., with a limited number of yearlings and weanlings selling first, then bloodstock.  Friday’s sale features racehorses.  For more detailed results and a look at the catalog for the next two days, go to  by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Walner (Tim Tetrick) was the easiest kind of winner of the $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a track and stakes record 1:53 by 4½ lengths on Saturday at The Meadowlands. The record had been 1:53.2, shared by Pinkman (2014) and Manofmanymissions (2010). Walner is trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Ken Jacobs. Moonshiner Hanover (Scott Zeron) was second and Sortie (Andy McCarthy) was third. The early pace was set by Moonshiner Hanover who got to the :28 first quarter alone at the lead, after an early break by Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan) left the second spot temporarily empty. Walner was up front to take away the lead at the three eighths, and he was in front at the :57 half. Jake (Sylvain Filion) tried to overtake the lead from fifth and got up to third at the 1:26 three quarters, with Moosnhiner Hanover second inside him along the rail. When the field straightened for home, the son of Chapter Seven got mild urging from Tetrick and the two put distance between them and the field for an unpressured win in record time. "He can do it either way," said Tetrick. "He's got a ton of ability and he's very special. I just wanted to get around there safe and make sure I didn't mess it up. I knew I had a good horse, so if I got him in there with decent fractions I knew he would be hard to catch." "I was nervous this time because I expect big things from this colt, said trainer Linda Toscano. "He's a good colt, he has a great attitude. He loves his job." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) came out of the clouds to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies by a length and a quarter on Saturday at The Meadowlands. Araina G is owned and was bred by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and trained by Jimmy Takter. For the daughter of Muscle Hill and Cantab It All, the win was her ninth in 11 starts. Cameron Hill (Andy Miller) was first to the lead at the :27.4 quarter, but Treviso (Charlie Norris) was on the move on her outside to take over the lead momentarily before That’s All Moni (Tim Tetrick) took a turn on the lead and held it to the :56.1 half. She stayed in the top spot to the 1:25.1 three quarters, with Sunshine Delight (John Campbell) right at her bridle on the outside.  Those two were trotting strong for the wire when Chezatter (David Miller) started to move on the winners, but outside of her, Ariana G trotted down the middle of the track to pass them both about a sixteenth of a mile from the wire. Princess Aurora (Brian Sears) closed for second for the same connections as the winner and Sunshine Delight was third. “Last week she got a little hot on me,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “But they went big fractions, so I was able to race her from behind, but last week she was really grabby and I really believe I choked her. Even at the top of the stretch, I still had a stranglehold of her and then two steps later I had two loose lines. I’m pretty sure she choked last week. The credit goes to Jimmy, he made equipment changes and obviously they worked tonight. “I drew in a good spot, Chezatter was inside of me. She looked like she was going to move to the front early on and I was really content to follow her and obviously it worked out.” “She raced good," said Takter. “There was a little commotion in front of her, horses in and out; she raced well. It was her race to lose. I think it was necessary. It’s a long year for her. This is her last for the year. We decided, she’s been racing since May, it’s a long year. It’s a great way to finish the year for her. I put the ear hood on her and opened her up a little so she could get a little more relaxed. "Princess Aurora finished very, very good. She’s probably the horse that’s in the best form out of my horses right now. But by the same token she wasn’t in the early races like those other horses were in the season. She’s going to continue racing, going to the Goldsmith Maid up in Canada."   by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Flanagan Memory and harness racing driver Brian Sears flushed out heavily favored Resolve past the half and then just waited their turn to wear down the field to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.1 by a length on Friday at The Meadowlands. Flanagan Memory is trained by Rene Dion and co-owned by him with Liette Flanagan. Windsun Revenge (Scott Zeron) was first to the lead in :27, with Crazy Wow in second and 1-5 favorite Resolve behind JL Cruze, who was third. Past the first quarter, Sears was on the move from sixth with Flanagan Memory, which caused trainer/drive Ãke Svanstedt to tip off the rail and head for the lead. At the :55.3 half, Windsun Revenge was still on the lead, with Crazy Wow in second and Resolve looking to pass him on the outside. Resolve was second on the outside to Windsun Revenge by the 1:23.2 three quarters. When the field straightened for home, Yannick Gingras was moving for the lead on the rail with Crazy Wow, while Svanstedt and Resolve briefly got a nose in front of the field before Brian Sears and Flanagan Memory trotted fastest of all to the wire. Resolve held for second and JL Cruze was third. "We got a nice trip tonight with him," said Sears. "We got to follow Resolve halfway down the lane so it worked well. The horse has been racing really good and Rene and Susie (Kerwood, his caretaker) really deserve it, they've done a great job with the horse, really awesome. It was a really big effort in the International Trot two weeks ago (he was third). He came out of it good and to finish third with the overland trip he got and still coming at the wire. This horse, he likes to pick them up late. He's a solid horse, he's a contender, always going forward at the wire." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications    

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) sprinted away from the field in the last eighth of a mile to win the $250,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing trotting mares in 1:53.3 by two lengths on Friday (October 28) night at The Meadowlands. Hannelore Hanover is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, Jerry and Teresa Silva.  Bee A Magician (Brian Sears) and Hannelore Hanover were first to flirt with the lead, but Bee A Magician got there first just before the :27.4 first quarter. Hannelore Hanover was right behind her on the rail and was on the move just beyond that point and took over the lead and held it to the :56.1 half mile marker. Shake It Cerry (Dave Miller) was on the move toward the lead from the back of the pack past the half and ranged second on the outside when Hannelore Hanover led the field to the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Bee A Magician was still along the rail behind those two as the field turned for home.  Hannelore Hanover had no serious challengers down the stretch and pulled away from the field for the win, her 16th in 19 starts this year. Bee A Magician was second and Shake It Cerry was third. “I didn’t doubt my mare, she’s a great horse,” said Gingras. “The International was just a race to forget (she was 7th) on a half-mile track. There was definitely a Bee A Magician factor, she looked really good at Yonkers last week (October 15) and I thought she would definitely give me a run for the money.  “She’s (Hannelore Hanover) got big lungs and that’s one of the reasons we were interested in going to Yonkers, the distance doesn’t faze her at all. She’s always strong finishing like she showed again tonight. She didn’t handle the half but tonight she showed what a great horse she is.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Standardbreds with new careers under saddle will serve as honorary parade harness racing marshals on Breeders Crown nights at The Meadowlands, October 28 and 29. On Friday night, October 28, a pair of pacers will lead the older divisions to the post. Nite Train, winner of 11 races in 36 starts, will be ridden by Mary McDermott, daughter of trainer Kevin McDermott. Nite Train is known by his nickname, Whitey, and he and Mary compete in english and western competition at horse shows and also enjoy trail riding. Mary is a graduate of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Alongside Nite Train will be JR Grin and Joanna Ricci. JR Grin is a daughter of Breeders Crown champion Grinfromeartoear and granddaughter of three time Breeders Crown champ Jenna's Beach Boy. JR Grin was adopted from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) by Joanna Ricci, who is also a graduate of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. JR Grin and Joanna have competed extensively in both english and western events for two years and have a stack of blue ribbons to show for their work. Joanna is president of the Allentown (NJ) High School FFA and a member of the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization. On Saturday, 25 year-old Osborne's Shy Cam, a son of Cam Fella, will take the lead, along with trotter Independent Act, a son of trotter Conway Hall. "Ozzy" was adopted 11 years ago from the SRF. He's got a busy life with mother and daughter Amanda and Terry Keynton. Ozzy has had a full competitive career in 4H horse shows, along with english, western and gymkhana competition, hunter paces, parades and trail rides. Independent Act, "Indy," and owner Suzanne D'Ambrose are a very busy pair, with Indy serving as an active ambassador for the breed. Aside from an active show career, he and D'Ambrose, a retired law enforcement officer and high school teacher, have appeared at library events for the NJ Month of the Horse, parades and neighborhood trick or treat on horseback. D'Ambrose also helps other Standardbreds prepare for a new career, as a volunteer trainer and massage therapist with the SRF. There are currently 212 horses in the SRFs care, all of them looking for a forever home. Many, because of age or limited use, are not attractive adoption prospects, but their future is secure with the SRF. The SRF ( is the only organization dedicated solely to rehoming Standardbreds, and the only program that follows up every adoption for life. Ellen Harvey

The Halters For Hope program, which sells halters used by harness racing stars to benefit adoption programs for their fellow Standardbred has some power-packed new additions. Halters worn by Continentalvictory, Father Patrick, Somebeachsomewhere and Bettor's Delight can be purchased for a $400 tax deductible donation. Halters For Hope designates donations to a rotating assortment of programs that serve Standardbreds. The halters were generously donated by the connections of the horses who wore them. For a $250 donation, the halters of a star-studded group that includes Mr. Muscleman, Forrest Skipper, Camtastic, See You At Peelers, Bunny Lake and broodmares D Train, Rich N Elegant and Hattie are available. A full list can be found on the Halters For Hope Facebook page. There is no additional charge for shipping and 100% of all donations go directly to the adoption programs benefitting Standardbreds. Ordering information is on the Facebook page. Ellen Harvey

East Rutherford, NJ ---- It wasn’t the perfect drive. But it was the perfect ending. Marion Marauder won Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $1 million Hambletonian, presented by Mullinax Ford, by a nose over Southwind Frank in 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Sutton was third as the top three horses stretched across the finish line separated by only a neck in the 91st edition of the sport’s top race for harness racing 3-year-old trotters. It was Marion Marauder’s second win of the day. Earlier in the afternoon, he won his Hambletonian elimination by a half-length over Southwind Frank in a career-best 1:51.3. Last year, Marion Marauder was winless in races against Southwind Frank, finishing second on four occasions. In the Hambletonian final, Marion Marauder was fifth as Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping traded the lead in the first half of the race. At that point Scott Zeron, driving Marion Marauder for the wife-and-husband training team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, put his horse in gear and launched a first-over attack. Marion Marauder was second behind Bar Hopping at three-quarters, but reached the front at the top of the stretch. As Bar Hopping dropped back, eventually finishing fifth, Marion Marauder held off hard-charging challenges from Southwind Frank to his inside and Sutton on the outside. Waitlifter K was fourth, beaten a length. Zeron, who at age 27 became the second-youngest driver to win the Hambletonian, thought he might have moved too soon with Marion Marauder. “I know better,” Zeron said. “I know that when he clears another horse, he thinks the race is over, and I got a little over anxious. I just tried to get away on Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping and just sprint away from them and my horse just kind of started lollygagging around and not knowing where the wire was but he hung tough to finish. “It is amazing. The Wellwood family has trained trotters their whole lives and everything they’ve done has lead up to this point. The pressure is all on the Hambletonian and we delivered, the horse delivered. It was amazing. I can’t believe it.” Wellwood, who became the second female trainer to win the Hambletonian, along with Linda Toscano, is the daughter of the late Bill Wellwood, a driver/trainer enshrined in both the U.S. and Canadian halls of fame. Marion Marauder is owned by Wellwood’s mother, Marion Jean, and her 19-year-old son, Devin Keeling. Marion Marauder’s name combines the names of Wellwood’s mom and the nickname of Devin’s college mascot at McMaster University, where he will play football. Interestingly, the horse’s original name already had “Marion” in it; he was purchased for $37,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale under the name Marion Monopoly. According to Wellwood, this was the family’s 10th try at winning the Hambletonian. “It means the world; it was my father’s dream,” Wellwood said. “It has been my mother’s and my dream. We’ve tried. When this horse came along, you dare to dream. We started to dream last year. “I was in shock (at the finish) it was so close. I knew where he was, I knew he was first up and had taken over the lead. I guess I was in shock, I couldn’t even scream. I watched and I thought it was too close to call and everyone was saying it was too close to call.” Added a teary-eyed Marion Jean Wellwood, “It feels really good. I’ve been trying for this for a long time and I just want to say I dedicate this to my late husband.” Marion Marauder, a son of 2009 Hambletonian winner  Muscle Hill out of the Nova Award-winning mare Spellbound Hanover, has won six of seven races this year and seven of 20 career starts. He pushed his lifetime earnings to $1.01 million with his Hambletonian triumph. “The difference between last year and this year is that he grew quite a bit,” Paula Wellwood said. “He got bigger and stronger but the real difference is that he learned how to win.” Zeron’s win capped a memorable championship meet at the Meadowlands for the driver, who won the track’s driving title. “I want to thank Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling for bringing me in to drive this horse full time,” said Zeron, who was driving in the Hambletonian for the first time. “Not a lot of people give a young guy a chance to drive a Hambletonian trotter. It’s amazing.” by Ken Weingartner and Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, NJ --- All The Time (Yannick Gingras) emerged from the pack at the head of the stretch to pull away from the field to win the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Meadowlands in 1:52.1 by 3-3/4 lengths. Side Bet Hanover (Corey Callahan) was first to the lead at the quarter-mile pole in :28.1 before being overtaken by Caprice Hill, who put Side Bet Hanover behind her and led the field through the :55.4 half-mile. Celebrity Eventsy (John Campbell) was out to challenge past the half-mile marker but could not get past the leader, who got to the three quarters in 1:24 before the field straightened for home. A trio of fillies were ahead of All The Time with about an eighth of a mile to go were left in her wake as she overhauled them handily in an all-out sprint to the wire. “I was hoping to follow Brian (Sears with Windowshopper),” said Gingras. “I thought his filly was one of the fillies to beat, and they had a little bobble on the backstretch. She felt so strong, she was able to catch the gap really quickly. I was just hoping not to be first-up around the last turn. I figured John would come (with Celebrity Eventsy) and when he did it made my job really easy.” Caprice Hill (Tim Tetrick) was second and Celebrity Eventsy (John Campbell) was third. Broadway Donna (David Miller) was fourth and Side Bet Hanover fifth. All The Time is a daughter of Muscle Hill, trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. It was the sixth Hambletonian Oaks win for Takter and his third in a row. He ties Jan Johnson for the most Oaks wins ever as a trainer. “She was really sharp today,” said Takter. “She had a good week. The timing had to be perfect. I knew I had a ticket that was very strong with a couple good fillies. We pulled the front shoes on her, which I think might have kicked her up a little bit. It was the first time she ever did that. There were three horses in the race that I had tremendous respect for. We were the lucky ones.” by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ ---- Bar Hopping and harness racing driver Tim Tetrick won the first of two $70,000 elimination races by open lengths in 1:51.4 to advance to the final of the $1 million Hambletonian, presented by Mullinax Ford, on Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Meadowlands. Milligan’s School (Andy Miller) was second and Lagerfeld (Yannick Gingras) was third. Iron Mine Bucky (George Dennis) was fourth and Mavens Way (John Campbell) was fifth and got the final spot in the Hambletonian final. The time was Bar Hopping’s lifetime best. The son of Muscle Hill is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marin Katz and Al Libfeld. Brooklyn Hill (David Miller) was first to the lead in :27.2, but Bar Hopping was out past that mark to challenge and grabbed the lead before hitting the half in :55.4. Milligan's School was out to challenge at the five-eighths-mile marker but could not get past the leader at the 1:24 third quarter. Bar Hopping pulled away from the field for the win. “He was super. He was even better than he was the last couple weeks,” said Tim Tetrick. “Jimmy’s good at those big days and he’s got him right where he wants him. I didn’t know (about multiple horses making breaks past the three-quarters). But when Andy (driving Milligan's School) was first up and he started growling at his, mine took right off. I wasn’t worried from there. I think he’s ready for the final.” Bar Hopping Marion Marauder stormed through the stretch and overtook leader Southwind Frank in the final strides to win the second of Saturday’s two eliminations for the Hambletonian. The time for the mile was 1:51.3, a lifetime best for Marion Marauder, who was sent off at odds of 3-1. Joining Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank in the $1 million final were Waitlifter K, Sutton, and The Royal Harry. Southwind Frank, the 1-5 favorite, got the lead in a :26.4 opening quarter-mile and led through fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.2. Scott Zeron drove Marion Marauder for trainer Paula Wellwood and owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. It was the colt’s fifth win in six races this year. “If I had a helmet cam on, it would have been pretty interesting to watch,” said Scott Zeron, competing in his first Hambletonian. “There were some people in front of me and I was hoping that things would work out a little bit differently but it didn’t and he ended up overcoming the distance we had to make up at the three-quarter pole. We were trying to mow down a horse that I thought was the best horse, I felt, to get to the final (Southwind Frank) and he did it. And he did it impressively.” Below is the draw for the Hambletonian final. 1 – Southwind Frank 2 – The Royal Harry 3 – Bar Hopping 4 – Waitlifter K 5 – Marion Marauder 6 – Sutton 7 – Milligan’s School 8 – Iron Mine Bucky 9 – Mavens Way 10 – Lagerfeld by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

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