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Standardbred Canada (SC) continues to support Ontario Racing’s efforts in lobbying the Ontario Provincial Government to allow racetracks in the province to resume racing. To support this initiative further, SC asks our Ontario members to take action and contact their elected MPPs. In addition to the extensive and diligent lobbying efforts by Industry leaders, it’s important that we have all participants in the Ontario horse racing industry involved in contacting our provincial government. Since the lockdown and emergency stay at home order, there has been an exodus of Ontario horses and horse people to the United States, members are struggling financially, and the Standardbred industry has clearly demonstrated that racing can be conducted safely. We are at a critical crossroad and it’s imperative that we all do our part! We would ask you to customize the letter we’ve provided and send to your elected MPP in your riding as soon as possible! We are hopeful that this grassroots industry initiative will generate additional awareness in this concerted effort to allow the resumption of Ontario horse racing. From June through December, 2020 and from late February through early April this year, the industry demonstrated that it can operate safely and successfully and is prepared to adhere to all new governmental health protocols and operational procedures for racing to operate in Ontario. We need your help to ensure your voice and concerns are heard and understood by Premier Ford and his cabinet members and understand that horse racing in Ontario needs to resume as soon as possible for the livelihood of our members and sport and for the health of our horses. Please support the return to racing in Ontario by acting now and sending the letter below to your local MPP. Click here for the letter template. How Do I Use The Letter Template? Use the link below and put in your postal code toward the bottom of the web page to find the MPP(s) serving in your area and their contact information. Click here to access information on your local MPP. You can customize the letter template by adding: ✓ Your name and address ✓ The date you are sending the letter. ✓ The MPP’s contact information and title(s) ✓ Your name at the bottom of the letter and an email address and / or phone number in case they reach out to you. Send your letter either via email or by mail to the address or email address found on the MPP’s contact page once you have input your postal code into the search box at the bottom of the page at the link noted above. If you have any questions, or need any assistance, please email communications@standardbredcanada.ca From Standardbred Canada

The Standardbred Canada Board of Directors would like to announce the appointment of Ryan Clements of Ontario as Active Director. Mr. Clements grew up on a horse farm in Uxbridge, Ontario and horse racing has always been a part of his life. With a computer science degree Mr. Clements is steeped in knowledge of programming software and developed a racing app called "Off and Pacing" which has been played by more than 100,000 people around the world. “We wish to congratulate and welcome Mr. Clements to the Board, and his knowledge and experience with computer technology and love of horse racing will be a wonderful asset for the Board,” stated Mr. Bill McLinchey, Chair of Standardbred Canada. Mr. Clements' appointment to the board is effective immediately. From Standardbred Canada

STANDARDBRED CANADA reports that harness racing trainer Chris Ryder enjoyed a stellar 2020 campaign, thanks in large part to the stars of his stable: Bettors Wish and Party Girl Hill. With Bettors Wish's first foals on the ground, the now four-year-old mare Party Girl Hill will look to help Ryder carry his new-found momentum into 2021. "To go to the barn and those two were there — most days, it was a blessing!" Ryder told Trot Insider. "They carried us through." Bettors Wish retired from his racing career — good for 24 wins and over $2.7 million in the bank — after concluding his four-year-old season with a decisive 1:48.1 score in the TVG Open at The Meadowlands last November. Now, it's time for Party Girl Hill to make her statement against older company — and her nearly flawless three-year-old campaign serves as ample indication that she'll likewise be a major force to reckon with. "She's been a surprise, even though we were confident when we first put her on the track," said Ryder. "She was terrific. It was a heck of a year. Couldn't even imagine that a completely inexperienced, unraced three-year-old would come out and just go the way she did. It just shows you what good stock she is." Of 16 starts, Party Girl Hill won 15 of them, banking $932,545 in the act and taking her mark of 1:47.2 in her lone tilt against male company — in the Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. To read the rest of the article, click here. 

It is with regret Standardbred Canada announces that it was required to take the necessary steps to remove Mr. Jim Whelan from its Board of Directors effective February 5, 2021. Mr. Whelan failed to acknowledge and agree to conditions placed on him by the Board as a result of violating Standardbred Canada’s Policies and Procedures as well as its By-Laws. Unfortunately Mr. Whelan has threatened legal action against Standardbred Canada and as a result, I nor the association, is at liberty to provide any further information at this time. Bill McLinchey Chair, Standardbred Canada

Standardbred Canada announced the winners of 2020 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season, during a Virtual Gala videostreamed on standardbredcanada.ca on Sunday, January 31. Held virtually due to the provincial lockdown in Ontario, this year marked the 32nd edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Richard Moreau added a record eighth O’Brien trophy to his mantle in the Trainer of the Year Category after a season which saw him top the earnings and win charts for Canadian trainers. Based in Puslinch, Ont., Moreau is one of the country’s busiest trainers, sending postward 1,604 starters that made 237 trips to the winner’s circle and earned more than $3.6 million in purses. Bob McClure of Rockwood, Ont., won his first O’Brien trophy as Canada’s Driver of the Year following a career-best season for earnings. McClure was the country’s leading money winning driver and he also reached several major milestones last year -- eclipsing the $7 million mark in earnings, winning his first Breeders Crown Championship and capturing the Lampman Cup as the Ontario Sires Stakes’ leading driver. Some of the horses he regularly drove who contributed to his earnings milestone and 233 trips to the winner’s circle included divisional champions Donna Soprano, Lauras Love, Lawless Shadow and Tattoo Artist while sharing the driving duties aboard On A Streak. Kelly Hoerdt of Beaumont, Alta., won his second O’Brien Award of Horsemanship following a year that saw the Alberta-based trainer-driver condition 157 winners and horses to more than $877,000 in earnings, while driving 163 winners and horses to purse earnings in excess of $895,000. Scarlett Hanover was crowned champion in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly division following a stellar season which saw her post 11 top-three finishes from 14 starts and bank more than $449,000 in earnings. She won two Ontario Sires Stakes events including the OSS Super Final and also competed against Grand Circuit company, scoring a season’s best 1:51.3 victory in the Champlain Stakes while also winning an elimination of the Shes A Great Lady. Lawless Shadow was voted Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year after an ultra-consistent season that saw him hit the board in eight of nine races, including four victories, while earning more than $307,000. He scored two victories in Ontario Sires Stakes events, a win in the Nassagaweya, runner-up finishes in his Metro elimination and OSS Super Final and a third-place finish in the Metro Final. In the Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly division, Lauras Love took O’Brien honours. The Betterthancheddar filly was a model of consistency in 2020, scoring 16 top-three finishes, including eight victories from 20 races, and earning $331,000 for her connections. In addition to a victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, she scored multiple victories in overnight competition and also won a division of the Simcoe Stakes against Grand Circuit company. Tattoo Artist was voted Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. The son of Hes Watching was a winner of eight of 17 starts and more than $666,000 last season with victories in five Ontario Sires Stakes events and a division of the Simcoe Stakes. One of his biggest efforts was a runner-up finish in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. So Much More, a dominant competitor in the Fillies & Mares Preferred Ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park, took Older Pacing Mare honours. She won 12 of 30 starts and eclipsed $300,000 in earnings last year while winning in a career best 1:49.3 at Mohawk. Century Farroh took home two O’Brien Awards; one as Older Pacing Horse of the Year and the other as the Somebeachsomewhere Horse of The Year. Competing as a four-year-old, the son of Mach Three scored 12 top-three finishes in 16 starts and accrued more than $637,000 in earnings in 2020. His stakes victories included the Breeders Crown and the Dan Patch, both at Hoosier Park. Donna Soprano was voted Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the year. The Donato Hanover filly won five of seven races and more than $575,000 for her connections in a season that included sweeps of the Pure Ivory and Peaceful Way Stakes, a win in a Champlain division and an impressive runner-up finish in the inaugural edition of the Mohawk Million. In the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division, On A Streak beat out stablemate Macho Martini. On A Streak had only two wins in 10 starts, but they were both very lucrative ones. His maiden-breaking effort came in the $525,000 William Wellwood Stakes, which was worth $267,500 and a coveted spot in the inaugural Mohawk Million where he finished a solid third. His second victory came in the Breeders Crown, and was worth $300,000. In total the Cantab Hall colt earned in excess of $850,000 for his season which also included a runner-up finish in the Valley Victory. Sorella took divisional honours as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year for a season which saw her win eight of 15 races and $737,000. The Muscle Hill filly posted victories in multiple stakes events including the Hambletonian Oaks, the Reynolds, the Casual Breeze, the Bluegrass and the Matron. Pemberton, a son of Wheeling N Dealin, was voted Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. A winner of eight of 10 races, he earned more than $363,000 during his sophomore season. Four of his victories came in Ontario Sires Stakes events including the season-ending Super Final. In the Older Trotting Mare category, Hey Livvy won O’Brien honours for her season which included nine wins and more than $283,000 in 23 trips postward, highlighted by her richest payday, an impressive victory in the Armbro Flight. Perfetto was voted Older Trotting Horse of the Year after winning seven of 25 races and more than $151,000 while making all but one start at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The son of Majestic Son posted a career best effort of 1:52.3 on December 14 at Mohawk. Austin Sorrie of Freelton, Ont., was recognized with the Future Star Award. The Prince Edward Island native was in demand on the Ontario B Track circuit in 2020, driving in more than 1,200 races, scoring 151 wins and driving horses to more than $923,000 in purse earnings. In the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, Seelster Farms added a fourth O’Brien bronze to their trophy case. In 2020, horses bred by Seelster won 260 races and earned more than $3.5 million. Top performers included O’Brien divisional winner Lawless Shadow, O’Brien finalist Karma Seelster along with Tokyo Seelster. The complete list of winners follows below. 2020 O'BRIEN AWARD WINNERS PACERS TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Scarlett Hanover Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown, PA – Frank Baldachino, Clarksburg, NJ – JandT Silva Purnel & Libby, Delray Beach, FL – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT PACER Lawless Shadow Owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Cambridge, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB - Serge Savard, St-Bruno, QC – Frank Cannon, Sanford, FL THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Lauras Love Owned by John Pentland, London, ON – Gracie Mae Barr, Thamesford, ON THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT PACER Tattoo Artist Owned by Frank Cannon, Sanford – Let It Ride Stables Inc., Boca Raton, FL OLDER PACING MARE So Much More Owned by Don Beatson, Granton – Ken Beatson, Palgrave – Cole England, Exeter, ON OLDER PACING HORSE Century Farroh Owned by Ratchford Stable NS, North Sydney, NS TROTTERS TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Donna Soprano Owned by Determination, Montreal, QC TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT TROTTER On A Streak Owned by Determination, Montreal, QC THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Sorella Owned by Elmer Fannin, Lincoln, DE – Crawford Farms Racing, Syracuse, NY – Brent Fannin, Milford, DE THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT TROTTER Pemberton Owned by Brenda Walker, Owen Sound – Christine Walker, Tara, ON OLDER TROTTING MARE Hey Livvy Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Wallkill – Ellen Ott, Buffalo, NY- Trevor Henry, Arthur, ON OLDER TROTTING HORSE Perfetto Owned by Gerry Haggerty, Camden East, ON SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE HORSE OF THE YEAR Century Farroh Owned by Ratchford Stable NS, North Sydney, NS PEOPLE AWARDS O'BRIEN AWARD OF HORSEMANSHIP Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB ARMSTRONG BREEDER OF THE YEAR Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON DRIVER OF THE YEAR Bob McClure, Rockwood, ON TRAINER OF THE YEAR Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON FUTURE STAR AWARD Austin Sorrie, Freelton, ON Oustanding Groom Award Brady Jackson, Sunderland, ON Media Excellence Awards Outstanding Written Work – Garnet Barnsdale Outstanding Photography – Clive Cohen Outstanding Broadcast – Woodbine Entertainment

Mississauga, ON – Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. There are two finalists in each category which includes 12 divisional horse categories and five people awards. Horse of the Year will be one of the divisional champions. Winners will be announced at the Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala on Sunday, Jan. 31 on standardbredcanada.ca. This will mark the 32nd edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Richard Moreau will be looking to add a record eighth O’Brien trophy to his mantle in the Trainer of the Year Category and is up against Ben Baillargeon of Guelph, Ont., a first-time nominee. Baillargeon is enjoying a career-best season, training horses to 123 victories and more than C$2.9 million in earnings including O’Brien finalist P L Jill in the Older Trotting Mare category. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ont. has earned seven consecutive titles as Canada’s Trainer of the Year. To date in 2020, he has sent 236 winners postward and trained horses to more than C$3.6 million in earnings including O’Brien finalist Lit De Rose in the Older Pacing Mare Category. Moreau, one of the country’s busiest trainers with more than 1,580 races to his credit, has topped the Canadian earnings charts for trainers for several years and was the leading money earning trainer at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Georgian Downs during 2020. Bob McClure and Doug McNair, the top two money-earning drivers in the country are the Driver of the Year finalists. Bob McClure of Rockwood, Ont., is en route to a career-best season in the earnings column, and is the leading money winning driver in Canada. He recently eclipsed the C$7 million mark, an impressive addition to his resume, and has also made 229 trips to the winner’s circle. McClure, a finalist in this category in 2016, 2018 and 2019, was the regular driver for five O’Brien finalists – Donna Soprano, Lauras Love, Lawless Shadow, Macho Martini and Tattoo Artist. McClure was also the winner of the prestigious Lampman Cup as the Ontario Sires Stakes’ leading driver this past season. The winner of Driver of the Year honors in 2017, Doug McNair of Guelph, Ont. is having one of his best years with 283 winners and more than C$6.2 million in earnings. He was the regular reinsman for two O’Brien finalists – Karma Seelster and Warrawee Vicky. Gilles Barrieau and Kelly Hoerdt are the finalists for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and are both past winners in this category. Two-time Horsemanship winner and defending champion, Gilles Barrieau of Saint John, N.B., competes on the Atlantic Provinces circuit and to date this season, he’s trained 44 winners and horses to more than C$227,000 in purse earnings while boasting a UTRS of .552. On the driving side, he has 170 winners and more than C$485,000 in earnings, giving him a .411 UDRS. Kelly Hoerdt of Beaumont, Alta., won the Horsemanship Award in 2013. This year, the Alberta-based trainer-driver has trained 152 winners and horses to more than C$860,000 in earnings, while driving 163 winners and horses that earned more than C$895,000. Caviart Audrey and Scarlett Hanover, both daughters of Bettors Delight, are the nominees in the 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly division. Caviart Audrey won five of nine races and more than C$372,000 in her rookie campaign, which included victories in the Eternal Camnation, Champlain, an elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady. Scarlett Hanover posted 11 top-three finishes from 14 starts and earned more than C$449,000. She won two Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final and also competed against Grand Circuit company, scoring a season’s best 1:51.3 victory in the Champlain Stakes and winning an elimination of the Shes A Great Lady. A pair of Shadow Play colts, Bulldog Hanover and Lawless Shadow, are the finalists in the 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt division. Bulldog Hanover won four of six races, all Ontario Sires Stakes events including the season ending Super Final and more than C$248,000 in 2020. Lawless Shadow hit the board in eight of nine races, including four wins in his rookie campaign and topped C$307,000 in purse earnings. He scored two victories in Ontario Sires Stakes events, a win in the Nassagaweya, runner-up finishes in his Metro elim and OSS Super Final and a third-place finish in the Metro Final. In the 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly division, Ontario-breds Lauras Love and Karma Seelster will compete for O’Brien honors. Unraced as a 2-year-old, the Betterthancheddar filly Lauras Love was a model of consistency in 2020, scoring 16 top-three finishes, including eight victories from 20 races, and earning C$331,000 for her connections. In addition to a victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, she scored multiple victories in overnight competition and also won a division of the Simcoe against Grand Circuit company. The Sportswriter filly Karma Seelster had three wins and nine top three finishes in 15 races and earned more than C$277,000. She added a win in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and a sweep of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association Stake to her resume. Major Custard and Tattoo Artist are the 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt finalists. Major Custard was almost invincible this season, winning 15 of 16 races and earning more than C$237,000 while competing on the Western Provinces Circuit which included Fraser Downs in B.C. and Century Downs and Century Mile in Alberta. The Alberta-bred son of Custard The Dragon scored victories in the Alberta Sires Stakes, the Ralph Klein, the Maverick, the Robert Murphy Stakes, the Western Canada Pacing Derby and the Brad Gunn Stake. Tattoo Artist, a son of Hes Watching, won eight of 17 starts and more than C$666,000 this season with victories in five Ontario Sires Stakes events, and a division of the Simcoe Stakes. One of his biggest efforts was a runner-up finish in the C$1 million North America Cup. Lit De Rose and So Much More are finalists in the Older Pacing Mare category. Lit De Rose boasted 14 top-three finishes from 18 starts and earned more than C$169,000. Primarily a Fillies & Mares Preferred campaigner, the daughter of Leader Bayama scored an impressive runner-up finish in the Milton Stake Final. So Much More dominated the Fillies & Mares Preferred ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning 12 of 30 starts and eclipsing C$300,000 in earnings during her season. On July 25, she scored a career best 1:49.3 lifetime best at Woodbine Mohawk Park and put together a three-race win streak in October. Century Farroh and Sintra are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Century Farroh is looking for his second consecutive O’Brien trophy, after being voted Canada’s 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year in 2019. Competing as a 4-year-old, the son of Mach Three scored 12 top-three finishes in 16 starts and more than C$637,000 in earnings. His stakes victories included the Breeders Crown and the Dan Patch. Sintra is also looking to secure his second O’Brien trophy in this category after winning it in 2017. In 2020 the son of Mach Three scored 15 top-three finishes, including nine wins, in 22 starts and bankrolled C$249,531 for his connections. Competing primarily in the Preferred ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park, he most recently scored three consecutive wins at Mohawk. Donna Soprano and Imextraspecial will compete for 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly honors. Donna Soprano won five of seven races and more than $575,000 for her connections, which included sweeps of the Pure Ivory and Peaceful Way Stakes, a win in a Champlain division and an impressive runner-up finish in the inaugural edition of the Mohawk Million. Imextraspecial won five of 10 races and more than C$223,000 in her rookie campaign, which was highlighted by five victories in Ontario Sires Stakes events. In the 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt division, stablemates Macho Martini and On A Streak are the finalists. Trained by Luc Blais for Determination of Montreal, Que., these two colts topped the rookie trotting colt charts in 2020. The Muscle Mass colt Macho Martini was a winner of eight of 11 starts and C$454,000, scoring victories in four Ontario Sires Stakes events, the Millard Farm elimination and final, a Champlain division and an elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial Stake. On A Streak had only two wins in 10 starts, but they were both very lucrative ones. His maiden-breaking effort came in the C$525,000 William Wellwood Stakes, which was worth C$267,500 and a spot in the inaugural Mohawk Million, where he finished a solid third. His second victory came in the Breeders Crown, and was worth C$300,000. In total, the Cantab Hall colt earned in excess of C$850,000 for his season which also included a runner-up finish in the Valley Victory. Sorella and Warrawee Vicky are the finalists in the 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Sorella won eight of 15 races and C$737,000 including victories in the Reynolds, the Hambletonian Oaks, the Casual Breeze, the Bluegrass and the Matron. Warrawee Vicky scored four wins in 12 starts and banked more than C$230,000. Three of those wins came in the Ontario Sires Stakes events and the fourth was in a Simcoe division. Pemberton and Ready For Moni will compete for 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt honors. Pemberton, a son of Wheeling N Dealin, won eight of 10 races and earned more than C$363,000 for his sophomore season. Four of his victories came in Ontario Sires Stakes events including the season-ending Super Final. The aptly-named Ready For Moni boasted a bankroll in excess of C$646,000 for his sophomore season, which included five wins in 11 starts. His season was highlighted by a sweep of the Goodtimes, victories in the Zweig Memorial and Stanley Dancer, and a runner-up finish in the Hambletonian. In the Older Trotting Mare category, Hey Livvy and P L Jill are the finalists. Hey Livvy won nine races and more than C$278,000 in 22 trips postward, highlighted by her richest payday, an impressive victory in the Armbro Flight. P L Jill was a consistent performer in the Preferred trotting ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning nine of 25 starts and banking more than C$241,000. Her biggest payday came in the Earl Rowe Stake where she got up for a head victory. On The Ropes and Perfetto are finalists in the Older Trotting Horse Category. On The Ropes won six races and C$142,000 during his 5-year-old campaign and all of his 34 starts took place at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Perfetto won seven of 24 races and C$149,000 while also making all but one start at Mohawk. P.E.I. natives Rachel Andrew and Austin Sorrie are the Future Star Award finalists. This year marks the eighth year for the Future Star Award, with two P.E.I. natives competing as finalists. Rachel Andrew, who now resides in Dundas, Ont., and Austin Sorrie who resides in Freelton, Ont., both posted some impressive stats this season. Andrew trained 51 winners and horses to more than C$438,000 in earnings in just her third year of full-time training. This marks the second consecutive year that Sorrie is a finalist in this category. The young reinsman has been in demand on the Ontario B Track circuit in 2020, driving in more than 1,192 races, scoring 146 wins and driving horses to more than C$905,000 in purse earnings. Seelster Farms and Warrawee Farm are finalists in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category. Three-time Breeder of the Year Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ont. won this award in 2006, 2013, and 2018. In 2020, horses bred by Seelster won 260 races and earned more than C$3.5 million. Top performers included O’Brien finalists Lawless Shadow and Karma Seelster along with Tokyo Seelster. Horses bred by Rockwood, Ont.-based Warrawee Farm won 44 races and earned more than C$1 million in 2020, including O’Brien finalist Warrawee Vicky. Other top performers included Warrawee Vital and Warrawee Ubeaut. One of the winners in the divisional categories will be awarded the Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year title. The winners will be announced at the 2020 Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala on Sunday, Jan.31, 2021, which will be video streamed on standardbredcanada.ca. For a complete list of O’Brien Award finalists, click here. from Standardbred Canada

Standardbred Canada has reported that the connections of Tall Dark Stranger have confirmed that the top-ranked horse in harness racing has completed his on-track career. With a mark of 1:47.2, a career summary of 19-2-0 from 22 lifetime starts and more than $2.365 million in earnings, Tall Dark Stranger will head to the stud barn at Hanover Shoe Farms to begin stud duty in 2021. His stud fee has been set at $20,000. After finishing a resolute second in the 2020 Breeders Crown Final at Harrah's Hoosier Park, there was some speculation that Tall Dark Stranger might race later this month in the TVG Free-For-All Final at The Meadowlands. Co-owner Judy Chaffee of Caviart Farms told Trot Insider that the connections have decided to shut their star Standardbred down. "Everyone is in agreement that Tall Dark Stranger will not race again," said Chaffee. "He will be going to Hanover Shoe Farms to begin his new career there." To read the rest of the story, click here.

Standardbred Canada is seeking submissions for its 2020 Media Excellence Awards, to be presented at the 2020 O'Brien Awards Virtual Gala. Ontario Racing is pleased to sponsor the Media Awards for the fifth consecutive year. There are three award categories: Outstanding Written Work, Outstanding Video, Film or Broadcast, and Outstanding Photograph. The program is aimed at honouring those who have, through one piece of exceptional work, covered Canadian harness racing in a manner that is extraordinary and of broad national appeal. Submissions for award consideration must pertain to some aspect of the Canadian Standardbred racing industry. Submissions for 2020 must have been published or broadcasted for the first time, between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020. The deadline for all submissions is November 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) For complete details and criteria for the categories, click here. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to: kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca 905-858-3077 (Ext. 207) Links For Reference: ► Media Excellence Awards Details & Criteria ► Past Winners of SC Media Excellence Awards From Standardbred Canada

Standardbred Canada has reported that Real Cool Sam, the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner as top two-year-old male trotter, has been sidelined due to an injury and will not race again in 2020. "He's up at Fashion Farms right now," trainer Jim Campbell told the Red Mile's broadcast team. "We had to stop with him, he had an injury in his right hind. Everything's looking good for him to come back next year, and the Hambletonian Maturity will be one of the things on our list for next year." Coming into the 2020 season, Real Cool Sam won nine of his 10 starts as a two-year-old, with his only defeat coming in the $789,474 Breeders Crown final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Prior to, the Muscle Hill gelding out of former Campbell trainee Cooler Schooner won several Pennsylvania Sire Stakes prelims, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and the Peter Haughton Memorial. Much like his dam -- who still holds the world record for two-year-old trotting fillies on a five-eighths mile track -- Real Cool Sam set a world record in his final victory of his two-year-old season with a 1:52.1 win in a division of International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile. As a sophomore, Real Cool Sam was winless in two starts. He last raced on July 25 at The Meadowlands, finishing sixth in a division of the Geers. The gelding sports a lifetime summary of 9-0-0 in 12 career starts with $512,838 in earnings. From Standardbred Canada

The 2020 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded on Friday evening (October 9) with the fifth and final session at the Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky. Six yearlings, including five sired by world champion Downbytheseaside, sold for six figures on the final day. Sea Lionness (Hip # 836) topped the group with a price tag of $200,000. Consigned by agent Spring Haven Farm, the filly out of the Western Ideal mare Lionnesss Hanover was purchased by Gregory Luther of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She is half-sister to two-time Ohio Sire Stakes champion Queen Of The Pride ($789,149 - 1:50) and multiple Grand Circuit stakes winner Roaring To Go ($434,321 - 1:50.4). Bythemissal (Hip # 794) was the second highest priced yearling from the session, selling for $135,000. Josh Green, acting as agent for Eric Good, was the buyer of the Downbytheseaside colt from the Preferred Equine consignment. He is the first foal out of the Western Terror mare Dismissal. Coastal Front (Hip # 730), another son of Downbytheseaside, rounded out the top three selling for $115,000. Hailing from Shes A Great Lady bloodlines, the Winbak Farm-bred colt out of the Western Ideal mare Shes Poison was bought by Don Robinson, agent. He is a half-brother to Poisonous ($286,827 - 1:49.4) and Arsenic ($269,691 - 1:51.1). A total of 168 yearlings were sold during Friday's session for a combined $4,943,000. The average price was $29,423. Kadena (Hip #89) was the overall sale topper on opening night this past Monday when she sold for $725,000. The price set a record for any yearling filly sold at auction, surpassing the $625,000 tag for pacer Laugh A Day in 1983 and $600,000 for trotter Ineffable in 2019. The daughter of Walner is just the second foal out of world champion Mission Brief ($1,657,399 - 1:50.2). Consigned by Hunterton Farm, Kadena was purchased by agent Marcus Melander for Courant Inc. of New Egypt, New Jersey. Over the course of the entire five-day auction, 816 yearlings were sold for a total of $41,552,000, resulting in an average price of $50,922. In comparison, the record-setting 2019 sale featured 762 yearlings that grossed $46,480,000 and averaged $60,997. Trotting colts generated $13,784,000 in sales, with the division, which included 234 yearlings, also posting the highest average price at $58,906. Muscle Hill was the leading stallion in the categories of gross sales ($6,493,000) and average price ($132,510). Walner's progeny grossed $4,852,000 and his sire, Chapter Seven's yearlings sold for a total of $3,297,000. The top pacing stallion was Captaintreacherous, whose 29 offspring grossed $2,853,000 and averaged $98,379. Preferred Equine was the top consignor with gross sales of more than $8.15 million followed by Hunterton Sales Agency with nearly $6.1 million in sales and Kentuckiana Farms with almost $6 million. The top buyer over the course of the five-day auction was Nancy Takter, agent, shelling out nearly $1.63 million for 14 yearlings. Ake Svanstedt acquired 12 yearlings for more than $1.48 million and Andy Miller Stable rounded out the top three buyers with total sales topping $1.3 million for five purchases. Buyers hoping to take home the future stars of the sport were able to place bids by phone as well as online through the proven live-bidding platform Proxibid. From Standardbred Canada

Canadian partners David Anderson and John Fielding joined forces to take home the top ticket in Thursday’s fourth session of the harness racing Lexington Selected Yearling Sale when they shelled out $72,000 to purchase trotting colt Fight Song. Selling as Hip #637, Fight Song is a Kadabra-Fortune Of Fables colt consigned by Cane Run Farm. The colt is a half-brother to the Cantab Hall filly Fade Into You (1:54.4 - $215,628). It was another night that belonged to the trotters as the top four prices – five if you include the $75,000 RNA on the Chapter Seven-Dream Baby Dream colt On Cloud Seven. Hip #556 Bethereinaprosecco was hammered down for $65,000 with JB Racing signing the sales slip on the daughter of Bar Hopping. The filly is the first foal of the 1:53.2 winner Thankful Reward. She was consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. Hip #577 Unity In One also commanded a final bid of $65,000, and that bid was placed by Jenny Melander. The Cantab Hall-Southwind Adele colt is a half-brother to the multiple stakes winner, She Rocks Kemp (1:54.3 - $152,225). He was consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency. Hip #530 Penthouse S was a $60,000 purchase by Marcus Melander. The daughter of Nuncio is the second foal out of Penthouse S. The dam is a half-sister to Scarlet Knight (1:52.3 - $1,951,740). Hunterton Sales Agency consigned the trotter lass. A total of 169 yearlings went through the ring during Thursday’s fourth session with just shy of $6.5 million in total purchases for an average price of $36,094. Last year saw 168 yearlings sell during the fourth session of the sale for close to $4.6 million in total sales and an average sale price of $27,268. Over the course of the first four sessions a total of 648 yearlings have sold for $36,609,000. The average sale price going into Friday’s fifth – and final – session is $56,495. From Standardbred Canada • Yearling Sale Catalogue (PDF) • Sale Results • Sale Streaming Video

Standardbred Canada is reporting that Andy McCarthy has been cleared to drive in Canada and will make his 2020 debut north of the border at Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend. McCarthy will be the second U.S.-based driver to head to Canada for the Grand Circuit stakes at Mohawk. Yannick Gingras made the trek north in late August and is staying in Ontario for the time being. McCarthy is planning to drive in Canada this weekend and next, but returning stateside for the Kentucky Sires Stakes finals on Sept. 20. To read the full story on the Standardbred Canada website, click here. From Standardbred Canada

Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau put on a clinic during Thursday’s 10-race card at Rideau Carleton Raceway as noted by the six-win performance he manufactured. Brosseau came out flying with four straight wins before tacking on two more later on the card. He got the ball rolling with Machapelo (1:54.3 – Race 1) before adding scores behind Mach Lee (1:54.3 – Race 2), Eau Naturelle (1:57.2 – Race 3) and Badstormanyport (1:54 – Race 4). Brosseau returned to victory lane in Race 8 with Reddit Hanover (1:54) before capping off his big day at the office by winning Race 10 with P H Impulse (1:54.2). Currently sitting second behind Guy Gagnon in the drivers’ standings at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Brosseau had racked up 58 wins this season for purse earnings in excess of $267,000. The career winner of 3,382 wins is just shy of $21 million in lifetime earnings. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Rideau Carleton Raceway. From Standardbred Canada

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Standardbred harness racing across North America shut down, at Standardbred Canada it was decided that due to printing and mailing issues brought on by the pandemic, TROT Magazine would not print a May issue. We brought to you instead a digital ‘Twos In Training Report’ that was read more than 16,000 times, and we thank you for your patronage. This month, for our June 1st publication, although racing in many parts of Canada and the U.S. has either begun again, or is scheduled to in the next few days, many things are still shut down across both countries, to the extent that it was decided we would move ahead with one more digital publication before looking to print a hardcopy of TROT for July 1st. So here it is, Standardbred Canada’s ‘The List Issue’ brought to you by your friends at TROT Magazine.  In This Issue: Delve into racing’s plethora of statistics and read our issue full of unique and interesting lists. Interesting lists of owners, breeders, horses, trainers, drivers... Interesting lists of two-year-olds, three-year-olds, aged horses... Interesting lists of leading sires and dams... Interesting lists of Breeders Crown leaders... Also read about what 15 of Canada's leading drivers missed most during racing's shutdown. Enter the first ever COSA Fantasy Stable Contest and the 7th annual TROT Magazine Fantasy Stable Contest. Vote on our special interactive poll question. Click on the cover (below) and enjoy our special 104 page digital production, designed especially for you, as you stay home and do your part in making our world a safer place.  Click Here For The LIST Issue Online Publication

We're pleased to announce that along with Hoofbid - the new app that is revolutionizing the way to buy and sell harness racing horses online - Standardbred Canada has added new content to our TWOS IN TRAINING REPORT, brought to you by TROT Magazine. Revisit the publication now to read our new 'Million Dollar Babies' interview (on pages 8/9) with Tony Alagna and Marcus Melander, in regard to the only two Standardbred yearlings (Maverick & Damien) to ever sell in North America for $1 million or more.  We've also included links to two new videos, so you can see these 'Million Dollar Babies' in action (one at work and one at play).   FIRST AUCTION: Sunday, May 17th at 7pm (EST).   In This Issue: With almost 10,000 reads, Standardbred Canada's digital Twos In Training Report has been very well received throughout the industry.  Hear from 20 of Canada's leading trainers as they discuss 99 of the brightest, up-and-coming, two-year-old Standardbreds in Canada, by as many as 35 of North America's top sires!  Read what the people who run three of Canada's biggest stallion farms had to say about breeding, racing, and this year's yearling sales, and how all are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Enter the 1st ever COSA Fantasy Stable Contest and the 7th annual TROT Magazine Fantasy Stable Contest. View the video of the Canadian Standardbred that went viral on Facebook with almost 2,000,000 views worldwide!  Click on the cover (Above) or the link button below and enjoy our special 76 page digital production, designed especially for you, as you stay home and do your part in making our world a safer place. Click Here For The Twos In Training Report Standardbred Canada

In this harness racing Issue: Hear from 20 of Canada's leading trainers as they discuss 99 of the brightest, up-and-coming, two-year-old Standardbreds in Canada, by as many as 35 of North America's top sires!  Read what the people who run three of Canada's biggest stallion farms had to say about breeding, racing, and this year's yearling sales, and how all are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Enter the 1st ever COSA Fantasy Stable Contest and the 7th annual TROT Magazine Fantasy Stable Contest. Vote on our special interactive poll question and view the video of the Canadian Standardbred that went viral on Facebook with almost 2,000,000 views worldwide!  Click on the cover (Above) or the link button below and enjoy our special 76 page digital production, designed especially for you, as you stay home and do your part in making our world a safer place. Click Here For The Twos In Training Report Standardbred Canada

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