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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - December 7, 2019 - The $65,000 SBOANJ New Jersey Sired Trot Final for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night (Dec 6.) ended in exciting harness racing fashion. The favorite Evident Beauty and second favorite Princess Deo could not be split at the wire, stopping the clock as co-winners in 1:52.2. The two fillies sat back allowing the colt Lucius Vorenus to make the front uncontested to a first-quarter time of 28.1. Just past the quarter Andrew McCarthy moved is filly Princess Deo to the front to take the lead from Lucius Vorenus, while Evident Beauty and David Miller waited to make their move after the half-mile marker. David Miller and Evident Beauty eased their way around the last turn, and the two fillies hooked up in the lane battling to the dead heat for the win. The NJSS horse of the year Evident Beauty is trained by Richard (Nifty) Norman and owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and R A W Equine Inc. The Trixton filly has notched win number 13 and $805,301 in lifetime earnings. Bred by White Birch Farms in Allentown, NJ, Evident Beauty has put together a noteworthy 3-year-old campaign. The other winner in this dead heat Princess Deo is trained by Noel Daley for owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone and John Fodera. Princess Deo was also sired by Trixton, but she was bred by Deo Volente Farms LLC. Princess Deo captured her fifth win and boosted her lifetime earnings to $405,974. This was the first year for the SBOANJ 3-year-old sired trot race, it is planned to return next year for 3 and 4-year-olds. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 6, 2019--Arthur 'Zeke' Webb, whose 50-year career as caretaker extraordinaire is coming to end in a week or so, was honored Friday night (Dec. 6th) by his Yonkers Raceway harness racing paddock cohorts. 'Zeke,' who was profiled in the past few days, found himself summarily feted in a crowded (and cold) Raceway's winner's circle. Horsemen and racing officials stopped by to recognize 'Zeke' with a congratulatory sign and plaque. "I'm very grateful to everyone who came out," Webb said. "It means a lot to me." by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- An aggressive drive by Andy Miller paid off in Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday, as Rockin M went coast-to-coast for the harness racing victory.   Off a win in the NW $8,000 last 5 starts class, Rockin M was sent off as the 7/2 second choice in the field of eight. Miller blasted off with his horse, sending him right to the lead from post five and setting a fast opening quarter of 27 seconds. Meanwhile, favored Lyons Steel, seeking his fight win in a row, couldn't clear from post eight and was parked out almost the whole way.   Miller slowed things down in the second quarter, going the half-mile in 56.3 seconds. Nearing three-quarters, Lyons Steel drew up to within a length of Rockin M, but the slow middle quarter gave Rockin M something left in the tank. He brushed off Lyons Steel's challenge, and held on for a one-length victory in 1:54.3.   This is the seventh win of the year for Rockin M, his third of the Freehold season, and his second win in the Preferred. He's owned by JL Benson Stables, and trained by Nick Surick.   Despite his wide trip, Lyons Steel held on for second, while Ginger Tree Marty closed well for third. Northern Virgin, Bullet Bob, Drinkin Again, Texican, and Letschasethedream completed the order of finish.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, starting at about 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway      

Monticello, NY - The odds are long these days that Standardbred's are still harness racing at the age of 14, this trait is a credit and testament to the durability and hardiness of the Standardbred. On January 1, 14 year olds will be forced into mandatory retirement, as Standardbreds cannot race in pari mutual events over the age of 14. Former Monticello Raceway Publicity guru John Manzi started this event in 1991, originally called the "Clash of the Senior Titans" its most famous dash of the seniors was in 2004 when The Suleiman nosed out Troy D in 2:02.4. Monticello Raceway is seeking additional entries and will try and fill both the Au Revoir Trot & Pace on December 27, the purse for each race will be $5,000, this is an invitational event. This year Monticello Raceway has a handful of aged trotting campaigners that have been competing at a high level throughout their last year of eligibility, Elias Joy, My Cool Breeze and Crypto Man. Between the trio they have combined lifetime starts of over 1010, 125 wins and over $850,000 in lifetime earnings. "After a long hiatus of this event due to the lack of entries, I think we will be able to conduct the race this year, I have been receiving calls from numerous horsemen inquiring about the event," said Eric Warner, longtime Monticello Raceway Race Secretary. Horsemen interesting in participating in these event should contact Eric Warner at (845) 794 4100 X 557 or ewarner@empireresorts.com for details. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

The 4th issue of Roosevelt Raceway Captured in Photo's is now available for viewing at the link below. Some of you might have received the notification from our email service provider which sends emails out to our subscribers currently at 659. We are resending the link out to you because a fear that many from that list end up in a spam folder.   In this our 4th issue I am promoting the Brick of Honor page that is on the Harness Racing Alumni's website. Recently honored with Bricks were Billy & Dotti Haughton, Eddie Lohmeyer, Dave Dunckley, Robbie Siegelman, Charles Martino, Bobby Van Ostrand, Benny Webster, Bobby Vitrano, Bob Marks, Trade Martin, Joe Ricco, Carmine Abbatiello, Larry Rolla, Jon Paton, James Champion Buck Norton, Stephanie Cruise and several others.   To view Issue 4, click here.    From Freddie Hudson        

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After going off stride just after the half a week ago as the 4-5 harness racing favorite on the way to a ninth-place finish, Southwind Chrome rebounded in a big way Friday night, taking the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands. Sent off this time as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Southwind Chrome raced with cover past the quarter behind 9-5 public choice Muscle M Up and ending up clearing the top before the half, which was timed in a quick :54.4 with strong winds at their backs. Midway around the far turn, Ake Svanstedt directed Muscle M Up to vacate the pocket and the duo then dueled all the way to the wire from there. Muscle M Up was determined, but Southwind Chrome was just a bit better, hanging on to win by a neck in 1:51.4 after a contentious stretch battle. JL Cruze finished third. "He was super," said winning driver Tim Tetrick of Southwind Chrome. "We went a very fast middle half with a nice horse following us. My horse showed a lot of toughness to hold off Muscle M Up. My horse went a big mile. I'm very happy with his effort." Southwind Chrome, a 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe who is trained by Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, returned $7.20 to his backers. He's won 10 of his 30 lifetime starts and earned $181,085. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Dexter Dunn, fresh off a month of November that saw him win 23 Big M races, had three winners on the card. ... Dunn and trainer Harry Landy teamed up to take the 11th and 12th races. ... One shrewd handicapper betting into the Oregon hub was the only player to last six legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $7,480. ... All-source handle totaled $2,252,358 on the 13-race program. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

YONKERS, NY, Friday December 6, 2019- Harness racing favorite Dibaba N (Eric Goodell, $4.30) gave nothing else a shot Friday night (Dec. 6th), winning Yonkers Raceway's brisk $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It was a two-speed, two-wagering-choices number, with Dibaba N--from assigned post position No. 5--working around pole-sitter Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. There wasn't much to it from there as Dibaba N found a :57.2 intermission. Down the backside and moving toward a 1:25.3 three-quarters, Clear Idea (Joe Bongiorno) gapped out of a three-hole, while Shellie De Vie (Greg Merton) tired after a weak, first-over bid. Dibaba N and Itty Bitty had the stretch to the themselves, with the former opening a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. Dibaba N prevailed by a length-and-a-half 1:52.4 Third--beaten more than eight lengths--was Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett), with Write Me a Song (George Brennan) and Clear Idea settling for the small envelopes. For Dibaba N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Shadow Play owned by Blindswitch Racing, J&T Silva, VIP Internet & Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Jose Godinez, it was her eighth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $50 and the superfecta paid $170.50. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Batavia, NY --- With no more Wednesday harness racing this year at Batavia Downs, the top distaff pace joined the weekly featured trot on Friday night (Dec. 6) with one race providing an upset and the other satisfying the chalk bettors. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) settled in fourth off the gate and watched as Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) made a break and Alert Hanover (Jim McNeight Jr.) overtook Empire Earl N (Mike Caprio) for the lead at the quarter pole. After all that action sorted itself out, Davis pulled Veto off the pegs at the three-eighths pole and motored to the top by the half in 1:00.2. As the race progressed onto the second circuit, Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) came calling on the outside and matched strides with Fox Valley Veto up the backside, around the far turn and into the stretch. The battle continued down the lane until Fox Valley Veto slammed the door at the light, winning by one-half length in 1:58.3 at 15-1 . It was the 11th win of the year for Fox Valley Veto ($33.40) and owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Then in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace of fillies and mares, Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr,) drifted fourth on the outside for the first eighth of a mile before she made a quick rush for the lead at the quarter in :28.2. From there the race was history. Lady London opened up a 1-½ length lead by the half in :58.3 and extended it to four at the three-quarters in 1:26.4. With no one even close as she sprinted around the last turn, Lady London jogged home wrapped up like a Christmas present to win by 6-½ lengths in 1:56. It was the third win in the last four starts for Lady London ($5.40) and owner VHF Racing. Sabrina Shaw is the trainer. Eight participating horse people had multiple win performances on Friday night. Drivers Billy Davis Jr. and Drew Monti led the way with three wins each on the card while Shawn McDonough and John Cummings Jr. both won two. And trainers Sabrina Shaw, Maria Rice, Jim Tronolone and Dave Russo all sent two stablemembers to the winner's enclosure for photographs. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 7) with pot time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Jim Marohn Jr. kicked off his December at Freehold Raceway in a big way on Friday, as he piloted home four winners on the nine-race program.   Marohn got his first victory in the 3rd race, guiding Catalyst to the winner's circle for trainer Jody Dunning. He picked up another victory in race 5, steering Tom Fanning's Unspoken Promise to an easy win. The hat trick was completed with 1/5 Mugshot Jess in race 7, who won for trainer Taylor Gower. Marohn got his fourth driving Canary Hanover in race 8, who had to fly down the stretch to get up over So It Goes Hanover in the last stride. Bucky Angle trained that winner.   Marohn's big afternoon gives him 47 winners on the calendar year at Freehold, from 300 drives. He's got 20 wins from 105 mounts since the resumption of racing on August 30.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a first post time scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 6, 2019 -- K Ryan Bluechip changed tactics but not results as he captured his third straight harness racing triumph in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While he contested the lead in his earlier wins, K Ryan Bluechip dropped in third from the gate and unleashed his big brush down the backside. He cleared the leader, Bettor Than Spring, and went on to score for Dave Palone in 1:51.2 over a "good" surface. Bettor Than Spring saved place, beaten 2 lengths, with Rock Candy third. Mike Palone trains K Ryan Bluechip, a 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding who now boasts $524,905 in career earnings, for J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay, Lone Wolf Stable and Collin Ryan. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card while Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. With his Friday haul, Wilder finished the four-day race week with a total of 17 wins. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $81,095.21 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

CHESTER, PA - The Sir Lincoln mare Lincoln's Girl N came uncovered into a :55 last half and still was able to draw away from favored Glorious Nite to win the $17,000 pacing distaff harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon in a career best 1:52.4. Jive Dancing A shot away from the gate to the lead, with Glorious Nite making a move at the :28.1 quarter to get the lead, and she got a breather to a :57.4 half. Dexter Dunn sent his "countrymate" first-over from third entering the backstretch, and the big battle was on with Glorious Nite retaining command through the 1:25.2 three-quarters, Lincoln's Girl N still coming up to her, and Jive Dancing A starting to get a bit loose in the pocket. In the stretch a 34-day layoff may have caught up with Glorious Nite, but Lincoln's Girl N was certainly strong in her own right, going by the leader to win by ¾ of a length, with Jive Dancing A holding third. Lincoln's Girl N is now 4-for-6 on these shores and looking headed for better things for trainer Josh Green, who is co-owner along with Richard Lombardo and David Kryway. The Kadabra gelding Smokee Mirrors closed valiantly from far back to miss just ¾ of a length in his last start, so today driver Corey Callahan tried the front end, and his trotter liked the trip just fine, taking a new mark of 1:55.4 in a 1½ length victory over Freshette Hanover. Andrew Harris conditions the winner for owner Robert Key. Tim Tetrick added four more wins on the Friday card, keeping his hot streak alive, but now we know his long period of recent success at Philly will end Sunday, for next week Tetrick has been invited to Finland - within four miles of the Arctic Circle -- to compete in a special tournament. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Goshen, NY - The jingle jangle of horse bells have been associated with chill of winter for so long that they came to be known as sleigh bells. This season, hear the sleigh bells ringing at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, December 14th from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.   Join Santa for a photo in a one horse open sleigh, play games and enjoy craft time making ornaments of the Grinch, Christmas trees, holiday horses and fancy paper snowflakes. Every child will receive a free holiday character toy. The whole family will enjoy sweet treats and a ride on the Museum's harness racing 3D Simulator. Children are $5, parents are free. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis. Programs are made possible with support from the United States Trotting Association and the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. For further information on the Museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department (845) 294-6330 or email education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York and is currently open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Allmyx'sliventexas, who has rattled off three straight impressive harness racing victories to kick off this meet, looks to keep the streak going as the heavy favorite in Saturday night's $10,000 Dave Goldschmidt Free-for-All Pace at Cal Expo. The Goldschmidt will go as the sixth event on a 12-race card presented by Watch and Wager LLC and things get underway at 6:10 p.m. Allmyx'sliventexas is a 6-year-old son of Hi Ho Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun who is owned and was bred by Wayne and Rod Knittel, takes his lessons from Bob Johnson and will once again have Mooney Svendsen in the sulky. The hard-hitting bay performer has reached the $200,000 mark in career earnings and recorded his lifetime mark of 1:50 last season over the seven-eighths Hoosier Park oval. After leaving from the assigned No. 10 post in last week's Open Pace, Allmyx'sliventexas will do his work from the No. 4 slot in the field of six, Sent off the 1-2 choice last week despite the handicap, Svendsen took an early tuck with the Knittel colorbearer before brushing to command before the half over the sloppy going. The issue was never in doubt thereafter, as Allmyx'sliventexas came home with two and three-quarter lengths to spare. Bestinthebusiness was runner-up in that affair and will leave from just inside his main rival on Saturday. The son of Another Mile carries the banner of Brett Boyd Racing Inc. with Edward Hernandez the conditioner and Braxton Boyd returning in the sulky. Completing the Goldschmidt field, from the rail out: Almost Cut My Hair with Luke Plano at the controls; Bettor in the Bank, James Kennedy; King of the Crop, to be handled by Steve Wiseman; and Part Time, who leaves from the outside with Dean Magee guiding. Low takeout wagers offer true value There are two reduced-takeout wagers offered here each night - the 20-cent Pick 5 and 20-cent Pick 4 - and you need only look back to last Saturday night's program to see the added value. The Pick 5 is offered on the first five races and despite the streaking Allymx'sliventexas coming through as the 1-2 choice in the Open Pace, the sequence returned $970 for each 20-cent investment. Sandwiching Allymx'sliventexas were the early daily double of Mystic Wonder ($13.80) and Windsun Galaxie ($19.60), followed in the fourth race by Lickcreek Speedway ($5.40) and Vicious Alocious ($13). As far as last Saturday's Pick 4 was concerned, the fireworks came early when That's How It Goes upset the Funicello/Holt Final at 20-1 with James Kennedy doing the honors for owner/trainer Richard Schneider over the sloppy track. Things settled down in the final three legs with 2-1 Al's Brief capturing the Alan Horowitz elimination; Cenelta Dragon clicking as the 6-5 favorite and Beamer N Bud rounded out the sequence with an $8.60 payoff. When the smoke cleared, each 20-cent ticket returned $593 to the correct prognosticators. Be sure to check out Saturday's 20-cent Pick 5, which kicks off the card, and the 20-cent Pick 4, the latter being offered with a $30,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

YONKERS, N.Y. – “He’s back.” That’s the first thing that went through harness racing trainer Nick DeVita’s mind after watching Heaven’s Gait score a comeback win in the $14,000 winners over at Saratoga Nov. 9. Although the race setup for a closer as a pair of leaders hooked up in a speed duel through panels of :26.3 and 54.2, Heaven’s Gait proved impressive. The 5-year-old wheeled first-over from a 6-length deficit in sixth passing the half, went three-wide around the leaders on the third turn under Jay Randall pistol grips, and opened a 4-length advantage through three-quarters in 1:22.4. With Randall still statuesque in the bike, Heaven’s Gait reported home a 5 1/2-length winner in 1:52.2. “That was a big relief to see him win the way he did at Saratoga. That’s the horse we knew we had,” DeVita said. “There was no doubt anymore that he was going to come back as good as he was. “Obviously, we have bigger plans for him next year with the Levy and everything,” DeVita continued. “We are just trying to get his feet back under him and trying not to push him too hard. He’s come back pretty good and we’re real happy with him so far and just trying to race him back into shape now.” The Saratoga victory was Heaven’s Gait’s first victory and only his second pari-mutuel start since winning the Empire Breeders Classic Final at Tioga Downs Aug. 20, 2017. Heaven’s Gait emerged from his 1:49.2 victory in the $263,000 stakes with an injury that send him to the sidelines. “He didn’t come out of that race too great,” DeVita said. “He was a little sore for a few days and we took a few X-rays and saw that he broke his P1 (first Phalanx). We just stopped with him, obviously and gave him the rest of the year off to heal.” By Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Somebeachsomewhere mare Booya Beach, Heaven’s Gait is a homebred for John Cummins. The horse stood out to DeVita from day one. “When he first came into the farm, he just looked like a big ball of muscle. He looked like he was going to be a nice athlete,” DeVita said. “He did everything right from the start and as we started going faster miles, he just did it so easily and seemed to enjoy it so much. He never gave us any problems and he just had a special look about him, the way he carries himself. He’s a very intelligent horse.” Heaven’s Gait made just five starts at 2, winning a pair of overnights at Pocono Downs. At 3, he won two legs of the New York Sire Stakes and the $75,000 Hempt Consolation. He crossed the wire first in the last five starts of his sophomore campaign, culminating with the Empire Breeders Classic. “He was a homebred for us, so we really worked with him from the ground up,” DeVita said. “To win a big race like that, it was quite a thrill and such an honor. I was just proud to be part of the team and John has been so hands-on with him. John loves his horses, so it was really special to win that race. It was very rewarding, the road to get there.” DeVita took Heaven’s Gait’s injury in stride and the support of Cummins, a veterinarian based in Lexington, proved invaluable. “It’s part of the game, so you can only play the card you’re dealt. Dr. Cummins is a very knowledgeable veterinarian and he told us what we needed to do. He was onboard in helping us any way he could,” DeVita said. “We followed his advice and he said, ‘if you do the right thing, he should come back no problem,’ and he did. “We’re very careful with him. John doesn’t put a lot of pressure on us; he wants the right thing done by his horse and we respect that,” DeVita continued. “That makes it so much easier when the owner wants the best thing done with their horse and you don’t have the pressure to bring them back too early or do something that you don’t feel comfortable doing. We just took our time with him and he let us know when he was ready to come back.” Heaven’s Gait qualified five times between Aug. 22, 2018 and Dec. 1, 2018, but never started in a pari-mutuel race. He trialed again Oct. 9 at Pocono Downs in 1:55 before posting a final qualifier one week later in 1:54.2. Heaven’s Gait finished second in his return to the races at Saratoga Nov. 2. After his comeback win, he started from post eight in Saratoga’s Open Handicap, but found himself at a 12 1/2-length disadvantage through a :57.1 half. In his last start at Yonkers Nov. 23, Heaven’s Gait finished sixth in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap. “His last start at Saratoga, they nearly went a second quarter in 31 seconds and he was sitting last. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you’re that far out of it, especially at a track like Saratoga, you’re hoping to finish fifth at that point,” DeVita said. “We had the rail last week and just our first start at Yonkers, tried to get around there safely. He did and he finished strong. Hopefully we get away a little closer this week.” Heaven’s Gait will continue his comeback in the $42,000 Open Handicap Pace Saturday night (Dec. 7). George Brennan, who leads Jason Bartlett in the driver standings 411 to 407, will drive the stallion from post one. The pair are 6-1 on the morning line. Last week’s Open Handicap winner Mac’s Jackpot will start from post six as he seeks four straight wins. Jack’s Legend was assigned post eight off a pair of impressive victories in the Open Handicap and Preferred Handicap in his last two starts Nov. 16 and 23, respectively. The Real One and Saying Grace, who finished second and third to Mac’s Jackpot last week, drew posts seven and two, respectively. The Wall, who was handicapped by post seven last week, drew post five Saturday night. Raukapuka Ruler and Sunfire Blue Chip complete the lineup and enter off wins for $27,000 Nov. 23. “He’s in against tough horses, but we plan to race him against the best horses,” DeVita said. “I think he can go with them no problem. He was one of the best 3-year-olds in 2017 in New York and he raced against good horses then and I’m sure he’ll be able to compete with them. “He’s shown that he can win on the lead, he can win from off the pace, he can fly home. He’s great off a helmet. I really have no concern there,” DeVita continued. “Yonkers is a good track to race off the pace and there’s really no pressure on George to put him on the lead by no means. He is in against those tough horses and hopefully he can work out a trip and hopefully it works out for us.” Regardless of the outcome Saturday night, DeVita still sees the same spark in Heaven’s Gait that made him stand out as a yearling. “He loves to work, very classy horse, professional. He never gave us a problem. He’s still a stallion and he’s a perfect gentleman. You can walk a mare right past him. He’s a pleasure to work with. You know a special horse when you’re around them. They act different, they carry themselves differently, they know they’re special.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through December 17. First post time is 6:50 p.m.  By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Sacramento, CA — The California Harness Horsemen’s Association is accepting harness racing nominations for its class of 2019 Hall of Fame until Dec. 14th,2019 Nominations fall into one of two groups — people and horse. People that have contributed significantly to California harness racing as a breeder, owner, trainer, or driver and/or through organizational leadership, or people who have achieved national prominence in one of the foregoing categories and have significant California attachments will be considered. Horses that have achieved prominence in racing or reproduction, and should have done so in California, or have been outstanding in racing or breeding and whose breeders, owners, or trainers are/or were residents of California will be given due consideration. Nominations can be accepted by going to the CHHA website at www.chhaonline.com. The inductees will be announced at the annual CHHA meeting in January People interested in sending in a nomination, please state the reason why, along with stats, as to why the nominee should be considered. by Robin Clements CHHA Hall of Fame Chairperson

In 2019 Ohio became the number one State in North America for breeding Standardbreds with 119 registered harness racing stallions standing at 71 breeding farms in 33 Counties. Since the inception of the VLTs in 2012 the Ohio harness racing Industry has blossomed ten-fold. Ohio is the number one State for mares bred to stallions and standardbred foals produced from 2014-2018, and in 2019 the State has the most number of registered Standardbred owners in North America. In 2018, Ohio’s four pari-mutuel racetracks hosted 473 live days of harness racing at extended meets with 6,653 live races, or 57,739 harness racing starts. Now that the floodgates are open, Ohio is on the verge of historical changes that are going to impact the entire North American Breeding Industry with huge investments been made to bring in sensational top end mares and stallions and the news gets better every day with new announcements almost daily for the harness racing Industry in Ohio. The recent investment by Ola Yoder from Nappanee of champion broodmares at the White Birch dispersal sale at Harrisburg and the influx of legitimate world class stallions this year such as Lather Up, the equal fastest pacing horse in history and the outstanding trotting stallion and Sweden Cup winner Volstead, a son of champion Cantab Hall, really argues well for the future of harness racing in the State of Ohio. Volstead is an outstanding and imposing (16.2 hands) individual, Volstead was bred in the USA and became an International Champion. Other recent stallions to stand in Ohio such as Downbytheseaside, What The Hill, Fear The Dragon, Creatine, Uncle Peter, Dancing Yankee and Racing Hill, all add to the historical change that is rapidly engulfing the booming Ohio Harness Racing Industry. Spring Run Farm of Ohio (owned by Eli Miller) is the new home of recent purchases by Ola Yoder out of the White Birch Farm Dispersal sale. Perhaps the biggest news today is Ola Yoder’s purchase of the outstanding 2019 Breeders Crown Champion, the three-year-old trotting filly Winndevie. Winndevie is to be bred to the Hambletonian Elimination winner Enterprise, a son of Chapter Seven standing at Dublin Valley Farm in Ohio. Enterprise served over 100 mares in 2019 even though he was not even announced to stand in Ohio until mid-February. Enterprise a Hambletonian Elimination winner Winndevie is one of North America’s leading three-year-old filly trotters in 2019 (by Credit Winner), whose late-charging success in the $655,000 Breeders Crown in a lifetime best 1:53 at Mohawk, was her crowning achievement in a glittering career. Now retired to the broodmare band at Dublin Valley Farm in Ohio. As a two-year-old she won six of her seven starts including five legs and the $225,000 final of the New York Sires Stakes and banked $227,858, while at three she annexed the Breeders Crown Final and four legs of the New York Sires Stakes. She finished up with a stake tally of $863,257 – an average of $39,238 per start! Her Canadian earnings were $328,575 and her US earnings were $534,682 Winndevie has a background of trotting blood second-to-none. Apart from being by Credit Winner, a millionaire trotter and twice premier trotting sire in USA, Winndevie belongs to one of America’s most successful classic winning families, that founded by Medio, by Cooper Medium. On her distaff side, Winndevie’s first three dams are Stakes winners and she can claim the blood of Muscles Yankee, Conway Hall and Valley Victory, all champion sires and broodmare sires. Winndevie’s dam, Vida De Vie, won 10 races including the time-honored Lady Suffolk, earned $140,206 in stakes and took a mile record of 1:54.4 and was a smart race mare in her own right. This is her first foal. By Muscles Yankee, Vida De Vie was out of Velma K, also a stakes-winning mare with a mark of 1:55.4 at three and a bankroll of $171,857. At the stud she left three winners – all inside 2:00 – in Vida De Vie (Tr 1:54.4), Funknpancakes (Tr 3, 1:56.4) and I’m Yelling Timber (Tr 3, 1:58.4) from only six foals. Tra La La (Tr 3, 1:58.2), the third dam of Winndevie, was a Stakes winner at three and a very successful broodmare. Besides Velma K, she was the dam of a fine trotter in Mystical Ann , a Group winner in Sweden, the Ontario Sires Stake Gold champion Fosse Tr 3, 1:58 ($86,890), Wedding Singer Tr3, 1:56.4 (winner of $95,750) and the Stakes winner Do Ra Me (Tr 3, 1:56.8). In the back removes of Winndevie’s pedigree are trotters of the caliber of Manchego Tr 1:49 ($2 million), the world’s fastest female trotter, When Dovescry (2019 Hambletonian Oaks), Musical Victory, Possess The Magic and Lookout Victory, all Breeders Crown champions at two, Swan For All (sire of 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover), Musical Rhythm and many others. Winndevie can boast a strong 3x4 cross to Valley Victory on the bottom side of her pedigree, and multiple strains of the blood of Speedy Crown, Star’s Pride and Super Bowl. 2019 Breeders Crown - Winndevie - 3YO Filly Trot Winndevie’s first consort as mentioned above will be Enterprise Tr 1:52 ($423,121), a Hambletonian heat winner, is by the dual Breeders Crown champion Chapter Seven, the sire of millionaire trotters Atlanta and Gimpanzee, and a member of the same maternal family as the USA and Canadian 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year Poof She’s Gone Tr 1:53.2 ($1.3 million). Harnesslink Media

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