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DOVER, Del.---- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund kicked off its preliminaries for sophomores on Monday with three $20,000 filly pace divisions with two favorites and a longshot posting wins. Meanwhile Jeremes Sweetheart got back in the win column in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on March 24 at Dover Downs. Seboomook Boo Yah, winner of last Fall's $100,000 freshman final, returned in top form in her first start of the year, as Allan Davis guided the Garnet O'Marrow homebred daughter of Gambler's Dream-Seboomook Mao to a 1:55.3 win overtaking front pacing Fashion Guru (Ben Stafford Jr.) in the dash to the finish line. Wayne Givens conditions the winner, who now has won eight of 11 starts with two third racking up $120,286 in purses. I'm Won Rum Wiser was the other favorite to win her seasonal debut. The $100,000 Harrington Final-winner notched a 1:57 success in her $20,000 DSBF prelim with trainer George Dennis in the bike. The Headmaster-La Gloria Cubana filly won for the sixth time in nine starts, all in the money. The Wiz Kinds Stable and breeders George & Tina Dennis own the winner of $112,150 in her career. Bettylou Who (Bret Brittingham) slipped along the passing lane to finish second in front of Mommom's Little C (Jonathan Roberts) third. The lone upset came when the Steve LeBlanc-trained Reflected Art pulled a 24-1 surprise in the other $20,000 prelim. Ross Wolfenden roared past race favorite Jonigold heading to the three-quarters and sped away to a 1:54.4 lifetime mark. Megginspin (Ron Piece) closed along the passing lane to finish second with Jonigold (Bart Dalious) taking third place. The victory was the first of the year and second lifetime for Reflected Art, a daughter of Artzina-Queen Jodi owned by Winbak Farm and LeBlanc Racing. In the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, Jeremes Sweetheart raced second until the final step when the Jereme's Jet-Fox Valley Evanna five-year-old nosed past Spend It All for a 1:51.4 triumph. Ron Pierce drove the winner stalking Spend It All (Jim Morand) from the start until the stretch when Jeremes Sweetheart sped to the inside and rushed to victory for the third time in 2014, only once finished out of the money in nine races. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own Jeremes Sweetheart, a $46,320 winner this year and $310,712 lifetime. The greatly improved Paradise Lost (Ross Wolfenden) was only a head-back in third. Ron Pierce and Allan Davis led all drivers with three wins apiece; Tim Tetrick, Montrell Teague and owner and trainer Trish Foulk added two wins each. On Tuesday, March 25, two $20,000 divisions of DSBF Three-Year-Old Filly Pace 1st prelim divisions top the 15-race card. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER. Del.--- An on-line auction of 2014-season stallion breedings is being held this week to benefit the "Janet Davis Fundraiser." Eight quality stallion breedings - five of which are for stallions standing in Delaware - one in Maryland, one in Indiana and one in Ontario, will be available to bid on beginning this Tuesday, March 25 at 12 Noon and continue until 12 Noon on Friday, March 28. The Delaware stallions are, in alphabetical order and (donor):pacer, Badlands Nitro (George Teague); pacer, Dream Away (Winbak Farm of Delaware); trotter, Keystone Activator ( Leigh and Tyler Raymer);and pacer, Roddy's Bags Again (Norma Messick and Tim Torbert). Now standing in Maryland are pacing stallions; Rusty's All In (Fox Den Farm) and Total Truth (by Only Money Inc.), standing in Indiana is pacer, Proper Respect (Carlo Poliseno) and standing in Ontario is Badlands Hanover (Joe Holloway). For those bidding, contact: website. DSBF opening round at Dover on Monday The 2014 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg $20,000 preliminaries gets underway for three-year-old filly pacers on Monday, March 24 while in the $20,000 Mares Open pace, Alexachase takes on five foes in the overnight feature at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first $20,000 DSBF prelim, seven time freshman winner Seboomook Fool Yah, bred and owned by Garnet O’Marrow, seeks to continue his efforts following a $100,000 winning final last November. Allan Davis will be in the bike for trainer Wayne Givens. Winbak Farm’s Fashion Guru has been racing this year and is a winner of three with two seconds in six starts with Ben Stafford Jr. in the bike. Vic Kirby will drive Jeff Bartels’ Crushed Again, a winner of three with four seconds in seven races in 2013. The Wiz Kids Stable’s Jonigold (Bart Dalious), second in the two-year-old $100,000 final, leads the second DSBF division. Virginia Louthan bred, owned and trained Megginspin (Ron Pierce) has shown great improvement in her recent starts prepping for this event. Santa Baby (Montrell Teague), owned by Paul and trainer Lorie Davos. Burris and Chaney is well qualified. I’m Won Rum Wiser, a five-time winner at two, leads the third $20,000 prelim for The Wiz Kids Stable and Tina and driver George Dennis. Ed Walls’ Mommom’s Little C (Jonathan Roberts) and Henry Faragalli III, T.P. Johnson and Joe Thomson’s Treasure Valley (Jim Morand) head the challengers. On the regular card, Bret Brittingham, who is enjoyed one of his best winning seasons, drives Alexachase for owners Kimberley and trainer Johnny Waite. Not to be overlooked is Spend It All, driven by Jim Morand for owners Steve Head and Brooke Givens, i0n only her second start of her four-year-old season. The one to catch in the select field is Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Jeremes Sweetheart, with Ron Pierce. Owner-trainer Bob Winkelman’s Paradise Lost is racing at the top of his game for Ross Wolfenden. Ash LaRue, and George Dennis, drew post 1 while Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.’s Gottaseeaboutagirl, handled by Vic Kirby, closed strongly in last week’s feature test.  Colt beats older rivals at Dover Sunday Thetruthaboutdavid, the only sophomore in the field, recorded his third win of the year and reduced his lifetime record to 1:54.4 winning the $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace on Sunday, to start the third from last week of the Dover Downs 2013-2014 meet began on March 23. A George Teague homebred, Thetruthaboutdavid closed strongly for driver Montrell Teague in only his eighth career race. The Total Truth-Start The Game gelding has been either first or second in seven starts. Pantheon Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) too second money with White Sportscoat (Ross Wolfenden) the third-place finisher. Tony Morgan, the all-time fifth leading driver in the sport, chalked up a four-bagger, with two for trainer Tim Crissman. Jim Morand, Montrell Teague and trainer George Teague had doubles. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series opening legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. This is the opening event of the 2014 Grand Circuit season. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers features four $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 21) in the first round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 22) card at Yonkers will see five $50,000 divisions in the opening round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Defending champion Feeling You competes in the third division of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and 2012 champ Rocklamation races in the first. Anndrovette, the three-time defending Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer, is in the second division. Former Dan Patch Award winners Economy Terror, who was named best 2-year-old filly pacer in 2011, and Somwherovrarainbow, who earned the same honor in 2012, also are racing in the first round. Million-dollar-earners Camille, Handsoffmycookie, Krispy Apple, and Royal Cee Cee N add depth in the field of 29 Matchmaker hopefuls entered Friday. A total of 36 (of the 47) series eligibles are in to go in the opening round of the George Morton Levy. Ten of the entrants carry the hope and dreams of trainer Ron Burke, including the season-debuting Foiled Again. Foiled Again, the richest pacer in history, leads a field of 36 into the opening round of the Levy. Twice a Levy champion and twice (including last season) a bridesmaid, the sport's $6,030,968 ageless wonder makes his 199th career start. The 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, co-owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, landed post position six in the final event, with Yannick Gingras doing the honors. He draws in with the red-hot Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson, post three), the scourge of Ontario who has won nine consecutive races (five-for-five this season). Ben Wallace trains the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for owner Brad Grant. Burke and P J Fraley (six entered in the opening round) each have coupled entries in the second division, where double-millionaire Sweet Lou (Gingras, post five) makes his 5-year-old debut for Burke. Doctor Butch, last season's Art Rooney Pace champ at Yonkers, commences his 4-year-old season in the fourth division. Tim Tetrick drives for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next four weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 26. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

DELAWARE, OHIO, Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 45th Jugette, the 63rd Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 64th Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2012 and will be raced in 2015. Sustaining payments are also due for the 75th Standardbred two-year-old colt and filly stakes for foals of 2012 to be raced in 2014. The $400,000 est. Ohio Breeders Championships now require a single $300 nomination payment due March 15, 2014 with no further sustaining payments required. The Delaware Open series is also going with the single $150 nominating payment due March 15, 2014.   Finally, late nomination fee of $500 for the Winbak Farm Pace for four-year-olds and up to be contested on September 18, 2014, is due March 15. The 2013 Delaware Grand Circuit meet opens Sunday, September 14 and will continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There will be no racing on Monday, September 15. We are truly excited for Delawares stop on the Grand Circuit, noted Tom Wright, Director of Racing for the Little Brown Jug. We are looking forward to a great week of competitive racing. Make checks payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. For the latest news, information and nomination forms, please visit the Little Brown Jug website: March 15 Sustaining Fees: Little Brown Jug No. 70 (3-Year Old Open Pace to be raced in 2015) $500 Jugette No. 45 (3-Year Old Filly Pace to be raced in 2015) $400 Old Oaken Bucket No. 63 (3-Year Old Open Trot to be raced in 2015) $300 Buckette No. 64 (3-Year Old Filly Trot to be raced in 2015) $200 Standardbred No. 75 (2-year-old Colt Pace to be raced in 2014) $400 Standardbred No. 75 (2-year-old Colt Trot to be raced in 2014) $400 Standardbred No. 75 (2-year-old Filly Pace to be raced in 2014) $300 Standardbred No. 75 (2-year-old Filly Trot to be raced in 2014) $300 March 15 Nominating Fees: Ohio Breeders Championships (2 and 3 Year Old Events to be raced in 2014) $300 Delaware Opens (2 and 3 Year Old Events to be raced in 2014) $150 March 15 Late Nomination Fee: Winbak Pace (4-Year Old and Up Open Pace to be raced in 2014) $500 by Jay Wolf, for the Delaware County Fair

Coral Springs, FL - Would you like to own Yannick Gingras's helmet and colors, personally autographed to you? Or perhaps Bill Haughton's trainer trophy clock from winning the $2 million Woodrow Wilson Pace with Nihilator? Maybe a Mary Lou Dondarski original painting of the trotter Bee A Magician or the pacer Captaintreacherous? These items and many more are all up for grabs in the United States Harness Writers Association silent and live auction at the upcoming Dan Patch Awards dinner at Dover Downs, Delaware this Sunday, February 23. But you don't have to be there to be a winner! You can call in your bids now for all of the items in the auction. And best of all is that all proceeds go directly to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and USHWA. All you have to do is call any of these numbers for detailed information; 954.654.3757; 732-306-6713; 317.908.0029 or 732.547.9459. and place your bid order on any or all of the auction items. You will be able to bid via telephone up until 7 p.m. on Sunday (February 23) so please don't delay and miss out on these great items. Most of the items can be seen on the internet at Here are all the items that are in the live and silent auction:  Yannick Gingras colors and helmet (personalized by Yannick)  Original Mary Lou Dondarski acrylic painting Bee A Magician  Bill Haughton's engraved clock trophy as winning trainer of Nihilator in world's richest race, $2 million Woodrow Wilson Pace Original Mary Lou Dondarski acrylic painting Captaintreacherous Original Michele Hogan painting "Racing under the Moon" Horse Motive Quilt Throw Collectable silver coin with horse engraved Large "Colts Frolic" Bronze Statue Bow River Bracelets LV Harkness etched clock Complete bobble head collection (23 items) in showcase Breeding to Dream Away (Winbak Farm - Delaware) Rock N Roll Heaven halter with Breeders Crown Casino Chips (Display case) Hambletonian whiskey decanter (empty), Bank Barn collector's plate and horseshoe wall hanging Hand-painted Round Barn fruit bowl (13 inches) By Steve Wolf, president of USHWA  

DELAWARE, OH - Sustaining payments for the sophomore pacing classics Little Brown Jug and Jugette are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2011. Sustaining payments are also due February 15 for the Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot). Also, nominations for the Winbak Farm Pace for four-year-olds and up, are due February 15. The estimated purse for the 2014 Little Brown Jug is $700,000 and the estimated purse for the Jugette is $300,000. The Little Brown Jug, Old Oaken Bucket and Winbak Farm Pace will be raced Thursday, September 18 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, September 17. The 2014 Delaware Grand Circuit meet opens Sunday, September 14 and will continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There will be no racing on Monday, September 15. Make checks payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. For the latest news, information and nomination forms, please visit the Little Brown Jug website: February 15 Sustaining Fees: Little Brown Jug No. 69 (3-Year Old Open Pace) $750 Jugette No. 44 (3-Year Old Filly Pace) $500 Old Oaken Bucket No. 47 (3-Year Old Open Trot) $500 Buckette No. 47 (3-Year Old Filly Trot) $400 February 15 Nomination Fees: Winbak Pace (4-Year Old and Up Open Pace) $500   by Jay Wolf for the Little Brown Jug

Winbak Farm welcomed its first foal of 2014, early on Thursday morning. The foal, a bay filly, is the first of 300 plus foals to be born at the Maryland location this foaling season. The filly is the first foal from an unraced Christian Cullen mare named Lilli Maid, and sired by Delaware stallion Roddy's Bags Again. Lilli Maid is a half-sister to Western Expression, p, 1:51.2f ($172,152) and Little Michael B, p, 1:50f-'13 ($130,117). The maternal family also includes Gimmebackmybullets, p, 1:49.3s ($664,742). Roddy's Bags Again stands at Winbak Farm of Delaware, which means the filly will be potentially eligible to race in the lucrative Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund program where Winbak Farm has high hopes for her success. Those interested in learning more about Roddy's Bags Again and Winbak Farm should visit Winbak Farm is welcoming everyone to submit names for this filly. Those with name ideas should email them to Elizabeth Lewis-House  

The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) today released the majority of their 2013 human award winners for excellence in the Standardbred industry. Heading the list is Joe Thomson, winner of the Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award. The award, originally named for the great trotting mare, Proximity, is considered the second-most-prestigious honor in harness racing, after the Hall of Fame. In 2012, the name of the award was altered to honor harness racing's only double Hall of Famer, the Stanley F. Bergstein, and is now referred to as the Bergstein-Proximity award. It is presented annually to a person or organization for outstanding contributions to harness racing. In 1991, Joe Thomson and his wife JoAnn founded Winbak Farm on the site of Windields Farm, where the great Thoroughbred Northern Dancer was foaled. They employed the Win from Windfields Farm with the initials of their children -- Bradley, Ashlee and Kimberly -- to form the name Winbak. Their main farm is located on more than 2,000 acres near Chesapeake City, MD. Winbak Farms has been named Breeder of the Year by USHWA three times. This past July, two horses owned by Winbak Farm, Bettor's Delight and Lady Ashlee Ann, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Over the last 10 years, Joe Thomson's Winbak Farm bred, raised and sold three Horses of the Year -- No Pan Intended in 2003, Rainbow Blue in 2004 and Muscle Hill in 2009. Muscle Hill and Vivid Photo were both Hambletonian winners bred by Winbak, which also produced 2011 Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year Roll With Joe. Thomson, one of four partners in the ownership of Lexington's Red Mile, is involved in many aspects of the Standardbred industry. He is a director of the Hambletonian Society, Breeders Association of Delaware, Lexington Trots Breeders Association, and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He was elected president of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania in 2012. Other honors he has received include 2001 Sports Eye Breeder of the Year, 2001 times: In Harness Owner of the Year, 2009 Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame inductee, and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA. All of the award winners will be honored at the annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet hosted by USHWA on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware. The Norman Woolworth Owner of the Year award goes to the team of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi. Burke Racing Stable (trainer Ron Burke and his mom Sylvia) and Mark Weaver and Michael Bruscemi (Weaver Bruscemi LLC) have been racing partners for years. Together, the partnership raced more than 220 horses over the course of a year and according to the U.S. Trotting Association, they have together owned nearly 1,000 horses. The stable reads like a "Who's Who" of harness racing with such as Foiled Again ($1.4 million earned this season), Quillen Memorial champion Clear Vision ($596,103), multiple-stakes-winner Charisma Hanover ($555,729), Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Southwind Silence ($375,581), American-National winner Southwind Spirit ($370,295), Monument Circle winner Dedi's Dragon ($368,342), Meadowlands Maturity champ Sweet Lou ($330,138) and Garnsey Memorial division winner Carols Desire ($260,099). In 2013, Foiled Again became the richest Standardbred in North American history (with more than $6 million in lifetime earnings) and the oldest to win a Breeders Crown. This group is dedicated to the sport and is invested in it for the long run. Burke, Weaver and Bruscemi - along with their many other ownership partners - have been an asset to the sport by keeping their stars at the tracks where fans are able to see, enjoy and connect with them. Burke and Weaver Bruscemi have been the leading owners in terms of both races and money won every year this decade, racing mostly overnight stock. The Rising Star award goes to a "younger" driver in the industry who has achieved above and beyond the norm in racing ability and this year's recipient is long overdue. Corey Callahan did not find his way into the harness world until 2005, but his rise has not been of the meteoric variety. Callahan began as a full-time driver at 29 and almost immediately accorded himself as a top-20 driver in both wins and earnings. From 2007-2012 he ranked 13th, 11th, 11th, seventh and eighth nationally in wins, and 21st, 14th, 19th, 18th and 13th in earnings. While his statistics were strong, he plied his trade mostly out of the spotlight until making a decision to focus on major stakes races in 2013. That choice has paid off in leaps and bounds for Callahan, who currently (through early December) ranks fifth in wins (566) and seventh in earnings ($9.2 million). Both numbers are career bests. Callahan picked up drives on some of the best horses in the country in 2013, including those from top trainers Jonas Czernyson and Tony Alagna. He has won the driving title at Dover Downs for four consecutive years and he ranks among the leaders at Harrah's Philadelphia . He finished second at the Meadowlands with 99 wins, behind only Yannick Gingras. It is no surprise that the Breeder of the Year in 2013 is none other than White Birch Farm for the second straight year. The farm bred both three-year-old pacer Captaintreacherous and the three-year-old trotting filly Bee A Magician. In the final month of racing in 2013, White Birch progeny have accounted for more than 390 trips to the winner's circle and $8.3 million in 2013 earnings. Other White Birch Farm standouts in 2013 includes free for all trotter Sevruga, who earned $484,575 of his $800,000 lifetime purse money this year, $500,000 winner Wake Up Peter, and six-figure earners Ali Blue, Proclaiming April, I Fought Dalaw, She's Da Bomb and Ideal Champ. The late Joe and Marie Parisi started building White Birch Farm's breeding operation more than 35 years ago as Jo-Mar Farm, where they stood New Jersey Sire Stakes stallion Adios Ronnie. Their son, Michael Parisi, now runs the 800-acre facility that is home to nearly 100 broodmares and also serves as one of the premier training centers in Central New Jersey, accommodating 300 horses in training. The Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award goes to a "non-racing" individual who has excelled beyond the scope of their job profile during the year. This year's winner is Heather Wilder, who is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Assocation (MSOA) at the Meadows Racetrack in Washington, PA. Heather had background doing publicity and racing support work in the Columbus area (Scioto, Delaware) while still in her teens. After staying home with two children in her 20s, Wilder decided to pursue training horses. It was because of this unique marriage of talents that she was thought to be an ideal person by the board of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) to fill their newly-created role of Director of Public Relations and Marketing. With her extensive backstretch knowledge, Heather has been the liaison to introducing countless area fans, both individuals and groups, to the "hands-on" side of racing, through backstretch tours, time in the jog cart and the starting gate, and even reaching out to the local business community through the area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. A big night of racing always finds the MSOA and Wilder with several outreach programs for fans and casino patrons. Wilder also promotes the The Meadows and MSOA through social media efforts which help extend their reach. While wearing her BET HELP button and walking the grandstand assisting patrons with any questions about making wagers on the races, Wilder is dynamic and approachable. Always willing to support harness racing and USHWA, she is slated to be one of the emcees for the national awards dinner in 2014. There is no more legitimate "Good Guy" in the sport than trainer George Ducharme, who will be honored with the W. R. Haughton Good Guy Award. He totally embraced the spotlight this year with his outstanding three-year-old colt trotter, Royalty For Life, while always representing the sport in a classy manner to the media and to the public. The hard working 51 year-old native of Norfolk, Massachusetts was catapulted into the spotlight in 2013 after a 25 plus year racing career that saw him toil mostly in anonymity in New England. But Ducharme's work ethic and commitment to his trade and his great attitude towards both the fans and media have always been there despite the immensely rocky road to his Hambletonian victory with the horse of a lifetime. Along with all the glory of guiding the career of a Hambletonian champion, Ducharme also faced a lot of difficult situations during the year. An early year quarantine at his home base, a tiring off-track at Lexington, hard trips from difficult draws and a season-ending scratch from the Breeders Crown all had to be dealt with. Through the tough times, Ducharme never ducked the media and took the good with the bad while offering the best analysis of any situation he could. He looked for his next positive move forward and remained accessible while dealing with every twist and turn with class and dignity. Ducharme was asked to be part of the autograph session on Hambletonian Day (clearly the biggest day of his career) and never hesitated to accept. He even arrived early to spend as much time with the fans as possible. And all year long he did every interview and answered every question from anyone who approached him. Ducharme is universally liked. From his days in New England to campaigning his first "good horse" Donttellmywife to his Grand Circuit success this year; you would be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't respect the man. And through it all, he has always been affable and approachable to any media member and fan alike. Dedicated to the industry, Ducharme also toils as a USTA Director for District 9. He is truly one of harness racing's good guys in many ways. The 2013 Leeanne Pooler Unsung Hero award goes annually to someone who has gone beyond the scope of helping the harness racing industry that that person is Sam Landy. In 2012 horse owner Sam Landy and a committee of volunteers created an event called the Open Space Pace Day at Freehold Raceway. The concept arose from Landy's determination to find a way to illustrate the importance of harness racing to the state and local economy in New Jersey's horse country. The inaugural event included a parade, celebrity appearances, under saddle races, a Southside Johnny concert - but primarily showcased harness racing in one of the most populous counties [Monmouth] in New Jersey. The event was valuable as a public relations vehicle, both raising the awareness of harness racing as well as bringing out legislators and public officials to see the importance of racing to the county and state economy. In September of 2013, despite the expense (much of it personal) and countless hours of work involved, Landy and his Open Space Pace committee presented the second annual festival, employing it as a tool to connect the agri-business of harness racing in the minds of legislators and the public. Several thousand people were drawn to the borough of Freehold and the raceway within its borders for the renewal of the event. Grants totaling $10,000 were distributed to harness racing and agricultural-related charities and programs. There are also two additional equine awards announced today by USHWA. Two outstanding "moms" will be honored as the 2013 Broodmares of the Year. They are Beehive and Worldly Treasure. The lightly-raced trotting mare Beehive 3,Q1:57.3f ($8,791) is the dam of the undefeated 3-year-old Bee A Magician (by Kadabra), a winner of 26 races in her career (17 of them in this year) and $2,313,956. She is owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. She is also the dam of the Explosive Matter freshman filly Dynamite Honey 2,2:00.3f ($17,400). This season Bee A Magician has swept her division, winning the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono; the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at The Meadowlands; the $356,981 Elegant Image at Mohawk, the $253,000 Moni Maker at The Meadowlands; the $205,608 Simcoe Final at Mohawk; the $265,600 Delvin Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands; the $118,500 American National at Balmoral; among others. The pacing broodmare of the year, Worldly Treasure, is the dam of world champion Captaintreacherous p,3,1:47.1 ($2,973,286). Worldly Treasure herself was no slouch on the track, taking a 2-year-old mark of 1:53.1 en route to earning $97,923. She hails from a strong maternal family, as her full sister is the outstanding pacing mare Worldly Beauty, who was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner with nearly $2 million in career earnings. They are both out of World Order p,3,1:53 ($267,205), whose dam was Rodine Hanover p,2,1:54 ($231,630)-the dam of Real Artist p,3,Q1:51 ($424,94) and the grand-dam of Art Major p,4,1:48.4 ($2,727,224), Perfect Art p,3,1:51 ($629,122) and Panspacificflight p,3,1:50.3 ($368,843). She is also owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. USHWA can be reached at  by Steve Wolf, president USHWA  

Although the original plan had Vintage Master moving to New Jersey for the 2014 breeding season, it has been decided that the World Champion racehorse and promising young stallion will remain in Ontario for next year. According to Brittany Stallion Management, he will continue to stand at Winbak Farm of Canada in Caledon, Ontario for a fee of $3,500 Cdn. Brittany manager Art Zubrod said he was disappointed that the planned move to New Jersey didn't work out, but was pleased at the demand for Vintage Master that exists in Ontario, where he had stood his first two seasons. "Obviously, the move to New Jersey just didn't pan out," Zubrod said. "We went against the grain and tried to support racing and breeding in the state and the new Meadowlands, but the drop-off in demand for New Jersey eligibles, as we saw at the sales last fall, has certainly carried through to the current stallion market." On a positive note, Zubrod said Vintage Master has many supporters in Ontario. "Ontario breeders were disappointed when we announced the move to New Jersey," he said. "He has a core of breeders there who really support him. Those who bred to him in his first season are extremely pleased with their Vintage Master foals, and had hoped for a return breeding. I think this will all work out in the best interest of the horse. "As a racehorse," Zubrod added, " Vintage Master was a double World Champion and double millionaire. His Hall Of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter said of him, "He gave it everything he had, every time he stepped on the track. I can't  think of a horse I liked more than him." Those interested in booking to Vintage Master (p,4,1:48.1f ($2,160,953, by Western Ideal-Art's Vintage, by Artsplace) in Ontario may call Brittany Stallion Management at (859) 873-3878 or visit the website, Submitted by  Brittany Stallion Management  

DOVER, Del. --- Four of eight starters in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting filly final, have won at least one of the two preliminary legs. The top eight point-getters in prelims vie in the final on the Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Two of the starters were unbeaten in their two prelim victories, Jim and Ann Parsons and co-owner Bob Shahan's I Like My Boss will be driven by Jonathan Roberts while Winbak Farm's Call Me Hall and Vic Kirby leave from the rail. The other win-savvy contestants are Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft, handled by Ross Wolfenden, and breeder, owner and trainer Bobby Myers' Boo'sThe Boss (Allan Davis), who won by being placed first after Winbak Farms' Winbak Charles M and Jeff Fout were disqualified for an interference, last week. Starting from outside post 8, LG's Pride, with Jim Morand in the bike, was race favorite in both his prelims, finishing second and third for T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing. Bosston BNZ, owned by Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. has been close-up in both his prelims. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan will drive Winmando for John and Sarah Swart to complete the lineup. There are also eight competitors in the $20,000 DSBF consolation trot, the card's lead off event. Program favorite is Marvin Meyer's fresman My Bob Charlie. . This week, Monday through Wednesday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. There is no racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and, as usual, no racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.  

Caledon, Ontario --- Brittany Stallion Management announced Friday that world champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of Ontario. Winbak will be assuming managerial duties for the stallion, whose stud fee will remain at $4,000. Glidemaster becomes the sixth addition to the stallion barn at Winbak of Ontario. “We’re glad the opportunity presented itself to stand a Horse of the Year and a sire who’s already producing world-class trotters. We’re excited to have him,” said Winbak Farm owner, Joe Thomson. Thomson added that Winbak will offer its full support of the stallion in terms of breeding mares to him and promoting him. Glidemaster 2, 1:55.3; 3, 1:51 earned close to $2 million during his racing career. He was a world champion and Triple Crown winner who captured the Hambletonian in stakes record time. He was an overwhelming selection as Horse of the Year in 2006. “We feel that Ontario has a void in trotting stallions and Glidemaster will help fill it,” said Joe Thomson. “Winbak Farm is optimistic about the sire stakes and grassroots program in Ontario.” Leading his progeny in 2013 earnings is world champion and two-time Breeders Crown champion, Maven, 2, 1:56f; 3, 1:52.3; 1:51.4h -'13 ($1,420,319). He is also the sire of O’Brien Award Winner, Blue Porsche, 2, 1:54.1s; 3, 1:54s ($638,240), For You Almostfree, 2, Q2:01.1s; 3, 1:56.1s; 1:53s -'13 ($309,146) and PASS Winner, Punxsutawney, 2, 1:56.2f; 3, 1:53.2f -'13 ($300,153). Glidemaster is the sire of 11 who have trotted faster than 1:55. Call Brittany Farms at 859.873.3878 or visit for more information on Glidemaster. For more information on Winbak Farm of Ontario, contact 905.838.2145 or visit Submitted by Winbak Farm

DOVER, Del.--- The focus was on freshman trotters on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Dover 2nd leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 Two-Year-Old preliminaries continue with Boo’s The Boss, Call Me Hal and I Like My Boss recording victories. Vic Kirby drove four winners. In the first division, Winbak Charles M and driver Jeff Fout were the apparent 2:01.3 winners, but because of a racing infraction on the last turn, the result was runner-up Boo’s The Boss, driven by Allan Davis, was placed first.  Winbak Charles M was guilty of coming out causing LG’s Pride, handled by Jim Morand, to take back resulting in the re-placements. Bobby Myers bred and trains Boo’s The Boss, a Don Boss Vita-Circle M Yankee gelding making the winner’s circle for the first time. LG’s Pride, piloted by Vic Kirby, was placed second with Winbak Charles M remanded to third-place.  Call Me Hal had no trouble winning the second $20,000 DRBF freshman trot. Vic Kirby was never tested as the altered son of CR Commando-Call Me Hazel posted his second straight win and third this season notching a 2:03.4 victory for breeder, owner Winbak Farms. Winmando (Corey Callahan) finished second in front of Odessa (Kim Vincent) took show honors. Jonathan Roberts driving I Like My Boss enjoyed a perfect trip racing behind leader Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) until turning for home. I Like My Boss then zoomed along the passing lane to shoot past en route to a 2:01.2 victory. Trainer Bob Shahan shares ownership in the Don Boss Vita-Vita Wild One gelding who is now unbeaten in two races. Whichwayrightrleft was second with Bosston BHZ (Art Stafford Jr.) third. Bill Emmons’ Lord Terror put in a gritty 1:52.2 performance to win the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance on the regular card. It was the third win for Vic Kirby. Eric Ell conditions the Western Terror-Cheryl Hanover gelding, who won for the sixth time this campaign and 19th time in his career. Dover Downs weekday racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There is no live harness is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for dining in the 4-Star Winner’s Circle restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad

Freehold, N.J. --- Blue Chip Farms and Joe Thomson of Winbak Farm are the finalists for the U.S. Harness Writers Association's 2013 Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award, an honor in the sport second only to election to the Hall of Fame. Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award finalists were determined through preliminary voting of the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). The entire membership of USHWA will vote for the winner, which will be announced in late December. The Proximity Award has been given by USHWA since 1952 to "an individual, group, or organization for outstanding contributions of the harness racing industry." Last year, USHWA added the name of the late Stan Bergstein, a Hall of Famer and widely-respected contributor to harness racing during the last 50 years, to the name of the most prestigious award for which it is the sole voter. Blue Chip Farms, founded in Wallkill, N.Y., in 1969 by the Kimelman family and now owned by Thomas Grossman, is one of harness racing's top breeding farms. Blue Chip's best known graduate is Gallo Blue Chip, who was 2000 Horse of the Year and retired as the top money-winning pacer in harness racing history. Grossman was the first to send a top stallion to stand Down Under and now many of Blue Chip's stable, including American Ideal, Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and Roll With Joe, are dual-hemisphere stallions. Blue Chip helped the fight for New York to get video lottery terminals in 2001 by creating and distributing orange helmet covers that simply said "Yes." They were worn by many drivers across the state and brought much attention to the cause. Blue Chip also sponsors races at numerous tracks and contributes to organizations such as the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, New Vocations, Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Thomson, who was the Bergstein-Proximity Award runner-up to John Campbell in 2012, and his wife JoAnn founded Winbak Farm in 1991. Winbak Farm, based in Maryland with additional operations in Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Canada, bred Horse of the Year Award winners No Pan Intended, Rainbow Blue and Muscle Hill. Winbak Farm ranked No. 2 in wins and earnings in 2012, behind only Hanover Shoe Farms, and this year is again second in both categories. Last year, the Monticello-Goshen chapter of USHWA gave Thomson its Lifetime Achievement Award and he is also an inductee of the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame. Thomson plays a leadership role in several areas of the sport, from being among the owners of The Red Mile in Lexington, to serving as a trustee and director of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and a director of the Hambletonian Society. In 2012, he was elected president of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania. The Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award winner will be honored at Dover Downs on Feb. 23 during USHWA's annual Dan Patch Awards banquet. by Ken Weingartner for the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

DOVER, Del. --- I Like My Boss, Whichwayrightrleft and Call Me Hal registered opening leg victories in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshmen male trots on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan swept the last three races to finish with six wins for the night Both ends of the daily double were clocked in 2:01.3 wins. In the first $20,000 preliminary, I Like My Boss, driven by Jonathan Roberts for trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons, wore down betting choice LG's Pride and Ross Wolfenden by mid-stretch and then held off fast finishing Bosston BNZ, driven by Art Stafford Jr. with LG's Pride third. The victory for the Don Boss Vita -Wild One gelding came in his first lifetime start. Whichwayrightrleft, a Crown Prince Gar-French Doll gelding, leased and trained by veteran Sylvanus King Jr., recorded his sixth victory in his 10 freshman season starts winning by a nose in 2:01.3. Winbak Charles M was a game second for Jeff Fout while Boo's The Boss, handled by Allan Davis, finished third. Call Me Hal, one of Vic Kirby's three wins, scored a 2:02.1 triumph in the third $20,000 DSBF division. The altered son of Cr Commando-Call Me Hazel, bred and owned by Winbak Farm, racked up his second of the year. In addition to Corey Callahan's six winners, Vic Kirby had a triple and Ross Wolfenden and trainer Nick Callahan recorded two wins each. The second $20,000 DSBF colt and gelding trot prelims are set for next Tuesday. GREEN DAY LEADS EIGHT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT AT DOVER DOWNS Millionaire Green Day, last week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot winner starts from post 8 in the Wednesday, Nov. 13 feature trot at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan moved Mary Elizabeth Raymer’s Green Day into the lead after the opening quarter and then romped to an unchallenged c1:54.3 victory. It was the Leigh Raymer-trainees fifth win of the year. Joining the action this week is Dawn Gannon and Yannick Gingras’ Looking Hanover, already a $100,480 winner this season. Vic Kirby will be in the bike for trainer Ed Gannon Jr.  Cash On Delivery, conditioned and driven by Vince Copland, closed strongly in last week’s top trot to finish second for owner David Miller. Baximum won a sub-feature last Wednesday, his second in a row. Roger Plante will drive this week from post 1. Smooth Ride, the only three-year-old in the field cannot be overlooked with Hall of Famer Ron Pierce at the controls for Angelo Frassetto Estate and Steve Elliott. Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Can Do has been racing well. McTrade Enterprises’ Andover America with Daryl Bier was the favorite last week but spent much of the mile racing on the outside. Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley handled by Tony Morgan is another contender not to be overlooked.  by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. --- LG's Pride, Whichwayrightrleft and Call Me Hal are program picks in the three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminary 1st legs for two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting fillies, the tri-features on the Tuesday, Nov. 12 card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first event, LG's Pride, owned by T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing, with Jim Morand driving for trainer Les Givens brings a sparkling never out-of-the-money four race record into the fray. Bosston BNZ leaves from the rail for breeder Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and trainer Bob Shahan's I Like My Boss with driver Jonathan Roberts, starts alongside. The other contenders are Bart Cavanagh's Odessa with Kim Vincent, Gary White's Whitesville Prince teamed with David Hill and John and Sarah Swart's Winmando with Corey Callahan in the bike. Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden), winner of the recent $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington is the one to beat in the second $20,000 prelim. Delbert Cain's What A Hit (George Dennis) heads the challengers. Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout), Bobby Myers homebred Boo's The Boss (Allan Davis), Gary White's Whitesville Emory (David Hill) and Sharon Robert's George Junior (Bib Roberts) complete the lineup. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) brings an impressive record into the third $20,000 leg. Marvin Meyer's My Boy Charlie (Ross Wolfenden) is fresh from winning the DSBF consolation last month at Harrington. Owner-trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno's Briefs Or Boxers has upset credentials. AJ Commander (Roger Plante) has post 1 with Nanticoke Racing's LG's Command (Les Givens) alongside. Gateway Stable's Streets Of Gold (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Gary White's Whitesville Bo (David Hill) are the other starters. The DSBF prelims move to Wednesday racing with the accent on filly pacers. Second leg action begins next week. The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return for $100,000 finals. Monday through Thoroughbred racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

In the upcoming breeding season, Winbak Farm of New York will be welcoming two of the industry’s most distinguished trotting stallions.   “With the New York Sire Stakes program having the richest purses in North America, we are excited to announce the addition of Lucky Chucky and Muscles Yankee,” said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. “Both individuals were outstanding racehorses and have two of the best trotting pedigrees in the industry.”   Lucky Chucky, 2,1:55.1s; 3,1:50.4 ($2,099,973), will be standing his fourth season in 2014. His yearlings sold for an average of $53,214 at the 2013 Lexington Select Sale and were led by Mr Lucky Luke, who sold for $450,000.   “We are thrilled that Lucky Chucky will be rejoining our farm in New York, his offspring look athletic and will be starting to race in 2014,” said Bell.   Muscles Yankee, 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:52.2. ($1,424,938), is the sire of 12 Millionaires. A son of Valley Victory, his offspring include Mr Muscleman, 2, 1:59; 3, 1:53.3; 1:51.1s ($3,589,142) and 2009 Horse of The Year, Muscle Hill, 2, 1:53.3, 3, 1:50.1 ($3,273,342). His offspring have earned $82,548,387.   “Muscles Yankee has been a consistent sire of the best trotters in North America. His offspring have proven they are tough racehorses at any age and will be a force to be reckoned with in the New York Sire Stakes,” said Bell. “We appreciate the partnership with Perretti Farms and look forward to another successful year.”   For more information on either stallion visit or call 845.778.5421. Submitted by Winbak Farm

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