Day At The Track

It's all over except for the shouting and it was the Kiwis who were the loudest after trouncing the home team in the recently completed USA vs. New Zealand Amateur driving harness racing friendship competition. In the third and final leg of the international rivalry which was held at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, Oct. 18 ,the New Zealanders not only won both races but in the second contest event they finished 1-2-3. Going into the last day of the competition the Americans had a short point lead which quickly evaporated when, in the first contest, New Zealand's Mike Maynard romped home an easy winner in 1:59.2 with Sheer Desire, a pacer winless in 11 previous seasonal starts. "I had the fifth position behind the mobile and the owner (Rory Coolbaugh) told me to send him (Sheer Desire) to the top which I did," Maynard said. "When Sheer Desire got in front he was brave and the farther he went the stronger he was and at the finish we were some five lengths ahead of the second place finisher (King Otra with NAADA's Gerry Fielding aboard)" Third place went to the Kiwi's Gavin Cook who was guiding Silver Chief. As he was hanging up the reins when he returned to the paddock after the race one could easily see the joy that Maynard exuded. "This is my very first visit to America and to have won a race on US soil makes me feel great," said Maynard, a software engineer (his words) back home. Sheer Desire , an 11-year old Real Desire gelding owned by Rory Coolbaugh and trained by Frank Kamine, paid $11.00 for win. In the second NAADA v New Zealand event Maynard came close to a driving double but it was not to be when his pacer Shamderock, rallied in the lane but feel a neck short at the wire. The victory went to his teammate Cheree Wigg who finished first with Bangbangkisskiss. The talented diminutive lady driver finished as the overall point champion in the competition. The previous night at Yonkers Raceway Ms Wigg, who claims to be an office executive and a "hobby trainer" back home, was victorious with Big Turn On in the one event contested there and her two wins in five contest races topped all others. In her Monticello event she sent 36-1 shot Bangbangkisskiss to the lead from post position three and they paced through fractions of .29.2, 1:00.2; 1:30.2 before tripping the timer in 2:00.2 while keeping Shamderock and teammate Mike Maynard at bay. New Zealand's Colleen Negus finished third with Lady's Bag Man two lengths behind the winner. "It was getting close at the finish but my horse had enough to turn away Mike's pacer,"Ms Wigg said but couldn't restrain from smiling when she pointed out the names of the two horses she drove to victory in the competition - (Big Turn On & Bangbangkisskiss) Her smile was even bigger when she glanced at the tote board and saw Bangbangkisskiss paid $75.50; $22.80 and $17.20 across the board. The pacer is owned by Gina Frazzitta and trained by David Wiskow. "We had an enjoyable time hosting our New Zealand friends but the way they beat us up they probably had a better time," noted NAADA president Joe Faraldo. "We look forward to next year when we'll travel Down Under for yet another Friendship Competition with the Kiwis.", by John Manzi for NAADA

ANDERSON, Ind.--October 19, 2017-- Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will kick off the harness racing 2017 Breeders Crown with a full week of events leading up to the championship races on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. Events include an Art-rageous charity auction, the Indiana Horse Racing Association's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Breeders Crown Live Post Position Draw on Monday, Oct. 23, Fright Night at the Races on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Crowning Our Heroes veterans' appreciation on Thursday, Oct. 26. On Monday, Oct. 23, the Indiana Horse Racing Association, Inc. will hold its fourth annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's Homestretch dining area. The 2017 inductees include the Honorable Howard "Luke" A. Kenley, Lynn Wilfong, and Raymond J. "Steve" Panke (Posthumously). The invitation-only event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a welcome reception, and is not open to the general public. The event will be hosted by Centaur Gaming President and COO Jim Brown, and the official induction ceremony will start at 7:00 p.m. A special Breeders Crown live post position draw will be conducted during the hall of fame event at 6:15 p.m. in The Terrace Showroom and will be open to the public. The draw will feature four marquis Breeders Crown races. Fright Night at the Races, a family night at the track, will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. The family-friendly event will include a children's costume trick-or-treat with free treat bags, free pumpkins and decorating station, games, a horse costume contest, and $2 hotdogs and beers. The first live race begins at 6:30 p.m. Then on Thursday, Oct. 26, Crowning Our Heroes will honor veterans and active service members with $10 in free slot play and $5 buffets all day with official military identification. Hoosier Park guests may donate $10 to Hoosier Park's Crowning Our Heroes official charities and receive a chance to spin a wheel with a top prize of $1,000. The charity beneficiaries include Helping Hands for Heroes, Wish for Our Heroes, Blue Star Mothers, and Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation. Each organization will also participate in a charity exhibition race at 6:20 p.m. and receive a $500 MegaBet to be used on their charity's named race. The organizations are guaranteed to win a minimum of $500. The first live race of the evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Hoosier Park will also host a welcome party for Breeders Crown horsemen, as well as National FFA Career Success Tours in Breeders Crown Village. FFA students will be given a tour of Hoosier Park's backside to gain knowledge about the various components necessary to get a race horse to the track. The Breeders Crown's ART-Rageous Culture for a Cause is a charitable silent auction featuring original works of art created by Anderson Community School students. Crafted from a variety of mediums, the art made its debut on Monday, Oct. 9. The art is on display at Hoosier Park and available for online bidding by visiting The silent auction bidding will conclude on Breeders Crown weekend, Saturday, Oct. 28. Proceeds from the auction will directly support the official 2017 Breeders Crown charity beneficiaries: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, and The Animal Protection League. "It's truly an honor to host Indiana's debut of the Breeders Crown right here at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino," said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "Our team has worked tirelessly for the past year preparing for North America's harness racing championship weekend and we're ready. We're excited." The Breeders Crown is harness racing's $6 million championship event with six Crown races on both Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. As one of the Hambletonian Society's richest and most prestigious events, the Breeders Crown features competition among the greatest harness racing athletes in the world. Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the Breeders Crown has traveled to racetracks across North America. Not only will the Breeders Crown take place in the Midwest for the first time in three decades, it will take place for the very first time on Indiana soil. The Breeders Crown is the richest series in harness racing, disbursing purses of $183 million over 33 years and is a conclusive factor in Horse of the Year voting. The first race on both Breeders Crown evenings will take place at 6:00 p.m. EDT. More information on the 2017 Breeders Crown can be found at Live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues through Friday, Nov. 17 with a regular first post time of 6:30 p.m. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Downtown Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information on upcoming entertainment and promotions at Hoosier Park visit Kiersten Flint Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, 4500 Dan Patch Circle, Anderson, IN 46013, United States    

Vernon Downs hosted eight Excelsior "A" Finals for a purse of $45,000 each on Wednesday Night (October 18). Harness racing driver Jim Morrill Jr. would capture the first three races. Checkered Past (Jim Morrill Jr) would charge late to win the first Excelsior "A" race for freshman pacing fillies. After several lead changes Checkered Past (American Ideal - Character Flaw) would make a third-over move going into the stretch. Owned by All Star Racing Inc. and trained by Peter Foley, she would blow by them all to win in a lifetime best time of 1:53.2. The 2 year-old filly would get get her fourth career victory, paying $11.20 for the win. Act Like A Diva (Marcus Miller) would finish second and Credit List would settle for third. The "A" Final for 2 year-old trotting Colts and Geldings would go to Troller (Jim Morrill Jr.). If Not Why Not (John MacDonald) would lead them through the first half, Troller (Muscle Mass -Pearls Last Chance) would then go first over and take the lead right before three-quarters. Owned and trained by Paul Kelly, the 2 year-old colt would hold off the late drive by second place finisher Yuge (Charlie Norris) for the win. Credit List (Andy Miller) would finish third. Troller ($ 7.20) got career victory number three with a lifetime best of 1:55.2. Rootin Tootin (Jim Morrill Jr.) tough as nails to win the freshman colts and gelding Excelsior "A" Final. Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe - Wild Retreat) would take charge right after the first quarter. Manverick (John MacDonald) would go alongside at the half and the two would battle all the way through the stretch. Rootin Tootin ($ 10.40), who is owned by Stuart and trainer Blake Macintosh, dug down deep and would gut out the win in a lifetime best of 1:51.2. Rockapello (Jason Bartlett) would come on late to finish second with Manverick settling for third best. Pittstop Emerald (Chris Lems) would go gate-to-wire to win freshman fillies trot "A" Final. Pittstop Emerald (RC Royalty - Nowerland Kristen) would fire out of the gate and put up all the fractions :27.4, :58.2, 1:27.1, 1:57.0. Owned and trained by Robert Gale, she would hold off the late charge of Minne Cheatum (Jason Bartlett), who finished second and Miss Muscle (John Stark Jr.) who got third. Pittstop Emerald ($18.20) would win for the fifth time in nine starts with a lifetime best of 1:57.0. Roll With Sparky (John MacDonald) rolls to sophomore pacing fillies Excelsior "A" Final victory. Roll With Sparky (Roll WIth Joe) would take the lead just before the half time mark and never look back to win in 1:51.2. Owned by Paul Tandimayer and trainer Jim Graham, she would pay $3.00 for her 10th win of the year. Robin J (Jason Bartlett) would be second best with Roll Baby Roll (Marcus Miller) settling for third. Golden Kronos (Jason Bartlett) would nip big favorite Big Man Ev (Andy Miller) during "A" Final for trotting 3 year-old colts and geldings. Golden Kronos (Chapter Seven) would take the lead before the first quarter but Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven) would take over before the half and lead all the way to deep stretch. Golden Kronos ($16.60), who is owned by Myron Ekstein with Michael and William Pozefsky while trained by Stanley Zombick Jr., would pop out of the pocket to just nip Big Man Ev (second). Winneress (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third. Golden Kronos would get season and career victory number eight in a lifetime best of 1:54.4. Geez Joe (Marcus Miller) captures "A" Final for 3 year-old pacing colts and geldings. Geez Joe (Roll With Joe) would take over just before the half and would win easily over second place finisher Sir Pugsley (Dan Dube) in 1:51.2. Joe Joe Joe (John MacDonald) finished third. Geez Joe ($4.80) who is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Erv Miller, would get eighth win of the season and career. Sophomore trotting fillies "A" Finals went to Prairie Diamonds (John MacDonald). Prairie Diamonds (Diamond Goal) looked like she was shot out of a cannon in the stretch going from fifth to first to win in a lifetime best 1:55.0. Mighty Surf (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second with Chapter Review (Jim DeVaux) finishing third. Prairie Diamonds ($7.90) is owned by Fred Morosini, Laurie Poulin, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters. She picked up her seventh win of the season and eighth win of her career. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (October 19) with an eight race card starting at 6:45. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Batavia, NY---Without even a moment of doubt in the mile, Exotic Beach overpowered her five harness racing rivals to jog home with authority in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 18). Exotic Beach (Larry Stalbaum) tucked in third off the gate while Squeeze This (Billy Davis Jr.) settled on the lead. But that was just a ruse by Stalbaum as he pulled Exotic Beach halfway up the backstretch and gunned her to the front in :27 flat. After clearing, Stalbaum grabbed some leather just to let the five trailers think they were in the race. But it became obvious that wasn't the case once they hit the second stanza. Exotic Beach opened up a gapped three-length lead and that was as close as the rest would get for the rest of the race. She cruised to three-quarters in 1:24, rounded the turn in full stride and paced away down the stretch to win by four in 1:53.3. The time was a new seasonal mark for Exotic Beach and only three-fifths of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares. It was the sixth win of the year for Exotic Beach ($4.30) who has now earned $52,266 for owner Larry Stalbaum, who also does the training. Owner/trainer/driver Stalbaum similarly won the co-featured $8,000 Fillies and Mares Open II pace when he went from last at the half to three-deep at three-quarters to a half-length victor in 1:55, which was a new seasonal mark for the winner. Kaitlyn Rae ($5.80) won her ninth race in 18 starts this year giving her $36,594 in the bank account. The top three dash drivers of the meet had a very business night on Wednesday. Larry Stalbaum had four winners, Ray fisher Jr. three and Drew Monti two. As a result there has been movement at the top of the leader board. Larry Stalbaum who was behind in double digits only a week ago is now in a first place tie with former leader Drew Monti with 79 wins apiece. Ray Fisher Jr. is a close third with 75. With nine weeks left in the meet, this is going to be a tight three-way competition for the rest of the year. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 20) with post time at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($4.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:56.1 harness racing winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Theresademoninme led the field of seven to the opening quarter mile in 28.1 seconds. Dw's Ny Yank applied pressure to the half-mile in 57.3 seconds and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Wind Of The North waited in the two-hole throughout and emerged as the leader in deep stretch. Theresademoninme was second with Sunset Mike third. Trained by Jenny Bier, it was the ninth win of the season for the 7-year-old Cantab Hall. Kirby has a five win lead in the driver standings over Allan Davis. Meanwhile, trainer Brian Malone secured his first Harrington training title with a win in the 7th race with Nowucit Nowudont ($5.40, Jon Roberts) and with Westside Lindy ($4, Roberts) in the finale. Malone has 34 wins at the meet and will be presented his plaque on closing night October 19. Josh Green, a former Harrington training champ, is second with 29 wins. Matthew Sparacino

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica will host a Breeders Crown eliminations show coming up on Thursday morning at 10:30 AM.   Hoosier Park Director of Racetrack Operations Rick Moore will join the program on Thursday to discuss the happenings around the Indiana racetrack. He will talk about the upcoming eliminations, while also discussing the promotions going on next weekend.   Jamie Macomber has a chance to bring some Breeders Crown glory to Indiana as she trains 3-year-old filly Carol's Z Tam. Carol's Z Tam has hit the board in 15 of her 20 starts this season and has a mark of 1:51.3 in 2017 with earnings of just over $220,000. Macomber also enters the Breeders Crown with Crescent Fashion and Indiana Sire Stakes champion Beckhams Z Tam who has been racing extremely well at Hoosier Park.   Trainer Marie Dupont is attempting to make the Breeders Crown final in the easier of the two eliminations for 3-year-old fillies as she brings Checkmate Time to the big dance. Checkmate Time has a mark of 1:53.3 this year while having four victories in ten starts.   Indiana driver Sam Widger has multiple opportunities to make the Breeders Crown Final coming up this weekend. In the 2-year-old filly trot Widger drives Msnaughtashill who has hit the board in six of eleven starts this year and gets a good post draw for trainer Jeff Edwards. Widger also will drive Manhattan Beach in the Breeders Crown Open which features champions All Bets Off and Dealt A Winner. Manhattan Beach has hit the board in 5 of 14 starts this year while having a mark this year of 1:49.3.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica will be live from Hoosier Park on both nights of the Breeders Crown finals coming up next week. The schedule of show events will be released at the end of the week.   Post Time can be heard live at or on the archive at   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 18, 2017 -- Tamarind zipped to the front from post 7 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind need to trot a swift 27.4 to reach the early lead, but when Aaron Merriman gave him a 29.4 second-quarter breather, he was home free, prevailing in 1:55.1. Maximum Credit shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while the first-over Monte Cristo Spur finished third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Tamarind, a 9-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos who won for the 61st time in his career and extended his lifetime bankroll to $926,884. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 12-race card, including three for trainer Ron Burke. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Bob Key has been a longtime participant in the Breeders Crown and an ardent supporter of the harness racing Grand Circuit. He knows what it takes to win at the sport's top level and appreciates the opportunities for success. "This is what you're shooting for," said the 84-year-old Key, who has won twice in the Breeders Crown series and sends three horses to this year's event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. "The Breeders Crown, look at how great it is to win it. I've been lucky to win (two) of them now. And with all the horses I have, it shows how difficult it is. "You're always looking for that champion. It's one of the great dreams to get one of those good ones." Key won his first Breeders Crown in the inaugural year of the event, 1984, as a member of the ownership group of 2-year-old female pacer Amneris. In 2010, he captured his second Crown with homebred 3-year-old male trotter Break The Bank K. In addition to his two victories, Key has finished second in a Breeders Crown final on seven occasions, including twice with homebred female trotter Win Missy B (in 2011 and 2012). This year, Key sends 2-year-old female trotter Looking For Zelda, 3-year-old female pacer Terrortina, and 4-year-old female trotter Flowers N Songs to the Breeders Crown. All three were bred by Key. Looking For Zelda and Terrortina race in eliminations Friday. All eliminations for female trotters and pacers will be contested that night, with the eliminations for male trotters and pacers to follow on Saturday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Flowers N Songs will advance directly to the final of the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, the only class in which eliminations were not required. "I'm not going in just to go in it," Key said. "With all these horses, I feel if it goes the right way we do have the possibility of winning. I'm not just going in there hoping I'm getting third or fourth. I'm hoping we can win it. "I'm looking forward to it." Looking For Zelda is a daughter of Key's Breeders Crown-winning Break The Bank K out of the mare My Winning Way K. She has won seven of nine races this year and finished second in the remaining two. She heads to her Breeders Crown elimination off a 1:54 win in a division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 6. "I'm really pleased with Looking For Zelda, no question about it," Key said about the filly, who has earned $221,675 this season while competing primarily on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit. "She's one of the special fillies I've had. I've had some lucky ones and good ones, but right now you can't ask for much more. "There are some very good horses in there. I think we're definitely in it. I think we have a good chance of doing well in it. They're 2-year-olds; you never know what's going to happen. You just hope they're going the right way." Looking For Zelda is 5-1 on the morning line, with Tony Hall driving for trainer Norm Parker. Manchego, undefeated in 10 career races, is the 4-5 favorite. The top five finishers from each of the two eliminations for 2-year-old female trotters advance to the $600,000 final on Oct. 27. Basquiat is the 5-2 favorite in the other elim. The 39-year-old Hall, who has won 5,326 races in his career, will be making his Breeders Crown debut. "I know he wants to drive her; it's something special for him," Key said. "He really likes her and he's done a good job with her this year. We're going to stay with him. "I think he's one of the top drivers. The driver is important. They have to have confidence in a horse. He says (Looking For Zelda) is easy to drive and does what he wants. That's all you can ask." Terrortina, a daughter of Western Terror out of the mare Alladorable, has won three of 24 races this year and earned $121,024. She has hit the board a total of 13 times and picked up checks in several stakes including the Jugette, Courageous Lady and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. The Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers got a field of 11. The connections of New York Sire Stakes champion Obvious Blue Chip and Lismore Pace winner Tequila Monday accepted byes to the final and the remaining nine fillies will compete in a single elimination. Terrortina is 20-1 on the morning line, with Hall driving for Parker. Blazin Britches is the 3-1 favorite, ahead of Caviart Ally at 7-2, Agent Q at 4-1 and Idyllic Beach at 5-1. The top eight finishers advance to the $500,000 final. "Norm feels good about her and so does Tony Hall," said Key, whose top career wins also include the 1993 Hambletonian with homebred American Winner. "I thought it was worth going in there." Click here for Friday's complete Hoosier Park card. Click here for Saturday's complete Hoosier Park card. Ken Weingartner  

In 1984, the first year of the Breeders Crown, Gaskin was an assistant harness racing trainer for legendary Hall of Fame trainer William R. Haughton. Gaskin was keenly involved with Nihilator, the stable's spectacular juvenile pacing colt who captured the hearts and souls of the Standardbred world with eye-catching victories in the Woodrow Wilson at The Meadowlands and then the Red Mile, where he was the star. "We had pretty much turned him out for the season," said Gaskin remembering that time as if it was yesterday. "Then (owner) Lou Guida called and said that this Breeders Crown was an important race and that we should go there with his horse Nihilator," Gaskin said. This was the first year for the Breeders Crown, contested throughout North America, with tracks hosting separate divisions of age, sex and gait. That call put Nihilator back in serious training and set the stage for an historic moment in harness racing. Nihilator was unbeaten heading into the 1984 juvenile pacing colt Breeders Crown held at The Meadows. There, he met another precocious colt for the first time. Dragons Lair, trained and driven by Jeff Mallett, was stabled at The Meadows and though impressive locally, hadn't shared the national spotlight with Nihilator. The $772,500 Breeder Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace was conducted in same-night heats and was an epic race, with the hype extremely high, especially for a race involving two-year-olds. When Dragon's Lair upset Nihilator, it set off a chain reaction of opinions and decisions that led to Guida's purchase of Dragons Lair. "Yes, it was a great race," said Gaskin recalling the loss, "But Nihilator came back the following year to win the Crown. In 1985, there were no more fireworks on the racetrack between the king and his rivals. Still, the memory of that one race gave the fledgling Breeders Crown the opportunity to give the sport the attention it deserved and give owners, trainers, breeders and drivers a showcase event to determine a champion. In 1984, Gaskin was a key assistant trainer in the impressive Haughton stable. He had begun as a groom for Haughton in 1974 and advanced up the ladder when The Meadowlands opened in 1976; among his charges were top older trotters Cold Comfort and Keystone Pioneer. While 1984 has many memories for Gaskin because of his close connection to Nihilator, he was also at the cutting edge of a dramatic shift in the sport. The use of catch-drivers, independent contractors who stepped into the sulky before a race and stepped off after, with little to no impact on the rest of the horse's training, had become more and more widespread in a sport that originated with trainers driving their own horses. "When Billy (Haughton) called me and told me to put (Hall of Famer Bill) O'Donnell down to drive Nihilator, I was shocked," said Gaskin. The moment resonated in the history of the sport, because, in spite of his age, Haughton was considered a master in the sulky. He was admired by many of the catch drivers amassing the headlines. "Billy said to me that he'd rather put one of those guys down to drive his horse than have one of them beat him," Gaskin said, with a clear understanding of the reason for Haughton's decision. "I can remember Billy Popfinger coming up to me and warning me not to make the change," Gaskin said. Gaskin's admiration for Haughton, who ran the sport's largest and most successful stable before his death in 1986, was immense. "He had an incredible personality. He knew how to talk the right way to everyone. It was amazing that he could be speaking to, say, a George Steinbrenner one minute and then a groom the next and not change at all," said Gaskin. Gaskin stayed on with the Haughton stable after Bill's death, helping son Tommy achieve Breeders Crown championship status with the incomparable mare Peace Corps. "She had a ton of speed, but Tommy and I were actually looking to trade her for a pacer we were interested in while she was training down for her 2-year-old season," said Gaskin. "Peace Corps had incredible speed. In the Merrie Annabelle, she almost went to her knees, but somehow came back trotting to win." Peace Corps captured the Crown as a two and three-year-old with Gaskin and the younger Haughton teaming up. The Haughton stable gave Gaskin a foundation, and his love for the breed became part of the effort in Indiana to bring pari-mutuel racing to the state. He helped lead the drive to passage of enabling legislation in 1993. Soon after came Hoosier Park, site of this year's Breeders Crown championships on October 27-28. "It's really been incredible what has happened in Indiana," said Gaskin, who was appointed by the Governor in August of 1994 to the Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Commission. From the birth of pari-mutuel racing 23 years ago, to hosting the Breeders Crown, appears to be a long journey. Yet, those who know the time it takes to build an effective breeding program are astonished how quickly Indiana has made a remarkable impact on the sport. "When you see horses like Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki and Hannelore Hanover, it says a lot about what we were trying to accomplish as far as breeding development," Gaskin said. Household names in harness racing have emerged from Indiana, testament to hard work and determination to spread the word throughout North America -- not just about the Indiana Sires program -- but that the state can produce Grand Circuit quality horses of the highest level. Noted farms like Hanover Shoe Farms sending quality mares to be bred in Indiana is not something that happened overnight, but also something that wouldn't have happened without the correct structure and foundation of their breeding program. The success of the breeding industry is, of course, what drives the Breeders Crown and 23 years after its opening, Hoosier Park won't just be the location for the grand finales in all of the sport's divisions. While it will bring regional stars from throughout North America to Anderson, Indiana, the state also has home-grown talent to showcase and a history of exceptional state-bred performers as previous Breeders Crown champions. "I think when you look at the quality of mares that we breed in Indiana you see it improving year over year," said Gaskin. Such is the development of a program that has become richer over time and much more competitive on a national scale. Champions have been born in Indiana and will be crowned there in 2017. By Jay Bergman for BREEDERS CROWN

Harness Racing This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Hoosier Park this Friday (Oct. 20) and Saturday (Oct. 21) for Breeders Crown eliminations in 11 divisions. Eliminations will not be required for the mare trot. The Friday card features a pair of $25,000 eliminations in the mare pace, single $25,000 eliminations in the 3-year-old filly pace and 3-year-old filly trot, and two $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old filly pace and 2-year-old filly trot. The Saturday card features a trio of $25,000 eliminations in the 3-year-old colt trot, two $25,000 eliminations in the Open Trot, Open Pace, and 3-year-old colt pace, three $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old colt pace, and two $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old colt trot. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Twister Bi assumed control from fellow world champion Resolve, then put on a trotting showcase in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. The 5-year-old stallion stopped the clock in a world record 2:22.1 at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 14), 5-1/2 lengths in front of the field. Trainer Jerry Riordan said, "I just wanted everyone to see how good he really is." They most certainly did. Defending champion Resolve (Ãke Svanstedt) assumed the lead as the field of 10 very established rivals left the gate with Italian representatives Oasis Bi (Kim Eriksson) and Twister Bi (Christoffer Eriksson) following his lead. Oasis Bi made a menacing move to take command, but it truly was all Twister Bi. Once the stallion was provided his cue, the other nine horses were only trotting for minor awards. As Twister Bi continued to roll home unopposed in any way, 2016 Triple Crown victor Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) advanced to head off Oasis Bi for second as they crossed the wire. A son of the incomparable Varenne, Twister Bi is owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli and now possesses 21 triumphs in 50 career trips to the post after competing with the best Europe has to offer. He is also the latest millionaire on American soil. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, 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 Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Oct. 14. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,334.5; 2. David Miller - 1,139; 3. Tim Tetrick - 938; 4. Scott Zeron - 640; 5. Corey Callahan - 465. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,208.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,092.5; 3. John Butenschoen - 458; 4. Brian Brown - 430; 5. Erv Miller - 364. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 285.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 248.9; 3. Determination - 244; 4. Emerald Highlands Farm - 230; 5. Ken Jacobs - 182. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next week at Hoosier Park with Breeders Crown finals in all 12 categories (2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters and older horse and mare pacers and trotters). Hoosier will also host four Pegasus divisions for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers. In addition, Vernon Downs will host a leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Paul Ramlow

WILKES-BARRE PA - The second choice caught the pacesetting harness racing favorite in the shadow of the wire in both $16,000 distaff pacing features on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Jenny's Terror hadn't earned a dime in her last five starts, but the subpar results were more a result of bad racing luck, and the daughter of Western Terror had plenty of backers as she rallied from second-over to overtake the frontstepping Rockette in 1:54 while taking the first cut of the feature. Andrew McCarthy guided the sophomore daughter of Western Terror for trainer Steve Elliott and The OK Corral. The temperature was a "balmy" 54o for the race won by Jenny's Terror, but the mercury had plunged to 42oF (or 6oC for those who are non-bilingual) by the time the second division went to the gate. Such cool conditions could be thought harmful for a filly named Gigi From Fiji, but in fact the Ponder sophomore took a new mark of 1:53 in just edging Sapphire Breeze by the smallest possible margin. Mike Simons had the catch-drive behind the new member of the $100,000 Club for trainer Mike Deters, who also co-owns with Lawrence Barnett, Joel Warner, and John Spindler. PHHA / Pocono

DOVER, Del.--- Following completions of the upcoming eight Breeders Crown finals, harness racing stakes action shifts to Dover Downs in early November for a month long Novemberfest of lucrative racing headed by the $350,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace. The leadoff events are the Matron Stakes, the oldest major stakes in the sport. The Matron Stakes begin its 2017 championship competition with first action featuring two-year-old trotters and pacers on Thursday, Nov. 9. On the following week, the four sophomore divisions contest on Nov. 16. Annually the Matron Stakes boast an impressive list of nominees. For the 2017 edition, 875 juveniles are eligible to the track's major events for young male and female pacers and trotters. For this year's Matrons, 507 two-year-olds and 368 three-year-olds are eligible for the eight events. Add to this, 82 sophomores for the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, the track's signature event. In addition all four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshman divisions are on the November stakes program. There are two weeks of$20,000 preliminaries with the top eight point-getters matching strides in four $100,000 finals on Nov. 30. The rich Hap Hansen Progress Pace begins with $30,000 elimination divisions on Nov. 22 culminating in a rich $350,000 (est.) final also on the following Thursday, Nov. 30. The 2017 Matrons open with four two-year-old division finals on Thursday, Nov. 9. The largest number of eligibles come in the freshmen colt and gelding trotters section with 143 nominees. There are 117 filly trotters nominated. The colt and gelding pace finds a group of 133 with 114 filly pacers. Three-year-olds go to post on the Nov. 16 program with 95 colt and gelding trot nominees. The filly trot has 86 eligibles. The Matron three-year-olds feature 99 males in its division and 64 filly pacers. For those planning to enjoy racing watching from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, or for those seeking to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel, it is suggested to make reservations early. Call 302-674-4600. Monday through Thursday racing has a post time of 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Marv Bachrad

The weather finally got a little bit chilly in the middle of this past harness racing week at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but not so much that it had a profound effect on the racing conditions. It was still a fast and frenzied four nights of racing at Pocono. As is so often the case, there were many excellent candidates for the Weekly Awards, so read on and see who gets the honors. PACER OF THE WEEK: DOREL When a horse steps up its game and pulls off a performance that is much better than any other that it had previously managed, it's easy to assume that said performance was a fluke. Dorel probably had some people thinking that about him as he prepared to take on a non-winners of five pacing group on Sunday night. In his previous race, the three-year-old gelding trained by Chris Ryder tore up a condition claiming group from a #8 post at 10-1, going gate-to-wire for a career-best win in 1:50:4. The field was tougher on Sunday night, including an impressive sophomore shipper named Daiymir. That colt was the even-money favorite and assumed control of the early lead, but needed a blistering 25:4 opening quarter to get there. Dorel, who went off as a 9-2 third choice from post position #4 in a field of eight, settled for the pocket spot, which turned out to be the right place to be. On the back stretch, Daiymir started to labor and driver Anthony Napolitano quickly guided Dorel around him and into the lead. For the last quarter mile, the gelding dug deep and had to endure a late-closing threat from Crossfirehurricane. He held tight to win by three parts of a length in 1:52:4. One great win could be a fluke, but two excellent performances in a row is starting to look like a trend for this rising star. Other top pacers this week include: Regalanthropist (Matt Kakaley, Bruce Clarke), who switched barns and moved up in class but still managed a victory in a claiming handicap on Saturday night in 1:51:4; About The Benjamins (Matt Kakaley, Daniel Renaud), who captured his third consecutive win against the $7,500 claimers on Monday night, with this one coming in 1:55; and When Sharks Fly (Jim Marshall III, Donna Marshall), a mare who moved up the condition ladder on Tuesday night and scored her second straight win, this time in the distaff feature in 1:51:4. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: SOUTHWIND WARSAW Anytime a horse reaches double figures in the win totals in a calendar year, it's an impressive accomplishment. Southwind Warsaw, an eight-year-old gelding trained by Lou Pena, stood on the precipice of that achievement when he faced off against a $10,000 to $12,500 claiming handicap field to start off the racing action on Monday afternoon. In an eight-horse field, Southwind Warsaw left from post position #6 as a 1-9 favorite. The heavy betting attention was understandable, as the gelding was coming off a 3½ length win the previous week in the same class in front-trotting fashion. Once again driver Anthony Napolitano was aggressive with the favorite, sending him to the front end early in the mile. From that point it was just a matter of keeping the fractions under control while not allowing any pressure to rankle his horse. Napolitano handled that task expertly, and Southwind Warsaw did the rest, lengthening the lead steadily until no one else was in the picture. He coasted home effortlessly 6½ lengths in front in 1:54:1. Not only was that his second straight victory, but it was put him at the ten-win marker for the season with a couple months to spare. Who knows? If he stays in this kind of groove and keeps after it into the winter months, he might threaten 15 wins for the year. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Skates N Plates (Anthony Napolitano, Andrew Harris), whose condition victory on Saturday night came in 1:53, the fastest trotting time posted this past week at Pocono; Checkmate Time (Donald Dupont, Marie Dupont), who followed up a win at Harrah's win with a victory on Sunday night at Pocono in 1:56; and Up Front Billy (George Napolitano Jr., Mark Ford), who returned from Harrah's for a condition victory on Saturday night in 1:54:2. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: DECISION DAY This 2-year-old pacer's maiden win on Sunday night is not one either he or his backers will forget, as he rallied with Eric Carlson in the bike to win at 60-1, paying off $124.40 to win on a $2 ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MATT KAKALEY Kakaley amassed double figures in the win column this past week and, on both Monday and Tuesday, ripped off three wins in a row at one point on the program. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: ROB HARMON Harmon wasted no time making an impact at Pocono on Sunday night, as he scored training victories in two of the evening's first three races. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at Jim Beviglia

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Victor Kirby registered three victories including his 4,000th lifetime win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a win aboard Spanish Dream ($3) in the fifth race. Kirby, a popular member of the horsemen community, had a three win night on Monday and is the defending driving champion at Harrington, while maintaining a slim lead in the standings over Allan Davis this season with just two nights of racing remaining. Kirby has a three win lead over Davis. Kirby learned the business from his grandfather Vinal Kirby and was a point guard in college for Marymount University (Va.) approximately 25 years ago. He is a regular on the Delaware valley circuit, including regular trips to Harrah's Philadelphia and the Meadowlands. Kirby is well traveled, recently competing at four different racetracks in four states over the past week. Kirby quickly earned another win one race after getting his milestone victory, with a 1:54.1 win in the $17,500 Mares Open aboard Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($4). Trained by Jim King Jr., the Roddy's Bags Again 5-year-old was a pacesetting winner over Miss Me Yet and Hostess Lisa. Trainer Brian Malone won the 10th with Corona Again ($3.60, Tony Morgan) to give him a three win lead in the race for meet's leading trainer over Josh Green. Montrell Teague and Morgan each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

The second leg of the three-track international Friendship competition between the visiting New Zealanders and the hometown NAADA team was contested Tuesday night (Oct. 17) on the betting card at Yonkers Raceway and when the judges hung the official sign the Kiwi’s Cheree Wigg emerged victorious with Big Turn On in a 1:57.1 clocking. Second place went the New Zealand’s Gavin Cook while the USA’s Jennifer Lappe saved face for the NAADA team by finishing third. But the race was dominated by the talented ladies with the Kiwi’s Colleen Nequs finishing fourth giving the visitors three of the first four placings. When the starting judge said “Go” New Zealand’s Mike Maynard charged to lead from the six-hole with 62-1 shot Every Intention and they had command at the first stanza as the timer flashed :28.1. Still in command as they passed the halfway point in :57.2 the early fractions soon began to take toll on the leader. Still second but tiring as they paced by the three quarters in 1:27.1 Maynard and Every Intention watched as Ms Wigg and Big Turn On zoomed by to take command. In the lane Big Turn On was the strong horse and rebuffed a late charges from both Dirty Devil (Gavin Cook) and Lucky Man (Jennifer Lappe) to score a solid one length triumph .“It was great,” Cheree Wigg said via telephone about her driving victory tonight at Yonkers. “I got away OK from the mobile in third place, followed the leaders and then popped out at the three quarters and skipped away on the turn. My horse was strong and held off the others to win it.” The winner, a six year-old altered son of Mr. Big, is owned by Joseph Di Francesco and trained by Bruno Nicolo. He paid $12.20 for win and set up a $75.50 all-Kiwi exacta. The final leg of the USA-New Zealand Friendship Competition will be contested tomorrow (Wednesday) at Monticello Raceway where two events are slated as races three and six on the 10-card. by John Manzi for NAADA

The Breeders Crown eliminations for both the female and male pacers and trotters will be held Friday and Saturday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, with harness racing's No. 1-ranked star, Fear The Dragon, leading the way. Eliminations for female trotters and pacers will be contested Friday. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) both nights. A total of 166 horses entered this year's $6 million Breeders Crown. The finals for the female trotters and pacers will be held Friday, Oct. 27, and the finals for the male trotters and pacers are Saturday, Oct. 28, at Hoosier Park. All of the divisions for female trotters and pacers require eliminations with the exception of the $250,000 Mare Trot. That race attracted five horses, which are, in alphabetical order: Caprice Hill, Emoticon Hanover, Flowers N Songs, Pasithea Face S, and Pink Pistol. All five will advance directly to the Oct. 27 final. The draw for the Mare Trot will be held this weekend. Hannelore Hanover, who won last year’s Mare Trot, was entered in this year’s Open Trot against the boys. The $250,000 Mare Pace received 13 entrants, including past Breeders Crown winners Call Me Queen Be, Lady Shadow, and Pure Country. The top five finishers from two eliminations will advance to the final. Lady Shadow won last year’s Mare Pace and Call Me Queen Be was last season’s 3-year-old champion. Pure Country won her Crown in 2015 as a 2-year-old. Shelliscape was the most recent horse to win consecutive Mare Pace titles, in 2013 and 2014. No 3-year-old filly pacing champion has ever returned to capture a Crown at 4. Another returning champion, Ariana G, leads a group of 11 in the $500,000 Breeders Crown event for 3-year-old female trotters. Twelve horses are needed to split a division into two eliminations, so Ariana G and Thats All Moni received byes to the final based on seasonal earnings. The remaining nine horses will compete for eight spots in the final. Ariana G, the No. 2-ranked horse in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, has won 11 of 14 races this season and earned $873,690. She is trained by Jimmy Takter, who has won a record 30 Breeders Crown finals. Takter also trains Thats All Moni, who has won four of 12 races and earned $238,141. The elimination field for the 3-year-old female trotters includes Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Ice Attraction, who defeated Ariana G by a neck in the Oct. 8 race. The three finishers to follow Ice Attraction and Ariana G --- Dream Together, Dream Baby Dream and Sunshine Delight --- also are in the elimination. The $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers also got a field of 11. New York Sire Stakes champion Obvious Blue Chip and Lismore Pace winner Tequila Monday received byes to the final after the connections of the group’s top money-earners, Caviart Ally and Agent Q, elected to race in the elimination. Caviart Ally has won six of her last 10 races and finished no worse than second during that span. Her victories include the Jugette and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Agent Q, who lost to Someomensomewhere by a nose in last year’s Breeders Crown, has finished off the board only twice in 23 career races, winning 11. Agent Q has raced only once since Sept. 13, a win on Oct. 12 in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. “This is the way we had it set up,” Agent Q’s trainer Aaron Lambert said. “It was the plan all along to race these three weeks. Plus if you win the elimination you can’t draw outside. We skipped (the Red Mile meet) on purpose to try to get it done out here.” Two eliminations will be held for both the 2-year-old female pacers and 2-year-old female trotters. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to their respective finals. Stakes-winners Percy Bluechip, Rainbow Room and Youaremycandygirl are among the 16 horses entered in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. That trio has combined to win 16 of 24 races and $1.01 million. In the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters, Manchego leads a group of 17. Undefeated in 10 career races, Manchego has earned $563,948 and is ranked No. 3 in the sport’s Top 10 poll. Following are the fields for Friday’s eliminations with named drivers and trainers. $25,000 MARE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Wrangler Magic-Daniel Dube-Erv Miller 2. Pure Country-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 3. Windsun Glory-Trace Tetrick-Ron Burke 4. Darlinonthebeach-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson 5. Lady Shadow-Yannick Gingras-Ron Adams 6. Blue Moon Stride-David Miller-Mark Harder $25,000 MARE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Nike Franco N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 2. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. L A Delight-Corey Callahan-Bob McIntosh 4. Medusa-Tony Hall-Jeff Cullipher 5. Seventimesavirgin-John DeLong-John DeLong 6. Bedroomconfessions-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 7. Call Me Queen Be-Scott Zeron-Ross Croghan $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Caviart Ally-Andy McCarthy-Noel Daley 2. Terrortina-Tony Hall-Norm Parker 3. Agent Q-David Miller-Aaron Lambert 4. Blazin Britches-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown 5. Jaye’s A Lady-Andy Miller-Nancy Johansson 6. Inverse Hanover-Peter Wrenn-R. “Nifty” Norman 7. Idyllic Beach-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 8. Ella Christina-Tim Tetrick-Nick Surick 9. Carol’s Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Come See The Show-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano 2. Rock On Ladys-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Trent Stohler 3. Firestorm-Jody Jamieson-James Morrison 4. Percy Bluechip-Trevor Henry-Ian Moore 5. Rainbow Room-David Miller-Joe Holloway 6. Band Stand-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna 7. Majorsspeciallady-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 8. Kissin In The Sand-Tim Tetrick-Nancy Johansson $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Pueblo Blue Chip-Jody Jamieson-David Menary 2. Im With Her-Paul MacDonell-Paul MacDonell 3. Youaremycandygirl-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 4. Reign On Me-Yannick Gingras-R. “Nifty” Norman 5. Strong Opinion-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 6. Miswave Hanover-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 7. Aims Whisper-Mark MacDonald-Kevin Lare 8. Bye Hanover-Brett Miller-Brian Brown $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Ice Attraction-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2. Overdraft Volo-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3. Checkmate Time-Donald Dupont-Marie Dupont 4. Highland Top Hill-David Miller-Marty Fine 5. Fine Tuned Lady-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 6. Southwind Avanti-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon 7. Dream Baby Dream-Rod Allen-Rod Allen 8. Dream Together-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 9. Sunshine Delight-Brett Miller-Staffan Lind $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Atlanta-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 2. Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer 3. Jordan Blue Chip-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 4. Lima Novelty-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano 5. Seviyorum-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6. Alloveragain-Tim Tetrick-John Bax 7. Hey Blondie-Andy McCarthy-Chuck Sylvester 8. Basquiat-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Looking For Zelda-Tony Hall-Norm Parker 2. Msnaughtyashill-Sam Widger-Jeff Edwards 3. Courtney Hanover-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 4. Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Top Expectations-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6. S M S Princess-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 7. Live Laugh Love-David Miller-R. “Nifty” Norman 8. Impinktoo-David Miller/Peter Wrenn-Jim Dailey 9. Lily Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder All of the events for male pacers and trotters require eliminations. There are two eliminations for each the $526,250 Breeders Crown Open Trot, $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, and $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to their respective finals on Oct. 28. There are three eliminations for both the $527,500 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters and $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. The top three finishers from each elimination plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest seasonal earnings advance to their respective finals. Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, both from the stable of trainer Brian Brown, are among the 17 entries for the 3-year-old male pacers. Fear The Dragon is the sport's leading money-winner this year, with $1.26 million, while Downbytheseaside is second, with $1.07 million. For the year, Fear The Dragon has won 12 of 15 races and finished worse than second only once. Downbytheseaside, last year's runner-up to recently retired Huntsville in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers, has won nine of 16 starts this season. The group also includes Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover and New York Sire Stakes champion Funknwaffles, who was supplemented to the event for $62,500. Nineteen horses were entered in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, including Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover, Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial champion Devious Man, Goodtimes winner International Moni, Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel, and Stanley Dancer Memorial division winner Long Tom. International Moni was a supplemental entry. Hannelore Hanover, who won last year's Mare Trot, was among 13 horses entered in this year's Open Trot against the boys. She will try to become the first female winner of the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. The only other mare to win the Open Trot was CR Kay Suzie in 1996. The group also includes Harry Harvey Trot winner Crazy Wow, Yonkers International Trot runner-up Marion Marauder, 2014 Breeders Crown 2-year-old champion Pinkman, and supplemental entry Homicide Hunter. Another 2014 Crown winner, McWicked, is among the 12 horses entered in the Breeders Crown Open Pace. The field also features stakes-winners All Bets Off, Check Six, Dealt A Winner, Keystone Velocity, Mach It So, and Sintra, who was supplemented to the event. Metro Pace winner Lost In Time is among the 19 participants in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. Lost In Time, the leading money-winning pacer among all 2-year-olds, has won three of five races and finished second in the remaining two while earning $375,555. Stakes-winner Hayden Hanover, the Metro runner-up, also is in the field along with Closing Statement, who won the Elevation Stakes at Hoosier Park, and Ontario Sire Stakes champion Western Passage. The 13 horses in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner You Know You Do, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fashionwoodchopper, who brings a five-race win streak to his elimination, and Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Hat Trick Habit. Following are the fields for Saturday's eliminations with named drivers and trainers. $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter 2. Babes Dig Me-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 3. Keystone Tenacious-Mark MacDonald-Paul Kelley 4. Courtly Choice-Yannick Gingras-Blake MacIntosh 5. This Is The Plan-Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder 6. Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jim Mulinix $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Western Passage-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman 2. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3. Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 4. Whos Better-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 5. Grand Teton-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 6. Shnitzledosomethin-Peter Wrenn-Dylan Davis $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 3 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Rockin Away-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 2. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. Twin B Tuffenuff-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 4. Odds On Lauderdale-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 5. Karpathian Kid-David Miller-Erv Miller 6. I'm A Big Deal-David Miller-Chris Ryder 7. Closing Statement-Brian Sears-Joe Holloway $25,000 OPEN TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. JL Cruze-David Miller-Eric Ell 2. Pinkman-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 3. Crescent Fashion-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber 4. Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream-David Miller-Chris Beaver 6. Mambo Lindy-Tim Tetrick-Frank Antonacci $25,000 OPEN TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Lookslikeachpndale-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 2. Hill Of A Colt-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 3. Resolve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4. Crazy Wow-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5. Homicide Hunter-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 6. Gural Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 7. Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood $25,000 OPEN PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Rock N' Roll World-John DeLong-Jeff Cullipher 2. Missile J-Tim Tetrick-Scott DiDomenico 3. Check Six-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 4. Mach It So-David Miller-Jeff Bamond Jr. 5. Sintra-Jody Jamieson-David Menary 6. McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman $25,000 OPEN PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Split The House-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 2. Mel Mara-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis 3. All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4. Dealt A Winner-David Miller-Mark Silva 5. Manhattan Beach-Sam Widger-Walter Haynes Jr. 6. Keystone Velocity-Daniel Dube-Erv Miller $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Long Tom-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 2. Rubio-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 3. Dover Dan-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 4. Seven And Seven-David Miller-Tom Durand 5. Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6. International Moni-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Giveitgasandgo-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 2. Snowstorm Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 3. Moonshiner Hanover-David Miller-Chris Beaver 4. New Jersey Viking-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 5. Lindy The Great-Tim Tetrick-Frank Antonacci 6. King On The Hill-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 3 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2. What The Hill-David Miller-Ron Burke 3. Guardian Angel As-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon 4. Jake-Danie Dube-Luc Blais 5. Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 6. Devious Man-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 7. Enterprise-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Moosonee-David Miller-Chris Beaver 2. Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-William Crone 3. Crystal Fashion-David Miller-Jim Campbell 4. Samo Different Day-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter 5. Hat Trick Habit-Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci 6. Dawson Springs-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna $20,000 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROT ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Missle Hill-Joe Bongiorno-Tony Alagna 2. Skyway Torpedo-Peter Wrenn-Alvin Miller 3. Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 4. You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Fashionwoodchopper-David Miller-Jim Campbell 6. Wolfgang-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 7. Fourth Dimension-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 1 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Miso Fast-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2. Photobombr Hanover-Tim Tetrick-Tom Fanning 3. Ocean Colony-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 4. Boogie Shuffle-David Miller-Mark Harder 5. Hurricane Beach-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais 6. Western Hill-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna 7. Chip Walther-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 8. Downbytheseaside-Brian Sears-Brian Brown $25,000 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACE ELIMINATION 2 PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 2. Funknwaffles-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen 3. Fear The Dragon-David Miller-Brian Brown 4. Eddard Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 5. Mac's Jackpot-Aaron Merriman-Jim Campbell 6. Rock N Tony-Trace Tetrick-Erv Miller 7. Blood Line-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter 8. Beckhams Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber 9. Art Scene-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications