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Christina Takter was in Sweden when Captain Crunch won the C$1 million North America Cup last month, and although it was around 4 a.m., it did not prevent her from cheering on her 3-year-old harness racing colt or from celebrating enthusiastically with her husband, retired Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. "We were yelling so much I thought the roof was going to lift from the house," said Christina, who is among Captain Crunch's owners, with 3 Brothers Stables, Rojan Stables, and Caviart Farms. "We had set the alarm to wake up and see the race. It was a lot of fun." The Takters were in Sweden for a month, seeing family and friends. At the time of the North America Cup, they were visiting Per Eriksson. Did the commotion disturb their host? "We were staying maybe a quarter of a mile from their house," Christina said, adding with a big smile and laugh, "so I don't think I woke them up." Christina hopes there are more reasons to celebrate in the weeks ahead, beginning with the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. Captain Crunch, a Dan Patch Award winner in 2018, was among 15 horses entered in the event, with the group divided into two $50,000 eliminations that will be contested Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack. The top-five finishers will return for the final on July 13. Elimination winners will draw for posts one through six. Captain Crunch, trained by Christina's daughter Nancy Johansson and driven by Scott Zeron, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the first of the two eliminations. North America Cup runner-up Bettor's Wish is the 9-5 choice in the second. For the year, Captain Crunch has won three of four races. His only loss came in his North America Cup elimination, when he went off stride in the first turn because of jumping a shadow. He recovered to finish fifth and advance to the final, where he started from post eight and posted a three-quarter-length win over Bettor's Wish in 1:47.2. "I was very, very nervous," Christina said about the final. "But, at the same time, that was kind of a freaky thing he did in the elimination, so I wasn't too worried about it. Of course, it's in the back of your mind, but we still had faith in him. "That's when you really want to show the world that the horse is what you think he is." Captain Crunch, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Sweet Paprika, was purchased for $85,000 at the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale. Johansson's daughter, Ella, fell in love with the colt the day prior to the sale and implored her mother to buy him. The connection has added another layer of joy to Captain Crunch's story. "It's special," Christina said. "She picked him out, kind of; she really liked him. She has that extra bond with him. "I thought the price was right too. I was happy to get a piece of him because with the pedigree, I don't think we overpaid for him. And it's a very nice group (of owners) to be involved with." If Captain Crunch advances to the Meadowlands Pace final, it will conflict with another big event for the Takter family. Jimmy, already a Hall of Famer in the U.S. and Canada, is scheduled to be inducted into the Swedish Trotting Hall of Fame on July 13. And although Christina and Jimmy celebrated the North America Cup win in Sweden, the couple plans to remain home for the Meadowlands Pace. "It's going to be exciting," Christina said. "Of course, we have to get to the final. You never know. I just hope nothing happens, that the horse doesn't have bad luck or get sick. It all depends on Saturday." Joining Captain Crunch in the first elimination are U S Captain (5-1), Reigning Deo (10-1), Workin Ona Mystery (5-2), Mangogh (15-1), Captain Ahab (4-1), and Mac's Power (12-1). U S Captain, entering open stakes company for the first time this season, is unbeaten in four races this year. Mangogh and Mac's Power are making their seasonal debuts. The horses joining Bettor's Wish in the second elimination are Love Me Some Lou (10-1), Escapetothebeach (10-1), Best In Show (12-1), Captain Trevor (7-2), Hurrikane Emperor (8-1), Caviart Rockland (8-1), and De Los Cielos Deo (4-1). Saturday's card at The Meadowlands also includes the $250,000 finals of the Graduates Series for each 4-year-old trotters and 4-year-old pacers. Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. (EDT). It is Fan Appreciation Night and fireworks will follow the races. For complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Captaintreacherous was outstanding in his clean sweep of the North America Cup, claiming the $1,000,000 harness racing final in 1:48.3 - but his exciting son, 3YO colt Captain Crunch, has outdone his sire, winning the 2019 North America Cup in a Canadian, track and stakes record of 1:47.2! The exciting million-dollar earning colt was the second of a feature double for Captaintreacherous with perfect-record 3YO filly Treacherous Reign laying the foundations earlier on the card with a $454,000 Fan Hanover victory - just outside a record with a time of 1:48.3. Southern hemisphere breeders just can't wait for their Captain stock to hit the track and with good reason - in North America, he has eight juvenile winners in 1:50 or faster and an incredible 41 in 1:53 or faster and well over $3.7M in progeny earnings!   For all you need to know about Captaintreacherous click on this link.    

The Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale in Melbourne on Sunday February 3rd was a great day for the harness racing Victorian breeding establishment Empire Stallions. In total, 84 of the 225 catalogued yearlings were sired by the Empire stallions and what a terrific group they were! Sale numbers show that Captaintreacherous and his sire Somebeachsomewhere gave the APG Yearling Sale more firepower than ever this year with their yearlings grossing $1,554,000. Seven of the top ten highest priced sale yearlings were by Somebeachsomewhere or Captaintreacherous. The first Australian yearling crop from the USA two-year-old boom sire Captaintreacherous led ALL sale sires with his average of $45,715.  In total, 9 colts and 5 fillies by Captaintreacherous went through the ring with his top-price selling for $82,500 for the outstanding colt out of Behappysam NZ, the dam of two $150,000+ winners. Tim Bunning, who owns his promising 2YO brother by Mach Three, signed for the colt. Lot #135, another colt by Captaintreacherous, out of the Art Major mare The Baggy Green was purchased by the U.S. partnership of Marc Hanover & Gordon Banks for $78,000. Selling for $70,000 was Lot #116, the Captaintreacherous colt out of Slip Slop Slap by Perfect Art. The striking individual is a half-brother to the 2018 Chariots of Fire Champion Jilliby Kung Fu p,1:48.8 ($526,710).  Also selling for $70,000 was Lot #162, another Captaintreacherous colt, out of Always A Target, a sister to the sensational Four Starzzz Shark (GR1) winning mare Milly Perez p,1:52.7 ($343,882). Somebeachsomewhere also had an exceptional sale selling 23 lots including the top priced yearling of the day. The very impressive colt out of the Western Ideal mare Ideal Priority, a full-brother to the Australian 2 & 3YO Filly of the Year & Breeders Crown Champion Petacular p,1:55.6 ($454,083), stole the show bringing $130,000. The colt, consigned by Durham Park of Victoria, was purchased by Tom Hogan. Lot #206, a gorgeous Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Dreams Of Heaven by Safely Kept, was sold for $95,000 by breeder Susan Wegmann and is a full brother to the multiple GR1 Winning Champion Menin Gate p,1:54.3 ($574,758). The Somebeachsomewhere filly out of the 100% producing Live Or Die broodmare Perfect Life was knocked down at $80,000 and went to Justin Baker. Victorian trainer Mattie Craven was all smiles when he signed for Lot #197 for $70,000 – a stunning Somebeachsomewhere colt out of a half-sister to Lazarus consigned by Benstud Standardbreds. A list of all sales results can be found at apgold.com.au. Hernesslink Media

Top harness racing trainer Tim Butt has purchased the top lot at the APG yealing sale held at Albion Park in Brisbane yesterday.   Lot 16 sold for $55,000. The sale topping colt by Captaintreacherous is out of the champion racemare Forever Gold (1-51.7) who won 42 races and had career earnings of more than $700,000 from her 92 starts.  Butt was busy during the sale also purchasing a Roll With Joe filly out of handy nine win race mare Save Me Christian for $36,000 along with a Western Terror colt out the 24 win mare Billabong Girl for $10,000. 27 lots were sold from the 46 entries with the sale average being $18,593.  Several lots were passed in with reserves higher than the top priced lot. Captaintreacherous won 23 of his 33 starts, with seven placings and $3,148,657 in the bank. The next APG sale is in Melbourne on the 3rd february 2019 at Oaklands Junction commencing at 11am. For full results click here. Brisbane Lot Sire Dam Sex Vendor Status Price Buyer 1 Artspeak USA Walking On Air Filly BURWOOD STUD SOLD $8,500 W Crosby 2 Pet Rock USA Wheres Holme NZ Colt Monarch Farm SOLD $4,000 C Towns 3 Grinfromeartoear USA Arks Crystal Colt G MITCHELL PASSED IN (reserve $25,000)  Make an Offer     4 Hes Watching USA Babe Mattgregor Filly Brisbane Pastoral SOLD $8,000 D Searston 5 Western Terror USA Billabong Girl Colt Cameron Spencer SOLD $10,000 T Butt 6 Roll With Joe USA Blue Eyed Suzie NZ Colt Ross Patrick PASSED IN (reserve $50,000)  Make an Offer     7 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Cold Mountain Sue USA Filly Tobias Raeth SOLD $6,000 R Carkeet 8 Western Terror USA Crazy Mach NZ Filly Monarch Farm SOLD $4,500 C Frisby 9 Bettors Delight USA Courageous Annie NZ Colt Montana Park P/L PASSED IN (reserve $60,000)  Make an Offer     10 Sportswriter USA Bubby Doll Filly Brisbane Pastoral SOLD $6,000 Veivers Purchases Pty Ltd 11 Mr Feelgood USA Early Harvest Filly Trent Smith SOLD $11,000 T Smith 12 Western Terror USA Doubting Darcey Filly Trevor & Louise O'Reilly SOLD $12,000 B Cotterill 13 Captaintreacherous (US) Evelyn Dee Filly Cameron Spencer PASSED IN (reserve $20,000)  Make an Offer     14 Heston Blue Chip USA Exclusif Colt Lindsay & Mary Vagg SOLD $32,500 Tumby Park Pty Ltd 15 Art Major USA Empty Promises Colt Trevor & Louise O'Reilly SOLD $40,000 J Farrugia 16 Captaintreacherous (US) Forever Gold Colt M t cole. ,B Watson SOLD $55,000 T Butt 17 Badlands Hanover USA Half Moon Bromac NZ Filly Testmating Pty Ltd PASSED IN (reserve $10,000)  Make an Offer     18 Art Major USA English Elegance NZ Colt G MITCHELL PASSED IN (reserve $30,000)  Make an Offer     19 Mach Three CA Joy To Behold Filly G MITCHELL PASSED IN (reserve $60,000)  Make an Offer     20 Western Terror USA Kidabout Filly Monarch Farm SOLD $10,000 C Frisby 21 Art Major USA Find Fake Cash NZ Colt G MITCHELL PASSED IN (reserve $40,000)  Make an Offer     22 A Rocknroll Dance USA Mardys Victree Filly Lindsay & Mary Vagg SOLD $22,000 Kriden Investments Pty Ltd 23 Sunshine Beach USA Layback Cullen Filly M t cole. ,B Watson SOLD $14,000 J Riseley 24 Mr Feelgood USA Goldplay NZ Filly Brendan Sippel SOLD $5,000 D Wearne 25 Mr Feelgood USA Miss Real Colt Rob Jones PASSED IN (reserve $19,000)  Make an Offer     26 Hes Watching USA Our Sweet Melody Colt Patrick Croghan SOLD $35,000 c Lusby 27 Hurrikane Kingcole USA Left Dancing Colt Brendan Sippel SOLD $11,000 R Veivers 28 Safari Making Gold Colt M t cole. ,B Watson SOLD $10,000 J Nieuwenburg 29 Warrawee Needy CA Presidential Night Colt A Class Carriages       30 Artspeak USA Paris Highlights Colt Monarch Farm SOLD $15,000 J Mammino 31 Betterthancheddar USA Queens Up Filly anadate pty ltd PASSED IN (reserve $12,000)  Make an Offer     32 Roll With Joe USA Save Me Christian Filly William Hill SOLD $36,000 T Butt 33 Mr Feelgood USA Strip Sir Filly M t cole. ,B Watson SOLD $10,000 M Sparkes 34 Heston Blue Chip USA Our Sweet Victree Colt Lindsay & Mary Vagg SOLD $40,000 R Morris 35 Hes Watching USA Romancing Ashley USA Colt Rob Jones PASSED IN (reserve $23,500)  Make an Offer     36 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Shesgotemgood Filly Trevor & Louise O'Reilly PASSED IN (reserve $27,500)  Make an Offer     37 Mr Feelgood USA The Oval Office NZ Colt Liz Donohoe PASSED IN (reserve $30,000)  Make an Offer     38 Follow The Stars Spirit Messenger Filly Monarch Farm PASSED IN (reserve $4,000)  Make an Offer     39 Courage Under Fire NZ Starofmydream NZ Filly Brisbane Pastoral SOLD $10,000 M Craven 40 Artspeak USA Victree Bette Filly Lindsay & Mary Vagg       41 Sunshine Beach USA Teamenup Filly Trevor & Louise O'Reilly SOLD $23,000 P Crennan 42 Art Major USA Tatachilla Filly Felgate Holdings Pty Ltd PASSED IN (reserve $45,000)  Make an Offer     43 Mr Feelgood USA The Tom Boy Colt Liz Donohoe PASSED IN (reserve $18,000)  Make an Offer     44 Hes Watching USA Tout Le Monde NZ Colt BURWOOD STUD SOLD $37,500 G Mitchell 45 Artspeak USA Victree Bonita Filly Lindsay & Mary Vagg SOLD $26,000 Tumby Park Pty Ltd 46 Rock N Roll Heaven USA Truly Famous Filly Dr John mammino PASSED IN (reserve $45,000)  Make an Offer      

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2019 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame.   Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness.   Their choices are racehorses Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous, and racehorse/stallion Art Major.   The other nominees were Father Patrick, Peaceful Way and Sweet Lou. Art Major, Captaintreacherous and Foiled Again will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 7th, 2019. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2019 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330.   Standardbreds are only eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade if they meet the following criteria: AS A RACEHORSE: Must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. Must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR Been the winner of $3 million lifetime OR Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. AS A RACEMARE: Must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. Must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR Been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime OR Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. AS A STALLION: Must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at his gait OR Have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR Been the leading moneywinning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.   ART MAJOR (Nominated as Stallion and Racehorse) p,4,1:48.4 ($2,727,224) Bay Horse, 1999 (Artsplace - Perfect Profile - Nihilator) Foaled on June 11, 1999 in Versailles, Kentucky, pacer Art Major has a lifetime race record of 49-32-7-2. In 2002, three-year-old Art Major finished on the board in 25 of 31 starts with 20 wins. Victories included the Breeders Crown, Hoosier Cup, Cane Pace, Progress Pace, Confederation Cup, James Dancer Memorial, Tattersalls Pace and Bluegrass. His earnings of $1,562,779 were the most of any Standardbred in 2002 and he was voted Dan Patch and O'Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Four-year-old Art Major won 8 of 11 starts with 3 seconds in 2003. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Canadian Pacing Derby and U.S. Pacing Championship. Ranked fourth in earnings for all Standardbreds in 2003 with $1,082,930, Art Major was voted Dan Patch and O'Brien Older Pacing Horse of the Year. As a stallion, Art Major is the sire of 22 in 1:49, and has sired winners of $119,816,579 with eight millionaires, including world champion Art Official p,3,1:47 ($2,082,885), winner of the 2008 Meadowlands Pace, Hoosier Cup and Cane Pace; 2014 North America Cup winner JK Endofanera p,3,1:48.2 ($2,049,580); world champion Hypnotic Blue Chip p,4,1:47.2 ($1,787,311), winner of the 2010 U.S. Pacing Championship; and 2007 Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup winner Santanna Blue Chip p,9,1:51s ($1,666,701). As a broodmare sire, Art Major has sired the dams of winners of over $35 million.   CAPTAINTREACHEROUS (Nominated as Racehorse) p,3,1:47.1 ($3,148,657) Bay Horse, 2010 (Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure - Artsplace) Foaled on February 17, 2010 in Allentown, New Jersey, two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous has a lifetime race record of 33-23-5-2. In 2012, two-year-old Captaintreacherous finished on the board in all of his 10 starts, winning 8 and earning $918,253. Victories included the Metro Pace, Woodrow Wilson and Nassagaweya. The leading moneywinning two-year-old Standardbred of 2012, he was voted Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and Dan Patch and O'Brien Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Three-year-old Captaintreacherous earned $2,055,033 while winning 13 of 16 starts including the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace, American-National, Tattersalls Pace and the Bluegrass. He was voted 2013 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.Captaintreacherous was the leading moneywinning Standardbred of 2013. As a four-year-old in 2014, Captaintreacherous earned $175,371 in seven starts, including a victory in the Meadowlands Maturity. He retired as the 9th-leading single-season moneywinning pacer of all time.   FOILED AGAIN (Nominated as Racehorse) p,9,1:48f ($7,615,518) Bay Gelding, 2004 (Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace) Foaled on May 8, 2004 in Englishtown, New Jersey, world champion pacing gelding Foiled Again is the leading moneywinning Standardbred of all time. In addition to his 106 lifetime victories, he is the only Standardbred to have earned over $1 million in three consecutive seasons, with average annual earnings of over $585,000 over 13 years. He finished on the board in 222 of his 326 starts. In 2011, seven-year-old Foiled Again recorded victories in his second-consecutive Quillen Memorial, the Molson Pace, Graduate Final, Indiana Pacing Derby and American-National. The second-leading moneywinning Standardbred of 2011, his earnings of $1,405,747 also made him the top single-season moneywinning pacing gelding ever. He was voted Dan Patch Pacer of the Year as well as the Dan Patch and O'Brien Older Pacing Horse of the Year. Eight-year-old Foiled Again's major victories included the Canadian Pacing Derby, his second-consecutive Molson Pace and second-consecutive Indiana Pacing Derby. The third-leading moneywinning pacer in 2012 with $1,207,429 in earnings, Foiled Again became the oldest pacer on record to have a $1 million year. He was voted Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year. In 2013, nine-year-old Foiled Again became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown. Other major victories included the Ben Franklin and TVG Final. In the Franklinelimination, Foiled Again set a world record 1:48f for all-age pacing geldings on a 5/8-mile track. With $1,404,984 in earnings, he was the third-leading moneywinning Standardbred in 2013, recording his third-consecutive $1 million season. He was voted Dan Patch and O'Brien Older Pacing Horse of the Year. Ten-year-old Foiled Again's third Quillen Memorial win contributed to $863,563 in total earnings, making him the leading moneywinning Standardbred gelding of 2014. Janet Terhune

In 2018 the first crop harness racing sire Captaintreacherous p3,1:47.1 ($3,221,299) is ranked number one among two-year-old pacing money winning sires with $3,307,294 earned. His leading freshman performer Captain Crunch p, 2, 1:49.1m ($616,113) won the $600,000 Breeders Crown Final in 1:51.3 and the $469,300 Governor’s Cup Final in 1:50.3. Captain Crunch (Sweet Paprika - Artiscape) has just been announced as The Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Of The Year. Other freshman performers by Captaintreacherous that won over $100,000 include; Tall Drink Hanover p, 2,1:50m ($362,414) winner of the $454,300 She’s A Great Lady in 1:51.1,  Treacherous Reign p, 2, 1:51.1f ($226,125) winner of three PASS divisions and was placed second in She’s A Great Lady,  De Los Cielos Deo p2,1:51.3f ($196,210) winner of four PASS divisions and second in the $253,000 PASS Final,  Captain Victorious p2,1:51.2f ($141,074) winner of two PASS divisions and Keystone Classic division and second in the Bluegrass Series,  Captain Trevor p2,1:49.2m ($131,904) winner of the International Stallion Stake in 1:49.2 and three KYSS divisions and was placed third in the $250,000 KYSS Final,  Captain Ahab p2,1:50.1s ($119,963) winner of the Nassagaweya, the Champlain and a elimination of the Metro Pace,  Philly Hanover p2,1:53f ($111,415) second in the $253,000 PASS Final, Simpson and Liberty Bell divisions,  Michelon’s Filly p2, 1:52m ($107,636) winner of $148,700 Kidergarten Final and Workin Ona Mystery p2, 1:49.3M ($100,400) winner of Bluegrass Series in 1:50.3 and International Stallion Stake in 1:49.3. The service fee for Captaintreacherous, the great son of the immortal Somebeachsomewhere is $25,000 for the 2019 breeding season and his book is already closed three months before the breeding season even starts in North America. Captaintreacherous is not only the leading money winning two-year-old sire but he is also the leading sire of 1.50 two-year olds with four, he also leads with 37 in 1.55 or better. Captain Crunch winning The Breeders Crown At the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in 2018 in Lexington Kentucky set all-time new record grossing nearly $40 million for 702 yearlings sold - an increase of 9.2% over last year. Leading the charge on the pacing side were the father-son team Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous.   “The Beach” was once again the number one pacing sire with 26 yearlings that sold for a total of $2,763,000 and an incredible average of $106,269. “The Captain” was second behind his sire with total sales of $5,042,000 for 58 yearlings selling for an average of $86,931.                 STALLION                                                      # SOLD                                        AVERAGE SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE                                 26                                           $106,269 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS                                     58                                           $  86,931  BETTOR’S DELIGHT                                              21                                          $ 70,095  AMERICAN IDEAL                                                  30                                          $  49,933 SWEET LOU                                                           26                                           $  49,462 The highest priced pacing yearling of the sale was Treasure Trove by Somebeachsomewhere. Treasure Trove, the full brother to Captaintreacherous provided some spirited bidding with the hammer being knocked down at $360,000 and was undoubtedly the highlight of the sale. Two Captaintreacherous yearling colts sold for $300,000 Hip#41 Das Deo and Hip#54 Force N Fury. Das Deo, is a full brother to the brilliant two-year-old De Los Cielos Deo p,2,1:51.3f, winner of 5 races and $196,210 in stakes earnings this season. Hip #54 Force N Fury was also sold for $300,000 and purchased by Tony Alanga – the trainer of Captaintreacherous. Force N Fury is a half-brother to the $500,000 Messenger Stakes & $281,000 Cane Pace Champion Stay Hungary p,3,1:47.3 ($1,295,709) by Somebeachsomewhere. Captaintreacherous also sold a filly, Hip #19 Emissary, for $225,000, two colts for $200,000 and 20 yearlings for $100,000+. Breckon Farms have two outstanding colts by Captaintreacherous for sale at the National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019. They are Lot 35 Hot And Treacherous and Lot 122 Captain Outrageous. Lot 35, Hot And Treacherous is the second foal from the lightly raced Bettor's Delight mare Hothooves. Hothooves is a half-sister to several winners including the very good racehorse Cincinnati Kid 1:55 ($490,550). She is also a half-sister to the dam of the super race mare The Orange Agent 1:51.1 ($746,243). The Orange Agent Lot 122, Captain Outrageous is from the Christian Cullen two-year-old Group 1 winning mare Veste ($106,021) who in turn is out of the Group 1 winning outstanding mare Coburg ($205,176). Coburg is a half-sister to Stunin Cullen ($1,493,716). This pedigree is choked up with many many winners. Stunin Cullen winning The Great Northern Derby Here is the top twenty two-year-old money winning sires in North America for 2018   Sire Name Foals Starters Earnings CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 113 83 3,307,819 SWEET LOU 97 80 3,037,299 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 114 90 2,728,894 BETTOR'S DELIGHT 122 91 2,193,894 ART MAJOR 97 67 1,776,966 AMERICAN IDEAL 89 71 1,544,961 SPORTSWRITER 166 118 1,405,649 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 81 48 1,279,739 PET ROCK 104 75 1,019,430 TELLITLIKEITIS 76 47 926,402 A ROCKNROLL DANCE 79 46 915,164 ROCKIN IMAGE 93 65 867,807 WELL SAID 71 54 850,574 SO SURREAL 55 38 773,717 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 85 57 760,837 MCARDLE 58 38 716,200 HESTON BLUE CHIP 27 18 638,452 BIG JIM 61 33 584,200 ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN 47 29 558,670 BIG BAD JOHN 48 37 557,970   Captaintreacherous     Harnesslink Media

From the moment Ella Johansson saw him, there was a connection. The colt's name was Captain Bean and Ella spotted him as soon as she and her parents, harness racing trainer Nancy and driver Marcus Johansson, arrived in Harrisburg to look at yearlings the day before the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale. Ella, who accompanied her parents only because it seemed a better option to sitting at her brother's baseball tournament, implored her mother to buy him. Nancy also liked the colt, but knew acquiring him might be easier said than done. She put together a group of owners interested in buying the horse, set a budget, and on the opening day of the sale waited for Captain Bean to enter the auction ring. Ella, watching the live stream of the sale at home in New Jersey, waited too. Ella knew what the group was prepared to spend and when Captain Bean eventually sold for $85,000 she knew who had the winning bid. "We got him!" she exclaimed to Marcus in the kitchen. And a year later, her enthusiasm for the colt, now known as Captain Crunch, is undiminished. "He was the first horse that I saw," 13-year-old Ella said, recounting her initial moments with Captain Crunch. "We walked in and he was there. He was big, he was pretty; a very sweet horse. I petted him. "He's sweet and he's nice. He's just fun to be around." Said Nancy, "He's big, but he's gentle with her. He lets her pet him and he plays with you. He's as nice as a 2-year-old colt can be. If you spend a couple minutes with him you can't help but to like him. He's got unbelievable charisma." Captain Crunch, who was renamed by Ella and Nancy's mom Christina Takter, has won five of eight races this year. His most recent start came Oct. 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where he won the $600,000 Breeders Crown championship for 2-year-old male pacers on a cold, rainy night. Ella greeted him in the winner's circle with a kiss. "He stood like a perfect gentleman, like he always does," Nancy said. Captain Crunch's next start is Saturday at the Meadowlands in the sole $20,000 elimination for the Governor's Cup, which is one of the Fall Final Four stakes for 2-year-olds at the Big M. The top-seven finishers will join bye recipients Blood Money, Semi Tough, and Sugar Factory in the $469,300 final on Nov. 24. The elimination winner will draw from posts one through six for the final. Scott Zeron will drive Captain Crunch, who starts from post eight in the field of 10. Prior to each race, Ella offers words of encouragement to Captain Crunch via FaceTime. "I just tell him good luck," Ella said. "Win." "When they FaceTime he's paying attention to what she's saying, like he's listening," Marcus added. "It's kind of funny." Captain Crunch is a son of Captaintreacherous out of Sweet Paprika, from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Sweet Lou and $2.78-million-earner Bettor Sweet. In addition to the Breeders Crown, his wins include divisions of the Nassagaweya and International Stallion Stakes (in a career-best 1:49.1). His only off-the-board finish was in his Metro Pace elimination in September, when he came up sick. The colt is owned by 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, and Caviart Farms. "He's a good-looking horse," Marcus said. "He's got a great personality. He's happy all the time. He's always in a good mood. I like horses like that. If you walk into work and see someone who is miserable, you become miserable even if you were happy. He's the first horse on the end (of the stable). I park my car there so I can go and see him. It starts out the day good." And while one might expect Ella to be a horse-crazy kid given her environment, it is not the case. "As much of a horse girl that I am, she's not," Nancy said, laughing. "She doesn't care about the horses much at all." Captain Crunch is the exception, which has made his season all the more special. "We live a crazy life, on the road a lot," Nancy said. "It's almost like joining the circus. So it's nice when (our kids) see we're working hard and it's paying off and they feel involved in that." For the record, Ella's brother, Marcus Jr., has a favorite horse as well. His is also a 2-year-old colt pacer, Caviart Rockland. "They each have a horse that they follow," Marcus said. "It's 'their' horse. It makes it fun for all of us." The stakes in addition to the Governor's Cup that make up the Fall Final Four are the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old female pacers, Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters, and Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old female trotters. Eliminations were unnecessary for the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds. There will be two eliminations Saturday for the Valley Victory. For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EST). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

The Captaintreacherous syndicate has announced that the service fee for the great son of the immortal Somebeachsomewhere will be $25,000 for the 2019 breeding season. Captaintreacherous from his first crop is the leading money leading sire of two-year olds in 2018. His two-year olds have earned $2,987,255. He is the leading sire of 1.55 two-year olds and also leads with three in the 1.50 or lower list. Bookings will be limited, because Captaintreacherous has a strong and active syndicate.  “Most syndicate members will use all of their bookings.” From Jim Simpson, Syndicate manager  

Wilkes-Barre, PA - Scott Zeron drove Captain Crunch to a definitive 3-length win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Final at The Downs at Mohegan Pocono on Oct. 27. The time for the mile on the track rated "sloppy" was 1:51.3. From the far outside, Blood Money left with Captain Crunch, followed by Captain Trevor and flushing to the outside, Proof took an early shot at challenging. The first quarter was clocked in :26.4 as Proof took the lead into the half. Proof rolled to a :55.1 half with Captain Crunch sitting in the cat-bird seat as Captain Trevor went first over, aiming at the top two inside. No Mas Amor went three-wide in an attempt to charge late. Three-quarters went in 1:23.2. With a clear path to come out of the pocket, Zeron guided Captain Crunch into the second lane and the son of Captaintreacherous--Sweet Paprika (by Artiscape) catapulted past Proof and extended his winning lead to 3 lengths in 1:51.3. Proof held on for second, Love Me Some Lou passed tired ones to catch the third spot and No Mas Amor was fourth. Nancy Johansson trains Captain Crunch for owner Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms, 3 Brothers Stables and Christine Takter. The colt was bred by Walnridge Farms and Sherri K. Meirs. The win was driver Scott Zeron's second in a Breeders Crown Final. Captain Crunch paid $11.20 to win. by Frank Cotolo, For The Breeders Crown

The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was held this past week in Lexington Kentucky and set all-time new records grossing nearly $40 million for 702 yearlings sold - an increase of 9.2% over last year. Leading the charge on the pacing side were the father-son team Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous. “The Beach” was once again the number one pacing sire with 26 yearlings sold for a total of $2,763,000 and an incredible average of $106,269. “The Captain” had a phenomenal sale and was second behind his sire with total sales of $5,042,000 for 58 yearlings sold averaging $86,931. The highest priced pacing yearling of the was Treasure Trove by Somebeacsomewhere. Treasure Trove, the full brother to Captaintreacherous, provided some spirited bidding with the hammer being knocked down at $360,000 and was undoubtedly the highlight of the sale. Two Captaintreacherous yearling colts sold for $300,000 Hip# 41 Das Deo and Hip# 54 Force N Fury. Das Deo, is a full brother to the brilliant two-year-old De Los Cielos Deo p,2,1:51.3f-’18, winner of 5 races and $194,210 in stakes earnings this season. Hip # 54 Force N Fury was also sold for $300,000 and purchased by Tony Alanga – the trainer of Captaintreacherous. Force N Fury is a half-brother to the $500,000 Messenger Stakes & $281,000 Cane Pace Champion Stay Hungary p,3,1:47.3 ($1,295,709) by Somebeachsomewhere. Captaintreacherous also sold a filly, Hip #19 Emissary, for $225,000, two colts for $200,000 and 20 yearlings for $100,000+. Captaintreacherous leads all sires on the North American 2YO Money Winning Sires List from his first crop to race with 113 foals, 83 starters, 35 in 1:55 or faster and earnings of $2,587,674 to date.   TOP FIVE LEXINGTON PACING SIRE AVERAGES                 STALLION                                          SOLD                                        AVERAGE   Somebeachsomewhere                        26                                           $106,269   Captaintreacherous                              58                                           $  86,931   Bettor's Delight                                     21                                           $  70,095   American Ideal                                      30                                           $  49,933   Sweet Lou                                              26                                           $  49,462 Harnesslink Media

Lexington, KY ---  As reported by the USTA, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got off to a strong start Tuesday night (Oct. 2) at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, with five harness racing yearlings selling for at least $300,000 to spark a 10.6 percent increase in average price compared to last year’s record-setting event. An additional 12 horses sold for at least $200,000 and a total of 64 of the 102 horses sold reached six figures. Last year’s opening night saw 93 horses sell for $10.63 million, an average of $114,344. The 2017 sale set records for gross, at $36.41 million, and average, at $58,537. This year, the opening night’s 102 horses brought $12.90 million for an average of $126,471. “That’s not intentional,” Cancelliere said with a laugh, referring to buying the top-priced yearling. “But he’s a beautiful colt and we’re pleased we got him. He’s a beautiful animal, an absolutely beautiful animal. He really is. When they look that good and carry themselves that well, he was going to bring a good price tag. You knew that going in. We stretched a little more than we wanted to. We went for it.”The sales topper Tuesday was Treasure Trove, a full brother to two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. The colt, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Worldly Treasure, sold for $360,000 to John Cancelliere. Treasure Trove, who went through the ring as Hip No. 82, was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Cancelliere also bought pacer Like Lightning Lou, who is a full brother to his 2-year-old Love Me Some Lou, for $150,000. Like Lightning Lou is by Sweet Lou out of Shark Lightning. “We desperately wanted him,” said Cancelliere, whose brother Tom trains their stable’s horses. “It worked out well on both occasions. We’re pleased.” Tall Dark Stranger, a pacing colt by Bettor’s Delight out of Dan Patch Award-winner Precocious Beauty, sold for $330,000 to Nancy Johansson as agent for Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms, Crawford Farms and Howard Taylor. Precocious Beauty’s first foal, Beautyonthebeach, won the Kentucky Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old filly pacers on Sept 16. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Sportswriter. Tall Dark Stranger was bred by Jim Avritt Sr. and consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency as agent. “I liked his pedigree and the individual,” Johansson said. “My dad (Jimmy Takter) really liked him too. Now that he’s stepping into his new phase in life as a consultant when he retires, he’s been looking at yearlings with both Per (Engblom) and I. He loved, loved, loved this colt as well. “It’s a great family. It’s a modern family. There is a lot of ‘now’ stuff happening in that family, which is nice. And Bettor’s Delight is solid. They show up and do their work.” Johansson also bought pacing colt Remember The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir) for $140,000 as agent for 3 Brothers Stable and pacing filly Treacherous Act (Captaintreacherous-Act Now) for $100,000 as agent for Caviart Farms. “I thought I did really well,” Johansson said. “I was happy with all three purchases. I think all three could have brought more money than they did. The Somebeach colt is an absolutely gorgeous colt. The mare has already produced a world champion (Beach Memories) and he just had great charisma. I like that he has good size to him. I think pacing colts need to have some size because they race so tough nowadays. I felt he was the complete package. “The filly, Act Now was a tough race mare. Combine that with Captaintreacherous and I don’t think you can go wrong, especially with that price tag. She will be a great addition to Caviart Farms’ broodmare band.” The fifth horse into the ring, filly trotter Whose Blues, sold for $300,000 to Serge Godin’s Determination Stable. Whose Blues, by Cantab Hall, is the first foal out of stakes-winning mare Bright Baby Blues and her second dam, Bar Slide, was a Dan Patch Award-winner. The family includes Sliding Home, a stakes-winner in the U.S. as well as a winner in Europe. Whose Blues was bred by Bluestone Farms and Fredericka Caldwell and consigned by Cane Run Farm as agent. Das Deo, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of Lisjune, sold for $300,000 to Dana Parham. He is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife and the family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Lis Mara. Das Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms and Louis “Andy” Willinger and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Force N Fury, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of My Little Dragon, sold for $300,000 to Tony Alagna as agent for Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Force N Fury is a three-quarter brother to O’Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, whose wins this year include the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes. Force N Fury was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Burke Racing Stable was the night’s top buyer, purchasing seven horses for $935,000. Trotting fillies led the night’s average, with 24 selling for an average of $141,542. Pacing colts followed, with 27 for $137,481, and then trotting colts, with 31 for $124,065. Twenty pacing fillies sold for an average of $97,250. Muscle Hill and Father Patrick led the trotting sires in gross, with 25 Muscle Hill yearlings totaling $3.16 million ($126,680 average) and 13 Father Patrick yearlings totaling $1.69 million ($130,077). Captaintreacherous and Somebeachsomewhere topped the pacing sires in gross, with 19 Captaintreacherous yearlings totaling $2.29 million ($120,632) and 13 Somebeachsomewhereyearlings totaling $1.88 million ($144,615). The five-day yearling sale continues through Saturday, with each session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

LEXINGTON, KY--The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings hit the spotlight at The Red Mile Saturday, Sept. 29 when they race in five divisions of the $367,000 Western Ideal Bluegrass Stakes. Sophomore pacing fillies also compete on the program in a single dash of the $126,000 American Ideal Bluegrass Stakes. Captain Trevor, a son of Captaintreacherous, leads the first frosh colt pace off a third-place finish in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) final after winning in every preliminary. Owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing, the Tony Alagna trainee has collected $76,500 in earnings and will start from post one with Andrew McCarthy aboard. Neighboring the morning-line favorite on the gate, Rock Candy, a Brian Brown-trained colt by Pet Rock, and Lyons Night Hawk, a Sweet Lou colt trained by Jeff Gillis, start from posts two and three respectively. Rock Candy, finishing second in the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship, has earned $170,626 with three wins from seven starts. David Miller drives for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Lyons Night Hawk enters off a fourth-place finish in the $685,300 Metro Pace. Winning one race from eight starts, he's earned nearly $100,000 for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound and will have Tim Tetrick at the reins. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Proof, by A Rocknroll Dance out of the Real Artist mare Ginger And Fred, heads the second split of the colt pace. Off a 1:52 victory in the $120,000 Elevation Pace at Hoosier Park, the Brian Brown trainee has five wins overall from seven starts and $272,591 in earnings for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Scott Zeron will steer from post two. Waterway moves into the third division off a 1:50.1 win in the $50,000 KYSS consolation. The Captaintreacherous colt has won two races from six starts total, earning $43,300 for owners Alagna & Bergley Stable, Santo Barbera, David Silverman and Joseph Barbera. Brett Miller will drive from post six for trainer Tony Alagna. Air Force Hanover competes against Waterway from post two for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombard and William Donovan. The Brian Brown-trained colt by Somebeachsomewhere enters off a failed wire-to-wire effort in the $40,418 Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair, finishing second in a 1:50.3 mile after setting fast fractions on the front. He has two wins from eight outings and nearly $70,000 in earnings. David Miller will sit in the bike. KYSS runner-up Blood Money fronts the fourth colt pace and will start from post five for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. The Sweet Lou colt, owned by Diamond Creek Racing, has hit the board in all of his seven starts, winning four, and has compiled $129,658 in earnings. Brian Brown-trainee Workin Ona Mystery competes in the same division and tries to maintain his unbeaten record. Winning all three of his starts, the Captaintreacherous colt enters off a 1:50.3 victory in the $40,418 Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware Country Fair. Tim Tetrick will sit in the bike for owners James Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and Wingfield Brothers LLC. The Cancellieres send Love Me Some Lou in the final colt pace split from post two. The colt by Sweet Lou, winning three races from six starts, enters off a 1:53 victory in a $30,000 Liberty Bell division at Harrah's Philadelphia and also holds a mark of 1:50.4 at Harrah's. The colt, earning $65,797, will have Corey Callahan driving. Kissin In The Sand, starting from post eight with Scott Zeron driving, leads a field of 12 in the sole division of the three-year-old filly pace. With victories including in the James Lynch Memorial, the Mistletoe Shalee, the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and, more recently, against older mares in a $23,100 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Nancy Johansson-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is approaching $1 million in career earnings, currently having collected $841,795 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. She's finished no worse than second in 12 starts this season, winning eight, and won 15 races from 26 overall. The Western Ideal Bluegrass Stakes are sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, and the American Ideal Bluegrass Stakes is sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management. Saturday's 10-race program will get underway with a first-race post time at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Tall Drink Hanover converted off a perfect second-over steer from driver Andrew McCarthy to win the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Tony Alagna trained two-year-old pacing filly got away fifth and was able to pick up cover at half, which led to her powering by rivals in the lane for a career-best 1:51.1 victory. "I wasn't even too concerned if I had to come third-over, I knew that her kick in the stretch would probably be good enough," said McCarthy. "It worked out great that I got a second-over trip and I couldn't ask for any better." Longshot Art Lecture blasted from the outside to the top and battled with a parked out Queen Of The Pride to a :27 opening-quarter. The outside challenger cleared to the top entering the backstretch and reached the half in a sensible :55.4. Sylph Hanover committed first-up from fourth going into the final turn, which allowed Tall Drink Hanover to get towed towards the lead. Queen Of The Pride maintained a lead of just over a length at three-quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Tall Drink Hanover shot off cover and powered home in :27 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Treacherous Reign, who is also trained by Alagna, and Prescient Beauty rallied from third and fourth-over, respectively, to finish in a Dead-Heat for second. Queen Of The Pride crossed the line fourth, while elimination winner Ideation Hanover was fifth. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover swept the elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady to improve her record to five wins in eight starts. The $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase has now earned $406,392 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. "One of the rare occasions when normally it's $350,000 not $35,000 for us," said Katz of purchasing Tall Drink Hanover as a yearling. "There she was in the ring and nothing was going on for whatever reason. She was four or five from the end of the day at Harrisburg. We liked her and were able to buy her for $35,000 and it was a surprise to us." Tall Drink Hanover's victory gives McCarthy and Alagna there first Shes A Great Lady titles. A $2 win ticket on the Captaintreacherous filly returned $4.20. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Captain Ahab and Stag Party punched their ticket to next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final with impressive harness racing victories in Saturday evening's eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 17 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations. Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace final a perfect seven for seven after winning his elimination in 1:50.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab got away fourth in a field of eight and watched Captain Crunch cut an opening-quarter of :26.3. McCarthy sent 'Ahab' after the lead in the second-quarter, clearing to the top at a :55 half. Captain Ahab paced his third-quarter in :27.4 with first-up pressure from Lyons Night Hawk and the six for seven De Los Cielos Deo sitting second-over. In the stretch, Captain Ahab finished his mile with a :28 final-quarter to secure the victory. De Los Cielos Deo paced into second, getting to the leader's wheel at the wire. Goldberg finished third, while Lyons Night Hawk was fourth. The final ticket to next week's final was grabbed by Better Up. Captain Ahab established a new career-mark with the 1:50.4 victory and has now earned $137,616 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vince Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. "I kicked the ear-plugs out tonight and made him pace in the stretch because I've got so much respect for Burke's colt (De Los Cielos Deo)," said McCarthy following the victory. "I was getting flushed early, so I went ahead and put him on the front and he was fine about it." A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace undefeated and as the likely favourite. The Alagna trainee has collected five of his seven wins at Mohawk Park. McCarthy is confident heading into the final, but not overlooking any of his opponents. "It's not going to be easy. I've got a lot of respect for the other colts, so we just got to figure out the trip and hopefully it works out for us." A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.50. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party rebounded from a second-place finish in the Champlain for an impressive 1:51 victory in the first Metro elimination. Driven by David Miller, Stag Party took his time in the beginning, getting away sixth in the field of nine. Cruise Captain, who defeated Stag Party in the Champlain, posted a :27.1 opening-quarter before surrendering the lead in the second-quarter. Shake That House moved third to first entering the backstretch, but was followed by Semi Tough, who overtook the top spot and led by the half in :55.4. Miller angled Stag Party to the outside at the half and the Coleman trainee charged first-up to draw within half a length of Semi Tough at three-quarters in 1:24. In the stretch, Semi Tough dug in gamely in an attempt to hold off Stag Party, but the Coleman student muscled by in deep stretch to win by a length and a half in a career-best 1:51. Semi Tough held second, while Shake That House was third. The top-five was completed by Lyons Johnnyjnr and Buddy Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party now has five wins in seven starts and has earned $197,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "Casie told me he just wasn't right health wise (last week) and she got him good in a week and he went a big trip tonight," said Miller when asked about the rebound victory. "She does a great job conditioning horses and getting them ready." Stag Party was purchased as a yearling for $125,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. A $2 win ticket on the Coleman trainee returned $3.90. The post-positions for next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final were drawn following the eliminations. Captain Ahab and Stag Party earned their connections the right to select their post. Here is the field for the September 22 rich final. 1. Better Up 2. Semi Tough 3. Stag Party 4. Captain Ahab 5. Shake That House 6. Buddy Hill 7. Goldberg 8. Lyons Night Hawk 9. Lyons Johnnyjnr 10. De Los Cielos Deo AE: Captain Crunch by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Goshen, NY - The Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the slate of six candidates for election into the Hall of Fame. The nominees are: ART MAJOR CAPTAINTREACHEROUS FATHER PATRICK FOILED AGAIN PEACEFUL WAY SWEET LOU Standardbred horses are elected into harness racing's Living Horse Hall of Fame by the members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Beginning this year, SIX candidates will be presented to the Museum membership for consideration. Ballots will be mailed to members in November. The THREE top vote getters will be inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame on Hall of Fame Day - July 7, 2019 - in Goshen, New York. If you wish to participate in the Living Horse Hall of Fame election process and are not currently a Museum member, please contact the Museum before October 31 to become a member. In July 2018, the Board of Trustees of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame approved a revised set of Living Horse Hall of Fame eligibility criteria. Those criteria are as follows: A racehorse must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime WITH 2 Dan Patch Awards, OR been the winner of $3 million lifetime, OR been named Dan Patch (U.S.) Harness Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. A racemare must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. In addition, racemares must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime WITH 2 Dan Patch Awards, OR been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime, OR been named Dan Patch (U.S.) Harness Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at their gait, OR have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners, OR been a leading moneywinning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. Annually on March 1st, a list of broodmares that have produced two Dan Patch winners, OR two millionaires, OR one Dan Patch winner and one millionaire will be assembled for the Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee to review. Committee members can also nominate a broodmare that does not meet the criteria. Each of the committee members votes for his or her top 5 broodmares, voting results are tabulated and the top two vote getters are elected to the Living Horse Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanks to industry support the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4 per person for group docent-guided tours. For information on the Museum, membership, special events, gift shop services and educational programs the Museum offers, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Additional funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Musuem 

Lexington, KY - The best of harness racing in the Bluegrass will be on display Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, at The Red Mile when the historic Lexington racetrack hosts the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals. The 10-race card gets underway at 3 p.m. (EDT) and is the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair that will run from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon's 10-race race card features the eight divisional KYSS championship races, worth $250,000 each, as well as a pair of $50,000 consolation events. The fields were set after three preliminary legs were contested over the past three weeks at The Red Mile. The opening quartet of KYSS finals are for the 2 year olds. The first-year male trotters kick off the championships (Race 3) and the field of 10 include four preliminary winners, including two-time victors Forecast (son of Cantab Hall, post 1) and Super Schissel (Uncle Peter, post 4). Also in the race are prelim winners Lindy’s Crazy Hall (Cantab Hall, post 7) and Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill, post 3), who earlier this year won the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands. Among the 2-year-old filly trotters (Race 5), Taylor Swiftly (Trixton, post 5) has created nothing but bad blood between her and her rivals by being mean and sweeping all three preliminaries. The 2-year-old filly pacer Beautyonthebeach swept her three opening rounds and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere may be tough to beat in that divisional final (Race 4) as she landed post 1. The road to division honors among the freshman male pacers (Race 6) appears to go through Captain Trevor, a son of Captaintreacherous who has been most impressive while capturing all three of his prelims. Only two 3 year olds who won KYSS finals last year at two are back to defend their title. One of those is the filly trotter Top Expectations, who was two-for-two in this year's opening two legs. The daughter of Cantab Hall drew post 1 in this year's final (Race 7). The 3-year-old filly pacer Band Stand is the other returning champion, but this year the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance may have her work cut out for her as she finished eighth in the point standings after a second, sixth and fourth in the prelims. Band Stand starts from post 4 in this year's final (Race 8) with the role of favorite likely going to Dance Blue (Race 3), a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven who won both her opening rounds in open-lengths fashion. Race 9 is the $250,000 KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. Tactical Landing, a son of Muscle Hill who last month captured his Hambletonian elimination and finished third in the $1 million final, starts from post 1 after a third and first in the KYSS preliminaries. Wolfgang, a son of My MVP and a leg-one winner who is Tactical Landing's stablemate in the barn of trainer Jimmy Takter, starts from post 4. Classichap, a son of Chapter Seven who raced and won his only KYSS appearance in leg 3 last Monday night, starts from post 3. The sophomore male pacers close out the championship card in Race 10. American History (post 6), a son of American Ideal, is two-for-two in this year's KYSS and is one of three Tony Alagna trainees going postward (Rush To Judgement, post 1) and Legal Power (post 4). Grand Teton (post 3), a son of A Rocknroll Dance who won the first KYSS leg, is one of three Takter trainees in the race, along with Thinkbig Dreambig (post 5) and Decoy (post 8). The eight KYSS finals encompass an "all stakes" 20-cent Pick 8 wager with a guaranteed $10,000 pool in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 8 has a low takeout rate of only 15 percent. The wager will feature a mandatory payout, so the entire net pool will be paid for the most winners if nobody selects all eight winners. Admission is free and the Fayette County fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program gets underway with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience. Saturday night's (post time 7 p.m.) 10-race card features three $50,000 KYSS consolations, including races for 3-year-old filly trotters, 2-year-old colt trotters and 2-year-old filly pacers. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes

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