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Rock Hill, NY - Eleven seasonal breedings to some of the harness racing sport's most attractive stallions will be offered at auction on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC have donated the nearly dozen breedings to help jumpstart the aftercare programs that are in constant need of revenue and supplies throughout the year. "There is always a shortage of essential feed and care at the many aftercare facilities around the country. We thought that it was important to show our continued support for the retired equine athletes and to help lead the charge in establishing a consistent revenue stream that will help offset the ever-growing number of horses that are in transition," noted Michelle Crawford. "These horses give us their all...we should all ensure that they can live out their remaining lives with dignity!" Providing a safe and secure future for Standardbreds when their racing days are over is no easy task. The Crawford's have recognized this plight and have entered the following eleven stallion breedings in the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands: American Ideal (NY) p,3,1:47.4 ($786,055). World Champion. Sire of 63 in 1:50 and earners of over $111 million. Crazy Wow (KY) 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143). World Champion. Oldest foals are now yearlings. Now standing in Kentucky. Devious Man (NY)(3) 3,1:52.2 ($1,338,677). Oldest foals are now 2. Multiple stakes winner, second in Hambletonian. Racing Hill (OH)(2) p,3,1:48 ($1,727,692). From his first crop of racing age, sire of 10 in 1:55. Oldest foals are now 3. Roll With Joe (NY)(3) p,3,1:48.2 ($1,805,102). Sire of 17 in 1:50 and earners of over $26 million. Swandre The Giant (IN) 3,1:51.3 ($655.368). 2-time Indiana Super Final champion. First season at Stud. The full sale catalog is now available for the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale and can be downloaded now at tattersallsredmile.com or on the Equineline Sales Catalog app.   January 10, 2021 - by Chris Tully for Crawford Farms  

Rock Hill, NY - Multiple harness racing stakes winner and Indiana Super Final champion Swandre The Giant will stand his first season at Schwartz Boarding Farm in Berne, Indiana for an introductory stud fee of $3,500. Swandre The Giant 2,1:54.3; 3,1:51.3 ($655,368), the fastest 3-year-old son of Swan For All returns home to Indiana where he won multiple Sire Stakes Finals and the Super Final at age 3. Swandre The Giant took his 1:51.3 record in the Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands defeating 2019 Hambletonian elimination winner Green Manalishi S. Stallion owner Crawford Farms noted their excitement in returning Swandre The Giant to his Hoosier State roots for the 2021 breeding season. "Al and I see tremendous opportunity in the Indiana program and feel that the state will benefit from having a son of Swan For All to carry the torch for future generations. Through his limited book to attractive mares, we know that his colts and fillies will make a big splash at Hoosier Park and beyond," noted Michelle Crawford. Swandre The Giant was a perfect seven-for-seven at age 2 while in the stable of trainer Brandon Bates, who had also been driving the fast son of Swan For All. Three of his victories--including his 2-year-old record of 1:54.2 which was just two-fifths off the track record--have come in Indiana Sire Stakes finals. Bates stated, "Swandre was the most professional, classiest and willing 2-year-old I've ever had the opportunity to put my hands on. His desire to work and race was unmatched. He possessed pure speed and a nearly flawless gait." Swandre The Giant finished his 2-year-old campaign with 9 wins in 12 starts. In 2019, at age 3 he raced against, and defeated some of the best horses in his division and was first or second in 10 of 16 starts and earned over $400,000. Aside from his Dancer and Indiana Super Final victories, he was second in the $81,500 Reynolds at the Meadowlands from post 11 and hit the board in the $500,000 Beal final at Pocono and the $185,000 Good Times at Mohawk. He missed racing in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian final by just a whisker, finishing sixth in his elimination race after being parked every step of the way. Back just 2 ½ lengths from elim. winner Green Manalishi S at the finish, he continued gamely right to the wire, gaining ground from the head of the stretch and posting a last quarter in :27.3. Swandre The Giant was race timed in 1:51. Swandre The Giant is by Indiana's leading trotting sire Swan For All, who has sired the earners of nearly $30 million, including 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover. From the Valley Victor mare Adagio, who was a $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final champion at age 3, she finished her career with $216,330 in earnings and a mark of 1:57. She is a half-sister to 4 in 1:59 or faster, including Nureyev 4,1:54.3 ($3391,624) and Capt Serious 1:55.4f ($204,750). For more information, or to book your mare, contact Schwartz Boarding Farm at 260-589-2037. Chris Tully

Continuing a tradition that has endured for more than half a century, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made their annual donations to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and to the neighboring Goshen Historic Track.The total amount was $6,000. Track president Steve Jones met with chapter president Chris Tully at the recently concluded Standardbred Horse Sale. Jones stated, "We truly appreciate the consistent and generous support of our local harness racing writers. They help us to continue to operate during these difficult and unprecedented times. We lost considerable revenue with the postponement of our regular Grand Circuit meet in July, so these funds could not have come at a more crucial time." Harness Museum president Max Hempt echoed those sentiments. The third generation horseman noted, "The Harness Racing Museum is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of writers that have consistently raised thousands of dollars annually on our behalf. Absent much of our primary fund-raising efforts this year, we are grateful that Monticello-Goshen Chapter had sufficient prudent reserve to continue their enduring doctrine of benevolence." Forced to postpone the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony until 2021, and coupled with New York's current pandemic restrictions, the Museum has remained closed through much of 2020. In addition, due to current social distancing requirements, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter will be unable to hold its 62nd annual awards banquet this year. The practice of raising money and donating funds to Historic Track and the Hall of Fame began in the mid-1970s with Monticello Raceway publicity icon John Manzi, and has continued ever since. Fortunately, due to the generosity of the chapter's past sponsors and advertisers, the writers were still able to give $3,000 each to the Harness Museum and to Goshen Historic Track, two separate and distinct entities which share the same hallowed ground and a united mission to preserve, protect and promote Harness Racing. by Chris Tully, for the Monti-Goshen USHWA  

Timonium, MD — David McDuffee purchased two of the five highest priced yearlings during Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, including sales topper Delilah Hanover for $440,000. Delilah Hanover, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Danielle Hanover, is from the family of Donato Hanover, the 2007 Horse of the Year, and a half-sister to Darlene Hanover, this year’s Jim Doherty Memorial winner. Delilah Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Nifty Norman will train the filly. “I thought she was just an absolute outstanding individual,” McDuffee said. “That’s my pick of the litter, so we had to stretch a little longer than we wanted to, but she’s pretty good.” In addition, McDuffee purchased Energetic Hanover, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of Eloquent Grace, for $325,000. He is Eloquent Grace’s first foal and from the family of millionaires Ginger And Fred and Fred And Ginger. Energetic Hanover also was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Tippet, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Ilia, sold for $400,000 to Nancy Takter as agent. She is a full sister to Grand Circuit stakes winner Long Tom and a three-quarter sister to last week’s Breeders Crown runner-up In Range. Tippet was bred by Windsong Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “She’s a really nice filly, looks really athletic,” Takter said. “I like her size. She’s not too big, she’s like racy kind of size. She moves well and stands well, so hopefully she races well.” Also selling for $400,000 was Peyton Hanover, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Pennies From Above, to Jeff Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable. She is from the family of Dan Patch and O’Brien awards winner Wheeling N Dealin. Peyton Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. “We thought she would go for less, but it ended up that we had to pay as much as we did,” Snyder said. “We decided that filly was the one we wanted. We thought because she sold early in the sale (Hip No. 9) she might not go quite that high, but we did the business we had to do, and we’re happy. She’s got residual value and we’re very happy with the purchase.” Completing the top five was Frozen Hanover, a pacing colt from the final crop of Somebeachsomewhere, who sold for $325,000 to Determination. Out of Fashion Ecstasy, Frozen Hanover is a full brother to millionaire Filibuster Hanover. His second dam, Galleria, was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner and her stakes-winning offspring include new Breeders Crown champ Sandbetweenmytoes. Frozen Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Determination also had two other purchases in the top 11, trotting colt Capulet (Walner-Tosca) for $235,000 and trotting filly Gyre Hanover (Father Patrick-Global Desire) for $225,000. Capulet’s family includes millionaire Guccio while Gyre Hanover is from the family of Glidemaster, the 2006 Horse of the Year. Capulet was bred by Steve Organ and consigned by Walnridge Farm. Gyre Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. The opening session of the sale grossed $12.8 million and averaged $83,201 for 154 yearlings. Last year, the sale got off to a record start, grossing $19.2 million and averaging $113,976 for 169 horses. In 2018, the average was $93,541 and in 2017 it was $75,305. A total of 41 horses sold for at least $100,000, with 16 going for at least $200,000. “I think the sale was very strong,” Standardbred Horse Sale President and CEO Pete Spears said. “I think the middle, especially, was encouraging. We didn’t have as much extreme ups and downs. I think the middle was stronger than it’s been for quite a while. “Obviously, there were some big sellers. Determination was especially active and we’re grateful for their participation. Mr. McDuffee as well. I think it’s been great. I should mention Nancy Takter for buying my own filly (Tippet). That was fun. “I think these are pretty good numbers.” Trotting fillies led in average, at $99,553 for 38 yearlings. Trotting colts averaged $60,622 for 37. Pacing fillies and colts were nearly identical, with fillies averaging $85,923 for 39 and colts averaging $85,900 for 40. Among trotting sires, Bar Hopping averaged $125,000 for three yearlings while Muscle Hill averaged $122,800 for 20. Among pacing sires, Bettor’s Delight averaged $152,500 for four while Somebeachsomewhere averaged $118,333 for nine. Captaintreacherous averaged $92,652 for 23, tops among pacing sires with double-digit sellers. The second day of the three-day yearling sale begins at 10 a.m. (EST) Wednesday. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner with Chris Tully

On Friday, October 16, 2020, Darren William Turner peacefully passed away surrounded by his wife and children. Darren was born in Farmington, Maine where he enjoyed many years of assisting his family with their passion for horse racing. He moved to New York to continue to work with horses, where he worked with Hall of Fame trainer/driver Ted Wing, as well as Gary Mosher during the 1980's at Roosevelt Raceway. It was while Turner was stabled at the famed Westbury, NY harness track that he met the love of his life, Ellen at their favorite "watering hole." They married on October 4, 1987. Darren had a multitude of skills and was successful in many professions throughout his life, and applied those skills for several years at Blue Chip Farms, Wallkill, NY. Ultimately, he moved on and ultimately retired as a dispatcher for the New York State Thruway Authority. Darren is predeceased by his father, Bill Turner. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of 33 years along with his children Anne Bailey (John), Valerie Needham (Chip), and William Turner; his mother Leanne Turner and his sisters, Brenda Clarke (Matt), Barbara Burditt (Scott), Donna Lary (Michael) and Kristen Grondin (Mike). Grandpa will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Lydia and Johnny. Darren also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, his best friends, who he considered his brothers, Tim and Chris Coyle and many other friends who enjoyed his company on and off the track. If you choose, in lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the Farmington Harness Horsemen's Association (FHHA). Darren's parents and close family friends began this foundation over 20 years ago. His memory will be memorialized through the scholarship program that this association provides for local, young horsemen. Please indicate that you are donating in honor of Darren Turner. Send donations to FHHA at 152 Pleasant St. Wilton, ME 04294. Edited from files at: https://www.millspaughfuneralhome.com/obituary/Darren-Turner by Chris Tully  

Lima, OH - Royally-bred, multiple stakes winner MUSCLE DIAMOND 2,1:53.4; 3,1:53.2f; 1:50.1 ($834,424) has been retired from harness racing and will begin stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2021 breeding season. The fastest male trotter ever sired by the incomparable Muscle Hill, he is from the World Champion mare WINDYLANE HANOVER 3,1:53 ($1,155,231), and will stand for a stud fee of $4,000. A fast and ultra-consistent performer, Muscle Diamond was 55 times 1-2-3 in 70 lifetime starts with 20 wins. At age six, when he took his 1:50.1 record at The Meadowlands, he won 7 of his 13 seasonal starts, which also included the prestigious Vincennes Trot on Hambletonian Day, defeating some of the top trotters of the day like Pinkman and Obrigado. Throughout the first four years of his career, he was handled by the leading money-winning driver of all time, John Campbell. "Muscle diamond was a perfect horse to drive. He had a pure gait with a very high turn of speed," noted the Hall of Famer, and now President & CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "He raced at the highest level throughout his career and was very versatile with exceptional speed out of the gate." Earning an average of $119,203 per season in seven years on the track, he raced against the best stakes trotters in North America during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons. At 2, he won the International Stallion Stake at Lexington, and was second in both his elimination and the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final (by a head to Hambletonian winner Pinkman) at The Meadowlands. At 3, he went back to the Red Mile and captured the Bluegrass Stake, won numerous other stakes events around the Grand Circuit, and then capped off his sophomore season with a close third in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine. When the 2021 breeding season begins, Muscle Diamond will be the fastest trotter to stand in the state of Ohio. In fact, only two horses sired by Muscle Hill have ever trotted faster than Muscle Diamond, and they are both female. Yankeeland Partners (Charles E. Keller III, Charles E. Keller IV, Brett Bittle and Dan Bittle) selected Muscle Diamond as a Yearling, and have owned, trained and campaigned him ever since. Trainer Brett Bittle said, "We are excited to team up with Randy and Kim Haines and their Cool Winds Farm of Ohio to stand Muscle Diamond. We believe his exceptional breeding and talent on the track will be passed on to the next generation. He possessed unbelievable speed, stamina and athleticism ranking as one of the top 2-year-olds of his year." Yankeeland breeding manager Dan Bittle agreed, "Muscle Diamond has the breeding, ability, attitude and conformation to be an impact sire in the lucrative Ohio program. We are looking forward to breeding, purchasing and racing his sons and daughters in the Buckeye State." Coming full circle and impeccably bred, his dam Windylane Hanover won the 2002 $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, was a World Champion, won $1.15 million and went on to be named the 2003 Dan Patch Older Trotting Mare of the Year. She was campaigned by none other than Brett Bittle and owned by the Kellers and Dan Bittle. Muscle Diamond will stand in 2021 for a stud fee of $4,000, with multiple mare discounts available. For more information contact Cool Winds Farm at 419-227-2665 or 419-234-6772. by Chris Tully, for Cool Winds Farm  

Circleville, OH - Standardbreds by highly sought-after first crop harness racing sires, coupled with a considerable increase in auction attendance, resulted in Friday's (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale enjoying a 17.4 percent increase in average over last year's figures. A total of 272 Ohio-bred yearlings passed through the sales ring at the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio for a sales gross of $6,709,000 resulting in an average price per yearling of $24,665. Prices were strong throughout the day as the median of $20,000 gained $3,000 from 2019. In addition to the strength and secure opportunities inherent in the Buckeye state harness racing program, a handful of first-crop sires significantly bolstered the coffers of the premier sale's flagship consignors. As they have done for six years in a row, Jeff and Senena Esty's Spring Haven Farm sold the sale topper. Hip# 175, SPRINGBRIDGE DRAGN was hammered down to Burke Racing of Fredericktown, PA for $120,000. From Stonebridge Damsel p,1:53.2h ($206,000), the half-brother to Springbridge Duel p,2,1:51.3-'20 ($92,000) was by Midland Acres' sire Fear The Dragon. Also the co-breeder, Senena Esty was ecstatic following the sale. "Our job is our hobby. It's our life...it's our love. We bred this colt with our partners from Ontario, Dr. Cal Stiller and his wife Angie, and we couldn't be more thrilled." Also one of the biggest consignors at the sale, Spring Haven sold over 50 horses for a gross of $1.286 million. Esty added, "The success of this sale is shared across the board. These are our friends...and our family. The Ohio breeders are a close knit group. Many of the consignors that sold here today under their own banner, they also send horses with Spring Haven to sell in Lexington. We all root for each other." Through much of the first half of the sale, the buzz was all about pacing yearlings sired by Downbytheseaside. Boasting an average over $40,000 for 37 sold ($44,833 for 24 colts), the son of Somebeachsomewhere had three colts bring $100,000 each. The first to break the six figure mark was Hip# 78, SEASIDE TEA TEA, when he was bought by Brian Brown for a cool $100,000. The first colt from the Western Hanover mare Tea Pot Hanover p,3,1:52.3f ($188,000), he was consigned by Albert and Mark Adams' Winterwood Farm, Agent. Diamond Creek Farm, who manages the stallion career of Downbytheseaside, but stands him in at Sugar Valley Farm, Delaware, Ohio, consigned Hip#102, MOSCOW MITCH, the first foal from WICKED INTENTIONS p,4,1:53.1f ($221,000), she from a half-sister to MYSTICAL MADDY p,4,1:50 ($1.4 million). Greg Luther, Reynoldburg, Ohio signed the ticket. Prominent breeder and racehorse owner Adam Bowden was quick to confirm his stallion's place in the hierarchy. "This is the type of sale we thought that Downbytheseaside would have. They look the part and I think that people in Ohio, and outside of Ohio, are looking for this kind of horse. I don't think you can consider him a regional horse at this point." Behind the Auction Ring at the Pickaway Ag Center   In addition, Hip# 103, FIRE BY THE SEA sold for $100,000 by Spring Haven Farm, Agent, for Enos Weaver, and was purchased by Brian Brown, Agent, Ostrander, Ohio. The big numbers began with Ohio Standardbred breeding stalwart Midland Acres, who teamed up with Hanover Shoe Farms for this auction and sold Hip# 57, SEASIDE HANOVER, a Downbytheseaside half brother to The Little Brown Jug heat winner WESTERN FAME p,1:48.1f ($1,747,000) for $90,000 to Peter Wrenn, Agent, Carmel, IN. Midland Acres also enjoyed success with two first crop sires: Fear The Dragon, with 33 sold that averaged $26,700 ($32,800 for 15 colts); and Long Tom, the son of Muscle Hill that had 17 go through the ring for an average of $24,000 ($27,750 for 10 colts). Midland Acres also sold the most horses (64) of any consignor, for a gross of $1.4 million, which included a dozen for Hanover Shoe Farms. The highest priced trotter of the day was a colt by Long Tom that sold for $80,000 to Dennis Owens, Hamilton, OH. Hip# 198, BAMBOO, was consigned by Anvil and Lace Farm, Agent, for Walstan Farm. Another trotter with a great first showing was Hickory Lane's What The Hill, whose 44 colts and fillies averaged $26,693, the highest of any trotter in the sale with more than three offered. "From beginning to end it was just a very solid sale...all the way through the catalog. We were up nearly 20 percent and it truly shows the steady growth we have had over the last five or six years," stated Kevin Greenfield of Hickory Lane Horse Farm. "The enthusiasm was off the charts. I have never seen a crowd as big as we have had in Ohio this year." Ohio Harness Horse Breeders president Randy Haines of Cool Winds Farm agreed. "The buyers clearly wanted the product we had to offer. The first crop stallions were extremely well-received. Ohio is a great place to race. The buyers were here in full force, and they showed that they were ready to pay good money for our product." Complete auction results can be found at the link below: http://www.lexingtonselected.com/ohio_results2020/2020_results_day1.html   by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders    

Circleville, OH - Hundreds of harness racing horse owners and trainers descended upon the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio on Thursday to inspect over 270 yearlings being offered in tomorrow's (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale. Highlighted by five popular first crop sires, several with Big League credentials, inspections were heavy throughout the day and all with social distancing and protocols being followed. Making up nearly half the sale, first crop sires Downbytheseaside, Fear The Dragon, Long Tom, Lost For Words and What The Hill were clearly high on everybody's inspection list. The connections of 2017 Dan Patch 3-year-old pacing colt champion Downbytheseaside, Diamond Creek Farm's Adam Bowden and Sugar Valley Farms's Joe McLead, were quick to praise their stallion's progeny. "One thing that people liked about Somebeachsomewhere, other than his racetrack prowess, is that all his foals look the same. You knew exactly what you were getting. Now you are seeing that with Downbytheseaside ...every horse that comes out, they are built in the same mold!" "It would be shocking to me if they are not extremely successful here...inside and outside of the state of Ohio." Brian Brown, trainer of both Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside had a very busy day, as the Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner looked at all 60 of the yearlings by his two star pupils. "Like any other sires, there are some individuals that I like better than others, but as a group they are some very nice yearlings." Jake Mossbarger of Midland Acres agreed. "We have had great traffic throughout the day and are very happy with the compliments we have received on the Fear The Dragon yearlings. They have great conformation and we are excited to sell them, along with our well-received group of Long Tom foals." "In addition, we are thrilled to have been asked to represent Hanover Shoe Farms at this sale. We are extremely pleased that we are entrusted with their yearlings, which are also an outstanding group." On the trotting side, 2017 Dan Patch 3-year-old trotting colt champion What The Hill's 47 yearlings got the early attention of top trainers Ron Burke and Chris Beaver, who were looking at the son of Muscle Hill's colts and fillies first thing this morning. "Everybody that races regularly in Ohio have been here to look at the What The Hill's," noted Hickory Lane Horse Farm owner Kevin Greenfield. "There has been a lot of interest in him. I see no issues from an economic standpoint as everyone in the Buckeye State has been racing for all the money they are supposed to. The money is all there, people can bid with confidence." Ohio Harness Horse Breeders president and Cool Winds Farm owner Randy Haines was also optimistic. "Everybody is racing for a lot of money. As I have said before, I believe the Ohio program is the best in the country. The other yearling sales have been strong, so I am confident we will have a good sale as well." Tomorrow's auction begins at 10 a.m. with 278 cataloged, and all social distancing and covid courtesies, including mask-wearing being practiced inside the barns and sale area. by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders  

Rock Hill, NY - Now is the time to register with CCI.live for online bidding for this Friday's (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale, being held at the Pickaway Ag Center, Centerville, OH. Over 270 of the State of Ohio's finest yearlings are being offered at the annual event, which will begin at 10:00 am. Buckeye state owners and trainers will not want to miss the first crops of several popular sires, including 47 colts and filliles by What The Hill, 37 by Downbytheseaside, 33 by Fear The Dragon and 17 by Long Tom. The yearlings in this select sale have the look to match their strong pedigrees and are some of the highlights of large consignments from Abby Stables, Cool Winds Farm, Dublin Valley Farm, Hickory Lane Horse Farm, LMN Bred Stables, Midland Acres, Rose Run Farm, Spring Haven Farm, Steiner Stock Farm and Winterwood Farm. Agents Anvil And Lace Farm and Diamond Creek Farm have also brought a host of favorable yearlings to this premier Ohio auction. In addition, the 12 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings are now being sold under the Midland Acres banner. This includes a Downbytheseaside half-brother to WESTERN FAME p,1:48.1f ($1,747,333). Just a few highlights include: Walnut Valley Equine will sell a What The Hill half-sister (Hip# 87) to World Champion BARN GIRL 1:52.3h ($860,478); Hickory Lane Horse Farm offers a full sister (#92) to IT'S ACADEMIC 3,1:53.4f ( $315,574); Rose Run Farm has an Uncle Peter half-sister (#177) to ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1h ($597,703); Spring Haven Farm offers a Fear The Dragon colt (#183) from full sister to DARLIN'S DELIGHT p,4,1:49.1 ($2,901,926), and many, many more. To register for the Ohio Selected Jug Sale, click here: https://cci.auction/orgs/79/auctions/1404 This is the 'last call' for prospective purchasers that intend to utilize this state of the art auction management platform, as buyers must register in advance of the sale. This system provides a secure and reliable bidding experience. The platform is user friendly for the buyer and simplifies sale registration. An auction is viewable on any mobile device, tablet or desktop. CCI.live was launched as a "first of its kind" live bidding and sale day management service that allows registered users to view, bid and buy livestock during traditional live auction formats, with an auctioneer. "This platform was not developed because of COVID concerns. We have been successfully enhancing auction sales for years," noted developer Christy Collins. And, the process is simple. Register, watch the auction and press the bid button. That's it. Rest assured this is a "phone bidding" application through the internet. The online platform CCI.live does not make settlement, or collect funds for horses, or charge a fee. As always, successful bidders will pay the sales office for their purchases. by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders  

Rock Hill, NY - With yearling season upon the harness racing industry, and many states still implementing COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, many horse owners and trainers will look to the world wide web for solutions to quarantine issues and alternatives to "being there." The sales companies and auctions have been forced to take the lead in this electronic leap of faith, placing their annual offerings on an online platform so that buyers can feel safe and secure while still participating and bidding on the horse sale. This has been no simple task, as many horsemen and women still want to inspect horses in person. To aid in this process, many top consignors and agents have added inspection videos with walking and conformation shots to their paddock action videos. However, the key to online bidding success may not rest solely with the end user's browser and speed of web connection, but also the platform in which the sale in presented. The Ohio Selected Jug Sale has aligned itself with one of the pioneers in online bidding management, CCI.live, which is owned and operated by longtime auction expert Christy Collins. Christy Collins was born and raised near Frederick, Oklahoma on a family farming and cattle business that has been in operation since 1903. "I grew up watching my mother put together sale catalogs at the kitchen table, and I remember having to sit at the side of the picture pen, when I was little, watching them take the sale photos for the annual production sales. My job on sale day was to be on my horse and wave to the people when they came up the drive." Today, Christy continues to represent and market livestock all over the United States, primarily through her bidding platform, which successfully partners with dozens of auctions each month. "We are not originally computer people. We understand the auction business as well as breeding stock because we are also the owners and operators of a cattle farm," Collins noted. "This platform was born out of the necessity of phone bidding and the exponential growth of our industry. We just could not hire enough people to work the phone lines during the auction, so we built this platform to meet the increased demand." Having invested considerable time and resources into the project, in September 2017, CCI.live was launched as a "first of its kind" live bidding and sale day management service that allows registered users to view, bid and buy livestock during traditional live auction formats, with an auctioneer. "This platform was not developed because of COVID concerns. We have been successfully enhancing auction sales for years." This system provides a secure and reliable bidding experience. The platform is user friendly for the buyer and simplifies sale registration. An auction is viewable on any mobile device, tablet or desktop. "We have created a system that is state of the art with the fastest capabilities, backed by the knowledge that I have accrued over the past 20 years in the business," stated owner and developer, Christy Collins. "I created this system, primarily to be of benefit, not only for the buyer, but also for the sale managers and the sellers. This new application will simplify auction day sale management by a large degree. It will help sale companies, buyers and breeders alike. It has taken several years, but we have finally created the perfect auction day management tool!" This is not a 'flash'-based app, but a website driven platform that works seamlessly on any device. In fact, over 80 percent of users are utilizing mobile phones. "Bidding and driving is not recommended," Collins adds. "Not only is that dangerous, but the necessity of a strong, consistent internet connection is key." And, the process is simple. Register, watch the auction and press the bid button. That's it. "The audio and video of the auction is as close to real time as you can get, operating at a latency speed in the milliseconds on the asking price. There is less than a 3 second delay in most instances." But, along with a sound and robust bidding platform, the user must also have their technological affairs in order. "First time online buyers may assume this is like an EBay sale...they may not realize that it is live. It is no different than sitting on the bleachers at the sale. They must act quickly." Collins stated. "Be sure to register early, and remember your user name and password." "And don't let children hold the phone while the auction is in progress." Savvy bidders will want to check their devices and connectivity early to ensure that they are comfortable with how bids are entered and ultimately accepted. But that is only half the battle, as your web browser could have a dramatic effect upon your connectivity. "The browser battle has been raging almost as long as the internet has existed," according to Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine's lead analyst for software and web applications. Chrome dominates this landscape hands down, and claims nearly 70 percent of the browser market. Safari is the "go-to" browser within iOS (Apple) products, and can handle these online platforms seamlessly. Mozilla Firefox is quite capable, and had led the pack within the open source browser market. Microsoft Edge has practically replaced Internet Explorer, which is already antiquated with the sun setting on legacy support shortly. In all these instances it is imperative to ensure that whatever browser you are comfortable with, that the software is up-to-date with the latest version available. Simply put, this is a "phone bidding" application through the internet. CCI.live does not collect any money. All the successful bidders must settle with the sales office. To register for the Ohio Selected Jug Sale, click here:  by Chris Tully for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders  

Lima, OH - Cool Winds Farm is proud to announce that the stud book for harness racing World Champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907) is full and closed for the 2020 breeding season. Extremely pleased with the interest shown in the horse's inaugural season, co-owner Mark Weaver stated, "It is a great feeling to see Dancin Yankee receive the response he did in Ohio. To be able to assemble 140 mares is also a testament to the superb job Randy and Kim Haines have done. Cool Winds Farm has been fantastic! Thank you to everyone who supported him!" A perpetual iron-horse with 80 lifetime wins, as well as a fan favorite, the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser earned over $115,000 in each of the last nine of his ten racing seasons. Perhaps the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, Dancin Yankee recently eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings in 2019. Stallion manager and farm owner Randy Haines was also delighted over the horse's accomplishments, noting "Buckeye State breeders really embraced Dancin Yankee. He was as consistent and strong in the breeding shed, as he was on the racetrack. We bred several of our own mares to him, and look forward to raising and selling his foals in 2022." "We would also like to thank the breeders for choosing Dancing Yankee. During this difficult time, we are grateful for everyone that continued to support harness racing, as well as Standardbred breeding farms," Haines said. Still the fastest older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, Dancin Yankee defeated both Foiled Again and Heston Blue Chip in a world record 1:48.4h, winning the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga in 2014 at age six. He banked $509,140 that season, also setting a world record of 1:47.2f at Pocono and the $100,000 Sun Stakes Invitational in 1:47.3f. He is the first foal from the 100%-producing Cambest mare Dancewiththebest p,4,1:54.4f, she a half-sister to seven sub-1:54 multiple-stakes winners, including Marty Party p,2,1:51.2f ($684,603) and The Lunch Pail p,3,1:51.3 ($503,629). Dancin Yankee is also a three-quarter brother in blood to recent Breeders Crown champion Dancin Lou p,3,1:48.3 ($578,359) and four other sub-1:54 stakes winning performers. Dancin Yankee stood for an introductory stud fee of $2,500, at Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio. by Chris Tully for Cool Winds Farm

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, had his first two foals arrive in New York this past week. The first foal ever to be sired by In The Arsenal arrived late in the evening on Wednesday, February 19, a colt out of the ultra tough racemare Natural Woman N p,1:52f ($570,886). The handsome and strapping young lad was foaled at Crawford Farms of Durhamville, NY. The second In The Arsenal foal arrived the very next day, born on Thursday, February 20. This foal was a beautiful filly out of the impeccably bred and 100% producing mare Docdor Valentia. She a Western Hanover daughter of World Champion & Hall of Fame mare Eternal Camnation p,1:49.2 ($3,748,574). The filly was foaled out at Pine Hill Stables of Cohocton, NY. Standing his second season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York, In The Arsenal's stud fee remains at $2,500. Returning breeders from 2019, whose mares produced a live foal in 2020 by In The Arsenal, will be eligible to book the same mare, or another mare, at a discounted rate of $2,000. In addition, at the conclusion of the 2020 breeding season, the syndicate will hold a Facebook live drawing to pick one successful breeder where the stud fee will be free for one lucky person, drawn by lot. In The Arsenal earned $1,035,898 racing against some of the fastest pacers on the planet, capturing 18 wins lifetime, finding victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Well-known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. In The Arsenal was then immersed in one of the toughest group of 3-year-old pacing colts in recent memory. Not only was he born the same year as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but In The Arsenal also competed against Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate  

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the 8-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, will stand his second harness racing season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York. His stud fee remains at $2,500. Returning breeders from 2019, whose mares produced a live foal in 2020 by In The Arsenal, will be eligible to book the same mare, or another mare, at a discounted rate of $2,000. In addition, at the conclusion of the 2020 breeding season, the syndicate will hold a Facebook live drawing to pick one successful breeder where the stud fee will be free for one lucky person, drawn by lot. In The Arsenal earned $1,035,898 racing against some of the fastest pacers on the planet, capturing 18 wins lifetime, finding victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Well-known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. In The Arsenal was then immersed in one of the toughest group of 3-year-old pacing colts in recent memory. Not only was he born the same year as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but In The Arsenal also competed against Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. Several weeks prior he won an elim. and Final of the Art Rooney at Yonkers, his elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk, as well as a div. of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in October. Despite locking bridles with some of the gamest individuals of the decade, In The Arsenal still finished the season with over half a million in earnings and was 1-2-3 in 11 of 17 starts in 2015, with 7 wins. From the multiple stakes winning mare LADYOTRA p,2,1:53.2 ($115,627), her production and immediate family is loaded with speed and money winners. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate  

Goshen, NY - A few seats still remain for the Monticello - Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association's 61st annual awards banquet, featuring Mickey Burke as the apex harness racing honoree. The banquet takes place on Sunday, December 15 at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY Banquet chairman Shawn Wiles noted, "We have enjoyed one our greatest responses in recent memory, bolstered largely in part to this year's deserving and popular slate of honorees." With 150 tickets sold, so far, we have been fortunate enough to add another table to the banquet hall set up. The schedule for this year's festivities is as follows: Doors Open with a Cocktail Hour and Open Bar starting at 6 p.m. Banquet seating begins at 7 p.m. with the horse awards being presented. Dinner served at 8 p.m., followed by the primary honorees being presented their individual awards. The activities of the Monticello-Goshen chapter, largely through advertising sales and banquet participation, have allowed the organization to make generous annual donations to both the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, as well as Goshen Historic Track. In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Breeders Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Tickets for the gala event are still available and can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com, or contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. by Chris Tully, for Monticello-Goshen USHWA  

Goshen, NY - When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable will receive the Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award for their continued commitment to breeding Standardbred race horses in the State of New York. Probably best known as a prominent horse owner and philanthropist, Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable was also one of the leading breeders in the lucrative New York Sire Stakes program this season. Although she ranks fourteenth in the standings, Purple Haze bred just one participant in this year's program and ranks ninth in earnings for breeders with four or less starters. It was her home-bred Chaptiama 2,1:56h-'19 ($182,235), a World Champion 2-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven from the Credit Winner mare Crediama, that put breeder Purple Haze Stables in the NYSS spotlight. Setting a world mark at Saratoga while winning a $76,750 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer, the freshman trotter had eight seasonal starts, with 2 wins, 4 seconds and a third, racing exclusively in New York. Finishing a hard-charging second in the $225,000 NYSS final from post 7 at Batavia, Chaptiana completed the season as the second leading money-winning 2-year-old male trotter in the Empire State. Perhaps overshadowed somewhat by owner Purple Haze Stables' other Standardbred stars, like Breeders Crown champion Winndevie 3,1:53 ($787,682), the breeding arm of the operation is in good company with other successful NYSS small breeders such as Anders Strom's Courant AB, Jeff Gural's Little E, Stefan Balazsi's Order By Stable and Joie De Vie Farm. A resident of Fairport, NY, Polisseni owns over 100 Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds and has previously owned many hundreds more. She has also bred nearly 50 harness horses. It is this close connection to the animals that prompted Polisseni to establish several racehorse adoption and aftercare programs and facilities. Her latest project is the Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program (PHSAP) which sits on a beautiful 100+ acre farm in Oxford, NY that is being outfitted to accept retired New York-bred Harness Horses exclusively. A loyal owner and an avid fan of harness racing, Polisseni is working hard to ensure that racehorses have a safe haven once their competitive days are over. Never one to seek accolades, she quietly goes about her days making life better for those that may not be able to stand up for themselves. She is also the co-founder of the Polisseni Foundation, which is a humanitarian association that assists organizations and groups in meeting community needs and improving the quality of life in the areas of education, human services and civic improvement within Upstate New York. As a breeder, Wanda Polisseni can honestly say that she cares for racehorses from start to finish. In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Just a few days remain to place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully immediately at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA    

Meet and treat horses in their stalls and have your child's photo taken with Santa, courtesy of Goshen Historic Track! There will also be hay rides around the harness racing track, vendors, crafts for kids and a story time with Mrs. Claus and the Elves. The Boy Scouts will be selling wreaths.   And, there will be plenty of hot cider and hot chocolate will be on hand to keep you in good holiday spirits!   And, that's not all as Goshen Historic Track has teamed up with the Goshen Champber of Commerce in providing even more special events as part of the Goshen Holiday Experience.   The Goshen Holiday Experience will also feature these fun-filled activities!   Burke Catholic High School will host its 7th Annual Christmas Boutique & 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Jingle Jog and Santa Stroll. Enjoy food trucks, Christmas tree sales and over 40 vendors! Register with Catholic Charities to be a part of its 5th Annual Goshen Christmas House Tour. Don't miss the self-guided, inside tours of beautifully decorated homes in the village and surrounding area! For more information and ticket registration online go to cccsos.org. $40 for pre-registration (credit card option available online). $45 on the day of. Tickets can be purchased day of at the Harness Racing Museum at 12:00pm. 1:00 to 4:00pm. Goshen Historic Track and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce will feature photos with Santa, hay rides, story time with Mrs. Claus and so much more! See above. Visit the Goshen Music Hall to view Goshen Art League's Toy Land exhibit and Christmas Tree. At 4:30pm everyone will gather in the Village Square for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, courtesy of Illuminate Goshen. Download Flyer For Details   For more information call: (845) 294-7741   From the Goshen Holiday Experience

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