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A Celebration of Life  is planned for Mary Lou Dondarski, Assistant Treasurer of the Hambletonian Society. Mary Lou Dondarski, 74, of Jackson, NJ, passed away after a brief illness, Thursday, Nov. 8 at Centrastate Hospital in Freehold, NJ. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Dondarski was an accomplished artist, a skilled racing operations manager, and a creative force dedicated to preserving and enhancing harness racing history. Her friends and family are invited to join in a memorial celebration of her life on Dec. 8, from 1-4 p.m. at the American Hotel, 18 E Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728. Without her contributions over the past 30 years, the Dan Patch Museum in Savage, Minnesota, the Round Barn/Stable of Memories in Lexington, Kentucky, the Greyhound exhibit at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, New York, and the offices of the Hambletonian Society would be lacking in their scope and depth of harness racing history. Ms. Dondarski began her career in harness racing when she transitioned from a local insurance office to the stable, working as a groom for entrepreneur and horse owner Bill Brooks and the Benny Webster Stable. She cared for open pacer Afella Rainbow (p, 4, 1:55.4M, $323,860) among many others in the late '70s. She then returned "frontside," working in the race office at Freehold Raceway, at Los Alamitos Racecourse and at the Daily Racing Form before being hired at the Hambletonian Society in New Jersey in 1993, where she remained until her passing. She was also the assistant race secretary for the NJ Sire Stakes Fair program when New Jersey-breds had a flourishing state-bred program. Though she started as an accounts payable manager, there was very little that she didn't help expedite or execute at the Society, from stakes payments to sponsorships. She was a detailed and thorough financial manager, but what she loved the most and was perhaps best recognized for was her tremendous creativity. "I know it's said that nobody is irreplaceable," said Tom Charters, former president of the Hambletonian Society. "But the precision, talent and imagination that Mary Lou brought to the Society over the past 25 years may be just that - irreplaceable. She never failed to surprise us and we will miss her dearly." One of her most popular projects was the Hambletonian buttons, which she started designing in 1998. Months before the race she took the list of Hambo eligibles and pored over clip art and illustrations to create buttons specific to each horse that might enter the race. They were an instant tradition, and can be seen in every Hambletonian winner circle photo through 2018, adorning owners and fans lapel pins. An accomplished equine artist, Ms. Dondarski's portraits were highly sought after, and grace the walls of racetracks and homes of Hall of Famers as well as those who were simply fans of her portraits of champion Standardbreds, favorite racehorses, pets and glimpses of all facets of racetrack life. She was also an expert and dogged collector, spending weekends scouring flea markets and auctions for memorabilia, and when a fledgling site for collectors called Ebay.com was created, Ms. Dondarski quickly had the internet at her mercy. Once she set her sights on a genre, harness racing postcards, or advertising, or cigar box labels, buttons, or matchbooks, she would soon have a museum quality collection. Legendary Hall of Fame horses Dan Patch and Greyhound were her favorites, and her beautifully decorated office at the Hambletonian Society resembled a mini-museum of two of the most famous harness horses in history. Ms. Dondarski was a seemingly endless source of unique donations and often offered her own paintings for every charity auction, horse rescue group, museum event, fundraiser, retirement ceremony or any important event that followed her life's work of supporting harness racing or marking harness racing's historical importance. For her selfless and benevolent efforts, she was recognized by the U.S. Harness Writers in 2006 with the sport's LeeAnne Pooler Memorial Unsung Hero award; in 2013 with a President's Award for support of the organization; and again as one of only 50 honorary USHWA members inducted since the organization was started in 1947 an honor that comprises 20 Hall of Famers past and present such as John Campbell, Delvin Miller, E. Roland Harriman and George Morton Levy. Despite failing health that made everyday tasks difficult, Ms. Dondarski spent her last weeks assembling and shipping a large collection of memorabilia and art to the Round Barn in Lexington, KY, for their Fall Stable of Memories fundraiser. She cherished her vacations in Lexington, and felt a personal responsibility to preserve the legacy and history of the Round Barn. She is survived by sons Anthony Dias, (and granddaughters Morgan, Jessica and Courtney Dias), Raymond Dias (and grandsons Quentin and Jake) and William "BJ" Richards and was preceded in death by her son Kevin Dias. Mary Lou will be sorely missed by her family, many friends and large network of passionate and like-minded collectors. Ms. Dondarski did not like the limelight and never sought credit or attention for her many, many acts of kindness and benevolence. Nonetheless her harness racing family is determined to honor her memory with sadness but mostly joy for having known her. Please join us at the American Hotel in Freehold, NJ on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1-4:00pm. All those who knew her, or were the recipient of her unending largesse, or simply appreciate harness racing history, are welcome to attend. Donations can be made to her favorite causes: Stable of Memories PO Box 11073 Lexington KY 40512-1073 Or Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame 240 Main Street Goshen, NY 10924 by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

For the second straight week there are no changes in the Top Ten Poll. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/20/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (27) 7ph 18-11-3-2 $1,403,864 341 1 2 Shartin N (6) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 309 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 249 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 222 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 191 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 141 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 20-10-5-1 $1,244,612 96 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 14-11-1-1 $1,075,648 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 68 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 59 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 53; Warrawee Ubeaut 39; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight 14; Marion Marauder 12; Crystal Fashion 9; Lather Up 8; Captain Crunch 5; Emoticon Hanover, Met’s Hall 4; Plunge Blue Chip 2; Pure Country 1.    

Hightstown, NJ — None of the horses in the harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll’s Top 10 were in action last week. Seven-year-old pacing stallion McWicked, the year’s richest horse with $1.39 million in purses, continues in the top spot and had 26 first-place votes. Shartin N is in second place and picked up seven first-place votes. They remaining two first-place votes went to Woodside Charm, who ranks fourth overall behind Atlanta. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 25 – 11/13/2018 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7ph 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 1 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 246 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 4i 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 183 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 141 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 19-10-5-1 $1,229,112 95 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 68 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 67 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 59; Warrawee Ubeaut 39; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight, Marion Marauder 12; Lather Up 11; Captain Crunch, Crystal Fashion, Emoticon Hanover 7; Met’s Hall 6; Plunge Blue Chip 3; Caviart Ally 2; Foiled Again, Lily Stride 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Mary Lou Dondarski, the longtime office manager at The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, died early Thursday morning, Nov. 8. She was 74. Prior to her working for the Hambletonian Society, Ms. Dondarski was a race office assistant at Freehold Raceway. In 2006, Ms. Dondarski received the Unsung Hero Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) for her behind-the-scenes role at the Hambletonian Society. She was also recognized by USHWA in 2013 with a President's Award from then-USHWA president Steve Wolf and was voted an Honorary Member of USHWA in 2014 -- an honor that had not been bestowed on anyone in the previous dozen year.  Ms. Dondarski had been in declining health for the past year and was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago. Fighting blood clots in her lungs and lymphoma—a disease she'd fought once and won, according to her son—she lost her battle shortly after midnight on Thursday. On Monday afternoon, Ms. Dondarski made the decision to end treatment, thus she was taken off the blood thinners and other medications, and place on a morphine drip for comfort. B.J. said he was with her Monday night when she fell asleep, and she never woke up. "Her life was a difficult one," said B.J. "She sacrificed and worked incredibly hard and made sure I always had anything I needed. She raised me single handedly and fostered everything that I loved and everything that I am today. She was my moral compass and she believed in me my entire life, even when I didn't always believe in myself. "And she did all that while being one of the most talented and creative artists I know, while championing the sport of harness racing while fighting to preserve its history and its future. She was a champion of progressive values and ideals." More details will be posted when available.

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 24 – 11/6/2018 There was no movement at all in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7phc 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 1 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 245 3 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 183 5 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 138 6 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 19-10-5-1 $1,229,112 98 7 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 80 8 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 70 9 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 68 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 58; Warrawee Ubeaut 40; Manchego 18; Jimmy Freight, Lather Up, Marion Marauder 12; Captain Crunch, Crystal Fashion, Emoticon Hanover 7; Met’s Hall 6; Plunge Blue Chip 3; Lily Stride 1.  

 The “Red Million” a new harness racing event for two-year-old trotters with a $100,000 buy-in and a $1 million pay-out will not be raced in 2019 due to a conflict in race scheduling. Owners of The Red Mile, The Hambletonian Society and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had jointly announced the new race would be the centerpiece of the richest day in Kentucky harness racing, riding the crest of a burgeoning breeding, racing and sales upswing in the Bluegrass State. The Red Mile Million is a new concept for harness racing with an innovative purse structure. It was seen as a natural accompaniment to the $2 million Kentucky Sire Stake finals in late September, bookending the Grand Circuit week of racing at Lexington’s Red Mile that features elite yearling sales and culminates with the final jewel of the trotting Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity. The event was embraced by local and state tourism officials, who heralding the continued growth of one of the state’s most valuable resources, the equine-driven economy. After several meetings on race dates, the Red Mile opted to race the Kentucky Sires Stake finals on Sept. 15, in order to avoid conflict with existing Grand Circuit and stakes races for those age groups on the North America stake calendar.   “Our owners and breeders have too much invested to be forced to choose between these rich opportunities for their stake colts and fillies that crowd the calendar near the end of the season,” said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society. “Though canceled for 2019 we will continue planning for this event until we get the best date and scenario for all the stakeholders involved.” by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

Hightstown, NJ —– For the first time this year, a male pacer or trotter is No. 1 in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Seven-year-old pacing stallion McWicked, fresh off his win in Saturday’s Breeders Crown Open Pace, moved from No. 2 to the top spot following No. 1 Atlanta’s second-place finish in her Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old female trotters. McWicked is the year’s richest horse, with $1.39 million in purses. Prior to this week, the No. 1 position was held by trotting mare Hannelore Hanover (weeks 1 through 10), Atlanta (weeks 11 through 16 and weeks 20 through 22) and 3-year-old filly trotter Manchego (weeks 17 through 19). Atlanta dropped to third in the rankings as Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner Shartin N moved from No. 3 to No. 2. Shartin N set the record for the richest season ever by a pacing mare with her victory. She has earned $968,361. Undefeated 2-year-old filly trotter Woodside Charm jumped from ninth to fourth following her Breeders Crown triumph. Kissin In The Sand, a parked-out second in the Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly pacers, rounded out the top five. Breeders Crown champs Gimpanzee (2-year-old male trotter), Dorsoduro Hanover (3-year-old male pacer) and Tactical Landing (3-year-old male trotter) were newcomers to the Top 10. The remaining two horses in the Top 10, Six Pack and Courtly Choice, did not race last weekend. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 – 10/30/2018 Rank Name (1st Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 McWicked (26) 7ph 17-10-3-2 $1,393,864 340 2 2 Shartin N (7) 5pm 23-18-1-0 $968,361 306 3 3 Atlanta 3tf 14-8-5-1 $1,017,278 243 1 4 Woodside Charm (2) 2tf 7-7-0-0 $521,658 214 9 5 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 15-10-5-0 $845,495 186 4 6 Gimpanzee 2tc 9-9-0-0 $591,358 120 — 7 Dorsoduro Hanover 3pg 18-10-4-1 $1,181,612 91 — 8 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 85 5 9 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 81 6 10 Tactical Landing 3tc 13-8-2-2 $642,800 67 — Also: Homicide Hunter 62; Warrawee Ubeaut 40; Manchego 23; Jimmy Freight, Marion Marauder 12; Crystal Fashion 10; Emoticon Hanover, Lather Up 9; Captain Crunch 7; Plunge Blue Chip, Stay Hungry 3; Lily Stride, Met’s Hall 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

The Breeders Crown Team Handicapping Contest on last Saturday's (Oct. 27) Breeders Crown championship card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was over before the half. When Garnet Barnsdale turned his total $360 in wagers on the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot (Race 7) into a cash of $2,895, it propelled Team Gallo Blue Chip to an easy victory. As a result, New Vocations will receive the first-place prize of $1,000 from the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, which sponsored the contest that included 12 of harness racing's top handicappers. The 12 players were divided into three teams of four members each, playing for three designated charities: Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations and Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Each team member handicapped three Crown finals. All wagers were mythical and players were limited to $100 maximum win or win/place combination, $100 maximum in total exacta wagers, and $120 maximum in total trifecta wagers. Barnsdale, the Woodbine Mohawk Park handicapper for DRF Harness, took full advantage of altering his selections when morning-line favorite Six Pack was an early scratch. While Barnsdale already had a $100 win bet on eventual champ Tactical Landing, he switched his exacta and trifecta selections and was able to nail both. While his win wager resulted in a cash of just $140, Barnsdale had a $100 straight exacta ticket that returned $1,250 and a $10 trifecta ticket that was worth $1,505. Barnsdale's total cash of $2,895 was actually more than each of the other two teams had in total. With teammates Gordon Waterstone cashing for a total of $1,158.50, Gabe Prewitt for $692.50, and Ellie Sarama for $578, Team Gallo Blue Chip's total cash was $5,324. Finishing second with a total of $2,730 and earning $500 for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation was Team Foiled Again, which consisted of Allan Schott, Dave Brower, Derick Giwner and Dave Weaver. Slightly more than half the team's bankroll came from Weaver, who was the only handicapper in the contest to cash in all three of his designated races. Weaver, a host on the TVG network, saw his biggest return come in the Open Pace, where he had a $50 place wager on Filibuster Hanover, the runner-up to McWicked, as well as a two-horse $50 exacta box and a $5 trifecta box that in all totaled $868.50 and brought his overall total to $1,403.50. Finishing third with a total of $2,346.90 and earning $250 for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation was Team Moni Maker, which consisted of Mark McKelvie, Megan Maccario, Michael Carter and Sally Hinckley. It was Hinckley, a longtime oddsmaker and handicapper, who led the team with a final bankroll of $1,522.50. Hinckley's biggest cash of $1,070 came in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, where she had a $50 place wager on Lather Up, who was second to Dorsoduro Hanover, and a $50 two-horse exacta box that returned $965. "Great job by all the Breeders Crown handicappers," said Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown COO Moira Fanning. "The 12 championships from The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono had a little something for everyone, from favorites to longshots. The Hambletonian Society is happy to sponsor this contest which results in real dollars for some very special charities --- Standardbred aftercare and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Thanks to all for the efforts." From the Breeders Crown

Hightstown, NJ --- Two-year-old filly trotter Woodside Charm moved into the Top 10 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while the top-three spots were unchanged ahead of Saturday’s Breeders Crown finals at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Woodside Charm is unbeaten in six races after her 12-1/2 length romp in her Breeders Crown harness racing elimination leg last week. Atlanta remained No. 1 following her Breeders Crown elimination victory, followed by idle No. 2 McWicked and No. 3 Shartin N, also a Breeders Crown elim winner. Courtly Choice, who finished sixth in his Breeders Crown elimination and is finished for the season, dropped from fourth to sixth. Kissin In The Sand, who was idle, and Breeders Crown elim winner Six Pack moved up. Manchego, Marion Marauder, and Crystal Fashion all lost Breeders Crown eliminations but advanced to their respective finals and remained in the Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (21) 3tf 13-8-4-1 $902,278 313 1 2 McWicked (8) 7ph 16-9-3-2 $1,178,864 298 2 3 Shartin N (3) 5pm 22-17-1-0 $833,361 262 3 4 Kissin In The Sand (2)   3pf 14-10-4-0 $730,495 203 5 5 Six Pack 3tc 13-10-1-1 $970,573 166 7 6 Courtly Choice    3pc 16-10-1-0 $910,603 164 4 7 Manchego 3tf 13-7-3-2 $658,994 144 6 8 Marion Marauder 5th 12-6-4-0 $596,680 83 8 9 Woodside Charm 2tf 6-6-0-0 $221,658 42 -- 10 Crystal Fashion 3tg 16-9-4-1 $1,029,867 40 9 Gimpanzee received 1 first-place vote by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Twelve of harness racing's top handicappers will be playing for charity on Saturday night (Oct. 27) in a unique contest on the 12 Breeders Crown championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest is sponsored by the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown with total prize money of $1,750 to be awarded to three designated charities. The 12 players have been divided into three teams of four members uignated charity. Second place is worth $500 and third place will earn $250. The teams and the designated charities they are playing for are: Foiled Again/Harness Horse Youth Foundation; Gallo Blue Chip/New Vocations; and Moni Maker/Standardbred Retirement Foundation. All team names honor past Breeders Crown champions, who are also the three richest North American-based horses of all-time. "The Hambletonian Society was proud to support the Grand Circuit Wagering Contest which was responsible for thousands of dollars raised for equine aftercare charities and is happy to be a part of the new format," said Hambletonian Society COO and director of publicity Moira Fanning. "The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest will help support these charities as well as encourage real wagering on the unprecedented 15 percent low takeout on all Breeders Crown wagers. "Good luck to all the new members of the #SenditinArmy." Each team member will handicap three races. All wagers are mythical and players for each race will be limited to $100 maximum win or win/place combination, $100 maximum in total exacta wagers, and $120 maximum in total trifecta wagers. The selections will be available via a press release sent out prior to Saturday night's finals, with the results announced on Monday, Oct. 29. Here are the teams, and the charity they will be playing for: Team Foiled Again, playing for Harness Horse Youth Foundation: Allan Schott-Seasoned handicapper who was the coordinator for the Horseplayer's Association of North America (HANA) Grand Circuit Handicapping Contest. Dave Brower-Race analyst and oddsmaker at the Meadowlands, host of nationally-televised Hambletonian broadcast. Derick Giwner-Editor of drf.com/harness, DRF Harness Weekend Newsletter and Harness Eye for Daily Racing Form. Dave Weaver-Announcer for TVG for nearly 20 years. He lived out his dream covering this year's Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian and his favorite Breeders Crown moment is Foiled Again winning the 2013 Open Pace. Team Gallo Blue Chip, playing for New Vocations: Ellie Sarama-Former host and handicapper at Meadowlands, Freehold and The Racing Network, as well as commentator for ESPN's Breeders Crown shows. Garnet Barnsdale-Veteran handicapper and harness reporter/writer currently working as the Mohawk Park public handicapper for DRF Harness. Won the HANA Grand Circuit Shootout charity handicapping contest in 2014. Gabe Prewitt-Announcer at Red Mile and Pompano Park as well as race analyst at Meadowlands. Gordon Waterstone-Communicators Hall of Famer, associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World, HarnessRacing Weekend Preview and harnessracing.com. Team Moni Maker, playing for Standardbred Retirement Foundation: Mark McKelvie-Communications director for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Megan Maccario-Featured contributor for Thoroughbred Insider, also participated in the HANA Grand Circuit contests. Michael Carter-The 2017 Breakthrough Award winner, social media and publicity coordinator for the USTA as well as co-host of Mike and Mike. Sally Hinckley-Oddsmaker and public handicapper for decades, won the 2015 HANA Grand Circuit contest. From the Breeders Crown

Cranbury, NJ --- Been there, done that. It could be the slogan for Saturday's (Oct. 20) Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-olds and older horses at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eleven former Breeders Crown champions will be in action Saturday, led by two-time winners Hannelore Hanover, Ariana G, and Pure Country. A 12th former champ -- McWicked, who claimed his trophy at age 3 in 2014 -- will advance directly to the Open Pace final because eliminations were unnecessary. Another winner from 2014, Pinkman, who was 2 when he captured his Crown, also is back for another try in the Open Trot. Completing the list of former champions are Broadway Donna, Call Me Queen Be, Emoticon Hanover, Fiftydallarbill, Manchego, Stay Hungry, and Youaremycandygirl. Ariana G, Broadway Donna, and Emoticon Hanover all are in the Mare Trot. The connections of trotting mare Hannelore Hanover opted to face the boys, as they did in 2017, in the Open Trot. The only other division with multiple previous champions is the Mare Pace, with Pure Country and Call Me Queen Be. Talent is not limited to past winners. Divisional money-leaders Atlanta, Courtly Choice, Crystal Fashion, Kissin In The Sand, Marion Marauder, and Shartin N also were among the 106 horses entered Tuesday for Saturday's eliminations. History's fastest trotter, Homicide Hunter, New Zealand's two-time Horse of the Year Lazarus N, and International Trot champion Cruzado Dela Noche add to the star power. Kissin In The Sand will not race Saturday. Her connections accepted a bye to advance directly to the final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Also accepting a bye were the connections of Baron Remy. One elimination will be contested, with the top seven finishers from a nine-horse field joining Kissin In The Sand and Baron Remy. Eliminations for 2-year-olds were drawn Monday and will be raced Friday. A total of 177 horses entered the Breeders Crown. Last year, the number of entries was 166. Post time for Friday and Saturday is 7 p.m. (EDT). All finals, with purses totaling $6 million, will be Saturday (Oct. 27) at Pocono. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for post positions one through five for the finals. The draw for the $421,000 Open Pace will be Tuesday. The eight-horse field for the final is All Bets Off, Dealt A Winner, Donttellmeagain, Filibuster Hanover, Lazarus N, McWicked, Rockin Ron, and Western Fame. Lazarus N was supplemented to the event for $50,000. Following is a look at Saturday's eliminations, which have purses of $25,000 apiece. 3-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING PACE Returning champion Stay Hungry leads a group of 20 horses. Stay Hungry will attempt to become the first male pacer since Artiscape in 1997 and 1998 to win a Breeders Crown at both ages 2 and 3. Stay Hungry's victories this year include the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes. Also in the elims are Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice, North America Cup champion Lather Up (a $62,500 supplemental entry), Adios winner Dorsoduro Hanover, Max C. Hempt Memorial champ Springsteen, Carl Milstein Memorial winner Thinkbig Dreambig, and Tattersalls division winners American History and Grand Teton. The top-three finishers from each elimination advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Thinkbig Dreambig-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 2-Ideal Feeling-Tim Tetrick-Michael Deters 3-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4-Cinnamack-David Miller-Brian Brown 5-Nutcracker Sweet-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 6-Springsteen-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 7-Hitman Hill-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Talbotcreekwhiskey-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Wes Delight-George Napolitano Jr.-Chris Oakes 3-American History-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 4-Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh 5-I'm A Big Deal-Brett Miller-Chris Ryder 6-Decoy-David Miller-Jimmy Takter 7-This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke Elimination Three PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Shnitzledosomethin-David Miller-Dylan Davis 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 3-Grand Teton-Andrew McCarthy-Jimmy Takter 4-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 5-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis 6-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Youaremycandygirl is the returning champion and will try to become the first female pacer since My Little Dragon in 2005 and 2006 to win a Breeders Crown at both ages 2 and 3. She won this year's Empire Breeders Classic and finished second to Kissin In The Sand in the James M. Lynch Memorial, Mistletoe Shalee, and a division of the Glen Garnsey. The connections of Youaremycandygirl and Jugette winner Alexa's Power both turned down the seasonal-earnings-based bye that went to Courageous Lady winner Baron Remy. The top-seven finishers from the single elimination advance to the final. Single Elimination PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Youaremycandygirl-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 2-Double A Mint-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-I'm Trigger Happy-Corey Callahan-Ross Croghan 4-Strong Opinion-Andrew McCarthy-Ron Burke 5-Alexa's Power-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 6-Percy Bluechip-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Solitary-Brett Miller-Nick Surick 8-Sidewalk Dancer-George Napolitano Jr.-Chris Oakes 9-Dance Blue-Andrew McCarthy-Nancy Johansson 3-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING TROT Fiftydallarbill is the returning champion and will try to become the first male trotter since Father Patrick in 2013 and 2014 to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2 and 3. His wins this season include the Indiana Sire Stakes final. Also entered were Canadian Trotting Classic and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial winner Crystal Fashion, Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial winner Met's Hall, and Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity winner Six Pack. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 2-You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Tactical Landing-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 4-Jula Downton-TBA-Susanne Kerwood 5-Lawmaker-Anthony MacDonald-Andrew Harris 6-Evaluate-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 7-Gemologist-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Six Pack-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2-Wolfgang-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Cruising In Style-Anthony MacDonald-Andrew Harris 4-Run Director-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 5-Fiftydallarbill-Brett Miller-Bill Crone 6-Crystal Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Manchego is the returning champion and will try to join stablemate Ariana G (2016-17) on the list of female trotters to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2 and 3. Her wins this year include the Hambletonian Oaks and Moni Maker Stakes. She is joined in this event by Hambletonian and Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Atlanta and Elegantimage winner Phaetosive. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Highland Dynamite-Simon Allard-Marty Fine 2-Looking For Zelda-Matt Kakaley-Norm Parker 3-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4-Courtney Hanover-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron 5-Top Expectations-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6-Impinktoo-Brian Sears-Ron Burke 7-Seviyorum-Andy Miller-Julie Miller Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Lily Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder 2-Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Atlanta-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron 4-Ciao Dolce-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 5-Supergirl Riley-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 6-Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer OPEN TROT Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year, is the defending champion and will try to become the first repeat winner of the Open Trot since Fool's Goal in 2002 and 2003. She also would become the first mare to win the event twice and her three Breeders Crown trophies would tie her with Grades Singing and Mack Lobell for the second most for a trotter. Peace Corps holds the record with four. Hannelore Hanover's wins this year include the Armbro Flight and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. Homicide Hunter, who trotted his world-record 1:48.4 mile in winning the Allerage Open Trot at Red Mile, joins Hannelore Hanover in the event along with multiple-stakes-winner and 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, Will Take Charge, Cruzado Dela Noche, and Pinkman. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2-Guardian Angel As-Matt Kakaley-Anette Lorentzon 3-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 4-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 5-Pinkman-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 6-Lindy The Great-David Miller-Domenico Cecere Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 2-Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-Dunbar Hall-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson 4-Homicide Hunter-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 5-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-Warrawee Roo-Dan Dube-Luc Blais MARE TROT Emoticon Hanover is the defending champion and will try to become the event's first repeat winner since Buck I St Pat in 2009 and 2010. Ariana G will try to become the first female trotter since Peace Corps (1988-89-90) to win a Breeders Crown at ages 2, 3 and 4. She would tie Grades Singing and Mack Lobell for the second-most trophies for a trotter. Peace Corps holds the record with four. Broadway Donna won her Breeders Crown in 2016 at age 3. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Emoticon Hanover-Dan Dube-Luc Blais 2-The Erm-Charlie Norris-Charlie Norris 3-Celebrity Ruth-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer 4-Charmed Life-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 6-Royal Witch-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 7-Ice Attraction-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Dream Together-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Broadway Donna-David Miller-Jim Campbell 3-Barn Bella-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedhammer 4-NF Happenstance-Jack Parker Jr.-Carol Jamieson-Parker 5-Caprice Hill-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 6-Pink Pistol-Tim Tetrick-Peter Shody MARE PACE Pure Country is the defending champion and will try to become first female pacer since Shelliscape in 2013 and 2014 to repeat as the event's winner. She also would join Jenna's Beach Boy, Eternal Camnation, and My Little Dragon as the only pacers to ever win three Crowns. Call Me Queen Be won her Breeders Crown in 2016 at the age of 3. Shartin N (a $31,250 supplemental entry) is the season's richest female pacer. Her wins include the Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty, Artiscape, and Blue Chip Matchmaker championship. The top-four finishers from each elimination plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings advance to the final. Elimination One PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Newborn Sassy-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 2-Agent Q-David Miller-Chris Oakes 3-Divas Image-Joe Bongiorno-Jennifer Bongiorno 4-Carol's Z Tam-Brian Sears-Jamie Macomber 5-Lakeisha Hall-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 6-Pure Country-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 7-Bettor's Up-Doug McNair-Scott McEneny 8-Call Me Queen Be-Eric Carlson-Ross Croghan Elimination Two PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Caviart Ally-Andrew McCarthy-Noel Daley 2-Nike Franco N-Matt Kakaley-Scott DiDomenico 3-Frost Damage Blues-Jody Jamieson-Kyle Caulfield 4-Tequila Monday-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 5-Twinkle-Scott Zeron-Ross Croghan 6-Blue Moon Stride-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder 7-Seventimesavirgin-Corey Callahan-Jimmy Nickerson 8-Shartin N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

There were no big changes in the Top Ten Poll this past week. But coming up this weekend will be the eliminations for the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. HambletonianoSociety/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 21 – 10/16/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (20) 3tf 12-7-4-1 $889,778 312 1 2 McWicked (8) 7ph 16-9-3-2 $1,178,864 297 2 3 Shartin N (1) 5pm 21-16-1-0 $820,861  246 3 4 Courtly Choice (3)   3pc 15-10-1-0 $910,603 209 4 5 Kissin In The Sand (2)  3pf 14-10-4-0 $730,495 193 5 6 Manchego (1) 3tf 12-7-3-1 $655,994 174 6 7 Six Pack 3tc 12-9-1-1 $958,073 131 8 8 Marion Marauder 5th 11-6-4-0 $594,680 108 7 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 15-9-4-1 $1,027,867 48 9 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 14-6-1-4 $759,967 43 10 Also: Homicide Hunter 29; Lather Up 26; Ariana G 24; Warrawee Ubeaut 11; Phaetosive 10; Jimmy Freight 9; Lazarus N 8; Plunge Blue Chip, Workin Ona Mystery 7; Green Manalishi S 6; Dorsoduro Hanover, Ice Attraction 5; Bit Of A Legend N 4; Met’s Hall, Stag Party 3; Hannelore Hanover 2; Cantab Fashion, Cruzado Dela Noche, Lionel, Will Take Charge, Woodside Charm 1. p 

Below are the Detention Barn rules and notes for the 2018 Breeders Crown at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. If you would like more information about the race itself, please visit us at our website here: https://www.hambletonian.com/2018-breeders-crown-information.html             Below are the Detention Barn rules and notes for the 2018 Breeders Crown at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. If you would like more information about the race itself, please visit us at our website here: https://www.hambletonian.com/2018-breeders-crown-information.html          

Hightstown, NJ --- Action at Red Mile resulted in shuffling of the rankings in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Manchego, who finished third in her Kentucky Filly Futurity elimination and did not return for the final, dropped from No. 1 to No. 6 after three weeks in the top spot. She was replaced by Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Atlanta, who had been No. 1 in the six weeks prior to Manchego’s ascent. McWicked, who paced the second-fastest race mile in history -- 1:46.2 -- to win the Allerage Farms Open Pace, moved from No. 6 to No. 2. Shartin N, who won the Allerage Farms Mare Pace, went from No. 4 to No. 3 while Courtly Choice dropped from second to fourth after a fifth-place finish in a division of the Tattersalls Pace. Kissin In The Sand, who won her division of the Glen Garnsey in 1:47.4, the third-fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly pacer, improved from No. 7 to No. 5. Six Pack, who won the Kentucky Futurity in 1:49.1, the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old trotter, was the only newcomer to the Top 10, entering the rankings at No. 8. Results last week for the remainder of the Top 10: Marion Marauder, idle; Crystal Fashion, third in Kentucky Futurity elimination and second in final; Stay Hungry, second in Tattersalls division. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 20 – 10/9/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Atlanta (20) 3tf 12-7-4-1 $889,778 311 3 2 McWicked (6) 7ph 15-8-3-2 $1,053,864 282 6 3 Shartin N (2) 5pm 21-16-1-0 $820,861 243 4 4 Courtly Choice (3)  3pc 15-10-1-0 $910,603 204 2 5 Kissin In The Sand (3) 3pf 14-10-4-0 $730,495 192 7 6 Manchego (1) 3tf 12-7-3-1 $655,994 185 1 7 Marion Marauder 5th 10-6-4-0 $544,680 131 5 8 Six Pack 3tc 12-9-1-1 $958,073 121 -- 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 15-9-4-1 $1,027,867 43 9 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 14-6-1-4 $759,967 41 8 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 19 – 10/2/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Manchego (22) 3tf 11-7-3-0 $650,234 326 1 2 Courtly Choice (11) 3pc 14-10-1-0 $899,353 311 2 3 Atlanta 3tf 10-6-3-1 $765,778 209 3 4 Shartin N 5pm 20-15-1-0 $771,611 195 4 5 Marion Marauder (1) 5th 10-6-4-0 $544,680 167 6 6 McWicked 7ph 14-7-3-2 $964,364 159 5 7 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 13-9-4-0 $673,620 149 7 8 Stay Hungry (1) 3pc 13-6-0-4 $703,717 79 10 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 13-9-3-0 $908,207 67 9 10 Lather Up 3pc 14-11-0-1 $768,612 57 8 Also: Ariana G 55; Phaetosive 35; Green Manalishi S 28; Lazarus N, Stag Party 16; Donttellmeagain 9; Met’s Hall 8; Gimpanzee, Six Pack 7; Caviart Ally 6; Hannelore Hanover 5; The Ice Dutchess 4; Captain Ahab, Plunge Blue Chip, Tall Drink Hanover, Will Take Charge 2; Dorsoduro Hanover, Only Take Cash 1.

The big move this past week is by Little Brown Jug winner, Courtly Choice, who jumps from #5 position to #2, moving Atlanta to #3.  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 18 – 9/25/2018 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Manchego (20) 3tf 11-7-3-0 $650,234 323 1 2 Courtly Choice (14) 3pc 14-10-1-0 $899,353 305 5 3 Atlanta 3tf 9-6-2-1 $759,233 234 2 4 Shartin N 5pm 20-15-1-0 $771,611 191 4 5 McWicked 7ph 13-7-3-1 $946,364 189 3 6 Marion Marauder (1) 5th 10-6-4-0 $544,680 175 8 7 Kissin In The Sand 3pf 12-8-4-0 $610,620 130 6 8 Lather Up 3pc 14-11-0-1 $768,612 79 7 9 Crystal Fashion 3tg 13-9-3-0 $908,207 65 10 10 Stay Hungry 3pc 12-5-0-4 $658,217 49 9 Also: Lazarus N (30); Green Manalishi S, Hannelore Hanover (23); Stag Party (20); Ariana G (15); Phaetosive (12); Six Pack (10); Caviart Ally, Gimpanzee (9); Plunge Blue Chip, Woodside Charm (7); The Ice Dutchess (4); Captain Ahab, Will Take Charge, Wisdom Tree (3); Met’s Hall, Tall Drink Hanover (2); Dorsoduro Hanover, Only Take Cash, Youaremycandygirl (1).  

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