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The first of five opportunities this year for fans to submit their own Top 10 poll arrives following this weekend's stakes action, highlighted by the Pepsi North America Cup card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fans can submit their Top 10 rankings beginning at 12:01 a.m. (EDT) Monday (June 18), by emailing HarnessTop10@gmail.com. Voting will close at 5 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday (June 19). A total of 35 submissions will be selected randomly and points will be tabulated in the same manner as the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Submitted polls must include the fan's first and last names to be accepted. Rankings submitted as attachments will not be accepted. The results of the inaugural Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Fan Poll will be announced Wednesday (June 20), the day after the regular media rankings are released. Names of fan voters will not be revealed with the poll, but fans whose rankings are selected will be notified via email. Fans are encouraged to share their rankings and the poll on social media. Other weeks for fan voting will follow the Meadowlands Pace, Hambletonian Day, Kentucky Futurity Day, and the Breeders Crown. To view the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

No changes in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 3 top ten list. ank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc Won Dan Patch Award & Valley Victory in 1:53.3, owns a mark of 1:52.4, fifth [1:55] in a Big M qualifier May 19 on sloppy track, rallied in :27 to win a Big M qualifier in 1:53.3 on June 2 2 Met’s Hall Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy, Inc. Andy Miller Stable, Inc. 1:52.4 Grand Circuit winner @ Red Mile & runner up in Breeders Crown, Team Orange Crush on board in last two Hambos, first qualifier was a fifth [1:55.3] behind Fourth Dimension on June 2 3 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena Chapter Seven colt set a Canadian record of 1:52.4 in William Wellwood Memorial, won two Mohawk qualifiers on May 14 [1:57.4] & May 21 [1:55.4], did not qualify/race last two weeks 4 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband Peter Haughton Memorial winner in 1:54.2, second in the Wm. Wellwood, has won three Big M qualifiers in 1:54.1, 1:55.3 on sloppy track & 1:53.2 on May 26, did not race last week 5 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg NYSS champion @ two kicked off his 3YO season with three straight wins @ Vernon Downs, 1:53.1, 1:52.1 and a track record 1:51.2 in the EBC Final on May 28, did not race last week 6 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc Son of Andover Hall & stablemate to Fourth Dimension rallied to win PASS division in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs on May 26 in only his sixth career start, did not race last week 7 Captain Morgan Christian Lind, Staffan Lind, Lind Racing Stable, Bender Sweden Inc, Roy Holth, KemppiSuojalampi Stable Cantab Hall colt won his first two starts this season, including a PASS division in 1:54.1 in the slop @ The Meadows, then was second [1:52] to Evaluate on May 26, did not race last week 8 Samo Different Day Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners Second in the Peter Haughton, third in Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, second in the Matron Final, second [1:53.4] in a qualifier on May 26, did not qualify/race week 9 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Upset stablemate Samo Different Day to win Matron Stake in 1:55.3 & second in the Valley Victory Final, won his second qualifier in 1:54 on May 19 & did not qualify/race last two weeks 10 Moosonee Christopher Beaver, Winterbeary Farm Ltd. Explosive Matter gelding kicked off his 3YO season winning a PASS division in 1:54 @ The Meadows, then finished second to You Know You Do @ Pocono Downs on May 26, did not race last week, post four in first division of Currier & Ives @ The Meadows on June 6     KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/05 Dexter Cup Fhld Lindy’s Big Bang Nifty Norman Dave Miller DON Perlucky 1:56.1 05/11 NYSS VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Voss Volo CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 05/11 NYSS VD Helpisontheway Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick Clive Bigsby VIC’S WINNER 1:55 05/11 NYSS VD DON Julie Miller Andy Miller CLASSICHAP Seven Iron 1:54.3 05/18 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Deshawn Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:56.2 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Helpisontheway CLASSICHAP 1:52.1 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD Seven Iron Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick On The Ropes Voss Volo 1:54.2 05/19 PASS Mea What’s The Word Janice Conner Corey Callahan HILL STREET DAWSON SPRINGS 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea CAPTAIN MORGAN Staffan Lind Christian Lind EVALUATE Im Your Captain 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman FASHIONWOODCHOPPER GEMOLOGIST 1:54 05/19 PASS Mea Donatover Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer CRYSTAL FASHION MISSLE HILL 1:54.4 05/25 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 05/26 PASS PcD EVALUATE Marcus Melander Corey Callahan CAPTAIN MORGAN Make It A Double 1:51.4 05/26 PASS PcD YOU KNOW YOU DO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras MOOSONEE Scirocco Rob 1:53.2 05/26 PASS PcD Whats The Word Janice Connor Corey Callahan HILL STREET Donatover 1:53.2 05/28 E. Breeders Final VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUTHWIND CHROME Clive Bigsby 1:51.2 06/01 NJSS Final M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4  

The Meadowlands and the Hambletonian Society are teaming up to present the "Own A Horse - Hambletonian Edition." Registration opens Friday, June 1 and runs through June 30. On Sunday, July 1, twenty-five contestants will be selected and paired with a likely Hambletonian Heat participant. The contestant that is paired with the colt or filly that wins the 2018 Hambletonian Final will win $5,000! Over $4,000 was given away in Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's May Own a Horse Contest. Five of the 10 contestants came out to the Meadowlands to watch their horse in person and brought friends and family with them. Montalbano Bi provided the most lucrative payout for one of his "owners" Michele Grusser, who walked away with $692. "This was really fun, I had a great time," said Grusser, of Edgewater, NJ. "I have told a lot of people about this wonderful promotion." Full Own A Horse - Hambletonian Edition rules and information can be found at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/index.aspx?id=13546 by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the Breeders Crown series, will raise the purses of the four freshman divisions of the Breeders Crown races to $600,000 each for 2018, making them the richest harness racing events for 2-year-olds of each gender and gait in the country. All 12 year-end Championship events will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Given the Society's longstanding mission to support and promote the breeding of Standardbred horses and in a continued effort to address the issue of declining foal crops, an immediate boost to 2-year-old purses will benefit breeders, owners and yearling buyers. "This will be the fourth straight year we've been able to bump the 2-year-old Breeders Crown purses to $600, 000," said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society. "With the spike in February and March payments we want to give owners an immediate return on their investment in young horses. Eliminations for 2-year-old races will be held Friday, Oct. 19, while 3-year-old and older eliminations will be held Oct. 20. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted the Breeders Crown events in 2010 and 2013, setting new handle and attendance records each year. The complete purse schedule for the Breeders Crown is as follows Harness Racing’s Championship Series Presented by The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Twelve Events • $6 Million Estimated in Purses  Saturday, October 27 $600,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT $600,000 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE $600,000 2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT $600,000 2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE $500,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT $500,000 3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE $500,000 3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT $500,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE $400,000 BREEDERS CROWN PACE $250,000 MARE PACE  $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN TROT $250,000 MARE TROT  

Cranbury, NJ... March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society harness racing stake events are due Thursday, March 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Friday, March 16. The Hambletonian Society services 132 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The website Hambletonian.org contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For additional information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211 or email davidJanes@hambletonian.org. March 2018 2-Year-Old Payments Due Delvin Miller Adios (and Adioo Volo Filly Division) Arden Downs Stakes Breeders Crown Cane Pace (and Shady Daisy) Currier & Ives Trot (and Filly Trot) Dexter Cup (and Lady Suffolk Trot) The Elevation Fox Stake Hambletonian (and Hambletonian Oaks) Hoosier Stakes The Horseman Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Filly Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies) Keystone Classics Landmark Stakes Early Closer Liberty Bell Early Closer Madison County Matron Series Messenger Stakes (and Lady Maud) Progress Pace W. N. Reynolds Memorial Early Closer Art Rooney Pace (and Lismore Filly Division) John Simpson Memorial Early Closer Tompkins Memorial & Geers Early Closer Ralph Wilfong Yonkers Trot 3-Year-Old Payments Due Breeders Crown The Carl Erskine Circle City Courageous Lady Filly Pace Jenna's Beach Boy Keystone Classics Landmark Stakes Early Closer Liberty Bell Early Closer Matron Series Monument Circle Pegasus Series Early Closer W. N. Reynolds Memorial Early Closer John Simpson Memorial Early Closer The Crossroads of America The USS Indianapolis Memorial Tompkins Memorial & Geers Early Closer Open Payments Due Battle of Lake Erie Breeders Crown Centaur Stakes Cleveland Trotting Classic Dan Patch Dayton Derby Trot and Pace Hoosier Park Pacing Derby (previously the Indiana Pacing Derby) Miami Valley Distaff Moira Fanning

Moira Fanning, Director of Publicity and Event Operations for the Hambletonian Society, has been named COO by the executive committee of the harness racing Society, effective immediately. Fanning has been with the Society since 1988 and will take over many of the administrative duties performed by former president and CEO Tom Charters. Earlier this year Charters announced his retirement and the board elected John Campbell, the sports leading money winning driver to succeed him as president. "This is a well-deserved promotion for Moira," said Campbell. "She has been a tremendous asset for the Society for many years and her professionalism, talent and commitment are unparalleled in our industry. It has been a pleasure working with and learning from her these last few months and I feel fortunate we will be working together for the foreseeable future." In addition, David Janes, who has been the staking assistant and IT Manager for the past year has been promoted to Stakes Manager, replacing the recently retired Callie Davies-Gooch. He will be responsible for the staking arm of the Society, which currently services 131 important stakes, closers and events across North America. Janes has been with the Society since 2009 and recently completed his B.A. in Information Technology and Informatics from Rutgers. He has gained experience in all facets of the harness racing business through his involvement in the VIP Internet Stable, one of the most successful and long-running racehorse syndication partnerships, which his father, Tom Janes, co-manages with founder Ed O'Connor. The Hambletonian Society is a not-for-profit organization which supports and encourages the breeding of Standardbred horses by sponsoring and administering stakes and other special events in harness racing. The Society was founded in 1924 to organize the Hambletonian Stake, one of 37 races it currently owns. These races are some of the richest and most prestigious racing events across North America, held at 14 different racetracks, involving the processing of more than 54,108 individual payments totaling $12.3 million and responsible for the disbursement of more than $16.7 million in purses.  

Standardbred Canada has organized an industry-wide initiative to review the rules of racing in hopes to create a rule book for every harness racing jurisdiction to adopt and enforce. The initiative co chaired by Dan Gall, CEO/President of Standardbred Canada and Hambletonian Society President John Campbell, will conduct a detailed and comprehensive review of the rules of racing with input from all stakeholders.   The initial goal of this effort is to identify rules that should be clarified, modified or expanded to enhance uniform adoption and interpretation and to more accurately reflect contemporary racing conditions. The group will ultimately work to incorporate changes to existing rules and seek their adoption with provincial racing commissions. "Our members have been asking for uniformed rules across the country for years and this was demonstrated overwhelmingly in a recent Standarbed Canada online survey that was conducted this past spring. I believe that we have put together an incredibly strong, credible group of industry leaders that can make what some might describe a 'pipedream' a reality, and it all begins with a goal, a vision and a great team to make things happen," stated Gall.   "We should have universal rules throughout harness racing, throughout North America," says Campbell. "That is something I've felt quite strongly about for a long time. I don't believe some of our rules are worded as well as they could be. That can make it difficult for the judges to rule consistently. If the wording were made more concise and definitive, it would be easier for judges. The beneficiaries are twofold -- this will benefit the gamblers betting on our game across Canada as well as for the participants and judges. It will be better for all involved to get this accomplished," said Campbell. It's anticipated that there will be some review and revision of rules completed this autumn with the goal to be completed in 2018.   While every aspect of the rules of racing will be considered, the initial areas of scrutiny will be driver safety and fitness, fair start, recall and starting gate rules, horses coming out of a hole, causes of interference, and in the era where so much handle is generated by simulcast wagering, conduct of post parades. Members of the committee include; Regulators from all provincial jurisdictions including; Mike Brown (B.C.), Doug Fenske (Alta.), Doug Schneider (Sask.), Larry Huber(Man.), Brent Stone (Ont.), Marc Bergeron (Que.), Dr. Paul Hogan (Atlantic region), retired Hall of Fame Driver and SC Director Bill O'Donnell, Bill McLinchey(WEG/SC Director), Judge Roger DesRoches (P.E.I.), Driver Gerry Hudon (Alta.) along with co-Chairs John Campbell and Dan Gall. Communications Manager Darryl Kaplan will serve as the Standardbred Canada representative to assist in coordination and execution of our committee agendas. In addition, there will be two non-voting members; Dean Towers, representing horseplayers (NS), and a horseman to be determined. The first meeting of the Rules of Racing Committee is scheduled for September 29, 2017.   Darryl Kaplan Manager, Industry Communications and Business Development Standardbred Canada Editor, Trot Magazine 905-858-3077, ext. 241 dkaplan@standardbredcanada.ca

At the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Hambletonian Society held in Rutherford, NJ, in conjunction with the 92nd Hambletonian stakes, two new members were elected to the harness racing board. Ann Straatman of Lucan, Ontario and Linda Toscano of Freehold, New Jersey, were elected to serve on the board of the Hambletonian Society. Both have diverse and long-term involvement in harness racing, and are deeply invested in the future of the sport in North America. Straatman is the Reproduction Manager at Seelster Farms in Lucan, Ontario. With more than 20 years in this position, Straatman and members of the Van Bussel family are the third generation to manage Canada's largest and most successful breeding farm. Seelster Farms encompasses over 600 acres and stands eight of the sports top sires. The farm stood the breed-changing pacing stallion Camluck until his retirement in 2014. Camluck passed away the following year at age 28, leaving an extraordinary legacy of more than $214 million in purses won by his offspring. Straatman is also the current Sale Manager and President of the Forest City Yearling Sale, which Seelster owns in partnership. Straatman has been a Director of Standardbred Canada and was the Chair of the Breeders Committee. Toscano, a native of Brooklyn whose introduction to harness racing came through the metropolitan racetracks of Roosevelt and Yonkers, worked her way through the ranks to become one of the top trainers in the sport today. She was the first female trainer to win the Hambletonian, sending Market Share to victory in 2012. That same year she was voted Trainer of the Year, and another of her charges, Chapter Seven, was voted Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year honors. Toscano has tallied more than $46 million in purses since striking out on her own in 1984. Her first divisional champion was Giant Mermaid in 1995, but she has had multiple stake winners of both gaits, including the free-for-all pacer Jet Laag, who set a world record in 1999 and earned more than $1 million. Most recently her two-year-old trotter Walner was named champion of his division in 2016. "Both Ann and Linda can provide valuable insight to the board," said Hambletonian Society president John Campbell. "They have been long-time contributors to the sport in the most positive ways possible. We look forward to having them assist the Society in our mission." Other business of the meeting included approval of the conditions of Hambletonian No. 95, the stake for the Hambletonian and Oaks of 2020, and the 2021 Hambletonian Maturity. The Hambletonian Society is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. The Hambletonian Society services 131 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events at 14 different tracks, including harness racing's most prominent race, the Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters, a filly division, the Hambletonian Oaks, the Hambletonian Maturity, and the sport's championship series, the Breeders Crown. The organization was responsible for the disbursement of more than $14.8 million in purses last year. John Campbell is president of the Hambletonian Society and Jim Simpson chairs the executive committee.  

In addition to the race on the track, Hambletonian Day is a chance to salute harness racing champions of days gone by. This year, the trotters will be led to the post by four-time Hambletonian winning driver Mike Lachance. Lachance, 66, is now retired, but he won the race four times, between 1994 and 2003. He's fourth on the all-time money winning list with $190 million and 10, 422 victories. Lachance will also present the trophy to the winning driver of the Hambletonian. Lachance will be driving the four-year-old trotter, Chukkar, owned by the Arden Homestead Stable and Janice Connor. Chukkar will be competing in the Hambletonian Amateur Drivers race on Friday at The Meadowlands with Peter Gerry driving. Chukkar will be pulling a high wheel sulky from the collection of the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, N.Y. The Miller High Wheel Cart #1 was produced in about 1903. At the time of production, the manufacturer characterized it as, "in a class by itself." Jim Campbell, who trained 1995 Hambletonian winner Tagliabue, will present the trophy to the winning trainer of this year's Hambletonian champ. Sylvia Hovde, who cared for 2009 Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill, will present to the winning caretaker. Substituting for William Mulligan, breeder of the 2016 Hambletonian winner, Marion Marauder, will be the manager of Mulligan's Marion Farms, Lynda Barnhart. Barnhart will present the trophy to the person who bred this year's Hambletonian winner. From the Hambletonian Society      

Freehold, NJ --- Meadowlands Pace winner Huntsville moved to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while harness racing stakes-winners Walner and Agent Q joined the Top 10. Huntsville rose from fourth in last week’s rankings to sit behind idle No. 1 Fear The Dragon. Hannelore Hanover, who won a division of the Miss Versatility on Saturday, remained third while Delvin Miller Memorial division winner Ariana G moved up a spot to fourth. Lady Shadow, who lost for the first time when she finished second to Nike Franco N in the Golden Girls, dropped from second to fifth. Walner makes his first appearance in the Top 10, at No. 6, after winning a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial in a stakes-record 1:50.2. Hambletonian Maturity winner Marion Marauder jumped three places to No. 7 while Mistletoe Shalee winner Agent Q takes the 10th spot. 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 Fear The Dragon (24) 3pc 8-7-1-0 $711,953 313 1 2 Huntsville (5) 3pc 7-5-2-0 $614,341 269 4 3 Hannelore Hanover (4) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $161,138 266 3 4 Ariana G 3tf 5-4-0-1 $193,872 200 5 5 Lady Shadow 6pm 6-5-1-0 $328,235 179 2 6 Walner (2) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $83,615 175 -- 7 Marion Marauder 4th 4-3-0-1 $372,717 162 10 8 Downbytheseaside 3pc 8-5-1-1 $498,906 121 7 9 Crazy Wow 5th 6-3-3-0 $324,000 77 6 10 Agent Q 3pf 8-5-2-0 $379,124 40 -- Also: Keystone Velocity (38); Resolve (17); Devious Man (15); Nike Franco N (12); Long Tom (11); Mach It So (7); Sintra (6); International Moni (5); Emoticon Hanover, Tuonoblu Rex (4); Beckhams Z Tam, Holy Trout, Mossdale Conner N, Obrigado (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

East Rutherford, NJ -- The earlier release regarding OOC testing incorrectly included the Hambletonian Maturity among the stakes addressed. That race is administered by the Hambletonian Society and the entrants to it are subject to testing per the conditions of that race.   The revised statement is below;   The Meadowlands has announced that all horses entered in the following stakes; Graduate Finals Trot & Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial will be required to be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 3 and be made available for Out Of Competition testing as requested.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at (877) 782-5130 to disclose where each horse will be stabled from July 3 until the stakes have been raced.   A requirement of a similiar time frame will be made for horses racing in those stakes surrounding and on Hambletonian Day, August 5. Further details will be released as they become available.   Nick Salvi  

Harness racing yearling nominations for all races serviced by the Hambletonian Society are due Monday, May 15. Payments for foals of 2016 to be nominated to any stakes events administered by the Society should be postmarked no later than midnight on Tuesday, May 16. This is the most important eligibility payment for those events that do not allow supplements, including the $1 million Hambletonian to be raced in 2019 at the Meadowlands. 2017 Races with a May 15 sustaining payment are also listed below. For more information or to obtain nomination forms, call 609-371-2211 or visit us on the web at www.hambletonian.com. May 15 Sustaining Payments May 15 Sustaining Payments Breeders Crown Cleveland Trotting Classic Supplement Courageous Lady Supplement The Elevation Fox Stake  Hoosier Stakes 2YO Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies) Landmark Stakes 2YO  Keystone Classics 2YO  Liberty Bell Early Closer 2YO Matron Series 2YO W.N. Reynolds Memorial Early Closer 2YO   John Simpson Memorial Early Closer 2YO Ralph Wilfong Horsemen 2CT The Spirit of Massachusetts 3YO & Older Trotters Tompkins Memorial & Geers Early Closer 2YO May 15 Yearling Payments Delvin Miller Adios (and Adioo Volo Filly Division) Arden Downs Stakes Breeders Crown Cane Pace (and Shady Daisy) Currier & Ives Trot (and Filly Trot) Dexter Cup (and Lady Suffolk Trot) Fox Stake Hambletonian (Hambletonian Oaks & Maturity) Hoosier Stakes The Horseman´╗┐ Messenger Stakes (and Lady Maud) Progress Pace Art Rooney Pace (and Lismore Filly Division) Ralph Wilfong Horseman Stake (for 2YO Trotters) Yonkers Trot Delaware (OH) Grand Circuit Yearling Nomination Payments Due Owners are reminded that the yearling nomination payments for the Delaware (OH) Grand Circuit events for foals of 2016 (to be raced in 2019) are due May 15, 2017. The nomination fees are as follows: Little Brown Jug #74 and Jugette #49                      $50.00 Old Oaken Buckete #67 and Buckette #67            $25.00 Make checks payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. For the latest news, information and nomination forms, please visit the Little Brown Jug website: www.littlebrownjug.com. Ohio Breeders Championship Stallion Subscriptions Due Ohio stallion owners are reminded that the stallion subscriptions for the Ohio Breeders Championship are due May 15, 2017. Payment of the stallion subscription will allow foals of 2016 by stallions registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission to establish eligibility for his foals to compete in the OBC championship events. This year’s payment will cover foals of 2016 to be raced at the Delaware County Fair as two-year-olds in 2018 and three-year-olds in 2019. Last season the Ohio Breeders Championships raced for a combined $871,000 during Little Brown Jug week. The 2017 subscription fee is one half of the stud fee charged in the year of conception (2015), minimum of $300.  Payments must be sent to: Delaware County Fair, Attn: Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. For a complete set of rules and a subscription form, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com under the racing tab.

Cranbury, NJ... April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society harness racing stake events are due Saturday, April 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, April 17. Payments mailed from Canada must be postmarked by midnight Tuesday, April 18, as Monday is a legal holiday in Canada with no postal service. Due at this time is the first nomination payment for the inaugural $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot, to be raced July 28 at Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, Massachusetts. The remaining payments due on April 15 are those races with previous payments in March. Eligibility lists for races with final payments in February or March of this year have been posted on the website. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is available online at www.hambletonian.org. For additional information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. April 15, 2017   Breeders Crown Battle of Lake Erie Supplement The Carl Erskine (was Oliver Trot) 3-year-olds The Elevation 2-year-old Pacing Colts Dayton Derby 4 & Older Jenna's Beach Boy Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Filly Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies) Madison County 2-year-olds (was Circle City) Matron Series (2-year-olds) Matron Series (3-year-olds) Miami Valley Distaff Monument Circle 3-year-olds The Spirit of Massachusetts 3YO & Older Trotters  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The $6,000,000+ Breeders Crown Championship series of stakes, the annual year-end arbiter of the top horses in every harness racing division ("It all comes down to the Breeders Crown"), will be returning to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono during the 2018 racing season, the third time the all-star extravaganza will be hosted by The Downs, following 2010 and 2013.   The announcement was made during the season-opening press conference/luncheon held in the Pocono clubhouse in the early afternoon Monday, a couple of days after Saturday's start to 2017 racing was delayed by last week's midweek snowstorm - the trotters and pacers will start racing over Pocono's red clay oval tomorrow night (Tuesday), at 6:30 p.m.   For video of the live announcement click here.    The Breeders Crown Championships are administered by the Hambletonian Society, which itself is currently undergoing a major change - John Campbell, harness racing's leading alltime moneywinning driver with earnings approaching $300 million, will be assuming the duties of president and chief executive officer of the Society, as Tom Charters, who has been in charge of the Breeders Crowns since their inception in 1984 and Hambletonian Society CEO since 1998, will be easing into well-deserved retirement during the last part of the season.   "John called me after we announced that the Breeders Crown was going to Pocono in 2010," Charters recalled. "He said, 'Tom, you must get criticized for some of the things you do and that the Society does. But I will assure you that no one will ever say a word about the Breeders Crowns going to Pocono.' I've been looking forward to the races returning here since we raced here in 2013, and I'm thrilled that Pocono will again be the host in 2018."   Joining Campbell, Charters, and Hambletonian Society Director of Event Operations Moira Fanning in the announcement were Tony Carlucci, president and general manager of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and Dale Rapson, Mohgean Sun/Pocono VP/Racing Operations; Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association president Sam Beegle; and Jim Simpson, squire of Hanover Shoe Farms and representing the breeders of Pennsylvania.   The two previous Breeders Crowns visits to the 5/8-mile speedy mountain oval attracted over 17,000 improvers of the breed to Pocono, and total all-sources wagering, inside and out of the state, reached over $8 million. The 2013 edition won a special award from the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association as "The Greatest Night in Pennsylvania Harness Racing History."

Harness racing's living legend and youngest person every inducted into the Hall of Fame, John Campbell, was the special guest after the first intermission of the Devil's hockey game Sunday afternoon on MSG Network.  John talked about racing and then skipping over to watch a period of hockey and, of course, the news of his retirement from racing to take over as President and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. To view his interview click here. 

John Campbell, a Hambletonian Society director since 1992 and harness racing's leading money-winning driver of all time, was recently elected president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Society in a unanimous vote of the board of directors at the winter board meeting held March 12 in Boca Raton, Florida. He replaces current president Tom Charters effective July 1, 2017. Campbell will fulfill his driving commitments through June of this year.  "I want to thank the Hambletonian Society for their support and confidence in this new and exciting opportunity," said Campbell. "It is a challenge that I am looking forward to. "I would also like to thank and commend Tom Charters for all his years of service. I have worked with Tom on various projects over the years and have tremendous respect for his opinion and passion for harness racing. I have sought his advice many times over the years and will continue to do so moving forward. "He has worked tirelessly for the betterment of our sport, many times in the background, not receiving the credit that was his due," Campbell emphasized. "Going forward, I will be reaching out to all facets of our industry, encouraging them to make decisions that are in the best interest of our sport. We have our issues and problems, no question, but I believe very strongly that from a betting and entertainment point of view our sport can be relevant and attractive." Tom Charters, the current president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, had informed the board last August of his intent to cut back on his schedule. He will step down as president, a position he has held since 1998. He will remain on staff through the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park in October and on the Society board as a director. The Hambletonian Society is a not-for-profit organization which supports and encourages the breeding of Standardbred horses by sponsoring and administering stakes and other special events in harness racing. The Society was founded in 1924 to organize the Hambletonian Stake, one of 37 races it currently owns, and one of the 131 stakes events it oversees. These races are some of the richest and most prestigious racing events across North America, held at 14 different racetracks, involving the processing of more than 51,700 individual payments totaling $11.6 million and responsible for the disbursement of more than $14.8 million in purses. No active driver or jockey has amassed more purse money than John Campbell. His career earnings top $299 million from more than 10,600 victories in his four decades of driving. He has led all North American drivers in earnings 16 times and has won every major race in the sport - including a record six Hambletonians - at least once. His remarkable career on the racetrack saw him elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1990 at age 35, the youngest person so honored and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1987. He was voted Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award Winner in 2012; voted U.S. Harness Writers Driver of the Year in 2006 and W. R. Haughton Good Guy in 2002; the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service To Youth honoree in 2003; awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his commitment to harness racing by the Governor General of Canada in 2000 and is president of the Grand Circuit and a director of the Little Brown Jug Society. Charters was originally hired by the Society in 1984 to guide the newly created Breeders Crown championship series. "I am proud of what the Society has accomplished over the last three decades, especially in sponsoring the two preeminent events in harness racing, the $1 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown," said Charters. "I believe this is the perfect opportunity for the Society. John's accomplishments on the race track are beyond compare and his knowledge and broad grasp of the traditions of the sport and the current day challenges of the industry will be of enormous benefit to the Society. "I look forward to continuing to work with John, as he has provided valuable counsel in past matters, and his leadership qualities and the industry-wide respect he commands represent make him a unique choice for the Society. "The timing is right," concluded Charters. by Moira Fanning for the Hambletonian Society  

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