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Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under retires from harness racing and begins his dual hemisphere stud career. Taylor Made Stallions announced today that international superstar Lazarus N, Q 1:48.3 - BT 1:46.3, New Zealand's greatest and most accomplished racehorse of all time, has been retired from racing and will start his North American stud career at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey for a North American fee of $10,000. Named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, three-year-old Pacer of the Year, four-year-old Pacer of the Year and five-year-old Pacer of the Year, as well as Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years, Lazarus N compiled an international race record of 51 starts, 37 wins 8 seconds 4 thirds 2 unplaced races with lifetime career earnings of $4,125,988 in true racing dollars (no conversions), making him the richest standardbred stallion in history to stand at stud anywhere in the world.  A multiple Stakes Winner at 2,  the precocious Lazarus N flashed his brilliance as a juvenile winning 6 times from 8 starts, pacing the fastest 2 year old mile ever down under in 1:52.4 with a final quarter 25.1. Bred on Australasia's golden cross, being by breed-defining stallion Bettor's Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare, Lazarus has eight crosses to Meadow Skipper in his five generation pedigree similar to Sweet Lou, McWicked, Foiled Again and Anndrovette. Noted pedigree expert Bob Marks commented, “Lazarus has an All American pedigree, for all intents and purposes he could have been bred and foaled in North America. Given his precocity and All American pedigree, there is no reason to conclude that he won’t perform like a great American stallion, and represent the logical extender of the Cam Fella line.” Lazarus N was a 15 time Group 1 winner, establishing 5 track records in New Zealand and another 3 records in Australia. Sent to race in North America, Lazarus N won the $325,000 Dan Patch in his North American stakes debut.  The mile went in 1:48.4. His next US stakes victory would come in the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby where he paced the mile in 1:48.4. The Dan Patch Perhaps his greatest performance on US soil came at the Red Mile. The mighty Lazarus N, parked the entire mile much of it without cover finished in 1:46.3 while gaining at the wire. This made believers of those in attendance of his extraordinary talent. Lazarus N's trainer, Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter stated in an interview with Michael Guerin, "His (Lazarus N's) official time, if you were to have it on him, he did break the world record,” (as Yannick Gingras was forced wide and to check while going for the lead at the first turn). “This is just a great, great horse. I urge breeders to breed their top mares to him,” added Takter. "We were so fortunate to have raced such an extraordinary talent as Lazarus,” said Duncan Taylor. “We are extremely pleased that he is standing at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. His sire Bettors Delight has truly been a breed shaper and a renewable annuity. Our expectations are that Lazarus will follow in his sire’s footprint." Mike Gulotta CEO of Deo Volente Farms added “Lazarus N is arriving in New Jersey at the beginning of our renaissance. Both the legalization of sports betting and the expected financial support from our State Government will result in a revitalization of Standardbred racing in this State and a positive environment for Lazarus N. Just as Lazarus was raised from the dead, so too will New Jersey Racing”  Shares in Lazarus N are now becoming available at the rate of $50,000 per share with payment options.  Share owners will be entitled to two breedings per year in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 with one breeding per year thereafter.  Additionally, North American shareholders will share in Southern Hemisphere revenues. Contact Deo Volente Farms for details.

Cream Ridge, NJ - The New Zealand harness racing sensation, Lazarus N, will stand stud in 2019 in the USA, and his owner Duncan Taylor has generously donation a share to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). The share will sell at the Harrisburg Sale on Thursday, November 8th.   Lazarus N is the richest Standardbred of all time from New Zealand and holds seven track records at various distances. He was New Zealand's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2106 and 2017, and is that nation's defending Horse of the Year. He has earnings that top $4 Million.   Duncan Taylor, CEO of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions has been involved with horses most of his life, and is also a partner in California Chrome. Lazarus N was trained by Mark Purdon while in New Zealand, then Jimmy Takter in the U.S., and Ernie Martinez is the man who brought them all together.   "The Wonder from Down Under" will stand at Deo Volente farm. Coincidentally, the SRF story began because of a New Zealand horse, Nadala, who was owned by one of SRF's Founders.   "The SRF, its supporters and friends are most appreciative of this generous gift," said the Executive Director and co-founder Judith Bokman. "This wonderful gift could not have come at a better time in the history of the organization. We have 388 trotters and pacers under our expense. It's a monumental task to meet their needs, and more and more people are reaching out to us because of the program's unique way to protect each horse so no horse is ever at risk again. Funding the program has been the SRF's greatest struggle for 29 years."   For further information please contact SRF at (609) 738-3255 or via email at SrfHorsesandKids@gmail.com. Visit our website at AdoptaHorse.org.      

On Friday (November 2) it was announced that star New Zealand harness racing pacer Lazarus will stand stud in 2019. The announcement was jointly made by the stallion's owner, Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms. The "Wonder from Down Under" will stand in New Jersey at Deo Volente Farms. The richest pacing stallion in Australasian harness racing history, Lazarus (Bettors Delight-Bethany) had a record of 2-3-0 in six North American starts. He retires with a lifetime summary of 37-8-4 from 51 starts and more than $3.1 million in earnings.   Further details as to stud fee and syndication information will be announced as they become available.

McWicked, harness racing's richest horse this year, drew post No. 3 for Saturday's $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace and was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite while Cruzado Dela Noche drew post No. 6 for Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot and was also tabbed as the 5-2 morning-line choice. Draws for the Open Pace and Open Trot were conducted Tuesday at Wisecrackers at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The draws for the remaining 10 championship events were held last weekend following the eliminations. All 12 Breeders Crown championships, with $6.4 million in total purses, will be raced Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Post time is 5:30 p.m. (EDT) for the first race. The Open Pace was the only Breeders Crown division that did not require eliminations. Joining McWicked are Filibuster Hanover (post one), Lazarus N (post two), Western Fame (post four), Rockin Ron (post five), Dontellmeagain (post six), All Bets Off (post seven), and Dealt A Winner (post eight). Lazarus N was supplemented for $50,000. McWicked, who won a Breeders Crown at age 3 in 2014, is the sport's top money-earner this season with $1.17 million in purses. He has won nine of 16 races for trainer Casie Coleman and owner Ed James' S S G Stables. He enters the Open Pace off wins in the Dan Rooney Invitational Pace at Yonkers on Oct. 13 and the Allerage Farms Open at Red Mile on Oct. 6. He paced 1:46.2, the second-fastest race mile in history, to defeat Lazarus N by three-quarters of a length in the Allerage. Other wins for McWicked this year include the Ben Franklin Pace on June 30 at Pocono, the William R. Haughton Memorial on July 14 at The Meadowlands, and the Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Everything seems good with him," Coleman said. "I trained him on Saturday and he was awesome. He's sharp, sound, healthy. I'm very happy we didn't go elims and I got to give him a week off to freshen him up." Lazarus N, who was scratched sick from the Dan Rooney Invitational, is looking for a win in the Breeders Crown so he can earn an invite to next month's TVG Series championship. New Zealand's two-time Horse of the Year has two wins and three seconds since arriving in the U.S. in May. Jimmy Takter, who has won a record 33 Breeders Crown finals, trains the 6-year-old stallion for owner Taylor Made Stallions. For his career, the son of Bettor's Delight-Bethany has won 37 of 50 races and $3.06 million. "He feels very sharp," Takter said. "His blood work has been going in the right direction, so he should be all right. The Breeders Crown was my goal the whole year, but I didn't count on him being sick after Lexington. I'd like to have another start in him, but he feels really good. "This is one of the more interesting races on the card, I think. People love to see these horses." In the Open Trot, elimination winners drew for posts one through five. Guardian Angel AS will start from post three and Top Flight Angel from post four. The remainder of the field is Pinkman (post one), Dunbar Hall (post two), Homicide Hunter (post five), Warrawee Roo (post seven), Will Take Charge (post eight), and Marion Marauder (post nine). Morning-line favorite Cruzado Dela Noche, a 6-year-old stallion, raced in the U.S. at ages 2 and 3 before going to Europe. He returned to the U.S. this summer and in his first start back won the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Oct. 13. He finished third in his Breeders Crown elimination. "He raced very well," trainer Marcus Melander said about the elim. "He was first up and it was a pretty slow first half. He'll be good next week. We'll take off his shoes next week and he will step up a little bit. Normally he is a better horse if we can take the shoes off. With a good draw I'm very confident in him." Cruzado Dela Noche, a son of Muscle Massive out of Alidade, is owned by Anders Ström's Courant stable. He has won 15 of 57 career races and $1.20 million. Homicide Hunter, a 6-year-old gelding, is the fastest trotter in harness racing history thanks to his 1:48.4 win in the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Oct. 6 at Red Mile. The previous fastest trotting mile was 1:49 set by Sebastian K at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 2014. The Chris Oakes-trained Homicide Hunter, a son of Mr Cantab-Evening Prayer, has won 38 of 77 career starts and $1.46 million. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing. McWicked, Pinkman chase history Only once in history has a horse won a second Breeders Crown trophy four years after winning his first. Two horses, though, could accomplish the feat Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Seven-year-old pacer McWicked and 6-year-old trotter Pinkman will try to join Wesgate Crown as the only multiple Breeders Crown champions with a gap of more than three years between their first and second titles. Wesgate Crown, a trotter enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, won at age 2 in 1993 and again at age 6 in 1997. McWicked, who won his Breeders Crown at age 3 in 2014, will start Saturday's $430,000 Open Pace from post three in a field of eight. Pinkman, who also won his Breeders Crown in 2014, will start the $500,000 Open Trot from post one in a field of nine. Pinkman finished second in his elimination, which was won by Guardian Angel AS. McWicked is the sport's top money-earner this season with $1.17 million in purses. He has won nine of 16 races for trainer Casie Coleman and owner Ed James' S S G Stables. He enters the Open Pace off wins in the Dan Rooney Invitational Pace at Yonkers on Oct. 13 and the Allerage Farms Open at Red Mile on Oct. 6. He paced in 1:46.2, the second-fastest race mile in history, to defeat Lazarus N by three-quarters of a length in the Allerage. Other wins for McWicked this year include the Ben Franklin Pace on June 30 at Pocono, the William R. Haughton Memorial on July 14 at the Meadowlands, and the Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. McWicked was winless in a combined 14 races at ages 4 and 5 because of breathing issues and multiple throat surgeries. He has won $1.73 million since then, pushing his career earnings to $3.50 million. A son of McArdle out of Western Sahara, he has won 31 of 90 lifetime starts. With a victory Saturday, McWicked would join 2012 champion Bettor Sweet and 2013 champion Foiled Again as the only Open Pace winners older than age 6. "I don't know what there is to be said; everybody that's watched him race knows what he is," Coleman said. "I couldn't be any happier with the horse. He's never thrown in a clunker. Every time he goes behind the gate he gives me everything he's got. Even when he's had a few bad posts and a few bad trips he does all he can do. "You wouldn't know he's 7 years old, that's for sure." Pinkman, trained by Jimmy Takter, was Trotter of the Year at age 3 in 2015 when his wins included the Hambletonian. He, like McWicked, has suffered from chronic throat and breathing issues requiring multiple surgeries. He has won only twice since turning age 4, but earned $241,312 during that time. One of his victories came in a Group 2 event in Sweden. For his career, the son of Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster has won 19 of 53 career races and earned $2.70 million for owners Christina Takter, brothers John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. "He's been racing really good, he just hasn't had luck with post positions," Takter said. "Mentally, it gets hard on a horse. He just needs to get his confidence up a little there. I was really proud of his performance (in his elimination). The track was maybe a little hard for him. He races so much better barefoot and the track was a little tough for him. He might be a little bit better on Saturday. "You don't make $2.7 million if you're average," he added. "He's a warrior." Below are the draws for the Breeders Crown Open Pace and Open Trot. $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Filibuster Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4/1 2-Lazarus N-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-3/1 3-McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-5/2 4-Western Fame-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-6/1 5-Rockin Ron-Chris Page-Ron Burke-12/1 6-Donttellmeagain-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-9/2 7-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 8-Dealt A Winner-David Miller-Mark Silva-15/1 $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Pinkman-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-10/1 2-Dunbar Hall-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-20/1 3-Guardian Angel AS-Matt Kakaley-Anette Lorentzon-5/1 4-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-6/1 5-Homicide Hunter-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes-3/1 6-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-5/2 7-Warrawee Roo-Dan Dube-Luc Blais-12/1 8-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis-15/1 9-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-4/1 by Ken Weingartner, for 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

Cranbury, NJ --- With many divisions still in flux as to year-end honors, the connections of three of the top pacers in their respective groups each supplemented to their Breeder Crown event. The Breeders Crown Open events attracted the richest female pacer, 5-year-old mare Shartin N, whose 16 wins in 21 starts and bankroll of $820,861 made the $31,250 supplemental payment an easy decision for co-owners Richard Poillucci and Jo-Ann Looney-King. Jo-Ann's husband, Jimmy King Jr. trains the imported daughter of New Zealand stallion Tintin In America-Bagdarin. Another Down Under sensation, Lazarus N, was supplemented to the $400,000 Crown Open Pace to the tune of $50,000. The racing world has enjoyed heavyweight match ups featuring Lazarus N and McWicked, but Lazarus was scratched sick from their last meeting in Saturday's Dan Rooney Invitational by trainer Jimmy Taker to ensure he was in top form for the Crown. Lazarus N, owned by Taylor Made Stallions, has banked $400,245 in North America this year, with a two wins and three seconds in just five starts on this continent. Combined with his New Zealand earnings, he's made $689,861 for a hefty $3 million lifetime. Gary and Barbara Iles homebred sophomore pacing colt Lather Up emerged as the early season sensation, blasting a 1:48.1 mile in his North America Cup victory back in June. Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by Montrell Teague, Lather Up's consistent performance on the racetrack has resulted in a 14-11-0-1 slate and $768,612 in earnings. Regular entries for 3-year-old and up trotters and pacers are due by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Pocono Downs race office. Two-year-old entries closed at 9:00 a.m. Monday and you can see the fields here: http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absolutenm/templates/article.aspx?articleid=82909&zoneid=1 The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races, if needed, this Friday and Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eliminations for all 2-year-old events will be raced on Friday [post time 7:00 p.m.] and eliminations for all 3-year-old and up events will be Saturday [post time 7:00 p.m.]. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. There will be an industry-wide low 15% takeout on all wagers on all three nights of Crown competition. The $6 million Breeders Crown finals will be raced on Saturday, October 27, with an early post time of 5:30 p.m. [EDT] For more information go to www.Hambowletonian.com by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter has confirmed that Lazarus has been scratched sick from the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon. “He started coughing yesterday and continued today,” Takter said. “I was not going to take any chances of hurting him. Now we can make sure he is OK for the Breeders Crown.” Lazarus was to start from post six and rival McWicked drew inside of him (post 2) for their fifth battle. The score now is tied 2-2. The two horses should battle once again in the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 8, 2018--Post positions have been drawn for Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 13th) pair of Yonkers Raceway $250,000 Invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot and Dan Rooney Pace (program pages accompany). The card will also feature the rivalry of McWicked and Lazarus battling again. The Harry Harvey goes as the seventh race (post time 3:10 PM), immediately before the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. Both are 10-horse fields (eight on the gate, two in the second tier) carded at the mile-and-a-quarter distance. Here's the field for the Harvey..1-Warrawee Roo (Dan Dube), 2-Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller), 3-Guardian Angel AS (Matt Kakaley), 4-In Secret (George Brennan), 5-Yes Mickey (Jason Bartlett), 6-Gruden (Tim Tetrick), 7- NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.), 8-Sortie (Trond Smedshammer), 9-DW's NY Yank (Yannick Gingras), 10-Homidice Hunter (Brian Sears). The Rooney, going the penultimate 11th race (post time 5 PM), drew out as such..1-Nuclear Dragon (Tetrick), 2-McWicked (Sears), 3-Endeavor (Tetrick also listed), 4-Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton), 5-Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno), 6-Lazarus N (Gingras), 7-Mach it So (Bartlett), 8-Always at My Place (Brennan). Saturday's race schedule... Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open Trot (1¼ miles) Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot (1¼ miles) Race 11 - 5 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 12 - 5:20 PM The 40th International Trot is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9th) at a midtown luncheon. A reminder that races 7 and 8 are part of a special all-stakes Pick 4 with Belmont Park (Pebbles and Floral Park). Races 7 through 10 are simulcast to the French-hubbed audience. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

LEXINGTON, KY--Kiwi harness racing sensation turned North American phenomenon Lazarus N will make his fifth start in the west of the Atlantic when he faces nine challengers in the $179,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace, sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds, on Saturday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. A six-year-old stallion by Bettor's Delight, Lazarus N shipped to trainer Jimmy Takter towards the end of May. He paced his first mile on American soil in a qualifier at the Meadowlands on July 28, going in 1:48.3 with a :25.3 final quarter. He has since won the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational and $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and finished second in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and a $26,180 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Taylor Made Stallions, a thoroughbred consignment, purchased Lazarus N in early May from trainer Mark Purdon with the intent of lowering Always B Miki's 1:46 world record, established in the Allerage at The Red Mile in 2016, in the same race as his stablemate. The winner of 37 races in 49 starts and over $3 million in earnings races from post five with Yannick Gingras in the bike. Will Take Charge, off an eighth-place finish in the $150,000 Dayton Trotting Derby after losing stride, leads the field of seven racing in the $145,000 What The Hill Allerage Farms Trot, sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural. A winner of nine races from 20 starts this season and 21 from 70 overall, the Jeff Gillis-trained five-year-old gelding by Kadabra has earned $840,866 for owner Mac Nichol. Tim Tetrick, who steered Will Take Charge to a second-place finish in the $286,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial and a 1:51.2 four-length victory in the $186,000 Crawford Farms Trot, will sit in the bike from post three. Wisdom Tree, entering off a 1:53.2 victory in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes final, fronts the opening division of the $225,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farms, from post four with Matt Kakaley in the bike for owner-trainer Jeff Cullipher and co-owner Thomas Pollack. Winning 11 races from 14 starts this year, including a lifetime-best 1:49.4 win in the $142,000 Nadia Lobell at Hoosier Park, the three-year-old filly by Betterthancheddar has earned $447,445. The big three sophomore pacing fillies, Youaremycandygirl, Kissin In The Sand and Alexa's Power, congregate in the other split of the Garnsey. In their last meetup, Youaremycandygirl, a millionaire filly by American Ideal trained by Ron Burke for owner William Donovan, won by a nose in the $96,600 Shady Daisy on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. Youaremycandygirl will make her first start since breaking in the $230,700 Jugette, won by Alexa's Power, and will start from post four with Yannick Gingras behind. Kissin In The Sand won the lone split of the Bluegrass filly pace as the 1-9 favorite under wraps in the 1:50 mile. The Nancy Johansson-trained filly by Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables, was second to Youaremycandygirl in the Shady Daisy but outfinished her when Shower Play stormed home to take the $114,757 Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 8. Scott Zeron gets the drive from post six behind the winner of 16 races in 27 starts and $904,795 in earnings. Alexa's Power, third by a neck in the Shady Daisy, races from post seven with Tim Tetrick driving for owners Jeff and Michael Snyder and trainer Jim Campbell. The Somebeachsomewhere filly, with nine wins from 16 starts this season and 12 from 29 overall, as amassed $520,545 in earnings and enters off a 1:51.2 win as the favorite in the Jugette. Freshman pacing colts occupy most of the Saturday program with five divisions of the $312,000 Captaintreacherous International Stallion Stakes (ISS), sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, on tap. Brian Brown's undefeated Captaintreacherous colt Workin Ona Mystery goes for his fifth-consecutive win when starting from post eight in the opening division. Racing for James Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and Wingfield Brothers LLC, Workin Ona Mystery enters off a two-and-a-half length 1:50.3 victory in his division of the Bluegrass, which pushed him towards $70,000 in earnings. Tim Tetrick sits at the reins. Runner-up to Stag Party in the $685,300 Metro Pace, Semi Tough ships to Lexington and starts from post one in the second ISS split. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stable, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, the colt by Somebeachsomewhere has only one win to his credit from eight starts--a 1:51.1 win in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes--and $264,464 in earnings. Matt Kakaley will drive. Formerly-undefeated Captain Ahab, handed his first loss with a last-place finish in the Metro Pace, returns to the track in the third ISS division, starting from post six with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. The Tony Alagna-trained colt by Captaintreacherous entered the Metro unbeaten in seven starts, with wins including a $70,938 division of the Nassagaweya, a $53,982 division of the Champlain and his Metro Pace elimination, all good for over $100,000 in earnings. He races for owners Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Vincent Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. Losing as the 1-9 favorite in his Bluegrass division, Proof comes back to Lexington in the fourth ISS division. A winner of five races in eight starts, the Brian Brown-trained A Rocknroll Dance colt has accrued $278,495 in earnings mostly on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes circuit--including from his 1:51 upset in the $253,000 championship. David Miller gets the drive for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Covered Bridge leads the final ISS split after shooting off cover in his Bluegrass division and pacing home in :25.4 to post a lifetime-best 1:52 victory. Competing for owners David Smith and James Giannuzzi, the Jessica Okusko-trained American Ideal gelding has three wins overall from 11 starts and $116,259 in earnings. David Miller will sit in the sulky from post four. Saturday's Grand Circuit program, the penultimate of the fortnight meeting, gets underway with first-race post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

ANDERSON, IN  - It was billed as Round Three of a budding rivalry between two superstar harness racing pacers in Lazarus N (Yannick Gingras) and McWicked (David Miller) and the contest lived up to every bit of the hype, as on Friday (Sept. 21) Lazarus N defeated a hard-charging McWicked by a neck in a scintillating edition of the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in 1:48.4. "He felt very good when I was warming him up so I was confident he would race well tonight," said Jimmy Takter, who conditions Lazarus N for Taylor Made Farm. "We know what a talented horse he is, and he really seems to like it here at Hoosier Park." Unlike his last race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 15 where Gingras drove Lazarus N rather conservatively after his second place finish to McWicked in the $462,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on Sept. 1, the 6-year-old stallion was placed right on the lead prior to the first turn. Leading the field of nine through a first quarter in :26 and the half-mile in :55, Lazarus N looked very strong on the lead he maintained over Filibuster Hanover and Split The House. As Lazarus N hit the three-quarter pole in 1:23, McWicked was pacing comfortably in fifth place and when Western Fame moved first-over, he received a perfect second-over trip to commence his bid for victory. Around the final turn, the separation Lazarus N had placed between himself and the rest of the field began to vanish while McWicked swung to the outside to close with his customary power. As the wire loomed ever closer, McWicked was gaining on Lazarus N with every stride, but Lazarus N was determined and held off McWicked by a diminishing neck. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) used a :24.3 final quarter to finish third. "He felt just like he did the first time we came to Hoosier Park," Gingras said. "He is definitely back to himself." Sent to the gate as the even-money favorite, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, rewarded his backers with a payout of $4.40. McWicked, who is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by Ed James, was the public's second selection at odds of 2-1, provided his supporters with $3.40. Donttellmeagain, (10-1) paid $4 for his third place finish. By Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

MILTON, ON - August 30, 2018 - Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter has done everything and more during his career in harness racing. The 58-year-old has trained and managed some of the sport's greatest champions for more than two decades and every year continues to add names to his list of 'All-Stars'. With $130 million in career earnings and too many award winners to list, it's fair to ask what keeps Jimmy Takter motivated and excited for his work? Enter Lazarus. 'The Wonder from Down Under' is Takter's latest project and exactly the kind of challenge he seeks at this stage in his career. "When you've had as many top horses as I've had over the last 20 years, that's what I crave, that's my excitement," said Takter of training Lazarus. "When they send me a horse they paid big money for, it's a great challenge. "There are a lot of things that can go wrong, it's a million things that can go wrong. You can question am I too tough on him. That's why you've got to have a feeling for it." Takter is a king of his craft and taken horses to the top in every way. His ranking among the greatest trainers of all-time is backed by his ability to get horses to the top, whether they started with him, like Ariana G, or arrived in his barn with more to accomplish, like Always B Miki. "I've been dealing with great horses and I think at my age I've developed into maybe one of the best in the world to manage a great horse," Takter said. "It's one thing to get a great horse there and then another thing to keep it there and keep it going. "I still have my Great Vintage and Sunfire Blue Chip winning races. Great Vintage winning the Open at Yonkers at 10-years-old. That's what I'm good at. They are great horses, but they start getting a little older, so you've got to manage them right, put them in the right races, race them when you know they are ready." Taylor Made Stallions, the leading consignor of Thoroughbreds, purchased Down Under champion Lazarus earlier this year to bring the six-year-old to North America with hopes to conquer the best older pacers in Canada and the U.S. It was no shock to fans and industry participants that Takter was the trainer selected by the Thoroughbred breeding powerhouse to prepare and manage 'The Wonder from Down Under'. "Taylor Made, they are new customers in my operation, they've given me 100 per cent free hands how to manage this horse," Takter said. "They are absolutely first-class owners, they love this." The addition of Taylor Made into the Standardbred game made headlines throughout the sport and has been a breath of fresh air. Duncan Taylor, CEO of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, leads the team that has been bold in promoting their star and working with racetracks. "They're not regular owners," Takter noted. "Taylor Made is the biggest Thoroughbred seller in the business. They've sold yearlings over $2 billion in sales and another additional $1 billion privately. "I wouldn't be surprised if they have someone land with a parachute with Lazarus on it. They are great people. They give away things. They are givers not takers." Lazarus has just one star under his belt in North America, but the son of Bettors Delight has been the talk of the sport in both Canada and the U.S. He arrived in North America with 35 wins and more than $2.6 million earned in 45 starts Down Under. 'The Wonder from Down Under' arrived in Takter's barn with a lengthy list of accomplishments, but with the look of a horse that had just traveled across the world. "He's a good-looking horse, but not 'wow'," Takter said. "He came up and he had about two and a half days of flying, it's like a horror trip to get here." Lazarus adjusted to his new environment and entered Takter's training routine, growing stronger with each week. "He adapted to it very fast and I started feeling this horse is ready." Lazarus took to the track at The Meadowlands on July 28 and more than proved his trainer's judgement, qualifying in 1:48.3. Next step was a race and the six-year-old made an even bigger statement defeating many of the division's best in the Dan Patch at Hoosier Park on August 10. Viewed as an equine Rockstar Down Under, Lazarus has impressed Takter with his attitude. "Every day I see him he gets more personality coming out of him and he talks a lot this horse," Takter said. "It's so funny when you're training him he talks the entire mile. "I've never seen a horse that talks as much as he does." The Hall of Fame trainer is no stranger to media requests, but the following Lazarus receives is unlike anything seen in North America. "Every time he races I have to do something," Takter noted. "When he won in Indiana he made the headline news (in New Zealand) on national tv, not just the sports." The hype surrounding Lazarus continues to grow and the six-year-old is by far the star of the show at Mohawk Park on Saturday evening for the Canadian Pacing Derby. Fans attending Saturday's card will receive a special poster and rally towel to commemorate Lazarus' Canadian debut. Takter believes Lazarus is the boost North American harness racing needs. "We need this in harness racing, we really do need a horse that is special and people want to come out and it's a great horse for racetracks to promote," Takter said. "People will say 'I need to go out and see this horse from New Zealand'." The Canadian Pacing Derby is the next stop for Project: Lazarus. As expected, Takter is confident heading into the $600,000 race and enjoying the journey managing another champion. "I know this horse is very special." by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - August 28, 2018 - The $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot and $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby will be the co-main events for this Saturday's $1.7 million card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The rich events are joined by the $191,200 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the $169,183 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters to make up the stakes portion of a 13-race card. The $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby will feature the Canadian debut of Lazarus. 'The Wonder from Down Under' has drawn post-two in the 10-horse field and enters off a stunning victory in his North American debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park. Lazarus was driven aggressively by Yannick Gingras from an outside post in his U.S. debut, powering on the front to a 1:48.4 victory. The inside starting spot allows Gingras to have more options and he is considering them all heading into the Canadian Pacing Derby. "I think (Lazarus) loves to chase horses down," said Gingras to Sky Sports Radio earlier this week. "I don't have nothing against maybe somehow work a second-over or even come first-over with him if the fractions are hot at the front, I'm not against that. "This is a new race and there will be a different strategy." Lazarus is trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter for Taylor Made Stallions, who purchased the Down Under champion earlier this year. The son of Bettors Delight has won 36 of 46 starts and accumulated $2.8 million in earnings. The Canadian Pacing Derby did not require eliminations with 10 horses entering, forcing Takter to change his plans and train Lazarus at his farm in New Jersey. "I stretched him out a little bit 1:51.3 mile here at my farm last Wednesday (August 22)," said Takter on Tuesday. "He felt really nice and I was very happy with how he felt and couldn't be happier." Seven-year-old McWicked is pegged as Lazarus' biggest challenger and will start one spot over in post-three for driver David Miller and trainer Casie Coleman. A triple-millionaire, McWicked finished a hard-closing third on August 10 at Hoosier and joins Lazarus as the horses off the longest going into the Pacing Derby. The Coleman trainee has won six of 10 starts this season and is a 28-time winner during his career. The Canadian Pacing Derby field also includes Split The House (PP1, Brett Miller), last year's Breeders Crown champion, Sintra (PP8, Jody Jamieson), last year's Pacing Derby champion, and three starterss from the Ron Burke barn. Rockin Ron (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy), Filibuster Hanover (PP5, Tim Tetrick) and All Bets Off (PP6, Matt Kakaley) make up the three-headed monster for harness racing's leading trainer. The $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby has been carded as Race 8 and is set for a 9:45 p.m. post time. A special half-hour broadcast of the Canadian Pacing Derby will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10 p.m. The $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot features one of the deepest fields in recent history. The 10-horse field for the Maple Leaf Trot consists of five-winners of more than $2 million in career earnings and six-winners of more than $1 million. Defending champion Hannelore Hanover (PP7, Gingras) will be looking to bounce back from a third-place finish in her elimination to try and retain her crowd. The Burke trained six-year-old mare is on a three-race losing streak heading into the final. Ariana G (PP4, David Miller) offers trainer Takter a legit chance at a sweep of Saturday's co-main events, as the four-year-old mare teamed up with driver David Miller for the first-time last weekend to win her elimination in 1:52.4. A World Champion at three, Ariana G has earned $2.3 million during her career and has won seven of eight career starts at Mohawk Park. Marion Marauder (PP3, Scott Zeron), the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion, is riding plenty of momentum into the final. The five-year-old won his elimination in 1:53.1 and surpassed $3 million in career earnings with the winner's share of the $40,000 purse. Trained by Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood, Marion Marauder has won five of eight starts this season and will enter Saturday's contest having won four of his last five. ""He's just fun to race and fun to watch," said Keeling following last Saturday's elimination. "He doesn't have particular style...You just kind of watch and go 'how does he get this done' but him and Scott (Zeron) just get along so well. It's been a great ride and I hope we get to keep going." The Maple Leaf Trot has been carded as Race 10 and is set for a 10:35 p.m. post time. Saturday's card also features the $169,183 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters. The Grand Circuit event has attracted a field of 11 and all starters are eligible to the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations on September 8. The Simcoe Stakes is carded as Race 5. The $191,200 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will feature two divisionx Saturday, which have been carded as Races 3 and 9. Post time for Saturday's $1.7 million card is 7:10 p.m. To view the entries and an early-program for Saturday's card, click here. Fans attending Saturday's races will receive a special Lazarus poster to commemorate his visit to Woodbine Mohawk Park. Several of the posters will have a special marking for the lucky poster-holders to have it signed by the connections of 'The Wonder from Down Under'. Lazarus rally towels will also be distributed during the evening. The great entertainment for fans on Saturday will not be limited to the 13-races contested. The Canadian Cowgirls drill team, consisting of 28 women and 28 horses, will perform following the third-race in front of the grandstand. Canadian country recording artist Elyse Saunders will sing the Canadian national anthem prior to the first-race. She will also be performing for fans in between races until 11 p.m. For more information about Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot, visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

LAZARUS’ dominant debut US win certainly didn’t surprise former world champion driver James MacDonald. In fact, MacDonald is already strongly tipping a repeat dose in the $600,000 Canadian Derby at Woodbine Mohawk on Sunday morning NZ time. “This race is no harder than last time. I’d expect the same result. He’s drawn better and should be fitter. McWicked would be the danger again if he can get the right trip,” he said. “Lazarus earnt so much respect last start the way he won. If Yannick wants to press for the front or gets headed and wants to re-take, he’s got that respect now.” So where will another win this week sit Lazarus on the scale of North America’s best pacers, which is essentially the world’s best? “These are the best of the best he’s facing this week. There might be a few others here and there, but it won’t get harder than this,” MacDonald said. “If he keeps going the way he is, he will be the best over here. “The sky is the limit for him knowing Yannick (Gingras, driver) told me he should keep getting better as he gets fitter and adapts more to the style of racing.” MacDonald’s opinion of Lazarus was in high demand at home given he had the opportunity to watch the megastar win the Perth Inter Dominion in the flesh while he contested some invitational driver races at Gloucester Park last December. “I told everyone I’d never seen a horse do what he did in that final, sit parked and run past them like he did,” he said. “I think he was a bit under-estimated when he got here, but not anymore. Not after that first win. “My only query was how would acclimatise to the shorter speed racing and how fast he could get off the gate, but he answered both those things in that first win.” Adam Hamilton

Lazarus has a rare chance to complete a historic full set of major race wins after securing a perfect draw for Sunday's C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The champion Kiwi pacer has drawn barrier two in his second North American start, which is scheduled for 1.50pm (NZ time) on Sunday and after his bullying win in the Dan Patch in Indiana two weeks ago he has opened a $1.45 favourite with the NZ TAB. The Dan Patch was Lazarus' first start for his new United States owners after being sold for $4 million in the hopes he can win some of North America's biggest races and become a dual-hemisphere stallion prospect. The Dan Patch victory, in which Lazarus overcame barrier nine to lead for most of the race, saw the hype around the six-year-old go sky high and with Sunday's field not much stronger, Lazarus will only need to maintain that performance level to probably win again. Although trotting races are held in many parts of the world, the pacing gait is the focal point of the harness racing industry in only four countries - New Zealand, Australia, United States and Canada. If Lazarus wins on Sunday, he will have won a group one race or equivalent level race in all four of those countries inside 10 months. So while Kiwi pacing heroes such as Cardigan Bay and Young Quinn have tasted serious success in North America before, Lazarus' effort might be the first clean-sweep in such a short-time frame. Such is the interest in the superstar, Trackside television plan to have 20 minutes of lead-in from the Woodbine track before the race. Closer to home, Dream About Me looks set to start favourite in Friday night's Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington as the countdown to the New Zealand Trotting Cup starts to get serious. Thefixer downed Dream About Me in the first open class race of the season last Thursday but that was under handicap conditions with Dream About Me off 30m. On Friday, they meet under free-for-all conditions and with Dream About Me expected to derive enormous benefit from last Thursday she could well head the market. Both Thefixer and Dream About Me have been touted as possible Victoria Cup raiders in mid-October as that Melton classic is unlikely to have the depth of previous years and could be a lucrative target for the stablemates before they return to Addington for the New Zealand Cup in November. Michael Guerin

MILTON, ON - August 21, 2018 - The Canadian debut of Lazarus N will have to wait until Saturday, September 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The entry box for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning with 10 older pacers entered, meaning eliminations will not be necessary this weekend. The star-studded group of 10 advance directly to the $600,000 final on September 1. 'The Wonder from Down Under' Lazarus N headlines the field for this year's Pacing Derby. The New Zealand-bred superstar will be making his second start on North American soil in Canada's oldest harness racing event. A six-year-old, Lazarus N was purchased earlier this year by Taylor Made Stallions and brought to North America to race for trainer Jimmy Takter. The son of Bettors Delight exited the Down Under racing scene with 35 wins in 45 starts, over $2.6 million in earnings and numerous awards. Lazarus N won his North American debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the Dan Patch. While all eyes will be locked on Lazarus N in the Canadian Pacing Derby, the other nine pacers are well-accomplished and will be looking to spoil the party. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked has been cleaning up in the older pacer division and enters the Pacing Derby with six wins and over $672,000 earned in 10 starts. The seven-year-old champion recently surpassed $3 million in career earnings for owner S S G Stables. McWicked will be competing in his third Canadian Pacing Derby final. His best finish was a third in last year's event. Dave Menary trainee Sintra is back to defend his Pacing Derby title. The five-year-old gelding is just one for eight this season, but his lone victory did come in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Pepsi North America Cup night. Sintra is currently $964 shy of $1 million in career earnings for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. His win in last year's Pacing Derby is currently the richest victory of his career. Always loaded with talent, trainer Ron Burke, harness racing's all-time leading trainer, will send out a trio of starters in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Burke's triple-threat for the $600,000 event consists of All Bets Off (29 wins, $3.1 million), Filibuster Hanover (12 wins, $1.2 million) and Rockin Ron (33 wins, $1.5 million). All Bets Off will be racing in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The seven-year-old has finished fourth in each of the past two editions. Rockin Ron will be seeking redemption in this year's Pacing Derby. The five-year-old won his elimination last year before surrounding the lead in deep stretch and finishing second in the final. This year's Canadian Pacing Derby also includes Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history. The Tony Alagna trained five-year-old set the Canadian record of 1:46.4 last June at Mohawk Park. Dr J Hanover has enjoyed recent success at the Milton oval, having posted two Preferred victories since July 28. Mohawk Park fan-favourite Nirvana Seelster is entered to race in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The Bill Budd trained seven-year-old finished fourth in last year's final and enters this year's edition just over $6,000 away from millionaire status. Split The House, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be making his Pacing Derby debut. The Chris Oakes trained six-year-old is a 13-time winner with more than $760,000 in career earnings. The field of 10 is completed by Western Fame, the second entrant from the Takter barn. The winner of more than $925,000 lifetime comes into the Pacing Derby off a 1:48.4 upset victory in last Sunday's Roll With Joe Stakes at Tioga Downs. Western Fame may not receive the bright lights like stablemate Lazarus, but the five-year-old has quietly scored five victories and earned nearly $200,000 this season. The field of 10 for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby has combined for 241 wins and $16,277,077 in earnings. The $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby joins the $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot for a stacked card on Saturday, September 1. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Here is the full field for the Canadian Pacing Derby in alphabetical order. All Bets Off Dr J Hanover Filibuster Hanover Lazarus N McWicked Nirvana Seelster Rockin Ron Sintra Split The House Western Fame by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - August 20, 2018 - The deadline for supplements to this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot was Monday morning and the Woodbine Race Office received payments from the connections of Lazarus N and Dancer Hall. A $40,000 payment was required to supplement to the Canadian Pacing Derby or Maple Leaf Trot. "The Wonder from Down Under" Lazarus N will be making his second start on North American soil in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The six-year-old stallion won his U.S. debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the $325,000 Dan Patch. Earlier this year, Lazarus N was purchased by Taylor Made Stallion and brought to North America with eyes on the top races for older pacers and a potential World Record. The son of Bettors Delight, out of Christian Cullen mare Bethany, dominated the racing scene Down Under, winning 35 of 45 starts and earning $2.6 million prior to being purchased. Lazarus N races for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. Dancer Hall has been a breakout star this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park and now the four-year-old will get the opportunity to take on the sport's best in the Maple Leaf Trot. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Dancer Hall has won seven of his last 10 starts heading into the Maple Leaf Trot. His most recent victory was 4 3/4 lengths score in the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational on Sunday evening at Georgian Downs. The Paul Reid trainee has been starring in the Woodbine Preferred this summer, having posted four wins and three runner-up finishes in seven Preferred starts. Dancer Hall is eight for 13 this season with $173,500 earned for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa. His career numbers currently sit at 16 wins and $273,150 earned. Entries for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot are due Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. If necessary, eliminations for both events will be contested this Saturday (August 25) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

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