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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

Cranbury, NJ --- Warrawee Ubeaut, a filly who earlier this month became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in harness racing history, and divisional money-leaders Stag Party, The Ice Dutchess, Green Manalishi S, and Tall Drink Hanover were among the 71 freshmen entered Monday for the Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eliminations for the 2-year-olds, which are necessary in all four divisions and will have purses of $25,000 apiece, are Friday at Pocono. Post time is 7 p.m. (EDT) for the card's first race. The top-three finishers from each of three eliminations for 2-year-old filly trotters and 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will advance to their respective finals. The remaining divisions -- filly pacers and colt and gelding trotters -- both will have two eliminations. The top-four finishers from each of those eliminations plus the fifth-place finisher with highest seasonal earnings will advance to their respective finals. Elimination winners draw for post positions one through five for the finals. Breeders Crown entries for 3-year-olds and older horses are due by 9 a.m. Tuesday and eliminations will be Saturday. All finals, with purses totaling $6 million, are Saturday (Oct. 27) at Pocono. Ron Burke-trained Warrawee Ubeaut was among a deep group of 2-year-old pacing fillies entered in the Breeders Crown, along with She's A Great Lady Stakes-winner Tall Drink Hanover and sire stakes champions Beautyonthebeach (Kentucky), Money Shot Hanover (New York), Queen Of The Pride (Ohio), and Sylph Hanover (Pennsylvania). Tall Drink Hanover, Warrawee Ubeaut, Beautyonthebeach, and Money Shot Hanover are in the second of the division's two eliminations. Warrawee Ubeaut won her division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 5 at Red Mile in 1:48.3, the first sub-1:49 mile in history for a 2-year-old pacer. For the season, the daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories has won six of nine races and $300,393. Her victories also include the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. She was among nine 2-year-olds entered by Burke. Tall Drink Hanover, by Captaintreacherous out of Take Into Account, brings a three-race win streak to the Breeders Crown. Her triumphs in addition to the She's A Great Lady include a division of the International Stallion. She is trained by Tony Alagna and has won six of nine races and $343,914. Stag Party, the richest 2-year-old in the sport with $514,368, has won six of nine races this season, including the Metro Pace. The son of Bettor's Delight out of My Lady Day, trained by Casie Coleman, is in the third of the three eliminations for the colt and gelding pacers. The elim also includes Workin Ona Mystery, who is unbeaten in five races for trainer Brian Brown. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Proof, also trained by Brown, is the richest horse in the second elimination and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final runner-up De Los Cielos Deo, trained by Burke, is richest in the first. Proof, a son of A Rocknroll Dance out of Ginger And Fred, has earned $285,935. De Los Cielos Deo, by Captaintreacherous out of Lisjune, has earned $194,210. The Marcus Melander-trained duo of Green Manalishi S and Gimpanzee were among the 15 horses entered in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Green Manalishi S, by Muscle Hill out of Naga Morich, has won five of eight races and finished no worse than second this season. His victories include the William Wellwood Memorial and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, helping the colt to $366,307 in purses. New York Sire Stakes champion Gimpanzee, by Chapter Seven out of Steamy Windows, is undefeated in seven races, all on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He has banked $278,858. Also in the 2-year-old colt trot are Cantab Fashion, who has won five races in a row since going off stride in his August debut, and multiple-stakes-winner Kings County. Green Manalishi S, Kings County, and Cantab Fashion are in the second elimination while Gimpanzee is in the first. The Ice Dutchess leads a group of 20 filly trotters and competes in the third of three eliminations. Her wins this year include the Jim Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. The Ice Dutchess, by Muscle Hill out of The Ice Queen, has won five of nine races and $412,290 to lead all 2-year-old trotters this season. She is trained by Jimmy Takter, who leads all trainers in Breeders Crown wins with 33. Also entered in the 2-year-old filly trot were Takter-trained Whispering Oaks, who won sire stakes championships in New Jersey and Kentucky, and Woodside Charm, who is unbeaten in five races for trainer-driver Verlin Yoder. Whispering Oaks, a winner of $264,844 by Father Patrick out of Vintage Oaks, is in the first elimination and Woodside Charm, who won the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, is in the second. She is by Chapter Seven out of Fireworks Hanover and has earned $209,158. Following are the fields in post-position order for Friday's $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Elimination 1 (Race 3) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Champagne Jane-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Ma Was Right-Dexter Dunn-Noel Daley 3-Starita-David Miller-Joe Holloway 4-Special Honor-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 5-Whispering Oaks-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 6-Conway Kellyanne-Charlie Norris-Charlie Norris Elimination 2 (Race 4) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Miss You Kelly-Tim Tetrick-Bruce Lauer 2-Asiago-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 3-Stella Jane-George Napolitano Jr.-John Butenschoen 4-Sonnet Grace-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-Woodside Charm-Verlin Yoder-Verlin Yoder 6-Golden Tricks-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 7-Princess Deo-Andrew McCarthy-Noel Daley Elimination 3 (Race 9) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Sette Deo-TBA-Benoit Baillargeon 2-Tommi Canu Hearme-Brett Miller-Dustin Jones 3-Fate Smiled-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4-The Ice Dutchess-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5-Sister's Promise-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano 6-Cloud Nine Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 7-When Dovescry-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 2-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING PACE Elimination 1 (Race 5) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Mangogh-Tim Tetrick-Bruce Saunders 2-De Los Cielos Deo-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-Lyons Night Hawk-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 4-Air Force Hanover-David Miller-Brian Brown 5-American Mercury-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 6-No Mas Amor-Matt Kakaley-Linda Toscano Elimination 2 (Race 10) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Semi Tough-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2-Yacht Week-Christian Lind-Staffan Lind 3-Smooth Lou-Scott Zeron-Brian Brown 4-Captain Crunch-Scott Zeron-Nancy Johansson 5-Proof-David Miller-Brian Brown 6-Love Me Some Lou-Corey Callahan-Tom Cancelliere 7-Shake That House-George Napolitano Jr.-Chris Oakes Elimination 3 (Race 12) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Loutenant-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2-Captain Trevor-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 3-Sugar Factory-Corey Callahan-Tom Cancelliere 4-Blood Money-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5-Stag Party-David Miller-Casie Coleman 6-Lyons Johnnyjnr-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 7-Workin Ona Mystery-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 2-YEAR-OLD COLT AND GELDING TROT Elimination 1 (Race 6) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Chin Chin Hall-Peter Wrenn-Melanie Wrenn 2-Steuben Hanover-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 3-Hudson River-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 4-Demon Onthe Hill-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 5-Union Forces-Scott Zeron-Domenico Cecere 6-Brady Bunch-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller 7-Prospect Hill-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 8-Gimpanzee-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander Elimination 2 (Race 11) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Smart As Hill-Bob McClure-Paula Wellwood 2-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 3-Super Schissel-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 4-Kings County-David Miller-Domenico Cecere 5-Cantab Fashion-David Miller-Jim Campbell 6-Trix And Stones-Scott Zeron-Carl Jamieson 7-Mass Fortune K-Matt Kakaley-Charlie Norris 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Elimination 1 (Race 7) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Annie Hill-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes 2-Cruise-David Miller-Brian Brown 3-St Somewhere-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 4-Queen Of The Pride-Tony Hall-Kevin Lare 5-Treacherous Reign-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 6-Sylph Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 7-Sweet Lucy Lou-Andy Miller-Don Swick 8-Prescient Beauty-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair Elimination 2 (Race 8) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Art Lecture-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis 2-Tall Drink Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 3-Money Shot Hanover-Tyler Buter-Mark Harder 4-Beautyonthebeach-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 5-Renaissance Lady K-Brian Sears-Norm Parker 6-Zero Tolerance-David Miller-Joe Holloway 7-She's Allright-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 8-Warrawee Ubeaut-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

Plainville, MA --- Jimmy Whittemore was all business at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 15) and came away with four winners on the card including capturing both of the $16,000 pacing co-features with Major Leaguer and Bamski. In the Winners-Over handicap, Major Leaguer got a perfect pocket trip behind Delightful Offer N (Ron Cushing) who came in on a four-race win streak. The pair sat one-two until the head of the stretch when Delightful Offer N drifted off the pylons, allowing Major Leaguer a clear shot up the pegs. Whittemore pushed him as hard as he could and Major Leaguer just got the lead in the shadow of the wire to win by a nose in 1:53. It was the eighth win of the year for Major Leaguer ($11.20) who now has a career single-season high $63,640 earned in 2018. Jimmy Whittemore owns and Dennis Whittemore trains Major Leaguer. Then in the 6-year-old and under conditioned event Whittemore sent Bamski off the wings and led every step of the way. When the race hit the three-quarters in 1:25.3 Whittemore gave Bamski his head and he paced away effortlessly, opening up a five-length margin of victory in 1:54.1. Bamski ($15.00) is owned by Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro and is trained by Monique Cohen. Rounding out the Whittemore Grand Slam was Moonpie (1:57.1, $9.60) and Princess Kay (1:55.4, $3.20). The Massachusetts Sire Stakes have the week off but will return on Monday (Oct. 22) and Tuesday (Oct. 23) next week with the third leg for both 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and sexes. The finals will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 16) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Hockey Hanover roared through the sloppy stretch and overtook his stablemate, Southwind Cobra, at the wire to capture Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Hockey Hanover trailed by 5 lengths into the final turn when he found another gear for Jim Pantaleano and downed Southwind Cobra by a length in a career-best 1:55.2. Explosive Leggs finished third. Ron Burke trains Hockey Hanover, who last year won both the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship and the PA Fairs title, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. The 3-year-old Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover gelding lifted his lifetime bankroll to $146,469. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race card while Greg Wright, Jr. fashioned a training/driving double. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

HARRINGTON, DE - George Teague Jr.'s Daiymir ($5, Montrell Teague) registered his second straight win Monday in the $15,000 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:51. The Mr. Wiggles 4-year-old stallion reeled in stretch leader and race favorite Options Are A Dream late for a narrow win. Trained by Clyde Francis, it was his fourth win of the season. The same connections teamed up for a win one race earlier, with GWT ($3.20). Driver Montrell Teague won three consecutive races, as his aunt Brenda Teague's Delaware Chrome ($2.80) was victorious in the third race. Mike Cole, Jim Morand and Art Stafford Jr. each had a driving double. Joe Columbo had a training double. George and Tina Dennis and Nanticoke Racing each had an owner's double. The 4th race was named in memory of popular long-time Delaware horsemen J.D. Dennis. Dennis raced horses for over 60 years along with his wife Nellie, and has two sons (George and Eddie) who are both long time horsemen currently racing in Delaware. Dennis also has another son, J.D. Dennis Jr., and two daughters, Ellen Lee McReynolds and Sandra Robertson. Dennis was also a former board member of Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair. Live racing continues on Monday through Wednesday until October 24. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

My MVP, the sire of this year's Goodtimes and Stanley Dancer Memorial winner Wolfgang 3,1:51.2 ($577,310), will be relocated to Winbak Farm of Ontario. His stud fee has been set for the 2019 season at $4,000 Cdn. He stood his first four seasons in Ohio at Sugar Valley Farms.   In making the announcement, Winbak owner Joe Thomson said he welcomes the son of Cantab Hall, and added that he brings an amazing set of accomplishments to the Canadian program, despite being a young stallion with only two crops of racing age.   "My MVP takes the guesswork out of breeding to an unknown commodity," Thomson said. "Despite him being relatively young, he's already proven his ability to produce successful trotters at the highest level of stakes racing, and in sire stakes as well.   "I like that he's a Cantab Hall, as he crosses well with so many Ontario-owned mares. I plan to breed a significant number to him myself next year."   My MVP's first crop has made him far and away Ohio's number one sire of 3-year-olds in average earnings per foal, percentage of 1:55 trotters, and percentage of stakes winners. He has sired 15 stakes-winning or stakes-placed 3-year-olds this year from just 25 starters.   In addition to Wolfgang, his 3-year-olds of this past season included Ohio Sire Stakes and Ohio Breeders Championship winner Rising MVP 3,1:54.4h ($167,952) and multiple OSS winners Spunky Bottom Girl 3,1:54.2h ($167,725) and Non Smoker 3,1:54f ($111,138).   The major shareholder in My MVP is Versailles, Ky.-based Brittany Farms. Brittany manager Art Zubrod said he thanks Sugar Valley Farm manager Joe McLead for his help in getting the young stallion's career off the ground.   "We really like what we've seen from his early crops," Zubrod said. "My MVP sires horses that are very long, clean-gaited and big-striding. I expect them to move up considerably when they start racing over Mohawk's 7/8-mile track."   From Winbak Farm of Ontario    

WILKES-BARRE PA - You Got Trumped got a first-over journey into a slow pace to overcome, but he proved to have the necessary late sprint to win the $13,000 featured pace on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:55.3. Racing over a track that was downgraded to "good +1" early in the card, You Got Trumped got away fourth for driver Matt Kakaley as favored Record Machine marched right to the front, with Bag Pipe Major right behind the leader as Record Machine went 28.2 to the quarter and a creaking 59.2 to the half. It was obvious at that point that the race would be a quickstep home, and the victorious Bettorthancheddar gelding had the fastest high gear in him, coming his own final half in 55.3 despite taking the air to post a ¾ length decision over Bag Pipe Major, who in turn photoed out Record Machine for the deuce. Andrew Harris trains the winner for Louis and Thomas Frascella and A Harris Racing LLC. The Napolitano brothers continued to have the hot hands at Pocono this racing week - George had five victories on the card and Anthony three, giving them 13 and 11 wins respectively over a trio of cards and thus combined 24 of the 39 visits to Victory Lane in the last three days, a 62% ratio. FINISHING LINES- The elite of harness racing's two-year-olds declared in today for their Breeders Crown elimination races on Friday, and on Tuesday the three-year-olds and older horses with Crown aspirations with have their draw for Saturday, should their particular section need eliminations. The $6,000,000 Breeders Crown Championship Night is Saturday, October 27. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Goshen, NY - Bring the kids to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, October 27 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm for a fun-filled old-fashioned Halloween celebration with a walk through our spooky stable.   Participate in creepy crafts, play hauntingly fun games games and enjoy sweet treats. Decorate a headless horseman, batty-witch or ghostly pumpkin to frighten off those Halloween spirits, create a flowing ghost decoration and make a bat-styled candy box filled with sweet treats!   Pumpkins are limited and are first come, first served, so don't be late! The spooky Halloween adventure is topped off with a heart-pounding ride on our 3-D Harness Racing Simulator and refreshments for everyone. Our mascot, Hall of Fame Harry will be here to pose for pictures with young gargoyles, ghosts, witches, pirates, super heroes and such!   Children are encouraged to come in costumes of all kinds! The first 40 children pay $5 and receive a pumpkin to decorate. Bring your own pumpkin and for $3 we'll provide the fixins for some spooky pumpkin decorating. Parents are free. Reservations are not accepted. Refreshments sponsored by ShopRite of Chester & Soons Orchard of New Hampton. Pumpkins provided by Soons Orchard & Manza Farms of Montgomery. The Museum is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame special events, education programs or gift shop services, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit our website www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. From the Harness Racing Museum  

Columbus, OH --- The U.S. Trotting Association and Northfield Park are pleased to announce that they have reached a settlement of the dispute between the two parties that began in June 2017. "We've very pleased with the outcome and look forward to a renewed and improved relationship with Northfield Park," said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner. Northfield Park's membership has been reinstated and the track's director restored to the USTA Board of Directors. In addition, the track is able to participate in the USTA Strategic Wagering Program, is eligible for co-advertising opportunities and has all Pathway account access returned. Additionally, the USTA already has begun to post on its website press releases from Northfield Park that serve to publicize the track and its racing. "We are excited along with our fans and horsemen to once again be working with the USTA and all the great initiatives that they provide," commented Northfield Park's Vice President and General Manager Brent Reitz. Northfield Park has also agreed to make a charitable donation before the end of the year to the newly formed Standardbred Transition Alliance, which is an industry-wide group created to accredit programs serving Standardbreds seeking placement outside traditional commercial uses and also serves as a conduit for partial funding to those groups. From the USTA Communications Department  

Northfield, Ohio---Patience is a virtue that usually pays dividends. Just ask Steve "You're Never Too Oldford, who won the mid-west region Billings trot with Kaffir Kemp Sunday evening (Oct. 14) at Northfield Park. "We left from the three-hole and settled down along the pylons and watched patiently as Gregg Keidel (with Nashville Holiday) got in an early speed duel with Tim Miller (Ona Dream) and after they slugged it out we came late and picked up all the pieces and went on to an easy victory." In that contest "Tiny Tim"Miller and Ona Dream scooted to the lead from post position two and then they had company in the presence of Nashville Holiday and Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel for the rest of the mile. The two raced side-by-side past the first stanza in :28 and were still like a team as they trotted by the halfway point in :57.1. Oldford said there was a lot of talk between the drivers of the two leaders but he couldn't make it out and just was happy that they kept a fast pace while he enjoyed cover all the way. Ona Dream, on the inside, and Nashville Holiday ,stalking him on the outside, were still one-two as they trotted by the three quarters in 1:28 . But Oldford was getting anxious to move. And that happened on the final turn when Steve pulled to go around the leaders and Kaffir Kemp scooted immediately the front. At the top of the lane Oldford had four lengths on his competition as Kaffir Kemp headed for paydirt. At the wire the extent of victory was six lengths as time flashed 1:58.1. While Ona Dream faded on the final turn amazingly Nashville Holiday hung tough despite an overland trip and finished second. Third place went to Buckeye Patty, driven by "Marvelous Marvin" Raber. "The Billings will be back here at Northfield Park on the next two Sundays, and we have to thank director of racing, Dave Bianconi for that ," Oldford said, and then added, "Dave is a great proponent of amateur racing." Kaffir Kemp, a veteran 9-year-old Angus Hall gelding, is owned by Oldford Racing and trained by Terry Deters. For Oldford, the vice president of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, it was his 141st lifetime victory. Currently with three consecutive driving victories Oldford is among the leaders for Amateur Driver of the Year honors. He sports a .314 UDRS on the strength of 11 wins, eight seconds and 12 third place finishes in 62 trips to post. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

YONKERS, N.Y. – When Sabine Kagebrandt came to work as the Racing Manager for Anders Ström’s Stall Courant AB, she did so on one condition. Accustomed to working with and being around harness racing horses, the former groom of Prix d’Amérique winner Gigant Neo would take the office job if she could have one horse to look after in her spare time. “I started at the office, I did all this paperwork and stuff like that, but I’m used to working with horses. If I’m going to do all this paperwork, I need one horse,” Kagebrandt said.  Ström let Kagebrandt pick any horse in his barn. Out of about 60 trotters, she selected Cruzado Dela Noche. Then a stakes-winning 3-year-old with a penchant for making breaks, Kagebrandt saw something special in the bay son of Muscle Massive. “When I started to work there, the first trip I made was when Cruzado Dela Noche was third in the Peter Haughton and then we went to Lexington, so I followed him all the time. I knew I wanted to take that horse when he came home,” she said. “First of all, he was really cute, he had a nice attitude, and he had this charisma. When you’re around him, you just get happy because he gives so much to the people around him. I really fell in love with him. He’s such a nice horse.” Cruzado Dela Noche shipped to Sweden to compete in the country’s rich 4-year-old program. Kagebrandt developed a bond with the horse while he raced in Stefan Melander’s stable, winning the Group 1 Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, the Group 1 Copenhagen Cup, and the Group 2 Norrlands Grand Prix. He also placed third in the Group 1 Sprinter Mästaren Final. However, this June, Ström began pointing Cruzado Dela Noche toward a fall campaign in the United States with a focus on the $1 million Yonkers International Trot and the Breeders Crown Open Trot. Cruzado Dela Noche shipped stateside to trainer Marcus Melander and groom Mikaela Melander in August and prepared for the International with two qualifiers at Pocono Downs in September. Being away from Cruzado Dela Noche was difficult, but Kagebrandt lessened the parting with frequent visits. “I’ve been in the States a lot, so I’ve followed him here. When he came here, I was here. Then I came here for the qualifications, so I’ve been here a little bit,” Kagebrandt said. “He was really good. He got better every qualifier he did because he needed time to be a little more in form. We tried to do the same schedule when he should do the qualification like we made with him at home. We tried to do as much the same as at home as possible.” With just two qualifiers on his card and off a June layoff, Cruzado Dela Noche started as a 30-1 outsider in the Yonkers International Trot. Still, Kagebrandt felt confident in the 6-year-old stallion and in Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears.  “Always when you race him, you know he always has a chance because he’s so strong and he has a good head and a strong will to win. He never gives up, that I knew from the beginning,” Kagebrandt said. “When he had the six hole and the other good ones had inside, then I thought it could be a little tricky. I was very confident in the horse and Brian, because he knows this track like his own pocket.” While rivals Pastore Bob and Ringostarr Treb makes breaks in stride on the opening turn and Arazi Boko forged to the lead from post eight, Sears was patient with Cruzado Dela Noche. He raced in sixth 5 ½ lengths from the top and followed Lionel on the outside behind a :28.1 opening panel. Ariana G pulled the pocket on Arazi Boko around the second turn and made the lead at the top of the backstretch, but Marion Marauder quickly ranged up to assume command in a :57.1 half-mile. The move left Lionel uncovered in third and Cruzado Dela Noche got a perfect trip in his wake. Marion Marauder led through 6-furlongs in 1:27 and a mile in 1:55.3. With a quarter-mile to race, Lionel ratcheted up the pressure, advancing to put his white-blazoned nose in front entering the final turn. Sears tipped Cruzado Dela Noche three-wide and the trio charged around the bend on even terms. Watching the action unfold from a perch in the paddock, Kagebrandt’s heart began to race as she realized her horse had a chance. Lionel put away a spent Marion Marauder at the top of the stretch as driver Gøran Antonsen snuck a peek over his right shoulder to see Cruzado Dela Noche looming. Antonsen went to the whip right-handed and implored Lionel while his gaze darted frantically between the finish line and his opponent.  Sears let the lines hang loose in his left hand and went to the stick with his right. He timed the move perfectly and Cruzado Dela Noche surged at the wire to win by a head in 2:24.3. Up And Quick shook loose late to be third while Ariana G was fourth. “We won,” Kagebrandt said as a smile crept up on her face and she let out a satisfied laugh. “Actually, we didn’t see much of the stretch. First, we thought he was going to be third, but we thought, ‘that’s OK, third is really good in the International. That’s amazing.’ Then we thought he was going to be second. We were screaming and cheering. Then we realized he actually won. They didn’t announce at first it either, so we weren’t sure if he won or not, so it was totally crazy. It was really crazy. “It means very much. To bring him over and he handled the trip and everything, I think it’s amazing. It’s a really big race,” she said. Cruzado Dela Noche’s victory in the Yonkers International Trot improved his record to 15 wins from 56 starts and boosted his earnings to $1,202,771. Cruzado Dela Noche is Sweden’s fourth representative to win the International, joining Callit, Atas Fighter L., and His Majesty. With the International under his belt, Cruzado Dela Noche will head to the Breeders Crown next and Kagebrandt will be along for the ride. “This was the first race he did here. Now I think he’s starting to get in shape. It’s going to be really nice to go to Pocono,” she said. “I love him so much.” For more information on the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, visit www.internationaltrot.com.  by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Harness racing trainer/driver Mark Gray had two Virginia Breeder's Championship wins, and 2017 two-year-old divisional champs Lemonaideshine and Freddie K retained their titles as three-year-olds Sunday as the $347,000 eight race championship slate brought the Shenandoah Downs season to an end. Two and three-year-old divisional titles were decided among pacers and trotters of both sexes in the 21st edition of the Series. Gray's Great Am I and Flaming Trix captured the $42,725 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot and $43,950 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot respectively. The former wired the field and held off a pesky Psycho in 2:03 2/5 while the latter took the lead just past the half and in a thriller, fended off Zsa Zsa Dabor by just a neck in 2:08 3/5. Both trotters won their prep legs in easier fashion this past Monday, by 4 1/2 and 2 1/4 lengths. The pair are both owned by Anne McDonald of Alexandria. Lemonaideshine is a Badlands Hanover gelding that has thrived in Woodstock the past two years. The Jimmy Viars trainee has finished no worse than second in twelve lifetime starts, all at either Shenandoah Downs or the County Fair meet that precedes it. He wired the $44,200 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace field Sunday and finished just one-half length ahead of Gray's Rocknroll Ace in 1:57 2/5. Chuck Perry, who won the season's driving title, directed Lemonaideshone to his seventh win of the year in just nine starts. Freddie K, who won his prep race in wire-to-wire fashion, mimicked that effort in Sunday's $43,600 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot but did it in a more dominating style. The Three-Year-Old Dusty Winner gelding maintained a four length cushion throughout most of the second half, opened up by six at the top of the stretch and crossed by that same margin in 2:04 3/5. Frank Milby guided the effort for trainer Carlo Poliseno and owner Charlie Dunavant. In other sophomore action, Shez In Orbit won the $44,600 Filly Trot and gave reinsman Perry his second win on Breeder's Day. The Renfrow Hauser trainee wired the field in 2:02 3/5 and won comfortably by 3 1/2 over Half Moon Rising. Baddabingbaddabang cruised by the same margin of victory in the $43,400 Filly Pace. The daughter of Strong Player came home in a final quarter of :28 1/5 en route to a 1:58.0 finishing time. Chris Shaw drove for trainer Jeff Nisonger and owner Daniel Chanskey of Keysville. In the other freshman races, Hillbilly Camtastic handily beat stablemate Hillbilly Treasure in the $41,875 Filly Pace. Trainer Amanda Jackson's pair finished one-two in the prep race a week prior and both were making just their second lifetime starts. Frank Milby drove the winner home in 2:06 1/5. Sketcher edged Rusty's Houdini in the $43,550 Colt Pace, the day's most exciting race. Reinsman Billy Carter led Sketcher to the front initially and nearly got a coast-to-coast journey. Driver Jason Thompson' runner-up challenged outside on several occasions and even took the lead briefly at the third fraction but ultimately came up just shy to Sketcher. This was the only championship event not won by the prep race winner; the two flip flopped finishing order a week prior. Sketcher crossed in 2:00 1/5. In Saturday's action, Speed It and John's Dream captured respective $8500 open trot and pace co-features. Arlene Cameron's Speed It shipped in from Harrah's Philadelphia and wired a field that included former open winners Southwind Ferrari and Held In Balance. John Wagner was in the sulky for the public's betting choice and did not disappoint, winning by 2 1/2 over Stormont Dundas in 1:59.0. Fan favorite and track record holder John's Dream won his fourth open pace of the season but had to come from behind to complete the task. The five-year-old Dream Away gelding was last at the half and fifth at the third marker among six competing. Driver Chuck Perry led a surge outside in the final turn and crossed one length the best over Bobby The Greek in 1:55 3/5. End of the season awards were presented closing weekend. Chuck Perry won the driving title with 26 victories over the twelve day meet. Marna Shehan's eleven wins were tops among trainers in a tightly contested race. Arlene Cameron was second with ten while Roger Hammer and Jimmy Viars tied for third with nine each. Horse of the Meet honors went to Shehan's Peppermint Candy, a five-year-old gray mare who won all three of her Woodstock starts this fall. On Saturday, a pair of 14-year-olds were brought into the winners circle for a retirement celebration. Go Easy On Me and B Blissfiul, the winningest horse ever at Shenandoah Downs, were recognized by an appreciative crowd. They were both rewarded with a large bag of carrots from Virginia Racing Commissioner Clint Miller. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Somebeachsomewhere harness racing mare Call Me Queen Be, a million-dollar winner in stakes company before the end of her three-year-old season, continues to be productive in her older form, as the five-year-old raised her lifetime intake to $1,346,835 with a 1:51.1 victory in the $30,000 Mares Open pace Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Eric Carlson put Call Me Queen Be on the early lead and got Lispatty in behind her before favored Lakeisha Hall came on a brush at the 26.3 quarter. Lakeisha Hall got a 56.1 breather to the half on the 45-degree night, but the price of pacing went up as Lispatty came at the leader first-up, actually getting a head advantage at the 1:23.4 3/4s. Call Me Queen Be was perfectly-placed off the protracted front-end duel, and in the stretch surged by the front combatants to a 2¼ length victory. Call me Queen Be was the 2016 Breeders Crown three-year-old pacing filly champion, and this triumph, the fourth in her last six starts, may be a deciding factor for trainer Ross Croghan and the ownership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham - three-year-old and older performers have to declare in Tuesday for Saturday's 2018 Breeders Crown eliminations right here at Pocono, a day after supplemental nominations and entries for two-year-olds are due. The $6,000,000 Breeders Crown Championship Night is Saturday, October 27. Another horse who may have punched his ticket for a Crown starting berth is Muscle Diamond, who in the $21,500 featured trot got the lead nearing the 27 quarter under George Napolitano Jr.'s handling, went a very un-Crown like 57.4 to the half, then threw a 27.4 and then a 27.3 in finishing quarters to complete a 1:53.1 package on the cool night. A six-year-old son of Muscle Hill trained by Brett Bittle and co-owned by him along with Dan Bittle and the Charles Kellers III and IV, Muscle Diamond also would bring valuable Breeders Crown experience to the table - he finished second in his two-year-old event at The Meadowlands in 2014, beaten only a half-length by Pinkman, and then in 2015 at Woodbine he was only 1¼ lengths off stablemates The Bank and Pinkman in taking third. Muscle Diamond, who has won four of his last seven, took his mark of 1:50.1 earlier this year, and he now has earnings of $745,199. Driver George Napolitano Jr. had five winners on the Sunday Pocono card, adding to the three he posted last night - and went honors even for the weekend with his brother Anthony, who captured seven races on Saturday and added another on the Sunday program. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

With no Open Trot being contested on Sunday, the $15,000 Winners Over trot served as the feature on the matinee card. Many of the participants of the Winners Over were droppers from the Open so the race had the feel of a regular Sunday feature. Phil Fluet's Dragin The Wagon (Angus Hall) had been the runner-up in the Open four times in his last six starts but the drop to Winners Over led to the end of his seconditis as the eight year old trotter went coast-to-coast in 1:55.1. Dragin The Wagon utilizes his early speed pretty much weekly and did just that as he cruised to an easy lead on Sunday. Facing very little pressure in the middle half of the mile, Dragin The Wagon was met with the challenge of Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith), another Open dropper, who powered up alongside the leader around the final turn. Those two squared off while pocket-sitter Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray), fresh off of being the favorite in the Open in back-to-back weeks, began to fade from the scene. Dragin The Wagon dug in and held off Cash Me Out to record the victory while Wings Of Royalty earned the show spot. Dragin The Wagon paid $6.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $25 and $79, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Ohio Sires Stakes Champion Baron Remy prevailed against Grand Circuit stock in Saturday's $125,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. Her 1:51.3 effort made her the fastest sophomore filly to ever pace a mile on the Flying Turns. Baron Remy was driven by Chris Page and led her competition gate-to-wire through fractions of :27.2, :56.4, 1:24.1 and 1:51.3, besting her competition by a full length. "It says a lot for our Ohio-breds to step-up like this and win against open company," stated Page. Ron Burke, harness racing's leading trainer, conditions Baron Remy for owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke's fifth win of this event in the last six years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014, Sassa Hanover in 2015 and Rosemary Rose in 2017. Completing the field were Cult Icon, Wisdom Tree, Strong Opinion, Bad Girls Rule, Aims Whisper, Kitty Kitty Hawk and Dragon Lady Art. Baron Remy (Yankee Cruiser-Riley Character-Shady Character) now has eight wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $465,010. She returned $4.00 to win. In the preceding event, Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse and the only three-time Battle of Lake Erie Champion made his final start over the Flying Turns. He finished second, pushing his career bankroll in excess of $7.6 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The final session of the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes season wrapped up Saturday night, October 13 at Northfield Park with eight $60,000 consolation divisions for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders. Driver Aaron Merriman captured three of the eight OSS events, while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., won two of the $60,000 contests. Merriman took the first event with an easy, 1:57.2 front-stepping performance aboard 2-5 Bella's Rose Power, a freshman daughter by Triumphant Caviar co-owned and trained by Chris Beaver in the 2-year-old filly trot. Bella's Rose Power upped her earnings to $80,135 with the victory, her second in nine starts. She is owned in partnership with Beaver, along with breeder Marion Beachy, J. Gallagher and Steve Zeehandelar. The talented reinsman next guided 6-5 Infrontandforgetit to a perfect-trip scoring 1:58 mile for trainer Jim Arledge Jr. in the 3-year-old filly trot. The sophomore Dontyouforgetit lass sat behind the pace-setting 6-5 To Russia (Ryan Stahl) until the wire, when she overpowered rival Bugs MVP (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck to notch her sixth career win. Lifetime, Infrontandforgetit has $95,726 in her coffers for G. & W. Buckey, M. McLoughlin and Spring Mill Ventures. Merriman returned to the Northfield winner's circle with 1-5 favorite Yankee Boots, a Steve Carter trainee in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace. The son of Yankee Cruiser used wire-to-wire tactics to capture his tenth start in 15 tries in 1:53.2 for the partnership of Carter, Grubbs, Carter & Whitacre, finishing a neck ahead of the hard-trying 7-2 Seattle Hanover (Chris Page). Yankee Boots now has $123,010 in earnings from this latest victory. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.'s first score came with 6-1 Bad Sammie in the 2-year-old filly pace. The freshman Big Bad John lass picked a perfect time to break her maiden in 1:55.3 for Patty Roth and Alan Keith. Trained by Mike Roth, Bad Sammie pushed her lifetime bankroll to $60,065 as she finished half a length in front of even-money favorite Officially My Way (Jason Thompson). Wrenn, Jr., next reined 9-5 favorite Dragonology to victory in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Aws Stables. Dragonology took the lead from the start and never looked back, in front at ever quarter pole throughout the mile. The sophomore gelded son by Dragon Again took his second seasonal win and fourth lifetime victory in 1:53.1, and now has $158,167 in earnings. Canadian reinsman Anthony MacDonald steered 2-1 Westfiftysecond to a front-stepping 1:58 victory in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot for trainer Jason McGinnis and Thestable Westfiftysecond. The gregarious youngster was 7½ lengths in front at the wire and now has $54,832 in his lifetime coffers for his owners, who comprise a group of 31 partners. The Doug Rine trained and co-owned 1-5 favorite Dance Withsomebody had no problem establishing his dominance in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot with Robin Miller aboard. The Dejarmbro gelding was clocked in 1:56.1 and was never challenged throughout the one mile test. He's now earned $122,512 for Rine and co-owners Richard and Thomas Rine. The 3-year-old filly pace provided fans with a heart-stopping finish as 9-5 Princess Rougarou and driver Chris Page stopped the clock in 1:53.2 with a come-from-behind effort. The homebred Big Bad John lass is owned, trained and was bred by George Hensley, Jr., and upped her earnings to $119,652 with her seventh lifetime win in 31 starts. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

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