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The record-setting career of Manchego will come to an end Nov. 21 at The Meadowlands. Barry Guariglia, who owns the 5-year-old trotting mare, said her final start will be in the TVG Series championship, either in the Mare Trot or Open Trot. Manchego has won 32 of 55 lifetime races and earned $2.56 million. Her victories include the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4, and 5. She is the fastest female trotter ever thanks to her 1:49 victory in the 2019 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Red Mile and also the fastest female trotter in history on a five-eighths-mile track, with a mark of 1:49.3 in this year's Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park. She is the only female trotter to win with a sub-1:50 mile in multiple years. She has been the sport's fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020. In 2017, Manchego won all 12 of her starts and became the first undefeated 2-year-old filly trotter in Breeders Crown history as well as the first unbeaten 2-year-old filly trotter to win a Dan Patch Award. With her Breeders Crown triumph two weeks ago, she joined Peace Corps and Grades Singing as the only female trotters with at least three trophies. Manchego was trained by Jimmy Takter at ages 2 and 3, and Nancy Takter at 4 and 5. Guariglia will keep Manchego, who is by Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, as a broodmare. "For me, that (TVG) will be a rough one because it's been so wonderful, and I do like to race," Guariglia said. "It'll be a rough one, but the start of a new chapter for her. "She seems to be in good form, so hopefully we've got one more (win) in us." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Hightstown, NJ — None of the horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown top 10 raced last week. As a result, there were no changes in the harness racing rankings. Several horses are in action Thursday in Matron Stakes events at Dover Downs: No. 2 Party Girl Hill, No. 6 Ramona Hill, and No. 8 Amigo Volo. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 18 – 11/10/2020 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Tall Dark Stranger (23) 3pc 13-11-1-0 $1,302,681 330 1 2 Party Girl Hill (4) 3pf 15-14-0-1 $803,120 295 2 3 Gimpanzee (5) 4th 11-8-1-1 $980,964 272 3 4 Perfect Sting (3) 2pc 10-10-0-0 $534,300 243 4 5 Kissin In The Sand 5pm 11-7-1-0 $419,984 195 5 6 Ramona Hill 3tf 9-6-1-1 $915,615 155 6 7 Atlanta 5tm 11-5-3-1 $669,014 129 7 8 Amigo Volo 3tg 14-8-1-2 $858,323 89 8 9 Bettor’s Wish 4ph 11-5-2-2 $497,232 63 9 10 Manchego 5tm 12-5-2-2 $439,451 53 10 ALSO: Shartin N 28; Test Of Faith 20; Century Farroh 14; Fire Start Hanover 7; Action Uncle, Sorella, Venerate 6; Peaky Sneaky 3; Cattlewash, Charlie May, On A Streak, Ready For Moni 2; Pemberton, Southwind Gendry, Yall Beneath Me 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Timonium, MD – Harness racing pacing broodmare Somwherovrarainbow, a Dan Patch Award winner at age 2, was purchased in foal to stallion Always B Miki for $240,000 by Crawford Farms to lead Friday’s (Nov. 6) first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s mixed sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The 10-year-old Somwherovrarainbow is the offspring of two Horse of the Year winners, Somebeachsomewhere and Rainbow Blue. On the track, she won 20 of 46 races and $1.34 million. She was consigned by Diamond Creek Farm. Next on the list of top sellers was the trotting broodmare Live Laugh Love, who was purchased for $150,000 by Robert Lindstrom. The 5-year-old is by Donato Hanover out of Shes Gone Again. Her family includes Dan Patch Award winner Poof She’s Gone. On the track, Live Laugh Love won eight of 25 starts and $281,718. She also was consigned by Diamond Creek Farm. A total of 275 horses sold Friday for a gross of $6.56 million and average of $23,880. The final day of the mixed sale is Saturday (Nov. 6). For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Timonium, MD — The harness racing pacing colt Shadowmoon Rising led Thursday’s (Nov. 5) final yearling session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $115,000 by Dr. Ian Moore at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. A son of Shadow Play out of Lofty Yankee, the colt is a full brother to Shadow Moon, who was a Grand Circuit stakes winner for Moore. Shadowmoon Rising was bred and consigned by Spring Haven Farm. “Shadow Moon was a real nice 2-year-old and then didn’t quite come back as a 3-year-old,” Moore said. “He was a real gritty individual. But this guy is totally different than him. Shadow Moon was small, and this guy is a much stronger, bigger looking, individual. “I didn’t want to pay that much, we had kind of talked around $80,000, but it was an Internet bidder and me from $75,000 on. That Internet bidder was probably Jack Darling, because he didn’t make it here. I think he wanted him pretty good, too. We had to pay more, but I’m glad we got him.” The three-day yearling portion of the auction concluded with 773 horses selling for a total of $29.5 million and average of $38,215. The average declined following two record-setting sales. The average in 2019 was $48,903, which bettered the previous record of $42,675 set in 2018. The average in 2017 was $39,675. Second among Thursday’s top sellers was Thx Again Bluechip, a pacing colt by Huntsville out of Exclamation, who sold for $105,000 to Steve Elliott. The colt is from the family of Dan Patch Award winning mare Rocklamation. He was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock and Our Horse Cents Stables and consigned by Blue Chip Farms, agent, for Blue Chip Bloodstock. Rounding out the trio of six-figure sellers was Alehouse Hanover, a trotting colt by Bar Hopping out of Aspidistra Hanover, who sold for $100,000 to Paul Kelley. His family includes Grand Circuit winner Spicy Wings while third dam Almost An Angel was a Dan Patch Award winner and producer of multiple stakes winners. Alehouse Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. The first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s two-day mixed sale begins at 10 a.m. (EST) Friday. For complete sale results, click here. By Ken Weingartner, for the USTA with Chris Tully

Timonium, MD — Anyone who missed the first harness racing yearling pass through the auction ring at Wednesday’s (Nov. 4) second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale also missed the day’s top seller. Nautical Hanover, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of Naughty Marietta, was purchased by Tony Alagna for $180,000 to lead a group of 14 horses that reached six figures. He is Naughty Marietta’s third foal, but first by Captaintreacherous and from the family of Grand Circuit stakes winner Shezarealdeal. He was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. “I saw this colt at the farm,” Alagna said. “I turned him out, he was great in the paddock. He had a great video. He was a very kind horse, great look to him. First Captain. The first great individual the mare had. This colt was phenomenal. “We wanted to take a good run at him. We knew we were going to have to spend more than normally would, but the way the pacing colts were selling yesterday, it was crazy the numbers. We were actually happy to get him for ($180,000). Our number was 175 and I had to go one over, and we got him.” Through two yearling sessions at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, a total of 445 horses sold for nearly $23.2 million and average of $52,133. The average is lower than each of the past two years, both of which established records, but nearly identical to the average of $52,847 through two sessions in 2017. The average was $69,769 in 2019 and $59,182 in 2018. Second on the list of Wednesday’s top sellers was Ivory Hanover, a pacing filly by Bettor’s Delight out of I’m Sassy, who sold for $170,000 to John Floren. She is from the family of Grand Circuit stakes winners Newborn Sassy and Ideal Newton. Next was trotting filly Peerless Hanover, by Cantab Hall out of Perfect Chance, who was purchased for $150,000 by Trond Smedshammer. Peerless Hanover, by Cantab Hall out of Perfect Chance, was purchased for $150,000 by Trond Smedshammer.   -Chris Tully photo. Both horses were bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Rounding out the top five were trotting colt Heroic Story and trotting filly Champagne Hanover. Heroic Story, by Chapter Seven out of Bankette, was purchased for $145,000 by Reijo Liljendahl. He is the first foal for Bankette, whose dam is Grand Circuit stakes winner Bruschette. Heroic Story was bred by Caroline Gerry and consigned by Blue Chip Farms. Champagne Hanover, by Bar Hopping out of Chez Lucie, sold for $140,000 to Lynn Curry. Champagne Hanover is a half-sister to stakes winner Chezatter. She was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. The three-day yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale concludes Thursday, followed by a two-day mixed sale. For complete Standardbred Horse Sale results, click here. — Chris Tully also contributed to this report   by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

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

When colt Mysweetboymax races in Thursday's $193,000 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male harness racing pacers at Dover Downs, he carries not only his owners' hopes for a win but their memories of a dear friend. Bred and owned by the father-and-son team of Robert Horowitz and Brandon Horowitz, Mysweetboymax is named in memory of Max Liroff, the best friend of one of Robert's other sons, Casey. Max died two years ago at the age of 25 following a battle with cancer. "He fought the battle like none other but was just dealt a terrible blow," Robert Horowitz said. "He was the sweetest, nicest kid in the world. I knew him from the day he wore diapers. He was a wonderful person. When it came time to name this horse, this was something we wanted to do." Mysweetboymax, by Sweet Lou out of Faster Faster, has won three of 10 races this season and hit the board a total of six times. In July, he finished in a dead heat for win with eventual undefeated Breeders Crown champion Perfect Sting. In his most recent starts, both at Harrah's Philadelphia, Mysweetboymax won a division of the Liberty Bell and was second in a division of the Simpson Memorial. "He was a little immature and we kind of brought him along slowly," Horowitz said. "He's been getting better every week. We felt like this would be an opportunity for him. You never know. You have to be in it to win it." Mysweetboymax will start Thursday's Matron from post six and is 12-1 on the morning line. The colt is trained by Sam DePinto. "He's very handy, he makes no mistakes, and he loves his job," Horowitz said about Mysweetboymax. "The horse just loves what he does. He shows up and tries every week. He can race any way he has to. He's a pushbutton horse to drive. He can leave, come off the pace; that kind of horse is nice as a 2-year-old. "This is a very competitive race, but we feel like he's in a good spot and will give a good account of himself. He's never disappointed." Southwind Gendry, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion who is coming off a third-place finish by a head in the Breeders Crown, is the 5-2 favorite in the Matron for colt-and-gelding pacers. The field also includes Metro Pace winner Exploit and Breeders Crown finalists Bayfield Beach and Literl Lad Hanover. There also are Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters and 2-year-old female pacers and trotters. Massachusetts Sire Stakes champion Incommunicado is the 3-5 favorite in the colt-and-gelding trot, Bluegrass division winner Pub Crawl is the 5-2 choice in the filly trot, and Breeders Crown finalist Continualou is the 2-1 favorite in the filly pace. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday at Dover Downs. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Gimpanzee made it three Breeders Crown titles in a row by winning Saturday's (Oct. 31) $500,000 Open Trot by a length over Crystal Fashion in 1:51.3 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Atlanta finished third. Gimpanzee, a 4-year-old stallion, became the fifth trotter in history to win at least three Breeders Crown trophies, joining Peace Corps, Grades Singing, Mack Lobell, and Manchego -- who accomplished the feat earlier in the night. Peace Corps, who leads the group with a record four Crowns, and Mack Lobell are the only others to win titles at ages 2, 3, and 4. In addition, Gimpanzee became the first trotter to win a Breeders Crown at age 3 and return to capture the Open Trot at 4 since his sire, Chapter Seven, did so in 2011 and 2012. "He's just an amazing horse and means a lot to me," trainer Marcus Melander said. "He's been with us from the start since we bought him at the Harrisburg sale, and it's just amazing what a journey it's been for us. "This is our third win together, and it's very tough to win these Breeders Crown races. I'm very happy. Doing it with this horse -- taking his third straight Breeders Crown -- just shows how good of a horse he is." Gimpanzee and driver Brian Sears followed early leader Crystal Fashion around the first turn through an opening :27.3 quarter before moving to the front on the backstretch. From there, Gimpanzee hit the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Atlanta, the lone mare in the field, tried to launch a challenge on the last turn, but Gimpanzee kept both Crystal Fashion and Atlanta at bay down the stretch. "I didn't know what Brian had planned," Melander said. "I think (Gimpanzee) is better chasing horses, but they went a little softer there on the backside and he could get the lead." Gimpanzee, out of the mare Steamy Windows, has won eight of 11 races this season and 25 of 34 in his career, with earnings of $2.70 million. He is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. He was bred by Order By Stable. Sent off as the even money favorite, Gimpanzee paid $4.00 to win.   by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. -- On A Streak and harness racing driver Bob McClure surged down the stretch to overcome pacesetter Captain Corey and then held off In Range by three-quarters of a length to win Friday's (Oct. 30) $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters in a stakes record 1:52.4 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Venerate finished third. McClure left quickly from post four with On A Streak and led heading to the first turn before yielding the top spot to Captain Corey and driver Ãke Svanstedt through a :26.4 opening quarter. Venerate, the 4-5 favorite, and driver Andy Miller began a bid for the front with a first-over move from fifth up the backstretch, but were unable to pass Captain Corey as they hit the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. In the stretch, McClure angled the pocket-sitting On A Streak to the inside and took the lead en route a 9-1 upset. "My colt is so handy," McClure said. "Getting him off the gate, I wanted to leave and hopefully follow Ãke or Andy, or even both. When I saw Ãke look over and try to take off on Andy, I thought it looked really good. "Andy's horse seemed like he was coming (in the stretch), so I just tried to get into the passing lane and get my horse re-motivated. It's not easy for 2-year-old trotters to dive into the passing lane and try to advance; it's not really taught to them. But he's such a professional that, as soon as he saw open air, he took off." On A Streak, a son of Cantab Hall out of Habit's Best, has won two of nine races this season and $646,184 for owner Determination and trainer Luc Blais. He was bred by Fredericka Caldwell. The colt's previous victory came in the William Wellwood Memorial at Woodbine Mohawk Park in September. It was the first Breeders Crown title for McClure and fourth for Blais. "To win a Breeders Crown is always special," Blais said. "It's the end of the year, it's a long season, and when you win that, you're fresh for the winter." The previous stakes record of 1:53 was set by Walner in 2016. On A Streak paid $20.80 to win.   by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

Chris Ryder says having a horse like Bettor's Wish is probably the highlight of his harness racing career as a trainer. Having another like Party Girl Hill is not far behind. "That's exactly right," Ryder said. "It's great to have two horses like this." Bettor's Wish, a 4-year-old stallion, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Five races earlier, Party Girl Hill, unbeaten in 14 lifetime starts, is the 2-5 choice in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old female pacers. Party Girl Hill is the No. 2-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, behind 3-year-old male pacer Tall Dark Stranger. Bettor's Wish is No. 8. Bettor's Wish, co-owned by Ryder, has won five of 10 races this year and $384,732. His triumphs include the Sam McKee Memorial, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Allerage Farms Open Pace. He was second in the Dan Patch Stakes. For his career, the son of Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star has won 23 of 41 starts and $2.30 million. He led the sport in earnings in 2019 with $1.64 million and was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male pacer. At the end of the season, Bettor's Wish will retire to stallion duties at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania. "Bettor's Wish is probably the highlight of my training career," Ryder said. "He's like part of the family. He's got such a great personality, I really appreciate him around the barn, and he just keeps coming out and producing time after time. Right now, he's just got a couple starts left. Then you realize it's going to be done. It's going to be bittersweet. But we're pleased it's working out the way it is. "He's going to retire sound and at the top of his game. He's got a great gait, a great attitude, a big heart, he knows how to win, and he's from a great family; I don't know what more people could want in a horse. He's going to be a popular stallion. It's going to be fun to see his babies." Bettor's Wish was purchased for $20,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Ryder owns the horse with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, and Bettors Wish Partners. Last year in the Breeders Crown, Bettor's Wish finished second by a head to Dancin Lou. This year, he starts from post nine, the outermost spot on the gate. He brings a three-race win streak to the final. "No matter how it goes, he's the horse to beat," said Ryder, who has won four Breeders Crown trophies in his career. "He had the seven (post) in the Allerage and eight in the Sam McKee, and he got the job done. He's real good at the moment. If he stays healthy, I think people are going to see something pretty good."   Something pretty good could be in store with Party Girl Hill, as well. Unraced at age 2 because of an injury, she has dominated at 3. Her victories this season include the Fan Hanover, Jugette, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and Tattersalls Pace division, where she became only the second pacing filly to beat male rivals in a race worth at least $100,000 in the last 30 years. She won her Jugette elimination in 1:49.3, the first sub-1:50 mile on a half-mile track by a female pacer in history. "It's all systems go," Ryder said. "It's not like she's done a lot of easy races, they've all been top of the line. "She's a phenomenal filly. I feel confident going into (the final), although there are some tremendous horses here. She has many qualities. She's got class. She's got speed and she can relax. She's got it all. She is versatile and takes everything that comes at her. She's undefeated, you can't beat that." Party Girl Hill, a daughter of Captaintreacherous-Look Cheap, is owned by breeder Tom Hill. Lyons Sentinel, the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly pacer, is the 9-2 second choice in the Crown final. Peaky Sneaky is 5-1. Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown Open Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Sectionline Bigry-Tyler Smith-Steve Bauder-8/1 2-Filibuster Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-12/1 3-Western Joe-Andrew McCarthy-Christopher Choate-30/1 4-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20/1 5-Sintra-Trace Tetrick-Tyler George-20/1 6-Backstreet Shadow-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-9/2 7-Century Farroh-David Miller-Ian Moore-4/1 8-Dancin Lou-Brian Sears-Tahnee Camilleri-20/1 9-Bettor's Wish-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder-8/5 10-This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/1 This Is The Plan starts from the second tier. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Drama Act-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15/1 2-Party Girl Hill-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder-2/5 3-Lyons Sentinel-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-9/2 4-Peaky Sneaky-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-5/1 5-Pettycoat Business-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown-30/1 6-Rocknificent-Scott Zeron-Linda Toscano-12/1 7-JK First Lady-David Miller-Nancy Takter-10/1 8-Lady Lou-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-30/1 9-Hen Party-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-30/1 10-New Year-Joe Bongiorno-Chris Ryder-30/1 New Year starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Perfect Sting can do what's never been done in Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male harness racing pacers. With a win, the Joe Holloway-trained colt will finish his campaign 10-for-10. In the history of the event, none of the 36 male pacers to win a trophy at age 2 ever finished his rookie season undefeated. Holloway said the Breeders Crown start at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be Perfect Sting's last race of 2020. The colt heads to the final off a 1:50.4 score in his elimination last week. He defeated Summa Cum Laude by 3-3/4 lengths and his time over a sloppy surface was just a tick off the track record. Perfect Sting will start Friday from post two with David Miller in the sulky. He is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. "He just keeps feeling better and better, so that's a good thing," said Holloway, a seven-time Breeders Crown winner. "I hope he gets the job done. I think he deserves it because I truly think he's a great horse. Hopefully, he can show it on Friday." Perfect Sting is a son of Always B Miki out of Shebestingin. Always B Miki, a two-time Breeders Crown Open Pace winner trained by Holloway at ages 2 and 3, shares the record for history's fastest mile, 1:46. Shebestingin, trained by Holloway throughout her career, was the all-time fastest female pacer until 2019, when Shartin N's 1:46.4 mile bettered her mark by one-fifth of a second. In his three starts prior to the Breeders Crown, Perfect Sting won the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship before picking up his first Grand Circuit scores in divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. He rallied from third in the stretch to win the International Stallion by a head. In his Crown elim, he led in the stretch and extended his advantage by an additional two lengths. "There is something every time," Holloway said, referring to Perfect Sting's improvement. "Two starts prior, he ran that horse down; I thought he had an insurmountable lead. His last start, when he was on the front, when David called on him, he was out there going. "I think he's learned how to be a racehorse now. He knows what he's doing now, so I think he'll do what he has to." Perfect Sting's path to perfection will not be easy. Southwind Gendry won the other Breeders Crown elimination by three lengths over Caviart Lotus in 1:51. He has captured nine of 11 starts, including the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion. He brings a seven-race win streak to the final. Southwind Gendry, a son of Always B Miki-Gambler's Passion, is the 8-5 second choice on the morning line, leaving from post three with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. The final will be the first meeting between Southwind Gendry and Perfect Sting. "I know he's been racing well and he's tough," Holloway said about Southwind Gendry. "But I think my horse is better. I'm supposed to think that way. They're supposed to think that way. We'll find out come Friday." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Friday's Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-JK Going West-LeWayne Miller-LeWayne Miller-12/1 2-Perfect Sting-David Miller-Joe Holloway-7/5 3-Southwind Gendry-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-8/5 4-Always A Miki-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-12/1 5-Bayfield Beach-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown-20/1 6-Summa Cum Laude-Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Abuckabett Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-20/1 8-Caviart Lotus-Tim Tetrick-Nancy Takter-15/1 9-Captains Place-Tyler Smith-John Ackley-30/1 10-Literl Lad Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20/1 Literl Lad Hanover starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Six weeks ago, harness racing trainer Nifty Norman said he couldn't be happier with the way Amigo Volo looked heading into the rest of the season. As the horse prepares for Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, it's safe to say he remains enthusiastic. Amigo Volo, who was the Breeders Crown champion at age 2, won the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 11 at Red Mile and followed up with a track-record victory in his Crown elimination last Saturday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Going back to mid-August, he has won five of six races and finished second in the other. "He has not let me down," Norman said. "Even last week, I was kind of mildly shocked at how good he was. He's just solid. He's raced in just about every race there is, and he's as good now as he was at the start. He maybe even better. That's a good sign for a horse." Amigo Volo won his elimination in 1:51.2, the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old trotter at Hoosier Park. The time was just one-fifth of a second off the track's overall record. In Saturday's Breeders Crown final, Amigo Volo will start from post two with driver Dexter Dunn. He is the 6-5 morning-line favorite. Three male trotters this century have won Crown trophies at ages 2 and 3: Gimpanzee, 2018-2019; Father Patrick, 2013-2014; and Muscle Hill, 2008-2009. Amigo Volo is by Father Patrick out of Margarita Momma. For the year, Amigo Volo has won seven of 13 races. Lifetime, the multiple world-record-setting gelding has won 13 of 25 starts and $1.21 million in purses for owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. "It won't be easy, but I think that at the moment he's probably the best horse," said Norman, who has won four Breeders Crown finals. "I've got a good driver, a good draw, so I've got as good a shot as anybody." Norman also sends out Chestnut Hill in the event. Chestnut Hill finished second by a neck to Capricornus in the other Breeders Crown elimination. For the year, Chestnut Hill has won three of 14 races, including the Canadian Trotting Classic. The colt is by Muscle Hill out of Poof She's Gone, a filly that provided Norman his first Breeders Crown trophy in 2009. He is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee, and Little E. Hartman and McDuffee bred Chestnut Hill with Herb Liverman. Chestnut Hill will start from post nine, the outermost spot on the gate, with David Miller in the sulky. The colt is 15-1 on the morning line. "I thought he raced really good last week, but then the draw just crushed him," Norman said. "Now you're really relying on luck. But you know what, he's had some bad draws or rough trips and got good finishes out of them. A few things went his way, and he always gets home good. The horse himself is in good shape." Ready For Moni, who won the Goodtimes Stakes and Harry M. Zweig Memorial after finishing second in the Hambletonian, is the 7-2 second choice. Capricornus is 6-1. Norman's Breeders Crown weekend begins Friday with Fire Start Hanover in the $600,000 final for 2-year-old female pacers. The filly had a five-race win streak snapped with a second-place finish to Continualou in her elimination. Fire Start Hanover is the 3-1 favorite, starting from post seven with driver Dunn. "I was very happy with her run," Norman said. "She was sick after Lexington, we brought her home, she had five days off. I only trained her once. I thought she would be kind of short, but she was actually really good. Even though she's drawn seven, I think she'll go really good. I think that run last week will really help her and she's good either way, she can leave or she can race from off the pace. "She's a nice filly and I think she's got a good shot. She's a big, strong thing, and has just gotten better as the year has gone on. I've got a lot of confidence in her." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for Saturday's Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot final. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Capricornus-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-6/1 2-Amigo Volo-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman-6/5 3-Ready For Moni-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-7/2 4-Play Trix On Me-Joe Bongiorno-Linda Toscano-20/1 5-Hillexotic-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-20/1 6-Maesteraemon-Scott Zeron-Marcus Melander-15/1 7-Back Of The Neck-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-8/1 8-Beads-Brian Sears-Per Engblom-8/1 9-Chestnut Hill-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman-15/1 10-Gangster Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Atlanta has done plenty to impress harness racing trainer Ron Burke in the two seasons she has been in his stable, including win eight Grand Circuit finals, set speed records in the U.S. and Canada, and receive a Dan Patch Award. Yet as she prepares to take on nine male rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Burke has never felt better about the 5-year-old mare. Atlanta heads to the race off a 1:50 win over a "good" surface in the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Oct. 11 at Lexington's Red Mile. Only a half-length loss to Gimpanzee in the Caesars Trotting Classic at Hoosier in September keeps her from a four-race win streak. "I could not be happier with her, she's the best she's ever been for us," said Burke, who took over the training of Atlanta at the beginning of 2019. "I like getting the week off because she loves to race off multiple weeks off, so she's going to come in sharp for the final. I'm thrilled." What has made Atlanta even better? "I think she's matured a little bit more," Burke said. "I've always worried about her weight, and it's really not an issue now. She looks great. And maybe the year, the way her schedule has been, it's really helped. She hasn't raced that much, and I don't think she really wants to race a lot, because when she races she gives everything every step every time." Atlanta has won five of 10 races this season. In addition to the Allerage, her victories include the Maple Leaf Trot, Dayton Trotting Derby, and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. She will attempt to become the fourth mare to win the Breeders Crown Open Trot, joining Hannelore Hanover (2017), Moni Maker (1998) and CR Kay Suzie (1996). Atlanta, the Trotter of the Year in 2018 and Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter in 2019, is seeking her first Crown. Last year, Atlanta finished third in the Open Trot behind Bold Eagle and Six Pack. Burke leads all active trainers in Breeders Crown hardware with 17 trophies. Jimmy Takter holds the record with 34. Atlanta, who has won 25 of 49 career races and $2.52 million, will start Saturday from post five with driver Yannick Gingras, a 23-time Breeders Crown winner. The mare is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant, and Howard Taylor. With the way Atlanta is racing, Burke cannot help but think ahead a bit to 2021. "I think it points to next year being her best year," Burke said. "I'm excited. Right now, it's all go to race next year again. I think we can do special things next year." Atlanta is not alone in looking to add her name to the Breeders Crown record book Saturday. Four-year-old stallion Gimpanzee is aiming for his third win in a Crown final. Only three trotters have captured three or more Breeders Crown trophies in history. Female trotter Peace Corps holds the record with four. Grades Singing, another female, won three as did male trotter Mack Lobell. Gimpanzee, a Dan Patch Award winner at age 2, has won seven of 10 races this year, including the John Cashman Memorial, and 24 of 33 lifetime. He has earned $2.45 million for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. He enters the Crown final off a 1:52 win last Saturday in an invitational at Hoosier. He starts from post three with Brian Sears in the sulky. Sears has won 32 Crown finals, second most in history behind John Campbell's 48. Prior to winning the invitational, Gimpanzee was sixth in the Allerage, his only off-the-board finish of the campaign. "The result in Lexington was a little disappointing, even if I wasn't disappointed in the horse, but the result," trainer Marcus Melander said. "I could feel in the warmups (Saturday) that he was in form. I told Brian that too. "We were both very excited that he bounced back the way he did. It was a perfect prep race for him. Brian drove him perfectly and he didn't have to chase him hard down the lane, he did it very easily. I couldn't have been happier." The Open Trot field also includes Fiftydallarbill, who won a Breeders Crown at age 2 in 2017 at Hoosier, as well as Lindy The Great and Majestic Player A, who are among three horses sharing the Hoosier track record of 1:51.1 for a trotter, and millionaire Crystal Fashion. Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Mission Accepted-Chris Page-Ron Burke 2-Majestic Player A-Brett Miller-Walter Haynes Jr. 3-Gimpanzee-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 4-Reign Of Honor-David Miller-Marcus Melander 5-Atlanta-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 6-Lindy The Great-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 7-Soul Strong-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 8-Katkin American-James Yoder-James Yoder 9-Crystal Fashion-Jordan Stratton-Jim Campbell 10-Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-Luis Quevedo Fiftydallarbill starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

After watching Venerate become the fastest 2-year-old trotter ever at Harrah's Hoosier Park by winning his Breeders Crown elimination in 1:52.2 last week, harness racing trainer Julie Miller offered a succinct summary of the colt's effort. "If he minds his manners and stays focused, that's the kind of performance we thought he could put in," Miller said. Venerate heads to Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male trotters with four wins in his last six starts. He went off stride in the two losses. In addition to capturing his Crown elimination, Venerate's victories include the inaugural Mohawk Million and the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. Overall, the son of Love You-Peaceful Kemp has won five of nine races and earned $703,114. He is owned by Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc. "He can be his own worst enemy," Julie Miller said prior to the elimination. "He's kind of immature mentally and is still trying to figure out what we're asking of him. He wants to do the right thing, he's trying to figure it out." On Friday, Venerate will start from post five with Andy Miller, Julie's husband, in the sulky. Julie and Andy have won one Crown together, with Lucky Jim in the 2009 Open Trot. Andy has a total of five trophies as a driver. "(Venerate) is the horse to beat in my opinion," said trainer Marcus Melander, who conditions In Range, the winner of the event's other elimination. "That's a great horse." In Range won his Crown elimination by a neck over Brookview Bolt in 1:54.1. The colt, by Bar Hopping out of Ilia, has won five of nine races and earned $276,003 for owners AMG Stable, Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Hans Asell, and Rick Wahlstedt. He has finished worse than second only once, a sixth-place finish in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. Tim Tetrick will drive In Range, starting from post three. "He's only had one bad race this year, and that was the first week of Lexington, and we didn't really know what was going on with him that week," said Melander, who has won two Breeders Crown trophies, both with trotter Gimpanzee. "Otherwise, he's been great. You can never count him out because he's always right there. He'll be right there with them." Friday's final also includes William Wellwood Memorial winner On A Streak and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Captain Corey, who was undefeated in five races before finishing second to Venerate in their Crown elimination. "He raced good," trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt said about Captain Corey, "but Venerate was better." He added, "We're not giving up. We're going to fight (in the final)." Captain Corey is one of two Svanstedt-trained colts in the race. Yannick Gingras will drive Delayed Hanover, who was third in the elimination won by In Range. "He raced OK, but I expected more of him," Svanstedt said. "He didn't come home so good. Maybe it was a long trip (to Hoosier) too close to the race. Now, he is there for a week and can take it easy, so maybe he can be better." Jim Campbell also has two finalists, Cricket Fashion and Take All Comers, who punched his ticket to the Breeders Crown by winning a Bluegrass Stakes division on Oct. 2 at Red Mile. The gelding finished third in his Crown elimination, which was won by Venerate. "I'm very happy with him," Campbell said. "He was a very confident third. We've kind of taken it week to week with him. When we brought him to Lexington, we were going to race him the first week and see how he raced. He went out and raced super and that's when we decided to go to the Breeders Crown with him. We chose not to race him the second week (in Lexington) intentionally." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male trotters. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Take All Comers-David Miller-Jim Campbell 2-Cricket Fashion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell 3-In Range-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 4-On A Streak-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 5-Venerate-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-Muscle Dynasty-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 7-Captain Corey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 8-Delayed Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ake Svanstedt 9-Moonstone S-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 10-Brookview Bolt-Dexter Dunn-Ron Burke Brookview Bolt starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

When it comes to online harness racing purchases, Spoiled Princess looks like a royal buy. The 3-year-old filly trotter is a nose from being undefeated in three races for trainer Nancy Takter since her father Jimmy acquired the horse for $90,400 last month in an onGait.com auction. On Saturday, she races in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Spoiled Princess heads to the race off a 1:53 win in her elimination this past Friday, when she defeated favorite Hypnotic AM by a neck. "It's 2020, the year of COVID-19, and everybody learned to shop online," Takter said, adding with a laugh. "Even Jimmy Takter learned how to buy horses online." Jimmy Takter, the Hall of Famer who retired from training following the 2018 season, and happens to be the winningest trainer in Breeders Crown history with 34 trophies, was interested in Spoiled Princess as a broodmare prospect. Five days before she sold online, Spoiled Princess won a division of the Buckette Stakes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Nancy Takter was at the track that day, watching her stable's Caviart Eva win the other division. "He called me and asked about her," Nancy Takter said. "He was really looking for a mare that he could breed to Ready For Moni later, that would cross well with Ready For Moni. She looked good, a nice-gaited filly, a nice big strong-looking filly. I knew she was sound. I didn't see where you could go wrong with buying her." Jimmy Takter made the buy, with Black Horse Racing's Barry Guariglia. The filly now races for Black Horse Racing and Christina Takter. Since joining her new group, Spoiled Princess finished second by a nose to stablemate Sorella in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, won a 3-year-old filly open, and captured her Breeders Crown elimination. For her career, Spoiled Princess has won eight of 21 races and $171,136. The daughter of Trixton-Fashion Spooner was trained previously by Nifty Norman. Spoiled Princess will start the Breeders Crown final from post five with driver Dexter Dunn. "She was in really good shape when she got to me; she was sound and a well-mannered filly," Nancy Takter said. "She's beautifully gaited. We just made some bridle changes and stuff like that, and I put her on Lasix. She's maybe a little fresher than some of the other ones now. That plays to her advantage as well." Spoiled Princess is one of three finalists for Takter. Her others are Sorella, the Hambletonian Oaks winner, and Caviart Eva. Sorella finished third, beaten a half-length, in Spoiled Princess' elim. Caviart Eva was fourth in the other elimination, which was won by Next Level Stuff in 1:53.4. "I was happy with both of them," Takter said. "Eva is a game, honest filly. She's really an overachiever. She tries really hard. You can't help but like her. I was happy with Sorella too. She's not really as much of a sprinter as maybe Princess is. I think she raced good. She raced with shoes and she's better without shoes. She'll race without shoes in the final. She's been good all year. It's tough to maintain your form from May to November." Next Level Stuff rallied to win her elimination by a neck over tempo-setting Ab'sattitudexpress. She has won three of her last four races for trainer Jim Campbell and owner Runthetable Stables. Her only loss during that span was a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. She will start the final from post one with driver Tim Tetrick. For the year, the daughter of Sebastian K S-Nantab has won six of 12 races and $231,361. "I couldn't be happier with her, the way she's been going," Campbell said. "She's been very consistent all year long. She had a real good race the other night and hopefully we can keep her going for the final. "She was really good in the Kentucky (Filly) Futurity final, she just had some bad racing luck. She was pinned in and didn't get out until late. But she raced really good there and she took advantage of a good trip Friday at Hoosier." Ab'sattitudexpress, trained by Lucas Wallin, and Hypnotic AM, trained by Marcus Melander, will start the Breeders Crown final next to each other, in posts six and seven, respectively. "I was very happy with how Ab's raced and she never gave up," Wallin said. "With an eighth of a mile left it looked like she would get beat by two lengths or so, but she tried her best. She hasn't disappointed me yet this year." Said Melander about Hypnotic AM, the Oaks and Filly Futurity runner-up, "I was very happy with her in the elimination. She got to the lead and just got beat by a neck. She's always right there in these races, she always shows up. She's never missed the board in her entire life. You can always count on her. She's a great horse and definitely one of the fillies that can win the race." Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Love A Good Story finished third in her elimination, beaten a length by Next Level Stuff. She will start Saturday from post 10, in the second tier. "I think she was really coming on for a good-closing third," trainer Julie Miller said. "I wasn't tickled with the 10-hole, but that's better than the eight or nine. We'll see what happens with her. I think she's really peaking right now." $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot PP-Horse-Trainer 1-Next Level Stuff-Jim Campbell 2-Crucial-Ron Burke 3-May Baby-James Yoder 4-Sorella-Nancy Takter 5-Spoiled Princess-Nancy Takter 6-Ab'sattitudexpress-Lucas Wallin 7-Hypnotic AM-Marcus Melander 8-Caviart Eva-Nancy Takter 9-Rock Swan-Erv Miller 10-Love A Good Story-Julie Miller by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Bettor's Wish and Gimpanzee prepared for next week's Breeders Crown finals with wins in their respective $25,000 invitational races Saturday (Oct. 24) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Breeders Crown Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot did not require eliminations, so the invitationals were an opportunity to get a start prior to next Saturday's finals. Bettor's Wish won the invitational pace, a seven-horse field with four Breeders Crown finalists, by three-quarters of a length over Brassy Hanover in 1:50.2. Century Farroh finished third. The Breeders Crown finalists in the race were Bettor's Wish, Century Farroh, Sectionline Bigry (fourth) and Dancin Lou (sixth). Last year, Bettor's Wish finished second by a head to Dancin Lou in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Gimpanzee won the invitational trot, a seven-horse field with six Breeders Crown finalists, by 1-3/4 lengths over Manchego in 1:52. Majestic Player A finished third. The Breeders Crown finalists in the race were Gimpanzee, Manchego, Majestic Player A, Lindy The Great (fourth), Fiftydallarbill (fifth) and Reign Of Honor (seventh). In the invitational pace, Bettor's Wish and driver Dexter Dunn were fourth as Century Farroh led the field to the quarter in :26.2 and half in :55.4. Bettor's Wish made his move heading to the final turn and was a half length from the leader when they reached three-quarters in 1:24.4. Bettor's Wish came home in :25.3 to get the win. "He's such a gutsy horse, his attitude is amazing, and makes my job easy because he's so versatile," Dunn said. "It's not an easy move (from age 3 to 4), but you know he's going to go out there and give you 100%. He's stepped up very good." Chris Ryder trains Bettor's Wish, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Lifetime Star. The 4-year-old has won five of 10 races this season, earning $382,232. For his career, he has won 23 of 41 starts and $2.29 million. He is owned by Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. He was bred by Brittany Farms. Bettor's Wish will stand at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania in 2021. "I'll miss him, that's for sure," Dunn said. "He's like an old mate. I'll definitely miss him, but I'm looking forward to see what he can produce on the racetrack once he becomes a stud." Bettor's Wish, the 4-5 favorite, paid $3.60 to win. In the invitational trot, Lindy The Great set the fractions -- :27, :56.3 and 1:25.2 -- while Gimpanzee and driver Brian Sears bided their time in third behind Reign Of Honor. Once in the stretch, Gimpanzee took control and cruised to victory. Manchego, who was sixth until well into the stretch, charged late with a :25.1 last quarter to get the place spot. The 4-year-old Gimpanzee, trained by Marcus Melander, is a two-time Breeders Crown champion. With a victory next week, he would join Mack Lobell as the only male trotters to win trophies at ages 2, 3 and 4. Gimpanzee has won seven of 10 races this year and $728,464. For his career, he has won 24 of 33 races and $2.44 million. He is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. The son of Chapter Seven and Steamy Windows was bred by Order By Stable. Sent off as the even money favorite, Gimpanzee paid $4.20 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the Breeders Crown

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