|International Star Commander Crowe Accepts Breeders Crown Invitation
Commander Crowe in action
The connections of Swedish star Commander Crowe have officially accepted an invitation to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot for the third time and the chestnut champion will make his first star on U.S. soil this fall. Commander Crowe raced in the Breeders Crown Trot in 2011-2012 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, finishing third to San Pail and third to Chapter Seven in his respective events. To read more, Click Here
|Sept. 24, 2014~Master Of Law crushes Sebastian K at Hoosier
Master Of Law & trainer-driver Jimmy Takter
Hoosier Park hosted Grand Circuit action this weekend, highlighted by the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic, attracting the current king of trotting Sebastian K. Yet, with showers traveling through the area in the late stages of the card, Ake Svanstedt’s star pupil was forced to race over an offtrack. To read the rest of this story, Click Here
|Sept. 16, 2014~Hopefuls flourish in fall contests By Frank and Ray Cotolo
Labor Day Weekend featured high-money contests across both North American borders. On Saturday night, Aug. 30, Mohawk Racetrack presented the finals for the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady, $667,000 Metro Pace and $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. To read the rest of this story, Click Here
September 16, 2014~Breeders Crown Championships set for November
The 2014 Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands will be raced over two nights in November, with the year-end championships divided into a four-race block of distaff races on Friday, Nov. 21 and the remaining eight championship races held Saturday, Nov. 22.
The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot and Pace for 3-year-old fillies, and a pair of $250,000 Crowns for Mare pacers and trotters will be raced on Friday night. All four $500,000 Two-Year-Old events, the $500,000 sophomore colt pace and trot and the $400,000 Crown Pace and $500,000 Crown Trot will be raced on Saturday night.
“We are very proud to bring The Breeders Crown back to The Meadowlands,” said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. “Expanding the event to two nights is something I am very excited about. It creates a weekend of championship racing and gives us an opportunity to be very innovative with new kinds of wagers, promotions and an opportunity to make the Breeders Crown experience even better for our customers.
“The new facility at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment offers excellent dining options including Pink, featuring the highest quality of food and Trotters, an Owners Club, where owners of horses racing in the Breeders Crown can enjoy elegant dining in a wonderful atmosphere while watching their horses compete.” continued Gural.
“Many will take advantage of our luxurious sky box suites to watch the races. In addition, fans will be able to enjoy The Breeders Crown in high-definition at The Meadowlands and can watch the Championship races on massive 12 by 20 foot high-definition screens in Victory Sports Bar. This will be a Breeders Crown experience unlike any other.”
Tom Charters, president of The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administrates the Breeders Crown series, is familiar with the demands of staging the event at rotating host tracks, as well as the Society’s flexibility in presenting the event.
“The Breeders Crown has been conducted in just about every format – single races, blocks of races, all 12 races on one night – and we try always to be sensitive to host track parameters while still getting the most “bang” out of the event in regard to publicity, TV and promotions,” said Charters.
“The Meadowlands Racetrack has been home to many of harness racing’s most important events over the past 30 years,” continued Charters. “We look forward to the return of the Breeders Crown under Jeff Gural's management and especially look forward to the new facility. The horsemen of New Jersey and the SBOA of NJ realize the importance of stakes racing in maintaining the profile of the New Meadowlands and have always been supportive of our efforts.”
The one-mile oval in East Rutherford, New Jersey, has hosted 67 Breeders Crown races – more than any other racetrack and in 2014 will celebrate 30 years of Breeders Crown history. The Breeders Crown series has crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and has been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors since 1984. More than $164 million in purse money has been disbursed over 346 events.
|September 16, 2014~Breeders Crown returns to Canada in 2015
The $5 million Breeders Crown year-end championships will return to Canada in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. Woodbine Entertainment Group has signed a letter of intent to host all 12 events in the fall of next year announced WEG Executive Vice-President,
Racing Jamie Martin and Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administrates the series.
Woodbine last hosted all 12 races in 2011 and 2012, handling more than $8.5 million on the events, and luring international stars Rapide Lebel and Commander Crowe to compete against North America’s greatest trotters for a Crown title. Details on dates and formats are to be determined.
“The Breeders Crown series, the horsemen, owners, fans and racetracks benefit in every way by rotating among the best tracks in North America,” said Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society.
“WEG has always been a very popular choice with the horsemen in attracting nominations and sustaining payments, drawing top drivers and horses, and has strong history of handle and attendance records. Their participation has helped the Breeders Crown remain the most prestigious of harness racing‘s championships.
In the 30-year history of the Breeders Crown, WEG tracks Woodbine and Mohawk have hosted more Breeders Crown races than any other host track, with 127 Crown titles contested there. In addition, Edmonton Northlands hosted two and Greenowwd raceway and Hippodrome Bleu Bonnets each held a Crown event. The 2013 events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs broke both handle and attendance records at the Pennsylvania oval. In 2014, the Meadowlands will host Breeders Crown events for the first time since 2009, in the new $1 billion grandstand, featuring the 12 races over two nights~Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.
|2014 Hambletonian Winner Trixton|
Trixton strides to victory for trainer Jimmy Takter in the 2014 Hambletonian