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2014 Hambletonian Society  & Breeders Crown News




July 22, 2014~Shake It Cerry Headlines Hambletonian Oaks

July 21, 2014~Final Preps taken by Takter

July 14, 2014~Takter’s armada dominant in prep stakes

July 8, 2014~Favorites prevail in PA All Stars

July 1, 2014~Hambletonian Maturity Draws 14

July 1, 2014~Father Patrick leads Takter troup in World Record Mile

June 17, 2014~Goodtimes Highlights Action for Hopefuls

June 11, 2014~Elims and divisions highlight Hambo Trail action

June 2, 2014~Speed Rules in Sire Stake Contests

May 30, 2014~State and province-bred affairs feature hopefuls

May 30, 2014~Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry triumphant

May 21, 2014~Sire Stakes filled with eligible Hambletonian horses

May 14, 2014~Hambletonian Under Saddle Final set for August 1, 2014

May 14, 2014~Hopefuls tango in Grand Circuit action

May 5, 2014~Sumatra victorious in Dexter Cup

October 19, 2013~Organized Approach Essential to Success of Alagna's "Army" of Racehorses Captain on track            Trainer Tony Alagna with his star, Captaintreacherous
With six contenders vying for first prize in Saturday’s Breeders Crown races, trainer Tony Alagna would seem to have a full plate. But Tony also has 104 other horses and 30 employees that figure into his equation on a daily basis. How does he do it? Organization and a terrific staff is what Tony says makes his barn—his business—run successfully. To read the rest of this story, Click Here


October 18, 2013~Foiled Again & Arch Madness try for Breeders Crown History

Never in the 29-year history of the Breeders Crown has a horse older than age 8 won a championship. But it could happen twice on Saturday when 9-year-olds Foiled Again and Arch Madness compete in the $5.6 million Breeders Crown night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. To read the rest of this story
, Click Here~Strong Faith in trotting filly proves fortuitous for Brunet
That Cowgirl Hall is racing in the Breeders Crown, or racing at all, is nothing short of a miracle. Despite suffering a near life-ending injury as a freshman, the 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall has amassed $441,078 in career earnings and, with a solid fourth-place finish in last week’s Breeders Crown elimination, earned a berth in Saturday’s $250,000 Mare Trot.  To read more Click Here

October 17, 2013~Baggitt Representing Michigan in Breeders Crown With Don Dorado
Saturday's $5.6 million Breeders Crown spectacular will feature an array of familiar faces, both equine and human. After 29 years of Crown races, many will have been here before, but some like 52-year-old Bob Baggitt, Jr., trainer of Don Dorado, is making his Crown debut in the $500,000 2-Year-Old-Colt Trot. This will also be the first-time Crown for owner Mitchell Walker, a farmer and nursery owner from Michigan.  To read moew  , CLICK HERE

October  16, 2013~Former Hambletonian Society Directors H.A. Grant Jr & John Cashman Jr. Honored
Two of the iconic crystal trophies that have graced the Breeders Crown championship series since 1984 will bear additional etching this year - in memory of two men whose influence on the creation of the series and on all of harness racing cannot be underestimated. The Three-Year-Old Colt Pace trophy will be inscribed the H. A. Grant Jr. Memorial Trophy and it’s trotting counterpart has been named in memory of John Cashman Jr.   To read the rest of the story CLICK HERE

October 16, 2013~Breeders Crown Draw for 3-Year-Old Pacers & Trotters
Captaintreacherous, harness racing’s top-rated pacer, will start from post No. 1 in Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   To read the rest of this story CLICK HERE

October 15, 2013~A Pair of Fillies Scratch from Crown races; First Also Eligibles Move In
Royal Assets, trained and driven by Ray Schnittker, finished fourth in her elimination and drew the eight post in the final of the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old-Filly Trot but was scratched this morning.  To read more CLICK HERE

October 15, 2013~Sons of "Beach" Abound in 2-Colt Pace Breeders Crown 
Pennsylvania-based stallion Somebeachsomewhere will have a heavy sire influence throughout Saturday nights’ Breeders Crown card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs races, but there’s one especially interesting connection in the $500,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Pace event.   To read the rest of this story CLICK HERE

October 12, 2013~Maven Takes Mare Trot Crown elim in world record time 
Yannick Gingras satisfied Maven supporters as the 1-5 choice to win the Breeders Crown Mare Trot at Pocono Downs on Oct.12. Her 1:51.4 victory is a world record for four-year-old trotting mares.  To read the rest of this story Click Here

October 12, 2013~Foiled Again Strolls to Victory in Crown Pace elimination 
Foiled Again, the richest pacer in history added a little more to his bankroll in the $25,000 Breeders Crown pace elimination at Pocono Downs on Oct.12, winning handily in 148.2.
Bolt The Duer went straight to the top off the gate with Golden Receiver hot to follow and Foiled Again right behind them as the first panel went in 26.  To read more
Click Here

October 12, 2013~Bee A Magician Buzzes To Victory In sophomore filly Crown trot elim 
Bee A Magician, with Brian Sears in the bike, continued to dominate her division with an easy win in the second 3-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs on Oct.12. The stupendous daughter of Kadabra-Beehive went to victory in 1:52.4.  To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE

October 12, 2013~Captaintreacherous Guts Out Win in Breeders Crown elim 
Captaintreacherous was challenged and challenged again throughout the mile but was strong enough to win the second Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt pace elimination at Pocono Downs on Oct.12. His win times was 1:49.2.   To read more Click Here

October 12, 2013~Spider Blue Chip Wins Sophomore Colt Trot Crown Elim 
Spider Blue Chip regained his winning form in capturing the second $25,000 Breeders Crown three-year-old colt and gelding trot elimination in 1:52 4/5. Driver Ron Pierce guided the altered son of Andover Hall down the road and gamely held off pocket-sitting E L Rocket in the stretch by just a head to advance to the final. . To read more Click Here

October 12, 2013~Luck Be Withyou Takes Second Freshman Crown Colt Pace Elim 
Luck Be Withyou put the pedal to the medal from the outset and gamely held the field at bay to capture the final $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination heat for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers for driver Ron Pierce.  To read more, Click Here 

Now in the stable of Chris Oakes, the half-brother to last year’s three-year-old filly pace champion American Jewel, set fractions of :27 1/5, :53 4/5 and 1:22 2/5 and still had something left for a personal record 1:50 mile. The time would have equaled the world mark had it been set earlier in the night.
October 12, 2013~Anndrovette Aims For Third Breeders Crown title with Elimination Win 
Anndrovette regained winning form at the right time scoring in a blanket finish in the $25,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimiantion. The two-time Breeders Crown winner scored by a head over pacesetting Monkey On My Wheel in 1:49.1  To read more Click Here

October 12, 2013~All Laid Out Takes first 3-year-old colt trot Crown elim 
All Laid Out, with David Miller aboard, got a great inside trip, saving ground to close on the wood to win the Breeders Crown first of a pair of 3-year-old colt trot eliminations at Pocono Downs on Oct.12. All Laid Out won in 1:52.4. To read more, Click Here

October 12, 2013~Lucan Hanover Heads to the Breeders Crown with sophomore colt pace victory 
Lucan Hanover was full of steam down the stretch and just got up to beat favorite Sunshine Beach to win the first Breeders Crown elim division for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Pocono Downs. The time for the mile was 148, a world record for sophomore gelding pacers.  To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE

October 12, 2013~Bax Of Life Sets Her Sights on Breeders Crown win with elim victory
Bax Of Life, with driver John Campbell, got up in the final steps to beat co-favorite D’orsay in the first Breeders Crown elim division for mare trotters on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Pocono Downs. The time for the mile was 1:52.4. D’orsay, coming off of two jumps in recent races, was smooth gaited to the top early, followed by Cowgirl Hall and Cedar Dove into a 27.3 first quarter. D’orsay continued on top though a half of 56.2 and as she cut three-quarters in 1:24.2 Bax Of Life came first over and rushed up for a serious challenge to the leader.  To read the rest of this story Click Here

October 12, 2013~Doo Wop Hanover Takes freshman Crown pace elim in 1:51.3 
It was oldies night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as Doo Wop Hanover pulled off a major upset in the second of three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for juvenile pacing colts. Ron Pierce guided the colt to just his second win of the season, this one a personal best of 1:51 3/5.  To read the rest of this story CLICK HERE 

October 12, 2013~Coffeecake Hanover Serves Up A Surprise in sophomore filly trot Crown elim 
Coffeecake Hanover at 10-1 made the most of a pocket trip to capture the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for three-year-old trotting fillies. Driver Matt Kakaley left the gate strongly with Coffeecake Hanover before yielding to Kentucky Futurity Filly division winner To Dream On near the quarter.  To read more Click Here

October 12, 2013~Somestarsomewhere Sets World Record in 2-year-old colt pace Breeders Crown elim
Somestarsomewhere became the first star of the Breeders Crown elimination Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs setting a world record of 1:49 4/5 in the first of three $25,000 eliminations for juvenile pacing colts.  To read more Click Here

October 11, 2013~Father Patrick Shakes Off Nuncio in Breeders Crown 2-year-old Colt Trot Elimination
Father Patrick didn’t need to make a statement to prove he’s the leading two-year-old trotter in North America-but he did. The impeccably gaited son of Cantab Hall tracked down a wild pace set by Nuncio and rolled on to a 1:52 1/5 victory shattering the world mark by more than a second in the single $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for two-year-old trotting colts.  To read the rest of this story Click Here

October 11, 2013~Allstar Rating wins Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Elim
Soaring on the inside late, Allstar Rating won the second Breeders Crown elim for two-year-old filly pacers at Pocono Downs on Friday, Oct. 11. In the charge down the stretch, Yannick Gingras found room to get by 1-9 choice Precocious Beauty for the win in 1:50.1, a world record for frosh-filly pacers, breaking the record set only a few races back by Gallie Bythe Beach in the division’s first elim.   To read more CLICK HERE

October 11, 2013~Cooler Schooner wins 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Elim 
Fashion Farms’ Cooler Schooner, with John Campbell in the bike, went wire to wire to easily win the second Breeders Crown elim for two-year-old filly trotters at Pocono Downs on Friday, Oct. 11. The Broadway Hall filly, trained by Jim Campbell, won this mile in 1:52.1, unchallenged by any of her six foes. Cooler Schooner left quickly, winning a brief bid for the top with Vanity Manners. Sent off at 7-5, Vanity Manners broke into the first turn and was eliminated. To read the rest of this story Click Here

October 11, 2013~Shake It Cerry wins Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Elim
Shake It Cerry regained winning form converting a pocket trip and trotting by stablemate Lifetime Pursuit to capture the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old trotting fillies.  To read the rest of this story CLICK HERE

October 11, 2013~Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Could Yield One for the Ages
Earlier this year at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs when Cooler Schooner trotted the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old filly there were many in the harness world unwilling to believe a 1:51 3/5 mile was possible. In that Pennsylvania Sire Stakes mile the Jim Campbell-trained filly defeated Merrie Annabelle champion Shake It Cerry, a filly driver Ron Pierce had earlier proclaimed “The best two-year-old filly” he’d ever sat behind. Included among Pierce’s prior mounts was 2011 Breeders Crown champion Check Me Out. To read the rest of this story Click Here

October 11, 2013~Intimidate Takes Aim at Another Breeders Crown
You can tell from talking to trainer Luc Blais that he’s familiar with the old adage-If you take care of the horse the horse will take care of you. Blais, the trainer of last year’s sophomore Breeders Crown champion Intimidate, seems to have no set plans other than to let his horse dictate a course of action. After capturing the $214,000 Credit Winner at Vernon Downs on September 6 in 1:51, it appeared as if Intimidate would have the division at his mercy.  To read more Click Here

October 10, 2013~Expressive Action Primed For Breeders Crown elim Friday
Star-crossed colt ready to put bad luck behind him on Crown Stage.
It’s the Breeders Crown. John Grasso is a breeder. The 60-year-old was born into the business and has kept himself connected to the sport for nearly his entire life. On Friday his Expressive Action, a two-year-old with just two lifetime starts, will tackle the big boys in a single $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for two-year-old trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  To read the rest of this story
, Click Here


October 8, 2013~Breeders Crown Draws 156 Entries for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Championships
The cream of the 2013 crop jammed the Pocono entry box this morning with 156 trotters and pacers creating eliminations on Fri., Oct. 11 and Sat. Oct. 12. for all but two divisions. The $5.6 million Breeders Crown Finals will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., five-eighths mile oval with a special 5:00 p.m. [EDT] post time.

The $500,000 sophomore filly pace and the $600,000 Breeders Crown Trot drew just nine entries - as many as can fit on the gate at Pocono and will go straight to the finals Oct. 19.

Those entered in the three-year-old filly pace in alphabetical order are: Aunt Caroline, Authorize, Carol’s Desire, I Luv The Nightlife, Love Canal, Mattie Terror Girl, Parlee Beach, Shebestingin and Somwherovrarainbow.

The nine trotters vying for Crown honors in alphabetical order are: Arch Madness, Guccio, Intimidate, Market Share, Mister Herbie, My MVP, Sevruga, Uncle Peter and Wishing Stone.

Complete elimination and final fields will be available when byes and elimination draws are finalized. The Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace and one additional race will be drawn at the press conference at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the Seasons Ballroom on Wed., Oct. 16.

October 7, 2013~No Supplements for 2013 Breeders Crown
The deadline for ineligible horses to supplement to the Crown was noon today. There were no supplemental entries. The box closes on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9:00 a.m. [EDT] at Pocono for all 12 divisions of eligible horses. Three-year-olds also have the option of entering the sophomore event to which they were nominated or an Open event.
For a list of eligible horses go to
http://www.hambletonian.org/staking/breeders_crown.html


Speed and Upsets in Kentucky
The Red Mile’s second and final weekend brought out the best from some of the best trotters and pacers in classic events, with the climate an extra element in the mixes. On Sunday, Oct. 6, the Kentucky Futurity events for fillies and colts took the main stages on a brutally rainy afternoon. A confident Royalty For Life (BC-RC Royalty) cruised around the muddy mile to win the first elimination heat for the Kentucky Futurity colts in 1:53.3. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE


October 3, 2013~Pacing Millionaires Qualify at Pocono Downs
As expected, free-for-all pacing millionaires Warrawee Needy and Razzle Dazzle put on a “dazzling” show in qualifying action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Thursday morning, with Warrawee Needy, a son of E Dee’s Cam, turning back “Razzle” in 1:50 flat – but both were equally impressive  To read more CLICK HERE

October 2, 2013~Important Mohegan Sun at Pocono Breeders Crown Dates on the Horizon
Though Grand Circuit action at Lexington continues through Sunday’s Kentucky Futurity, Breeders Crown deadlines for the $5.6 fall championship series on Saturday, Oct. 19 are imminent. All entries and declarations must be made through Rick Kane at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs race office. High noon on Sat., Oct. 5 is the deadline for invited foreign horses to declare into the $600,000 Breeders Crown Trot. French trotter Ready Cash, the richest horse in harness racing history with nearly $6 million (U.S.) in earnings, was the only foreign classic winner invited to compete in the 2013 Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  To read more, CLICK HERE

October 1, 2013~New York and Kentucky host Crown eligibles 
Though the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile hosted many pacing and trotting stars aimed at Pocono in a few weeks, New York also hosted eligibles in its Night of Champions at Yonkers on Sept. 28. Twenty eligibles were strewn through the eight New York Sires Stakes races. Five won their state’s divisional championship, giving them impetus to head into the “Crown” elim battles.  To read more CLICK HERE 

October 1, 2013~Meadowland's Blog "Road to the Crown"
http://www.thebigm.com/Blogs.aspx?id=10149&blogid=8258

September 24, 2013~Fast and furious divisions display class
The top “Crown” cast probable participants from a few divisions raced in events on both sides of the borders again this weekend. On Sept. 21 our choice in Mohawk’s Milton Final, Rocklamation (BC-Rocknroll Hanover), did exactly as we predicted, coming from far off the hotly contested pace to win and pay $27.10.Another choice we made, Uncle Peter (Cantab Hall) also won at Hoosier in a 1:52.3 mile, capturing the $230,000 Centaur Trotting Classic. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE

September 24, 2013~Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Week in Review
With only about a month until the Breeders Crown on Saturday, October 19 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, it’s as good a time as any to start looking ahead to how some of the top competitors shape up. Because of the increase in the number of stakes races at Pocono, many more of the North America’s best horses have already traveled over the oval this season than at the same point three years ago when the Breeders Crown was last held at MSPD.   To read the rest of this story CLICK HERE

September 16, 2013~Competition Heats Up as Breeders Crown Looms
As the trees begin to lose their green and turn to brown, harness racing action continues on the road to the Breeders Crown 2013. Featured eligibles went at it this weekend with the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championships (PASS), Canadian Trotting Classic, William Wellwood Final, Peaceful Way, Milton Pace elimination and Reynolds stakes. To read more, CLICK HERE

September 10, 2013~Multi-divisions Battle for Big Money 
Vernon Downs’ signature race night on Friday, Sept. 6, featured the $202,000 Muscle Hill for mares and $214,000 Credit Winner trot for males and concluded with the fastest trotting performance of all time at the Vernon oval. To read more CLICK HERE

September 4, 2013~Big Events offer Big Returns
The summer stakes season is now past, with fall’s action kicking off this Labor Day weekend. On the last day of August, Mohawk Racetrack hosted the Metro Pace, Canadian
Pacing Derby, She’s A Great Lady and Simcoe finals.
   To read more,  CLICK HERE


Sears Royalty For Life
         2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life & driver Brian Sears
August 3, 2013~The $1 Million Hambletonian Final
PP Horse Driver Trainer
1-Royalty For Life Brian Sears George Ducharme
9-Smilin Eli Tim Tetrick David M. Smith
3-Corky David Miller Jimmy Takter
7-Aperfectyankee Jim Oscarsson Jim Oscarsson
2-Spider Blue Chip Ron Pierce Chuck Sylvester
8-Lauderdale Corey Callahan Jonas Czernyson
6-High Bridge Yannick Gingras Jimmy Takter
4-Creatine Mike Lachance Robert Stewart
10-Wheeling N Dealin Sylvain Filion R. Dustin Jones
5-Dontyouforgetit Johnny Takter Jimmy Takter

Royalty For Life Hambo2013 win Finish Royalty For Life won $1 million Hambletonian final for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday afternoon at The Meadowlands Racetrack.
Royalty For LIfe Hambo win2013 
The winner of the first elimination heat in 1:52 earlier in the day, Royalty For Life came back to capture the final in 1:52 1/5 for his fourth straight win. It was the first Hambo win for trainer George Ducharme.
Hambletonian2013Owners with Trophy 
Driver Brian Sears had a banner day, winning both the Hambletonian and the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks with Bee A Magician. He also pulled off the same double in 2009, winning the Hambo with Muscle Hill and the Oaks with Broadway Schooner. Royalty For Life beat Smilin Eli by 3 1-4 lengths with Corky third. This is the scond time Brian Sears has pulled off a Hambletonian/Oaks Double. Royalty For LIfe is a homebred.
:26.2 :55 1:23.3 1:52.1

Hambletonian2013 Far Turn 
August 3, 2013~$500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Final
PP Horse Driver Trainer
2 Bee A Magician Brian Sears Richard Norman
3 Classic Martine Ron Pierce Chris Oakes
7 To Dream On Yannick Gingras Jimmy Takter
8 Time To Kill Simon Allard Ross Croghan
9 Handover Belle Mike LaChance Tony Alagna
1 Fashion Athena John Campbell Jim Campbell
10 Ma Chere Hall Corey Callahan Jonas Czernyson
5 Coffeecake Hanover George Brennan Ronnie Burke
4 Mistery Woman David Miller Jonas Czernyson
6 Frau Blucher Jim Morrill, Jr. Chris Oakes

August 1, 2013~Father Patrick meets Father Patrick
When the Rev. Patrick McDonnell (above) found out there was a 2-year-old named after him, he was flattered. He also was a little perplexed. The 2-year-old in this case was a racehorse. Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter, who lives in East Windsor, named a colt trotter Father Patrick in honor of the Rev. McDonnell, who is the pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Hightstown.  To read more Click Here

August 1, 2013~Sylvester drives for 5 with 'Spider'
Chuck Sylvester says it takes some luck to win the Hambletonian. It also takes a well-prepared horse. The 73-year-old trainer thinks Spider Blue Chip is ready. The remainder will be determined Saturday.  To read the rest of this story, Click Here

August 1, 2013~Pontones Look for another Hambo Win
It might be a longshot for Holmdel’s Tom Pontone and his father Lou to visit the winner’s circle again in Saturday’s $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes, but that is better than no shot.  To read the rest of this story, Click here

August 1, 2013~Hambletonian Memories
Growing up in a big city there were few things to be envious of. We had it all.   Well, as harness fans we had two of the sport’s most iconic tracks in Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceways, but when it came to the sport’s signature event, The Hambletonian, we were miles from where it was happening.  To read the rest of this story, Click Here

July 31, 2013~‘
Oaks’ and colts rally on penultimate weekend
A group of 14 sophomore filly trotters went to the gate in two $35,000 eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks on Saturday, July 27 at the Meadowlands, with two $25,000 Open trots for three-year-olds coinciding. To read the rest of this story Click Here

July 29, 2013~Mistery Woman better with every Start 
Trainer Jonas Czernyson thinks Mistery Woman is getting better with every start. The question is whether her “better” is going to be enough to beat the best in Saturday’s $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack. To read more Click Here

July 28, 2013~Hambletonian Media Guide Now Available
Hambletonian Post Position Draw on Tuesday, July 30
The Hambletonian Media Guide is now available on the Meadowlands Racetrack website and can be found by
clicking here. The post position draw for the Hambletonian Heats and the Hambletonian Oaks Final will be held at 3 pm on Tuesday, July 30 at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, NJ. The Post position draw will be co-hosted by Miss USA Erin Brady and Emmy award winning sportscaster Bruce Beck. The Draw can be followed live on Facebook and on Twitter, #Hambo13.


July 27, 2013~Turning up the Heat in the Hambletonian

The heats are back in the $1.2 million Hambletonian. With a nod to history and tradition, the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands Racetrack have revised the format for the world-renowned trotting classic for 3-year-olds on Aug. 3. For the first time since 1996, the elimination heats and the final will be contested on the same afternoon. In recent years, the eliminations were held one week before the final. To read more, Click Here

July 25, 2013~Official Artist Susan Sommer-Luarca to paint live at the 2013 Hambletonian
Susan-Sommer-Luarca - Official Artist of the 2013 Hambletonian -- has been invited by the Meadowlands Racetrack to paint live at the at Hambletonian Stakes scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2013. The 88th Hambletonian will be telecast live on CBS Sports Network. To read the rest of this story, Click Here

July 25, 2013~TVG to present Live, On-site Coverage of entire Hambletonian Card
TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, will present live, on-site coverage of the $1.2 million Hambletonian from the Meadowlands on Saturday, August 3.In addition to airing the 88th edition of harness racing’s premier event, TVG will carry the day’s entire 15-race, $3.6 million program. To read the rest of this story, Click Here

July 25, 2013~The Hambletonian, America’s Greatest Trotting Horse Race, Launches Social Media Campaign
The $1.2 million Hambletonian, now in its 88th year, announced today a comprehensive social media marketing effort to raise awareness and engagement around this year’s event on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. The race will be featured in a 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network beginning at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern time).  To read the rest of this story, Click Here

July 23, 2013~Bee A Magician looks to casts a Spell in Oaks Elims
The sensational Bee A Magician puts her perfect 7-for-7 record this season on the line in a $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks elimination on Saturday night at The Meadowlands Racetrack.  To read the rest of this story, Click Here

July 22, 2013~Creampuff & Dontyouforgetit win Yonkers Trot Elims
Canadian import Creampuff Macdaddy (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) and favored Dontyouforgetit (H-Cantab Hall) (Jimmy Takter, $3.60) won their respective $40,000 eliminations Saturday night for Yonkers Raceway's 59th Yonkers Trot, the first jewel of Trotting’s Triple Crown.  To read the rest of this story, Click Here

July 22, 2013~Hambletonian Hopefuls Keep Pushing Through July 
The Meadowlands held an open event for sophomore filly trotters on their July 19 card, and Coffeecake Hanover (H-Cantab Hall), trotted first over from the half and brushed by all competition, winning in 1:54. Also, the glamour boy trotters stepped onto the Harrah’s Philadelphia surface July 18 to contest in three divisions of the $238,248 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS). To read the rest of this story, Click Here

July 22, 2013~Night School celebrates Hambletonian Preview
Night School, the racing industry's free national online fan education program, celebrates the best of the "Jersey Shore," featuring a preview of the Hambletonian (Aug. 3) and a look at the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations and Yonkers Trot, the first leg of the Trotting Triple Crown, this weekend. To learn more, click the link below:
http://xwebapp.ustrotting.com/absolutenm/templates/article.aspx?articleid=54716&zoneid=1

July 22, 2013~Jay Berman's Top Hambletonian Contenders
We’re less than two weeks away from the sport’s most coveted prize, the Hambletonian. Perhaps never in the race’s history at the Meadowlands has the event been so unpredictable at this point.  To read the rest of Jay's story, click this link: http://www.drf.com/news/jay-bergman-top-10-hambletonian-contenders

July 17, 2013~Changes to this year's Hambletonian & Hambletonian Oaks    To read about all of the changes in these races, Click Here

July 16, 2013~Hambletonian Broadcast on CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute live telecast at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) of America’s Trotting Classic, the $1.2 million Hambletonian, from The Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 3.  To read more more of this story, Click Here

July 15, 2013~Rich Hambo Preps go to Favorites
Two definitive Hambletonian preps were on the program at the Meadowlands on July 13. For the colts it was the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial and for the fillies it was the $265,500 Del Miller Memorial. At Vernon Downs that same night, Brushing to the top after the quarter, Crazy About Pat held off all challengers from that point to win the first division of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for colts. And at Hazel Park, the Dan Shetler-trained and driven Longwell (H-Yankee Glide) won the $100,000 William C. Connors Memorial at Hazel Park on July 12. To read more of this story, Click Here

July 12, 2013~Entries Due Monday for Hambletonian “Monte” Trot
Racing Under Saddle Series
Entries for the first leg of the late-closing exhibition series for trotters racing under saddle are due Monday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. at The Meadowlands race office (877-782-2537). There are currently 19 eligible horses and two supplements to the program. Horses may supplement to the series at a cost of $500, up to the 9:00 a.m. entry time on Monday, July 15; after that no further supplements will be accepted.  To read more Click Here

July 8, 2013~Half Mile Hambo Preps
Yonkers Raceway featured three divisions of the $358,857 Mike Cipriani New York Sires Stakes on their Monday night, July 8 card.  To read more Click Here

Juy 7, 2013~July jaunts for both divisions with hot hopefuls
Hopefuls were spread out in racing events across the east coast, with eligibles competing in the Reynolds at the Meadowlands, the $150,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars at Pocono Downs for the colts and the $155,624 Hudson Filly Trot at Yonkers. The Reynolds were contested on Friday night, July 5, while the “Hudson” and “All-Stars” events were slated for July 6. The All-Stars at Pocono attracted 19 Hambletonian prospects with five divisions contested.  To read more, Click Here

July 4, 2013~Jurgen Hanover jumps; filly favorites first
On July 1, Yonkers Raceway hosted the $356,456 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for colts and geldings and the last of the quartet produced a toteboard anomaly as the early break of Jurgen Hanover (H-Credit Winner) caused him to finish out of the money.  To read the rest of this story Click Here

July 1, 2013~Corky triumphs in Beal Final
Just as Smilin Eli (H-Muscles Yankee) was ready to claim the top spot in the division with an iron-clad victory in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Final at Pocono on June 29, Corky (H-Muscles Yankee) continued his winning streak and won the event in 1:54.3.  To read the rest of this story Click Here

June 22, 2013~Earl Beal, Jr. eliminations contested at Pocono Downs

The elims for the Earl Beal, Jr. final offered three strong fields packed with soph-colt eligibles at Pocono on June 22. Each split was worth $25,000.  To read more Click Here

June 19, 2013~Hambo Eligibles compete in PASS
A host of Hambletonian eligibles competed on June 19 in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. To read more, Click Here

June 15 & 16, 2013~Sophomores battle in Ontario, PA & New York
The June 15 weekend offered contests on the “Trail” in Ontario and New York and Pennsylvania.  To read more, Click Here

June 14, 2013~Hambletonian Extends Contract at the Meadowlands

The Hambletonian, the world-famous trotting race, will remain at The Meadowlands Racetrack through 2018. The Hambletonian Society, the race sponsors, and The Meadowlands have extended the existing contract three additional years. The Meadowlands has hosted the event since 1981. The $1.2 million renewal takes place on Aug. 3. The Hambletonian, first contested in 1926, is part of the Trotting Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Prior to coming to The Meadowlands, the Hambletonian was presented at five different venues, including a 25-year run at the fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Ill. that concluded in 1980.

June 9, 2013~‘Empire’ finals; Mohawk features eliminations
Sunday June 9, Vernon hosted the Empire Breeders Classics for soph trotters. The colts went for $259,900 and the fillies for $237,600. Jurgen Hanover (H-Credit Winner) won the colt division, coming off of cover and sailing home in 1:53.4. Non-eligible Lola De Vie took the filly chapter in 1:55.3. She won in the same style as Jurgen Hanover.  To read the rest of this story, Click Here

June 2, 2013~New York’s best face-off in ‘Classic’ elims
Vernon Downs presented two eliminations for each trotting division for the Empire Breeders’ Classic on Sunday afternoon, June 2. The top four in each division, plus a random fifth-place finisher will head to next week’s $250,000 finals. To read the rest of this story Click Here

June 1, 2013~Hambletonian March Continues
Hopefuls for the two August classics – the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks – contested stakes over the weekend at Mohawk in Canada and the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Sophomore filly trotters were featured on the May 31 card at Mohawk with two divisions of the $150,000 Casual Breeze Stakes while New Jersey-bred trotters faced-off in New Jersey Sires Stakes finals at the Meadowlands on June 1 To read the rest of this story by Frank & Ray Cotolo, Click Here

Stampede of Sophomore Trotter Trials
Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) was overflowing with fillies and colts at Harrah’s Philadelphia and the Meadows while New Jersey Sires Stakes’ (NJSS) leg two for the division went off at the Meadowlands and Mohawk presented the SBOA final for filly trotters—all on May 24.  To read the rest of this story CLICK HERE

May 17, 2013~Sophomores compete in Sire Stakes Arenas
Friday night, May 17, soph colts and fillies were stacked in trotting battles featuring state-breds in two U.S. programs, while a duo of fillies each took on a field of non-eligibles in SBOA elims in Ontario. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE

May 10, 2013~Trotters Vie in Four SImpson Splits

The John Simpson Memorial Stakes on Friday, May 10, at the Meadowlands attracted six fillies eligible for the Hambletonian Oaks in the $49,016 Elma, while 11 colt hopefuls for the August classic competed in the $54,030 Ayres. The two divisions of “Simpson” events were each cut into two splits. To read more, CLICK HERE

May 6, 2013~Dexter Cup to Celebrity Maserati & Lady Suffolk splits; 
                        Sophomore trotting events ensue

Celebrity Maserati 
                                        Celebrity Maserati & Tom Jackson
The first big soph-trotting-colt event was won by Celebrity Maserati (H-Andover Hall) in 1:58.3h, with Dontyouforgetit (H-Cantab Hall) finishing second.  To read the rest of this story,  CLICK HERE

April 30, 2013~The Road to the 2013 Hambletonian Begins
Once again the Hambletonian Society features a Hambletonian Trail Blog for fans by the writing team of Frank & Ray Cotolo. To read it, click the link below:
http://hambletoniantrail.blogspot.com/2013/03/amazing-group-for-august-classics.html



April 26, 2013~“Monte” Trot Racing Under Saddle Series Announced for 2013 
             HelenGregory RUS      
A late-closing series for trotters racing under saddle will feature a $25,000 final on Hambletonian Day, Sat., Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ.
Monte racing, a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing, is a popular pari-mutuel sport in Europe, especially in France, where many top trotters and drivers compete in both sulky and saddle races.
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April 18, 2013~Wheeling N Dealing Tops List of 116 colts eligible to 2013 Hambletonian

Wheelin And Dealing Wins Freshman Breeders Crown To Dream On returns to Breeders Crown winner circle
                      Wheeling N Dealin                                                       To Dream On

The $1.2 million Hambletonian and filly companion stakes, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 3) at Meadowlands Racetrack. The 88th edition of the classic event will revert to the format of heat racing as conducted from 1991-1996, with eliminations and the final on the same day. Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, if necessary, will be raced the prior week on Saturday (July 27).   To read the rest of this story, Click Here

 

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