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The New York Sire Stakes is the state’s premier harness racing program designed to promote the breeding, buying and racing of standardbred horses in New York State. Administered by the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, the New York Sire Stakes is the nation’s oldest harness racing program of its kind.



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Shelliscape repeats in Breeders Crown Mare Pace

Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:32

by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications East Rutherford, NJ ---

Shelliscape came from the back of the pack to win Saturday’s $281,250 Breeders Crown Mare Pace by a half-length over Rocklamation in 1:49.4 at the Meadowlands, giving the 5-year-old mare her second consecutive victory in the event.

The win also gave Bamond Racing, the father-and-son team of Jeffrey Bamond and Jeffrey Jr., its fourth consecutive win in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Bamond Racing co-owns 2011-12 winner Anndrovette, who finished fourth tonight.

Voelz Hanover and Krispy Apple battled for the lead through a first quarter in :26 and half-mile in :53.1. Anndrovette made a three-wide move as the group hit three-quarters in 1:21.4, at which point Shelliscape and driver John Campbell were on the move from last place in the 11-horse field.

Rocklamation finished second, followed by Charisma Hanover and Anndrovette.

“She made up a lot of ground, she’s a real good closer,” Campbell said. “When I got away so bad, I was sure hoping the fractions were stepping up front because I was nowhere near where I wanted to be. Just the way it worked out at the gate, fortunately they got down there on time and when I moved her over at the head of the stretch I knew she was going to get a real good piece of it.”

The victory was Campbell’s second Breeders Crown triumph of the night and extended his record to 47 in the series. It was win No. 3 for trainer P.J. Fraley.

Campbell earlier in the night won the Breeders Crown Open Pace with a late charge from Thinking Out Loud.

“I’d rather race in the front; it’s much easier, no decisions to be made up there,” Campbell said. “But sometimes you’ve got to race off the pace and it worked out for both these horses tonight.”

Shelliscape, who went off at odds of 10-1, has won four of 25 races this year and 16 of 73 lifetime, with career purses of $1.15 million. She is a daughter of Artiscape-Shell I Scoot.



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JK She’salady remains unbeaten with stakes record in Crown

Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:28

by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications East Rutherford, NJ

--- Make that an even dozen in as many tries for JK She’salady as she and driver Tim Tetrick won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.She covered the mile in 1:50.2, a track and stakes record.

JK She’salady is trained by Nancy Johansson and owned by 3 Brothers Stables of New York.

It was the first winner for 33-year-old Johansson, who is the daughter of Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter.

The homebred daughter of Art Major-Presidential Lady is undefeated and a major contender for Horse of the Year honors.

She would be the first 2-year-old pacing filly accorded that honor.

Bettor Be Steppin (Corey Callahan) was on the lead to the first quarter-mile mark in :26.3, before Tetrick left the rail in fourth place with JK She’salady, who rushed to the top in just a few strides. She led the field to the :54.4 half, with Bettor Be Steppin at her back all the way to the 1:22.4 three-quarters. By then, Sassa Hanover and Yannick Gingras were up to challenge and pressured JK She’salady around the final turn and into the lane.

Tetrick kept JK She’salady to her task and went straight to the finish line by 1-3/4 lengths in front of second place finisher Sassa Hanover and Bettor Be Steppin in third. “I’m very honored to get to drive her,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I lucked into it. Yannick (Gingras) didn’t take her and they asked me to drive her and I was more than happy to do that. I protected myself in the first turn and the way it was shaking out, I moved her to the front and she did the rest. Sassa came at her, run at her hard enough, and my mare just put her away and raced really strong all the way to the wire. It’s always great, but to drive a great filly like this is a great honor.” “I like the trotters,” said Johansson.

“But I actually think the pacers are really exciting. I like the speed and it’s something a little bit different. Around February I asked my dad (Jimmy Takter) if he had any good 2-year-old pacing fillies and I told him he could leave them at home because I had the best one. So I guess I was right. I knew she was going to be good, but I didn’t really know she was going to be this good. That is always a pleasant surprise. She’s just super special and I’m just blessed to have her in my barn.”

Johansson said the undefeated filly is off the track for the year.

“She’s going to go for a vacation in North Carolina,” she said. “She deserves a little better weather, so she’s going to go down there and get six weeks off.

Then she’ll start back for her 3-year-old season. It feels great.”



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NY-Bred Cowgirl Hall sets track record at Meadows

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:04

Washington, PA---Cowgirl Hall took the field through wicked fractions but had plenty of pop late, scoring in a track-record 1:52.3 in Tuesday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

On a day not suited for track records — temperature less than 20 degrees, wind chill even colder — Cowgirl Hall was impervious to the weather. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall rolled through fractions of 26.4/55.2/1:23.1/1:52.3 for Dave Palone, defeating the pocket-sitting Count Me In by 2-3/4 lengths, with Mistress Valentine third. The time knocked a tick from the previous track record for older trotting mares that Cowgirl Hall held jointly with Daylon Miracle.

Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who has won 15 races this year and $637,303 in her career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted five winners on the 15-race card.

With his Tuesday haul, Palone pushed his career victory total to 16,762, solidifying his position as the world’s “winningest” harness racing driver. The driver Palone passed, Germany’s Heinz Wewering, has 16,754 victories but isn’t scheduled to drive until Sunday, with six assignments at Hamburg-Behrenfeld.

--Evan Pattak



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Heston Blue Chip to Winbak of New York for 2015

Monday, 17 November 2014 16:17

 by Elizabeth Lewis-House, public relations, Winbak Farm Chesapeake City, MD ---

Winbak Farm of New York is proud to introduce Breeders Crown winner and millionaire pacer Heston Blue Chip p,2,1:50.4f; 3,1:48f ($1,781,881) for 2015.

Heston Blue Chip was an USHWA Dan Patch Award Winner for 3-year-old pacing colts.

At 2, Heston Blue Chip’s stakes wins included the John Simpson Memorial, Matron final, seven New York Sire Stakes legs and the final.

At 3, he came back for a stellar year that included wins in the Breeders Crown elimination and final, Cane Pace elimination, Empire Breeders Classic elimination and final, Historic, Matron final, Meadowlands Pace elimination, four New York Sire Stakes legs and the Progress Pace elimination and final.

Heston Blue Chip set track records at both Dover Downs and Tioga Downs in his racing career.

As a racehorse, he had early speed including having the fastest first quarter ever at Dover Downs when he won the $270,000 Matron at 3 in 1:49.

Born with a proven pedigree, Heston Blue Chip is the richest son of American Ideal and is a full brother to 2013 Adios winner Sunfire Blue Chip p,2,1:52.4f; 3,1:48.3f ($907,799). His maternal family also includes millionaire Kikikatie p,2,1:51.3s; 3,1:50.3 ($1,268,463), who is the dam of proven sire Rockin Imagep,2,1:50.4; 3,1:48.2 ($900,541).

“We are looking forward to the 2015 season with him standing here. It is nice to have a new pacer to stand in New York,” said Noelle Duspiva, New York Farm Manager. “He is good looking and we are excited to start working with him since he has had a great race career. Now, we are looking forward to a successful stallion career.”

His stud fee for 2015 will be $4,500.

Find more information on him at www.winbakfarm.com. Call Winbak Farm of New York at 845.778.5421 to book now.



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Crazed returns to New York

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:32

from Preferred Equine Marketing and Blue Chip Farms

Briarcliff Manor, NY --- Preferred Equine Marketing and Blue Chip Farms announced today that world champion Crazed will return to the New York stallion ranks in 2015.

The million dollar-winning son of Credit Winner stood at Blue Chip’s facility at the start of his stud career before moving to Hanover Shoe Farms in 2013. After siring both the 2- and 3-year-old New York Sire Stakes colt champions in 2014, the decision was made to return him to the Empire State.

“The sons and daughters of Crazed earned almost $1.6 million in the New York Sire Stakes program alone this past season,” said syndicate manager David Reid of Preferred Equine Marketing.

“With such a strong performance in the New York arena, and overwhelming support of the Crazed Syndicate in moving him, I’m delighted to partner with Blue Chip again in promoting and standing Crazed in 2015 and beyond.”

Crazed will stand for a stud fee of $5,000.



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Gural Hanover named NYSS/District 8 horse of the year

Monday, 03 November 2014 11:41

 By Tim Bojarski for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

An enthusiastic group of the top breeders and horsemen from the Empire state assembled at the Vernon Downs Hotel and Casino on Sunday, October 26 for the USTA District 8 meeting and annual presentation of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) awards banquet. As the human and equine honors were distributed, anticipation grew for the horse of the year announcement for 2014.

Gural Hanover (Crazed-Givemearing) was named the NYSS 3-year-old male trotter of the year, USTA District 8 3-year-old male trotter of the year and the overall District 8 horse of the year.

Gural Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and was a $17,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Harrisburg sale. After having only one start as a 2-year-old, he kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with an overnight win and a third in a NYSS event at Tioga on May 23. It was then the horse caught the eye of trainer Ron Burke who put together a group of notable stables to purchase the horse.



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