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Chelsey Moore, daughter of Dr. Ian Moore, talks about Shadow Play’s trip to Ontario from P.E.I and the overall state of the horse

Chelsey Moore, daughter of Dr. Ian Moore, talks about Shadow Play’s trip to Ontario from P.E.I and the overall state of the horse.


The Harness Edge – Vodcast 3/31

elitloppSwedish consultant Klaus Koch talks about potential horses from North America that may appear in the 2009 Elitlopp.

Pocono to host all 12 Breeders Crown races in 2010

On The Edge Podcast Interview with Tom Charters – President and CEO of the Breeders Crown

Pocono to host all 12 Breeders Crown races in 2010

Thursday, March 26, 2009 – by Moira Fanning, publicity director, the Hambletonian Society


Cranbury, NJ — The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s $7 million year-end series, will race all 12 divisional championship events on the same night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Nov. 6, 2010 and at Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto, Ontario on Oct. 29, 2011.

The 26-year-old series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors.

Pocono Downs will be the 30th host track and the first new venue since Colonial Downs in 1998 to host the series. The five-eighths-mile oval will also be the first to stage all 12 events on a single night.

“Thanks to the efforts of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and Mohegan Sun’s management team, the opportunity to have all 12 races on one night will be possible in 2010,” said Tom Charters, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and services the events.

“It’s something we have wanted to do for many years but could not get the optimum dates and tracks in alignment. The management of Woodbine Entertainment Group has also been an exemplary partner of the series since 1984, and has hosted a Crown event in 24 of our 25 year history.”

Originally conceived and executed in 1984 as a traveling series, the Crown has been hosted by racetracks across North America and raced as single or multiple events, with eight being the maximum number of events any track has staged on a single night.

Since 1998, the Breeders Crown events were divided during the racing season into four races for open horses in late summer and eight for 2- and 3-year-olds in the fall, a format that flourished under a long-term partnership with the Meadowlands in New Jersey and Woodbine, which hosted the events on a rotating basis.

The existing contract ends with the 2009 events, with the open events to be raced closing week at the Meadowlands on August 21 and the freshman and sophomore races at Woodbine on October 24.
Breeders Crown

$150,000 Per Day At Pocono

Tomorrow Pocono Downs will stage its first set of qualifying races for what promises to be the biggest year in the Pennsylvania track’s history.

The facility which presents a new $6.2 million paddock will race a total of 135 days with an anticipated purse structure of $150,000 per day. The figure is remarkable because just three years ago it stood at $60,000. The presence of 2,500 slot machines has made a remarkable difference.

Pocono will race through November 21 and has confirmed that North America’s leading driver Tim Tetrick will be a regular on Tuesdays and Saturdays with Tony Morgan a very possible regular as well.

The track’s signature event is the $300,000 Max Hempt Memorial for three-year-old pacing colts set for May 23 with eliminations a week earlier. The $250,000 James Lynch for three-year-old pacing fillies goes on June 6 with eliminations seven days prior.

In September the track will host the $200,000 three-year-old Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championships.
(Courtesy of The Harness Edge)

New OHHA President Bill O’Donnell

The Harness Edge gives us a recent Video Podcast from new OHHA President Bill O’Donnell.William O'Donnell