We're back for an encore! Breeders Crown 2018 is Saturday, October 27th and Heather and Sharla are here with a special preview. From a recap how the top horses and drivers made it all the way to the Crown, to interviews with all the big starts, plus handicapping tips, trivia and more.
It's our 300th episode and we're celebrating this big milestone with a special season finale. Yep, it's true—this is our final episode for 2018, but we'll be back next year with even more of harness racing's fastest-paced half hour! But before we sign off, we've got a lot to cover including:
• Longshot College Hanover pulls off a stunning 99-1 win at Pocono, paying a whopping $336.60 -- off to a great start since it's also the horse's first lifetime win.
• We catch up with driver and trainer Mike Simons, who talks about how growing up in Lexington's horse country instilled a love of horses and led to an exciting 40+ year career in racing.
• You've probably heard of a bridle, but do you know there's different types and different reasons why horses wear them? Driver Tom Jackson explains it all.
• Driver Yannick Gingras talks about what it was like driving the great Foiled Again in some of the sport's most unforgettable moments, and what he's feeling as the horse quickly approaches retirement.
• Plus, we've got new installments of Trivia Time, a Blast From the (not too distant) Past with Foiled Again in 2013, plenty of Libery Bell series action from Harrah's and more!
A FEISTY FILLY, GREAT RACING AND A LOOK AT ONE OF RACING's most important pieces of equipment on this week's show
· What are hopples? Trainer Arlene Cameron shows you this important piece of equipment that helps horses run safely, soundly and on gait.
· There's not just one Race of the Week--there's four! That's because PA Sire Stakes and Great Northeast Finals happened all on the same night and we recap all the wins including Phaetosive driven by Trond Smedshammer, Kissin In The Sand with Scott Zeron, Crystal Fashion with Tim Tetrick and Dosoduro Hanover with Matt Kakaley.
· Trainer Nancy Johansson's Kissin In The Sand was one of the big Sire Stakes winners—and also a big handful to raise! We talk to her about bringing up her headstrong filly. Plus, Stallion Series action...Marcus Miller interview...trivia fun...a great Breeders Crown Blast From The Past from 2010....and more cutness as we troll the Interweb for the latest and greatest horse cuteness.
IS IT SEPTEMBER ALREADY? YEP. AND IT'S ALSO SATURDAY, SO HERE'S A NEW FULL EPISODE OF PA HARNESSWEEK.
From a recap of the week's hottest racing to a preview of tomorrow's Great Northeast Series Finals at Pocono, this week's show is wall-to-wall with racing excitement including...
· Driver Dexter Dunn is a star in Australia and New Zealand, and we catch up with the new arrival to PA about his plans and the what's different about racing in the US.
· PA Sire Stakes heated up the track at Harrah's and Pocono, where the favorites battled it out with hot longshots.
· Superstars fillies Manchego and Atlanta are cutting up miles in Canada...we talk about whether they'll make it to Pocono for Breeders Crown in October.
· Plus, Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears celebrates his 10,000th win, we go back to the Summer of '69 in our Blast From The Past and catch up on the latest social media cuteness.
WATCH THIS WEEK'S FULL EPISODE RIGHT HERE! MEET 78-YEAR-OLD TRAINER CHUCK sylvester still going strong, see what it takes to be a caretaker and more!
It's almost championship time for the Great Northeast Series and PA Sire Stakes, and we've got all the latest action including...
· A track record — and a world record! — in the Sire Stakes at Pocono for White Tiger and trainer Anthony Macdonald.
· Heather catches up with three-time Hambo winner and Hall of Fame trainer Chuck Sylvester, who's still going strong at 78 years old and still powering his small stable to the winner's circle.
· Sharla talks with driver Eric Carlson, who passed on a career in the corporate world for the exciting world of racing, about his roots in the sport, how he got into the game and plans for the future.
· Caretaker Katie Remmerswaal shows us what it's like taking care of the horses and what she loves most about her job.
· Plus, trainer Sam DePinto gives us a primer on an important piece of racing equipment, we take a look at what's trending on social media and more!
How do you make sure the horse that shows up is actually the one entered in the race? Meet Peggy Seaman, the Horse Identifier at Harrah's Philadelphia since 2006. Nothing gets by Peggy. Nothing. She not only makes sure it's the right horse, but that the horse is wearing exactly the right equipment.
We're jam-packed this week with racing action from the Hambletonian to Harrah's including...
· The hottest clips from Hambletonian day at NJ's The Meadowlands, and which of those amazing horses you can look forward to seeing in PA.
· PA Sire Stakes races are heating up, and we've got the most thrilling moments from the past week.
· We talk to driver Corey Callahan about rising star Love Me Some Lou, and driver Tim Tetrick talks about fast freshman Crimson And Chrome, which he also owns and bred.
· Plus, go behind the scenes with driver Marcus Miller who shows us the anatomy of a race bike...we go into the paddock with Peggy Seaman, who has a unique job as the horse identifier at Harrah's...Heather serves up a fun Brain Twister...and we say a bittersweet goodbye to the world's oldest horse.
We've got everything from summer camp to a goose on the loose to Sharla doing the Thriller dance in this week's show...
· We check out the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's weeklong summer camp at Pocono, where kids learn life lessons and leadership skills while getting their race on.
· PA Sire Stakes action is heating up at Harrah's where our Race of the Week sees both favorites make breaks, leaving it wide open for 6-1 Scirocco Rob (and driver Corey Callahan) to take the win in a speedy 1:53.1.
· Sharla talks to driver Tim Tetrick about possible Hambo contender and Beal Memorial winner Crystal Fashion, who also just scored a PA Sire Stakes win at Harrah's, fighting off Hill Street ( and driver Yannick Gingras) and Mississippi Storm (Brett Miller).
· Heather catches up with driver David Miller about his first Meadowlands Pace victory and his recent string of long shot victories including last week's race with Mctrhiler that paid $50 to win.
· Longshot-palooza continues with Buffalino Hanover at Pocono, where driver-trainer Todd Schadel fights off the pack and pays a healthy $27.40 to win.
· Our Blast from the Past this week is a look back at the 1979 Battle of the Brandywine, a goose gets in on the action at Pocono and we check out some of the best horse pics social media had to offer this week.
Lots of action this week, so let's just get to it!
· PA Sire Stakes racing was in full effect at Pocono, with exciting wins from the Undefeated Proof (son of A Rocknroll Dance) with Jim Morrill Jr. driving, trainer Brian Brown in a consecutive stakes double with Air Force Hanover, and heavy favorite (and Ron Burke trainee) De Los Cielos Deo getting challenged but ultimately proving his mettle.
· Driver Jackie Ingrassia takes us behind the scenes to show how the horses you see on track get hooked up to the race bike or "sulky." (Hint: it's a lot easier now than back then.)
· Back to more racing action and wins from Love Me Some Lou with Corey Callahan in the bike, Magic Vacation with Matt Kakaley, plus our Race of The Week proves age is just a number as 10-year-old Townslight Hanover crushes the competition at Harrah's.
· Heather talks to Corey Callahan about down under wonder More The Better's impressive come-from-behind victory in his U.S. debut, a $30,000 Great Northeast Series open pace, where the native New Zealander really strutted his stuff and paid a healthy $16.60 to win.
· This week's Blast from the Past takes us back to some classic Little Brown Jug action with Well Said and If I Can Dream battling it out. Heather's got some record-setting OMG action—and where you can catch the two dominant fillies in the Del Miller later this year in PA.
You already know that horses line up at the starting car (or truck's) gate before every race. The gate opens, they pass the starting pole, the bell goes off and the excitement begins. But have you ever wondered who's driving the car? And who's that other due (or gal) up in the camper-looking thingie that looks a lot like it's from the Popemobile? Read on to find out.
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