Breeders Crown To Pocono In 2013; $1 Million PA Bonus Added
Published: September 26, 2012 2:53 pm ET
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The exciting Breeders Crown series will be held once again at the record-breaking Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs five-eighths-mile red oval on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
The historic track held the series in October of 2010, and was the first track to host all 12 races, worth $6 million, in one night. Crowds from as far away as Canada, California, and Florida lined the apron to witness history in the making and several world records.
“Due to the huge success of 2010, we are excited to host the 2013 Breeders Crown,” said Vice President of Racing Operations, Dale Rapson. “The Hambletonian Society Board of Directors have stated that they felt that the 2010 Breeders Crown, held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, was one of the most successful ever held. They are as enthusiastic to come back as we are to have them. Of course, this cannot have happened without the ongoing support, participation, and cooperation of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association.”
Tom Charters, President of the Hambletonian Society, was equally enthusiastic about the partnership.
“The opportunity to return to Pocono Downs in 2013 is very exciting,” he said. “Mohegan Sun and the Pennsylvania horsemen (PHHA) were terrific hosts in 2010. Building on that memorable record-breaking night, the Hambletonian Society is looking forward to partnering with them again on what will be a spectacular event for the entire harness industry.”
Sam Beegle, President of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, announced that the PHHA would award a $1 million bonus if the same horse wins the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial Trot, the Colonial Trot, and the Breeders Crown three-year-old Colt Trot. All three events will be held in Pennsylvania that year, with the Beal at Pocono and the Colonial at Harrah's Philadelphia.
The 29-year-old Breeders Crown series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors. A Breeders Crown title has become one of the most coveted honors in harness racing. The series has encompassed the entire North American continent and reflected the ambience and local flavor of each of the host markets.
(with files from Mohegan Sun Pocono)