Karl and French Champagne emerged victorious in their respective $240,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for 3-year-olds on the trot Friday night at The Meadowlands. Karl was his usual dominant self, crushing his foes by seven widening lengths in a 1:51 lifetime-best clocking in the split for colts and geldings to complete a three-race sweep

National star Karl in NJSS spotlight at Big M

East Rutherford, NJ — Two weeks ago, a national television audience was introduced to Karl, the current early favorite to capture the 99th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands. On Friday (May 31), Big M fans will be able to head to the track and see the colt

Oh boy: Karl gives Crawfords reason for more Hambo dreams

Trenton, NJ — Having a trotter among the favorites to win harness racing’s biggest race is nothing new for Crawford Farms. But the gender of its latest star is. After co-owning the most recent two fillies to win the Hambletonian — Ramona Hill and Atlanta — the Crawfords now co-own Karl, the early pick to

Is It ‘Simply Business’… Or Is There More To It?

In 2011, Nancy Takter was the caretaker of Metro Pace Champion Simply Business, while still working for her father, Jimmy. A few days before Christmas, 2023, Kimberly Ann Hale of New Start Standardbreds discovered that the very same horse, now 15 and in a killpen, needed help if he was going to survive. Michelle Crawford,

The Sweet Farewell

Awash in soothing Lexington autumn sunshine, the incomparable Atlanta was greeting well-wishers Tuesday morning on the backside of the Crawford Farms shedrow at Fasig-Tipton with the air of class befitting a Hambletonian-winning queen. The look in her eye suggested the intense gameness that was the hallmark of a career that has earned over $3.4 million

Karl aims to make more noise in KYSS final

Hightstown, NJ — If actions speak louder than words, Karl’s performances to begin his career virtually shout. The 2-year-old male trotter has won all three of his races, by a total of 15-1/4 lengths, and his 1:52.1 triumph last month at Lexington’s Red Mile is the fastest of the season for freshman trotters. On Sunday, Karl

Karl’s Sister Sells For Six Figures

Avacakes, a half sister to the fastest two-year-old trotter of 2023, fetched a six-figure sale price on Monday afternoon (Sept. 11). Avacakes brought a winning bid of $140,000 selling online via Sold by Steve Finkelstein’s Jesmeral Stable of New York, the four-year-old Father Patrick-Avalicious mare was purchased by Doug Paul of Delaware. Read more 

Huntingforchrome sets new mark in NYSS at Tioga

Tioga Downs hosted two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings on Saturday (Sept. 2). Vandiemen Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) captured the $51,500 first division. Darius (Mark MacDonald) went to the front and led to the quarter in :27. He slowed things down with a :30 quarter to be

Chapercraz destroys Buffalo Raceway record

Hopefully Buffalo Raceway officials have fast drying ink for the record book. After Deswanslittlelorie set the all-aged trotting record at Buffalo Raceway this past Saturday night with a 1:55.3 time, Wild Bill Kelso came to town on Wednesday afternoon (July 19) and tied that mark with a length victory in a New York Sire Stakes

Second Generation of Crawfords Succeeding in Short Period of Time

Come spring, this scribe’s thoughts tend to focus on yearlings, likely in part because beginning each spring I spent decades traveling to various parts of North America to evaluate those yearlings that had been consigned to Harrisburg. It was a chore that took a lot of time, a lot of hours and close to 20,000