December 27, 2018, from the U.S. Harness Writers Association Harrisburg, PA — Michelle Crawford may not keep quite as unremitting a schedule as Driver of the Year Aaron Merriman, but she comes very close. An unbridled enthusiastic voice for harness racing, Michelle is foremost the co-operator with her husband Al of Crawford Farms, a Midstate New York… Read More
Few harness racing horse breeders have made a larger multi-media splash than Crawford Farms of Durhamville, New York.
From the second-story Crawford Farms mural at The Meadowlands to the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet where the water trucks proudly displayed the farm’s iconic insignia, racing fans are constantly reminded of the dynamic duo’s substantial commitment to the sport. Evident across multiple digital platforms, the Crawford’s are very active on social media and have produced and broadcast several TV commercials during key, nationally televised harness races, including the Hambletonian.
Driven by a passion for the sport, and a desire to help harness racing prosper, the Crawford’s have sponsored this season’s Meadowlands Pace, Kindergarten Classic, Crawford Farms Trot and the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet. In addition to vast purse support, they have recently completed a state-of-the-art equine therapeutic spa, 40-stall barn, and an 8-stall horse exerciser at their central New York breeding & racing operation.
For their considerable investment in the future of the Standardbred and support of harness racing and breeding in the state of New York, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has awarded Crawford Farms their annual Excelsior Award.
Somewhat surprised when they learned of the award, Michelle and Albert Crawford were humbled by the honor. “We love this business, and we are very pleased that someone has noticed and appreciated our efforts” noted Albert, son of the late Jim Crawford who was the affable former president of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State.
“My wife and I are committed to breeding top horses in New York State and supporting the industry in the process. We know that it is a considerable challenge, but we are rolling up our sleeves and eager to do the work!”
Michelle, the spark that energizes much of the daily operations added, “Every day that I am on our farm I am amazed at the work ethic and dedication that our staff contribute to our vision. Whether we are breeding, foaling, weaning or performing racehorse rehab, they always give 110%, and for that I am very grateful.”
The farm, which was founded in 1966 by Jim and Patricia Crawford, continues to be a family affair. The 100-acre nursery has continued to expand not only their footprint, but also their broodmare band. Their yearling consignments to Lexington and Morrisville have continued to improve in scope and scale.
When they are not raising future harness racing stars, Michelle and Al own and operate one of the most successful healthcare lending institutions in the nation, Bankers Healthcare Group. In fact, BHG was ranked as the 5th Fastest Growing Private Company by Inc.
Formed in 1992 from a modest group of four finance experts, BHG now employs close to 200 business professionals.
Crazy Wow will stand stud in New York for an introductory fee of $3,000. Chris Tully photo. Goshen, NY — Michelle and Albert Crawford have announced that their world champion trotter Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143) has been retired and will stand stud in New York for an introductory fee of $3,000. An outstanding individual and multiple… Read More
East Rutherford, NJ — Corey Callahan was a major player in the two Kindergarten Classic trotting events at The Meadowlands Saturday night (Nov. 3), an evening that saw four Kindergarten finals for 2-year-olds. ‘The Captain’ drove 1-9 favorite Seven Hills in the $221,540 colt and gelding trot, but after beginning his career with four powerful wins,… Read More
Homicide Hunter is the fastest trotter in the history of the sport and also a lover of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Those factors sure didn’t hurt as he scooted up the pylons from the pocket to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot on Saturday. Top Flight Angel charged to the front away… Read More
Hear Michelle Crawford speak on Post Time with Mike & Mike
Little Brown Jug day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds is a special experience and one couple that is hooked is Albert and Michelle Crawford. A bit over a month since winning the Hambletonian as co-owners behind Atlanta, the Crawfords will seek to capture the Jug with new purchase Wes Delight. A colt by Bettor’s Delight,… Read More
Crawford Farms is stepping up its support of harness racing by signing on as the sponsor of the Tattersalls Pace at the Red Mile. The Tattersalls Pace, first held in 1971, is The Red Mile’s top Grand Circuit event for 3-year-old colt pacers. “The Red Mile is one of the premier places to showcase our… Read More
SINCE 1977, THE MEADOWLANDS PACE HAS PRODUCED SOME OF THE MOST THRILLING SPRINTS TO THE FINISH LINE IN RACING. THIS YEAR’S EVENT IS SURE TO BE NO EXCEPTION, AND WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR THE 2018 CRAWFORD FARMS MEADOWLANDS PACE ON SATURDAY, JULY 14. POST TIME IS 6:35 PM. THE WORLD’S FASTEST 3-YEAR-OLD PACERS… Read More
Going into the 93rd edition of the $1 million Hambletonian the big question was: Could the girl beat the boys? The answer is an emphatic yes. Trained by Rick Zeron and driven by his son Scott Zeron, Atlanta (2-1), the only filly in the prestigious race for 3-year-old trotters, wired the field of nine colts… Read More
The downstate denizens took their turn Monday night (July 10th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $169,500 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A quartet of divisions began the local statebred season, with a first division ($42,975), first-up America’s Fleet (Jason Bartlett, $29) holding off What’s Goin’ On (Jim Morrill… Read More