Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, which hosted all 12 Breeders Crown championships in 2010, has been selected as the site to host the 2013 event. Eliminations will be held the weekend of Oct. 11-12, with the finals on Saturday, Oct. 19.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association will offer a $1 million bonus to the connections of any 3-year-old trotter who is able to win a trio of races that will be held in the state next year: the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, the Colonial, and the Breeders Crown final.
"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."
The 2012 Breeders Crown finals are scheduled for Oct. 27 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, where last year's events were also held.