07/29/2017 11:07AM

Harness: Crawford Farms buys interest in Huntsville


Those with a keen eye will notice a new name at the end of the owner line on Adios morning line favorite Huntsville. Crawford Farms Racing has bought an interest in the millionaire 3-year-old pacer who starts from post four in Saturday’s $400,000 Adios Final at The Meadows.

Michelle Crawford confirmed that Crawford Farms has invested in a number of high-profile horses in the last few weeks, including shares of the Ray Schnittker trained Huntsville and 2-year-old trotting colt Wild Bill. Also on the list are 2-year-olds Topville Olympian (pacing colt) and All On Top Hanover (pacing filly).

All On Top Hanover was an obvious purchase as a broodmare possibility for the farm which now has 62 mares on its Durhamville, NY location and will likely add another seven or eight to that total from race mares currently in action for the operation. But Huntsville and more likely one of the 2-year-old colts could be a sign of things to come for Crawford Farms.

“Eventually we will stand some horses here,” said Crawford, who felt the farm could move in that direction in the next two to three years. “Likely not Huntsville, but that is the plan for the future. New York needs stallions. We need to beef up the New York program.

“Right now it’s all about vesting in stallion interests.”

Huntsville owns 13 wins in 19 races through his first year and a half of racing. He has earned just over $1.3 million and recently won the Meadowlands Pace.

Wild Bill won two of his first three career races including an impressive 1:52 3/5 victory at Harrah’s Philadelphia on July 13. Topville Olympian also sports a two for three record and is coming off a lifetime best 1:56 win over the half-mile surface at Monticello Raceway on July 24. He is trained by Ron Burke.