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Atlanta Attracts New Owner

Published: June 6, 2018 3:30 pm ET

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Rick Zeron today announced that Crawford Farms will be added to the ownership group of three-year-old trotting filly, Atlanta.

Zeron told Trot Insider on Wednesday afternoon (June 6) that he has sold part of his ownership shares of Atlanta, to Crawford Farms, of New York.

The three other owners, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant, will all maintain their current ownership interests in Atlanta.

Zeron explained that Michelle Crawford bought the share as a father’s day gift to her husband, Albert.

"It's an honour to have Crawford Farms involved in making history with Atlanta," said Zeron.

"After her most recent race, we had her examined from top to bottom, and she came out of it with 100 per cent flying colours," said Zeron, who also trains Atlanta. "Her next race is at Tioga Downs in the New York Sires Stakes on June 24."

Rick and Scott Zeron (left and right, respectively), pictured with Atlanta after her trotting track record performance at Vernon Downs in the Empire Breeders Classic.

Zeron said that Hambletonian Day is the clear target for Atlanta, but a decision as to whether she will race in the Hambletonian or the Hambletonian Oaks has not yet been determined.

"We are still sitting on the fence," said Zeron.

Atlanta has started three times in 2018, as a three-year-old, winning all three races impressively, earning $127,284 on the season, and $262,359 over her career.

In her most recent start, the daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip won the $238,613 Empire Breeders Classic final at Vernon Downs in a time of 1:50.3, for driver Scott Zeron. It was not only a track record for three-year-old trotters, but the fastest mile ever trotted at Vernon Downs.

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