Day At The Track
Elitloppet 2019,Harness racing

Elitloppet showcases the best in trotting

The stars come out at Sweden’s Elitloppet weekend, a glittering two-day occasion packed with quality harness racing, featuring the best trotters in the world. It is also the showcase for the world’s best sires with no less than 80 international stallions having runners in the feature races on both days. Super sires Muscle Hill from the US with 14 representatives, and French trio  Love You (10),  Orlando Vici  (9) and  Ready Cash (8), are the big four when it comes to the feature events, highlighted by the international Elitloppet and Sweden Cup, run in same day heats and final over a mile. Muscle Hill, Orlando Vici and Ready Cash all have two representatives in the Elitloppet itself while Love You has one. French sire Orlando Vici is the only stallion to have two horses in both the Elitloppet and the Sweden Cup, the so-called Mini-Elitloppet, which is the highlight of the first day’s racing. Sweden’s home grown stallions Maharajah, (6), Raja Mirchi (5) and veteran From Above (4), who won the 2003 Elitloppet, also feature prominently, with Maharajah having a runner in both main events and both Raja Mirchi and From Above having two runners in the Sweden Cup, while Italian supersire and former Elitloppet champion Varenne  (5) also has two horses in the Sweden Cup. Veteran US-bred former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight (5) who was a heat winner and placed third twice in three Elitloppet attempts, has one horse in the Elitloppet and two in the Sweden Cup. The first day features the five divisions of the Sweden’s elite class trotters and the nation’s top mares division.  International trotters supplement the Lady Snarts race for mares, and Sweden’s biggest staying race, the Harper Hanovers where the trotters often go faster than the pacers do in the equivalent distance NZ Trotting Cup, while headlining day one is the Sweden Cup. Day two features international age groups racing, from three to five years old, an elite monte, and of course the big race itself, the Elitloppet, in two heats and a final over a mile. Stallions with more than a single representative in Elitlopett weekend feature races (origin and total in brackets) include; Muscle Hill (US) (14), Love You  (FRA) (10),  Orlando Vici (FRA)  (9),  Ready Cash (FRA) (8), Maharajah (SWE) (6), Raja Mirchi (SWE) (5) Scarlet Knight (US) (5) Varenne (IT) (5) Andover Hall (US) (4), From Above (SWE) (4), Donato Hanover (US) (4), Pastor Stephen (US) (4), Pine Chip (US)  (4)  Quite Easy (US) (3)  Cantab Hall (US) (3)n Make it Happen (US) (3) Yakee Glide (US) (3) Gift Kronos (IT) (3) Yankee Glide (US) (2) Going Kronos (IT) (2) Googoo Gaagaa (US) (2) Citation Lindy (US) (2) Joke Face (SWE) (2) Lexus Font (IT) (2) Muscles Yankee (US) (2) Prodigious (FRA) (2) Quick Wood (FRA) (2) Scipion du Goutier (FRA) (2) SJ's Caviar (US) (2) Explosive Matter (US) (2).    

Ulf Ohlsson

World Drivers Championship at Solvalla

May 24, 2019 - Friday began the 2019 harness racing world driving championship with the first session at Solvalla. After three races this day the leading point earner was Ulf Ohlsson with 33.5 points. He represents Sweden and leads Finland’s Mike Forss who earned 31 points.  The race winners were Hersey Boko (5f Zola Boko) with Mike Forss up, Pegasus All Over (4g Syrinxian) reined by James Macdonald of Canada, and Venerdi (5g Mondiale OK) with Ulf Ohlsson the pilot. The feature races of the day were three events sponsored by ASVT Trottex Auktion. The three year old colts raced for 200,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters autostart, with victory to 9/1 Power (3m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) with Bjorn Goop the pilot for trainer Bjorn Goop. He was clocked in 1.12.9kr. The Googoo gelding Bythebook (3g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) was second for Erik Adielsson. The two filly divisions were raced each for 100,000SEK first money also over 2140 meters autostart. The first went to 6.7/1 MBS Pretty Girl (3f Scarlet Knight-Lovely Face-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Claes Svensson and timed in 1.14.4kr. The second went to 3.8/1 Boxer Shrimp (3f Yankee Glide-Decapode-Cumin) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Robert Bergh. Classic pedigree here for the 1.14.1kr timed winner. Thomas H. Hicks

Bottomed Ideal

ASVT Elitauktion sets record in Sweden

May 24, 2019 - The demand for well-bred trotting stock was on display Friday in the ASVT Elitauktion in Sweden. Held in conjunction with the Elitloppet this sale cataloged 100 head and the average was up 32% from 2018 at 283,684SEK (26,519€). The average last year was 215,473SEK. Sale toppers are shown below with winning bids in Swedish krona. Catalogue link:  https://www.asvt.se/images/aktuellt/Elitkatalogen-2019.pdf The catalogue page of the sale topper is shown below, this one a colt by Ready Cash-Aisle Stand-Scarlet Knight. He brought 142,557€ from a bid by well-known horseman Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks  

Doberman

Doberman wins Trophee Vert at Eauze

May 19, 2019 - Sunday’s fifth leg of the Trophee Vert series was the Grand Prix d’Eauze (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap on the turf) at Eauze and it was a competitive affair that was won by the 50 meter handicapped Doberman (6m Prodigious) reined by Franck Nivard to a close rallying victory for owner Richard Cohen. Doberman recorded his 11th career win now for 422,780€ in lifetime earnings. The 25 meter handicapped Boxing Day (8g Ganymede) was second driven by Manuel Criado and another 25 meter penalized performer, Comte du Vivier (7g Prince Gede) held third for Franck Jamard after setting the pace. Beach Boy (8g Jag de Bellouet) was fourth for reinsman M.X. Charlot. The next Trophee Vert leg is May 26th at Niort. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 14, 2019 - There were a pair of Groupe level contests and the Quinte+ race of the day on the Friday evening harness racing program at Paris-Vincennes. The Gr. III Prix Esam (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, nine European starters) began the action and 7.8/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) scored timed in a sharp 1.10.5kr for teamster Christophe Martens. Vincent Martens trains the winner for Ceke Farm of Belgium as Alcoy increased his career earnings to 255,932€. Finishing second was 4.4/1 Detroit Castelets (6m Neoh Jiel) reined by David Thomain. 30/1 Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualimo de Vandel) was third. The 5/10 favorite Super Fez was fifth for J-M Bazire. Today’s Quinte+ race was the Prix Lonis (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and 2.7/1 Cap Matyss (7m Love You-Ode Matyss) scored for pilot Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Franck Leblanc, timed in 1.12.1kr. The victory increased his life earnings to 304,680€. 8.6/1 Colorado Blue (7g Que Je T’Aime) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and 56/1 Beerscott (8m General du Pommeau) took third with Anthony Barrier the reinsman. 14./1 Citizen Kane and 3.6/1 Black Jack From completed the top five. There were 11 exact order Q+ winning tickets that each paid 53,957.80€. The Quinte+ pool was 3,390,168€ and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 7,020,000€. Cap Matyss The program’s featured Gr. II Prix Ozo (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) produced an easy seven-length win for the 5/10 favorite Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien DeWulf. She scored for the seventh time in 12 career outings now for 283,900€ in life earnings. 20/1 Gloria du Goutier (3f Timoko) was second for J. Ph. Monclin and trainer Guarato. 7/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime) was third driven by David Thomain for trainer Philippe Allaire. Green Grass Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, May 25, 2019 --Kate's Massive powered to the lead past the quarter and made the rest of it look easy, scoring a convincing harness racing victory in Friday's $99,430 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadows. Last year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion, Kate's Massive opened his sophomore campaign with a stallion series victory, so the Currier & Ives represented a step up for him. Nevertheless, Dave Palone steered the son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate aggressively, protecting the rail starting position and getting away second. Once Kate's Massive reached the point, he had little trouble holding off the first-over challenge of Shake N Bake. The 6-5 favorite needed only a single tap from Palone's whip in the stretch to defeat Shake N Bake by 2 lengths in 1:54.1, lowering his life mark 1.2 seconds. Long shot Stinglike A B K finished third. Kelly Paver trains the winner, who lifted his career bankroll to $136,267, for owner and co-breeder Harry Horowitz. It was one of five victories on the 12-race card for Palone, who triumphed for the 18th time (including Open Division wins in final heats and preliminary splits) in the illustrious history of the Currier & Ives, which was launched at The Meadows in 1975. The "winningest" driver in harness racing history, Palone collected his first Currier & Ives victory with Dontellmenomore in 1991. Also enjoying big nights were Jim Pantaleano and trainer Scott Betts, with four and three wins, respectively. Following a brief holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bettor Joy N and Phaetosive emerged victorious in the harness racing co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. In the Preferred for fillies and mares on the pace, Bettor Joy N raced in third past the half as Kissin In The Sand was rolling along on the lead in a rated :55.4. Bettor Joy N came after the leader from first-over after popping out of the three-hole but was still a length behind at the head of the stretch. Bettor Joy N, the even-money second choice by a few dollars, then proceeded to wear down Kissin In The Sand (the actual post-time choice) to record a neck win in 1:50.4, a new lifetime best for the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Joyfulbelle. Bettorhaveanother finished third. Trained by Jim King, Jr. and driven by Tim Tetrick, Bettor Joy N returned $4.00 to her backers while winning for 15th time from 37 starts, good for lifetime earnings of $423,634. In the Preferred Handicap for trotters, all eyes were on 3-5 favorite and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, who was making her seasonal debut, but it was another fabulous female, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes terror Phaetosive, who beat the boys with an explosive final eighth of a mile, in 1:52.2. At the head of the stretch, Phaetosive didn't loom as a big threat, racing well off the rail in fourth, four lengths behind Pappy Go Go, who had made a big move to the lead on the far turn. But trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer got the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton in gear with an eighth to go and rolled past the leader while holding off the late-charging Yes Mickey. Pappy Go Go held third. Phaetosive lifted her lifetime stats to 12 wins in 19 starts after winning her seasonal debut and has now earned $876,417. She paid $24.20 to win as the fifth choice in the betting. Hannelore Hanover trailed the field past the half and moved to the outside shortly thereafter, but never got close in her first start of the year, finishing last of seven. A LITTLE MORE: The 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 took in $51,464 in bets, and after a haveable sequence saw winner's odds of 3-1, 9-2, 3-1 and 9-2, the payoff was $182.42. Meadowlands TV's Dave Brower gave out the winning combination on the live in-house simulcast show. ... The on-track 50-Cent Pick-4 reached six figures for a second straight time, as $100,408 was pushed through the windows. The $464.30 return followed a sequence of 7-1, 2-1, 9-2 and 9-2 shots. ... Dave Miller drover four winners on the card. ... All-source handle totaled $2,368,877. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 24, 2019-- With a carry-over in excess of $9,000, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $25,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool for Saturday, May 25. In partnership with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering program and the Indiana Standardbred Association, Harrah's Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager for the action packed 11-race harness racing card on Saturday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday's 14-race card saw a number of longshots factoring in, including Free Love and Andy Shetler who rallied late to get up for second place honors in the last race of the program at odds of 49-1. In the featured race of the program, ER Sam and Don Eash pulled the slight upset to make a clean sweep of the $18,000 Hal Dale Pacing Series. Utilizing a :25.4 final quarter, ER Sam was able to track down the heavily favored, Little Rocket Man and Trace Tetrick, to score in 1:51.1. With the win, ER Sam recorded his third consecutive Hoosier Park victory and pushed his lifetime purse earnings to $46, 873 for owner, trainer, driver and breeder, Don Eash. In conjunction with the guaranteed wager, Saturday's 11-race card will be highlighted by the $20,000 Open Trot. The Open Trot, slated as the second race on the program, has drawn a talented field of six and will feature many former Indiana Sires Stakes champions battling to the wire. The Hoosier High-5, also known as the pentafecta, is featured in the last race of every program at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Featuring a reduced takeout of 12%, the Hoosier High-5 offers remarkable value to horseplayers. Just 31 days into the 2019 season, the Hoosier High-5 has twice returned a ticket paying $14,000. Free past performances for the Hoosier High-5 sequence will be available on the USTA website. Expert selections and handicapping tools are also available on the handicapping section of Hoosier Park's website. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator O 765-609-4620 4500 Dan Patch Circle | Anderson, Indiana 46013

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) wins the filly and mares featured harness racing pace ($12,000) on Friday (May 24). Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) led to a first quarter of :27.1. HP Sissy (Wally Hennessey) took over as they went by the stands for the first time before hitting the half in :56.2. Truth And Liberty ($5.10), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, battled HP Sissy all the way around the final turn. Truth And Liberty had a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.4. HP Sissy would battle back to re-claim the lead at the top of the stretch. Truth And Liberty finally shook loose in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Velocity McSweets to win in a seasonal best of 1:51.4. Northern Dali (Jim Meittinis) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her third win this season and her 37th career victory. Mike SImons also trained and drove Oneida Blue Chip ($5.80) to a victory on the night. Driver Jim Taggart Jr. and trainer Gary Messenger combined for two wins during the card. They got their wins with Filly Forty ($6.40) and Classic Can Dream ($8.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 25) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 24, 2019-An off-the-pace Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton, $14.60) prevailed in a blanket photo Friday night (May 24th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fifth from assigned post position No. 2, Glenferrie Blade A watched as Angel's Pride (Joe Bongiorno), Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) and 7-5 choice Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) all tried it up front. It was Feelin' Red Hot seizing the scepter before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. She then found a :56.1 intermission before Angel's Pride was back at it, engaging Feelin' Red Hot through a :27.1 third quarter (1:23.4). The two choices continued their battle in and out of the final turn, with Sandy's Beach (Jim Marohn Jr.) second-over and Glenferrie Blade A behind her. Feelin' Red Hot was losing the scrum to Angel's Pride, but that one was about to lose the war. Glenferrie Blade A closed widest and fastest, whipping Angel's Pride by a nose in 1:52.4 while taking advantage of a soft (29-second) final quarter. A ground-saving Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald), Feelin' Red Hot and Made of Jewels AS (Dan Dube) picked off the remainder. For third choice Glenferrie Blade A, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her first win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $52.50, the triple returned $205.50 and the superfecta paid $853. Saturday night (May 25th), the Raceway offers both the $300,000 At Rooney Pace and $109,234 Lismore. The 29th Rooney, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, goes as the 10th race...1-Captain Malicious (MacDonald), 2-Rollwithpapajoe (Bongiorno), 3-Branquinho (Tyler Buter), 4-Buddy Hill (Brian Sears), 5-Price Hanover (Dube), 6-Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn), 7-Blood Money (Scott Zeron), 8-Air Force Hanover (Dave Miller). The 15th Lismore, for the soph pacing ladies, is right before as race No. 9...1-Mi Nina Bonita (Brent Holland), 2-Rock N McRoll (Dube), 3-Queen of the Pride (Stratton), 4-As Time Goes By (Brennan), 5-Bestseller Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 6-Privacy Hanover (Miller), 7-Rockn' Philly (Tim Tetrick), 8-Annie Hill (Sears). Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM, after the completion of which Yonkers begins a hiatus until Friday night, June 7th.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

Columbus, Ohio--Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, was on the move again Friday night (May 24) traveling to Columbus, Ohio for a trotting contest over the five-eighths mile oval at Scioto Downs. And when the judges posted the official sign after the race was contested Unbanji, driven by longtime Billings member Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer, emerged victorious . Sent off at odds of over 10-1 the 11-year-old French-bred gelding rallied in the deep-stretch to collar the betting favorite, Undercover Strike and driver Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel for a 1:571 victory, his second of the season. Troyer started from the five hole and settled in fourth as Alesha "the Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley grabbed the lead with Body Of Work and they showed the way past the first stanza in :28.3. With the field all settling in along the pylons Ms Binkey tapped the breaks and led the Indian-file trailers by the half in :58.2. At that point Troyer and Ubanji were third as Keidel and Undercover Strike were the first to take a shot at the leader and they were head-to-head with Body Of Work at the three quarters in 1:27.4, as the trailing horses began to move at the leaders. Undercover Strike gained command off the final turn and although the gelding appeared to be home free Troyer's trotter came with a rush in the final strides to collar Keidel's charge and get the final call. Despite a covered trip the entire mile Sterling Bodica, and driver Steve "You're Never Too"Oldford, had to settle for third place just a length behind the top two finishers. The race winner, Ubanji, is in America as a result of a international promotion last year by NAADA. Now owned by his driver and trained by John Wengerd the altered son of French sire, Jag De Bellouet, returned a $23.20 win mutuel. The Billings Series will move on to the Meadowlands on Saturday night then to Flamboro Downs on Sunday, and to Woodbine Mohawk on Monday.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kahoku ($7.60) and driver Drew Monti teamed up for the first time in their respectively harness racing careers and after watching the results of the $10,000 Class A trot at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (May 24), it might be a combination that stays together for awhile.   Blasting off the gate from the inside, Kahoku led all the way and beat the favored Empire Earl N by 3-1/4 lengths in a seasonal best 1:58.1. It was the third consecutive win for Kahoku.   "I've watched this horse race probably a hundred times but never drove him," Monti said after the victory.   As far as his strategy getting behind Kahoku the first time, Monti stated, "He's a little hot tempered so I figured if I could keep him calm starting from the rail and going through the first turn, we'd be good."   And good they were.   Leaving from the inside, Kahoku, who now has 219 career starts with 46 victories, had no issues in gaining the lead off the starting gate and putting up splits of :29.0, :59.1 and 1:28.4. Down the stretch, Monti enjoyed the spring weather as Kahoku romped to the easy decision. Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) was second and Well Connected Kid (David McNeight III) took third place.   "Once we got midway down the backstretch going to the three-quarters, I knew we had it,' Monti said. "He has been getting better the past few weeks."   The 11-year-old gelded Kahoku (S J's Caviar-Tags Gal) is owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Patrick Galbraith. It was his fourth win in 12 starts this season and moved his earnings to $18,655 in 2019 and $310,452 lifetime.   Billy Davis Jr. and Monti completed the card with a pair of victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program set.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

CHESTER PA - The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, combined with trainer Jeff Cullipher to win Friday's two featured harness racing events at Harrah's Philadelphia with promising Hoosier Park shippers. In the $17,000 distaff pace, Quite A Sight went to the lead late on the first turn and put early numbers of :26.4 and :55.3 on the board. Past the half favored Believe In Me went up to challenge the pacesetting second choice, and they were engaged in battle towards the 1:24 three-quarters. That contest lasted all the way just past midstretch, where Quite A Sight finally claimed a definite lead for good, winning by a length over her rival in 1:52.1, the fastest clocking she's ever posted. Trainer Cullipher co-owns the victorious daughter of Camluck with Pollack Racing LLC, and they saw their mare boost her lifetime earnings into six figures, now resting at $105,703. The Tetrick / Cullipher-sponsored sophomore Horns For Three got three breaks go in his favor while winning a $16,000 trot - but the second one almost ruined all the good luck. Lapped By Lindy, a winner of 4 of 6 starts lifetime, made a break at the start, and Tetrick was able to get the victorious altered son of Credit Winner to the lead before the :28 quarter. The pair then ceded the lead to Chapter Fashion, who took the field to the half in :56.4, but that one then turned over the lead to a brushing Capt Chaps Hanover just before the 1:25.1 three-quarters. Tetrick was alert to avoid Chapter Fashion when he went to a run on the turn and was able to maintain inside position, then got his best break of all when Capt Chaps Hanover lost composure at headstretch, giving Horns For Three a straight shot up the inside to complete a 1:55.4 victory, his quickest ever. Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC also own the developing three-year-old. Both Tetrick and George Napolitano Jr. had superb showings Friday at Philly as they continue their battle atop the dashwinning standings - Napolitano won five times, Tetrick four, to make the 2019 count Tetrick 71, Napolitano 68. After Cat Manzi won the first sulky win title in 2006, the only drivers to wear the crown at season's end are Napolitano and Tetrick. It's little surprise that Tetrick put on a fine showing at Philly today, because one of his favorite days of the year is coming up here Sunday - the Super Sunday card of three $100,000 Invitationals. In 11 previous editions of each, Tetrick has won the Betsy Ross Mares Pace six times and the Maxie Lee Trot five times, so he knows the way to Victory Lane in the track's signature event. And he may even add the Commodore Barry Pace, in this fifth edition, to his trophy case, behind the talented Donttellmenomore, in addition to having defending champion Shartin N in the Betsy Ross, and Guardian Angel AS in the Maxie Lee. Captain Crunch will also be on the fantastic card Sunday in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

LONDON...The field for this year's $157,000 Camluck Classic has now been finalized. Back to defend his Camluck Classic title in the Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron. The $1.7 million harness racing winner put together a sizzling performance last year when he set a new track record of 1:50.1. The seven-year-old gelding will have Louis Roy aboard. Rockin Speed, trained by Jared & Joe Seekman, is the final starter for this years rich classic. The son of Rockin Image is fresh off a fourth place finish in the Confederation Cup after finishing second in his elimination. The Indiana Sires Stakes graduate had a mark of 1:50.2 taken this year at Miami Valley. Billy Davis is expected to drive. Rockin Ron                                                    --Jake MacDonald photo Also confirmed starters and drivers this year are: Done Well (Dexter Dunn) Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) The Wall (Joe Bongiorno) Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) Sinta (Jody Jamieson) Southwind Amazon (Dave Palone) The post position draw for this year's Camluck Classic will be held live this Monday afternoon on The Raceway pre-game show, which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Race fans can tune into a special online broadcast of the Camluck Classic from The Raceway beginning at 10:30 p.m. The one-hour broadcast is part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA). The broadcast will be streamed on the Standardbred Canada website and aired via the Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages. Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A deeply competitive field will face off Saturday evening in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday card gets underway at 6 P.M. with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the track in race 9. Mick Dundee has rail control in the top class for owner-trainer-driver Don MacNeill of New Haven. The homebred son of Aahm Canadian Now has been knocking on the door the past few weeks in the preferred ranks but has yet to find the winner's circle. Last week's winner, Euchred, has post 6 and rides a two-race win streak into Saturday for trainer-driver David Dowling. Revenant has yet to miss the top three this season as the son of If I Can Dream will look for his first preferred victory with Adam Merner supplying the drive. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees a possibility for any one of the six entries to hit the wire first and will defer to Mick Dundee's post position advantage. "This one appears to be wide open so the tote board might be your best friend," MacIsaac said. "There's a possibility of some early mayhem up front so if Mick Dundee can sit and stalk all the way and exploit that good late kick he could get it all." Also in the deep field are Half Cut (Driven by Mark Bradley), Adkins Hanover (Corey MacPherson) and Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell). Sodwana Bay was dominant in 2018 in the Open Mares Pace and showed more of the same last week in her seasonal debut. She will contest the $2,800 Fillies and Mares Open in race 7 of the program for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The daughter of No Pan Intended has been assigned the outside post in the field of six. Other top entries include Innocent Kiss (Merner) and Prettyndangerous (Dowling). Trainer Jackie Matheson will be the special guest on Inside Track with host Peter MacPhee. The interview segment will air at 5:35pm on the live Red Shores broadcast Check out www.Redshores.ca for race programs and more.   May 26, 2019 Island Stakes Season Commences Sunday At Red Shores Summerside   SUMMERSIDE, PE - Magical Mistress was nothing short of superb last year and will look to remain perfect in the first Island stakes engagement of the season Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sunday's program kicks off at 1 P.M. featuring a trio of divisions of the Ruby Chappell Memorial Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies as well as three divisions of the Bob Dewar Memorial Stakes for sophomore pacing colts. Magical Mistress headlines her Chappell division in race 7 with Adam Merner back at the controls for trainer Stephen Gass and new owners Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing of Quebec. The daughter of Camystic has drawn post 3 in the $8,100 class as she looks to expand on her 12-race undefeated streak put together as a two-year-old in 2018. The program commences with a Chappell division in race 1 with Ma Rebelle selected as the one to beat from post 2. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo has already recorded a 1:59.1 victory this season for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Arc Light has similar prospects in the other $8,100 Chappell division in race 5 as she leaves from post 2 as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Campbell. The daughter of Camystic was a 1:59.2 victor in her latest start for owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Bob Dewar Memorial action starts off in race 3 with a pair of champions colliding. Last season's Maritime Breeder's Futurity champion Red Dirt Boomer leaves from post 1 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion Notorious has post 5 in the same split with Campbell in the bike for owners Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S., and Darryl and Gordon MacLean of Winsloe. The second Dewar division is later on the card in race 9 with a $8,100 pot at stake. Carlisimo won the first Maritime stakes event of the season in the Dawn Bremner Memorial in New Brunswick. The son of Shadow Play must contend with the far outside at post 7 with Campbell at the helm for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The final Dewar split has A Grand Terror favoured to win the lion's share of the $8,100 purse for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia and Robert Tilley and Lester Mott of New Brunswick. The Camystic pacer will leave from post 1 in the field of eight entries. Driver David Dowling will be special guest on Inside Track with host Rocky Schurman. The interview segment will air at 12:35pm on the live Red Shores broadcast For more information go to www.Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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The stars come out at Sweden’s Elitloppet weekend, a glittering two-day occasion packed with quality harness racing, featuring the best trotters in the world. It is also the showcase for the world’s best sires with no less than 80 international stallions having runners in the feature races on both days. Super sires Muscle Hill from the US with 14 representatives, and French trio  Love You (10),  Orlando Vici  (9) and  Ready Cash (8), are the big four when it comes to the feature events, highlighted by the international Elitloppet and Sweden Cup, run in same day heats and final over a mile. Muscle Hill, Orlando Vici and Ready Cash all have two representatives in the Elitloppet itself while Love You has one. French sire Orlando Vici is the only stallion to have two horses in both the Elitloppet and the Sweden Cup, the so-called Mini-Elitloppet, which is the highlight of the first day’s racing. Sweden’s home grown stallions Maharajah, (6), Raja Mirchi (5) and veteran From Above (4), who won the 2003 Elitloppet, also feature prominently, with Maharajah having a runner in both main events and both Raja Mirchi and From Above having two runners in the Sweden Cup, while Italian supersire and former Elitloppet champion Varenne  (5) also has two horses in the Sweden Cup. Veteran US-bred former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight (5) who was a heat winner and placed third twice in three Elitloppet attempts, has one horse in the Elitloppet and two in the Sweden Cup. The first day features the five divisions of the Sweden’s elite class trotters and the nation’s top mares division.  International trotters supplement the Lady Snarts race for mares, and Sweden’s biggest staying race, the Harper Hanovers where the trotters often go faster than the pacers do in the equivalent distance NZ Trotting Cup, while headlining day one is the Sweden Cup. Day two features international age groups racing, from three to five years old, an elite monte, and of course the big race itself, the Elitloppet, in two heats and a final over a mile. Stallions with more than a single representative in Elitlopett weekend feature races (origin and total in brackets) include; Muscle Hill (US) (14), Love You  (FRA) (10),  Orlando Vici (FRA)  (9),  Ready Cash (FRA) (8), Maharajah (SWE) (6), Raja Mirchi (SWE) (5) Scarlet Knight (US) (5) Varenne (IT) (5) Andover Hall (US) (4), From Above (SWE) (4), Donato Hanover (US) (4), Pastor Stephen (US) (4), Pine Chip (US)  (4)  Quite Easy (US) (3)  Cantab Hall (US) (3)n Make it Happen (US) (3) Yakee Glide (US) (3) Gift Kronos (IT) (3) Yankee Glide (US) (2) Going Kronos (IT) (2) Googoo Gaagaa (US) (2) Citation Lindy (US) (2) Joke Face (SWE) (2) Lexus Font (IT) (2) Muscles Yankee (US) (2) Prodigious (FRA) (2) Quick Wood (FRA) (2) Scipion du Goutier (FRA) (2) SJ's Caviar (US) (2) Explosive Matter (US) (2).    
East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is now providing Direct Deposit payment of purses for harness racing owners along with trainer and driver percentages.   It is important to note the a separate Direct Deposit form must be submitted for each partnership / ownership group.   The required forms may be downloaded from The Meadowlands website, a W-9 form is also required.   Contact information for the Horsemen's Bookkeeper is listed on the form.  
WASHINGTON, PA, May 25, 2019 --Kate's Massive powered to the lead past the quarter and made the rest of it look easy, scoring a convincing harness racing victory in Friday's $99,430 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadows. Last year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion, Kate's Massive opened his sophomore campaign with a stallion series victory, so the Currier & Ives represented a step up for him. Nevertheless, Dave Palone steered the son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate aggressively, protecting the rail starting position and getting away second. Once Kate's Massive reached the point, he had little trouble holding off the first-over challenge of Shake N Bake. The 6-5 favorite needed only a single tap from Palone's whip in the stretch to defeat Shake N Bake by 2 lengths in 1:54.1, lowering his life mark 1.2 seconds. Long shot Stinglike A B K finished third. Kelly Paver trains the winner, who lifted his career bankroll to $136,267, for owner and co-breeder Harry Horowitz. It was one of five victories on the 12-race card for Palone, who triumphed for the 18th time (including Open Division wins in final heats and preliminary splits) in the illustrious history of the Currier & Ives, which was launched at The Meadows in 1975. The "winningest" driver in harness racing history, Palone collected his first Currier & Ives victory with Dontellmenomore in 1991. Also enjoying big nights were Jim Pantaleano and trainer Scott Betts, with four and three wins, respectively. Following a brief holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bettor Joy N and Phaetosive emerged victorious in the harness racing co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. In the Preferred for fillies and mares on the pace, Bettor Joy N raced in third past the half as Kissin In The Sand was rolling along on the lead in a rated :55.4. Bettor Joy N came after the leader from first-over after popping out of the three-hole but was still a length behind at the head of the stretch. Bettor Joy N, the even-money second choice by a few dollars, then proceeded to wear down Kissin In The Sand (the actual post-time choice) to record a neck win in 1:50.4, a new lifetime best for the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Joyfulbelle. Bettorhaveanother finished third. Trained by Jim King, Jr. and driven by Tim Tetrick, Bettor Joy N returned $4.00 to her backers while winning for 15th time from 37 starts, good for lifetime earnings of $423,634. In the Preferred Handicap for trotters, all eyes were on 3-5 favorite and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, who was making her seasonal debut, but it was another fabulous female, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes terror Phaetosive, who beat the boys with an explosive final eighth of a mile, in 1:52.2. At the head of the stretch, Phaetosive didn't loom as a big threat, racing well off the rail in fourth, four lengths behind Pappy Go Go, who had made a big move to the lead on the far turn. But trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer got the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton in gear with an eighth to go and rolled past the leader while holding off the late-charging Yes Mickey. Pappy Go Go held third. Phaetosive lifted her lifetime stats to 12 wins in 19 starts after winning her seasonal debut and has now earned $876,417. She paid $24.20 to win as the fifth choice in the betting. Hannelore Hanover trailed the field past the half and moved to the outside shortly thereafter, but never got close in her first start of the year, finishing last of seven. A LITTLE MORE: The 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 took in $51,464 in bets, and after a haveable sequence saw winner's odds of 3-1, 9-2, 3-1 and 9-2, the payoff was $182.42. Meadowlands TV's Dave Brower gave out the winning combination on the live in-house simulcast show. ... The on-track 50-Cent Pick-4 reached six figures for a second straight time, as $100,408 was pushed through the windows. The $464.30 return followed a sequence of 7-1, 2-1, 9-2 and 9-2 shots. ... Dave Miller drover four winners on the card. ... All-source handle totaled $2,368,877. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations
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