Day At The Track
Nirvana Seelster

Big miles highlight eventful Saturday

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 27 - Saturday's card of harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack had a little bit of everything, including a pair of sub-1:50 miles. A total of 11-races were contested under ideal conditions for late-May and several horses took full advantage of the nice weather. Six-year-old pacer Nirvana Seelster led the way with a 1:49 score in the $27,000 feature race. The Bill Budd trainee was sent to the front by driver Trevor Henry and posted fractions of :26.1, :55 and 1:22.1 along the way to a gritty victory. Four-year-old Easy Lover Hanover came up the rail late to pressure the leader, but the Budd trainee dug in to hold on for his fifth win of the season and 28th overall. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster has banked over $77,000 this season to bring his career earnings to nearly $600,000. The 1:49 mile is the fastest mile this season in Canada. Nirvana Seelster Earlier in the evening, McKinney claimed the title of Canada's fastest horse in 2017 for a brief moment with a 1:49.1 victory in an $18,000 event. The Kyle Fellows trainee capitalized off a two-hole trip from driver Sylvain Filion to pick up his second win of the season. Seven-year-old Duc Dorleans showed the way and hung up big fractions, including a 1:21.3 three-quarter time, but couldn't hold off McKinney and lost by a head. A seven-year-old gelding, McKinney is owned by Fellows, Daniel Knechtel and Arpad Szabo. The 1:49.1 mile Saturday established a new career-mark for the 22-time winner and earner of over $366,000. McKinney Saturday's card also saw champion trotter Mister Herbie, a winner of over $1.8 million, record his first victory in nearly four-years. The Jeff Gillis trainee crossed the wire first in a $20,000 event to pick up his first win since July 1, 2013. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Mister Herbie trotted a final-quarter of :28.2 to track down and defeat Fearless Man by a neck. The 2012 Maple Leaf Trot champion was making his third start of 2017 after having not raced since September of 2014. Saturday's victory was the 19th career win for Mister Herbie, who is owned by Gillis, Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. Mister Herbie The evening's final race also featured some flashy fractions, but it was the payouts that caught the attention of many. Seven-year-old pacer Lonewolf Currier ran away from his rivals to post fractions of :25.3, :53.1 and 1:21.4. However, fatigue would set in and Lonewolf Currier made a break when being swallowed up by rivals in the lane. Artful Bliss came through to pick up the pieces and scored a 43/1 upset for driver Phil Hudon and trainer Rod Boyd. The four-year-old, who was winless since early-March, paid $88 to win. Artful Bliss The top-five finishers were rounded out by horses at odds of 6/1, 10/1, 34/1 and 5/2, opening the door for a potential single-winning ticket in the Jackpot Hi-5. However, the payouts revealed there was no winning Jackpot Hi-5 tickets, which means Saturday's entire pool of $19,808, minus takeout, is added to the carryover. The carryover going into Monday now sits at $49,137.68. Live racing resumes Monday with an 11-race card beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Downbytheseaside

Downbytheseaside crushes - upset in Lismore

Columbus, OH --- World champion Downbytheseaside's sophomore record remains intact after a decisive harness racing score in 1:52 in the $340,000 Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (May 27) evening. Commencing his journey in rein to David Miller from post position three the 1-9 favorite sat in third in the early stages behind Summer Side (Tim Tetrick) and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley). As Summer Side set the opening panel of :27.3, Kakaley moved Miso Fast early and with purpose from the pocket to advance upon the leader. Miller was not about to allow Miso Fast to pace to far from his horse and took out upon that rival's heels, but Kakaley was not willing to settle for Downbytheseaside the option to clear. His route pushed Downbytheseaside and Miller three-wide and they had their work cut out for them in gaining the lead shortly after the half-mile marker in a time of :55. As Downbytheseaside continued his journey to the wire he paced to the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 and came down the lane with authority to stop the clock in 1:52.1. Miso Fast faded after his early attempts to take the starch out of Downbytheseaside, enabling Summer Side, who raced impressively to snatch the show spot, while Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) closed from far back to finish third. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, Downbytheside is conditioned by Brian Brown and is a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover. The colt demonstrated his prowess on a half-mile oval with his world record mile of 1:50 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds at age two and illustrated he was just as adept over a larger circumference with a world record equaling foray at Red Mile in a division of the International Stallion Stake several weeks later. "He's been pretty much the same all along," Miller said in reference to a question of his progression from ages two to three. "He was running in on the turns last week, but this week he handled them much better and he did stay on after that second quarter." In regards to Miller's comment about his performance in the eliminations, it appears Downbytheseaside had a legitimate excuse as to why he may not have handled the track as well last week. "His foot was bothering him," Brown said. "Toni (Dale Hollar, his groom) has been working on it all week and David has been training and jogging him. David kept texting me every day telling me the foot was getting better and when did have a better trip than last week (post position nine, second tier). David did say in the winner's circle we might have to work on him to make him a little easier to drive, so that is something we will do." Downbytheseaside now sports a sterling resume of 16-11-3-2 and has banked more than $700,00 in his young career. Downbytheseaside Tequila Monday put on quite a show in the $180,770 Lismore Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (May 27) evening. Guided by Brian Sears, the daughter of American Ideal-Margarita Monday, exploded off the cover of 1-5 favorite Agent Q (David Miller) to collect an impressive 4-1/2 length triumph in a new lifetime best of 1:52.2, which was also just a tick off the stakes record. Sent off by the wagering public as the second selection behind elimination victress Agent Q, Tequila Monday left from post position and was content to sit behind that rival as Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), the other elimination winner rocketed out from the gate to snatch a commanding lead right from the outset. That filly established fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:25.2 while Caviart Alley(Andrew McCarthy) sat the pocket, with Agent Q and Tequila Monday right behind her. As Big City Betty prepared to enter the final turn, Miller pulled Agent Q and it appeared she would breeze right on by the leader, however, Tequila Monday, pounced swiftly and succinctly, powering by in several strides to place daylight between herself and her rivals. From there on it was simply a matter of how many lengths she would hit the wire before the rest. "I knew she had a lot of ability," Sears said after the race. "Last week (a second place finish behind Agent Q from post eight) was good for her. She can get steppy, but she just needed some things to be ironed out, which they were." Owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, Tequila Monday is conditioned by Chris Oakes and is the defending New York Sire Stakes champion.. With the victory in this contest, which is her first of the season, she now has a record of 8-5-2-0, surpassed the $250,000 mark in purse money earned. She is clearly following the hoofprints of the family tradition, as her dam is a full sister to world champion Bolt The Duer. Tequila Monday Mach It So winning the Open The USTA Communications Department 

Luck Be Withyou

Luck Be Withyou loves Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - If you ever look up the term "horses for courses" in the dictionary, it's 1-20 odds that you find a picture of Luck Be Withyou harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as the illustration.   The six-year-old son of Western Ideal was 1-20* in Saturday's $20,000 pacing feature, and he yet again justified the fans' faith by going wire-to-wire in 1:49.3, equaling his season's mark taken last week - in fact, Luck Be Withyou has recorded his seasonal best here in each of his five years of racing. He has won 15 of 22 times racing at the mountain oval, and his lifetime bankroll over the brick-red surface went over $700,000 with Saturday's victory, boosted substantially by wins in the Breeders Crown at two and the Franklin Final at four.   Luck Be Withyou was sent straight to the top as usual by George Napolitano Jr., and after making the lead before the withering 25.4 opener, "Luck" had better luck with the fractions, posting middle splits of 54.2 and 1:21.4. A last quarter in 27.4 and patented Napolitano rocking were enough to keep the winner clear of an onrushing Anwar Hanover by a length as he triumphed once more for trainer Chris Oakes and owner John Craig.   Luck Be Withyou     In an $18,000 claiming handicap pacing co-feature, the Tell All gelding Tell Us More went wire-to-wire to win in 1:50.3, equaling his lifetime best, and giving him 11 victories in the 2017 season, that total tying him at the top of all North American racehorses for the season with two others. Both of his co-leaders have a chance to reclaim some part of the lead tomorrow: Private Interview will look to extend his own winning streak to ten at Rideau Carleton, while Cousin Mary will attempt to make it nine straight, but in a very difficult circumstance - starting from post eight against Lady Shadow and the fastest females in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Pace at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Top trot on the Saturday card was a $16,500 contest taken by the four-year-old mare Celebrity Eventsy, a starter in the Breeders Crown Final against Broadway Donna last year, rallying to catch pacesetting Skates N Plates in 1:54.2. The daughter of Manofmanymissions is now 2-for-4 on the season for driver Christian Lind, trainer/father Staffan Lind, and owners Celebrity Farms.   Celebrity Eventsy     Simon Allard had three sulky wins on the Saturday card, allowing him to regain second in the local drivers derby ahead of Matt Kakaley, and moving his lifetime total to 2996 victories. Simon had a fourth driving win at Pocono Saturday, so he is now at 2997 -- three away from the milestone 3000th win.   PHHA / Pocono

I Know My Chip

I Know My Chip lowers Hoosier track record

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 27, 2017 - For the first time this season, a track record was re-established at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the evening's action packed 12-race harness racing card on Saturday, May 27. I Know My Chip, with Sam Widger in the bike, kicked off the evening's program off with a bang as he lowered the track record for older trotting geldings to 1:52.1 in the first race of the program, a $21,000 Invitational Trot. The 1:52.1 mark was a new lifetime best for I Know My Chip and re-established a record that stood for three years, a mark that was previously held by Natural Herbie with a 1:52.3 clocking. In an abbreviated field of six, I Know My Chip left alertly from post five to get the first call through the opening panel in :26.2. As the heavy betting favorite, Churita and Trace Tetrick also left aggressively from post six and would eventually grab the lead just before the half in :55.4. I Know My Chip was content to sit in the pocket as the quick pace continued and Churita called the shots through the third split in 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Churita braced for the stretch drive as I Know My Chip loomed large in the pocket. Utilizing a :27.3 final quarter, I Know My Chip tipped from the pocket and cruised home to a four length victory over a fast-closing Call For Justice and Ricky Macomber Jr. After a ground saving trip, Captain John Henry and Dale Hiteman held on for third place honors. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, I Know My Chip returned $14.20 to his backers. "He's a very nice horse," Widger noted after the victory. "He's great to drive and very easy to get along with. The trip worked out in our favor tonight and he did the rest. He was very game tonight." Trained by Walter Haynes Jr., the five-year-old son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown recorded his third seasonal victory from 12 outings and 24th lifetime victory from 69 starts. The previous Ohio Sires Stakes Champion has now amassed $539,993 in lifetime purse earnings. I Know My Chip is owned by the partnership of Brian Carsey, John McGill, and the Black & White Stable. I Know My Chip The win with I Know My Chip was one of two winners for driver Sam Widger on the evening's 12-race card. Widger also teamed up with trainer Jeff Cullipher to find the winner's circle with Au D Lox Bluegrass in the $25,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:50.1, Au D Lox Bluegrass recorded her fourth win of the season from eight outings. Au D Lox Bluegrass New Talent Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with a 14-race card on Tuesday, May 30 featuring the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

May 26, 2017 - The 2017 Elitloppet Yearling Sale was held Friday evening in connection with Elitloppet weekend and a Maharajah colt, hip 22, Boycott (from Big Blue Kitten) led the way bringing 800,000SEK (US$92,288) with Fredrik Jireteg the winning bidder of the fine colt that traces back to breeder/horseman Sam Bowie, the UK basketball great. The dam has produced exceptional offspring led by Yarrah Boko (by Coktail Jet) and Zola Boko.  This colt is a good mover. 11 yearlings brought 400,000SEK or more this year, with the average down 6% and the median down 21% from prior year. The top 11 sellers included three by Muscle Hill, two by Maharajah, one each by Bold Eagle and Ready Cash and one by Googoo Gaagaa.  See below for the top 11, hip 22 picture and pedigree link and the total results release. Good wishes to all the buyers. ASVT.SE Sale – The Top 11 (US$92,288 Tops The Sale) – Hip. Pedigree, Consignor, Price, Buyer 22 Boycott H Maharajah Big Blue Kitten Annemanna AB 800 000 kr Fredrik Jireteg, Västerås 78 Best Regards S, TR Muscle Hill Sincerely Yours Menhammar Stuteri AB 600 000 kr Flaata Stable APS, Danmark 82 Dominic Wibb H Bold Eagle Spicy Chocolate Larsson Kristina 530 000 kr Lutfi Kolgjini AB 16 Josse Boko S Broadway Hall Aretha Boko Boko Stables Holland BV 500 000 kr Henna Salonen Invest AB 46 M.T.OpusOne S Muscle Hill Inside Broline Misty Trotting AB 500 000 kr Knutsson Trotting AB 47 Strong Heartbeat H Maharajah Jacaranda Rigmor Jacobsson 440 000 kr Jörgen Westholm, Romme 74 Triptyquesque S Ready Cash Peignoir Black Type Breeders KB 420 000 kr Björn Goop, Färjestad 13 Escape Rain S Muscle Hill Alexia Ås Stutteri Dust 420 000 kr Stall Courant AB 76 Be My Love S Zola Boko Raring to Go Menhammar Stuteri AB 410 000 kr Flaata Stable APS, Danmark 86 Valter Trot H Googoo Gaagaa Still on Broadway Lövsta Stuteri HB 400 000 kr Niklas Ek 71 Down Town Girl S Donato Hanover Olivia Lavec René Mammen Racing 400 000 kr Henna Salonen http://asvt.se/images/Pressrelease-Elitauktionen-2017-final.pdf Hip 22 http://asvt.se.crystonepreview.net/elit/katalog/22.pdf 22 Boycott 16-1112 H e. Maharajah u. Big Blue Kitten Consignor: Annemanna AB  

Consistent three-year-old pacer Playing Arkabella delivered another outstanding harness racing performance to emerge triumphant in the $40,000 Group 3 Bandbox Stakes over 2200 metres in Launceston on Friday night. The Paul Hill-trained filly won the two-year-old version of the sires stakes series last season (Evicus Stakes) so to capture the three-year-old edition puts her in elite company. Playing Arkabella had her colours lowered in the Bandbox Prelude by El Jays Mystery that edged her out in the last stride but with a more favourable barrier draw and a heady drive from Rohan Hillier she justified the punters' faith in the daughter of Shadow Play. The filly was heavily backed to start the $1.80 favourite courtesy of drawing barrier three on the front line while her archrival El Jays Mystery had to start from the outside of the second row courtesy of being out of the draw in mobile events. The Todd Rattray-trained Harshali began well from gate five and eventually worked to the lead from rank outsider Safari Oakey ($126) but Hillier was content to send Playing Arkabella around the field to face the breeze from where he could dictate the pace of the race. Ricky Duggan sent El Jays Mystery three-wide to challenge 600 metres out but she was making hard work of it while Harshali looked to be travelling easily and put three metres on the favourite turning for home. But when Hillier called on his filly for the big effort she dug deep and went on to defeat the fast-finishing Huiffier by two metres with El Jays Mystery hanging on for third ahead of Harshali and Halo Henry that dead-heated for fourth. Peter Staples

May 27, 2017 - Bjorn Goop teamed his trainee, the 1.3/1 favorite Sauveur (7m Echo-Operah Bob) to victory in today’s co-featured Gr. II Harpers Hanover (purse €97,792, 3140 meters distance handicapped, 15 starters, 500,000SEK to winner). Timed in a sharp 1.11.99kr over the extended distance the pride of Hammab AB raised his career earnings to over €502,000. 6.7/1 Sorbet (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Alter Bound) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall  Zet team. 42/1 Linus Boy (5g Zola Boko-Recos Lady) took third for Johnny Takter and trainer Timo Nurmos, who has an Elite starter tomorrow. Bottnas Commander, El Mago Pellini and Butler were the next three to the line, the latter a Ready Cash son owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. Sauveur Tomorrow is the big day featuring the €640,000 total purse 2017 Benders Elitloppet with two eliminations and a final. 16 entrants will compete with each race contested over 1609 meters (one mile) autostart. The Solvalla track is quick as evidenced by Saturday’s action. Be there!!! Thomas H. Hicks

An ultra-impressive My Field Marshall mowed down some of Victoria’s best harness racing front runners to land another blow for those from the south-east of the Tasman. Just when the locals thought it was safe to return to the Tabcorp Park Melton straight after The Orange Agent's earth-scorching three weeks concluded, Kiwi trainer Tim Butt’s My Field Marshall nosed out Maximan and Major Crocker to claim tonight’s TAB.com.au Golden Reign Free For All. “He’s a beautiful horse, very adaptable, so he’s lovely to drive, hopefully he’s got a big couple of years ahead,” driver Anthony Butt said after My Field Marshall won for a second time in as many weeks, coming on the back of his TAB 4YO & 5YO Championship win. Butt showed intent from the outset tonight, working forward from gate six and advancing to the breeze to sit outside leader Stormfortheboys amid a 43.4-second lead time. Cover came when Guaranteed and then Major Crocker claimed the chair, with the frontrunners finding little time to reclaim their breath amid a sequence of sub-30 quarters. Come the final turn Kate Gath guided Maximan from the box seat and set foot after Major Crocker who had grabbed a length, with My Field Marshall taking the last crack at them. Butt timed it a treat, with My Field Marshall nosing ahead of Maximan on the line, while Major Crocker and fast finishing Milly Perez were just 1.4m back in third and fourth. “It was a really good run tonight, probably a step up on the field from last week but he felt really good and he was sharp,” Butt said. “He came out (of the gates) good tonight. He’s not blazing, but he can get out pretty good when you want him to. “When I came out on the corner he really sprinted, so he’s really going great. Last week he sort of outstayed them but (tonight) he really showed his speed.” It’s timely form, with My Field Marshall’s campaign geared towards the June 25 $106,000 Group 1 at Tabcorp Park Menangle. “He’s going to go to the Len Smith Mile, it’s just a matter of whether he stays here for a race in two weeks or the Golden Mile at Menangle in two weeks,” Butt said. “That will be up to Tim, but the way he’s going he’s fitted in really good down here, he seems to like the track so I will be pushing for him to stay here for the two weeks and then go to the Len Smith Mile later. Tim will decide that.” My Field Marshall The Fuel Fast Pace, an M1 to M2, also went the way of a visitor, with South Australian trainer Greg Norman taking the honours when his six-year-old grey Adam Cartwright produced a withering burst. Driver Greg Sugars said the trainer deserved all credit. “Anyone who knows anything about South Australian harness racing knows the history of the Norman family, one thing they are for sure is great horseman and Greg is no exception,” Sugars said. “He does a very good job. “(Adam Cartwright) just needed an ounce of luck. It was a reasonable lead time and then the breaks came my way when it was time to get off and the horse did the rest.” The night also featured the Own The Moment Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Pace heats, with Jason Lee grabbing a break at the turn to guide Keayang Ebonyrose to victory ahead of favourite Rocknroll Magic in the second heat and trainer-driver Rodney Petroff winning the first heat with Brocks Territory. They will return for the $30,000 final on June 3. Of the trotters, Conon Bridge won a competitive $14,000 Aldebaran Park Monte Championship by a length from Vics Cheval and debutant K D Muscles, and Fabrication was impressive again in winning the Haras Des Trotteurs Trot, to the delight of driver David Murphy. “As a two, three, four-year-old he was probably a rung below the better ones but I always felt like he would get up to them and he’s making the transition into open age racing really well,” Murphy said. Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

May 27, 2017 - What a beginning to the Elite Weekend! Huge crowd, fantastic weather, great harness racing…nothing could be better. Stefan Melander’s owned and trained Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) took the Sweden Cup Final (Gr. II, UET Masters Series, 600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, nine starters) in Europe’s fastest time of the year 1.09.3kr with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. The winner traveled in the death seat, as he did winning elimination #3, and eased past chief rival and pacesetter Vasterbo Highflyer (9g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) and driver Johan Untersteiner nearing the line. The 3.6/1 favorite won his elim, the third, timed in 1.09.7kr ahead of Buzz Mearas, Gabriel Gelormini driving, and Trendy OK with Alesssando Gocciadoro up. Third in the final was Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Wim Paal up for trainer Holger Ehlert, and the next two were Spitcam Jubb and BBS Sugarlight. Ringostarr was the 3/1 winner of elim two clocked in 1.10.1kr, defeating aforementioned Spitcam Jubb (6h Campbell Hall-Lola Spit-Super Arnie) and Fire To The Rain (6g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall). The elims were worth 100,000SEK to those winners. The other elim, the first, was taken by 12/1 Briedablicks Nubbe (5m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise), shown below, for driver /trainer Conrad Lugauer timed in 1.09.5kr, that time equaled the European season record when made. Vasterbo Highflyer and BBS Sugarlight were the next two home in that elim. Volstead Undercard action included a victory by the Tom Dillon USA bred Seaside Illusion (4f Muscle Hill-Seaside-Yankee Glide) in a conditioned event for four year-old mares, with 100,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart event. She was timed in 1.11.9kr for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Frode Hamre. Gisela de Veluwe and Tour Knight were next.Seaside Illusion Mares also battled in the Ladt Snarts (200,000SEK to the winner, 140 meters autostart) and the quick 1.10.3kr timed winner was 7.7/1 Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) handled by Pietro “Pippo” Gubellini for trainer Erik Bondo and Allev. Garigliano. She made a huge three wide sweep in the final bend and zoomed away to an easy win over Galactica and the tiring Wild Honey. Shadow Gar and Gubellini Thomas H. Hicks    

May 26, 2017 - The Friday Q+ was at Vincennes in the Prix Sirrah (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) with victory to 10.9/1 Attaque Parisienne (7f Hulk de Champs-Peccadille de Mai) timed in 1.13.2kr for driver Sebastian Ernault and trainer/owner Franck Harel.  Now a 13 time winner in 47 career starts for €255,820 earned, is the Attaque. 3/2 favorite Aufor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) was second for Charles J. Bigeon, trainer Christian Bigeon and owner Andre F. Bigeon. Third went to 7/1 Venicio Pommereux (8g Love You-Noure du Pommereux) for Franck Nivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and Noel Lolic, the owner. 21/1 Africain was fourth with fifth to Ardente du Clos. The Gr. III Prix du Creposcule (purse €90,000, 2100 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.10.9kr quick stepping 3/5 favorite Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) for driver Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains for G&F Raffu. The winner now has 15 wins in 69 starts for €721,540 earned. 7.8/1 Beau Gamin (6m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) was second for David Thomain, trainer Guarato and owner J.M. Rancoule. 8.7/1 Best of Jets (6m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was next for Tony LeBeller. The Gr II Prix Ozo (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 15 entrants) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 4.3/1 odds Erminig d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie). Franck Nivard piloted the Franck Leblanc trainee for Ecurie de l’Oliverie. This filly has now five wins in eight career starts for €169,290 earned. 10/1 Elisione Mag (3f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) was second for David Thomain, while third went to 3.3/1 Elea Madrik (3f Goetmals Wood-Quelea Madrik) for trainer/driver William Bigeon. 2.1/ Estella Love (3f Love You-Shucca) was fourth for Franck Ouvrie, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. This three year-old filly crop is well-matched. Also at Solvalla on Friday there was an interesting winner of a conditioned event raced over 1640 meters autostart for 30,000SEK to the winner. That winner was  Vuelta Ta Mas Rapida (3f Angus Hall-Danes Ruibca-Defo d’Aunou) driven by Alessandro Gocciador and timed in 1.12kr. The filly has a 3-3-2 slate in nine starts for the emerging career. Thomas H. Hicks

The Peter Tritton-trainee Bit Of A Legend N took no prisoners en route to capturing the harness racing 2017 edition of the $150,000 Molson Pace. The son of Bettor's Delight used rail advantage into the opening turn before releasing defending champ Evenin Of Pleasure and driver Sylvain Filion, before the quarter pole. Driver Jordan Stratton quickly marched the 36-time winner back to the lead before the opening panel in :26.3. Stratton and Bit Of A Legend N then led the field of eight past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Evenin Of Pleasure was stalking in the pocket as Night Pro (Bob McClure) began to fade allowing Clear Vision to make a three-wide bid for the lead. Down the stretch, Bit Of A Legend N was still in control and was able to fend off a last minute rally from Evenin Of Pleasure to secure the win in 1:51.3. Evenin Of Pleasure stayed for second, over Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald). "I knew the post one was the best spot to start from tonight and I wanted to take advantage of that," Stratton said in the winners circle. "I wanted to control the pace and I was happy to see Clear Vision not coming first-over at me. Down the stretch I felt pretty comfortable and we were rewarded. This is my first Molson Pace and hopefully it won't be the last. It was a great evening and a thrill to be here." Bit Of A Legend has banked $1,600,001 in his career for owner Harry Von Knoblauch. He paid $3.80 to win. Bit Of A Legend Greg Gangle  

MAY 26, 2017 - Happy Trio lived up to his name in Friday's sixth race at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The harness racing three-year-old pacing colt put broad smiles on the faces of his three owners as he cruised to an impressive victory in the second of two Ontario Sire Stakes $95,600 Gold Series divisions. "I'm pumped, I'm so proud of him. That's a hell of a mile," said trainer Tony O'Sullivan after Happy Trio halted the teletimer at 1:53, just one-fifth of a second shy of the track record for sophomore pacing colts. Starting from Post 1, driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON sent Happy Trio directly to the front and the pair never faced a challenge as they rang up fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24.4 en route to the 1:53 score. Fireball followed the pacesetter throughout the mile and finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second, while fan favourite Streakavana finished five lengths back in third. "All I said to Dougie was, you know, you can let him pace out of there and after that it's up to you. He's really, really quick," said O'Sullivan. "And at the half I was pretty confident because Dougie really had a good hold of him and that's what that horse likes. He likes to feel brave, and Dougie is pretty good at making one feel brave." Cambridge resident O'Sullivan shares ownership of Happy Trio with Lorne Keller of Exeter and Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. The win was the Mach Three son's first of the season through two outings and his second lifetime. As a two-year-old, Happy Trio was a Gold Series winner at Mohawk Racetrack and banked $157,145 in nine starts. "I'm so proud of him, because it was the toughest division by far, on paper, and there are horses in here that have paced faster and done better," said O'Sullivan. "But he was a good horse last year. He made good money and he never, I think he raced bad once, other than that he was always right there." Happy Trio will have an opportunity to earn another piece of Ontario Sires Stakes hardware when the three-year-old pacing colts make their second Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 1. The other $95,600 Gold division on The Raceway's action-packed Molson Pace program went to fan favourite Walter Mitty, who overcame early interference to score a 1:56.3 victory. Happy Trio's stablemate in the O'Sullivan barn, Calvin K, finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and Dreamfair B J was third for owner-breeder John Lamers of Ingersoll. Louis-Philippe Roy piloted Walter Mitty to victory in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. The win boosted the Mach Three gelding's lifetime record to two wins, two seconds and two thirds in six starts for earnings of $65,560. In the evening's grand finale, the $150,000 Molson Pace, fan favourite Bit Of A Legend N took control early and never looked back, cruising home a one and three-quarter length winner over last year's Molson Pace champion Evenin Of Pleasure. Sunfire Blue Chip finished third. Jordan Stratton engineered the win for trainer Peter Tritton and owner Harry Von Knoblauch Stable of San Diego, CA. The victory boosted the New Zealand bred pacer's earnings to $1.6 million. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - What The Hill reinforced his standing as a big-time Hambletonian contender, reporting home a dominant harness racing winner as the New Jersey Sire Stakes took center stage with four second-leg events Friday night at the Meadowlands. The son of 2009 Hambo champ Muscle Hill won his NJSS dash for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot with ease to stay unbeaten in three starts this year. The Ron Burke trainee exploded clear of the field at the five-eighths and went on to a 4¾-length win in 1:53. King On The Hill was second with New Jersey Viking third. As the 1-9 public choice, he returned $2.20 to win. "He was a little bit rambunctious," said Burke. "He took off (at the five-eighths) on his own. He needs to do a little bit less of that. He needs to relax a little bit more. We're going to open his bridle up and (driver) David (Miller) will make more of a conscious effort (to calm him down)." Burke is upbeat about what he is seeing with the Hambletonian a little more than two months away. "This horse, he seems to get better and better every time he gets behind the gate." What The Hill In other NJSS action, Every Way Out ($2.10 to win) scored in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace by 7¾ lengths in 1:52.3 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Dylan Davis; Colorful Jasmine ($2.60) took the 3-year-old filly pace by 3 lengths in 1:52.3 for Corey Callahan and Thomas Cancelliere while Ice Attraction ($17.20) was the only non-favorite to win a NJSS event on the card as she scored by 1½ lengths in 1:54.2 in the 3-year-old filly trot for Andrew McCarthy and Ake Svanstedt. Winter Harbor By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, May 26, 2017 -- Caviart Wonder challenged the 1-5 harness racing favorite, Fine Tuned Lady, head on and wore her down to pull off the upset in Friday's $72,000 Currier & Ives Trot at The Meadows. Treviso and Cool Cates took the other divisions in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters. Trainer Noel Daley enjoyed a C&I double with Caviart Wonder and Cool Cates. The open division of the Currier & Ives is set for June 3 at The Meadows. Fine Tuned Lady worked out reasonable opening-half fractions of 27.3/57.1, so when Caviart Wonder pursued her first over, it's likely her driver, Jim Pantaleano, was the only observer who thought the bid would succeed. "She felt very comfortable sitting in," Pantaleano said. "I was very careful going down the backstretch because she made a break there last time she was here. I didn't need to be that careful because she ended up being real handy. I spoke to her when we got in the last turn just to keep her attention, and she was strong all the way through the wire." Caviart Winder downed Fine Tuned Lady by a length in a stake-fastest 1:55, with Sheez On A Cruze third. Caviart Farms campaigns the daughter of Muscle Massive-Won An Done. Caviart Wonder A comfortable first half also was the key to victory for Treviso, who tripped the timer in a leisurely 59.1, Still, Charlie Norris, who trains and drives the daughter of Muscle Massive-Valbonela, for Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris, was taking nothing for granted. "She trained well after her last race, but you're always worried," he said. "She finished in hand again. That makes it a lot easier." Treviso scored in 1:55.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Temple Ruins, with Broadway Idole third. Treviso triumphed for the second time in as many races to start her sophomore campaign and pushed her career bankroll to $186,350. Norris indicated Treviso will be pointed to the Hambletonian Oaks, with a pair of Pennsylvania Sires Stake engagements along the way. Treviso Cool Cates unleashed a powerful first-over move that gave her the jump on the favorite, Sianna Hanover. She downed that rival by a length in 1:55.3, while My Cherry Pie rallied for show. "They said she's a little fussy going to the gate, just be careful there and let her do her thing in the post parade," said winning driver Mike Wilder. "Once we got away from the gate, she was completely professional. She was just like driving a car. Her attitude was tremendous." All Laid Out Stable owns Cool Cates, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Dance To Market. Cool Cates It was one of three wins for Wilder on the 13-race card. Friday's program also featured a pair of Preferred events. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality worked hard for the lead but was untouchable thereafter, prevailing in 1:54.4 for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding now boasts $410,682 in lifetime earnings. Classicality In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Lincolnjames survived a parked-out 26.2 opening panel and scored in an impressive 1:50.4. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding, who stretched his career bankroll to $219,387, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Lincolnjames After a brief break for the holiday, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 26, 2017- A perfect-trip Jewel Lehigh A (Dan Dube, $55.50) lit up the harness racing tote board Friday night (May 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away sixth from post position No. 3 in her first try against the big girls, Jewel Lehigh A saw much action unfold in front of her. Apple Bottom Jeans (George Brennan) made the lead from post No .7 before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. She then gave it to an intermission (:56.1) move by Blacknsweet Adda A (Greg Merton), and when that one took over, She'sjustadelight N (Ron Cushing)-back locally after some fine work in the Blue Chip Matchmaker-was left naked, as the empress with no clothes. She'sjustadelight N pressed the issued in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with the heroine of this missive latching on to a perfect tow. After 'Justadelight' wore down Blacknsweet Adda A (that one backpedaling to last), Jewel Lehigh A had dead aim on the new leader and the winner's circle. She went on by a stubborn life-best, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. She'sjustadelight N was a solid second, with Al Raza N (Eric Abbatiello) third. Apple Bottom Jeans crossed the line fourth, but saw her finish flipped with Dublin Rose (Jason Bartlett) for going inside the cones. For rank outsider Jewel Lehigh A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Cammibest owned by Michael Goldberg and trained by Andrew Harris, it was her fourth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $709, with the triple returning $2,856. The race also completed an all-Dube Pick 3, which returned $1,017.  Dube won five races during the 11-race program. Saturday night (May 27th), the Raceway presents two of its premier stakes event of the season. $140,770 Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies) 6th race -- approx. post 8:50 PM 1-Warrawee Sunshine             Tim Tetrick 2-Caviart Cherie                      Jason Bartlett 3-Caviart Ally                         Andrew McCarthy 4-Agent Q                               Dave Miller 5-Big City Betty                     Jim Marohn Jr. 6-Gotthisone Hanover            George Brennan 7-Tequila Monday                   Brian Sears 8-Ashlee’s Spitfire                  Dan Dube   $300,000 Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old open) 8th race -- approx. post 9:30 PM 1-Mac’s Jackpot,g                   Jason Bartlett 2-Miso Fast                             Matt Kakaley 3-Downbytheseaside              Dave Miller 4-Rollin’ About,g                    Brent Holland 5-Funknwaffles,g                    Brian Sears 6-Summer Side                       Tim Tetrick 7-Henry the Dragon                Montrell Teague 8-Stealth Bomber                    Brett Miller g-gelding, remainder are colts   There’s also a racing hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last). Since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,231.94 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

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JK Panache (Chris Lems) won the Open Pace ($9,500) Saturday night (May 27) at Vernon Downs. The 8 year-old Art Major gelding took over at the quarter mark and never looked back. Owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst, JK Panache ($2.90) held off a late charge by Sassy Hanover (Claude Huckabone Jr.) to win in 1:51.2. Modern Gesture (Jimmy Wittemore) would finish third. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Monday (May 29) when they host the New York Sire Stakes for 3 year -old trotting colts at 1:05pm. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.
Beyonces Rockn crossed the finish line faster than any other harness racing mare in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $14,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:51 on Saturday (May 27). The clocking formally broke the 1:52 record for five and up pacing mares, which was held by three different horses: Hidden Land (Don Irvine Jr.) from 2015, and Devil Child (David Miller) and Love Forbidden (Aaron Merriman) in 2016. The partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC and RTC Stables Inc. own Beyonces Rockn. Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ryan Stahl was in the sulky for the winning drive. Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven-Im Betting On You-Bettor's Delight) started from post seven. She left from the gate and sat fourth through the initial :27.1 quarter. Stahl moved her coming to the half. She brushed to the front and never looked back through times of :56.1, 1:23 and 1:51, besting her competition by 12 ¾-lengths. Beyonces Rockn now has seven wins in 19 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her 16th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $178,492. She was heavily favored and returned $2.60 to win. Beyonces Rockn Ayers Ratliff
Columbus, OH --- World champion Downbytheseaside's sophomore record remains intact after a decisive harness racing score in 1:52 in the $340,000 Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (May 27) evening. Commencing his journey in rein to David Miller from post position three the 1-9 favorite sat in third in the early stages behind Summer Side (Tim Tetrick) and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley). As Summer Side set the opening panel of :27.3, Kakaley moved Miso Fast early and with purpose from the pocket to advance upon the leader. Miller was not about to allow Miso Fast to pace to far from his horse and took out upon that rival's heels, but Kakaley was not willing to settle for Downbytheseaside the option to clear. His route pushed Downbytheseaside and Miller three-wide and they had their work cut out for them in gaining the lead shortly after the half-mile marker in a time of :55. As Downbytheseaside continued his journey to the wire he paced to the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 and came down the lane with authority to stop the clock in 1:52.1. Miso Fast faded after his early attempts to take the starch out of Downbytheseaside, enabling Summer Side, who raced impressively to snatch the show spot, while Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) closed from far back to finish third. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, Downbytheside is conditioned by Brian Brown and is a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover. The colt demonstrated his prowess on a half-mile oval with his world record mile of 1:50 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds at age two and illustrated he was just as adept over a larger circumference with a world record equaling foray at Red Mile in a division of the International Stallion Stake several weeks later. "He's been pretty much the same all along," Miller said in reference to a question of his progression from ages two to three. "He was running in on the turns last week, but this week he handled them much better and he did stay on after that second quarter." In regards to Miller's comment about his performance in the eliminations, it appears Downbytheseaside had a legitimate excuse as to why he may not have handled the track as well last week. "His foot was bothering him," Brown said. "Toni (Dale Hollar, his groom) has been working on it all week and David has been training and jogging him. David kept texting me every day telling me the foot was getting better and when did have a better trip than last week (post position nine, second tier). David did say in the winner's circle we might have to work on him to make him a little easier to drive, so that is something we will do." Downbytheseaside now sports a sterling resume of 16-11-3-2 and has banked more than $700,00 in his young career. Downbytheseaside Tequila Monday put on quite a show in the $180,770 Lismore Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (May 27) evening. Guided by Brian Sears, the daughter of American Ideal-Margarita Monday, exploded off the cover of 1-5 favorite Agent Q (David Miller) to collect an impressive 4-1/2 length triumph in a new lifetime best of 1:52.2, which was also just a tick off the stakes record. Sent off by the wagering public as the second selection behind elimination victress Agent Q, Tequila Monday left from post position and was content to sit behind that rival as Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), the other elimination winner rocketed out from the gate to snatch a commanding lead right from the outset. That filly established fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:25.2 while Caviart Alley(Andrew McCarthy) sat the pocket, with Agent Q and Tequila Monday right behind her. As Big City Betty prepared to enter the final turn, Miller pulled Agent Q and it appeared she would breeze right on by the leader, however, Tequila Monday, pounced swiftly and succinctly, powering by in several strides to place daylight between herself and her rivals. From there on it was simply a matter of how many lengths she would hit the wire before the rest. "I knew she had a lot of ability," Sears said after the race. "Last week (a second place finish behind Agent Q from post eight) was good for her. She can get steppy, but she just needed some things to be ironed out, which they were." Owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, Tequila Monday is conditioned by Chris Oakes and is the defending New York Sire Stakes champion.. With the victory in this contest, which is her first of the season, she now has a record of 8-5-2-0, surpassed the $250,000 mark in purse money earned. She is clearly following the hoofprints of the family tradition, as her dam is a full sister to world champion Bolt The Duer. Tequila Monday Mach It So winning the Open The USTA Communications Department 
The $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacing fillies event went to post as the co-feature on the Harness Racing card at Running Aces with 8 fillies going to battle, and it proved to be a sparkling performance by Whatitdobabyboo ($2.80) who reminded local fans of her tremendous late speed by sweeping the field from last to first once again, taking a new life mark (1:57.4) in the process. Driver Rick Magee guided her away from the gate to the trailing position early and sat through the early fractions of 29.0 and 59.4 before tipping to the outside fourth-over just past the half mile pole. From there, he tipped his filly 3-wide around the final turn past the 1:27.4 check-in and was easily able to gun down the breakaway leader Free Radical (Nick Roland) and score the win by 2 ¾ lengths in her first start of the season. David Flinn trains the daughter of Voracious Hanover for the Van Oterloo stables. Tonight’s tally was her 8th lifetime score in 10 career tries and padded her bankroll to $43,560. In the $8,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old geldings pace it was Wonder Bull who pulled off a mild upset ($11.40) in the 7 horse contest with a sharp closing effort to get up at the wire by a neck in an eye opening 1:54.3, shattering his previous mark by nearly 9 seconds. Steves Hot Rod was sharp in defeat as the runner up with Joe Casagranda in the bike. Wonder Bull is owned by Rick and Lesa Peters and trained and driven by Nick Roland. The son of Artisitc Wonder now sports 4 lifetime wins and $25,203 in earnings. Also on the Saturday card was a very nice $6,000 conditioned pace for horses and geldings, and Lil Orphan Elmer ($5.80) was the star of the show in that affair. Sent off as the 9-5 wagering choice, Elmer was floated off the gate in fifth position early in a fast early pace of 27.3, driver Steve Wiseman got him moving in a nice second-over spot just past the half, and had him in a perfect striking position around the final turn before letting him loose in the stretch, where he gamely battled between horses to take the top prize in 1:54.2 Lil Orphan Elmer is owned by Scott Ehrlich and George Mc Chrystal and trained by Kathie Plested-Wiseman. It was the 3rd win of the season and 17th lifetime tally for the career winner of $61,978.  Drivers Luke Plano and Nick Roland both picked up driving doubles on the 9 race card. Running Aces is back in action on Sunday, May 28th with a first race post of 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer
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