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Early Ballarat Cup champions

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1971 SON OF NANCY (Dick Adios – Mona Nancy) Won Ballarat Cup off 12 yards in track record 2:07 Major wins include – 1969 and ’70 Mildura Cups 1971 A G Hunter Cup   1972 – MONARA (Dignus-Woorarra) Won Ballarat Cup off 12 yards in track record 2:06.6. Major wins include – 1972 and ’73 A G Hunter Cups 1972 South Australia Cup 1972 Bendigo Cup 1972 Two Inter Dominions heats (2nd in Final) PAUL COURTS

Dancehall Mistress, harness racing

Yonkers complete third Sunday matinee program

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 23, 2014-The third rendition of Yonkers Raceway's "Matinee Madness" went postward during a downright balmy (mid-50's) pre-Thanksgiving Sunday. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the opener (post time 11:12 AM), with favored Itzaziam (Brian Sears, $5.70) winning that event in 2:27.3 for the added distance. Included in the extra-distance extravaganza was the $46,000 Open Handicap, the 10-trotter test won by a backside-busting Dancehall Mistress (Sears. $25.60) in 2:26.1. The Sunday overseas numbers continue strong, with more than 1.2 million Euros (more than 1.5 million US dollars) wagered during the five exported events. The first three matinees have seen a total of more than four million Euros (or more than five million US dollars) wagered for 15 races by the French-hubbed audience (including Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta). Sunday's Pick 5, buoyed by a double carryover of more than $7,000, attracted $16,710 of fresh lettuce. The winning combination of 4/4/4/1/2 paid $3,924.75 for every four bits. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday (save for Thanksgiving Night), Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (including Thanksgiving Day). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Commander Crowe, harness racing

Commander Crowe grinds out Breeders Crown score

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J./ Older trotters were overwhelmed by international star Commander Crowe in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands on Nov. 22. The 11-year-old gelding showed his heels to his younger rivals and won in a stakes-equaling 1:51.   Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom, Commander Crowe, who left quickly with Arch Madness (George Brenna) and Creatine (Ron Pierce), took over after a first quarter of :27 and a half of :54.4.   It was the mare, Maven (Yannick Gingras), who began a major challenge to Commander Crowe, coming after him from the second tier with Creatine on the pylons looking for room to make a passing bid.   But Commander Crowe was tough on top and would not be denied the Breeders Crown win he has attempted twice before and was unsuccessful. Maven held for second and Creatine settled for third.   "I don’t know why he hasn’t been to the U.S before" Orjan Kihlstrom said., "you have to ask the trainers. He has a lot of races in Europe, he raced in Canada twice, he’s quite old now so it was about time (retirement). He shipped very good this time, he had some problems with that before but this time was good. I tried to keep them behind me, he’s a very tough horse, and still at this age can do a lot of work, he’s just a fantastic horse. I don’t know what’s next for him, you’ll have to ask Fabrice (trainer.) I don’t know for sure if he’ll keep going, this might be the end, but I don’t know what they have decided."   Fabrice Souloy trains Commander Crowe, who was bred in Sweden by Peri Puro. Snogarps Gard owns the winner, who with the victory surpassed the $5 million mark in lifetime earnings at $5,099,590. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Commander Crowe paid $12.00 to win.     by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

Maurice McKendry - Won the individual title and part of todays winning team

McKendry shows them how

Twelve of the best harness racing reinsmen in Australasia lined up this afternoon in Invercargill for the inaugural Trans Tasman driving challenge and no quarter was asked or given as bragging rights for the next twelve months were on the line. Chris Alford, Lance Justice, Greg Sugars and Kerryn Manning formed a strong team for the Australians and Justice was his usual confident self prior to the event. " I have a team of superstars who have probably won more races individually than all the Kiwis put together" he said. The North Island had a formidable lineup with Maurice McKendry, David Butcher, Peter Ferguson and Zac Butcher being a good combination of experience and youth. The South Island team also had talent to burn with Dexter Dunn joined by Ricky May, Blair Orange and Nathan Williamson who all having big seasons to this point. The points system was run on a 10 - 7 - 5 - 3 - 1 basis over the six races and that meant consistency was just as important as winning a heat. Lance Justice struck first for the Aussies in heat one while Manning and Alford also chimed in with wins  and Sugars a second but they didn't  trouble the scorer much in some heats. Their combined total after the six heats was 45 points with Chris Alford their highest points scorer with 16 from a win and two placings. The South Island team were in the points all afternoon but Ricky May was the only driver to record a win in the six races. Their combined total after six heats was 49 points with Dexter Dunn their highest points scorer with three thirds and 15 points. The two elder statesmen of the North Island team in Maurice McKendry and David Butcher showed their class throughout the day. David Butcher collected points in every race while Maurice had a win, two seconds and a third to lay the foundation for a winning total. Overall the North island team racked up 62 points for a comfortable win while Maurice Mckendry won the individual title on 29 points from his team mate David Butcher on 24 points. The whole day seemed to enjoyed by all the drivers involved and the Invercargill Harness Racing Club should be congratulated for bringing  todays event to fruition. Harnesslink Media - Check results here 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – One of two namesakes of the popular AMC drama Breaking Bad, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman took the lead into the backstretch and held off all foes to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot in 1:53.2.   Guess Whos Back gained control, while Uncle Lasse loomed closer to his outside. Through a :27.4 first quarter, Uncle Lasse (Ron Piere) took the lead. Pinkman soon followed the move of his stable mate, and gained the lead before the half.   Once in front, Pinkman was left uncontested through fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3. French Laundry (Brett Miller) led the two-wide charge, with Muscle Diamond (John Campbell) riding his back.   Pinkman was drifting off the cones through the stretch, allowing French Laundry to dive to the inside and attempt to gain ground. Muscle Diamond put in his final charge towards the center of the course, and could only finish second to Pinkman, doing so in a track and stakes time. French Laundry was third, and Habitat (Brian Sears) was fourth. "I qualified him two starts ago, Gingras said, "and he was so good on the front in the qualifier. Last week in the eliminations, Brian came and I let him go, but tonight I felt it was his race to lose and I wanted him up on the front." "You know I love the Breeders Crown," said co-owner John FIelding. "We didn’t have much confidence in Pinkamn in the early stages, but boy has he come on since September, he’s just really turned into a different horse. We had him for sale and the magical Jimmy Takter got him figured out and he just went straight forward since then; he’s just been a real great surprise." Bred by O Narutac Equine Nursery, he’s owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joe Mc Clelland, and Herb Liverman. Pinkman paid $4.00 to win. He closes out the 2014 season with six wins in just eight starts with earnings of $566,000.   Pinkman       by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown  

Harness racing superstar Beautide is has been installed an odds-on favourite to retain his Miracle Mile crown at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. With the draw for the SEW-Eurodrive sponsored event conducted just moments ago, TAB responded by cutting Beautide’s price to $1.75. Earlier this week the James Rattray-trained gelding was $2.60 on Fixed Odds markets. Drawn well in barrier three, Beautide is aiming to become just the seventh Miracle Mile winner to successfully defend his crown since the Group One’s inauguration in 1967 when annexed by wonder mare, Robin Dundee. Former champion Westbrun Grant was the ground breaker with his wins in 1989 and ’90, followed by Chokin (’93-’94), Holmes D G (1999, 2000), Sokyola (’03-’04), Be Good Johnny (’05-’06) and Smoken Up (’10-’11). Village Kid is the only other dual winner of the prestigious sprint, having scored in 1986 and ’87. The Western Australian’s victories were split by Master Mood when two Miracle Miles were conducted in 1986. New Zealand star Christen Me is the second elect at $5 after receiving barrier four. A member of the Cran Dalgety stable, Christen Me was runner-up behind Beautide in last year’s edition of the Grand Circuit event. Christen Me is by 1998 Miracle Mile champion Christian Cullen, with no winner of the prestigious sprint producing a subsequent winner. On the opposite end of the scale, fellow Kiwi pacer, Terror To Love, is the rank outsider at $21 after drawing gate 10. The son of Western Terror slots into eight with the removal of the emergencies. Miracle Mile field in barrier order and TAB Fixed Odds: Easy On The Eye  $16 Avonova    $12 Beautide    $1.75 Christen Me    $5 For A Reason    $6.5 Chariot King   (2nd emerg) Guaranteed    $7.5 Suave Stuey Lombo    $12 Bettor Bet Black    (Emerg) Terror To Love    $21 PAUL COURTS

32/1 outside long shot El Mago Pellini (5m Chocolatier-My Intuition) took today’s Gr. III Prix de Chenonceaux (€100,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters, 1.13.3kr) at Paris-Vincennes holding on for a half-length win over favorite 1.1/1 Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) and Joel Van Eeckhaute. The winner was teamed by Dominik Locqueneux for owner Stall Vitkindade and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) was third for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Peter J. Strooper at 6/1. Stelton, Princess Grif and Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover) ended fourth through sixth. The Q+ payoff excluding jackpot exceeded €48.600 for a €2 wager. The €80,000 Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne over 2700 meters drew 14 starters with the victory earned by Trophee de Jaba (7g Kesaco Phedo-Otika Vita) and trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The 3/1 second choice defeated Tornado de l’Ocean (7g Look de Star-Talvina) handled by Pierre Levesque for owner J-P Barjon. Mike Lenders trains this one that held off third placed Teatro (7m B=Ganymede-Josette) at 1.4/1 odds and driven by Ch.-J Bigeon for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. On Friday evening at Paris-Vincennes the Quinte+ (jackpot €3.85 million) feature went to Venosc de Minel (5g Laetenter Diem-Melia Monochrome) with Cyril Raimbaud aboard. This winner took the Prix Arietis (€55,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) in 1.13.8kr at odds of 104.7/1 for trainer/owner Severine Raimond and recorded her sixth win for €137,700 earned. Voyage d’Affaire (5g And Arifant-Granny d’Hilly) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Y-A Briand with Velino d’Auvrecy (5g Memphis du Rib-Everilde) third for JLC Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais. The longshot winner set-off a huge exact order Q+ payoff excluding jackpot of over €560,000.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.850.000 € - Numéro plus : 1789   Ordre :       560.170,00€   Désordre :       11.203,40€   Bonus 4 :       536,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       92,00€   Bonus 3 :       60,20€ Thursday’s Paris-Vincennes feature was the monte Prix de l’Ile de Rec (€95,000, European, 2850 meters, 14 starters, 1.14.6kr) and it went to 1.4/1 favorite Un Gars du Large (6g Memphis du Rib-Gorgores du Large) with JLC Dersoir in the irons for trainer Joel Hallais, an accomplished monte specialist. The winner scored for the 11th time in a career that has earned €294,830. 10/1 Ulm de Chicheuet (6g Kid Speed-Larade Couronne) was second for Damien Bonne ahead of 48/1 Regain des Pres. The Prix de Dunkerque (€60,000 purse, 2700 meters, 17 starters, 1.14.1kr) went to Apollon de Kacy (4m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) reined by trainer/owner Jorgen Westholm by a diminishing neck. Artisite (4m Espeyrac Sun-Osteopathy) was second for Franck Ouvrie with Alsonn de Guez (4m Baccarat du Pont-Gitana de Bellouet) third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The winner recorded his seventh career win for earnings in excess of €104,000. The other top monte event on the card was the Prix de Thoissey (€85,000 purse, 2175 meters, 9 starters, 1.13.1kr). Damien Bonne rode 3.3/1 odds Amie Volo (4f Nelson de Vandel-Kurfa Volo) to an impressive open-length win over 16/1 Aurea Vikland and 2.6/1 favorite Argan du Loulay with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Bazire. Amie Volo secured her fifth career win now for earnings above €184,000. Favored Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia) and teamster Franck Nivard took Wednesday’s prestigious Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf at Mauquenchy. The Gr. III event for €90,000 had 18 starters over the 2850 meter distance. Uprince scored in a sharp 1.13.7kr for trainer Thierry Raffegeau at 1.4/1. The victory was career win 13 for Uprince, good for €498,570 earned. 24/1 Ton Reve de Cahot (7g Hand du Vivier-Nona de Cahot) was second for David Thomain with third to Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Boufard) ay 19/1 with Jos. Verbeeck aboard. Viva Lover (5f Look de Star-Kaline Lover-Podosis) took the Prix de Feurs on November 18 for Mathieu Mottier. The €55,000 purse event was contested by 16 over 2850 meters and the winner scored in 1.14.8kr at 2.9/1 odds. Viva Lover now has five career wins good for €136,110 earned. Victorire da Levres (5f Lortzac-Eve Lina) was second at 2/1 for reinsman Franck Nivard with Veritika (5f Coktail Jet-Kamistie Jet) third for Christophe Martens at 17.3/1. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

One thing Australian harness racing trainers got tired of seeing last year was the sight of Follow The Stars disappearing up the track on his way to winning their 2 year old classics. Those trainers would have hoped that the brilliant son of Art Major would concentrate on age group features in New Zealand before heading back across the Tasman but the New Zealand handicapping system has meant that Australians will get to see plenty of Follow The Stars starting with the Victorian Derby. The New Zealand handicapping system rates every win in a race with a stake of $15,000 or more as a win that attracts a penalty, even as a 2 year old. Hence going into his 3 year old year in New Zealand, Follow The Stars is classed as a C8 for handicapping purposes which means he is graded just behind our best Grand Circuit horses. So not surprisingly the All Star team have decided that  it is too tough for a early 3 year old to race those older race hardened horses and are heading back over the Tasman with their star where under the Australian handicapping system, Follow The Stars is still an M0. Being an "Aussie" by birth, Follow The Stars was always going to spend a lot of time on that side of the Tasman as he is eligible for everything but the New Zealand handicapping system has fast tracked his appearance. The All Stars team have mapped out a programme for last years champion 2 year old and everything is on track at this stage. Follow The Stars is due to head to the North Island on December 13th and trial in the north before having his season debut run in the $20,000 Waikato Guineas at Cambridge on January 9th. From there it is on the plane to Melbourne to contest the Victorian Derby heats on January 31st. Following the Derby, Follow The Stars is expected to spend most if not all of his season in Australia which while not what a lot of Australian trainers would have been hoping for, will be greeted with a sigh of relief by a lot of trainers in New Zealand. With his great 2 year old record and being from the great American maternal family that he is from, Follow The Stars has stallion potential written all over him if he can reproduce at three what he achieved as a two year old. Harnesslink Media 

The field for harness racing’s ultimate speed test, next week’s Miracle Mile, has been announced. Selectors finalised the line-up last night following the Cordina Sprint, which was taken out in easy fashion Suave Stuey Lombo. Thanks to his victory in the Group One, Suave Stuey Lombo gained automatic entry into the Grand Circuit event on November 29. With two positions remaining, directors at Menangle issued invites to boom Victorian, Guaranteed, and local pacer Easy On The Eye. Guaranteed and Easy On The Eye filled the placings behind defending Miracle Mile champion, Beautide, in last week’s Coca-Cola Sprint, which was won in 1:50.4. Easy On The Eye is a Shane Tritton-trained stablemate of Suave Stuey Lombo, which stopped the clock in 1:52. The trio join Avonnova, Beautide, Christen Me, For A Reason and Terror To Love in the time-honoured event. Beautide is aiming to become just the seventh Miracle Mile winner to successfully defend his crown since the feature’s inauguration in 1967 when annexed by wonder mare, Robin Dundee. Former champion Westbrun Grant was the ground breaker with his wins in 1989 and ’90, followed by Chokin (’93-’94), Holmes D G (1999, 2000), Sokyola (’03-’04), Be Good Johnny (’05-’06) and Smoken Up (’10-’11). Village Kid is the only other dual winner of the prestigious sprint, having scored in 1986 and ’87. The Western Australian’s victories were split by Master Mood when two Miracle Miles were conducted in 1986. TAB has released a Fixed Odds Market, with Beautide the pre-draw favourite at $2.40, with Christen Me the second elect at $4.50. Christen Me was runner-up behind Beautide in last year’s edition of the Miracle Mile. PAUL COURTS

There were just a few (five) qualifiers on a blustery Breeders Crown Saturday morning at The Meadowlands held under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid- 30's and a considerable cross-wind.   Sebastian K came out to get some pre-TVG Final work in and he looked sharp in a 1:55 win for Ake Svanstedt.   Sebastian left the gate alertly with ears pricked, then allowed Svanstedt to rate him through a kind 59.4 half with Lindy's Tru Grit in close pocket attendance. The pair of trotters finished the mile out with a final quarter of 27 flat,   Sebastian K held to be a comfortable three-quarters length winner over a very willing Lindy's Tru Grit who closed it up a bit near the wire for Tetrick.   Race three saw a pair of nice three year old pacers zipped around the oval in 1:53.4 / 26.4 with Ontario-bred Play It Again Sam holding off early season sensation National Debt.   Golden Receiver looked fantastic in a 1:52.1 / 26.2 romp, leading all the way with driver Andy Miller never straightening up on him. The "Golden One" has the TVG Final next week if his connections so choose and he certainly made a case for himself this morning.   To view the qualifying races at the Meadowlands click here.   The Breeders Crown championship races continue at The Meadowlands this evening with first post at 7:15. It's quite a card, the weather looks good and excitement is high. Get any info you may desire on tonight's racing at www.playmeadowlands.com.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

I was on a pretty good roll last week, selecting 10 of 16 race winners and ending the weekend with a $19.00 profit plus some decent straight trifectas and exactas. So how best to cap a good weekend like that? To do even better this weekend! It all comes down to the Breeders Crown so we are totally focused on the 12 Breeders Crown Championship Finals Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands. Many of these races may decide divisional honors for a lot of Dan Patch Horse of the Year award winners. Good Luck! $250,000 Trot Breeders Crown Final Mares Open 7th race FRIDAY - Usually I would jump all over Bee A Magician in here but something told me last week that CLASSIC MARTINE is back in prime shape and ready to cut loose for the Chris Oaks Stable. She has a good inside post to either try and wire the field or get great cover to score from. Use Bee A Magician and Handover Belle in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Breeders Crown Final 2yo Fillies 8th race FRIDAY - Here is one of the races that could decide divisional horse of the year finals. Mission Brief has been super-fast but also very erratic with making breaks. Last week she was at her best in three length score. But WILD HONEY never makes breaks, has won ten straight races and should get perfect cover behind Mission Brief and beat her to the wire. Use Mission Brief and Danielle Hall in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Breeders Crown Final 3yo Fillies 9th race FRIDAY - With eight straight wins and 14 scores in 16 starts there is no way I can pick against SHAKE IT CERRY. She has been nearly perfect all season long and has beaten most everyone in this field this season and should be able to do it again. Use Lifetime Pursuit and Cee Bee Yes in exotic plays. $593,750 Pace Breeders Crown Final 3yo Fillies 10th race FRIDAY - This could be the grand finale of a superb season for COLOR'S A VIRGIN. All she needs to do is have one more parked-first-over-and-grind-it-out victory in here. She's done it all since winning Jugette and seals the season with her eight straight win and 14th score of the year. Use Gallie Bythe Beach and Precocious Beauty in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Breeders Crown Final 2yo Colts 4th race SATURDAY - This will be one of the top races of the weekend with Pinkman the favorite going against top colts French Laundry and Habitat. I am going with HABITAT as he drew a good inside post, figures to leave enough to insure great live cover from French Laundry or Pinkman and beat either one or both in a classic stretch drive. Use French Laundry and Pinkman in exotic plays. $500,000 Pace Breeders Crown Final 2yo Fillies 5th race SATURDAY - This should be the chalk race of the evening. Undefeated JK SHE'SALADY goes for her 12th straight win in a nearly perfect season. Somewhat safe to say that if she can win tonight she could become the first two-year-old filly ever to be name Harness Horse of the Year and deservingly so. No one has been within a length of this top filly since early August. Use Sassa Hanover and Heart Major in exotic plays. $400,000 Pace Breeders Crown Final Open Horses 6th race SATURDAY - Sweet Lou or Bettor's Edge may end up being the race favorites in this good match-up but with the big money on the line I am looking to the class of the field to win, FOILED AGAIN. Three of his last five losses were by photo finishes and he needs just to get a good trip and he can beat his younger rivals. Use Bettors Edge and Sweet Lou in exotic plays. $500,000 Pace Breeders Crown Final 2yo Colts 7th race SATURDAY - Provided Brian Sears can leave and get position and not stung to a :26 opening quarter, IN THE ARSENAL can overcome the outside post 10 and take this field. Before last week he had between two top undefeated colts in back-to-back stakes and last week he was still a game third place finisher. Use Go Daddy Go and Lyons Levi Lewis in exotic plays. $281,250 Pace Breeders Crown Final Open Mares 8th race SATURDAY - Wow is this a great match-up. Nearly every horse in this field has the ability to dig down deep and come up with a winning effort and not surprise me the least. I am going to go with YAGONNAKISSMEORNOT from post five. She can leave enough to get good cover and if need be also grind it out. She leads all mares in this field with 14 wins. Use Anndrovette and Somwherovrarainbow in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Breeders Crown Final 3yo Colts 9th race SATURDAY - This is where the slogan, "It All Comes Down To The Breeders Crown" really comes into play. If Nuncio beats his stable mate, Father Patrick here, he will sew up divisional Horse of the Year honors. If Father Patrick can win over Nuncio, then it will be a toss-up between the two horses. I think NUNCIO is just so consistently great that he will get to the front and not look back. Use Father Patrick and Harper Blue Chip in exotic plays. $531,250 Pace Breeders Crown Final 3yo Colts 10th race SATURDAY - Another classic battle will take place in here. Nearly every top sophomore colt in the sport is in this field. I see ALWAYS B MIKI continuing his winning ways with his 6th straight win. Winless in first six starts and now has won 12 of his last 13 starts. But he will have to be at his best once again to win in here. Use Let's Drink On It and Limelight Beach in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Breeders Crown Final Open Horses 11th race SATURDAY - Can the invading world champion from Europe come here and beat North America's best or can the lone lady of the field show her heels to the boys for a second straight week. I have to go with MAVEN to repeat. She won against good horses last week from post ten and draws much better in here. Use Commander Crowe and Your So Vain in exotic plays.

Noted speedster Suave Stuey Lombo has sealed his position in harness racing’s premier sprint – SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile. The Shane Tritton-trained gelding joined Avonnova, Beautide, Christen Me, For A Reason and Terror To Love in the elite field with his victory in tonight’s Cordina Sprint at Menangle – home of the Miracle Mile. Selectors will announce the balance of the line-up for the November 29 showdown after assessing each contender’s prospects. As for Suave Stuey Lombo, he worked his way into the Grand Circuit event with a stylish display by leading throughout from barrier eight. Driven aggressively by Lauren Panella, Suave Stuey Lombo was pushed forward to wrestle the lead from Bettor Bet Black, which found the front from gate seven. Given a ‘breather’ during the middle stages, the son of Bettors Delight was never seriously challenged as he dashed to a soft win from Bettor Bet Black and Mark Dennis. “After he got to the front he did it pretty easily,” Tritton said. “It was a good blowout for next week’s main event.” With the final 800 metres run in a slick 54.8 seconds, Suave Stuey Lombo covered the mile in 1:52. Boasting three of the four fastest race miles during the past six months, Suave Stuey Lombo is ready to run a personal best in the Miracle Mile according to Tritton. Last September Suave Stuey Lombo trialled in an astonishing 1:49.2, with his time the second fastest recorded in Australasia and the second occasion the seven-year-old has broken the magical 1:50 mark. Dual Miracle Mile winner, Smoken Up, became the first standardbred in the Southern Hemisphere to better 1:50 when he captured the 2011 Len Smith Mile at Menangle. The son of Tinted Cloud set the benchmark with a brilliant 1:48.5 for trainer-driver, Lance Justice. Comeback pacer For A Reason stopped the clock at 1:49.4 last November, before Smoken Up did it again with his 1:49.9 three weeks later. Suave Stuey Lombo covered the mile in 1:49.6 last June. “He is in perfect condition and will be primed and ready for next week,” Tritton declared. “I’m tipping which ever horse wins the Miracle Mile they will have to better 1:50. “It won’t be a surprise is Smoken Up’s record is broken.” PAUL COURTS

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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 23, 2014-The third rendition of Yonkers Raceway's "Matinee Madness" went postward during a downright balmy (mid-50's) pre-Thanksgiving Sunday. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the opener (post time 11:12 AM), with favored Itzaziam (Brian Sears, $5.70) winning that event in 2:27.3 for the added distance. Included in the extra-distance extravaganza was the $46,000 Open Handicap, the 10-trotter test won by a backside-busting Dancehall Mistress (Sears. $25.60) in 2:26.1. The Sunday overseas numbers continue strong, with more than 1.2 million Euros (more than 1.5 million US dollars) wagered during the five exported events. The first three matinees have seen a total of more than four million Euros (or more than five million US dollars) wagered for 15 races by the French-hubbed audience (including Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta). Sunday's Pick 5, buoyed by a double carryover of more than $7,000, attracted $16,710 of fresh lettuce. The winning combination of 4/4/4/1/2 paid $3,924.75 for every four bits. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday (save for Thanksgiving Night), Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (including Thanksgiving Day). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J./ Older trotters were overwhelmed by international star Commander Crowe in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands on Nov. 22. The 11-year-old gelding showed his heels to his younger rivals and won in a stakes-equaling 1:51.   Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom, Commander Crowe, who left quickly with Arch Madness (George Brenna) and Creatine (Ron Pierce), took over after a first quarter of :27 and a half of :54.4.   It was the mare, Maven (Yannick Gingras), who began a major challenge to Commander Crowe, coming after him from the second tier with Creatine on the pylons looking for room to make a passing bid.   But Commander Crowe was tough on top and would not be denied the Breeders Crown win he has attempted twice before and was unsuccessful. Maven held for second and Creatine settled for third.   "I don’t know why he hasn’t been to the U.S before" Orjan Kihlstrom said., "you have to ask the trainers. He has a lot of races in Europe, he raced in Canada twice, he’s quite old now so it was about time (retirement). He shipped very good this time, he had some problems with that before but this time was good. I tried to keep them behind me, he’s a very tough horse, and still at this age can do a lot of work, he’s just a fantastic horse. I don’t know what’s next for him, you’ll have to ask Fabrice (trainer.) I don’t know for sure if he’ll keep going, this might be the end, but I don’t know what they have decided."   Fabrice Souloy trains Commander Crowe, who was bred in Sweden by Peri Puro. Snogarps Gard owns the winner, who with the victory surpassed the $5 million mark in lifetime earnings at $5,099,590. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Commander Crowe paid $12.00 to win.     by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown
The $15,000 Fox Valley Memory stake for ICF fillies and mares, originally slated for last night, has been rescheduled by the Balmoral Park Race Office. The new date is Wednesday, December 31. The Fox Valley Memory got pushed back when the June 21 Sue Fee stake was washed out by a strong storm and was moved to last night's November 22.  It turned out to be a good spot for the stake because 15 horses were entered and it was split into a pair of $13,250 divisions. The December 31 date for the rescheduled Fox Valley Memory does make a lot of sense. That late date will keep the older Illinois bred mares whose owners want a shot at a nice $15,000 pot racing for the next month instead of turning them out for the winter. So, I don’t see any problem with the Fox Valley Memory filling at the end of the year.. The Race Office also wrote back the $10,000 Cole Muffler for this upcoming Friday after only a pair of 3-year-old ICF colts entered last week. The stake has a $100 starting fee but with a five-horse field would see the fifth place finisher get a $500 check so maybe there will be few more additional entries for it, enabling the Race Office to put it on the Friday Maywood card. Fee Splits Decided: In the first division of the Sue Fee for ICF fillies and mares, driver Tim Curtin gave the 9-2 longshot Dallas Jones ($11.20) a second over trip and the 4-year-old mare came thundering down the lane to capture the first $13,250 division in 1:54.1 on a rain-soaked sloppy track. Curtin ducked the Joel Smith trainee into sixth in the early going that saw Just By Design take the eight-horse field to a 27.2 first quarter. Auniqueaquisition took over command near the half mile pole, reached in 56 flat, with the first-over Molly Go Lightly providing live cover for Dallas Jones who ended up two-plus lengths ahead of runner-up Just By Design. The win was sixth of the season for Dallas Jones and her owners Paula Smith of Valparaiso, Indiana and Illinoisans James Runyan (Lake Villa) and Frank Pike of Burbank. Patiently handled by Mike Oosting, the 8-5 co-favorite Ryleigh’s Lilly ($5.20) exploded in the lane and went on to an easy victory on the second Sue Fee split. Party Hangover sprinted out in a hurry and had the lead in the first turn and hit the first quarter pole in 27.4. Driver Todd Warren then put on the breaks and Casey Leonard took Financial Effort from the back of the pack and up to challenge the leader at the 56.2 half-mile marker. Oosting tipped Ryleigh’s Filly three deep in the last turn and the 4-year-old mare exploded at the three-quarter mile pole (1:24) leaving no doubt about the outcome of the race for trainer Bill Crone and his owner John Bernard of Orland Park, Illinois. State Street Liz was second best at the end of the 1:53 mile, beaten almost two lengths. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA
MCWICKED TAKES BREEDERS CROWN COLT PACE
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