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A mystery illness has left David Butt’s Jewels dream hanging by a thread after he initially feared he had a stroke last week. The Canterbury horseman will have to pass a doctor’s examination to be allowed to drive the well-fancied Wilma’s Mate at Saturday’s $1.2million meeting at Ashburton. Butt was hospitalized last Thursday after suffering from severe dizziness when he woke up. “I couldn’t get my balance and felt like I was going to fall over when I tried to walk,” said the Inter Dominion-winning reinsman. “Too be honest, I was scared I had had a stroke because I had never felt anything like that before. “For the first few days I was dizzy and couldn’t stand light or noise but the doctors tell me I have been suffering from vertigo. “They said it is relatively common and now I have had it I keep hearing from other people they have had it to. But it was a real shock.” Butt says many of the symptoms have now cleared, with the return of his balance the next and most important step. “It is getting better but I am still not driving work at home. “The stipes (stewards) know and they have told me I have to get a clearance from the doctor on Friday to be able to drive on Saturday. “The strange part is the doctors can’t tell me exactly what has gone wrong. “The two most likely reasons are a head knock or a virus of some type and I haven’t had any head knocks so the virus sounds the most likely reason. “If that has what caused it the doctors said I could have had it for a while lying dormant.”  Butt has two scheduled Jewels drives with Wilma’s Mate the second favourite for the $100,000 four-year-old trot after drawing the ace. “I’d love to drive her because I really think she can win but obviously I won’t be driving her if I’m now right. “So the doctors will tell me on Friday but it has improved quite a lot the last few days.” For all his success Butt has driven just one Jewels winner, One Over Da Moon, at Ashburton in 2013 for Wilma’s Mate’s trainers Paul Nairn. Should he not be able to take the reins on Saturday his son Bob would seem the most likely replacement as he won races on Wilma’s Mate last season. Wilma’s Mate is the $4 second favourite for her division on Saturday, with Southland  mare Dark Horse still at $2.50 with the New Zealand TAB, though she opened $4.50 with Australian bookmakers post-draw last Friday. The big shortener in the that market has been Marcoola, with last season’s champion three-year-old trotter into $4.20 after looking more aggressive at the Ashburton workouts on Saturday. Michael Guerin

Celebrity Ruth

Historic night at Tioga Downs

Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer), Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) all had New York Sire Stakes wins during first leg for harness racing 3 year-old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs Sunday night (May 28). An incredible night of racing started during the Hub International Pace - Final for 3 year-old Colts and Geldings. The entry from owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano of Brian J (Scott Zeron) and Avatar J (Mike Simons) ended in a dead heat. Brian J ($2.10) took the lead at the top of the stretch, but Avatar J (2.10) came flying late to earn the tie. Both 3 year-old American Ideal colts achieved lifetime marks of 1:52.3. Next the ladies to center stage. In the first of three New York Sire stake races Celebrity Ruth ($4.90), who is owned by White Birch Farm and trained by Smedshammer went gate to wire for the win. The 3 year-old filly trotter by Archangel set a track record for 3 year-old fillies of 1:53.4. Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) finished second with Sunshine Delight (Christian Lind) getting third. The very next race was the second of three Sire Stakes races. Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), who equaled the track record a week ago, would be the heavy favorite. The 3 year-old filly by Conway Hall stormed to the front just after the first-quarter. Barn Bella ($2.10), who is owned by Steven (trainer) and Nancy Pratt with the Purple Haze Stables glided to an easy victory and recaptured the track record in 1:53.3. Amber Ella (Scott Zeron) came up to capture second as Soutwhind Tesla (Jim Morril Jr) followed to earn third. The final race of the New York State trotting fillies went to Maewegonow (Charlie Norris). After the favorite Northern Courtney went on a break Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe) took the lead right at the first-quarter. Owned by Carrie Norris, G&B Racing with Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris, Maewegonow hung on to beat a hard charging Scarey Karie (Phil Fluet) in 1.55.4; Deli-Delite (Chris Lems) was third. Tioga Downs starts their 11 race Memorial day card (May 29) at 1pm. John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Simon & Amelia Allard.

Simon Allard gets his 3,000 victory

WILKES-BARRE PA – Harness racing driver Simon Allard, coming to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night one sulky success short of 3000 for his career, wasted little time getting the milestone triumph, taking the second race at the mountain oval with San Jose Hanover, rallying the pacer from the pocket and giving him a new mark of 1:54.3.   Simon, 35 years old and a native of Quebec now living in nearby Pittston PA, started the weekend with 2993 wins, but a four-bagger at The Downs last night and a double this afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia put him on the verge of the notable victory, and fittingly he won with a horse owned and trained by his brother Rene. Simon is currently second in the Downs standard behind perennial leader George Napolitano Jr., while Rene is atop the trainer colony.   Later in the card Simon started on the road to 4000 when he won with the trotter Love To Glide.   Two $18,000 “non-winners of 7 races” events, one at each gait, were the feature races Sunday at Pocono.  Jim Marohn Jr., who had five driving victories on the night at press time, teamed with trainer Paul Kelley, he of Obrigado fame, for a double on the card, in the featured trot with Just For Today, with the son of Credit Winner using looping tactics to open a big lead on the far turn and go on to an easy 1:55.2 score for the Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, and the Hatfield Stables.   The featured pace went to odds-on  Ideal Rocky, a Rocknroll Hanover gelding who was sent straight to the front by driver Anthony Napolitano and then came home in 55.2 to complete a 1:52.1 triumph. Steve Salerno handles the local training of the winner for owners Randy Bendis and Thomas Pollack.   Jim Marohn Jr. wound up with six victories on the card, and Simon Allard wound up the night at 3002 wins lifetime after a late victory.   PHHA / Pocono

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Crazy Wow much the best in $150,000 Maxie Lee

Mossdale Conner, Lady Shadow win Invites

Veteran Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) blasted to the front from post five and scored easily by three lengths for Bjorn Goop and trainer/owner Richard Westerink in today’s Benders Elitloppet Final (3SEK million to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters). He was clocked in 1.09kr (1:51.02) at 31/1 to pin a stunning defeat on Propulsion and Resolve at 16/1 and 11/1 respectively. Heavily backed Bold Eagle was fourth and Nuncio was fifth. Neither had anything left and had no excuses. Timoko was simply the best this day as he recorded career victory 34 in 98 starts for 47,248,058SEK (that is US$5,432,318 at today’s conversion rate). Quite a feat for quite a horse!!! Timoko Elimination 1 Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) easily took the first Benders Elitloppet 2017 elimination by six lengths timed in 1.08.4kr (mile rate 1:50.05) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The winner sat alongside pacesetter Delicious, in the death seat, with Resolve second over until top of stretch when the Eagle motored away under little urging. Bred by Jean Etienne Dubois the Eagle was off at 3/2 odds and bested 9/1 Resolve (6m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) handled by Ake Svanstedt with third to 13/1 DD’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee). Veteran Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) landed fourth for Christopher Eriksson. Bold Eagle Elimination 2 Elimination #$2 went to home town favorite Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Propulsion was a game second for Johan Untersteiner, beaten half-length in the 1.10.1 clocked event (1:52.79). Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) held third after traveling wide all the way for Bjorn Goop. The fourth spot to the final went to In Vain Sund (5m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) for Erik Adielsson. Nuncio Bold Eagle will get first choice in the final post position by virtue of the fastest elim time. The big crowd of over 30,000 is enjoying the action on this warm day. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s Umaticaya (4f SJ’s Photo-Naomi-Pine Chip) at 3.6/1 took Solvalla’s Rune Stolts (250,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, four year old females) clocked in 1.10.2kr for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Simone Castgnetti. This winner of six in nine starts in 2017 bested 7/1 Gilda Newport (4f Donato Hanover-Color Schemes-Dream Vacation) was a good second in her first start of the year for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar. 12/1 Unison Kronos (4f Donato Hanover-Zegabria Dei-Victory Dream) took third for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Stephanie Lepetit and Allev. Kronos in her second 2017 appearance. This one is a half-sister to the great Lisa America. Umaticaya The Tommy Hanne (500,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, four year old males) went to the US import Love Matters (4m Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love-Andover Hall) at 3.7/1 for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Timed in 1.10kr the winner was up just in time to nip 7.7/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) for Robert Bergh and Forspro AB. Third went to 15/1 Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) for Bjorn Goop and Richard Westerink. Gareth Boko (4m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) took fourth for Conrad Lugauer. Thomas H. Hicks

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 28, 2017-"Hemi Seelster has fled the scene." So said track announcer John Hernan, who did not lie, as 'Hemi' (Brent Holland, $9.90) made quick work of 11 harness racing rivals Sunday afternoon (May 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter $68,000 Open Trot. Away alertly from post position No. 3, Hemi Seelster stuffed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) in behind coming toward a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The remaining eight furlongs (:58, 1:27.2, 1:56.1, 2:24.3) were angst-free, with a final margin of 5¾ lengths. 'Herbie' clearly was second, with Money Maven (Eric Goodell) a three-hole third. Second-tier starters Wing Flash (Tyler Buter) and Homicide Hunter (Anthony Napolitano) rounded out the payees, while 5-2 favorite Tag Up and Go (Joe Bongiorno) was a never-in-it ninth and second choice Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) couldn't get out his own way. For third choice Hemi Seelster, a 5-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Howard Taylor & Abe Basen and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts (now over a half-million dollars for his career). The exacta paid $69, with the triple returning $616. For Holland, it was career driving win No. 4,993. The weekly featured trot was the first of four 'French' races during the dozen-race, all-trot card. Sunday's revival of the 'New York, New York Double' saw a winning combination of 9-(Bustin' It, Belmont's 3rd race) and 4-(Andy Ray, Yonkers' 7th race) paid $13.90 for every correct dollar ticket (total pool $7,361). Live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 16th (post time 7:10 PM). Afternoon simulcasting remains available, including the June 10th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

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

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 

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

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)

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Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer), Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) all had New York Sire Stakes wins during first leg for harness racing 3 year-old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs Sunday night (May 28). An incredible night of racing started during the Hub International Pace - Final for 3 year-old Colts and Geldings. The entry from owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano of Brian J (Scott Zeron) and Avatar J (Mike Simons) ended in a dead heat. Brian J ($2.10) took the lead at the top of the stretch, but Avatar J (2.10) came flying late to earn the tie. Both 3 year-old American Ideal colts achieved lifetime marks of 1:52.3. Next the ladies to center stage. In the first of three New York Sire stake races Celebrity Ruth ($4.90), who is owned by White Birch Farm and trained by Smedshammer went gate to wire for the win. The 3 year-old filly trotter by Archangel set a track record for 3 year-old fillies of 1:53.4. Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) finished second with Sunshine Delight (Christian Lind) getting third. The very next race was the second of three Sire Stakes races. Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), who equaled the track record a week ago, would be the heavy favorite. The 3 year-old filly by Conway Hall stormed to the front just after the first-quarter. Barn Bella ($2.10), who is owned by Steven (trainer) and Nancy Pratt with the Purple Haze Stables glided to an easy victory and recaptured the track record in 1:53.3. Amber Ella (Scott Zeron) came up to capture second as Soutwhind Tesla (Jim Morril Jr) followed to earn third. The final race of the New York State trotting fillies went to Maewegonow (Charlie Norris). After the favorite Northern Courtney went on a break Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe) took the lead right at the first-quarter. Owned by Carrie Norris, G&B Racing with Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris, Maewegonow hung on to beat a hard charging Scarey Karie (Phil Fluet) in 1.55.4; Deli-Delite (Chris Lems) was third. Tioga Downs starts their 11 race Memorial day card (May 29) at 1pm. John Horne for Tioga Downs.
WILKES-BARRE PA – Harness racing driver Simon Allard, coming to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night one sulky success short of 3000 for his career, wasted little time getting the milestone triumph, taking the second race at the mountain oval with San Jose Hanover, rallying the pacer from the pocket and giving him a new mark of 1:54.3.   Simon, 35 years old and a native of Quebec now living in nearby Pittston PA, started the weekend with 2993 wins, but a four-bagger at The Downs last night and a double this afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia put him on the verge of the notable victory, and fittingly he won with a horse owned and trained by his brother Rene. Simon is currently second in the Downs standard behind perennial leader George Napolitano Jr., while Rene is atop the trainer colony.   Later in the card Simon started on the road to 4000 when he won with the trotter Love To Glide.   Two $18,000 “non-winners of 7 races” events, one at each gait, were the feature races Sunday at Pocono.  Jim Marohn Jr., who had five driving victories on the night at press time, teamed with trainer Paul Kelley, he of Obrigado fame, for a double on the card, in the featured trot with Just For Today, with the son of Credit Winner using looping tactics to open a big lead on the far turn and go on to an easy 1:55.2 score for the Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, and the Hatfield Stables.   The featured pace went to odds-on  Ideal Rocky, a Rocknroll Hanover gelding who was sent straight to the front by driver Anthony Napolitano and then came home in 55.2 to complete a 1:52.1 triumph. Steve Salerno handles the local training of the winner for owners Randy Bendis and Thomas Pollack.   Jim Marohn Jr. wound up with six victories on the card, and Simon Allard wound up the night at 3002 wins lifetime after a late victory.   PHHA / Pocono
Pompano Beach, FL...May 28, 2017...Arsenal, who fired bullets start to finish in winning last week's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park, reloaded and fired a second round of ammunition in scoring a repeat wire-to-wire win for Dave Ingraham in South Florida's harness racing feature on Sunday night (May 28). The nine year-old gelded son of Artiscape fused together fractions of :26.3, :56.4 and 1:24.1 before a :28 sprint home sealed the deal by a solid length over Stirling Cadillac, driven by Bryce Fenn. Goldstar Raider, handled by Wally Hennessey, finished third, two lengths away while Cartoonist finished fourth. Major Deagan picked up the minor award in the quintet. After the race, driver Dave Ingraham related, "this was similar to last week's win but the opener was a bit faster. We did get a nice breather during the next quarter and that helped our cause. "I chirped at him once on the backside and he revved it up on his own and was strong right to the finish. "He's been pretty sharp for a long time now...not too shabby for a "6" claimer back in January!" Actually, Arsenal has changed hands via the claiming route on several occasions since then with his most recent claim being by his current owner-trainer, Kelly Case, for $17,500. Arsenal now sports a 7-7-1 scorecard in 19 starts, good for $43,439 in bounty this semester and $463,180 lifetime. Off at 2 to 5, Arsenal paid $2.80 to win. Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey, won the final five races on the Sunday program, scoring with Bill Jones ($2.60), Cabo Real ($2.20), Y S Joe ($5.20), Dungeon Dragon ($5.00) and Abresthofreshart ($3.20). Hennessey now has 262 wins for the meet, a winning percentage of 28.57% to go along with a UDRS approaching .450 in 917 starts. Racing continues on Wednesday night as Pompano Park closes out its 126 night season with a mandatory payout on the track's Super Hi-5-the carryover being $36,007. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park
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