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In 2014, Michael Pozefsky watched a horse he bred --- Resolve --- race in the Hambletonian Stakes. This year, he hopes to watch a horse he bred and owns compete in the $1 million harness racing event. Pozefsky and Edward Wilson bred The Royal Harry, who on Sunday races in the $222,975 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs in upstate New York. The colt, whose family includes two Hambletonian winners and a Hambletonian Oaks champion, is now owned by Pozefsky and his brother, William. The Royal Harry has won two of six career races and hit the board a total of five times, earning $32,030. He has a win and a second-place finish this season, with his victory coming in 1:55.1 in a conditioned race June 10 at Vernon Downs. He was second to Sir Royson in his first start, which came in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs. Sir Royson, the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Empire Breeders Classic, won by a half-length in 1:54. "He won against a lesser crew at Vernon last week, but we just needed another race to try to be ready for this week," Pozefsky said. "His first start, it was a good line, but he got a good trip and he got a good drive. I wasn't expecting to go that much, but he did, which was terrific." The Royal Harry, trained by Ake Svanstedt, raced only four times last season. He had a win and two second-place finishes, but was shut down in early October to prepare for this year. "He was a big colt," Pozefsky said. "Instead of rushing him into it, the Svanstedt Stable decided to bring him along at a slower pace, which was fine with us. We had higher hopes, but he got to a point where he was going about the same and we decided to bring him back as a 3-year-old and hope that he improved substantially. It appears he has, but we'll know a lot more about that after the Breeders Classic." Wilson and Pozefsky bred and raced The Royal Harry's dam, Wilsonator, who enjoyed success on the Ontario circuit and finished fourth in the 2010 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. The family also includes Hambletonian winners Emily's Pride and Spencer Scott and Hambletonian Oaks champion Keystone Pioneer. Pozefsky and Wilson also shared the breeding credit for Resolve, who finished fifth in the 2014 Hambletonian. The two breeders take turns naming their horses and Wilson named The Royal Harry, a son of RC Royalty, after Pozefsky's son Harry, who is now 29. The Royal Harry was put through the Standardbred Horse Sale in 2014, where the Pozefskys bought back the yearling for $100,000. "He's just part of the family," Pozefsky said. "We liked him a lot. It was kind of an easy decision. The dam was a fine mare and this is her second foal. Her first foal (Muscle Hill-sired Hillsonator) is racing well in Canada." The Royal Harry is one of two Hambletonian eligible horses in the Empire Breeders Classic, along with George Ducharme-trained Reve Royale. Pozefsky hopes The Royal Harry can continue to make strides and find himself at the Meadowlands on Aug. 6 for the Hambletonian. "He's got to find some real additional time," Pozefsky said, "but surely that's the dream." The Royal Harry will start the Empire Breeders Classic from post No. 1 with Mark MacDonald in the sulky. He is 5-1 on the morning line. Svanstedt will drive Dexter Cup winner Dante, who is 9-2 from post nine. Sir Royson will start from post seven with Jim Marohn Jr. driving for trainer Linda Toscano and owner R-And-I Farms. A homebred son of Crazed-Leibovitz Hanover, Sir Royson has won five of nine career races and earned $84,722. Sunday's card at Vernon Downs also features the $234,375 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old female trotters. The entry of Earn Your Wings and Straight A Student is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Earn Your Wings, from the stable of trainer Anette Lorentzon, and Straight A Student, from the stable of trainer Paul Kelley, are coupled because of common ownership. by Ken Weingartner

Vernon, N.Y. -- Commanding favorite Non Stick was handed her first career defeat in her Empire Breeders Classic elimination on Friday (June 10) at Vernon Downs, while Fad Finance ($22.60) and Earn Your Wings ($18.20) copped minor upsets in the harness racing preliminaries for next week's marquee trotting event.   In the first $12,500 elimination, trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sprinted to the fore with 1-10 favorite Non Stick, and the pair were unchallenged through splits of :26.4, :56.4, and 1:25.3. At head-stretch, the then-undefeated daughter of Lucky Chucky faced pressure from the two who most directly tracked her, as Straight A Student (Mark MacDonald) emerged from the pocket and Fad Finance (Trond Smedshammer) fanned deeper yet. Fad Finance vaulted to a narrow lead in mid-stretch, battling to maintain a lead over Straight A Student for a 1:54.1 triumph. Non Stick and Lindylicious (Chris Lems) rounded out the top four in the first elimination.   Smedshammer also trains Fad Finance, a 3-year-old Credit Winner filly, for the Purple Haze Stables, Marc Goldberg, and the Rojan Stables.   In the second elimination, Earn Your Wings (Jason Bartlett) took full advantage of a pocket trip, swinging out at head-stretch to duel clear of pacesetter Swinging Royalty (Lems) for a 1:54.4 win. Open Access (Matt Kakaley) rallied belatedly into third, while Goosebump Hanover (Jim Morrill, Jr.) held fourth.   Anette Lorentzon trains Earn Your Wings, also a 3-year-old Credit Winner filly, for the SRF Stable.   Of the two fifth-place finishers in the eliminations, Dazzling Dollars draws into next week's $234,375 final.   The following ten 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings advance directly to the $222,975 Empire Breeders Classic final:   Dante   Just For Today   Omaha Set Hut    Reve Royale   Sir Royson   Smalltownthrowdown   Southern Palms   Sweet Royalty   Thats a Bad Boy   The Royal Harry.   Both finals will be part of a special Sunday evening card at Vernon, on Father's Day, June 19.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 11). Post time is set for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

When Sarah Svanstedt drove in an amateur race last week at the Meadowlands, it had been nearly three years since she competed on the harness racing track. But it seems that winning in a race bike is like riding a bike; one never forgets how it's done. Sarah, the wife of trainer Ake Svanstedt, guided Real DJ Hanover to victory last Friday in a GSY Series trot, rallying from the back of the pack to defeat Windsun Galliano by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. Sarah and Real DJ Hanover will be back for another GSY Series event Friday (June 10) at the Big M and the tandem is the 5-2 morning line favorite from post nine in a nine-horse field. A native of Sweden, Sarah drove in nearly 500 races overseas. Her win last week was No. 50 in her career. "When I passed the finish line, I was like, oh my gosh, I won," Sarah said. "I was shocked. It was an amazing feeling." The Svanstedts moved to the U.S. in the winter of 2013. Ake, a five-time Trainer of the Year and three-time Driver of the Year in Sweden, was ready for a new challenge and established a winter base in Florida and racing home at a farm in New Jersey. Sarah had driven on only a limited basis in the several years prior to the move because of the birth of the couple's two young boys, Erik and Jonas, and put off a return to the bike until the family was settled in its new environment. "It is like a fulltime job with the kids, especially when Ake is gone so much," Sarah said. "The first one-and-a-half or two years here, I'd say it was really much work, with the kids, and school, and language, and paperwork. This farm is a lot of work too. It's like starting all over again. "This year it feels really good. Now that everything is settled it is good. And people here were so nice to us, helping us and making us feel welcome. It was nice and helped us feel more at home. "Some people say I don't have a life outside the horses, but it's my life. I travel a lot and get to see so much. You go out and meet many nice people and have fun. I love my life." Sarah grew up in Sweden riding horses. She got her first trip behind a trotter at the age of 13 when her best friend's brother, who was a trainer, told her "it was time to stop the riding." "I didn't know if I wanted to get in the cart," Sarah said, "but I drove a really nice horse and from that moment I was in love with driving." Sarah prepped for her amateur debut by driving in a qualifier on May 21 at the Meadowlands. She finished third with The Royal Harry, from Ake's stable. She received a few words of advice from Ake prior to the start, and discovered that when the gate pulled away, she was ready to go. "When I drove in the qualifying race I felt something coming over me, like the race moment," Sarah said, adding with a laugh, "Ake told me to just drive from the back, but when the gate was leaving, I was like I'm not going to go behind. Why? I could feel something coming to me like I wanted to race again." Sarah's win with Real DJ Hanover was special beyond the obvious reason. She wanted to drive the 4-year-old gelding because the horse is owned by the Svanstedts and Sarah's father, Torbjorn Swahn. "I wanted to go with him first so there was no pressure," Sarah said. "He's a really wonderful horse to work with and such a nice horse to drive. So I felt like that was the horse to start with. When you like the horse so much, I work with him seven days a week, it was a great feeling to win with him." Sarah kept her plans to drive in the amateur ranks quiet until about two hours before her first race, when she sent out a photo of herself with Real DJ Hanover via social media. "So then everyone was like, what, is she going to drive?" Sarah said. "When it ended up with a victory, everyone went crazy. So it was fun." Sarah is uncertain of her future as a driver, but plans to compete in the amateur ranks when she has the opportunity. "I have to start somewhere and I will see where it takes me," Sarah said. "I have been driving the horses here every day, so the horse driving itself is not the thing. It's more like the speed and having to think quickly. I want to keep going in the amateur races, but then I'm not sure if I'll go out with the big boys. I drove with them in Sweden. I'm not sure how different it would be here. "But it's fun to drive again. I'm just taking one step at a time." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Ake Svanstedt, Inc. and Little E, LLC's Non Stick ($2.70) remains undefeated in eight career starts after a comfortable two-length harness racing win in her $40,600 New York Sire Stakes division on Saturday (May 28) evening at Vernon Downs.   Mark MacDonald wasted no time with the 3-year-old Lucky Chucky filly, working clear of Goosebump Hanover (Chris Lems) before exiting the straight. Non Stick was uncontested through splits of :28, :57.2, and 1:26, working clear of her seven foes on the far turn. At head-stretch, Goosebump Hanover vacated the pocket to give chase, but Non Stick maintained her clear lead throughout under just mild encouragement for a 1:55 triumph. Earn Your Wings (Charlie Norris) circled from the rear of the main group to take second, while Dizzy Broad (Jim Morrill, Jr.) saved third off her cozy tracking trip. Goosebump Hanover lacked any late burst from the pocket, finishing fourth.   Ake Svanstedt trains Non Stick, who has amassed $226,532 thus far in career earnings.   Mario Mazza's Stick of Butter ($7.20) prevailed in her Sire Stakes division off an extended first-over bid, dueling clear of pacesetter Straight A Student for a 1:54.3 win. Trainer Francisco del Cid drove the Lucky Chucky filly.   Fair Winds Farm, Inc.'s Open Access ($33.80) also found the winner's enclosure, vaulting off cover and collaring Fad Finance and Swinging Royalty for a last-to-first 1:54.1 score. Charlie Norris drove the daughter of Credit Winner for trainer Robert Baggitt, Jr.   As no one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, a carryover of $246.95 will head to Monday (May 30) afternoon's card. Post time for the first of 12 races on Memorial Day is set for 1:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

John Campbell put a little more distance between himself and the field Friday night as the leading harness racing driver in Meadowlands history steered four winners on the 11-race card. The Hall of Famer guided Mavens Way to victory in the lone New Jersey Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. After racing on the lead - and taking pressure virtually every step down the backside from Southwind Flash - the son of Muscle Hill held off the late-charging 6-5 favorite Jack Vernon to win by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:51.4 for trainer Ake Svanstedt and owners Svanstedt, Burroughs and the T L P Stable. Double L Lindy finished third. Sent to the gate as the second choice in the wagering, Mavens Way returned $9.80 to his backers. Campbell also scored with Batoutahill ($6.20 to win, 1:55.1) in a division of the NJSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies, as well as with pair of conditioned pacers, Gweneeee J ($7.00, 1:50.1) and Danish Durango ($5.20, 1:52). CARRYOVER CONTINUES: The late 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five, which has not once had had a single-ticket winner since the start of the current meeting on November 13 of last year, now has a carryover of $234,671.79 heading into the next program. ... Southwind Hope ($3.40, 1:54.1) won the other division of the NJSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies. ... The Meadowlands is back with live racing Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ... On Sunday morning, the Meadowlands will offer on-site wagering on races nine through 15 from Solvalla, Sweden. The ninth race is the first of two Elitlopp eliminations and has an estimated post time of 9:22 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Harness racing owner Hans Enggren will watch Sunday as his 5-year-old trotter Resolve competes in Sweden's famed Elitloppet at Solvalla Raceway. It has been more than three decades since Enggren can recall having a horse in the elite race, but the thought of his previous attempt to win it with a horse named Spirits Supreme triggers an amusing anecdote which could have started with the line, "A man walks into a bar with a horse." The bar, located in Gettysburg, Pa., near Enggren's adopted hometown of Abbottstown, was owned by Enggren and renamed in honor of Spirits Supreme, who raced in the 1983 Elitloppet. One day, Enggren decided to show off the horse to the establishment's patrons. "To everyone's delight, I brought Spirits Supreme right into the bar," the 86-year-old Enggren said, laughing, "and he gracefully baptized it, I guess you would call it." Spirits Supreme was unsuccessful in his attempt for an Elitloppet victory, not to mention barroom etiquette, but Enggren is hopeful that Resolve can get him to the winner's circle. Resolve, who received the 2015 O'Brien Award for the best older male trotter to compete in Canada, races in the first of two Elitloppet eliminations. The top four finishers from each division advance to the same-day final. Resolve is trained by two-time Elitloppet winner Ake Svanstedt, who also will drive the stallion. Five-year-old stallion Nuncio, whose success in the U.S. at ages 2 and 3 included victories in the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot, competes in the second elimination and is the 2-1 favorite to win the event according to online oddsmakers. Since turning 4, Nuncio has raced in Europe for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. He finished third in the 2015 Elitloppet, which was won by Magic Tonight. Resolve, who will start his elimination from post No. 2, is the fourth choice in the pre-race odds, at 12-1. Timoko, who won the 2014 Elitloppet, is 7-1 and Propulsion is 8-1. Timoko and Propulsion, who raced in the States for trainer Tony Alagna at ages 3 and 4, are in the same elimination as Resolve. Defending champion Magic Tonight, who raced in the U.S. for trainer Noel Daley in his early years, is in the second elimination and will start from post seven. He is 41-1. "I'm very excited," said Enggren, a native of Sweden who moved to the U.S. in 1952. "I know a lot of people have gone to a lot of trouble to get the horse there and to get me there. It will be nice to meet some old friends and see Resolve race. I know Nuncio has been declared a pretty strong favorite, but I have high hopes for Resolve. "I think an awful lot of my trainer. According to comments I've seen in the Swedish papers, they feel like I feel --- that Svanstedt has improved the horse tremendously." Enggren, perhaps best known as the breeder and owner of 1985 Hambletonian winner Prakas as well as heading Meadowbranch Farms, bought Resolve in July 2014. Last year, Resolve won four of 13 races and hit the board a total of 12 times on his way to $700,938. His wins included the TVG Free For All Series championship and an elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot. He finished second in the Maple Leaf Trot final, as well as the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Hambletonian Maturity. This year, Resolve is officially winless in two starts, although he did get to the finish line first in the Mack Lobell Elitloppet Playoff on May 8 at the Meadowlands only to be disqualified for going inside several pylons in the stretch. Despite the missteps, the connections received an Elitloppet invitation. Resolve is the lone U.S.-owned horse in the race. "It would mean a lot," Enggren said about the possibility of winning the race, which he has attended numerous times over the years. "I was brought up in Sweden with horses in the late '30s, early '40s. I always was very closely attached to Solvalla. As a kid, I was there a lot. If we were to win, it would be truly amazing. I have promised everybody here that I'm not going to cry if they take pictures." Is it a promise Enggren thinks he can keep? "We'll see," he said, adding with a laugh, "Perhaps I will wear very black glasses." Ken Weingartner

If Sherman and Mr. Peabody dialed up the WABAC Machine to the summer of 1993, they would have found Giant Force winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing International Trot. As a 4-year-old back then, Giant Force, driven by John Patterson Jr., traversed the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:27. That local aged group standard lasted for nearly 23 years....until Tuesday afternoon. Crescent Fashion (co-owner/trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt) turned what appeared to be a mismatch on paper into an unfair fight on the track. As the 2-5 favorite, Crescent Fashion ($2.90) won the day's first "French" trot by 4¾ lengths in 2:25.4. The stakes-winning son of Muscle Hill, who earned more than $300,000 as a sophomore, made his seasonal debut in this non-winners of six parimutuels (or $60,000) lifetime event and made his rivals pay. The new track record was one of the few gauntlets not thrown down by Jason Bartlett, who, from 11 drives, won half of the day's dozen races. Frank Drucker

Almost immediately after Resolve crossed the finish line four lengths in front of runner-up Bee A Magician in the inaugural $150,000 Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands, his number "4" began to blink on the infield tote board with the word "Inquiry." Resolve, driven and trained by two-time Elitloppet champion Ake Svanstedt, had just scorched a field of top-class harness racing trotters in 1:51.2, but had clearly gone inside three pylons turning into the stretch. After a lengthy judges' inquiry, Resolve was disqualified and placed ninth while Bee A Magician was elevated to the victory. Gural Hanover finished third and was placed second while long shot Obrigado was elevated to third. The winner paid $7.20 and keyed a $2 exacta worth $46.60. The $2 trifecta paid $882.80. Svanstedt had the barefooted Resolve fired up off the starting gate, racing through the opening quarter mile in 27.2. John Campbell had the favorite, JL Cruze, comfortably away in the pocket, but was not content to follow Resolve. Campbell aggressively moved JL Cruze to the outside and took the lead through a taxing 54.3 half mile. At that point, Svanstedt pulled the pocket and re-took the lead through three-quarters in 1:23.1. JL Cruze offered no resistance, eventually finishing sixth, but placed ninth for his own pylon violation. Leaving the final turn and turning into the stretch, Resolve went inside three pylons before Svanstedt could straighten his course. Resolve finished four lengths in front of Bee A Magician, but ultimately was disqualified. Following the race, Markus Myron, Christer Haggstrom, and Mats Lagerholm from Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden, home of The Elitloppet, presented the trophy and extended an invitation to the race to David McDuffee, co-owner of Bee A Magician. "It is certainly a great honor to receive the invitation and I will speak with the other owners before we make a final decision," said McDuffee during a winner's circle interview. "Resolve went a tremendous mile," said winning driver Brian Sears. "I was very impressed with him. My mare raced well, but I thought she was still a little soft in only her second start of the season." Despite the disqualification, Resolve was also extended an invitation to The Elitloppet on May 29. Justin Horowitz

Ake Svanstedt says Dante possesses the ability to cover short distances extremely quickly. On Saturday, the harness racing colt used that skill to win the $140,800 Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway. Starting from post seven, Dante and trainer-driver Svanstedt blazed to the front prior to the first turn and coasted from there, winning the Dexter Cup by 1-3/4 lengths over Cufflink Hanover. Credevie finished third. The time for the mile was 1:59.4 over a track labeled good. Dante, part of the favored entry with Dominion Beach, paid $4.20 to win. Dante benefited from several horses --- including Dominion Beach --- going off stride in the first turn, which enabled Svanstedt and his horse to separate from the field by several lengths. Dominion Beach rallied from more than a dozen lengths back, going three wide at the halfway point, to get alongside Dante on the backstretch, but was unable to sustain his drive in the stretch. Dominion Beach finished fifth, beaten by 4-1/4 lengths. Dante and Dominion Beach won their respective Dexter Cup eliminations last weekend. "He's very quick and he feels much better this time after his last race," said Svanstedt, who trains Dante for owner Anders Strom's Courant A B stable. "He's in very good shape. (The horses making breaks) made it more easy for us. It was an easy race; not so fast." Dante, a son of Credit Winner out of the stakes-winning mare Michelle's Angel, was purchased as a yearling for $355,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to millionaire Archangel. Last year, Dante was winless in two races. This year he is 2-for-2. "He's a different horse," Svanstedt said. "He was very nervous last year. He was stressed last year and did not trot so good. He was always pulling. Now he is nice to drive. He's grown up and is a much better horse." The Dexter Cup is the first major stakes event for 3-year-old trotters on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Dante is not eligible to the Hambletonian, but is staked to races on the New York circuit as well as the Breeders Crown. Earlier on the card, Dazzling Dollars won the $58,000 Lady Suffolk Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters by a half-length over Southwind Hope in 2:00. Curikee finished third. Dazzling Dollars went off at 10-1 and paid $22.60 to win. Favored entry-mates Flowers N Songs and American Gal K both went off stride. Trond Smedshammer trains and drives Dazzling Dollars for owner Purple Haze Stables. Dazzling Dollars has won two of 10 career races and earned $128,624. The filly, by Cash Hall out of Designed To Dazzle, won a division of the New York Sire Stakes last year and finished second in the NYSS championship. Ken Weingartner

If Mars Blackmon were to handicap Sunday's inaugural harness racing $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands, he might have difficulty putting his finger on Resolve's success. Because unlike the fictional Blackmon's proclamation that "It's gotta be the shoes" to explain Michael Jordan's prowess, Resolve is at his best barefoot. Last year, Resolve won four of 13 races and hit the board a total of 12 times on his way to $700,938 for owner Hans Enggren and trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. His wins included the TVG Free For All Series championship and an elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot. He finished second in the Maple Leaf Trot final, as well as the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Hambletonian Maturity. He received Canada's O'Brien Award for best older male trotter. The 5-year-old Resolve is part of an all-star field of nine entered in the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff. The race winner will receive an invitation to the Elitlopp at Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden on May 29. The Playoff is scheduled for race one on Sunday's matinee program with a post time of 12:40 p.m. It will be broadcast live on national television in Sweden and anchors a six-race trotting block that will make up the V64 wager in Sweden. Resolve will start Sunday from post four and is 10-1 on the morning line. In his only start this season, Resolve finished fourth in the Open Handicap on April 22 at the Meadowlands, behind Playoff contenders Bee A Magician, Gural Hanover, and Shake It Cerry. Racing with shoes on for his seasonal debut, he was last at the halfway point, but finished strong with a :53.4 final half-mile. On Sunday, the shoes will be off. "In his first race, he had a bad post (six) but he came home very fast," Svanstedt said. "He feels good. I think he is in good form; he is in good shape. He has had two weeks to get ready and he feels good when he trained. "Now we are going to race him without shoes and he's much faster without shoes. And now we have a good post. If everything is normal he is going to do a good race." Bee A Magician is the Playoff's 9-5 morning line favorite, starting from post seven with Brian Sears driving for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. The winner of 42 of 66 career races and $3.72 million, Bee A Magician captured her only start this season, the aforementioned Open Handicap at the Meadowlands on April 22. JL Cruze, undefeated in three races this year, is the 2-1 second choice from post one with John Campbell at the lines for trainer Eric Ell. The 6-year-old Bee A Magician was the 2013 Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada and the 2015 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter. JL Cruze, who is a 5-year-old, was the 2015 Dan Patch Award winner for best older male trotter. "JL Cruze is a very good horse and Bee A Magician too," Svanstedt said. "Now she has a bad post; JL Cruze has a good post. I'm impressed with JL Cruze. He is a big and tough horse. Bee A Magician needs a good trip to win, but (Sears) always gives her a good trip. We'll see what happens." Resolve has won 10 of 40 career races and earned $917,125. Svanstedt was pleased with the stallion's 2015 campaign, particularly because the horse was unimpressive while training in Florida during the winter. "I could never dream he would have a year like that when we were training him in Florida last winter," Svanstedt said. "He trained bad. He made breaks all the time when we trained on the round track. The first time he didn't make a break was when we qualified him. "But this winter he trained good; much stronger and better." Svanstedt is in his third year of competing in North America. He was Sweden's Trainer of the Year five times and Driver of the Year on three occasions prior to moving his stable to the U.S. in the winter of 2013. During his career overseas, Svanstedt won many of the top races in Europe, including the Elitlopp twice. He would enjoy the opportunity to return to Sweden with Resolve for another Elitlopp. "If he is as good as I hope, we would go," Svanstedt said. Fans can learn more about each of the horses entered in the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff by visiting www.elitloppplayoff.com/ and can join the discussion on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. Ken Weingartner

Saturday April 30th Freehold Raceway set the stage for harness racing three-year-old colt trotters in eliminations of the Dexter Cup. The first elimination was taken by Cufflink Hanover, the son of Andover Hall. He settled in for a two-hole trip behind the favorite Steed. Cufflink Hanover took the lead in the stretch to win in a brisk 1:57.3 for driver David Miller. The three-year old colt trotter is trained by Nifty Norman and has secured a spot in the Dexter final. Dominion Beach was favored to win the second elimination and did just that. Marcus Johansson and Dominion Beach held off a late surge by Sir Royson in the stretch to win in 1:58.0. Trained by Nancy Johansson the Muscle Beach colt looks to repeat in the final. Dante driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt took the lead from the word go and never looked back in the third and final elimination. The son of Credit Winner defeated the favorite Inukchuk Chuck in 1:58.3. The $140,800 final will be held on Derby Day, Saturday May 7th, at Freehold Raceway. The three winners will be accompanied by the three-second place finishers: Steed, Sir Royson and Inukchuk Chuck, and two of the third place finishers. Credevie, Cloud Nine Hanover and Hillman will draw for the two remaining spots in the final, by lot. Courtney Stafford

East Rutherford, NJ - It wasn't the nicest morning we've had recently but the track was bustling with training early and a full slate of qualifying races at 9:30. A light rain fell throughout with temps in the low 60's and no wind to speak of. Track was off a second or so at the start, got a bit worse in the middle then began to dry as the rain subsided for the last four or five races.   The headliner matched a pair of million dollar winning sophomore trotters from 2015, Crazy Wow and Pinkman, with Crazy Wow getting the decision in 1:55/:28.2. Honor And Serve (now in the Ake Svanstadt barn) cut the mile and led into the stretch when Crazy Wow trotted up to his outside while Pinkman ducked to the inside as the three finished in a line across the track. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for the Ron Burke stable and owners Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Deo Volente Farms.   Sunset Glider opened the day a winner in a repeat of last week's card. This time she took a pocket behind Silvia, overtook that one quickly at the three-quarters then won off by herself in 1:56.2/:28. Silvia was an urged second. Dave Miller drove her again for Jimmy Takter and owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   Race two contained several of last season's top trotting fillies. Celebrity Eventsy made a good appearance in her first outing, leaving sharply from post nine to the front then yielding to Kathy Parker through middle splits then went by that rival in the stretch under no urging from John Campbell in 1:57.1/:28.3. Kathy Parker and a closing Caprice Hill hit the wire together behind the winner and Haughty was a willing fourth. The unbeaten NYSS champ Non Stick also went along nicely in this one. Staffan Lind trains the winner for Sam Stathis's Celebrity Farms.   Trond Smedshammer put the lightly races Tyson on the front early and won easily over Desert Runner in 1:57.2/:28.4. Trond trains and shares ownership with Purple Haze Stable, Anderson Farms and Marc Goldberg.   Jimmy William is the latest from the great broodmare Solveig and although he didn't do much at two he is showing signs of talent this year. In his second appearance this season he left for position, sat third then went by willingly in 1:58.1/:29.1 for Brett Miller. Southern Cross was a well meant second and Nebraska Jack third. Solveig's Racing Partners owns and Takter trains the winner.   PA Sires Stakes Final winner Lagerfeld won the fifth race for Takter and Yannick Gingras. He sat in as first Gleaming Memory and Hollywood Highway took turns on the lead through slow numbers then went by on his own when shown a clear lane in the stretch closing the 1:57.3 mile with a 28.3 quarter. Hollywood Highway held second and Metatron third. He's another Takter trainee owned by Christina Takter, Jim & John Fielding and Herb Liverman.   Older trotters took the track after a break and Donotomite got up in the last step on Canepa Hanover in 1:54.4 for Smedshammer. The two took turns on the lead with Canepa Hanover taking over past the half and leading through a 27.3 third quarter then Donotomite wearing him down in the 29 flat close. The winner is a Michael Andrew homebred trained by Trond.   Pacing fillies came up in the eighth today and Cut And Paste got up from far back in 1:53.2/28.2 for Jimmy Marohn, Jr. Heels On The Beach set the early numbers then two or three waves of fillies overtook the early leaders as they neared the wire. Penpal was second and Shezarealdeal an up the inside third. Linda Toscano trains the winner and owns part as Cameo Stable with Stake Your Claim and Fred Wallace.   Pure Country was powerful this morning, drawing away from some good fillies in 1:53.1/:27 for Brett Miller. Slowly taking the lead from post seven through a 28.3 opener, Miller yielded to No Clouds Blue Chip past that station, sat for a half then tipped Pure Country passing the three quarter mark and she took off. Yankee Moonshine and Pure Ivy followed the winner in. Diamnod Creek Farms owns the winner and she is trained in the Jimmy Takter stable.   Pretty Boy Hill prevailed after a stretch-long battle with Selvin in 1:56.1/:27.4. Tetrick drove for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill.   Older pacers wrapped the morning session and Artistic Major a winner from well back in 1:53.4/:27.3 with Brett Miller aboard for Steve Elliott.   Post time for the live card tonight is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

Harness racing driver Lucas Wallin was prepared to do a little traveling, but instead of heading off on a vacation, as planned, he ended up fulfilling a dream. Wallin was set for a two-week holiday in Spain when he received an offer to work in the U.S. as an assistant to trainer Ake Svanstedt, who had recently moved his harness racing stable from Sweden to the States. Wallin, who is also from Sweden, did not require convincing to change his itinerary. "I had a ticket to Spain, but I had to cancel it because they wanted me over here so fast," Wallin said, adding with a laugh, "My mother wasn't so happy, but now she is happy. "When you have a chance to work for Ake, it was easy," he continued. "I don't think people over here know how big he was over in Sweden. He was dominating the sport. And I think the American harness racing is the best in the world, so when I got the chance to come over, it was an easy decision." That was a year and a half ago. The now 23-year-old Wallin, who grew up following his uncle, trainer Joakim Wallin, to tracks in Sweden and watching racing from the Meadowlands, still cannot believe his good fortune. "Sometimes I have to pinch myself," he said. "It's the dream." Part of the dream includes driving. Wallin made his U.S. debut last season, winning 18 of 78 races and $192,826 in purses. He got his first victory in April with Oh My Darlin at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and on Dec. 18 he picked up his first triumph at the Meadowlands, with Madhatter Bluechip. All totaled, he drove winners at seven different racetracks on the East Coast. "It was very nice to win the first race in America, but the win (at the Meadowlands) was something really, really special," Wallin said. "When I was younger I always watched the races from the Meadowlands. That's pretty cool. It was a lot of feelings inside me." Wallin was 8 years old when he started driving ponies in Sweden. Several years later, he began helping with his uncle's stable of racehorses. "He is a very good trainer," Wallin said. "He is a good horseman. I learned very much from him." Wallin was alerted to the opportunity in the U.S. with Svanstedt by childhood friend Oskar Florhed, who had already moved to the States. Soon thereafter, Wallin was contacted by Svanstedt assistant Bjorn "Bernie" Noren about working for the stable. During the winter, Noren and Wallin are responsible for Svanstedt's horses in New Jersey, which total 30, while the remainder of the stable's horses are in Florida to prepare for this season. Wallin prefers to stay north so he can get more opportunities to drive. And although he enjoys driving, he has no plans to become a catch-driver. "My goal is to be a trainer and driver," Wallin said. "And I think it is important to drive now so people see my name. The most important thing in this business is to have contacts and owners that trust you. People have to see me on the racetrack and see my name. "I'm very happy for all the races I can drive because you feel you learn so much more and more. It's just a dream to drive races against all these great drivers." Drives he enjoys thanks to a detour. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

A field of six contested the $400,000 TVG Pacing Championship at The Meadowlands Saturday night. Off the wings of the gate, five of the six free for all pacers tried to leave for position. The only horse content to watch the action early was Bettor's Edge. That strategy by harness racing driver Matt Kakaley turned out to be the winning one as Bettor's Edge stormed down the center of the track, from dead last, to score a 19-1 upset in the TVG Pacing Championship. The first horse to the lead was Mach It So, who took all the late-money being released as the 4.5 favorite. He used every ounce of his speed to clear the lead from the widest post in the field, reaching the opening quarter in a sharp 26.1. But the second-choice in the wagering, JK Endofanera was already on the move and he quickly challenged for the lead down the backstretch and would clear the front before the half mile in 54 seconds. Meanwhile, Somewhere In L A was headstrong in the three-hole and Corey Callahan could not hold his gelding and was forced to commit first over. Foiled Again picked up the cover in the outer flow, while Bettor's Edge inched closer into the third over position. JK Endofanera led past three-quarters in 1:22.2 while facing pressure from Somewhere In LA. As the field turned for home, the free for all pacers spread across the track and all took their shots. Mach It So found room at the pylons, Foiled Again tried to kick off cover, JK Endofanera reached for the wire and Mach It So was rallying down the center of the track. In the end, Bettor's Edge out-sprinted the talented field to win going away in 1:50 with Matt Kakaley. Mach It So rallied up the pylons for the runner-up spot while Foiled Again finished third. Matt Kakaley was pleased to finally get a trip for his six year old getting. "He really has had a lot of bad luck," said Kakaley. "We have been trapped in a few times where he was finishing with pace, but we just had bad luck in those races. Tonight they were mixing it up early and it really set up well for us. It worked out absolutely perfectly." Trainer Ron Burke confirmed that both Bettor's Edge and Foiled Again will head to North Carolina for the winter and will return for the 2016 racing season. The win in the TVG Pacing Championship was the third stakes win on the night for trainer Ron Burke. The win was the 26th in the career of Bettor's Edge, sending his lifetime earnings to nearly $1.8 Million. Bettor's Edge Resolve Trots the Race of His Life in TVG Trotting Championship There have been a lot of questions regarding the older trotters and just who would assume command of the division. After Saturday night, Resolve answered all those questions and jumped to the head of the class, winning the TVG Free For All Trotting Championship in 1:51.4 for Ake Svanstedt. In similar fashion to his win in the final preliminary leg last week, Resolve moved to the lead shortly after the opening quarter, which was reached in 27 seconds by longshot DW's NY Yank. Once on the lead, Resolve was allowed to relax. The same could not be said for E L Titan who got caught in some traffic down the backstretch and ended up three wide, trotting toward the half mile. Tim Tetrick guided E L Titan to the first over position after racing three wide, crossing in front of Obrigado with The Bank in the outer flow. But Resolve was able to back the field down with a 29.3 second quarter, reaching the half-mile in 56.3. E L Titan, in the final start of his career was applying pressure, but Ake Svanstedt had plenty of horse in front of him and Resolve began to edge away, trotting past three-quarters in 1:25. The stretch drive was a mere formality as Resolve began to pour it on, winning by three lengths in the end, trotting a final quarter of 26.4 to complete the mile in 1:51.4. "He's a very good horse," said owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt. "He is getting closer and closer to Sebastian K with every start. He is just a four year old beating the older horses, he should be really good next year." Obrigado held the runner-up position while Flanagan Memory rallied from last to be third. The win was the fourth of the season for Resolve. He finishes his four year old campaign with earnings of $706,938 this season. Resolve was trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren. Resolve Boston Red Rocks makes his case for Divisional Honors Going into the Breeders Crown Final, Boston Red Rocks wasn't on anyone's radar in terms of the two year old pacing championship. It is safe to say that over the past month, that has changed. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Boston Red Rocks was allowed to settle mid-pack while elimination winner, Big Top Hanover established the pace through an opening quarter in 27-seconds. When the field straightened away in the backstretch, driver Tim Tetrick popped the plugs and Boston Red Rocks unleashed his turn of foot and flew to the lead, reaching the half-mile in a sharp 55-seconds. The outer flow was slow to develop, but that didn't prevent the race favorite from sprinting a 27.3 third quarter, with the 8/5 second choice Big Top Hanover on his back. Into the stretch, Boston Red Rocks got separation on the field and reached for the line, holding off the other elimination winner Katies Rocker to win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. The win was the fourth in nine starts for the two year old son of Rocknroll Hanover. Tim Tetrick has been impressed with the colt over his past few starts. "He doesn't do his best work on the front end, it's really not where he wants to be," said Tetrick. "But, I knew I had to go forward off the gate. He really likes to chase horses though." Looking ahead to next year, Tetrick said the upside is there. "He can shoot for the skies next year." Boston Red Rocks is trained by Steve Elliot for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Katies Rocker was second and Big Top Hanover held on to the show spot. Boston Red Rocks Win Photo Cannot Separate Winners of Valley Victory They say there are few moments in sports that can rival the photo finish and the $489,400 Valley Victory Final certainly was representative of that statement. In the end, the win photograph couldn't decide a winner, because the noses of Dog Gone Lucky and Make Or Miss hit the wire together, a dead heat in the richest race of the night. For Dog Gone Lucky, the win belonged to Chuck Sylvester and for Make Or Miss, the story was his young pilot Joe Bongiorno. The irony, Sylvester was winning Hambletonians before Bongiorno was born and now they both set their eyes on harness racing's greatest prize in 2016. Dog Gone Lucky made an aggressive move to the lead, after Mavens Way made a break after a quarter in 27 seconds. In the meantime, Make Or Miss had nearly 10 lengths to make up, trotting in eighth position down the backstretch. Then, the outer flow began to develop as Taco Tuesday committed first over passed the half in just 57 seconds, a 30-second second quarter. Marion Marauder picked up that cover and Make Or Miss tracked the pair on the far turn while Dog Gone Lucky reached three-quarters in 1:26. Dog Gone Lucky opened up a clear lead in the stretch after a 59-second middle half, but just as he did, Make Or Miss found his best stride and put that electric turn of foot on display as he began to reel in the favorite. However, the wire was also coming quickly and it came just as both noses hit the wire, a dead heat in 1:54. Joe Bongiorno was nearly speechless in the winner's circle. "This is beyond amazing, I can't believe it," said Bongiorno. "I just want to thank all the connections for giving me the opportunity, this is the best moment in my life." Not to be out-done, trainer Chuck Sylvester reminded that he isn't done yet. "I'm not retired yet," Sylvester joked. "These horses will get a well-deserved break and hopefully we'll back (for the Hambletonian) next year. The win was the first major stakes win for Bongiorno and the fifth win in the Valley Victory for Sylvester. It was the second victory for Make Or Miss, the son of Donato Hanover who now has earnings of over $223,000 while Dog Gone Lucky won for the seventh time and his fifth in a row, with his earnings now beyond a half-million dollars. Make Or Miss is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Jerry and Theresa Silva. Dog Gone Lucky was driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Chuck Sylvester and owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles E Stansley. Dog Gone Lucky and Make Or Miss Mission Brief Concludes Season with a Statement The buzz around the $144,000 Continentalvictory was centered on two fillies, Mission Brief and Wild Honey, hoping to earn divisional honors with a compelling performance. Mission Brief seized that opportunity and performed like a champion. Sent off as the prohibitive 1/9 choice, Mission Brief was hustled to the lead early in the mile and it was a lead she would never relinquish. Sprinting past a quarter in 27.4, Mission Brief and her pilot Yannick Gingras kicked away from Wild Honey down the backstretch and Wild Honey felt whip taps from her driver John Campbell just to try to keep up. In the meantime, Mission Brief was trotting smoothly on the lead past the half-mile in 56 seconds and she began to open up on the field on the far turn, reaching three-quarters in 1:24.1 while leading the field by four lengths. From there, Mission Brief had the Meadowlands homestretch all to herself and she trotted a 27.2 final quarter under no urging to win the Continentalvictory in 1:51.3 in the final start of her season, a win that put Mission Brief past $1 Million this season. "She's the best trotter in training," exclaimed driver Yannick Gingras in a post-race interview. "No disrespect to any of the older trotters, but I wish she was in that race tonight. I don't think any of them want any part of her." Ron Burke was beaming with pride in the winner's circle as well. "She's the best horse I've ever had," said Burke. "Next year is going to be tough, she is going to face all the good ones and I am not going to duck anyone. We are going to find out if she is as good as we all think she is." With the win, Mission Brief concludes her season with 10 wins from 14 starts and earnings of $1,001,317. For her career, the star filly has 19 wins from 27 races and earnings of nearly $1.6 Million. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. Wild Honey completed the exacta with Kelsey's Keepsake and Lady Winona completing the field. Mission Brief Divine Caroline Triumphant in the Tarport Hap An overflow field of 12 contested the $173,500 Tarport Hap at 1 1/8th miles on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The race was hotly contested with no less than five lead changes from start to finish. The last lead change belonged to Divine Caroline, who took over in the shadow of the wire and scored the victory in 2:05.1 after the mile was paced in 1:50.1. There was plenty of speed early, with Single Me launching from post 10 and reaching the first quarter in 26-seconds. From there, Rock Me Gently would move to the lead briefly, before Bettor N Better cleared the front past the half-mile in 54.4. Next to the lead would be the 9/5 favorite Bedroomconfessions, who guided the field past three-quarters in 1:22.2. That move left Sassa Hanover uncovered first over with Divine Caroline stalking from a second over position. It took the length of the stretch, but Divine Caroline would use the long Meadowlands stretch to wear down Bedroomconfessions to earn the victory. Bettor N Better finished third. The victory was the eighth on the season for the three year old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven for trainer Joe Holloway who was very pleased with the win. "I think that wrapped up the division for her with this win," said Holloway. "I thought she was in a good spot and it took her a while to get there but she got it done." Holloway confirmed that Divine Caroline would return to the racetrack in 2016 as a four year old. Divine Caroline is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables and M.A. Ouriel. Her seasonal earnings conclude at $673,339. Divine Caroline It was worth sticking around for the last race for Wallington, New Jersey resident Joseph Bohnarczyk, whose $20 Win and $10 Place and Show Wager on Buckeye In Charge at 39-1 launched him to a win in the World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier that took place on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. He earned a berth into the Championship event on April 30, 2016 at The Meadowlands and took home $1,764 in prize money in addition to his bankroll which was over $1,100. Total handle for the 14-race program was $2,941,258. Racing resumes on Friday night, with first post time at 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali

East Rutherford, NJ -There have been a lot of questions regarding the older trotters and just who would assume command of the division. After Saturday night, Resolve answered all those questions and jumped to the head of the class, winning the TVG Free For All Trotting Championship in 1:51.4 for Ake Svanstedt. In similar fashion to his win in the final preliminary leg last week, Resolve moved to the lead shortly after the opening quarter, which was reached in 27 seconds by longshot DW's NY Yank. Once on the lead, Resolve was allowed to relax. The same could not be said for E L Titan who got caught in some traffic down the backstretch and ended up three wide, trotting toward the half mile. Tim Tetrick guided E L Titan to the first over position after racing three wide, crossing in front of Obrigado with The Bank in the outer flow. But Resolve was able to back the field down with a 29.3 second quarter, reaching the half-mile in 56.3. E L Titan, in the final start of his career was applying pressure, but Ake Svanstedt had plenty of horse in front of him and Resolve began to edge away, trotting past three-quarters in 1:25. The stretch drive was a mere formality as Resolve began to pour it on, winning by three lengths in the end, trotting a final quarter of 26.4 to complete the mile in 1:51.4.  "He's a very good horse," said owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt. "He is getting closer and closer to Sebastian K with every start. He is just a four year old beating the older horses, he should be really good next year." Obrigado held the runner-up position while Flanagan Memory rallied from last to be third. The win was the fourth of the season for Resolve. He finishes his four year old campaign with earnings of $706,938 this season. Resolve was trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren. Boston Red Rocks takes Govenor's Cup Going into the Breeders Crown Final, Boston Red Rocks wasn't on anyone's radar in terms of the two year old pacing championship. It is safe to say that over the past month, that has changed. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Boston Red Rocks was allowed to settle mid-pack while elimination winner, Big Top Hanover established the pace through an opening quarter in 27-seconds. When the field straightened away in the backstretch, driver Tim Tetrick popped the plugs and Boston Red Rocks unleashed his turn of foot and flew to the lead, reaching the half-mile in a sharp 55-seconds. The outer flow was slow to develop, but that didn't prevent the race favorite from sprinting a 27.3 third quarter, with the 8/5 second choice Big Top Hanover on his back. Into the stretch, Boston Red Rocks got separation on the field and reached for the line, holding off the other elimination winner Katies Rocker to win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. The win was the fourth in nine starts for the two year old son of Rocknroll Hanover. Tim Tetrick has been impressed with the colt over his past few starts. "He doesn't do his best work on the front end, it's really not where he wants to be," said Tetrick. "But, I knew I had to go forward off the gate. He really likes to chase horses though." Looking ahead to next year, Tetrick said the upside is there. "He can shoot for the skies next year." Boston Red Rocks is trained by Steve Elliot for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Katies Rocker was second and Big Top Hanover held on to the show spot. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD - Saturday night harness racing at The Meadowlands featured the final $50,000 preliminary legs for the TVG Free For All Pacing and Trotting Championships, to be contested for $400,000 on next Saturday night. Resolve, fresh off his runner-up performance in the Breeders Crown, was established as the 6/5 betting choice in the TVG Free For All Trot and he did not disappoint. Resolve was sent straight to the lead and was able to establish a methodical pace, reaching the quarter in 28.3 before coasting to the half-mile in 58.2. E L Titan mounted a challenge as the field moved past the half-mile pole, but Resolve had plenty in reserve and sprinted through the final three eighths of a mile to win in 1:53.3 for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. E L Titan trotted well despite the first over trip and was able to land the runner-up spot with Melady's Monet third. For Resolve, the win marked the third of the season for the four year old by Muscle Hill. He is owned by Hans Enggren. Resolve A compact field of four contested the $50,000 TVG Free For All Pace after a pair of scratches. JK Endofanera was released as the 2/5 favorite and the William Haughton Memorial winner, Mach It So was sent off the 2-1 second choice. Neither of them made the lead as the Canadian, Arthur Blue Chip would establish the pace from his inside starting post, reaching the quarter in 27.2, before stealing a soft second quarter of 29.1. The cadence quickened into the far turn, but Arthur Blue Chip remained relatively unchallenged. Mach It So was riding the pocket as long as he could through three-quarters of 1:24.2 before ripping out of the pocket and launching a 25.3 final quarter to score in 1:50.1. Arthur Blue Chip held on for the runner-up spot while JK Endofanera hit his best stride late, but drifted in the stretch as a wide third. Mach It So is trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr for Bamond Racing L.L.C. Tim Tetrick was the winning driver. It was the sixth win of the season for Mach It So and he is closing in on $1.2 Million in lifetime earnings. Mach It So Fall Final Four The eliminations for the Fall Final Four continued on Saturday as well. First on the card was a $20,000 elimination for the $413,000 Governor's Cup with a field of eight. Boston Red Rocks, the Breeders Crown winner, was sent off as the 4/5 favorite, but he was left with a lot of ground to make up into the stretch. Big Top Hanover did not face the same obstacle as he sat the pocket behind the lone speed of Spider Man Hanover through swift fractions of 28, 55 and 1:22.4, before pulling the pocket and sprinting to the lead late. Boston Red Rocks made up as much ground as he could, but could not catch the winner and had to settle for the runner-up spot. Spider Man Hanover saved the show spot after setting strong fractions. Pretty Boy Hill and Show The Fashion completed the five that advanced to the Final. Big Top Hanover The other Governor's Cup elimination was a wide open race on paper with a competitive and well-balanced field of eight. Katies Rocker grabbed the racetrack right off the gate and never looked back. Sent to the lead as the 4-1 second choice from post eight, Katies Rocker reeled off fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:24.2 before turning home with the lead where he faced a still challenge up the pylons from Jk Will Power. The pair hit the wire together, but it was Katies Rocker who held on by the slimmest of margins, a nose. Ideal Rocky was third, followed by Autotune Hanover and Check Six who all qualified for the final. Katies Rocker The first $20,000 Valley Victory elimination went to Waitlifter K in a wire to wire upset for Tim Tetrick who said in a post race interview that "he has always had talent, sometimes he is good and sometimes he makes you scratch your head and tonight he was really good." Waitlifter K completed the mile in 1:54.1, a new lifetime mark for the Muscles Yankee colt. The winner is a homebred of Bob Key and is trained by Chuck Sylvester. Milligan's School, Marion Marauder, Mavens Way and Mikkeli Hanover also advanced to the $489,400 Valley Victory Final. Chuck Sylvester wasn't done, as his Matron winner, Dog Gone Lucky scored in the second elimination in 1:55.2. with Corey Callahan. Dog Gone Lucky trotted up after Lagerfeld as the field turned for home and set sail for the wire while opening up willingly. The trotter that really caught the eye in the stretch was Make Or Miss who was far back at the top of the stretch and simply exploded through the lane to the tune of 27.1 final quarter to finish a fast closing second. The final quarter was a full second faster than the next fastest last quarter, which belonged to the winner, Dog Gone Lucky. Lagerfeld, Taco Tuesday and Treasure Keys K completed the five headed to the Final. The winner is owned by Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley. Live racing returns on Friday, November 20th. Featured on the program are the $200,000 TVG Mare Pacing and Trotting Championships as well as the Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid Finals. Post time is 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali

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