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HAMBURG, NY --- While Buffalo Raceway begins its final two weeks of the 2017 racing season on Wednesday night (July 12), many entered in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will just be starting their year and their careers as well.   With 17 freshmen pacers entered in the three divisions worth $35,000 (approx.), eight are getting their first taste of pari-mutuel racing. The other nine have just a total of 12 starts between them with three getting wins.   It may be a lot to ask of these inexperienced fellas but they'll still be gunning at the track record of 1:55.4 set in 2013 by He's Watching.   The Sire Stakes will go off as the first, fifth and seventh races on the 12-race program scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.   Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt returns to Buffalo Raceway for the Sire Stakes. He had a memorable trip on June 30 with his 2-year-old filly trotters winning three times including Plunge Blue Chip who set the track record with a 2:00.0 journey in her first start.   He's hoping for the same kind of luck on Wednesday as he'll be bringing in first time starters Liveonthephone (Art Major-Cinergy Hanover) and the $52,000 Harrisburg sale purchase Love Yourself (Rock N Roll Heaven-Armbro Bianca). They will be racing in the fifth and seventh races respectively.   The first division features five boys led by Cheese Melt (Betterthancheddar-So So Lucky), a $57,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales last season. He'll start from the rail for Daniel Dube. Cheese Melt has two starts under his belt with a third place finish at Mohawk on July 4.   Asiago Blue Chip (Bettertahncheddar-Nova Ruby) has a pair of 1:55.4 qualifier wins at Vernon Downs and drew the two post for driver Chris Lems.   I Soar Him First (So Surreal-Barry Blue Chip) is the lone competitor in the opener that has a pari-mutuel victory, that coming at Tioga Downs on July 4 in 1:55.4. Trainer/driver Mickey McNichol will guide him from the five post.   Others in the field include Cross My Mind (Michael Saftic) and Sammy's Lightning (Jim Morrill Jr.).   The second leg features driver/trainer Ray Schnittker's Major Sugar Rush (Art Major-Sugarcoated), a $75,000 purchase at the Lexington Sales. Starting from the four post, Major Sugar Rush has a pair of qualifiers at the Meadowlands that went in 1:55.4 and 1:56.4.   The major danger should be Ghost Dance, a length winner in his last start Mohawk in a throttled down 1:55.2. Saftic will steer Ghost Dancer (American Ideal-Epoxy Queen) from the five post.   Back To Motown (Drew Monti), Liveonthephone (Svanstedt), Delightful Joe (Billy Dobson) and So So Incredible (Jay Randall) round out the second division.   The top-priced 2-year-old pacer in the Sire Stakes comes in the final division where Casual Cool, a $165,000 Harrisburg Sales purchase, is entered for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Casual Cool (American Ideal-Sight To See) will be looking to start making a return on the investment by beginning in his first race from the two spot with Lems.   Others ready to take on the challenge include Firewater Jake (Monti), Love Yourself (Svanstedt), Topville Olympian (Jody Jamieson), Daamericansky (Daniel Dube) and Rock Lights (Morrill Jr.)   There's also action in the Excelsior A Series on the main program while an Excelsior B Series race will go off at 4:30 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, N.Y. - Centurion ATM has been a familiar name to harness racing fans of top-level trotters for the past few years. The son of SJ’s Caviar can typically be found competing in Grand Circuit races across North America or racing in the Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Lately however, the Åke Svanstedt pupil has been stacking victories in the conditions at the Hilltop Oval. In his seasonal debut April 28, Centurion ATM captured a $32,000 overnight for non winners of eight pari-mutuel races lifetime. Despite his impressive earnings of $670,709, Centurion ATM only won six races upon making his 5-year-old debut; he captured the Peter Haughton elimination and final and the Simpson at 2, won the Colonial Trot at 3, and succeeded in a pair of overnights at 4. While his stakes wins and placings bolstered his bankroll, his low win tally allowed the dropdown. “He was a bit unlucky with a couple second and third place finishes, both in Lexington as a 2-year-old, so he didn’t actually win too many races as a 2-year-old,” co-owner Tristan Sjoberg of Knutsson Trotting explained. “And then he got sick and he didn’t win until he got into the 3-year-old season. He didn’t win too many. That’s why he got stuck into the non winners of eight.” Centurion ATM finished off the board in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at The Meadowlands before returning to Yonkers to finish second in the conditions May 19. After a crack at Yonkers’ Preferred Trot and the Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto, Centurion ATM returned to the non winners class to score his eighth victory last time out June 17. In doing so, he equaled the season’s fastest trotting mile at Yonkers, stopping the timer in 1:54.2. “He did really well two weeks ago when I was there,” Sjoberg remarked. “He showed that he’s in really good form. Åke’s been saying that since the second part of last year’s season, he’s become much more agile and he shows a lot more bounce in his step. He feels great now, he feels absolutely great.” Despite the recent class drops, Centurion ATM’s victories have not been walkovers as difficult post positions have tested him. His first victory came from post six while his second-place effort commenced from the eight hole. In his most recent outing, Centurion ATM again started from post eight. Driver Svanstedt encouraged him off the gate, racing in fourth early before grinding first-over. He drew away with a :28.4 final panel to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Centurion ATM’s ability to show speed off the gate came to the delight of his owner, as the bay horse has historically been a slow leaver. “We’ve experimented with different types of blinkers to make him a little bit faster at the gate. That has shown to be a positive,” Sjoberg said. “That’s always been his drawback is he’s a very slow starter and that usually puts him in a bad spot. In the higher classes, it gets very difficult to make up those lengths when everyone can do a :27 last quarter.” Having won out of the conditions, Centurion ATM will jump back to the open level in Sunday’s (July 2) $68,000 trotting feature at Yonkers. A tepid 7/2 morning line choice, Centurion ATM will start from post seven in a field of 12. As part of the French simulcast, the race will be contested at a mile-and-a-quarter. “There’s no question he’s got strength, he’s got stamina. Longer distances are definitely to his advantage. A mile-and-a-quarter will play to his strengths. He’s not a big horse by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s got wonderful technique. He very rarely breaks stride and he just keeps going,” Sjoberg said. Centurion ATM’s chief opposition in the crowded field includes Rubber Duck and Buen Camino, winner and runner-up of the Open Trot, respectively, on June 18, Hemi Seelster, the top earner in the field this season, and Melady’s Monet. That quartet however, were all handicapped with the second tier. “I’m happy to be in the first tier of horses,” Sjoberg said. “The worst opposition seems to be coming from the second tier, so he should have a couple of lengths advantage there. He’s a horse that needs to be driven aggressively. Sometimes if he’s too far back, he loses a little bit of his motivation, so I’m sure Åke will drive him quite aggressively and not be too far back come the halfway marker.” Yonkers Raceway’s new track configuration could aid Svanstedt’s efforts to leave the gate with Centurion ATM. The new finish line affords the field an additional 105 feet of straight track before entering the first of five turns. “I was there the day after they introduced it and I’ve been watching the races,” Sjoberg said. “I think it will be good for him because he needs to be involved early on and if it encourages movement early on, then that would be to his advantage. I’m hoping if he can be in front coming into the shorter stretch, that should certainly be to his advantage. I’m confident.” First post time at Yonkers Sunday is 12:30 p.m. To view entries for Sunday’s races, click here. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

WILKES-BARRE PA – In this era of specializing harness racing catch-drivers, the “trainer/driver” title is still proudly held by a few horsemen, mostly horsemen “past the half” and usually with those focusing on trotters.   Another thing these “old-time horsemen” also possess is an ability to adjust strategy in midcourse, and one of the best trainer/drivers, Ake Svanstedt, dropped two of his charges out of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes class to the Stallion Series and then won divisions of the second leg of StS action Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. First to take a win was the Yankee Glide gelding Limerence, a checkgetter in PaSS company but here a wire-to-wire winner in a personal best of 1:55.2 for Åke Svanstedt Inc., Mal & Janet Burroughs LLC, Myfab Inc., and Torbjorn Swahn. The native Swede came back an hour later and put a new mark of 1:56.2 on the Donato Hanover colt Coogan, withstanding closer Brand New Key by a head for owner Hakan Andersson. Another Sire Stakes refugee, the Explosive Matter gelding Explosive Ridge, lowered his record to 1:55.1 with an engine victory for driver Matt Kakaley. Trainer Nancy Johansson shares ownership of the winner of two straight with Kenneth Ross. The Cantab Hall gelding Monteverdi, who may or may be named for a former harness track in Vermont, pounced from the pocket to overhaul pacesetter Stealth Hanover past midstretch and go on to a new mark of 1:55.4 for driver Christian Lind and trainer/father Staffan. Staffan is also co-owner with Bender Sweden Inc. and Acadia Farms Inc. of yet another horse finding success dropping from Sires competition which likely accounts for the fact that there were no StS two-time winners after this second leg. Backstage Pass earned Donato Hanover another siring credit, and tied for the fastest winner at 1:55.1, when he went a first-over grind then held off Vodkancaviar, who had tailed his cover, by a neck. Pocono’s “Trot Man,” Mike Simons, guided the winner of 9 out of 18 starts lifetime, and also has local training duties for owner Jessica Smith. Yankee Glide also picked up a second sire victory when the interestingly-named Boinganator quarter-moved en route to a 1:56 triumph that lowered his mark by five full seconds, presenting Jim Marohn Jr. with one of his quartet of sulky wins on the night. Jill Roland conditions the steady youngster for Anthony Risi and Bernard O’Brien. Driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen, winners of two of the three Sire Stakes divisions for this group on Saturday, took a blanket finish in the final division, earning a new mark of 1:57 while giving Cantab Hall a second winning son in the Stallion Series. The sophomore winner is owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick, and finished off a “sweep” of setting new lifetime speed bests. The Stallion Series colts gathered around the paddock televisions for a glimpse of some of their heroes, who gathered at Pocono Sunday for a $25,000 winners-over trot. They saw the Yonkers invader Buen Camino put on a strong performance, going for early position, maneuvering for a position for the stretch, then trotting over a tough field to take a personal mark of 1:52 for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and trainer Trond Smedshammer. The Cash Hall gelding raised his earnings to $111,830 this year and $487,951 lifetime for the Purple Haze Stables LLC. PHHA / Pocono  

He started out his career racing in the New York Sire Stakes Fair Circuit and now J A T O has received and accepted the biggest invitation of his life. He is going to race in Sweden at Solvalla Racetrack the day before the Elitlopp Day this coming Saturday, May 27. He will be competing in what is called the "Little Elitlopp" for horses that nearly were invited for the big event. The Little Elitlopp is also raced in two heats.  The five-year-old gelding by Big Apple Deli from the Credit Winner mare, Highwaytoheaven, is currently being trained and will be driven by the world renowned Swedish horseman, Ake Svandstedt. J, A T O is co-owned by the Our Horse Cents Stable of Melville, NY with Rossie Smith of Greenville, NY. Longtime owner, Eugene Kurzrok, of The Horse Cents Stable, confirmed this morning that J A T O is leaving today for Sweden. “He (J A T O) will be racing in an undercard event for a purse of $180,000,” Kurzrok said. “and this is the first time I have ever had a horse race in Sweden. This is very exciting; the whole sport of harness racing is exciting. Unfortunately, I will not be going over to watch him race.” A career winner of $157,808 and a record of 1:54 at age four, J A T O has come a long way since the NYSS Fair Circuit. This year he already has two wins, three second place and two third place finishes in just seven starts. He recently won at the Meadowlands, beating Melady’s Monet in 1:54.1 and the week prior, won at Yonkers Raceway in 1:56.3. Growing up, J A T O was the stablemate with the top trotter, Dayson, and now travels to Sweden with the great Resolve as his new stablemate. At age two and three, J A T O was a terror on the New York Sire Stakes Fair Circuit, winning 25 of his 27 starts. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Showing no rust after a six-month layoff, Resolve went parked for the final half-mile on the way to a determined win in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for harness racing trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. "He raced well," understated trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "He was a little bit lazy but he was strong." Indeed. Resolve ($3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite), who won four-of-13 a year ago while earning $1.2 million, was unhurried in the early going and got underway at the five-eighths after sitting fifth. The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill went on a steady grind and got up to leader Crazy Wow's wheel nearing the head of the stretch. From there, Svanstedt's star pupil continued to gain steadily, forging to the front inside the sixteenth pole before going on to a 1-length win in 2:06.3 for the mile and an eighth distance. Crazy Wow held second with J L Cruze third. In the winner's circle, Svanstedt accepted an invitation for Resolve to participate in the May 28 Elitlopp at Solvalla, Sweden, a race in which he finished second a year ago. SINTRA-LATING!: Toronto invader Sintra destroyed five overmatched opponents in the first division of the first leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers. The gelded son of Mach Three sat in the five hole early before vacating the rail at the three-eighths, then sprinted up to engage leader Roll Away Joe. Sintra ($3.20 as the 3-5 public choice) then powered clear of the field on the way to a 6-length win in a lifetime-best 1:49.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer David Menary. Western Fame was second with Awesomeness third. "Hopefully, we are just getting started here," said Menary, who indicated Sintra will be seen next in the May 14 Confederation Cup. Check Six never had an anxious moment in the second Graduate division, winning in wire-to-wire fashion for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The son of Somebeachsomewhere hit the quarter and half in tepid fractions of :27.4 and :55.4, respectively, which left plenty in the tank as the flow did not develop until the five-eighths. After stopping the clock in 1:23 at three-quarters, Check Six ($8.00) sprinted home in :26.3 to complete the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49.3. Boston Red Rocks was a length back in second while 3-5 favorite Missile J, who had live cover approaching the top of the stretch, went evenly from there for third. "I was really happy with his effort," said Burke. "He's a very good horse. I don't know if he's a great horse but hopefully he's one of those that gets better with age." A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering totaled $2,805,426. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

As a result of a hearing held on Nov. 30, the New Jersey Racing Commission has suspended harness racing trainer Ake Svanstedt 15 days and fined him $500 as a result of a positive test on Resolve in the $273,600 John Cashman Jr. Memorial Trot on Aug. 6 at the Meadowlands. Svanstedt also received a second positive on his trotter Blue Muse, who won an $8,000 amateur race on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands with his wife, Sarah, driving, and received the same penalties. The positives were for Dexamethasone, which is a Class C violation as recommended by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. With Ake Svanstedt driving, Resolve won the Cashman in a career-best 1:50.2, besting Obrigado by 1-1/4 lengths. As a result of the positive test and subsequent disqualification of Resolve, Obrigado is now the official winner of the race. According to the New Jersey ruling, Svanstedt's two 15-day suspensions will be served consecutively, starting on Jan. 2, 2017, and continuing through and including Jan. 31, 2017. The ruling also states that "in addition to the penalty issued, a total of two Multiple Medication Violation points, as recommended by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, shall be assigned as a result of these Class C violations."   Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) John Cashman Memorial TVG FFA Trot     Courtesy of harnessracing.com 

Dublin, Ireland - It was a proud day for harness racing in Ireland as Trotter Francaise, Vichy de Moem, and driver Alan Richard put in a last half mile in :57.7 to rewrite the world record on a half mile track for two-miles at 4:05.7 Sunday at Portmarnock Raceway. The race was for the Barney Richardson Memorial Cup with five of the best trotter in Ireland going for the world record that was held by Ake Svanstedt's Clear Sign at 4:06.8 in Sweden in 2013. It was closing day at Portmarnock for the 2016 season and the world record attempt was the fifth race feature on the program. A huge crowd was in attendance to see if Ireland could own its first world record. It was Silvano Bello and driver Donal Murphy who took early commend and led the field for the first three laps, unofficially going to the first quarter in :31 as they raced Indian style to the half mile in 1:05, the three-quarters in 1:33.4. Then at the one mile marker in 2:35.7, the thought was that the record was out of reach, but once they passed the teletimer at the 1.5 mile mark in 3:08, Alan Richardson came charging to the front with Vichy De Moem for the final lap. Looking strong on the lead, Vichy De Moem was then challenged in the backstretch the final time by Twist Du Layon and driver Patrick Kane, Jr. of Miraculous fame, who came after the race leaders up on the outside. Those two made it a race to the finish as Vichy De Moem kicked in another gear coming down the stretch to win by one and one-half lengths. Twist Du Layon was second with Scoop's Team and driver Brenda Hudson grabbing third place. Driver Alan Richardson was beside himself as he brought Vichy De Moem back to the winner's enclosure amidst a roaring crowd cheering the world record holders on. There were nearly 100 family members, friends and well-wishers crowding the track. "What an amazing day." Richardson said as he got off the race bike. "He (Vichy De Moem) is a super horse and what a huge day this is for Ireland. We finally own a world record." A seven-year-old gelding by Viraldi De Chanu, Vichy De Moem has been one of the top Trotter Francaise in the LeTrot Series in Ireland and the UK this year. By Steven Wolf for Portmarnock Raceway  

DUBLIN, Ireland - With just over 24 hours to go before the world record attempt for 2 miles, the last of the preparations are currently taking place at Portmarnock Raceway, ensuring optimum track conditions for the seasons finale. The weather forecast is currently good for this time of year with an expected high of 18 degrees and plenty of sunshine forecasted for tomorrow (Sunday). Five of Irelands top trotters are set to go to post at approx. 3.30pm (10.30am USA) and for those that cannot make it in person, this race will be covered LIVE on Portmarnock Raceways Facebook page. Likely favourite is renowned stayer Vichy De Moem and trainer/driver Alan Richardson has oozed confidence all week in the run up to the 2 mile marathon. Brenda Hudson drivers her own Scoops Team and there wont be a dry eye in the house should the only female driver in the line-up beat the boys on the day. Billy Star the youngest in the field at only 5 years old will be driven by the oldest driver in the race Christy "Hopper" Foran and a win for him will ensure SHRI Trotter Of The Year honours for popular local trainer Stephen Foran. Silvano Bello for West Cork's Donal Murphy has hit form with a vengeance in recent weeks whilst Patrick Kanes Twist Du Layon claimed the last invitation to the race with a track record win over 1¼ miles at the venue last Sunday. Both look to be up against it on form but over this extreme trip of 2 miles, four laps, all 5 runners have live chances of landing the spoils. This event has captured the imagination of harness fans worldwide with luminaries such as top announcer Roger Huston, Australian broadcaster Gareth Hall, current record holder Ake Svanstedt, world driving champion Jody Jamieson from Canada, journalist Bill Hutchinson and US based driver "Irish" Joe Hanney all posting up messages of support on Portmarnock Raceway's Facebook page so far with many more well-wishing videos expecting to being posted up by the great and the good of the sport every other hour in the lead up to the contest. Local track promoter and photographer Nadina Ironia has been thrilled with the interest that this world record attempt has generated and for such a small trotting community the Irish are certainly punching above their weight knowing the eyes of the harness racing world will be on focussed on Portmarnock tomorrow afternoon. A recent on-line poll has revealed that over 75% of respondents believe that this record of 4:06.8 held by Svansted's Clear Sign, will be broken and it will be the first time that the Irish will hold a harness racing world record. So will it be victory for Vichy? can Hudson Scoop the pot? Is there a new Star about to be born? will Silvano be the saviour for the bookies? or will there be one final Twist on the final day of the season. Come out for the closing day of racing at Portmarnock tomorrow or watch on Facebook LIVE - Portmarnock Raceway Facebook page approx 3.30 local time (10.30am in USA). by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

The $1,000,000 International Trot over a mile and a quarter held at Yonkers Raceway today Saturday October the 15th was taken out by the USA's Muscle Hill harness racing five-year-old Resolve and Ake Svanstedt who lead all the way in a world record for the distance . Oasis Bi was second and Flanagan Memory third. The time was - 28.1  - 57.1  -  1:26  -  1:54.4  -  2:23.4 Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) The 1,000,000 International Trot Yonkers, NY --- Resolve and trainer/driver Ake Svanstadt, representing the US, staked out their spot on the lead early on and went a 1-1/4 miles with no serious challengers to win the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15) at Yonkers Raceway. The time of 2:23.4 was a stakes and world record for the distance on a half-mile track. The field of ten trotted off the gate with Oasis Bi (Italy) briefly in the lead before Resolve took over that spot and held it to the :28.1 quarter-mile, on to the :57.1 half-mile, 1:26 three-quarters and 1:54.4 at the mile marker. Oasis Bi and driver Erik Adielsson gave futile chase throughout those fractions with Explosive De Vie (Sweden, Kevin Oscarsson) and Obrigado (US, Mark MacDonald) behind him in pursuit. The win, by about a length, was the 14th time the race has been won by the American representative since it was first contested in 1959. Oasis Bi was second and Flanagan Memory (Canada, Brian Sears) was third. “It felt good to be second. I was happy with the horse’s performance," Adielsson said. "In a strange way, I was a little disappointed because we had such a good trip (second behind winner Resolve) the whole race, and thought we had a chance.” “We made the best of the situation," Sears said. "There was a horse blocking us early, and that made it tough to get out. We ended up three horses deep, but my horse is a closer. So we were able to make up a lot a ground to finish third. I'm happy we got third. The winner was fantastic, a world record for the 1-1/4 miles. Thank you to Tim Rooney (Yonkers president and CEO) for putting this race on. It was a really great week, and I’m proud to be a part of it.” The public's second selection, Hannelore Hanover, (US, Yannick Gingras) saw her hopes for victory dashed at the beginning of the contest, as she uncharacteristically broke stride moving towards the starting gate and when she regained her footing, went inside the pylons. The complete order of finish was On Track Piraten fourth, Explosive De Vie fifth, Obrigado sixth, Hannelore Hanover seventh, Jonesy eighth, BBS Sugarlight ninth and Tano Bork tenth. “I tried to go to the lead because I know he’s very fast, said Svanstadt. “No race is easy; he worked hard, he did a good job. I was hoping to control the race, and was able to do so. I wanted to be aggressive. He did everything himself, I was just a passenger. Once he got the lead, he was very comfortable. He could have gone even faster.” Owned by Hans Enggren, Resolve is by Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare Anikewiesahalee and was bred by Michael Pozefsky and Edward Wilson. "I'm on my second pacemaker,” laughed Enggren, who has owned trotters for nearly 70 years and is 87. He holds dual citizenship in the US and Sweden, while residing in Abbottstown, Pa. "It is amazing how he (Svanstadt) trains a horse and how he knows. They work together so fantastically. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pair like that. You can put another driver on and this and that, but it’s Ake and Resolve, they’re marvelous. Ake, if he sees something that doesn’t make Resolve happy, he checks it out until he’s happy again. It’s just wonderful.” Enggren, who won the Hambletonian with Prakas in 1985, says next up for Resolve is the Breeders Crown and then the TVG event. “Then rest in Florida and we have been invited to Sweden again next year, but this time I am sending my son," he said. "I am too old for that stuff. My son will go next. My wife, we own a breeding farm (Meadowbranch which Enggren describes as a “half goofy translation of my last name”) and she likes all the babies – a lot. But when Resolve came to do such marvelous things, now she’s interested in this too. “I bought the horse at (age two) and I should mention one name – Roman Lopez. He broke Resolve originally and raced him. I got to see him when I went to visit Roman and his wife and as soon as I saw him (I wanted to buy him), but it took a long time, from Nov. until Aug. (of 2014). The owners (brothers Michael and William Pozefsky) said yes and then I ran like a son of a gun to the bank. I wore them down and I wore myself down. "He’s not for sale. If I’m that lucky at my age, you can’t sell something like that. I’ve had too many offers, but I start to recognize the phone numbers and I say right away, ‘If you’re calling about Resolve, we can talk, but he’s not for sale.’” Enggren says the Elitlipp is a possibility for 2017. “He (Svanstadt) might want to go over but he does so many good things for me, so I cannot very well say no," he said. The Prix d’Amerique, however, is not under consideration. “I am extremely grateful for the trotting horses I have been associated with since 1939, in one way or another," Enggren said. "I sold tip sheets and programs and I traveled between racetracks (in his native Sweden) by bicycle, pretty far. That’s probably why I’m getting so old. This has to be something that I hope this form of racing – bringing horses from Europe and Canada – the name for this race can be built up and compare perhaps with the Elitlopp and other races. It’s a great feeling. I’ve had I think a wonderful life with the horses, as a breeder for 40 or 50 years and an owner for about 70 years." Post-mortem from some beaten runners in $1m International Trot Kevin Oscarsson (Explosive De Vie, 5‎‎th) "I wanted to be as close to the front as possible from the very start. Hannelore Hanover made a break in the turn, so I took my chance and tried to get in front of her on the inside which was perfect for me. "I'm happy with the horse, he's new in this class, he's getting better and better and I'm really looking forward to next year." Mark MacDonald, (Obrigado, 6th) “The six hole hand-cuffed us a bit,  but was happy with trip the horse got. We sat into the three-quarter pole, and in the last turn he usually kicks in, but he never really got going today. He hasn't been as sharp as he was in mid-season. Had that been the case we could have placed third. Post means so much. It was a good race.  “The winner was unbelievable. It was an amazing mile and a quarter. He controlled from get go. No one got to him, even a world-class horse in two hole. One of better races he has raced.”  Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras, 7th ) "She warmed up so good, but when the race started, she wanted no part of the turns. None of the five. I'm very disappointed in the performance. She made a break and finished well behind. That's not what I was expecting at all."   Jonesy (Tuomas Korvenoja, 8th) “It was a fantastic experience here and we’re not disappointed at all and hopefully we can come back here.” Harness Racing Communications

WILKES-BARRE PA - Wilberforce rolled to his third straight harness racing victory on Sunday night, never looking back in the $20,000 conditioned trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and crossing the wire 2¼ lengths to the good in 1:53.3.   Driver Eric Carlson wasn't fastest away with the gelded son of Caviar Crown, but he used the track geometry advantage of starting from the rail to maximum effect, never letting his outside early pursuers get around him and then forcing them to drop in behind by the 27.2 quarter under pain of being parked the duration. From there things were fairly easy for Wilberforce, as he notched middle splits of 56.2 and 1:25, then trotted home strongly for his tenth triumph of the year. Uncle Hanover came up the Pocono Pike to take away second late from pocketsitting Stonebridge Combat behind the winner, who pushed his seasonal earnings over $100,000 for trainer Kris Rickert, co-owner with Dale Wareham.   The three-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding Double L Lindy, unraced at two, has really found his trotting form in recent starts and went even faster than the feature horses, posting a 1:53 win on a 53-degree night in a $16,000 event. A winner of only one of his first 11 career starts, Double L Lindy has now won four straight, including this smashing mile which saw him 19¾ lengths to the good at the wire. Anthony Napolitano, who had posted ten victories in his last three Pocono cards at press time, handled the promising youngster for trainer Ake Svanstedt and the ownership of Lindy Farms of CT, Joe Sbrocco, Paul Van Camp, and Little E LLC.   In the $18,000 featured pace, Michael's Victory ran his current winning streak to three with a 1:51.3 victory, overcoming a first-over trip and holding off second-over Perfect Bet by a head. Simon Allard, also with les mains chaudes recently (23 victories in October), sulkysat behind the sophomore Rocknroll Hanover gelding, whose dam Michell's Victory is a ¾ sister to the $1.3M-winning Rare Jewel, for trainer Mark Silva and owner Jeffrey Snyder.   PHHA / Pocono      

WILKES-BARRE PA - Allbeef N Nobull and Bourbon Bay, which sounds like a very good dinner, were the winners of the $15,500 featured harness racing events on the pace and trot, respectively, on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Allbeef N Nobull swung four-wide headstretch from third-over and, still some 3 1/2 lengths out approaching midstretch, took advantage of a big late kick and a helping tailwind to run down YS Lotus in the final strides to post a neck tally in 1:51.2. The son of McArdle showed precociousness since his earliest racetrack days, where on July 9 of his freshman year he debuted with a 1:59.2 - 28.4 win at the Martinville IL Fair, and he has continued that ability to run his bankroll to $288,872 one start shy of his fiftieth race, winning tonight for driver Mike Simons, trainer Ron Burke, and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Donald Eamon, Howard Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In contrast to the hard late charge Allbeef N Nobull put in to gain his victory, the Sand Vic gelding Bourbon Bay had an easier time in taking his feature, leaving in 27 to discourage any early challengers, continuing on quickly and hitting the wire in the clear while posting a time of 1:52.3. Anthony Napolitano had sulky duty behind the winner of $238,048 for trainer Ake Svanstedt, who assumed the trotter's training four starts back and already has rung up two wins and a third with him for Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Rossie Smith. FINISHING LINES - Pocono's and Philadelphia's strength were evident through the Grand Circuit card at Lexington's Red Mile on Saturday. Huntsville and Downbytheseaside, respectively 1-2 in the recent Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and both by Somebeachsomewhere, both equaled the world record for two-year-olds of 1:49 first set by Pocono's co-track recordholder Sweet Lou; in another division of this two-year-old colt pacing stake, the Dragon Again gelding Dragnet Alert, trained by Oakes, set a divisional world record of 1:49.2. The other division of this stakes was won by Chip Walther, trained by Erv Miller and driven by his son Marcus, King of the Pocono Longshots - who paid $84.80, or less than half of what baby filly Zane Hanover paid ($189.80) for Miller and Miller in a division of the filly stake one race before Chip Walther won! The Napolitano brothers were dominant at Pocono Saturday, with Anthony recording five victories and George Jr., one ahead of his brother atop the local driving standings, visiting Victory Lane four times. Jim Marohn Jr. continued a hot recent hand with three scores; the evening's other two winners were driven by Mike Simons and Eric Carlson, and the way the aforementioned trio were going, it may not be surprising to learn that Carlson and Simons handled the two longest-priced horses of the night. PHHA / Pocono      

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 17 - Resolve turned in a game harness racing effort to come away with 1:51.4 victory in the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old stallion was went toe-to-toe with standout mare Hannelore Hanover for the final-half and ultimately wore down the powerhouse to score a length and a half victory for Swedish native and trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Resolve, who finished second in last year's Maple Leaf Trot, left from the rail and got away third, while Hannelore Hanover released Musical Rhythm to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.4. Driver Yannick Gingras wasted little time circling Hannelore Hanover back around to the front in the second-quarter and the trotting mare led the field by the half in :55.3. Svanstedt started up Resolve nearing the half and immediately confronted the leader moving into the final turn. Hannelore Hanover and Resolve dueled to three-quarters in 1:23 and continued their battle into the lane. The Svanstedt trainee had no quit and finally edged by the gutsy mare in deep stretch for the win. "He's a really great horse and it was difficult today," said Svanstedt following Resolve's triumph. "He (left) very fast and then he was first over the second-half, so he did a very good job." A son of Muscle Hill, Resolve was last year's O'Brien Award winner for top older trotter in Canada. The Svanstedt trainee is well traveled this season, as he raced in Sweden's biggest race, the Elitlopp, back in May and finished second. Owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, Resolve now has 14 career victories and over $1.7 million earned. The five-year-old stallion scored his fourth victory of the season Saturday to bring his seasonal earnings to over $700,000. Hannelore Hanover, a four-year-old mare, was a $45,000 supplemental entry to the Maple Leaf Trot. The Ron Burke trainee entered Saturday's rich final off an impressive elimination victory and had only one loss in 15 prior starts this season. "She raced very good," acknowledged Svanstedt. "She's just a four-year-old and a mare. She's very good." Saturday's clash was the first meeting between Resolve and Hannelore Hanover. Although there is no upcoming meeting scheduled between the two star trotters, racing fans will certainly be hoping to see a rematch sooner rather than later. Svanstedt noted that he isn't sure what is next for Resolve, but has an idea of where he hopes to race. "We hope he'll be invited to the International Trot (at Yonkers Raceway)." Five-year-old mare Shake It Cerry finished third in Saturday's event, while locally trained trotters Flanagan Memory and Lookslikeachpndale rounded out the top five finishers. Swedish trotter Nahar, who is owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks, broke stride on the final turn and finished tenth. The wagering public was split between Resolve and Hannelore Hanover, as they went off as even-money co-favourites. Resolve returned $4.30, $2.50 and $2.20, while the $2 Exactor paid $8.40.   Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - My Happiness E P emerged from a tough spot before exploding home in the stretch to take the featured $40,000 fifth leg of the Miss Versatility for free for all trotting mares at the Meadowlands Friday night, kicking off the track's abbreviated two-week September harness racing schedule. The 8-year-old daughter of Credit Winner came back from more two months on the shelf to score in a conditioned event on September 3 at Pocono Downs, which prepared her to take on a tough Big M field that included 2-1 second choice Jewels In Hock, who had raced well against division giant Hannelore Hanover in her three previous starts. The post time favorite, 6-5 chance Charmed Life, reached the lead in :28 and was permitted to march on the front end through fractions of :56 and 1:23.2. Charmed Life was clear by a length and half at the head of the stretch, but My Happiness E P, who appeared to have no shot racing in fifth at three-quarters in a dull second-over flow, tipped off cover and sprinted home in :27 to get up by a head in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. Barn Doll got up for second with Charmed Life hanging on for third. My Happiness E P, the 5-1 fourth choice in the wagering, paid $12.80 in winning for the second time this year in seven starts for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Ake Svanstedt and owners Pal Granlund and Thomas Grini. HOT HAND ANDY: Andy Miller led the driver colony with four winners on the program, among them 2-year-old colt trotter Fly On, who scored in 1:56 in the third leg of the Kindergarten Classic for freshmen colts and geldings. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Vernon, N.Y. -- Following wins in the Hambletonian Maturity, Fresh Yankee, and a Miss Versatility preliminary event, Hannelore Hanover ($2.90) had no trouble maintaining her dominance in the harness racing distaff trotting ranks on Friday (August 26) evening at Vernon Downs, posting a resounding 1:51.3 victory in the $170,000 Muscle Hill, the ninth event on a 12-race program.   Yannick Gingras had the 4-year-old Swan For All mare involved from the outset, working clear of 2015 Empire Breeders Classic winner Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory) just after a :27.1 first quarter mile. Upon taking charge, Hannelore Hanover faced no threats whatsoever, rating a soft :29.4 second sectional before accelerating clear of the competition off the far turn. She used a :54.3 final half to put 3-3/4 lengths on the first-over Shake It Cerry (David Miller), who rallied to take second from the fully extended Barn Doll.   Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover for the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Frank Baldachino. Hannelore Hanover captured the Vernon track record for 4-year-old trotting mares with her 1:51.3 score, topping Maven's performance in the 2014 Muscle Hill by two-fifths of a second.   Obrigado duels, defends his Crawford Farms title   In the $193,000 Crawford Farms for open trotters, carded as race ten, 2015 Crawford winner Obrigado ($14.80) proved successful in defending his crown, dueling with odds-on favorite Resolve (Åke Svanstedt) for nearly the final three-eighths of the mile en route to a 1:51.2 triumph in rein to Mark MacDonald. The 6-year-old Boy Band gelding approached the first turn from second-over, drafting behind Resolve into a :26 first quarter before capturing the lead for himself in a backed-down :55.1 half mile. Just as Obrigado cleared, Resolve angled back off the pegs to re-engage, and the two dueled through the far turn. Despite being headed just above head-stretch, Obrigado dug deep to prevail, reclaiming the lead in the final 100 yards to narrowly beat Resolve. Flanagan Memory (Brian Sears) closed from last to take third, making massive gains down the grandstand side.   Trainer Paul Kelley shares in ownership of Obrigado with the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45.   Major Moe, Funknwaffles take freshman Sire Stakes splits   A pair of New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings served as supporting events on the undercard.     Major Moe ($5.40) worked to earn his 1:52.4 victory in the $54,500 seventh race, making steady first-over gains on the far turn to reel in pacesetter Andy's Ideal before holding sway from Very Special Agent's late charge by half a length. Scott Zeron drove the son of Art Major and Maureen Rocks for trainer Chris Ryder.   Funknwaffles ($2.20) did not disappoint at odds-on in the $55,500 eighth event, keeping his undefeated record intact through six career races to date. The son of American Ideal and Hatsoff Hanover brushed to the fore before race's midpoint, evading Serious Major by two lengths in 1:52.3. Jim Morrill, Jr. drove Funknwaffles for trainer John Butenschoen.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 27) evening, with first post slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

East Rutherford, NJ --- Resolve and harness racing driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt withstood a judge’s inquiry to win the $273,600 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters on Saturday (Aug. 6) at The Meadowlands in a time of 1:50.2. The 6-5 favorite Resolve was first to the lead at the :27.1 first quarter, with Crazy Wow (Tim Tetrick) behind him on the rail. JL Cruze (John Campbell) was on the move past that mark, grabbing the lead briefly, before ceding to Flanagan Memory (Chris Christoforou) just past the :54.3 half. Flanagan Memory held that lead to the 1:22.2 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Resolve was moving three wide close to the three-quarters, prompting a judge’s inquiry to look closely at whether he interfered with Homicide Hunter when he fanned wide. As the field turned for home, Flanagan Memory was hard pressed by JL Cruze and Il Sogno Dream (David Miller), but Resolve was coming fastest of all in the center of the track, getting up to win by 1-1/4 lengths. Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) was second and Flanagan Memory was 1-3/4 lengths off the winner in third. Resolve, a 5-year-old Muscle Hill stallion, is owned by Hans Enggren. The victory was his 12th lifetime and improved his career earnings to $1.31 million. We have good tracks to train the horses on our farm,” said Svanstedt. “This horse is a little bit different. If it’s a long way between the races he’s more excited and he wants to race. He always does better races when there are a couple of weeks in between. He’s not like (former Svanstedt trainee and world champion) Sebastian K, but he’s a very good horse and I hope he can race at that level for maybe one more year.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 21, 2016 - In theory, it's an Open Handicap. For Resolve, it's also an audition. The millionaire trotter makes a rare Yonkers Raceway appearance Saturday night (July 23), remanded outside of his six harness racing rivals in the $45,000 Open Handicap. The weekly featured trot, going as the sixth of 12 races, brings arguably North America's best trotter to Westchester for the first time since the 2014 Yonkers Trot (second in elim, third [to Nuncio] in half-million-dollar final). It was Nancy Johansson training him then, it's Ake Svanstedt training and driving him now. The 5-year-old son of Muscle Hill is going to be 29 days removed from his last start, a down-the-road, 1:52.2 effort in the $200,000 Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. The time between works nights does not concern Svanstedt. "I'm not worried at all about he have some weeks off," Svanstedt answered in an e-mail 'questionnaire' with himself and assistant trainer Oskar Florhed. "It was (26 days) between his races in the Elitlopp (second in both elim and final) and (the Cutler). "He has trained well at home and Ake had him go faster this week, so he should be fine." While the winner's share of the 45-large would pay the bills for a while, Svanstedt has his eyes gazing at a much bigger prize, as in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot Oct. 15. "It's true," he said. "In this race, I'm going to show everyone that he can handle a half-mile track, so hopefully he can get a invite. "Maybe he will race in a similar (Open Handicap) race one more time before that." As far as any equipment changes, "Shoes this time on all four feet. Last race, he raced barefoot upfront, but he will be fine with that, no problem." The field for Saturday night's Open Handicap Trot (all post assigned)... 1-Money Maven (Andy Miller), 2-E R Ellie (Larry Stalbaum), 3-Muscle Up the Goal (Brian Sears), 4-Lady's Dude (George Brennan), 5-Undercover Strike (Tyler Buter), 6-Shake it Cerry (Dan Dube), 7-Resolve (Ake Svanstedt). Frank Drucker

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