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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - A once-in-a-generation harness racing horse will race at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Friday night November 21 at 7:15 p.m. White Bliss, a registered white Standardbred, will make his second career start in Friday's first race. The race kicks off a championship weekend at "The Big M" featuring the $5.5 million Breeders Crown, a 12-race series that annually helps determine harness racing's year-end champions. White Standardbreds make up less than one-percent of the entire breed. In fact, the odds of White Bliss being born completely white was a 1 in 200,000 longshot since his parents were both bay or brown in color. White Bliss is the first white standardbred born to bay-colored parents in North America since 1998. "We are delighted that White Bliss can make his final start of the season at The Meadowlands," said Swedish owner Tristan Sjoberg. "Due to a bout of colic and then illness he has made his debut very late in the season, but he has improved with each qualifier." White Bliss was purchased at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA for an impressive $240,000 by Sjoberg, who bought the horse as a Christmas present for his mother. Trained by fellow Swede Ake Svanstedt, White Bliss finished third in his first career race on November 11 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "He was boxed in for most of his debut race, but showed an impressive turn of speed in the lightning lane on the home stretch," explained Sjoberg. "We are hoping that he can develop further over the winter months and we have set our sights on most of the major stakes races in 2015. After Friday he heads down to Florida to work on his tan for a few months before training for the 3YO season starts in earnest. In the stable at Legend Farm, he is placed right next to Sebastian K so I hope 'Seabass' has given Bliss some tips how to run fast." The $5.5 million Breeders Crown championships will also be raced at "The Big M" this weekend. From the Meadowlands Press Box

It wasn’t a Hollywood ending for White Bliss in his pari-mutuel debut Tuesday evening at Pocono Downs, but the white colt’s connections would have to be pleased with his third-place finish. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, White Bliss got away fifth before being shuffled to sixth as the field reached the mid-way point of the $12,000 event for horses that were non-winners of a race. He was fifth at the three-quarter pole before advancing to fourth at the top of the stretch. After chasing fractions of just :27.3, :57.1 and 1:24.4 the youngster, who was sent off at odds of 4-1, fired home in :28.1 to finish third – a mere length behind the eventual winner. The race was won in a tight photo finish by Royal Kee Wee N (Andrew McCarthy) over Allie's Dragon (Marcus Miller) in 1:53.3. The son of Art Major-Coochie Mama, who paced his own mile in 1:53.4, for Knutsson Trotting Inc. (Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg) and Asa Sjoberg. White Bliss sold for $240,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt prepped for his debut with three qualifiers at Pocono Downs. He was timed in 1:56.3 in the most recent, on Oct. 23. Click here to watch the video race replay. From Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Not often is there an opportunity to bet on a 200,000-to-1 shot, but such will be the case Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. At least figuratively. White Bliss, the rare white harness racing horse, makes his career debut in race No. 11 at Pocono Downs. The race is scheduled for 9:30 p.m., approximately. Ake Svanstedt, who trains White Bliss, will drive the 2-year-old colt pacer in the race for maiden 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. White Bliss will start from post four and is 4-1 on the morning line. White Bliss is a son of the bay colored stallion Art Major and bay mare Coochie Mama. Approximately 200,000 Standardbred foals were born of bay parents since the birth of the previous white horse, a filly named Historicallyunique, in Ontario in 1998. Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. (Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg) and Asa Sjoberg, White Bliss sold for $240,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt prepped for his debut with three qualifiers at Pocono Downs. He was timed in 1:56.3 in the most recent, on Oct. 23. “He was very green in his first start, but he’s gotten better and better in each qualifier,” said Bjorn “Bernie” Noren, who is Svanstedt’s assistant trainer. “If he goes (1):53 or (1):54 that wouldn’t surprise me.” White Bliss suffered a bout of colic in the winter and some growing pains during the summer, which pushed back his debut, but Noren likes the way the colt approaches his work. “He has a great attitude,” Noren said. “He wants to do it. I think the more he races, the better he’ll get.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Harrisburg, PA --- Trond Smedshammer bought only two horses during Monday's opening round of the Standardbred Horse Sale, but came away with more than a handful in the second session. Smedshammer on Tuesday purchased eight yearlings at the sale, with one being tied for eighth highest in price. "The ones that I really wanted yesterday just went too high," Smedshammer said. "There were more horses today, and more opportunities. I'm not a big fan of buying those $200,000 ones. There were a couple yesterday that I wish I would have gotten that went for that kind of money, but you've got to try to keep it down a little bit." Smedshammer was not alone in increasing his productivity Tuesday. Trainer Ake Svanstedt signed for seven horses in the second session, including the day's sales topper, colt trotter Gotalottacredit, who sold for $225,000. He had three in the top 20 after not having any of the top sellers Monday. "We were active yesterday, but we didn't get the horses," said Bjorn "Bernie" Noren, who is Svanstedt's assistant. "We put a price on them and they went a little higher than we wanted. We got outbid on the expensive one (Brooklyn Hill at $390,000) and a couple other ones." A total of 314 horses sold Tuesday for an average of $36,748, a 7.5 percent decrease from the $39,710 average for 298 yearlings sold in the second session of 2013. The 2014 average is nearly identical to 2012, when 307 horses sold for an average of $36,821. Through two days, a total of 535 horses were sold at an average of $46,748, a drop of 7.3 percent from the average of $50,426 for 516 yearlings in 2013. Compared to 2012, this year's sale is up 5.8 percent. But this year's averages in Harrisburg have been perplexing when put against the recently completed Lexington Selected Sale, which enjoyed a 10.6 percent increase compared to 2013. "(Today) was consistent with yesterday," Standardbred Horse Sale President Pete Spears said. "You'd have to ask the (buyers). There are some folks that normally buy a little heavier that haven't bought as heavily and I can't really explain that. "Trying to explain the difference between here and Lexington, I think we would have to dig down a lot deeper than I'm able to do right now." Two sessions remain for the yearlings, Wednesday and Thursday, at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. "I just don't have a read on this. I really don't," Spears said. "It looked like people had done an extraordinary amount of homework and it really seemed like there were a lot of people who just simply needed animals. If that analysis still holds true, there are only two more days to do it. That's a very simplistic argument, I think, but we can all hope that's the case." Smedshammer, for one, was surprised by the numbers. "I think (the sale) is strong," he said. "I know it was down a little bit (Monday) but it certainly didn't feel that way because it was difficult to buy." Gotalottacredit was the only horse to sell for at least $200,000 during the second session this year, compared to three horses to reach that level in 2013. But a total of 15 horses sold for at least $100,000, an increase of one compared to last year. A son of Credit Winner out of the mare Valotta, Gotalottacredit's family includes 1999 O'Brien Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter Uhadadream. "He was a very good looking colt," said Noren, indicating the horse was purchased for Mellby Gard. "The conformation was perfect. He looked like a real colt." Filly trotter Explosive Lynn was the day's second-highest seller, at $140,000, and went to trainer Jimmy Takter. Explosive Lynn, a daughter of Explosive Matter-U Wanna Lindy, is a three-quarter-sister to Takter-trained Wild Honey, who has won eight of nine races this season at age 2. Wild Honey is the fastest 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track in history, with a time of 1:55.2. "I was happy to get her," Takter said. "Wild Honey is a very, very good horse. The only drawback is she could have been a little bigger and this filly is a good sized filly. Does she have the same determination as her sister? We'll find out." Autotune Hanover, a colt whose family includes millionaire Aracache Hanover, was the top-priced pacer, selling for $120,000. A son of Art Major out of the mare Anderosa Hanover, he was purchased by Mark Harder. DAY 2 - TOP 20 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Price 455-C-T-Gotalottacredit-Credit Winner-Valotta-Ake Svanstedt-$225,000 454-F-T-Explosive Lynn-Explosive Matter-U Wanna Lindy-Jimmy Takter-$140,000 268-C-T-Cantabs Cash-Cantab Hall-Four Starz Dlh-Courant AB/Knutsson Trotting-$135,000 348-C-T-Colonel Cantab-Cantab Hall-Missys Mission-Staffan Lind-$130,000 484-C-P-Autotune Hanover-Art Major-Anderosa Hanover-Mark Harder-$120,000 353-F-T-Mind Meld-Donato Hanover-Myth-Jack De Jong, agent-$112,000 537-C-P-Twin B George-Roll With Joe-Chatelaine-Jeff Snyder-$110,000 248-C-P-Easy Lover Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Easy Go Go-Myron Bell, agent-$100,000 269-C-T-Free Willy Hanover-Credit Winner-Free Spirit-Trond Smedshammer-$100,000 271-C-T-Can We Have Fun-Cantab Hall-Fun For Us-Ake Svanstedt, agent-$100,000 281-C-P-Dash Of Danger-Western Terror-Grand Lady-Marvin Rounick-$100,000 461-C-P-Newsmaker Bluechip-American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter-Ken Jacobs-$100,000 465-C-T-The Royal Harry-RC Royalty-Wilsonator-Harry Pozetsky, agent-$100,000 479-F-T-Candy Lane-Cantab Hall-Almond Joy-Ake Svanstedt/Mellby Gard-$100,000 518-C-P-Western Dynasty-Western Ideal-Caitlin Q-Robert Mondillo-$100,000 340-C-P-Nocturnal Bluechip-Bettor's Delight-Mcarts N Crafts-Mark Steacy-$97,000 505-F-T-Noblesse Blue Chip-Credit Winner-Reven Crown-Eugene Kurzrok-$92,000 277-F-T-Athena's Mission-Manofmanymissions-Goddess Of War-Marvin Chantler-$90,000 311-C-P-Try That Beach-Somebeachsomewhere-Katie My Girl-Jimmy Takter-$90,000 517-F-P-Bluecollar Hanover-Bettor's Delight-But I Like It-Myron Bell, agent-$90,000 by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Highest Peak took advantage of both parts of the 1-5 favored entry of Market Rally and Avalicious going off stride to capture Saturday's $124,590 Hudson Trot for 3-year-old fillies at Yonkers Raceway in a time of 1:58.2. Sent off at odds of 8-1, Highest Peak and driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt saw Market Rally make a break on the first turn and Avalicious go off stride on the second turn. Market Rally fought back to take the lead from Highest Peak at the halfway point, reached in 1:00, but was unable to sustain the effort. Highest Peak reclaimed the lead in the stretch and held off Mistresswithmuscle by 1-1/2 lengths. Bambino Supreme finished third. Highest Peak (Andover Hall-Highland Glider) has won five of 14 races this year and $133,850. Svanstedt owns the filly, which he purchased in August. "She minded her manners," said Bjorn "Bernie" Noren, Svanstedt's assistant trainer. "We were attracted to her because she's a nice bred filly and she was good on her manners for (former trainer) Noel Daley. "She had been training good and I thought she would have a good chance tonight." Act Now, the 1-5 favorite, took the lead from Tyra in the early moments of the race and cruised to a 1:53 win in Saturday's $150,854 Lady Maud Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers at Yonkers Raceway. Fancy Desire, who was parked for much of the mile, finished second and Beautiful Lady was third. George Brennan drove Act Now (Western Ideal-CPA) for trainer Nik Drennan and owners Joe Davino and Patrick O'Brien. She has won five of 12 races this year and $307,444. "She was really good," Brennan said. "She was a little hotter than I wanted, she was hitting my bike a little, that's why I got down there a little quicker in three-quarters (in 1:24.3) but she was well in hand. She was good." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

In the world of harness racing there is not much that super star trotter Sebastian K has not done. The eight-year-old stallion by Korean has nearly $3 million in career earnings, has won most every major event in Europe, came to the USA this year and scored the fastest one mile race in Standardbred history with his 1:49 mile at Pocono Downs. So what’s left for the world champion to prove? How about making his first start ever on a half mile track! That’s right. Sebastian K has never raced on a half mile oval. He has 74 lifetime starts, 34 wins, 14 seconds and 2 thirds in his championship career. But can he handle the sharper turns on a half mile track? “It will not be a problem,” said Bjorn “Bernie” Noren, second trainer for Ake Svanstedt, “He (Sebastian K) is in good shape and with his quick early speed he will be OK on the smaller track.” This Saturday Sebastian K and Svanstedt will start from post six in the $250,000 International Trot Preview at Yonkers Raceway. The invitational event has drawn eight of the top trotters in racing. Included in the field and making his USA debut of another European champion, Commander Crowe, who has raced against Sebastian K in the past. Also in the field and the only mare against male rivals, is the 2013 Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician. In fact, the total career earnings of the eight horses in the race is an amazing $17 million. Both Commander Crowe and Arch Madness are career earners of more than $4 million each. The Yonkers International Trot also tests the stamina of these champion trotters as the race is not the usual distance of one mile, the mainstay of North American harness racing, but is an extra distance race at one and one-quarter mile. How will that affect Sebastian K, who now has to maneuver the sharper turns of a half mile oval five times instead of just four times. “It will affect the American horses much more than it will Sebastian K,” said Noren. “They are not use to going an extra quarter mile, but Sebastian K, Commander Crowe and Arch Madness have all raced extra distances and should have an advantage over the other horses.” Commander Crowe has just come over from Europe and may not have had enough time to recover from the stress of trip and according to Noren, “He may not be at 100% for this race. He is a very great horse but the trip overseas is very tough on a horse. He could be in good shape but I would look for him to be at his best for the Breeders Crown next month at the Meadowlands. “It is good that he (Commander Crowe) has come over here to race,” Noren added, “The competition will help make the races more exciting for everyone here.” When asked to size up the competition against Sebastian K on Saturday, Noren summed it up. “Of course Sebastian K is the best in the race,” Noren chuckled, “And Ake Svantsted is so good at measuring a horse in an extra distance race. I think that Archangel and Arch Madness can be good and if Commander Crowe is feeling good he will be tough too.” The big question in the race will be that most of the horses entered have not set foot on a half mile track for most of their careers and they include Commander Crowe, Archangel, Sebastian K, Natural Herbie and Not Afraid. That’s five of the eight starters. And the other three, Bee A Magician, Obrigado and Arch Madness, have all won or were second in their last starts on Yonkers half mile oval. The morning line has Natural Herbie from post seven as the 3-1 race favorite. He is on a three-race winning streak. Arch Madness is the second choice at odds of 7/2 and for the first time since arriving in the USA, Sebastian K is not the race favorite in the morning line, but third choice at 4-1. With such keen competition, the revival of the International Trot will be quite the event to watch this weekend. Here is the field in post position order: $250,000 International Trot Preview 1 ¼ miles Commander Crowe (Orjan Kihlstrom) 8-1 Bee A Magician (David Miller) 8-1 Archangel (Matt Kakaley) 6-1 Obrigado (Jason Bartlett) 5-1 Arch Madness (George Brennan) 7/2 Sebastian K (Ake Svanstedt) 4-1 Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) 3-1 Not Afraid (Brett Miller) 20-1 By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com 

VERNON, NY - On Friday, October 24, world champion colt Centurion ATM travels to Vernon Downs to headline three divisions of the Simpson Stakes for two-year-old trotters. Four other divisions featuring freshman filly trotters and colt and filly pacers make up the thirteen-race card that features purses totaling more than $140,000. Racing begins at 6:45 p.m. This year, Centurion ATM has been carving his path to stardom. In just his fourth career start on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, the two-year-old son of SJ's Caviar set a world record when he won the $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial by more than three lengths in a time of 1:53.2. Centurion ATM, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, finished a close second and third most recently in a pair of starts during the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile in Lexington. "He hasn't raced in three weeks and we needed to get a race into him because we didn't want to take him up to Canada," stated assistant trainer Bernie Noren. "He's our best two-year-old and we are pointing him for the Breeders Crown. We think Vernon Downs is a great track, especially for young horses." Owners Knutsson Trotting and Courant A B purchased Centurion ATM at the Harrisburg Sale last fall for $100,000. His siblings include Triumphant Caviar, a winner of nearly $800,000 and former Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Prayer Session. "He has the right look, the right conformation, and we knew we'd have to pay that much for a horse as good looking and with as good of a family as he has," continued Noren. "But his greatest asset is that he has the desire to win and a great set of lungs." While Centurion ATM's stable mate and trotter of the fastest mile in history, Sebastian K, didn't gain notoriety until he was an older horse, Noren said he sees at least one similarity between the two horses: "Centurion ATM broke the world record at the Meadowlands and also raced in Lexington barefoot, just like Sebastian K does." Sebastian K has earned nearly $3 million in purses in his lifetime. Noren said he looks forward to racing Centurion ATM this Friday at Vernon Downs to prepare for the $5.4 million Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event. After the Breeders Crown on November 21-22 at the Meadowlands, Noren said his young trotter will spend the winter in Florida to prepare for a run at The Hambletonian in August of 2015. Vernon Downs is a 61-year-old harness racing track in beautiful Vernon, New York, 40 minutes east of Syracuse. The racing season continues on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through November 1. For more information please visit vernondowns.com. by Justin Horowitz, for Vernon Downs

It's hard to believe that we are entering the final month of the 2014 racing season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. In just a few weeks, we'll be handing out yearend awards and trying to sum up what has been another wonderful racing meet. But the action hasn't abated yet, as evidenced by another thrilling week of racing. Let's take a look at the top performances by handing out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: TALK STRATEGY This 4-year-old stallion had been quite a surprise in his previous two starts, winning in come-from-behind fashion at long odds both times. He scored at 9-1 two starts ago and then rallied from last to first to win last week at 11-1. Since he had been racing in a non-winners of five condition with an optional claiming price in those races, he was scooped up for the claiming price after the last start and joined the barn of Chris Oakes. On Tuesday night, Talk Strategy lined up to attempt a Third Straight victory against the same class, but he was the second choice behind speedy Southwind Terror. Sure enough, Southwind Terror streaked to the front end and tried to bottom out the field by pacing unconscious fractions. Only he didn't count on Talk Strategy staying close enough behind him to apply pressure. As they rounded the final turn, the fractions caught up with Southwind Terror and he went off stride into the infield. Since those top two had separated from the rest, Talk Strategy, with George Napolitano Jr. in the bike, suddenly found himself with a huge lead. He coasted from there to the win, his Third Straight, with this one coming in a new career-best 1:50:2. Other top pacers this week include: Regil Elektra (Joe Pavia Jr., Monte Gelrod), who rallied as an 18-1 long shot for a victory in Friday night's $35,000 Open Handicap for mares, scoring in a career-best 1:50:3; Dedi's Dragon (Andrew McCarthy, Ron Burke), whose condition victory on Saturday night came in 1:49:4, a career-best and the fastest time of the week at Pocono; and Trevor Win For Us (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), who romped to his second consecutive claiming handicap win on Saturday night in 1:51. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: OVERANDOVERVICTORY A five-year-old gelding from the barn of trainer Douglas Hamilton, Overandovervictory has been a solid performer in the middle of the condition ranks this season at Pocono. As the campaign nears its close, he seems to just be getting warmed up. On October 11, he put together one of his finest performances of the year with a front-end win in 1:54:3. On Saturday night, he had a few things working against him in his quest for a second consecutive victory. First, he was moving up to a higher class, the non-winners of $14,000 in the last five starts, after a few months in against a bit lower. Second, he was stuck in the brutal #9 post position, never an easy task against any foes. Hence the long odds on the gelding of 21-1. Driver Anthony Napolitano was able to coax some early speed out of him, reaching the lead quickly and then sitting in a great spot In The Pocket for much of the mile. The only question was whether or not Overandovervictory would have a second move in him. He did, powering home to hold off closing Tag Up And Go by a nose in 1:55. That makes two in a row for a trotter who likely won't be underestimated again anytime soon. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Miss Wapwallopen (Mike Simons, Gene Daisey Jr.), a mare whose claiming handicap win on Wednesday night in 1:56 was her second straight victory and third in her last four; Home Front (Ake Svanstedt driver and trainer), a colt who ripped off his third consecutive condition victory on Wednesday in 1:57:3; and Hezatrain (George Napolitano Jr., Allan Johnson), who rolled to a condition win on Tuesday night in 1:53:3, a career mark and the fastest trotting time of the week at MSPD. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: RAMBLINGAMBLINMAN You would have had to be ramblin' and gamblin' to take a shot on this one on Wednesday night at 33-1, but John Kakaley guided him home to a condition win for a $69 payout on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR. Very few drivers in the history of Pocono have ever achieved 300 wins in a single meet, but George Nap does it year after year, reaching that magic number for 2014 on Saturday night. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: Ake Svanstedt Svanstedt's training percentage at Pocono has been brilliant all season long, and this week was no different as he churned out four more victories. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs      

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, October 19, 2014--Yonkers Raceway has announced the octet of world-class trotters for this Saturday night's (Oct. 25th) International Trot Preview. The race, at one-and-one-quarter miles for a purse of $250,000, is a precursor to next season's return--after a two-decade hiatus--of the International Trot. The eight on the gate for the Preview are (alphabetically) Archangel, Arch Madness, reigning Harness Horse of the Year Bee a Magician, Commander Crowe, Market Share, Natural Herbie, Not Afraid and Sebastian K. the world's fastest trotter. Here's a quick cheat sheet... ARCHANGEL--A 5-year-old statebred son of Credit Winner with more than $1.1 million on account, he's the 2012 Yonkers Trot winner (track-record for 3YO colts [1:54.1]). After a year in the breeding shed, he returned for new trainer Ron Burke and took a life-best 1:50 effort earlier this season. Archangel is co-owned by Legendary Standardbred Farm (Alan Hainsworth) and Clare Semer. ARCH MADNESS--The 10-year-old Balanced Image gelding is a millionaire four times over for co-owners Marc Goldberg & Willow Pond LLC and trainer Trond Smedshammer. Arch Madness served notice that he's back in business this past Friday night, with an 11-length romp in a track-record 2:00.3 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth. BEE A MAGICIAN--2013's Harness Horse of the Year on the strength of a perfect 17-for-17 season, this 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra is defending the honor of the fairer sex here. Thrice a winner (with six seconds) in a dozen starts this season, Bee A Magician's lone local appearance was an effortless track-record (4YO mares) 1:55 in Open event in late August. The lass, a career $2.5 million earner, is trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. COMMANDER CROWE--One of Europe's preeminent trotters, the 11-year-old Juliano Star gelding joins Arch Madness in the $4 million earnings club. His 60 career victories include the Elitlopp in 2012 and, more recently, Sweden's Ã…by Stora Pris invitational. This is his U.S. debut and third North American start, the first two of a pair of thirds in Breeders Crowns (2011 & '12). "Commander" is trained by Fabrice Souloy for owner Snogarps Gard AB (Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg & Joakim Wihlborg). MARKET SHARE--This 5-year-old son of Revenue S is approaching $3.5 million in lifetime loot. His resume includes wins in a pair of seven-figure events, the 2012 Hambletonian and that season's Canadian Trotting Derby. A season ago, it was the Breeders Crown. Maple Leaf Trot and TVG Free-For-All and American-National. In 2014, the Maxie Lee (Harrah's Philly) has been his biggest win to date. Market Share's lone local appearance was a third-place effort (to Archangel) in the 2012 Yonkers Trot. Linda Toscano trains for co-owners Richard Gutnick, Bill Augustine and T L P Stable. NATURAL HERBIE--A 4-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding has gone from being the scourge of Indiana to one of North America's best trotters. A .500 hitter (11-for-22) this season and a shade better (23-for-45, $624,851) for his career, "Herbie" whipped Invitational class horses in the Vincennes (Meadowlands, life-best 1:51.4) and Noble Memorial (Scioto) for owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder. NOT AFRAID--If there's not a law that says a high-end trotting event can't be held without a representative of Jimmy Takter present, perhaps there ought to be. This 5-year-old S J's Caviar gelding is co-owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg. He's a six-time winner each of the last two seasons with career earnings in excess of $400,000. Not Afraid defeated Arch Madness in a Pocono Preferred event earlier this month. However, this is certainly a step up the social circle from the crowd Not Afraid saw the last time he was here, going winless in five tries against overnighters in the first half of 2013. SEBASTIAN K--When your business card reads "World's Fastest Trotter," do you need any other references? The 8-year-old son of Korean, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for owner Knutsson Trotting (Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg), has taken the continent by storm in 2014. Eight wins and two seconds in 11 starts ($663,853), with his stunning 1:49 effort in a late June Pocono Invitational rewriting all the record books. A pair of stakes wins at the Meadowlands and one a Vernon are also included. His European prowess unquestioned (nearly $2.3 million in earnings), Sebastian K, as well as Commander Crowe, add to the tremendous list of overseas horses who have, ahem, "taken their talents to Westchester." This Saturday night's (Oct. 25) five stakes finals...$500,000 Yonkers Trot, $500,000 Messenger Stakes, $250,000 International Trot Preview, $150,854 Lady Maud and $124,590 Hudson Filly Trot shall be "open drawn" Tuesday afternoon. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- White Bliss, the rare all-white Standardbred in the stable of trainer Ake Svanstedt, made his first trip to the track Thursday (Oct. 9), finishing fourth in a qualifier at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The 2-year-old colt pacer was timed in 1:58.1 with Svanstedt driving. White Bliss is a son of stallion Art Major out of the mare Coochie Mama, both bays. The last time two bays produced a white Standardbred in North America was in 1998. The colt was purchased for $240,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., which is brothers Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg of trotter Sebastian K fame, along with Asa Sjoberg. Following the qualifier, Tristan Sjoberg said via his Twitter account that it was “a good experience” for White Bliss. He said the horse will qualify again next week at Pocono Downs and “hopefully start one or two weeks later.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The fastest trotter in harness racing history, Sebastian K, visits The Red Mile on Sunday, but co-owner Tristan Sjoberg doesn’t need to see fast times to have a good time. Sebastian K, an 8-year-old male trotter from Sweden in his first season of competing in the U.S., set the world record of 1:49 in June at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The previous mark was 1:49.3, set by Enough Talk in 2008, and no other trotter had gone faster than 1:50.1 before Sebastian K’s performance at Pocono. On Sunday in Lexington, Sebastian K is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot. Sebastian K will start from post No. 2 in the nine-horse field with trainer Ake Svanstedt doing the driving. “We’re very much looking forward to the race,” said Sjoberg, who owns Sebastian K with his brother, Michael Knutsson. “It might not be the biggest purse of the season, but it is such a classic track and race, the money is secondary. Along with the Maple Leaf Trot and Cashman (Memorial) this is the élan of racing for aged trotters.” Sebastian K has won eight of 10 races this year and is the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly Top 10 poll. His victories include the John Cashman Jr. Memorial, Crawford Farms Open Trot and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. He finished second by a nose in the Maple Leaf Trot. In his most recent start, Sebastian K finished seventh in the Centaur Trotting Classic. The track was labeled “good” for the Centaur Trotting Classic and “sloppy” for the Maple Leaf. All of Sebastian K’s remaining races were on fast tracks. The forecast for Sunday in Lexington is mostly sunny and 64 degrees. Two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share is the 9-2 second choice in the Allerage Open Trot. The field also includes past Kentucky Futurity winners Creatine (2013) and Wishing Stone (2010) and Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. “Ake took Sebastian out for a training session on the track Monday and everything felt great,” Sjoberg said. “The (Red Mile) track surface is very much Sebastian’s kind of surface and the weather forecast, touch wood, is looking pretty good. “It might be difficult to go under 1:50 if the temperature stays below 70 degrees, but the primary goal is to get back to winning ways.” Sebastian K, who was Sweden’s Horse of the Year in 2012, has won 34 of 73 races in his career and earned $2.91 million. Svanstedt, Sweden’s five-time Trainer of the Year and three-time Driver of the Year award winner, moved his stable to the U.S. late in 2013 and Sebastian K’s owners decided to send the horse with him. “We knew he was fast enough to compete against the best in North America and win races, but the real carrot was breaking the world record,” Sjoberg said. “His best time in Sweden was 1:51 flat and that was on a five-eighths-mile track that is medium fast. We believed he could go sub-1:50 on a fast mile track so after a lot of soul searching we decided to ship him to the States with Ake with the singular aim to break the world record.” Following the Allerage Open Trot, Sebastian K’s schedule includes theInternational Trot Preview on Oct. 25 at Yonkers Raceway. The Breeders Crown in November also is a possibility, but Sebastian K would have to be supplemented to the race. “After Lexington, we turn our attention to Yonkers and a long-awaited reunion with Commander Crowe,” Sjoberg said, referring to another standout from Sweden, who earlier this week accepted an invitation to race in the Breeders Crown Trot for the third time in his career and is expected to prep with the International Trot Preview. “It is four victories apiece between them and their rivalry during the summer of 2012 was fantastic for the sport in Sweden. After that race, we’ll make a decision whether to supplement for the Breeders Crown or not.” Sunday’s card at The Red Mile also features the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters and the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Tristan Sjoberg remembers listening to the International Trot on the radio while growing up as a teenager in Sweden.   He would be rooting for his favorites Callit and Legolas during the early 80s when the International Trot was held at the now defunct Roosevelt Raceway.   Now, Sjoberg is proud to be part of the return of the International Trot Preview to Yonkers when it returns to Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 25.   "To have a horse in this race means the world to my brother and I," said Sjoberg, who is part owner of Sebastian K., the world record holder for trotting a mile. "Our father would be proud."   The International Trot, with all its pageantry and worldwide participation will return in 2015 to Yonkers after last being run in 1995.   "As for the sport, I think the reinstatement of the race is very good for harness racing in the United States," Sjoberg said. "When the race was cancelled (in 1988) I think the sport in North America lost a bit of its soul and became more isolated. It is important to have overseas horses compete in the United States as it is brings fresh ideas and keeps the interest up when international marauders come to race in North America.   "One of the main problems in the last 10 years or so has been the focus on retiring successful horses too quickly and the lack of international races on American soil," Sjoberg said. "I hope with the reinstatement of the International Trot, or the World Championship as we call the race in Sweden, and the implementation of the "Gural rule" (keeping horses racing into their 4-year-old season) should revitalize the sport."   Sebastian K or "Sebbe" as he's known around the barn, has won eight of 10 starts since coming to the United States from Sweden and appears to be one of the top choices in the estimated $250,000 International Trot Preview.   On June 28 at Pocono Downs, Sebastian K, an 8-year-old trotter, set the world record for trotting the fastest mile in harness racing, when he stopped the clock in 1:49 in the $100,000 Sun Invitational. "He's an amazing horse," said Bjorn (Bernie) Noren, the assistant to trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. "He's a phenomenal animal."   In 2012, Sebastian K was named Sweden's Horse of the Year and having started his career in Sweden, Sebastian K, races barefoot, with no shoes unlike many of his American counterparts.   "Most horses over there race without shoes," Noren said. "I think it makes them go a little faster. You must have a good surface to race barefoot on or it could sting the horse's foot. Yonkers has a very good surface. We try to race him every time without shoes because he doesn't like to wear them."   In Sebastian K's last start, the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park on Sept. 20, the 8-year-old faded to seventh, finishing off the board for the first time since coming to North America.   "We put down his lackluster performance to dehydration and the thunderstorm that rolled in," said Sjoberg, who noted that Sebastian K scoped clean after the race. "He does not like high humidity." The International Trot Preview is also expected to attract Market Share, Bee a Magician and Archangel and is part of a strong evening of racing from the Old Hilltop featuring the Messenger Stakes and the Yonkers Trot.   Yonkers Raceway will keep the international flavor going on Sundays, beginning on Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, when it will host an all-trotting card that will be simulcast to Europe beginning at 11 a.m.   The track will offer fans many promotions for the special Sunday cards. More details about the promotions will be available as the time draws closer.   By Jerry Bossert

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen colt trotters occupied the Friday night card at The Red Mile, with four divisions of the $396,000 Bluegrass Stakes contested on September 26. Habitat and The Bank put in the quickest miles of the four divisions contested. William Wellwood champion Habitat once again reigned supreme, this time by ¾ lengths over Honor And Serve and Cruzado Dela Noche in 1:53.4. The early tempo setter was Honor And Serve, leading Canappealformore and Habitat through a :28.2 first quarter. Yannick Gingras soon gave Habitat the cue to circle by his foes, clearing the field slightly after a :57.4 (:29.2) half. Boots N Chains gradually progressed to Habitat's wheel around the far turn. Habitat, through three-quarters in 1:26.3 (:28.4), began to draw away from his competitors. Cruzado Dela Noche, traveling second over, fanned off cover and began a bid down the center of the course, while Honor And Serve snuck out of the pocket. Yet, they were runner-up as Habitat held on in a lifetime-best of 1:53.4 (:27.1). A son of Conway Hall-Habit's Best-Muscles Yankee, he's owned by Burke Racing Stable, Out Horse Cents Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras. "I think he was as sharp, but he was maybe too sharp," Yannick Gingras said in regards to Habitat's margin of victory. "He was a little keen tonight. Usually, he lets me do what I want with him. He's usually two fingers to drive, but he was a little wound up tonight, and I think that cost him a little bit of energy. "Coming to the top of the stretch, I knew I had a big last quarter left in him, but Honor and Serve and that horse Dave was driving [Cruzado Dela Noche] are two quality horses as well. He was 1-5, but it was no 'gimme,' there was good horses in here." Pulling first over nearing the half, The Bank gradually grew closer to the front and eventually passed Piercewave Hanover in a 1:53.4 mile. Sent for the top was One Direction, with Piercewave Hanover taking the pocket. Past the quarter in :28.3, Piercewave Hanover swept to the top. Yannick Gingras tried to ration his speed as he trotted the half-mile in :56.2 (:27.4). Around the far turn, The Bank began to charge towards pacesetter. He remained 3 lengths off the lead through a 1:25.1 (:28.4) third quarter. Shortening in stride, Piercewave Hanover's lead slowly diminished. The Bank was rallying down the center of the track and went by Piercewave Hanover in the final strides to win by a ½ length in 1:53.4 (:28.3), a lifetime best. Earning $64,810 this season, the son of Donato Hanover-Lantern Kronos-Viking Kronos is owned by Christina Takter and Goran Falk and is trained and driven by Jimmy Takter. Sent off the public choice, he paid $4.80 to win. "I know my horse is extremely honest and I haven't used him at all," Jimmy Takter said. "I kind of got a little bit messed up at the start; I didn't want to rush him out of the gate. He can leave very good, but I just felt like I wanted to race him from behind because he's not really sharp enough for cutting it." Southwind Stryker defeated Peter Haughton winner Centurion Atm in a 1:53.4 effort. The lead was occupied by Walter White, who led Whataworkout, Mercury Fashion, Centurion Atm, and Southwind Stryker respectively past a :28.3 first quarter. He remained in control through a :57.3 (:29) half, but Centurion Atm was grinding towards him first over. Southwind Stryker tracked Centurion ATM around the far turn as he battled with Walter White for control. After a 1:26 (:28.2) third quarter, Centurion ATM gained control. Centurion ATM was trying to gain separation from Southwind Stryker, but instead began to brace for his challenge. The two were stride for stride in the final hundred yards and at the line, Southwind Stryker had a nose on Centurion ATM, with Wicker Hanover finishing fourth, but placed third due to a lapped-on break by third-place finisher, placed fourth, Whataworkout. The son of Muscle Hill-Soxeelady-Conway Hall paid $10 as he triumphed over the 1/5 favorite. He's owned by Brad Maxwell, Paul Van Camp, Herb Liverman, and, trained by Brad Maxwell, and was driven by Tim Tetrick. Breaking his maiden, Southwind Stryker established a lifetime best of 1:53.4, and has earned $99,641 lifetime. "That horse that I was following [Centurion Atm] has some go," driver Tim Tetrick said. "My horse has been racing, and his [Ake Svanstedt's] horse had a big break and only one qualifier, but my horse had to earn it. If I had been third over, it would have been tough to catch him, but the trip worked out perfectly." Billy Flynn remained undefeated after a game stretch battle with 8/5 second-choice Muscle Diamond, traveling wire-to-wire in 1:55.4. Taking the lead was Gabe The Bear Dean as the octet trotted into the first turn. Billy Flynn tracked him from second, with Suit And Tie traveling third. Pilot Brett Miller gave the cue for Billy Flynn to circle by the 30-1 shot, clearing control in a :29.2 first quarter. Billy Flynn turned the march to the half into a stroll, reaching that station in :58.1 (:29.4). Suit And Tie broke from third, causing confusion with Progression and Muscle Diamond. Regardless, Muscle Diamond began his charge towards favored Billy Flynn entering the far turn. The two hooked up to duel at three-quarters in 1:28.3 (:30.2). The battling Billy Flynn and Muscle Diamond edged 3 lengths clear of Progression trotting in third. As Muscle Diamond appeared to get a nose in front, Billy Flynn fought back at the inside and managed, not only to retake the lead, but extend his margin of victory to a length over Muscle Diamond in 1:55.4 (:27.1). A $2.80 winner, Billy Flynn, a son of Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec, is owned by Bender Sweden Inc., trained by Staffan Lind and driven by Brett Miller. He has now earned $312,057 this season. "He's done everything right so far," trainer Staffan Lind said. "I hope he can stay on track. It's a long season with a lot of races, so whenever you can steal one is good." Uncle Lasse, a full-brother to Dan Patch champion Shake It Cerry, was victorious in 1:54.1 over Guess Whos Back. Getting away In The Pocket, Uncle Lasse soon pulled two wide and circled around early pacesetter Iron. After a quarter in :28.2, Uncle Lasse cleared the front. He was uncontested through a :57.3 (:29.1) half and strolled to three-quarters in 1:27 (:29.2). Sugarmakesmecrazy began to pursuit Uncle Lasse, with Guess Whos Back following second over. Guess Whos Back managed to swing off his cover and take second, while Sugarmakesmecrazy chased in third. Uncle Lasse won by a length in 1:54.1 (:27.1), a lifetime best. Owned by Solveig's Racing Partners, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Ron Pierce, he paid $4.60 to win. He has earned $203,279 this season. "He was super sharp, a little on edge," Ron Pierce said. "He's good feeling colt, a little edgy, but his gait was flawless and he had plenty of trot." Racing resumes on Saturday, September 27 with the $331,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old colt pacers, $185,200 Bluegrass for three-year-old colt pacers, and the $146,600 Bluegrass for three-year-old filly pacers. Post time is scheduled for 7:00pmEDT. Race replays can be found on The Red Mile's YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

It's been almost 20 years since the International Trot was last run at Yonkers Raceway, but it's back and may be better than ever before.   With a probable field including world record holder Sebastian K, along with the 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share, the 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and the 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel, the 37th running of the $250,000 International Trot will be a must race to see at Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 25.   "The timing seems right to bring it back," said Bob Galterio, the vice president and chief operating officer of Yonkers. "This year, with so many good American trotters and a couple from overseas the time just seems to be right."   When last run in 1995, it was Sweden's His Majesty who took the International Trot over S.J.'s Photo and Panifesto, both American trotters, and this year Sweden looks well represented by Sebastian K. "Of course it means a lot," said Bjorn (Bernie) Noren, the assistant to trainer Ake Svanstedt for Sweden's Sebastian K. "It's a big event for Europeans and it should be a big race getting all the good trotters together from overseas."   His Majesty - 1995 International Trot   Linda Toscano, trainer of Market Share, grew up at Roosevelt Raceway, where the International Trot was conducted from its inception in 1959 until 1988.   "I come from Roosevelt and one of the highlights I looked forward to was seeing the other horses coming from the other countries to compete in the International," Toscano said. "I think it's a real cool thing that they revived it."   The International Trot will be run along with the Messenger Stakes and the Yonkers Trot that evening, making for a super night of racing at the Old Hilltop.   "We're very excited about that evening," Galterio said. "It should be a great night of racing and we're looking forward to it."   · Yonkers Raceway hopes to keep the international flavor going on Sundays, beginning on Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, when it will host an all trotting card that will be simulcast to Europe starting with an 11 a.m. first post.   The track will offer fans many promotions for the special Sunday cards. More details about the promotions will be available as the time draws closer.   By Jerry Bossert

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 17, 2014 - Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter, will make his Hoosier Park Racing & Casino debut as he heads a powerful field of ten in the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 20. Offering arguably the best 14-race card of the 2014 live racing season to-date, Hoosier Park will play host to a stakes-filled card that boasts lofty purses as Grand Circuit racing action returns to the seventh-eighths mile oval. As Hoosier Park's signature trotting event, The Centaur Trotting Classic will highlight the 14-race program that begins at 5:15 p.m. The 8-year-old Swedish trotter Sebastian K has taken the sport of harness racing by storm since arriving in North America earlier this year, setting records nearly everywhere he goes. Boasting a career bankroll of over $2.9 million, Sebastian K has won 34 of 72 races in his career and has only been defeated one time in eight starts since racing in North America. Sebastian K's stunning 1:49 victory on June 28 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the $100,000 Sun Invitational was the fastest mile clocking ever recorded by a trotter. In addition to trotting the fastest mile in history, he is also the first trotter to ever win four times in 1:50.3 or faster. The No. 1-ranked harness racing horse in North America last appeared on August 29 at Vernon Downs when he won the Crawford Farms Open Trot in 1:53. Sebastian K is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt. Svanstedt and Sebastian K will start from post six in the field of ten and have been enlisted as the 3-5 morning line favorite. Joining the stellar cast of entrants in the Centaur Trotting Classic is Hambletonian winner, Market Share who will start from the coveted rail position with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines. Market Share, who has won 24 of 51 races and $3.4 million in his career, was last season's Dan Patch Award winner for best older male trotter and the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter. The triple millionaire is trained by Linda Toscano and has been enlisted as the morning line second choice. The Centaur Trotting Classic is part of a stakes-filled card on Saturday at Hoosier Park, which also includes the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting and pacing fillies, the $150,000 Elevation Pace for two-year-old pacing colts and the $50,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace for three-year-old pacing colts. HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will provide exclusive coverage for the 14-race card. Racing fans can also catch exclusive interviews on the HRTV programming from drivers and trainers racing at Hoosier Park. Following is the Centaur Trotting Classic field in post order with trainers: 1. Market Share, Linda Toscano  2. Natural Herbie, Verlin Yoder 3. Red Hot Herbie, Byron Hooley 4. Creatine, Bob Stewart 5. Master of Law, Jimmy Takter  6.Sebastian K, Ake Svenstadt  7. Uncle Peter, Jimmy Takter 8. Fusion Man, Jeff Smith 9. Arch Angel, Ron Burke 10. Appomattox, Liisa Vatanen For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park    

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