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

Nuncio (5h Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) scored this night in a swift 1.09.9kr (mile 1:52.47) for owner/trainer/driver Stefan Melander at .68/1 odds from post one in a 1640 meter autostart contest at Sovalla, Sweden. It was the fastest time in Europe so far this year. Nuncio now has three wins in as many 2016 starts and a career slate of 29-12-2 in 43 starts for earnings of 18,372,726SEK. Winner’s share of the purse was 80,000SEK. The 3.4/1 Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) was second for Jennifer Tillman with 4.2/1 Nimbus CD (6f Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) third for Orjan Kihlstrom. On the same V86 card another 1640 meter autostart even, worth 60,000SWK to the winner, went to 2.9/1 Pepi di Jesolo(7g Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltic Speed) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Edvib Ceka. This 1.11.5kr timed winner bested 3.1/1 Ski To The Max (5f Conway Hall-Enjoy The Sun-Enjoy Lavec) driven by Per Lennartsson. Arden Homestead Stable co-bred this mare with Adelaide Skoglund. 9.6/1 Neon Face (6f Igor November-Pelopanic-Coktail Jet) was third, that one trained by Stig H. Johansson. On Saturday (April 30) at Aby will be the Gr. I Olympiatravet, over 2140 meters autostart with 1.5SEK million to the winner. Nine solid performers will be at the start following the scratch of Papagayo E. 1) On Track Piraten – Johnny Takter 2) B.B.S.Sugarlight – Peter Untersteiner 3) Anna Mix – Pierre Vercruysse 4) Nahar – Robert Bergh 5) Your Highness – Björn Goop 6) Sauveur – Åke Lindblom 7) Spartan Kronos – Conrad Lugauer 8) Papagayo E. – non runner 9) Mosaique Face – Lutfi Kolgjini 10) Gigant Slugger – Jeppe Juel The undercard includes the Lovely Godivas (first prize 250,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) and that field includes the Chocolatier mares Coco de Vie and Ultimate Wine. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Dismissed at 19-1, Breedlove launched an explosive uncovered move that gobbled up the field and carried him to a 19-1 upset victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Classicality Trot at The Meadows. The event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters honors Classicality, a fast-class trotter currently performing at The Meadows for Dunn Stable. Breedlove, with only a maiden victory to his credit, got away third from post 8 and moved willingly first over for Mike Wilder down the backside, He drew off to score in 1:58.1, 5-1/4 lengths better that early leader Chip's Halloffame, with Treasure Quest K third. Norm Parker trains the son of Cantab Hall-Siren Hall for Shaleni Farm LLC. The other $17,500 Classicality division was an odd-looking affair that began innocently enough when Moneycounts De Vie left for Dan Rawlings from post 8 and appeared to be settling in the pocket. But the leader, Judge Russell, broke stride, left the course and continued to race inside the pylons. In all the confusion, Moneycounts De Vie found himself shuffled, without apparent racing room. But Rawlings angled him off the cones, and the Andover Hall-Nordicdish gelding powered home to triumph in 1:57.3. The first-over Meadowbranch Memo was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Edinburgh earned show. Dirk Simpson conditions Moneycounts Di Vie for James Bafia and Dirk Simpson Stable. Wilder piloted five winners on the 15-race card while trainer Mark Goldberg enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Saturday’s featured Scot Palmer DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park went to 1.9/1 favorite Spartakus Ans (5g Cantab Hall-Velgamma OK-Lemon Dra) for Sandor Varga, driving for Antiuoch Arani SRO if the Czech Republic. Timed in 1.16.2kr the winner defeated 6.4/1 Philadelphia (7g Detroit-Gertrud-Rendfonok) and reinsman Lajos Marton with 39/1 Zavita Meerswal (10f Good As Gold-Davidia Storm-Quick Pay) home third for Csaba Lakatos. On the Kincsem Park program 1.9/1 Alegria Dream (8f Andover Hall-Adri di Jesolo-Donerail), in rein to Csaba Lakatos, won the 360,000Huf Akkaratus Handicap clocked in 1.16.6kr over 1800 meters autostart. 2.8/1 Amazing Lobell (9f Incredible Crafts-US Companion-Dancer’s Victory) was second for Arpad Lakatos ahead for 8.3/1 Silver Lady (5f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) driven byt Balazs Juhasz. The winner is owned by Privikege Security Kft and Tuire Kykkanen-Nieminen. Later in the card was the 360,000Huf Demure DIJ (1900 meters autostart) and 3/2 favorite Ragdoll (4f Ever To Excel-Woodhill’s Elvirah-Friendly Face) scored in 1.19.9kr for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. The well-bred, lightly-raced, mare defeated  8.5/1 Tunderrozsa (4f Tony Oaks-Kamilla-Valley Guardian) and her driver Laszlo Cser with third to another 8.5/1 odds performer, Talizman (4m Ata Star L-Igazgyongy-Valley Guardian) with Balazs Juhasz uo. Ragdoll is owned by PrivilegeSecurity Kft and Stable Magic Square. She is one that bears tracking in her future endeavors. Thomas H. Hicks

Major Athens (Brian Sears, $11.20) gutted it out Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,400 harness racing Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post position No. 7, he was one of several leavers through some quick fractions. Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) played leapfrog on the lead with Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) between equal opening intervals of :28.2 ( :56.4 half). It took a half-mile before Major Athens finally made the lead, and when he did, that left 3-2 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan) outside all by his lonesome. Meanwhile, Major Athens held his advantage through a 1:26 three-quarters and a 1:55.3 milepost. Then, Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley) wound up from last, surging into contention in and out of the final turn. Major Athens owned a length-a-three-quarter lead entering the lane, then held off a pocket-pulling Crazshana and a flattening Dot Dot Dot Dash. The margin over the former was three-quarters of a length in 2:25.4, a track record for his weight class at this added distance (a tick faster than Papagayo E's effort in last fall's International Trot). Dot Dot Dot Dash, Latoka (Eric Carlson) and Money Maven (Andy Miller) completed the cashers, while Luminosity backed up to last. The weekly trotting feature was one of seven "French" races, each listed with 10 horses (though there were two subsequent scratches) at the mile-and-and-a-quarter distance. For fourth choice Major Athens, a 6-year-old son of Andover Hall owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Milici, it was his third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $50.50, with the triple returning $283.50. Though Bartlett did not win the feature, he did waltz (or pace, or trot) away with just about everything else, as in seven wins on the dozen-race card. The last of the victories was a 7¼-length, 1:50.4, season's-fastest local mile with Santa Fe Beachboy ($2.20) in the finale. This was the fourth Sunday matinee of the season, with the next one scheduled for next Sunday (March 20,. first post 1:10 PM). The card features Round 1 of the inaugural Drivers' Cup, featuring five leading Yonkers' drivers against a quintet of their French counterparts. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (first post 7:10 PM), with the second round of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Frank Drucker

On February 27 at Son Pardo (Spain) the  Gran Premi Govern de les Illes Balears (purse €9,000, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.1.7kr winner, 4.9/1 odds Vitorino Mar (7m Captain Cook-Stina Sas) for G. Andreau over 1/1 Vastervik Jazz (7m And Arifant-Lepere de l’Iton) for driver Jme Fluxa with 12/1 Vanuit Bg home third. At Enghien the Prix de Mimizan (purse €70,000, 2250 meters, 12 European monte starters) went to 7/1 Ultra Or (8g Orlando Vici-Petra du Chene) for Anthony Barrier, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie AB Trot. The 1.13.1kr timed winner bested 2/1 favorite Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Las Fleur) for Damien Bonne, trainer Souloy and Team Art On Line AB. 4/1 Vincent des Obeaux finished third for Julien Raffestin ahead of Orionne Spin and jockey Camille Levesque. At Halmstad the Saturday V75 Gold for 150,000SEK first prize went to Nothing But Class (7m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer0Donerail) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. The 3.4/1 favorite was bred by Valley High Stable. Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) was second at 8.8/1 for Bjorn Goop with third to 45/1 Edward Ale (8g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) with Peter Ingves up for trainer Petri Puro (formerly handler of the legendary Commander Crowe). Also at Halmstad their V75 Silver for a first prize of 125,000SEK went to West Wing (8g Steinlager-Westgate-Niton) for Johan Untersteiner, also trainer. Stall Victory HB owns the 3.2/1 winner that defeated For Pleasure As (7m Abano As-Frill Aas-Pine Chip) with Conrad Lugauer up at 9/1 odds. Third was 44/1 Go Green Pellini (8m Love You-Sparkling Pellini-Giant Chill) with Peter Ingves up for trainer Petri Puro. Also on the card aged mares went to 100,000SEK first money with 5.5/1 Donna du Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) scoring for Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist for owner Langebro Konsult AB. Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victory-Missysmandarine-Malabar Man) was second for Johnny Taker at 9/1 with third to Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie). Other US-registered imports in the beaten field included Fleetfoot Hanover, Single Sock and Blue Martini As. Thomas H. Hicks

Second choices Major Athens (George Brennan, $6.50) and Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.30) were second to none Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing $32,000 Open Handicaps. Major Athens won the week's featured trot after being pocketed from assigned post position No. 6. He watched as Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) led through intervals of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28. It was "Herbie" taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane while being pestered by 13-10 choice Money Maven (Sears). That one slipped off the cones from third, engaging in and out of the final turn. Money Maven continued well and fought the good fight, but was tripped up by a cone-skimming Major Athens. The latter whipped the former by a nose in 1:56, with Home'n Dry (Jordan Stratton), Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley) and Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Major Athens, a 6-year-old son of Andover Hall owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Milici, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $144.50. The week's marquee pace had a three-move effort from Polak A. Away third from his ordered post No. 5 venue, he trailed both 4-5 fave Roland N Rock (Dube) and Hugh Hefner N (Stratton) in a gapping octet. "Roland" sped away (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.3) while "Hugh" lost touch in the pocket. That allowed Polak A a rest stop when he moved toward the leader. Roland N Rock had a couple of lengths turning for home, but Polak A was sizing him up and easing past. He won by a length in a season's-best 1:53. Third went to Atta Boy Dan (Brennan), with Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter) and Bad Boy Matt (Mack MacDonald) grabbing the minor moolah. For Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under Pacific Fella gelding co-owned by many Bellinos and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he's now 3-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $10.60, the triple returned $94.50 and the superfecta paid $646. Saturday's Pick 5, buoyed by a double-carryover of just over $9,400, attracted $24,891 of new money. The winning combination of 6-5-3-6-8 returned $2,552 for every correct half-a-buck ticket. The Raceway's season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), with a dozen races and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

The 1.6/1 favorite Prudy (7f Stallone Jet-Ustione-Sebastian Bob) took today’s featured 600,000Huf Laszlo Tolnay Memporial over 2560 meters (distance handicap) at Kincsem Park (Budapest). Co-owner Vito Sadl drove the winner for trainer Tibor Hajnal and co-owner Illetmeny KIft., timed in 1.21.4kr over a slow course this day. Prudy traveled the 250 meters as did second finishing Philadelphia (7g Detroit-Gertrud-Rendfonok) with Lajos Marton aboard at 3.5/1 odds. Orangyl (8f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands) overcame a 40 meter handicap to land third for reinsman Emil Csordas. The Deer Dust Handicap (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.20.6kr timed Alegria Dream (8f Andover Hall-Adri di Jesolo-Donerail) at even-money odds for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. This mare is owned by Drimwind 2011 Kft and Tuire-Kykhanen-Niemenen and was bred by Reve Avec Moi Dreamwithme (Jean-Pierre Dubois) in Quebec. 2.9/1 Rangos Meteor (6g Belami-Kahinoor-Valley Guardian) finished second for Emil Csordas with third to 5.1/1 Redwood Vita (6m Ata Star L-Corsa de Gloria-Indro Park) for driver Tibor Hajnal. Thomas H. Hicks

With the yearling sales just ten days away now, all the vendors at this years sales have long ago finalized all their advertising and promotion of their stock. The photos and videos are up and all the vendors can hope for is that the prospective buyers are as taken with their yearlings as they are. One way that the odd vendor can get a lift in the last ten days or so before a sale is if close relatives to their offerings make a bit of a splash on the racing scene. Last weekend the very successful broodmare Juverna had stock winning races all over Australasia which can only bode well for the sale prospects of her Majestic Son filly on the first day of this years New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch. Selling as Lot 250, The Best Moment Yet had three siblings salute the judge on both sides of the Tasman in the space of 24 hours. First up was Quite A Moment who was ultra impressive winning a $20,000 trot at Melton where she easily accounted for the very smart Maori Time and One Over Da Moon. The daughter of Quite Easy simply bolted in and it was a run that really impressed driver Ricky May. " She won that so easily the other night I think she would be more than competitive against the best trotters going around and I think Greg is considering that option," Ricky told Harnesslink earlier in the week. It was her 14th career victory and took her earnings over the $258,000 mark. Two hours later at Albion Park, Duke Of The Moment kept the momentum going when he took out the trotters handicap. The son of Monarchy was recording his 18th career victory which took his lifetime earnings to just shy of $158,000. Come Sunday in New Zealand and the icing on the cake for Juverna was the performance of her Love You daughter Moment Of Love, who brained them by eight and a half lengths at the Wairarapa meeting at the Manawatu Raceway. Grant Beckett, the vendor of The Best Moment Yet at this years sales is still shaking his head over the three progeny winning last weekend. " With the sales just around the corner, to have three winners from the mare in just one weekend was a huge thrill. " The best advertising you can ever get is the progeny winning races and to have three do it together is a great achievement." " I already thought that The Best Moment Yet would sell well because I think she is best yearling on type that Juverna has produced so the three winners is really a bonus," Grant told Harnesslink earlier today.  Grant has a second yearling from the family that he is selling on the second day of the New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch as Lot 432 A daughter of Lucky Chucky 1:50.8 ($2,099,973) who sired a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner from his first crop, the filly is named Luck Of The Moment and is from a Sundon daughter of Juverna. " She has just been a bit behind the other filly all the way through but has closed the gap just lately and has a lot of the family traits of Juverna so I have a bit of time for her," was Grant's opinion of her when talking to us today. Juverna has since produced a colt by Peak but it has already been sold. " Tim Butt was very keen to buy him so he has changed hands already and I put her back in foal to Peak." "Sunny Moment didn't have a foal this year but she is safely in foal to Andover Hall now," Grant said.  Juverna is from as good a trotting family results wise over the last twenty years as there is in the New Zealand stud book. The three winners last weekend is just a timely reminder to yearling buyers of how good this family is. Harnesslink Media

One of the hardest things to promote in the harness racing industry is a stallion who is promising but not quite delivering with the results on the track at the level needed. There can be a whole raft of reasons but the prospective broodmare clients for the stallion just want to see those runs on the board and the more the merrier. I think the above description fits the young trotting stallion The Pres perfectly. The Pres is a son of  the champion trotting sire Andover Hall who is proving to be a great sire of sires with his son Donato Hanover being at the top of the pile in North America Add in a maternal family that is littered with outstanding performers and The Pres has a pedigree that ticks all the boxes. Lightly raced before a career ending injury, The Pres won four of nine and took a 1:55 mark which is a clear  indication of a quality individual. His first crop was welcomed with a lot of favourable comment from trainers in New Zealand when being broken in and they were well received at the sales. From that first crop he produced the smart two year old Primz Luck 2:00.8 who won four of seven starts at two and looked top class but due to injury hasn't again since. That first crop in New Zealand numbered 38 foals and has produced 17 qualifiers to date which in New Zealand conditions is okay but it is only now that they are four year olds that they are stating to convert that into winning performances. Several look very promising such as Le Lievre's Gift 1:57.6 who is two from two to date and Precious Pet who won her only start to date in the manner of a horse with plenty more wins in store The second crop numbers 46 foals which are half way through their three year old seasons. Eight have qualified to date including one of last season's star two year olds in Cyclone Chief  2:01.7p ($34,491) who was very unlucky not to win the Breeders Crown Final at Melton at two going under by a neck after being checked late in the race. Two other three year olds from that crop that look well above average are the Phil Williamson stablemates in Astral Ruler and Sam Galleon. Astral Ruler went round in the Hambletonian at Ashburton on the weekend and didn't disgrace himself while Sam Galleon was impressive winning at Winton last Friday. So The Pres is slowly righting the ship in New Zealand and those numbers should keep improving from now on. While The Pres had been battling to establish himself in New Zealand, his very small Australian crops have been making hay while the sun shines. His first crop who are four this season numbered just two foals, neither of which has raced. His second crop who are three this season number just five foals but four have already won including the star filly Princess Phoenix ($80,133) who won two Group 1 races at two and the promising colt Big Jack Hammer ($33,600) who won one Group 1 at two. To produce two very smart youngsters such as those two from just five foals is the kind of result that stallion owners dream of. What it shows yet again though is that The Pres can produce that individual that is capable of winning Group races which is a must do for any aspiring stallion to establish himself in todays competitive stallion market. There are only six yearlings by the Pres in this years yearlings sales and they are all at the Christchurch sale. The whole six are from lovely trotting mares and with the recent results in both New Zealand and Australia being so positive, the stock of The Pres may surprise a few people on sale day in a fortnight. Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2016 -- Major Athens waltzed through a soft front half that enabled him to cruise to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. When Tony Hall gave Major Athens opening fractions of 29.3/59.2, the 6-year-old son of Andover Hall-Miss Athens had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Tamarind and scoring in 1:56.4. The pocket-sitting Keystone Chester finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Redder Than Red third. Rich Gillock trains the homebred Major Athens, who now boasts $470,585 in career earnings, for Thomas Brice and Charles Receski. Mike Wilder and Hall each collected three wins on the 15-race card. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays. Featured race Jan. 16 is the California Derby at Golden Gate. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

January 2, 2016 - Jennifer Tillman teamed 4.6/1 Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) to victory in today’s V75 Gold with 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meters autostart harness racing event. Thomas Jezek is the trainer of Food Money. 2.5/1 On Hold (8g Valley Victor-Kill Time-SJ’s Caviar) was second for driver Magnus Jakobsson with third to 5.5/1 Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) with Leif Witasp aboard. Democrat, Francais Gull and Luckycharm Hanover (at 3.8/1) trailed the top three to the line. Thomas H. Hicks

January 1, 2016 - Daniel Reden’s trainee Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) heads an 11 horse field in Saturday’s V75 Gold at Romme. Owned by Stall Zet, this winner of over 3.1SEK million will be driven by legendary Orjan Kihlstrom. Other 3SEK million plus winners in the group include Francais du Gull and David Sisu. Early favorite is Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missy’s Go Go-Yankee Glide) trained and driven by Leif Witasp. This one has three wins in his last six outings and was six for 14 in 2015. January 2, 2015 V75 Gold – Romme, 2140 meters autostart, first prize 150,000SEK Cool Keeper, Leif Witasp Food Money, Jennifer Tiillman Francais du Gull, Erik Lindegren Luckycharm Hanover, Orjan Kihlstrom Nato Dream, Ulf Ohlsson On Hold, Magnus Jakobsson License Holder, Joni-Petteri Irri I Saw You, Ake Lindblom Save My Ashes, Benny Christensen Democrat, Torbjorn Jansson David Sisu, Jorma Kontio Thomas H. Hicks

December 26, 2015 - Today’s Gr. II UET Masters Series International Gold-Gert Lindbergs (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla went to harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Pine Chip) at 2.6/1 for teamster Johnny Takter. 7.3/1 Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) was next for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third to 6.4/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) and driver Jennifer Tillman. Well-regarded Dreams Take Time and Food Money were disqualified. The Baroness Karsks for aged mares (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 3.8/1 Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo) for Peter Untersteiner ahead of 4.2/1 Blue Martini As (5f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Third was 7.1/1 My Happiness EP (7f Credit Winner-US Francesca-Coktail Jet) handled by Jeppe Juel. Radysin America was a scratch. The 200,000SEK (to winner) Stayerlopp over 3140 meters (voltstart) went to 2.5/1 Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. The winner overcame a 60 meter handicap. 6.9/1 Condor Motion (6g Adams Hall-Lady Motion-Goetmals Wood) was second for Hans Crebas after a 20 meter penalty. 14.5/1 Aristocat Boko (8g From Above-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) ended third for Ulf Ohlsson, this one also overcoming a 60 meter handicap. Thomas H. Hicks

Monday (December 21) at Cagnes-Sur-Mer was held the Prix des Lutins (purse €21,000, 14 three year-olds, 2925 meters) and the 1.18.2kr winner was 19.7/1 outsider Courtly Love (3m Love You-Minnie Perrine) for trainer/driver Ch-A Mary and Ecurie D. The 1.1/1 favorite Cyprin d’Erable (3m Prodigious-Quinine d’Lerable) was second for driver/trainer Yannick A. Briand with 7.3/1 Cornflower Jac (3g Opium-Lady Mary) home third, also trained by Briand, On December 16 in Sweden the Gosta Nordins (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla went to 3.7/1 favorite Luckycharm Hanover (7m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The veteran classmaster defeated 18.6/1 I Saw You (10g Love You-I Saw Molly-Lindys Crown) handled by trainer Ake Lindblom with third to 4.8/1 Attack Diablo (5g Blue York Yankee-Chanson d’Inverne-SJs Photo) that Yohan Untersteiner drove for trainer Peter Untersteiner. On that Solvalla card the Gunnar Nordins (purse 100,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.4/1 favorite Al’s Wintermede (4m Olimede-Memory-Supergill) driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Svante Ericsson. 15.5/1 Be Spontaneous (4m Andover Hall-Inspired Society-Self Possessed) was second for Kenneth Haugstad, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. 35.8/1 Digital Collection (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight) was third for Per Lennartsson and trainer Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks  

Pompano Beach, FL…December 14, 2015…Auspicious Hanover, masterfully driven by Kevin Wallis, overcame the nine post and eight rivals to score a hard earned 1:54 victory in Pompano Park’s $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night. His winning margin was a neck over the late charging Cashahallic, handled by Aaron Byron, with Diamond Dagger third for Mark O’Mara. Elin rallied for fourth while Gold Savage saved ground all the way from his rail post to pick up the nickel. Auspiciois Hanover, a four year-old gelded son of Andover Hall, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, was on the prowl early from his outside post looking for a spot mid-pack early and found one, nestling in fourth as Proud Moment overtook Cashahallic for early supremacy through an opening quarter of :27.2 before Cashahallic reclaimed shortly thereafter. Three-eighths into the mile, Wallis was on the move again with Auspicious Hanover, taking command just a couple strides prior to a demanding half in :55.1. On the backside, Auspicious maintained his safe lead with Cashahallic right behind and Proud Moment now out and trying to mount a bid but stalling past three-quarters in 1:24. In the lane, Auspicious Hanover, tiring from the demanding journey, was feeling the heat from Cashahallic with the latter’s rally falling short in the photo. It was the ninth win of the year for Auspicious Hanover with the winner’s share of the purse sending his 2015 bankroll to $94,377 and $310,776 lifetime. In a post-race interview, driver Kevin Wallis, now less than 100 wins away from 10,000 lifetime, said, “I figured that the only way to get into the race was to leave and try to find a spot up close. I certainly didn’t want to spot the field nine or 10 lengths early. “I found a good spot early but this horse felt like he didn’t want to be restrained, so I sent him to the top. “Yes, he was tiring at the end but the wire came at the right time.” As second choice on the tote-board, Auspicious Hanover paid $6.00 to win. Pompano Park also hosted the second legs of two late closing events for pacers—the Success Cameo for claiming mares and the Sea Eagle, which turned out to be for claiming geldings. The first division of the Success Cameo, named after driver-trainer Dave Legum’s mare that competed at Pompano Park during its infancy, went to Mayabelle, driven by Jason Dillander, turning the tables on last week’s first leg winner, Dakota Law, handled by Ed Hensley, in 1:54.2, a season’s best effort. Pacific Date, third last week in the opening leg, finished third again for Aaron Byron with Lily Rei fourth and Fair Voltage picking up the nickel in the septet. Mayabelle, a four year-old daughter of McArdle trained by Dale Gilmour for Karma Racing, was out alertly and took the field to the opening quarter in :28 before yielding to Dakota Law with the latter posting subsequent panels of :57.2 and 1:26. Turning for home, Mayabelle left the coziness of the pocket and rolled on by a sixteenth out to score the one length victory—her third of the year in 24 starts—to send her 2015 earnings to $15,762 and $110,934 lifetime. Off as the 8 to 5 second choice, Mayabelle paid $5.40 to win. The second division was captured by Ruths Shadylady for Kevin Wallis in 1:54.4. Rallying in deep stretch, this six year-old daughter of Geartogear, first, collared favored Sweet Bet (Wally Hennessey) and, finally, held off the late charging Come On Kathryn (Ed Hensley) to score by a half-length. Trained by Fred Cohen for new owner Brian Calvert, Ruths Shadylady was fifth early on, tilting to the outside around the second turn and grinding forward the rest of the journey to record her 11th win of the year in a busy 38 starts—this after a winless 2014 season covering 24 starts. She’s banked $26,577 in 2015. Off at 2 to 1, Ruths Shadylady paid $6.80 to her faithful. Division one of the Sea Eagle, named for the very first winner at Pompano Park on February 4, 1964, produced the first dead-heat for win this season when the judges could not separate Yuma Hanover and Goldstar Raider at the wire. In this 1:53.1 thriller, the first seven finishers in the octet were but two lengths apart at the wire with Yuma Hanover, driven by Aaron Byron, finding a very small seam mid-stretch to knife through for a share of the top prize while Goldstar Raider, handled by Mike Micallef, swung widest of all from last turning for home (and still last at mid-stretch) to nail his share in the last stride. On The Green, with Rob Hoffman in the bike, was third, edging out My Buddy Mason for show honors. Allie’s Dragon finished fifth. Yuma Hanover, trained by Mike Hardy for owner John Stubits, is an eight year-old son of Real Artist and won for the sixth time this semester and 24th lifetime to send his seasonal bounty to $20,636. The necessity of sharing the first and second place awards prevented Yuma from going over the $150,000 in lifetime bounty—now at $149,551, instead of $150,239 had he been a clear winner. Goldstar Raider, a Florida bred son of Rock On, trained by Tim Maier for owner Denise Maier, earned his ninth win of the season to push his 2015 earnings to $28,342 and $141,833 career-wise. Yuma Hanover, off at 14 to 1, paid $15.00 while Goldstar Raider, 7 to 1 on the board, paid $9.00 to win. The final division of the Sea Eagle went to Mixed Media, driven by Wally Hennessey for new trainer-owner Tom Artandi, covering the mile in a lifetime best performance timed in 1:52.4. Terrorizer was second for Ed Hensley, a half-length back while the 3 to 5 favorite, Geared To Win, driven by Andy Santeramo, finished third, five lengths away. Sturgeon Seelster finished fourth after being prominent early and Western Legend, cutting serious fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 before relinquishing to Geared To Win  at the third station in 1:23.4, finished fifth. The winner, meanwhile, followed live cover through the final half mile to wend his way into contention turning for home and then on to victory—his eighth of the year—to send his 2015 bankroll to $33,077 and just short of $300,000 lifetime--$297,139 to be precise. Mixed Media paid $12.20 as third betting choice. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a 13 race program beginning at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

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