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MONTICELLO, NY-- A short five-horse field assembled behind the harness racing mobile gate for the first race, a division of the North American Amateur Drivers Series, at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Nov 14) and when the starter said "go" Bob Hechkoff immediately sent Five Towns to the lead and they led Lady's Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz by the first quarter in a soft :29.4. In hot pursuit of the leaders were Muzzy's Muscles (Joe Faraldo); Cheeky Little Miss (Tony Verruso) and ER Shane ( Joe Lee) and once the horses passed the by the first quarter, strangely the order never changed as Five Towns showed the way to the finish line to score a 2:00.3 triumph. Schwartz's trotter was second and Muzzys Muscles took home the show dough.Cheeky Little Miss finished fourth and earned fifth money "It's certainly an oddity when the horses finish in the exact order that they lined-up after the start," acknowledged NAADA president Joe Faraldo. "Obviously the short field played a part." Sent off as the favorite in the race, Five Towns, a 10-year-old Andover Hall gelding, notched his eighth seasonal victory and paid a paltry $3.50 for win. He's owned by RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing LLC and trained by Kyle Spagnola. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series

Northfield, OH-- Jazmin "the Little Flower" Arnold is really beginning to make a name for herself. The diminutive lady from Xenia, Ohio, just keeps doing what she knows best and that is driving harness racing winners and recently in the midwest region of the Billing Trotting Series On Sunday evening (Nov. 10) Arnold scored again when she reined Celebrity Pegasus to a romping six-length 1:55 triumph over Kelly "Sky" Walker's, Keystone Blade, in the $6000 Billings Trot. For the rising star it was her 22nd driving victory this season. True, more that half were on the Ohio County Fair circuit, but since gaining her full license she has been dominating her veteran Billings competitors at many pari-mutuel venues. Her victory on Sunday was her third consecutive - all with different Herman Hagerman-trained horses- at Nothfield Park. Her journey to victory on Sunday took an overland route from when she hustled Celebrity Pegasus to the lead from the five-hole and after wicked early half-mile fractions of :27.3 and 55.3, her trotter finally made the front. And once on top Arnold kept the pedal to the metal and the 7-year-old son of Andover Hall led the competition by the third stanza in 1:24.4, and through the stretch Celebrity Pegasus cruised to an easy victory. After parking the winner in the early going "Sky" Walker's Keystone Blade hung on for second money while Lavern "Michigan" Miller took home the show dough with Sea Fearher. The winner, owned by Morgan Hagerman, returned a $4.80 mutuel. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Despite a mercury reading dancing on the edge of 50o, the three winners of the $15,000 features on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono all posted lifetime harness racing marks. The Art Major gelding Benson Boys N perforce took a new best of 1:52 in a pace for males, as the race was his U.S. debut. Unraced at two and three but now 6-for-13 in his last two seasons, Benson Boys N swept wide off cover on the far turn, was kept out wide by the pocketsitting Boys Turn moving outside at headstretch, but still won the stretch battle of the "Boys" by ¾ of a length. Tyler Buter drove the promising import for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Northfork Racing Stable and Alan Johnston. The Pet Rock sophomore filly Throwing Shade put in a big mile in her second start for Team Allard, winning in 1:52.4 by over four lengths. Simon Allard, driving for brother/trainer Rene, got a spot leaving, then moved the filly at the 3/8 to gain the lead by the half. None of her rivals in this feature split for pacing distaffs could go with her in the second half, and she looks like a good acquisition for Allard Racing Inc., Jordan Derue, and Bruce Soulsby. In the feature division for trotters, Choco Charlie steadily came on in the last quarter, wearing down leader Play It Again As by a length in 1:54.4. Tyler Buter also had sulky duty behind the sophomore altered son of Andover Hall for trainer Jill Roland and owner Bernard O'Brien. Buter and Eric Carlson led the driving colony with three winners each on the Tuesday card. Pocono has only three cards remaining in its 2019 season: this Saturday and the following Tuesday, and then closing night on Saturday, November 16. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

DAYTON, OH. - For the third straight Thursday night, a new winner emerged in the weekly $17,000 Open Handicap Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   This time it was 23-1 longshot Elmo Blatch (Cameron McCown) who topped Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman) and I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.4. It was a night when horses were aided by strong gusting winds down the backside, but were slowed by an equally strong headwind in the stretch.   Northmedo Mission (Dan Noble) cut the early fractions (:27.2, :56.4 and 1:25) before Pine Dream (Josh Sutton) and then Elmo Blatch moved up to challenge around the final bend.   It was the first time McCown had driven Elmo Blatch, who won nine races and $100,000 in 2018 but had been struggling to regain that form this season. The 6-year-old son of Andover Hall now sports a pair of seasonal scores and has banked another $26,045 in 2019. He is owned and trained by David Lough.   Earlier on the program Hollywood Dayton presented the third annual All Grey Halloween Handicap featuring eight grey or roan pacers who compete regularly at the local five-eighths mile oval. Roan Color (Josh Sutton) bested Payne For Pres (Trevor Smith) and Marc Mellow Man (Jeremy Smith) in a competitive race for a $10,000 purse.   Sutton was content to sit mid-pack in the early going before moving first up on the outside approaching the halfway point. From there, the 4-year-old roan son of Marced Card ground down his fellow grey foes before reaching the wire first in 1:53.4. Trainer Ken Terpenning's Strike Point Racing LLC owns Marc Mellow Man.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

CHESTER, PA - On Wednesday afternoon Harrah's Philadelphia started its serving of Liberty Bell Series stakes action with $180,800 on the line in three harness racing divisions of freshman male action for each of the both gaits. Despite a rainy day during which the track was rerated from "good" to "sloppy," four of the six winners took lifetime marks, and the other two winners, both pacers, came home in 55.1. Form held up in the first two of the trotting contests. The Father Patrick - Muscle Amour gelding Saxon rallied out of the pocket to catch pacesetting DD's Redemption in his division, stopping the timer in 1:56.3 (good) in posting a half-length victory. A double winner in PA Stallion Series action, Saxon was handled by David Miller for trainer Jim Campbell for the Runthetable Stables. Loyal Fox Hanover looked like he might be facing difficulty after PA Fair Championship winner Stickler Hanover got to the half in 1:00 in their section, but the altered son of Andover Hall - Lady Luck Hanover grinded into 57.1 - 28.1 back fractions to get by the stubborn pacesetter by 1¼ lengths in 1:57.1 (sloppy). Loyal Fox Hanover, a Stallion Series winner who was second in his Championship, was driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer Chuck Sylvester, who is a co-owner along with Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey Arnold, and Paul Bordogna. The one trotting cut that saw the chalk defeated was also the fastest division on that gait, and it was won by the Muscle Massive - My Winning Way K colt Moveoutofmyway K in 1:56 (sloppy). Yannick Gingras tipped his colt out of the pocket midbackstretch and immediately got the lead as the pacesetter broke, and then the pair were able to ward off the late burst of favored Patriarch Hanover by a half-length. Norm Parker conditions the first-time stakes winner for owner Robert Key. Contrasting with the trotting events, the contests for baby pacers saw no favorite emerge victorious. The fastest winner was the Well Said - Bodacious Hanover colt Lake Charles, who was sent to the top by Tim Tetrick, then came home in :55.1 - :27.2 for a 1:51.4 victory (good). Tell Them Lou was three-quarters of a length back in second and favored Manticore third behind the PA Stallion Series Championship winner, who is trained by Ray Schnittker and is co-owned by him with Dr. John Egloff, Max Hempt, and Steven Arnold. Brian Sears sent Father Nuno, the Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure colt who is a full brother to Captaintreacherous, to the top in his division, and like Lake Charles, Father Nuno posted back splits of :55.1 - 27.2 to complete the mile in 1:53.1 (sloppy), 2¼ lengths ahead of favored Mac's Big Boy. The brother team of trainer Tom and owner John Cancelliere are the sponsorship behind the impeccably-bred baby. The one pacing winner who did post a new mark was also the longest shot of the six stakeswinners at $30.60: the Sweet Lou - Keystone Dawn mare Keystone Dash, who rallied from the pocket for driver Andrew McCarthy to overhaul pacesetting favorite Starship by a nose in 1:53.1 (good). The youngster, a PA Stallion Series winner who is owned by Ãke Svanstedt Inc., had not raced in 33 days, but despite any layoff Svanstedt horses usually come out ready for a big mile, as did Keystone Dash today. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia    

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2019 -- Rainbowinthewest peeled off cover through the final turn and roared by the harness racing leader, Tequila Talkin, to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Rainbowinthewest was following the live cover of Kate's Massive until driver Brady Brown asked her for go in the lane. The 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded beautifully, downing Tequila Talkin by 2-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:53.4, while Kate's Massive saved show. Robert Rougeaux III trains Rainbowinthewest, who extended her career earnings to $128,271, for Brocious Racing Stable and Lone Wolf Stable. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs championships as well as the annual Pink Out to benefit the American Cancer Society. First post is 1:05 PM. For full race results and enteries click here. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Plainville, MA --- It's as simple as this: he's a win machine. Shorething Fashion took his fourth straight harness racing victory at Plainridge Park in the $14,000 Open trotting feature on Friday afternoon (Sept. 27). Driver Nick Graffam released Shorething Fashion from the gate and shot right to the front, opening up a two-length lead in :27.4. From there he coasted unencumbered to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:25.3 maintaining a gapped advantage over Neverdie (Mitchell Cushing) who was trying to stay close through the journey. Rounding the final bend, Graffam held firm lines and sat still while Shorething Fashion continued to trot strong on the point heading into the stretch. Quicksilver Kemp (Drew Monti) joined Neverdie in late pursuit down the lane but Shorething Fashion was the strongest at the wire where he won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.2. As mentioned it was the fourth straight win, but also the fifth win in the last six starts for Shorething Fashion ($4.40) who pushed his earnings to $40,604 this year. The 5-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall-Tyg Hanover is owned by Bob McHugh and Mike Eaton, who also trains the winner. The secondary feature was the $12,000 conditioned trot that was won by Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) who led the entire race and held off a late charging Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) to win by a head in 1:57. The Lindy Racing Stable owns Whiskey Lindy ($2.80) who is trained by Domenico Cecere. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kicks off its 2019 season this Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park with the 3-year-olds competing in four divisions. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals with an estimated value of $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. Post time for Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) is 2 p.m. and there will be a $49,624 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

The even-money harness racing favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) took today’s Breeders Crown (males, purse 50,063€, 1900 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller. He raced in the pocket until the final turn after being denied the front, and he held off 10/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Golde Chip) reined by Jorgen Sjunnesson in the final strides. Orlando Jet raised his career earnings to 370,751€. Third was pacesetter 9/1 Halva Von Haithabu (7m Here Comes Joey) and teamster Thorsten Tietz. The undercard included the Breeders Crown Mares (purse 57,215€, 1900 meters autostart, 11 starters) and it saw 1.13.1kr timed and 5.9/1 odds Alegra B (5f Andover Hall-Galea) score for Conrad Lugauer. The 1.9/1 Goldy Stardust (6f Quick Crown-Timely Stardust) was second for Michael Nimczyk. Third was 21.9/1 Super Queen C (6f Offshore Dream-Freiha Haikant) teamed with Jaap Van Rijn. Aged performers also were on stage for the Thomas Philipps (purse 10,728€, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.13.3kr timed victory went to Muscle Boy As (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Perj) with trainer Gerhard Mayr at the lines. Khalid (6f Lets Go-Lisboa) took second for Roland Hulskath and Gustavson Be (6g Juliano Star-Gioioca Caf) was third for Victor Gentz. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2019 -- The last time we heard anything of Paulie Walnuts Gualtieri, he was clinging to life after being whacked in the bloody turf war between his Sopranos gang of New Jersey and their New York rivals. That was in 2007. Yet Paulie Walnuts will race at The Meadows in Saturday's Florida Pro, a $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Of course, it won't be Tony Sirico, the actor who portrayed Paulie Walnuts in the long-running HBO series The Sopranos. Rather, it's his harness racing equine namesake, a promising youngster who's seeking his first stakes win for owner Howard Taylor and trainer Bill Mullin. The Florida Pro goes as races 1, 2 and 10, with Paulie Walnuts and Mike Wilder leaving from post 3 in race 2. First post is 1:05 PM. Paulie Walnuts (Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover) was bred by Steve Jones of Cameo Hills Farm. Jones, who likes to have fun with foal names, is a Sopranos devotee. "I watched that show religiously from start to finish, and Paulie Walnuts is my favorite character," Jones says. "He has so many quirks -- his mannerisms, his rings, the way he holds his hands, the way he tilts his head. He's certainly a favorite of mine. I wanted to use his name somewhere along the way." It wasn't the first time Jones dipped into Sopranos lore for a foal name. In 2001, he named a baby Mr Bada Bing after the topless joint that Tony Soprano's gang operated. "He was a full brother to Deweycheatumnhowe, but he wasn't as successful," Jones recalls. Mullin, meanwhile, is a fan of the Paulie Walnuts character as well. "I didn't miss too many episodes," he says. "What I remember about Paulie Walnuts is that skunk hair-do." Mullin picked up Paulie Walnuts when Taylor shifted him from the Gareth Dowse stable and made only a few rigging changes, including a switch to aluminum shoes behind. Has Mullin seen anything of the casual violence of Paulie Walnuts in his equine namesake? "Not at all," Mullin says. "He's a gentleman, a pro. He picks up on everything you want him to. In his first couple starts, he showed that he has speed, and I think he wants to be a racehorse. "He's not staked to much this year, but if he performs well in the four or five shots he has remaining, he'll have more next year." Can he win Saturday? You bet, or as Paulie Walnuts might say, "Fuhgeddaboutit." Saturday's program also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a $1,319.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. Paulie "fuhgeddaboutit" Walnuts in Meadows PASS

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2019 -- There was no floating like a butterfly for Stinglike A B K; he powered right to the top and widened his lead late to capture Wednesday's co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot. Hydration took Wednesday's companion feature, an $11,800 Conditioned Pace, in similar front-end fashion, scoring in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone, trainer Brian Brown and owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Strollin Stable. Tony Hall pointed Stinglike A B K to the front, and the 3-year-old son of Andover Hall-Winning Missbrenda brooked no challenges, prevailing in a career-best 1:56.2. Just Fly Beyond was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Bellesvictorysong third. Rich Gillock trains the winner for owner/breeder Bob Key. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race program while Aaron Johnston enjoyed a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $182,052 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, the program offers a carryover of $4,545.21 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a $190.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                                              

Goshen, NY – Celebrity Farms Sam Stathis has announced that his stakes winning harness racing trotter, Celebrity Maserati, will be standing stud for the 2019 season at Leatherstocking Equine Group in New York. His stud fee will be $2,500. Sired by Andover Hall from the SJ’s Caviar mare, Arlanda Hanover, Celebrity Maserati was a $198,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:53 as a three-year-old at Pocono Downs. At age three he was the winner of the Dexter Cup Trot Final at Freehold Raceway and was first and second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In the Dexter Cup, it was only the second start of the season for Celebrity Maserati, who defeated Jimmy Takter’s world record holder Dontyouforgetit in 1:58.3, an early lifetime best clocking, making him a season’s leader for most of the year.  From seven foals out of Arlanda Hanover, six made the races and Celebrity Maserati was the fastest and top money earner. He has a full brother, Orlando, who was a $175,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:54.4f and his Celebrity Maserati was favored that year to win his division of the prestigious Hambletonian Trot, but fractured his ankle on the first turn and still was able to come home faster that any other horse in the race. Celebrity Maserati was also one of the horses rescued from the devasting fire at the Olympia Training Center (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center) on March 16, 2016 that took the lives of 12 Standardbred race horses. Between his injuries in the Hambletonian and then the fire, Stathis decided it was time to stand his big beautiful black stallion at stud. “He is such a magnificent looking horse,” said Stathis, “That I felt it was time to put him to stud publicly. I know he will do very well in NY as he was a major stakes winner (Dexter Cup) on a half mile track and has taken fast records on all size tracks.” All breeding and booking inquiries should be directed to David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call 607-847-9996. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms

The giants of Swedish trotting met Sunday at Ostersund to decide the UET Masters Final (purse 401,600€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters). Propulsion (7m Andover Hall-Danae) rallied at mid-stretch for the 1.10.4kr timed victory with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. He raised his career earnings to 2,227,405€. The 22/1 Milligans School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) rallied along the pegs for second after leading Cyber Lane faded, driven by Ulf Eriksson and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The 7/10 favorite Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) was third handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Timo Nurmos.  Sorbet and driver Per Linderoth was fourth ahead of the Wim Paal teamed Up And Quick. Lionel, Dreammoko and Cyber Lane finished sixth through eighth and Diamanten was a dq. Replay stretch drive link follows:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Xp09J6HZ8 The Ostersund card also included the Krokoms Kommun (purse 25,753€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) and the 1/10 favorite In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsa LB) scored for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team to raise her career earnings to 416,681€.  Ginny Weasley was second for Robert Bergh, ahead of the Bjorn Goop teamed Dizzy Broad. Race time was 1.12.5kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Big weekend of racing in Equope Perfect Spirit this evening won the Gavle Fyeaaringsst (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart). This four year-old son of Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) scored in 1.10.7kr for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and SRF Stable. The winner now has six wins and two second place finishes in eight starts since import form the USA. Off as the 1.7/1 favorite Perfect Spirit defeated 27/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-She’s Gone Again-SJs Caviar) and 4.4/1 Zack Zoomer (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Passageway-Angus Hall). King Of the Hill and Snowstorm Hanover was dq’s. At Vincennes on Saturday will feature the Gr. II Prix d’Ete for a 200,000 euro total purse, raced over 2700 meters. Aubrion du Gers will be at the start along with noted sprinter Un Mec d’Heripre. The Prix de Basly is also Saturday at Vincennes as three year-olds contest this Gr. II event. Saturday is the FEGAT Amateur Driver Championship final which this year is at Kincsem Park (Budapest). That series of raced begins Friday evening. There will also be on Saturday the Marschall Memorial and the Hungaria Dij. The Marschall Memorial is the first Group III race, the prize money is 9.000.000 HUF - about 30.000 USD. The FEGAT Gentlemen European Championship has 13 participants. http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2018/gentlemen-european-championship-in-hungary/ There will be two races on Friday night and three on Saturday. https://lovifogadas.hu/web/data/agturf/agar_2018_09_07.pdf https://lovifogadas.hu/web/data/uturf/ugeto_2018_09_08.pdf by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) won today’s Sprintermastaren Final (final purse to winner 996,000SEK, elimination winner’s prize 125,000SEK each, 1609 meters autostart, three eliminations) at Halmstad, Sweden. Orjan Kihlstrom drove Perfect Spirit to the 1.10.2kr victory for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. He finished second in the first elimination to Calle Crown. Perfect Spirit was off at 2.4/1 in the final and defeated 9.9/1 Lucifer Lane (4m Infinitif-Montreal Lane-Lindy Lane) with Johan A. Nilsson up. Third was 9.7/1 Super War Horse (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Poison Valley-Lindy Lane) handled by Kevin Oscarsson for trainer Jerry Riordan. The 4.7/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-She’s Gone Again-SJs Caviar) with pilot Bjorn Goop for trainer Stefan Melander and 17.3/1 Van Kronos (4m Timoko-Mythical Kronos-Yankee Glide) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath completed the top five. The eliminations first went to 4.2/1 Calle Crown (4m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown-Victor Victor) timed in 1.10.3kr for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Easy KB. 1.2/1 Perfect Spirit for Kihlstom and 25.9/1 Transcendence (4g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight) with trainer Robert Bergh up trailed this winner. Elim two went to 1.4/1 favorite Hazard Boko (4m SJs Caviar-Quail Ridge-Smasher) in 1.12.5kr driven by Per Lennartsson, also trainer, for Anders Backe. 3.2/1 Lucifer Lane for Johan A. Nilsson and 24.2/1 Waffle (4g Jaded-Marzipan-Vikings Way) for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner were second and third. Hazard Boko Elimination three saw 3/1 Enterprise score in 1.11.9kr for Goop and Melander over 1.6/1 favorite Super War Horse for the Oscarsson/Riordan team and owner Matina Vincenzo of Italy. 10.6/1 Van Kronos was third for Adielsson and Svante Bath to set up the grand finale. On the Halmstad undercard was the Euroclassic Next Year (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters voltstart) and 27/1 Uandmetogether As (3f Muscle Mass-France Dream-Cantab Hall) scored timed in 1.14.8kr and reined by Erik Adielsson and trainer Johan Untersteiner and Stall Bologssallet. ACL Stuteri bred the winner that bested 12/1 Mellby Glader (3g Going Kronos) with Bjorn Goop up and 42/1 Gumball In with Orjan Kihlstrom the pilot. Five year old mares contested the Femaringslopp (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) with 1.3/1 favorite Double Exposure (5f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) the 1.11.9kr timed winner. Orjan Kihlstrom drove this one for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. J&T Silva bred Double Exposure, that defeated 6.7/1 Bugatti Brick (5f Andover Hall-Likeable Les-Yankee Glide) handled by Jorma Kontio for Timo Nurmos. 4/1 Ultra Bright (5f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) was third for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WILKES-BARRE PA - If you're looking to evaluate the quality of the three-year-old trotting colts competing in three divisions of the $171,290 second preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, you can look at what the timer showed at the end of the first division - 1:51.4, the fastest trotting mile of the year in North America on a 5/8-mile track, posted by the Andover Hall colt Evaluate to lower his mark by over three seconds. Driver Corey Callahan kept Evaluate in third behind a contested pace (27.3, 55.4), then moved him uncovered 5/8 to challenge favored Captain Morgan, who had finished ahead of Evaluate in the first round of the Sire Stakes. But Evaluate proved strong in the stretch despite the raw overland journey, going by by 1 /4 lengths as he ran his lifetime record to 6-3-3-0 for trainer Marcus Melander and Stall TZ Inc. Callahan won a second Sire Stakes division as Whats The Word ran his record to 3-for-3 with trotting hopples and 2-for-2 in 2018 Sire Stakes races while recording a personal best of 1:53.2. The Cantab Hall gelding brushed to command in front of the stands, then came home in 56.1-27.4 to be well clear at the wire for trainer Janice Connor, also co-owner with the Arden Homestead Stable. The third winner in Sires competition is probably the best-known of the three, the Muscle Hill colt and 2017 Peter Haughton winner You Know You Do, who also posted a lifetime record of 1:53.2. The $350,000 yearling, making his seasonal debut after earning almost $375G at two, brushed to the lead under the wire the first time for driver Yannick Gingras, then stepped home in 56.2 on his own, hinting at being on the edge of another fine season for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Howard Taylor, the Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, and Mkatz Alibfeld Sgoldband. In the featured pace for older horses, worth $21,500, Lawrencetown Beach was involved in a searing half, yet still had enough to rally out of the pocket to nose out closing Maxdaddy Blue Chip in 1:49 - a new mark which also equals the fastest mile of the year in North America on a 5/8-mile track (a great night for the speedy Pocono surface). After leaving in a 26.2 quarter then pushing a foe to a 53.2 half, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding sat patiently in the pocket past the 1:20.4 ¾ pole, came out at headstretch and paced to the lead, then just photoed the charging Maxdaddy Blue Chip for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC, and Phil Collura. And it wouldn't be Saturday night without a mention of Walks Of Life, who reclaimed the clear title as winningest harness horse in North America this year with his 13th triumph of 2018 (coming clear of the remarkable 14YO mare Quicksilvercandy A, who had tied him with her twelfth win on the year Wednesday at Buffalo). The fast and game Walks Of Life, an altered son of Western Ideal, took a new mark of 1:50.4 as he ran his 2018 scorecard to 19-13-5-1-$79,222, and changed hands for the tenth straight start via claim. Driver George Napolitano Jr. (a six-time winner on the night) and trainer Hunter Oakes, the hottest team at Pocono, along with owner Northfork Racing Stable, were the winning connections behind the durable sidewheeler Saturday - in his next start, he'll have his third segment with Team Allard during this session of "roller-coaster claimer." From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

First foals by Andover Hall in New Zealand to sell as yearlings in 2018 go under the hammer at the harness racing Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, on the 12th of February.  Andover Hall had his first crop (via frozen semen) of 24 live foals born in 2015 and are now current 2-year-olds. His second crop total 31 live foals and are current yearlings. There are just the two yearlings by Andover Hall entered in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale. They are both colts, both entered on account of Breckon Farms and interestingly both colts are bred on the outstanding cross by Andover Hall from Muscles Yankee dams and they are two of the most influential trotting sires in the world over past decade. Before we delve into the two colts pedigrees we need to give you some details of these two great stallions as they are both sensational and prolific stallions that have changed the trotting breed world-wide. Andover Hall A $482,000 yearling, Andover Hall was the US Trotting Colt of the Year at two years of age (winning eight of his nine starts that year) and a world champion at three. Despite his illustrious racing career it is as a stallion that he has excelled, becoming one the current generation's most influential sires. Andover Hall is the sire of 534 North American winners of over $77,500,000 including 11 millionaires world-wide. He has 184 progeny as $100,000 plus earners to date with 130 trotting in better than 1:55. Andover Hall progeny include Nuncio ($4,409,198), Donato Hanover ($3,058,058), Creatine ($2,182,138), Pampered Princess ($1,740,605), Brad De Veluwe ($10,739,393 SEK), Spider Blue Chip ($1,229,717), Cedar Dove ($1,200,462), Beatgoeson Hanover ($1,151,959) and Adrian Chip ($1,136,910). Muscles Yankee The great son of Valley Victory, Muscles Yankee is still standing at stud in North America. He has progeny earnings of over $100,000,000 to date with 13 millionaires produced just in North America alone. They include Mr Muscleman ($4,032,206), Muscle Hill ($3,318,682) and Deweycheatumnhowe ($3,177,112). He has 51 live foals bred in Australia and they have progeny earnings of over $1.5m to date. In New Zealand Muscles Yankee has 100 live foals, bred over 14 years, small crops and all by frozen semen that have progeny earnings of just under $3m to date. They include the full-brothers I Can Doosit 1:55.5 ($1,139,695), Sno's Big Boy 1:58.4 ($215,309) and a full-sister Yankeedoosie ($43,999). Yankeedoosie has a colt entered in the sale called American Pride selling as Lot 43, more on him shortly. These two great stallions Andover Hall and Muscles Yankee have combined progeny earnings world-wide of over $180,000,000.  Two sons of Andover Hall that have stood in New Zealand that have been successful to date, are the ill-fated Monkey Bones and The Pres who have shown that they can produce top trotters. Monkey Bones has progeny earnings of over a million dollars to date and the young stallion The Pres has progeny earnings of $827,000 to date. Now on to the outstanding cross, horses by Andover Hall from Muscle Yankee dams. Look at what this cross has produced to date (the top 14 only); Creatine T4, 1:51.2 ($2,182,138) Now standing at stud in New Zealand. Spider Blue Chip T3, 1:51.3 ($1,264,522) I Can Doosit 1:55.5 ($1,139,695) Upfront Billy T4, 1:52 ($810,422) Sea Raven T4, 1:53.2f ($525,803) Upfrontluckycarol T4, 1:53.3 ($311,934) Kasha's Kid T6, ($299,478) Vibe Blue Chip T3, 1:53.3f ($294,144) AJ's Baby T4, 1:55.2f ($279,345) Cue Hall T4, 1:53.3f ($267,186) Lady Andi T3, 1:55.3f ($241,204) Grana Padanno T4, 1:53.1s ($225,210) Martino T4, 1:54.3f ($223,021) Andy M T3, 1:54.1f ($221,202) If you are a buyer at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sales this year then you have an opportunity of buying two of the best bred trotting colts at this years sale both bred on this outstanding cross, by Andover Hall from a Muscle Yankee dam. They are; Lot 43 – American Pride (brown colt Andover Hall / Yankeedoosie) American Pride is the third foal of the Muscles Yankee mare Yankeedoosie who won four races and $43,999 in stakes.Yankeedoosie is a full sister to the Group One winning millionaire I Can Doosit and Group 3 winner Sno's Big Boy who won 15 races and $215,309. Lot 93 – Cyber Attack (bay colt Andover Hall / Cyberspace) Cyber Attack is the first foal from the Muscles Yankee, Group placed, race winning mare Cyberspace.Cyberspace is from a Pine Chip daughter of the 3-year-old trotter of the year Inda Bank (10 wins and $126,410) who in turn is out of the champion trotter Indette (21 wins 29 places - 1983-1984 Trotter Of The Year) This colt is blessed with that much speed in his pedigree and with the great cross (Andover Hall - Muscles Yankee) an added attraction this colt is for the most discerning buyer. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click on this link. To view the entire Breckon Farms yearlings click on this link. Australasian Classic - Sale of the Century Muscle Hill - World's greatest trotting sire Speedster He’s Watching a life-changer Harnesslink Media

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