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May 22, 2015 - Stefan Melander’s Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) accepted the nod to start in the 2015 harness racing Elitloppet. Melander won this event in 2010 with Iceland, clocked in 1.10.5kr. Nuncio has won both his 2015 starts in Sweden after an excellent two and three year-old campaign in the US for trainers Jim Oscarsson and at three for Jimmy Takter. John Campbell did the driving in the US against stellar competition, including Trixton and Father Patrick from Takter’s powerful stable. Russell C. Williams bred Nuncio, the winner of the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity. This career winner of 14.6SEK million has a time mark of 1.08.7kr. In the US Nuncio was a model of consistency producing a slate of 16-10-1 in 27 starts for US$1,919,145 and a three year-old record of 1:50.4 at Lexington’s Red Mile. The Elitloppet 2015 lineup is now shown below with five slots remaining to be filled. Timoko - FR Maven - USA On Track Piraten - SWE Digital Ink - SWE Wind Of the North - USA B.B.S. Sugarlight - NO Support Justice - N Nahar - SWE Voltigeur de Myrt - FR Magic Tonight - SWE Univers de Pan - FR Nuncio - SWE Thomas H. Hicks

Gladstone, NJ - The World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF) joined with co-sponsors HudsonMOD magazine and Driven By Purpose in hosting an exotic car road rally Sunday, led by harness racing trotter Celebrity Lambo. The road rally started off in Peapack, NJ with nearly100 exotic cars that traveled through some of the most scenic roads in New Jersey, winding their way to Ninety Acers at Natirar. The motorcade of McLarens, Lamborghinis, Porches, Maserati's, Rolls Royce's, Ferrari's and more were greeted at the entrance by WCRF founder, Sam Stathis and his wife Connie, who led the cars into the park with Celebrity Lambo harnessed to a custom designed, 458 Ferrari Chariot . The entire group enjoyed a great brunch and the chance to experience the synergy between exotic cars, exotic horses and exotic chariots , along with photo sessions and getting to pet Celebrity Lambo, a three-year-old, Hambletonian eligible trotting colt by Andover Hall out of the SJ's Caviar mare, Arlanda Hanover (full Brother to Celebrity Maserati). "What a great event this was," Stathis said. "Not only did we raise money for the Wounded Warrior's charity but we further proved that with our custom built one horsepower exotic chariots can be just as thrilling as 500 HP. "Exotic cars, exotic horses, exotic people living exotic lifestyles," Stathis said. "One of the main sponsor of Driven by Purpose, who also ran the road rally," "was HudsonMOD magazine. In attendance were their CEO Jason Lembo and publisher Shannon Steitz, who both loved having the harness race horse as part of the road rally and photo sessions. "This is just another example of how the WCRF is re-introducing the equine and human athletes that together founded the Olympic Games in antiquity, to an entirely new audience. With this goal we are hosting events and promoting a new league of harness racing world-wide," Stathis said. "We recently were at the US Open Polo Championship in Wellington, FL and are setting up more events globally to help revitalize harness racing." For more information go to By Steve Wolf, for the World Chariot Racing Federation

May 16, 2015 - Magic Tonight earned an Elitloppet race spot after an impressive V75 Gold victory a few days ago. The Roger Walmann trainee is a six year-old stallion by Andover Hall-Miss Possessed and has earnings in excess of 6.1SEK million with a 1.09.3kr speed record. He will represent SWE in the 2015 Elitloppet and is now the 11th acceptance among the 16 spots in the race. The field so far is shown below: Timoko Maven On Track Piraten Digital Ink Wind Of The North B.B.S Sugarlight Aladin d'Ecajeul Support Justice Voltigeur de Myrt Nahar Magic Tonight   Thomas H. Hicks

May 16, 2015 - Three top trots graced today’s Aby card conducted on a sloppy surface. The Gr. I International Queens Cup for four year old mares (940,960SEK, US$114,202 to the winner) was raced over 2140 meters autostart. Perretti Farms bred Ruby Crown (4f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele-Crown Thy Good-Speedy Crown ) took the prize clocked in 1.13.3kr for Johnny Takter, driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Ruby Trap’s career slate is now 12 9-1-0 for 1,205,700SEK and she is 5 4-1-0 in 2015. Jetta Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Fantasi Palema-Alf Palema) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Par Hedberg. This one was bred by Karl-Erik Bender and is owned by Stall Palema. Barka (4f Enjoy Lavec-Juxtapose-Credit Winner) secured third for Tony Wallin and trainer Kjell Wallin. The Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International Kings Plate) for four year old males was conducted over 2140 meters autostart, also for first money of 940,960SEK. The winner, in a close battle, was Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Melander and owner Stall TZ timed in 1.12.7kr. Bred by Arden Homestead and A.J. Skoglund, the winner now has a career slate of 14 7-1-0 for 1,230,750SEK earned. Second was Spartan Kronos (4m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and clocked same as the winner. Cash Gamble (4m Ready Cash-No Way Back-Viking Kronos) was a solid third for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. The Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned and Guida Italia Srl bred Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) ended fourth. The V-75 Gold Division Algot Scotts Minne (150,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) was clocked in a quick 1.10.5kr by winner Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. This winner of now 18 races in 53 starts for 6,132,316SEK career earnings was bred in North America by Libfeld and Katz. Veteran Reven d’Amour (10m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) was second for Ulf Olsson and trainer Fredrik B. Larsen. This one is a 22 time winner from 85 starts for 6,566,936SEK earned. El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie-Royal Troubador) was third for Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

A little racing luck and a strong closing kick propelled Brenda Messenger and Scott Woogen's I'm Fabulous ($12.40) past odds-on favorite Detroit Rapper to take Saturday (May 16) evening's $14,000 harness racing Open Trot at Tioga Downs.   Kyle DiBenedetto put the ten-year-old Andover Hall mare into play immediately, securing the pocket behind B L Class Act (John Cummings, Jr.) before Detroit Rapper (Jim Meittinis) brushed from third to take charge after a :27.4 initial quarter. Relegated now to third, I'm Fabulous saved ground through the race's middle stages, closing the pocket behind Detroit Rapper on the approach to the far turn as B L Class Act angled second-over behind Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements). While Detroit Rapper was able to turn aside the stout first-over challenge from Its Payday Friday after being pushed to a 1:25.4 three-quarter sectional, I'm Fabulous kept the pocket closed to reclaim second from her tiring outside rivals. Once clear, she moved off the pegs, collaring the softened I'm Fabulous in the final yards to prevail by a half length in 1:55.1. Oh No Three O (Jeffrey Long) saved ground throughout, advancing up the pegs late to take third.   Gary Messenger trains I'm Fabulous, who has proven victorious in both her Tioga efforts this season in addition to 36 other triumphs through her career.   Driver Tom Jackson recorded a hat trick on the evening's 11-race program, partnering with Kerin Warner trainees Moon Lake ($5.60, 1:57.4) and Stormunn ($7.20, 1:55.2) as well as Shawn Simons trainee Ashcroft ($3.40, 1:58.4).   Sunday (May 17) afternoon's card features a quartet of New York Sire Stakes events for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, with an assortment of Excelsior races comprising the undercard. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

May 9, 2015 - Today’s featured Speedy Foster DIJ (600,000HUf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to the Finish import Rinette Streamline (8f Kashner Hanover-Keep Praise-Prakas) for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos for owners Drimwind Zoll Kft. and Stall Magic Square. The winner is undefeated in three HU starts after arriving from Helsinki, today going wire to wire timed in 1.14.7kr. Ollyan Nincs was second for Imre Fazekas ahead of Masterpiece and teamster Lajos Marton. The winner’s sire is by American Winner from Keystone Impala-Speedy Crown-Ima Lula and the excellent maternal family includes Keystone Crown, Fancy Donut, Fancy Crown, Honor Donut and Honor Bright. The KP secondary feature was the Templar Handicap (500,000HUf purse, 1800 meters autostart) and Andorra Gold (7f Andover Hall-Olympics) took the win in a well-rated 1.19.1kr for Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver for owners Drimwind 2011 Kft. and Ari Pylvalainen. Polemic and Open were next to the line. At LaCroise Laroche (France) this day, Best Dream (4m Goetmals Wood-Harricana) took the Prix de la Cote d’Opale (€20,000 purse, 2825 meters, 12 starters) for owner/trainer Jean Baudron and teamster Joseph Verbeeck. The open lengths victor was clocked in 1.16.2kr. At the same venue Athos d’Urzy (5m Ganymede-Perle d’Urzy-Cygnus d’Odyssee) scored in 1.14.6kr to take the Prix de l’Artois (€22,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 13 entrants) for teamster Pierre Vercruysse. At Wolvega the Criterium des 4ans Pays Bas (€17,600 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Europort Pride in 1.13.81kr for Kurt Rueges. Express Rapide was second for driver Rick Ebinge. Thomas H. Hicks

May 8, 2015 - Kincsem Park (Budapest) continues its positive changes begun over a year ago with a new pari-mutuel partner and expanded harness racing simulcasting. Now KP has begun Friday night live racing with both trots and gallop over its multiple surfaces at this modern European designed racetrack. The initial Friday night card was May 8, the first of eight such programs. The program included two 1800 meter autostart trots and a 200 meter trotting super sprint. The 1800 meter test winners were Andorra Gold (7f Andover Hall-Olympics) for trainer driver Csaba Lakatos timed in 1.19kr in the Templar Handicap and Dejavu MS (6m Coktail Jet-Diva MS) for trainer/driver Mitja Slavic in the Eperjes DIJ. KP also has planned a culinary festival during the summer and a fall wine festival to attract more and varied fans to the racing venue. The track and PM partner have also improved its racing program and simulcast menu. See below links. May 9 Trots May 9 Simulcast Recent top trotting action at Kincsem Park included the May 2nd Dr, Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial that went on placing to Conway Boko (6m Castketon Bass-Waecon Boko) for Tibor Hajnal over Reste Premier and Royal Flesh. Conway Boko took the first heat in 1.18.5kr over 1960 meters defeating Reste Premier that was handicapped 40 meters. Reste Premier (10g Laetenter Diem-Certitude Bertins) overcame the 40 meter penalty to win the first heat timed in 1.17.4kr for driver Istvan Papp, trainer Joseph Rutkai and his Prolongo Kft. The Laszlo Ferge Memorial for three year olds that day went to Time To Say Goodbye (3m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau) for owner AMMA Loverseny Kft. and driver/trainer Lajos Marton timed in 1.21.5kr over 1960 meters. The winner earned 900,000HUF. Titan Ville and Tornado Cole trailed the winner. The April 11th KP card also showed sharp performances as Principessa Ovi (6f Love You-Goldy LB) took the Platter Chatter DIJ (300,000HUF purse, 1960 meters handicap) clocked in 1.16.2kr overcoming a 20 meter handicap. Nobody and Nasa Vita were next to the line. Mitja Slavic was trainer/driver for owner Equine MS Srl. Of Italy. The featured Pulay Kornel Memorial (purse 1,500,000HUF, 1900 meters autostart) went to recent Finish import Rinette Streamline (8f Kashner Hanover-Keys Praise) for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos and owner Drimwind 2011 Kft.-Stable Magic Square). Reste Premier and Orangyal were next to the wire. Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) took the Weherstephaner-Dartster this evening at Solvalla, earning 80,000SEK first money with the half-length harness racing victory in 1.11.2kr over 1640 meters autostart. Owner (Stall TZ), trainer, driver was Stefan Melander as the winner recorded his second 2015 win in Sweden in as many starts. Nuncio’s career slate is 18-10-1 in 29 starts for 15,692,726SEK. Russell Williams bred the winner, from the maternal family also of Glidemaster. Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip was a close second for Johan Untersteiner ahead of Perfectly Enough (7m Express It-Just About Enough-SJs Photo) and Bjorn Goop. Nuncio was invited to the 2015 Elitloppet after the victory but owner Melander elected to wait two weeks and another start before making a decision. Thomas H. Hicks

With his first career win now under his belt, Divisionist heads to Saturday's Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold Raceway looking to build on his success. And harness racing trainer/driver Charlie Norris believes the 3-year-old trotter is ready to put his best foot forward. Divisionist was winless in 13 races last season, going off stride four times, but had on-the-board finishes in divisions of the Reynolds and Simpson stakes plus two divisions of the Kindergarten Classic and one of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. The colt broke his maiden on April 14 with a 1:57.2 triumph at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "He had an issue last year with breaks, but he's come back well this year," said Norris, who trains Divisionist for owners Carrie Norris, G And B Racing and Acadia Farms. "It was just a matter of maturity. He was really good there in his first start. Physically he's matured a lot and we're definitely on the right track for this year." Divisionist will start Saturday's single elimination for the $133,170 Dexter Cup - the first stakes test on the road to August's Hambletonian Stakes - from post five. He is 4-1 on the morning line. The three-horse Ray Schnittker-trained entry of Switchblade Hall, HA Taylor, and Bavaro is the 9-5 morning line favorite. Rounding out the field are Handover The Money and Southwind Mozart from the stable of trainer Ake Svanstedt, Jimmy Takter's Apostles Creed, and Oyvind Hegdal's Explosiveday. The top four finishers in the $44,400 elimination will join Broken Record, Gabe The Bear Dean, Habitat, and Sixteen Encores in the Dexter Cup final on May 2 at Freehold. Those four horses received byes based on lifetime earnings. Apostles Creed, Divisionist, Habitat, Handover The Money, Sixteen Encores, and Southwind Mozart are eligible to the Hambletonian. Divisionist, who has earned $44,612 in his career, is a son of Andover Hall out of stakes-winning mare Only Lonely. He was purchased for $40,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes former Ontario standout Beer Budget. "He's out of a decent mare and he showed a lot of athleticism in his video," Norris said about purchasing Divisionist as a yearling. "I thought he might be OK. He wasn't great last year, but at different times -- even at Lexington when he made a break -- he showed a lot of raw speed." Last year in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile, Divisionist went off stride behind the starting gate, but rallied from more than 20 lengths back to get within a length of the lead while racing three wide on the final turn. He was unable to maintain his surge, but finished fifth. "Hopefully he'll just keep getting better," Norris said. "If you're in the business, everyone has high hopes. That's why we're in the yearling game. I don't know if he's a (1):51 trotter or a (1):52 trotter, but I think (1):53 is not out of his reach at all. If he keeps in the right spots and gets his confidence up, I think he'll be alright." Norris raced Divisionist with trotting hobbles last year, but has taken them off this season. "I'm going to leave them off unless he shows me otherwise," Norris said. "He's really come around. He's coming into (the Dexter Cup elimination) good and he's fit enough. I don't know if he's top caliber, but in the secondary stakes and some of the earlier ones here, I think he can prevail a little bit." By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Noel and Wendy Kennard are use to the ups and the downs you suffer being involved with the harness racing industry but nothing could prepare them for what they had to do today. Monkey Bones, the distinctive grey son of Andover Hall who had really started to make a name for himself in the trotting ranks in New Zealand had to be humanely destroyed after his long running battle with ligament and tendon injuries suffered a few seasons back eventually caught up with the stallion. Noel and Wendy have known for some time that this day would come at some point but that still doesn't prepare you for the day when you have to give the vet the go ahead. It is presumed that Monkey Bones has done the splits in the paddock and tore all the ligaments and tendons in his knee. As a result Monkey Bones has gradually become more and more immobile as time passed. " We gave him everything possible down his throat and by injection to help him. " We x-rayed him before and after every season to check his status and condition. " The vet told us that last season would most likely be his last and that's how it has worked out," Noel told Harnesslink this afternoon. Noel and Wendy went to great lengths to make Monkey Bones as comfortable over the last few seasons as possible and their affection for the horse is evident when talking to them. " He had such a lovely nature and was great to do anything with." " Even when he was in pain, it never changed his nature, he was such a kind horse," Noel said Monkey Bones served a quality book of 66 mares in his last season and will still be available for many seasons to come via frozen semen. " We have enough frozen semen barring accidents to see us through a few seasons so the last hasn't been seen of Monkey Bones by any means," Noel said. We at Harnesslink would like to express our condolences to Noel and Wendy on the loss of a horse that they were obviously very close to. Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILE, April 18 - The photo finish camera got put to work to decide a highly entertaining second leg of the harness racing Don Mills Trotting Series Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of 11 four and five-year-old trotters battled it out in the lone $20,000 division and all eyes were on the 2/5 favourite Bourbon Bay. The heavy-favourite came into Saturday's Don Mills second leg off a victory in round one and was undefeated in six starts this season on the WEG circuit. However, that undefeated streak would come to an end Saturday, as Exemplar at odds of 23/1 got up just in time to nail Bourbon Bay at the wire and prevail by the narrowest of margins. Driven by Mike Saftic, Bourbon Bay showed early speed to grab his usual position on the front-end. Down the backstretch, Wild And Crazy Guy, the other first leg winner, came up to engage the favourite and would eventually overtake the lead through a solid opening-half of :55.4. Around the final turn, Exemplar and driver Trevor Henry came off the rail from their position in fourth to make a move on the outside, while Bourbon Bay came out of the two-hole nearing the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Bourbon Bay had retaken the lead and tried to take off from his rivals. Exemplar didn't appear to be a big threat towards the leader halfway down the lane, but the 23/1 longshot dug deep and trotted up the middle to nail Bourbon Bay at the wire in 1:53.3. The photo finish camera confirmed that Exemplar had prevailed by a nose to hand Bourbon Bay his first loss on the WEG circuit. Etruscan Hanover finished second, while Sheer Flex was fourth. A five-year-old son of Andover Hall, Exemplar, who finished third in an opening leg division, is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm. The 1:53.3 victory is a new career-mark for Exemplar and is the ninth win of his career. The gelding now has a 2015 record of three wins from 11 starts and earnings of $34,400. Exemplar's career bankroll now sits at over $121,000. The Moreau trainee returned $48.50 to win. The Don Mills Trotting Series will come to a close next Saturday with the $44,400 final. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Yesterday we had a look at the trends in harness racing in North America with regards to how pacing sires were performing so far this year. Today we thought we would do the same thing with trotting stallions and how the charts are looking at this stage of the season. The list has a very familiar look to it with a lot of the sires near the top of the list having been around for a while. Kadabra continues to hold a prominent place on the list as he has for quite a few years and even though it is early days he has established a lead of close to $260,000. Angus Hall is another leading sire who is always prominent on these lists and he has continued that trend in the early part of this year. Cantab Hall is $200,000 plus back in third place with both Yankee Glide and Andover Hall close up in fourth and fifth place.  Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Trot ( April 15th,2015)                                                                                        Sire                                                          Starters                                                  Money ====                                                        ========                                              ===== KADABRA                                                135                                                    $1,309,241   ANGUS HALL                                           118                                                    $1,050,390   CANTAB HALL                                          96                                                      $844,498   YANKEE GLIDE                                       101                                                     $723,239   ANDOVER HALL                                       93                                                      $703,594   The three year old trotters list is still very much in its infancy and it is hard to try to draw any conclusions due to the lack of runners at this stage of the season.   CR Commando holds a narrow lead at this stage of the season over the the son of Donerail in Political Briefing who stands in Delaware.   He only has ten live three year olds this season and only 95 live foals in his ten years at stud to date.   Muscles Yankee is going well as usual as is Yankee Glide but most of the heavy hitters are not far away and one feels this list will have a very different look about it after another month or two.   Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Trot ( April 15th,2015)                                                                                      Sire                                                             Starters                                                      Money ====                                                           ========                                                 ===== CR COMMANDO                                              8                                                       $112,180   POLITICAL BRIEFING                                     4                                                         $95,160   MUSCLES YANKEE                                       10                                                        $92,422   YANKEE GLIDE                                             18                                                           $88,586   DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE                             15                                                        $87,890   Harnesslink Media  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 13, 2015 -- Chef Lee inherited the lead near the quarter and made the most of it, rolling to his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's Tamarind Trot at The Meadows. Simeon took the other $17,500 second-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The championship leg of the Tamarind Trot is set for Monday, April 20. Special Action outdueled Chef Lee for the early lead only to break stride shortly thereafter. Chef Lee might not have needed the help, as he scored in 1:57.2, lowering his lifetime mark by 2.4 seconds. Tails was 4-1/2 lengths back in second, while Only The Brave recovered from an early break to earn show. Mike Wilder drove the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding for owner/trainer Norm Parker. Off stride in his three most recent appearances, Simeon rebounded nicely for Dan Rawlings, sitting comfortably in the pocket before zipping by in the Lightning Lane to down Flying Muscles by a length in 1:59.1. The first-over Knucklebiter finished third. David Wade conditions Simeon, an Andover Hall-Keystone Ariana gelding, and owns with Anne Wade, Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger used a pocket trip and late kick to upset the 3-5 favorite, Daylon Miracle, by a head at a healthy 28-1 for Wilder, trainer Jan Fread and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Run And Tell Pap completed the ticket. An 8-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding, TSM Photo Bugger now boasts $493,201 in career earnings. It was among Wilder's three victories on the 14-race card. THE MEADOWS TRIPLES TUESDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $15K The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled -- to $15,000 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, April 14 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features each Monday and Tuesday, The Meadows upped the ante when Monday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,954.18. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday's program is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL...April 6, 2015...Jailhouse Jessica, handled by Bruce Ranger, pulled off a minor harness racing upset (9 to 5) in Pompano Park's $12,000 Easter Sunday Open Trot for Mares. The five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse took advantage of an early miscue by the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite Frau Blucher to score a handy win measuring 3 1/2 lengths in 1:54.4. As Ya'll Like It, driven by Sam Stathis, finished second after cutting the early panels in the while Frau Blucher, with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, rallied after her bobble leaving and finished third. Blushing Hanover and Oaklea Sydney completed the order of finish in the quintet. Jailhouse Jessica, a $6,000 claim in mid-January, has now banked $33,800 in her eight starts for her new owner, Karma Racing, under the training guidance of Dale Gilmour. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the field on their own, Frau Blucher made that aforementioned bobble with As Ya'll Like It away with alacrity and taking the field to the opener in :28 with Blushing Hanover in the garden spot and Jailhouse Jessica settling into third ahead of Oaklea Sydney and Frau. Three-eighths into the mile, Frau Blucher had caught the field and, after the :56.1 half, was on the move from the back of the pack. But Jailhouse Jessica already had the jump on that one, brushing from third three-eighths out and into the lead past the third station in 1:26.1 with As Ya'll like it second and Frau Blucher now third, two lengths away. From there, a :28.3 final panel sealed the deal with As Ya'll Like, still game to wire, second and Frau Blucher next. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger related, "Dale's mare (Jailhouse Jessica) has been very sharp in recent weeks but when you are facing a stakes winning million dollar winner" (Frau Blucher has banked $947,992 coming in) "you just hope for the best...ya know she's got a mark three seconds faster than (Jailhouse) Jessica. So, when she made that bobble leaving, it certainly helped our cause, no doubt about that. I must say that Dale has done a remarkable job with Jailhouse Jessica." Jailhouse Jessica now has lifetime earnings of $93,845 with more than one-third of that earned since the claim just a few weeks back. She rewarded her follower with a generous $5.80 mutuel. Driver Sam Stathis, by the way, came back in a later event to score his very first lifetime driving win with Celebrity Artemis, a four year-old daughter of Andover Hall owned by Celebrity Farms, in a NW 2 trot. Leaving from the rail, Celebrity Artemis was given sharp handling, thwarting any threats early with a :28.3 opener and then getting excellent rated guidance through panels of :58 and 1:28 before holding off the late surging Mountain Top, with Wally Hennessey, with a :29.1 closer. The mile of 1:57.1 was a new lifetime best for the winner. In the $10,000 claiming ($20,000-$25,000) pace, JJ's Doughnut, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, found room late along the pylons to score a half length win in a lifetime best 1:50.3. This eight year-old son of Yankee Cam was involved early with Johnny Grippa (Bruce Ranger) slicing through hot panels of :26, :54 and 1:22 with Canadian Touch (Matt Romano) joining the fray into the far turn. In the lane, Canadian Touch pushed his neck in front, only to be nailed by JJ's Doughnut near the wire. Canadian Touch did finish second with Johnny Grippa third. Raji's Blue Line rallied from last to finish fourth while Acton Onelasttime, the recent $4,000 claim now competing successfully in this class, getting the nickel. JJ's Doughnut, trained by Chris Oakes for owner Susan Oakes, won for the seventh time this season and now has $37,364 on his card to go along with his new mark. JJ's Doughnut paid $4.40 to win as the favorite. Finally, in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the iron horse A Fool For Mark, driven by Dave Ingraham for son-owner-trainer Dustin, rallied to score his 43rd lifetime win--4th this year--in 1:52 keying a 1-4-3-10-9 combo worth $3,676.84 for a 20 cent investment. The carryover for Monday's Super Hi-5 is now over $105,000. Post time for the Monday 10 race program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL....For a trotter that had won 57 races during an illustrious career while banking $789,190--the richest in the field--and with Pompano Park's leading driver, Bruce Ranger in the bike, Andover America certainly didn't get any respect at the mutuel windows on Wednesday night. The nine year-old incredible son of Andover Hall overcame the outside nine post to capture Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap odds of 28 to 1. Trained by Stewart Nemiro for Mc Trade Enterprises, Andover Hall used a late rally to score a photo finish win measuring a neck over Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements) with the early pacesetter and 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Buddy Hally (Peter Wrenn), third. Adenium finished fourth while Thekeptman picked up the final award. The time was 1:54.4. As the gate opened, Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) left alertly vying for the top spot, only to be joined by Buddy Hally with Baby Boy Grin (Kevin Wallis) also interested in joining the fray. After a :27.3 opener, the dust hadn't settled and Buddy Hally, finally clearing the lead, continued to be pressed by Baby Boy Grin through the half, timed in :56.2. On the backside, Its Payday Friday brushed up to challenge and stuck his head in front at the third station, timed in 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Adenium had moved into a second over position while Andover America had improved to a third over spot and fifth, three lengths off the lead. In the lane, Its Payday Friday and Buddy Hally fought tooth and nail only to be joined by Andover America at the sixteenth pole with Andover gaining the lead in the final strides. In a post race interview, driver Bruce Ranger said, "I wasn't about to join that wild party up front early. I had no choice but to take back. There were a couple of breakers in there early so I was able to get away a couple of lengths closer than I would have had they stayed straight. That may have been the difference. My horse (Andover America) is just a grand horse...trying every step of the mile." Asked if he was surprised at the long odds, Ranger said, "Really? Gee, we were assigned one of the three outside posts so we must've gotten some respect in the racing office!" Not only did Andover America win for the 57th time, it was the highest pari-mutuel win payoff ($59.80) in his grand career, eclipsing a $56.40 win payoff at Mohawk on August 20, 2012. With a 2014 scorecard of 8-5-0 in 19 starts, Andover America has banked $54,950 for the year and $795,190 lifetime. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

The following are the 2015 service fees for the stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms. All of the books are subject to close without notice.  Andover Hall $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $15,000 Explosive Matter $7,500 Muscle Massive $7,500 Somebeachsomewhere $25,000 Well Said $15,000 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farms

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