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WILKES-BARRE PA - Eight $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for two-year-old trotting fillies were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the two repeat winners from the six divisions of the first round at The Meadows coming at Pocono in consecutive races for the Hall of Fame harness racing team of David Miller and Jimmy Takter, and all eight winners posting new lifetime marks.   First up for Miller-Takter was the fastest of all eight of Monday's winners, Electric Lemonade, who won in 1:57.2 but needed every bit of it to post the pocket rocket tally over a stubborn pacesetting Hot Mess Hanover by a neck. Electric Lemonade was the first of three siring credits for Cantab Hall on the evening, and the 2-for-2 filly is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   The other repeat winner was the Donato Hanover filly Perfect Lady, also making the most of a pocket trip in finishing 1¾ lengths clear of the first-over Lucky Rose in 1:58.4. Team DvMiller/JiTakter were repeat winners as noted, and so was the ownership triumvirate of CTakter/JoFielding/JiFielding, this time pairing with R A W Equine Inc, who saw their filly remain a Perfect Lady in two career starts.   Trainer Takter then went on to post a consecutive triple with a second daughter of Cantab Hall, Bridal Suite, a winner in 1:58 for driver Corey Callahan. For the third straight race pocket tactics worked for a Takter trainee, as Bridal Suite, unusually for a Taker trotter a 10-1 proposition, overhauled frontstepping Blacksirenpedia by a half-length for the partnership who also owns fastest winner Electric Lemonade, Chrstine Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   In the last division of the evening, Cantab Hall finished out his siring triple with Can't I, who came her own last quarter in 28.2 despite a first-over trip to win by 5¼ lengths in 1:57.4 for driver John Campbell, trainer Bob Stewart, and breeders/owners Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abraham Basen, and R.R. Fuller.   Also with a multiple siring credit was Donato Hanover besides the mentioned-above Perfect Lady, he also fathered All Set Lets Go, who certainly is at the start of her career, as this 1:58.1 triumph was already the third of her baby campaign. All Set Lets Go rallied from the pocket into a 58.4 last half to overhaul pacesetter Trixie Dust by a head for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and the McMullen Stable LLC.   Only three of the winners here were the people's choice; joining Electric Lemonade and All Set Lets Go as a winning favorite was the Andover Hall filly Bonnie Lou, who brushed to the top in front of the stands, then held off the determined uncovered bid of EZ Passer by a nose in 1:58.2. Andrew McCarthy performed sulky duties for trainer Donald Wiest, also co-owner and co-breeder with Ed Kimmel.   The father/son team of driver/son Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv combined to produce a winner in the Yankee Glide miss Youvegotitwhatittakes, who certainly hadwhatittakes in overcoming a first-over journey to get past pacesetter and first-round winner Its Hallright by ¾ of a length in 1:59.2 for owners Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing, and Louis Willinger.   The Explosive Matter filly Explosive Legacy pulled from the pocket before the ¾ and outfooted another winner from The Meadows, One Class Act, by 1¼ lengths in 1:58.2. Victor Kirby was at the lines of the winning filly for trainer/breeder Morgan McInnis, co-owner with Brian Kleinberg.   PHHA / Pocono

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer/owner Stefan Melander won today’s €121,916 purse, 1640 meters autostart, Arjang 2016 Stora Sprinterlopp in Sweden, by half-length after stating from post eight and sitting the death seat after the first quarter mile.  Nuncio was the 7/10 favorite and scored in 1.09.7kr (mile rate 1:52.15). Pacesetter Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was a game second at 19/1 for Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Steen Juul. 29/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) rallied to be third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Daniel Reden with fourth to 3.9/1 On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Johnny Takter. Ten horses contested this International event with Chelsea Boko and Harry Haythrow fifth and sixth to the line. Nuncio posted his sixth 2016 victory in eight starts, with two seconds, including the Elitlopp win. His career slate is 32-14-2 in 48 appearances, now for 22,931,376SEK earned. "He has everything put together really well. He is strong, a quick starter and has good closing speed.", said driver Örjan Kihlström. On the undercard Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) win the Silver Division for Thomas Uhrberg and Cab Hornline (5m San Pelligrino-Perle Mauritius-Hermes de Pericard) took the Bronze test for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Pace Day edition of Breakfast With The Babies took place on a hot, humid morning with the temperature already around eighty degrees and no wind.   Overdraft Volo took a nice 1:56.1 mark for Andy and Julie Miller in the opener, leading all the way and trotting easily right to the wire several lengths in advance of Amber Ella (Tim Tetrick). The winner is a result of ol' school Kentuckiana breeding being by Yankee Glide from Bank Of Newport and Kentuckiana retains an interest in her with the Pinske Stable. She sold for $50,000 at Lexington last fall.   Eddie Lohmeyer won the second with Casa Palmera, an Andover Hall filly he owns with his wife Dr. Patty Hogan. Eddie sent her right to the top, sent legitimate fractions and won in hand in 1:58.3 / 29.3. Crann Tara (Tetrick) was second and Glitzy Gal (Dave Miller) was a closing third.   Italian-bred Victor Gio It (Yannick Gingras) impressed the veteran crowd of BWTB faithful with his remarkable turn of foot, moving around the leaders on the turn then zipping home in 27.1 on the end of a mile in 1:56.4. He's by Ready Cash from the Pine Chip mare Ilaria Jet, owned by Christina Takter with Italians Somma, Ruscigno and Swede Pietro de Mitri.   Wutan won for Jimmy Takter this morning, taking over just past the quarter and going along nicely in 1:57.3 to win by a few over Explosive Ridge (Marcus Johansson). The fashionably bred Muscle Hill colt from Broadway Schooner cost Christina Takter and Brixton Medical, INC $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall.   Ohio sire Big Bad John had a winner this morning when the filly Crooked Halo took a 1:57.2 record for Scott Zeron. Ross Croghan conditions the winner for Let It Ride and Dana Parham who gave $95,000 for her at Harrisburg.   Rock The Boat gave Croghan another winner this morning, ending the 1:54.1 mile with a 26.4 final quarter for Andy Miller. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt from the great race mare Tug River Princess left, yielded to Long Beach near the 59 half, tipped out of the last turn then stormed home under light urging. Benji's Best (Jason Bartlett) finished second and Long Beach (Tetrick) faded to third. Let It Ride and Dana Parham also own this colt and are the breeders as well.   Richard Hill got Pace day off to a winning beginning for owner Tom Hill and trainer Tony Alagna who will send favored Racing Hill out in tonight's stake by winning the single pacing colt division for Tim Tetrick in 1:55.3 / 27.1. Mr Hill gave $190,000 for the Mach Three colt at Harrisburg. Another Alagna pupil, Art Scene (Zeron), was a closing second.   It's Meadowlands Pace night with perhaps the best card of the 2016 season thus far beginning at the special early post time of 6:30 p.m. and over $267,000 in the Jackpot Hi-5 Carryover which will be the twelve horse Golden Girls stake, race twelve.   Fro the Meadowlands Media Department

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Track record holder Wildwild Men made a triumphant return to the Hippodrome 3R in capturing the third race first division of the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series with a 1:59 victory for driver Robert Shepherd. The series, for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies, features four weeks of preliminary competition with the top eight point earners returning Sunday, September 4 for their respective $65,000 finals. It was KFB Amigo Cool and driver Guy Gagnon battling with Shepherd and Wildwild Men for control of the early lead with KFB Amigo Cool winning the early battle to the opening quarter mile in a quick :27.4. Gagnon then backed back the speed, going to the half mile in :59 as Slyflex and driver Rheo Filion came first-over and boxed in Wildwild Men. They raced that way thru the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Then in the stretch, Shepherd moved Wildwild Men to the passing lane and they shot right by KFB Amigo Cool and went on to win by one and one-half lengths with Skyflex second and KFB Amigo Cool third. It was the first win in five starts this year for Wildwild Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Isabella Darveau for co-owners Catheline Pelletier and breeder Chantal Gravel of QC. He paid $3.10 to win. The second colt division was a non-wagering race that saw Chatemup Bill and driver Stephane Brosseau parked out Holiday Party and driver Pascal Berube to the opening quarter mile in :28. But once in command of the race, Berube and Holiday Party held the field at bay, cutting the mile to the half in :58.1 and the three-quarters in 1:29.2 before opening up on the field and scoring an eleven and one-half length romp in 1:59.1. Stablemate Andovers Choice (Guy Gagnon) was second with Chatemup Bill third. It was the third straight win and fourth victory in eight starts this year for Holiday Party. The Holiday Road gelding is trained by Dany Fontaine for Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. In the sixth race filly division, Y A Jailhouse Jodi posted her third straight victory, but it was a nail bitter to the wire. The race started off with SOS Christina and driver Gaetan Lamy parking out Y S Suzanne and trainer/driver Carl Duguay to the opening quarter mile in :29.2 before letting Y S Suzanne take command. They led the field past the half mile in 1:01.1 and then in the backstretch, Stephane Gendron was on the move with Y A Jailhouse Jodi, who settled into second place behind Y S Suzanne to the three-quarters in 1:31.4. Then in the stretch, Gendron and Y A Jailhouse Jodi came after Y S Suzanne and Duguay and those two separated from the field and battled neck and neck, head and head to the wire with Y A Jailhouse Jodi getting up in the final strides to win by a neck in 2:02. Éclair Chocolat (Mario Charron) was third. Sired by Andover Hall, it was the third win in five starts this year for Y A Jailhouse Jodi. She is trained by Michel Allard for co-owners Yves Sarrazin and Rene Allard of QC and paid $3.00 to win as the betting favorite. Live racing resumes Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with the second rounds of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies, post time 1:30 pm. For a free race program and live video feed of the 3R races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The three day Derby Festival at Kincsem Park in Budapest began with Friday evenings’ trot-gallop-greyhound special followed by Saturday’s Trot Derby and the Gallop counterpart on Sunday. Friday’s trotting feature was the Pentek Esti Super Sprint DIJ for 150,000Huf purse. The 200 meter sprint final went to 1.7/1 Offenbach Bigi (8m Andover Hall-Pinebank-Pine Chip) with trainer Emil Csordas at the point. The .09.5kr winner bested 1.1/1 Check In Blagul (8f Adams Hall-Nettan Girl-Wibrantus) reined by trainer Lajos Marton with 11/1 Priscilla (7f Missionary Man-Sweepan-Crown Sweep) third and Working Out (7m Muscles Yankee-Enjoy Our Nanny-Enjoy Lavec) fourth. Saturday’s top trotting action featured the 102nd edition of the Magyar Trotting Derby, this year for four year-olds, contested over 2500 meters autostart for a purse of 7,500,000Huf (US$26,327).  The solid colt Time To Say Goodbye (4m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) prevailed for trainer/driver Lajos Marton and owner Amma Kft. timed in 1.18.9kr. Off at 1.7/1 odds the favorite bested 4.2/1 Titan Ville (4g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) in a narrow verdict. Imre Fazekas trains and drove Titan Ville, 94/1 Titus Living (4m Incredible Cole-Juet-Valley Guardian) was third for Emil Csordas with Trencsen and Tornado Cole finishing fourth and fifth. The Criterium for three year-olds (purse 1,800,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 2.2/1 favorite Ujrazz! (3m Maximus Lindy-Gyorsulj!-Witsend Speedy) clocked in 1.18.2kr for Sandor Varga, also trainer, and CZE owner Antioch Arani SRO. The winner recorded his fourth victory in five 2016 starts. 12.9/1 Under World (3m Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) took second for Csaba Lakatos and 10.8/1 Ugeto Star (3m Americas Dust-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay) ended third for Laszlo Kolozsi. Also on the card was the Jozsef Sinka Memorial for 1,000,000Huf over 1800 meters autostart and 2.3/1 veteran Milliondollar Lux (10m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) prevailed for trainer/driver Emil Csordas and owner Sun Systems Kft. Timed in 1.15.7kr, the winner defeated 6/1 Orderly (9f Yankee Glide-Dearest Darling-Untra Decal) with trainer Csaba Lakatos up, and third finishing 2.7/1 Amazing Koks (9g Jailhouse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Star L) with trainer Lajos Marton driving. Reste Premier and Real Bee Power were fourth and fifth. Earlier the 1,800,000Huf purse Pannonia DIJ was contested over 1800 meters autostart with Royal Flesh (6m Wall Street Banker-Tamesways Sweet L) scoring in 1.16.5kr for Mitja Slavic, owner Amma Kft. and trainer Lajos Marton. Off at 4.2/1 the winner defeated 4.3/1 Speedy Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) with Veljko Mazsity up and 9.4/1 Szacharin (5f Vanito-Inzula-Valley Guardian) and Laszlo Kolozsi. The Kincsem Park program also included the 600,000Huf purse Daniel Bisbac Memorial raced over 1900 meters autostart. 2.4/1 Salome’Bar (5f Ganymede-Acquavite Bar-Crowning Point) scored in 1.16.4kr for amateur driver Bernadett Balogh and Prolongo Kft. 1.4/1 Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas with third going to 1.8/1 second choice Conway Boko (7m Castleton Bass-Waecon Boko-Conway Hall) handled by trainer Tibor Hajnal. Orifiamma Jet and Andorra Gold were fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s 60,000SEK first money Breeders Course for harness racing three year-olds, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the 1.13.2kr timed Chocolate Gold (3m Chocolatier-Shella Gold-Good As Gold) with Erik Adielsson up. Svante Bath trains the winner, that defeated Unica Gio (3f Donato Hanover-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) and driver Ulf Ohlsson, for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. The Solvalla program also a number of undercard fine events including the Nu Paradis over 2140 meters for 60,000SEK first prize. The 1.12.7kr winner was 1.8/1 odds Exodus Hanover (5m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation). Orjan Kihlstrom was the pilot for trainer Roger Walmann. Second was the Kenneth Haugstad driven Lightning Fire (5g Muscle Hill-Lightning Flower-Yankee Glide) also a Walmann trainee. The Solvallaserien V for 100,000SEK first money, over 2140 meters autostart, went to 5.5/1 Pacific Broline (4m Celebrity Secret-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) with Erik Adielsson up. The Bjorn Goop trainee was clocked in 1.12.4kr to defeat 1/5 favorite Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) that Orjan Kihlstrom reined for trainer Stefan Melander. Another Melander trainee, Divisionist, finished third. Sprinters were at work in the 1640 meter autostart Hastegarnas Sommarpris for 100,000SEK to the winner. 5.7/1 Special Promise (7m Mr. Pine Chip-Jiving Kemp-Napoletano) was victorious timed in a quick 1.11kr for Jorma Kontio. The Finnish invader bested King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) and driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Walmann. The Bronze Division for 110,000SEK first money, raced over 2640 meters autostart, went to 2.2/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) for Mattias Djuse. Reve d’Amour (6f Love You-Daventry-Atlas Fighter L) took second in the 1.14.2kr clocked contest for driver Johnny Takter and trainer Mike Lenders. Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, June 29, 2016 -- Cue Hall quarter-poled to the front and had little trouble maintaining the lead from there as he captured Wednesday's $14,900 Conditioned Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53.3. Cue Hall was away second behind TSM Photo Bugger, but winning driver Tony Hall moved the 4-year-old son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue to the lead. Cue Hall easily thwarted the first-over bid of Trustworthy Kid and defeated the rallying See The Wind by 1-1/2 lengths. Charles VII finished third. Rich Gillock trains Cue Hall, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $191,126, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Hall piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

J-M Bazire teamed 9.4/1 Utinka Selloise (8f Ojipey Vinoir-Merecedes Tebe) to victory in Wednesday’s Quinte+ Gran National du Trot du Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2575 meters distance handicap, 16 starters), a Gr. III harness racing event at Reims. The Q+ jackpot was €2.4million. The winner scored in a quick 1.12.2kr over 2600 meters, overcoming a 25 meter handicap to defeat non-penalized 16.1/1 Attila du Gabereau (6g Mercenaire-Lola du Gabereau) handled by trainer Matthieu Abrivard. 66/1 Topaze Jef (8f Islero de Bellouet-Katie Gourdonnaise) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer J-M Baudouin and owner/breeder Julie Freyssenge, this one also handicapped 25 meters. Also at Reims, the Prix duChampagne de Castelnau (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed, 7.3/1 odds Conway Fortuna (7m Conway Hall-Saratpga Yankee) and driver Dominik Locqueneux. Henk Grift trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. 5.2/1 Ugo du Fosse (8g Diable Indien-Mynda du Fosse) was second for Francois Levcanu and trainer Fabrice Legros, with third to 40/1 Another (6m Kool du Caux-Calmness) with Aymeric Thomas up for trainer Ch.A. Mary. Another US-sired performer took the Prix de Journal l’Union (monte, purse €30,000, 2575 meters, 13 European starters). 16.3/1 Tokio Hotel Hall (6m Andover Hall-La Star Bi) scored in 1.14.6kr for Julien Raffestin, trainer Vincent Martens and Swedish owner Johan Sjostrand. 40/1 Un Beau Jour (8g Lilium Madrik-Limo Sna) took second for Tino Aguiar, also owner/trainer, with 33/1 Single Max (10g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) home third for Jonathan Vanmeerbeck The Reims wrap-up was the Prix Fernand Floribert Dubois (purse €22,000, 2575 meters) with victory to 1.13.7kr timed, 3.3/1 odds, Brandeis Jet (5m Coktail Jet-Qasida Jet) handled by trainer Pierre Vercruysse. 30/1 Beverly Jiel (5f Flash de Jiel-Rhea Jiel) took second money for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir, with third to 5.8/1 Beguin d’Ali (5g Little Crack-New Star de Foot) with Nico d’Haenens aboard. At Gelsenkirchen, the US-sired winners this day continued in the Prix de Bochun Allemagne (purse €4,500, 2000 meters autostart, 12 international starters) as the 1.15.3kr winner, at 3/5 odds, was Frank W (4m Federal Flex-Zoe Eden) reined by trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr., for Stall Bot. 6.8/12 Fury Boko (4m Donato Hanover-My Fire Bi) landed second for Erwin Bot, also trainer, for owner Gerrits Recycling BV. Also at Gelsenkirchen, the Prix de Recklinghausen (purse €4,500, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.16kr timed, 2.8/1 odds Velten Black Jack (3g RC Royalty-Wanda Kievitshof) with Michael Nimczyk and trainer Arnold J. Mollema. 13.2/1 Fiores Greenwood (4m Russel November-Victoria Transfer) was second. Thomas H. Hicks

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Danish Durango made the lead just after the quarter, and despite bumping up in class, held sway to the wire by half a length to take the $17,500 harness racing featured conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 4-year-old son of Andover Hall, a winner last week at the non-winners of $10,000 level, trotted clear of his foes by 2½ lengths at the head of the stretch in this non-winners of $17,000 event before bracing for the late challenge of the fast-closing Jewels In Hock, who broke in deep stretch. After a judges' inquiry, Jewels In Hock was placed fourth in the official order of finish. Barn Doll was placed second and 8-5 favorite B Yoyo third. The winner, trained by Kevin McDermott for owners Little E LLC, completed the mile in 1:52.1, returned $25.20 to win as the fourth choice in the wagering and upped his seasonal stats to five wins in 16 starts. Danish Durango (race six) was one of three winners on the program for driver David Miller, who also scored with Exotic Beach ($12.00) in the fifth and Card Shock ($10.00) in the 10th. ADAMS TOP HANDICAPPER: Kurt Adams of Hanover, PA won the $2,500 first prize in the 30-and-under handicapping contest sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms. The millennial's final bankroll of $135.60 topped the field of 41. Christopher Hofheinz of Hoboken finished second with $131.00 and pocketed $1,500. Remarkably, both players benefited from selecting race nine winner That Woman Hanover, who paid $46.20. CARRYOVER CONTINUES: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five, unhit since the start of the meeting, again failed to have a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover for the next card to $242,040.96. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,532,668. ... Live racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

Watch final heat at https://youtu.be/nsVzLdYrA1o Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) prevailed gamely after a parked out journey for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner/trainer Stefan Melander to capture the Gr. I International 2016 Benders Elitloppet (3SEK million to the final winner (€323,100), 1609 meters autostart) narrowly holding off Resolve (5m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) by half-length, that one driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren. Pacesetter Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) was a gutsy third, a length back, for Jos Verbeeck and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Elim winner Timoko rallied from between horses to be fourth for Bjorn Goop but he never threatened the top three. Propulson ended fifth and Oasis Bi sixth. Royal Fighter left quickly from post six, reached the pocket, and could not close, ending seventh with Billie de Montfort at the end. Nuncio was the wagering favorite, off at 0.5/1 on the ATG system and 2.1/1 on Fintoto. Resolve was 1.96/1 on ATG and 4.56/1 on Fintoto. Fractions again were quick early and late (1.07.6kr at 500 meters, 1.09.6kr at the 1000) with the finish timed in 1.09.2kr (mile rate 1:51.34). All starters were timed in 1.09.9kr or better. Nuncio completes the fabulous day with a career slate of 31-13-2 in 46 starts, good for 21,597,726SEK earned. Pinkman wins for Takter/Gingras Pinkman (4g Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall) with Yannick Gingras up for trainer Jimmy Takter reached the front before the first quarter, rated the pace albeit parking out Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra), and put that one away at top stretch to win the Gr. II Tommy Hannes for four year-olds (500,000SELK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters).   Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) rallied for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander to fall short by a head. The race was timed in 1.09.9kr (1:52.47 mile rate). Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco) rallied to be third for Jorma Kontio and trainer Melander. Fractions were quick early and late with Pinkman getting some soft time mid-race (1.07.8kr at 500 meters, 1.10kr at the 1000 mark).   Pinkman was off as even-money favorite with Uncle Lasse at 2.3/1 and Divisionist at 14/1. Pinkman now has a career slate of 18-5-2 in 28 starts for earnings of 21,382,178SEK.   A race earlier the Gudrans Lopp (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13.4kr timed New Muscle As (4g Muscle Mass-New Circle As-Malabar Man) for Bjorn Goop and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. The roan colt Antonio Tabac (4m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) pulled pegs pocket late to be second beaten half-length with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson.   Timoko takes first elimination division   Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant)  took the first elim of the 2016 Benders Elitloppet gate to wire for Bjorn Goop and trainer Richard Westerink, his third straight victory and 30th lifetime in 85 starts for earnings of 37,756,090SEK.   Away from post four Timoko quickly took the front and held off parked out Volstead until top of stretch when Resolve (5m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) rallied three wide from fifth for Ake Svanstedt with Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) following that one. Both closed stoutly with Resolve a half-length from the leader at the wire and Propulsion another half-length behind. Oasis Bi enjoyed a pocket position and did not threaten,   Fractions were sharp (1.07.8kr at the first 500 meters, 1.09.2kr at the 1000) and finished at 1.09.1kr for the 1609 meter one-mile test with 250,000SEK to the winner, Oasis Bi and Volstead rounded out the top five and Your Highness was scratched. The winner was off at 1.9/1 on Fintoto and 4/5 on the PMU network.   Early Solvalla action on this 2016 Benders Elitloppet day saw Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) take the Rune Stolts for mares (250,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) timed in 1.10.9kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. The mare was parked without cover and eased to the line ahead of Tunika (4f Zola Boko-Verona de Ling-Super Arnie) and driver Bjorn Goop.   A race later the 2016 undefeated (five of five now) Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) took the Hakan Wallner Memorial (300,000SEK to the winner) for driver Ulf Ohlsson clocked in 1.11.8kr. Parked without cover the dimunitive colt closed steadily to capture the win from Mindyourvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) with Ake Svanstedt driving for trainer Robert Bergh. The winner now has 11 wins in 13 starts lifetime. Un Mec d'Heripre wins second elimination division  Respected FR speedster Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) sat outside leading Royal Fighter (8m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman up for Per Eriksson, avoided traffic when Call Me Keeper went offstride on the backstretch, and moved alongside and then eased past Royal Fighter to the lead at top stretch.   Favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, surged into contention from fifth but could not overtake the Jos Verbeeck reined, Fabrice Souloy trained Un Mec d’Heripre that held by a length timed in 1.09.3 kr (fractions 1.08.8kr at the 500 meter mark and 1.09.6kr atg the 1000). Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) was fourth for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   The winner was off at 8/1 on the PMU network while Nuncio was the favorite at 0.5/1 on PMU and 9/10 on Fintoto. Driver Verbeeck has enjoyed a successful weekend so far after winner yesterday with Bird Parker.   Post positions for the final with 3SEK million to the winner follow: 1. Un Mec d’Heripre 2. Timoko 3. Resolve 4. Nuncio 5. Propulsion 6. Royal Fighter 7. Billie de Montfort 8. Oasis Bi by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Stefan Melander has trained some great trotters during his harness racing career, including 2006 Prix d’Amerique winner Gigant Neo and 2001 Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, but he has never enjoyed a relationship with a horse in quite the same way as with Elitloppet favorite Nuncio. Nuncio, who is also owned by Melander, is the 2-1 favorite according to online oddsmakers to win Sunday’s (May 29) prestigious Elitloppet, an invitational for older trotters that features an international lineup, at Solvalla Raceway in Stockholm. Nuncio, a 5-year-old stallion who was a star in the U.S. at ages 2 and 3, has won all four of his races this season and 14 of 17 starts since arriving in Europe last year. He finished third in last year’s Elitloppet. “Last year he was just great; he came to Sweden in good shape,” Melander said in an e-mail translated by associate Simon Hagen. “Jimmy Takter and Jim Oscarsson (who each trained Nuncio in the U.S.) did a great job with him. He trained very good so we decided to participate in the Elitlopp last year even if I think it was a little bit too early. He arrived to my farm in February so he just had two races before the Elitlopp. “This year I have been able to get him in good shape before the race. He has grown enormously much. Last year I saw that he probably needed a year to be perfect, which I think he is now. He is much bigger and stronger.” Nuncio is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the mare Nicole Isabelle. He raced primarily for Oscarsson at age 2 and solely for Takter at age 3, when Nuncio and regular driver John Campbell won the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and finished second in the Hambletonian. For his career, Nuncio has won 30 of 44 races, never finishing worse than third in any start, and earned $2.18 million. “I am really impressed that he makes everything so easy,” Melander said. “He is so special, too. He knows that he is best in our stable but he is not cocky or anything. He is so smart. I have trained Gigant Neo and Scarlet Knight, but this horse is so special he actually understands you when you talk to him sometimes.” Melander, who is a renowned photographer as well as a horseman, won the 2010 Elitloppet with Iceland. He grew up less than a mile from Solvalla Raceway and took photos in the stables when he was a teenager. “If I could win again with Nuncio it would be just great,” Melander said. “Iceland was a really good horse but cannot compete with Nuncio. I train them different. Nuncio just wants to race with all my other horses so I have to drive him for himself on the straight track. Usually we have up to 30-35 horses in every set.” Nuncio trained Thursday and will jog and walk in the days prior to the race, Melander said. “He loves to go out and jog,” Melander said. “We also ride him and he really loves it.” Melander has been Nuncio’s regular driver, but will give the lines to Orjan Kilhstrom for Sunday’s Elitloppet. Kilhstrom won last year’s Elitloppet with Magic Tonight and the 2003 edition with From Above. “Orjan Kilhstrom is a better driver than me,” Melander said. “I think sometimes that I am a little bit too kind to (Nuncio). I actually wanted John Campbell to drive him, but his daughter would be getting married this weekend, which I understand is more important.” Nuncio races Sunday in the second of two Elitloppet eliminations. The top four finishers from each division advance to the same-day final. The first elimination features the next three best bets to win the race according to the oddsmakers: 2014 champion Timoko (7-1), formerly U.S.-based Propulsion (9-1) and U.S. representative Resolve (10-1). Timoko, who finished second in this year’s Prix d’Amerique, has won three of six starts this season. The 9-year-old stallion has earned $4.43 million in his career. Five-year-old Propulsion, who raced for trainer Tony Alagna in the States, is 3-for-3 this year. Resolve is trained and driven by two-time Elitloppet winner Ake Svanstedt. “This year almost all the horses can actually win this race,” Melander said. Nuncio isn’t Melander’s only shot at winning the race. He also sends out Volstead in the first elimination. Volstead is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Madame Volo. He was purchased as a yearling for $50,000 at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to stakes-winner High Bridge and his family also includes stakes-winners Missy’s Goalfire, Have You Ever, Lassie’s Goal, and Lear Jetta. “I actually think Volstead has a good chance to be among the (top) three,” Melander said. “His last performance he was outstanding. If we take it to the final and get a decent position, I would almost be worried if I was Nuncio.” Sunday’s card at Solvalla also features appearances by two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pinkman, French Laundry, and Uncle Lasse in a Group 2 event for 4-year-old trotters. Yannick Gingras will drive Pinkman. Also, millionaire Wild Honey competes in a Group 2 event for 4-year-old female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

WILKES-BARRE PA - The front end proved the place to be in three $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Synonymous Hanover, Lookin Sharp, and Modern Mercury all parlaying leads at the half-mile pole into new career marks.   Synonymous Hanover made a sharp brush to the top on the second turn in her All-Stars division, "stole" a 1:00 middle half, then sprinted home in 28.1 to hold safe early leader Ginny Weasley, trying to come back in the Pocono Pike, by 1¼ lengths in 1:56. Brett Miller handled the daughter of Andover Hall in her victorious 2016 debut for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Scott Bice.   Andover Hall quickly earned a siring double credit in the next All-Stars heat, where the winner, Lookin Sharp, was probably the most impressive winner of the night, powering straight to command from the outer post nine and commanding her field by 4¾ lengths in 1:55.2. Lookin Sharp, in her second start of the campaign, certainly lived up to her name for driver David Miller, trainer John Butenschoen, and owners William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware Inc.   The third division saw the Donato Hanover filly Modern Mercury regained pace control in front of the stands the first time, then making her advantage stand up for one complete lap more, tallying by two lengths in 1:56.1. Trainer Charlie Norris was in the sulky behind the winner of two straight for owners Carrie Norris and Anthony Klis III.   On Sunday night, inaugural Pennsylvania Classic Final winner Check Six returns to town, heading three divisions of the first preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. His Ron Burke stablemates JK Will Power and Big Top Hanover, 2-3 in the Classic Final to complete the Burke "sweep," all also among the entered, as are the three winners of Pennsylvania All-Stars divisional action this past Sunday - Another Daily Copy, Voltaire, and The Catamount Kid.   From the PHHA

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) won Solvalla’s Kat 1 on the V64 Wednesday harness racing program over 1640 meters autostart with 100,000SEK to the winner. Owner/trainer Stefan Melander was again at the lines as the 2/5 odds favorite scored timed in 1.10.3kr (mile rate 1:53.11). 7/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) was second for Daniel Reden ahead of third finishing 3/1 Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. Food Money and I Saw You were fourth and fifth.  Nuncio, bred by Russell C. Williams of Hanover, PA USA, now has a 30-12-1 slate in 44 career outings for 18,472,726SEK earned. Today’s victory was his sixth straight and 12th in the last 13 starts since being 2-3 in the 2015 Elitloppet. Nuncio scored on April 27 timed in 1.09.9kr (1:52.47), his best of the year. The Elitloppet accepted invites now include Nuncio, Timoko, Your Highness, Oasis Bi, Un med d’Heripre, Propulsion, Resolve and Voltigeur de Myrt.. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and driver David Miller have teamed up to win a number of open stakes races in recent years, but never with a horse they owned together. That could change Saturday. Miller and Norman share ownership of Cufflink Hanover, who is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $140,800 Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway. The gelding has won four of 10 career races, including his Dexter Cup elimination last weekend in 1:57.3 --- the fastest of the three elims for the event --- and earned $70,914. Cufflink Hanover will start the Dexter Cup final from post three, with Miller in the sulky. Miller on Wednesday became the third driver in harness racing history to surpass $200 million in career purses. "We hope we can have a little fun with him; that was the idea," said Norman, whose major stakes wins with Miller include the 2012 Hambletonian Oaks with Personal Style and a 2009 Breeders Crown with Poof She's Gone. "We'll see how it goes. "He raced good last week and got a good draw. We'll have to see how the race goes, but he's going to show up there." The Dexter Cup is the first major stakes event for 3-year-old trotters on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Last year's Dexter Cup winner, Habitat, reached the Hambletonian and finished seventh in the final. Less than a month later, he won the Yonkers Trot. In 2013, Dexter Cup runner-up Dontyouforgetit also went on to race in the Hambletonian and four years ago Market Share competed in the Dexter Cup --- he lost a shoe early in the race and went off stride --- and later won the Hambletonian. Cufflink Hanover, Dominion Beach, and Dante won last week's Dexter Cup eliminations. They are joined in Saturday's final by second-place finishers Steed, Sir Royson, and Inukchuk Chuck. Two third-place finishers chosen by lot, Credevie and Hillman, also advanced to the final. Dominion Beach and Steed are eligible to the Hambletonian. Stakes-winner Dominion Beach, trained by Nancy Johansson, and lightly-raced Dante, trained by Ake Svanstedt, will race as an entry because both are owned by Anders Strom's Courant A B. Dante, a son of Credit Winner out of the stakes-winning mare Michelle's Angel purchased as a yearling for $355,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale, is a full brother to millionaire Archangel. Cufflink Hanover was selected by Miller and purchased for $30,000 as a yearling at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. A son of Andover Hall out of the mare CR Savoire Faire, his family includes 1995 Horse of the Year CR Kay Suzie and multiple-stakes-winner CR Renegade. "When I broke him for David, I liked him," said Norman, who owns horses under the Enzed Racing Stable. "I just liked his gait. He had a great gait and a good attitude. He's a nice-looking horse. He was easy to like." Although Cufflink Hanover is not eligible to the Hambletonian, the horse's stakes schedule includes the Yonkers Trot, Currier & Ives, Keystone Classic, Matron, and Tompkins-Geers. "We didn't think he was a top-level horse," Norman said. "He's kind of a second tier horse, but he's a nice solid horse. He acts like he can get around a half-mile track good, which should help." In the Dexter, the entry of Dominion Beach and Dante is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. Dominion Beach will start from post five with driver Marcus Johansson while Dante will leave from post seven with Svanstedt at the lines. Dominion Beach, a son of Muscle Hill out of the Dan Patch Award-winning mare Windylane Hanover, has won two of three races this year, including his Dexter elim in 1:58. A full brother to multiple-stakes-winner Muscle Diamond, Dominion Beach has won three of 12 races lifetime and earned $98,267. Dante won his Dexter elimination in 1:58.3 in his seasonal debut. The colt was winless in two races last season. Sir Royson, from the stable of trainer Linda Toscano, drew post No. 1 and is 7-2 on the morning line. Sir Royson, who has won three of six career races and finished off the board only once, will be driven by Jim Marohn Jr. Steed, trained by Richard Johnson, will start from post eight in the eight-horse field and is 4-1 on the morning line. Matt Kakaley is the driver. "The other winners of the eliminations drew outside of us, so I think we got the best draw of the winners," Norman said. "I think (Sir Royson) is pretty decent too. It's one of those half-mile track races and we'll just have to see how things go. We'll need a little bit of luck but he should be right there." Ken Weingartner

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

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