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Aberforth (Andover Hall) swooped the group to win the fourth annual harness racing Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series Final on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Francis Mahoney-trained four year old was the 9-5 top choice in the wagering in the $32,200 Final and his backers couldn't have been encouraged when the young trotter spotted the field about ten lengths in the early going as he gapped throughout a first half that went in 58.2. Driver Shawn Gray asked Aberforth for his best down the backstretch and the razor sharp highstepper responded surging up alongside leader Iwantmytwodollars (Jim Devaux) before bypassing that one en route to victory in 1:59 on a chilly, windy afternoon in Saratoga. Longshot Strong Crazed (Stephane Bouchard) finished second while Mugshots Bro (Mark Beckwith) came on for third. The exacta and triple paid $108 and $601, respectively. Aberforth, who is owned by Ali Kilpatrick of North Bennington, VT adds his name to the list of previous Derue Memorial winners which includes Jelectric, The Lindy Treaty and Showmeyourguns. Grand Vision set a lifetime mark to win the $15,000 Jim Derue Memorial Consolation in 1:59.1 with Frank Coppola Jr in the sulky. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing driver Mike Simons combined with the Andover Hall mare Tweet Me to win the $20,000 feature on his favorite gait Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as "The Trot Man" brought home the favored distaff two lengths clear in 1:54.2 - a race after he guided a pacing filly to her first victory in 26 career starts and paid $108.00 to win. Tweet Me was looped to the top by Flying Isa N early, continuing on to grab the lead past the 27.4 quarter. Simons posted middle splits of 57 and 1:25.3, and the victorious mare made it look easy in the last quarter by drawing clear for trainer Nicholas Devita and owner Bridget Mcneese. Flying Isa N came out of the pocket for the stretch drive, giving Pocono Pike access to third-inside Uncle Hanover, and that one closed to take second by ¾ of a length over "Isa," behind the winner of $390,678. Seventeen minutes earlier, it was Simons who had taken advantage of the "Pocono Pike from third-inside" situation, and he maximized his opportunity by getting Windup West home first with a length and a quarter to spare as she broke her maiden in 1:55.4 style. The Western Ideal filly, out of the four-time $100,000+ producer Matt's A Coming, had started her career in a PA Stallion Series race, but hadn't panned out as desired in eight starts at two and was purchased for $10,000 at the Blooded Horse Sale for owner/trainer Cindy Truitt; Windup West proved "18th time lucky," all at the mountain oval, for Truitt as she pulled the upset.... ... except that Mike Simons driving a $100+ winner isn't as much of an upset as one might think - it was the third time this meet that Mike has pulled off a mutuel supershocker, with no other driver at Pocono having more than one triple-figure winner, and only one other driver in the state, Dan Rawlings at The Meadows, having as many as three $100+ winners this year. PHHA / Pocono

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sent off the 1-5 favorite, Broadway Donna lost stride in her attempt to sweep by pacesetter Fad Finance, who won one of the three divisions of the $188,200 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:53.1 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. Trotting a quarter in :28.1 and a half in :56, Fad Finance led Unica Steed, Gracie Hanover, and Broadway Donna into the far turn. Broadway Donna progressed towards Fad Finance to match strides with her at three-quarters, timed in 1:24 before stalling in her bid in the stretch and losing stride. Gracie Hanover circled around Broadway Donna, lunging to take second while Fad Finance remained in control. Unica Steed finished third. Owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC, Marc Goldberg, and Rojan Stables, Fad Finance, by Credit Winner out of the Sierra Kosmos mare Armbro Vanity, won her tenth race in 21 starts, earning $306,556. She is trained and was driven by Trond Smedshammer and paid $12.00 to win. "I didn't know how much David [Miller on Broadway Donna] had left, so it certainly made me feel better when she jumped," Trond Smedshammer said. "Then Ake [Svanstedt on Gracie Hanover] came late, but my filly has felt good all day today. She gave a real good effort." "She can win in [1]:54 at Saratoga, so the big track doesn't really pick her up that much, but [The Red Mile]'s nice. I was able to pull her shoes off for the first time today. It's always nice over the clay here." Ginny Weasley circled by the 1-5 favorite Celebrity Eventsy and drew away to win her division of the Bluegrass in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Celebrity Eventsy grabbed the front from Ultimate Shopper and cleared through a :28.1 opening quarter. Ginny Weasley, trotting in third, was hesitant to pull first over, eventually committing to move outside after a :57 half mile, carrying with her Southwind Hope second over and Double Exposure third over. Ginny Weasley brushed by Celebrity Eventsy after a 1:26 third-quarter and kicked away from the field as Celebrity Eventsy faltered. Southwind Hope moved into second while Double Exposure came down the center of the track to take third. Winning her sixth race in 18 starts, Ginny Weasley, by Andover Hall out of the Donerail mare Donepunk, has earned $159,763 for owner Torp Trotting Inc. She is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt and paid $9.00 to win. Losing the lead in the backstretch, Side Bet Hanover found room to trot up the pylons in the stretch to win the final division of the Bluegrass in 1:53.1. Side Bet Hanover led through a :28 first quarter before Gin And Lindy tipped first over from fifth and brushed to the lead after a :56 half. Into the far turn, Gin And Lindy held control as Womans Will advanced first over, keeping Side Bet Hanover in the pocket from third after they trotted three-quarters in 1:24. Gin And Lindy drifted off the rail into the stretch. Womans Will took the lead to her outside while Side Bet Hanover emerged up the pylons into second, soon sprinting past Womans Will to claim victory. Wildflower closed down the center of the track to finish third. Side Bet Hanover, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Sea Level Hanover, won her fifth race in 18 starts, earning $175,336 for owner Srf Stable. Trained by Jonas Czernyson and driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $9.00 to win. "[Gin And Lindy] was starting to get a little leg weary in front of me and I had plenty of trot," Corey Callahan said. "I was hoping I could shake free because she was so good in her last start up in Canada [in the Elegantimage]; she didn't get any room, but she found room today and shot by very strong." "I'm sure she'll be back next Sunday and hopefully she'll give us a good run." By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

The 3/10 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle) took todays Gr. I UET Masters Finale (purse €399,908, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) by two lengths clocked in 1.10.66kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion. 9/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) took second for Erik Adielsson, trainer Stefan Pettersson and Ecurie Frackstad Lantbruks AB. Third was 16/1 Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB) with Adrian Kolgjini up for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Spring Erom and Explosive De Vie were fourth and fifth. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) G1 UET Masters Final 18/09/2016 Finale U.E.T Trotting Masters NUNCIO On the Bjerke program was also the VG Norsk Derby (purse €226,922, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) with victory to 1.9/1 El Diablo BR (4m Muscle Hill-Fiery Chip) for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. The winner was clocked in 1.13.42kr and is owned by Brinvest Danmark APS. 5/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was second for G.V. Gundersen with third earned by 5/1 Ultimate Photo (4m SJ’s Photo-Madam Lavec) and Bjorn Goop. Fourth was the Jeppe Juel driven and trained Akermann (4g Crazed-Ta Ta Hall). The Finn Tack Norsk Criterium (purse €175,325, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced a 1.12.71kr timed winner in 14.3/1 Shocking Superman (3m Orlando Vici-Bernadette’s Cat). Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of this Tar Stable KB owned performer. 19.5/1 Mini Viking (3m Maharajah-Jeunesse Defee) was second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre and third was 15/1 Evil Enok ME (3m Magnetic Power-Topaz Dragon) for trainer/driver N.P. Braekken. Thomas H. Hicks

Vernon, N.Y. -- Pop I ($10.40) sustained steady first-over gains through the far turn and ultimately reeled in 3-5 favorite Rules of the Road in Saturday (September 3) evening's harness racing featured $9,000 Miracle Mile/Open Trot at Vernon Downs.   Greg Merton situated the 6-year-old Andover Hall gelding in midfield early on before a last-to-first brush from Rules of the Road (Chuck Connor, Jr.) relegated Pop I to fourth at the completion of a :57.1 half mile. Pop I was quick to reclaim ground, angling first-over on approach to the far turn and steadily gaining on approach to the top of the stretch. Despite Rules of the Road's best attempts to evade her competition after a :28.2 third quarter, Pop I collared her in mid-stretch and drew off to a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:55. Wine Photo (Roman Lopez) made a stand-side rally from last to claim second, while Rules of the Road faded to third.   Harry Landy trains Pop I for Glat Kosher Racing.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Labor Day (September 5). Monday's first race is slated for 1:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

It was just over five months ago that the tragic barn fire took place at the South Florida Trotting Center in Lake Worth. Of the 23 Standardbred horses in Barn 9 that evening, only five have survived and now one of those harness racing horses that were rescued, a trotter named Celebrity Lover, has made it to the winner's circle. Sunday night at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, Celebrity Lover, trained and driven by Sam Stathis, who owns the South Florida Trotting Center, won the seventh race trot by a neck in 1:59. The homebred stallion, owned and bred by Stathis's Celebrity Farms, was rescued from the barn fire that frightful night on March 15. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall from the Yankee Glide mare, Celebrity Feeling, suffered 3rd degree burns over his back from the burning roof above his stall. Within days of the fire, Stathis set up a special therapy barn at the South Florida Trotting Center to help aid the recovery for the surviving horses from the fire. "There is no doubt that our therapy barn aided in the recovery and return to racing for Celebrity Lover," Sam Stathis said. "And the outpouring of support and love from people all over the world were a big factor too. "We enclosed Barn 1 in fly netting," Stathis explained, "We brought in or were donated everything we could get to help these horses. The latest in laser equipment to promote healing, special nebulizing equipment to treat the horses burned lungs from the heat and smoke of the fire, an electro-equiscope, heart monitoring equipment, a theraplate unit, an equine weight scale, the best floor matting available to help prevent hoof problems and more to aid with their recovery." " donated an entire pallet of burn cream that was used up within months and then donated another pallet." Stathis explained. "We had to hand walk these horses before dawn and after sundown as their burns could not be exposed to sunlight. "Each morning we bathed the burns, then reapplied the creams, did treatments and then repeated it all over again in the afternoon. I want to give credit to caretaker Lyne Morneau and trainer Alex Spano who worked day and night for months caring for them and to Dr. Michael Carinda and Dr. Paul Caputo for their work. We argued tooth and nail over how to treat these horse but in the long run it worked. Most veterinarians never had burn victims like this to treat." The results were shown on the racetrack Sunday as Celebrity Lover raced parked out first-over from the half mile and Stathis rated the mare perfectly, clearing to the lead in the stretch and holding off Coogan in the final strides to win in a photo finish. Unraced at age two, Celebrity Lover made just five starts at age 3 with a qualifying win in 2:05.4. He just qualified at Pocono Downs August 10, was third in a pari-mutuel race, timed in 1:58.3 on August 19 and is now a winner. "I literally cried with joy after "Lover" dug in and held off Ake Svanstedt with Coogan for the win," Stathis said. "It was just five months that he (Celebrity Lover) was fighting for his life from the smoke inhalation and burns." Celebrity Lover is the first of fire victims to return to the races and win. Stathis said that the other three of his horses that were in the fire, Celebrity Tsipras, Celebrity Lambo and Celebrity Artemis, are coming back strong. Celebrity Tsipras just qualified and raced for the first time August 14 and hopefully the other two will be racing before the end of the year. Celebrity Lover is a full brother to the mare Celebrity Artemis. It should be noted that the fifth horse that survived from Barn 9 fire, Grateful Pride, a two-year-old colt by Bettors Delight, has also been racing for trainer Linda Toscano since late June, but has yet to win. "God didn't want these horses yet for a reason," Stathis said. "The trainers and grooms that helped saved them from the fire and risked their lives for these animals are the real heroes. And what a feel good way to celebrate with having them not just recover from their burns and internal injuries but to race and win. You could not script a movie any better than this. "And we will be adding more therapy equipment this year to Barn 1 at the South Florida Trotting Center," Stathis added. "I'm still trying to get an equine hyperbaric chamber if possible. Whatever it takes to help care for the horses. This fall the therapy barn will be available for all horses of every breed that need help." For more information, visit By Steve Wolf for the South Florida Trotting Center    

Today’s Gr. I International Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker (total purse €188,475, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to harness racing 3/10 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom.  The winner is trained by Stefan Melander for his Stall TZ. Nuncio, bred by Russell Williams of Pennsylvania, is now 8-2-0 in 10 starts in 2016 and has a 34-14-2 slate in 50 career starts for 24,931,376SEK earned. Off on the lead from post one, Nuncio parked contesting Oasis Bi not allowing that one the front, and then fought off Call Me Keeper (that made a miscue with a quarter mile remaining) and a parked three wide Anna Mix. In the lane the winner gamely kept a comfortable lead to hold off 15/1 pocket placed On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia) with Joseph Verbeeck up  for trainer H.R. Stromberg, and outside rallying 78/1 DD’s Hitman (5m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny) with Jorma Kontio driving for Petri Puro. 15/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) ended fourth with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Nuncio was clocked in 1.11.7kr, well off the race record of 1.10kr set in 2015 by Delicious U.S. Replay: Thomas H. Hicks  

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 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    

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