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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Ask any harness racing trainer what is the most difficult horse to train and they will tell you it's trotting fillies and mares. Owner/trainer Carl Duguay of Deschambault knows this all so well and is very appreciative of his mare, Y S Suzanne, who goes for her fifth straight win Tuesday evening in the third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old mares and horses at the Hippodrome 3R. The daughter of Angus Hall is off to her best season ever for Duguay and currently sports six wins this season and over C$104,000 in career earnings. She starts from post two in the third race Tuesday for driver Stephane Gendron. "I try and keep her relaxed as much as possible," Duguay said about Y S Suzanne's weekly training schedule. "She goes out to jog every day, time in the paddock, just want her to be at ease." Before coming home to Quebec, Y S Suzanne was racing at Saratoga Raceway's half mile oval in New York. The last two years Duguay has given his mare to trainer Heidi Rohr, who has also done well with her. "Heidi does a super job with my mare," Duguay said. "When Heidi sent her back to Quebec for this series she told me about some changes she did in training her and it has really helped." Last week was the first time since her first win this season that any horse has gotten within less than a length of Y S Suzanne at the finish. She won last week by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.1, her slowest winning time this year. "She was in heat last week," Duguay explained. "She was not at her best. She has been feeling much better this week and I think she will race much better tomorrow." Y S Suzanne shows that she can win from both on the off the pace. The last two weeks she led from start to finish. The prior weeks she had good cover and won with ease from off the helmet. Last week regular pilot Stephane Gendron, scored his 4,000th career win with Y S Suzanne. "This mare loves during the race to be held on the bit," Duguay explained. "As long as you never give her her head, she will always race strong. She likes it best to follow another horse." Y S Suzanne was nearly caught last week by Artemis Duharas, who closed well from sixth place on the final turn to be second. She starts again for driver Raymond Gingras from post seven. Another contender in the race is Y A Jailhouse Jody from post three for driver Guy Gagnon. She was second to Y S Suzanne two starts back in the Quebec-Bred Series. The horses do battle in a non-wagering division of the series with just four starters going to post between the 4th and 5th races on Tuesday's program. Missing from the lineup is the entry from trainer Isabelle Darveau stable of track record holder, Wildwild Men and his full brother, Seeyou Men, both of whom were Quebec-Bred champions in prior years. "We only planned to race them in the first two legs," Darveau explained. "That was good enough for them to make the final. They are fine and will be rested up now." With Wildwild Men, who won the opening round of the series, and Seeyou Men out this week, it opens the door for last week's winner, Holiday Party to battle with KFB Amigo Cool. In his first start back at H3R, Holiday Party, who last year won nine times and was the Quebec-Bred Series Champion at age 3, made a rare and costly break at the start. He then put it all together last week in defeating Wildwild Men and KFB Amigo Cool with a 1:59.1 triumph. He will start from post two for driver Pascal Berube against KFB Amigo Cool, who starts from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau. First, second and third in his four starts this year, KFM Amigo Cool has been close to the action every start. Also entered are Holiday Gift (post one) and Mc Garreth (post three), who have not been very competitive in the series. One thing is guaranteed in the non-wagering race, and that is the winner trainer's last name will be Fontaine. Both Holiday Party and KFB Amigo Cool are trained by Dany Fontaine while Holiday Gift and Mc Garreth are trained by Michel Fontaine. After Tuesday's third preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series, the top eight point earners will return on Sunday, June 25 for their respective $30,000 finals. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Harness racing driver Stephane Gendron reached a major milestone in his career, scoring his 4,000th career win in the sixth race at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. Gendron, 47, of Quebec City, first started driving professionally back in 1989, scoring just 11 wins that first season. His milestone victory came aboard Y S Suzanne in a division of the second round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. The 6th race first saw Double Chance and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to the early lead from post two, but that lead was short lived by the opening quarter mile as Stephane Gendron had Y S Suzanne, the 2/5 morning line favorite, on the move and soon on the lead. From that point, Y S Suzanne and Gendron held command, despite a game first-over effort after the half mile marker and through the backstretch by Y A Jailhouse Jody ((Guy Gagnon). Coming down the stretch, Gendron and Y S Suzanne were able to hold on to the finish wire, winning by a quarter of a length in 2:01.1 over a late closing Artemis Dunharas (Raymond Gingras) with Double Chance third. Owned and trained by Carly Duguay, it was the fourth straight win and fifth victory on the year for Y S Suzanne. The four-year-old mare by Angus Hall paid $2.80 to win. "I was a little worried as my mare she was not feeling so strong tonight as she usually is," Gendron explained. "I thought that maybe the other mare (Artemis Dunharas) that she beat me, but we were ok. "I am very happy winning my 4,000th race," Gendron said. "It means a lot to me. I do not drive regular around the circuit anymore. I pretty much stay at the Hippodrome 3R, but it is nice to have achieved so many wins. Feels really good." For his career, Stephane Gendron has started in 22,518 races with 4,000 wins, 3,299 second place and 2,876 third place finishes. The horses he has driven have won $13,602,638. An upset took place in the 4th race Quebec-Bred Series for horses as the 1/9 favorite and track record holder, Wildwild Men, went off-stride at the start of the race. His stablemate and full brother, Seeyou Men (Guy Gagnon) took the early lead with KFB Amigo Cool (Stephane Brosseau) sitting second until the half mile when 5-1 Holiday Party and driver Pascal Berube came first-over to challenge and take commend in the backstretch. Wildwild Men and driver Robert Shepherd recovered and caught the field, but it was too late as Holiday Party held on to win by a half-length with Wildwild Men second and KFB Amigo Cool third. The time of the one mile race was 1:59.1. For Holiday Party, a $105,000 winner last year at age three, who set the track record for his age and gait at H3R in being the Sire Stakes Champion, it was his first win in 2017 after three starts. Sired by Holiday Road, Holiday Party is trained by Dany Fontaine for the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal. He paid $12.40 to win. TRACK NOTES: Driver Pascal Berube had the hot hands Tuesday, winning three races on the program. Racetrack superintendent at H3R, Sylvain Blais, who had the track surface in prime shape Sunday, saw three horses take lifetime marks also on Tuesdays program. Next Sunday, the Quebec Jockey Club will host the $30,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacing mares and horses. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Slowly but surely harness driver Stephane Gendron has been nipping away at the wins during his career and on Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, he may very well achieve a special career milestone, win number 4,000. Gendron, who first started driving back in 1989, has been a popular figure in Quebec racing, especially at H3R, throughout his career. Come Tuesday, Gendron hopes to get his 4,000th career win in one of the two drives he has on the program. And his chances, based on last week's performance, look pretty good. Gendron will be driving the odds-on favorite, Carl Duguay's Y S Suzanne, in the sixth race, second division of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. Y S Suzanne starts from post six and is on a three-race winning streak for owner/trainer Duguay. The four-year-old mare by Angus Hall is at her best with five wins already this season. Last week in the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series, Gendron and Y S Suzanne were parked out going for the lead, but once on top she held the field at bay and pulled away in the stretch for a four and one-half length triumph. Other hopeful contenders in the field include Y A Jailhouse Jodi in post three for driver Guy Gagnon. They were second to Y S Suzanne last week, along with Grace And Claire (post eight) and Artemis Duharas (post seven). And if Y S Suzanne does not give Gendron his 4,000th win, then he comes right back in the 7th race Invitational Trot, where he will drive the always game Caroluzzo from post eight. He has won his last two starts at H3R in the top trot for Gendron. The older horses do battle in the Quebec-Bred Series in the 4th race, where track record holder Wildwild Men is the overwhelming race favorite after his impressive victory in the opening round last week. Driven by Robert Shepherd for trainer Isabelle Darveau, last week Wildwild Men posted his first win in three starts this year, looking super impressive in wiring the field by three and one-half lengths in 1:58.3. Bred by Chantal Gravel and co-owned with Catheline Pelletier, Wildwild Men is an entry with stablemate and older brother, Seeyou Men, who is age 5. Both brothers are sired by Muscle Mass. Wildwild Men starts from post four with his older brother starting alongside in post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Hoping to rebound from making a costly break at the start last week is Quebec-Bred Champion last year, Holiday Party. He starts from the rail for driver Pascal Berube while last week's second place finisher, KFM Amigo Cool, starts from post two for driver Stephane Brosseau. First race post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The trotters were in the spotlight for the first live harness racing program of the 2017 season at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday night with the opening round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for trotters. There were two divisions of the series for four and five-year-old mares and horses Tuesday. There are three weeks of preliminary action with the top eight money earners returning on June 25 for the $30,000 finals. Both race winners were very impressive with the fastest division going to track record holder, Wildwild Men, in the fifth race for older horses. Driven by Robert Shepherd from post three, Wildwild Men shot to the early lead with KFM Amigo Cool (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Second choice in the race, track record holder Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) made a costly break at the start of the race. To the half mile in :59.3 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3, Shepherd then let Wildwild Men pull away in the stretch to win with ease by three and one-half lengths in 1:58.3. KFB Amigo Cool was second with stablemate, Seeyou Men (full older brother to Wildwild Men) third for driver Guy Gagnon. It was the first win in three starts this year for Wildwild Men. The four-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Isabelle Darveau for breeder Chantal Gravel, who co-owns the winner with Catheline Pelletier. He paid $2.70 to win. In the second race division for mares, it was all Y S Suzanne for driver Stephane Gendron. With EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) leaving from post seven to the early lead, Shepherd wasted no time retaking the lead before the opening quarter mile and then held the field at bay the rest of the one mile race, winning by four and one-half lengths in 2:00.4. Y A Jailhouse Jodi (Guy Gagnon) was second with Grace And Claire (Sylvain Lacaille) third. Trained and owned by Carl Duguay, it was the third straight win and fifth victory on the season for Y S Suzanne. The four-year-old mare by Angus Hall paid just $2.50 to win. TRACK NOTES: With his victory aboard Y S Suzanne, driver Stephane Gendron moved within one victory of scoring his 4,000th career win. Driver Richard Simard led all drivers Tuesday with three winners on the night including an impressive seven and one-half length romp with Raising Richard ($2.80) in the Invitational Trot in 1:59.1. The post-position draw for the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at H3R this Sunday takes place Wednesday afternoon. Featured will be Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Scott Zeron, Sylvain Filion, Hall of Famer David Miller, last year's champion Jody Jamieson, Stephane Bouchard and H3R leading driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, all competing in eight races. There will be a special meet and greet autograph session with all the drivers at 11:30 am. And H3R's new Sunday post time of 12:30 pm goes into effect on Sunday. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Live nighttime racing gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. The first night program of the season will be highlighted by the opening round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares and horses in separate divisions. All four of last year Quebec-Bred Series Champions are in the opening round of the series that features three weeks of preliminary competition followed by the eight top point earners in each class returning on Sunday, June 25. The trotting mares are first in the limelight in the 2nd race where eight lady high steppers will do battle. Owner/trainer Carl Duguay's Y S Suzanne is the morning line favorite from post five. She will be driven by Stephan Gendron, who needs just two wins on Tuesday for his 4,000th career victory. Y S Suzanne comes home to H3R from Saratoga Raceway in New York where she has won her last two starts, the fastest a lifetime equaling mark of 1:58.2 over the half mile oval. The four-year-old mare by Angus Hall sports four wins already this season. Last year's three-year-old Quebec Series Champion, Y A Jailhouse Jody, goes from the rail for driver Guy Gagnon, but is winless so far in four starts this year. Other competitors in the field include last year's mare's champion, SOS Revange (post seven) and EAU Naturelle (post eight). The horses do battle in the fifth race where two Series Champions from last year, Seeyou Men and Holiday Party, take on 2015 champion Wildwild Men and undefeated Le Millenaire. Both Holiday Party and Wildwild Men are track record holders at H3R. Wildwild Men and Seeyou Men will race as an entry for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Both horses are full brothers from the mare Seeyouinthecircle and sired by Muscle Mass. They are both bred by Chantal Gravel, who co-owns them with Catheline Pelletier. Seeyou Men is age 5 and Wildwild Men is age 4. Wildwild Men is the stronger of the two brothers and starts from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. Last time out Wildwild Men was second by a neck at Western Fair in 1:57.3 in just his second start this season. Seeyou Men starts from post six for driver Guy Gagnon and has two wins this year, the fastest a 1:59.3 triumph at Flamboro Downs. Track record holder Holiday Party goes from post two for driver Pascal Berube. A nine-time winner last year made his 2017 debut last week at Rideau Carlton and was fifth, timed in 1:59.2. Le Millenaire drew the rail post position for driver Sylvain Fontaine and is unbeaten this year in two starts, the fastest in 1:59.1. Another return winner in the field is KFB Amigo Cool (post 4) for driver Stephane Brosseau. TRACK NOTES: Fans and horsemen should take note that post time on Tuesday night is 7:00 pm. Track management also announced on Sunday that post time for the Sunday card starting this week will be half an hour earlier at 12:30 pm. This Sunday, June 4, is the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at H3R featuring last year's inaugural winner, Jody Jamieson, Hall of Famer David Miller, H3R's leading driver this and last season, Louis-Philippe Roy, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion, Stephane Bouchard and Scott Zeron, all competing in eight tournament races. There will be a special meet and greet for the race fans starting at 11:00 am. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

WASHINGTON, PA, May 24, 2017 -- The harness racing veteran Tamarind displayed his class and toughness Wednesday at The Meadows when he sustained a first-over bid in the slop and went on to capture the featured race, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Tamarind was fourth near the half when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Classic Banker. It took the 9-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos most of the back half to wear down Classic Banker, but he drew off in the stretch to prevail in 1:55. Mike The Trader rallied for second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Classic Banker saved show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who boosted his career bankroll to $892,084. Mike Wilder and Merriman each fashioned a three-bagger on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Friday card that features the $72,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Running Aces Harness Racing Season opener went to post on Saturday night, May 20, and while the weather gods didn’t exactly cooperate with us, an exciting card of harness racing went to post nonetheless despite an all day long deluge of rain. The opening night $10,000 Open Trot feature went to Flameon (by Angus Hall) who was confidently driven by Moonie Svendsen, they sat in the pocket behind rival Banker Volo (Luke Plano) who was the 8-5 choice in the wagering. Flameon powered past in the lane to beat Banker Volo by ¾ of a length in 1:58.0 and post his first win in 3 starts this season for owner/trainer Mark Anderson. Flameon ($8.40) is no stranger to the Aces winners circle, as he has been a top contender at the Open Trot level here for the past couple of seasons. Tonight’s tally was the 21st lifetime score for the 7 year old gelding, and pushed his career bankroll over the century mark to $100,570. The fastest mile of the night over the sloppy surface was turned in by Tornado Henry ($14.80), a 6 year old gelding pacer by Henry Clay, who kicked off a natural driving hat-trick for veteran reinsman Steve Wiseman with a ½ length tally in 1:56.4 from a second over trip. He also shared in the fastest winning final quarter time of the evening (29.0). Tornado Henry is owned by Scott Ehrlich and trained by Kathie Plested Wiseman. Hairway to Heaven, a 4 year old pacing mare by Barber Pole, posted the biggest upset of the evening with a 30-1 shocker for owner/trainer/driver Gerald Longo. It was the 4th win of the season in 15 starts for Hairway to Heaven who delighted her backers with a $63.40 win mutuel. Wiseman’s hat-trick topped the charts on opening night, while Moonie Svendsen picked up a back-to-back double in races 5 & 6 to take second honors. Live Racing returns on Sunday, May 21 with a first post of 6:00 CDT, and will be held every Tuesday at 7:00 pm CT, and Saturdays and Sundays at 6:00 pm CT now through September 16. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

Plainville, MA---Fresh off a victory at Yonkers Raceway last Friday, Tag Up And Go made his third visit of the year to Plainridge Park worthwhile by turning a garden spot trip into a harness racing victory in the $13,000 Open Handicap trot on Thursday afternoon (May 18). It was a three-horse breakaway at the start as Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) parked out Tag Up And Go (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and seated Waiting On a Woman heading around the first turn. No sooner did the trotters hit the quarter in :26.3, Tag Up And Go took the lead and was immediately challenged and passed by Waiting On A Woman. Things settled down a bit in the second panel but at the half, Tuscanellie (Jim Hardy) pulled first over and rushed up alongside Waiting On A Woman and prompted that one to a 1:24.1 three-quarters. That move cost the hard-used leader when they turned for home. At the top of the lane Waiting On A Woman tired and drifted off the pylons, giving Tag Up And Go a clear path to the wire. But Tuscanellie was still full of trot on the outside and Hardy was driving her hard in the middle of the track. Tuscanellie put up quite a fight, but Tag Up And Go benefited from a perfect trip and out-sprinted the game mare to the wire, winning by a length in 1:55.2. It was the fifth win of the year for Tag Up And Go ($4.40) and it raised his 2017 earnings to $68,200 for owners Lester Gelardi and Anthony Passafaro. The 7-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall is trained by the meet's leading conditioner, Monique Cohen. In the co-featured $10,000 conditioned trot, One Swan For All (Wally Watson) was parked-out for three-quarters of the mile en route to a one-length victory in 1:55.4 over Ugly Stick (Ron Cushing), who was rimmed second-over behind the winner. One Swan For All ($6.00) is owned by Joel Wheeler and is trained by Lisa Watson. Mark Athearn and Wally Watson scored driving doubles while Gretchen Athearn and Lisa Watson trained those respective winners. The "Wicked Hi-5" pentafecta was hit in the sixth race and the one-dollar, 5-7-4-8-1 combination paid out an instant jackpot of $28,987.00. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Both the Open Pace and Open Trot winners last week on opening day at the Hippodrome 3R are returning to headline the harness racing action this Sunday with big hopes of repeat trips to the winner's circle. Solid Performance most certainly lived up to his name last week, coming first-over, grinding his way past pacesetter Bazinga Brad in the backstretch and then opening up on the field in the stretch. His winning time of 1:56.2 was the fastest mile of the program last week and this Sunday at H3R, he will be put to the test once again, drawing the far outside in post 8 for the 8th race co-feature. When owner/trainer Marc-Andre Cormier of Princeville was asked last week after Solid Performance's impressive victory about his preference to come to Trois-Rivieres with his horses. He replied in his own style: "I prefer a journey of 40 minutes than a four-hour trip!" Cormier said. As for the performance of Solid Performance, Cormier was not overly surprised by his victory or his time of 1.56.2. "I had two horses in the class, Cormier said, "but in my mind Solid Performance is a better horse than Glass Shadow. Our main opponent Bazinga Brad, was beatable. Driver Gaetan (Lamy) did very well in addition. And it should not be forgotten that three of our opponents were making their first debut in 2017." Stablemate Glass Shadow, who was third last week, is back again too and starts from post three for driver Richard Simard. Bazinga Brad also returns for driver Stephane Gendron from post six but all eyes will be focusing on a newcomer in the ten-horse field, Onyx V A, who starts from the rail for driver Sylvain Lacaille. Onyx V A is an 11-year-old gelding by Electric Stena, owned and trained by Andre Laracque of Lourdes-De-Joliette. In his last start at Rideau Carlton, he ripped off an impressive 1:54.2 triumph in his first win of the year in eight starts. It is the mare against the horses once again in the 7th race Open Trot Sunday as Torches Angel looks to notch her second straight win this early season. The seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall was given a confident drive by Pierre-Luc Roy, coming first-over at the half against pacesetter Rocky Boy, taking command of the race in the backstretch and then holding a late charge by Caroluzzo to win in 2:02.4. "I was never worried even though the mare (Torches Angel) was fifth at half last week," said trainer Yves Tessier. "Unlike some of her rivals, she already has races in her 2017 luggage and she was ready to fire. In addition, I have a great confidence in her driver Pierre-Luc. This is a talented young man and I have no doubt that he will be able to make his mark this year at H3R if he is given the chance. "I hope that we will have the opportunity to return often to H3R in 2017, with a few others of our proteges," Tessier added. Torches Angel starts from post six with Roy back handling the driving. "Yves' horses (Tessier) are always competitive and I appreciate the chance he gave me." Roy said. "And I have the firm intention of coming to Trois-Rivieres for the 40 programs this season. I made arrangements with my employer and it will be possible." Caroluzzo is back in the race also for driver Stephane Gendron and starts alongside Torches Angel in post five. Driver Stephane Gendron is now just ten wins away from scoring his 4,000th career victory. Post time is 12:50 pm at H3R for the nine-race live program. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Top homebred trotting mare Allerage Star (5,M) has been retired due to a fractured pelvis. Allerage Star, a daughter of Angus Hall out of the trotting mare Starry Eyed (Muscles Yankee), owned by Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, David Stolz, Arthur Geiger and Jason Settlemoir, earned more than $415,000 in 62 career starts. The "quick footed" harness racing mare won 17 of those 62 starts, while finishing first, second or third 36 times.   Allerage Star took a lifetime mark last year of 1:52.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Allerage Star made her last career start at Harrah's Philadelphia where she finished fourth and was immediately sent to New Bolton Veterinarian Clinic where the x-rays revealed a fractured pelvis. Allerage Star was immediately retired and sent home to Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm in Stanfordville, New York where she will be bred to Father Patrick.   Jeff Gural noted, "We had a lot of fun with Allerage Star. We thought she was ready for another big year and we staked her pretty heavily, but that's horse racing. I look forward to seeing her babies racing on the track as she had a big heart with plenty of go. Hopefully that will translate into fast offspring."   Allerage Farm has been in the Standardbred breeding industry since the late 1980's. Currently, they have 2 breeding facilities, one in Stanfordville, New York and one in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Allerage Farm has over 100 horses between the 2 locations.   Allerage Farms  

A big camp’s investment and a young man’s persistence both paid off with Une Belle Allure claiming the $60,000 IRT Need For Speed Prince Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. The victory delivered harness racing driver Zac Phillips his first Group 1 success less than a week after his 21st birthday and capped a dominant performance by trainer Anton Golino and owner Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms. Having qualified six for the $60,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies, Golino’s crew preceded to fill the first four placings with Une Belle Allure winning by a half-head from favourite Dance Craze, with Nieta 5.7m back in third and My Chimera claiming fourth. “It’s a great thrill,” Golino said. “We worked hard for this, it was a big night, we had a lot of horses in it. It doesn’t always mean that you get the job done, this is satisfying.” That it was his Angus Hall three-year-old who saluted was no surprise to Golino. “I thought she was our best last year as a two-year-old. She had a horrible prep, a few things went wrong, she got sick, she got kicked. We sort of rushed her there and she didn’t probably perform as well as we thought she could. “She’s come back super this season and she’s shown that again tonight.” Phillips guided Une Belle Allure to the front from gate three with Diz Luck on his outside when they settled before Dance Craze joined him at the bell. A 32.3 second quarter sured up the leaders’ control of the race and after a 29.8 third quarter they would have plenty left in the final straight. Dance Craze loomed in Gavin Lang’s hands but Une Belle Allure fought on and when they hit the line a half-head was enough to give Phillips his crowning moment. “It’s a massive thrill. I’ve dreamt of winning a Group 1 for as long as I can remember and to do it on trotting’s night of nights, it really means a lot to me,” Phillips said. “To Anton and the team, for them to give me the opportunity, I really can’t explain how grateful I am to them. “It just shows the quality of people they are, they do a great job with their team and put a lot into the sport.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Amour Angus is regarded as one of the greatest trotting mares ever bred if not the greatest! Amour Angus is by Magna Force from Kenwood Scamper by Texas from Lindys Speedy Lady by Speed Count from Brendina Hanover by Hoot Mon. Thats it, if that means anything to any of you harness racing pedigree fanatics. This great standardbred mare is responsible for changing the breed world-wide producing three sons that are all full brothers and they have impacted the breed profoundly. These three sons are all by Garland Lobell. They are; Angus Hall is now the sire of over $95,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Conway Hall is now the sire of over $80,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Andover Hall is now the sire of over $72,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Amour Angus also produced a full sister to the above three stallions called Emilie Cas El the dam of Trixton who won the Hambletonian and is standing at stud. Trixton was syndicated for huge money before serving a full book of mares in his first crop.. Andover Hall was the two-year-old trotting colt of the year in North America and has proven to be a great sire and now a great sire of sires leaving from his first crop the great Donato Hanover t3,1:50.1 ($3,058,058) himself the sre of over $36,000,000 in progeny earnings from his six crops old enough to race to date. Andover Hall has not only produced Donato Hanover as a $3 million plus earner but his other great son racing in Europe, Nuncio has earnings of over $3 million as well and Nuncio was just named Sweden's 'Horse Of The Year' for 2016. Andover Hall has also left Creatine another great International star that has won over $2 million and is now standing at stud. Andover Hall was made avaliable to New Zealand breeders for the first time by frozen semen two years ago and the resultant 24 live foals are now yearlings and two of those foals are in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka next Monday the 20th of February. What will they fetch? They should be really sort after with Andover Hall producing some of the richest and finest progeny of any trotting stallion in the world today. Lot 87 – Meantobe (bay colt, Andover Hall - Yankeedoosie) This colt Meantobe is the second  foal from the race winning Muscles Yankee mare Yankeedoosie ( $43,999) who is a full-sister to I Can Doosit ($1,445,774) and Group 3 winner Sno’s Big Boy ($215,309).The second dam is the broodmare gem Sheezadoosie ( $48,632) the dam of 6 to race for 6 winners. Lot 120 – Whatuhot (bay colt Andover Hall / Broadband) Whatuhot is the first foal from the Muscles Yankee mare Broadband ($4,529) who is a full-sister to the Group 3 placed Cyberspace ($27,106). The third Dam is Inda Bank ( $126,410) who is the dam of 7 winners including Yogi Johnson  ($66,681), the Group 1 winner Frozen Funds ($55,049) and The Almighty Johnson ($78,517 to date). Harnesslink Media          

LEBANON, OH. - Tag Up And Go (Trace Tetrick) notched his first local score at Miami Valley Raceway Tuesday (Jan. 24) afternoon, but it certainly wasn't anything new to the well-traveled 7-year-old harness racing son of Angus Hall who now sports 29 career victories. In just his second try at Miami Valley, the Brewer Adams-trainee was a convincing victor over Revenue Agent (Greg Grismore) and Insomniac (Brady Galliers) in the weekly $22,000 Open Trot. The 1:54.3 clocking was the quickest on the trotting gait in the 2-1/2 week old 2017 meet. Tetrick left the gate with authority and save for a brief "give and go" moment with Insomniac at the first quarter pole Tag Up And Go dictated all the fractions. The 6-5 favorite cut fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before sealing the deal with a :29.1 final panel. Revenue Agent seemed hopelessly boxed in around the final bend, but Grismore found a seam in mid-stretch and rallied sharply to grab the place money. Brian Clark co-owns the lifetime winner of $416,775 with Adams Racing LLC. Four divisions of "Claim To Fame" series races were contested by $8000 claiming pacers, plus a pair of splits for $12,500 filly and mare pacers. The $8000 group winners were Grantor Hanover (1:54.4, Jeremy Smith), Oyster Bay (1:55.3, Trace Tetrick), Dunside Art (1:54.3, Mike Oosting) and Turbo Mach (1:53.1, Trace Tetrick). All four qualified for the $20,000 championship leg next Tuesday when they will be joined by Status Quo, Mike's Hope, Peck Blue Chip and Ravenswood Reese in the lucrative final. The final spot in the championship leg will be the winner of a random draw between Perma Grin, Holy Chip and Untouchable One-all of whom tied for ninth in total earnings during the two preliminary legs. Winners in the pair of splits for $12,500 mares were A Little Starstruk (1:55.2, Kayne Kauffman) and Sexy Card Shark (1:55.4, Trace Tetrick). The nine finalists who will chase a $17,900 pot next week are A Little Starstruk, Sexy CardShark, Transit Hanover, Ginger Tree Alexis, Caviart Scarlett, Cenalta Firecracker, Geisha Girl N, Ginger Spice N and either Rescue Team or Auf Wiedersehen, who tied for ninth. Driver Trace Tetrick got a new nickname from announcer Barry Vicroy as he renamed Trace "Touchdown Tetrick" when he scored his six win in the nightcap of the matinee program. Gregg Keidel

DOVER, Del.--- Tag Up And Go, a 7-1 harness racing shot, despite finishing second last time, was best in the stretch, to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. .28. Bret Brittingham was at the controls for trainer Amanda Payson in the 1:54.1 score for owners Brian Clark and Adams Racing. Frost Free Hanover (Vic Kirby) challenged in the stretch but had to settle for second. Awsome Valley (George Dennis) was third. The Tag Up And Go victory was his 10th of the campaign and gives the Angus Hall-Tagapine gelding $118,920 won for the season. In one of two $15,000 sub-feature 3,4&5-Year-Old trots, Tony Morgan scooted Uva Hanover along the passing lane to edge front-trotting Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) at the wire in 1:53.3. Go Byem (Jim Morand), parked-out second for more than the last half mile, was a strong third. Fresh from a wire-to-wire win in his last start, Uva Hanover, starting from post 8 moved up and then took the passing lane to victory giving Tony Morgan, Nort America's all-time second-leading winning driver, his second victory on the card. The win for the five-year-old Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding trained by Linda Toscano finishes with a near six-digit season in 2016, banking $99,000, for Martin Steinberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. He now has earned $430,784 lifetime. Steel Reserve had no trouble posting a 1:56 triumph in the other $15,000 division. Trainer Vic Kirby, who owns the Credit Winner-Iron Lass gelding with Cris Giaccio, took the early lead and led the rest of the way for his seventh win of the year while earning $74,440. Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) was a solid second. Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) was third. Tim Tetrick had a triple while three other drivers visited the winner's circle twice; Vic Kirby, Art Stafford Jr. and Tony Morgan. Marv Bachrad

Buddy Hally ($33.20) unleashed a vicious first-over push through the last three-eighths of a mile in Friday (December 9) evening's co-featured $13,000 fourth-level trotting event at The Meadowlands, putting away Opulent Yankee with ease and evading 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share for a 1:52.3 harness racing triumph. The 6-year-old Angus Hall gelding floated forward in the initial stages, securing a clear tracking spot behind the top pair of Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) and Waiting On a Woman (Joe Bongiorno) through initial splits of :27.2 and :56.2. With seven-sixteenths to go and a gradually advancing Market Share (Tim Tetrick) improving into the mid-division, Corey Callahan angled Buddy Hally first-over, and they accelerated to press immediately, dueling into a joint lead with Opulent Yankee a quarter from home. Buddy Hally edged clear upon cornering for home, easily powering past Opulent Yankee and holding clear of the chasing Market Share with similar facility, only receiving a few taps of the whip to stay on task for a two-length win. Fashion Creditor (Brett Miller) rallied belatedly down the grandstand side to take third, another 2-1/4 lengths detached. Dylan Davis trains Buddy Hally--now a 16-time winner--for Howard Taylor and NR Holdings, LLC. In the evening's other fourth-level trotting event, I C Caviar ($14.40) used similar tactics en route to a 1:53.3 score, angling first-over from just off the front flight up the far side and wearing down 3-2 favorite Wing Flash (Andy Miller) before edging away to evade the second-over Promise Delivered (David Miller) by 2-1/2 lengths. Brett Miller, who led all drivers with four wins on the evening's 12-race program, drove the 5-year-old Malabar Millennium gelding for trainer Joe Hanney. $39k Pick 4 carryover to Saturday Double-digit upsets from Blush Hanover (31-1) and Jacks to Open (25-1) stymied players in the evening's Late Pick 4 sequence which saw no favorites prevail. As a result, Saturday (December 10) evening's card will feature a Late Pick 4 carryover of $39,173.27, with the sequence beginning in race seven. The closing-race 20¢ Jackpot High Five sports a hefty carryover as well, now standing at $57,161.17. Players combined to wager $2,167,514 on the Friday card. Post time for the first of 13 Saturday events is set for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

James Kennedy recorded a consecutive driving hat trick here at Cal Expo last Friday, guiding his own trainee I'm An Athlete to victory in the Open II pace, followed by a score behind Scooters Lady and then completing the harness racing triple with The Bearded Lady in the featured Annette Funicello Final. Interestingly, all three wins came from a tracking journey and each race saw Kennedy coming away at the end while rewarding the chalkplayers on each occasion. I'm An Athlete races for Ron Rettig-Zeucchi and was getting come class relief after racing in the Open I in his previous three outings here; Scooter Lady is owned and trained by Marco Rios and was graduating in her eighth start; while The Bearded Lady put in her patented late move to prove clearly best in the Funicello at 60 cents on the dollar. "I've had I'm An Athlete for two years now and while it helped to get some class relief, he went a real strong mile. It should give him some confidence when we move back up to the top level. "I'd only driven Scooters Lady once before and she gave me a real good finish that night, so I thought we had a great chance with the right trip. It worked out for her to be second over and she delivered." Kennedy kept the momentum going with The Bearded Lady in the evening's feature while making it two in the row with the daughter of Mach Tree. "Let's just say she's unique, because she is very mouthy and needs the softest touch possible. "If you noticed, I kept her off the gate so she would be able to relax, because she isn't nearly as good on the front end. She gave me another strong finish and was pretty impressive." Flameon, Silverlode battle in main event Flameon and Silverlode, who have been trading punches at the head of the class, get another chance to settle the score in Friday night's featured $6,000 Open Trot. A 13-race card will be presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The headliner will go as the third event on the evening. Flameon and Silverlode have been assigned the outside two posts in the field of six, respectively, with Chip Lackey once again guiding the former while Silverlode will again have the services of Luke Plano. The hard-hitting pair have met twice at this young stand, with Silverlode going coast-to-coast in the October 29 Open and holding safe by a head, while Flameon prevailed by a neck after a first-over trip in the most recent top dance two weeks ago. Flameon is a 6-year-old son of Angus Hall who is owned by Mark Anderson and hails from the Gordie Graham barn, while Silverlode is Desomer Stables homebred daughter of British Sterling. Rounding out the field, from the rail out, are the Kennedy Lindsey-conditioned Kickinitwithkohler; The Lehigh Legend from the Gene Vallandingham shedrow; the Sparky Clarke-trained Zoraze; and Windsun Galaxie, who takes his lessons from Lino Pacheco. **** There are two wagers here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which is conducted on the first five races of the night; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which is decided on races 9 through 12 on Friday. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

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