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Harness racing enthusiasts in Australasia who have been around a wee while will have no trouble remembering the champion racemare Pride Of Petite. The pint size mare by Royal Prestige was a major player in all the big trotting races during the mid 1990s and by the time of her retirement had won 35 races in Australasia from Dominion Handicaps to Inter - Dominion Finals and even qualified for the Elitloop final in Sweden. Herself a daughter of a champion racemare in Petite Evander who won 48 races in New Zealand and North America, Pride Of Petite has done a fine job at stud without being able to leave one as good as herself. The best of her progeny was undoubtedly Petite Sunset who ran second in the Trotting Oaks and earned $115,070 on the track. Purchased by well known and successful breeders Lex and Heather Williams from Waimate in South Canterbury, Petite Sunset first produced a Monarchy filly which as Petite Royal has already won a race from the Robbie Holmes barn. It was while foaling her second foal to Angus Hall that Petite Sunset died and Heather  Williams thought they might lose the foal as well. "We lost the mare and we thought we would lose her"  "She was bottle reared and we called her Lucky-lucky to be alive" Heather said. Retained by the Williams, the aptly named Petite One was placed with the powerful Purdon/ Rasmussen barn and she didn't take long to display a touch of class. Debuting at Addington in July last year as a late 2 year old, Petite One did plenty of work but was still too strong for her maiden rivals. Put aside straight afterwards, Petite One reappeared at Auckland in early December and in four starts at Alexandra Park during last month she has clocked up two wins and two placings and looked better with every run. Her latest run on New Years Eve was evidence that this is a filly of real class. Racing over 2700 metres for the first time, Petite One was a touch slow early and settled three back on the inner early before angling into the one out one back position with 1600 metres to go. There she stayed until the 500 metres mark where driver Mark Purdon sent her after the pacemaking Al Bundy and she grabbed him late in the race for an impressive win. Petite One trotted the 2700 metres in 3:29.5 from a stand which was a new New Zealand record for a 3 year old trotting filly. Just as impressive were her closing sectionals of 58.4 and 27.9 Mark Purdon was more than pleased by the performance of the daughter of  Angus Hall.. "She will go home now. She has done a wonderful job up here" Mark said. While it is early in her career to be making comparisons with her illustrious close relation Pride Of Petite, Petite One is very similar in many respects and her progress will be closely followed by many enthusiasts who remember her grand - dam. Harnesslink Media  

Charlottetown, PE – The draw is complete and the story lines emerge as the horses get ready to compete in a 15 dash race program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30pm with all the action being carried by Bell Aliant at www.redshores.ca Frill Seeker, a seven-year-old trotter owned by Sport PEI Hall of Fame member Don McDougall of the Ebbsfleet Stable, Stratford, Ontario, a stable name in honor of his summer home here on the Island, will try to extend his winning streak to three in a row when he goes behind the gate in race 5 for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. The son of Angus Hall seems to be flashing some of that form from the hot days of summer when he shaved one-fifth of a second off the track record for older trotters in July at Red Shores Summerside. The forcast this weekend calls for sunny periods and minus 9. It won’t be an easy task for Frill Seeker to pull off the top spot with heavy weights Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and JK Hustler (Walter Cheverie) also listed as triactor candidates. The field is deep with talent and includes from the rail out Money Show, I Ain’t No Lady, Pleasure Girls and JK Queen. The feature puts Mach It Big (Marc Campbell) up against Astor (Jason Hughes) as one of the most anticipated show-downs of the afternoon. The pair battled it out last week with Mach It Big, who sports back to back wins, coming out on top for owner Mickael Lustic, Cornwall and trainer Jonah Moase. Astor, owned by Foxyhall racing of Summerside, PE, faded late in the stretch in that match-up after demanding to lead the race. The line-up also includes Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson), The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Forever Paradise (Gary Chappell), Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). Some of the other highlights on the card include Beckenbauer being established as the morning line favorite (5-2 odds) in the Earl Campbell 70th birthday pace in race 6, Woodmere No Fool and Stonebridge Wish go for their respective hat-tricks while veteran pacer Life Savior tries to notch his 50th lifetime victory for owner Darla MacEachern, Kensington, PE. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Six figure yearlings at the yearly sales have become common place in the last few years but six figure sums for trotting bred yearlings are still a bit of a rarity at harness racing sales. One of the biggest sales prices for a trotting bred yearling ever seen in New Zealand was that paid for the royally bred colt yesterday Eden. By the brilliant North American super sire Angus Hall, Springfield Eden was the second foal of the four win Sundon mare, Landora's Special who was a daughter of the brilliant racemare Landora's Pride ($426,857). Two half sisters to Landora's Special had made the maternal family the hottest in Australasia. First Landora's Gift produced the outstanding trotter Sundon's Gift ($1,275,264) while another half sister Invasions Pride left Let Me Thru ($453,945) The first foal from Landora's Special is the very promising Eyre I Come who judging by his super win on Cup Day in November is headed for the top. So all in all everything pointed to Springfield Eden being a star and hence why he made $127,500. Things started out promisingly enough when he finished fourth in the first couple of 2 year old trots in Canterbury behind the likes of Monbet, Ayra and Wanna Play. That was quickly followed by an easy win against the older horses at Waikouaiti but from there the wheels fell off with two unplaced runs in the 2 year old classics after early mistakes. Springbank Eden had started his 3 year old season the same way, blowing the standing start in both his early season races at Winton and Wairio. Yesterday at the Omakau Raceway in Central Otago, Springfield Eden had one thing in his favour - the race was from behind the mobile. Sent forward from barrier four by driver Matthew Williamson, Springfield Eden set a solid tempo right from the start and it was obvious a long way out that he had the field in trouble. And thats how it turned out with Matthew hardly moving in the cart as Springfield Eden went to the line a comfortable two length winner. Springfield Eden trotted the 2000 metres from the mobile in 2:33.4, a mile rate of 2:03.4 with closing sectionals of 59.9 and 30.2. Matthew thought it was the mobile that made all the difference yesterday. "He hadn't looked like stepping at his first two starts but he has always been good behind the mobile" "He has real good speed off the gate which is a plus," Matthew told Harnesslink this morning. Matthew thought that Springfield Eden still had a few issues to sort out before any thoughts of taking on the best 3 year olds were entertained. " We are still having issues with his gait but he is getting better." "There is no doubting the ability but you have to be doing everything 100% when you are taking on the best and he is not there yet. " He is as good a looking horse as you would see and lovely to do anything with so he is worth waiting for," Matthew said. The win continued Matthew's good run over the holiday period with him having racked up four wins and numerous placings since the Gore meeting on Boxing day. Harnesslink Media  

While he won’t try to reach quite as high with Aimforthemoon, harness racing trainer David Aiken will chase several major targets with the promising youngster. A well-bred trotter, Aimforthemoon has been set for features such as the various Derbys and Vicbred Super Series. “He is capable of competing in the main races this season, but he will have to improve as he goes along,” Aiken said. “He’s only had a handful of starts and is still a little green, but the ability is there. “If he progresses as expected as he keeps racing, then I’ll have a look at the Derbys.” Driven by leading reinsman Chris Alford at Tabcorp Park Melton last Saturday night, Aimforthemoon broke his maiden in the Group One Empire Stallions Home Grown Classic. Caught there-wide from barrier six, the gelding worked to the lead as Illawong Cognac was eased to take a trail. Forced to dig deep during the latter stages, Aimforthemoon staved off a determined Bad Boy Leroy to score by a head, with Well Deserved nine metres away third. “He got close at the end, but he showed plenty of fight,” Aiken said. “Like I said, he still has to improve with experience, but the ability is there.” Covering the last half in 60.2 seconds, the three-year-old rated 2:03 for the 1720 metres, taking his record to a win and a placing from five starts for earnings of $30,313. Bred and owned by Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park, Aimforthemoon is by Angus Hall from former top filly, Right Interest. Successful in the 2006 Breeders’ Crown, Right Interest also captured the Hankook Tyres Plate and Darrell Alexander Memorial. From broodmare gem Late Withdrawal, Right Interest is a half-sister to Group One winners National Interest and Magic Interest. PAUL COURTS

Two of the best bred trotters in Australasian harness racing registered impressive wins at Bendigo last night. Gus An Maori scored for talented young horseman Caleb Lewis, while Alex The Great was triumphant for astute trainer Peter Hornsby. In what shapes as sensational news for ‘purists’, the two are set to clash at Melton next week. After dominating the Home Grown Classic heats, the duo will head towards the $50,000 Final on December 20. Driven by Matthew Craven, Gus An Maori enjoyed the perfect one-one trail before accounting for the well-bred Aimforthemoon and Bad Boy Leroy. Covering the last half in 60 seconds, the three-year-old rated 2:00.9 for the 1650 metres, taking his record to two wins from three starts. By Angus Hall, the colt is from Inter Dominion winning mare, Sumthingaboutmaori. A member of the all-conquering ‘Maori’ clan, Sumthingaboutmaori was also successful in the Group Ones Grand Prix and South Australia Trotters’ Cup. Also by Angus Hall, Aimforthemoon is from Group One winning youngster, Right Interest. Alex The Great then captured the following qualifier by rating 2:03.8 with Stacey Towers in the sulky. After racing in the ‘death seat’, the gelding proved too strong for Lively Laughter and Well Deserved. By Great Success, Alex The Great is from arguably the best trotting filly produced on this side of the equator – Zesta. Also bred and owned by Hornsby, Zesta won 13 of her 17 starts, with three placings also to her credit. Unbeaten from nine starts as a three-year-old, Zesta captured the Breeders’ Crown and Victoria Trotters’ Derby against the ‘boys as well as the Victoria Trotters’ Oaks, where the beaten brigade included Sumthingaboutmaori. While Sumthingaboutmaori went on to win the Inter Dominion two years later, sadly Zesta’s career was cut short. Zesta had three starts as a four-year-old – all wins – before being retired as a result of a hole in her superficial flexor tendon. PAUL COURTS

Batavia, NY---After taking the top mares trot just seven days ago, Fiorentina came right back and forced her hand again while winning the $9,000 Batavia Downs harness racing feature on Friday night (Dec. 5). At the start of the race as Fiorentina (Kevin Cummings) was going to the front, Iza Bella (Shawn McDonough) made a break and scattered the field. So when Fiorentina hit the quarter in :28.4, the five horses behind her were spread out 12 lengths apart. As the race progressed with Fiorentina calling the shots, the group tightened up behind her and by the three-quarter pole, the five were double-decked and within three lengths of each other. But they were arguing for minor spoils as Fiorentina was trotting with desire and was not about to be denied. The 5-year-old Angus Hall mare won in 1:59.3 by two and one-half lengths. Dayplanner (Dave McNeight III) was second and Iza Bella recovered from her break to finish third. It was the seventh win in 22 starts this year for Fiorentina ($5.30) and it raised her earnings total to $49,380 for owners Frank Lamacchia and Guy Polillo. John Mungillo trains the winner. Drivers Kevin Cummings, Drew Monti and Dave McNeight III all scored driving doubles on the night. The 2014 Batavia Downs meet has come down to its final 24 races and the action begins on Saturday (Dec. 6) at 12:15 when the first half of a closing day double-header kicks off. The nightcap begins at 6:35 and both cards feature 12 races. The Pick-6 carryover in $9,034 and it will be paid out tomorrow.   Tim Bojarski

Northern Secret (Angus Hall) completed a double for her connections in Thursday's trotting feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three-year-old filly proved victorious again in her second local start behind a pocket ride for driver Frank Coppola Jr. The win in the $7,000 trotting event was the second of back-to-back scores for owner Bill Donovan and trainer Kyle Spagnola on the night. Curvature Hanover (Andover Hall) went wire-to-wire for Coppola in her local debut as Donovan and Spagnola teamed up for a pair of victories on the card. Curvature Hanover's score came in 2:01.1. Spagnola, last year's Peerless McGrath Award winner for up-and-coming trainers, has followed up his breakout 2013 with another big year in '14 sitting just outside the top ten in the local trainer standings. Live racing continues on Friday evening with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 23, 2014-The third rendition of Yonkers Raceway's "Matinee Madness" went postward during a downright balmy (mid-50's) pre-Thanksgiving Sunday. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the opener (post time 11:12 AM), with favored Itzaziam (Brian Sears, $5.70) winning that event in 2:27.3 for the added distance. Included in the extra-distance extravaganza was the $46,000 Open Handicap, the 10-trotter test won by a backside-busting Dancehall Mistress (Sears. $25.60) in 2:26.1. The Sunday overseas numbers continue strong, with more than 1.2 million Euros (more than 1.5 million US dollars) wagered during the five exported events. The first three matinees have seen a total of more than four million Euros (or more than five million US dollars) wagered for 15 races by the French-hubbed audience (including Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta). Sunday's Pick 5, buoyed by a double carryover of more than $7,000, attracted $16,710 of fresh lettuce. The winning combination of 4/4/4/1/2 paid $3,924.75 for every four bits. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday (save for Thanksgiving Night), Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (including Thanksgiving Day). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

TORONTO, November 14 - Round one action of the Autumn Series for three-year-olds continued Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Three $15,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and two $15,000 splits for the sophomore pacing colts and geldings were contested. In the first division on the trotting side, Warrawee Prince went gate to wire for a 1:57.1 victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Warrawee Prince went straight to the front and posted fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:27 before trotting home in :30.1 and just holding off Sas Warkentin by half a length. Lexus Rocky took the show spot. A son of Angus Hall, Warrawee Prince is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Daniel Plouffe and Jean Dessureault. The leg one victory was his fifth win in 15 starts this season for earnings of over $30,000. Warrawee Prince paid $9.70 to win. Dontcheatonmenow and Phil Hudon delivered as the public's choice in the second division. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe made a first up move from fourth along the backstretch and would eventually clear to the front in the third quarter. In the stretch, Dontcheatonmenow would trot home in :29.4 for a length and three-quarter victory in 1:56.3. Me The Boss finished second, while Valorscross finished third. Trained by Corey Johnson, Dontcheatonmenow now has two victories in 15 starts this season for earnings of over $26,000. The three-year-old trotter is owned by Rolling Hills Racing Stables. He returned $4.90 to win. In the final division, Totally Ripped rallied from far back to win in 1:56.2. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Totally Ripped trotted along near the back of the pack for the majority of the mile and was seventh and almost nine lengths off the lead at three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Totally Ripped flew by his rivals to win by half a length. Headsaregonna Turn, who cut the mile, held on for second over Windsn Cobra. A son of Muscle Mass, Totally Ripped is trained by Jeff Byron for owner Donald Leschied and has now won five times in 16 starts this season for earnings of over $56,000. A $2 win ticket on Totally Ripped retuned $4.30. Kindofabigdeal turned in a big mile to win the first Autumn Series division for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Filion, the son of No Pan Intended was first up around the final turn and pressing the leader and favourite Eveil Dun Champion. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, Kindofabigdeal powered by Eveil Dun Champion at the top of the lane and pulled away to a length and a quarter victory in a career best 1:51.4. Bugger Bruiser finished third. Kindofabigdeal has now won three of five career starts and has earned over $23,000 for owner Hudson Standardbrd Stb Inc. He returned $7.00 to win. In the second division for the pacers, Vip Bayama gave Filion his third leg one victory of the night. The son of Mach Three got away second, made a second-quarter move to the lead and never looked back en route to recording his second win of the season. Vip Bayama took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4 and paced a final quarter of :27.2 to win by a pair of lengths. Rural Art took the place spot, while So Bad Im Good finished third. Vip Bayama is trained by Stephane Larocque for owners Dan Mogridge, Jeffrey O'Borne and Pat Lachance. The three-year-old pacer has now earned over $36,000 in 16 starts this season and lowered his career mark by two fifths of a second. Vip Bayama paid $5.50 to win. The second round of the Autumn Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings will take place next Friday, November 21. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

The outstanding Love You trotting mare Habibti will be missing from all the trotting features over the New Zealand Cup harness racing carnival after sustaining an injury to a suspensory ligament. A scan at trainer David and Catherine Butt's property this morning confirmed their worst fears and Habibti will have six months off now before being rescaned. A winner of 15 races and over $307K to date, Habibti will be given every chance to overcome the problem with her suspensory. Owner Rob Paterson was very phisophical when contacted by Harnesslink this afternoon. " You have to take the good with the bad in this game and we have had a great run with this mare. " We will scan her in six months and take it from there" he said.  Habibti won't be completely idle during that six months as she is due to again have a embryo transfer this season after being served by Majestic Son last year and then having the embryo transfered to a surrogate mare. Rob Paterson is looking to follow the same path this season. "Habibti is going to be served by Angus Hall and then we will look to do another embryo transfer" he said. Habibti became a mum recently when the surrogate mare foaled a Majestic Son filly three weeks ago and then the filly promptly had issues with who her mother was. " The Majestic Son filly swapped mothers again so she has had three mothers and she is only three weeks old", Rob said today. Just when it looked like the open class trotting ranks were overflowing with talent leading into this season, injuries to Habibti and issues with Master Lavros have thrown the feature trots at the New Zealand Cup carnival wide open. Harnesslink Media

Kentucky Futurity Day showcased North America’s monte racing as six harness racing entrants contested the $10,000 exhibition event Sunday. Therese Lindgren piloted In Nomine Patri to victory with a rallying 2:00.3 win, last quarter in a sharp :27.2. The winner, a six year-old gelded son of Credit Winner-Blue Skies Hanover-Donerail, is trained by Liisa Vatanen, co-owner with American Dream Racing Stable. Pacesetter Chinese Cuisine was a solid second for Tina Duer with Flowing James home third for Tara Hynes. In Nomine Patri Ontario monte action also continued with Western Fair’s pari-mutuel test on October 3rd. The $3,000 purse event went to Lexus Hawkeye (5g Amigo Hall-Lexus Lulu-Angus Hall) and N. Elliott. Radical Dreamer (Marit Valstad)  and Twin B Excalibur (E. Harms) trailed the 2:04.3h winner. Next up in Ontario monte action is October 12 at Leamington. monteamerica.com Thomas H. Hicks

The breeding season is here once again and harness racing is in good heart if the number of trotting stallions available this season is any guide. For the last two breeding seasons trotting bred mare numbers have been holding up remarkably well when compared to their pacing counterparts. The number of pacing mares has been slowly dropping for a wee while now Two seasons ago the number of pacing mares served numbered 2582 but last season saw another drop of 185 mares to bring the total served down to 2397 However in the 2012/2013 breeding season 644 trotting mares were served by 31 stallions and in the 2013/2014 breeding season 617 mares were served by 29 stallions. In light of those figures it is somewhat surprising that the number of trotting sires available to breeders has continued to grow, especially via frozen semen.  In the upcoming season the number of trotting stallions available to breeders has risen to 36. In the last breeding season only four stallions served more than 50 mares for the year and between them that four captured 319 of the mares served leaving just 298 mares for the other 25 stallions. It is little wonder the average trotting breeder is getting confused and having trouble sorting out the wheat from the chaff. Some of the trotting sires available via frozen semen are well established such as Andover Hall, Angus Hall, Muscle Hill, Love You and Muscles Yankee but quite a few are new to the stallion game in New Zealand and it is hard to gage where they sit in the overall scheme of things. Of those available via fresh semen last year, the North American owned Majestic Son served 161 mares in New Zealand and with the season his stock had on the track he should serve a large book again this year. Superfast Stuart (54)  Monarchy (51)  The Pres (50) and Monkey Bones (40) were other sires available via fresh semen last season who served reasonable numbers and they all have one thing in common.  These sires are owned in New Zealand and represent a major investment by the studs/owners but with the number of sires available via frozen semen growing to 26 this year they may have a struggle on their hands to attract mares. If the number of European and North American sires available via frozen semen continues to grow, the days of New Zealand studs and owners standing sires they own via fresh semen may be coming to an end. Weather that is in the best long term interests of the New Zealand industry is highly questionable. Harnesslink Media

Imperial Count, one of the fastest and richest harness racing sons of the great Angus Hall, will stand at stud in Victoria this season. At a service fee of $1750, including GST with discounts for multiple bookings, Imperial Count will take up residence at Ross Gange’s Lemon Tree Stud. A top flight trotter, Imperial Count won 17 races while being placed 21 times for $680,392 in stakes. Racing from two to seven years, Imperial Count competed in ‘Town Hall’ company throughout his career. As a two-year-old, he was one of the leading performers in the rich Ontario Sires’ Stakes program, earning $190,174 from 10 starts. They included successes in two eliminations and the $123,500 Final of the OSS Gold series, and placings in two OSS Finals and the Champlain Stakes. At three, Imperial Count won $215,085 racing against top horses such as Market Share ($3.4million), Daylon Magician ($1.7million), Mister Herbie ($1.8million), Sevruga ($1million) and Tamarind. He qualified for six Ontario Sires’ Stake Finals, finishing second three times and was a finalist in the $1million Canadian Trotting Classic, Goodtimes Stakes and Simcoe Stakes. Imperial Count registered his best time of 1:53.4 at four winning at Pocono Downs 1000-metre track - one of nine successes in that year. In his final American start Imperial Count established a track record of 1:54.8 in the $46,000 Open at Yonkers' half-mile oval. He was retired at the height of his career, winning four of his last seven starts. A grand looking, athletic individual, Imperial Count, in the words of his trainer Richard 'Nifty' Norman: “A horse trainer’s dream, never been sick or lame, never made a break, never had a bad day. Very clean gaited, very easy to drive. Never wore a headpole on any size track. Mr Reliable!” On the score of blood, Imperial Count lacks nothing. His sire Angus Hall (1:54.6) was a champion with earnings of $830,654 and has been one of America’s top trotting sires for some time. He figures as the sire of Majestic Son, the leading juvenile sire in Australia and New Zealand last season. Imperial Count’s dam, Miss Imperial (1:53.6) won 12 races as a two and three-year-old. At the stud she has left three inside 1:58 from three foals of racing age. The next dam, Rush Light, left four winners from five foals to race, while the third dam, Starlight Sue, produced four winners from eight starters. Imperial Count is a Noble Victory line horse – which also produced Balanced Image - from the top family of Minnehaha. He should prove an ideal outcross to mares by Sundon, Armbro Invasion and Keystone Salute and mares with Gee Whiz II in their pedigree. PETER WHARTON

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen filly trotters gathered for four divisions of the Kindergarten Classic Series at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 18. The fourth preliminary of the harness racing series attracted 38 contestants for purses totaling to $40,000. Allerage Star, despite galloping at the start, recovered nearly 13 lengths to weave past rivals and get a nose in front of Saturday Mornings and Cocoacabana in 1:56.2.   Cocoacabana was the pacesetter with Sweet Thing and Fly Angel Fly sitting behind. She set fractions of :29.1 and :57.4 (:28.3). Challenged around the far turn by Sweet Thing, Cocoacabana remained in control as the backfield approached. Fanning three wide came Fly Angel Fly, with Lady Winona four wide and Saturday Mornings five wide.   After a 1:27.3 (:29.4) third-quarter, Saturday Mornings rallied down the center of the course, while Allerage Star strolled onto the scene from in-between horses. Cocoacabana battled Allerage Star and Saturday Mornings up to the finish, where Allerage Star got a nose in front, going a mile in 1:56.2 (:28.4).   Returning $3.20 to win, the daughter of Angus Hall-Starry Eyed-Muscles Yankee is owned by Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, A. Geiger and D. Stolz, trained by Jessica Okusko and Corey Callahan was aboard.   Lilu Hanover rebounded after failing as the favorite in last week's prelim with a 1:55.3 victory over 24-1 Annaliina.   Scott Zeron piloted Lilu Hanover to the front, while Aarena Hanover gunned for the pocket from post 10. Lilu Hanover set a opening quarter of :27.4. She remained uncontested through a :57.3 (:29.4) half.   Rules Of The Road was flushed first over entering the far turn, with Annaliina drafting 2 ¾ lengths off the lead. Rules Of The Road remained at Lilu Hanover's throat through a 1:27 (:28.2) third-quarter.   Kicking to a 2-length lead into the stretch, Lilu Hanover kept to her task as Annaliina gradually progressed towards the leader. Starting her bid a few yards too late, Lilu Hanover had a neck advantage at the wire over Annaliina, with Waiting Room and Lady Clarabella rounding out the top four respectively.   Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, the daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail paid $5.00 to win.   Sarcy, upon brushing to the top after the first quarter, led the field to the finish in 1:55.3.   Bright Baby Blues swept across the track to claim command around the first turn, while Josie's Joy sat the pocket and Sarcy trotted third. After a :28.2 quarter, Jimmy Takter pulled Sarcy two wide to claim command before three-eighths. She was uncontested at the half, timed in :57.1 (:28.4).   Sarcy remained unchallenged around the far turn. Bright Baby Blues, stalking from the pocket, tipped first over at three-quarters, with Josie's Joy and Armatrading tracking her move. Timed in 1:26.1 (:29), Sarcy remained in control. Despite bids from Bright Baby Blues, Josie's Joy, Armatrading and Fashion Lover in the late stages of the mile, Sarcy held command and sailed to a 1:55.3 (:29.2) victory; Fashion Lover finished second, Armatrading was third and Josie's Joy was fourth. Sarcy, sent off the second choice, is owned by Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding and trained by Jimmy Takter. The Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire-Valley Victory daughter paid $7.20 to win. Bee The Queen, entering off a 30-1 upset in the Kindergarten last week, was victorious at odds of 1/5 in 1:56.1. Catherine's Melody showed early speed, while Bee The Queen floated towards the front, and Bright Eyes sat behind in third. The opening quarter was timed in :29.3. Bee The Queen made her move before the half, trying to sweep around Catherine's Melody as Bright Eyes, Flirting Filly and Shafina Hanover began their bids. Bee The Queen had a head in front through a :58.3 (:29) half. Although Flirting Filly broke traveling first over, Shafina Hanover made her way to Bee The Queen's wheel through a 1:26.1 (:27.3) third-quarter. Corey Callahan pulled the plugs on Bee The Queen and she kicked 3 lengths clear of Shafina Hanover, Bright Eyes and Catherine's Melody, and eventually winning by 3 ½ lengths in 1:56.1 (:30). A daughter of Donato Hanover-Bee Line-Self Possessed, Bee The Queen is owned by Alfred Ross and is trained by George Ducharme. She returned $2.60 to win. Bee The Queen extended her lead on the Kindergarten leaderboard with 158 points, with Allerage Star second with 125 points and Lady Clarabella in third with 111 points. Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 25, with the Grand Circuit meeting, commencing with the $300,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters. Declaration time is 9:30 A.M. on Monday, September 22. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

The best performers in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots this year, pacers and trotters, colts and fillies, will be on display at Mohawk Racetrack Friday and Saturday night. Two $20,000 Semi-Finals will be raced for each division to determine the starters for next week’s $50,000 Grassroots finals. The horses earned their way into the Semi-Finals through their performances in the Grassroots races in their divisions throughout the course of the OSS season. The top 20 point earners entered into the Semi-Finals are eligible to compete. The two-year-olds are in the spotlight on Friday night with the trotting fillies kicking things off in races one and two. Leading point earner Summers Jewel, who has yet to finish worse than third in her young career, has drawn post two for breeder/owner/trainer Ben Baillargeon of Rockwood, Ontario, whose brother Mario will be in the sulky. The Angus Hall miss has started in all six Grassroots events this year with three wins, a second and two thirds. The rookie pacing colts are next up in the third and fifth races. The top two colts in the division, Thinkofagameplan and Jeb will square off in the third race from posts six and eight respectively. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario and his cousin Al McIntosh of Leamington, Ontario, bred and own Thinkofagameplan, a son of Ponder who has captured four of six Grassroots events this year. A horse to watch in the fifth race is Moonwards Hanover, who comes into the contest riding a three race winning streak, all in Grassroots events. From the red hot first crop of Sportswriter, Moonwards Hanover is owned and trained by Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario, who also trained her dam, Mouse Hanover. He’s drawn post four with Paul MacDonell aboard. MacDonell will also be up behind Call Me Richard, the leading point earner among the rookie trotting colts, in the next race. Trained by Clare Bradshaw for owner Andrea Arthur of Scotland, Ontario, the Muscle Mass son has won his last two races, both OSS events. The two-year-old pacing fillies are featured in races seven and 10 on Friday’s program with top point earner Ms Mac N Cheese departing from post four in the first split. The Badlands Hanover daughter owned by David Ratchford of Nova Scotia has been on a real roll lately with three straight victories on her scorecard. Sylvain Filion will drive from post four. On Saturday’s card it’s the three-year-old trotting fillies getting the Semi-Finals underway. Torches Star tops the point standings in this group and has post five in race five with regular pilot Steve Condren in the race bike for trainer Ben Wallace and owner Brad Grand of Milton, Ontario. The Angus Hall filly is the second foal from former OSS star Torch, a winner of $357,000 in her career. Their colt counterparts get things rolling in race two and come right back in race three for their two Semi-Finals. Aventure, the leader in this bunch, drew post nine in the third race with Trevor Henry up for trainer Bill Budd. Owned by Orville Rursch of Illinois, Aventure is 4-1-0 in five OSS starts this year. The glamour boy division, the three-year-old pacing colts, are featured in races six and nine on Saturday evening. Top point earner Shadow Place has post three in race six with Henry at the lines for trainer Richard Moreau. Regal Babe, who is less than 10 points behind in second in this division, has post five in race nine. The pacing fillies close out the card in races eight and 10. The latter finds Her Own Land in post five with James MacDonald at the helm for trainer Dave Menary. The leading point getter in this category, the Blissfull Hall filly has three wins and a second in her most recent starts, all Grassroots events. Saturday’s card also features the $286,000 Milton final for pacing mares with three Ontario-sired performers, Monkey On My Wheel, Camille and Voelz Hanover, taking part. To view the entries for Friday and Saturday night at Mohawk, please use these links Mohawk Entries - September 19. Mohawk Entries - September 20. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Today's Quinte+, with a special jackpot of E10 million, went to 1.4/1 favored Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette) with Christian J. Bigeon aboard in 1.13.1kr over 13 rivals in this 2700 meter test named the Prix RMC. The exact order payoff excluding jackpot was €2,570 for a €2 wager. Q+ Prix RMC, European, E58,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.13.1kr Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette), Ch.J. Bigeon up at 1.4/1 odds for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon, 10th win in 40 starts for E294,800 earned Noir d'Ete (7m Ganymede-Essenza d'Ete), Eric Raffin aboard, 5.1/1 Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Antonio Wiels up, 7.8/1 Bugsy Malone also won on the Vincennes card, taking the E62,000 Prix de Montelimar for three year-olds over 2700 meters with nine starters. The consistent colt recorded his sixth win in nine starts for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The victory, by open lengths, raised his career earnings to over E101,000. Prix de Montelimar, purse E62,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.16.2kr at 1000; 1.15.5kr at 500, 1.15.2kr finish Bugsy Malone (3m Ready Cash-Night Captain), Yohan Lebourgeois for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 3/5 favorite, sixth win in nine starts for E101,460 earned Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), Franck Ouvrie, 10.8/1 Bajazet (3m Qwerty-Perkine), Jacques Bruneau owner/trainer/driver, 6.2/1 odds V75 action took place today at Farjestad SWE. The Gold Division with 150,000SEK to the winner, over 2140 meters autostart, went to On Track Piraten in 1.13.3kr in an easy score for Johnny Takter. Porthos Amok was second for Bjorn Goop (trained by Stefan Melander) ahead of another Melander trainee, Tidied Accelerator handled by Ulf Ohlsson. The winning six year-old gelded son of Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line took his 13th victory in 58 tries, increasing career earnings to over 5.8SEK million. The Silver Division, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the US bred Magiccarpetride and Jorma Kontio timed in 1.10.9kr. Another US-bred, Mr. Chicago, was second for Carl-Erik Lindblom. The winner earned 125,000SEK and the eight year-old son of Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory now has 13 wins and earnings in excess of 1.6SEK million. The Bronze Division, for 110,000SEK to the winner, contested over 2140 meters autostart, resulted in a 1.11.8kr win for Jeppas Maxi and Torbjorn Jansson. He narrowly defeated Riff Kronos and Viejo Heiskanen with Pedro Bi a distant third. Jeppas Maxi is a five year-old gelded son of Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image that now has nine wins in 11 starts lifetime. This one looks to have a fine future. Thomas H. Hicks

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