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MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Phaetosive and trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer went from blocked at the rail to reaching up just in time on the outside in a wild $340,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although it was a field of seven three-year-old trotting fillies competing, the Elegantimage Stakes was essentially a three-horse race with superstars Atlanta, Manchego and Phaetosive clashing for the first-time this season. Hambletonian champion Atlanta was blasted to the lead by driver Scott Zeron, posting a :27.1 opener. Manchego and driver Yannick Gingras got away right behind Atlanta, while Phaetosive and Smedshammer left from the rail in third. Zeron used his position on the lead to grab a soft second-quarter of :29.2. The tempo ramped up on the final-turn, as Blonde Magic and driver Jody Jamieson started pushing up on the outside from fifth. The outside mover gave Gingras his cue to pop the two-hole nearing three-quarters, while Smedshammer stayed in with Phaetosive. Atlanta reached three-quarters in 1:24.4 and led the fillies into the lane with Manchego at her wheel. The Hambletonian Day heroes engaged in battle with Manchego overtaking the lead in the final-eighth. As the lead pair battled, Phaetosive attempted to come up the inside, but no lane was available and Smedshammer went inside one pylon while taking back. Despite losing momentum, Phaetosive came across to the far outside and unleashed a furious late push to nail Manchego at the line for a 1:52.2 victory. The margin of victory was a neck. Atlanta finished third, beat 2½ lengths. The AGCO Judges reviewed Smedshammer's stretch drive and determined there was no violation committed. "Up until the three-quarter pole everything went like I planned," said Smedshammer following the victory. "When Yannick (Gingras) pulled in front of me, I thought it was going to be easier to go inside, I really thought they were going to sprint home a little bit more. "The rail didn't open up," continued Smedshammer. "I tried inside Scotty (Zeron), but he wasn't going to open up anything and I actually skimmed a pylon there, but I want back outside. She had every opportunity to get beat tonight." A daughter of Explosive Matter, Phaetosive picked up her sixth win of the season Saturday and 10th win in 15 career starts. The Smedshammer trainee has only two losses this season with the first being against colts in her season debut and most recent being a second-place finish to Manchego in the Hambletonian Oaks on August 4. "She's been great her whole life and Manchego's been getting the best of her in every start before, but today was our turn," said Smedshammer, who has managed his star filly carefully. "She is fresh. She had a couple of incidents after the Oaks that set her back a little bit. She shipped up here yesterday and I knew today she was very calm and very good in the paddock. Everything was her way tonight." Phaetosive, who entered the Elegantimage off a victory in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, has now earned $567,864 this season and $845,604 in her career for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC of Fairport, New York. A $2 win ticket on Phaetosive returned $11.30. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Year after year, owner Marc Goldberg would feel a sense of warmth cut through winter's chill as he anticipated the return of star trotter Arch Madness. But this year, and beyond, Goldberg will rely on memories. Arch Madness, who turned 11 on Jan. 1, will not return to the races. Goldberg said the Trond Smedshammer-trained gelding, whose career wins included a Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot and Oslo Grand Prix en route to $4.28 million in purses, has been retired. "It's so bittersweet, I can't tell you," said Goldberg, who owned Arch Madness with Barry Goldstein's Willow Pond LLC. "I have such a letdown right now. Trond would be bringing him in anytime now off his layoff to start to get him ready for the spring. But I don't think he can handle the top rung and I just didn't think it was fair to him to put him through that. "In my mind, it was time to do right by the horse and it was time to let him live out his life the way he's supposed to. I'm going to miss him immensely when they start racing. It's going to be a tough spring and summer to go through without him. But he gave us his heart and soul for eight years and it's time for him to relax and love life." Goldberg, Goldstein and Steven Shapiro bred Arch Madness, a son of Balanced Image out of the mare Armbro Archer. Arch Madness stood a little crooked as a young horse, but matured into a multiple-stakes-winner. He raced only twice at age 2, but made headlines the following season when he upset eventual Horse of the Year Donato Hanover in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters. "We bought the mare and for some reason I decided to breed her to Balanced Image at the end of his (stallion) career," Goldstein said. "Why, I don't recall; probably for all the wrong reasons. David Meirs raised the horse and did a wonderful job. But he wasn't really an attractive horse at all. I told Trond to just stick with him and we'd see what happens. We just got very lucky. "It was a wonderful experience and I met a lot of nice people as a result. We had a lot of fun." Arch Madness ranks No. 6 in earnings among all trotters in history, and second to only Moni Maker among trotters that raced the majority of their careers in North America. He made a record seven appearances in the Breeders Crown and trotted a world-record 1:50.2 mile at age 7 - and equaled the mark at age 9. His top triumphs came in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-olds, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, 2011 Oslo Grand Prix, 2011 Titan Cup, 2010 Cutler Memorial, 2009 Credit Winner, and 2013 Allerage Open Trot. He finished second in Sweden's Elitloppet in 2012 and 2013. He also finished second twice in the Breeders Crown Open, in 2008 and 2009, and twice in the Maple Leaf Trot, in 2009 and 2011. "There were so many high points to his career, it's hard to pick any one out," Goldstein said. "The Breeders Crown when he beat Donato (Hanover) was a highlight, and maybe the Oslo Grand Prix would also stick out. We were standing there and they're playing the national anthem, and I didn't know what to do with myself, so I started singing. Those would probably be my two high points." Said Goldberg, "The Maple Leaf Trot was really unbelievable. Just to see the look on Trond's face and how happy he was, I can still picture him running across the track. That was huge. Of course, beating Donato in the Breeders Crown was just amazing. Everyone thought the (elimination win) was a fluke and we came back and did it the exact same way. That was just great. "The durability of this horse, year after year, he was up to the challenge. There were new horses every year and he took them all on. He was an absolute warrior. That was his greatest attribute. He answered the bell for every single race against the best." Smedshammer agreed that Arch Madness' win in the Breeders Crown was among the most memorable, but said the horse's best performance came in winning the 2011 Titan Cup by eight lengths over Lucky Jim in 1:50.2. "He was vicious," Smedshammer said. "I've always said that was at least a (1):49 mile because the track was so deep that night. I would say that was his best race ever. The Allerage (in 2013) also was special. That was almost magical because we didn't expect it. "Every year he used to come up with a moment. Those Balanced Images are just iron-tough horses. He was always a fairly sound horse, he didn't have any major issues. I don't know what makes some horses last year after year. It's certainly inside of them. It's their mentality." Goldberg said Arch Madness' success was a team effort, from the time the horse was born through his final race. Among the many people Goldberg cited were driver Brian Sears, who guided Arch Madness to many of his biggest wins, Smedshammer and caretakers Maria Kristensen and Ida Nilsen. "He's got his demons, Arch," Goldberg said, laughing. "He's a crazy, crazy guy. Without Maria and Ida, he might have been really unmanageable. They adored him and did an unbelievable job with him. And he was managed very well. You have to give Trond the credit. He's a world-class horseman. "I can't thank people enough. There were so many people along the way that helped out." Arch Madness will stay in New Jersey for another week before heading to the farm of Mike Andrew in Maine, where he will be reunited with his old Smedshammer Stable buddy Likeabatoutahell. After the winter, Arch Madness will likely return to New Jersey so Goldberg can remain near the horse. "He gave me the memories of a lifetime," Goldberg said. "Whenever I'm down I just go on the computer and click on one of his races and bingo. "I was fortunate enough to say that I owned him. The experiences he afforded me and my family, you couldn't write a better script. I never thought anything like that would happen for me. It was a dream, an absolute dream. He took us for a great ride. I owe it all to him. "Trond said he checked in on Arch and he's loving life. That's the way we need it to be for the old man. "Now it's his time." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications        

From afar, he might not appear the easiest to love. But it didn't take him long to steal Ida Nilsen's heart. Archie is just that way. For the last five years, Nilsen has been the caretaker of world renowned trotter Arch Madness, aka Archie, in the stable of trainer Trond Smedshammer. On Saturday night, Nilsen and Arch Madness went to the races together for the final time. On Monday, Nilsen said an emotional goodbye. Nilsen's work visa expires this week and the 29-year-old native of Norway returned to her homeland Tuesday. She was undecided if she would remain there or come back to the U.S. sometime in the future. "I don't know what I'm going to do," Nilsen said Monday afternoon. "I'm just going to go home and see what kinds of opportunities are thrown at me." Her opportunity to work and travel with Arch Madness, she added, was "truly a fairytale." Nilsen arrived at Smedshammer's stable seven years ago after deciding to leave Norway when friend Maria Kristensen - Arch Madness' previous caretaker - told her how much she enjoyed working in the States. "I always wanted to come here and when she told me how great it was I made up my mind," Nilsen said. "It was the best decision I ever made." When Kristensen left the stable in 2009, Nilsen took over as Arch Madness' caretaker. But it wasn't love at first sight. "I didn't really care much for him because I saw him in the barn with Maria and he was very spoiled," Nilsen said, adding with a laugh, "Kind of like the way he is with me now - and everyone else probably sees it, but now I don't see it. "It didn't take me long before I fell in love with him. It's just the way he is. When he lets you get close to him, he's got a great personality. There's just no one like him. To everyone else, he just seems like an old grump, but he is very great, not only on the racetrack, but to be around in the barn as a horse. "He knows people. He's very smart like that. The way he acts when he sees me, I fell in love with that." Arch Madness won his first start, an elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot, with Nilsen by his side and finished second in the Maple Leaf Trot final. During their ensuing time together, Nilsen saw Arch Madness win numerous races, but none more emotional than his triumph in the 2011 Oslo Grand Prix. Smedshammer, also from Norway, was unable to travel home for the race because of paperwork delays for his visa. "It was a lot of pressure to race a horse in that race," Nilsen said. "Everyone dreams of racing in that race, and I got to race in it - and we won it. Then I cried. I cried until after the winner's circle. "To bring a horse like him to my home country, that was really very special. Everyone expected us to do well, and he did great." For his career, Arch Madness has won 36 races and $4.28 million in purses for owners Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC. The gelded son of Balanced Image-Armbro Archer ranks No. 6 in earnings among all trotters in history, and second to only Moni Maker among trotters that raced the majority of their careers in North America. His top triumphs came in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-olds, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, 2011 Oslo Grand Prix, 2010 Cutler Memorial, 2009 Credit Winner, and 2013 Allerage Open Trot. He finished second in Sweden's Elitloppet in 2012 and 2013. He also finished second twice in the Breeders Crown Open, in 2008 and 2009, and twice in the Maple Leaf Trot, in 2009 and 2011. "Not everyone gets the chance to take care of a horse like this," Nilsen said. "I was really lucky. Thanks to him, I've seen so much and been to so many places. "To see how special it is for Trond and the owners, and the way other people love him, is great. I love reading the comments on his Facebook page and seeing that people care about him too. He deserves that. He hasn't been the best one every year, but he's showed up for so many years. They don't do that, the other ones. He's just a really great horse and I love that people love him for it and see him that way." But probably no one sees him the same way as Nilsen. As she prepared for Arch Madness' start in last weekend's TVG Free For All Series Championship for trotters at the Meadowlands, she posted the following on her own Facebook page: "All fairytales have an ending, and this is ours! On our way to the Meadowlands for our last race together! Thank you for everything Arch, you have given me the time of my life and I have so many great memories. You will always be the love of my life and my everything." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

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

Veteran Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) will reportedly end his storied career in the US at the November 22nd Meadowlands hosted Breeders Crown, so says Snoparps Gard's Barbro Wihlborg as reported by ATG. He last raced in North America in 2012 when he finished third in the Breeders Crown held that year in Ontario. The prior year 2011 he was also third in the Breeders Crown to San Pail and Rapide Lebel. He may also race in the September 28 Allerage at Lexington’s Red Mile and if so he would pass on the UET Masters at Charlottenlund on September 14. Commander Crowe has won 60 times from 102 races in his career for earnings of 32 million SEK and he set the European record at Hugo Ãbergs Memorial in 2012, 1.08.9kr/1609 meters. Yesterday at Eskilstuna there were several interesting winners. Explosive de Vie (3g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) won in 1.14.5kr for Jim Oscarsson over 2640 meters autostart. He won 70,000SEK with the win over Great Society (3m Muscle Hill-Natashas Kiss-Balanced Image), second for Erik Adielsson. Bar Plombier (6g Tony Oaks-Francine Bar-Foreign Office) won the ATG to earn 60,000SEK over the 2140 meter autostart course. Jorma Kontio piloted this winner to the 1.13.2kr score, his 13th win in 27 starts. A four year-old event was also held over 2140 meters autostart for 70,000SEK to the winner. Charrua Forlan (4g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) won it for Hans-Owe Sundberg, his ninth in 23 starts. Recently imported Hamdalla (4m Taurus Dream-Loire-Daguet Rapide) was a close second for Jorma Kontio. The field included Aperfectyankee and Order By Keeper that were both disqualified. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The sky’s were threatening but the showers held off for the $70,600 final of the Balanced Image trot Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. Three fillies and five boys took part in the final after finishing in the top 2 positions in their eliminations on August 23rd. Gee Okeeffe owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Ohio went off as the favorite after the 2 year old filly won her elimination the week before in 2:01.1, and has put up impressive numbers in the Gold and Grassroots Ontario Sires Stakes program this season. The 2-year-old daughter of Holiday Road got off to a quick start leading the field through the first quarter in 29.2 and the half in 1:00.2.  Desis Dream owned by Glengate Farms and the Parkhill stud farms got away 2nd and stayed in the pocket forcing Caulfield, driven by Trevor Henry to come first over at the half.  The son of Kadabra stayed on the outside and moved to within a head of Gee Okeeffe past the 3 quarters in 1:30.3.  Despite the outside trip Trevor Henry got the most out of his gelding and slipped past the front running filly in the stretch. The hometown favorite Platoon Seelster owned by Caroline Holiday of Mt Forest and Dennis Hannath of Harriston managed to close strongly nipping Gee Okeeffe for 2nd place at the wire.    Caulfield, who is trained by Chris Beaver and owned by the Synerco Ventures company of Toronto finished the mile in 2:01, less than a second off the track record. Afterwards Trevor Henry said his colt showed a lot of guts spending most of his mile on the outside trying to catch Gee Okeeffe.  The perseverance paid off. In other racing notes, Ryan Holiday won the Earl Ash Memorial Trot with CR Amigo for owner Ron Corbett of St Jacobs in 2:04.4. The Ontario Sires Stakes are back at Hanover next Saturday as 2 year old Colt Trotters hit the track.   Post time at Hanover Raceway on September 6th is 7:15pm. From the press box at 

Four divisions of 2-year-old trotters competed last Saturday at Hanover Raceway and now the top 2 finishers in each division return for a shot at the $70,600 final this Saturday. The $70,600 Balanced Image Final will go as Race number 10 on the 11 race program Saturday night at Hanover Raceway.  Post time is 7:15pm. Among those competing is Platoon Seelster owned by Dennis Hannath of Harriston and Caroline Holliday of Mt Forest.  After his elimination win, Hannath said the 2 year old was 1 of 2 yearlings he and Caroline purchased at the London sale.  Unfortunately the other yearling died when a tornado went through the London area earlier this year.   Hannath says he's extremely pleased with the colt and is just happy they get to participate in the final.  Platoon Seelster has earned over 21,000 dollars in just 2 lifetime starts and will be driven by Caroline's husband Ryan Holliday of Mt Forest.  The morning line favorite is 1 of 3 fillies in the final.  Gee Okeeffe is owned by Wilbur Lang and Chris Beaver of Ohio.  This 2 yea rold filly is one of the top Gold OSS filly trotters in her class this year and has already earned over 60,000 dollars in just 6 starts.  She will start from the coveted rail position and driver Dave Boughton who qualified 3 different horses for the final is listed to take the reigns. Also part of the card will be the Earl Ash Memorial Trot in race number 5.   Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm and as always the card will be available for viewing and wagering on Horse Player Interactive. From Hanover Raceway press box  

There were four divisions of 2 year old trotters for the Balanced Image Trot eliminations hit the track as part of an 11 race card on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. In the first elimination, a trio of breakers and some fancy stickhandling by driver Ryan Holliday got Platoon Seelster to the lead by the quarter mile marker in 30.2.  The 2 year old son of Federal Flex led from start to finish in times of 1:01.1, 1:32.1 and the mile in 2:01.1.  Race favorite Mandeville who has 3 OSS grassroots wins on larger tracks broke early and managed to fight his way back to second by the 3 quarter mile marker but when Keith Oliver tried to overtake Platoon Seelster around the final turn he went off stride again and lost his chances at a spot in the final.  Irish Scotch owned by Paul Lindsey of Fergus inherited second place after the miscue.  Platoon Seelster is owned by Ryan Holidays wife Caroline, and Dennis Hannath of Harriston.  Hannath says the 2 year was 1 of 2 yearlings they bought at the London sale, however, the other one had to be put down, after it was injured following a tornado near Tottenham. Hannath says he’s extremely happy with the geldings performance, and as for the final, Hannath says he doesn’t care where he finishes,  he’s just happy to make it to the final. The second division was won by Allies Gift in times of 30.0, 1:00.1, 1:30.1 and 2:00.4 for a Quebec Ownership group, and driver Anthony Haughan.  Leg 3 was won by Gee Okeefe for owners Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Ohio and driver Dave Boughton who qualified 3 horses for the final.   Boughton said the 2 year old filly who leads her OSS class this year was really easy to drive and had plenty of gas left in the tank.  Gee Okeefe led from start to finish in times of 29.3, 1:01.0, 1:31.1 and the mile in 2:01.1. The final leg was won by another Chris Beaver trained gelding.  Caulfield is owned by Synerco Ventures of Toronto and also led from start to finish by driver Boughton in times of 30.0, 1:02.1, 1:33.2 and the mile in 2:02.4. The post position draw was completed in front of the grandstand after race 10 and ended up as follows. Balanced Image Final  Saturday August 30th $70,600 Purse  Gee Okeefe  Caulfield  Allies Gift  Desis Dream  Cheque the Magic  Platoon Seelster  Pilgrims Joy  Irish Scotch Hanover also played host to the Grey Bruce Spinal Cord Injury group.  Spokesperson Merv Breadner of Owen Sound says thanks to Hanover Raceway they have been able to raise over 10,000 dollars for people with spinal cord injuries in Grey and Bruce Counties over the past 8 years.  Breadner says the money is used to help people with spinal cord injuries get adjusted and purchase much needed equipment. Racing resumes Saturday August 30th with the Balanced Image final headlining the card.  Posttime is 7:15pm. From the press box at Hanover Raceway

Trainer Tony Alagna is best known for his skill as a trainer of pacers thanks to the exploits of champion Captaintreacherous who was scheduled to compete in an elimination tonight at Mohawk for the Canadian Pacing Derby, Canada’s oldest harness stake race, but was scratched earlier today due to sickness. However, Alagna still has eight starters into go at the Campbellville oval this evening, all pacers. He has two starters in the eliminations for the Metro Pace, including the undefeated colt Artspeak, and four fillies competing in the Shes A Great Lady eliminations. To switch things up, tomorrow night, Alagna sends out a trotter in the form of Mystical Wishes who has been rounding into form since shifting to his stable last month. The Muscle Mass lass has won all three starts since Alagna took over her conditioning, two overnights at Mohawk and an Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event at the same track on August 12 which she won by more than three lengths in 1:55.1, her life mark to date. Mystical Wishes has drawn the rail in the second of five $18,000 OSS Grassroots divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies Sunday evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Mario Baillargeon will catch drive for Alagna and owners Mystical Marker Farms, who also bred the filly, and Peggy Hood of Indiana. Among her competition is locally owned Diamonds For Life, a daughter of Angus Hall who will leave from post four with one of Rideau’s top pilots, Gord Brown, in the bike. Mark Steacy trains the filly who had some issues with breaks earlier this season but seems to have that resolved and finished third in the Grassroots event at Mohawk on August 12. Owned by Frank Spagnolo and Frank Schimizzi of Ottawa, Ontario, Diamonds For Life was bred by Tom Porchak of Woodstock Ontario. She is the first foal of his $116,000 winning mare Jayportcashforlife, a full sister to $743,000 winner Susies Magic. Porchak also bred another starter in the same division, Jayport Princess who has post eight with Anthony MacDonald slated to steer. Trained by Chris Beaver who co-owns with Synerco Ventures Inc., of Toronto and Glenview Livestock, Ltd., of Guelph, Ontario, the daughter of Kadabra is making her first 2014 OSS appearance. She’s raced exclusively at Scioto Downs this year but competed in the OSS last year at two. Jayport Princess is the first foal from $172,000 winner Jayport Sweetheart, by Balanced Image, an OSS winner at three. This division’s leading point earner, Torches Star, has post one in race eight. Steve Condren has the driving assignment behind the Angus Hall filly owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario and trained by Ben Wallace. Torches Star has accumulated 105 points in this division to lead the way. The second placed filly, Love Detective, has drawn into the same division on Sunday night. She’ll leave from post three with MacDonald up for trainer Jimmy Takter. Racing at Rideau gets underway at 6:30 Sunday night with the OSS gals features in races one, four, six, eight and nine. The full card may be viewed through this link Rideau Entries - August 24. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - When more than $6.8 million of career class and cash hit town, notice is summarily taken. Such is the case Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Trot enhanced by the presence of Bee A Magician and Arch Madness. Bee A Magician, the reigning Harness Horse of the Year, won the draw as she makes her local debut and just her third career half-mile track start (two at Flamboro in 2012). The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra, driven by Brian Sears, is trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman. After a 17-for-17, $1.5 million season a year ago, Bee A Magician has a win and five seconds in seven tries this season ($154,704). The career bankroll is in excess of $2.4 million. Despite her lack of small-track experience, "I have no reason to think she won't handle it," Norman said. "I'm probably gonna tighten up some of her equipment a bit, but that's about it. "It should be a good test for her. She needed a race (out 20 days since her last start), we're planning to race her on the half at Delaware (Ohio) next month, and perhaps we can come back for the (details to be announced) Invitational Trot here (late October)." "She trots the turns well, so I don't see a problem," Sears said. "We can play at by ear and see the race unfolds." According to the U.S. Trotting Association's Anne Chunko, Bee A Magician is the first Horse of the Year to race here after winning the award since Gallo Blue Chip (HOY in 2000, raced here twice in '03). With a mere $4.2 million in lifetime loot, Arch Madness makes just his second Westchester visit (an eight-hole break in a 2009 Open Handicap Trot). He drew post position No. 3 for trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer. The 10-year-old Balanced Image gelding, who could also be a Invitational candidate, is Long Island co-owned by Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC. With 35 wins in 117 career starts, there's not much room left on this resume. The remainder of Friday night's overstuffed co-feature (8h race, approx. post time 9:30 PM) includes...2-Sombody As (Dan Dube), 4-Tober (Jason Bartlett), 5-Theraputic (George Brennan) 6-Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton), 7-Coraggioso (Eric Carlson) and 8-Obrigado (Brent Holland). "Dewy" won the 2013 Yonkers Trot, while Coraggioso was the 2012 New York Sire Stakes (3-year-old colt/gelding) champ. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) was an easy winner of today's TeleBolaget Grand Prix for 150,000SEK first prize at Orebro. Eleven contested this 2100 meter autostart event with the Stig H. Johansson trained recent US import scoring in 1.13.5kr for teamster Erik Adielsson. Corky is now owned by Stall Corkad and he posted his third 2014 victory in six starts and 10th in 30 career appearances, now with earnings of 6,757,773SEK. Jonesy was second for Tuomas Korvenoja with Finally Famous home third for Torbjorn Jansson. Peter Haughton winner Aperfectyankee was eighth for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson. The undercard saw O'Grady take a fast-class event for 50,000SEK first money in 1.13.5kr for Flemming Jensen. Denmark's veteran eight year-old son of SJ's Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher recorded his 34th career win in 65 starts for 3,139,064SEK as he defeated Zlatan Blou with Jorma Kontio up and Classic Son handled by Peter Untersteiner. The Orebro card also saw First Visit (3f Muscle Hill-Falls For You-Yankee Glide) win for owner/trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters volt start, her first win in her first start. Two Italian imports also recorded impressive wins. Polar LB (5m Classic Photo-Electa LB-Supergill) scored over 1640 meters autostart for Bjorn Goop in 1.12.6kr, his ninth win in 36 tries. The Breeders Course for two year -olds, worth 70,000SEK to the winner, went to Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) with Rene Legati up for trainer Holger Ehglert in 1.14.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. This was her second win in only two starts. Tunika was second for Erik Adielsson with Pasithea Face home third for Adrian Kolgjini. The Breeders Course final for two year-olds is September 9th at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

The three-year-old trotting fillies of the Ontario Sires Stakes are back in harness racing action in both Gold and Grassroots action over the next two days. Six $18,000 Grassroots divisions highlight tonight's night’s card at Mohawk Racetrack. The following evening two $105,000 Gold divisions will be part of Grand River’s Wednesday night program. Making her OSS debut tonight at Mohawk is Acapulco Hall, a daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe who has post five in race five. A winner in her only lifetime start, on July 29 at Pocono Downs, in 1:57.4 for former trainer Fred Grant, the filly has been transferred to the Rick Zeron barn for her Ontario stay. What makes her appearance notable is the fact that she’s a half-sister to 2003 Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall, the second Ontario-sired horse to ever win the coveted event. Ontario trainer Blair Burgess orchestrated that Balanced Image horse’s career which saw him earn in excess of $1 million lifetime. In addition to being a top Grand Circuit performer, Amigo Hall was also dominant in the Ontario Sires Stakes program during his sophomore season, earning over $270,000 from just five starts. Amigo Hall’s baby sister Acapulco Hall is owned by breeder Walnut Hall Limited of Kentucky. She is the 11th foal from the Meadow Road daughter Alis Cat. Amigo Hall stood stud at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry. He has one starter in the Grassroots event in Valencia Sol who has post one in race 11. Another filly with a brother who was very successful in the Hambletonian is Tosca who has post four in the first of the two Gold splits at Grand River Wednesday. Trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood, Ontario, trains the Muscle Mass daughter he co-owns with Steve Organ of Aurora, Ontario. Tosca’s half-brother Guccio came within a whisker of winning the 2012 Hambletonian, finishing a neck back in second to winner Market Share. Ironically their dam, Southern Senorita, is sired by Yankee Paco, who was the first Ontario-sired horse to win the Hambletonian. He accomplished the feat in 2000 for trainer Doug McIntosh. Both Amigo Hall and Yankee Paco, the only two Ontario-sired colts to capture the Hambletonian to date, were sired by the late, great Balanced Image, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Tomorrow’s divisions at Mohawk Racetrack go postward as races two, three, five, six, 10 and 11 while the two Gold divisions at Grand River on Wednesday are in races one and three. The programs for each may be viewed through these links.  Mohawk Entries - August 12.  Grand River Entries - August 13. Ontario Sire Stakes

The battle for the title for leading sire of 4 year olds for the 2013/2014 harness racing season in New Zealand was a one horse affair with Bettors Delight finishing just under a million dollars in front. While that was a comprehensive win, the issue of a much larger crop once again helped to cement in that dominance. As Mach Three proved in the 3 year old division, numbers are really important.  Bettors Delight as is the norm for this great sire produced a freakish mare in Adore Me who was the top earning 4 year old of either sex. His colts and geldings were a handy lot as well but not in the class of Adore Me. The overall numbers for Bettors Delight are outstanding which has been par for the course throughout his siring career. The only negative if you wanted to be picky was the continued lack of any sire prospects emerging from each crop. Bettors Delight can produce champion mares like no other sire but his colts and geldings while very talented are not in the champion class. His best colts and geldings were headed by Elios 1:55 ($149,762) Arden Rooney 1:55.4 ($121,462) and Give The Wink 1:58 ($62,216) The best mares were headed by Adore Me 1:52.4 ($355,658) The Fascinator 1:58.9 ($47,601) and Maloo 2:00.4 ($30,022) Foals - 234 Winners (Aust / NZ) 114 % Winners / Foals - 48.71 Stakes (NZ) $1,803,565 Mach Three finished second nearly a million dollars behind Bettors Delight and a big part of that was the lack of contribution from his mares. While there was plenty of them on the track, they were a touch disappointing overall Mach Three did have a string of very nice colts which were all good enough to go around in the major classics. His overall percentages were up there with Bettor's Delight. His colts/geldings were headed by Cyamach 1:58.8 ($56,584)  Fifth Edition 1:56.6 ($56,251) and Machs Gladiator 1:57.7 ($50,642). His mares were led by Russley Haste 1:59.8 ($36,238) along with Clarisa 1:59.9 ($20,283) and Channell Bromac 1:59.1 ($18,932). Foals - 163 Winners (Aust / NZ) 75 % Winners / Foals - 46.01 Stakes (NZ) $823,098 Third on the sires list was the champion sire Christian Cullen who had a quieter year than normal. Even in a quieter year Christian Cullen managed to produce two horses that look capable of winning Grand Circuit races. Franco Nelson 1:53.1 ($174,990) and Saveapatrol 1:56.9 ($98,127) both look to have huge futures in front of them going by their performances this season. His mares racing in New Zealand were a touch disappointing but that was due in no small way to the fact his best two mares from that crop in Delightful Christian 1:52.1 ($368,611) and Opulent 1:57.3 ($188,047) were racing in Australia. Foals - 122 Winners (Aust / NZ) - 46 % Winners / Foals - 37.70 Stakes - $583,148 The trotting division was as clear cut as the pacing division with Monarchy completely dominating this division. The three biggest earners in Sheemon 1:57 ($135,872) Prime Power 1:56.5 ($67,201) and Royal Aspirations 1:56.5 ($60,488) were all sons of the Balanced Image sire. Second nearly $400,000 behind Monarchy was his Roydon Lodge stablemate in the form of the evergreen Sundon while Love You and Monkey Bones were close up in third and fourth. The emergence of Monarchy from Sundon's shadow and the prominent showing by the likes of Love You and Monkey Bones are all positive signs for the trotting breed going forward. Harnesslink media

Sweden's Stephanie Werder piloted O U Gus to an impressive between horses win in tonight's competitive second leg of the 2014 Hambletonian Monte Series, with a purse of $10,000. Tina Duer was first to the lead with Chinese Cuisine from post seven and that pair led at the quarter mile mark in :29.1 with O U Gus landing in the pocket. Flowing James settled last but then, past the half-mile mark in 1:00.2, rallied three-wide from last to first at the top of the lane. Chinese Cuisine battled on until late stretch when Werder and O U Gus split the leaders and drew clear for the two-length victory. O U Gus is a nine-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall-O U Guys-Balanced Image that is trained by Whitney Richards for Ontario owners Glengate Farm (also breeder) and Pat Hunt and he scored in 1:59.4 with a :29 last panel. Flowing James was a game second ahead for Bambino Hall and Chinese Cuisine. O U Gus recorded his first monte win for money and now has $366,967 earned lifetime with nine victories (sulky and monte). Don't forget next weeks' Hambletonian Monte final for $28,000 on Friday night and the July 29 Monte/RUS clinic scheduled for 5:00pm at Gaitway Farm in Englishtown, NJ. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Monte America

2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won for the 28th time in his career for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Nahar scored today at Solanget in 1.13.6kr over 2650 meters autostart for a 40,000SEK award to the winner. This latest comeback effort followed two disappointing appearances earlier in the month. Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern-Atas Nice Sun L-Spotlite Lobell) was second for reinsman/trainer Henrik Svensson. Nahar's victory increased his lifetime earnings to 10,250,098SEK for owner Stall Sedin HB (NHL professional hockey stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin). Also in Sweden today there were two interesting winners. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) scored at Aby in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart. Trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the winner to her second 2014 victory in seven starts, this one that the winner earned 30,000SEK. Also at Aby, Italy's Overtaker by Sib (6g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) won for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner to earn 25,000SEK. The winner was timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, as he recorded victory 15 in 47 starts for life earnings of 1,249,700SEK. He narrowly scored over Ted Blagul reined by Bjorn Goop with US-bred Call Me Hanover home third for Andre Eklundh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Arch Madness wasn't ill, but a victory in a conditioned handicap at Harrah's Philadelphia last week might have been just what the doctor ordered. Now the 10-year-old gelding is returning to competition against the continent's best older trotters as he heads to Saturday's eliminations for the John Cashman Jr. Memorial at the Meadowlands. The Cashman, formerly known as the Nat Ray, attracted 15 horses. The top five from two $50,000 eliminations will advance to the $300,650 final on Aug. 2, Hambletonian Day, at the Big M. Among the entrants are world champion Sebastian K, Maple Leaf Trot winner Intimidate, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, and 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes a $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks prep for 3-year-old female trotters and $40,000 single elimination for the Lady Liberty for older female pacers. Nine of the 11 fillies entered in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, which is Aug. 2, will compete in Saturday's prep. Ten mares are in the Lady Liberty elimination, with Rocklamation receiving a bye to next week's final. Arch Madness, who skipped the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, enters his Cashman elim with one win in eight starts this season. Lifetime, he has won 35 of 115 races and earned $4.22 million, good for sixth place among all trotters in history and second to only Moni Maker among trotters that raced the majority of their careers in North America. "It's always nice to get an easy win in a horse," Trond Smedshammer said about Arch Madness' three-length victory in 1:52.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on July 16. "That's the best medicine for a horse, winning. I was very happy about that decision [not to go to the Maple Leaf Trot]. It worked out good. "You can't ask him to go everywhere; he's 10 years old. Canada was an easy decision to leave out." Arch Madness (a son of Balanced Image-Armbro Archer) was winless in two races at age 2, but won at least one race worth more than $170,000 in six of the next seven years. His top triumphs came in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-olds, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, 2011 Oslo Grand Prix, 2010 Cutler Memorial, 2009 Credit Winner, and 2013 Allerage Open Trot. He finished second in the Elitlopp in 2012 and 2013. He also finished second twice in the Breeders Crown Open, in 2008 and 2009, and twice in the Maple Leaf Trot, in 2009 and 2011. "Arch is pretty much the same as he's been previous years," said Smedshammer, who trains the horse for owners Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC. "It doesn't seem like he's lost much, it's just the competition is tougher. It's been brutally tough, especially [Sebastian K]. "I haven't been too worried about it because later in the year when the others seem to be getting tired, he usually gets better," Smedshammer added. Arch Madness will start from post seven in the second of the two Cashman eliminations. To his inside from the rail are Mister Herbie, Wishing Stone, Sweet Justice, Uncle Peter, Sebastian K, and Appomattox. To his outside is Creatine. The first division, from post one, is Market Share, Your So Vain, Spider Blue Chip, Intimidate, Sevruga, Archangel, and Royalty For Life. It is an accomplished group, with Sebastian K being history's fastest trotter and 10 of the remaining horses having won at least one Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, or Trotting Triple Crown race. They have five Breeders Crown trophies (Uncle Peter, Arch Madness, Intimidate, Spider Blue Chip, and Market Share), four Maple Leaf Trot titles (Arch Madness, Mister Herbie, Market Share, and Intimidate), two Hambletonian triumphs (Market Share and Royalty For Life), two Kentucky Futurity wins (Wishing Stone and Creatine) and one Yonkers Trot (Archangel). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

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