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WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2014 -- Imagine Hanover completed his sweep of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows by romping away with Friday's $27,750 championship and rolling up a combined, four-leg victory margin of 36-3/4 lengths. Also taking series championships were Partyatbartsplace -- who also swept his four legs -- Hierarchy and Stirling Bella. Brett Miller (Imagine Hanover, Hierarchy) and Aaron Merriman (Partyatbartsplace, Stirling Bella) logged a sweep of sorts by winning all four finals between them. Imagine Hanover hadn't been performing terribly well in overnights prior to the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. But the 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Imposing Hanover gelding put it all together for the Weaver. Del S. Miller, who trains Imagine Hanover for James Beluscak and Robert Carson, can't put his finger on any specific reason for the improvement. "I really think we might have started him before he was ready," Miller said. "He qualified super, then threw in two or three clunkers. He just came around and put four races together really well. I just hope it continues. They make you pull your hair out, these horses. You think you have them figured out, then they prove you wrong." In Friday's final, Imagine Hanover moved easily first over and triumphed in 1:54, 11-1/4 lengths better than 80-1 Gotta Luv Cash, with Spicey Victor third. Miller said he likely will give Imagine Hanover some time off before resuming his campaign at The Meadows. In the other championships: $28,500 Walter Russell Memorial Pace, 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings Partyatbartsplace rushed to the lead for trainer Chas Norris and owner Thumbs Up Stable and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Mattamerican to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.1. Hickory Icon earned show. Much like Imagine Hanover, Partyatbartsplace entered his series off several poor outings, but Merriman said he remained confident in the abilities of the 4-year-old Party At Artsplace-Miss Major Power gelding. "I watched him race at Northfield a lot," Merriman said, "and truthfully, he really isn't as alert on the front; he kind of waits on them. But he's turning into a nice little racehorse. Chas has done a great job with him." $30,750 Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot, 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares Shuffled to seventh and with no apparent racing room, Hierarchy found a seam late and won in a wild photo finish involving seven horses in 1:59. The rallying Mina was a hard-luck second, a head back, with Mystical Melody third. The win was especially gratifying for trainer Tim Twaddle, who purchased a piece of the 3-year-old Glidemaster-Mi Amiga filly after owner Karin Olsson Burgess bought her back at the Meadowlands sale. "She certainly had trot," Twaddle said. "Boy, the seas parted and we got through, thank goodness. She's in the next series here for 3-year-olds. From there on, we'll see how she develops." $28,500 Donna Dunn Memorial Pace, 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares Stirling Bella rushed to the pocket from post 8 and blew by the 1-2 favorite, Small Town Charmer, in the stretch to defeat her by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.3 and capture her third series leg. Fashion Katie completed the ticket. "I bought her to race, maybe put her in conditioned-claimers if she wasn't good enough," said Dave Zito, who trains the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fast Princess for Mervin Wengerd. "I didn't even think about the series -- she just made it under the earnings limit by about $300. I thought, let's give her a shot. She's not a real big filly, so you can't beat her up real hard leaving, but she has some speed, and she's nice to drive. "We'll give her a couple weeks off and just keep racing her."  

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2014 ballot. A total of 36 horses and people, including 18 Standardbred racing candidates and 18 Thoroughbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on this year’s ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will declare the winners in their respective categories.  Results will be announced Tuesday, April 8.   On the Standardbred ballots representing this year’s six voting categories are as follows: Male horse category, Blissfull Hall, J M Vangogh and Rocknroll Hanover In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown.  Owned by Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, QC, this champion was trained by Ben Wallace with Ron Pierce as regular driver.   A 31 race career over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before embarking on a successful career as a stallion. J M Vangogh, purchased as a yearling for $4,500 by Paul Chambers of Harrington, Delaware, made a remarkable recovery from an accident in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final as a two year old to earn $2.28 million in 206 starts over 8 seasons and the nickname “The Comeback Kid”.  Rocknroll Hanover banked more than $3 million during his race career, for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, ON; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC.  Career highlights include victories in Canada’s most prestigious races for two and three year olds, the Metro Pace and the North America Cup.  He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America’s most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013. Female horse category: B Cor Tamara, Dreamfair Eternal and J Cs Nathalie Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000.  Bred and owned by Peter Core of Dresden, ON, the daughter of Dream Of Glory was the dam of 19 foals, including star trotter B Cor Pete, and granddam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall.  Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.7 million. Dreamfair Eternal retired from racing in 2012 after a career spanning seven years, 56 victories, including every stake event on the older pacing mare schedule, earning over $2.5 million and being named Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010.  The daughter of Camluck was bred, raised and owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON with Patrick Fletcher receiving training credit. As a broodmare, J Cs Nathalie has produced two millionaires for owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON -- pacing colt Dreamfair Vogel, and pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal.  Dreamfair Vogel was a winner of 19 races and over $1.1 million with a mark of 1:49.3.  Dreamfair Eternal, a winner of 56 races and over $2.5 million in purse earnings was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010. The trainer-driver category: Yves Filion, William Gale, and Wally Hennessey. Yves Filion, 67 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years driving in almost 18,000 races with 4,362 wins and $26.5 million in earnings.   Training credits include 248 winners and horses earning in excess of $3.4 million.   Pacing colts Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama each became millionaires with Filion responsible for both training and driving. William Gale, 65 of Woodstock, Ontario, was one of Canada’s leading drivers for a period that spanned the 70s, 80s and 90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons.  During his career, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million. Wally Hennessey, 56, of Prince Edward Island, has more than 8,200 victories to his name and has banked earnings in excess of $55 million.  In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker, a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown.  In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. Candidates in the builders’ category: Dr. Ted Clarke, John B. Ferguson and Robert Murphy. Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry.  Highly regarded for his thoughtful insights, Clarke’s strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth.  Before Grand River, Clarke led numerous initiatives to put Elmira Raceway on the path to stability, including the inauguration of Industry Day, the Battle of Waterloo and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network. John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC.  In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson also took a role in track management.  He was hired by Blue Bonnets in Montreal and after leaving hockey became the President of Windsor Raceway.  He was also one of driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The late Robert Murphy, a native of Vancouver, BC, one of Canada’s most respected horse breeders and owners, was known by his popular Red Star moniker.  First introduced to racing at Cloverdale Raceway in 1980, he rapidly became one of Canada’s most prolific owners.   He averaged 935 starts as an owner each year between 2005 and 2009.  In 2007, at the age of 74, Murphy owned more Standardbreds than anyone else in Canada. Outstanding Standardbreds: Albatross, Artsplace, and Happy Lady Albatross was voted US Harness Horse of the Year in 1971 and 1972.  He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million.  As a sire, Albatross's thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million. Artsplace was the1992 O’Brien Award and Dan Patch Award winner as Horse of the Year following an undefeated four-year-old season.  He was a two-year-old world record holder winning the Breeders Crown in a time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida, soundly defeating champion Die Laughing.  He won 37 races and bankrolled over $3 million during his racing career which saw him race many times in Canada before becoming a world class sire. Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, ON and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville.  Though her race career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.2.  Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races.  As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts. Communicators category selections: Harry Eisen, Bill Galvin and Frank Salive. The late Harry Eisen spent a lifetime loving and covering horse racing in Ontario.  As a lifelong journalist, he spent many years exposing the sport to the public, including the majority of his 40 years at the London Free Press.  Eisen who once said he saw his first harness race when he was “three or four years old”, sold tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a boy.  He was inducted into Western Fair’s Wall of Fame in 1980. As a publicist, promoter and author, Bill Galvin, a native of Arnprior, ON made a tremendous impact on horse racing in Canada. Galvin’s promotions transcended racing.  He led a charge to bring ice horse racing to the Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans.  He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the health of horse racing during his career. Leamington, ON native Frank Salive was known for over 35 years as “The Voice” of Canadian harness racing.  During his career it is estimated he called over 100,000 races, becoming a fan and industry favourite for his knowledgeable and informative calls and silky voice.  Frank’s career as a track announcer began at Sudbury Downs in the late 70’s and continued at tracks throughout Ontario,  includin  fourteen years at Ontario Jockey Club/Woodbine Entertainment Group harness tracks and concluding at Pompano Park, Florida.  Salive was also a regular writer for the Canadian Sportsman for several years. From the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON, PA, March 17, 2014 -- Imagine Hanover continued his march through the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot, rolling to his third straight series win Monday at The Meadows. Spicey Victor took the other $15,000, third-leg split in the event for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts, horses and geldings. The championship legs of the Ken Weaver and three other current series at The Meadows are set for Friday, March 28. Hammered down to 1-9, Imagine Hanover was content to sit fourth until Brett Miller asked him for trot down the backside. The 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Imposing Hanover gelding gobbled up the leader, Glamrocker, and cruised home in 1:57.2. Glamrocker saved second, 4-1/4 lengths back, over Chekov. Del S. Miller trains Imagine Hanover for James Beluscak and Robert Carson. Spicey Victor fronted the mile for Dave Palone and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Victorious Justice by a nose to notch his first series victory in a career-best 1:59.3. River Forest earned show. J.C. Miller, Jr. trains Spicey Victor, a 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Spicy Victoria gelding, for Holmes Stock Farm. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Foxy Lady commanded the mile with comfortable early fractions and captured her second straight victory in 1:53.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura. Certified Ideal rallied from last for second, a length back, while Phone Terror earned show. The 6-year-old daughter of Real Desire-Judy Is A Fox soared over $700,000 in career earnings. Brett Miller drove four winners and Palone three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 10, 2014 -- Imagine Hanover dominated his Ken Weaver Memorial Trot field once again, cruising to an unchallenged victory Monday at The Meadows. Gotta Luv Cash took the other $15,000 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts, horses and geldings. Hammered down to 1-9, Imagine Hanover sped to the lead for Brett Miller and was ahead at every call, just as he was last week. He scored in 1:57.3, 8-1/2 lengths better than Glamrocker, with Master Angler third. Del S. Miller trains Imagine Hanover, a 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Imposing Hanover gelding, for James Beluscak and Robert Carson. Gotta Luv Cash, a 12-1 long shot, was behind a wall of horses in the final turn but found the path to victory in the Lightning Lane for owner/trainer/driver Kyle Bolon. Masada rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while early leader Stray Cat Strut saved show. The 4-year-old Cash Hall-Gotta Luv It gelding scored in 1:58.4, a career best. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Foxy Lady brushed powerfully first over and triumphed in 1:52 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura. Certified Ideal was second, 4-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Phone Terror closed from last to earn show. The 6-year-old daughter of Real Desire-Judy Is A Fox now boasts $689,872 in lifetime earnings. Palone drove four winners and Miller three on the 15-race card. On Tuesday, March 11, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows already offers $5,000-guaranteed pools for its Monday and Tuesday Pick 4s, but when no one successfully picked Monday’s Pick 4 — resulting in a $3,582.98 carryover — the track decided to sweeten Tuesday’s guarantee. Minimum wager for the Pick 4, which spans Races 4 through 7, is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2014 -- Off the board in each of his five previous 2013 starts, Imagine Hanover put it all together Monday at The Meadows and rolled to an easy front-end victory in the opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3-year-colts, geldings and horses. The series honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a breeder and trainer at The Meadows and a longtime PA Fairs circuit stalwart. Imagine Hanover was no better than fifth this year while trying to make up ground late. On Monday, Brett Miller hustled him to the lead, and the 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Imposing Hanover gelding apparently liked the change of scenery as he triumphed in a career-best 1:57.1. Master Angler was second, 8 lengths back, with Glamrocker third. Del S. Miller trains Imagine Hanover for James Beluscak and Robert Carson. Brett Miller completed a sweep of the opening Weaver leg by urging Stray Cut Strut to a Lightning-Lane victory in 1:59.2, a lifetime mark. Masada was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while early leader Spicey Victor saved show. Kimberly Good owns, trains and bred Stray Cut Strut, a 3-year-old Malabar Millennium-Coyote Valentine gelding. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, 13-1 Shine N Shimmer found herself shuffled to third after leading early. But she moved powerfully first over for Miller and prevailed in a career-best 1:51.3, 3 lengths better than Certified Ideal. Foxy Lady finished third. Stacy van Huizen conditions Shine N Shimmer, a 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Sheer Hose who now boasts $235,909 in lifetime earnings, for Howard Taylor. Miller finished with four wins on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows     -                          

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 5, 2014 -- Don't Blink moved first over through the slop, collared the leader in the stretch and captured Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Don't Blink was sitting fourth when Brett Miller tipped her off the cones. The 6-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall-SB Ina roared by Daylon Miracle and held off the late charge of Magic Wheel to down her by a head in 1:57.2. Daylon Miracle saved show. Andy Rickert trains Don't Blink, who extended her career bankroll to $282,858, for Dale Wareham. Mike Wilder drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Fridays 15-race program is headed by the Stuart A. Wiener Memorial Pace; a California Sire Stakes featuring Show Runner and two divisions of the second leg of the Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting Series. First post is 5:20 p.m. (PDT). The Stuart A. Wiener Memorial is named for the man who has raced trotters and pacers with his wife Wendi since 1990. They were married for 42 years and he passed away on Dec. 5 from a heart infection at the age of 65. He is also survived by his daughter Jennifer, her husband Jon and a 10-year-old grandson Nathan. He was CFO at Health Science College in Henderson, Nevada and enjoyed his work, but it was his love of horses that really showed through, Wendi said. Our first horse was Shot N, who we had with Ross Croghan, and he is still on the farm. Stu loved everything about the game, including the betting, and a perfect union was made. For many years, the Wieners have raced their horses with trainer Nathalie Tremblay, including their favorite pacer Bewareofthisaffair. Stuarts name did appear on some of the horses along with Wendis brother Alan Kraslow, but most of the performers raced under her name. Stu loved going to Sacramento and hanging out with the horses. We both loved Nathalie and Dave (Kuri) and we have all been together so long that its not as much a business as it is family. He even had the chance to jog a horse by himself once, and he never stopped talking about it. Stu really loved the horses and proof is that we have seven retired here on the farm. Life was always interesting, especially on race night when we went to Dish Network to watch every race. The last few months Stu actually felt good and was even back to golf, but who knew. I keep telling people that we need to celebrate Stus life. Even with all the health problems he had in the last several years, he had a pretty fantastic life. It was the horses that actually lifted him at the worst times. Contentious field set for Invitational Trot A well-matched field is set for Fridays $5,000 Invitational Trot, with last weeks upset winner K D Amazin Spirit taking on the stablemates Franks Best and Inside Broadway and the hard-knocking Axle. K D Amazin Spirit is a 7-year-old son of Thadrow out of the Monterey Judge mare K D Charm who is owned, trained and was bred by Keith Willey and will have xxxx at the controls. He comes into this assignment with $104,000 in his account and a 1:54 2/5 mark that was established here earlier this season. He had no shown much in his first three starts since returning from Running Aces, where he closed out that campaign with a win, but he certainly returned to top form in last weeks clash at the head of the class. Plano motored him right to the top, he set the fractions without a challenge and came home with nearly four lengths to spare at nearly 16-1 that evening. Franks Best was runner-up in that affair as the 2-1 choice and figures to once again get plenty of support. The Bob Johnson owned, trained and bred 6-year-old has $185,000 in the bank, a slew of Sire Stakes trophies on the mantle and has posed for pictures following three of his last six trips to the post here with Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. Inside Broadway is a half-brother to Franks Best and gives Johnson another strong look at the outcome. The 4-year-ood Broadway Hall offspring rattled off three straight wins between November 9 and December 6 and has been burdened with the outside posts in his last two appearances, including the demanding No. 10 slot on December 13. James Kennedy will again be in the sulky. Axle is a Michigan-bred son of Hard Rock who figures right in the thick of things with his best mile. He dead-heated for the win in a conditioned contest on November 22, but has had to settle for minor awards in the interim while doing his work at this top rung. George Reider trains and David Siegel drives and they co-own the performer with Robert Thronson and Greg Robinson. BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND, THERE WILL BE A $10,000 GUARANTED POOL FOR THE PICK 5 ON BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. THE PICK 4 GUARANTEE CONTINUES TO BE $20,000 ON FRIDAYS AND $25,000 ON SATURDAYS. Mark Ratzky                        

Two divisions of the opening leg of the Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting Series and an Open Trot featuring stablemates Franks Best and Inside Broadway get the marquee treatment Friday night at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting at Cal Expo. A 14-race card is on tap with first post set for 5:55 p.m. The action continues Saturday evening with the finale of the Bob Gordon Pacing Series and a filly/mare Invitational Pace holding the spotlight. Franks Best and Inside Broadway are not only both owned, bred and trained by Bob Johnson, but are half-brothers as they are out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition. Franks Best is a 6-year-old by Armbro Scribe, while Inside Broadway is a 4-year-old with Broadway Hall being the sire. Franks Best comes into this assignment with $184,000 in his bank account and a 1:56 2/5 mark that was established at Running Aces last year. He has posed for snapshots following three of his last five appearances at this meet, romping home by five and a half-lengths at most recent asking with regular pilot Mooney Svendsen. Inside Broadway had his win streak snapped last time when asked to do his work from the demanding No. 10 post position. He had rattled off three straight impressive victories coming into that mile with James Kennedy at the controls, including a dead-heat with his half-brother in the November 29 Invitational. Axle is looking to make amends after finishing second as the 3-5 favorite in that last clash at the head of the division. The 4-year-old son of Hard Rock is conditioned by George Reider, who also co-owns with driver Dave Siegel, Bob Thronson and Greg Robinson. He has a victory and two runner-up finishes from his last three trips to the post here. Looking at the two divisions of the Budahn, High Dollar comes into the series having posed for pictures following three of his last four starts for owner Kent Fox and driver/trainer Tim Maier. Silverlode is also a nice fit under these conditions with a race under the belt for Vickie and Steve Desomer. BEGINNING THIS WEEK, THE PICK 4 GUARANTEE HAS BEEN RAISED TO $20,000 ON FRIDAYS AND $25,000 ON SATURDAYS. Just Plum Lucky sports caring connections While Just Plum Lucky has been a little too comfortable with the minor placings over the last couple of seasons, with 20 runner-up finishes to go with her seven victories, Richard and Marlene Thomas homebred comes to play each and every week and does sport two snapshots at the meeting. Trained by George Reider and handled by the 20-year-old phenom Tyler Smith in her last two appearances, the dark-hued daughter of Power Of Art was unable to match strides with Lust in the lane but did keep to her task to complete the exacta as the public choice at most recent asking. Shes a gem consistency, but she is the bridesmaid an awful lot, Reider said. If l was going to have a family horse, she fits the bill. Rick to Marlene really like her, and it shows since they lost the horse once and claimed her back.. She definitely has her share of problems, but my assistant trainer Kim Hines knows her like a book it and really takes care of her and we love having her in the barn. Reider was around during the Western Harness Racing days at Hollywood Park and like many people is saddened by the closing of that track, even though they havent had the trotters and pacers there for decades. I have so many memories, George said. I got the chance to watch Niatross and I was really impressed by Direct Scooter. Steve Desomer also had a little trotter named Dante Jay who was so much fun to watch week in and week out. Watching Shelly Goudreau drive was something, and hearing Robin Burns call those races was really special. There was so much excitement in the stands with the big crowds and movie stars, and thats the way I like to remember Hollywood Park. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness  

Tyler Smith, who this summer at age 20 became the youngest driver in harness racing history to reach 1,000 victories, is scheduled to drive here at Cal Expo for at least the next couple of months beginning Friday night. Smith, who will turn 21 in January, was the leading driver at the recently-concluded Hooiser Park meeting in Indiana and is currently plying his trade on a Monday-through-Thursday night basis over the half-mile Northfield Park oval in Ohio. That leaves his weekends free to catch a plane to California and try some Cal Expo action. I was driving for Bob Johnson this summer and he suggested I look into it, Smith related. After talking with (General Manager) Chris Schick I was very encouraged and excited about the opportunity. I actually prefer driving over a mile track. On a half-mile, post position can be a big handicap and you almost always have to be moving. I like the chance to be patient and think a little more out there. Smith has been making headlines for quite some time. When he was 12 he became the youngest to win a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Likely to victory in 1:59 1/5 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in his home state of Ohio. Smith began his career in 2009 and earned the Peter Haughton Memorial Award, which is bestowed to up-and-coming stars in the business. He recorded victory No.1,000 at Hoosier in August, eclipsing the record of Doug McNair who had notched his two weeks shy of his 21st birthday. Capturing the recent Hoosier Park crown was especially gratifying for the young pilot. I never dreamed of winning that meet going in, but everything came together perfectly and I was fortunate to be driving first call for some top barns. Invitational Trot, Sire Stakes head the program An Invitational Trot that finds Inside Broadway eyeing his fourth straight victory and a $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotters headed by Freedombird share the spotlight at Cal Expo Friday night. In an effort to even out the playing field a bit in the Invite Trot, racing secretary Fred Kuebler has assigned Inside Broadway the demanding No. 10 post position for this go-around, with his four rivals filling out the inside spots. Inside Broadway is going in razor-sharp form at the moment for his owner/trainer/breeder Bob Johnson and regular pilot James Kennedy. The 4-year-old son of Broadway Hall eyes the hat trick this weekend and has been putting his class and versatility on display during the streak. His first two decisions were on the front end, including a dead-heat with his half-brother Franks Best who will again be among his rivals. Kennedy changed tactics with Inside Broadway for the most recent score, as they sat a stalking trip before coming first-over for a two and a half-length victory. He set his mark last season with a 1:55 3/5 tour at Harrahs Philadelphia. Taking him on are his stablemate and half-brother Franks Best, who will have Mooney Svendsen giving directions; Axle with Dave Siegel guiding; Sharpshootennorris, to be handled by Steve Wiseman; and K D Amazin Spirit, who leaves from the cozy inside slot with Tim Maier in the sulky. Freedombird holds the aces in the Sire Stakes, which will go as a non-betting event prior to the regular program. The son of Panama Hanover is out of the popular mare Kimmie Girl and races for Melissa Erzene, trainer Gordie Graham and driver Luke Plano. Rounding out the field are Lightning Of Lodi, Tour Guide, More Tequila and Jewel Of Lodi. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

Not only did Bob Johnson own, train and breed last weeks Invitational Trot dead-heat winners Franks Best and Inside Broadway, but these two top performers are half-brothers as they are out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition. They square off again Friday night. Inside Edition was an Open mare with a 1:57 2/5 mark at 4, but she developed an ankle infection which ended her career, Johnson related. She was retired at the Desomer Farm and bred to Armbro Scribe. The resulting foal was Franks Best, who was an absolute terror in Sire Stakes competition in his younger days and has continued his winning ways under Johnsons direction. He suits up Friday evening with $181,000 in his account and a 1:56 2/5 mark that was set last season over the Running Aces oval. Inside Edition was eventually sent back to Pennsylvania, and thats where she was bred to Broadway Hall two years later, Bob said. Inside Broadway won a few stakes in Pennsylvania and took his mark of 1:55 3/5. Both trotters competed this summer in Indiana and have been putting on a pretty good show for barn bragging rights through the first couple of months of this meeting. That last race was a real thrill, Johnson explained. To have these two horses dead-heat in an Invitational is a great feeling, especially having bred for both of them. Three bet specials each night A reminder that are there are three bets offered each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate the 50-cent Pick 5; the 20-cent Pick 4 and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the nightcap. To give you a better idea what this means in terms of dollars, the three payoffs on the November 15 card were $5,973 for the Pick 5; the Pick 4 clocked in at $1,954 and the Hi-Five returned $1,422. Using normal takeout rates, the Pick 5 would have dropped to $5,332 for a difference of $641 to each winner; the Pick 4 would have paid $1,744, meaning each ticket would have been worth $210 less; and the Hi-Five would have come in at $1,269, a difference of $153 for each winning combination. Sire Stakes, Invitational Trot get marquee treatment A $10,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old fillies matching Show Runner and Strings and an Invitational Trot featuring last weeks dead-heating half-brothers Franks Best and Inside Broadway headline the Friday night action at Cal Expo. Show Runner is a daughter of Little Steven out of the Tylers Mark mare Peace Runner who is owned by Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar with Tim Maier reining and training. She comes into this assignment with 16 wins from her 30 starts on the season, $88,000 in earnings and a 1:52 3/5 mark that was set this season at Running Aces. The bay miss has rattled off three straight impressive victories at this meet. She waltzed home by nearly four lengths in the Open on November 15; proved a punctual 1-2 choice in the most recent Sire Stakes clash two weeks ago and then absolutely crushed her rivals at the most recent asking in the Louis GG Perego Memorial under Maiers direction. Strings was second to Show Runner in that last stakes clash and once again looms the main rival for owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel, trainer Bob Johnson and pilot Mooney Svendsen. The Hi Ho Silverheels offspring picked up her seventh win on the year in a conditioned affair last week and will attempt to turn the tables on the divisions top gun. Looking at the Invite Trot, Franks Best and Inside Broadway are owned, trained and were bred by Bob Johnson. Franks Best is a 6-year-old son of Armbro Scribe out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition, while Inside Broadway is a 4-year-old by Broadway Hall out of that fine mare. Mooney Svendsen guides Franks Best and James Kennedy handles Inside Broadway. Franks Best has a slew of Sire Stakes trophies on his mantle with $181,000 in the bank and a 1:56 2/5 lifetime standard that was established last season at Running Aces. He sports three victories from six appearances at this session, including that dead-heat for the top position with his barnmate at most recent asking. Inside Broadway has posed for pictures following three of his last four trips to the post under Kennedys guidance and the Johnson performer is looking to add to a $65,000 account. He was a 1:55 3/5 victor at Harrahs Philadelphia last season and figures to be up close and personal from the outset. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness              

A racing oddity occurred in Friday nights co-featured Invitational Trot at Cal Expo Friday night, as half-brothers Franks Best and Inside Broadway dead-heated for the victory. Both are owned and trained by Bob Johnson and won in 1:59.3. Franks Best is a 6-year-old son of Armbro Scribe out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition, while Inside Broadway is a 4-year-old by Broadway Hall out of that fine mare. Mooney Svendsen handled Franks Best while James Kennedy was in the sulky behind Inside Broadway.. Franks Best has a slew of Sire Stakes trophies on his mantle with $181,000 in the bank and a 1:56 2/5 lifetime standard that was established last season at Running Aces. He sports three victories from six appearances at this session. Inside Broadway has posed for pictures following three of his last four trips to the post at the current stand and the Johnson performer was a 1:55 3/5 victor at Harrahs Philadelphia last season.   By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

American breeding is well represented in a field of four colts and eight fillies which line up for the top two-year-old race in Sweden, the Uppfödningslöpning  worth 141,000 euros  to the winner and over 1640m at Jagersro on Saturday. US resident Broadway Hall has two fillies in the race including the likely favourite, Solvalla’s Breeders Crown winner Enya Boko,  bred by the massive Boko Stables and a winner of five of her six starts. Broadway Hall’s other entrant is the Dutch-bred Everreach Draviet who is trained by Ola Samuelsson     and will have the advantage of Johnny Takter in the bike. Popular first season US-resident sire Muscle Hill also has two fillies in Eileen Boko, a winner of her Uppfödningslöpning heat for Lufti Kolgjini and non-winner Catwalk In, who is out of a mare by French sire Buvetier d’Aunou and coincidentally a half-sister to Kolgjini’s promising Orion Kronos who is now racing in France. Catwalk In is trained and driven by Fredrik Persson.      The other US sires are both ex-pats and include former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, who was a top racehorse in Europe and a very successful sire already, and he has the colt Al Dente in the field, the winner of one of his four starts for trainer Tommy Hanne, who has given up the drive for Erik Adielsson. US Breeders Crown 2YO champ Banker Hall has the filly How Amazing Tooma, the winner of one from four for trainer-driver Jan Nordin. American National winner Clerk Magistrate is the sire of  Per Lennartsson’s colt Orion Tilly, the winner of the first two of his five starts including the Breeders Crown in Bergsaker. His granddam Icora Tilly, a fine racemare herself was an even better broodmare producing one of Sweden’s greatest horses, Victory Tilly, and five other winners of between $585,000 and $105,000. In total she produced 11 winners from 14 foals.     Roger Malmquist’s Going Kronos colt Soonerorlater, who won his qualifier for the Uppfödningslöpning and has been placed in both his Breeders Crown races this year. He is a product of Menhammar Stuteri, which stands Going Kronos, a promising Swedish-bred son of Viking Kronos. Viking  Kronos is represented himself in the race with Lutfi Kolgjini’s second entrant in the race, a who won his qualifier for the Uppfödningslöpning for the popular Swedish horseman. Lars I Nilsson’s filly  Si See Sea is another product of Swedish breeding, being by the Franco-American Jocose, a winner of the equivalent of $750,000 and had a record of 1.53.4. French sires are represented by the winner Bullyoung (c Love You) and  M.T.Jest (c Magnificent Rodney)  who are both out of American standardbred mares, a mix that is very successful in Scandinavia. SVENSK UPPFÖDNINGSLÖPNING   Jägersro 30/11/13 Group1) Nat 2YOs  1640m  €141 000 Svensk Uppfödningslöpning 2013-11-30 1  Eileen Boko (f   Muscle Hill - Another Chip) Dr:   Christoffer Eriksson  Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini          2  Enya Boko (f   Broadway Hall - Victor's Finesse) Dr:   Per Lennartsson  Tr: Per Lennartsson              3  Soonerorlater (f   Going Kronos - Inkasso) Dr:   Roger Malmqvist  Tr: Roger Malmqvist     4  Orion Tilly (c   Clerk Magistrate - Infra Tilly) Dr:   Torbjörn Jansson Tr:  Per Lennartsson              5  Onceforall Face( h   Viking Kronos - Lemonsoda Om) Dr:   Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini            6  Everreach Draviet (f   Broadway Hall - Junior Miss) Dr:   Johnny Takter Tr:  Ola Samuelsson             7  M.T.Jest (c   Magnificent Rodney - Vendela Palema) Dr:   Jörgen Sjunnesson  Tr: Svante Båth           8  Al Dente (c   Scarlet Knight - Mollie's Photo) Dr:   Erik Adielsson Tr:  Tommy Hanné              9  Si See Sea (f   Jocose - Solo for Two) Dr:   Jorma Kontio Tr:  Lars I Nilsson     10  How Amazing Tooma (f   Banker Hall - Amazing Ås) Dr:   Jan Nordin Tr:  Jan Nordin             11  Bullyoung (c   Love You - Greenhill's Beauty) Dr:   Peter Ingves Tr:  Anders Svanstedt             12  Catwalk In (f   Muscle Hill - Ellie America)   Fredrik Persson  Tr: Fredrik Persson by David Sanders for

Trond Anderssen’s Thai Broadway heads the field for the  Axel Jensen’s Minnelop 4YOs over a mile at Bjerke, and the last of sixth races in the country which are part of the Europe’s elite UET Masters Series race. Thai Broadway (Broadway Hall)  should really  blitz this field, he is a runner-up in both the recent Swedish Breeders Crown (his dam is Swedish bred) and the UET Derby, the  Grand Prix de l'UETand he has earned three times the money of his next opponent. Nothing else in this field has competed at this level and it really should be a case of running for second place in this €76,000 event over the mile. However Ake Svanstedt’s departure to the US has seen the dispersal of his barn, and one of them, US import  Nothing But Class has found his way here in the hands of Peter Untersteiner  , looking or his fourth   win in what would be perceived has easier company than the highly competitive Swedish scene. The son  o fAndover Hall has the fastest time by a second over this distance, with a 1.09.9kr which is a second better than Thai Broadway, and the next best is a second slower than that. Norway’s leading trainer Frode Hamre has Underpaid Hanover, an imported  son of Revenue who stands in Norway, and  the winner of seven of his 19 starts this year. Denmark’s Steen Juul has fronted with Dream Vacation gelding Stelton and Scirocco Sisa, a son of the forgotten Hall brother Adams Hall who was a serious racehorse in Sweden long and the younger  brother to  Angus, Andover and Conway Hall who won  the equivalent of half a million in US dollars on the track with placings in some of Europe’s top races. Scirocco Sisa was second and Stelton was third in the Danish Derby, which at 3000m  is more a test of stamina than speed. Swedish trainers are also represented with  Bjorn Goop bringin Red Adair Superb (4h Orlando Vici) and Lutfi Kolgjini  fronting with Sahara Fairytale (4m   Viking Kronos). AXEL JENSENS MINNELØP Bjerke 20/11/13 NO (G2)  Int 1 609 4 76 000 1         Red Adair Superb (4h   Orlando Vici - Orions Hilda) Dr:  Vidar Hop Tr:    Björn Goop       2         Thai Investment (4h   Broadway Hall - Thai Wonder) Dr:  Tom Horpestad  Tr:   Tom Horpestad           3         Stelton (4g   Dream Vacation - Nanuet’s Crown) Dr:  Jeppe Juel Tr:    Jeppe Juel       4         Sahara Fairytale (4m   Viking Kronos - Sahara Shadow) Dr:  Adrian Kolgjini  Tr:   Lutfi Kolgjini            5         Golden Feline (4m   Look de Star - Dina Drew) Dr:  Hans Christian Holm Tr:    Anders L Wolden         6         Underpaid Hanover (4h   Revenue - Up Front Lisa) Dr:  Frode Hamre   Tr:  Frode Hamre           7         Nothing But Class (4h   Andover Hall - Bold Dreamer) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:   Peter Untersteiner            8         Ja El Tomcat (4h   Chocolatier - Topcat Hall) Dr:  Thor Borg   Tr:  Karoline Krogh-Hanssen             9         Scirocco Sisa (4h   Adams Hall - Outstanding) Dr:  Steen Juul   Tr:  Steen Juul           10         Thai Broadway (4h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick) Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll  Tr:  Trond Anderssen       Dave Sanders

Today (Sunday) Eskilstuna hosted four Gr. I International Sweden Breeders Crown finals, each contested over 2140 meters autostart, each with 850,000SEK to the winner. The winners mix was both favorites and up-setters with Digital Ink garnering the most ink in the press and in terms of mutual tickets. Breeders Crown results are shown below: Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 4yo females 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Youana (4f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.12.3kr, Peter Untersteiner Quadrille (4f Varenne-Tapdencer-Tibur), 1.12.5kr, Johan Untersteiner Dream of Joy (4f Dream Vacation-Frida Filokus-Spotlite Lobell), 1.12.9kr, Stefan Persson Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 3yo females 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Amazon AM (3f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet), 1.13.1kr, Robert  Bergh, winner of 7 in 12 starts this year, career earnings 2,074,600SEK Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane-Lindy Lane), 1.13.1kr, Johan Untersteiner Our Precious (3f Pearsall Hanover-Nova Brodda-Juliano Star), 1.13.2kr, Peter Ingves Breeders Crown Gr. I International  Final– 4yo males 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Digital Ink (4g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), Orjan Kihlstrom driver for Stefan Melander owner/trainer, his 8th win in 12 starts this year, career earnings 1,888,300SEK Thai Broadway (4m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In), 1.12.8kr, Gunnar Austevoll Porthos Amok (4m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine C hip), 1.13.2kr, Bjorn Goop driving Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 3yo males 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Jonesy (3m Muscles Yankee-Ripley-Ride The Night), Finland registered, 1.13.6kr, Tuomas Korvenoja up Breakbumper (3m Viking Kronos-Lovely-Top Love), 1.13.6kr, Robert Bergh trainer/driver Cool Keeper (3m Broadway Hall-Missy’s Go Go-Yankee Glide), 1.13.6kr, Leif Witasp trainer/driver Yesterday (Saturday) Eskilstuna also hosted V-75 action. The featured Gold Division went to the Dream Vacation son Alvena Pele in 1.11kr for Per Lennartsson. Womanizer was a solid second. V-75 day action is summarized below. Volvia Svensk Travsports Monte Kat 2 2140 meters autostart, 40,000SEK to winner Starbec’s Mr. Tee (6g Turbi Thrust-Blue Blossom-Pactole de Tillard), 1.14.6kr for Lynda Hedstrom, his 6th win in 14 starts thius year Jonathan Palema (5g Adams Hall-Rosalinde Palema-Alf Palema), Josefine Ivehag aboard Yosemite Boko (8g Express Ride-Elisabeth Boko-Speedy Somolli), Viktoria Strand-Jorgensen up Bjorkmans BIL 1640meters autostart, 25,000SEK to winner Headhunter (5g Gentle Star-Famous Christine-Ororek), winner for Magnus Jakobsson Isinbajeva (4f Gigant Neo-Graceful Face-Pine Chip), 1.12kr, Johan Untersteiner, Roger Walmann trainer Strosa (4f Lindy Lane-Sweet and Strong-Super Arnie), Erik Adielsson V-75 Gold Division 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money Alvena Pele (7m Dream Vacation-Oli Roy-Probe), 1.11kr, Per Lennartsson Womanizer (9g Tap In-Sandra Nibs-Mr. Drew), 1.11.1kr, Peter Ingves El Sueco (8g Calvin Capar-Otilia Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.11.2kr, Johan Untersteiner V-75 Silver Division 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first money Seabiscuit (6g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.13.1kr, Jorma Kontio up Democrat (6g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.13.1kr, Per Lennartsson driving Lotus Elan (7g Super Arnie-Lotusanne-Cezio Josselyn), 1.13.2kr, Erik Adielsson the reinsman V-75 Bronze Division 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner Open Mind Bi (5g Andover Hall-No Nonsense Woman-Sierra Kosmos), 1.11.3kr, Jorma Kontio driving Prey Frontline (5g Love You-Ritzy Girl-Super Arnie), 1.11.3kr, Ulf Ohlsson up Pioneer F.H. (6g SJs Photo-Zagara Jet-Park Avenue Joe), 1.11.3kr, Peter Untersteiner driver On Wednesday the international trotting superstar Maharajah made a winning comeback and set a national record of 1.12.7kr over 2160 meters, circular start. Stefan Hultman’s eight year-old was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Maharajah won 250,000SEK for the win to take his career earnings to 18.9 million SEK. Kihlstrom remarked that the veteran has a lot left. Yesterday (Saturday) at Kincsem Park the feature was the 1.5 million HUF Oszi Kiserleti Verseny  (the Fall Criterium) and Derby winner Radium Boy (3m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady) scored in 1.17.9kr for Veljko Mazsity over 1960 meters (distance handicap). Poetica Saf was second with the Muscle Yankee son Pretty Ripped third. This result  and the other top races at Kincsem Park are summarized below: Oszi Kiserleti Verseny 1960meters distance handicap, 1,500,000HUF purse Radium Boy (3m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady), 1.17.9kr, V. Mazsity Poetica Saf (4f Frullino Jet-SAugusta Bi), J. Sagaj Pretty Ripped (4m Muscles Yankee-Pretty in Plaid), Cs. Lakatos Illetmeny DIJ 1960meters distance handicap, 500,000 HUF purse Lady Luna (8f Sierra Ranger-Luna), 1.18kr,  J. Sagaj Rambo 7m Mystical Crown-Rosa), B. Sersen Orifiamma Jet (5f Supergill-Ticket to Ride), T. Hajnal Versec DIJ 1980meters distance handicap,  330,000HUF purse Passion Grif (4g Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), 1.19.6kr, Zs. Vereb Filipana Goal (4f Armbro Goal-Franja), A. Denes Please Mr. Postman (4m Buvetier d’Aunou-Ines Pierji), J. Kolozsi by Thomas H. Hicks for

The Breeders Crown for 3YO males at Eskilstuna tonight throws up an interesting mix of form and class into the equation with several highly touted colts vying with some late bloomers showing good form. Travkompianet’s Rolling Stones started off his career with eight wins on the trot including the Group I E3 final but has been struggling of late and didn’t make the final of the biggest race of the season, the Trav-Kritierium. Stefan Hultiman’s son of Viking Kronos has the chance to atone here although he again did not flatter in the semifinal, running fourth. He would not need to improve too much to be a major factor in this race. Final Oak was third in the Trav-Kriterium, while AlkalizerAm and Boys Going In also earned a cheque in the Swedish Classic. But the form horse is Call Me Keeper who was very impressive in his semifinal where he recorded his seventh win in just nine race starts. Danel Reden’s son of Pine Chip showed he could make the step up to elite classes with that performance and a similar run here will put him right in contention. The ace pole is taken by Svante Bath’s Poochai who has won his two two races after a short break  after disappointing in the E3 final, which was his biggest test to date. He has the perfect draw to take advantage of his gate speed. Another who is stepping up in class but looked very good in his semifinal is Leif Witasp’s Broadway Hall colt Cool Keeper,  and he is another who could win this if he continues his improvement. Italian-bred Viking Kronos and his sons Going Kronos and Make It Happen  provide half of the field with two apiece, while Olimede is the only representative from the French sirelines in the field which otherwise comprise pure North American sirelines, which perhaps represent their early speed bias. There are two US based sires represented in Muscles Yankee and Broadway Hall. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN Eskilstuna 03/11/13 (G1)  Int 2 140 3m/g 235 000 1   Poochai (h Make it Happen - In Vino Veritas) Dr:Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Svante Båth      2   Cool Keeper (h Broadway Hall - Missys Go Go) Dr:Leif Witasp Tr:Leif Witasp      3   Call Me Keeper (h Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr:Per Lennartsson Tr:Daniel Redén      4   Breakbumper (h Viking Kronos - Lovely) Dr:Robert Bergh Tr:Robert Bergh      5   Boys Going In (h Going Kronos - Namura) Dr:Fredrik Persson Tr:Fredrik Persson      6   Good Dynamite (h Donerail - Good Leasing) Dr:Jorma Kontio Tr:Pekka Korpi      7   Final Oak (h Make it Happen - Cara Bobs Crown) Dr:Örjan Kihlström Tr:Henrik Hoffman      8   Rolling Stones (h Viking Kronos - Hot Pants) Dr:Örjan Kihlström Tr:Stefan Hultman      9   B.B.Tigger (h Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr:Björn Goop Tr:Björn Goop      10   Jonesy (h Muscles Yankee - Ripley) Dr:Tuomas Korvenoja Tr:Tuomas Korvenoja      11   Alkalizer Am (g  Olimede - Alltid V.G. ) Dr:André Eklundh Tr:Marcus Lindgren      12   Carelin (h Super Arnie - Carte Blanche) Dr:Johan Untersteiner Tr:Roger Walmann      Dave Sanders

The Swedish Breeders Crown for 4YO males at Eskilstuna tonight is missing many of its leading money-earners with Trav-Derby winner Mosaique Face, Quid Pro Qho, Indigious, El Mago Pellini, Increased Workload and Standout all missing from the top ten. Porthos Amok is the highest earner in the field with just under 2million SEK banked, while World record holder Digital Ink  and Thai Broadway are the only three who are currently in the top ten money earners. Stefan Melander’s Porthos Amok won his heat of the Trav-Derby and was second in the final to Mosaique Face. The son of Orlando Vici won his Breeders Crown heat and has ace driver Bjorn Goop in the bike and has a great draw at three. However  Melander’s other charge Digital Ink is a dominating favourite for the event even though he was beaten by Dreams Take Time, who he meets here again, in the semifinal. The  Super Photo Kosmos gelding had to overcome a tough trip in that race  and was still impressive and as long as he can get a drag through from his second line draw behind polesitter by Molle C.D.  he should be able to get well positioned to get a decent chunk of the €235,000 prizemoney. Dreams Take Time is the second favourite and the son of Andover Andover has a great draw. With ace driver Johnny Takter in the cart, he will get every chance to add some Group I credentials to his CV. Trond Anderssen’s Thai Broadway was considered unlucky in the semifinal  and has to overcome a bad draw in this but is very talented. Daniel Redén  Molle C.D. has been  consistently among the top contenders in the big races this season but has been hampered by the draw. But the son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight gets the ace which will enable him to use his gate speed to advantage. If he can get to the front Per Lennartson might have the horse to win this from the front. While Viking Kronos and his sons provided half the field in the 3YO equivalent of this race, there is only one Viking Kronos son in this field in Lutfi Kolgjini’s Viking America. French sire Orlando Vici is represented by two runners, while Kiss Francais is also a French sire  and the only other European  sire is Skogans Orlov, a Swedish sire of mixed German, French and Swedish bloodlines. Broadway Hall and Ken Warkentin are the only two US resident stallions represented, with one horse each but the rest of the field are by North American imported sires. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN Eskilstuna 03/11/13 (G1) Int 2140 4m/g €235 000  1  Molle C.D.  (h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million) Dr:  Per Lennartsson Tr:Daniel Redén    2  Dreams Take Time  (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr: Lars I Nilsson    3  Porthos Amok  (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr:  Björn Goop Tr:Stefan Melander    4  Verymuchkiss Karsk  (g  Kiss Francais - Kiss Me Karsk) Dr:  Johan Untersteiner Tr:Åke Svanstedt    5  A.Hannibal  (h Skogans Orlov - Repute) Dr:  Åke Lindblom Tr:Åke Lindblom    6  Linslusen A.U.  (g  Fast Photo - Victoria A.U.) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson Tr:Reijo Liljendahl    7  Drew Brees  (h Ken Warkentin - Rydens Denise) Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:Timo Nurmos    8  Viking America  (g  Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown) Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini Tr:Lutfi Kolgjini    9  Digital Ink  (g  Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:Stefan Melander    10  Global Octopus  (g  Lindy Lane - Ninja November) Dr:  Kaj Widell Tr:Sören Lennartsson    11  Thai Broadway  (h Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick) Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll Tr:Trond Anderssen    12  Twin's Fairytail  (h Orlando Vici - Mint Hornline) Dr:  Stefan Söderkvist Tr:Åke Svanstedt   Dave Sanders

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