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July 5, 2015 - Today’s Ulf Thoresens Minnelopp (500,000Nok to winner, three year-olds, 2100 meters autostart) at Jarlsberg went to Italy’s Tuonoblu Rex (3m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Land-CR Kay Suzie) with Robin Bakker teaming. The 1.8/1 favorite scored in 1.13.4kr in a driving finish over Italy’s Tango Negro (3m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) teamed by Bjorn Goop for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Ceccaroni Graziano. US-bred RG’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy-Dreamland’s Oolong) was third for Frode Hamre. The Anders Jahres Pokallopp (four and five year-olds, 300,000Nor to winner, 2100 meters autostart) at the same venue went to Norway’s Papagayo E (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) for Vidar Hop at 2/1 and clocked in a speedy 1.10.6kr. Italy’s Rod Stewart (5m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) was second for Bjorn Goop, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Ceccaroni Graziano. US-bred and owned (Adam S. Bowden) Creatine (5m Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee) was third for Johnny Takter in his first start for the Takter team. The 1.3/1 odds US-bred Windy Ways (5f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) comfortably won the Yarrah Boko Stolopp (100,000Nok to winner, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12.9kr for teamster Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns this one, now showing a slate of 14-4-1 in 28 starts for 1,076,000Nok earned. On Saturday at Halmstad US-breds performed well. The StoSprintern Final (1609 meters autostart, 564,576SEK to winner) went to the 1.11kr winner Heaven’s Door (4f Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough-Conway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) was three-length behind in second for Stefan Soderkvist. The same day at Halmstad the V75 Gold (2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner) went to El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) for Adrian Kolgjini timed in 1.11kr. Nothing But Class (6m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) took second for Peter Untersteiner, three lengths from the winner. The AM Bloodstock (1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner) went to the quick 1.09.7kr winner Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) with Bjorn Goop driving. Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo) was second for Peter Untersteiner and timed in 1.09.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, will go to post Friday (July 3) at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program that offers total purses of $647,500. 1 - Count Me In Is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek, he has won 30 and been on the board in 64 of 95 career races. His lifetime mark is 1:53.3 (Mea 5/8) with a career bankroll of $427,919. The six year-old has already posted four wins this year and has been racing against the best trotters at Scioto Downs. Burke has named Josh Sutton to drive this 9-2 morning-line competitor.   2 - Obrigado The 2-1 morning line favorite, has the highest win percentage of any starter in this inaugural edition. He has been victorious in 31 of 51 career races, including a 21 race win streak earlier in his career. He has earnings of $421,164 and a 1:51.3 (M 1) mark in his most recent race in the $50,000 TVG Free-for-All Trot. The five year-old is owned by Paul Kelley, Linwood Higgens, William Weaver III and Stable 45. He is conditioned by Paul Kelley. Canadian native Mark MacDonald has been named to steer.   3 - DW's NY Yank Sports career earnings of $855,914. He has 103 lifetime starts and 37 career victories. He is a six year-old son of Dilbert Hanover with a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 (PcD 5/8). DW's NY Yank, one of two entrants in this field by trainer Ron Burke, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. He has won five of 13 starts this year and has been made the 7-2 second favorite. Chris Page has been given the driving assignment.   4 - Awesome Valley Will start for the Trust of Barbara Boese. With 27 career victories, he has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top three 62 of his 100 lifetime starts. He has already won four starts this year with three second and third place finishes in 16 starts. This six year-old son of Valley Victor has career earnings of $365,863 and sports a 1:53 (DD 5/8) lifetime mark. This 20-1 morning line selection is trained by Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. and will be driven by Montrell Teague.   5 - Datsyuk Enters this race for owners Leonard Buckner and Charlie Norris. He is also conditioned and usually driven by Norris, but Don Irvine, Jr. gets the reins for tonight's outing. The four year-old has garnered five career victories in 21 starts, earning a mark of 1:53.1 (TgDn 5/8) and $454,253 in earnings. The son of Explosive Matter was unraced as a freshman but had a stellar sophomore campaign last year, winning three legs of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and a Tompkins Geers Stake. He carries a 15-1 morning line.   6 - Rompaway Galaxy Is owned by Rompaway Farms and trained by Krista Harmon. The four year-old has raced over Northfield Park's Flying Turns three times, posting two wins and a third place finish. He has a total of 29 career starts with 14 triumphs. He earned a 1:52 (M 1) lifetime mark just two races ago and has career earnings of $423,981. He was the Ohio Sire Stakes Champion as a freshman and won the Ohio State Fair Stakes and Ohio Breeders' Championship as a sophomore. Mike Micallef has been named to drive this 12-1 morning-line starter.   7 - Daylon Magician The 6-1 shot is the richest horse in the inaugural Classic field with $1,849,527 in earnings. This son of Kadabra has five wins in eight starts this year and 30 lifetime scores to his credit, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the 7-year-old's trainer and driver for owner Daylon Farms LTD. Moiseyev posted a win at Northfield Park in the Cleveland Classic with 3 year-old pacing star Precious Bunny in 1991. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013.   8 - Il Sogno Dream Odds of 8-1, even though he won just two weekends ago by open lengths in an impressive effort from post eight at Scioto Downs. He has a 1:52.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark, trotted this year, and career earnings of $488,101. This son of Cantab Hall has won 10 of 33 career starts and is two for four so far this year. Christopher Beaver trains Il Sogno Dream for owners Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. Aaron Merriman has been given the driving assignment. Merriman, the current leading driver in North America, has won more local races than any other driver over the Flying Turns.   This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stakes races going to post. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6 p.m. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for a plethora of free fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering more than $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8-9:30 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

There were three divisions of the PA Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters on Thursday afternoon (June 25) at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $73,000. In the first division, it was Julie Miller trainee Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller) remaining perfect in 2015. The daughter of Donato Hanover got away an early third from post one behind the outside speed of Onda Di Mare (Tim Tetrick) and Bright Baby Blues (Dave Miller). After a :27.2 opening quarter, the eventual winner successfully brushed to the top. After a rated half of :56.4, Livininthefastlane extended her lead, as race favorite Smexi tried to gain first over. After three-quarters (1:25.3), the leader drew off to win by four lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:53.3, just one fifth of a second off the track record for 3-year-old filly trotters. Livininthefastlane is owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. She paid $5.40. Onda Di Mare battled back for second, while Bright Baby Blues finished third. In the second division, it was Jimmy Takter trainee Wild Honey (Yannick Gingras) picking up her twelfth career win out of fifteen starts. The daughter of Cantab Hall went right to the front setting fractions of :28.2, :57.3, 1:26, 1:54.1. She was able to avenge last week's narrow loss to Smokinmombo (Aaron Merriman), who enjoyed pocket position throughout, but could not get to the leader in the stretch. Wild Honey ($3.20) is owned by Christina Takter, Herb Liverman, and Jim and John Fielding. Wild Honey now has over $500,000 in career earnings. Smokinmombo was second, while Lady Clarabella (Dave Miller) finished third. In the third and final division, another Takter trainee Sarcy (Corey Callahan) got the job done. The daughter of Donato Hanover waited for the speed to settle before brushing to the top to win her fourth straight. She made her move after an opening quarter of :28.4, which was set by Matter Hatter (Tim Tetrick). After a :57.3 half, Sarcy was challenged by the second favorite in the wagering Spirit To Win (Brett Miller). They battled past three quarters (1:26), with Sarcy edging clear. Nifty Norman trainee Magic Marker (Dave Miller) swooped up three wide, but had to settle for second, while Spirit To Win finished third. Sarcy (1:54.4) is owned by Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms, and John and Jim Fielding. She paid $4.00. Michael Bozich

WILKES-BARRE PA - There will be a tremendous amount of great horses and great harness racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono between this Saturday's eliminations and next Saturday's $1.8M worth of four Championships on Sun Stakes Saturday (July 4). But the stakes spotlight will not go dark in the four cards in between at the mountain oval, as Pennsylvania All-Stars action for two-year-olds will be featured on each of the four cards in between.   The Pennsylvania All-Stars, for state-sired horses, have traditionally been gathered in a 10-day period in proximity to the Fourth of July until this year, when the crowding of the stakes schedule suggested moving the 3YO events to May, to give eligibles some stakes competition before the Grand Circuit events got in high gear. The 2YO races are staying in their usual spot, which has been the introduction of many future stars to the sport in recent years. Trotting colts are featured on Sunday, June 28; pacing fillies two days after that; trotting fillies the next day; and then the pacing colts on Friday, July 3, as Pocono expands to a five-card-a-week schedule during summer's "prime time."   Sunday's trotting colts are divided into six divisions of a $180,000 event. There are already sixteen "winners" in the races, mostly in qualifiers/non-purse baby races, although one has won a pari-mutuel race and one a Fair Sire Stakes at Bloomsburg. Of these, seven already have winning lines timed in 2:00 or faster.   Two of the youngsters, the Donato Hanover colt Mr Right and the Cantab Hall gelding Alexander Hanover, have already taken a win in 1:57.3f. Mr Right earned his record in a June 12 non-purse baby event at Pocono for trainer Leigh Raymer, and was made the 2-5 favorite in a June 21 local overnight, but his uncovered move in that event was resisted by Alexander Hanover, who went wire-to-wire for trainer Bill Popfinger.   On Tuesday, five divisions of freshman pacing fillies will answer the starter's call in $150,000 worth of competition. 19 of these babies already have wins, again mostly in 2YO-restricted events, with 16 already having broken the 2:00 barrier.   The fastest of the group to date is the Somebeachsomewhere miss Pure Country, who took a Meadowlands qualifier in 1:54.4 - 26.4 for trainer Jimmy Takter, who is also rumored to be good with the occasional trotter. A daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Danika P, has won in pari-mutuel competition, a Meadows overnight in 1:55.4f for trainer Ron Burke. (Takter and Burke - together again.)   PHHA/ Pocono  

We are about to enter the absolute peak of the harness racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Next week's schedule includes the eliminations for Sun Stakes Saturday, which this year happens to fall on the Fourth of July. That's followed closely by a round of Pennsylvania All Stars races, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action, and then, on August 22nd, our 50th anniversary celebration. While we take a deep breath in preparation for all this wild, high-stakes action, let's hand out the Weekly Awards for the excellent week of racing gone by. PACER OF THE WEEK: BIG TOWN HERO Can a horse have confidence? Does it even comprehend the concept? Skeptics might say no, but they should consider the example of Bigtown Hero, a 7-year-old gelding from the Rene Allard barn. He came up huge in 2014, winning 10 races, including a 1:47:3 mile at Pocono that was a world record for aged geldings. Yet he couldn't find his stride in his first five starts of the year, hitting the board just once, albeit against excellent competition. On May 30th, he headed to Saratoga Harness in New York and faced a mid-level condition field at the odd distance of 1 1/16 miles and picked up an easy win as a heavy favorite. That seemed to fire him up, as did a return to Pocono, because on June 13, he obliterated the non-winners of 13,000 in the last five starts in 1:48:2. On Saturday night, he stepped up to the non-winners of $18,500 the last five races and it was more of the same. With Simon Allard in the bike, Bigtown Hero left early, quickly retook the lead on the first turn after briefly losing it, and then keeping the field at bay to triumph by 1½ lengths, again tripping the timer in 1:48:2. This coming week the American Ideal gelding will take a huge step up into the Ben Franklin eliminations. If his recent hot streak is a result of a spike in confidence, we'll find out then just how far that confidence can take him. Other top pacers this week include: Scott Rocks (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), who followed up a victory at Northfield with a win in Saturday night's featured Open Handicap pace in 1:50:1 in the slop; Million Miles (Andrew McCarthy, Delvy Llopez), a 3-year-old who churned out his third straight condition win on Tuesday night, this one in 1:52:3; and Janie Bay (Jim Marohn Jr., Rob Harmon), a mare who took several steps up the condition ladder but still scored her second straight victory on Wednesday night in 1:51:1. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: SAILER EDDIE This 5-year-old Cantab Hall gelding trained by Jean Drolet faced off against some of the toughest condition trotters on the grounds early in the Pocono meet but had little success to show for it. After several drops in class, he finally found a group he could handle on June 16, beating the non-winners of 6,100 in the last five races from a pocket seat in 1:53:1, which was a new career mark. Building off of that fine performance, Sailer Eddie moved up in class on Tuesday night to face the non-winners of 8,750 in the last five races. While you could write the previous victory off in part to the fine trip, this time around the gelding looked like he intended to prove his qualifications as a top trotter. Driver Anthony Napolitano sent him to the outside on the first turn to take over the lead from Fire In The Cell by the time they straightened out on the front stretch. From there, Sailer Eddie set some nasty fractions without ever seeming the worse for wear. In the stretch he kicked away from his pursuers to win by a comfortable three lengths in an impressive 1:52:2. Not only did that reset the career mark for this suddenly red-hot trotter, it was also the fastest trotting time posted at Pocono this past week. Honorable mention on the trotting side this week goes to: My Love Bi (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who chalked up a victory on Saturday night in the week's highest condition pace in 1:53:2; Phantom Photo (Matt Kakaley, Dean Eckley), who pounced from the pocket on Wednesday night to win his second straight condition trot, this one coming in a career-best 1:53:2; and Murmur Hanover (Scott Zeron, Benoit Baillargeon), who shipped in off a win at Mohawk and scored a condition victory on Wednesday night in a quick 1:52:3, a new career-best. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: GIA DIAMOND When the 1-9 favorite struggled late in condition pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday night, this American Ideal filly with Simon Allard driving took advantage and won at 55-1, paying off $115.20 for a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: MARCUS MILLER Miller continues to deliver bang for the buck; none of his three winners on Sunday night were favored, while one (Defiance) came in at 17-1. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: STEVE SALERNO Salerno has long been a productive trainer at Pocono, and he continues to do damage this year, as evidenced by his picking up two wins and a place from his three starters on Tuesday night. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia      

There were five stallion series races for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (June 24), each going for a purse of $20,000. The fastest of which went to Albert and Michelle Crawford's Sistas (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The Daughter of Andover Hall was able to repel the bid of six-time winner Speak To Me (Scott Zeron) to secure back to back wins in a time of 1:54.3. The Chris Oakes trainee now has six wins of fourteen career starts, with earnings close to $40,000. Trainer/Driver Ake Svanstedt had two stallion series wins on the day. Joe Lozito's Setubal closed sharply to pick up her second win in just four lifetime starts. The daughter of Yankee Glide was six lengths off the lead at three-quarters, before closing in :29.1 to narrowly defeat Seduce A Stranger (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) by a neck in 1:57.1. Svanstedt's second stallion series win came when Top Ten Racing Stable's Scented Roses took advantage of the pocket trip. The daughter of Cantab Hall edged off the pylons to out close long shot Vanity Blast (Dave Miller) to win by two lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Other stallion series winners included Hauser Brothers and Conrad Zurich's Day Lily (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Andover Hall was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:55. Another daughter of Andover Hall Lilu Hanover (Jimmy Taker) was successful in her division. She was able to quarter-brush to the top and hold off Murderers Row (Tim Tetrick) in the late stages to win by a head in 1:55.2. Michael Bozich

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Latin America, unbeaten in four starts this year, puts her winning streak on the line Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R. There is also a change in post time this Wednesday with first race post at 1:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm. The three-year-old filly by Cantab Hall keeps improving by nearly one second in time each week and according to driver Stephane Brosseau, “She will keep on improving.” While not eligible for the upcoming Quebec-Bred Series at 3R, Latin America has to grind it out week in, week out, usually against older competition. This Wednesday the bay filly starts from post three and goes against a field that features two other fillies, but the rest are older mares and horses. Purchased as a yearling for $35,000 by Jeff Gillies of Ontario, Latin America did not fare well at age 2. While she showed sub two-minute trotting speed, she did not pick up many checks racing at Mohawk and made just six starts before being turned out by trainer/driver Carl Duguay. Then comes 2015 and with a layoff and switch in venue to the Hippodrome 3R, Latin America has come into her own. “She is racing against too tough of a bunch right now,” Brosseau said. “But she looks pretty decent. She has got speed and a real nice trot.” Apparently she has improved enough after her first three wins that she was purchased last week by Les Ecuries Dorleans, Inc. and Gestion Levesque of QC and is now trained by Jacques DuPont. Last week Latin America was at her best this season, leading from start to finish by three and one-half lengths in 2:02.3. “She does not want to make a break,” Brosseau said, “She seems very sound right now and no problems.” Listed as the 5/2 morning line favorite, Latin America looks to be the best in the field and is the only return winner. From the Quebec Jockey Club

BLOOMSBURG PA - If you ask the Pennsylvania fair harness racing horsemen's community to consider an old adage, they would definitely say that the glass is half-full.   For the second straight week, the PA fair circuit was reduced from two scheduled days to one because of rain. Last week at Wattsburg, the three-year-olds got to race Sunday; this past weekend, the two-year-old set got their first action on Saturday at Bloomsburg, the speedy northeast Pennsylvania half-miler.   The star of the Saturday action had to be Billy's Falcon, a Nuclear Breeze gelding out of B T Falcon, and whose granddam produced two Sire Stakes champions - so he had the pedigree. In his corner is breeder / owner/ trainer / driver Roger Hammer - "the King of the PA Fairs."   And he has the speed - he won in 2:00.1 over a fair track rated "good," in his second career start, with back fractions of 58 - 28.4. The other 2PC winners went good miles (McClassic in 2:04.3 - 28.4, Crazy Idea home in 30.2 in a 2:07 outing), but Billy's Falcon and Hammer certainly stamped themselves as the early horse to keep an eye on.   Fastest 2PF winner was Unbeamlieveable (a Moon Beam filly backed by driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, 3YO owner Mason Shaw), stopping the clock in 2:04 - 28.3. On the trot, speed honors went to the filly She's Seaworthy (Cantab Hall), a 2:07.3 winner for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, James Nelson, and the BPN Partnership; fastest colt was another trainer-driver Hammerite, the Yankee Glide gelding Keystone Shotgun, home in 2:08 for the ownership team of Hammer and Todd Schadel, the partnership behind Vivid Photo, the Hambletonian winner ten years ago.   In all, Hammer had an owning / training / driving triple; horsemen doublers were trainer/driver Schoeffel, driver Shaw and trainer Shaw, and driver Shawn Johnston.   The circuit heads back west this weekend to the Meadville Sertoma event at the Crawford County fairgrounds, where legendary "host" Boots Dunn will do his best to give his fellow horsemen a "full glass of action."     Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association's Publicity Office        

WILKES-BARRE PA - The chalk took it on the chin Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as non-favorites won all five harness racing divisions of a $100,000 Stallion Series third preliminary leg for sophomore trotting colts.   Driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Frank Antonacci teamed to take two of the five divisions, the first one and the last one held, and in the Stallion opener their horse posted the fastest time of the Sunday stakes, with Mesmerized scoring in 1:53.4. The son of Cantab Hall went wire-to-wire in winning by seven lengths and taking a new mark for owners K R Breeding, Robert Rudolph, Gary Hoffman (these three were also the breeders) and Barry Guariglia.   Kakaley also tallied with another Antonacci trainee, the Cantab Hall gelding Paging Doctorlindy, who has now made two house calls to the winners circle in but three starts in 1:57.2, a personal best. The good Doctor was up by a neck after a pocket trip for the Lindy Racing Stable (also the breeder), Elizabeth Caldwell, and repeat winning owner Robert Rudolph.   Two winners took maiden victories in the Sunday Stallion competition. They were the Yankee Glide colt Pierre, making every pole a winning one in 1:55.2 for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Jonas Czernyson, and the Consus Racing Stable Inc., and Colbert, giving Cantab Hall a third siring credit with a 1:55 victory for trainer/driver Ã…ke Svanstedt and owners Courant A B and Knutson Trotting Inc.   The other section went to the Explosive Matter gelding Jacksons Minion, exploding out of the pocket to win by open lengths in a personal best of 1:55.4 for driver/trainer/namesake/part-owner Tom Jackson and fellow owners Howard and Judy Taylor.   PHHA / Pocono

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci hopes he can get pumped about Iron, particularly if the 3-year-old trotter sees a favorable change in his fortunes. Iron was a stakes winner in 2014, but also suffered from some bad luck with post position draws and missed a month of action because of complications from what was believed to be a spider bite. This year, the colt jumped a partition in his trailer on the way to a qualifier, but avoided serious injury. “Luckily, he came out of it fine and he’s been doing well,” Antonacci said, adding with a laugh, “If his luck has changed this year, moving forward we’ll be in good shape.” Iron is one of the 13 horses entered in the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The field was divided into two eliminations, to be contested Friday, from which the top five finishers in each group will advance to the C$233,000 final on June 20. Iron and driver Tim Tetrick will start from post one in the first elim and are 6-1 on the morning line. Jimmy Takter’s Canepa Hanover, fresh off his lifetime-best 1:51.1 victory in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship on May 30 at the Meadowlands, is the 2-5 morning line choice in the opening division. Takter’s French Laundry, a stakes-winner in 2014 who finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final, is the 3-5 favorite in the second elimination. Friday’s card also includes two eliminations for the C$272,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters. Bee A Magician -- taking on the ladies for the first time this year after going 4-for-5 against male rivals -- is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the first division. Classic Martine, who won the Armbro Flight last season, is the 2-1 second choice. Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Trotter of the Year, is the 9-5 pick in the second elimination, followed by Frau Blucher at 4-1 and Charmed Life at 9-2. Shake It Cerry started the campaign by going winless in three races, but enters her elim off back-to-back victories over male foes in the Graduate Series. Iron has started only once this year, winning a conditioned race for 3-year-olds in 1:53.4 at the Meadowlands on June 5. Last season, the colt won the American-National Stakes at Balmoral Park and finished third in a division of the Kindergarten Series. He finished fourth in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, beaten by 2-3/4 lengths by Uncle Lasse. For his career, the homebred Iron has won two of seven races and earned $53,762 for the Antonacci family’s K R Breeding and Robert Rudolph. A son of Cantab Hall out of Ivory Lindy, Iron is a full brother to stakes-winner Lindys Jersey Boy and his family includes Breeders Crown champion Musical Victory as well as Higher Love, who is the dam of Hambletonian Oaks winner Lookout Victory. “He’s got the pedigree and he’s a fantastic looking horse with a great gait,” Antonacci said. “I’m hesitant to say what I think his potential is, but he was a pretty nice horse last year and I think he’ll be a better horse this year. It’s tough. There are a lot of nice horses out there. We’ll just have to see where he falls in. He’s got all the tools to be right up there near the top. “He’s just a physically impressive horse. He really is. That accompanied with his athleticism; for a horse his size, he’s got that 26-second speed, which you need nowadays. As big of a horse as he was, and lanky, he was a pretty good 2-year-old. He’s an improved 3-year-old. He’s got a big runway ahead of him.” Iron is eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. The other Hambletonian eligible trotters in the Goodtimes field are Canepa Hanover, French Laundry, The Bank, Win The Day, and Infiniti As. “Going to the Goodtimes was one of those things we really weren’t sure (we were going to do) until we saw how he came out of the last race and looked at the list of eligibles,” Antonacci said. “I thought it was going to be two short (elimination) fields -- and that actually happened, which is nice. “Hopefully he’ll get two weeks in Canada. We’ll bring him back to the farm and let him miss a week or two and then rev him back up again. Historically most of the horses that win (the Hambletonian) go in with five or six starts under their belt.” Iron is not Antonacci’s only stakes hopeful racing at Mohawk this weekend. On Saturday, the 31-year-old trainer sends Lindys Old Lady to the eliminations for the C$479,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Lindys Old Lady and driver Scott Zeron got post 10 in the second of two divisions, where Happiness is the 2-1 morning line favorite and Solar Sister is the 5-2 second choice. The first group is headlined by 2014 Horse of the Year JK She’salady, who is 2-5 on the morning line. Bettor Be Steppin is next at 4-1. Unraced at age 2, Lindys Old Lady won her first two starts this season before finishing fifth in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship on May 30. Happiness, who was the favorite in the sire stakes final, finished fourth as The Show Returns won at odds of 40-1. “We were disappointed,” Antonacci said. “I think the two horses that everybody thought would finish right next to each other did -- but we were fourth and fifth. “She came out of it good. She’s been sound. I hesitate to make any excuses. I think she’ll probably have a different kind of race this week from the 10-hole. That was only her third lifetime start. Sometimes that lack of experience kind of comes out.” Antonacci is making an equipment change in the hopes of getting Lindys Old Lady to relax. “We changed her bridle a little bit,” he said. “She had closed blinkers last week; we’ll use some blinkers with holes on it because she kind of got revved up behind the gate and had to slam on the breaks (early in the race) and then move to the front. She had to do a bunch of different things and sometimes that’s hard on a green horse.” Also on Saturday’s card at Mohawk are three eliminations for the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers and two eliminations for the C$350,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Wiggle It Jiggleit, In The Arsenal and Artspeak are the morning line favorites in the Cup elims. Radar Contact is the choice in the first elim for the Roses Are Red, followed closely by Anndrovette, Weeper, Lady Shadow and Yagonnakissmeornot. Anndrovette, a four-time Dan Patch Award honoree, has won the last three editions of the race. Venus Delight is the favorite in the second elimination, followed by Krispy Apple, Table Talk, and Color’s A Virgin. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

When last seen, Radar Contact was winning the Betsy Ross for Open Mare Pacers at Harrah's Philadephia over some of the best older harness racing mares in training. She returned to The Meadowlands Friday night and it should come as no surprise that she called the Winners' Circle her home again.   Leaving from post position nine in the $28,500 Open Handicap for the pacing mares, Radar Contact was overlooked in the wagering despite her excellent form, escaping at 4-1. With her typical partner, John Campbell in the bike, Radar Contact left for position while her rival Inittowinafortune established the early lead through a 26.4 opening quarter with Weeper in the pocket and Radar Contact stalking the speed from mid-pack. Down the backstretch, Radar Contact began to make her move, but Weeper was also in gear as that mare pulled the pocket and Radar Contact found herself three-wide briefly nearing the half-mile pole. Radar Contact grabbed the lead as the field passed the half-mile in 54.2 and he led the mares passed three quarters in 1:22.2. Weeper remained just behind her throughout with Katie Said applying pressure first over. In deep stretch, Radar Contact was able to keep Weeper in the pocket as she powerfully paced to the wire for her 7th victory of the season in 1:49.2, a new lifetime mark for the seven year old daughter of Dontgetinmyway. Weeper was second and Katie Said was third.   Radar Contact has been first or second in 15 of 17 starts this season, earning over $195,000. She is owned by Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott and trained by Noel Daley.   Radar Contact     In other action, Iron (Cantab Hall)scored in his three year old debut, one of two wins on the card for trainer Frank Antonacci. A Hambletonian hopeful, Iron displayed a strong turn of foot winning in a sharp 1:53.4 while rallying without Tim Tetrick asking him for his best. The win was one of three on the card for Tetrick.   Trainer Chris Ryder also scored a hat-trick on the card and his was of the natural variety as Ryder trainees won races four, five and six. Among those wins was Southwind Poseidon (Muscle Hill) who trotted to a lifetime best 1:52.3 performance.   Dave Miller also won three races on the card, with John Campbell and Yannick Gingras both winning a pair.   Friday night marked the first round of the Cathedra Dot Com series for fillies and mares meeting the condition of non-winners of $5,000 in their last five starts, or those that have started more than six times at Freehold in 2015. The first leg was split into three divisions, with Oceans Motion (Camotion) pulling off the upset in the first division, Candy Styx N (Christian Cullen) scoring a mild upset in the middle division and Real Drama (Real Desire) making it back to back victories in the third grouping.   Table Talk (Bettor's Delight) paced to a sub-1:50 performance, winning an upper-level condition event for pacing mares in a lifetime best 1:49.3 for Tim Tetrick.   On the wagering front total handle for the Friday program reached $2,990,467, a near 15-percent increase over 2014, with the on-track handle growing by nearly 20-percent. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryovers continued to grow Friday night. The 5th race carryover now stands at $146,080 while the last race carryover grew to $121,232.   The 13-race Saturday program features four divisions of the Graduate series, two for the four year old pacers and two for the four year old trotters, a series that Father Patrick will headline.   The Saturday action begins at 9:30 with Breakfast with the Babies and the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes in which the gates open at 10:30 A.M.   Darin Zoccali

A multiple-stakes winner in 2014, the harness racing 4-year-old Il Sogno Dream is among 10 horses entered in Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs Racino. The field also includes Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and stakes-winner Natural Herbie. Il Sogno Dream will start from post No. 2 with driver Aaron Merriman. Bee A Magician, with Brian Sears listed to drive, drew post four and Natural Herbie, with owner-trainer-driver Verlin Yoder at the lines, got post eight. Modern Family won last year's inaugural Charlie Hill Memorial in a then-track-record-equaling 1:52.2. Interestingly, Il Sogno Dream won his seasonal debut on May 22 at Scioto Downs in a career-best 1:52.2. "I can't say I expected him to go (1):52 in his first start, but he was ready I guess," Beaver said with a laugh. "He's come back better than he was. Last year, he would kind of lay into the turns a bit. He's straighter this year; I could probably race him without hobbles, but I don't like to change in case they ever need them on. "He's filled out a bit. I wouldn't say he's any taller, but there's more weight on him. And it seems like he's gotten a little faster over the winter. I think (the improvement in the turns) is a part of it, but I think his stamina is better than it was last year." Il Sogno Dream won five of 18 races last year and earned $323,952 for owners Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. He captured divisions of the Currier & Ives and Circle City Trot and finished second in the Goodtimes Stakes. He also had third-place finishes in the Kentucky Futurity and Carl Erskine Trot and was fourth in the Hambletonian Stakes. For his career, the son of Cantab Hall-Le Reve has won nine of 31 starts and earned $451,601. Il Sogno Dream has raced twice this year and heads to the Charlie Hill Memorial off a second-place finish to Final Breath in the May 29 Open at Scioto Downs. Il Sogno Dream lost by a head despite starting from post eight and racing on the outside for the entire mile. "I'm really happy with the condition of the horse going into this race," said the 43-year-old Beaver, who established a career high with $1.27 million in purse earnings last season. "I think he's got a good chance to get a top-three finish in (the Charlie Hill Memorial). "I'm not sure he's not up to being able to race against the top horses, I think he can race with them; I don't think they're going to overshadow him. Is he ready to beat that kind? I don't know. He hasn't faced anything like them so far this year. But I feel pretty good about him in there." Il Sogno Dream has a limited stakes schedule this year. Among the races to which he is eligible are the Hambletonian Maturity, Maple Leaf Trot, Chip Noble Memorial Trot, Centaur Trotting Classic, and Dayton Trotting Derby. "I didn't over-stake him this year," said Beaver, who is based in central Ohio and also has 10 horses with a second trainer in Ontario. "I figured he'd be racing a few more years at least. I'm hoping he can be really good around here and compete on the Grand Circuit locally. I hope he develops into a horse that could race everywhere. I think he's well on his way." Bee A Magician has won three of four races this year and is coming off a second-place finish to Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational on May 24 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 5-year-old mare, who has raced exclusively against the boys so far this year, has won 34 of 51 career races and earned $2.90 million. Natural Herbie is winless in five starts this season, but last year won the International Trot Preview, Chip Noble Memorial and Vincennes Invitational. He has won 24 of 51 lifetime starts and $763,491. Following is the field in post order for the Charlie Hill Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1  Final Breath, Dan Noble, Hugh Beatty 2. Il Sogno Dream, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver 3. Fusion Man, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Jeff Smith 4. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman 5. DW's NY Yank, Chris Page, Ron Burke 6. Obrigado, Mark MacDonald, Paul Kelley 7. Southwind Pepino, Hugh Beatty, Hugh Beatty 8. Natural Herbie, Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder 9. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller 10. Count Me In, Mike Wilder, Ron Burke Note: DW's NY Yank and Count Me In will race as an entry. Note: Count Me In starts from the trailing position. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday morning served as Opening Day for the 2015 harness racing edition of Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands. It was a beautiful, windless morning with temperatures in the 70's. There were but four two-year-old races with short fields in all.   The first race was for trotters with a field of three fillies. Royal Treason led all the way with a 28.4 sprint on the end of a mile in 202.2 for driver Tim Tetrick. She's a daughter of RC Royalty owned by trainer Paul Kelley in partnership with Charlie Iannazzo, Steve Michaels and Jim Winske. She was a $26,000 purchase at the Morrisville sale last fall.   Colt trotters came up next and the Andover Hall colt Mikkeli Hanover looked like his $130,000 Harrisburg price tag may have been a bargain. He set all fractions as driver Yannick Gingras did his best to rate the colt through a sensible 1:01 half, tacking a 28.2 final quarter on the 1:59.3 mile under wraps. He sure is big and pretty! Ron Burke trains for his Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Panhellic Stable Corp.   Also noteworthy in this race was the sharp looking Cantab Hall colt Rocky Hanover who followed along willingly to be second just a few lengths off the winner, finishing under his own power. Rocky Hanover will sell tomorrow in the Tattersalls Mixed sale as Hip #9 for trainer Tony Alagna and Steve Stewart.   A pair of Burke pacing fillies squared off in the third with Yankee Moonshine holding Eloquent Grace at bay though a sparkling 26.3 close to a 1:57.2 mile. Matt Kakaley drove the $42,000 Harrisburg Yankee Cruiser filly for Burke Racing, Stable 45, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The Roll With Joe filly Play Again went along nicely to be third here and she will be sold in tomorrow's sale as Hip #7.   Stolen Glimpse looked sharp, easily winning the colt pace in 1:55.3/27.2 for Gingras and Burke. The Art Major colt was a $100,000 Harrisburg purchase by Stable 45, J&T Silva and Burke Racing. No Shame Blue Chip, also sale-bound as Hip #6, set the early fractions here.   Moving on, one of last season's top freshman filly trotters and half-mile track World Record holder Wild Honey breezed a mile in 1:54.1/27.2 for Yannick. She looked fantastic today for trainer Jimmy Takter scoring a decisive open length win over the good colt Billy Flynn.   Gural Hanover (Gingras) and JL Cruze (John Campbell) came out to sharpen up for next week's second leg of the Graduate Series and sharpen up they did. Gural Hanover cut the mile as JL Cruze followed along in second through a 1:24.3 three quarters, then threw up a 27 flat last quarter to finish the 1:51.3 mile that drew a couple of "Wows" from the small crowd of attendees. JL Cruze actually closed it up a bit in the final eighth under no urging at all.   The field of pacers that lined up next would be the feature at any track with three of the entrants, Foiled Again, McWicked and Bettor's Edge accounting for more than $9 million. There were all nearly upstaged by That's My Opinion who bull rushed the field just past the McWicked-led 57.2 half and opened up by three or four. Ultimately, the old warrior Foiled Again (Gingras) saved the day by tracking That's My Opinion down near the wire in 1:51 flat and he looked good doing it. It's good to see him back.   That's My Opinion sells as Hip #84 tomorrow, he may be the sleeper of the sale.   JK Endofanera (Gingras) and Somewhere In LA (Brett Miller) were also getting in some work before the Graduate leg, the former zipping around the oval in 1:50 off a half in 56 for Gingras going under the wire four or five in advance of his chief rival.   Three year old pacer King Of Delight closed it out with a 1:51.3 win for trainer/driver Richie Silverman over Dream's Beachboy and the sale-bound Suchasenseofhumor (Hip #54) who set the fractions and held well late.   Live racing resumes tonight at 7:15pm and it will be accompanied by the annual Food Truck battle known as JerseyFest.   Royal Treason (Race 1 Baby race)     Mikkeli Hanover (Race 2 Baby race)     Yankee Moonshine (Race 3 Baby race)     Stolen Glimpse  (Race 4 Baby race)     Toys Is Ours (Race 5 qualifier)     Wild Honey (Race 6 qualifier)     Gural Hanover (Race 7 qualifier)     Foiled Again (Race 8 qualifier)     JK Endofanera (Race 9 qualifier)     Well Hello There (Race 10 qualifier)     King Of Delight (Race 11 qualifier)     Meadowlands Media Relations Department    

Chester, PA --- Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter has seen his share of great trotters over the years and he thinks Father Patrick is among them. The 4-year-old Father Patrick, who was a division champion at ages 2 and 3, made his 4-year-old debut a winning one by capturing Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters by two lengths over Bee A Magician in 1:52.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lindy's Tru Grit finished third. Father Patrick's time equaled the track record for a 4-year-old male trotter. "If everything stays perfect I think he's going to be very dominant," said Takter, whose past stars include Horse of the Year Award winners Moni Maker and Malabar Man. "I really do. I've been around greatness, and I think he's going to be a horse people talk about for many, many years." Father Patrick has won 23 of 29 career races and earned $2.51 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. Takter also visited the winner's circle following the inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers, which was won by his Great Vintage by three-quarters of a length over Dancin Yankee in 1:50.2. Mach It So finished third. Radar Contact won the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers by a neck over Anndrovette, who won last year's race. Ooh Bad Shark was third. The Maxie Lee field featured a deep group of trotters, including 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician as well as division champions Classic Martine and Market Share, who won last year's edition of the event. Father Patrick and Bee A Magician were among four horses to go for the lead on the first turn and Father Patrick got to the front before the group neared the second turn. The opening quarter was :27.1, followed by a half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Bee A Magician tried to launch a challenge coming off the final turn, but Father Patrick yielded no ground. "He did it so easy too," winning driver Yannick Gingras said. "The earplugs are still in; I never really called on him. I let him trot the last eighth (of a mile). "Bee A Magician got the right trip, but with those kinds of fractions maybe I got a little bit of a jump on her. But she's a great horse and I was definitely worried around the turn when Brian (Sears) pulled because I knew she would give me a run. But he just showed what kind of horse he is." A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal debut by qualifying three times, with his final effort being a 1:52 victory at the Meadowlands on May 16. "Last week we wanted to get him a race but weren't able to, so I treated that (qualifier) as a race," Gingras said. "We went decent fractions and he stretched his legs out a little. I knew he was about as ready as he could be. He's not in peak, peak form yet, but he was good enough to win today." In addition to preparing for his racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. He made three trips to the breeding farm in the week leading up to the Maxie Lee. "It's individual," Takter said about whether breeding and racing could work for all horses. "I know horses that won't go at all; when you start breeding them they lose total interest in racing. In his case, it hasn't been negative. So far so good." Great Vintage also has done stud duty, but after he bred just a handful of mares this year Takter decided it was better to give him a chance again on the racetrack. Great Vintage had been "retired" after suffering a ligament injury last August. A 7-year-old son of American Ideal out of the mare Art's Vintage, Great Vintage is 2-for-2 this season. He has won 28 of 95 career races and earned $793,108. "He came back very happy," Takter said. "He got hurt in the fall last year, so I thought he was done. But he came back sounder and better. He was a really good 2-year-old, but he got hurt in the paddock when he was turned out so he didn't come back good as a 3-year-old. He had a bad injury on the knee. "He raced good (in the two years) after that. He's a good horse. He's a brother to ($2.1-million-earner) Vintage Master, so he's got a license to play. He's a tough horse." Takter trains Great Vintage for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg and Goran Falk. In the Betsy Ross, Radar Contact went to the front in the opening quarter-mile and never looked back, holding off multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette at the wire. A 7-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway out of the mare Topville Cyberwave, Radar Contact has won six of 16 races this year and finished worse than second only twice. For her career, she has 31 victories in 97 starts and $877,006 in purses. Radar Contact is trained by Noel Daley for owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter looks at Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia and can't help but be impressed. "It's like a mini Elitloppet," Takter said, referring to the famed invitational in Sweden that brings together an international field of 16 trotters. "This would have been a top field in Elitloppet elimination, anyway. It's going to be a great race." Takter's Father Patrick - who on Sunday makes his debut as a 4-year-old - is among four trotters entered in the Maxie Lee with Dan Patch Awards on their resumes. The others are Bee A Magician, who was harness racing's 2013 Horse of the Year, Market Share, and Classic Martine. The race is part of a star-studded card that also features the $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers and the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers. Father Patrick, who received Dan Patch Awards at both ages 2 and 3 and was the sport's top money-winner last season, drew post five with driver Yannick Gingras and is 7-2 on the morning line. He has won 22 of 28 career starts and earned $2.43 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. A son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal bow with three qualifiers. He was second to Melady's Monet in the first in 1:55, then won in 1:53.3 and 1:52. "Everything is much better than I expected," Takter said. "The horse had three qualifiers and he was stronger in every one of them. The last one was in (1):52 with the plugs left in; (Gingras) never really asked him anything. The horse is ready." In addition to getting ready for the racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. "It hasn't hurt him," Takter said. "He's going to breed three times this week. He's got a busy schedule, this guy. He doesn't seem to mind it. We've been fortunate that it hasn't been that hot. Sometimes when they've got to ship back and forth and breed, you just want to make sure their weight stays right." Bee A Magician, who on Saturday became the first female trotter to win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and is No. 1 in the first Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, drew post three and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The 5-year-old mare is 3-for-3 this season, defeating male rivals in all of her starts. She won the Cutler in 1:51.2, which is the season's best time for any trotter. Her trainer, Nifty Norman, also is impressed with the Maxie Lee lineup. "I would say that's the best field she's met - maybe in her life," Norman said. "That's a really, really good field. I think we got probably the best draw out of that crew so we'll see how it shakes out. "You couldn't be more pleased with her," he added. "She's been fantastic every start and maybe got better each start. I'm thrilled." Classic Martine, who received last year's Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter, got post seven and is 5-2. She has won two of three races this season, including the Miami Valley Distaff at Miami Valley Raceway in a track-record 1:52.2. Market Share, a Dan Patch Award honoree in 2012 and 2013, drew post four and is 8-1. "This is (Father Patrick's) first time racing against aged horses," Takter said. "Bee A Magician has really impressed me this year. She's a horse that's going to be tough to beat. But I feel optimistic. I think he can give her a run for the money. Classic Martine has been racing really good and you can't rule out Market Share with the class he has." Following is the field for the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 20-1 2. DW's NY Yank, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 9-1 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 2-1 4. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 8-1 5. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 6. Melady's Monet, John Campbell, Kevin McDermott, 12-1 7. Classic Martine, George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes, 5-2 8. Bourbon Bay, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson, 15-1 Following is the field for the Jerry Taylor Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Doctor Butch, John Campbell, Linda Toscano, 6-1 2. Sapphire City, Mark MacDonald, Paul Blumenfeld, 20-1 3. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 2-1 4. Great Vintage, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 5. Mach It So, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 5-2 6. Dancin Yankee, Brett Miller, Josh Green, 15-1 7. Clear Vision, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1 8. Modern Legend, James MacDonald, David Drew, 6-1 Following is the field for the Betsy Ross Mare Invitational in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 2. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 7-1 3. Radar Contact, John Campbell, Noel Daley, 9-2 4. Jerseylicious, David Miller, Wayne Givens, 9-1 5. Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious, 20-1 6. Yagonnakissmeornot, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 9-5 7. Ooh Bad Shark, Allan Davis, William Wiggins, 12-1 8. For The Ladies N, Brian Sears, Peter Tritton, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

May 16, 2015 - Three top trots graced today’s Aby card conducted on a sloppy surface. The Gr. I International Queens Cup for four year old mares (940,960SEK, US$114,202 to the winner) was raced over 2140 meters autostart. Perretti Farms bred Ruby Crown (4f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele-Crown Thy Good-Speedy Crown ) took the prize clocked in 1.13.3kr for Johnny Takter, driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Ruby Trap’s career slate is now 12 9-1-0 for 1,205,700SEK and she is 5 4-1-0 in 2015. Jetta Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Fantasi Palema-Alf Palema) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Par Hedberg. This one was bred by Karl-Erik Bender and is owned by Stall Palema. Barka (4f Enjoy Lavec-Juxtapose-Credit Winner) secured third for Tony Wallin and trainer Kjell Wallin. The Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International Kings Plate) for four year old males was conducted over 2140 meters autostart, also for first money of 940,960SEK. The winner, in a close battle, was Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Melander and owner Stall TZ timed in 1.12.7kr. Bred by Arden Homestead and A.J. Skoglund, the winner now has a career slate of 14 7-1-0 for 1,230,750SEK earned. Second was Spartan Kronos (4m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and clocked same as the winner. Cash Gamble (4m Ready Cash-No Way Back-Viking Kronos) was a solid third for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. The Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned and Guida Italia Srl bred Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) ended fourth. The V-75 Gold Division Algot Scotts Minne (150,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) was clocked in a quick 1.10.5kr by winner Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. This winner of now 18 races in 53 starts for 6,132,316SEK career earnings was bred in North America by Libfeld and Katz. Veteran Reven d’Amour (10m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) was second for Ulf Olsson and trainer Fredrik B. Larsen. This one is a 22 time winner from 85 starts for 6,566,936SEK earned. El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie-Royal Troubador) was third for Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

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