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Stefan Melander’s Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) took today’s 1640 meter autostart HKH Prins Daniel V75 Gold (400,000SEK to the winner) clocked in 1.09.8kr (1:52.31 mile rate). Melander drove the 4.8/1 odds third choice and earned an Elitloppet invitation as a result of the win, his 13th in a career that also shows six seconds in 30 starts for earnings of 2,937,250SEK. Volstead was bred in the US by Arden Homestead Stable. 1.1/1 Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baine) was second today for Erik Adielsson, ahead of 13/1 Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. 8/1 Mosaique Face with Lutfi Kolgjini up and 12/1 Food Money reined by Jennifer Tillman ended fourth and fifth with Magic Tonight sixth for Orjan Kihlstom and Cool Keeper seventh. Today’s HKH Prins Daniels resulted in the winner Volstead and Magic Tonight to be added to the Elitloppet lineup. The group named so far follows: Magic Tonight Volstead Call Me Keeper On Track Piraten BBS Sugarlight Nuncio Voltigeur de Myrt Resolve Propulsion Un Mec d’Heripre Oasis Bi Your Highness Timoko The Elite race is shaping up to be competitive and interesting to see Nuncio and Timoko do battle. Thomas H. Hicks  

Chef Lee whipped up a new "Specialty of the House" Wednesday at The Meadows -- a 59-1 upset harness racing victory in the $16,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot. Mike Wilder hustled Chef Lee from post 9 to the front, where he released the lead to I Know My Chip. The 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding stalked I Know My Chip from the pocket and edged him by a neck in the Lightning Lane in a career-best 1:53.3. TSM Photo Bugger finished third. Norm Parker trains and owns Chef Lee, who now boasts $216,914 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features two stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters: a $167,303 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The streak and buzz surrounding Musical Rhythm continued to grow after another dominating harness racing victory Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee squared off with eight rivals in the $34,000 Preferred Trot and once again was a no doubt about it winner. Musical Rhythm left from post-four and quickly crossed over to the pylons to get away fourth for driver Mario Baillargeon, while Fearless Man cut a quarter of :27. The tempo slowed down in the second-quarter and that was Baillargeon's cue to fire the heavy-favourite to the front. Musical Rhythm trotted by the half in :56.4 and raised the tempo around the final turn to reach to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm bid farewell to his opponents and quickly opened up a six-length lead with an eighth of a mile to go. Under no urging from Baillargeon, the four-year-old son of Cantab Hall cruised by the wire in 1:53.2 for a 6¾ lengths victory. O Narutac Perfetto finished second, while Windsun Revenge was third. Musical Rhythm extended his current win streak to 11 with Monday's victory. The Baillargeon trainee was making his first start since winning the Don Mills Series final on April 23. The four-year-old standout has now won 13 of 14 starts since being purchased for $33,000 last November by Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. Musical Rhythm has been a great investment for his connections, as he has earned them $169,300 in 14 starts. Monday's Preferred victory was the Baillargeon trainee's second win in two cracks at the WEG Circuit top trot. His previous Preferred win was a career-best 1:52 performance on March 7 at Woodbine. Musical Rhythm is expected to make his next start against Grand Circuit four-year-olds in The Graduate Series opening leg on May 21 at The Meadowlands. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm Monday evening returned $2.70. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Elysium Lindy, the only horse coming into Monday night's $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championship for trotting males with two consecutive harness racing victories, made it three straight with a gate-to-wire victory in 1:55.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Jim Marshall III put the son of Cantab Hall on the lead early, reaching the quarter in 27.4, then combined a stretch headwind with a rating of his sophomore's speed and hit the half in 58 flat. That conserving of energy likely aided his cause greatly, as he was able to turn away the challenge of 9-5 second choice Magenta Man through a 1:26.1 3/4s, then continued on gamely to the wire to deny Dominus Hanover "pocket rocket" status by a neck, with Celebrity Bugatti, a three-time series winner who was the 7-5 chalk despite the outside post nine, closing very strongly to be third, just a half-length further behind, after being outside virtually the entire mile.   Elysium Lindy, with two wins and two seconds in his four Weiss preliminaries for owner George Beck, was second in the pointstandings behind Celebrity Bugatti, who was undefeated in three Weiss prelims before Elysium Lindy caught him late in the final preliminary. This time Elysium Lindy took control of the throttle and kept control of the race to the wire, running his seasonal tally to 7-4-3-0-$48,000 and his lifetime bankroll to $67,460, with tonight's clocking only 2/5 off the personal best he posted last week.   As driver Marshall left the winners circle, his wife, trainer Donna Marshall, gave him a kiss as everyone headed back to the paddock. Elysium Lindy turned back to look at them at that particular moment - but he's a gelding, so his reaction was of utter indifference.   PHHA / Pocono  

Pink Pistol rocketed through the lane to pull off a 10-1 upset in the fastest division of Saturday's $161,047 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over three divisions, with Ginny Weasley (13-1) and Spicedbourbongirl (9-1) completing the long shot parade in the PASS opener. Jeff Gregory enjoyed a stake double behind Pink Pistol and Spicedbourbongirl. Pink Pistol hadn't raced in a month, as Rob Harmon, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-August Revenue for Harmon Racing Stable, Knightstalker Stable and Lynne Mondrick, gave her an extended break to help cure her gaiting problems. "She needed to go home and not ship so much," Harmon said. "She has a little tying-up issue, and shipping is not her best thing. She'll stay right here in the sires stakes. She's eligible for a couple in Canada, but she has to show us that she's back to herself before we start going up there." In the Stenographer, she got away third, saved ground and brushed through the stretch to triumph in 1:55, 1-1/2 lengths better than Sunset Glider, with Candy Lane third. It was the fifth win for Pink Pistol in eight lifetime outings. Ginny Weasley never had won a stake, but Lucas Wallin nevertheless used her twice -- once for early position from post 8, once to pursue the leader second over. She avoided the breaking Moots out of the final turn and scored in 1:55.1, a career best. Miss Tezsla was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Black Broadway earned show. "She showed a lot of speed last year, and I won at the Meadowlands with her earlier this year," Wallin said. "So we told the owner to give her a little break and aim for the stake races. The trip went great today, but she won pretty easy." Ake Svanstedt trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Donepunk for Torp Trotting, Inc. Spicedbourbongirl also collected her first stake victory when she zipped past the 1-5 favorite, Womans Will, in the lane and prevailed in 1:55.4 for owner William B. Weaver III. Womans Will saved place, 1/2 length in arrears, while Kathy Parker completed the ticket. "She won pretty handy at Pocono in an overnight, so we thought we might as well give her a shot against the better girls," said Gregory, who also conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-All In The Muscles. "It was only her second start of the year, so I didn't want to abuse her. I was hoping I could get lucky and save some ground." $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Saturday's card also featured a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly trotters -- yet another showcase for Goodtogo Hanover, who won her seventh consecutive race. Witnesstheprincess and Shelovesumore also took $20,000 splits. As Goodtogo Hanover zipped to the top from post 7, driver Brian Zendt, noticed an unusual problem. A GoPro camera attached to her sulky to capture live images had loosened and flipped. The images transmitted may have been upside down, but the daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall stayed atop her game, winning in 1:56.2 "I don't know if it (the GoPro) bothered her, but it was rubbing her," Zendt said. "She was a little extra hot today. I thought she was a little quieter last time. I didn't plan on being at the quarter in 27.2, but as you could see, I was a passenger." Keystone Taylor finished 3-1/4 lengths back in second, with Best Of Dreams third. Bill Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover and owns with Gary Saul. Witnesstheprincess rebounded from a pair of break-marred outings to collect a front-end victory for Aaron Merriman and trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the daughter of Andover Hall-Mystical Moonlight with Synerco Ventures and Michael Robinson. Mystical Power earned place, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Glidinthruparadise finished third. "She had a couple good starts here earlier this year, but we had some issues with her shoeing and her feet," Merriman said. "She wasn't getting over the track. Chris made some adjustments and thought she would be better. She really showed it today." Shelovesumore emerged from several months of vexing medical issues to rally for a 1/2-length victory -- at 20-1 -- over Summer Moonshine in 1:57.1. Explosive High finished third. Tony Hall drove for trainer Sharon Donella, who owns the homebred daughter of War Paint-Wasador with Kathleen Quinn-Hodel. "It's been a torturous three months," Donella said. "She had some problems with her cycle. Then she got a real bad sinus infection. We finally got the hormones worked out, the sinuses cleared up, and we got us a horse." In the $22,500 Winners Over 10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Unlocked powered to a front-end victory in 1:49, fastest ever at The Meadows by an older pacer. Fred And Ginger held the previous mark of 1:49.2 Jim Pantaleano piloted the 5-year-old son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power, who boosted his career bankroll to $417,244, for trainer Norm Parker and owner Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

Elysium Lindy, let go at 21-1 despite a win and two seconds in the first three preliminary legs of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overhauled 1-5 favorite Celebrity Bugatti in the shadow of the wire to post a 1:55.1 win in one of two $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary round for this harness racing group Tuesday night. In the other division, Magenta Man was on his best behavior and posted a 1:56.1 victory.   Celebrity Bugatti came into Monday's race having gone a perfect 3-for-3 to date in the Weiss, and in midstretch he looked ready to complete a sweep of the prelims. But the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy had another idea, being moved outside from third late on the final turn by driver Jim Marshall III, and then kicking into overdrive in the last 1/16 to get a head decision while lowering his lifetime mark, posted in a Weiss event last week, by a tick. Donna Marshall trains the developing youngster for owner George Beck.   Magenta Man had finished second to Celebrity Bugatti in a Weiss cut last week after making a break in his only other start in the series, but this week all systems were "go" as the four-year-old altered son of Muscles Yankee, bet down to 3-5 favoritism, was put on the lead and held off a spirited late charge by Explosive Yankee to post a ¾-length victory. "Magenta" and "orange" may not be two colors you often see together, but for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller (collectively known as "Team Orange Crush"), along with owners Little E LLC and RBH Ventures Inc., the sight of Magenta and Orange in the Pocono winners circle after next Monday's $30,000 Weiss Series Championship would be beautiful indeed.   Despite tonight's upset, Celebrity Bugatti was still the #1 prelim pointwinner for this group; behind him in line in qualifying for their Championship are Elysium Lindy, Dominus Hanover, Steed, Taxed To The Max, Explosive Leggs, Magenta Man, and (tied) Sweet Royalty and Dominion Beach.   The $30,000 Weiss Championship for trotting distaffs headlines the Tuesday night card at The Downs. Stirling Debutant will likely be a heavy favorite from post three for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Steve Salerno after sweeping her four prelims, and her task was made easier by the fact that the Todd Schadel duo of South Side Hanover and Real Caviar, #2 and #3 in the prelim pointstandings with five prelim victories between them, were not dropped in for the Championship. They will reportedly be heading to The Meadows Saturday afternoon for the 2016 debut of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action in a three-year-old trotting filly event, to be drawn tomorrow.   PHHA / Pocono    

Celebrity Bugatti put himself into the driver's seat of Bobby Weiss Series action for harness racing trotting males Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, running his record to 3-for-3 in the series while posting the fastest clocking among the $15,000 third leg prelims, 1:54.3.   Driver George Napolitano Jr. had the Muscle Massive stallion in front at every call and felt no pressure at all, with a 27.3 opener and a 57.4 back half that left him 3¼ lengths clear at the finish. Chris Oakes has taken over local care of the speedy trotter for owners Herman Hagerman, Johnny Yoder, and Dan Rawlings.   Two other horses besides Celebrity Bugatti had won in each of the first two legs, but Steed did not enter the third leg, and Dominus Hanover, 1-10* in the betting, finished worse than second for the first time in 11 seasonal starts when he came up third in Taxed To The Max's 1:56.2 victory. Dominus had a soft 59.1 lead to the half, but he didn't have the necessary 57.1 sprint home, as the Yankee Glide four-year-old gelding Taxed To The Max slid up the Pocono Pike from the pocket, grabbed command, then held off Explosive Leggs late for trainer Neal Ehrhart and owners Keystone Trotters LLC while lowering his mark by 2 2/5 seconds.   "Max"'s driver was Anthony Napolitano, who fashioned seven winners (to brother George's six) on Saturday here, yet still often gets away at high prices - despite a Weiss second last week, "Max" paid $18.20 to win, joining other recent "A Nap" winners who paid $20.80 in another race tonight, $26.20 and $20.80 in his two wins last night, and $69.80 among his seven Saturday winners, only one of which was favored! (Not to mention his $197.00 tally a week ago Sunday!)   The other Weiss winner Monday, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Elysium Lindy, lowered his speed badge by an even greater margin - 4 1/5 seconds - as he parlayed a pocket trip to a neck victory over Apostles Creed in 1:55.2. Driver Jim Marshall III, trainer Donna Marshall, and owner George Beck saw their developing three-year-old put himself in a good position to make May 9's Weiss Championship for this group, as he now has two seconds and a win in series competition.   Something will have to give in the fifth race division of the fourth and final preliminary leg of Weiss action for female trotters Tuesday night. South Side Hanover (post one, trainer/driver Todd Schadel) and Stirling Debutant (Anthony Napolitano driving for trainer Christie Collins from post six) are both 3-for-3 so far in the series, and whoever takes the Tuesday contest will stamp herself as the one to beat in the $30,000 Championship a week from Tuesday. Races 3 and 4 Tuesday are also part of the distaff Weiss action.   PHHA / Pocono  

Musical Rhythm scored his 10th consecutive victory Saturday night in the harness racing $42,600 Don Mills Trotting Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee crushed his five rivals with a five and a half lengths victory in 1:52.4 to easily sweep the three-week Don Mills Series. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm got away third before brushing to the front in the second-quarter. The 1-9 favourite posted fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before trotting home confidently in :27.1 for his eighth victory of the season. Hillsonator finished second, while Musical Rhythm's stablemate Grana Padanno was third. Musical Rhythm was purchased for $33,000 last November at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale and has since won 11 of 12 starts and earned $152,300 for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm improved his career totals to 17 wins and over $200,000 earned with his Don Mills Series final victory. Following Saturday's race, Ben Baillargeon explained what his initial expectations were for Musical Rhythm. "I liked about him that he fit the non-winners of three or $75,000 and the General Brock Series," said Baillargeon. "I thought he was a nice horse, a fast horse and he showed a quarter in :26.4 as a two-year-old, so that's what I look for at the sale, I like when they have speed. "For some reason this year he has put it together and he has been nothing but good for me. The hopple broke the one time he ran at the gate or else he would be perfect." While Musical Rhythm has exceeded expectations, his connections are enjoying the pleasant surprise and have staked him heavily to top events this season. "We put him in the Graduate Series starting in a month at The Meadowlands, so he will probably race one time before we go there," noted Baillargeon. "But this week he is going to hit the field." Musical Rhythm's victory gives Baillargeon his second consecutive Don Mills Series final win. Last year, Etruscan Hanover won the series finale in a record 1:52.2. Musical Rhythm has quickly made a name for himself in 2016 and Baillargeon noted he isn't sure just how good the four-year-old can be. "I know he's a better horse off a helmet because he wants to go when you pull on the right line, but time will tell." Four and five-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2015, were eligible to the Don Mills Trotting Series. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Blossom Series final will highlight the 10-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Delicious earned an Elitloppet invitation today for her victory in a mare's race at Bollnas worth 35,000SEK to the Orjan Kihlstrom piloted winner. Timed in 1.12kr the seven year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra was the prohibitive favorite in the 1640 meter autostart contest, her fifth straight victory. Daniel Reden trains Delicious for Stall Zet. 11/1 Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) was second for Kaj Widell, ahead for third finishing 21/1 Pippi (9f SJ’s Photo-Astrids Lady-Laddie Blue Chip and driver Marcus Hultman. The 14/1 Talk The Talk (6f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) was fourth for Ulf Olsson and fifth went to 32/1 Elles W.Phedo(10f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolita-Rapido) for Ove A. Lindqvist. Delicious joins Timoko as the first two to receive Elitloppet invitations. Delicious has a 20-9-7 slate in 45 career starts for earnings of 5,701,572SEK. The last five Elitloppet winners include Magic Tonight, TYimoko, Nahar, Commander Crowe and Brioni, with the race record of 1.09.5kr held by Timoko. On the undercard a 1640 meter autostart event for 30,000SEK to the winner, went to 3.4/1 Ilikeitlikethat (5m Crazed-Dido Hanover-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.13.1kr for Marcus Hultman and trainer Per C. Johansson. The winner has 3-0-0 slate in four 2016 appearances with this win, his third straight in a career that numbers only 11 starts. 16/1 Second dam of this winner is Divine Victory (Valley Victory-Armbro Divine). Dashing Kimberly was second for Jennifer Tillman. The day before at Solvalla saw the 100,000SEK first money Avelsfoseningens Jubile for mares over 2140 meters voltstart go to 3/1 Coca de Vie (5f Chocolatioer-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander. 10/1 Pimpinette Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Indeed Kronos-Viking Kronos) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

It's a long time from April to August, but it is never too soon to dream Hambletonian dreams. Trainer Norm Parker hopes his dream can become a reality with Breedlove. Breedlove was a slow-to-develop 2-year-old who saw his 2015 season cut short by sickness. Now at age 3, the colt has won two preliminary rounds of the Classicality Trot Series at The Meadows and is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Tuesday's $33,100 final. Following the series, Breedlove is expected to compete in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. If all goes well, a trip to the Meadowlands for the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 6 could be in his future. A long shot? Perhaps. But that's what dreams are made of. "You can't always be the one who has the favorite going into those races," said Parker, who trains Breedlove for Neil and Pamela Kelly's Shaleni Farm LLC. Pamela is the sister of Parker's wife Paulette. "If everybody only raced when they had the favorite, you wouldn't have a race. You go and buy these horses and you have to dream big. "The home run race is the Hambletonian. It's a long way to go to get there, but it's out there and it would be a dream. I don't know if he's that good, obviously, but he's got a lot of potential. We all have those dreams, so we took a shot. He's going to have to get faster and make quite a bit of money before we would do it, but I would love to race in it." Breedlove is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Siren Hall. He was purchased for $34,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a half-brother to Evil Urges, who won three preliminary divisions of the New York Sire Stakes in 2011 and finished second in the final. Breedlove's dam is a half-sister to two-time Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Shaman Hall as well as overseas winner Angelo. "We were looking for a trotter," Parker said. "We had a bunch of them picked out and found we weren't able to spend enough money on some of the other ones we wanted. We came to him. Our limit was $30,000 at the time, but we decided we had to spend a little bit more if we want a horse like this. "We liked what he looked like and his pedigree was pretty nice. Being a Cantab; I had (trotter) Chef Lee and liked him a lot. I thought I'd like a Cantab if I could get one, which everybody does of course. I loved the way (Breedlove) trotted on the video and just took a shot." Parker owns Cantab Hall-bred Chef Lee, who last year finished second to Jacksons Minion in a division of the Arden Downs Stakes one week before Jacksons Minion finished fifth in the Hambletonian. Chef Lee wasn't eligible to the Hambletonian, but after seeing Jacksons Minion's performance Parker was left to wonder what might have been. "I thought, that would be such a thrill; a neat thing," Parker said. Breedlove finished off the board in his first two races last year, but then started to show improvement. By the time the colt won in 1:57.3 in his sixth start, Parker began thinking the colt might be open-stakes worthy, even toying with the idea of entering the Breeders Crown if the horse continued to make positive strides. But Breedlove was found to be sick following his next start, finishing sixth in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, and was unable to return to health in a timely manner so Parker decided to stop with him. "He was a very slow comer," Parker said. "He's had some issues being around other horses, to get comfortable trotting around the other horses. It took a while for me to get the equipment on him that he needed. When he started racing he was a little green in doing things so we brought him along slowly. When he won his maiden race in (1):57.3 he did it real handily and we thought we were going in the right direction. We thought we could get him back (from his illness) but he didn't come out of it well so we just shut him down. "We didn't get as much out of the year as we expected but I still thought I had a really nice horse to bring back this year," he added. This year, Breedlove finished fifth in his seasonal debut --- and was found to be sick again --- but bounced back with consecutive victories in the Classicality Trot Series. He will start Tuesday's final from post No. 3 with regular driver Mike Wilder at the lines. "He's so good gaited," Parker said. "He's got a good attitude. I just think there's a lot of upside to him. Everything is working to plan so far, using this series as a good experience and hopefully making some money and then taking a shot in the sire stakes. I know there are some nice horses there, but I think he's got the ability to trot with them." Parker is thankful for the Classicality Trot Series and the opportunity to get more experience for Breedlove. "It's a very good thing because you're not racing the older horses (in conditioned races) that have more experience," Parker said. "In a series like this, you can kind of educate (the horse) while racing your own kind. I think the tracks need to keep them going. "You spend a lot of money on young horses to try to make them into solid racehorses that also are feeding our overnight races, and if you get lucky and get a stakes horse you can reap the benefits. That's where our racehorses come from; people buying young horses and developing them. Our sport needs more of them, so these are good races for that." As for the Hambletonian, a trip to the Meadowlands on Aug. 6 could be a family affair in more ways than one. In addition to training Breedlove for his sister-in-law and her husband, Parker's sister Kathy has a well-regarded 3-year-old female trotter named in her honor. Kathy Parker, the person, is the editor of The Horseman And Fair World magazine and a member of the Harness Racing Communicators Hall of Fame. Kathy Parker, the trotter, earned $343,797 for trainer Jimmy Takter and is eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks. "Wouldn't that be exciting; I don't know who would be more nervous, me or Kathy," Parker said about the possibility of Breedlove and Kathy Parker both racing in Hambletonian events. "It's just pretty exciting to have a nice horse like this. It's a good family bonding thing and everyone enjoys it." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ONT - April 16 - The buzz surrounding four-year-old trotter Musical Rhythm got even louder Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee scored his ninth consecutive victory Saturday against six rivals in the $20,000 Don Mills Trotting Series second leg. A son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm trotted out strong at the start for driver Mario Baillargeon and got away second. Olympic Son, who was returning to the local circuit following a stint south of the border, sprinted to the lead and posted a snappy opening-quarter of :26.2. Baillargeon wasted little time circling Musical Rhythm to the lead in the second-quarter and posted a half-mile clocking of :56. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, Musical Rhythm charged home effortlessly in :27.2 to win by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:52.4. Mystery Bet rallied from sixth to finish second, while Grana Padanno, a stablemate of Musical Rhythm, finished third. A $33,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Sale, Musical Rhythm has won 10 of 11 starts for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall is seven for seven this season for $91,000 in earnings. Musical Rhythm has earned $131,000 since being purchased in November. A $2 win ticket Saturday on the four-year-old returned $2.20. The Baillargeon trainee will now go for the series sweep in next Saturday's $42,600 final. In order to be eligible to the Don Mills, the four and five-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2015. Also on Saturday, Nickle Bag picked up his eighth win of the season in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. A field of seven squared off in the weekly feature event and it was a wide open contest, as three different horses (Boomboom Ballykeel, Ellis Park, Nirvana Seelster) had captured the Preferred over the previous three weeks. Nickle Bag entered Saturday winless in his last three starts after a six-race win streak. The Bill Robinson trainee found his way back to the winner's circle thanks to a second-over trip from driver Trevor Henry. Nirvana Seelster cut out fractions of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:23 to lead the field into the lane, while Nickle Bag sat second-over on the back of Ellis Park. In the stretch, Nickle Bag ripped off cover and surged by in deep stretch for the 1:50 victory. Ellis Park edged out Nirvana Seelster to finish second. A six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag now has eight wins in 13 starts this season. Saturday's victory was his 27th career score and pushes his career earnings over $600,000 for owners Linda and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $5.90 to win. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, April 12, 2016 -- Breedlove found late racing room and powered to his second straight series win in Tuesday's second leg of the Classicality Trot at The Meadows. Chip's Halloffame collected a Lightning Lane win in the other $17,500 split in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The championship leg of the Classicality is set for Tuesday, April 19. Breedlove stayed along the cones down the backside while his chief rival, Meadowbranch Memo, pulled the pocket and appeared to get a decisive jump. But Mike Wilder angled Breedlove off the pylons around the final turn, and the son of Cantab Hall-Siren Hall nailed Meadowbranch Memo by a neck in 1:59. Early leader Kash's Explosion earned show. Norm Parker trains Breedlove for Shaleni Farm LLC. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl overcame a parked-out first quarter to score in 1:55.3 -- her third straight victory -- for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. The first-over Anaffairtoremember was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Bessie third. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie extended her career bankroll to $244,756. Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman and Burke each enjoyed a triple by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

The well-regarded Daniel Reden trained, US import, Wild Honey, starts tomorrow in a V86 contest at Bergsaker, Sweden worth 100,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart event. The field is shown below in post position order: BostonZ Credit, Ulf Eriksson Cantabs Fortune, Daniel Reden Ninepoints Lucy, Jorgen Westholm Wild Honey, Orjan Kihlstrom Elles W Phedo, Ove Lindqvist Rondine d’Asolo, Hanna Olofsson Lady Lee, Kerstin Hell Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) goes into her first 2016 start with a slate of 17-8-0 in 28 appearances for earnings of 8,704,831SEK. The Lindy Racing Stable bred mare is owned by Stall Zet and trained by Daniel Reden. Later in the card the improving Stand Bayou (4m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec) goes after his third win in 2016 for Stall Zet. Pete Spears’ Windsong Stable is the breeder. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 9 - The Youthful Series final highlighted an action-packed Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A competitive field of eight three-year-old pacers competed in the $39,800 series final. War N Munn was made the 9/5 favourite in the Youthful final and came through in the clutch for his believers with a career-best 1:52.2 victory. The Carmen Auciello trainee was driven by Jonathan Drury and found an early seat in fifth. Flaherty cut the mile and posted opening fractions of :27 and :56.1, while Easy Lover Hanover, who was going for the series sweep, sat in the pocket. The Catamount Kid came first up from fourth, which allowed Drury to catch cover and place War N Munn second-over around the final turn. Flaherty posted a three-quarter clocking of 1:24.2 with his rivals breathing down his neck. In the stretch, War N Munn fired off cover and despite drifting out, the Auciello trainee cruised home to a four-length victory over Easy Lover Hanover. Flaherty finished third, while The Catamount Kid was fourth. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn was forced to skip leg two and qualify due to miscue in leg one. Despite making a break in the first round, the sophomore pacing colt finished second. Saturday's victory gives War N Munn four wins in seven starts this season, including a second series final score. Back on February 19, the Auciello trainee captured The Count B series final. War N Munn, who is owned by George Munniksma of Washington, New Jersey, now has over $106,000 in career earnings. He paid $5.80 to win. In order to be eligible to the Youthful, the three-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of three-races or $15,000 in 2015. Also on Saturday, the first leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series and the $34,000 Preferred Pace were contested. Musical Rhythm had been the talk of the town all winter and he brought his impressive talents to Mohawk Saturday. The Ben Baillargeon trainee picked up his eighth victory in a row in the eight-horse $20,000 Don Mills Trotting Series first leg. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm sprinted out to the front and never looked back. He posted fractions of :28.1, :58.1, 1:27.4 and 1:55.4 to score his sixth victory in six starts this year. Grana Padanno, who is also trained by Baillargeon, finished two-lengths back in second, while Mystery Bet was third. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm has now won 10 of 11 starts since being purchased by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon in November. Saturday's victory pushes his seasonal earnings to $81,000. Musical Rhythm now has 15 career victories and earnings exceeding $177,000. He paid $2.50 to win. In order to be eligible to the Don Mills, the four and five-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2015. Ellis Park turned in a huge performance to win the Preferred Pace in 1:51.2. A field of six competed in the top-level pace and Nirvana Seelster once again found himself on top heading into the first turn. After an opening-quarter of :27, Nickle Bag circled around from second to grab command heading down the backstretch. Ellis Park, who was 7/1, got away at the back with driver Randy Waples, but was out and gaining ground on the leader at the midway point. Nickle Bag was confronted by Ellis Park rounding the final turn and led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1. In the stretch, Nickle Bag and Ellis Park waged war with the outside challenger taking the lead part way down the lane. Nickle Bag tried to battle back up the inside, but Ellis Park would not be denied his 21st career victory and won by a head. Boomboom Ballykeel, who won the Preferred last week, finish third in a photo with Mohawk Warrior. A seven-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Ellis Park scored his second win in four starts Saturday. He is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owner David Goodrow Stable. Ellis Park now has $39,000 earned this season to bring his career total to over $400,000. The O'Sullivan trainee paid $16.50 to win. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Dismissed at 19-1, Breedlove launched an explosive uncovered move that gobbled up the field and carried him to a 19-1 upset victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Classicality Trot at The Meadows. The event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters honors Classicality, a fast-class trotter currently performing at The Meadows for Dunn Stable. Breedlove, with only a maiden victory to his credit, got away third from post 8 and moved willingly first over for Mike Wilder down the backside, He drew off to score in 1:58.1, 5-1/4 lengths better that early leader Chip's Halloffame, with Treasure Quest K third. Norm Parker trains the son of Cantab Hall-Siren Hall for Shaleni Farm LLC. The other $17,500 Classicality division was an odd-looking affair that began innocently enough when Moneycounts De Vie left for Dan Rawlings from post 8 and appeared to be settling in the pocket. But the leader, Judge Russell, broke stride, left the course and continued to race inside the pylons. In all the confusion, Moneycounts De Vie found himself shuffled, without apparent racing room. But Rawlings angled him off the cones, and the Andover Hall-Nordicdish gelding powered home to triumph in 1:57.3. The first-over Meadowbranch Memo was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Edinburgh earned show. Dirk Simpson conditions Moneycounts Di Vie for James Bafia and Dirk Simpson Stable. Wilder piloted five winners on the 15-race card while trainer Mark Goldberg enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harness racing trainer/driver Todd Schadel, a regular at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, entered five horses in the $15,000 first preliminary round of the Bobby Weiss Series for developing younger females on Tuesday night, and he overcame the outside post eight twice to post identical times of 1:56.4 in taking the two quickest divisions.   First up was the sophomore Southside Hanover, who is also owned by Schadel in partnership with Roger Hammer - the team that brought you Vivid Photo. Certainly gifted with the pedigree for speed (Cantab Hall out of 2000 O'Brien 2TF Sharise Seelster), "South Side" had the fastest 2016 race win time of all of tonight's starters, a 1:57.1 win here last week, but the crowd still let her escape at 7-1, and she never looked back in coming home in 57.4 and lowering her new race mark.   Next up was the SJ's Caviar filly Real Caviar, who lowered her mark, taken in a recent qualifier, by a full second. Out of a half-sister to champion Housethatruthbuilt, Real Caviar came home in 57.2 and held off a serious late backstretch challenge by Grand Canyon in winning for owners Schadel and breeder Dr. John Egloff.   Finally breaking up the run of Team Schadel was the Credit Winner four-year-old mare Stirling Debutant, who lived up to her name in her 2016 bow with a 1:57 win, also overcoming post eight. Anthony Napolitano handled sulky duties for the winner, who made the lead past the quarter and led at the rest of the calls, for trainer Christie Collins and owners J M F Racing LLC.   Team Allard - driver Simon and trainer Rene -- posted overnight triumphs with a pair of classy mares. The Pegasus Spur mare Daylon Miracle passed $600,000 in career winnings when she won a $12,500 trot in 1:53 for the partnership of Allard Racing, Giselle Hebert, Earl Hall Jr., and the ubiquitous Howard Taylor, while Fancy Desire, who won the 2014 Lynch Championship right here at The Downs, pushed her lifetime bankroll over $470,000 as the Real Desire mare took an $11,000 pace for Allard Racing, Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh.   The night started off with a mutuel buzz as Rockinthepipes trotted from seventh at the stretch call to win in 1:57.3 and return $71.60 to win. The victory gave Marcus Miller half of the four $50+ winners at The Downs so far this year, and it was the second bomber in five days for trainer Clifton Green, who won with longshot Dark Pool opening day at Harrah's.   PHHA / Pocono  

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