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East Rutherford, NJ --- On a night where 10 of 14 favorites were handed defeat, punters combined to wager $3,035,296 on Friday (January 29) evening's harness racing program at The Meadowlands, with a near steady stream of minor upsets yielding generous dividends throughout. The first such minor upset came in the evening's second event--the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, as Can Do ($14.20) sprinted to the fore and never looked back.  Anthony Napolitano sent the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding right to the front, establishing a clear lead on the first turn while 6-5 favorite Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) was hard used to secure the pocket from his outside post assignment.  Can Do rated a moderate :56.2 initial half before facing stern first-over pressure from Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) on the far turn.  The two dueled through a :28.2 third split, but Can Do maintained the upper hand, edging clear off the corner and eluding pocket rival Opulent Yankee by three lengths for a 1:53.2 victory, his second in three starts.  Uva Hanover flattened to finish third, while Detroit Rapper (Jim Marohn, Jr.) made a mild bid off cover to save fourth. Jody Riedel owns and trains Can Do, now a 31-time winner. Can Do The sub-featured fourth race, a $15,000 trotting event for horses which have not won six races or $100,000, saw Ron Burke trainee Its Huw You Know ($11.20) score in pillar-to-post fashion as well, rating sensible fractions before drawing off to a four-length win in 1:56.1.  Yannick Gingras drove the 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding for the Burke Racing Stable, Mark Weaver, and Mike Bruscemi. Its Huw You Know While four of the first five races were won by horses on the lead or drafting in the pocket, the streaking Magenta Man ($9.20) bucked that trend--and altered his own tactics--in the $10,200 sixth race, capturing his third straight win in second-over fashion after prior pacesetting and pressing triumphs, just nosing out longtime leader T Js Mr Lavec in 1:54.3.  Andy Miller once again drove the 4-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding for trainer Julie Miller and the partnership of Little E, LLC and RBH Ventures, Inc. Magenta Man Both .20 Jackpot High 5 wagers will carry over to Saturday (January 30) evening's card, as neither was captured by a single player.  Saturday's seventh race High 5 will offer $13,418 in added money should a single winner emerge, while the finale will boast a carryover of $69,103.  First post for Saturday's 14-race card is 6:35 p.m. Eastern time. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations 

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 27, 2016 -- Dismissed at 9-1, Cantab Lindy found late racing room and pulled off the harness racing upset in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cantab Lindy was pinned along the pylons at the top of the lane, 4 lengths behind. But when Jim Pantaleano steered him through a seam, the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Lindy N Caviar gelding roared through and scored in 1:55.2. Final Breath raced well off an eight-month layoff to be second, a head behind, while early leader Trustworthy Kid saved show. Brent Davis owns and trains Cantab Lindy, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 26, 2016 -- Scented Roses captured her fourth straight victory Tuesday at The Meadows when she scored easily in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Scented Roses retook the lead for Dave Palone past the quarter and widened her margin late, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths over Whata Donato in 1:56.2 on a "good" surface. Boo's Party Girl rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Scented Roses, a 4-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Scent Of A Woman who extended her career bankroll to $139,014, for Burke Racing Stable. It was one of six wins on the 15-race card for Palone. Burke, harness racing's leading trainer for many years, enjoyed a rare win in the sulky -- in only his second drive of the year at The Meadows -- when he steered first-time starter Rugged Wear to victory. Burke and his mother, Sylvia, bred and own the 4-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Hip Huggers. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. Evan Pattak

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday kicks off another weekend of exciting harness racing at The Meadowlands with fourteen races beginning at 6:35 p.m.   With trotters dominating the Friday offering (nine trots to five pacing races) there are several interesting fields for those so inclined to reflect, dissect and project the possibilities in the pursuit of pari-mutuel rewards.   The featured $25,000 Open Handicap trot fields nine (seven pari-mutuel interests) including last week's upset winner Can Do.   The seven year old gelded son of Cantab Hall is bred in the purple and had modest success in some minor mid-west stakes as youngster, but really blossomed at age four in Delaware overnight competition. Can Do joined the Jody Reidel stable last September when the noted horsewoman plucked him from a $30,000 claimer at Yonkers. Jody reaped immediate rewards when Can Do paid for himself in a month on the strength of three wins against the forty claimers.   When Jody brought him across the river during the Christmas break at Yonkers Can Do clicked with the mile track racing at The Meadowlands and when paired with driver Anthony Napolitano proved competitive against the best trotters on the grounds. Last week Napolitano used Can Do's gate speed to secure early position then fanned out and went by the early leaders in the stretch to post the upset in a career best 1:53.1.   Can Do starts from post position eight this week and is listed at 4-1 on the morning line.   The standard guarantees are in place for Friday's horizontal wagers, $30,000 in the Pick 5 beginning in race three, $25,000 in the Early Pick 4 (races 5-8) and $50,000 in the Late Pick 4 (races 9-12). The Hi-5 Jackpot is set for races 7 and 14 with that last race Jackpot now up to $62,725.   James Witherite is now providing insightful Race Reviews to complement your handicapping arsenal each racing night.   Promotion-wise the first handicapping contest of the new year is on Saturday night, January 23. It's a $100 World Harness Handicapping Contest qualifier and you can find the details here.   You may enjoy these epicurean delights while watching and wagering on Meadowlands racing in the tiered trackside dining room known as Pink.   Again, the first race goes at 6:35 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations  

Whom Shall I Fear 3,1:52.4, the Cantab Hall full brother to 2 and 3-year-old World Champion Father Patrick and to 2-year-old champion Pastor Stephen, has been retired from harness racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana.   His stud fee has been set at $2,500.   He was the top-priced yearling of 2013 when he was purchased for $475,000 by Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. Takter's wife Christina owned the colt, along with a partnership that consisted of John Fielding, Brixton Medical, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband and the colt's breeder, Brittany Farms.   "He's simply a gorgeous horse," said Brittany manager Art Zubrod. "His dam, Gala Dream, has produced four $100,000 yearlings and pair of sale-toppers. And I think he's definitely one of her best. He's nearly the spitting image, in terms of both looks and conformation, to Father Patrick."   Whom Shall I Fear was stakes-placed in Grand Circuit action at 2 and began his 3-year-old season with tremendous promise. He won his first four starts in stakes action and took a mark of 1:52.4, then went on to compete in major events like the Dancer Memorial, Earl Beal, Colonial, Zweig, Bluegrass and Matron against top colts like "Trotter of the Year" Pinkman, Crazy Wow, and Habitat.   "When it comes to Whom Shall I Fear, I don't think I've ever been more disappointed by a horse," said trainer Jimmy Takter.   "At the beginning of the year I knew he was the one, but he got sick on us three times. I never could get him back to where he was at the start of the season. It's a shame... he's such a magnificent-looking animal. He'll make a top sire, I just know it."   Those interested in additional information or a booking application should contact Victory Hill Farm by calling (260) 463-2442 or emailing info@victoryhillfarm.com.   Victory Hill Farm   For information contact Victory Hill Farm at (260) 463-2442 or email info@victoryhillfarm.com    

East Rutherford, NJ --- After stinging Opulent Yankee and Uva Hanover through a :26.4 initial quarter, Can Do ($31.20) emerged from traffic in the final eighth of Friday (Jan. 15) night's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at Meadowlands Racetrack, vaulting around a weakening pace for a 14-1 upset on an evening where harness racing favorites tasted defeat in the first nine events. Anthony Napolitano wasted no time with the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding, gunning him to the fore in company with Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) and 3-5 favorite Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick). After ceding the lead to Opulent Yankee at the end of a :26.4 first quarter, Can Do was relegated to third as Uva Hanover pushed clear with five-eighths of the mile remaining. Uva Hanover maintained a fast tempo through a :54.4 half, but struggled to sustain after facing first-over pressure from Cash Me Out (Brett Miller) through the far turn. As the outer flow developed, Can Do was shuffled to fifth, but able to angle off the pegs just at the eighth pole as Uva Hanover was finally engulfed. Napolitano angled Can Do to the four-path, and the pair surged to the winning post, prevailing by a half-length over Cash Me Out in 1:53.1. Opulent Yankee saved third from his pocket trip, staying on once wedging between foes in deep stretch. Uva Hanover ultimately faded to fifth after facing a barrage of pressure throughout. Owner Jody Riedel trains Can Do, now a 30-time winner. Can Do In the sub-featured $20,000 Open 2 Trot, Detroit Rapper ($7.40) loosely chased live cover on approach to the far turn, catching up to the first-over B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) a quarter-mile from home before kicking cover in mid-stretch for a narrow 1:54.1 triumph over pocket rival Allerage Star (Andy Miller). The 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding also had the benefit of a pressured pace in front of him, as B Yoyo provided stern pressure to 2-1 favored pacesetter Hyway Marcus through a quickening :28.1 third sectional before the two were ultimately engulfed. Jim Marohn Jr. drove Detroit Rapper to his 20th career win for the Harmon Racing Stable, LLC and trainer Patti Harmon. Detroit Rapper Heading to Saturday (Jan. 16) evening's 14-race card, the seventh race Jackpot High 5 will have a carryover of $4,720, while $60,069 will carry over into the closing-race variety of the 20-cent wager. Total handle for the evening was $3,053,776, an increase of $474,166 over the corresponding Friday night in 2015. The trio of guaranteed-pool horizontal wagers attracted a combined $161,353, well surpassing the guaranteed numbers. Saturday's first race is due off at 6:35 p.m. (EST). For more information on racing, dining, and entertainment at The Meadowlands, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands media relations

January 1, 2016 - Italy’s invaders won a pair New Year’s Day at Wolvega, Netherlands. Race summaries follow: Prix TrotPlaza.com, purse €5500, 2100 meters autostart, 8 starters. Rick Ebbinge teamed 1/10 favorite Trecciadoro Rex (4f Cantab Hall-Freedream Rex) to victory clocked in 1.16.8kr for trainer JWM Engwerda and owner AW Mollema. 16/1 Farah Diba River (4f Passing Renka-Zoelaj River) was second for the same trainer and driver Andre Bakker with third to 8/1 Velten Swan Lake (4f Federal Flex-La Beach) with Hugo Langeweg up for trainer AJ Mollema. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-nEcMK6Bk8 Prix Meno Hornstra, purse €6600, 2100 meters autostart, 11 entrants. 3/10 favorite Toscanini Font (4g Conway Hall-Dora Park) took this contest for driver Robin Bakker timed in 1.16.4kr. Paul Hagoort trains this winner for JAG Vanduffel. 45/1 Blossom Energy (8f Kepler-Pearl de Prez) was second for Danny Brouwer and 24/1 Deposito landed third for Luit De Vries. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oDaYc3RMJs Thomas H. Hicks  

December 12, 2015 - US-bred, Daniel Reden trained Delicious (by Cantab Hall) was scratched from Sunday’s Prix du Bourbonnais. The diminutive world-record holder mare was injured while being prepared at Grobois and is now less likely to participate in the Prix d’Amerique 2016. Trainer Reden was reported as saying he would not rule out returning to North America in the future. The scratching leaves the Gr. II Bourbonnais a wide-open affair with Un Mec d’Heripre, Village Mystic and the 25 meter handicapped trio of Up and Quick, Texas Charm and Tiego d’Etang among the leaders. Moses Rob and Olmo Holz represent Italy and Spain’s Trebol are in the field. The Gold Division V75 at Aby today (first prize 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to 7.6/1 Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B.My Honey-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. 6.5/1 Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) ended second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third to 7.4/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) for Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer Per K. Eriksson. At Aby today was the Euro Classic Next Year with 50,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. 2/1 Pajas Face (3m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) recorded this win for Johnny Takter. Lars Nilsson trains Pajas Face. 7.1/1 Sucre (3m Jacose-Super No Cream-Starchip Entrprise) was second for Christoffer Eriksson teaming for Tomas Malmqvist with third to 3.9/1 RG’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy) that Orjan Kihlstrom drove for Roger Walmann, trainer. Back at Vincennes the Prix de Caimcale (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.15.1kr winner, 2.1/1 odds Cloane du Vivier (3f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) for Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Yves Lucuyer. 5/1 Ceyre de Bellouet (3f Quilien d’Islues-Tarifa de Bellouet) was second driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5.2/1 Cova Joselyn (3f Love You-Sezira Josselyn) ended third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Thomas H. Hicks

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has named its 2015 award winners, as voted on by the organization's harness racing members. Atta Boy Dan, owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, has been named Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Atta Boy Dan won 10 of 13 starts at The Meadows during the season en route to more than $225,000 in earnings. He paced his best mile in 1:49.1, a track record for aged pacers. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 6-year-old son of Western Terror.   Trotter of the Year honors went to the horse also named 3YO Colt/Gelding Trotter of the Year, Chef Lee. Owned and trained by Norm Parker, the Cantab Hall gelding was 8-for-12 locally, earning more than $165,000.   Two-year-old honors went to Toddler Tantrum, Danika P, Major Matter and Goodtogo Hanover.   Toddler Tantrum (Western Terror) was named the top freshman pacer of the year, winning four of seven local starts for owners Don Tiger, Birnam Wood Farms and Seth Rosenfeld. Tim Twaddle trains Toddler Tantrum.   Danika P, by Yankee Cruiser, was the 2YO filly pacing champion, winning one of six for the Burke Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the M1 Stable. Ron Burke trains Danika P, who took a mark of 1:55.4.   Major Matter, a gelding by Explosive Matter, who split time between sire stakes and fair stakes, was named the top freshman male trotter for the season. Owned by trainer Rick Beinhauer along with his wife, Regina, Major Matter was 3-for-5 at The Meadows, taking a mark of 1:57.2.   The top 2YO filly trotter was Goodtogo Hanover, trained by Bill Zendt. A two-time winner at The Meadows during the summer, the Explosive Matter filly is owned by Zendt in partnership with Gary Saul.   Joining Chef Lee as the top sophomores for the year were Royaltyhasarrived, Fashion Rocker, and Manhattan Miss.   Royaltyhasarrived (Western Terror) was named the top pacing colt for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Mike Munn. A five-time local winner during the year, Royaltyhasarrived is trained by Steve Schoeffel.   Fashion Rocker, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, was named 3YO Filly Pacer of the Year, winning four of 10 starts at The Meadows for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Bethann Palone. Ron Burke trains. Acadia Farms, Marty Wollam and George Berlin own Manhattan Miss, the top sophomore trotting filly. Wollam trains the daughter of Broadway Hall, who earned five Meadows wins in 2015. Do Me Honor, by Cheyenne Rei, was named the top older pacing mare, retaining the title she also earned in 2015. Owned and trained by Bill Bercury, the 7-year-old won six races for the season and banked over $116,000 locally.   Dunn Stable's Classicality, a five-year-old by Classic Photo, was the top older trotting male, winning four races and banking more than $110,000 for trainer Lisa Dunn.   The top older trotting mare was Whata Donato, owned by Frank Poerio. Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, was a winner of eight races for trainer Doug Snyder.   The MSOA congratulates all of this year's divisional champions.   Jeff Zidek  

Harrisburg, PA --- Staffan Lind and Karl-Erik Bender hope Future Secured lives up to her name. A filly trotter, Future Secured sold for a record-equaling $500,000 during the first half of Monday's opening day of the Standardbred Horse Sale. When the final price was hammered down, observers at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex responded with applause. The price equals the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. It is tied for the fourth-highest auction price for any yearling and is the highest price for a yearling at auction since Detour Hanover sold for a record $825,000 in 2011. Future Secured, bred by Stefan Balazsi's Order By Stable, is by stallion Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Thatsnotmyname. The second dam is Graceful Touch, the mother of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive as well as stakes-winner Muscle Mass. The third dam is stakes-winner Act Of Grace, the mother of 2001 World Trotting Derby winner Cobol, and the extended family includes top performers such as Passionate Glide and Marita's Victory. "She's a beautiful filly and she's out of a family where those horses don't come around too often for sale," Lind said. "She moves good, she has a good conformation; she's just a very nice filly." Lind said he was unsurprised the filly brought a hefty price. "Those horses hardly ever come for sale," Lind said. "It's like buying a painting by Picasso; it's hard to put a price on it. And she has huge residual value. "We'll train her just like any other horse," he added, noting there was no additional pressure because of her price. Future Secured was one of two yearlings to sell for at least $300,000 and among four horses to sell for at least $200,000. Colt trotter Royal Dreams, a son of Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Bold Dreamer, sold for $300,000 to agent Robert Lindstrom. He is a half-brother to multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O'Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream. For the day, a total of 258 horses were sold for an average of $55,781. The average was a decrease of 8.49 percent from last year's opening-day mark of $60,955, when 221 yearlings were sold. This is the first time since 2008 that the Standardbred Horse Sale's yearling auction is being held over three days rather than four. "Today's sale, I think, was pretty uneven," Standardbred Horse Sales Company President Pete Spears said. "It started slowly, picked up later on, and finished reasonably strong. "One major change is that in previous years we had a four-day sales format. Now we're back to three days, which means we sold a lot more horses today than we normally do on Monday. A good number of them, therefore, would have been sold on Tuesday last year. Tuesday being a lower average day, we would have to expect that our average would be down a little bit simply because of the change in format. "Overall, I think the very best horses sold extremely well. It's not every day that you get a $500,000 trotting filly. I haven't spoken to too many people who are too displeased with what they bought. So, we'll come back (Tuesday) and try it again." A total of 27 yearlings sold for at least $100,000 on Monday. Joining Future Secured and Royal Dreams in reaching at least $200,000 were filly trotter Ellerie Hanover and filly pacer Babershop Hanover. Ellerie Hanover, also signed for by Lindstrom, is a daughter of Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Exotic Destination. She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Exodus Hanover. Babershop Hanover was the highest-priced pacer and is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Baberhood. She is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award-winner He's Watching. Myron Bell signed for Babershop Hanover on behalf of owners Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz. Tony Alagna will train Babershop Hanover. He also trains the filly's other half-brother, 2-year-old Tom Hill. "It's a great pedigree; a pedigree we believe in," Alagna said. "She's by Rocknroll Hanover, so it's a perfect filly to go to (former stable star) Captaintreacherous someday. We'll race her and hopefully after her racing career we'll breed to Captain and she'll throw great yearlings to sell every year. We try to think long term as far as breeding her when she's done racing and she fit the bill. "She is a beautiful filly. She has nice size for the family. He's Watching isn't a very big horse, Tom Hill isn't a very big horse. This filly has got some size and she's by the right sire. It was a perfect fit." Rounding out the top five sellers was colt trotter Awol Hanover (Donato Hanover-Angel Fire Hanover), who is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner Spicy Wings and sold for $180,000 to Luc Blais. Tuesday's yearling session begins at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. Day One Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Price 129-F-T-Future Secured-Cantab Hall-Thatsnotmyname-Staffan Lind-$500,000 195-C-T-Royal Dreams-Cantab Hall-Bold Dreamer-Robert Lindstrom, agent-$300,000 237-F-T-Ellerie Hanover-Cantab Hall-Exotic Destination-Robert Lindstrom, agent-$270,000 179-F-P-Babershop Hanover-Rocknroll Hanover-Baberhood-Myron Bell, agent-$200,000 165-C-T-Awol Hanover-Donato Hanover-Angel Fire Hanover-Luc Blais-$180,000 74-F-T-Obscene-Kadabra-Letsjustalkaboutme-Tom Hill-$165,000 131-F-T-Magic Presto-Kadabra-In The Mean Time-Mel Hartman, agent-$160,000 142-C-T-Soderberg Hanover-Cantab Hall-Southwind Wasabi-Lars Perry Soderberg, agent-$150,000 189-C-P-Ideal Wheel-American Ideal-Bet On Luck-Mac Nichol-$150,000 133-F-P-Tori Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Trim Hanover-Jeff Snyder-$135,000 169-C-P-Academic Hanover-Western Ideal-A Pippin Hanover-Mark Harder-$135,000 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Staffan Lind and Karl-Erik Bender hope Future Secured lives up to her name. A filly trotter, Future Secured sold for a record-equaling $500,000 during the first half of Monday’s (Nov. 2) opening day of the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg. When the final price was hammered down, observers at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex responded with applause. The price equals the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. It is tied for the fourth-highest auction price for any yearling and is the highest price for a yearling at auction since Detour Hanover sold for a record $825,000 in 2011. Future Secured sold for $500,000, which equals the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. Future Secured, bred by Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable, is by stallion Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Thatsnotmyname. The second dam is Graceful Touch, the mother of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle  Massive as well as stakes-winner Muscle Mass. The third dam is stakes-winner Act Of Grace, the mother of 2001 World Trotting Derby winner Cobol, and the extended family includes top performers such as Passionate Glide and Marita’s Victory. “She’s a beautiful filly and she’s out of a family where those horses don’t come around too often for sale,” Lind said. “She moves good, she has a good conformation; she’s just a very nice filly.” Lind said he was unsurprised the filly brought a hefty price. “Those horses hardly ever come for sale,” Lind said. “It’s like buying a painting by Picasso; it’s hard to put a price on it. And she has huge residual value. “We’ll train her just like any other horse,” he added, noting there was no additional pressure because of her price. Future Secured was one of two yearlings to sell for at least $300,000 and among four horses to sell for at least $200,000. Colt trotter Royal Dreams, a son of Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Bold Dreamer, sold for $300,000 to agent Robert Lindstrom. He is a half-brother to multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O’Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream. Ken Weingartner

October 24, 2015 - The diminutive mare Delicious U.S. (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB- Lemon Dra) was a game winner Saturday at Jagersro, in the Gr. II International UET Masters Series C.L. Mullers Memorial, starting from post 12 for the harness racing teamster Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. The Stall Zet owned winner scored in 1.12.1kr over 2640 meters autostart to earn 500,000SEK first money. Delicious now has a slate of 18-9-7 in 43 career starts with five wins in eight 2015 appearances. Driver Kihlstrom took back initially and eventually raced seventh behind Backfire on the outer. Delicious made a three wide move to gain the death seat with about 1000 meters to go and rounding the final bend gained advantage from then leading pacesetter Dreams Take Time. She then held off fast finishing Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide)driven by Robert Bergh to score by a length with Obi Wan (9g Ganymede-Heeja Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) third and Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) holding fourth got Peter Untersteiner. Replay: http://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20151024-jagersro-dd?id=2 Thomas H. Hicks

TORONTO -- Sometimes you have to get the breaks to win a Breeders Crown race and that proved to be the case in the harness racing event for three-year-old filly trotters as 1-5 shot Mission Brief broke stride on a clear lead in early stretch and Wild Honey emerged with the victory in the $500,000 U.S.($648,700 Cdn) event on Saturday at Woodbine. The race began as expected as Mission Brief cleared the 8-5 Wild Honey going to the quarter in a respectable :26.2. Mission Brief and Yannick Gingras cruised to the half in :56.2 with no movement from the trailers. Mission Brief kicked it into high gear late on the final turn and appeared to be opening ground effortlessly on Wild Honey hitting the three quarters in 1:25 and looking on her way to an open lengths victory. That victory would not materialize as Mission Brief blew up and was pulled to the outside in the stretch leaving Wild Honey and driver John Campbell suddenly in the lead and concerned about the trailers. Closers Im So Fancy and Speak To Me gained gradually on the Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Cantab Hall, but neither could dent the filly's margin as she won for the third straight time this year and avenged a defeat to Mission Brief in last year's Breeders Crown juvenile event. "I don't think I was going to catch her," said John Campbell of Mission Brief. "My filly was struggling on the turn and she got away from me. If you're going to beat Mission Brief you've got to stay right on her back." But Campbell's strategy to stay on Mission Brief's back was not important once the filly made a break. Mission Brief's trainer Ron Burke said his filly, "didn't warm up the best. The track didn't suit her today and she has those issues that we're not 1,000 per cent over just yet. I thought she was, but I knew warming her up that maybe we had an issue. "She was home. All she had to do was keep herself trotting so, you know, it's bad. That's the high of the sport and the lows of the sport right there. She'll be fine and there will come a time yet when she'll put it all together. She's the best horse I've ever trained." Winning trainer Jimmy Takter -- who captured his third Crown of the evening and 24th lifetime -- said he thought he had a chance. "I saw Yannick was having trouble with her (Mission Brief). She wasn't trotting as smoothly as she usually does," Takter said. Takter also put his vote in for division honors. "She won the Hambletonian (Oaks), The Kentucky Futurity (filly division) and The Breeders Crown. I think she should be the divisional champion," Takter said. Wild Honey, owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman, has now won over $1.5 million during her career. She's won 17 of 26 lifetime starts. Classical Annie and Elegant Serenity earned the final checks in the field. It was the 12th Breeders Crown victory for John Fielding, who ranks second in Crown victories by owners. By Jay Bergman

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sitting behind Mission Brief as she blazed around the Lexington oval, Wild Honey made her move in the stretch drive, sliding by Mission Brief to win the harness racing $262,500 Kentucky Filly Futurity in 1:50.4 on Saturday, October 10 at The Red Mile.   Mission Brief set the tempo of :27.2, :54.4, and 1:23.2, with Wild Honey drafting behind her the entire time. John Campbell sent Wild Honey to confront Mission Brief after sitting behind her for a brief point of the stretch drive. By the eighth pole, Wild Honey got her nose in front of Mission Brief, who began to stiffen in gait and shy away from the Jimmy Takter-trained filly. From there, Wild Honey extended her lead and won by about two lengths over Mission Brief, with Bright Baby Blues securing third off a first-over grind.   Racing for the connections of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, the filly by Cantab Hall out of the S J's Photo mare U Wanna Lindy paid $11.40 in her upset. This was her sixth win in 13 starts this season, as well as her 16th win in 25 overall starts.   "I was hoping to follow Mission Brief; there was no question about it," John Campbell said. "I had my spot picked out when she [Mission Brief] came out to try and get on her back. Once she got on her back, you don't really have to move. In the lane, when I asked this filly, she just dug in and really trotted down through the wire strong."   "I think anybody [driver-wise] can get along with her," Campbell also said. "She's very easy to drive. She's just a professional out there, and she's got a great attitude and tremendous gait. I can't take much credit for that because I believe anybody could drive her."   "She's just a tremendous horse," Jimmy Takter said. "To beat a great horse like Mission Brief like that, that tells you a lot. This filly has been running in the shadow of Mission Brief her whole campaign. She never gives up; this was the race I was hoping she would get, sitting right behind her. I know how game she is and that she never gives up; it takes a heck of a horse to fight her off. She's just a fantastic animal."   "I was very happy also because John [Campbell] was driving her and got hurt going into the Hambletonian, and he missed his drive there, so it was sweet for him to come back here and win the Futurity here," Takter also said.     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues to show increases in average prices over last year’s excellent harness racing auction, through the completion of its second session on Tuesday (Oct. 6). A total of 252 youngsters have sold for an average price of $76,845, an improvement of 2.6 percent. By itself, the second session finished in a virtual dead heat with last year’s, averaging $56,046, compared to $56,261 a year ago. Jimmy Takter was outbid on the top yearlings sold in Monday’s first session, but he would not be denied Tuesday, signing for the sale topper at $230,000. That’s All Moni is a filly by Cantab Hall out of Mom’s Millionaire, making her a three-quarter sister to the $1.4 million winning divisional and world champion filly Snow White. That’s All Moni was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent for Moni Market Breeders. A close second among the leaders on Tuesday was the trotting colt Seven Stars, selling for $225,000. From the eagerly anticipated first crop of Chapter Seven, the only first crop sire in the entire sale, the colt is from Starlet Fever, a daughter of world champion My Starlet. Myron Bell signed the slip for this colt from the consignment of Spring Haven Farm, acting as agent for Lindwood Farm. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Friday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Session 2 Statistics Group - Number Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts - 35 - $2,469,000 - $70,543 - $190,000 - $65,000 - 8  Pacing Fillies - 31 - $1,315,000 - $42,419 - $85,000 - $40,000 - 0  Trotting Colts - 45 - $2,305,000 - $51,222 - $225,000 - $42,000 - 5  Trotting Fillies - 43 - $2,542,000 - $59,116 - $230,000 - $50,000 - 4  Total - 154 - $8,631,000 - $56,046 - $230,000 - $50,000 - 17 Sale through 2 sessions Group - Number Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts - 60 - $4,869,000 - $81,150 - $230,000 - $75,000 - 20  Pacing Fillies - 55 - $3,701,000 - $67,291 - $275,000 - $50,000 - 10  Trotting Colts - 78 - $6,314,000 - $80,949 - $350,000 - $58,500 - 21  Trotting Fillies - 59 - $4,481,000 - $75,949 - $310,000 - $60,000 - 13  Total 252 - $19,365,000 - $76,845 - $350,000 - $60,000 - 64 Session 2 Leaders Yearling - Sire - Dam - Sex - Gait - Price  - Buyer - Consignor Thats All Moni - Cantab Hall - Mom's Millionaire - F - T - $230,000 - Jimmy Takter - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Seven Stars - Chapter Seven - Starlet Fever - C - T - $225,000 - Myron Bell, Agent - Spring Haven Farm, Agent Rum Punch - Somebeachsomewhere - Whos Up Whos Down - C - P - $190,000 - John Cancelliere - Dunroven Farm Glitzey Gal - Muscle Hill - Proclaiming April - F - T - $140,000 - Melvin Hartman - David McDuffee - Little E - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Who Said Not To - Well Said - Thou Shalt Not - C - P - $140,000 - Mark Steacy - Spring Haven Farm, Agent John Dally - Somebeachsomewhere - Michelle My Gal - C - P - $130,000 - Eugene Kurzrok - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Aperfectpak - Yankee Glide - Asixpakfromperfect - F - T - $130,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent - Peninsula Farm, Agent Sunshinesomewhere - Somebeachsomewhere - BJ's Canouan - C - P - $125,000 - John Fodera, Agent -  Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Beyond Tested - Muscle Hill - Southwind Maywood - C - T - $120,000 - Reijo Liljendahl - Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Southwind Hydro - Muscle Hill - Sensual Hall - C - T - $120,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Southwind General - Sportswriter - Gambler's Passion - C - P - $110,000 - Jack Darling - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Lima Avatar - American Ideal - Art's Fantasy - C - P - $110,000 - Ken Jacobs - Steiner Stock Farm High Odds - Muscle Hill - Better Odds - C - T - $110,000 - John Mehlenbacher - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Ethanol - Andover Hall - Athena Miss - F - T - $105,000 - Don Swick, Agent - Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Rock The Town - Rocknroll Hanover - Kutekatie - C - P - $100,000 - Let It Ride Stables Inc. - Allamerican Harnessbreds Warrawee Seven - Chapter Seven - Noble Peace Prize - C - T - $100,000 - Richard Gutnick, Agent - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Lima Spartan - Art Major - Silk Purse - C - P - $100,000 - Eugene Kurzrok - Steiner Stock Farm For full Sale Results click on this link. by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association 

LEXINGTON, KY-- Night two of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile was highlighted by four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old colt trotters, which were contested on Thursday, Oct. 1.   Milligan's School sat a pocket trip after failing to clear the lead into the first turn, and slid up a seam in the stretch to draw off to a 2-length win in 1:56.3 in the opening Bluegrass round. Holding the top spot through fractions of :29.3, :58.3, and 1:28 was Dominion Beach. Into the far turn, Waitlifter K supplied a challenge from first over, while Metatron had an opportunity to fan off the cones and prepare for a wide stretch drive. While in control, Dominion Beach drifted slightly off the pylons, which prompted Milligan's School to trot by to his inside. Metatron was the fiercest closer down the center of the track, but could not out-sprint Milligan's School and Andy Miller at the finish. Waitlifter K held on for third, while Make Or Miss got fourth.   Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Milligan's School, a $4.40 winner, is owned by Stroy Inc. and trained by Julie Miller. The earner of $128,494 in 10 starts this season was bred by Richard and Joyce McClelland.   "That's still pretty fresh on my mind, what happened the other night [his break on Sept. 11 at The Meadows]," Julie Miller said. "When we were sitting in the two hole here I said 'Come on, let's make sure we take advantage of this big opportunity.' It was a misfortune [the break], but we bounced back tonight. That's all you can do."   "I've been really pleased with this horse," Miller also said. "From the word go, he's just done everything I've asked. Andy [Miller] gets along with him great, and I expect a lot of good things from him."   The second split was claimed by Taco Tuesday, who benefitted from a patient drive and battled home to finish narrowly in front of Hollywood Highway in a 1:58.2 mile. Runner-up Hollywood Highway set the tempo for most the mile, putting up fractions of :30.2, :59.4, and a third-quarter in 1:29.1 thanks to the pressure of first-over Desert Runner. Taco Tuesday tracked Desert Runner two-wide into the far turn, tipping wide into the stretch. Desert Runner held the lead shortly during the stretch, while Hollywood Highway continued to battle for control, and Taco Tuesday edged into a length of the battle. Into the final sixteenth, he got a neck in front of Hollywood Highway to pull off a 12-1 upset. Finishing third was Desert Runner, and fourth was Honor Above All via disqualification of Coughlin for a lapped-on break.   Sired by Cantab Hall, out of the Yankee Glide mare Be My Baby, the James Wilhite-bred colt is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, R. Rudolph, and F. Baldassare, trained by Frank Antonacci, and driven by Andy Miller. Taco Tuesday, in his maiden-breaking score, pushes his seasonal earnings to $39,565 in six starts.   "If you watch how we are with our two-year-olds, we don't race them very early," Frank Antonacci said. "This guy I had staked to the Peter Haughton, so I really thought a lot of him all winter. Then you fall into some bad grooves and make some baby mistakes, and it doesn't take long to be in October and have $7,000 on your card."   "He just got into a couple of bad spots where he got too aggressive," Antonacci said in response to the colt's history of breaking. "When you're trying to race horses and get them back mentally, it's a little challenging sometimes. But it was nice to have Andy [Miller] qualify him last week [at Lexington]. Obviously it paid off tonight."   The pocket trip resulted in victory again in the third division, with Lagerfeld stalking tempo-setter Southwind Flash before pouncing out of the pocket in progress to a 1 1/4 length victory in 1:57.4. Southwind Flash passed the quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:00.4 before being challenged by Mavens Way, who broke into the first turn due to interference by Sutton, also off stride. Mavens Way broke before three-quarters, leaving a gap for Lagerfeld to edge out of the pocket. Timed in 1:29.4, Lagerfeld began his bid in the final quarter of a mile. By the final eighth, his nose emerged in front of Southwind Flash and the margin gradually grew as the 6-5 favorite hit the line in front. Claiming the third and fourth spots were Brownie Hanover and Kanthaka.   Trained by Jimmy Takter, the son of Yankee Glide, out of Yankee Paco mare Southern Senorita, paid $4.60 to win. He's owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Lagerfeld has now earned $279,709 in eight starts this season, with this win being his third.   "He got the perfect trip," Jimmy Takter said. "He got a little lucky with a couple of horses breaking in the first turn, but it's a tricky track tonight and last night was the same. It's maybe slightly better today, but it's very sticky at the rail and a lot of horses have a problem to find some legs there."   "It's normally like that when it's a very windy day with two-year-olds," Takter also said in regards to the benefit of coming off the pace. "It's always tough to cut the mile, and on the backside there's a very tough wind. We got a perfect trip, but I don't want to take anything away from this horse. He almost made $300,000 and he's a great potential colt."   In a wire-to-wire performance, 7-2 third choice Dupree was a winner in 1:57.3 over 1-2 favorite Bar Hopping, who began to challenge for the lead heading into the far turn. Dupree set fractions of :29.3 and :59.4 before being confronted by Bar Hopping first over. The two were stride for stride through a 1:30 third quarter before Dupree edged away from Bar Hopping after he drifted off the turn. Bar Hopping could not recuperate the lost ground off that turn and solely chased Dupree to the line while holding off third-place finisher Cloud Nine Hanover and fourth-place finisher Celebrity Pilatus.   Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Courant A B, the Andover Hall colt out of the Muscles Yankee mare Hustle N Muscle paid $9.40 to win. This was his second win out of seven starts this season, with the victory pushing his seasonal earnings to $114,031. He is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt.   "He's a real nice horse," assistant trainer Bernie Noren said. "We've always had high thoughts for him and today he showed up as the horse we thought he was gonna' be. I think he likes the big track, but he raced really good last time [in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final]. He was sick before that, but he's come back and we gave him two races, and now he's getting back to himself again."   Grand Circuit action resumes tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 2, with three divisions of the $243,000 Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace and the $292,200 Bluegrass 2-year-old colt pace. Post time is 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

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