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Some of the heavyweights of Swedish racing have made the journey to Norway this weekend as the Scandinavian circuit kicks off with top group racing at Klosterskogen. The meeting is on Saturday is highlighted by the UET Masters Series Klosterskogen Grand Prix over 2100m for a purse of 74,000 euros, one of two group two races to be run, drawing highly competitive international fields. Lutfi Kolgjini's Mosaique Face is the current European Derby and Swedish Derby champion. The stallion son of Classic Photo made his season debut on the 4th of the month running fourth at Mantorp, so will be better for this. Erik Lindegren's Francais du Gull has been in very impressive form lately having won a V75 gold division heat last month and also run second at Momarken, here in Norway, earlier in the year. He won't be meeting the likes of Sanity and Raja Mirchi here as he did last start in the V75 final. These two have the early favouritism in the markets with US import I'm The Answer, a Credit Winner trained by local trainer Frode Hamre Another local hero Thai Broadway is also heavily supported with the only other in the market being Italian-bred Oasis Bi who is now in Sweden with Stefan Petterson and will have champion Swedish driver Bjorn Goop in the cart. The second race of note is the NO Habibs Minneløp, a group two for 4YOs over 2100m, a 200,000NOK (24,175 euros) which has drawn a strong Scandinavian field led by even money favourite Becky's Serious a Staro Showbiz stallion from the local barn of Vidar Holmlund. Frode Hamre has another with a chance here in Mucsles Yankee colt Mustoyevsky who will have Per Oleg Midtfjeld in the cart. Kolgjini never travels with a bad horse and Dante Boko is a colt by boom Swedish sire Going Kronos and is sure to be prominent here. KLOSTERSKOGEN GRAND PRIX Klosterskogen 2  19/04/14 UET Masters Series  Group II  Int  2100 3-12 74 000e 1         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:   Erik Lindegren  Tr:  Erik Lindegren     2100        2          Mosaique Face (h   Classic Photo - Iona L.B. )  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini     2100         3         Tourbillon (v   Ganymede - Inlaid Pine)  Dr:  Åsbjörn Tengsareid Tr:   Åsbjörn Tengsareid    2100        4         I'm The Answer (h   Credit Winner - Southwind Flanders)  Dr:  Vidar Hop  Tr:  Frode Hamre     2100        5          Oasis B   (h   Toss Out - Up Front Jm)   Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Stefan P Pettersson     2100        6          Thai Broadway (h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)   Dr: Gunnar Austevoll Tr:   Trond Anderssen     2100        7         Premance Simoni (s   S J's Photo - Amance Höjgård)   Dr: Bo Westergård  Tr:  Bo Westergård     2100        8         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg  Tr:  Mats Karlsson     2100        9         Broadway Legs (h   Broadway Hall - Classical Flirt)   Dr: Frode Hamre   Tr: Frode Hamre     2100        10         Orali (h   Great Challenger - Action Elpin)   Dr:  Jeppe Juel   Tr:  Jeppe Juel     2100        HABIBS MINNELØP Group II  Int  4YOS 2100m  24,175 euros 1         Mustoyevsky (h   Muscles Yankee - Olympic Cheers)   Dr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Tr:  Frode Hamre         2         Tano Bork (h   Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork)   Dr: Christian Lindhardt   Tr: Christian Lindhardt       3         Shocking Icon (h   Whitesand Titan - Bernadette's Cat)   Dr: Kai Johansen  Tr:  Anders L Wolden       4         Becky's Serious (h   Staro Showbiz - Bella Coal)   Dr: Eirik Höitomt   Tr: Vidar Holmlund             5         Dante Boko (h   Going Kronos - Margherita Rosa)  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini          6         Talking Story (h   Majestic Son - R. First Inquirer)   Dr: Torgeir Hagmann  Tr:  Torgeir Hagmann       7         Glad Hall T. (s   Boardwalk Hall - Glad Suit)   Dr: Björn Garberg   Tr: Björn Garberg           8         Duke of Greenwood (h   Otello Pierji - Nikki Groenhof)   Dr: Hugo Langeweg J:r   Tr: Peter Strooper          9         Boys Going In (h   Going Kronos - Namura)   Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Fredrik Persson          10         Bullish U.S. (v   Cantab Hall - Upmarket Hanover)   Dr: Frode Hamre   Tr: Frode Hamre by David Sanders, for

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. This time of year we focus on those that caught our attention throughout spring training and will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) after another review trip. Here we go for recap #1: #24 A Schocker (2ct Andover Hall-Stretch The Limit-Tom Ridge) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of dam and first by Andover Hall. #127 Morcredit Blue Chip (2ct Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor-Malabar Man) - Charles Sylvester. Full brother to Maud Blue Chip (2, 1:58s, $222,203 in 2013), a returning three year-old performer for 2014 stakes that qualified last weekend. #77 Feel Lucky (2ct Lucky Chucky-Classic N Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Classic Casette by Florida Pro. Dam is 100% producer from the first three foals (all geldings) including Super Classic 3,2:00.1h ($91,303), Lindy's Best Yet 4,1:56.1f ($85,904) and Lindor 4,1:56.3f ($21,882) He looks like a prospect! #145 Talbot Hercules (2ct Muscles Yankee-Northern Flare-Andover Hall) - Charles Sylvester. First foal of the mare she with record 4,1:58.1f ($69,161) and daughter of Flame Tamer by Super Pleasure. #3 Madrid (2ct Credit Winner-Starcelona-Muscles Yankee) -Paul Kelley. First foal of Starcelona (2, 1:55.1, $44,750). Solid trainee from Paul Kelley's well-bred trotting collection. #23 Aldebaran Eagle (2ct Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of dam with 4, 1:56.1s mark and $56,338 earned. Her 2011 foal, Walk The Walk, by Muscle Hill just earned a qualifying record of 3, q1:57.2. #33 Keystone Bodacious (2ct Muscle Massive-Balanced Action-Balanced Image) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-brother to three $100,000 plus winners including Logan's Hero (6,1:54.2s, $379,425), Manningly (4,1:52.3f, $344,631) and Keystone Bernard (3,1:55.3f, $213,441). Grand looking individual. #48 Total Darkness (2ct Muscles Yankee-Leila-Andover Hall) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of unraced daughter of CR Royal Jeannie. #45 Stirling Diva (2ft Muscle Massive-Shan Riches) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-sister to Ellen's Isle (4, 1:53,2f, $264,080) and Loch Katrine (5, 1:56.1f, $214,953). #50 Walk Over Water (2ft Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) - Jonas Czernyson. Full-sister to Falls For You (4, 1:52.2, $1,311,152). 8 Total Darkness, 45 Stirling Diva, 50 Walk Over Water Itsabouttimebaby (2ct Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed) - Ron Gurfein Stable. First foal of stakes winning dam with record 4,q1:55.3f ($297,989), she from True Love by Pine Chip. This one has trained well all spring - impressive. Very Much So (2ft Donato Hanover-Bedswerver-SJ's Photo) - Fred Grant. Half-sister to Marat (3, 1:56.2f, $59,621) #5 Iron (2ct Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou) - Lindy Farms. Full-brother to Lindy's Jersey Boy (4, 1:52.4f, $268,247) from a franco-american dam. #4 Mesmerized (2ct Cantab Hall-Gift Card-Credit Winner) - Lindy Farms. Second foal of multiple NYSS and final winner Gift Card (2, 1:55.2, $253,733), she a sister to World Champion and million-dollar plus winner Crazed. Interested owners and visitors have been attentive to the action, and their investments, throughout spring. The Sunshine Meadows three year-olds and up continue to progress as well, including Sylvester's Spider Blue Chip and Toss Cartwright. Many of the two year-olds are now at 2:20 or below - we expect the favorites might change again as they move north to approach qualifying tests. Dreams sometimes come true. Spider Blue Chip (outside), Toss Cartwright (inside) for the Sylvester Stable. Toss Cartwight 2,1:57f ($46,749) by Muscles Yankee-Toss Up-Supergill, Toss Up the dam of six winners in 1:57 or better including Tawesome 3,1:53.3 ($103,120) by Thomas H. Hicks

Solvato and reinsman/trainer Veijo Heiskanen took today's Olympiatravet trial #3, the V75-3 Gold event on the Eskilstuna card in Sweden. The import from the USA scored in 1.11.3kr over 2140 meters autostart to defeat nine rivals and earn 150,000SEK. It was the seventh lifetime win in 33 starts for the five year-old son of Donato Hanover. Other USA imports Kash's Cantab and Formula One ended second and third. April 12, 2014 Eskilstuna, Olympiatravet test 3 (final April 26), 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.11.3kr 1st Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver for owner Denco HB, USA. His first 2014 victory in four starts. 2nd Kash's Cantab, Bjorn Goop, USA 3rd Formula One, Orjan Kilhstrom, USA (recovered from early break) 4th Kaffir Face. Lutfi Kolgjini Solvato's victory set up the Olympiatravet field. Two horses qualified and one wildcard was handed out. "I'm very happy to be a part of Olympiatravet, especially at Aby as it by our home race track," said trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen. The gold division and the Olympiatravet qualification race was the main event of Saturday's V75. The race included the biggest favorite of the day, Formula One, but he went off stride just in the beginning of the race. Instead we saw a fantastic performance by USA-born Solvato. He got to the lead 600 meters into the race and was unstoppable with a clar victory. Trainer Heiskanen said about the race: "This time I drove him with high speed directly from the start. He felt great and when he crossed the finishing line he could have had the same speed for a couple of hundred meters more. I hope he can perform like this many years to come." Behind Solvato, the Stig H Johansson trained and Bjorn Goop driven Kash's Cantab grabbed second and was invited to the Olympiatravet. Jon Walter Pedersen, sports director of Ãby and in charge of Olympiatravet, was at Eskilstuna and was pleased with the result. He gave away one more wildcard to Olympiatravet, saying "We have sent an invite to Brad de Veluwe and Tuomas Korvenoja has returned with a yes answer! We have one more wildcard to hand out and we're hoping to bring in a French horse." The line-up for Olympiatravet to-date is: Sanity and Harry Haythrow (from qualification race 1) Noras Bean and Mr Picolit (from qualification race 2) Solvato and Kash's Cantab (from qualification race 3) Yarrah Boko and Brad de Veluwe (wildcards) Olympiatravet final take place at Ãby on April 26. On the same Saturday card the six year-old Pine Chip son K.L.M. Buymethemoon won the Bronze Division in 1.12.1kr over 1640 meters autostart. Kenneth Haugstad was the pilot as they defeated the USA import Sandra Volo and Photoshop. April 12, 2014 Eskilstuna, Bronze Div. 110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.1kr 1st K.L.M. Buymethemoon (6m Pine Chip-K.L.M. See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover), Kenneth Haugstad up, 5/1, Norway, second win in three 2014 starts and now eight for 40 lifetime 2nd Sandra Volo (5f Cantab Hall-Sandra Victory-Valley Victory), Johan Untersteiner for trainer Roger Walman, 2.3/1, imported from USA in 2012 3rd Photoshop, Jennifer Tillman up, 5.7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Beer Summit (5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl) won today's Kat. 3 event at Bollnas, Sweden earning 30,000SEK first prize with his 1.14.8kr score over 2140 meters autostart. Missing from the field was the scratched Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah. Beer Summit was reined by Jorma Kontio for the Arctic Light Stable. The 2013 import from the US last raced there on May 22, 2013 and won for driver Andrew McCarthy in 1.10.1kr. He was making his initial 2014 appearance and now has posted seven career wins in 33 starts for 3,199,011SEK earned. Beer Summit won the Standardbred Stake at Delaware, OH in 2012 timed in a stakes record 1:56.1h for trainer Noel Daley, Trustworthy As was second today for Henrik Svensson with Miss Sue V third for Daniel Reden. Nobody takes feature at Kincsem Park, Hungary Nobody, a six year-old son of Tony Oaks took Saturday’s featured Scott Palmer DIJ at Kincsem Park. Owned, trained and driven by Emil Csordas, the veteran wore down the leader in late stretch and  scored in 1.16.5kr over 1900 meters autostart, to secure the winners’ share of the 500,000Huf purse as the narrow 2.7/1 favorite. The Allison Hollow stallion, Jackpot Star, rallied late to be second over pacesetting Orangyal, a six year-old Wall Street Banker mare. April 5, 2014 Kincsem Park, Scott Palmer DIJ, 500,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart, 7 starters, 1.16.5kr 1st Nobody (7m Tony Oaks-Gunnel Diadem), Emil Csordas owner/trainer/driver, 2.7/1 2nd Jackpot Star (11m Allison Hollow-Aniko Star), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver up, 12.8/1 3rd Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo), Balazs Juhasz up for trainer Pal Vicen, 2.8/1 The undercard saw victories engineered by the good mares Amazing Lobell (by Incredible Crafts) in 1.15.6kr over 1800 meters in the Demure Handicap (an impressive gate to wire score) and Oklahoma Font (by Toss Out) in the Colocaid DIJ over 1960 meters autostart. The Muscles Yankee five year-old mare PS I Love You was second in this contest with the Love You filly Raffaella SM ending third by Thomas H. Hicks, for

With the Elitloppet just six weeks away, interest is stirring as to the possible invitees for the big race, with American imports, which are trained in Sweden, coming under the spotlight. Already last year's entrant, Shaq Is Back, has impressed many with a comfortable victory in Karlstad recently in the time of 1.10.4, which was the fastest winning time in Sweden so far this season and trainer Daniel Reden has acknowledged another start in Sweden's great race is on the son of Credit Winner's agenda. "Of course I'm aiming for Elitloppet. He has gained a lot of muscles this winter and become a totally different horse. If things continue like this, I'm hoping he will go really fast,"  said Reden, who imported the horse as a 3YO from the barn of  Ray Schnittker, for whom he ran second in the $200,000 New York Sires Stakes final. There are five US imports lining up this weekend in the Malarpriset in Sundbyholm and they will be looking to earn a ticket to one of the world's glamour races, although that will be through the Olympiatravet At the top of the list is Formula One, who was bought as a yearling by Finnish owners Onkel Invest Oy and trained initially in Sweden by Stig Johansson, now trained at Solvalla by Reijo Liljendahl . The son of Yankee Glide was a Elitloppet finalist last year and has won 19 of his 34 starts including the a Group One UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris. Not only has he made the Elitloppet final, he is also a heat winner of two international Group One races in Italy and Sweden, with a third in the final of the Group One Konung Gustaf V'S Pokal (Gr1) at Aby. Trainer Reijo Liljendahl told ATG's website Formula One feels great in training ahead of his first season start Saturday. "We had him on layoff early last fall so he should be well prepared for this season. He has gone through hard training during winter though and it feels like he is in good shape," Liljendahl said. "We hope that he will stay healthy and continue his great form. I hope he can have his peak at the end of May and hopefully get revenge for last year's Elitlopp. "Even if that race isn't our main goal for the season," Lijendahl said,  "I hope he can perform well there. Last year the qualification race was messy and in the final he got stuck and still had a lot of power when he crossed the finishing line." SJ's Caviar's son, Fawkes, was trained in the United States by Jonas M Czernyson and was good enough to race in the Hambletonian as a 3YO. He is from the family of Pearsall Hanover, a successful sire in Sweden and Muscle Memory who ran third in the Hambo. Exported to Sweden as a late 3YO to Ake Svanstedt's barn, he has been lightly raced but has won the prestigious Group One Konung Gustav V's Pokal and was third in Group One Sprintermästaren in Sweden. Since Svanstedt moved Stateside he has transferred to Peter Untersteiner's stable and will also be making his seasonal debut at Sundbyholm after only racing three times last season with one win. Kash's Cantab a son of Cantab Hall, has also been plying his trade in Sweden from the Stig Johannson barns, since he was a 3YO and is the winner of 8 of his 54 starts. While he hasn't won a Group race yet, the now six year-old he has placed in group races in Italy and Norway and he is a tough old campaigner who also has Bjorn Goop in the cart. Other US imports in the race include the Yankee Glide gelding, Tidied, racing out of Stefan Melander's barn, and a Bronze Division V75 final winner while Solvato is an imported son of Donato Hanover who was formally trained in the States by Trond Smedshammer. Daniel Reden's other entrant also has US connections, being top mare Dilleval Kall who is a daughter of Muscles Yankee. MÃLARPRISET, Sundbyholm 12/04/14 V75 Gold Division 2140m 1 Kash's Cantab (h Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash) Dr: Bjorn Goop Tr: Stig H Johansson 2 Formula One (h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of) Dr: Orjan Kihlstrem Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 4 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 5 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Stefan Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 6 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 7 Tidied Accelerator (g Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Fawkes (h Sj's Caviar - Up Front Peg)  Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 9 Dileva Käll (s Muscles Yankee - Leva Kroll) Dr: Daniel Reden Tr: Daniel Reden 10 Macho Gossip (g Love You - Fox Valley Anabell) Dr: Ãke Lindblom Tr: Ãke Lindblom by David Sanders, for

The racing season is fast approaching and stables based at Sunshine Meadows have and are readying excellent older (three year-olds and up) players for stakes and northern track overnights. Several that have caught our attention are profiled below. Spider Blue Chip (4gt, Andover Hall-Southwind Catlin-Muscles Yankee) - Charles Sylvester 3, 1:51.3, $1,178,099, 12 time winner in 28 starts. Owned by David Mc Duffee and Melvin Hartmanand bred by McLain L. Ward, Brewster, NY. Hambletonian elimination winner in 2013 along with Breeders Crown and world record win in the Colonial. Acapulco Hall (3ft Deweycheatmnhowe-Ali's Cat-Meadow Road) - Fred Grant Unraced in 2013. Classy filly owned and by Walnut Hall Limited, Lexington, KY. Dam has produced Amigo Hall (3, 1:54, $928,183), Ally Hall (2, 1:57.1s, $384,595) and Great Challenger (3,q1:55.3, $182,471) and four other sub-2:00 record performers. Sorrento Hall (3gt, Groton Hall-SB's Fuscia Image-Balanced Image) - Fred Grant 2, 1:58, $134,090. Bred and owned by Walnut Hall Limited, Lexington, KY. Kentucky Sires Stakes Final winner in 2013. Starfall Winner (3ft Credit Winner-Myth-Lindy Lane) - Robert Bencal Stable. Sixth foal of Myth, dam of Mythical Lindy (3, 1:53.2, $629,104), Mythical Hall (5, 1:55f, $345,283) and Valbruna (3, 1:56.1s, $116,142). Sunshine Meadows trainees are rapidly gearing up for the 2013 racing campaign. On Saturday, Jonas Czernyson's band of female trotters qualified at the new Meadowlands in fine fashion- Maven, 1.56.1; D'orsay, 1:56.3; Ma Chere Hall, 1:56.4; Coffeecake Hanover, 1:57.3 and Mistery Woman, 1:57.4. At Pompano Park, Bob Bencal's Sina (4mt Cantab Hall-Third Reef-Conway Hall) was a qualifying winner in 1:57.3f for reinsman Michael Marx, Jr. Fred Grant piloted his trainee Somenicebeach (3mp Somebeachsomewhere-Up Front Gal-Dragon Again) to a 1:56.1f win and followed that with a 1:56.2f victory behind Shamballa (4hp Somebachsomewhere-Bolero Takara-Life Sign). Two other Sunshine trainees won "for money" events at Pompano. Dewayne Minor scored with Mitey Savage in 2:00.2f and Francisco de Cid reined Broadway's Fortune to a 1:58.1f victory. Others yet to start for money, but worth watching, include Master of Law and Lindy's Tru Grit from the Lindy Farms barn trained by Domenico Cecere, Ken Oscarsson's Scacco Matto (a Kentucky eligible three year-old colt), and Jarold Hawks' Jack Litten (a Muscle Mass colt that qualified at Pompano). by Thomas H. Hicks

Results from March 31 and April 1 produced interesting trotting winners at multiple venues in Northern Europe as action heats up leading to the Elitloppet and its prep events. Shaq Is Back and Traveling Man were noteworthy winners. Both are trained by Daniel Reden. Shaq Is Back won his third straight in 2014, the March 31 victory in a sharp 110.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance at Farjestad. March 31, 2014 Mantorp, Bonne Aparte (6g Offshore Dream-Kelsey Lady-SpotliteLobell, 1.14.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Magdalena Ulriks-Siminski up Mantorp, Onas Sonja (5f Civil Action-Goodtime Doll-Balanced Image), 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Fredrik Berg up defeating True Blue For You (5f Yankee Glide-Alanis Blue Chip-Kadabra) and Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip) with Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer/co-owner Per Eriksson Farjestad, Shaq Is Back (7m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream), 1.10.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 35,000SEK to winner, Daniel Reden trainer/driver as winner defeated Hamres One More (7m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Circles (5f by Majestic Son). The winner recorded his Third Straight 2014 victory Farjestad, Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane), 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Mercedes Balogh aboard Farkestad, Bar Plombier (5g Tony Oaks-Francine Bar-Foreign Office), 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorman Kontio at the lines Aby, Perfect Kronos (5g Yankee Glide-Dame Kronos-King Conch), 1.16.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Anders Svanstedt driving Aby, Windson Yankee (4m Windsong's Legacy-Wind Glider-Yankee Glide), 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 25,000SEK first prize, Andre Eklundh aboard April 1, 2014 Bolinas, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell), 1.16.5kr over 2140 meters turning start, 15,000SEK to winner, Leif Witasp driver/trainer Jagersro, Benico d'Sam (3m Ready Cash-Royale For You-Love You), 1.17.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 20,000SEK to winner, Niklas Lindblad up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini Jagersro, Shosholoza As (4f Broadway Hall-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune), 1.18.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Christoffer Eriksson the teamster Jagersro, Nebraska SAS (7g Abano As-Zelda Per-Crowning Point), 1.14.1kr over 1640 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver Eskilstuna, Pigtails (6f Varenne-Sweet Young Thing-Nevele Pride), 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Antti Vetelainen driver Eskilstuna, Stylish Hanover (5f Yankee Glide-Susi's Image-Balanced Image), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorma Kontio up, her 9th career win in 16 starts Eskilstuna, Eros Tooma (6m Diamond Way-Atas Nice Girl L-Desert Ruler), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK to winner, Jennifer Tillman aboard Eskilstuna, Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli), 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Daniel Reden, the veteran stallions' second straight 2014 win and 22nd lifetime in 72 starts for earnings of 2.26SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Friction (7m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) third for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for Stefan Melander owner/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks, for

The incomparable Mack Grace SM heads a strong field for the 110,000 euro Gran Premio Societa Campo Mirafiori, an Italian national group one for horses 5years and older at Turin on Sunday. It is the champion stallion's first appearance since he made a cameo appearance in the Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes, which was, as expected a good deal too far for the Italian speedster, who is all but invincible at home at distances under 2100m. To date the Antonio Porzio-trained son of unheralded US export CC's Chuckie T and Ambro Grace has amassed 1,286,719 euros following 46 victories from 92 attempts which included an amazing 17 out of 18 prior to his Prix d'Amerique failure. Indeed, he had a stellar 2013, in which he won 11 group races last year including six at group one level including the Grand Slam jewel Lotteria di Agnano final for the second time. But all his major wins have been at home, although with his record over multiple heat races on the same day, you would think a race like Sweden's Elitloppet would be right up his ally. This is a superb field for this year's renewal of the Turin classic, with top French trainers Fabrice Souloy (Marielles) and Thierry Duvaldestin (Pascia' Lest) fronting up with their Italian-bred charges which are now trained from their Normandy bases. Marielles won the group one Gran Premio Nazioni on this track in November, beating French champ Timoko and has been competing in France during the Winter Meeting, where she picked up several decent checks, including one for third in the prestigious Prix de Bourbonnais. She also raced under saddle in the World Championship for monte, the Prix du Cornullier, although she galloped. Pascia' Lest, a former Italian Derby winner, is coming off some super form in France, where he ran second to Univers de Pan in the Grand Criterium Nice-Matin in early March. The son of Varenne also ran third twice in French group twos at Vincennes in the just completed Winter Meeting, which speaks volumes for his potential ability at the very highest level. Napolean Bar is another with more than half a million euros in winnings from 12 wins from 42 starts, including six at group level. This son of Varenne was second in last year's Lotteria final and also has some very credible French form with a group two runners-up and a fifth placing in the Criterium Continental , the year it was won by French superstar Timoko (2011). He has just come back from a brief excursion to France, but was second in his last Italian start, to none other than Mack Grace SM. The other with perhaps a chance in this is Cantab Hall stallion Owen CR, another with French experience, a winner of seven of his 42 start, 4 at group level for 537,219 euros with an uncanny ability to get in the money in the big races. He won the GP Giorgio Jegher last year, which although his only win in 2013 was one of 11 top three placings including eight runners-up checks. GRAN PREMIO SOCIETA CAMPO MIRAFIORI Turin, Italy 2014-04-06 Group 1 Nat 1600m  110 000 euros 1 Owen Cr (h Cantab Hall - Boemia Cr) Dr: Pietro Gubellini Tr: Pietro 2 Marielles (m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Napoleon Bar (h Varenne - Dalmazia) Dr: Giampaolo Minnucci Tr: Catello Savarese 4 Mack Grace Sm (h CC's Chuckie T - Ambro Grace Sm) Dr: Roberto Andreghetti Tr: Antonio Porzio 1 5 Pascia' Lest (h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Orione Degli Dei (g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) Dr: Mauro Baroncini Tr: Mauro Baroncini 7 Probo Op (h From Above - Elimara) Dr: Edoardo Moni T Tr: eam Moni 8 Oibambam Effe {m Classic Photo - Etna Sec) Dr: Andrea Guzzinati Tr: Salvatore Carro 9 Newyork Newyork (h Supergill - Viola d'Amore) Dr: Lorenzo Baldi Tr: Lorenzo Baldi 10 Pace del Rio (h Varenne - Urbem d'Asolo) Dr: Santo Mollo Tr: Santo Mollo by David Sanders, for

Well no one else had a clue either about Norwegian racing -no one picked the V75 which jackpots this week. Local horses won three of the seven races and Danish trainers picked up two. Stormsky, Solo Nolo and More Than Enough ticked our boxes but our bankers were from Wall Street and ran off with our money. If we had managed to guess that Pericle Bi or Foynland Image at odds of more than 45/1 would win we would have got $264.80 back and six winners got a massive $8949.20. But this week it is finals week at the biggest track in Sweden, Solvalla. We get a chance to do it all again. V75-1 Fristads Kansas (Klass I) Final. In a field of good in form horses, this looks to be between BBS Sugarlight (3) and Frozen (4) who is unbeaten for new Danish trainer Peter Jensen. Both have had three wins in a row this year and have drawn well. BBS Sugarlight has his usual partner, the in form Peter Untersteiner while the brilliant Johny Takter jumps on board Frozen for the final. Look the two to couple up. 2140m: Selection 3 (4) V75-2 Bronze division final Sahara Fairytale (4) has won a Klass 1 V75 final before and is looking to add a Bronze title to her resume. From the super Lutfi Kolgjini barn and has the speed to get to the front where "Ludde" likes to drive them. There are some tough performers in this who will make it tough for her like Rooibos (1) and Queasy (8), but we have to find a banker somewhere and Kolgjini has made enough money in this game to be one in real life. 2140m: Selection 4 V75-3 Olympiatravet qualifier (GrII) UET (Gold final) Now we're talking. The big guns are starting to get to the races as Spring breaks in Sweden. It is a great field for the Olympiatravet qualifier with the likes of the inform conqueror of the French, Sanity (3), who ran a surprising second to old warhorse Harry Haythrow (5) last start. Throw in former age-group stars who look like being real topliners Raja Mirchi (2) and Dreams Take Time (8), and there are four to put in the mix. 2140m: Selection 3-5-2-8 V75-4 V75-Klass II, final 2140m: Archangel Am (6) is a horse on the rise. A son of boomSwedish sire Going Kronos from the stable of Lutfi Kolgjini, has been super impressive in his last three wins and looks one headed for the higher ranks quickly. Drawn well, should get to the front and Kolgjini, a master at judging the pace, will do the rest. A banker for mine. Selection 6 V75-5 Diamantstoet final 2140m: Valkyria ROK (4) won impressively last week, leading from the front in the hands of Erik Adielsen, who will drive her again. Drawn to get a good chance to do the same again, she should win this. She will face competition for the front running role form Vacation Silvio (6) so she should be kept safe as an alternate just in case Thomas Uhrberg can get his regular drive across from the gate. Selection 4 (6) V75-6 Pixies lopp Elite mares1640m: With this week's retirement of Tamla Celeber, the elite division is missing a superstar, although the great daughter of Cantab Hall just as often took and beat the big boys as her own gender. Canaka BF (10) has five wins in six starts, with a sixth two starts back at Aby. Beatasine (3) is in great form with three wins in a rown while Muscles Yankee mare Dileva Kall (8) is a very good performer also and coming off a win last start. It is outsider time, and I'm going to throw in an old favourite, who is from Finland originally, is by the greatest stallion in Europe (Love You) and has one of my favourite drivers on board, in Johnny Takter. And she named after a favourite Beatles song of mine when I was a youngster. The stars line up for She Loves You (7). Selection 10-3-8-7 V75-7 Silver division final 2140m: We've been following Chapeau (10) for a while, and he will be in the mix here along with the consistent Claes Boko (3) and Lutfi Kolgjini's Orione Spin (1). I'm going to throw in two outsiders for our five selection race with the two most competive drivers in Sweden drawing good positions for their charges. Gigant Slugger (4) has Johnny Takter in the bike while Utlity Bus (5) has Bjorn Goop as a passenger. These guys are great at getting in longshots so lets hope they can do the same for us. Selection 10-3-1-4-5 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Solvalla. SINGLE WAGERS $2 SOLVALLA Race 5 Frozen (4) Race 6 Sahara Fairytale (4) Race 7 Sanity (3) Race 8 Archangel Am (6) Race 9 Valkyria ROK (4) Race 10 She Loves You (7) Race 11 Chapeau (10)

DOVER, Del.---- For the third consecutive start, Tina Clark and Joe Clark's Baximum came on strongly to win the $20,000 Open Trot/Handicap over a 'sloppy track' on Wednesday, March 12 at Dover Downs. As has been usual, Baximum began his move after the first half mile. Daryl Bier ushered the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine veteran up on the outside in mid-backstretch picking up steam to go into the lead approaching the final turn and then waltzed home in a 1:55 mile. I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) last turning for home dashed home to finish second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) taking the show payoff. Baximum, conditioned by Bobby Clark, has assembled a 2014 record of five of seven times in the money and won $34,290 in purses. His career bankroll is $457,014. After making a misstep last time out, Jailhouse Juice returned to the winning track disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54.4 victory in the semi-feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Trainer-driver Toby Lynch got the Jailhouse Jesse-Wine Cup gelding to the top and he stayed there for his third win of the year. Ideal Revenue (George Dennis) came from far back to edge Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) for second. Toby, and son Jason, Lynch owned the winner of $27,365 this year and $100,952 lifetime. Corey Callahan drove three winners; Trace Tetrick, Ron Pierce, Tony Morgan and G. Dennis had two win each. Mustang Art seeks repeat in Delaware Special Wednesday Mustang Art drew the outside facing Nova Artist and All Stienam this week after winning the last $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap, this week’s feature on Thursday, March 13 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art sat behind front pacing Nova Artist driven by Allan Davis for Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist until the stretch before recording his second victory of the year. Sean Bier drove Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor to a third-place finish in front of Brit Evans and Foulk Stables’ Full Of Sand, and Corey Callahan.  Not to be overlooked in the fast field are J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam with Ross Wolfenden; Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally, handled by Trace Tetrick;  Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool driven by George Dennis, and Peter Tritton’s Malak Uswaad N, piloted by Tony Morgan. John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus (Pierce), last week’s winner starts from the outside in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap pace facing Jim Berndt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) and Baron Racing’s EZ Noah (A.Davis) in the seven-horse field on a strong supporting card. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Today's Laval co-featured Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, a European monte test for 27,000e, went to veteran Jag de Bellouet stallion Remember Jihem. Fabien Gence rode the J-M Monclon trainee to his first victory since early June 2013. He rallied along the pegs with 700 meters to go in the 2875 meter test to score easily in 1.14.4kr, his 10th career victory. Longshots Rescousse de Barb and Riquewihr finished two-three. March 12, 2014 Laval, Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, 27,000e, European monte, 10- starters, 2875 meters (m=male; f=female)  1.14.4kr 1st Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana-Pietro), Fabien Gence up for Jean-Marie Monclon, 2.5/1 odds, his 10th career victory for earnings of 349,700e 2nd Rescousse de Barb (9f L'as de Vivetaute-Gaie Melodie-Quadrophenio), Mlle. Marion Lemonnier, 58/1 3rd Riquewihr (9g Tenor de Baune-Itara-Reve d'Udon), Yann Joblot up, 24/1 Last Sunday's Grand Criterium de Vitesse winner, Univers de Pan, will soon begin his initial season at stud at Haras du Prieure while also racing. Trainer Philippe Daugeard will point his pupil, a beautiful and great gaited son of Kenya du Pont, toward the April 19 Prix de l'Atlantique at Enghien and will consider Sweden's Olympiatravet, the Oslo Grand Prix and Kymi Grand Prix albeit they may represent tight scheduling difficulties. Daugeard commented that his first concern is the horse, and having him fresh and ready for the next winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. On the Sunday Cagnes sur mer card Germany's Armando Kievitshof and reinsman Rik Dupuydt took the 50,000e Prix de Rome in 1.14kr over 2925 meters. The son of Ganymede, from a Spotlite Lobell dam, scored at 9.6/1 odds for his ninth lifetime win. March 9, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Rome Tor di Valle, 50,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.14kr 1st Armando Kievitshof (7g Ganymede-Continental Lobell-Spotlite Lobell), Rik Dupuydt up for trainer Carine de Soete, owner DVBA Campus RPF, 9.6/1 odds, his ninth career win for 293,599e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene-Ortolan), Eric Raffin aboard, 2.3/1 3rd Swing d'Eronville (8g Jag de Bellouet-Lucie d'Eronville-Workaholic), J-C Feron up at 30/1 Other European racing of interest took place Saturday at Farjestad (Sweden) as the Jag de Bellouet stallion Francois de Gull took the V-75 Gold Division in a quick 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart. He defeated a well-balanced field including BAHT Launcher. On the card trainer Per Eriksson recorded a training win with the Cantab Hall mare Livacious Lindy. March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, Gold, 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner  1.11.3kr 1st Francois du Gull (7m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Erik Adielsson up, winners' 13th in 67 starts for 2,547,172SEK 2nd BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Orjan Kihlstrom up 3rd Dileva Kall (8f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell), Daniel Reden driver/trainer March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, conditioned 2640 meters turning, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.6kr 1st Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip), Jorma Kontio driver for trainer Per K. Eriksson who co-owns with Per Rodert; this 2010 import from US has won four times in five 2014 starts and five of 28 lifetime by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

DOVER, Del.---- A stretch-dash from Baximum proved successful again in a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 25. In his usual style, driver Daryl Bier waited in the back of the field before putting Baximum into full flight turning for home. It was no contest in the lane as the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine gelding rushed past dueling Green Day (Vic Kirby) and Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) to win by 2-lengths. The win was the second-straight for the seven-year-old trained by Bobby Clark and owned by Tina Clark and Joe Clark. It was his 22nd career win and brought his lifetime earnings to $447,014. Earlier, Eddie Dennis steered I'm So Striking along the passing lane to roll past Can Do (Kirby) and Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) for a 1:55.4 score. Dennis also conditions the So Striking-Ringside Katie gelding owned by Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable. It was I'm So Striking's third win of the year and 11th lifetime good for $178,088 earnings. Can Do got up for second with Looking Hanover settling for third. Vic Kirby had a three-win day. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce each won two as did meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis. Upset brewing in Dover feature Thursday All Stienam returns to this week's $27,500 Delaware Special meeting Nova Artist and Feel Like A Fool, last week's winner in an eight-horse field. After a week off, All Stienam takes on last week’s upset winner Feel Like A Fool in the $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap on a strong Thursday, Feb. 27 program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. All Stienam, a winner of his last two , four out of five and five of his most recent seven starts, returns in the feature with Ross Wolfenden driving for JJ&M Stable and Green Racing. Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool came from fifth around the final turn for George Dennis to score a 1:51 win last Thursday. Trainer Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally, fresh from a win last time with Trace Tetrick, steps up and starts from the rail with Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor and Sean Bier, alongside. Also returning after a week off, Eddie and Kathy Davis’ local favorite Nova Artist with driver Allan Davis, leaves from post 8. Another regular, Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art and driver Ron Pierce is always a factor. Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy, teamed with Vic Kirby; Owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch’s Sunshine Superman will be the one to catch in this field. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player (Callahan) seeks his fourth consecutive victory 0leaving from post 8 in the $17,500 4&&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap pace. JL Benson’s Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) finished second last time with Just Bettor (Tetrick), racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, third last week. Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing’s Wahine (Jim Morand) has a two-race win streak going. Not to be overlooked are Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi’s Rage M Ryan, (Ross Wolfenden), from the rail; Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante); Irwin Samelman’s Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and Baron Racing’s EZ Noah (A.Davis) complete the lineup. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.----. Ashes Cash won the $20,000 Open trot over a track labeled "good' on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden drove Ashes Cash for trainer Leigh Raymer of the Tyler Raymer Stable to his second win in a row and third in his last three races chalking up a 1:55 score in the week's top trot. A career winner of 17 races in 32 starts, the Vito Cucci-owned Cash Hall-Ashameg four-year-old gelding won easily. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) closed well and made a misstep in his final steps and finished second. Mandabra (Corey Callahan) took third money. Baximum finally made the winner's circle in his sixth 2014 start. The Cantab Hall-Bax Machine gelding, trained by Bobby Clark, had been close in recent races. After starting from the outside, Daryl Bier worked his way into challenging position and closed strongly to overtake front-trotting Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) in the late going to notch a 1:54.4 triumph. Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) finished third for the second straight start. After consecutive second-place finishes, Ideal Revenue made the winner's circle with a 1:56.4 victory with George Dennis in the bike. Trainer Jim Atkinson owns the Revenue S-New Ideal gelding with his wife Carol. Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) was placed second and Jailhouse Juice (Toby Lynch) placed third after Picard (Callahan), who was second to the finish line, made a lapped-on break nearing the wire. The win was one of two for the Atkinsons. Their Brite Jet scored a 39-1 surprise with Allan Davis driving, to win a $6,000 Mares pace. . Trace Tetrick, Ron Pierce, Allan Davis, George Dennis, Corey Callahan and trainers Josh Green and Leigh Raymer of the Tyler Raymer Stable had two wins each. $27,000 Delaware Special at Dover Thursday Mustang Art and Feel Like A Fool, both second in last week starts, head the $27,500 Delaware Special on a strong program on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Since acquiring in 2012, Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art and driver Ron Pierce has been successful racing in Delaware and Pennsylvania including two wins this season twice was second in this event in his last start.  Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool, a purchase last November at Harrisburg has been racing well for George Dennis and was second in last week’s edition. Jim Morand drove Dreamfair Kovu to a 17-1 upset last week while Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s Full Of Sand, third last time leaves from the rail with Corey Callahan. Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor teamed with Sean Bier and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy, handled by Vic Kirby, complete the starting lineup. Lindwood Player (Callahan), owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, carries a two-straight win streak into the $17,500 4&&5-Year-Old Open pace. Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) has been impressive in his starts since arriving from Balmoral Park. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi’s Rage M Ryan, (Ross Wolfenden) is program favorite. JL Benson’s Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) drew the rail. Irwin Samelman’s Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) has won twice already this year, and Jeremes General (Allan Davis) racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta should benefit from a better starting post. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Pastor Stephen, the full-brother to O'Brien Award finalist Father Patrick and the highest priced yearling of 2013, Custom Fit, has been retired to stud duty. After winning the Dan Patch Award in the U.S. as top two-year-old trotting colt of 2010, the son of Cantab Hall - Gala Dream had a disappointing sophomore campaign spattered with signs of brilliance. His last race at three came in his elimination of the 2011 Canadian Trotting Classic after winning his Simcoe division the week before in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Pastor Stephen was diagnosed with a broken coffin bone and shut down for the season, with his future as a racehorse in question. He was sold to Swedish interests and his new owners attempted a comeback with him at age five but the stallion could only muster a second-placed finish from two starts. His owners, Sweden's Stall Zet, have stated that the demand for breeding to Pastor Stephen in Sweden is so great that they've decided to shut him down. That demand was surely heightened by the success of his brother, Father Patrick. Trained by Jimmy Takter -- as was Pastor Stephen -- Father Patrick reeled off nine straight wins in 2013 to end the season with 10 wins from 11 starts, losing only once by the margin of a head and establishing himself as the fastest two-year-old colt trotter in harness racing history by virtue of his 1:52.1 win in his Breeders Crown elimination. Impressed enough by his two full-brothers, Takter shelled out $475,000 for Cantab Hall yearling Custom Fit at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. That final bid was the highest amount paid for a Standardbred yearling in North America for 2013. Reprinted with permission by

DOVER, Del.---- Modern Family disposed of five rivals en route to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $20,000 over a "good" track on Wednesday, Feb. 5 feature at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan had a driving four-bagger but the spotlight belonged to the USHWA 2013 Driver of the Year, Tim Tetrick, who returned to racing following his recent hip surgery and won two races on the program. Daryl Bier guided Modern Family into the lead at the quarter and led throughout the mile posting his 14 career victory in 39 starts and $283,822 in purses. Bier, Charles Dombeck and Rich Poillucci own the five-year-old Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva horse. Allan Davis driving Enrico AS closed quickly on the outside to take second while veteran Green Day and Vic Kirby hustled along the passing lane for a close-up third. Trace Tetrick drove two winners and his second came in the $15,000 Winners-Over trot behind Jersey Boy, a Yankee Glide-Atlanta Games gelding, a 1:56.2 winner. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) came within a head of the winner to finish second. Baximum (Bier) closed for third. Powerful Charger (Tim Tetrick) was fourth. Jersey Boy is trained by Ed Gannon for Dom Costanzo, Yannick Gingras and Dawn Gannon. It was his first win of 2014 in four starts. 11-1 Amiga Valley got up for Montrell Teague's second winning drive. Trained by Brian Wessells for Mike Mammes, the Amigo Hall-Crysta's Chip mare closed along the passing lane to edge Royal Malinda (Ross Wolfenden) in 1:56 to win a $12,500 conditioned trot. Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) was the show horses. After driving Haulin Laser to third-place in a $9,000 trot won by brother Trace, after Tim Tetrick reined Powerful Charger to a fourth, Tetrick said, "I was a little rusty, but it won't take long to get back. Tim last raced in December before hip surgery. $30,000 feature Thursday A pair of Josh Green-trained pacers, Dancin Yankee and All Stienam. lead the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special headline events on another strong program, Feb. 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last Thursday, Dancin Yankee and Chris Page stepped up to win the week’s top pace, his third winner in a row for Baron Racing. Starting from post 8, William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises’ Special Forces became the first sub 1:50 winner of the year a week in January will be driven by the sport and meet’s leading driver Corey Callahan. Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N finished second for Ross Wolfenden while Special Forces had to settle for third after a long overland journey. Adventure Bound, driven by Ron Pierce for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, has been close all meet long but hasn’t registered a feature-race win since early December. Howard Taylor’s recently acquired GD Airliner has a win, second and a third in his last three outings. Jonathan Roberts will drive him from the rail with JLRL’s Rock On Moe, handled by George Dennis, alongside. Completing the lineup are Ken Duffy, Mystical Marker Farms, Shim and Paymaq racing’s A Cool Card with Trace Tetrick and Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero and Art Stafford Jr. A pair of recent $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap winners, Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Daryl Bier) and Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, leave from outside posts in the co-feature. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) gets a better post this week. The program favorite is J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Chris Page), a second-place finisher last week after two consecutive Open wins. The rest of the competitive field is made up by Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis), Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby), and Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally (Trace Tetrick). Ken Wood and Minisink Farms’ Just Bettor, last week’s winner, lead nine to post in the $18,000 Open, four $15,000 Winners-Over and two $25,000 Claiming paces are also on the 15-race program.  by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs    

After a delayed start to her career, Donatella Hanover is growing up fast. On Wednesday night, weather permitting, Donatella Hanover will tackle older rivals in the $46,500 Super Bowl Series final at the Meadowlands. She is the only 3-year-old in the race - the remaining nine starters are 4-year-olds - and one of just two female trotters in the mix. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by David Miller, Donatella Hanover will begin the race from post four and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind the favored entry of Time To Quit and Cocotier from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Time To Quit has won twice this year, both in the Super Bowl Series. Last year, Donatella Hanover didn't reach the races until Halloween and faced almost all older horses in her five starts. She won two of those races and never finished worse than third in any, earning $20,125 for the season. She finished second to Time To Quit in her final start of 2013, losing by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2. In her only appearance so far this year, she won her first-round division of the Super Bowl Series by three-quarters of a length over Corleone Hall in 1:55.3. She skipped the second round of the series. "I think she's coming in to the race in really great shape," Takter said. "She's been getting better and better with every single start. I know she is just a green 3-year-old against more mature horses, but I think she is going to be able to give them a little run for their money." A daughter of Cantab Hall out of the mare On The Glide, Donatella Hanover was purchased for $57,000 under the name Only I Can Hanover at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. Her family includes stakes-winners Lassie's Goal, Lear Jetta, and Missy's Goalfire. Also, On The Glide's full-sister Madame Volo produced Takter-trained stakes-winner High Bridge. "I love that family; it's a really good pedigree," Takter said. "She was very late, very immature. She just wasn't ready for any early action. She was turned out a couple times last year and brought back. Now it seems like she is getting everything together." Following her start in the Super Bowl final, Donatella Hanover will get some time off as Takter hopes to prepare her for bigger events later in the season. "When you have a young horse, finding racing opportunities can be so tough," Takter said. "They've got to race against older horses and it's not easy for them. This filly trotted (1):53 and a piece in the fifth start of her life. It's not easy. "I'm going to do this start with her and then shut her down for a little while. I think she is going to be a stake horse." The filly is owned by Takter's family: wife Christina and children Nancy, Jenny, Tiffany and Jimmy Jr. (aka J.J.). "They each own 20 percent," Takter said. "It's just a fun thing. If it works out, that's beautiful. It's nice to do something with your kids and they're all excited. They're all coming to the races on Wednesday and hopefully they'll have a good evening." by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications  

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