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Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) took Saturday’s Wolvega Breeders Crown (purse €14,280, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) clocked in 1.14.7kr for reinsman Robin Bakker, harness racing trainer P.J.P. Hagoort and Stal Mille Fleurs BV. The 6.4/1 odds winner bested 3.9/1 Exceptional Boko (5g Virgill Boko-Uncommon Boko) and driver Dion P. Tesselaar, also trainer. 23.3/1 Eagle B Butcher (5m Pagasus Boko-Iwema’s First) took third for John De Leeuq and trainer J.C. Bot. At Le Cepiere the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €35,000, 2950 meters, 13 European starters) went to 1.16.2kr timed 6.4/1 odds Aribo Mix (6g Reve des Vaillees-Hardness) for trainer/driver D. Cordeau. 45/1 Topaze de Canderie (9f Legs du Clos-Oree Line) was second for J.Ph. Monclin ahead of 3.4/1 Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) and reinsman Christophe Martens. At LeCroise Laroche on Saturday was the Prix de France (purse €30,000, 1800 meters autostart, 15 entrants) and victory was earned by 7.6/1 Tesaco de Pont (9g Kesaco Phedo-Ma Soiree du Pont) timed in 1.11.6 for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 4.3/1 Vulcain (7g Diamant Gede-Nouvelle Perle) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Third was the even-money choice Uzo Josselyn (8m Love You-Lezire Josselyn) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie des Charmes. At Kincsem Park their featured Ketevesek Versenye for two year-olds (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 4.7/1 Celsius Evo (2m Pilgrims Taj-Daniellesine-Donerail) clocked in 1.20.1kr for driver Viktoria Nemeth, trainer Lajos Marton and AMMA Loversenmy Kft. The 1/5 favorite Villam Ville (2g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) took second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Third went to Vulcano Boy (2m Tony Oaks-Oracle-Lindy Lane) with Dejan Katamic up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. The undercard included the co-featured Zapolya DIJ (purse 600,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) and victory was earned by the 2/5 favorite Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) with Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs up for trainer B. Johasz and owners Horses and Houses Kft and the driver. 5.6/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Impossant Sund) was second for Dejan Katanic and trainer Hajnal with third to 4.1/1 Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) with Emese Vezer aboard for trainer Emil Csordas. Also on the card was the 400,000Huf Early Harvester DIJ raced over 1960 meters distance handicapped. The 1.19.9kr timed victory went to 5.4/1 Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) for driver Dejan Katanic. Tibor Hajnal trains this one for Illetmeny Kft and Tomislav Viscjic. 5.4/1 Tequila Hush (4m Oncoming Hush-Lady Shatterley-Bourbon) took second for trainer/driver Pal Arokszallasi and third went to 18.3/1 Unipress (3f Incredible Cole-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. Leading FR dash winning trot drivers/jockeys are as follows through October 1st: Drivers: J-M Bazire 196, Eric Raffin 129, Franck Nivard 128, Mathieu Abrivard 108, Gabriel Galormini 98 Monte Jockeys: Eric Raffin 57, Alexandre Abrivard 41, Yoann Lebourgeois 40, Anthony Barrier 32, Matthieu Mottier 30. Thomas H. Hicks

The two heat and finale Gr. I Campionato Europea was conducted Saturday at Cesena in Italy with each heat going 1660 meters autostart for €17,600 and the final for €151,800 over the same course. The first heat went to Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Faral-Supergill) with harness racing driver Roberto Vecchione aboard for Holger Ehlert and Scanton Stable. He was clocked in 1.12kr to defeat Rue Varenne Dany (6m Varenne-Celeste PL-Lemon Dra) with Antonio Di Nardo up and Rania Lest (6f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) for Alessandro Gocciadoro. The second heat saw Peace Of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) score in 1.12.8kr for Enrico Bellei. Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Levelfortytwo-Arnaquer) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and third was Voltigeur de Myrt (7m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) and Roberto Andreghetti. Ranio Lest was fourth with Federico Esposito up. The two heat winners Tingostarr Treb and Peace Of Mind took place in the finale. They were respectively 1st and 10th in the heats. Ringostarr Treb took the final timed in 1.14.3kr with relative ease for Vecchione over Bellei teamed Peace Of Mind. The next day was the Prix Carlo Marangoni Memorial Fabio Jegher for three year-old males on the 2100 meter autostart course for a purse of €154,000 at Torino. The 1.14kr timed winner was Urlo Dei Venti (3m Mago D’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) for Manuele Matteini. Uragaro Trebi (3m Nad Al Sheba-Istria Bi-Toss Out) was second ahead of Ursa Caf (3f Explot Caf-Crismar-Campo Ass). Same day, same venue held the Carlo Marangoni Filly for €55,000 over 1600 meters autostart. The 1.12.3kr timed winner was Unika (3f Ganymede-Amaya Del Ronco-Tolesca-Florestan) with Pietro Gubellini aboard. Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) was second for Roberto Andreghetti, this one a half-sister to Lisa America. Unique Dream Bar (3f Goetmals Wood-Genial Power-Muscles Yankee) was third with Santo Mollo teaming and fourth went to Uriel (3f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Make Up Grif-Varenne) with Marco Smorgon the reinsman. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s classic Grand Premi Citta’ di Montecatini was held Monday at Montecatini with the two harness racing eliminations and final, the final win going to Ringostarr Treb that also took the second battery. The winner was teamed by Roberto Vecchione and is a six year-old stallion by Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill. He took battery two timed in 1.13kr over 1640 meters autostart, by five lengths over Radio Wise (6m Turbo Sund-Matrhers Grincheause-Garland Lobell) and driver Federico Esposito, with third to Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei up. Battery one over the same 1640 meters autostart with a purse of €14,300 went to 1.13.9kr timed Newyork Newyork (9m Supergill-Viola d’Amore-Indro Park) with Lorenzo Baldi driving. Saba del Ronco and Radiofreccia FL trailed the winner. The final, with a purse of €103,400 and over 1640 meters autostart, was a easy five length victory for the 1.12.2kr timed Ringostarr Treb, that started from post one for driver Vecchione. Radio Wise was second ahead of Osiride Grif (8m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) that Antonio Grepi teamed. Newyork Newyork finished fourth in an race in which the winner was dominant. Replay of the final is here. On August 13 at Cesens was held the Breeders Course Prix Allevamento Folli for €18,700 for two year-olds. The 1.15.7kr timed winner was Vash Top (2f Ready Cash-Melody del Rio-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei driving. Villa Santina Jey (2f Igor Font-Lunigianna Jet-Supergill) was second ahead of Vera Wise As (2f Muscle Massive-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall-PCQ Miriam) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Next Breeders Course events for this group are at Berlin, Aby, Charlottenlund and Solvalla. Thomas H. Hicks

Funny Photo (7m Classic Photo-American Jean-American Winner) took tonight’s Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Night monte non-wagering harness racing exhibition, scoring easily (by 15 lengths) gate to wire in 1:59.1s (:29.1-:59.1-1:28.4-1:59.1s) for owner/jockey Sophie Engerran and trainer Kimberly Gilman-Daios. Funny Photo recorded his second straight monte victory in this mile event for a purse of $2,502. My Friend Charlie (5g RC Royalty) was second for Andrea Pratt, also trainer, and Iron Will (10g Credit Winner) overcame an early miscue to capture third for Heather Reese and trainer Jennifer Sansone. Maple Grove Emily, Sing Out and PL Incoming completed the field. RUS NY offered two golf raffle opportunities to participating fans to be awarded after the ninth race. Funny Photo scored just a few days ago (July 19) at Hemlock NY in a RUS NY test for a $750 purse. He recorded this 2:10h victory for Sophie Engerran, defeating Maple Grove Emily (8f Vaporize) with Hillary Hartnett aboard and Canbec Kangourou (6f Amigo Hall) handled by trainer Ashley Eldred in a five horse field. Thomas H. Hicks Monteamerica.com

Today’s Gr. I International Ulf Thoresens at Jarlsberg Norway went to 1.1/1 Sauveur (6m Echo-Operah Bob) with harness racing trainer Ake Lindblom driving for owner Hammab AB of Sweden. Timed in 1.11.23kr the winner secured the winners’ share of the €105,300 purse in the 2100 meter autostart event that was part of the V75 wagering card. 9.5/1 Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral) took second for driver Wim Paal and trainer Holger K. Ehlert. Third was the game 18.4/1 Rod Stewart (6m Love You-Valley Lane) for Tom Erik Solberg and trainer Jerry Riordan for Italian owner Cezziano Ceccaroni. 43/1 Repay Merci (8m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) was fourth for trainer/driver Knud Monster and Denmark owner Stald Repay. Papagayo E and Anna Mix were the next two across the line. The undercard included the Anders Jahres (400,000Nokr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart) and the 1.11.7kr timed winner was Je T’Aime Express (5f Symphonic Hanover-Je T’Aime Marran-Sugarcane Hanover) for driver Peter Untersteiner. Second went to DD’s Hitman (5f Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) and driver Peter Ingves with third to Spirit Real (5f Supergill-Civetta Real-Park Avenue Joe) handled by Tom Erik Solberg. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s top Enghien harness racing card began with the Prix Tabac Musee de l’Air Blanc Mesnil (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, 14 European startersall three year-old fillies) and Italy domimated this event, won by 11.4/1 Unique Dream Bar (3f Goetmals Wood-Genial Power) with owner/trainer/driver Santo Mollo aboard. This 1.16.5kr timed winner bested 5/1 Una Bella Gar (3f SJ’s Photo-Georgette Gar) and 8.2/1 Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei). The next five were also Italy-bred perfortmers (Ulala’Degliulivi by Gruccione Jet; Unique du Kras by Varenne; Unica Donna by Donato Hanover-Hangone that is owned by J-P Dubois, Uma d’Asti by Libeccio Grif; and Ursula Bar by Varenne) The Q+ Prix du Roussillon (purse €48,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) saw 6.7/1 Vanetta d’Azur(7f Lejacque d’Houlbec-Nerminetta de Line) record a 1.13.6kr victory for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. 86/1 Jaguar Broline was second for Dominik Locqueneux and 8/1 Perfect Power (7g Ken Warkentin-Ewnjoy My Face) ended third for Christophe Martens. The featured Prix de Washington (purse €120,000, 1609 meters, Gr. II, 10 starters) went to 1.09.9kr timed, 2.7/1 odds Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darlimg). J-M Bazire teamed the Fabrice Souloy trainee that is owned by Ecurie d’Heripre. 9/10 favorite Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM) was next for Robbin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner K.K. Bjikerk of Holland. 6.9/1 Aladin d’Ecajeul (6m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and the owner Philippe Dewulf. Univers de Pan and Pascia’Lest were fourth and fifth for respective reinsman Philippe Daugeard and Pietro Gubellini. Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) was an upset winner at 19/1 of the Prix la Grand Paris (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) today for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mille Fleurs of Holland. 2.3/1 Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) held second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. Third was 14.1/1 Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Lagune) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Race time was 1.12kr. Thomas H. Hicks

Two eliminations were raced today leading to the Oslo Grand Prix undercard feature Energima Cup Final, contested over 1609 meters autostart for 300,000NoKr first prize. The 100,000NoKr elims (purse in euro €21,061) were first won by Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Wim Paal up for trainer Holger Ehlert at 2.85/1 odds, over .85/1 favorite Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with trainer Steen Juul up. Third was 42/1 Rafolo (8g Love You-Farola-Speedy Herve) with Lars Anvar Kolle driving. The second elim went to 5/1 Rod Stewart (6m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Jerry Riordan. 1.27/1 favorite Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) took second for trainer/driver Peter Ubtersteiner and 22/1 Royal Ice (5g Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen-Conway Hall) landed third for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. Gigant Slugger was scratched from this elimination. Earlier the Montelopp (1609 meters autostart, 100,000NoKr to winner) went to 3/5 favorite Nantucket (10m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory) for Sofia Adolfsson. Call Me Hanover and More Caviar were next across the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

On V75 day at Jagersro, Sweden, the featured L.C. Peterson-Broddas 2016, an Olympiatravet prep, for 150,000SEK to the winner, was taken by Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) timed in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini over 2140 meters autostart. Tommy Nilsson Holding AB is the owner as Mosaique Face recorded career victory 15 in 59 starts, now for 11,951,136SEK earned. Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) was second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and third was Vasterboonthenews (8g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with Christoffer Eriksson aboard. Solvato (7m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) was well back in the beaten field after a long layoff. Lutfi Kolgjini On the good Jagersro undercard, Pepi di Jesolo (7g Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltic Speed) won the V75 Bronze earning 110,000SEK first money in the 1640 meter autostart for sprinters. Bjorn Goop teamed the winner for trainer Edvin Ceka and Ceka Stable AM, his second straight 2016 score and 15th lifetime in 77 starts. Timed in 1.12kr Pepe di Jesolo bested Officer CD (5g Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) with trainer Robert Bergh up for In The Zone AB. Third was Orakel Face (5g Going Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal) driven by Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Vallro AB. The V75 Silver with 125,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart contest, went to Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) clocked in 1.12.5kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Lisa Riordan. The late Lou Guida bred this half-sister to Lisa America. Go Green Pellini (8m Love You-Sparkling Pellini-Giant Chill) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Petri Puro, with third to Even’s First Boy (7g Ken Warkentin-Even Southwind-Alf Palema) for trainer/driver Flemming Jensen. One race later Riordan return to the winners’ circle as his trainee Rocky Hanover (3m Cantab Hall-Rapsong-Windsong’s Legacy) won an event for three year-olds worth 40,000SEK first prize. This recent US import was reined by Johan Untersteiner for owner Euro-Vets AB. Timed in 1.14.6kr over the 2140 meter autostart course, Rocky Hanover defeated Mitos Gold (3g Good As Gold-Principessa-Pearsall Hanover) with Stefan Soderkvist driving. Three other 100,000SEK first money events were on the card. Four year-olds contested the 2016 Derby Trial over 2640 meters autostart, with the winner being Tellmeastory (4g Zola Boko-Katydid-Fast Photo) timed in 1.13.8kr for trainer/driver Vlejo Heiskanen. The V75-2 Klass I event was won by Target Kronos (4g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) clocked in 1.13.9kr for Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini for Allev. Kronos SRL of Italy. The V75-5 for mares over 2140 meters autostart, went to Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) reined by trainer Peter Untersteiner for owners Lars Melin and Birgitta Olsson. This one was tiked in 1.13.5kr. The April 30 Olympiatravet, raced at Aby,  lineup now includes Mosaique Face, Anna Mix, Your Highness, Sauveur, On Track Piraten, B.B.S. Sugarlight (last year’s winner) and Support Justice. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Classic Photo gelded trotter Zooming became the first two-time winner of the nascent 2016 harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, making two early moves in the $15,500 trotting feature and then storming off to a 5¾-length victory in 1:53.1. George Napolitano Jr., who had six wins on the card in the first 13 races, was again in the sulky as last week's trotting feature winner repeated despite the outside post eight tonight for trainer Amber Buter and owners Steve Oldford, Gene Oldford Farms LLC, and Tyler Buter.   In the $15,500 featured pace, the well-traveled Hall Bro checked into Pocono and promptly became a pocket rocket, equaling his mark of 1:50.1 for driver Jim Morrill Jr., trainer Brewer Adams, and owner Joseph Trice. The altered son of Blissfull Hall was a Quebec champion at two, first went in 1:50.1 at The Meadowlands at three, and traveled cross-state from The Meadows before making his 2016 mountain debut a successful one.   Eighteen turned in the first of what should be many sub-1:50 performances at Pocono in 2016 when he took a $12,500 pace in 1:49.1, leading at every call while taking a new mark at age eight. George Napolitano Jr. was in the sulky behind the winner of $740,000+ for trainer Daniel Renaud and owners J M F Racing LLC.   As noted, the track's defending driving champion George Napolitano Jr. had six victories Saturday; his brother Anthony, who is also second-leading driver at The Meadowlands, wasn't far behind him with four visits to Victory Lane -- and of course that put the family in double digits for the evening   '*****   This coming week Pocono expands is schedule to three days a week with the addition of Sunday racing on April 3. Sunday's new post time at Pocono this year will be 7:30 p.m. The Downs will then settle into its basic schedule for the year when Monday racing is added on April 11.   The $600,000 Bobby Weiss Series of races for developing younger horses kicks off on that Sunday, April 3 date. A 2015 Weiss Series Champion was JL Cruze, who went on to be voted Older Trotting Gelding of the Year after winning 16 races and more than $600,000, and becoming one of the sport's few sub-1:50 trotters when he won in 1:49.4.   PHHA / Pocono  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 22, 2015 - Lone lass Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley, $24.20) engineered the harness racing upset Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. Assigned post position No,. 6 in the mile-and-a-quarter medley, Dot Dot Dot Dash lagged last in the early going as lone 3-year-old French Laundry (Dan Dube) two-moved to the lead (:29.2, :59.2). Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) was patrolling the pocket when 3-2 choice Luminosity (George Brennan) moved...in a hurry. Luminosity engaged French Laundry in and out of both a 1:29.2 three-quarters and 1:57.1 mile post (:27.4 fourth quarter) Meanwhile, Dot Dot Dot Dash had loosely tracked move of the favorite before ducking in a three-hole for a breather. It was Luminosity owning a short lead in and out of the final turn, but pre-Thanksgiving company was coming. A refreshed Dot Dot Dot Dash left the cones, angled widest and went by. He defeated a ground-saving Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) by a length-and-a-half in 2:27.1. Red Hot Herbie, Luminosity and There'sademoninme (Andy Miller) completed the cashers. For fifth choice Dot Dot Dot Dash, a 5-year-old daughter of Classic Photo owned by William Vandervort Jr. and trained by Shae Vandervort, it was her seventh win in 23 seasonal tries. The exacta paid $142, with the triple returning $1,673. Note that since no one took down the Sunday Pick 5, Monday's gimmick, which already has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, begins with a carryover of $2,649.08 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11, program pages at www.yonkersraceway.com). Also, Sunday props to driver Mark MacDonald, who won four races during the dozen-race card. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 4, 2015 -- Outside and uncovered the entire back half, Classicality relentlessly wore down the leader to capture Wednesday's $22,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Classicality was fourth into the clubhouse turn when Brian Zendt sent him after Lady's Dude, who'd enjoyed a leisurely second quarter in 30. The 5-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding put Lady's Dude away in the stretch and held off the rallying Neely's Messenger by a neck in 1:54. Better Caviar was third. Lisa Dunn trains the homebred Classicality, who extended his career bankroll to $290,637, for Dunn Stable. Eric Ledford and Zendt each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

September 13, 2015 - Harness racing trainer driver Lutfi Kolgjini piloted 3.9/1 odds Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB) to a decisive front-end score in today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Final (purse €504,000, 2300 meters autostart) at Mons Ghlin (Belgium) timed in 1.11.7kr over an off-track. The winner is owned by Thomas Nilsson Holdings and trained by Kolgjini. 13/1 Creatine (5m Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Johnny Takter, and US owner Adam Bowden, after being well-placed second in the outer for much of the contest. 16/1 Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM) was third for Claes Svensson in a three-way battle with Creatine and fourth finishing On Track Piraten. Papagayo E was fifth with BBS Sugarlight sixth. Vincennes, El Mago Pellini, Nahar and Rue du Bac was disqualified for miscues and Timoko was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks    

What started out as a "mundane" harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night wound up lending itself to any number of stories and sidebars. Let's run down the plotlines, shall we... The Features--A pair of sixes, in Great Vintage (Dan Dube, $6.10) in 1:51.2, and Luminosity (George Brennan, $6.70) in a life-best 1:53.3, won the evening's $48,000 co-features for pacers and trotters, respectively. The Record-Sharer--Forty Five Red (Mark MacDonald, $4.60) held sway in the $35,000 Open Handicap Pace for 4-year-olds, and he did so in 1:50.1. That effort matched Crombie A's three-week-old, all-age track record, while setting a new one for Forty Five Red's age group. The time also matched the son of If I Can Dream's own life-best performance. The Record-Sharer, Part II--Luminosity's previously-proclaimed 1:53.3 trotting work night equaled that of Melady's Monet for season's fastest locally (set four weeks ago). The Speed--Ten of the evening's dozen races were essentially won wire-to-wire, or at least by the horse who was moving to the lead at the quarter. The other two races were won by one out of the pocket and one sitting a three-hole. The "slowest" of the 10 pacing events went in 1:52.3, while the non-Luminosity trot "trudged home" in 1:55.2. The Milestone-in-Waiting--Take My Picture, a best-of-the-record while chasing Luminosity in the trotting feature, now has career earnings of $998,386. The 8-year-old Classic Photo gelding, who once upon a time was a Yonkers Trot runner-up, is technically a millionaire if you throw in his Racing Under Saddle earnings. The Humans--Dube won four races, Brennan three. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (first post 7:10 PM), featuring the $150,224 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot (2-year-old colts/geldings). Frank Drucker

Half brothers Trustworthy Kid and Classicality kept it in the family Monday at The Meadows when they finished 1-2 in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Classicality was on the lead as the field headed for home, with Trustworthy Kid shoved three wide into the final turn and trailing by 4 lengths. But Trustworthy Kid powered past his kid brother -- and stablemate -- and defeated him for Wilbur Yoder by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Count Me In followed the winner's cover for third. Walter "Boots" Dunn trains Trustworthy Kid, a 6-year-old SJ's Caviar gelding who soared over $300,000 in career earnings, while Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions Classicality, a 5-year-old Classic Photo gelding. Dunn Stable owns and bred the siblings out of the Lindy Lane mare Penn Worthy Lane. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

May 23, 2015 - Lutfi Kolgjini put his trainee Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) on the front and he scored by open lengths, in 1.09kr track record at Gavle and fastest of the year in Europe (1:51.02 mile). The winner secured an Elitloppet ticket with the victory, that was presented in the winner’s circle. He is owned by Tommy Nilsson Holding AB of Malmo and was bred by Kolgjini and Anna Svensson. Mosaique Face had come off disappointment from a heart ailment. His maternal family justifies confidence as dam Iona LB has produced four winners from five foals and is from Zenia LB by Valley Victory-Armbro Megan-Speedy Crown-Delmegan-Super Bowl-Delmonica Hanover (Prix d’Amerique winner trained by Delvin Miller and that winter in FR by Aime Choquette). Mosaique Face earned 400,000SEK with the win and was off at 7/1 odds. He now has 13 career wins in 46 outings for 8,109,713SEK earned. Maven (6f Glidemaster-M. Stewart-American Winner) raced bravely to be second after a three-wide move down the backside for Johnny Takter to engage the winner. Maven was already an Elitloppet starter. Papagayo E. (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T.-Speedy Tomali) from Norway was a good third for Bjorn Goop. Creatine, Beer Summit and Panne de Moteur were the next three to the line. Also on the Gavle card was a 1.11.9kr victory in the Bronze Division V75 by Shadow Woodland (6g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Visa-Credit Winner) from Finland for Ulf Ohlsson. The Reijo Liljendahl trainee secured his second 2015 win in five outings and second straight. Thomas H. Hicks

The weather is heating up and so is the harness racing action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This past week saw the first appearances of both the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and The Stallion Series, those showcases for younger horses which bring the finest horses and horsemen to the Downs to strut their stuff for big purses. We also saw Open pace and Open trot action on Saturday night for the first time in 2015. It all leads to a jam-packed edition of the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK:  RISE UP NOW If you follow sports, it's likely you're familiar with the term "meteoric rise." It's often used (maybe overused, to be frank) when an athlete ascends from anonymity to great success in a short period of time. In the case of Rise Up Now, a 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding, he's got a name that seems to fit that term, and he's lived up to it and then some this season. In his 2-year-old season, he picked up just one win in seven races. Yet he started the season off sizzling in overnight races at The Meadows, ripping off three straight victories right away. His next start was on May 9 in Pennsylvania All Stars action at Pocono, a tough test that he passed in stellar fashion by gutting out a win by a nose in a career-best time of 1:50:2. On Saturday night in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, Rise Up Now, trained by Brian Brown, was a 2-1 second choice behind Blood Brother, who also won an All Stars race last week and set some nasty fractions on the lead. Driver Simon Allard provided a canny drive for Rise Up Now, sending him first-over on the back before sliding into the pocket behind Blood Brother. In the stretch, Rise Up Now wore down Blood Brother by a length-and-a-half in 1:51:3 on a sloppy track. Five wins in five races while soaring from the lowest condition ranks to Sire Stakes action: I do believe we can freely use that "meteoric rise" term in this case. Other top pacers this week include: Alexas Jackpot (George Napolitano Jr., Marty Fine), who followed up an Open win at Harrah's at Philadelphia by winning Pocono's first Open pace of the 2015 meet in 1:49:3, which matched a career-best and was fastest of the week at Pocono despite coming on a sloppy track; Catalea Seelster (George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes), a mare whose victory in a $15,000 claimer on Sunday night in 1:52:3 was her fifth in a row, with the last four of those victories coming at Pocono; and Caviart Shelley (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), a mare who gutted out her fourth consecutive condition win on Wednesday night in 1:51:3, a new career mark. TROTTER OF THE WEEK:  CLASSIC MARTINE In the first $30,000 Open trot of the season, a pair of distaffers shared the pre-race spotlight. This was by no means a slight on the male horses in the race, all of whom were accomplished veteran trotters with many big wins and copious earnings to their credit. But Classic Martine and Shake It Cerry are no ordinary mares; they rank among the finest in the world. In their previous meeting on May 3 at Miami Valley Raceway in Ohio, Classic Martine, the 5-year-old Classic Photo star from the Chris Oakes barn, overcame a #9 post and 15-1 odds to upend heavily favored Shake It Cerry, who struggled to sixth. This time around, Classic Martine got the betting love at 1-5. Driver George Napolitano took her to the front end and rated the pace very well, making it very unlikely that anyone would run her down in the stretch. Classicality, who had the pocket trip, and Shake It Cerry, who started slow but moved up aggressively around the final turn, both attempted to rally. But Classic Martine never looked worried, keeping a nice margin all the way to the line as she won by 3½ lengths. Her winning time of 1:53:1 was achieved without much urging at all. Right now, it doesn't matter the age or gender facing her, because Classic Martine is going to be a handful for anyone lining up to take her on. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Razor Ramone (Anthony Napolitano, Eric Ell), who arrived from Harrah's and powered his way to a condition win on Saturday night in a career-best 1:53:3; Scorcher Hall (Tom Jackson, Greg White), who moved up in class and racked up his second straight condition won on Tuesday night in 1:55; and It's Not Over (Jim Morrill Jr., Matias Ruiz), who, despite being laid off for two months since a victory in his previous start in California in March, returned strong with a condition win on Tuesday night in a career-best 1:54:1. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK:  MARATHON MAN When a couple of leaders broke stride late, this trotter with Brandon Simpson in the bike came storming home to win a condition on Tuesday night at 75-1 for a $152.60 payoff on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK:  SCOTT ZERON Zeron made the most of his lone appearance at Pocono for the week, ripping off four victories on Sunday night, more than any other driver on the card that evening. TRAINER OF THE WEEK:  BRIAN BROWN Brown, whose base is in Ohio, continues to win big in Pennsylvania, following up success last week in the Pennsylvania All Stars races with a pair of Sire Stakes winners on Saturday night. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@moegansunpocono.com. Jim Beviglia

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