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Sunday’s top-flight Grand Prix Anact divisions were contested at Bologna, Italy over its 804 meter oval. The males raced over 1660 meters autostart for a purse of 154,000€. Victory went to the 1.13.4kr timed Banderas Bi (2m Ganymede-Ida Grandi) with Roberto Vecchione at the lines. He was an impressive six length winner over Bigbusiness Arc (2m Varenne-Arzie Italia) and reinsman Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was Barolo Roc (2m Filippo Roc-Prestige Roc). The filly division was raced over the same distance for the same 154,000€ purse. What a battle it was. The narrow 1.15.3kr timed victory went to Belen Hall FAS (2f Conway Hall-Show Grif Italia) with Vincent Luongo aboard. She defeated Buena Sverte Bi (2f Yankee Glide-L Dee Hot Shop) handled by V.P. Dell’Annunziata with third to Babirussa Jet (2f Pine Chip-Nagasaki Jet).   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The veteran Conway Hall gelding Dayson was able to overcome a first-over journey, defeating Joey Bats by a half length in 1:54.3 to take the $17,500 featured harness racing trot Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Matt Kakaley kept the career winner of $1,118,127 midpack as first Sylvesteramerica IT and then Hill Of A Horse took command from the breaking leader The Lionking As near the quarter, then midrace moved Dayson to the outside to begin his grind forward. The nine-time seasonal winner never faltered, going to the lead in the stretch and then withstanding second-over Joey Bats for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr (the last-named had the pacer named for him win in 1:50.1 over sloppy going at Philly earlier in the day). A trio of $17,000 events for developing younger horses served as subfeatures. In the one trotting division, the Chapter Seven sophomore colt Refi also found the first-out route the path to glory, catching pacesetter Always A Dream by half a length in 1:55. Tom Jackson drove the recent addition to the Ray Schnittker barn for the partnership of Greenhorse and Robert Rudolph. The two pacing co-features were split by sex. The event for fillies and mares saw the Bettor's Delight mare Persistent Bettor save ground most of the way for driver Anthony Napolitano, then slide wide at headstretch and rally to outfinish favored Demi Hill by ¾ of a length in 1:52. Trainer John Hallett, who has done very nicely on the local scene since coming over from Tioga Downs, conditions the winner for Geoffrey and Rick Howles. In the co-feature section for pacing males, the American Ideal gelding JK Musicman looked like his closing kick might come too late to catch Rebel Rouser, who had used the Pocono Pike to grab a midstretch advantage, but driver Eric Carlson hustled the Musicman home to a 1:50.4 victory by ¾ of a length. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trains the winner of $111,266 for his son Gilbert Garcia-Owen. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Former track record holder and two-time Quebec-Bred Champion Seeyou Men makes a return to the races at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday after a few months in the field. Seeyou Men starts from post four for driver Francis Picard in the third race, which is the featured Preferred Trot. Sired by Muscle Mass, the seven-year-old gelding is trained by Daniel Martin for breeder Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the horse with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. He currently has $268,000 earned in his career. The last start Seeyou Men made was in the $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series Final at H3R back on July 14 when he finished a game second to rival Capteur De Reve. Then it was rest time according to Daniel Martin. "He has had no injuries," said Martin, "We just wanted to give him a nice break after making 20 starts." Seeyou Men scored his lifetime mark of 1:55.4 this season and last week won his qualifying race at H3R in 2:02.4 by three open lengths. He is listed in the morning line at odds of 7/2. "For this Sunday there is no pressure on Seeyou Men," Martin said. "He always gives everything he has. He is a very good horse." Capteur De Reve is also in the field and starts from the rail for driver Stephane Gendron. He is the only trotter who is a four-time Quebec Series Champion. The five-year-old gelding, also by Muscle Mass, is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns Capteur De Reve. Although winless since August 25 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Capteur De Reve was second in his last start by a neck in 1:56.4 at Rideau Carleton. The race favorite is none other than Volare from post five for driver Tyler Jones. This five-year-old gelding by Conway Hall won his last start at H3R in the Preferred Trot with a 2:00.2 triumph. He has a record of 1:52.4 and earlier this season won at Yonkers Raceway in 1:57.1. He is trained by Michel Allard for his son, Rene Allard, of Matamoras, PA. Rounding out the field is the lone mare in the contest, Missionoftheheart (post 2) and former Quebec-Bred Champion Holiday Party (post 3). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program and to view the races live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Lexington, KY — Trotting colts Captain Corey, by Googoo Gaagaa, and Stonebridge Danish, by Conway Hall, shared top honors at Friday’s (Oct. 4) fourth harness racing session of the Lexington Selected Sale, each selling for $150,000 as the sale exceeded $40 million in gross for the first time in history. Friday’s session totaled $4.58 million, driving the overall gross to $43.51 million for 633 horses, with Saturday’s final session remaining. Last year’s sale established the previous record for gross sales, with $39.77 million for 702 horses. A total of 168 horses sold Friday, with the $4.58 million gross representing a 23.87-percent increase over last year’s $3.69 million for the fourth session, when 159 horses sold. This year’s session average of $27,268 was a 17.24-percent hike compared to last year’s $23,258. Through four days, this year’s sale is averaging $68,738, which betters last year’s $63,148 by 8.85 percent. The 2017 sale set the record for final average at $58,537. A total of 121 horses have sold for at least $100,000 this year. Last year through four sessions the total was 120 and finished at a record 124. Captain Corey, the first foal out of Luv U All, was purchased by Robert Lindstrom as agent for S R F Stable. He was consigned by Peninsula Farm and bred by Carter Duer. Stonebridge Danish, out of Cream Puff, was purchased by Brixton Medical AB. The colt is a full brother to stakes-winner Creamy Mimi out of the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Pizza Dolce. He was consigned by Spring Haven Farm and bred by Angie Stiller. Eighteen of Friday’s top 19 sellers were trotters. The pacer in that group was colt Candy Trader, who sold for $72,000 to Dave Menary, as agent. By Bettor’s Delight out of Deception, the family includes the dam of O’Brien Award-winner Control The Moment. Candy Trader was consigned by Kentuckiana Farms and bred by Fred Kruszelnicki. Through four nights, Muscle Hill and Father Patrick led trotting sires in gross, with 55 Muscle Hill yearlings totaling $7.15 million ($130,073 average) and 48 Father Patrick yearlings totaling $5.36 million ($111,667). The two also led in average among trotting sires with more than one horse sold. Somebeachsomewhere and first-crop sire Always B Miki topped the pacing sires in gross, with 38 Somebeachsomewhere yearlings totaling $4.28 million ($112,763 average) and 56 Always B Miki yearlings totaling $3.99 million ($71,321). Somebeachsomewhere led in average followed by Captaintreacherous at $73,776 for 49 yearlings sold. The five-day yearling sale concludes Saturday, with the session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Harness racing trotter Halliama (Conway Hall) continued his dominance of the winners of two but not more than five class at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Alek Chartrand trains and drives the three year old trotter who recorded his fourth consecutive victory when competing in the $9,000 co-feature on Wednesday. Faced with racing against Lucky June Bug (Frank Coppola Jr) who came into the day on a six-race win streak, Halliama beat that one to the punch in the early going and wound up on the front-end as an even money shot in the wagering. Halliama went coast-to-coast for Chartrand in 1:57.4, a time that was fastest of the three $9,000 events for New York sired trotters on the afternoon program. Lucky June Bug wound up first over on the winner and ended up as the third-place finisher as pocket sitter Song Chapter (Jimmy Devaux) was the runner-up. For Halliama, who spent a portion of his summer competing in the Excelsior A division of the New York Sire Stakes, the win was his sixth in fourteen tries in 2019. The other $9,000 co-features were won by Southwind Falcon (Conway Hall) and Royal Lady (Credit Winner). Southwind Falcon extended his win streak to five with a first-over score as his race's overwhelming favorite. Ron Harp trains and drives the three year old who had little difficulty extending his streak on Wednesday as he proved a decisive winner in 1:59.1 over a track labeled 'good'. Royal Lady closed up the passing lane before getting up in the final stride to prevail in 1:59.3 with Mark Beckwith driving for trainer Melissa Beckwith. Royal Lady was the runner-up in back-to-back tries before coming on to score on Wednesday. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, foir Saratoga Raceway

Vernon Downs harness racing invader Southwind Falcon (Conway Hall) is in the midst of a sensational stretch at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Wednesday afternoon, the three-year-old harness racing trotter scored his fourth consecutive win. Ron Harp trains and drives Southwind Falcon who is enjoying a breakout campaign in 2019. In a $7,250 trotting event on Wednesday, the sophomore drew the rail and was subsequently the public's 2-5 betting favorite while seeking to complete the grand slam. Despite getting off to a bit of a slow start, Southwind Falcon wound up second-over approaching the half mile pole as two rivals slugged it out toe-to-toe throughout the first lap. The dueling leaders tired and Southwind Falcon swooped right by to assume command before drawing away late to score in 1:58.2. It was the fourth win in a row and eighth of the season in just sixteen starts for the Harp trainee. The Vernon-based trotter is owned by Diane and Venetia Harp of Oneida, NY. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. There will be a Pick Five carryover on Thursday of $3,884. The Pick Five begins in the matinee's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Two harness racing eliminations were held this day at Paris-Vincennes of the Grand Prix de l’UET, each for a 60,000€ purse and contested over 2100 meters autostart. The first saw the 1/5 favorite Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) win easily for reinsman Bjorn Goop timed in 1.10.7kr. The Sebastien Guarato trainee scored for the 15th time in 18 career starts and raised his life earnings to 733,550€. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns Face Time Bourbon, that defeated 6.2/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rontes) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Richard Westerink (of Timoko fame). The 10/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot OK) was third for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Yves Desmet and DSM Trotting. Fourth finisher was 18/1 Friendly Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Une Belle Bourbon) with Eric Raffin handling the lines for trainer Guarato and Haras de Saint Martin. Between the l’UET elims was the Gr.III Prix Emille Beziere (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) that went to the rallying 4.7/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love-Ophelie de Bas) with breeder/owner/trainer J-P Gauvin aboard for Ecuie Julry. This 1.14kr timed winner recorded career victory number 12 in 44 outings now for 303,460€ earned. The 5.4/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and 37/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) was third for Franck Anne. 11/1 Cerenzo Turbo and 80/1 Direct Way completed the top five. The second L’UET elim was raced in a heavy rainstorm and the 7/10 favorite Mister F. Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love) scored in 1.12.4kr with Robin Bakker the pilot for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel, which raised the winner’s career earnings to 363,689€. The 5.4/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello-Victoria Sport) rallies for second with M.X. Mestree-Suner the trainer/driver for Ecurie Bruni. 6.7/1 Follow You (4m, Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) held third for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Frank Anne’s 7.4/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede-Una Prima Speed) was fourth. After the big races two-year olds battled in the Prix Hekate (purse 44,000€, 2200 meters) and the even-money favorite Hola Destinee (2f Cristal Money-Popinee de Timbia) remained unbeaten in three starts for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. Timed in 1.20.5kr over the off going, the winner now has life earnings of 36,000€. She was a narrow winner over 1.3/1 Halowie Renardier (2f Uniclove-Teva du Pont) with Alexis Pratt at the lines. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Marcel Bousseau (purse 36,000€, 2775 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) at Hippodrome Les Sables d’Olonne went to the 9/10 harness racing favorite Ghazi Br (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip). Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner clocked in 1.14.2kr over the stated distance to his second win in France. The Norwegian owned trotteur now has career earnings of 194,734€. The 25-meter handicapped and 2.1/1 second choice Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) raced superbly and was second beaten three lengths with owner Jean Pierre Dubois up for trained Yves Boireau. The 15/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Tinamo Jet (7m Naglo-Iitvania Jet) took third for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc. On September 9 at Vincennes the emerging mare Fleche du Vucca (4f Prodigious-Vincenza) scored again timed in 1.15.1kr with Jean Philippe Dubois aboard. She won for the sixth time in her last eight starts and now sports eight career victories in 15 appearances. Philippe Moulin trains her for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and the latest win raised her career earnings to 82,420€. The race was the Prix d’Asnieres (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and the winner was the 1.1/1 favorite. The 6.6/1 Fidele du Goutier (4g Prodigious-Salima du Goutier) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 5.9/1 Fine Colline (4f Village Mystic-Pretty Colline) took third for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vernon Downs invader Southwind Falcon (Conway Hall) has made his presence felt at Saratoga Casino Hotel over the last few weeks and on Wednesday afternoon, the three year old harness racing trotter prevailed for the third consecutive start. Ron Harp trains and drives Southwind Falcon who took a big jump up in company into Wednesday's $9,000 co-feature for New York sired trotters. A strong closer, Southwind Falcon once again came from well off the pace as he made a backstretch blitz heading to three-quarters before circling the field to prevail in 1:58.1. Southwind Falcon's seventh victory of the year came in mild upset fashion as he paid $10.20 to win. The other co-features were won by Okay (Conway Hall), who upset at odds of 11-1 for trainer-driver Claude Huckabone Jr., and Lucky June Bug (Lucky Chucky), who made good as his race's odds-on favorite to extend his win streak to five. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the Chip Zombick Jr- trained three year old to his Wednesday score which was the fastest among the co-feature winners as he romped in 1:57.2. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12 Noon first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Monticello, NY - The last leg of New York Sire Stakes will take place on Monday August 19 as 2 Year Old Trotting Colts close out the harness racing stakes season. 2 divisions of Sire Stakes ($51,000 each) are featured on the 8 race card. While this may be the last Sire Stakes of the season it may be one of the better fields, as it features former and current Batavia Downs track record holders Bourbon Express and Barn Holder. Race 1 on the card is the first heat of Sire Stakes action, Bourbon Express has been installed the 4/5 favorite. He won his recent Sire Stakes at Batavia Down and set the track record in 1:57.3, before the ink was dry Barn Holden lowered it by 2/5 of a second, he also scored in the same company in Buffalo Raceway. Bourbon Express will start from post 3 in the short field of 5 with regular driver Jason Bartlett for trainer Jessica Okusko. The son of RC Royalty - Kasha has earned over $78,000 and been on the board in every start for owners Salavtore Vulio, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko. Beerthirty K will start from the rail, the Bruce Borden trained son of Credit Winner, took his lifetime mark of 1:58 at Yonkers in a NYSS win, defeating Bourbon Express in the process. Leading point earner Barn Holden will start from post position 5 for trainer Steve "Barn" Pratt. The son of Conway Hall - Barn Babe has won 3 Sire Stakes event thus far in his freshman campaign, the wins coming at Yonkers, Vernon Down and he set the track record at Batavia Downs in his last start in an 8¾ length romp in 1:57.1. Andy Miller will drive the $45,000 Morrisville yearling for owners Steve & Nancy Pratt, Purple Haze and Out In The Country Stable, Barn Holden has earned $90,000 in 5 starts. DR Ackerman and Tompkins Stakes winner Saylor will start form outside post 6. Berkery J (PP4) won a division of Sire Stakes early in the season of Yonkers, the son of Chapter Seven is trained by George Ducharme for owner Ken Jacobs $205,000 yearling purchase. The current Monticello Raceway track record is 1:58 set by former 2 YOTC of the year Fourth Dimension, if the weather man cooperates that record may be in jeopardy on Monday. The Excelsior series each has 2 divisions, the A class will be racing for purse of $15,000 per heat and the B heats will vie for $6,600 in each heat. Post time is 12:50 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters invaded Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 7) and they did some damage to the record book by breaking the local mark for their age, gender and gait in two successive series races. In the first $52,000 division, Bourbon Express (RC Royalty-Kasha) was sent down the road by driver Jason Bartlett and once gone, the pair never looked back. Operating with a gapped advantage, Bourbon Express went quarters of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:28.2 before rounding the last turn and heading into the stretch with a two-length lead. From there he trotted home a wrapped-up winner by four-lengths in 1:57.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Bourbon Express and also a new Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. The former mark was 1:58.1 set by Zack's Zoomer in 2016. "This horse is very handy, he doesn't act like a 2-year-old," said Bartlett. "He's a real nice colt." It was the third win of the year for Bourbon Express ($5.90) who started 2019 as a winner in Excelsior "A" action. Now he has won two NYSS races. Those victories have earned $78,008 for his owners Salvatore Vullo, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko, who also trains the winner. Annette Roydon bred Bourbon Express. Then two races later in the second $51,000 division, Barn Holden (Conway Hall-Barn Babe) and driver Andy Miller seemed to be taking the record-breaking seriously as they were on a mission as soon as the gate released them. Barn Holden was on top by three at the quarter and that margin would only grow as the race progressed. After a :28.2 and :57.4 first lap, Barn Holden opened up four lengths by the three-quarters in 1:27.1 and five by the top of the lane. Miller however kept his colt to task and tapped the wheel disk twice in the straight and raised the lines mid-stretch and Barn Holden trotted away to an eight-length win in 1:57.1, eclipsing the mark set less than an hour earlier by Bourbon Bay and becoming the new Batavia standard-bearer. "I thought he was the best going in and I wanted the front," said Miller. "He trotted very handily to the wire." Barn Holden ($2.70) has now won three out of his last four races, all in NYSS action, and has an even $90,000 on the card for his efforts. Steve Pratt, Nancy Pratt, the Purple Haze Stable and the Out In The Country Stable own the top points and money earner in his NYSS division. Steve and Nancy Pratt bred Barn Holden. Andy Miller had a big day at Batavia winning four races on the card and posting a stout .814 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the six races he was in. Those wins included both $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior "A" series and those horses were both trained by the other half of Team Orange Crush, Julie Miller. Book Seven (Chapter Seven - Tantalizing Donna) Driver - Andy Miller   Owner - Stroy Inc.  Trainer - Julie Miller Breeder - Winbak Farm  Time - 1:59  Mutuel - $7.00 All Profit (Credit Winner - Bambino Supreme) Driver - Andy Miller  Owner - Andy Miller Stable and Kapildeo Singh  Trainer - Julie Miller Breeder - Steve Jones  Time - 2:02  Mutuel - $10.20 Jason Bartlett, who just scored his 8,000th driving win this past June, added three more to his total after getting a hat trick on Monday. Like Miller, Bartlett's percentage for his eight drives was stellar as well, as he ended the evening with a .597 UDR. Batavia Downs perennial driving leader Kevin Cummings was involved in a spill before the start of the third race when the horse he was driving fell behind the gate. Cummings was transported to the hospital for further evaluation and no further information is available at this time. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 10) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Batavia, NY --- The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be in Genesee County on Wednesday (Aug. 7) to compete for their share of the $103,000 in total purses available in two divisions to be raced at Batavia Downs. Third Shift (Chapter Seven-Overnight Command) and Barn Holden (Conway Hall-Barn Babe) are the top two point-getters and money earners in their age, gait and gender group and will both be on hand for this stop. The first division (carded as race five) goes for $52,000 and has Third Shift leading the way. Third Shift has two lifetime wins and both were in NYSS action. He finished second in the other start after a break that set him back at Yonkers. And he just took a lifetime mark of 1:54.4 at Vernon Downs last week in a come-from-behind performance that has him coming into this race perfectly spotted. Trainer Ake Svanstedt will drive Third Shift from post two at 5-2 morning line. His main threat in the race looks to be Bourbon Express (RC Royalty-Kasha) who cut the mile and finished third behind Third Shift at Vernon last week. He drew post one and will have the chance to cut the mile again and hope to hang on this week. Bourbon Express has Jason Bartlett aboard at 2-1 for trainer Jessica Okusko. The second leg (carded as race seven) has a purse of $51,000 with Barn Holden spotted as the morning line even-money favorite. Barn Holden also has two wins this year and is also coming in off a new lifetime mark at Vernon. Barn Holden led the entire mile and trotted away down the stretch to win by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:55.3. His other win this year was also on the front end and it looks like that may be the strategy here with the short five-horse field. Batavia regular Kevin Cummings drove to Vernon to steer Barn Holden last week; Wednesday trainer Steve Pratt will bring the colt to Batavia for Cummings and last week's winning combination have drawn post two for this event. Berkery J (Chapter Seven-Southwind Catlin) will look to stand in the way of another Barn Holden win and has shown he has the ability to do so. He threw a huge mile at Yonkers three starts ago, winning in 1:58.2 by over seven lengths to take his lifetime mark. That's faster than any horse in this race over a half-mile track. He has gate speed and with a trip, could be dangerous. Trainer George Ducharme has assigned Jason Bartlett to drive Berkery J once again the they will leave from post four at 2-1. There are also two divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior "A" series trots that will go in races two and four. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Top flight trotting action was the menu Saturday at Kincsem Park (Budapest) with four races having purses in excess of a million HU forints. The action began with the Hokas DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and it showcased Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) as she scored for the 14th time in 15 career starts. Off at 1.1/1 odds she went right to the lead and was never headed. Gyorgy Horvath teamed Longines for trainer Imre Fazekas to the 1.15.5kr timed verdict from post two. The 9.8/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was next ahead of 2.2/1 Disney HR (6f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) reined by Gyorgy Farkas for Balazs Juhasz that piloted the second place finisher. The Kanca DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) brought the four year olds together and the 1.15.9kr timed winner was 2.1/1 Zseneroz (4f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) handled by Mitja Slavic, her second victory in three 2019 outings. The 2.2/1 second choice Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) was second for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos and 40/1 Zsofesz (4f Vioxx SR-Lencsi-Baltic Bet) was third piloted by her trainer Sandor Varga. The aged fast-class trotters contested the Kontya Dezso Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with that event going to front-stepping 3/2 favorite Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) reined to the 1.16.7kr timed score by Imre Fazekas. Jozsef Rutkai trains and owns the now four-time winner in six 2-019 starts, that was bred by Stefan Melander. The 17.2/1 outsider Time To Say Goodbye (7m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) rallied for second handled by trainer Lajhos Marton. Third was 56.7/1 Milliondollar Lux (13m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. The day’s featured race was the Hatromevesek Nagydija (three-year olds, purse 5,000,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and quite a finish it was. The 3/1 Aurum Ville (3f Calypso Capar-Ivaville-Endless Sands) got up in the final strides for victory handled by Gyorgy Horvath for trainer Imre Fazekas and Silver & Black Racing. This one rallied from fourth to wear down leading 4.9/1 Aronville (3g Calypso Capar-Saraville-What A Man) with trainer Imre Fazekas the pilot. Third was 6/1 Adriana Asti (3f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) with Veljko Mazsity aboard. The Otevesek Nagydija (five year olds, purse 3,000,000HUf, 3000 meters autostart) saw Imre Fazekas back in the winner’s circle after driving the Laszlo Berenji owned and trained White Lady (5f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) to a 1.20kr timed victory. She raced on the front and gamely held off second finishing Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) and reinsman Goran Zolnaji. Third was Victoria Tim (5g Incredible Cole-Pamira-Napoletano). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cherry Peep (Conway Hall) continued her winning ways on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Amy Dowd-trained filly prevailed for the third time in her last four starts while competing in one of the $11,000 harness racing co-features for New York sired trotters. Driver Jay Randall was aggressive in the early going with Cherry Peep as he moved her out to the lead heading to the opening quarter, bypassing the race's favorite en route to the front-end. Once she got there, Cherry Peep was game, rebuffing the first-over challenge of a longshot before drawing away at the head of the stretch. The public's 2-5 betting favorite Notmeitsyou (Phil Fluet) never got close to the eventual winner who stopped the timer in 1:59.3 and wound up second-best. Cherry Peep now has three wins in six starts since being acquired by Dowd last month. Absolut Uncertenty (Muscles Yankee) went coast-to-coast in one of the other divisions of Thursday's co-features as he served as one of two winners on the card for trainer John Berger. Absolut Uncertenty's win came in 1:59.3 which serves as a new lifetime mark for the three year old trotter. Berger teamed up with leading driver Billy Dobson again later in the card for a win with pacer Our Art And Heaven who sprung the upset at odds of 9-1. The third co-feature on the matinee program was won by John Stark Jr's Miss Muscle (Muscle Mass) who overcame her outside post to secure her fifth victory of the season. Miss Muscle was dismissed at odds of 11-1 in her Thursday score. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga and will feature a pick-five carryover of $1,281.41. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Trainer Rene Allard scored a pair of wins with the two trotters he brought to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Volare (Conway Hall) cruised to a wire-to-wire victory score as the fastest of the winners of three co-features for New York sired trotters on the chilly afternoon at the Spa. Allard brought Volare to town as the trotter looked to shake what had been some second and third-itis over the past couple of months. Leading driver Billy Dobson wasted little time moving the race's favorite out to the early lead and once the four year old got there, he had no trouble coasting to victory in 1:57.3. Volare's win came in one of the three $11,000 co-features and was the fastest among them on the matinee card. Allard's other victory came with Haveitalltogether (Cantab Hall) who toughed it out first over in a $9,000 event for young trotters. Volare was the by far the fastest of the three winners of the Wednesday co-features but John Stark Jr's Miss Muscle (Muscle Mass) and Notmeitsyou (Chapter Seven) also secured victories in the $11,000 trio of features on the matinee card. Miss Muscle went coast-to-coast for Stark as the three year old filly continued her solid sophomore campaign with what was her fourth victory of the '18 season. Miss Muscle stopped the timer in 2:00.1 as her race's 2-1 favorite. The third co-feature went the way of Notmeitsyou who lived up to the hype as a 1-5 betting favorite on Wednesday as the three year old drew away late to prevail in 1:58. It was the second win for Notmeitsyou in as many weeks in the $11,000 co-feature as the sophomore continues what has been a terrific run since coming to Saratoga in September for trainer-driver Phil Fluet. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

There were five divisions of the first leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series contested on Monday's matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Each division went for a purse of $10,000 and was comprised of trotters five years old and younger with lifetime earnings of less than $40,000 ($50,000 for fillies and mares.) Barn Star (Conway Hall) was the fastest among the leg one winners of the series as trainer-driver Phil Fluet, who acquired the three year old trotter recently, piloted him to a first-over win in 1:57.1. The sophomore debuted for new connections off a 1:57.1 victory at Batavia and matched that effort on Monday afternoon while the public's 2-5 betting favorite. Invader Silver Buckeye went coast-to-coast in his local debut on Monday as he cruised to victory in a career-best 1:57.4 with leading driver Billy Dobson in the bike. The Rene Allard-trained Silver Buckeye took advantage of a couple of his rivals making breaks in the mile en route to his score in the first leg of the series. The win was one of four on the card for Dobson. Maureen Salino's Bonamassa (Brett Crawford) and Melissa Beckwith's Coach Cummings (Mark Beckwith) were mirror images of each other in the series' first division as they pulled off upsets. Both sophomores stopped the timer in 1:59.3 and did so as longshot winners while dismissed at odds of 13-1. The final division of the day went to Shortie Joe who toughed it out first-over for trainer-driver John Stark Jr. Shortie Joe prevailed in his third start at the Spa following runner-up finishes in his first two local races. Leg two of the Derue Memorial Trot will take place on Sunday afternoon with the $38,200 Final being contested the following Sunday, October 21st. Live racing resumes on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Syaratoga Raceway  

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