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Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) scored a gate to wire victory in Saturday’s Axel Jensens for four year-olds held at Bjerke Racecourse, Oslo, Norway. Purse was 565,000 Norwegian krone (€67,111) The Danish Derby winner scored by a neck for teamster Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist over the Steen Juul reined and trained Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with Radysin America (4m Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream a close third along the pegs for Johnny Takter driving for trainer Jerry Riordan. This one is a half-brother to Lisa America. Tumble Dust was timed in 1.11.7kr over the 1609 meter (one-mile) distance. The winner is owned by Stall Tumble Boys and he recorded career victory nine in 27 starts, now for earnings of 3,344,257SEK, or US$448,553. He’s a half-brother to Hard Livin that is campaigned successfully in Europe by Stall Zet and Daniel Reden. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Crazy About Pat (Crazed) moved his record to five-for-five this season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway behind a front running score in Sunday's Open Trot. Trainer Paul Kelley, who also had the winner of Saturday's Open Pace Bet On Roulette, has thrived with Crazy About Pat since acquiring him this summer. A closer in most of his wins this season, the four year old trotter moved to the early lead for driver Shawn Gray in Sunday's $17,000 co-feature. Met with the challenge of the race's favorite Zooming (Billy Dobson) in the stretch, Crazy About Pat dug in and scored a seasonal best win in 1:55.2. Returning $7.20 to win, Crazy About Pat led an exacta with the favorite Zooming the returned $19.40. Let's Go Higher (Billy Dobson) prevailed in the co-featured Fillies and Mares Open on Sunday afternoon with a last to first win clocked in 1:54. Live racing resumes on Thursday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Up Front JM) won today’s €400,000 European Championship for four year-olds in 1.12.9kr over 2150 meters autostart at Mauquenchy (FR). Off as the 2.7/1 favorite in a very competitive field, reinsman Robin Bakker executed a strategic victory early when he vacated third on the pegs and swept to the lead ahead of first away Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity) driven by Torbjorn Jansson. Positions were unchanged as Bakker rated the pace until several challengers appeared late. Tumble Dust was blocked down the lane and never able to escape with Tast of Bourbon in the same situation behind that one. Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) ralled late for second ahead of Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) with Jean-Etienne Dubois up with D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo) fourth and Tumble Dust fifth. Nine starters were within three lengths on the line. Robert Bi is trained by Paul Hagoort for owner  K.K. Bijkcrk of Holland. The winner recorded his 12th win in a career that now shows €687,570 earned. Robert Bi was bred in Italy by Allevamento G. Biasuzzi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Sunday's Morrisville Sale featured overall numbers close to last year’s; five more yearlings were sold for a similar average of more than $10,000. Still, the number sold is down about 37% from 2011. Last year the first crop sales of high profile New York stallions Rock N Roll Heaven and Lucky Chucky created some buzz, while this year it was 2011 sophomore division winner Roll With Joe who was experiencing his first auction. Only five by that stallion sold at Morrisville, for a very modest $8,700 average. Most of the initial action on RWJ will come at Lexington, where nine fillies and eight colts will be sold, and in Harrisburg, where nineteen fillies and eighteen colts will be hammered down. Last year only six from Lucy Chucky’s first crop sold at Morrisville, for an encouraging $22,000 average—high for this sale. The $450,000 the Cancelliere brothers paid for a brother to Muscle Massive and Muscle Mass skewed the results at Lexington, but at Harrisburg 32 averaged more than $32,000. Overall, the Chuckys were well received. Lucky Chucky ranked third behind Conway Hall and Crazed on the NYSS 2-year-old earnings list; Nunkeri, who finished second in the Championship Final, was his top filly and Gabe The Bear Dean and Mambo Blue Chip were two of the better colts. All in all Chucky was competitive in the program but hasn’t made his mark on the Grand Circuit. Granted, opportunities for the latter have been limited. Twice as many sold at Morrisville this year—13—and they averaged about half of what they did last year--$12,423. A dozen Lucky Chuckys will sell in Lexington and 17 will be available at Harrisburg. Like Lucky Chucky, Rock N Roll Heaven keeps a low profile at the Morrisville Sale. Five sold for a $15,000 average last year while three averaged almost $13,000 today. What happened at Morrisville gave no clue about Heaven’s future sale prospects in 2013: 33 of them averaged a hefty $48,000 at Harrisburg. Twenty-five will be available there this year and 30 will sell at Lexington. Heaven ranked third in his division, behind Bettor’s Delight and Art Major, on the NYSS 2-year-old pacing money list. His daughters Sassa Hanover and Band Of Angels were dominant players in the division for Ron Burke, but in the Championship final at Yonkers, the leader in both age groups, Bettor’s Delight, stepped up for the win in the form of his daughter Mosquito Blue Chip. Heaven was a decidedly gyno-centric stallion; his colts were no factor. Prediction: nobody will be writing a $450,000 check for one this year. RC Royalty stands at Morrisville and topped the sale in the number available, as 17 brought an average of more than $13,000. This was down 27% from last year when 20 sold on the wave of Royalty For Life’s division championship. RC Royalty ranked fourth on the 2-year-old money list and fifth on the 3-year-old list. The sophomore filly Avalicious and the freshman colt Royal Deceptor were probably his best. There were no budding Royalty For Life’s in the mix. He sells one at Lexington and none at Harrisburg. His brush with fame did not propel the eleven-year-old beyond his regional stallion status. But the sales topper on Sunday was one of his daughters, Royal Encore, who brought $85,000. Cash Hall, the Self Possessed stallion who now stands in Ohio for $3,000, raised his profile markedly in the NYSS with his outstanding freshman filly Market Rally and her paternal brother Buen Camino. The former crushed the opposition on the Night of Champions. Premium performers will always garner a stallion more love than healthy averages. Last year Cash Hall, who still has NYSS eligibility, had 13 sell at Morrisville for an $8,800 average. This year only four sold, but they averaged three times that. Cash Hall is in a no man’s land between New York and Ohio right now. The young Credit Winner stallion, Crazed, is about to stand his third season at Hanover in Pennsylvania. His fee was dropped from $6,000 to $4,000 last year. Crazed, who still has NYSS eligibility, sold seven for $16,571 today, up from the 12 he sold for an average of $9,200 in 2013. He was second to Conway Hall among two and three-year-old trotters in the NYSS this year. Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow, both winners of their respective finals, were crazy good this year. Nineteen by Crazed sell at Harrisburg. The buyers haven’t been particularly receptive up until now, but we should see more enthusiasm for him this year. Credit Winner, Art Major and Bettor’s Delight play a very limited role in this sale.  The latter, who now resides in Pennsylvania, has exhausted his two-year-old eligibility which will transfer to Ontario next year. He won’t be missed by the other stallions. We’ll find out at Lexington and Harrisburg whether or not the buyers consider his little brother, Roll With Joe, a suitable substitute. Conway Hall, leader of both the two and three-year-old divisions, and the most underrated stallion in the sport, sold seven for a $19,000 average, just like last year. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com

Robert Bi and reinsman Robert Bakker took today's first local elimination for the October 4th European Championship for four year-olds. The Paul Hagoort trainee (4mToss Out-Up Front JM) held off Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois up and Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici) and teamster J-M Bazire in a hotly, closely contested battle on the line. Robert Bi was off at 2.2/1 odds and he covered the 2150 meters autostart in 1.14.2kr in the mud. Purse was E60,000. The Dubois/Bazire battle continued post-race with an unusual on-track altercation. The second elimination this day went to Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) and owner/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois. The pair scored in 1.13.2kr at 1.9/1 odds. Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was second ahead of Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta). After all qualifying elims, in France and Sweden, Robert Bi and Tumble Dust (by Crazed) lead a very competitive group of four year-olds into the European Championship on October 4th. Mauquenchy October 4 – Grand Prix de l’UET Final Tast Of Bourbon Africaine Västerbo Loveboat Robert Bi Tumble Dust Radieux Amiral Sacha Dominator D'One Rue du Bac Boys Going In Aliénor de Godrel Thomas H. Hicks

With an ultra-impressive three-wide sweep from seventh place at the three-quarter mile marker, Crazy About Pat and driver Shawn Gray gave racing fans a thrill in capturing the $17,000 Open Trot Sunday. The seventh race feature saw Baby Boy Grin (Stephane Bouchard) leave the grab the lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4 with Just Make Believe (Frank Coppola, Jr.) grabbing the two-hole spot. By the half mile marker in :57.4, Baby Boy Grin was on the lead but facing a challenge from first-over Slugfest (Jay Randall) who helped push the pacesetter to the three-quarters in 1:27.1 with the Northern Dude (Bruce Aldrich, Jr.) taking up second-over cover. But it was Crazy About Pat and Gray making their big move three-wide and moving into third place by the top of the stretch and then kicking in a :28.3 last quarter mile to win going away by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Baby Boy Grin held for second place with Slugfest third. Trained by Paul Kelley and owned and bred by Patricia Stable, NY, Crazy About Pat is a four-year-old gelding by Crazed and paid $4.50 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the 25th edition of the New York Harness Racing Night of Champions. The $1.8 million event--richest night of racing in the state--offered eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Once again, each race was sponsored by a prominent Empire State breeding farm. Despite Mother Nature sticking her nose in--rain throughout first half of card and delays due to track maintenance-the state's best were summarily saluted. Here's the chronological compendium... Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot - Slight second choice Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory, $4.40) was the best coming in and best going out, winning (from post position No. 5) by five lengths in a soggy 2:00.4. Nunkeri (Mark MacDonald) was second, with Betcha (Jim Morrill Jr.) a recovering third after a break. Concentration (Brian Sears), also at 6-5 but the tepid favorite, broke early, though came back to finish fourth. For Barn Doll, a daughter of Conway Hall co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, it was her seventh win in nine seasonal starts (3-for-3 here). The exacta paid $44, with the triple returning $192.50. "She just knows what she's doing, a total pro," Gregory said. "I wasn't worried about her coming up sick (in her last scheduled NYSS start, because Steve said it wasn't that bad and she had trained well. I'm hoping she keeps it going next season as a 3-year-old.. Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace - As expected, the 11-10 choice, pole-sitting Spreester (Jason Bartlett) cut the mile, but she was no match for the lass on her back, It Was Fascination (Brett Miller, $6), from post 2, ducked inside and won by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:57.2. Table Talk (Matt Kakaley) was a first-up third. For "Fascination," a daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Tony Alagna, Riverview Racing and Bay's Stable, it was her fourth win in 13 '14 tries. The exacta paid $12.20, the triple returned $38.60 and the superfecta (Major Dancer [Sears] was fourth) paid $85.50. "I've never driven her before, but I watched her replays and thought if she was close enough, she'd have a chance," Miller said. Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace - The three-headed, Ron Burke-trained monster in Band of Angels (George Brennan), Sassa Hanover (Morrill Jr.) and Bettor N Better (Kakaley) were considered so potent, they were barred from all wagering. The finished fourth, fifth and eight (last). It was just-over even-money Mosquito Blue Chip (John Campbell, $4.10)-seventh at the three-quarters from post No. 6-furiously closing to snap Bossers Joy (Bartlett) by a nose on the money in 1:56. Heavenly Bride (Sears) was a from-last third. "Sassa" led to the lane before tiring to fifth. For "Mosquito," a Bettor's Delight lass co-owned by (trainer) Paul Jessop, Our Three Sons Stable and Donato Falcicchio, she's now 4-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $18.60, with no triple wagering due to the limited number of wagering interests. "I thought Jason (Bartlett, driving Bossers Joy) had lost me around the last turn, but in the straightaway, my filly just kept going," Campbell said. "She's a lot calmer than when I baby-raced her, maybe a bit too calm, but she was strong at the finish." Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot - Last season's champ is now this season's champ. Odds-on Market Rally (Morrill Jr., $2.40, part of entry) put a whuppin' on her outclassed foes. From post No. 6, she had open-length lead seemingly from the post parade. Up 10 at the half, she coasted home by 5¾ lengths in 1:58. Second went to Cutup Hanover (Gregory), Glowngold (Sears, part of another entry) third. For Market Rally, a daughter of Cash Hall co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bu7rscemi and Panhellenic Stabler, it was her seventh win in 10 '14 efforts. The exacta paid $31.60, with tbe triple returning $82. Market Rally is 6-for-6 here in her career. Morrisville College Equine Institute 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot - Odds-on Crazy Wow ($3.80) and driver Dan Rawlings are each a perfect 2-for-2 locally, winning the draw and leading at every pylon in 2:00.1. Wings of Royalty (Sears) was a first-up second-beaten 3½ lengths-with Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer) third. For Crazy Wow, a son of Crazed owned by Joseph Hess and trained by Dan O'Mara, he's now 4-for-7 in his first season. The exacta paid $15.80, with the triple returning $34.80. "I really didn't care where I was leaving the gate, as long as he left trotting," Rawlings said. "I saw too many horses 'blow up' earlier and I wanted to make sure he didn't. The fact that I was able to get a breather made me happy." Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace - Odds-on All Bets Off (Kakaley, $2.30, part of entry) beat down his overmatched foes. From post No. 5, he took no prisoners, going down the road by four lengths in 1:54. Stay Up Late (MacDonald) was a first-up second, with Western Conquest (Brent Holland) third. For Art Rooney Pace winner All Bets Off, a son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (with Frank Baldachinio, Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell) by trainer Burke, he's now 9-for-12 this season (career earning nearing $830,000) for an original $7,000 yearling purchase). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.60. "He's just better than these horses," Kakaley said. "Ronnie has had him good all season. There wasn't much to it tonight." Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace  - Driver and trainer teamed up again, this time with Cartoon Daddy ($15.40), though not before surviving an inquiry. Away third from post No. 6, he extricated himself from the cones just before Oneisalonelynumber (Bartlett) came to him on the outside. That move placed Cartoon Daddy second-over behind Berkley, before grabbing that rival and winning by a couple of lengths in 1:55. Betting Exchange (Sears), as the 3-2 choice, crossed the line, but was set down to seventh for impeding Oneisalonelynumber soon after Cartoon Daddy was acquitted for possibly doing the same thing. Southwind Masimo (Pat Lachance) and a tiring early leader Americanprimetime (Morrill Jr.) were advanced to third and fourth, respectively. For fourth choice Cartoon Daddy, a Aert Major frosh trained by Burke for himself (as Burke Racing) and Joe DiScala Jr., it was his fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $125.50, the triple returned $681 and the superfecta paid $1,526 Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot - Defending champ Flyhawk El Durado (MacDonald) led to the lane, only to make a bad break and take any suspense out of his meeting with Gural Hanover (Morrill Jr., $2.90, part of entry). The latter, never out of range from post No. 2, then had the race all to himself. He defeated Zoey De Vie (Sears) by 4¾ lengths, with Daley Lovin' (Dan Daley) third. "El Durado" recovered to finish fourth. For Gural Hanover, a Crazed gelding co-owned by trainer Burke, Little E and Panhellenic Stables, it was his eight consecutive (sire stakes) win and his ninth win in 11 '14 tries. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $187.50. . Saturday's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace was won by Bigtown Hero (Kakaley, $17) in 1:53.2 The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 5, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted its final statebred division of the season, the $198,999 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. It's the last chance for these freshmen to qualify for the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, held here next Saturday (Sept. 13). Three divisions - worth $66,733, $65,533 and $66,733, respectively -- made up the event, which honored the memory of the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age. Many of "Tootie's" family, including his wife, Bunny, and friends were on hand for winner's circle presentations. Friday's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps, for trotters and distaff pacers, were won by Traverse Seelster (Tyler Buter, $4.90) in 1:54.1, and Venus Delight (Bartlett, $6.10) in 1:51.3. The latter matched Rocklamation's track record for a 4-year-old pacing mare. First division-Second choice Insomniac (Jason Bartlett, $7.20), from post position No. 4 and from start to finish (:30.1, 1:00.2; 1:29.3; 1:58.3). Crazshana (Trond Smedshammer) was a first-up second, beaten a couple of lengths, with Credit Creation (Mark MacDonald) third. Mambo Blue Chip (Jeff Gregory) broke In The Pocket as the 6-5 choice. For Insomniac, a Crazed gelding co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley and William Weaver III, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.20, with the triple returning $121.50. "I wanted him to finish better than he has, and he did that tonight," Bartlett said. Second division-Second choice Crazy Wow (Dan Rawlings, $8) gave both himself and his driver a successful local debut. From post No. 2, he led at every pylon (:30, 1:00.2, 1:30, 1:58.2). Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) chased from a loose pocket-beaten 2½ lengths-with even-money fave Sugarmakesmecrazy (Ake Svanstedt) a non-threatening third. For Crazy Wow, a son of Crazed owned by Joseph Hess and trained by Dan O'Mara, it was his third win in six '14 tries. The exacta paid $23.80, with the triple returning $56.50. "Dan (O'Mara) said he had a good trotter and asked me drive him," Rawlings said. "He showed high speed, then broke, but he showed me enough that I told Dan 'Wherever he goes, I'm going.' "He's had some rigging issues, but Benny Eggers, who has the horse here, figured it out. He deserves a lot of the credit." Third division-Pole-sitting (and odds-on) Buen Camino (Smedshammer, $2.30) fooled very few, going the distance (:29.4; 1:00, 1:30.3; 1:59.1). Royal Lad (MacDonald) challenged in and out of the final turn before missing a length, while 111-1 shot Pier Ho Exotic (John Cunning Jr.) was a good, two-move third. For Buen Camino, a Crazed gelding trained by his driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, he's 2-for-2 here and 4-for-6 overall, having won his last three (NYSS) starts. The exacta paid $23.80, with the triple returning $230. "What's impressed me about him is his speed," Smedshammer said. "Speed wins races. Ideally, you don't want to have a young horse on the front every race, but we drew inside and figured it was the best place to be." The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

 The European summer season is in full swing and there were several races in the elite UET Masters Series last week – as the grand final looms next month with races in France and Sweden on Saturday (Sunday morning NZT). At Bergsaker (Sweden), rising star 5-year-old Quid Pro Quo (Yankee Glide) benefitted from a patient drive from Erik Adielsson and was too strong in the straight for his elder counterparts in the 205,000 euro Group 1 Sundsvall Open Trot over 2,140 metres. He eventually won in 1’11’’2 km rate with Oasis Bi (Toss Out) taking second spot from Canada B.F (Jobie Tempest). Quid Pro Quo is now 9th in the UET Masters Series, with 1450 points. At Vincennes, top jockey Franck Nivard took 8-year-old gelding Sourire de Voutré (Gazouillis ) to the lead straight from the starting shute in the Prix Camille Lepecq, a Group 2 monte worth 120,000 euros. By the time he reached the top of the hill, his opponents were struggling and he accelerated on the downhill turn into the straight to leave champion mare Roxane Griff (Tenor de Baune )and Uppercut de Manche (Neutron du Cebe) behind. This was a 2700m race and the winner covered the distance in 1’12’’4 km rate (1.56.5MR). On the same card was one of the glamour events on the French calendar, the Criterium des 5 Ans, where the cream of the 5YO crop did battle over 3000m for a purse of 240,000 euros. It was Raffin again, who showed the same winning touch in the bike when he guided outsider Vabellino (5h Ouragan de Celland) to a stunning victory over Vulcain de Vandel (5h Jag de Bellouet) and Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont) with favourite Very Nice Marceaux (5h Jag de Bellouet) fourth. This is a race just 200m short of the the NZ Cup distance and includes two uphill climbs (the 3000m start is the toughest at Vincennes) and was still completed in a 1’12”7kr or a mile rate of 1.57. The record set last year by Up And Quick is an unbelievable 1’11”5 or a 1.55 mile rate. The following day there were two major races in Denmark at the Charlottenlund racetrack near Copenhagen with the UET Masters Series’ the Rex The Great Lopp (Group 2, 2,000 metres) was raced for 50,000 euros. It was won by the locally trained 8-year-old O’Grady (S J's Photo) who, on a slow track, was skillfully driven from the front by his trainer Flemming Jensen who stacked up the field and held off Politiken (Ens Snapshot) Obi-Wan (Ganymede), Neo Holmsminde (Valley Sentry) and US import Fawkes (SJ’s Caviar). The winner trotted slow 1’14’’5 km rate. On the same programme was the Group 1 Danish Trotting Derby worth 180,000 euros , which was won a few years ago by New Zealand-resident Peak, and this year’s renewal saw one of Sweden’s top reinsman Björn Goop guide Tumble Dust (4h, Crazed ) to victory for Tomas Malmqvist from Tano Bork (4h, Great Challenger ) and Tango Vang 4g (Lindy Lane). The slow track did not prevent a new record for the race, with the time of 1.14,7a for the 3000m journey or just over a 2 minute mile rate. EUROWATCH Videos Sundsvall Trot Click here to view Criterium des 5 Ans Click here to view Prix Camille Lepecq Click here to view Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand  

The cream of the freshmen and sophomore pacers and trotters on the NYSS County Fair circuit convened at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, September 2. Eight $10,000 divisions awaited the influx and by days end the champions were crowned in each division. "It was an enjoyable day of racing watching the youngsters go head to head in each of their divisions," noted Eric Warner the tracks director of racing. "And with limited amount of charted lines on many of the entrants still wagering on the card was good." Driving Me Lindy and Truman Gale kicked off the program copping the event for 3 year old trotting fillies winning by nine lengths in a creditable 2:00.2 for trainer Andy Gardner. Owned by Michael Eulo, it marked the Crazed filly's 10 triumph and raised her seasonal her bankroll to $33,484. The 2 year old totting filly final ended in a romp for Ron's Coren when Fern Paquet, Jr. guided the Cash Hall miss to a 2:04 victory. She's trained by Jessica Okusko for owner Ronald La Clair. The pacing final for freshman fillies saw Kruella score her ninth seasonal triumph when Kirk Desmond used the front-end route to score a victory in a time of 1:59.2 for trainer Joe Robbins Jr. The daughter of American Ideal, co-owned by her trainer and Bonnie Kowalcyk, won for the ninth time in 10 lifetime starts. Inside The Glass, locally owned by Rosemarie Moore, recorded the fastest mile of the NYSS County Fairs Finals when Larry Stalbaum sat back off a quick early pace and rallied late to win the 3 year old pacing filly division in 1:57.3 for trainer Paul Moore. The 3-year-old trotting colt final followed and saw Harold Smith's Stirling Cadet romp to a 15- length triumph in 1:58.4 for driver Jimmy Devaux. The Conway Hall gelding scored his 11th victory and increased his seasonal bankroll ---all on the county fair circuit-- to $37,380. Devaux also won the freshman colt and gelding pacing final with Harold Smith's, Adonis Bay in a time of 1:59.3. Although Smith drove his colts at the fairs the 80 year old accomplished horseman turned the lines over to the accomplished professional, Jimmy Devaux. Another NY county fair stalwart, Doug Ackley, won the trotting final for 2 year old colts and geldings with J A T O in 2:04.2 despite making a break before the start. The son of Big Apple Deli scored his ninth victory in 10 lifetime starts for owner-trainer Margaret Butler who shares ownership with Amy Butler. And Larry Stalbaum scored his second victory in the NYSS County Fair Finals when he guided Kings Maninblack to a 1:59 triumph in the event for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. The altered son of Riverboat King is trained by Joe Chindano who co-owns with Gianfranco Pozzolini. Perhaps overshadowed by the interesting card of county fair youngsters, Diamond Tiara moved back to tie Shortest Distance for the most races won in North America this year when Jimmy Taggart Jr drove her to a 1:55.4 triumph which was her 18th victory. Also on the card, Shortest Distance was looking for win number 19 but she got collared at the wire by Rusty's Flying (Fern Paquet, Jr) and had to settle for second money. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) easily won today's 2014 Danish Derby in Copenhagen worth 600,000kr (US$106,183) to the winner. Bjorn Goop teamed Tumble Dust to his third consecutive win for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Easy KB.  The winner recorded his seventh career victory in 23 starts, now for earnings of 2,491,245kr (US$440,881). Tumble Dust scored over 3000 meters autostart (1-7/8 miles, three laps around the 1000 meter oval) in 1.14.7kr despite the sloppy racetrack dulled by day-long rains that delayed the start of the racing program. His time was the fastest Derby winner ever despite the off-track conditions. Wagering favorite Tumble Dust (odds 1.7/1) scored from post four and took to the front in the first turn from T Rex and reinsman Lars Anvar Kolle, and then led throughout. Tano Bork (by Great Challenger) and Tango Vang (by Lindy Lane) were second and third. Bred and raised by Thomas Lind-Holm Washer and trained by Jagersro's Tomas Malmqvist, Tumble Dust prepped at Charlottenlund with a victory in a derby trial 14 days ago over 2500 meters. Prior to the trial he had been racing at the 1609 meter sprinter distance. In the final run Tumble Dust was almost alone on the field, and won easily by three lengths, while Tano Bork, who had been sitting in the third couple on the outside, ended well for second place for teamster Christian Lindhardt. Tumble Dust's next big task will be to qualify to start in the European Derby, which this year will be raced at Mauquenchy (FR). Tumble Dust gave trainer Malmqvist his second Danish Derby victory and it was the first time that Bjorn Goop won the Derby in Copenhagen. Fine racing at Charlottenlund graced the Danish Derby undercard today. The Gr. II UET Masters Series Rex The Great, raced over 2000 meters autostart for 187,500kr to the winner, went to O'Grady (8m SJ's Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) and trainer/driver Flemming Jensen. He scored in 1.14.5kr to record his 35th win in 66 starts, now for earnings of 2,781,679kr. Politiken (7g Ens Snapshot-Goldie Hawn-Earthquake) was second for Morten Friis and Obi-Wan (8g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) ended third. Commander Crowe and Kaffir Face were scratched. Well-regarded Owen CR was shuffled toward the back and his attempt to circle the filed around the last bend was unsuccessful. The Derby Consolation (2000 meters autostart for 50,000kr to the winner) went to Triton Sisa (4g Credit Winner-Keenness Sisa-Carmody Lobell) for teamster/trainer Jan Dahlgaard. He scored in 1.14.4kr over Tripolini VP and Top Winner. The Walther Kaiser-Hansens 2014 race for 75,000kr to the winner went to Je T'Aime Express and Peter Untersteiner. The Swedish bred three year-old gelded son of Symphonic Hanover-Je T'Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover scored in 1.14.3kr over 2000 meters autostart. The Krafft Stayercup over 2950 meters distance handicapped, worth 60,000kr to the winner, went to Alphatron reined by Jeppe Juel. The winner raced without distance penalty and scored in 1.16kr over 13 rivals, 11 of which started with 20 or 40 meter penalties. Two year-olds face the starter in the Mark Ingdams over 2000 meters autostart. 50,000kr went to impressive winner Amalie Bork (2f Beaumont Hanover-Malou Bork-Chipmate) in 1.17kr. She's now undefeated in three starts. Another CN (by Buvetier d'Aunou) and Alongcameaspider (by Lindy Lane) were next and a battle for third also involved Alex Trojborg (by Great Challenger) and Echauffour US (Donato Hanover-Bourbon Dream), the latter piloted by Bjorn Goop for J-P Dubois in his first start.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Crazy About Pat (Crazed) continued his win streak in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Paul Kelley-trained trotter started from post eight as he looked to record his third consecutive victory and second in the featured 'Winners Over' Trot. Crazy About Pat got away last and remained last at the half mile pole but when driver Shawn Gray tipped him to the outside heading towards three quarters, the razor sharp trotter took over and accelerated past his rivals before drawing away late to win in 1:56.3. The favorite in the $14,000 feature was Baby Boy Grin (Jim Devaux) who was on the front end throughout before being bypassed late by the winner and held on for second while Pay The Winner (Sam Schillaci) earned the show spot. Crazy About Pat moved his record to three-for-three since moving to the Paul Kelley stable earlier this month. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Everyone knows that harness racing was weaned on the half mile tracks and many a young driver learned the ropes while competing in the races at the nation's county fairs. Now, with those states who have sire stakes programs the events not only have helped preserve county fair racing but the added purse monies made available has spawned groups of horsemen who race primarily on the county fair circuits. New York State has a good program for those who prefer to race at that level, and many do. At summers end, those who raced the New York Sire Stakes County Fair circuit this year will convene at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, September 2 with their colts and fillies who earned the right to compete in the series $10,000 finales which are available for the eight colt and filly pacing and trotting divisions. Besides having earned enough points to qualify for the finals, still there's a condition with the amount of county fair starts that are also needed. Among the trainer/drivers who are the stalwarts on the NYSS County Fair circuit are Harold "Joe" Smith and Doug Ackley. Year in and year out these very talented horsemen develop colts and fillies that are standouts in their divisions. And this year is no exception. Ackley, 70, developed three that will be racing on the card and he'll be on the driver's seat behind each of them. Of the three, J A TO, a freshman trotting colt by Big Apple Deli, has most impressive credentials with eight wins in nine county fair starts and nearly $11,000 in purse money. His fastest victory was clocked in 2:07. Ackley's Amma Crazed, a 2 -year-old daughter of Crazed which he drives regularly, has three wins and has been on the board in all 11 of her starts. She bankrolled nearly $11,000 for Ackley who co-owns the filly with Tyra Joanne Ackley. Over the years Ackley, from Gowanda, NY, has earned nearly$2 million racing at the New York Fairs and has won 793 races rarely driving over 100 times a season. Harold "Joe" Smith, from Malone NY, at 80 years of age is having one of his best years in the sulky with 26 wins in 67 starts with a UDR of .580. In his career Smith has drive 953 winners and his mounts-mostly his own-have earned $1.24 million. He qualified four youngsters for the finals with his own Sterling Cadet, the favorite to win the 3 year old colt and gelding trot. This altered son of Conway Hall has 10 wins and seven seconds in 19 starts and purses of $32,380 this year with a 1:58.3 record taken at Saratoga Raceway. And Smith's Olivia's Z Tam, a sophomore Bettor's Delight pacing filly has seven wins, four seconds and $16,343 in 19 seasonal outings. Although Smith did all the driving at the fairs he'll had the lines in the $10,000 finals to Jimmy Devaux. Now well-seasoned after a summer racing at the New York fairs and at a few pari-mutuel tracks along the way, the entered youngsters will surely open the eyes of the railbirds who perhaps feel that because of where they raced, they may not be worthy of attention. But put that notion to rest because all the entrants in the eight NYSS County Fair Finals will make their sires and dams proud a make good showings, win or lose. There will be no live races at the Mighty M on Labor Day but on Tuesday, September 2 the NYSS County Fair Finals will be joined by six overnight events on the 14- race card which will have a 12:50 pm post time. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

Harness racing two year old colt and gelding trotters were in town on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to take part in the New York Sire Stakes. Three divisions of the $53,500+ stakes races for freshman trotters highlighted the card with Trond Smedshammer's Buen Camino (Cash Hall) leading the way as the fastest among stakes winners. Buen Camino was the favorite in his four horse division of the Sire Stakes after three rivals were scratched. Coming off of a convincing, career best win in 1:58 at Batavia, Buen Camino moved out to the early lead in his local debut and battled major danger Home'n Dry (Wally Hennessey) throughout the final quarter before that one made a break late in the stretch and was subsequently disqualified from second. Buen Camino was the fastest of the three winners in the 'big time' stakes races by almost two seconds. Favored Sugarmakesmecrazy (Crazed) held on to win for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt in 2:02.3 and Andy Ray (Crazed) pulled off an upset for reinsman Steve Smith and trainer Erv Miller with his victory in 2:01 while dismissed at odds of 17-1 in the other two big stakes races on the card. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Crazy About Pat (Crazed) pulled off a mild upset in the $14,000 featured trotting race on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Paul Kelley trainee won his previous start which was his first for new connections and on Friday battled some of the top local trotters. Benefiting from an early speed duel, Crazy About Pat and reinsman Shawn Gray moved three wide at the three quarter pole and outtrotted his rivals home to win 1:55.3. The four-year-old trotter moved his career earnings to over the $400,000 mark with his win that came at odds of 7-1. Longshot Walltocousins (Joe Bongiorno) held second while Slugfest (Jay Randall) closed for third. The victory was one of three on the night for Shawn Gray. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. was the star of the evening on Friday night at Vernon Downs. He won with six of his nine drives on the 12-race program.   One of those wins was with Gural Hanover (Crazed-Givemearing) in the $59,100 New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The win was the seventh consecutive Sire Stakes win for Gural Hanover. Gural Hanover actually sat second behind Wild And Crazy Guy (John Macdonald) through the opening quarter of 27.4 seconds.   As the field moved into the backstretch, however, Gural Hanover powered to the lead and never looked back. He dominated the remainder of the race and eventually moved away with authority in the stretch to win by four lengths.   The rest of the fractional times were 56.4 for the half, 1:25.3 for three-quarters, and a final time of 1:53.3. Wild And Crazy Guy tracked Gural Hanover after being passed, but could never again mount a serious threat. The complete order of finish for the second division of the New York Sire Stakes was: Gural Hanover, Wild And Crazy Guy, Zoey De Vie, Karets, and Hallanet.   Gural Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Pennsylvania and Little E LLC and Panhellenic Stable Corporation of New York. The trainer is Ron Burke.   The first division of the $59,100 New York Sire Stakes for the sophomore trotters actually produced a better final time of 1:52.4.   The winner was Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal), driven by Mark MacDonald. The race was similarly run to the second division, as Royal Max (John Macdonald) led through the opening quarter of 26.4 before Flyhawk El Durado moved past and led the rest of the way.   The half was 56.1 seconds and three-quarters went by in 1:24.3. The complete order of finish for this division of the New York Sire Stakes was Flyhawk El Durado, Royal Max, Expressive Action, Daley Lovin, Mister Anson, and Lukas Hall.   Flyhawk El Durado is owned by Martin Scharf of Lawrence, New York and trained by Mark Ford.   The dominant man of the evening, though, was Morrill. He started the evening off right, winning with his first two drives, Winbak Glory in the second and Morning Joe in the third.   He didn't return to the Winner's Circle until the seventh race with Genius At Work in the first division of the New York Excelsior "A" Series.   The score with Gural Hanover in the ninth followed. That was part of a natural hat trick of wins for Morrill to wrap up his night. He won with Engagedatlexington in the tenth and Flaming Yankee in the eleventh. Morrill also finished second twice on the night, with Omnipotent in the fifth and Crazzycrazzy in the eighth.   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Saturday night with a 12-race program. First post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

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