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Lutfi Kolgjini's trained and reined Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole) won today's Gr. II International Fyraaringstest at Eskilstuna, earning 300,000SEK first money for owners Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and St. Behall AB. The winner recorded his sixth 2014 victory in nine starts and he has earned 702,000SEK lifetime with eight career wins. He scored in a close battle timed in 1.12.9kr over 2640 meters autostart, defeating Screen Height (4m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) trained and driven by Stefan Melander and Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) teamed by Erik Adielsson. US-bred Kincannon Hanover and Dewey Luvs Britt finished sixth and eighth. Other winners of interest on the Eskilstuna card included Explosive Dust (3m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip) for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in 1.13.2kr over 1640 meters autostart, to earn 50,000SEK; Tom Raider (10g Staro Showbiz-Tamina NR-Tamin Sandy) for Daniel Olsson in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart to also earn 50,000SEK, and increase his career earnings to 2,208,778SEK with this 17th lifetime win. He narrowly defeated Orjan Kilhlstrom with Disco AE and other fast class aged performers Global Investment and BWL Champion; and Pamona US (4f Credit Winner-Athena-Malabar Man) with Micael Lindblom aboard in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 20,000SEK, her fourth 2014 win in eight starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Arch Madness wasn't ill, but a victory in a conditioned handicap at Harrah's Philadelphia last week might have been just what the doctor ordered. Now the 10-year-old gelding is returning to competition against the continent's best older trotters as he heads to Saturday's eliminations for the John Cashman Jr. Memorial at the Meadowlands. The Cashman, formerly known as the Nat Ray, attracted 15 horses. The top five from two $50,000 eliminations will advance to the $300,650 final on Aug. 2, Hambletonian Day, at the Big M. Among the entrants are world champion Sebastian K, Maple Leaf Trot winner Intimidate, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, and 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes a $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks prep for 3-year-old female trotters and $40,000 single elimination for the Lady Liberty for older female pacers. Nine of the 11 fillies entered in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, which is Aug. 2, will compete in Saturday's prep. Ten mares are in the Lady Liberty elimination, with Rocklamation receiving a bye to next week's final. Arch Madness, who skipped the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, enters his Cashman elim with one win in eight starts this season. Lifetime, he has won 35 of 115 races and earned $4.22 million, good for sixth place among all trotters in history and second to only Moni Maker among trotters that raced the majority of their careers in North America. "It's always nice to get an easy win in a horse," Trond Smedshammer said about Arch Madness' three-length victory in 1:52.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on July 16. "That's the best medicine for a horse, winning. I was very happy about that decision [not to go to the Maple Leaf Trot]. It worked out good. "You can't ask him to go everywhere; he's 10 years old. Canada was an easy decision to leave out." Arch Madness (a son of Balanced Image-Armbro Archer) was winless in two races at age 2, but won at least one race worth more than $170,000 in six of the next seven years. His top triumphs came in the 2007 Breeders Crown for 3-year-olds, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, 2011 Oslo Grand Prix, 2010 Cutler Memorial, 2009 Credit Winner, and 2013 Allerage Open Trot. He finished second in the Elitlopp in 2012 and 2013. He also finished second twice in the Breeders Crown Open, in 2008 and 2009, and twice in the Maple Leaf Trot, in 2009 and 2011. "Arch is pretty much the same as he's been previous years," said Smedshammer, who trains the horse for owners Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC. "It doesn't seem like he's lost much, it's just the competition is tougher. It's been brutally tough, especially [Sebastian K]. "I haven't been too worried about it because later in the year when the others seem to be getting tired, he usually gets better," Smedshammer added. Arch Madness will start from post seven in the second of the two Cashman eliminations. To his inside from the rail are Mister Herbie, Wishing Stone, Sweet Justice, Uncle Peter, Sebastian K, and Appomattox. To his outside is Creatine. The first division, from post one, is Market Share, Your So Vain, Spider Blue Chip, Intimidate, Sevruga, Archangel, and Royalty For Life. It is an accomplished group, with Sebastian K being history's fastest trotter and 10 of the remaining horses having won at least one Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, or Trotting Triple Crown race. They have five Breeders Crown trophies (Uncle Peter, Arch Madness, Intimidate, Spider Blue Chip, and Market Share), four Maple Leaf Trot titles (Arch Madness, Mister Herbie, Market Share, and Intimidate), two Hambletonian triumphs (Market Share and Royalty For Life), two Kentucky Futurity wins (Wishing Stone and Creatine) and one Yonkers Trot (Archangel). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

A racing oddity will occur on Friday night, July 25 at Yonkers Raceway when three full brothers race there that evening. In the first $6,700 Excelsior Stakes, going as race number one prior to the betting card getting underway, BJ Anthony will be making his first start for a purse. Then, in the $44,000 Open Trot, race eight on the betting card, the $146,000 seasonal winner Tober will again take on the best trotters on the grounds and will likely be the favorite off a 1:54.2 victory against similar company last week. In race nine, a $20,000 conditioned trot, Gaelic And Garlic, a lifetime winner of almos$270,000 with a 1:55.2 victory this year, will start from post one. All three horses are by Credit Winner and out of La Tapitia by Cumin. All were bred by Bernie White of Pine Bush, NY and raised on his Tamarack Manor Farm in the hamlet. White, a longtime owner of Standardbreds was also the president of the Board of Directors of Historic track for over 12 years. "It's not often that anyone sees two full brothers racing on one program but three, that's nearly unheard of," White said. White and Kristie Leigh Farm own BJ Anthony and Gaelic And Garlic while Tober, a career winner thus far of $514,000, is owned by Kristie Leigh Farm and Joe Betro. All three horses are trained by Eddie Hart on Tony Statuto's Kristie Leigh Training Farm in Goshen NY and all will be driven by Jason Bartlett. by John Manzi, for Historic Track

At this point many two-year-olds have a couple of starts in them, so it’s time to marry personal observations with wild speculation and project which ones will be stepping up to win the Cup, Jug and Hambletonion next year. This is by no means a definitive list of the best of the best; as a matter of fact I’m going out of my way to include some by off-brand stallions. That being said, here are a few early standouts. Artspeak is a Western ideal colt out of the Artsplace mare, The Art Museum. The Western Ideals have fallen on hard times at the sales of late, relatively speaking, but Brittany threw $100,000 at this guy, which matched the top price for any of his paternal brothers in North America. He has won both of his NJSS starts for Scott Zeron and trainer Tony Alagna, in dominant fashion. On Pace Day he came first over to win in 1:52.3 at odds of 3/5 at the Meadowlands. Western Ideal has given us the outstanding performers and game changing sires Rocknroll Hanover and American Ideal, as well as Always A Virgin and Big Jim. His 2013 crop moves on to the slugfest that is the PASS next year. Stacia Hanover, the winner of the $100,000 NJSS final for freshman pacing fillies, is also by Western Ideal. The $35,000 Harness Breeders purchase is trained by veteran Steve Elliott and, like Artspeak, driven by Scott Zeron. She has two other wins in the restricted class, aside from the high-dollar final which she won in 1:53.4 at odds of 3/5. Yankee Bounty is a two-year-old gelding by the enigmatic Artiscape stallion, Yankee Cruiser. His dam is the Allamerican Native mare Yankee Bootleg. This isn’t a combination that screams early speed. Yes, Yankee Cruiser did give is the current king of the pacing ranks, Sweet Lou, who held world records at two and three, as well as the rejuvenated speed demon Dancin Yankee, but for the most part this stallion was up against it in Pennsylvania. Yankee Bounty, a $21,000 Harness Breeders purchase, has won both of his starts in impressive fashion. He won splits of the Pennsylvania All Stars and the Albatross for Corey Callahan and trainer Kevin Lane. Yankee Cruiser stands his first year in Ohio in 2014. Bob Ben And John is one of the wave of impressive colts from the first crop of 2009 two-year-old division champ Sportswriter. Casie Coleman, who trained the son of Artsplace, and has been the leading cheerleader for his initial offering, plucked him from the Lexington sale for a modest $17,000. His dam is the Cambest mare, My Best Girl. This colt made his first pari-mutuel start last week in a $70,000 OSS-Gold leg at Mohawk. He was an easy winner by three in 1:53 at odds of 2/1 for Chris Christoforou. Sportswriter is absolutely killing it in the freshman pacing division of the Ontario Sire Stakes; he’s taking all the air; none of the others are on the same planet. SBSW shook the Pennsylvania program to its foundation with his first crop, but what’s happening with Sportswriter in his restricted program may be more dramatic. Shadow Play impressed us last year with his first crop, but he hasn’t gone on to be a factor in the open realm with his sophomores. We’ll wait and see if Sporty, a key player from the stressed Adios line, makes his presence felt outside of Ontario. Sassa Hanover is a filly from the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven. Ron Burke bought her at Lexington for $50,000. Sassa’s dam, Sayo Hanover, is half to the very fast Shadyshark Hanover. Jim Morrill drover her to an easy two length win in a NYSS race at Monticello on the July 4. She won in 1:56.3 with plenty to spare. And two of her paternal sisters—She’s Heavenly and Band Of Angels—also won top dollar splits of the sire stakes that day. Heaven was held in high esteem at the sales, and thus far he is fulfilling his promise.   Dragon Eddy is a two-year-old gelding—aren’t they all—by Dragon Again, a stallion known more for throwing rugged long lasting types like Foiled Again, Atochia and Aracache Hanover than he is as a sire of early speed. My Little Dragon won her division at two, but she was an exception. Well, Eddy is something of an outlier himself. He brought $42,000 at Lexington, which is on the pricey side for Dragon Again, who now stands in Ohio. John Buttenschoen trains and Mike Simons drives. At the end of June Eddy won a split of the Pennsylvania All Starts in 1:54.3 at Pocono, and he went on to win a division of the Albatross in an eye opening 1:52.4 at odds of 2/5 at the Meadows on July 8. Mission Brief is a brown Muscle Hill filly who opened a lot of eyes when she took her $100,000 final of the NJSS by 13 lengths in 1:53.3 for Yanick Gingras and Ron Burke. This was an improvement on her previous start, where she only won by ten. Her dam Southwind Serena is by the great trotter Varenne. Mission Brief was a $150,000 Lexington purchase. Look out! The Bank is a Donato Hanover colt out of 2008 three-year-old division winner, Lantern Kronos. He won a split of the Pennsylvania All Stars for Jimmy Takter on July 4th and broke stride while leading on the last turn as the 1/9 favorite in a division of the Hickory Pride at The Meadows this week. Again, Takter drove. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to Shake It Cerry and Solvato, is another very promising Donato colt in the Takter Barn. He also won on July 4. Yesterday he was beaten in a quick 1:56.3 split of the Hickory Pride by the Cantab Hall colt Billy Flynn, driven to perfection by Brett Miller. Possess The Will and Your So Vain notwithstanding, Donato has pretty much been all filly no colt to this point. If this pair is turned over to Gingras or Pierce they could change that in a hurry. Honor And Serve, a Donato colt out of 2008 freshman division winner and world record holder Honorable Daughter, is another who might turn the tide. He just took a split of the Hickory Pride for Dave Palone and Jim Campbell. Royal Deceptor is one of numerous offspring of the New York stallion RC Royalty that sold at the Morrisville sale. The success of last year’s Hambletonion winner, Royalty For Life, inspired many to look favorably upon the eleven-year-old siring son of Credit Winner. Cheryl and Michael McGivern took this brown colt home for $11,000. Royal Deceptor won all three of his qualifiers, then went out and won a split of the NYSS in a track record 1:59.3 at Buffalo Raceway for Michael McGivern. Gatka is a big, rugged filly from the first crop of seven-year-old Hambletonion winner Muscle Massive, whose big brother Muscle Mass met with success in Ontario and has since been relocated to New York. Gatka is a sister to Ake Svanstedt’s Muscle Hill filly Heaven’s Door, who won the $100,000 NJSS sophomore final and finished second behind Shake It Cerry in the Del Miller. She won a division of the PA All Stars at The Meadows in 1:56 at 2/5 and last week she took a split of the Meadow Gladys with ease in 1:57.1 at 1/5.  Billy Flynn, a $120,000 Lexington purchase by Steffan Lind, is by Cantab Hall, arguably the best trotting stallion in North America. Another brown colt—there seems to be a run on them—he is out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Zeta Jones and was bred by Brittany farms. Billy took a split of the PA All Stars by six lengths in 1:57.2 at Pocono earlier this month and he beat the highly regarded Centurion ATM and Uncle Lasse in a division of the Hickory Pride. Brett Miller drives. Wild Honey is proving to be a $35,000 bargain for Jimmy Takter. The daughter of Cantab Hall was a close second to Gatka Hanover in that one’s first start and, like Gatka, won a split of the Meadow Gladys at The Meadows, for Yanick Gingras. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 14, 2014-Driver Jim Morrill Jr., Scotchgarded colors and all, won both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot Monday night. Morrill won the first ($111,500) very wet event for 3-year-old fillies with defending statebred champ Market Rally ($2.20). The odds-on favorite had to work first-up to dispose of pace-setting Lady with Credit (Trond Smedshammer) before opening up down the backside. Market Rally opened five lengths into the lane before whipping Glowngold (Brian Sears) by 2½ lengths in 1:59.4. Third went to 59-1 outsider Cutup Hanover (Jeff Gregory). Market Rally, a daughter of Cash Hall, is 3-for-5 this season (3-for-3 since adding Lasix) for co-owners (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $6, with the triple returning $84. Morrill and 17-1 L Dee's Scripture ($37.20) avoided all the happenstance in the equally-moist second ($113,500) event. The pair sat pocketed to Driving Miss Crazy (Gates Brunet) in what turned out to be a two-speed, outside-post number. L Dee's Scripture eased past "Miss Crazy," winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.1. Maud Blue Chip (Sears) was third, back another two lengths. Four of the five remaining lasses-including 9-10 fave Avalicious (Yannick Gingras)-either broke or caused a rival to do the same. Fifth choice L Dee's Scripture, a Credit Winner lass co-owned by Lawrence Dumain & Carlo Lattinelli and trained by Julie Miller, is off the '14 schneid (1-for-5). The exacta paid $845, with the triple returning $3,885. New York Sire Stakes continue Thursday night, with the $221,000 NYSS Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A trio of groupings-purses of $72,800, $74,100 and $74,100-go as races 1,4 and 9. 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  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval continues to be a perfect fit for Lutetium ($4.00) as he once again dominated the $10,500 Open Trot with a 3/4-length victory over BZ Glide Friday night (July 11) in 1:56.2 over the lightning fast track.   It's been an unbelievable stretch for Lutetium at Buffalo Raceway. He's now won seven straight races in Hamburg including six straight in Open competition. Lutetium has also been in front at every quarter-mile marker during that streak.   It was an expected showdown between Lutetium and BZ Glide and they did not disappoint.   Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) in his usual front-running style, took command of the lead and posted fractions of 28.4, 58.3 and 1:27.4.   At the three-quarter marker. the only one left in contention was the slightly-favored BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) as the remaining five trotters were waving the white flag. Lutetium had plenty left in the tank, thanks to a 28.3 final panel, as BZ Glide could only get within a non-threatening 3/4 lengths at the wire. Jon Win (David McNeight III) was a distant third.   The win was the 10th in 19 starts this year for Lutetium (Credit Winner-Luby), owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw. It was also his 21st victory in 57 tries since the beginning of 2013, placing in the money 36 times in that span as well. Lutetium, a 7-year-old gelding, has now earned $56,790 in 2014 and $242,596 lifetime.   Racing continues on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with a 13-race card set for 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's another bull's eye on a Buffalo Raceway track record on Wednesday night when the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters take dead aim at the 2:01.2 mark set by Timothy Patrick (2012) and The Lindy Treaty (2013).   With this classification's time either broke or tied the past two seasons, a new mark could easily be established. There's been a total of five standards either tied or broken at Buffalo Raceway this season. There's total of 30 talented freshmen trotters that are entered in the the four $27,250 division, all ready to take their best shot. For most, this will be their first 'real' start.   Lucky Chucky has sired eight of the entrants while Conway Hall is next with seven, RC Royalty six, Crazed five, Credit Winner three and Cash Hall one.   The first division will go off as the second race with Royal Conway (RC Royalty-Miss Conway) scoring from the two post as the 5-2 favorite with Gates Brunet in the sulky. Royal Conway registered a 1:58.2 qualifier at Vernon Downs on June 27.   The main threat could come from Lucky Ten K (Lucky Chucky-Promising Deal) who gets the services of Chris Lems out of the six spot. Lucky Ten K has a 2:00 and a 2:00.3 qualifier under his belt at Vernon and is the 3-1 second choice.   In the second division, set as the third race, Azucar (Crazed-Lindy Loves Candy) has a pari-mutual win already after scoring a two-length victory at Vernon Downs in 1:58.1. He'll start from the six post for Brunet and open at 3-1 odds.   The morning line favorite, however, is Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparkling Cider) at 5-2. He gets the seven post for Lems. Wings Of Royalty opened with a 2:02.2 qualifier then sprung a 1:59.1 time over the Vernon Downs surface.   It could be a battle from the inside posts in the third leg, scheduled as the fifth race. Drinksforthehouse (Conway Hall-Pacific Photo) gets the garden spot and Lems. He enters as the 5-2 morning line choice thanks to a 1:58.4 qualifier at Vernon Downs.   He'll be challenged from the inside by Four Buck Chuck (Lucky Chucky-Bama Hall) who has Doug McNair in the bike. Four Buck Chuck has a 2:03.4 clocking in a qualifier over the 7/8-mile Mohawk Raceway Track. He's listed at 3-1.   Habitat (Conway Hall-Habit's Best) has been sensational over the Gaitway Farm's mile track, producing times of 1:58.1 and 1:59.4, winning his two qualifiers by a combined 33 lengths. He'll have Jim Morrill Jr. at the controls and is the 5-2 morning line selection.   Mambo Blue Chip (Lucky Chucky-Flirty Two) arrives from the Meadowlands with miles of 2:01 and 2:03. He'll begin out of the four post at 3-1 for Jeff Gregory.   While Morrill Jr. is listed on just one favorite in the four Sires Stakes races, be very aware of him. He's been in 40 races thus far in the Sire Stakes with 15 victories. He's been in the money another 14 times and has earned $463,493, far and away the best among all drivers.   Looking at his Excelsior Series statistics, Morrill Jr. has been in 64 races and has won 18 of them and has been in the money 27 other times.   His seasonal totals at Buffalo Raceway are astounding as well with 66 starts, 25 victories and has been in the money 71 percent of the time with $257,463 in winnings.   There will be a non-betting $6,300 Excelsior Series B races at 4:40 p.m. while a pair of $12,500 Excelsior Series A races will be sprinkled in the regular 12-race card that gets underway at 5 p.m.   For more information, including upcoming promotions, news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

The weather could not have been nicer for Breakfast With The Babies this morning with sunny skies and gusty winds, the consensus temperature was 77 degrees. The star of the show wasn't a two year old at the start of their career but a Hambletonain candidate at the very peak of his powers, the remarkable Trixton. Out for a little leg stretching in a qualifier, Trixton went right to the front for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and waltzed around the oval in 1:53.3, last quarter in 28 flat into a significant wind. He's looks ready to battle Father Patrick for the crown in the Stanley Dancer Memorial next Saturday. Perfect Alliance also got some work in this morning, touring the oval in 1:53.3 in preparation for the Miss Versatility leg here next week. She looked sharp with Yannick Gingras aboard for trainer Julie Miller and owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger. Baby trotters led off the card and a couple of fillies impressed with identical 1:58.1 miles. The pretty $140,000 Credit Winner Lexington filly Crazy Beautiful took by the 59.4 half then closed with a 28.4 final stanza to hold sway against the closing bid of Nunkeri. Scott Zeron drove, Tony Alagna trains for the Willow Oak Ranch of Tennessee. Lilu Hanover made a bold move around the final bend and drew clear in a 29 flat final quarter to win for Takter and Gingras in her third qualifier. Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, she was a $130,000 Harrisburg purchase. Takter later drove the Cantab Hanover x Muscaloosa colt Walter White to a 1:59.4. He was a $57,000 Harrisburg purchase for the interest of Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding. Takter pacing pupil Bet You won his Third Straight non-betting race, this one in 1:57 for Yannick. He's by Bettors Delight out of Armbro Amoretto purchased inn Lexington $75,000 for Christina, the Fieldings and Mc Clelland. Trond Smedshammer won a couple, taking the second race with Finish Line a Yankee Glide gelding from Calchips Finisher in 2:00. He was a $50,000 Lexington purchase by Trond's American Viking Stable, Diane Giuliano and Purple Haze Stable. Trond won with Crazshana in 2:01.4 a few races later. This one is a Crazed gelding that Purple Haze gave $47,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Jonas Czernyson sent out a pair of winners, taking the fourth with Alderbaran Eagle in 2:00.3 with Corey Callahan aboard. He's a $70,000 Muscle Hill from Letsjustalkaboutme that the Alderbaran Stable bought at Harrisburg. Dave Miller drove the Muscle Hill filly Jolene Jolene to a 2:01 victory for Jonas and owner Bill Donovan. She's out of Celebrity Speedie and was an $87,000 Harrisburg baby. The pacers started off with the speedy Sportswriter filly Yellow Mustang dragging Dave Miller through fast middle splits then holding on in 1:57. Joe Holloway trains the daughter of Best Tussle, a $23,000 Harrisburg yearling buy, for Ted Gewertz and Val D'Or Farms. The cleverly named She's A Hot Mess redeemed herself after last week's miscue by beating a field of colts in 1:58 with a good 29.1 close into a gusting wind for Scott Zeron. She's an American Ideal homebred from Sure Fun Tryin trained by Tony Alagna who owns her in partnership with Stephanie & Myron Bell's Riverview Farms and John Fodera. Tony sent out a nice pair of colts in the fourteenth and Dream's Beachboy impressed, winning at first asking for Zeron in 1:56.2 / 29- off a nice pocket trip. He's a $150,000 Harrisburg Somebeachsomewhere colt from Dream-A-While owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Stillwater Partners, a Myron Bell production. The Cancelliere brothers unveiled a sharp Rock N Roll Heaven colt named Raylan Givens in this heat, closing to be second and Official Prince (Art Official) from the Alagna barn was a good third. The next group also contained some pretty impressive looking colts. The winner was Major War, Shannon DePinto and Kovach Stables $60,000 Harrisburg purchase by American Ideal from Cantor's Daughter. He made a big move on the final turn to get clear and closed out a 1:55.4 mile in 27.4. Dave Miller drove for trainer Sam De Pinto. Somekindaparty, Shane Adam and Mohegan Blue Chip all flashed good pace down the stretch into the wind. Tonight is one of the big ones, Meadowlands Pace elim night. The inaugural Hambletonian Maturity fields fourteen of trotting's finest four year olds racing for $484,500 and a spectacular fireworks show after the races. Post time is 6:30. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

Goshen, NY --- It was a nearly perfect day for harness racing trainer driver Ray Schnittker. Schnittker drove in seven Landmark Stakes events at Historic Track on Friday afternoon and came away with six victories. Among the winners was 3-year-old male pacer Stevensville, who could be heading to the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios at the end of the month. Other winners for Schnittker, who is based at Historic Track, were 2-year-old male trotter Gabe The Bear Dean, 2-year-old female pacer Shes Ready To Rock, 3-year-old female trotter Suegrabbitnrun, 3-year-old male trotter Derby, and 2-year-old female trotter Kaliska. Gary Messenger trained two Landmark winners, 2-year-old male pacer K J Ben and 2-year-old female trotter She's So Into Me, and Angus MacDonald sent out a winner in 3-year-old female pacer Misty Major. Stevensville, who was coming off a fifth-place finish in the Max C. Hempt Memorial on June 28 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, won the $19,340 Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old pacers in 1:58.1 over a sloppy track. Rain fell throughout the afternoon on an unseasonably cool 66-degree Fourth of July. Owned by Schnittker, Paul Bordogna, and Ryan Miller, Stevensville has won seven of 21 career races and $185,079. He finished second in last year's Matron Stakes. "He's been real good," Schnittker said. "He raced real good last week and I think if he'd gotten through a little sooner he would have been maybe third. "We're going to go to the Adios, I think. I skipped the Meadowlands Pace. I think he's fifth to 10th best [horse in the division] and there's so much money later in the year, hopefully I can grab some." Derby, who finished second in the Dexter Cup in May, won the $20,640 Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old trotters in 2:03.3. The gelding is owned by Schnittker, Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, and Ted Gewertz. He has won three consecutive starts after starting the season with six setbacks. "He's come around a little bit," Schnittker said. "He actually raced pretty good for Danny Cappello at Saratoga the last two starts. He had sort of an attitude problem, but it looks like he's starting to get it figured out now. Hopefully he'll end up having a good year." Schnittker also was pleased with Kaliska, who won in 2:05.2, and Gabe The Bear Dean, who won in 2:03. Kaliska (Credit Winner-Armbro Vivian) is owned by Schnittker, Thomas Spatorico, Pepin Stable, and Fam Alber Horse Racing. She is a full sister to stakes-winner Frank The Hands. Gabe The Bear Dean (Lucky Chucky-Madam Hooch) is owned by Schnittker and Minix Stable. "[Kaliska] kind of doesn't know what she's doing," Schittker said. "She figured out to go by [other horses] finally; usually she's a little bit late that way. "Gabe The Bear Dean, I think he could be a real nice New York Sire [Stakes horse]. He's going next Wednesday at Buffalo. I think he's one of the better Lucky Chucky colts, so hopefully he'll be alright." Suegrabbitnrun won in 2:01.4 for Schnittker and Charlie Iannazzo, who also bred the filly, and Shes Ready To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover-She's My Belle) won in 2:04.1 for owners Schnittker, Frank Baldassare, and Mary Kinsey. K J Ben (Riggins-Winsmith Karen), driven by Jason Bartlett, won in 2:04 for breeder/owner Scott Woogen. In the next race, She's So Into Me (Conway Hall-In To Me) and driver Jim Taggart Jr. won in 2:07 for owners Woogen and Brenda Messenger. Misty Major, also driven by Taggart, won in 2:03.3 for owner E.J. Treadway. Friday's nine-race Landmark Stakes card was part of the Grand Circuit visit to Historic Track. Saturday features the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series and Billings Amateur Drivers Series. Sunday is Hall of Fame Day, which includes a race featuring drivers in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame along with 2014 inductee David Miller. Post time each day is 1 p.m. for the first race. Story and photos by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

July 4, 2014. Timoko next tests the starter on Sunday at La Capelle and Philippe Allaire's Brillantissime leads the field Saturday at Enghien in the Prix de Berlin against a competitive group of three year-olds. See the entries below for these weekend headliners. July 5, 2014 Enghien-Soisy Features Prix de la Marche, £85,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters. Field includes Indigious (by Prodigious) with Eric Raffin up for Stig H. Johansson and Swedishman with Franck Nivard steering for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. Prix de Berlin, £85.000, 2150 meters autostart, European, 9 starters for three year-olds. This group includes Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire, Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) with Erik Raffin aboard, Secretariat (Ganymede) for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, Scoop Grif Italia (Varenne) for Pierre Vercruysse/Marco Smorgon, and Silverado Lux (Amigo Hall) for the Nivard/Souloy team. July 6, 2014 La Capelle Feature Prix der la Communaute de Communes, 1609 meters autostart, £100,000, Gr. II International, field in post position order below (horse, driver, trainer): Reve de Beylev, Raffin/Guarato Oibambam Effe, Carro/Carro Spirit Beji, Bullier/Provost Quinoa du Gers, Ouvrie/Souloy Roi du Lupin, Barrier/Marmion Krangel, Locqueneux/Westholm Timoko, Goop/Westerink Quick Viervil, Gallier/Gallier Viscaria, Piton/Gillot Timoko and Richard Westerink Earlier this week solid action took place in Sweden with Happy Days winning his elimination and the final of the Sprinter Masters. In the final Express Duo and Tumble Dust trailed the winning horse/driver pair that were timed in 1.10.7kr. On July 2 at Lindesberg Mr. Picolit took the aged main event in 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. US entrant Uncle Peter was scratched. July 3, 2014 Halmstad Sprinter Masters 1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money each elimination, Elim 1, 1.11.7kr Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem), Pekka Korpi, Finland, 20th win in 32 starts for 3,494,704SEK Elim 2 1.12.0kr Dream With Me (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Lutfi Kolgjini, Netherlands, 6th win in 20 for 649,172SEK Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Dream Vacation), Bjorn Goop, Denmark, now in 20 starts 4-5-6 slate for 2,064,059SEK Elim 3, 1.10.l9kr Happy Days (4g Dream Vacation-Kiss Me Once-Varenne)m Johnny Takter, eighth win in 11 for 1,179,300SEK Final, 1.10.7kr, first money 902,660SEK Happy Days, Johnny Takter, first on the line Express Duo, Pekka Korpi TumbleDust, Bjorn Goop Other relevant winners on the Halmstad card were: Oliver Kronos (6g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop, 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 100,000SEK first money, eighth win in 18 appearances. Your Highness (5f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop, 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first prize, 10th win in 20 tries for 1,461,904SEK career earnings. July 2, 2014 Lindesberg Winners Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed), Daniel Olsson up for Stefan Melander, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 60,000SEK to winner. Paris Metro (3f Cantab Hall-Mrs Ronerail-Donerail), Bjorn Goop for trainer Melander, 1.12.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK winners prize. Paducah Dream (4f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.13.8kr, 1640 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner. High Speed Call (6g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Carl-Erik Lindblom up, 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner. Mr. Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money, defeating Occione Jet with Erik Adielsson and Bagley with Conrad Lugauer. Uncle Peter was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks

In Sweden trainer Jerry Riordan has experienced a super week to-date. On June 24 at Jagersro, Riordan trainee Rare Wise As scored in 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 15,000SEK first prize.  The four-year-old daughter of Varenne-In Wise As- SJ’s Caviar is owned by Lisa Riordan and was steered by Linda Allercrantz. The Riordan team also won with Paolo America in 1.15.3kr to earn 15,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start contest. Paolo America is a five year-old gelded son of Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell, owned by Lisa Riordan and reined by Allercrantz to her 11th career victory. On June 26 at Aby the Riordan trained, Allercrantz reined Riordan Kronos scored in 1.15.3kr to earn 10,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. The four-year-old gelded son of Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed is owned by Lisa Riordan and secured his first 2014 win in four starts.  Trainer Riordan was also third in the Aby featured Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner) for mares with Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) for owner Francesco Rosselli and driven by Thomas Uhrberg. Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) won this event in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop reined the winner, to her 11th career victory, that defeated Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) with Jorgen Sjunnesson aboard in a close finish. This one was developed in the US by Dan Daley Global Midnight and reinsman Christophe Martens won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance at Enghien. The winner secured her 16th career win for earnings of €274,621 for trainer Vincent Martens. Global Midnight is a seven year-old mare by Ganymede from Global Business by Victory Dream. Take and Tabby Point trailed the winner across the line. The day’s Quinte+ paid €188,246 for an exact order €2 wager. Jackpot this day was €4.4 million. June 26, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Plaisance, European €56,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €4.4 million, 1.14kr 1st Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Christophe Martens, 4.4/1 odds, Victor Martens trainer, 16th lifetime win for €274,621 2nd Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole), Franck Nivard, 6.8/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer 3rd Tabby Point (7m Coktail Jet-Nobody Else), Sebastien Ernault, 70/1, Ulf Nordin trainer At Vichy the €80,000 purse International Prix Pierre Coulon went to favored Uprince with Eric Raffin aboard. Thierry Raffegaeu trains the winner that is now a career earner of over €377,000 from 11 victories. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr to defeat Italy’s 89/1 outsider Oibambam Effe. June 26, 2014 Vichy, Prix Pierre Coulon, International €80,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Eric Raffin, 2.5/1, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 11th career win  for €377,470 2nd Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Salvatore Carro up, 89/1 3rd Sophie du Vif (8f Jenko-Lavalliere de Vif), Aymeric Thomas up, 22/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Manalapan, NJ ---Trainer Ron Burke sent out seven winning 2-year-olds Monday (June 16) as the second round of qualifiers was held at Gaitway Farm. There were 17 qualifiers for the 2-year-olds, with 101 horses competing. It was more than double the number of horses that appeared last week when heavy rains forced numerous scratches. Burke picked up wins with colt pacers Too Darn Hot, Play The Field and Cartoon Daddy, filly pacers Sassa Hanover and Eloquently Stated, colt trotter Habitat, and filly trotter Mission Brief. Cartoon Daddy recorded the fastest mile of the day, winning in 1:55 over a “good” track with driver Mike Lachance. Cartoon Daddy edged stablemate K-Rock by one length thanks to covering the final half-mile in :54. Cartoon Daddy (Art Major-Ask Alice) is a full brother to colt Ari Allstar, who finished fourth in the 2013 Breeders Crown, and his family includes multiple-stakes-winner Western Ace. Too Darn Hot won in 2:00 with Yannick Gingras at the lines. Too Darn Hot (Rocknroll Hanover-Kiss Me Kate) is the first foal out of Kiss Me Kate, who is a full sister to multiple-stakes-winners Kikikatie and Just Wait Kate. Habitat (Conway Hall-Habit’s Best) was driven to a 27-1/4 length win in 1:58.1 by Gingras, covering the final half-mile in :56. It was the second winning qualifier of the month for Habitat, whose dam is a half-sister to millionaire Civil Action. Mission Brief won by 23 lengths with Gingras in the bike, stopping the clock in 1:57.4, also with a :56 back half. Mission Brief (Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena) was purchased for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Her dam won a Breeders Crown in 2007 and is a half-sister to Burke’s stakes-winning Southwind Spirit. Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover) notched her second qualifying win with a 1:58.1 effort with Gingras. She is the first foal out of Sayo Hanover, who is a half-sister to multiple-stakes-winner Shadyshark Hanover and 2009 New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Shaky Hanover. Play The Field (Bettor's Delight-A Votre Pante) and Gingras won in 1:57. He is a half-brother to 2012 Ontario Sire Stakes champion filly Love Canal. Eloquently Stated won her second qualifier of June in 2:00, finishing with a :26.1 final quarter-mile. She won her debut in 1:55.4. Eloquently Stated (Well Said-Jennie Fanetta) is a half-sister to 2012 New Jersey Futurity winner Verdad. Trainer Steve Elliott won twice on the card. First came colt trotter Twain Drive (Credit Winner-What’s Your Name), who was guided to a 2:05 win by Jeff Gregory. One race later, Scott Zeron won in 1:57 with filly pacer Stacia Hanover (Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip). Scott DiDomenico also had two winners. Filly pacer Harmony Hudson (The Panderosa-Heavenly Hudson) won for driver Tim Tetrick in 2:00.3 in her first try. She is a half-sister to Huxley, who finished second to Michael’s Power in the 2012 Upper Canada Cup. Filly pacer American Truth (American Ideal-Copywriter) also won for the Tetrick-DiDomenico duo. American Truth is a full sister to 2014 Buddy Gilmour Memorial runner-up Capital Account and his family includes millionaire Image Of Dawn. Colt trotter Elettrizzante, bred and owned by renowned race-caller Tom Durkin and Joe Spadaro, won in 2:01.1 for driver Gingras and trainer Julie Miller. Elettrizzante (Conway Hall-Electra Hanover) is a full brother to 2012 New York Sire Stakes champion Coraggioso, who also was bred and is owned by Durkin and Spadaro. Steve Smith drove filly pacer Arielle Lynn to victory for trainer Kevin McDermottin 1:57.4. Arielle Lynn (Somebeachsomewhere-Ladyking) is a half-sister to former McDermott trainee Lookout Hanover and current McDermott trainee Lonewolf Currier, who both have banked more than $325,000 lifetime. Filly trotter Tuscanellie (Andover Hall-Ornellaia) won in 2:01 for driver Jim Marshall III and trainer Donna Marshall. The Marshalls’ son, Jim IV, finished second in the qualifier with Doc Simon’s Dream (Muscle Massive-Lady Valla Hanover) in his first-ever drive. Rockntouch, a colt pacer, won in 1:57.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Monte Gelrod. Rockntouch (Rock N Roll Heaven-Touch Of Bogart) is a half-brother to two-time Indiana Sire Stakes champion Right Touch. Filly trotter Champagne Taste was the toast of her division, winning in 2:02.4 for driver Gregory and trainer Richard Johnson. Champagne Taste (Striking Sahbra-CR Mimosa) is a half-sister to multiple Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion Windshield. Colt pacer Dragon N Kickin, driven by Brett Miller for trainer Staffan Lind, won in 1:57. Dragon N Kickin (Dragon Again-Eicarls Valentine) is a half-brother to millionaire My Boy David. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The story of 4-year-old harness racing female trotter Perfect Alliance, who enters Saturday's $266,000 Armbro Flight Stakes with 11 wins in 11 starts this season after winning a total of just two of 18 races at ages 2 and 3, would seem farfetched if it didn't sound so familiar. Perfect Alliance races out of the stable of Julie and Andy Miller, who five years ago took an unheralded 4-year-old male trotter named Lucky Jim and helped lead him to an award-winning season. Lucky Jim joined Team Miller with a total of just two wins in 20 career races. He won his first eight starts that season, including two winter series at the Meadowlands, before tackling the sport's top older trotters. He didn't slow down, winning seven more races in a row before finishing the campaign with 17 victories in 18 starts. His triumphs included the Breeders Crown, Nat Ray, Maxie Lee Memorial and Cutler Memorial, and he received the 2009 Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. Whether Perfect Alliance can write the same ending as Lucky Jim remains to be seen, but the first few chapters of her story are strikingly similar. She won two winter series - one at the Meadowlands and one at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs - before challenging the top female trotters in the game. In her first try against the big girls, in a division of the Miss Versatility Series at Woodbine, Perfect Alliance won in 1:51.2, equaling Classic Martine's world record for the fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old female trotter. Incidentally, Lucky Jim shares the world record of 1:50.1 for the fastest mile ever by any trotter on a one-mile racetrack. Last weekend, Perfect Alliance won her elimination for the Armbro Flight by 6-1/2 lengths in a track-record 1:51.4 at Mohawk. She starts the final from post four with Yannick Gingras at the lines and is the 6-5 morning line favorite. "It's hard to believe we could ever do that again - and she hasn't done it yet - but the way she started out is a lot like the way we campaigned [Lucky Jim] because she fit some of the winter series," Andy Miller said. "She got a lot of confidence out of those series and just kept progressing and getting better and better. "Now she's as brave as a horse can be. Now that she's facing the better mares, she thinks she can tackle anything." Miller drove Perfect Alliance in her first seven starts, but has been sidelined since mid-April because of injuries sustained in an accident. In her second race this year, Perfect Alliance won from post 10 at the Meadowlands despite being stuck on the outside for most of the mile and getting a flat tire on the final turn. "She still dug in and won the race," Miller said. "When she did that, I thought it was something special. I didn't know if she would go [onto record-setting performances] but I knew there was a lot there." Perfect Alliance is owned by New Meadowlands Racing Chairman Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, Meadowlands Racetrack General Manager Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz and Arthur Geiger. She is a daughter of stallion Credit Winner out of the mare Yalta Hanover and was purchased for $75,000 under the name Perfect Deo at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. Her mother is a half-sister to stakes-winners Yursa Hanover, He's Spooky and Scary Good. She is a three-quarter sister to Thistle Dhu, who ironically edged Perfect Alliance last season by a nose in the $40,000 Zweig Memorial Consolation for 3-year-old filly trotters. "Last year [Perfect Alliance] was hot on the gate and had a few little issues, just immaturity," Miller said. "I think the time off and bringing her back this year she's just matured so much. The second time I qualified her, I covered her up a bit and put some earplugs on her and when I popped them she responded. I knew there was a lot there, but how far it would go, I didn't know. "It's worked out good. With these types of horses, you just hope you don't do anything wrong. She kind of takes care of herself. She does everything we ask and we just try not to mess it up." Following is the field in post order for the Armbro Flight with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Lady Laker, Trevor Ritchie, Al Tomlinson, 20-1; 2. Bax Of Life, Chris Christoforou, Jerry Duford, 15-1; 3. D'Orsay, Sylvain Filion, Jonas Czernyson, 6-1; 4. Perfect Alliance, Yannick Gingras, Julie Miller, 6-5; 5. Classic Martine, Tim Tetrick, Chris Oakes, 5-1; 6. Upfrontluckycarol, Steve Condren, Clark Beelby, 20-1; 7. Rockin With Dewey, Mario Baillargeon, Benoit Baillargeon, 12-1; 8. Charmed Life, James MacDonald, Dave Menary, 12-1; 9. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman, 4-1; 10. Angies Lucky Star, Trevor Henry, Richard Moreau, 25-1. Andy Miller got a positive report from his doctors recently as he continues his recovery from vertebrae surgery, but still is several months from returning to action. "He said everything looks good," Miller said Monday while watching qualifiers at Gaitway Farm, where he and wife Julie Miller are stabled. "He said in six weeks I can probably get rid of the [back] brace, but as far as doing anything, it'll be a couple months yet. "I was hoping I could do a little bit of work. Hopefully in six weeks I'll get a little more clearance, but I'm sure it will be a couple months before I can really do much." Miller said it was "frustrating" to be on the sidelines, but he is still active in watching horses train and race and providing his input. Miller has won 8,054 races in his driving career and nearly $101 million in purses, with both totals ranking among the top 25 in North American harness racing history. "Eventually, I'll get back out there, but I'll just take my time," Miller said. "I'm so thankful that I can be here and watch them and give my input on them training. "There haven't been any setbacks and if I didn't have the brace on, you wouldn't know anything is wrong with me. I can get around pretty good; I'm not running sprints, but everything is as good as it can be." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

New York sired three-year-old trotting colts and fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Vernon Downs Sunday competing in the $432,000 finals of the Empire Breeders Classic. The harness racing series for state-breds featured elimination divisions last week with the top nine finishers returning for the rich finals. The sixth race first final was for the fillies and they raced for a purse of $217,735. Cutup Hanover and driver Jeff Gregory left quickly from post six to take the early lead and then give way to Winning Pursuit (John MacDonald) at the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Then as the field past the half mile in :57, Glowngold and driver Jim Morrill, Jr. came first-over to challenge and following second-over was Crediama with driver Tim Tetrick. Winning Pursuit looked to be the strong horse as the past the three-quarters in 1:25.3 but once they started down the stretch it was Crediama and Tim Tetrick collaring Winning Pursuit and passing them by for a one and one-half length victory in 1:54.1. Winning Pursuit was second with Annies List (Tyler Buter) third. Crediama covered the one mile race in a lifetime best clocking of 1:54.1. “She felt super tonight,” Tim Tetrick said, “Last week was the first time I ever driven her and I really liked her. She trotted well, very nice mannered and she likes to get her job done. She did everything right today. I got a second-over trip behind Julie Miller’s horse (Glowngold) and she responded well. I kicked out the plugs and went right by them. She did everything right. She is very handy, very smart and a talented filly.” It was the second win in just three starts this year for Crediama. She is sired by Credit Winner, is trained by Trond Smedshammer and owned by the Purple Haze Stables of Fairport, NY. Crediama paid $6.90 to win. In the ninth race final for the colts with a purse of $215,125, it was the 4/5 betting favorite, Expressive Action and driver Mike Simons who waited until the field settled down by the opening quarter mile in :27.1 and then sent his colt to the front for good. There were three lead changes right after the start of the race as Wild And Crazy (Ron Pierce) left hard from post eight to get to the front. They were then passed by Cash For Gold (Michael Vanderkemp) and then they were passed by Cashamatic and driver Jim Morrill, Jr. Expressive Action then became the fourth horse to have the lead before the half mile marker in :56 and he would remain in front, past the three-quarters in 1:24.4 and no one even contemplating a first-over move against the race leader. Coming down the stretch Simons kept Expressive Action alert and they went on to win by two lengths in a lifetime best clocking of 1:54.1. Wild And Crazy closed well to be second with Hallanet (Trond Smedshammer) was third. “He has been very good this season,” Mike Simons said, “He’s just super, he’s nice and sound and he has a good head on his shoulders. As always, everyone had an interest in leaving so I kinda just let everyone sort things through. I figured Jimmy (Morill, Jr.) wanted a two-hole trip behind the best horse in the race so I took a shot and it worked out. There are no limits to his talents. His strength is in the stretch as he thrives on passing horses. He is a little weak on the front end but when going for over $200,000 you don’t want to make the wrong move.  He really digs in and likes to come off cover and then he finds another gear to kick-in.” Bred, owned and trained by John Grasso of Hawthorne, NY, Expressive Action is sired by Conway Hall and is unbeaten in 2014 in three starts. He paid $3.60 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Nice spring weather, an energetic crowd and excellent racing characterize this day annually at Bjerke racecourse and today is no exception. Action began with the three year-old elite over one-mile autostart for 150,000 krone to the winner. Favorite Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling) took a close front-ending win for trainer/driver Frode Hamre timed in 1.12.4kr. This one was exported from US following last fall at Lexington and now has three wins in five 2014 starts. Fire To The Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall) just missed for Ulf Ohlsson and Chocolate Day (3m Chocolatier-Day For Night) closed third for Vidar Hop. These also were US exports last year. Next up were the two eliminations of the Energima Cup, each 1609 meters autostart with 100,000 krone to the winner. The final will go as race seven for 200,000 krone to that winner. The first elimination went to Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) and driver/trainer Knud Monster in 1.11.7kr. This lookshot paid 29.54 for the rallying win, his second in 2014 in 10 starts, over US export I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders) and Vidar Hop with Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi) third for Jorma Kontio. The second elimination went to Broadway Legs (6m Broadway Hall-Classical Flirt) with trainer Frode Hamre at the lines. The half-brother to Market Share was a game, impressive winner on the front end in 1.11kr, his fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts after an eight for 21 record last year. Open (8m Sugarcane Hanover-Magna November) was second for Jeppe Juel with third to Cecena As (12m Ganymede-Rimini As) with Simen Bremseth Jessen aboard. The Kingsrod Trading Monte, a 1609 meter autostart event worth 75,000 krone to the winner, went easily to the Malin Beras teamed Hitchcock (8g Windsongs Legacy-Mystical Oaks), making his initial monte start, albeit Ms. Beras commented that he had trained exceptionally well under saddle. The Frode Hamre pupil recorded his second 2014 win in nine starts. Beras raced Hitchcock fourth in the pack until exploding around the last bend to the lead. Bullchip (8m Angus Hall-Daisy Chip) was second for Stephanie J. Werder and trainer Heidi Moen. Yesterday's action on the Grand Prix weekend produced several interesting events. I Love Paris (4f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) took home 200,000 krone, the winners' prize in the DNT Hoppechampionat. Lars Anvar Kolle scored in 1.16.1kr over 2600 meters to defeat Glad Hall T. (4f Boardwalk Hall-Glad Suit) and Bjorn Garberg. US-bred Peel And Stick (4g Donato Hanover-Reinvent-Malabar Man) won for Marius Hoitomt in 1.14.7kr over 2100 meters to record his second 2014 victory in seven starts. The win earned 30,000 krone for the Frode Hamre trainee. The Exclusive Designs 1609 meter autostart race went to Denmark's Sejr Gammessbaek (5m Great Challenger-Hera Gammelsbaek) in 1.12.3kr for Geir Mikkelsen. He earned 100,000 krone for the owners Stall Cognac and Bjorn Salte. This one is also a Frode Hamre trainee. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Perfect Alliance all but destroyed a field of six rivals at Mohawk Raceway Friday, romping by six and one-half lengths in winning her $35,000 division of the Armbro Flight harness racing eliminations while Bee A Magician tasted defeat for the second time this year, losing to 54-1 long shot D’Orsay by a half length in her division. Now undefeated in 11 starts this year, Perfect Alliance lived up her name once again as driver Yannick Gingras had little trouble once he got his mare to the lead. He was parked out from post seven by Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) and was unable to clear to the lead until after the opening quarter mile in :27. But once on top Perfect Alliance settled in and led the field to the half mile in :55.3 and then by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, Ma Chere Hall made a break in the two-hole as Perfect Alliance scooted away from the field, leading by four and one-half lengths before coasting home to win in 1:51.4. Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon) was second with Bax Of Life (Chris Christoforou) third. The time of the race was the track record at Mohawk for trotting mares. Also making it to next week’s $266,000 final were Upfrontluckycarol (Stephen Condren) in fourth and Lady Laker (Trevor Ritchie) in fifth place. To watch Perfect Alliance win click here. Trained by Julie Miller, Perfect Alliance is sired by Credit Winner and is owned by Little E, LLC, Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz and Arthur Geiger. She paid $2.30 to win. Mohawk Raceway’s tote board had to use all five digits when D’Orsay did the unthinkable and defeated last year’s Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician, and she did it at odds of 54-1 and paid $111.30 to win. The five-year-old mare by Yankee Glide was driven by Sylvain Filion and used a :26.2 last quarter mile kick to collar Bee A Magician (Brian Sears) in late stretch and then win by a half length in 1:52.1. Classy Martine (Tim Tetrick) was third. It was Classy Martine that went right to the early lead and gave Bee A Magician what seemed to be the perfect two-hole trip through fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25 and all the while D’Orsay and Filion sat in third place following the action until the top of the stretch. Sears came out with Bee A Magician and started after Classy Martine and had them collared but Sears was not pushing Bee A Magician so when Filion fanned out with D’Orsay they may have caught Sears napping a bit as they charged down the stretch to pull off the upset. Charmed Life (Jody Jamieson) was fourth with Angie’s Lucky Star (James MacDonald) fifth to complete the final for next week. For D’Orsay, it was her first win in three starts this year for trainer Jonas Czernyson and the Consus Racing Stable of Hamilton, NJ. To watch D'Orsay win click here.  The field for the final will line up as follows per post positions: 1) Lady Laker 2) Bax Of Life 3) Dorsay* 4) Perfect Alliance* 5) Classic Martine 6) Upfrontluckycarol 7) Rockin With Dewey 8) Charmed Life 9) Bee A Magician 10) Angies Lucky Star AE) Ma Chere Hall By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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