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CAMPBELLVILLE, April 25 - The conditions might have been a bit chilly, but Etruscan Hanover was sizzling Saturday night to a Don Mills harness racing stakes record at Mohawk Raceway. A field of eight four- and five-year-old trotters took to the track Saturday evening for the $44,400 final of the Don Mills Trotting Series. The series finale appeared to be a competitive contest on paper, but Etruscan Hanover would turn the final into his own personal showcase. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Etruscan Hanover sprinted off the gate to the front and posted a speedy opening-quarter of :26.4. The fast first-quarter would be a sign of things to come, as Etruscan Hanover carved out fractions of :55.1 and 1:24 to bring the field into the stretch. Bourbon Bay, the 4/5 favourite, appeared to be getting a nice two-hole trip in behind the leader, but would be not match for Etruscan Hanover in the lane. Etruscan Hanover and Baillargeon trotted home in :28.2 to score a 3 ¼ length victory over Bourbon Bay and established a new Don Mills stakes record of 1:52.2. Exemplar finished third, while Wild And Crazy Guy was fourth. A five-year-old son of Donato Hanover, Etruscan Hanover is trained by Ben Baillargeon, who shares ownership with Santo & Nunzio Vena and Claude Hamel. The gelding trotter has had breaking issues throughout his career, but continually posts successful results when he minds his manners. Etruscan Hanover now has a record of three wins from nine starts this season. The Don Mills final triumph is the tenth career victory for the Baillargeon trainee and increases his bankroll to over $87,000. The stakes record clocking of 1:52.2 knocks more than three-seconds off Etruscan Hanover's previous career-mark. A $2 win ticket on Etruscan Hanover returned $6.80. In order to be eligible to the Don Mills series, the four- and five-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2014. Etruscan Hanover J Js Delivery on time in Diplomat opener J Js Delivery shot up the rail late to pull off a 23/1 upset in the first leg of The Diplomat Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings lined up Saturday for the first round of The Diplomat series. J Js Delivery and driver James MacDonald were the quickest off the gate and posted a solid opening-quarter of :26.1. American Rock, the Youthful series winner and 9/5 second-choice, was parked around the first turn and would overtake the lead as the field rolled into the backstretch. The Wayfaring Man, the 3/2 favourite, came charging first up from fourth around the final turn to tango with the leader down to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Good Friday Three came off the cover of The Wayfaring Man to pace by the leaders and appeared to be on his way to victory. However, MacDonald would find room up the rail in deep stretch to allow J Js Delivery to charge through and score a  length victory over Good Friday Three in 1:52.2. Star Cover come on late to finish third, while The Wayfaring Man and American Rock had to settle for fourth and fifth, respectively. A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery was making his second start for new trainer Dave Menary Saturday night. The three-year-old gelding is now two-for-two out of the Menary barn and has a record of three wins from five starts in 2015. J Js Delivery, who is owned by Robert Hamather, now has five career victories and earnings of $66,686. The clocking of 1:52.2 drops more than a full-second off of the gelding's previous career-mark. J Js Delivery paid $49.50 to win. J Js Delivery In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the sophomore pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. The second leg of The Diplomat will take place next Saturday (May 2). Mark McKelvie

Louisville, KY --- He’s traveled many miles and been a resident of many harness racing barns, but Boffin may have just finally discovered where he belongs. “It is so hard to tell when a horse has an abscess,” said Tyler Tinch, the horse’s conditioner. “This horse was sent to me just days after he popped several of them in his hind foot, so it took some work to get him right, but I really think we can get him back to the level where he went 1:52.1, which is his mark.” A son of Donato Hanover and the Tagliabue mare Trace Anthem, Boffin, on a three race win streak with a track record performance of 1:53.4 at Miami Valley Raceway included in those triumphs, will take on the likes of Lady Blitz and her stablemate Natural Herbie in a $21,000 Invitational at Hoosier Park on Saturday (April 25). The gelding will have his regular pilot Tyler Smith in the bike and will leave from post position seven. “I’ve only had him for about six weeks,” Tinch said. “He was delivered to me from Northfield Park and Miami Valley is only 12 minutes away, so I have not had to haul him, but generally he is a very quiet horse.” Boffin was selected by former conditioner Charlie Norris and was purchased for $20,000 at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale for Jason and Doug Allen. He has collected the most purse money from his dam’s seven foals with $213,767 in the bank, but also has a yearling full brother, Pompen Hapenstance, whose future career has yet to be determined. Although Trace Anthem only earned $30,278 in her racing career, her dam Astraea Hanover, by Valley Victory, was a top stakes-performer and winner. Astraea Hanover's older full sister, Accent On Victory, was a $100,000 yearling and black type is present in Boffin’s female line all the way to Kimberly Kid, who was tops in his division for three consecutive years in the 1950s. The gelding only raced twice at age two, winning on both occasions, as he had to be put on the shelf after a knee injection caused an infection. Norris thought enough of him as a 3-year-old that he was staked to all the major races, including the Hambletonian. Although he did not compete in that contest, he was third in his Yonkers Trot elimination but had to be scratched from the $450,000 final. From 18 starts that year, Boffin accrued a record of 3-1-4 and earned $71,949. He was second in a $65,750 Old Oaken Bucket division at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and third in the $50,000 Earl Beal Consolation. In November of that year, the gelding was transferred to the barn of Julie Miller where he remained until January of 2014. That is when he took up residence in Kevin Lare’s barn at Dover Downs after being purchased by Angela Coombs of Harwood, Md. Boffin was under Lare’s care until September 2014 and then was moved to Julianne Bobby’s shedrow. Racing primarily on the Pennsylvania and Delaware circuits, the horse won ten of his 27 starts, was second three times and collected just under $80,000. He began this season still with Bobby, but was sent to Kevin Ehrhardt to compete at Northfield Park in February. Ehrhardt was also the trainer of record for Boffin’s first start, which was a victory, at Miami Valley Raceway in an $11,000 non-winners contest on March 15. Shortly after that he arrived in Tinch’s barn. “He’s not the biggest horse, but he is put together well and compact,” Tinch said. “In my experience with trotters that is how you want them to be. I heard when he was at Delaware and Northfield that he would pull himself up and out in the middle races. Sometimes he would just come to a stop. They could not quite figure out what do with him and it had to be because his feet were bothering him. “We’ve been poulticing him and to be quite honest, I’ve never seen a horse pop gravels like that in his back feet. It normally happens in the front. We could tell when he started feeling good as he ran off on the guy that helps me one morning. He does like his own way. It wasn’t too bad, as they only went about 20 seconds faster than I wanted him to go, but after that I train him myself now. Believe it or not, that was the week he set the track record. I guess he was letting us know he was ready to trot.” In 2015, Boffin has amassed $37,947 in earnings and his resume stands at 10-6-0-0. After Saturday evening’s race, the gelding will return to Miami Valley before transitioning to Scioto Downs. “I think he’ll really like the track at Scioto,” Tinch said. “I’m also very happy to have him. He’s a horse with a lot of class that just had bad luck. Now that we have him healthy, I think he’s going to be very competitive with this group. My girlfriend just loves him and has all kinds of pictures of him because she thinks he is so handsome. As long as we can keep the abcesses away so he is happy, that will be the key, but I think if that happens he will reward us throughout the year.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Spring arrived at The Meadowlands on Saturday morning and with it came a fair number of stakes types shipping up from the farms to be put through some fast miles and several of past year’s stars getting some work in the qualifying races on a perfect day. Sarcy was second beaten just a head in last year’s $251,100 Kindergarten final and made her sophomore debut a winning one in 1:55.2 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms and John & Jim Fielding share ownership of the Donato Hanover filly. Canepa Hanover, the $300,000 yearling Muscle Hill half-brother to Glidemaster wowed onlookers with a dazzling 1:52.2 tour of the oval with Takter aboard. He led all the way through even fractions with minimal encouragement from the driver. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Brixton Medical own the exciting prospect. It looks like Tom Fanning has selected another nice three year old trotter for owner Joe Smith. After the successes enjoyed with Possessed Fashion and Sumatra the past two years, Fashion Creditor appears poised to carry the torch this year. He rallied from well back to pass the field through a 28.3 final quarter for the 1:56.2 win with Brett Miller in the bike. Meladys Monet bounced back nicely after a severe bout with muscle cramping put him on the Steward’s List last week with a comfortable 1:53.3/27 score for John Campbell. Left in his wake were top performers like Bee A Magician, D’Orsay and Muscle Network who are all working their way back to the wars. Kevon McDermott trains the winner for Melady Enterprises. The 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry made her first appearance of the new season and picked up right where she left off with a workman-like 1:55/ 27.1 win for Takter. She sat a comfortable pocket behind easy fractions and went by willingly when tipped by the driver. Jimmy trains the now four-year-old daughter for owners Solveig’s Racing Partners. Three year old pacers were up next with some sharp lookers about. Gingras and Takter teamed up on Blood Brother, a lightly raced Somebeachsomewhere colt who flew home sub 26 to win in 1:52.2. Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva are the owners. Soto was razor sharp in his first trial closing out a 1:51.1 tour with a 26.1 final quarter, widening for Brett Miller as he pleased. He also hails from the Takter barn where he is trained on behalf of owners Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding. A pair of last year’s freshman filly pace sire stake final winners squared off next with Southwind Roulette (PA) finishing second and Stacia Hanover (NJ) third, both gave good accounts and were in hand. Winning the race was the Rocknroll Hanover filly Happiness in 1:54.1. Gingras drove the winner for Ron Burke. Another good pair of pacing fillies from the Burke barn finished one-two in the next with last year’s American National winner Well Hello There holding Lissan at bay in 1:53.1. The winner is a Well Said that earned over $200,000 at two for Burke Racing, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Our Horse Cents and Weaver Bruscemi. Rocknroll Hanover fillies came one-two in the thirteenth race where Wicked Little Minx held The Show Returns at bay in 1:54.1. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for the Ake Svanstedt stable and owner Courant AB. Limelight Beach and Set Me Up (both Burke horses) went to the wire together in 1:52.4/26.3 in the next race with Gingras and Matt Kakaley measuring. The last of the day featured a good group of fresh four-year-old pacing horses in Somewhere In LA, Somessizesomestyle and All Bets Off finished in a line, the mile in 1:52.1 with a 26.2 closing fraction. If that race is any indication the brand new Graduate series for that group is going to be a humdinger. To full results click here.

LEBANON, OH. - Boffin established a new track record for harness racing aged trotters on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley stopping the teletimer in 1:53.4 for his second straight Open Trot triumph. Driver Tyler Smith was content to let others duke it out on the front end early before moving into the outer flow down the backstretch and cruising to an easy win in the lane. Tyler Tinch trains the five-year-old son of Donato Hanover for owner Angela Coombs. Boffin now has five wins in eight 2015 starts and with 20 career victories has now surpassed the $200,000 earnings plateau. War Cry Hall (Josh Sutton) finished second in the $17,050 race with Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) garnering the show dough. Rehab Mountain, who actually finished third in the race but was placed sixth for interference, did hold the previous track standard of 1:54.3. Only Maven, who won a Grand Circuit stake at Miami Valley last May, has trotted a faster mile (1:53.3) over the acclaimed five-eighths mile oval. Atlas Peak (Hugh Beatty Jr.) came from far back to win the $18,500 championship leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for top conditioned trotters. Sixth in the seven-horse field until after the three-quarter station, Atlas Peak stormed home quickest of all to nip Touchdown As (Tyler Smith) by a head at the wire with Cerveza Dinero (Jeff Nisonger) finishing third. My Ghost Bi (Dan Noble) cut all the early fractions of :28.4, :58 and 1:26.2 before fading to fourth in the stretch dash for the cash. Beatty trains and co-owns the winner with Charles Guiler. Dr. Farwick was a most dedicated and respected veterinarian throughout southwest Ohio for decades. The Farwick Memorial was the last of nine 'Lebanon Legends' series to be completed over the last six weeks at Miami Valley. A special make-up program is slated for Tuesday night with a 6:30 p.m. post time. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - With several of Miami Valley's top trotters taking Easter Sunday off, Boffin (Chris Page) took full advantage by hopping into the winner's circle following the featured $14,850 Open. The five-year-old son of Donato Hanover enjoyed a perfect pocket trip behind favored Celebrity Hercules (Dan Noble) before easing to the outside in early stretch and coasting to a relatively easy victory over the front-stepper and Boy Meets Girl K (Jason Brewer) in 1:55.2. It was Boffin's fourth win in his last six starts, but first in open company since moving to Ohio in February. Angela Coombs owns the winner who is rapidly approaching the $200,000 earnings plateau. Earlier on the card, Cantab Lindy (Shawn Barker II) edged Deck The Halls (Chris Page) and Kaffir Kemp (Randy Tharps) in a $12,100 top conditions trot. Brent Davis owns and trains the winner who scored in 1:55.1 in just his third start of the year. Also featured was the $10,000 second leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for trotters shy of six pari-mutuel wins or $50,000 at the March 1 nomination deadline. Touchdown AS (Tyler Smith) cemented his spot in the final next Sunday by rallying down the middle of the stretch to a 1:55.3 triumph over Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) and Skates N Plates (Chris Page). Gregg Keidel  

Here is the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village Standardbred 2015 stable roster Part III. Sunshine Meadows is located on route 4441/SR 7 in Delray Beach, FL. EARL, JR. & LISA AVENATTI STABLE Three-year-olds JN’M Jessie Combo t f by Jailhouse Jessie – Bo Nina OLDER HORSES Mach Made Her 7 p m by Mach Three – Raider Made Her BASTTISTA NEGRI STABLE Two-Year-Olds Arbor Rose Hanover f t by Muscle Massive – Always A Starlet Three-Year-Olds Benedetta Rastelli f t by Sand Vic – Doin The City CONTINETAL STABLE Trainer – Jan Johnson Two-Year-Olds I’m Volo t f by Yankee Glide – No I’m Not Lady Athans t f by Muscle Massive – Miss Athens Legal Lady t f by Deweycheatemnhowe – Brusche He Noble Miss t f by Deweycheatemnhowe – Prime Mistress Algonac t c by Muscles Yankee – Cartier Hall Mission’s Volo t c by Manofmanymissions – Likable Oakie t c by Conway Hall – Mystical Oaks Three-Year-Olds Maggie’s Bed t f by Muscles Yankee – Meadow Ambassador Slivermass Volo t c by Muscles Yankee – Silver Springs Libertarian t c by Donato Hanover – Miss Athens Older Horses Silverhill Volo 4t g by Muscle Hill – Silver Springs MARTY COOPER STABLE Older Horses My Immortal 6 p m by Admirals Galley – Tina’s Joy REL Cash Clown 6 t m by Cash Hall – Golden Crown RON GURFEIN STABLE Two-Year-Olds Cash Five Hanover t f by Donato Hanover – Celebrity Niki Maeve Quaider t f by Cantab Ball – Angel Pie Stick Of Butter t f by Lucky Chucky – Winbak Roberta Older Horses Lucy’s Pearl 4p m by Well Said – Remember When JAROLD HAWKS STABLE Two-Year-Olds Cadillac Sally t f by Muscle Mass – The Lady Money Archery t g by Muscle Hill – Sister Sammy Muscles For Lie t c by Muscle Mass – Serenity Girl Three-Year-Olds Second Street t f by Older Horses Rocky De Vie 4t g by Conway Hall – Ecstatic STEPHEN OLDFORD RACING Assistant Trainer – Buck Goldschmidt Two-Year-Olds Justa Girl t f by Federal Flex – Homesick Ranger Older Horses Bold Strike  6t g by So Striking – Bold Print Insider Access 5t g by Conway Hall – Nikki’s Game Royalty On High  5t m by RC Royalty – Sparkling Cider SCOTT RENZ STABLE Two-Year-Olds Pastor Dudley t c by Cantab Hall - Coughackgagnwheze Playing In The Rain p f by Older Horses Magic Spice 9 g by Kadabra – Spicy Image Memphis Mobster 8p g by Memphis Flash – Armbro Robin CHUCK SYLVESTER STABLE Two-Year-Olds American Spa t f by Muscles Yankee – American Holiday Coco Truffles t f by Muscle Hill – Pilgrims Truffles Credit Lover t f by Credit Winner – Amour Hall Donatela Lightning t f by Donato Hanover – Flash Lightning U F Andover Again t f by Andover Hall – Armbro Espionage Boyz N Guitars t c by Muscle Massive – My Winning Way K Dog Gone Lucky t c by Lucky Chucky – Eddtide Hall Giant Muscle t c Muscle Hill – Giant Step Granite State t c by Donato Hanover – Bella Dolce Happy Go Lucky t g by Lucky Chucky – Bandbox Hanover Multitaskr Hanover t c by Explosive Hanover – Mrs Ronerail Yes Sir Officer t g by Donato Hanover – Celebrity Speedy Waitlifter K t c by Muscles Yankee – Treasure Forever Three-Year-Olds A List Lindy t f by Lucky Chucky – Lindy’sleadinglady Image Of Luck t g by Lucky Chucky – Imageofasweetgirl From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village

March 14, 2015 - Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Digital Ink (6g Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres - Filou du Boscail) to victory today on the Eskilstuna card in Sweden in the 2640 meter autostart Gold Division to secure the 150,000SEK first prize. The pair were clocked in 1.12.6kr in a close verdict over Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop up. Porthos Amok was third for Torbjorn Jansson. The winner, owned by Stall TZ (Stefan Melander), now has 23 wins in 47 career outings and is undefeated in four 2015 starts. His earnings increased to 5,032,800SEK. Digital Ink could be a factor in the 2015 Elitloppet. The excellent Eskilstuna card also showcased a win by US bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover - Letsjusttalkaboutme - Self Possessed) timed in 1.13.5kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner Stall TZ. The 2640 meter autostart Bronze Division carried 110,000SEK to the winner. Canada’s Melvin Hartman bred the winning mare, that now has nine wins in 33 career starts, and three straight victories this year. Super Otto was second for Kenneth Haugstad. The Klass I event, for 100,000SEK to the winner, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the Johnny Takter teamed Folli (6g Self Possessed - M.T. Angel - Juliano Star) clocked in 1.12.2kr. Fredrik Persson trains the winner, now with seven wins in 12 lifetime starts and his second straight in 2015. Johan Roc was second for Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan scored a training double Wednesday at Jagersro in Sweden as a pair owned by Lisa Riordan and bred by the late Lou Guida took impressive wins. Sylvester America (4m Varenne - Armbro Voice - Garland Lobell) scored in 1.13.7kr to earn 70,000SEK first money in a 2140 meter autostart event for four-year olds. Christoffer Eriksson was the pilot as Sylvester recorded career win seven in 17 starts. He’s undefeated in two 2015 starts. The winner is from an excellent family that includes $100,000 plus winners Laurel America, Red Rose America and Michael America. In the card’s finale Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover - Zagabria Dei - Victory Dream) scored in a sharp 1.11.6kr over 1640 meters to earn 60,000SEK first prize. The event for mares saw the Peter Ingves teamed winner defeat Alchemilla Rich with Johnny Takter aboard. The winning mare, trained by Riordan, secured her 10th career win in 28 starts and first in the current year. She’s a half-sister to top international performer Lisa America. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 6, 2015 - Racing at Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur (Cagnes sur mer) this weekend features Sunday’s Criterium de Vitesse, but the Friday evening seven race card began the festivities with five events at the 1609 meters autostart (one mile) distance. European performers won the first four races for the sprinters. Leticia Bi (10f Sugarcane Hanover - Amerique Top - Coktail Jet) took the Prix de Naples (€18.000, European starters) in 1:57.91 as the  0.8/1 favorite. Trainer Edoardo Moni teamed the Italian invader to victory for owner Scuderia Pari, her 38th career win for €336.692 earned. Marshal Hackstable (10m Power to Charm - Melodic Hackstable - VIP Tilly) took the Prix de Padoue (€32,000, European eligibles) at 6.2/1 for Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Sofia Aronsson. The Frakstad Lantbruss AB owned mare from Sweden scored in 1:55.87 for her eighth career win good for €147,450 earned. The Prix de Pise (€25,000, European females) went to Italy’s Princess Kronos (6f Donato Hanover - Malibus Princess - Malabar Man) timed in 1:56.96 for reinsman Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ecurie du Domaine du Pak. The even-money favorite recorded her 10th career win for €98,355 earned. The Prix de Bologne (€25,000, European males) went to 12/1 Pacha dei Greppi (6m Juliano Star - Dresda dei Greppi-Cougar Lobell) with Antonio Greppi up for trainer Holger Ehlert and owner Nicola del Rosso. This Italian raider scored in 1:56.42 for career win 20 and €94,312 earned. The Prix de Modena (€8,000, Amateur drivers) ended the evening of speed with a 1:57.29 victory by Ultorius (7g Biesolo - Novelty - Lutin d’Isigny) and teamster Sophie Blancheiere. Yannick A. Briand trains the winner, favored at 1.4/1, for owner Ecurie Aime Gavin, that recorded career win seven for €75,710. Thomas H. Hicks

Pompano Beach, FL...February 26, 2015...It's not often that a $4,000 claimer takes the top headline over any Open event but that was the scenario at Pompano Park on Wednesday night (Feb. 25) as Acton Onelasttime took the $11.500 final of the "Optimist" Late Closing Final for $4,000 claiming pacers in the astounding time of 1:51.3.   The six year-old son of Rambaran, claimed just one week ago by Kevin Wallis, let American Gold and W F N battle for supremacy through a :26.4 opener and then made a sharp quarter move to the top and recorded panels of :54.3 and 1:22.4 en route to a :28.4 finale to score by 8 1/4 lengths over W F N (Mickey Mc Nichol). Allamerican Extra (Aaron Byron) was third with American Gold and Elkhorn Damien annexing the final two awards in the field of nine.   The victory was the 26th in 89 lifetime starts for Acton Onelasttime and proved to be his richest career payday. The time of 1:51.3 also annihilated his former mark of 1:54.   Mused Kevin Wallis after the race, "Gee, he won himself out in one week--1:51.3! He had been off for some time" (since last July) "and was just getting back. He won two starts back in a '4' (claimer) in 1:54.3 so I decided to take a chance and claim him in his next start. The early pace was hot so I thought there might be a breather during the second quarter so that's when I sent him. When he got started, he forgot to stop...pretty amazing!"   Acton Onelasttime pushed his 2015 scorecard to 4-2-1-0 with the win, good for earnings of $8,950 and $82,118 lifetime.   As the 3 to 5 choice on the tote-board, Acton Onelasttime paid $3.20 to win.   In the $12,500 Open Trot, Bloodstockshalltab, deftly handled by Ed Hensley, took top honors for the second week in a row with a 1:54.4 win measuring three-quarters of a length over the fast closing Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements).   This five year-old son of Cantab Hall left "half-heartedly" letting Holy Halibut rush to the top early before going into full throttle around the initial turn to secure the lead prior to the :28 opener. A :30 second quarter breather actually sealed the deal as Hensley sent his charge grinding through a final half of :56.4 for the repeat.   Nothinbutanallstar (Mark O'Mara) finished third after trying to apply a tourniquet on the leader around the final turn. Holy Halibut did finish fourth in his first start back in four months. Coco Lindy picked up the nickel in the sextet.   After the race, driver Ed Hensley said, "When I was able to grab a hold of him once we got to the top, that helped a lot. When a trotter of his caliber gets to the half soft like that (:58), it's usually a good sign...for the leader, that is! He was getting stronger and stronger all the way home."   A recent purchase by Hensley, Bloodstockshalltab now is 5-3-1-0 for the new owner, good for $20,842. The win also pushed his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark--$201,587 to be exact.   Bloodstockshalltab paid $3.40 to his many faithful.   The co-featured $10,000 trot went to Winemaster Hanover, with Dave Ingraham, pulling off gate-to-wire upset at 16 to 1.   The five year-old son of Donato Hanover had a clear lead throughout much of the journey--the winning margin a half length over the late surging And Heez Perfect (Bruce Ranger) in 1:55.   My Revenuer (Tom Sells) was a fast closing third while Buddy Hally rallied form a miscue early to finish fourth. Majestic Won finished fifth in the octet after a backstretch brush that left him two lengths back of the Winemaster around the final turn.   Trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Kevin Gee, Winemaster Hanover now has $16,012 on his card after his third win in six starts this year. He has banked $86,268 lifetime.   Winemaster Hanover paid $35.40 to win.   by John Berry

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2015 — Whata Donato blew by the leader, Mistress Valentine, in the lightning lane to capture Wednesday’s harness racing $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Whata Donato hustled to the front from post 8 but yielded to the pocket behind Mistress Valentine. When trainer/driver Doug Snyder asked Whata Donato for trot in the lane, the 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise kicked into gear and scored in 1:58.1 on a “good” surface, 3/4 lengths better than Mistress Valentine. Anaffairtoremember, parked every step in her seasonal debut, was a game third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and lifted her career bankroll to $214,266. In Wednesday’s companion feature, the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger also used the Lightning Lane to register his first victory in five starts this year. The 8-year-old SJ’s Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding triumphed in 1:57.2 for Tony Hall and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. The first-over Classicality was a neck back in second while Daylon Miracle earned show. TSM Photo Bugger now boasts $467,151 in lifetime earnings. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

February 8, 2015 - The Gr. I Prix des Centaures (€240,000, 2200 meters distance handicap, monte, nine starters) resulted in a decisive win clocked in 1.12.5kr for Booster Winner (4m Love You - Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up for harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 2/1 favorite handled, by four lengths, 3.9/1 Bali du Leard (4f Gazouillis-Irman Williams) with Franck Nivard in the irons for Franck Leblanc. Beauty Turgot (4m Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) ended third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Gr. III Prix de Luneville (€78,000, 2700 meters, seven starters, monte) went to 1.7/1 odds Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle - Neva du Rosier) in an easy score clocked in 1.16kr after slow fractions (1.17.9kr at 1500; 1.17kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500). Clement Frecelle reined the winner for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. 11/1 Buckingham Park (4m Coktail Jet - North American) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux ahead of Bilooka du Boscail (4f Look de Star  -Mirza du Vivier) with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Yves Hurel trains this one. In other upper class races Agrippine (5f Hasting - Moquevse) took today’s Prix Salam (€95,000 purse, monte, 10 five year-old starters, 2850 meters) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at 3.8/1. The winner was clocked in 1.14kr in defeat of Attentionally (5m Jasmin de Flore - Intentionally) at 7/1 for David Thomain with third to Astre Blanc (5m Memphis du Rib - Java Blanche) at 11.1 for Mathieu Mottier and conditioner Sebastien Guarato. Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star - Aurora Sign) captured the Prix Application Parieurs (€75,000, 18 European five year-old males) for Franck Nivard. The 7/2 odds winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and owned by Goran Antonsen. Aubrion du Gers (5g Memphis du Rib - J’Arrive du Gers) was second at 2.7/1 for owner, trainer, pilot J-M Bazire ahead of Italy’s third place Raul Breed (5m Yankee Slide - Flamma d’Asolo) at 124/1 for reinsman Mario Minopoli Jr. and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The Prix Janval (€60,000, 2700 meters, nine three year-old starters) produced a win by Cirrus du Chene (3m Milford du Chene - Oasis du Chene) teamed by Franck Nivard. The 2.7/1 odds winner scored in 1.16.6kr as he defeated Cobra (3m The Best Madrik - Phuket Island) at 8/1 for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and third finisher Christo (3m Rieussec - Panacee) at 32/1 for Michel Lenoir, trainer/driver. Today at Le Bouscat the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren (€35,000 purse, 2650 meters, 17 European starters) went to Jean-Pierre Dubois driven and owned Tast Of Bourbon (5f Donato Hanover - Qualita Bourbon). Jean Baudron trains this winner that was the 2/1 favorite.  Second was 2.8/1 Berry’s Boy (7g Love You - Realy Furniture) trained by Sebastien Guarto and driven by Glenny Delaune. Third was 16/1 Twist des Pleignes (8g Gazouillis - Ibiza des Plaignes) for owner/driver Denis Broussard. The earlier reported Prix de France summary is shown below with the winner Timoko. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjejaDIwSvk What a racing day this was, in this second leg of the French Triple Crown. Two weeks from now will be the Grand Prix de Paris over the marathon distance of 4150 meters. The Gr. I UET Masters Series event for €400,000 was won a year ago by Up And Quick with J-M Bazire up as he defeated Tiego d’Etang and Roxane Griff. Thomas H. Hicks

Pompano Beach, FL...February 4, 2015... Nothinbutanallstar, driven by Mark O'Mara, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's harness racing featured $13,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The four year-old altered son of Allstar Hall completed his task in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark considering his other similar mark came over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval.   The gallant mare Pure Barre, with Mickey McNichol in the bike, was just a neck back in second with Dukester, driven by Rick Plano, third, three lengths away. Saint Patty's Doll finished fourth while M C Felix picked up the minor award in the sextet.   As the race unfolded, Pure Barre was sent directly to the fore with Saint Patty's Doll protecting her inside post to get away in the garden spot. The versatile Nothinbutanallstar, starting from the outside post, also showed some early foot and nestled into third around the opening turn.   Positions remained stagnant through the :28 opener and :57.2 half but O'Mara sent Nothinbutanallstar just a stride prior to the second station and began grinding away at the leader, reaching second around the final turn through three quarters in 1:26.3.   From there, it was classic duel all the way to the wire with Pure Barre and Nothinbutanallstar matching strides through an official :28 finale--the latter just edging by in the final few strides.   After the race, driver Mark O'Mara said, "He (Nothinbutanallstar) isn't use to an 'easy' trip like this. There are times when he has had to come from way, way off the pace and there have been other times when he's either been used hard early on or been hung out there. Tonight, he was able to find a nice spot early without any hassle and then he just does what he does best--grind along. He's very solid and can go on forever...very consistent."   Indeed.   Nothinbutanallstar, also trained by O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, now sports a lifetime scorecard of 12-11-7 in 34 starts, good for $191,464.   He has missed but two checks in his 34 lifetime starts.   As the second choice in the betting at 7 to 5 (Purse Barre was 6 to 5), Nothinbutanallstar paid $4.80 to win.   Pompano Park also had a supporting cast of trotting events--three to be exact--with Winemaster Hanover and Increditable staking claim to their respective $10,000 events and Gold Savage lighting up the tote-board in a companion event worth $9,200.   First, Winemaster Hanover, driven by Dave Ingraham, led at every pole in scoring a victory measuring 1 1/2 lengths over Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) with Thekeptman (Rick Plano) third.   After clocking panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.4, Winemaster Hanover, stopped the clock in 1:54.4, a new lifetime mark.   This five year-old son of Donato Hanover, trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Kevin Gee, earned his second triumph of the young season and 14th lifetime, sending his career bankroll to $80,256--$10,000 of that in the infancy of this year.   Third choice in the betting, Winemaster Hanover paid $10.60 to win.   Next, Increditable, a six year-old son of Credit Winner, trained by Norm Dessureault for owner Denis Goyette, was given a sterling drive by Kevin Wallis to score in a lifetime best 1:54.1.   Using "patience and prudence," Increditable was away alertly before yielding short of the :27.1 opener to Highland Yankee (Wally Hennessey). Then it was R G Rocket (Dave Ingraham) who took control and rambled to the half in a sharp :55.3.   As Majestic Won and Aaron Byron began their bid, Wallis had Increditable following that live cover--a move that ultimately sent him to the winner's circle.   Majestic Won did finish second while R G Rocket was comfortably third. Highland Yankee and C J's Rascal picked up the minors.   As fifth choice on the board, Increditable paid $13.40 to win.   Finally, Gold Savage, a new arrival by claim for the Polo Stables, used an aggressive--but patient--drive by Dunc Clements to light up the tote-board with a $103.00 win mutuel.   Trained by Mark Friedman, the five year-old son of Keystone Savage, was aggressive early in taking an early lead before patiently letting, first, Speed Hanover take command at the :27.1 opening panel and, then, allowing a quarter move by the favorite, Keystone Wyatt, that latter taking the field through an opening half in :55.4.   On the backside, the still patient Gold Savage allowed Sweetasmusic to make a first up bid before following that one's cover and, ultimately, edging by late for the upset victory measuring three parts of a length over the late charging Echos Funky Claude (Ed Hensley). Rush N Supreme, driven by "Sky" Walker, charged from eighth turning for home to finish third as Keystone Wyatt and Sweetasmusic finished fourth and fifth, respectively.   Finally, with multiple Wednesday night winners in the Super Hi-5, the unique ticket jackpot going into Saturday night's program is over $105,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry

American trotter Real Babe will make her Australian harness racing debut at Shepparton on Saturday night. Prepared by Jayne Davies, Real Babe will contest the Group Three George Gath, which has attracted a stellar field. The mare has had two trials ahead of her Down Under debut, finishing second at her most recent hit-out at Tabcorp Park Melton on Monday. To be driven by Anthony Butt, who has partnered the daughter of Donato Hanover at both trials, Real Babe’s task has been made tough by drawing gate seven – the outside of the front row. Real Babe is here for the Great Southern Star on March 7, one of two international invitees for the series. Star local Spidergirl will resume after a five-month break for trainer David Aiken. Last season’s dominant squaregaiter, with victories in the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown Finals, Spidergirl will begin from the inside of the second row. With quick beginner Flying Isa drawn the pole, Spidergirl is likely to enjoy the perfect trip along the pegs. In a terrific coup for the Victorian industry, all trot races at Shepparton will be broadcast live into France for wagering purposes. Harness Racing Victoria will receive a product fee for beaming the action into the world's biggest trotting market. HRV Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2015 -- Whata Donato and Count Me In, a pair of streaking horses, captured Tuesday's co-featured trots -- each in front-end fashion -- at The Meadows. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Whata Donato had little trouble collecting her second straight victory -- and fourth in her last six starts -- when she sprang to the lead from post 8 for trainer/driver Doug Snyder and scored by 2 lengths in 1:57. Stablemates ER Ellie and Mistress Valentine finished second and third, respectively. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who boosted her career bankroll to $197,391. The track condition was downgraded from "good" to "sloppy" well before the $18,000 Preferred Handicap, and Dave Palone had to coax Count Me In through a 30.2 final quarter over the tiring surface. But the 6-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding recorded his third win in the last four outings, prevailing in 1:56.1. TSM Photo Bugger was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while the pocket-sitting Andoversure saved show. Ron Burke conditions Count Me In, who now boasts lifetime earnings of $374,469, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Palone each drove three winners on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Jan. 14, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed total pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,123.47. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 6, 2015 -- Whata Donato surged late in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Whata Donato surrendered the early lead to Express Justice and, even in mid-stretch, appeared destined for second best. But she responded to the urging of trainer/driver Doug Snyder and outkicked Express Justice, prevailing by a neck in 1:57.1 on a "good" surface. The first-over E R Ellie was third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who extended her career bankroll to $187,391. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card, with Dave Palone aboard for three of those victories. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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