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LEBANON, OH. - Boffin (Chris Page) returned to the Miami Valley winner's circle following the $22,000 Open Trot on Tuesday afternoon (March 26), his first visit there in six weeks. The veteran campaigner narrowly held off Walter White (John DeLong) in 1:55, after cutting fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.3 on the front end. Penn (Jason Brewer) grabbed the show dough in the full field of nine for the weekly trot feature. A 7-year-old son of Donato Hanover, Boffin won for the 34th time in his career and surpassed the $400,000 earnings plateau with the triumph. Trainer Anette Lorentzon co-owns the winner with ACI Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. A pair of second leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series were also contested on Tuesday with Sir Bradford (Trace Tetrick) and Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) capturing their respective splits. Sir Bradford topped Heracer (Chris Page) and Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) in 1:54.4 with all three of the top finishers advancing to next week's $17,500 final. The sophomore son of Ohio sire Big Bad John now has four wins and $15,644 in earnings for the Parent Racing Stable LLC. He is trained by Doug Hinklin. Hot Rod Dylan ran his win streak to six in a dominating 1:53.2 mile. Bamski (Greg Grismore) and Velocity Sub Z (Mark Evers) were next best. Nelson Willis trains the late-blooming 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for Shirley LeVin. After making just four starts with one show finish and $1740 in earnings as a 2-year-old, Hot Rod Dylan missed his entire 3-year-old season before impressively bursting on the scene in Ohio in late January and remaining razor sharp ever since. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...February 28, 2017...Modern Mercury, cleverly handled by George Napolitano, Jr., took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $8,500 Open Trot for mares on Tuesday night (February 28), orbiting wide past her rivals turning for home to score by two lengths in a lifetime best performance timed in 1:54.3. The four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover pinned the defeat on Serendipitious, driven by Wally Hennessey. Celebrity Artemis, with Marcello Spano in the sulky, finished third, 2¾ lengths off the winner, while She's All In, prominent throughout the mile, finished fourth. Bad Angel, last in the septet until mid-stretch, rallied to pick up the nickel. It was Serendipitious winning the initial war for the top spot as she out-dueled She's All In to the opening turn to take command and blitz an opening panel in :27.2 and half in :56.2. At this half-way juncture, She's All In remained cozy in her pocket with Celebrity Artemis next and M T Ur Pockets on the move from fourth and Modern Mercury picking up her cover. On the backside, Serendipitious began to pick up the pace as She's All In continued patient while M T Ur Pockets was stalling a bit on the outside, forcing Napolitano to make a decision on when to tilt wide. Just past the third station, "Nap" sent Modern Mercury into orbit and, turning for home, already had her sights on Serendipitious. At mid-stretch, it was virtually all over as Modern Mercury was on her way to victory with her :29 finale. After the event, driver George Napolitano, Jr. remarked, "the last couple of starts, she did race good against the boys and being in with her own kind helped a lot. "When I tilted her out wide turning for home, she was very willing to finish the job. She's a pretty solid mare." Trained by Rob Harmon for owner John Campagnuolo, Modern Mercury won for the fourth time this year in eight starts, sending her seasonal earnings to $19,075. Lifetime, she now has nine wins and career bounty of $70,175 to go along with her new lifetime mark tonight. As the 6 to 5 tote-board choice, Modern Mercury paid $4.40 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with a carryover in the Pick-6, a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool and a Super Hi 5 carryover of $24,307.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park  

LEBANON, OH. - The harness racing warhorse Boffin, a 7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding making his 100th lifetime start, won for the 33rd time in Tuesday afternoon's $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway. Driver Chris Page was content to drop in fourth along the pylons after leaving from the outermost post position in the classy 10-horse field. After watching pacesetter Martz Time (Kayne Kauffman) cruise by the quarter in :28.1, Page opted to follow favored Final Breath (Dan Noble) into the outer flow as they passed the :56.3 half. When Final Breath couldn't clear and appeared stalled at the 1:25 three-quarter mile mark, Boffin was angled around him and the stretch-long duel with Martz Time was on. It wasn't until the final stride or two that Boffin gained his first advantage, winning by a head in 1:54. Co-owner Anette Lorentzon trains Boffin. Kjell Johansson and Acl Stuteri Ab share ownership of the $394,452 winner. He paid $19.80 to win and coupled with Martz Time returned a healthy $106.20 exacta. Final Breath did hold on for the show dough. Leading driver Kayne Kauffman visited the winner's circle in five consecutive races, including three of the eight elimination heats of a "Survivor Series" for $5000 horse and gelding pacers. Kauffman's series winners were Northern River (1:55.4, $8.80 to win), Catherine'sdiamond (finished second, placed first, $12.20), and Jagger Blue Chip (1:55, $14.00). Other triumphs in his handful of consecutive winners were Shakeitformegear (1:55.1, $6.20) and the trotter He's Got Pizazz (1:55.4, $9.00). Kauffman has opened up a double digit lead in the dash standings and eclipsed the $400,000 purse earnings plateau in the first 23 cards of the current 87-day meet. Other Survivor Series winners were Shakrattlenrock (Brady Galliers, 1:53.3, $6.60), Eagle A Scootin (Jeremy Smith, 1:55.3, $17.80), Malosi N (Simon Allard, 1:57.2, $9.60), Dukes Up (Dan Noble, 1:56.3, $9.60) and Hobbys Hobbit (Chris Page, 1:55.3, $17.80). The top five in each of the eight divisions 'survived' to the second round next Tuesday, when four fields will chase $6000 purses. There will be two semi-final races for $7500 purses, followed by a $20,000 championship on February 28. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...January 31, 2017...Under crystal clear skies at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (January 31) and no threat of any stormy weather approaching, a massive lightning storm occurred on the racetrack as Massive Lightning, driven by Mickey McNichol, flashed a final quarter in :28.3 to bolt by the favored Tater Twister in the South Florida harness racing oval's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Muscle Massive had a 2½ length advantage on Tater Twister (Mike Simons) at the end of the 1:54.3 journey with Gold Savage (Kevin Wallis) a half-length further back in third. Diamond Dagger was fourth and Ruddy Rusty completed the order of finish in this classy quintet. At the outset, it was Tater Twister flashing his normal early foot from the coveted five post to take command prior to the opening turn. With the quarter in :28.1 and half in a well rated :57--the slowest mid-mile time in the Open in several weeks--Massive Lightning began sawing away from fourth, reaching second and just a length away past the third station in 1:25.4. Once they straightened away, Massive Lightning continued his tornadic brush to blow on by, widening his margin right to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Mickey McNichol said, "I was hoping for a bit more pace in the race and , really, I was concerned when the half was so light (:57). "I thought, 'somebody outta pull on the leader and not let him get away, so I pulled, hoping that I could get a sustained drive out of my horse. "He didn't disappoint. He just kept on truckin' until he got the job done. He went a big mile and that may have been a new mark, I'm not sure." It was. Massive Lightning's time of 1:54;3 eclipsed his former best by one-fifth of a second. Trained by McNichol for the Fred Monteleone Stable, Massive Lightning won for the 10th time in his career stretching 51 starts. He's banked $106,933 lifetime--$16,690 of that this semester. As the 4 to 1 second choice, Massive Lightning bolted up the tote-board with a $10.20 mutuel. The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Modern Mercury, driven by Wally Hennessey. The four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover followed live cover third over and swept to the lead late to score in 1:56.1. DC Flashback (John MacDonald) finished second while Swan Handicap was third. Saint Beth was fourth in the mile while Explosive Muscles picked up the nickel in the septet. Owned by John Campagnuolo, Modern Mercury, competing in a $7,500 Optional Claiming event as recently as five weeks ago, is now 3-for-4 this semester with earnings of $12,625. Lifetime, Modern Mercury has eight wins in only 32 career starts, good for $63,765. As the lukewarm 5 to 2 favorite, Modern Mercury paid $7.80 to win. Finally, the 56 to 1 outsider Stiletto Jake, driven by trainer Bryce Fenn, picked up his first win in more than two years by sprinting home in :28.3 to score in a condition pace in 1:53.4. Owned by Marah Lee along with the late Bob Barker, the chestnut 10 year-old son of Spy Hard, last won on January 10, 2015 and went 63 starts before this Tuesday night win. Stiletto Jake paid $114.00 to win sparking a Pick-5 carryover of over $8,000 and a guaranteed pool of $25,000 for Wednesday night's Pick-5 covering races 1 through 5. "Jake's" win also set up a Pick-6 carryover going into the mid-week card of $13,553--the largest of the season. Post time for the "better-for-the-bettor" Wednesday program is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Broadway Donna and David Miller continued to swoon the division by earning an easy win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands in 1:53.1. The Jim Campbell-trained daughter of Donato Hanover from the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, didn't make her move until mid-race and was never urged to coast down the stretch and win. Emoticon Hanover and Fad Finance left quickly from the gate with the former getting the top to cut tepid :28 first panel. Caprice Hill stalked those two in third until All The Time pulled to first over as the field went to a half in :56.3. All The Time got the best of Emoticon Hanover to take the lead and that's when Broadway Donna began to stride rapidly on the outside. Earn Your Wings picked up live cover but Broadway Donna was in full flight at three-quarters in 1:25.3, wearing down All The Time, who held for third, while Emoticon Hanover shook loose to get second. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC, Broadway Donna won the Breeders Crown final after a victory in her elimination, coming off a straight-heat score in the Kentucky Filly Futurity to register her seventh win in a dozen starts as a 3-year-old. Broadway Donna paid $3.60 to win. "I was hoping to get away somewhere in the middle and come with cover," said Miller, "but, right off the gate nobody from the inside was even pushing off, so I had to do something. I got around, and when Yannick [on All The Time] was moving back, I [knew] I was going to be first over. She really has [gotten better through the season]. She's way sharper now than she was half way through the summer, and that's always a good thing." "[Jules Siegel and I] are both very happy," remarked Campbell. "From Mr. Siegel's point of view, he bred her, and to have a filly like this and put her over one-million dollars lifetime [is incredible]. When you breed one and race one that does that for you, you're supposed to be happy. Jules is always extra proud of his homebreds."   by Frank Cotolo, Hambletonian Society

Veteran trainer Herb Holland is happy to be a member of harness racing's dream team. The 59-year-old, whose career in the business goes back to the early years of the Meadowlands, is part owner of a horse, Sir John F., that is owned by brothers John and Jim Fielding and Christina Takter, whose husband, Jimmy, trains the two-year-old Donato Hanover colt. Sir John F is entered in this year's Breeders Crown in the Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot, only the third time Holland has had a horse in harness racing's championship event. Holland trained Light Beam, which raced in the 1988 Breeders Crown in the Two-Year-Old Filly Pace and did not hit the board. He also was affiliated with onetime world-record holder Sweet Michelle, who raced in the 1994 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace and finished third. Holland purchased Sir John F for $45,000 at the Lexington Select Sale, and a mere 15 minutes later he was approached by Jim Fielding about buying a share in the colt. Subsequently, Kevin McKinlay, who has had horses with the Fieldings, bought a share. The horse was subsequently sent to Takter, who liked the horse so much when he began training the colt that he wanted to buy a share. "As soon as he qualified him, he said 'tell your partners I want in,'" Holland said. So Holland has gone from owning 100% of the horse to now owning 22.5%, but the upside is that he is now associated with Takter, one of the top trainers of the modern era, and the Fieldings, among the top owners in the business. Takter and the Fieldings have outstanding success in the Breeders Crown. Takter leads all trainers with 21 wins. John Fielding is second to Brittany Farms in wins and earnings among owners. Jim Fielding has also had success, winning four of 21 races in which he is named as an owner. Holland said selling off interests in the horse was the right thing to do. "Would he have still raced in the Breeders Crown? I think so," Holland said. "The ownership group is good. I've got a good relationship with Jimmy Takter. I'm happy to have John and Jim and Kevin McKinlay and Jimmy involved with him. It's old hat to Jimmy racing in the Breeders Crown, and for John it's nothing new. It's nice when you're part of a big race and you have a chance to get some money. "Jimmy is pretty down to earth. If he doesn't like the horse, he doesn't mince his words. He tells you straight up. He liked the colt early on. We did have some bad luck with him. He was getting a little warm behind the gate with us. Jimmy raced him one time and realized what the issues were and he attacked it and everything has gone forward since then. We're hoping for better things ahead." As an aside, Holland was training in the United States when Jimmy Takter came over from Sweden back in 1982. "He's the trainer (of the horse), so it's not quite the same as when you're actually the trainer, but as an owner it's always exciting to be in those big races," Holland said. "When he's in Takter's barn, the benefits you get are he's probably the foremost trotting trainer in North America. If I take a colt to race it myself I may not get the driver I wish. He usually gets the top drivers, and you get his experience in the Breeders Crown and the big races. With one horse it's not financially feasible to race them all over the U.S. "When they approached me I thought it might be a good business opportunity to get involved with them. I didn't really want to give up any part of my ownership, but if you're going to be on board, you're on board so I was willing to let a bit of mine go and everyone followed suit. I was happy with the partnership. It worked out well for everybody. "When Takter bids on them, you don't get them," he added. "I don't know who was the underbidder, but (Takter and the Fieldings) weren't involved on it." Holland changed the name of the colt from Estok Hanover, which he didn't particularly like, to Sir John F. "When I got to train him down, I thought he was a pretty nice colt, so I changed his name and told John," he said. "I told him a good horse deserves a good name." John Fielding had some concerns that naming a horse after him could backfire because that type of thing can sometimes be a curse. "I'm not a believer in black magic, folklore," Holland said. "I believe it is what it is. If it's a good horse it will be a good horse. I don't think naming one after anyone jinxes it. I was praying he would turn out as well as I was hoping he would and win some big races for John and us. But you never know for sure. I thought he was a nice colt and that's why I did it. John is an icon in the industry, and if you're going to knight someone in our industry as an owner, you'd certainly knight John. "I've raced lots of horses, and even though I haven't been to that many Breeders Crowns it's exciting to be involved with a horse like this. When it's part of an ownership and I'm not in the paddock warming him up and doing the day-to-day things with him, it's a little bit different. But it's still good." The horse has raced nine times so far and has a win and two seconds and earnings of $28,090. He raced fifth in his elimination race. Sir John F starts from post six in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot and drew a morning line of 20-1 against the superstar colt Walner. He does pick up the services of Yannick Gingras, who ranks seventh in the all-time Crown driver standings. The two-year-old colt trot race is carded as the sixth race with a slated post time of 8:40 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Who knows, Sir John F might turn into Mr. Holland's opus. by Perry Lefko for Breeders Crown

WILKES-BARRE PA - Boffin made it two straight against high-level conditioned trotting stock at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday, taking the $20,000 harness racing feature again using come-from-behind tactics and winning here in 1:53.4 to equal his seasonal best that he first notched last week. The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., sent Boffin on a three-wide sweep from fifth nearing the ¾, and the altered son of Donato Hanover took all forward steps from there, gaining the lead turning for home in winning by 2½ lengths, over Watkins, with pacesetter Commentary holding on for third. Boffin has now won almost 1/3 of his career starts (31 of 94), and has earned $375,102; Anette Lorentzon trains him and is co-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. In the $18,000 pacing feature, Lone Survivor, looking buried fourth on the wood past the 5/8, got some racing luck, then used it to maximum advantage while taking a lifetime mark of 1:52.3. Pacesetter Hurrikane Ali broke when a challenge from pocketsitter Dontcallmefrancis started midturn, with Nimble And Quick two-wide behind that one; driver Anthony Napolitano got Lone Survivor around the breaker then ducked back inside, and the winning son of Art Major was able to charge up the Pocono Pike to win by 1¼ lengths. Nimble And Quick, the only 2YO Stallion Series champion able to defend his title at three last month, was along for second, a neck behind Dontcallmefrancis. Lone Survivor, who has bankrolled by $167,685, is trained by Richard Johnson for Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Michelle Yanek. PHHA / Pocono      

Pompano Beach, Florida, October 19, 2016...McKenzie's Star, superbly handled by harness racing driver Fern Paquet, Jr., pulled off a 7 to 1 upset on Tuesday night (October 18) in the Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park.   The six year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, trained by Alexandra Berube, who is part owner with Jerry Clark, pinned a 2 1/4 length defeat on the 1 to 2 favorite, Prairie Fortune (Mike Deters) in 1:55.3.   DC Flashback (Brad Kramer) finished third while Bad Angel and the pacesetting Driving Miss Crazy shared the minor awards after dead-heating for fourth in the octet.   At the outset, each of the top three finishers benefitted when Adenium, leaving from the rail, and Gold Savage, leaving alongside, bot made miscues leaving with DC Flashback surging out before yielding shortly thereafter to Driving Miss Crazy (John MacDonald) with driver Paquet sending McKenzie's Star from the coveted five post and nestling into third with Bad Angel next, R G Rocket fifth and Prairie Fortune sixth among the early survivors.   Through the two identical opening quarters of :28.2, Driving Miss Crazy took her :56.4 half mile journey onto the backside with the lead but, midway on the backside, Prairie Fortune began to roll from the back, forcing the hand of McKenzie's Star, who brushed up past the third station in 1:26.1, getting a two length jump on Prairie Fortune, who rallied widest of all in the lane but, eventually, was no threat to the winner.   In a post race interview, driver Paquet, who enjoyed a hat trick this night, said, "Well, we benefitted when those two inside horses jumped it off early, so I figured I'd leave and see if I could find a spot a bit closer up.   "We were able to kinda nestle into third and we had a jump on Mike's (Deters) horse (Prairie Fortune) and that probably was the difference--he had the outside.   "When she's in the mood, my mare can brush a little bit and she brushed tonight and kept going right to the wire. She raced a big mile.   "She's been in Alexandra's (trainer Berube) care for a little over two years and, though mares can be testy at times, she's been a consistently good performer."   The win was the eighth of the season for McKenzie's Star--23rd lifetime--and sent her seasonal bounty to $44,060 and $180,854 lifetime.   Her faithful were rewarded with a $16.80 mutuel as fourth choice in the wagering.   In the Tuesday night feature for the mares, De Valeria, driven by co-owner Aaron Byron, used her advantageous post five to perfection, leading every step of her mile, scoring a 2 3/4 length win in 1:54.   Leaveumlady (Wally Hennessey), leaving from post seven but in the the garden spot shortly after the gate opened, finsihed second while Goldstar Rockette (Kevin Wallis) finished third after trailing for much of the journey.   Asset Management was fourth while Metro Glide earned the nickel in the classy octet.   De Valeria trained by Mark Winacott for Byron and co-owner Paul Kelly, earned her sixth win of the year off fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:24.4 and sent her 2016 bounty to $46,225. She's banked $113,942 lifetime.   Second choice in the betting, De Valeria paid $7.40 to win.   Also on Tuesday night, four more divisions of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes were contested with Prairie Cowgirl and R Chism taking the non-wagering events while Prairie Panther and Gold Star Mysti earned top honors on the betting card.   Prairie Cowgirl, a daughter of Royal Millennium, took the event for two year-old pacing fillies with a sharp 2:00.4 score for trainer Mike Deters.   Leading gate to wire, Prairie Cowgirl just did hold off the late surging Tay Tay M (Wally Hennessey) by a nostril. PF Silver Classic 9Kevin Wallis) was third in the trio with fractions being :30.1, 1:01.1 and 1:31.1.   Deters co-owns the filly with Laurie Poulin and John "The Owosso Flash" Spindler and is now two-for-three lifetime in her brief career.   In the non-betting event for sophomore pacing colts and geldings, R Chism, driven by Fern Paquet, Jr., nailed the pacesetting Conman's Dream (Corey Braden) late to score by a half length in 1:55.4.   Danza (Byron) was third after pressuring the leader the middle three-eighths of the mile. Trottime Diamonds was fourth in that quartet.   R Chism, who broke his maiden last week in 1:55, won his second straight as this altered son of Six of Diamonds rallied with a :28.1 closer.   R Chism is trained by Kim Sears, who co-owns with husband Jay.   Prairie Panther, a son of Royal Millennium, led every stride of his mile, scoring by two lengths over Maybe Ned (Bryce Fenn) with Gold Star Bugsy (Hennessey) next, Gold Star Spider and Kingwiththeaxe completed that roster as Prairie Panther strode through panels of :30, 59.2 and 1:29.4 before completing his chores with a :28.2 finale.   Trained by Mike Deters, who co-owns with Laurie Poulin, Mike was in the bike for the win--his third straight in Sunshine State Stakes competition.   Off at 1 to 10, Prairie Panther paid $2.20 to win.   Finally, Marianne Audley's three year-old filly, Gold Star Mysti, driven by Walter Ross, Jr., brushed to the front just short of the :29.2 opener and took her foes through fractions of :59.3 and 1:29.3 before sealing the deal with a :28 finale, hitting the line in 1:57.3..   Diamond Lily (Wally Hennessey) gave futile chase in the lane to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths away, while Gold Star Lovebug (Joe Sanzeri) finished third. Caitlin's Romance and Jaycie Jaycie were next in this sextet.   Gold Star Mysti, a daughter of Mysticism, is a perfect four-for-for this season under the tutelage of trainer Maggie Audley, the daughter of the late Florida, breeder, trainer and ownerTom Audley. Ms Audley, who just recently achieved her trainer's license, now sports a .615 UTRS with a 15-8-1-2 scorecard.   "Mysti" paid $2.40 to win as the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite.   Racing continues on Sunday night with a trio of carryovers, the largest of which is $3,061.20 in Pompano Park's Pentafecta fourth.   Post time is scheduled for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park        

WILKES-BARRE PA - Boffin, who took his 1:51.1 mark at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last year, returned to the harness racing mountain oval Sunday night, then used very typical Pocono tactics to take the $20,000 conditioned trotting feature in 1:53.4. Boffin was one of the few horses not seeking position fleeing the barrier and was last early. But the meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., reminded everybody that all of his wins don't come on the engine, and in fact he employed sound strategy as a host of horses contested for the top during fractions of 26.3, 55.4, and 1:24.2. Boffin swung four-wide from third-over late into the final turn, and still was fifth in midstretch, but the quick early pace on a coolish evening took its toll on those heretofore involved, and Boffin stormed down the middle of the track, his move timed perfectly by "George Nap" to get a neck decision over Commentary, who brushed to the lead before the half, with pocketsitting Stonebridge Combat moving well in the Pocono Pike but having to settle for third. The victorious altered son of Donato Hanover has a lifetime win rate of 32% (30 for 93), with earnings of $365,102 for trainer Anette Loretzon, who is also co-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. In the top pacing event of the night, Iwillmakeyousaywow used a perfect trip for launching a winning late move, running down frontstepper Hurrikane Ali in 1:51.4 at the end of the event with a purse of $18,000. The altered son of Manhardt, trained by Todd Buter for owners Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Lynette and Tyler Buter, and James Marion, proved a neck more photogenic under the guidance of Andrew McCarthy while boosting his bankroll to $187,033.   PHHA / Pocono    

LEXINGTON, KY-- Winning her elimination, Broadway Donna returned to the track hours later to claim a harness racing victory in the $312,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile Earlier on the card, Broadway Donna trotted a 1:51.1 to win the first of two eliminations for the Filly Futurity, paying $7.00 to win. Sitting fourth through a :27 quarter set by Southwind Hope, Broadway Donna moved first over from fourth to brush to control before the half. She was in front through a :55 half and began kicking away from Southwind Hope chasing in second and Spicedbourbongirl in third. Trotting to three-quarters in 1:23.1, Broadway Donna remained in front by open lengths through the stretch, coasting home while Earn Your Wings came down the center of the track for second and Flowers N Songs for third. Spicedbourbongirl finished fourth and Dream Child was fifth.   "She wasn't at the top of her game last week," Jim Campbell said. "Part of it was probably my fault; I should've pulled her hind shoes last week, but she warmed up so good that I thought she was okay with them on. Dave [Miller] thought the track kind of stuck to her and wore her out more than anything, so I'll take the blame for last week.   "I was just watching David and he was just letting her trot along. I was just hoping that she would bounce back and be like her old self, and if she was, the fractions wouldn't bother me. David didn't even look like he was asking her; she looked real strong all the way down the lane. I was paying more attention to David than I was the fractions.   Owned by Vanersol In., Dancing In Thehall, an Ake Svanstedt-trainee by Cantab Hall out of the Donerail mare Doin' The Town, pulled off a 47-1 upset in the second elimination, winning in 1:53.   Womans Will led the field through a :28 first quarter before losing the lead to Side Bet Hanover. Celebrity Eventsy pulled first over from fifth with Wildflower on her back at the half, timed in :55.4. Dancing In Thehall was trotting at the rail in sixth around the far turn while Side Bet Hanover progressed to three-quarters in front of Celebrity Eventsy stalled first over in 1:24.4.   Side Bet Hanover drifted off the rail through the stretch, leaving room for Dancing In Thehall and driver Yannick Gingras to sweep up the rail while Wildflower, Gin And Lindy, and Double Exposure tried to advance towards the center of the track. Side Bet Hanover tried to fight off Dancing In Thehall to her inside heading to the line, but Dancing In Thehall edged by. Double Exposure finished third, Gin And Lindy fourth, and Gracie Hanover fifth.   "[We] just tried to stay close to the rail and hope that something opened up," Yannick Gingras said. "She felt really strong around the last turn, so I figured at that point I made the final, but all the way through the stretch she kept picking them off one by one."   Dancing In Thehall paid $96.80 to win.   In the second heat, Broadway Donna grabbed command before the half and strolled to a 1:51.2 victory.   Sent off the 3-5 favorite, Broadway Donna edged off the cones passing the quarter in :27.3 to take the top from Spicedbourbongirl. She trotted to the half in :55.3 as Side Bet Hanover initiated a first-over bid into the turn, being tracked by Flowers N Songs. Side Bet Hanover matched strides with Spicedbourbongirl heading to three-quarters about two lengths off of Broadway Donna. Timed in 1:23.4, Broadway Donna kicked away in the stretch under wraps while Spicedbourbongirl chased for second and Flowers N Songs kicked off cover for third.   Broadway Donna, by Donato Hanover out of the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, won her 14th race in 20 starts, earning $933,494 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by David Miller, she returned $3.20 to win.   "It was pretty much an identical trip [to the first heat]," David Miller said. "She was just the same in the second heat as she was in the first."   "[We] couldn't be more proud of her today," Jim Campbell said. "She showed what she can really do, and for her to go two heats like she did today was just impressive. She's an amazing filly.   "She started off on a good note; she was really good in her first start. And then in her second start she was sick. She bled a little bit in the Hambletonian Oaks, and we put her on Lasix but it didn't seem to kick in until today. She went out and did what we were hoping to see today.   "Mr. Segal will make the final decision on [racing her at four]. I'm sure he's leaning towards it, but as long as everything finishes up good this year, I'm sure he'd be in favor of that. They probably have a spot for her all reserved for whenever that time comes, but hopefully it's not for a couple years."   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY -- Taking the lead after the quarter, Sutton gradually gained separation from his rivals to win by open lengths in the first of two divisions for the $163,500 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting colts in 1:52 at The Red Mile.   Celebrity Express led the field around the first turn before Sutton tipped out of the pocket to brush to the lead through a :28.2 quarter. Leading through a :56 half, Sutton began to kick away from Celebrity Express trotting in the pocket and Mavens Way, who fanned first over before diving back to the pylons.   In front by three lengths through a 1:24 third-quarter, Sutton coasted towards the finish while Waitlifter K fanned off cover to get second and Kanthaka, recovering from a break before the start, closed to finish third.   Sutton, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare I Wanted Wings, paid $2.60 for his sixth win in 21 starts, earning $369,931 for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Jason and Douglas Allen. He is trained by Julie Miller and was driven by Andy Miller.   "He likes to follow horses, but I thought he was the one to beat in here," Andy Miller said. "He was pretty sharp coming into this race, so I thought it was alright to put him on the front."   "He has been a little up and down. With a couple of steps he might have won the Hambletonian, but he still raced really good there. He has been a bit of a challenge, but when he's on his game, he is tough to beat."   "The track was a little dead from all the rain [Saturday]; it was a little punchy, but a good horse could overcome it."   Grinding to the lead around the final turn, Bar Hopping edged past tempo-setter Blenheim to win the other Bluegrass split in 1:52.3.   Leading through fractions of :28.3 and :57, Blenheim was soon challenged by Bar Hopping, pulling first over from fourth, into the far turn. The two were on equal terms through a 1:25.4 third quarter before Bar Hopping took a narrow lead. Blenheim tried to retake control at the pylons in a stretch-long battle until Bar Hopping extended his lead slightly to win. Love Matters, sitting the pocket for the mile, angled off the rail and chased the duelers to get third.   Winning his seventh race in 23 starts, Bar Hopping, by Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour, has earned $848,813 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. He is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by Tim Tetrick. He paid $2.40.   "He fought [Blenheim] well," Jimmy Takter said. "The pace wasn't that hot and he came first up against a good horse, so I was very happy with him."   "He was one of those horses that actually filled out during the season. His game is a form game, and he's in great form. We look forward to next Sunday [for the Kentucky Futurity]."   By Ray Cotolo ,for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sent off the 1-5 favorite, Broadway Donna lost stride in her attempt to sweep by pacesetter Fad Finance, who won one of the three divisions of the $188,200 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:53.1 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile. Trotting a quarter in :28.1 and a half in :56, Fad Finance led Unica Steed, Gracie Hanover, and Broadway Donna into the far turn. Broadway Donna progressed towards Fad Finance to match strides with her at three-quarters, timed in 1:24 before stalling in her bid in the stretch and losing stride. Gracie Hanover circled around Broadway Donna, lunging to take second while Fad Finance remained in control. Unica Steed finished third. Owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC, Marc Goldberg, and Rojan Stables, Fad Finance, by Credit Winner out of the Sierra Kosmos mare Armbro Vanity, won her tenth race in 21 starts, earning $306,556. She is trained and was driven by Trond Smedshammer and paid $12.00 to win. "I didn't know how much David [Miller on Broadway Donna] had left, so it certainly made me feel better when she jumped," Trond Smedshammer said. "Then Ake [Svanstedt on Gracie Hanover] came late, but my filly has felt good all day today. She gave a real good effort." "She can win in [1]:54 at Saratoga, so the big track doesn't really pick her up that much, but [The Red Mile]'s nice. I was able to pull her shoes off for the first time today. It's always nice over the clay here." Ginny Weasley circled by the 1-5 favorite Celebrity Eventsy and drew away to win her division of the Bluegrass in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Celebrity Eventsy grabbed the front from Ultimate Shopper and cleared through a :28.1 opening quarter. Ginny Weasley, trotting in third, was hesitant to pull first over, eventually committing to move outside after a :57 half mile, carrying with her Southwind Hope second over and Double Exposure third over. Ginny Weasley brushed by Celebrity Eventsy after a 1:26 third-quarter and kicked away from the field as Celebrity Eventsy faltered. Southwind Hope moved into second while Double Exposure came down the center of the track to take third. Winning her sixth race in 18 starts, Ginny Weasley, by Andover Hall out of the Donerail mare Donepunk, has earned $159,763 for owner Torp Trotting Inc. She is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt and paid $9.00 to win. Losing the lead in the backstretch, Side Bet Hanover found room to trot up the pylons in the stretch to win the final division of the Bluegrass in 1:53.1. Side Bet Hanover led through a :28 first quarter before Gin And Lindy tipped first over from fifth and brushed to the lead after a :56 half. Into the far turn, Gin And Lindy held control as Womans Will advanced first over, keeping Side Bet Hanover in the pocket from third after they trotted three-quarters in 1:24. Gin And Lindy drifted off the rail into the stretch. Womans Will took the lead to her outside while Side Bet Hanover emerged up the pylons into second, soon sprinting past Womans Will to claim victory. Wildflower closed down the center of the track to finish third. Side Bet Hanover, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Sea Level Hanover, won her fifth race in 18 starts, earning $175,336 for owner Srf Stable. Trained by Jonas Czernyson and driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $9.00 to win. "[Gin And Lindy] was starting to get a little leg weary in front of me and I had plenty of trot," Corey Callahan said. "I was hoping I could shake free because she was so good in her last start up in Canada [in the Elegantimage]; she didn't get any room, but she found room today and shot by very strong." "I'm sure she'll be back next Sunday and hopefully she'll give us a good run." By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Delaware, OH --- Don Dream was a nightmare for his rivals, winning Thursday’s (Sept. 22) second $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters in a world record 1:55 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Moonshiner Hanover, who followed Don Dream throughout the mile, finished second by 1-3/4 lengths and Andy M was third. Don Dream’s time is the fastest in history for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. The previous mark of 1:55.2 was held by filly Wild Honey. The best prior clocking for a male trotter was 1:55.3 held by Dontyouforgetit. A son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Gabbys Dream, Don Dream was making his first start for new owners Michelle and Albert Crawford and Susan Oakes, who purchased the colt last week. The horse is trained by Chris Oakes. "David (Miller, his driver) really likes him and said he went around the track well in hand," said Chris Oakes. "He broke the track record in his last start at Harrah's (1:55.2) and I did speak with David about him before I bought him to discuss his opinion of him. The Crawfords were kind enough to agree with us and hopefully with their continued backing can purchase more nice horses just like him. "I wasn't surprised really that he set the world record. I flew in on Monday and trained him on the track earlier this week and he got over it extremely well. David said much the same thing about how he handled it today. "He goes on to Lexington next." Don Dream, the 2-5 favorite, and Miller went to the lead at the start and never looked back. Don Dream set fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26.4 on his way to his fourth win in eight races. He has earned $79,240. He’s On A Mission and driver Tim Tetrick won Thursday’s first $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, capitalizing when Lars Perry went off stride in the stretch as he attempted to lead the race from start to finish. He’s On A Mission stopped the timer in 1:58.3, with Lars Perry second but placed third because of the break. Brand New Key was third-placed-second. Lars Perry and Brand New Key battled on the first turn for the early advantage, with Lars Perry eventually forcing Brand New Key to back off and settle into second. Lars Perry set fractions of :27.4, :58.2, and 1:28.1 before pulling away from the field heading into the stretch. He’s On A Mission, who was third for most of the mile, was on the move in the stretch and took advantage of Lars Perry’s missteps. A gelded son of Groton Hall out of the mare Lisas Mission, He’s On A Mission is owned by trainer Stacey Ruddick along with Denise Dennis. He has won three of six races and earned $75,375. He was the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship runner-up in August. "Unfortunately he was not himself the night of the KYSS final," said Ruddick. "He had a bad week, was really nervous and right up on the bit which is not like him. I was a little concerned he would get wound up here with everything that was going on or that he would have to leave from the eight-hole in a big field. But we got here on Tuesday and he has been nice and relaxed and just taking everything in. "As far as how he drew, it could not have worked out any better. Also we have a small track back at the farm that we train on so I knew the turns would be no problem for him. Then Timmy (Tetrick) drove him perfectly. I've known Timmy for years when he used to drive for me when I raced at the Illinois fairs. He learned from his dad how to bring the babies along slowly. "I bought this horse as a weanling and it's an interesting story. I was looking at Kentucky babies because I knew there were not many mares bred there. I had a list printed out actually and Walnut Hall sold a bunch of mares in foal that year at the Delaware sale. His dam was a little older and I was looking more towards a younger mare. This Amish guy was looking at her and so I asked him if he was interested in the mare only because I was interested in the baby. He told me the mare only, so I told him I would not bid against him if I could have first shot at the baby. He agreed and when this horse was a baby we went to look at him, decided we wanted him and traded a stallion share, then I brought some other horses to that farm and we got him. "He is eligible next for some late closers at Lexington and he is a very nice colt. I think he's a nicer colt than he may receive credit for." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications -- Kim French also contributed to this report

Harness racing action Wednesday at Solvalla included a victory by Standout (7m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) in the 100,000SEK first money C Th Ericssons Memorial over 2640 meters autostart. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the winner for Stefan Melander, trainer/owner. The winner has 17 career wins in 65 starts for 3,459,200SEK earned. Standout, off at 3.16/1, was clocked in 1.13.6kr to defeat Sir Ratzeputz and Poochai. The Solvallaserien VII for 100,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.23/1 Uncle Lasse clocked in 1.12kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Stefan Melander owner and trained four year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Muscles Yankee). Workout Wonder (4m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was second for Tommi Kylliainen with third to Flash Haleryd (4m Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) for Erik Adielsson. Pythagoras Face and Divisionist were next to the line with French Laundry unplaced. The race distance was 2140 meters autostart. Two year-old battled in the opener for 40,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter voltstart event. The 1.15.9kr winner was Harmon Boko (2m Muscle Hill-Pursuit of Dream-Donerail) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Mattias Djuse. Kiss Me Tooma (2f Dream Vacation) and Eurythmic Sisu (2m Quite Easy) were next. Three year-olds contested a 2140 meter volstart event for 40,000SEK to the winner. That winner was 1.8/1 Bourbon Rain (3m Conway Hall-Affinity-Victory Dream) clocked in 1.17.1kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Pasi Aikio. This winner is a half-brother to the successful Tumble Dust, a Criterium Continental winner by Crazed. Another 40,000SEK first prize event, over 2140 meters autostart, went to Per Lennartsson’s trained/driven Jager Oaks (7g Tony Oaks-Jessi Way-Buster Claypool) clocked in 1.14.4kr, his second straight victory. Trainer/driver Melander also won on the card with Lincoln Lawyer (5g Muscles Yankee-M Stewart-American Winner) timed in 1.14.5kr over 2640 meters autostart to capture 60,000SEK first money. Thomas H. Hicks    

To paraphrase the poet Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and horse trainers often go awry. Harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci had mapped out a schedule for 2-year-old female trotter Grandma's Moni, but the filly got sick after winning her debut in a sharp 1:55.2 at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the trainer was forced to abandon his early-season plans. She missed two races, but Grandma's Moni is back on track for Thursday's eliminations for the Peaceful Way Stakes at Mohawk. Grandma's Moni is in the first of two Peaceful Way eliminations and is 9-2 on the morning line. She will start from post four with driver Scott Zeron in a nine-horse field. "Plan --- and then plan to have your plan go wrong," Antonacci said with a laugh about Grandma's Moni's early setback to illness. "We made a conscious decision to race her lightly until the fall. We're really not too far off where we wanted to be, but I would have preferred to have another race into her going into this week. "But good horses can overcome, so hopefully she's as good as we think she may be." Bred and owned by the Moni Maker Stable, Grandma's Moni is a daughter of stallion Donato Hanover, the Horse of the Year in 2007, out of the mare All Our Moni. Her second dam is two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker and she is a full sister to Reigning Moni, who competes in Saturday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship at The Meadows. Antonacci was impressed with Grandma's Moni from the beginning. "She was head and shoulders better than the rest all winter," Antonacci said. "She was the most talented. She's an impressive horse. Hopefully things continue to go well now. Hopefully she's the one we've been waiting for." Grandma's Moni won her first start by 2-1/2 lengths over Crann Tara in a division of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old female trotters at the Meadowlands on July 22. Her winning time of 1:55.2 is tied for the eighth fastest among all 2-year-old female trotters this season. The plan was to race Grandma's Moni in the second leg of the Kindergarten Series on Aug. 18 at Vernon and then head to Mohawk for the Sept. 1 Champlain Stakes. Instead, Antonacci decided to skip the Champlain and qualify Grandma's Moni on Aug. 30 at Mohawk. She won in 1:58.1. "We just focused on getting her healthy," Antonacci said. "We qualified her there last week and she felt good and she trained good again over the weekend. Talent-wise, I think she belongs with those other fillies (in the Peaceful Way). Hopefully she'll get a good start back this week and then be primed and ready to go for the final." The Peaceful Way final is Sept. 17 at Mohawk. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the final. Thats All Moni is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the first Peaceful Way elimination. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly has a win on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit and finished second to Ariana G in a division of last week's Champlain. Ariana G, undefeated in five career starts, is the 3-5 choice in the second Peaceful Way elim. She also is from the Takter Stable. Antonacci's visit to Mohawk for stakes eliminations is not limited to Grandma's Moni in the Peaceful Way. A day later, the trainer will send out International Moni in the first of two eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters. International Moni is the penultimate foal out of the late Moni Maker. He is by accomplished French sire Love You, whose offspring include 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. On Saturday night, Nahar - owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks - makes his first start in North America in an elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk. Winless in four starts, International Moni is 15-1 on the morning line in his elimination. He also is owned by breeder Moni Maker Stable, which is made up of members of the Antonacci family and David Reid. "He's in tough, but he's a pretty nice horse," Antonacci said. "We expect he will keep improving." Takter-trained Rubio, the winner of a Champlain division last week, is the even-money favorite in the first Wellwood elimination. Rubio, bred by the Antonacci-Reid connected Moni Market Breeders, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall with foreign blood courtesy of his dam, Italienne Girl. Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, is the 9-5 second choice in that elimination. In the second elimination, Italian-born Victor Gio, by the French star Ready Cash, is the 2-1 favorite for the Takter Stable. "It seems like there are some nice horses, especially this year, coming from that out-crossing," Antonacci said. "It's something that's been working out well for us. It makes it a little more interesting than seeing the same old same old." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Real Lucky Day didn't need any real luck in making his harness racing pari-mutuel debut a winning one Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing for the first time in a betting race, a division of the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters, Real Lucky Day and driver Stephane Brosseau teamed up to take the lead in the first race by the opening quarter mile and then held the rest of the field at bay in posting a two-length triumph in 2:03. It was the fastest mile by any two-year-old trotter this season at 3R. Trained by Yves Filion for owner/breeder R L Belanger of Laval, Quebec, Real Lucky Day is a colt sired by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare, Norway No Day and paid just $2.40 to win as the wagering favorite. Previous series winner, Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) was second with Yoan Bayama (Yves Filion) third. In the third race filly's division, it was Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube who stole the show as they left from post five, took command of the race and said goodbye to the rest of field as they went on to score in a romp by six and one-quarter lengths in 2:06.3. Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) was second with Taurus P V (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second win in the Future Stars Series for Joyce Lavec. The daughter of Mr Lavec from the Victory's Force mare, Sam Valley is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner/breeder Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec and paid $3.90 to win. TRACK NOTES: All eyes will be on the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday morning for their special press conference for the drawing of post positions for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Pace for four-year-olds. Hosted by the Quebec Jockey Club, the Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races in all of North America for four-year-olds, the Prix D'Ete is expected to draw none other than the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, to race in Quebec this Sunday. Wiggle It Jiggleit leads all money winners this season with over $1 million already earned and more than $3 million lifetime for owner George Teague, Jr., driver Montrell Teague (George's son) and trainer Clyde Francis. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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