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December 16, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix Guy Lux (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters, Q+ jackpot €4.35 million) went to the impressive, rallying 10.6/1 odds Teatro (8m Ganymede-Josette) driven by owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 16.3/1 Tellement Haufor (8f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor) was next for Ch-J Bigeon, this one owned by trainer Christian Bigeon as well. Third went to 20.7/1 Un Satin Rose (7g Ganymede-Dentelle Rose) for driver Franck Ouvrie in this Ganymede-sired sweep, Ulster Perrine was fourth at 1.7/1 and 10.7/1 Unique de l’Iton was fifth. Fractions were even in this 2850 meter test (1.16.4kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.15.3kr at 1000; 1.15.1kr at 500) with the winner clocked in 1.14.1kr after a quick last 500 meters. The €85,000 purse Prix de Rostrenen (2700 meters, 8 starters, monte) was won by 3/5 favorite Boss du Meleuc (4g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) ridden by Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Yannick Alain Briand. 4/1 Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) landed second  for Clement Frecelle and trainer Jean-Luc Bigeon, with 6.7/1 odds Bijou d’Auvillier (4g Kepler-Olive d’Auvillier) home third for jockey Caroline Cheradame and trainer Aleandre Lebourgeois. The winner was timed in 1.13.9kr (1.12.8kr at 1500, 1.12.9kr at 1000, 1.13.8kr at 500). The winner led from the start and by 20 lengths through the 1000 meters to go mark. 2.4/1 odds Bugsy Malone (4g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took the €65,000 purse, 2700 meters Prix de Luxe ahead of 17 rivals. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the trainee of Philippe Allaire, also owner. 8.2/1 Black d’Arjeanc (4g Prince d’Espace-Perle de Riviere) was second for Damien Bonne and trainer Sebastien Guarato ahead of the Franck Nivard teamed, Franck Leblanc trained, 30/1 odds Baron du Chere (4m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene). Fractions were even (1.14.7kr at 1500 to go, 1.13.9kr at 1000, 1.13.8kr at 500 to go, 1.13.7kr finish). The featured Gr. III Prix Auguste Francois (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 odds favorite Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) that rallied late to gain advantage and then held on for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie IC Equine. Timed in 1.11kr (mile rate 1:54.24) the winner prevailed from fast-closing Texas de l’Iton (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliada de l’Iton) with Mathieu Mottier aboard at 48/1. Hughes Levesque trains this one. Third was 7/1 Udayama (7f Echo-Lancio de Pont) for trainer/owner Loic Groussard and jockey Gaetan Prat,  beaten just a length with fourth to 13/1 odds Vagabondu Mag (6g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary) and Eric Raffin for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. Veteran Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka) ended fifth at 16/1 for Adrien Lamy and trainer Bruno Marie with fast pacesetter Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) sixth for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Stephani-Catherine Lepetit at 12/1. The fractions were wicked from the start (1.07.6kr at 1500 meters to go, 1.08.2kr at 1000, 1.10.3kr at 500, 1.11kr finish). The €55,000 purse Prix de Fos Sur Mer (2700 meters, 15 European starters) for five year-old mares went to 1.15.7kr timed, 8.5/1 odds Rosemary Gar (5f Donato Hanover-Allstar FC) for Mario Minopoli Jr, trainer Salvatore Carro and Scuderia Allevemento Team Minopoli. 40/1 Valetta Strix (5f Going Kronos-Afrodite Sund) was next for Eric Raffin and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini ahead of a pack that included third finishing 5.5/1 Agrippa Mesloise (5f Jasmin de Flore-Jessie Mesloise) for Pierre Beloche, also trainer. Thomas H. Hicks

Trainer Jonas Czernyson hopes Sliding Home can score in the season's final major open stakes event for 2-year-old male trotters, the Valley Victory at Meadowlands Racetrack. Two eliminations for the Valley Victory will be held Saturday at the Big M. Sliding Home, who finished third in the Breeders Crown on Oct. 24, is 10-1 on the morning line in the first elimination. David Miller will drive Sliding Home, who will start from post three in the nine-horse field. Breeders Crown runner-up Marion Marauder is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first elimination. He will start from post seven with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Paula Wellwood. Matron Stakes winner Dog Gone Lucky, from the stable of Chuck Sylvester, is the 8-5 morning line choice in the second Valley Victory elimination. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the Nov. 21 final at the Meadowlands. Sliding Home has won two of 11 races this year and earned $223,620 for owner Consus Racing Stable. His most recent four races include his third-place finish in the Breeders Crown, a second-place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes, and a second-place effort in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. His earnings rank ninth among all 2-year-old male trotters in North America. "I think he's been having a pretty good year," Czernyson said. "He's very good to work with. He's smart, good to be around, good to drive. He's just an overall very smart little horse. He's gotten better as the year has gone on, so I'm hoping it's going to continue." Sliding Home, purchased for $65,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is a son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Bar Slide. Donato Hanover won the 2007 Hambletonian and Bar Slide captured the 2010 Hambletonian Oaks. Sliding Home is Bar Slide's second foal. Her first, multiple-stakes-winner Bright Baby Blues, is a daughter of Andover Hall. Bar Slide's third foal, a colt by Cantab Hall named Brand New Key, sold for $210,000 in October at the Lexington Selected Sale. After debuting with a win in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars, Sliding Home followed with a victory in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. He hit the board only once in his next five races, going off stride twice, but has rebounded with strong performances in three of his most recent starts. "We had a few spots where we ran into a couple of little issues and he was making breaks for kind of no reason," Czernyson said. "Hopefully all of that is behind us and we should be ready to roll. He raced pretty good up in Canada (in the Breeders Crown) so I was pretty pleased with that. "He loves what he does and you can do pretty much whatever you choose with him. He's very good that way." Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes two eliminations for the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers plus the final TVG Free For All Championship Series preliminaries for older male trotters and older male pacers. The TVG Free For All Championship Series concludes Nov. 21, which also is the same night as the Governor's Cup final. Breeders Crown winner Boston Red Rocks, from the stable of trainer Steve Elliott, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first Governor's Cup elimination. Bob McIntosh's New Talent is the 2-1 pick in the second. Resolve, trained by Ake Svanstedt, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the TVG event for male trotters and JK Endofanera, trained by Jimmy Takter, is the 6-5 choice in the event for male pacers. On Friday night, the Meadowlands hosts a single elimination for the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old female trotters plus the final TVG Free For All Championship Series preliminaries for older female trotters and older female pacers. Breeders Crown champion All The Time, from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Goldsmith Maid elimination, where the top nine finishers will join Kathy Parker in the final. The connections of Kathy Parker, also trained by Takter, accepted a bye to the final. Bee A Magician, trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman, is the 4-5 morning line favorite in the TVG event for female trotters and Jeff Bamond Jr.'s Venus Delight is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the TVG event for female pacers. The finals for the TVG for female trotters and pacers plus the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for 2-year-old female pacers (which did not require eliminations) are Nov. 20 at the Meadowlands. First-race post time is 7 p.m. at the Meadowlands. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Pacers Newborn Sassy and Big Top Hanover along with trotters Dog Gone Lucky and Womans Will turned in winning efforts in the 2015 Matron Stakes for two-year-olds at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 5. The richest Matron stake, the $216,300 male trot was won by Dog Gone Lucky. Fresh from victory in the Kindergarten Stakes at Vernon Downs the freshman notched his fifth win of the season for owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley scoring a 1:55 victory. Corey Callahan guided the Lucky Chucky-Ebbtide Hall colt, conditioned by Hall of Famer Chuck Sylvester, to the easy victory. Milligan's School ((Andy Miller) closed quickly between horses to finish second with front-trotting Love Matters (Yannick Gingras) third. Dog Gone Lucky, a New York Sire Stakes contender, has now banked $321,493 in her first year of racing. The husband-wife team of Andy Miller and Julie Miller collaborated as Womans Will recorded a 1:54.2 triumph in the $185,400 Matron filly trot. Canadians Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, two of the sport's leading breeders own the Donato Hanover-Will Of A Woman consistent first year performer. The bay filly now has five wins and nine times in the money in 12 starts good for purse money of $353,881 Kathy Parker (Gingras) led for most of the mile before relenting to Womans Will at the top of the stretch. Radian Beam (David Miller) picked up third money. The powerful Jim King Stable showed off in front of the local track patrons when Newborn Sassy scored her eight win in 10 starts to win the $183,400 Matron Filly event. Tim Tetrick, who had a banner three-win night during the program, steered the Western Ideal -Sass Newton distaff to an impressive 1:52 victory. Penpal (Pat Lachance) closed sharply for second. The win was the seventh in-a-row for Newborn Sassy, bringing her bankroll to $$216,284 this season. Big Top Hanover completed the Matron freshman festivities rolling to a 1:51.4 conquest in the $201,400 male pace. Yannick Gingras piloted the Jt45 and Burke Racing Western Ideal Blind Ambition colt to his third win of the campaign for the sport's leading trainer Ron Burke. The win was the third of the year for the winner who has been in the money in eight 13 starts. There were two $20,000 Matron consolations. In one, Bobby Myers and Frank Condurso's Moolah Moolah and David Miller came on in the lane to catch Black Broadway (Callahan) in deep stretch for a 1:56.2 filly trot win. The $20,000 Matron colt consolation went to Yannick Gingras-driven All The Cookies, a 1:52.4 winner in his first lifetime pari-mutuel race. Christine Takter, Joe Sbrocco and Brixton Medical own the Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Ota gelding. Tim Tetrick won three races, David Miller, Yannick Gingras and Ross Wolfenden had two wins apiece. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Mach Bachrad  

TORONTO -- Harness racing division leader Pinkman failed to go wire-to-wire in the $500,000 U.S. ($648,700 Cdn) Breeders Crown three-year-old colt and gelding trot, with stablemate The Bank and David Miller grinding by from first over to win in 1:54.3. Yannick Gingras sent Pinkman to the lead through a :27.2 first quarter, with Muscle Diamond tucking into the pocket and The Bank parked out early. The Bank edged closer first over while Pinkman passed the half in :57.2. With the plugs pulled, Pinkman passed three quarters in 1:26.4, while The Bank crept closer on the outside. Into the eighth pole, Pinkman's lead diminished to a neck as The Bank became a threat, proving so by driving by and progressing to the wire in front of Pinkman, Muscle Diamond, and French Laundry. The Bank, a colt by Donato Hanover out of the Viking Kronos mare Lightning Kronos, competes for the interests of Christina Takter, Goran Falk, and Goran Anderberg. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the Falkbolagen Ab-bred colt paid $30.50 to win. "Around the last turn, Yannick [began] to ask his horse and I was just sitting on mine," Miller said. "At that point, I thought that he might be second for sure, but he went a big trip; he hung a long ways and he got the job done." Takter, who has won four Breeders Crowns on the night and 25 lifetime, said the victory was a good one for The Bank. "He's been racing tremendous all year and chasing Pinkman and, you know, Pinkman was just a little more excited today. Normally, he's very laid back," Takter said. "In the warm up, I told Yannick, 'either it's a good thing or bad thing' but he's very different. He was very aggressive today and normally he's very much the opposite." Miller, who has won three Breeders Crowns on the night and 17 lifetime, said the rain-soaked track was holding up relatively well. "It's a little sticky, but under the conditions, it's pretty good." QUOTES; Jimmy Taker - The Bank and Pinkman "It was good for Bank. He's been racing tremendous all year and chasing Pinkman and, you know, Pinkman was just a little more excited today. Normally, he's very laid back. In the warm up, I told Yannick, 'either it's a good thing or bad thing' but he's very different. He was very aggressive today and normally he's very much the opposite. But for Bank to come and win the Breeders Crown it's great." If one of your horses was going to beat Pinkman tonight, would you have guessed The Bank? "Well, you know, we didn't up giving Bank a bad race last time in the Futurity and Tim and I were fighting for the lead a little too much and came up short. He's been a good horse and I'm really happy."   By Ray Cotolo

TORONTO, ON - D'One was definitely the one. The marvelous harness racing five-year-old mare, driven by David Miller, came into the 2015 Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot at Woodbine as the prohibitive favorite. And the daughter of Donato Hanover lived up to that billing with authority. Taking the lead just after the opening quarter mile and inheriting the lead from pacesetter Shake It Cerry, D'One was never threatened thereafter, winning the $324,350 race ($250,000 U.S.) by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2. The Swedish import has been absolutely solid since trainer Roger Walmann brought D'One to North America with highly-rated stablemate Magic Tonight, winner of the 2015 Elitlopp. While Magic Tonight hasn't fared well in North America, D'One has been virtually unbeatable. Aside from a disappointing race in the Maple Leaf Trot in which she broke stride early and finished seventh by 22 lengths as the 7-5 favorite, she has been nothing but money. Miller has driven her the last two times, both wins. Starting from the seven hole in the Breeders Crown field of 10, D'One was allowed to settle in comfortably, sitting in fourth after the opening quarter set in :27.1 by champion Shake It Cerry. Miller had the lead after a half mile in :57.2. It was really over at that point. She made it to the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, then basically glided the final quarter mile under mild urging to win. D'One, owned by a multi-partner Swedish group that race under the nom de plume Stall Kenny 23, has won six of nine races this year. She recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings. She raised her bankroll to more than $1.2 million with the Crown win. "If I had my choice I would have essentially come up the backstretch and moved her then, but there was horses out there so I had to move her when I did and she held up very well," said Miller, who celebrated his 15th Breeders Crown victory. Walmann said D'One has done so well this year because of her immense heart and desire to win. "If she can be like this next year, we'll be happy with that," Walmann said. D'One , sent postward at just under 1-2, paid $2.90, $2.50, $2.10. Shake It Cerry paid $4.10 and $3.00. Charmed Life, who placed third by 4½ lengths, $5.70 to show. The exacta paid $10.70, the trifecta $112.25. QUOTES; D One Dave Miller driver - How important, when you have a line up like tonight, to win when you are supposed to? Yeah, that’s a big help.  You get started and everything is good, your confidence is up and everything is good. That’s important. How is the track? The track is good, if we don’t get any more rain or if it stays the way it is. Performed up to expections.  Did the trip go like you expected? Yeah pretty well. There were horses out there, so I had to move her when I did, and she held on pretty well. Trainer Dave Menary – Charmed Life (3rd) I was just hoping she would get room, you know. Not locked, blocked and shuffled to the back of the bus. She was a little crowded early and there were a couple of breakers, and I thought we were going to be okay. There was another breaker and we were able to get a little bit of clear racetrack. The race came home in :27.4 and she was trotting all that she could trot. I would have liked having a shot at it, but we might have only had third racing against those two mares and I’m very proud of my mare tonight. I would have liked to have a clear shot and a little more fun, but 23-1 to finish by nose to those world class mares I’m really happy. She didn’t have the year I quite expected but I think even though it doesn’t show on the paper. By Perry Lefko

Vernon, N.Y. -- A quartet of $10,000 Kindergarten Classic preliminary events headlined Friday (October 23) evening's harness racing trotting program at Vernon Downs, and driver Tim Tetrick made the absolute best of both his drives on the card.   In the evening's eighth race, Tetrick took his time with Tony Alagna trainee Double Exposure ($3.90), commencing a first-over bid on the backstretch en route to a three-length triumph over Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) and pacesetter Hollywood Hill (John Campbell). The 2-year-old Donato Hanover filly captured her third career win in as many starts in 1:55.1, edging away from her competition in similar fashion to two prior outings at The Red Mile.   "The Intimidator" completed his double with the Chuck Sylvester-trained Dog Gone Lucky ($2.50) in the 10th event, employing a drastically different tactic with the 2-year-old son of Lucky Chucky. Dog Gone Lucky dueled early with Southern Palms through a :26.4 initial quarter, working to the fore before rating a 1:00.3 middle half and subsequently scampering clear of his four rivals for a decisive 5-length win. Southwind Flash (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied into second, and Labatt Hanover (David Miller) flattened off the far turn yet still held third.   Earlier Kindergarten Classic events were taken by Celebrity Express ($4.20, John Campbell, 1:59.1) and Legal Lady ($88.00, Jan Johnson, 1:55). Celebrity Express took charge in his split after stalking a :30 initial quarter, backing down the middle half before using a stout :27.3 closing sectional to hold clear of Brownie Hanover in deep stretch.   The speed mark of the evening among the freshmen belonged to Legal Lady, who at 43-1 was also the highest-priced winner of the night. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe worked first-over through the far turn to wear down pacesetter Radiant Beam (Jim Marohn, Jr.), digging in late to stave off a late charge from Lookin Sharp (Corey Callahan) for the upset victory.   The top point-earners through this year's Kindergarten Classic preliminary events will contest a pair of rich finals next Saturday evening, October 31.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 24, 2015), with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

October 16, 2015 - Erik Adielsson teamed the Svante Bath trainee Echauffour U.S. (3m Donato Hanover-Bourbon Dream-Pearsall Hanover) to victory in tonight’s featured Anders Kilstroms Final at Bollnas with 100,000SEK to the winner in the 2140 meters distance handicap event. The winner, bred by J-P Dubois’ Ecurie Reve Avec Moi, record his second straight win with this1.15.7kr score. Adielsson moved early to gain advantage and led the rest of the way as 1.3/1 favorite for a length win over Spring Chicken (4f From Above-Miss Queen) driven by Ulf Eriksson and Taffy (3m Jacose-Karamella-Mack Lobell) handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Capulus Horses KB owns the winner. Earlier in the week at Axevalla there were several interesting winners, namely the Jerry Riordan trainee Tetraone Jet (4m Pine Chip-Sovrana Jet-Sharif di Jesolo) piloted by Christoffer Eriksson, Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo) for Peter Untersteiner, Readly Express (3m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) for Jorma Kontio driving for Timo Nurmos and Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) with Stefan Soderkvist aboard. It was reported that last Friday trainer Stefan Hultman suffered a heart attack. The well-regarded trainer from Sweden had captured the Elitloppet with From Above and the Prix d’Amerique with Maharajah. Hultman is hospitalized. He started Tobin Kronos in last Sunday’s Italian Derby in Rome and finished fourth.   Thomas H. Hicks  

TORONTO, ON - Heading into the first US $20,000 division of the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack, Haughty and Broadway Donna had yet to lose a race. Well, when the race ended, Haughty kept her harness racing unbeaten streak intact, while Broadway Donna suffered defeat after breaking stride and failing to advance to the final.   Haughty, trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, was a perfect six-for-six going into the race. And of the eight starters in the race - Ultimate Shopper was scratched - Haughty had the least amount of starts.   But the late-developing daughter of Donato Hanover has done everything right.   "She was really late to get ready," Takter said. "She's got a long way to go still, but one thing about her is she has the right desire. She likes to win and she's got good lungs. It's terrible weather here - it's cold and windy - but she knows how to do it. This to me on paper was a very deep and good class field. She's going to be all right. I think she has a heck of a shot for the final."   Two horses broke stride early, which led to 30-1 shot Kathy Parker, starting furthest out, gaining the lead after an opening quarter of 28 3/5 and a half in 58 1/5. Broadway Donna pulled and was full of trot to gain the lead after a three quarters in 1:26 4/5, but then she broke stride and Kathy Parker inherited the lead.   Haughty had been as far back as fifth by 11 lengths after the opening quarter and trailed by 6¾ lengths after three quarters, but she advanced strongly under the deft steering of Dave Palone and was second by three quarters of a length going into the stretch. She won by a comfortable three lengths in 1:59.   Magical Wonder, the longest shot on the board at more than 70-1, placed second, followed by Kathy Parker. Womans Will and Emoticon Hanover rounded out the top five which advance to the final.   Haughty, second in the wagering at just under 3-1, paid $7.80, $4.90, $4.90. Magical Wonder paid $40.20, $17.50. Kathy Parker paid $7.10 to show.   The exacta paid a juicy $339.70 and the trifecta a whopping $2,449.00.   Haughty     Perry Lefko for Breeders Crown

Freehold, NJ --- Julie Miller does not have morning line favorites in Friday’s Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male and female trotters at Woodbine Racetrack, but the harness racing trainer is happy with the way her Milligan’s School and Womans Will are heading into their respective events. Milligan’s School has won five of 11 races this year and is coming off victories in divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes at the recently-concluded Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile in Lexington. He is the 6-1 second choice on the morning line behind 2-5 favorite Southwind Frank in the single elimination for the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters. A son of Yankee Glide out of the mare Tori Ann, Milligan’s School has earned $159,094 for Russia-based owner Natalia Stroy’s Stroy Inc. Womans Will has won four of nine races and earned $216,381 for breeders/owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. She has hit the board a total of eight times and heads to Toronto’s Woodbine off second-place finishes in the Kentucky Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park and a division of the International Stallion. She finished third in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. A daughter of Breeders Crown winner Donato Hanover out of the mare Will Of A Woman, she is 8-1 on the morning line in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old female trotters. Undefeated Broadway Donna is the 2-1 favorite, followed by stakes-winners Haughty (5-2) and Celebrity Eventsy (3-1). Andy Miller, Julie’s husband, will drive Milligan’s School and Womans Will. “They both had excellent Lexington meets,” said Julie Miller, who has won one Breeders Crown title in her career. “They’re healthy, they’re happy, they’re doing their jobs. I’m really optimistic. I’m pretty excited about them.” The Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters attracted 12 horses, resulting in a single elimination from which the top eight finishers will join Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Lagerfeld and Ontario Sire Stakes champion Tony Soprano in the final. The connections of those horses accepted byes to the final based on seasonal earnings. Southwind Frank, trained by Ron Burke, brings an eight-race win streak to the elimination. He is coming off a world-record 1:52.2 performance in his division of the International Stallion Stakes and earlier this year won the William Wellwood Memorial and Peter Haughton Memorial stakes. He is the season’s top money-winning 2-year-old male trotter, but his connections, led by co-owner/trainer Ron Burke, turned down the bye and will race in the elim. “Burke has a standout in there, but we’re going there to do our best too,” Miller said. “I’m happy with (Milligan’s School) coming off two wins at Lexington. Andy said he was good down there and he seemed strong. Those are two good races under his belt. I’m pretty confident he should be a major contender in there. “He’s been pretty steady and pretty honest. He’s a smart colt and I think he’ll be OK. He’s just a nice horse. He’s a pleasure to be around. He does everything you ask. Andy can spin him out of there, he can duck him; he’s handy and he’s honest and that goes a long way with a trotter.” Milligan’s School was bred by Richard and Joyce McClelland, who also bred two-time Breeders Crown winner Call For Rain. Womans Will’s family includes 1991 Breeders Crown champion King Conch and 1985 Hambletonian Oaks winner Conch. Libfeld has bred three Breeders Crown champions, including one with Katz -- Martiniontherocks. “She’s been a model of consistency,” Miller said about Womans Will. “I have nothing but good things to say about her because she’s always right there. I have high hopes for her. It’s going to depend how the race shakes out, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she’s right there. “There are about five or six good 2-year-old trotting fillies,” she added. “They’re just powerhouses. For the boys, beside Southwind Frank, there’s not really a dominant one in my opinion.” Breeders Crown elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5 for their respective finals. All 2-year-old finals will go for $600,000 on Oct. 24 at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. for Friday’s first race at Woodbine. For Friday’s complete card, click here. On Saturday, Woodbine will host Breeders Crown eliminations for the Open Pace, 3-year-old colt pace, and 3-year-old filly pace. The top five finishers from each elimination return for their respective final. Saturday's post time is 7:25 p.m. and once again the elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BreedersCrown15 and on Facebook at Fans can also go to, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Soboro Hanover moved to the lead after the initial quarter, then had an open-length lead most of the way to the wire in winning the harness racing $30,000 feature for Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotters Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:54.4.   Matt Kakaley was in the sulky for trainer Nifty Norman and the ownership triumvirate of Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Murray Brown as Soboro Hanover, an altered son of Donato Hanover, scored by three lengths over Wouldn't Itbesweet, with Doc Simon's Dream taking third in a three-horse photo. Soboro was sent off as the 9-5 co-favorite with Setubal, who had early traffic woes and then made a break.   Pocono is now racing a basic three-night-a-week schedule, with the trotters and pacers under the lights on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings through the close of the meet on November 21.   PHHA / Pocono        

LEXINGTON, KY-- The opening night of the Grand Circuit harness racing meeting at The Red Mile began with two divisions of the $259,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday night, Sept. 30.   Broadway Donna escaped defeat in a stretch-drive duel against Ultimate Shopper, winning the opening division by a nose in 1:59. The 1-9 favorite controlled the pace for a majority of the mile, circling early pacesetter I'm Outstanding, who established the first quarter in :30.4, before the half to obtain the lead. Drawing away off a half of :59.4 and three-quarters in 1:29.2, Broadway Donna led by about 5 lengths at the top of the stretch. Ultimate Shopper, sitting third for the entire mile, edged first over into the stretch and gave pursuit to Broadway Donna, coming up to her wheel by the eighth pole. However, Broadway Donna faced the challenge and claimed victory. Finishing third and fourth were Twice Is Right and Southwind Pearl.   A $2.10 winner, Broadway Donna, sired by Donato Hanover out of the mare Broadway Schooner by Broadway Hall, is owned and bred by Fashion Farms, trained by Jim Campbell, and driven by David Miller. Broadway Donna remains undefeated in nine starts this season, piling $531,286 in career earnings.   "She's been terrific all year," Dave Miller said. "Tonight might have not been a good night for her, and maybe the front [was] not a good place to be, but she held tough."   "The rail [was] pretty deep," Miller also said. "I tried to stay off the rail, but it was getting to her late."   The other split went to Celebrity Eventsy, who battled for the lead with All The Time throughout the mile, progressing to a 1:56.1 victory. The second choice at 6-5, driver Brett Miller sent Celebrity Eventsy to the lead and through a :28.3 first quarter. All The Time, the 4-5 favorite, tipped off the pylons and brushed to the top after a :58 half. Controlling the pace at three-quarters in 1:27.2, Celebrity Eventsy popped out of the pocket into the stretch and drifted in her bid after the favorite. She eventually edged past All The Time in the sixteenth pole, winning by a neck. Dancing In Thehall finished third, and Miss Tezsla was fourth.   Celebrity Eventsy, from the first crop of Manofmanymissions out of the mare Little Ms Queenie by American Winner, was bred by Kentuckiana Farms, and races for the interest of Celebrity Farms. She is conditioned by Staffan Lind and was driven by Brett Miller. She has now won three races this season, and has earnings of $167,212.   "[If] you go by the times of the rest of the races, this was a very good mile," Brett Miller said. "She raced very well in her last start in the Peaceful Way. I actually turned the guy [Could It Be Magic] loose at the half, and I'm not so sure if it didn't cost me the race. She's a very nice filly."   Grand Circuit action continues tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 1, with four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

The trotter Boffin and the pacer Bushwacker went their respective $24,000 featured events Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, on a night full of interesting storylines.   Both the feature winners were "pocket rockets" en route to victory.   First up was the 5YO Donato Hanover gelding Boffin, a 7-5 second choice who parlayed a two-hole journey behind 6-5 favorite Ray Hall into a 2¼ length victory in 1:51.1, a national season's record, a personal best, and only 3/5 of a second off his division's world record of 1:50.3, set by Sevruga here three years ago.   Ray Hall, who in one way was the precursor of JL Cruze in that they both run roughshod in their division of Pocono's Weiss Series the last two springs, was making his second start for Team Allard after a claim and a 1:52 victory - and he was timed even faster tonight, 1:51.3, but that wasn't enough to hold off Boffin, driver by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Anette Lorentzon, also co-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson.   "George Nap," who had four winners in the first nine races on the card, almost made it five and a sweep of the headliners in the tenth race top pacing event, but tactical turnabout is fair play, as his pacesetting Scott Rocks came home in 54.1 on the engine and yet was overhauled by Bushwacker and driver Andrew McCarthy by a half length in 1:50, another second choice catching a favorite in the lane.   Chris Ryder conditions the altered son of Rocknroll Hanover for Henderson Farms.   Ben Franklin winner Luck Be Withyou made it two straight since returning to Pocono with a 1:50.2 victory in a $20,000 pace.   George Napolitano Jr. was in the sulky of the victorious Western Ideal horse for trainer Chris Oakes and owner John Craig.   It was no surprise when "GNap" returned to the winners circle after the high-price claiming handicap pace with R Gauwitz Hanover, as that veteran has won eight of his last nine starts (all the time driven by Napolitano - that fact's significance will emerge shortly) and is 15-for-27 for the year after a 1:50.4 score.   What is amazing, though, about R Gauwitz Hanover is that on Saturday he was claimed for the eleventh straight start in a string going back to July 11, when Howard Taylor haltered him from Nick Gampietro Jr. after Gampietro had him for a relative "eternity," almost two straight months.   Trainer Jennifer Sabot and the Verrazano Stables LLC benefited from the pacer's talents this week; in his next start, he will be "completing a circle," as the successful claimant tonight was - Nick Gampietro Jr.! (We'd love to hear from anyone who knows of another horse who was claimed in 11 straight races!)   The reference to superowner Howard Taylor above was not gratuitous, but a link to the final newsworthy item at press time - he is the owner of Verdad, who came from last at the ¾ to win and pay $105.40 for driver Joe Bongiorno.   Verdad's trainer is Ron Burke - who now, shockingly, has produced the MOST $50+ winners at BOTH Pocono and Philly this year, with three boxcar winners at each eastern Pennsylvania oval!   He has only one "in the west," at his home base The Meadows, but even that one was newsworthy, because it came with $77 winner Cooperstown in the fastest elimination of The Adios Pace!   Jerry Connors

Undefeated in eight starts this season, Jim Doherty Memorial-winner Broadway Donna tops the 16 freshmen filly trotters divided into two divisions of the $259,000 Bluegrass Stakes, scheduled for the eight-race card on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile.   Entering off a 2-length win in the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final, the Jim Campbell-trained Broadway Donna will start from the rail in the opening division of the Bluegrass.   She will line up with seven other fillies, including Kindergarten Series-contender Southwind Pearl, trained by Jonas Czernyson, who will be trying for her maiden victory.   Broadway Donna has earned $466,536 in her eight outings, which is more than the rest of the field's earnings combined.   The filly by Donato Hanover out of Hambletonian Oaks champion Broadway Schooner is owned and bred by Fashion Farms and will be guided by regular driver David Miller.   Jimmy Takter sends a pair of fillies in the first Bluegrass division, them being Twice Is Right and I'm Outstanding, both of whom are shipping from Mohawk off of breaks in the Peaceful Way eliminations.   The daughters of Donato Hanover were also runner up to Peaceful Way-champion Caprice Hill in a $66,850 division of the Champlain Stakes.   The duo will start from posts 5 and 8 respectively. Twice Is Right races for the interests of Brittany Farms, while I'm Outstanding is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   Celebrity Eventsy, from the first crop of Manofmanymissions, leads the second division.   The Staffan Lind trainee has banked $102,462 this season and comes into this event off a second-place finish to Caprice Hill in the $311,600 Peaceful Way.   She has won two races in seven attempts, including an elimination for the Peaceful Way. Brett Miller will steer the Celebrity Farms filly.   Takter has another pair of fillies on the Grand Circuit card, with the second-division entrants All The Time and Miss Tezsla.   All The Time, a homebred owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, approaches this race off a break in the Peaceful Way Final.   A winner of four in seven starts, the daughter of Muscle Hill has earned $99,865 this season.   Her stable mate Miss Tezsla ships in from Delaware, Ohio, where she finished third in a $37,200 division of the Standardbred Stakes.   Before that, she won the $40,000 Stallion Series championship at Pocono Downs, a race restricted to Pennsylvania-sired horses.   The $45,000 Lexington Select yearling has won four out of eight starts for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab, and Herb Liverman.   She has earned $63,374 this season.   The opening card of the Grand Circuit meeting kicks off at 7:00 p.m.   A sextet of late-closing events will be contested on the undercard of the two Bluegrass Stakes.   Ray Cotolo

After her second place finish to Mission Brief two starts back in stakes action at The Meadows, Ron Burke trainee I'm So Fancy was a slight odds on favorite in the first division of The Liberty Bell series for 3-year-old filly trotters at  the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 17). Each division went for a purse of $40,000. Starting from post 4, the daughter of Donato Hanover was involved in a three horse scramble for the lead, eventually settling down into the pocket behind the speed of Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller). Smexi (Corey Callahan) drove up first over to challenge She tired in the lane after being involved in that early speed duel. I'm So Fancy (Yannick Gingras) was able to get up the passing lane to win by a neck, stopping the clock in 1:54.2, over Livininthefastlane and Smexi, who raced big to be third. I'm So Fancy ( 5.60) is owned by Burke Racing, Howard and Judith Taylor, and The Dandy Farms. Just two races later, Nancy Johansson trainee She Wore Red (Andrew McCarthy) scored the upset win. The daughter of Yankee Glide came away in the three hole, drafting behind the speed of Wouldn't Itbesweet (Corey Callahan) and Kirsi Hanover (Dave Miller). She was able to angle out at the top of the stretch, using a strong late brush to win by three lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. Scented Roses (Ake Svanstedt) closed up the inside to be second, while Wouldn't Itbesweet (Corey Callahan) finished third. It was the fifth career win for She Wore Red ($28.40), who is owned by Joyce Mc Clelland. Driver Brett Miller scored victory number 6,999 behind Explosive Yankee in race eleven on the card. Just one win away from 7,000, Miller has eight drives on the Friday afternoon card at Harrah's Philly, which starts at 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Jimmy Takter trainees Uncle Lasse and Pinkman were victorious Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic. A group of 13 three-year-old trotters were split into two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic. The top five finishers from each division advanced to next week's $700,000 final. In the first elimination, Uncle Lasse prevailed in a tight win photo over Crazy Wow in 1:52.3. Driven by Brian Sears, Uncle Lasse was able to get away in the two-hole on the back of Crazy Wow, who was sent off as the 1/2 favourite. The field of six sat lined up for the majority of the opening three-quarters, as Crazy Wow cut out fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Uncle Lasse came to the outside for Sears to try and track down Crazy Wow, who turned the race into a final-quarter sprint. Uncle Lasse was able sprint home in :26.4 to get up in the final strides and defeat Crazy Wow by a head. "The trip worked out perfect," said Sears following the race. "I was real happy with that and the horse responded off the trip." Muscle Up The Goal finished third, while Dont Rush and French Laundry rounded out the top five to secure a spot in the final. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Uncle Lasse scored his fifth win of the season Saturday night. The son of Donato Hanover has hit the board in nine of 11 starts and has banked just shy of $500,000. Sears noted that Uncle Lasse might be ready to break through and win a big one. "He's been knocking on the door all year and hopefully he has a good one next week." Uncle Lasse is owned by Solveigs Racing Partners and Goran Falk. Saturday was the ninth career victory for the winner of over $860,000. Uncle Lasse paid $7.80 to win. Uncle Lasse Hambletonian champion Pinkman was an easy winner in the second split to give Takter a sweep of this Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. Pinkman and driver Yannick Gingras trotted out to the front, but gave way at the quarter to stablemate The Bank. Gingras wasted little time retaking the lead in the second-quarter and the 4/5 favourite led the field by the half in :56.1. After a third quarter in :28.3, Pinkman sprinted home comfortably in :27.3 to win by two-lengths in 1:52.2 over The Bank. Muscle Diamond finished third, while Centurion Atm, who had a poor start, and Iron grabbed the last two spots in the final. A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman's victory Saturday was his first win since capturing the Hambletonian on August 8. "He sure was really good tonight," said Gingras following the race. "(I) kicked the plugs out half way down the stretch and he got into another gear and was trotting real strong through the wire." Pinkman came into the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations off a pair of subpar efforts at Yonkers, but Gingras said the gelding just didn't enjoy the half-mile surface. "He struggled on the half and was running in hard and pretty bumpy gaited. It was pretty amazing that he stayed at it both weeks," Gingras said. "He's a really game horse, but the half-mile track wasn't what he likes." Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. The Takter trainee now has 9 wins from 13 starts and earnings of over $1.2 million this season. Pinkman's career totals sit at 15 wins and a bankroll of $1.8 million. He paid $3.70 to win. Pinkman Both elimination winners earned the right to select their post for next week's $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final. The Canadian Trotting Classic will be the co-feature next Saturday (September 19) along with the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Here is how the three-year-olds will lineup for the Canadian Trotting Classic final. $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. French Laundry 2. Dont Rush 3. Uncle Lasse 4. Pinkman 5. Iron 6. Muscle Up The Goal 7. Muscle Diamond 8. Crazy Wow 9. Centurion Atm 10. The Bank AE: Jetpedia   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 11 - It was a wet night at Mohawk Racetrack Friday for the eliminations of the Elegantimage Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial. A pair of eliminations were needed for both events with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals next week. A talented pack of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies, highlighted by superstar Mission Brief, were split into two $35,000 eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes. World champion Mission Brief scored a dominating 15 length victory over the 'Sloppy' track in the second elimination for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Muscle Hill flashed good early speed to sprint out to the front. Once on the lead, Mission Brief got to call her own shots posting fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26. In the stretch, the superstar filly pulled away from her rivals with ease and left them in another area code. Mission Brief stopped the timer in 1:54.1, three-seconds better than second-place finisher Danielle Hall. Magic Marker, Youre Majestic and Amoureuse Hanover rounded out the top five to advance to next week's final. Following the race, Gingras said Mission Brief was a bit fired up Friday evening and he was trying to stretch her out for her first start in three-weeks. "She was a little bit grabby in the post parade, so when she got off on the right foot I figured I would just let her go," he said. "I just wanted to stretch her out, like I said she was a little bit too sharp and try to get the edge off of her a little bit. "She hasn't raced that many times this year, so it was not like it was going to hurt her. The plugs were still in and she had plenty left and it was just a matter of trying to get her tight for next week." Mission Brief has now won six of eight starts this season, including a heat of the Hambletonian. Burke added trotting hopples to his star filly in July to help her with some issues, but it appears they may not be need for much longer. "She's safe now, she's comfortable and she's confident and she's sound," said Gingras. "After next week the plan is to take them off and then go to Lexington, but we will see how it goes." Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stable, J And T Silva Stables LLC., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Friday night's win was the 15th career victory for the winner of over $1.1 million. Mission Brief paid $2.10 to win. Mission Brief In the first elimination, Muscle Baby Doll stretched her current win streak to seven in a row with a 1:56 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Muscle Baby Doll left from post eight and took a seat early in sixth. Wild Honey, the even-money favourite, circled around from the two-hole to take command after the half in :57.2. Muscle Baby Doll began making up ground on the outside and was able to catch the cover of Elegant Serenity around the final turn. Wild Honey posted a three-quarter time of 1:27. In the stretch, Muscle Baby Doll flipped off cover and trotted up a storm to overtake the lead and score a length and a quarter victory over Wild Honey. Elegant Serenity finished third, while Bee The Queen and Smokinmombo were fourth and fifth, respectively. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Muscle Baby Doll has dominated the Ontario Sires Stakes scene this season and also has a Grand Circuit victory on her resume. The daughter of Muscle Mass now has eight wins from nine starts this season and 12 victories overall. Muscle Baby Doll was purchased by F Bellino And Sons LLC., early in her two-year-old season, as she raced on the Iowa fair circuit. Muscle Baby Doll career earnings now exceed $400,000. She paid $5.20 to win. Muscle Baby Doll A group of 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were separated into two $30,000 eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial. In the first division, Deep Impact prevailed in a stretch duel over the 4/5 favourite Brooklyn Hill. Deep Impact and driver Steve Condren got away early in third, but quickly came to the outside nearing the opening-quarter to take the lead. Brooklyn Hill sat second on the back off Deep Impact passed the half in :59.1. Around the final turn, Brooklyn Hill came to the outside for driver David Miller to confront the leader. The colts were toe-to-toe at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1 setting up a stretch battle. In the lane, Deep Impact refused to give up the lead and fought tough at the rail to defeat Brooklyn Hill by half a length in 1:57.4. Tony Soprano and Lean Hanover finished up well to grab third and fourth, while Will Take Charge finished fifth to secure a spot in the final. A son of Donato Hanover, Deep Impact scored his third career victory Friday evening for trainer Brad Maxwell. The rookie trotter was making his fifth start and increased his earnings to over $41,000 with the win. Deep Impact is owned by Maxwell, Van Camp Trotting Corp., Tim Murray and Doug Millard. The Maxwell trainee paid $7 to win. Deep Impact Southwind Frank extended his win streak to six in a row with a 1:56.3 victory in the second split. Sent off as the 1/9 favourite, Southwind Frank and driver Gingras got away in the three-hole. The heavy-favourite sat third until the half-mile when Gingras sent him on the attack. Southwind Frank quickly cleared to the front and trotted by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1. Marion Marauder and driver John Campbell trotted up with a rush around the final turn to draw within half a length turning for home. In the stretch, Marion Marauder was able to poke a head in front with an eighth of a mile to go, but Southwind Frank showed his talent by battling back under minimal urging from Gingras to retake the lead and score a length and a half victory. Adored By Masses finished almost 14 lengths behind the winner in third, while Im A Mate and Zlatan finished fourth and fifth to advance to the final. A son of Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank now sports a record of seven wins from eight starts to begin his career for trainer Ron Burke. The rookie trotting colt now has earnings of over $327,000. Southwind Frank is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Our Horse Cents Stable and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The Burke trainee paid $2.10 to win. Southwind Frank Following Friday night's eliminations, the post positions for next week's $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial final and $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes final were drawn. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post positions. Both finals will highlight a spectacular undercard on Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night Saturday, September 19. Here are the post positions for next week's final. $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes Final 1. Elegant Serenity by Kadabra 2. Muscle Baby Doll by Muscle Mass 3. Youre Majestic by Majestic Son 4. Mission Brief by Muscle Hill 5. Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter 6. Danielle Hall by Deweycheatumnhowe 7. Wild Honey by Cantab Hall 8. Magic Marker by Andover Hall 9. Bee The Queen by Donato Hanover 10. Amoureuse Hanover by Pilgrims Taj AE: Juanitas Fury by Kadabra $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final 1. Zlatan by Muscle Mass 2. Tony Soprano by Kadabra 3. Deep Impact by Donato Hanover 4. Southwind Frank by Muscle Hill 5. Im A Mate by Muscle Mass 6. Will Take Charge by Kadabra 7. Brooklyn Hill by Muscle Hill 8. Lean Hanover by Donato Hanover 9. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill 10. Adored By Masses by Muscle Mass AE: Deweylovernleaver by Deweycheatumnhowe Mark McKelvie

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