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Whata Donato stalked the leader from the pocket, then blazed through the stretch to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trainer/driver Doug Snyder hustled Whata Donato to the lead but willingly accepted the cover of Cowgirl Hall. In the lane, Whata Donato swung wide to overtake the leader and held off the lightning lane charge of Boo's Party Girl to down her by a nose in 1:54.3. Anaffairtoremember rallied for show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $252,396. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak - The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2015 -- Livininthefastlane beat the field -- and a raging thunderstorm -- Saturday at The Meadows when she scored in a stake-record 1:53 in a $193,364 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over four divisions, with Wild Honey, Sarcy and Magic Marker taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Wild Honey and Sarcy. Livininthefastlane's victory was hard earned. She was looped from the gate and had to step lively for Andy Miller to make the front in 27.2, then hold off the strong late challenge of Smexi to down her by a neck. Matter Hatter finished third. The time erased the old Stenographer mark of 1:53.4 established by Maven in 2012. "I didn't want to use her quite that much early, but she responded. She's a good filly," Miller said. "She's grown up, and she's a lot easier to handle than she was last year. If she has a little luck, she could have a very big year." Julie Miller trains Livininthefastlane, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Andy Miller said Livininthefastlane likely will take several weeks off before her next engagement. Shortly after Livininthefastlane triumphed, a gully gusher inundated the track, forcing a brief delay in the program and costing Wild Honey any shot at breaking the new stake record. Wild Honey, who won 10 of 12 starts and $439,703 at 2, was sharp nevertheless, quarter-poling to the lead and winning geared down in 1:55.1. Sweet Thing was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Smokinmombo earned show. "She's awesome," Palone said. "I'm just trying to get it done as cheap as I can this early in the season. She finished well within herself -- just a beautiful filly to drive. She's not a real big, stout filly, but she's as quick as a cat and so versatile." Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy. Sarcy also quarter-poled to the front for Palone and needed all her determination to thwart the first-over bid of Sky Hanover, who fell a head short. Gatka Hanover completed the ticket. A daughter of Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire, Sarcy triumphed in 1:54.4 for owners Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms, John Fielding and Jim Fielding. "I had to use her twice," Palone said, "but I really felt the whole way through the stretch my filly would fight (Sky Hanover) off. I was happy with her. That's a good mile in these conditions." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

There were four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (May 14), each going for a purse of approximately $63,000. Solveig Racing Partner's Uncle Lasse checked in as the heavy favorite in division one. The son of Donato Hanover is coming off of a solid freshman campaign, banking $350,000 in 2014, including a tough loss to Pinkman in the Valley Vic at Woodbine. He showed solid early speed at the start, but had company in the form of Suit And Tie (Mike Simons) who took the lead by the quarter in :27.4. That lead was short lived however, as Uncle Lasse quickly went back on the offensive, re-taking the lead by the half in :57. After putting away a first-over challenge from Shoot The Thrill (Tony Hall), Uncle Lasse began to pull away at three-quarters 1:25.1. He went on to win easily from that point, stopping the clock in a lifetime's best 1:53. Bob Key's Cue Hall (Dave Miller) rallied up for second, while Explosiveday (Tim Tetrick) rallied for third. It was the fifth career win for Uncle Lasse out of fourteen starts. He is trained by Jimmy Takter, and was driven by Brett Miller. The second division went to another Jimmy Takter trainee, Whom Shall I Fear (Yannick Gingras). The son of Cantab Hall was one of three horses coming into the race undefeated in 2015. At the start, it was Real DJ Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) taking command. The favorite however quickly brushed to the front after the quarter (:28.2). They remained that way throughout the middle half, which went in :57.2. Consus Racing Stable's Pierre (Scott Zeron) mustered a lukewarm first-over bid, but began to stall rounding the final turn. In the stretch, it was down to Whom Shall I Fear and Real DJ Hanover, with the former winning the stretch duel. The final time was 1:54.1. Pierce Wave Hanover (Corey Callahan) finished a distant third. Whom Shall I fear is owned by The Whom Shall I Fear Stable. Trainer Jimmy Takter remained hot in the third division, as The Bank came from off the trot to win. The son of Donato Hanover finished second in a Breeder's Crown elimination last season, and was coming off of two sharp qualifiers in preparation for Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. The Bank was taken off the trot at the start, as Sixteen Encores (Dave Miller) and Divisionist (Charlie Norris) left for the lead from the outside. Sixteen Encores made a break at the quarter, and that left Divisionist with a sizable lead. After the half, Boots N Chains emerged first over to challenge, with the eventual winner latched on to that cover. They fanned across the track at the top of the stretch, with The Bank kicking clear to win by a length, stopping the timer in 1:56. Wicker Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) finished second, while Boots N Chains finished third. The Bank is owned by Christina Takter and Goran Falk, and was driven by Jimmy Takter. The fourth division featured the heavily favored Pinkman. The Breeders Crown Champion of a year ago is coming off of two sharp qualifiers at the Meadowlands in preparation for his 3-year-old campaign. He went right to the lead at the start. After hitting the quarter in :28.1, Pinkman went into beast mode. He posted a :56.1 middle half, a back half in :55.3, and an impressive clocking of 1:52.2, a track record for 3-year-old gelding trotters. Bobs Hope (Corey Callahan) finished second, while Soboro Hanover (Brett Miller) finished third. Pinkman is owned by Takter, the Fieldings, Mc Clelland, and Liverman, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. Michael Bozich

There were five divisions of Stallion Series action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (May 13). In the first division, it was J&T Silva Stable's Old Oak (Marcus Johansson) picking up the victory. The son of Donato Hanover brushed towards the front at the quarter pole, and led every step from that point. PCF Stable's Kolbee's Star (Corey Callahan) provided some tense moments late in the stretch however. The son of Lear Jetta maintained pocket position, but could not go by the winner in the passing lane. Bennie Magliochetti's Bistro finished third. It was the third career win for Old Oak, clocking a lifetime's best 1:56.4. He paid $3.20. In division two, Richard Gutnick's RG's Thunderbolt (Tim Tetrick) was dominant in victory. The son of Yankee Glide went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the timer in 1:57. It was the second straight win for the Linda Toscano trainee, who is a perfect two for two on the season. Muscle Massive colt Ralph R (Marcus Miller) finished second via a pocket trip, while Hurrikane Jonny K (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third.The winner paid $4.80. In the third division, it was Jonas Czernyson trainee Keystone Bodacious (Corey Callahan) leading the field from start to finish. The son of Muscle Massive set moderate fractions to win for the first time. The final time was 1:57.1. Florida invader Silvermass Volo (George Napolitano Jr.) raced strong first-over, but had to settle for second, while long shot Wildintention As (Dave Miller) finished third. Keystone Bodacious is owned by Arden Homestead Stables, Mal and Janet Burroughs, Lst Stables, and Bill Devan Jr. He paid $9.80. In Division four, Harbor Racing's Don't Mind Me (Jim Raymer) went all the way for the victory. The son of Andover Hall faced a challenge at three-quarters from the upstart Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt). Don't Mind Me responded however, pulling away to win by three lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt) finished second, while W W (Tim Tetrick) finished third. It was the third career win for Don't Mind Me, who paid $4.80 to win. In the fastest of the five divisions, it was Newcastle going gate-to-wire for the win. The son of Cantab Hall quickly assumed command at the start and never looked back. It was the second win of the day for Harbor Racing Stable and trainer Jim Raymer. Newcastle (Corey Callahan) is now three for four in 2015. Ake Svanstedt trainee Colbert finished second, while Ferragamo (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $2.60. Michael Bozich

Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell is happy with Honor And Serve's preparation for his 3-year-old season. He is less excited about the way the trotting colt will have to start it. Honor And Serve opens his campaign Thursday by competing in the fourth of four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia. He faces a group that includes returning Dan Patch Award-winner Pinkman as well as stakes-winners Walter White and Cruzado Dela Noche. A total of 23 Hambletonian Stakes-eligible trotters will race in Thursday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at Philly. Trainer Jimmy Takter sends out the morning line favorite in each division: Uncle Lasse in the first, Whom Shall I Fear in the second, The Bank in the third, and Pinkman in the fourth. The $1 million Hambletonian is Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Last year, Honor And Serve won two preliminary divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and finished second to Billy Flynn in the $260,000 series championship. He also finished second to Habitat in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. He ended the season with six top-three finishes in nine starts and earnings of $164,920 for owner Fashion Farms. Two of his off-the-board finishes came when he went off stride and the other was a fifth-place finish where he was beaten by only 1-1/2 lengths in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. "I was happy with his year," Campbell said. "He raced really good in some of the sire stakes, including the sire stakes final, and he raced good in Lexington too. We had a couple disappointments with him making breaks in the Peter Haughton (Stakes) and the Matron; in the Haughton he just took a bad step and in the Matron he kind of got jammed up a little bit. "But he was the type of horse that never got hurt or anything like that, so hopefully he'll come back and have a good year for us." Honor And Serve is a son of Donato Hanover - the 2007 Horse of the Year - out of mare Honorable Daughter, who received the 2008 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female trotter. Bred by Valley High Stable, the colt sold for $75,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. "He's matured both physically and mentally," Campbell said. "He showed us some nice speed last year and he's bigger and stronger this year so hopefully he'll be able to carry it further." Honor And Serve prepped for the start of this season with two qualifiers, winning the second in 1:56.2 on May 5 at Harrah's Philadelphia. He will start his Pennsylvania Sire Stakes race from post one with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. Pinkman, who is 2-1, also is making his seasonal debut. He will leave from post three with driver Yannick Gingras. Last season, Pinkman won six of eight races and earned $566,960. Named after a character from the television series "Breaking Bad" (as is stablemate Walter White) the gelding's victories included the Breeders Crown, in a stakes-record-equaling 1:53.2, and Valley Victory Stakes. Walter White, Cruzado Dela Noche, and Dapper Don all enter the race 1-for-1 this season. Cruzado Dela Noche won a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars on May 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono while Walter White and Dapper Don won conditioned races. "We couldn't have asked him to be any better in his two qualifiers," Campbell said about Honor And Serve. "It's just unfortunate he got into the division he got in, but we have no control over that. "He's staked for everything. What he races in, that's going to be week to week. There are a lot of good horses out there, that's for sure." Whom Shall I Fear, who is a full brother to Dan Patch Award winners Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick, is 3-for-3 this year after going winless in five starts last season. He is coming off a victory in the Pennsylvania All Stars and is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the second PaSS division. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry, last year won a division of the Bluegrass and finished second in the Peter Haughton and Valley Victory. He is making his seasonal debut and is the 2-1 choice in the first PaSS group. The Bank, who also won a Bluegrass division last season, is the 2-1 favorite in the third division. Here is a link to Thursday's entire card at Harrah's Philadelphia. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

May 9, 2015 - Today’s V75 hasrness racing card at Umaker was a dandy, headed up by the Gold Division victory by former Elitloppet winner Nahar (10g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) and trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Timed in 1.11.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, the veteran rallied from near the back to sweep around the field in late stretch for owner Stall Sedin HB. Nahar has 34 career wins in 98 starts for earnings of over 11.3SEK million. Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl ahead of Panne de Moteur (7h Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), making his initial 2015 start, handled by Orjan Kihlstrom. The winner earned 200,000SEK first money. While Nahar is a likely Elitloppet invitee, the race leadership wants to wait until all major weekend races are complete before extending more bids.  The co-feature Berth Johanssons Memorial (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to the winner) went to Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and driver/trainer Leif Witasp, timed in 1.12.6kr with a very quick last 1140 meters. The winner recorded career victory 12 in 29 starts for earnings of over 1.9SEK million. Stall Mamsen owns the winner. Special Topgear (5m Love You-Pan Seared Tuna-Andover Hall) was next for John Ostman with Screen Height (5m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) third for Torbjorn Jansson. Jerry Riordan’s trainee Rod Stewart was sixth, Creatine eighth and Vasterbo Loveboat ninth as these well-regarded starters failed to hit the board. Creatine was fourth, parked with cover, before making a three wide backstretch move that stalled after reaching second. The Silver Division (2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner) went to Coldtown (6g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) with Jorma Kontio up, timed in 1.13kr for trainer Timo Nurmos. The pace was well-rated in this event. Stein Daylight (7m Steinlager-Danilova-Anders Crown) was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp with US bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) third with Ulf Ohlsson driving for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Radysin America was eighth after a parked with cover trip with dead cover. Thomas H. Hicks

Murderers Row is ready to step to the plate. Or, perhaps more accurately for a harness racing horse, step to the gate.  Murderers Row is one of nine 3-year-old female trotters entered in Friday's $39,816 John Simpson Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The filly - whose name is a reference to the moniker bestowed upon the famed New York Yankees lineup in the late 1920s - will start from post one with John Campbell driving for trainer Brett Bittle. The race also includes stakes-winners Allerage Star, Model Behavior, and Shaqline. It will be the first start of the season for Murderers Row, who last year struggled at the beginning of the campaign but closed out 2014 by winning three of her final four races. "We know she's not top of the hill, but we're hoping she's in the middle somewhere," said Steve Jones, who is among the group that bred and owns Murderers Row. "It took a little while for her to figure it out, but now she seems like she has (figured it out) hopefully. Time will tell." Murderers Row's father is Donato Hanover, who was Horse of the Year in 2007, and her mother is million-dollar-earner Housethatruthbuilt, who received the 2004 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female trotter. Murderers Row is a full sister to stakes-winner Real Babe and her family also includes 1999 Dan Patch Award winner Master Lavec. Last year, Murderers Row finished second in a division of the Reynolds Memorial Stakes in her second career start, but was winless in her first five races - going off stride in two. She got her first victory in 1:56.1 in a late-closer at Lexington's Red Mile and followed up with back-to-back triumphs in the preliminary rounds of a series for 2-year-old female trotters at The Meadows. Unfortunately for her connections, the filly returned to her breaking ways and went off stride and finished eighth in the $31,500 final. "The last race of the year she was 1-2 (odds) and made a break for really no reason," said Jones, who named Murderers Row and owns the filly with Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz. "She did that a few times last year. It wasn't a soundness issue, it was more maturity; more between the ears and being immature. "John Campbell said he thought her gait is better now. We're hoping she gets off on the right foot. Every time she goes to the gate you wonder about the breaking part, but she didn't break in her qualifiers." Chuck Sylvester trained Murderers Row for much of last year. Jones said Bittle is racing the filly to start this season because Sylvester is still in Florida. He joked that Bittle was an appropriate choice because his grandfather, Charlie Keller Jr., was a star for the Yankees in the 1940s and later founded harness racing's Yankeeland Farms. "I am very close with Charlie Keller (III)," Jones said. "Brett and Charlie's background is pretty much all Yankees." Yankeeland Farms bred 1998 Hambletonian winner Muscles Yankee, who is the father of Murderers Row's dam Housethatruthbuilt. Yankee Stadium is known as "The House that Ruth Built." The Yankees' legendary 1927 Murderers' Row included Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Earle Combs. Jones hopes his version can knock out a few victories this year. Murderers Row is not eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks, but does have the Currier & Ives Stakes, Landmark, Reynolds, Arden Downs, Tompkins-Geers, and Hudson Filly Trot on her schedule. "She's a well-bred filly, out of a very nice mother, and we're hoping she's going to be OK this year as a 3-year-old," Jones said. "She looks like she's going to be a decent horse." Friday's Meadowlands card also includes the $43,106 Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. The field includes stakes-winners Bettor Be Steppin, Divine Caroline, and Happiness as well as She's A Great Lady runner-up Bedroomconfessions and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Weeper, last season's Matron Stakes winner, makes her 4-year-old debut in the $27,500 Open for female pacers. The race also includes Breeders Crown champion Sayitall BB plus stakes-winners Gallie Bythe Beach and Fancy Desire. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

WILKES-BARRE PA - The chalk was perfect Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in three divisions of a $96,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies.   First up was Focus On Me, a daughter of SJ's Caviar who is now perfect in two seasonal starts after rallying from the pocket into a 28.1 last quarter to catch pacesetting Fly Angel Fly by a neck while taking a race mark of 1:56.4. Dan Rawlings handled the driving for trainer Rick Beinhauer, of Sierra Kosmos fame (he is the first and antepenultimate listing, among others, in the 347 "prior owners" of the horse listed by the USTA), and Rick and his wife Regina both own and bred the promising filly.   Livininthefastlane, 2-3 in the two weeks of the Breeders Crown last year, surely lived up to her name in her seasonal debut, making an early move to the lead and storming home in 27.3 to post a 1:54 clocking that missed her 2YO record by a tick. The daughter of Donato Hanover races for Team Orange Crush, trainer Julie Miller and driver/husband Andy, and the well-known ownership triumvirate of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband.   The "Crushers" were right back in Pocono's Victory Lane with another daughter of Donato Hanover, as Sky Hanover, now undefeated in four seasonal outings, had to survive the first-over grind in withstanding the horse on her back, Big Barb, by a half-length in 1:56.1. Sky Hanover is owned by the Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, Banyan Farms and Westminster Road LLC.   ******* It's back on Tuesday! The High Five! $5000 carryover pool, race six on the card. Every race night. Good luck!   PHHA / Pocono

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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