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Although Southwind Frank sports the divisional crown and rightfully so, he is surrounded by harness racing rivals seeking to snatch that glistening accessory on every occasion he places a hoof upon the track. In this Saturday's (June 25) $25,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Trolley tosses himself into the fray, to not only derail the champion's journey to the Hambletonian, but to launch his own bid to sport the crown. "He already thinks he is the king of the barn," said Erv Miller, the colt's conditioner. "I'm standing in front of his stall right now (Thursday, June 23) and I already had to put three or four boards higher on it than what is normal for the other horses because he always tries to jump over it to get out. He is trying to talk and play with everyone else in the barn to let them know he's there." A son of Donato Hanover and the Duke Of York mare Lakeside Bride, who is a half-sister to stakes-winner King Conch, Trolley was purchased for $30,000 by Paymaq Racing, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger at the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The royally bred colt, whose granddam, Conch, is a daughter of the legendary Bonefish, may not have acquired a legion of devoted followers due to his brief career (3-2-0-0, $43,501), however, his connections are confident he will stake his claim for the throne when he begins trotting from post position three in Saturday's ninth race with Marcus Miller guiding him. Trolley, despite being lightly raced, is 6-1 on the morning line, but will have to face stiff opposition in Southwind Frank (post position eight, 5-2), Love Matters (post position two, 3-1), Bar Hopping (post position six, 4-1) and Lagerfeld (post position four, 5-1) to advance to the $500,000 final on July 2. The colt certainly merits attention as he defeated 2015 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Lagerfeld in his only performance this season at Pocono and also outlasted Earn And Burn, who is out of a full sister to millionaire Dejarmbro, for his maiden breaking score last year at the same venue. "He has done everything we have asked of him," Miller said. "We also have very high hopes for him. After that race last year, he came out of it with what we thought was a foot abscess. When it did not come out, we found a small spot on his coffin bone that we thought might have been bothering him so we just gave him time. He's a big, strong horse and has came back very well. We have a schedule planned for him, but he will tell us where to go whenever he is ready." Trolley is short on experience but Miller feels his natural ability and mind will allow him to ascend to the elite ranks of his division. His trainer's only question is if he can manage the horse appropriately. That speaks volumes coming from a trainer with Miller's resume. "Our concern is keeping him sound," Miller said. "He's a healthy horse so that's not the issue, but he is just such a good-feeling animal. We worry he is going to tear himself up in the barn with all the energy he has. "The other day he was out running in the paddock and just enjoying what he was doing so much I had to go out there and stop him. He is a well-mannered horse, but he just puts everything into anything that he does. Once he actually starts racing more, rather than take that kind of activity down a notch, I'm wondering if he will go the other way and think even more of himself." The colt is staked to all the engagements his colleagues will be contesting throughout the year, but Miller will be cautious regarding in which spots Trolley performs. "He is eligible to everything," Miller said. "We do believe in him because he is a very nice horse. We put him on the lead in his first (stakes) race and he did it, then finished. In his second race, he sat right in the pocket for us without being asked and made his move on his own. Not many horses, especially trotters, with limited experience have enough of a mind to do that for you. "We are very pleased with him and are very excited for not only this race, but the rest of the season. It's all up to him. We just have to listen to what he says and keep him happy." Below are the fields for the two Earl Beal Jr. Memorial eliminations on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. $25,000 7TH RACE ELIMINATION:   1, Brooklyn Hill by Muscle Hill,  David Miller, Jonas Czernyson;   2, Dayson by Conway Hall,  Jim Morrill Jr., Ron Burke;   3, Milligan's School by Yankee Glide,  Andy Miller, Julie Miller;   4, Jimmy William by Cantab Hall, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter;   5, Jack Vernon by Muscle Hill, Tim Tetrick, Randy Beeckman;   6, Dupree by Andover Hall, Ãke Svanstedt, Ãke Svanstedt;   7, Reigning Moni by Donato Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter;   8, Truemass Volo by Muscle Massive, Eric Goodell, Doug Hamilton;   9, Hollywood Highway by Muscle Massive, John Campbell, Staffan Lind.   $25,000 9TH RACE ELIMINATION:   1, Dice Man by SJ's Caviar,  Ãke Svanstedt, Ãke Svanstedt;   2, Love Matters by Explosive Matter,  Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter;   3, Trolley by Donato Hanover, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller;   4, Lagerfeld by Yankee Glide, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter;   5, Iron Mine Bucky by Explosive Matter, George Dennis, Greg Haverstick;   6, Bar Hopping by Muscle Hill, Tim Tetrick, Jimmy Takter;   7, Promise Delivered by Muscle Hill,  Andrew McCarthy, Staffan Lind;   8, Southwind Frank by Muscle Hill, Gingras also listed, Ron Burke;   9, Leggs Matter by Explosive Matter,  David Miller, Robert W. Clark.   Ken Weingartner  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Broadway Donna, last year's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, made her harness racing three-year-old debut a successful one Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a division of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.1.   Despite not having raced in eight months and three days, since she suffered her only loss when making a break on the lead in her Breeders Crown elimination, the Pocono faithful backed the daughter of Donato Hanover to the tune of 3-5, and she rewarded their confidence. Driver David Miller sent the ten-time winner to lead after the 28 quarter, tripped the beam in 57.2 and 1:26.3 midrace, then sprinted home in 27.3 to win by 1¾ lengths over early leader Spicedbourbongirl. Kathy Parker was third, two lengths behind Spicedbourbongirl and an equal distance ahead of second choice Double Exposure, who went first-over here but had to settle for fourth in her first start since winning the Goldsmith Maid Final last November. Jim Campbell trains the winner of $558,392 for owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC.   Ginny Weasley upheld the quickly(in No.Am.)-established fact that Ãke Svanstedt trainees are race-ready no matter how long a layoff, rallying into a 56 last half to overhaul pacesetter Sunset Glider by 1¾ lengths and take a new mark of 1:55 in another division. The Andover Hanover filly had not raced since May 17, but she was certainly ready to run her Sire Stakes record in 2016 to 2-for-2, with Lucas Wallin handling sulky duties for Svanstedt and owners Torp Trotting Inc.   In the third division, Ultimate Shopper kept her 2016 tally undefeated after a pair of starts, taking the lead off the first turn, pushing favorite Woman's Will hard before surrendering the lead to her, then moving again in the stretch and running down that foe to post a two length win in 1:54.3. Tim Tetrick was the pilot for the daughter of Yankee Glide, whom trainer Anette Loretzon co-owns with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson.   Rose Run Parker, still the fastest trotter of 2016 by virtue of his Meadowlands victory in 1:50.4 one month minus one day ago, worked his way past favored JL Cruze in front of the stands, got a relative middle half breather of 57.3 despite a parked rival on his shoulder, then motored home in 28, with JL Cruze unable to make up stretch ground, in winning the $25.000 winners-over trot in 1:53. The altered son of Jailhouse Jesse, now with a 67% win percentage in 2016 (6-for-9) and a 68% win percentage lifetime (34-for-50), tallied Sunday night for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Tomorrow will be a very big day at The Downs, both in the race office and on the racetrack. The eliminations for this coming Saturday's eliminations for the $2M+ Sun Stakes Saturday to be held on July 2 will be DRAWN MONDAY MORNING AT 9 A.M. (horsemen please note), with a release previewing their races going out midafternoon. At night, five divisions of PA Stallion Series sophomore trotting fillies will be in the feature spotlight.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Broadway Donna, the 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year for 2015, makes her 2016 debut on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing sophomore misses will be conducted over three divisions.   Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover - Broadway Schooner trained by Jim Campbell for owner / breeder Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope PA, went undefeated in the first nine starts of her freshman campaign, along the way taking the three preliminary Sire Stakes legs she contested and then the $351,000 Championship event.   In a singular case of bad timing, though, Broadway Donna made a break in her tenth and what would turn out to be last start of 2015, opening up a 3½ length lead after a brush to the ¾ but then losing gait at Mohawk in her Breeders Crown elimination, thus failing to qualify for the next week's Crown Championship. But the quality of her two-year-old campaign in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Kentucky (she was a major stakes winner in all three states) carried her to North American divisional honors.   Broadway Donna comes back to the racing wars off of three straight wins in qualifying events. She will be starting from post two in the fourth race field of nine, with her regular driver, Hall of Famer David Miller, set to pilot her. Her main opposition may come from Spicedbourbongirl, victorious in the first Sire Stakes prelim on May 7 at The Meadows, and 4-for-5 this year for co-owner / trainer / driver Jeff Gregory.   Each of Sunday's three Sire Stakes divisions contains a May 7 Meadows winner from the first prelim. Race 6 will feature Ginny Weasley, a daughter of Andover Hall who overcame post eight in winning in western Pennsylvania. Ginny Weasley will be starting Sunday having been away from the races for 33 days, since a second in a PA All-Stars event at Pocono, but trainer Ãke Svanstedt has become known for sending out a ready-to-win horse when any member of his stable goes behind the gate. Svanstedt's lieutenant Lucas Wallin, who guided her to victory at The Meadows, again will be in the sulky as Ginny Weasley starts from the middle of the nine-horse field.   Fastest of the three winners during the Meadows first preliminary was the Cantab Hall filly Pink Pistol, who closed from sixth at the half to show her heels to the field in 1:55 flat. Trainer Rob Harmon has again tapped driver Jeff Gregory for Sunday's eighth race Sires division, with the pair starting two from the outside in post seven.   Aside from the Sire Stakes fillies, another trotter who will attract his fair share of attention on Sunday is JL Cruze, the Older Trotting Male of the Year in North America in 2015, who has drawn the rail in a field of eight contesting a $25,000 winners-over event in race 10. The Crazed gelding, one of the few trotters in history to possess a sub-1:50 mark which he earned at The Meadowlands by winning in 1:49.4, has won four of six races this season, but in his last start he made a break while on the lead of the Maxie Lee Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 29. Trainer Eric Ell and driver John Campbell will be looking to get the star trotter back on course against a field which includes Rose Run Parker, whose 1:50.4 victory in New Jersey on May 20 still stands as the fastest trotting mile of the season.   On Monday, five divisions of the sophomore trotting fillies will battle it out in the second preliminary round of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action. Much of that night's attention will be on Goodtogo Hanover (race 5, post 5, trainer Bill Zendt, driver Brian Zendt), a first round prelim winner and also a Currier and Ives winner at the Zendts' home track of The Meadows, as she makes her first 2016 start away from her base.   PHHA / Pocono

Vernon, N.Y. -- Regina Dewhurst's Pounce K ($10.80) sprinted clear and never looked back in the top-level harness racing $7,500 Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 3) evening.   Chris Lems vaulted clear with the 6-year-old Donato Hanover gelding through a :27.1 quarter mile, out-sprinting all five of his inside rivals. He would go unchallenged through a comfortable :58 middle half, sprinting clear off the far turn as the first-over Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) worked into second over Keystone Thomas (Robert Leslie), who gapped the pocket off the far turn. Pounce K held clear of Winding Hill by 1-1/2 lengths in the end, completing the mile in 1:53.4 over fast going. Odds-on favorite War Hero (Howard Okusko, Jr.) stalked Winding Hill's cover en route to a third-place finish.   David Dewhurst trains Pounce K. For driver Lems, the featured win was one of three on the nine-race program, with the other two aboard Reve Royale ($3.80, 1:55.1) and Winbak Meadow ($5.30, 1:57).   Another nine-race card is on tap at the Miracle Mile on Saturday (June 4). Post time is set for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

With odds-on favorite Prairie Fortune breaking in the stretch after sustaining first-over pressure for a joint lead, McKenzie's Star ($9.80) was able to circle the field en route to a 1:58.1 victory over sloppy going in Saturday (May 21) evening's harness racing featured $8,500 top-level trot at Tioga Downs.   Fern Paquet, Jr. retreated to the tail of the field with the 6-year-old Donato Hanover mare, waiting until pacesetter Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart, Jr.) faced pressure from Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) on approach to the final turn before vacating the pegs. McKenzie's Star made gradual gains after fractions of :28.4, :58.3, and 1:27.1, working closer on the turn before a three-wide bid by Dream Rocker (Aaron Byron) carried her four-deep in the stretch. McKenzie's Star circled the field, drawing off to defeat Dream Rocker by a length, while the worn-down Warrawee Preferred was a farther half length back in third.   Trainer Allie Berube co-owns McKenzie's Star with Jerry Clark.   Paquet led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, while John Cummings, Jr. tallied two triumphs.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 22) afternoon, with the first of 13 races due off at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Regina Dewhurst's Pounce K ($16.60) made sustained progress from race's midpoint en route to a two-length harness racing victory in Friday (May 20) evening's featured $7,500 top-level Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs.   Chris Lems was in no hurry with the 6-year-old Donato Hanover gelding, sitting last but one in the initial stages while Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) engaged Ulster (Brian Russo) in a speed duel through fractions of :28 and :56.1. As the battle intensified on the backstretch, Pounce K began his extended uncovered bid, working into second on the far turn as Winding Hill claimed an outright lead. Pounce K ultimately reeled in Winding Hill at the eighth pole, stretching out his lead and holding two lengths clear of a resurgent Ulster for a 1:55 win. Walk the Floor (Angus MacDonald) rallied from last to take third.   Dave Dewhurst trains Pounce K, now a 20-time winner.   John MacDonald led all drivers with a treble on the 11-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 12-race card on Saturday (May 21) evening, featuring a pair of New York Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. First post is slated for 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - The front end proved the place to be in three $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Synonymous Hanover, Lookin Sharp, and Modern Mercury all parlaying leads at the half-mile pole into new career marks.   Synonymous Hanover made a sharp brush to the top on the second turn in her All-Stars division, "stole" a 1:00 middle half, then sprinted home in 28.1 to hold safe early leader Ginny Weasley, trying to come back in the Pocono Pike, by 1¼ lengths in 1:56. Brett Miller handled the daughter of Andover Hall in her victorious 2016 debut for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Scott Bice.   Andover Hall quickly earned a siring double credit in the next All-Stars heat, where the winner, Lookin Sharp, was probably the most impressive winner of the night, powering straight to command from the outer post nine and commanding her field by 4¾ lengths in 1:55.2. Lookin Sharp, in her second start of the campaign, certainly lived up to her name for driver David Miller, trainer John Butenschoen, and owners William Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware Inc.   The third division saw the Donato Hanover filly Modern Mercury regained pace control in front of the stands the first time, then making her advantage stand up for one complete lap more, tallying by two lengths in 1:56.1. Trainer Charlie Norris was in the sulky behind the winner of two straight for owners Carrie Norris and Anthony Klis III.   On Sunday night, inaugural Pennsylvania Classic Final winner Check Six returns to town, heading three divisions of the first preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. His Ron Burke stablemates JK Will Power and Big Top Hanover, 2-3 in the Classic Final to complete the Burke "sweep," all also among the entered, as are the three winners of Pennsylvania All-Stars divisional action this past Sunday - Another Daily Copy, Voltaire, and The Catamount Kid.   From the PHHA

Harness racing driver David Miller returned recently from his winter break feeling refreshed and ready to go. He hopes the same is true for Shake It Cerry as she prepares for her seasonal debut Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Shake It Cerry, a 5-year-old female trotter who was the Dan Patch Award divisional champion at ages 2 and 3, as well as Trotter of the Year at 3, returns from her winter layoff in the $25,000 Open Handicap at the Big M. The seven-horse field includes 5-year-old gelding JL Cruze, who was last year's Dan Patch Award honoree for best older male trotter. JL Cruze, who is 2-for-2 this year, will start from post seven with John Campbell driving for trainer Eric Ell and is the 9-5 morning line favorite. Shake It Cerry, who leaves from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 5-2 second choice. Shake It Cerry heads to her debut off a 1:55 qualifier win on April 9 at the Meadowlands. She finished three-quarters of a length ahead of multiple-stakes-winner Crazy Wow and a length in front of Bee A Magician, who was last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter and the 2013 Horse of the Year. "She qualified really good," Miller said. "She seems sharp and in great shape. It's her first start, so we'll have to see. But I think she will have a good year. The way she looks right now and the way she qualified, I wouldn't see why not." For her career, Shake It Cerry --- a homebred daughter of stallion Donato Hanover out of the mare Solveig --- has won 28 of 44 races and hit the board a total of 37 times. She has earned $2.48 million for Solveig's Racing Partners, a Christina Takter-led ownership group that includes all the breeders of Shake It Cerry (under the name Solveig's Breeders). Shake It Cerry's victories include two editions of the Breeders Crown, Kentucky Filly Futurity, Goldsmith Maid, Elegantimage, and Merrie Annabelle. Last year, she won five of 16 races and earned $423,155, which was first among 4-year-old female trotters and third among all 4-year-old trotters in North America. Miller started driving Shake It Cerry at the end of last year. He was 2-for-2 with her, including a victory in the $200,000 TVG Mares Trotting Championship on Nov. 20 at the Meadowlands. Miller previously was the driver of Swedish star D'One, winning the Breeders Crown (where Shake It Cerry finished second) and Allerage Mare Trot before the mare returned to Europe. "D'One went back home, so that was good timing there," Miller said about landing behind Shake It Cerry. "Jimmy put me on her and I was happy to get her, believe me. What I like about her is she's a very classy horse. She's a real professional. She knows what she's doing out there. You have to appreciate ones like that." The New Jersey-based Miller, who was named 2015 Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, spent much of the winter in Florida before returning to action in the Northeast in mid-March. Miller, who ranks No. 3 in harness racing history in purses with $199.5 million and No. 6 in wins with 11,661, has driven in at least 2,328 races each year since 1995. "I hadn't had a break for a long, long time," said Miller, who was voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2013. "I've raced year-round since like 1987. The winters get long. It was nice to get away. It was a good move; I enjoyed it. I just got away from the racing for a little bit. I took my own horses down (to Florida) and worked with them, which I enjoy doing. "I came back feeling good and it wasn't tough to get going again. I've been doing this my whole life, so it was fine. I'm getting back in the groove. It's time to get back to work." by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA      

East Rutherford, NJ - As the beginning of the "Championship Meet" on May 7 draws near more of trotting's elite are embarking on their racing season.   The marquee match-up on Friday night at The Meadowlands pits 2015 Trotter of the Year JL Cruze against multiple Dan Patch award winning mare Shake It Cerry in a $25,000 Open Handicap trot. These two finished just a nose apart in a 1:49.4 world and track record in last season's Graduate Final over this same mile oval nine months ago.   Shake It Cerry is making her first start of the year off a winning 1:55 qualifier last week. The champion daughter of Donato Hanover is closing in on $2.5 million in career earnings for owner Solveig's Racing Partners and trainer Jimmy Takter. She finished 2015 strong with a convincing win over top mares in the $200,000 TVG FFA Championship final for David Miller, who will drive on Friday.   JL Cruze returned in good form following his winter hiatus and has won both of his 2016 outings including a 1:53 score here two weeks ago. It was a Cinderella season in 2015 for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr and Steve Iaquinta who got way more than they bargained for when trainer Eric Ell brought JL Cruze home from the Harrisburg mixed sale for $30,000. He'll again be driven by John Campbell, who played a large role in the many successes of last year. Both trotters are preparing for the inaugural edition of the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff scheduled for a special Mother's Day matinee card on May 8.   The Meadowlands will be giving away tickets to the Monster Jam in Mat Life stadium later this month and you can enter to win a Kentucky Derby trip as well.   It was announced yesterday registration is now open for the "Championship Meet Survivor Challenge". Top prize is $2,000 and a seat in the 2017 World Harness Handicapping Challenge.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

Trotting action in Sweden is stepping up as preparation for the 2016 Elitloppet is underway. Last evening at Solvalla the Solvallaserien III (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the latest US import, Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) at 1.8/1 for Stefan Melander, also trainer and owner through Stall TZ. Timed in 1:57.1 mile rate the easy winner defeated 24/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) hanlded by Ulf Ohlsson and 8/1 Calno de Pebrisy (4m Ouragon de Celland-Peggy de la Noe-Capriccio) hanlded by Magnus Jakobsson. The winner now shows career earnings of 7,152,027SEK and 10 wins in 30 lifetime appearances. Several other interesting tilts were on the card. The Deleva Kalls (five year-old  mares, 40,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter0Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) handled by owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This half-sister to Scarlet Knight recorded her 10th career victory in 28 starts. Backorder (5f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) was next to the line driven by Jorma Kontio and Diamond River (5f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran performers battled in a distance handicap event over 2640 meters for 40,000SEK first prize. The top five money winners faced a modest 20 meter handicap and the top three finishers overcame the penalty. The 2.1/1 Opitergium (8m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant), from Italy, recorded the win for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Robert Bergh. This one now has 15 wins in 47 career starts. Co-favorite Quid Pro Quo (7m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath with third to Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. Also on the Solvalla card were victories by Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson in a three year-old colt event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. This colt now has seven wins in nine career starts. Destiny Am (3m Muscle Hill-Deese d’Inverne-Korean) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Three year-old fillies also raced for 100,000SEK first money and Zahara Goj (3f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel-Self Confident) took that event for Torbjorn Jansson. Undine (3f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) landed second for Kihlstom. Four year-old mares battled for 80,000SEK to the winner with Kryssa Futura (4f Saxo de Vandel-Simb Regatta-Turbo Thrust) victorious for Magnus Jakobsson driving for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. On Tuesday at Eskilstuna, in the Kungsfors Grus AB race for 35,000SEK to the winner, the victory went to Shadow Woodland (7g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Visa-Credit Winner) clocked in 1:54.1f (mile rate) in a 1640 meter volt start contest, a volt start world record. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Charrua Forlan (6g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) was second for Hans-Owe Sundberg ahead of the Kenneth Haugstad reined Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) that Lars Friberg conditions. The race winner Shadow Woodland was bred and is owned in Finland and this was his initial 2016 appearance. His career slate is 18-8-5 in 45 starts, now for 1,670,893SEK earned. ATG announced that several notables are aiming to prep before month end. Nuncio is set to start April 13 at Solvalla in The Onions race over 1640 meters autostart, his second 2016 appearance. Delicious is expected to race April 21 in a sprinter distance event at Bollnas and Anna Mix is anticipated to enter for the April 30 Olympiatravet at Aby for trainer Franck Leblanc. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

When Emilio and Mary Rosati bought trotting mare Real Babe at the 2012 Harrisburg Harness Racing Mixed Sale, the plan was for the daughter of Donato Hanover to continue racing in the USA before heading to Australia to become a mother.  As a two and three year old she won $223,478 for trainer Ray Schnittker before she was bought by Emilio and Mary and transferred to trainer Mark Harder. The mare has won eleven races since the purchase and thirteen in total with a career best mile of 1:52.2.  After starting her Australian career with Jayne Davies in Victoria, the mare hasn’t raced for more than a year and is now under the care of .Belinda McCarthy  Real Babe will make her Sydney debut on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Emilio Rosati is looking forward to seeing her race again. “My wife Mary loves trotters and in 2012 when we were at Harrisburg, I said to her you won’t find a better bred trotter so we bought her to race and then breed with,” Rosati said. “She had three starts in Victoria but she wasn’t right so we had her looked at by the vets and she was diagnosed with a soft palate. She has had an operation to try and help with the problem and we also had an embryo taken from her and put into a surrogate mare last year as well.” Real Babe trialled on Monday at Menangle finishing second and ran a personal time of 1:56.4. “I think she is going to improve off the run on Saturday night but in saying that she will be competitive, Belinda and Luke are very happy with her and I’m looking forward to seeing her race again. “I’m not sure how long Mary and I will keep her racing for, I wait for my horses to tell me when they’ve had enough and then I retire them.  If she is still racing well then she will continue on past the next breeding season and we would look at taking another embryo from her.” Rosati is still enjoying the thrill of breeding and owning this year’s Alabar Bathurst Gold Crown winner Astride.  The colt by Somebeachsomewhere will be set for the Breeders Challenge later in the season and is enjoying a quiet break. “I’ve won some good races as an owner but to win the Gold Crown with a horse that we’ve bred is very exciting for us and is something that we will hope to do into the future. “My broodmares and the foals get everything they need and get looked after really well, I’m expecting to breed some nice horses going forward because I have some of the best broodmares in the country.” Rosati confirmed Real Babe will join his band of broodmares when her racing days are over. “That’s where she will end up but hopefully she wins a few more races on the track first!” Greg Hayes

UF Lindsay Lou Who completed her sweep of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares when she rolled to a front-end victory in Saturday's $30,800 championship at The Meadows. The harness racing card featured the finals of four series for 3- and 4-year-olds, with total purses of $122,500. Also taking championships were Wasaga Beach, Cantad Kid and Connecting Flight. UF Lindsay Lou Who had won four straight entering the Mary Wohlmuth championship but had to deal with post 7. She dueled for the early lead and had little trouble thereafter, scoring in 1:55.4 for Brian Zendt, trainer Leslie Zendt and owner Up Front Racing. Flowers N Songs was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with My Pink Bike third. Her performance in the series was something of a surprise, inasmuch as an injury prematurely ended the sophomore campaign of the daughter of Donato Hanover-Sweetspellosuccess. "Do you see how small she is? I didn't realize how good she'd be on the front," Brian Zendt said. "I don't think size matters to her. She has a different kind of attitude not all racehorses have. She just digs and digs. The last two or three trips, I was just sitting on her. She's been doing it like it's a training mile." Leslie Zendt indicated she'll give Upfront Lindsay Lou Who some time off before she returns to face overnight company. In the other championships: $28,700 Donna Dunn Memorial Pace -- Fillies & Mares Wasaga Beach scored the most lopsided victory in the finals, enjoying comfortable early fractions before pouring it on to prevail in 1:54.3 for Tony Hall, 4-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Lucky Lucka. Call Me Lil Terror earned show. Hall, who piloted three winner on the card, said the addition of earplugs helped the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Adela Hanover. "She responds pretty well to them," Hall said. "Last year, she got a little warm at times, and we knew we would have to make a change to relax her. There's some stiff competition ahead for her, but right now, she's where she needs to be." Randy Bendis trains Wasaga Beach and owns with Reed Broadway, Tom Pollack and John Campbell. $31,000 Ken Weaver Memorial Trot -- Colts, Horses & Geldings When trainer Tyler Stillings purchased Cantad Kid for Rags To Riches of PA for $20,000 at the Blooded Horse Sale last November, the 4-year-old Mr Cantab-Nila Domarr gelding showed a strong preference for the front end. While that style was reasonably successful for Cantad Kid, Stillings wanted to add versatility to his game. "He might have been a little bit green," Stillings said. "He raced close up because he could leave the gate pretty well. We took the hopples off, and I think that relaxed him a little bit." The rigging change bore fruit Saturday when Cantad Kid saved his brush for the lane, triumphing for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Explosive Leggs rallied for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while early leader Wilberforce completed the ticket. Stillings said the schedule for Cantad Kid is uncertain. "We don't have any big plans for him," he said. "This was his Hambletonian." $32,000 Walter Russell Memorial Pace -- Colts, Horses & Geldings Connecting Flight atoned for an unforced break on the lead last week by vaulting to the front from post 9 for Dave Palone and scoring in a swift 1:52.1. Dr Drake Ramoray was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Arthur Pendragon third. "I'm not quite sure what happened to him last week," said Kevin Johnson, who conditions the 4-year-old Panspacificflight-Shares Rebound gelding for Erv Miller. "It was a little muddy down the backside. Maybe some mud was hitting him the wrong way. But he bounced back pretty good. We didn't change anything or try anything different." He said Connecting Flight will be pointed to a series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

UF Lindsay Lou Who continued her march through the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows when she won her third straight division in Wednesday's third leg. Flowers N Songs took the other $15,000 split in the event for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The championships of four current Meadows series, including the Mary Wohlmuth, are set for Saturday, March 26. Brian Zendt waited for the dust to settle before sending UF Lindsay Lou Who to the front. The 1-9 favorite jogged from there, prevailing in 1:57 for her fourth consecutive victory overall. My Pink Bike was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Regal Woman third. Leslie Zendt trains the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Sweetspellosuccess for Upfront Racing. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Rose Run Parker, making his first start in more than seven months, moved powerfully first over from fourth and scored convincingly in 1:52.2, a lifetime mark. Early leader Tamarind held second, 6-1/4 lengths back, while Final Breath rallied for show. Dave Palone drove the 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding, who now boasts $641,740 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and William Haas, Jr. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

One of the hardest things to promote in the harness racing industry is a stallion who is promising but not quite delivering with the results on the track at the level needed. There can be a whole raft of reasons but the prospective broodmare clients for the stallion just want to see those runs on the board and the more the merrier. I think the above description fits the young trotting stallion The Pres perfectly. The Pres is a son of  the champion trotting sire Andover Hall who is proving to be a great sire of sires with his son Donato Hanover being at the top of the pile in North America Add in a maternal family that is littered with outstanding performers and The Pres has a pedigree that ticks all the boxes. Lightly raced before a career ending injury, The Pres won four of nine and took a 1:55 mark which is a clear  indication of a quality individual. His first crop was welcomed with a lot of favourable comment from trainers in New Zealand when being broken in and they were well received at the sales. From that first crop he produced the smart two year old Primz Luck 2:00.8 who won four of seven starts at two and looked top class but due to injury hasn't again since. That first crop in New Zealand numbered 38 foals and has produced 17 qualifiers to date which in New Zealand conditions is okay but it is only now that they are four year olds that they are stating to convert that into winning performances. Several look very promising such as Le Lievre's Gift 1:57.6 who is two from two to date and Precious Pet who won her only start to date in the manner of a horse with plenty more wins in store The second crop numbers 46 foals which are half way through their three year old seasons. Eight have qualified to date including one of last season's star two year olds in Cyclone Chief  2:01.7p ($34,491) who was very unlucky not to win the Breeders Crown Final at Melton at two going under by a neck after being checked late in the race. Two other three year olds from that crop that look well above average are the Phil Williamson stablemates in Astral Ruler and Sam Galleon. Astral Ruler went round in the Hambletonian at Ashburton on the weekend and didn't disgrace himself while Sam Galleon was impressive winning at Winton last Friday. So The Pres is slowly righting the ship in New Zealand and those numbers should keep improving from now on. While The Pres had been battling to establish himself in New Zealand, his very small Australian crops have been making hay while the sun shines. His first crop who are four this season numbered just two foals, neither of which has raced. His second crop who are three this season number just five foals but four have already won including the star filly Princess Phoenix ($80,133) who won two Group 1 races at two and the promising colt Big Jack Hammer ($33,600) who won one Group 1 at two. To produce two very smart youngsters such as those two from just five foals is the kind of result that stallion owners dream of. What it shows yet again though is that The Pres can produce that individual that is capable of winning Group races which is a must do for any aspiring stallion to establish himself in todays competitive stallion market. There are only six yearlings by the Pres in this years yearlings sales and they are all at the Christchurch sale. The whole six are from lovely trotting mares and with the recent results in both New Zealand and Australia being so positive, the stock of The Pres may surprise a few people on sale day in a fortnight. Harnesslink Media

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

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