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Sunday’s Grand Prix SVA Jean Roze at Vitre saw 18 starters in the €45,000 purse, 3225 meters event on the turf. 5.9/1 Uniflosa Bella (8f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) earned the win timed in 1.16.2kr for Antoine Wiels driving for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. 57/1 Uni de Travouille (8g If Only-Unika du Septel) was a solid second for owner/trainer/driver J, Dubreil with third  to 82/1 Tresor des hayes (9g Islero de Bellouet-Eluka) with driver/trainer/owner M.G. Baroy in the sulky. Ah Quel Micha (6m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phase) won the May 6th Prix Bettina at Paris-Vincennes, the Q+ race of the day. The purse was €48,000 in this 2100 meters autostart event with 18 European entrants. Jean-Philippe Dubois teamed the winner for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, clocked in 1.11.7kr. 99/1 Yankee’s Photo (8m SJ’s Photo-Yankee Tracer) was second for Franck Ouvrie with a strong stretch kick for Norway’s Bjorn Gulbrunsen. 9.5/1 Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valuta Lavec) held the third spot for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Catello Savarese and Scuderia Stecca STR. 2.6/1` Ah Mon Idylle (6f Meaulnes du Corta-Idylle du Bouquet) eas foruth for Matthieu Mottier ahead of 9.3/1 Namale Kronos )9g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for owner Stall Courant AB. On May 7 action at Orebro SWE was excellent also. The Gr. Orebro International  Stayerlopp over 3140 meters distance handicapped (400,000SEK to the winner) went to Mellby Viking (8m Viking Kronos-Naumi de Lou-Extreme Dream) for driver Jorman Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. This one overcame a 40 meter penalty to score in 1.13.4kr at 2.2/1 odds. 48/1 Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haven-Supergill) was next for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, also penalized 40 meters, and third was 20 meter handicapped 62/1 odds Coco de Vie (5f Chocolatier-Bliss-Angus Hall) for reinsman Torbjorn Jansson. The winner was making his initial 2016 start and the victory was his third straight and 10th lifetime in 33 outings. The same card’s Prix Glauke (purse €48,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 entrants) went to 1.13.2kr timed, 1.6/1 odds Classic Way (4m Prodigious-Pole Position) driven by Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Pierre Pilarski. 6.8/1 Cerenzo Turbo (4m Ganymede-Poesie de Vigne) ended second with a strong rally for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. 4.7/`1 Calin de Glassnet (4m Orlando Vici-Mallory de Glasnet) was third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux. The programs’ V75 Gold Division for 150,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meter autostart contest went to 1.1/1 Allaballakaitoz 98G Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up, timed in a sharp 1.11.1kr. 33/1 Kash’s Cantab (8m Cantab Hall-O’Cala Kash-Overcomer) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with third erned by 114/1 Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) with Per Lennartsson driving for Stefan Lemander. Spring Erom, Cool Keeper and Smilin Eli were next across the line with Magic Tonight and Quid Pro Quo unplaced. Mares contested the Enoch Karlssons Lopp for 100,000SEK forst prize over the 2100 meter autostart course. 2.7/1 Bethel Hanover (6f Donato Hanover-Beignet Hanover-Malabar Man) scored in 1.12.6kr for driver Johynny Takter and trainer Per Hedberg. 20/1 Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hann-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. 7/10 favporite Windy Ways (6f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) landed third for Erik Adielsson and treainer Daniel Reden. Finally the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2100 meters autostart) on the fine card went to 9/2 odds Global Patriot (6m Dream Vacation-I Dream The Dream-Victory Dream) and trainer/driver Magnus Jakobsson. He  bested 9/1 Al’s Winnermede (5m Olimede-Memory-Supergill) for trainer/driver Svante Ericsson. 1.1/1 favorite Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) garnered the third spot with Jorma Kontio up for Timo Nurmos. Timos also trains fourth finishing Sir Ratzeputz 96m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) that Goop teamed at 8/1 odds. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer Joakim Lovgren teamed 5/2 favorite Alfas da Vinci (8g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) to victory in today’s V75 Gold at Kalmar. Raced over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK first prize, the winner defeated 5.9/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) with Erik Adielsson up. Third was 14/1 Riff Kronos (6m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos-Viking Kronos) for Peter Ingves. Robert Bergh’s veteran Love You gelding, Nahar, off at 4.1/1, was disqualified. The V75 Silver this day over 2140 meters went to 3/2 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Adrian Kolgjini aboard. 5/1 Mr. Chicago (7g Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec), bred by Brittany Farms USA, was second for Veljo Heiskanen with third to 85/1 Quel Bourbon (7g Infinitif-Qualita Bourbon-Love You), bred by Jean-Pierre Dubois, and driven by Thomas Dalborg for owner/trainer Ely Iverson. Thomas H. Hicks

December 19, 2015 – Palermo Italy - Saturday’s Prix Mediterraneo (purse €45,100, 1600 meters autostart for three year-olds) at Palermo Italy went to Thor di Girifalco (3m Dream Vacation-Iduna November-Coktail Jet) that scored in 1.12.4kr, two tenths off the record, for teamster Davide Di Stefano, his 11th victory in 27 outings good for career earnings in excess of €130,000. Timed identical to the winner was second finishing Tioss Mede SM (3f Ganymede-Ioss Court SM-Toss Out) for Antonio Di Nardo. This one’s second dam is Croquet Court (Baltic Speed-Grassbed). A length off the top two was third finishing Teodora Caf (3f Cantab Hall-Fantastica Star-Lemon Dra).   Thomas H. Hicks  

November 21, 2015 - Adrian Kolgjini piloted the Lutfi Kolgjini trained Buzz Mearas (4g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) to victory in today’s Axel Jensens at Bjerke, with 300,000NOK to the winner of this 1609 meter autostart contest. The winner scored easily timed in 1.10.4kr (1:53.2 mile rate) to defeat Explosive De Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Jim Oscarsson with third to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) handled by trainer Daniel Reden. Exodus Hanover and Royal Ice took the next two spots. All of the top five, except the winner, were bred and registered in the US. On the Bjerke card was the Kai Eriksens Gold Division and the winner was Denmark’s Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) for trainer/driver Steen Juul. The winner earned 150,000NOK in victory over the 1609 meters autostart course. Timed in 1.11kr (mile rate 1:54.3) Tycoon Conway Hall defeated Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom and third finishing Chatain (6g Love You-C’est Bon-Bosphorus) from Denmark and piloted by Erlend Rennesvik. Remee La Marc (7g Andover Hall-Loving Her Is Easy-Valley Victory) and Vidar Hop was fourth ahead of Art On Line (8g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) and Johnny Takter. Bjerke’s Silver Division Flaata Eiendom for 125,000NOK to the winner over 1609 meters autostart went to US-bred Call Me Hanover (6g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pine Chip) driven by Eriend Rennesvik. Timed in 1.11.2kr (mile rate 1:54.6) the winner vanquished Denmark’s Punk (6m Angus Hall-Primavera-SJ’s Photo) driven by Tom Erik Solberg with third to Tripolini VP (5g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) and teamster Jeppe Juel. Highspeed Call, by From Above, was fourth with Ja El Tomcat, by Chocolatier, fifth, that one from the dam of JL Cruze, Topcat Hall by Conway Hall.  Earlier in the week at Aby SWE (November 18), the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Radysin America won an event worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) was driven by Peter Ingves and scored in 1.13.1kr for her third 2015 victory and 12th career win in 40 starts. Radysin was bred by the late Lou Guida and is a half-sister to the great European mare Lisa America, bred in Italy. Thomas H. Hicks

Veterinary treatment for a virus has ruled Releven Dream out of the Group 1 Statewide Group Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship which commences at Albion Park on Friday night. Releven Dream was one of the more fancied candidates for the three-race Championship which commences with the first of two rounds of heats this week and culminates with the $50,000 Final at Albion Park on Saturday night 17 October. Burpengary trainer Daren Garrard said that Releven Dream had a high temperature this morning and has begun treatment. His scratching takes him out of the Championship as trotters must contest both this week and next week’s heats to be eligible for the final. “This was the race we had him set for and his last win was so good, he was going to be a big show in the series ,”Garrard said. “He will probably be right in a week but right now he is not so it’s a lost opportunity for us.” Releven Dream burst into contention for the Darrell Alexander Memorial with blockbusting 32 metre and 21 metre victories at its most recent Albion Park starts. Releven Dream posted a new track record for 2647 metres from a standing start when he powered away to an easy win at Albion Park last week. The Dream Vacation gelding’s scratching  will make the task of Queensland’s star trotter Our Overanova, chasing its first Group 1 victory, a little easier. The Grant Dixon trained Our Overanova has won its last four straight at Albion Park since resuming after a southern campaign which resulted in two wins at Melton. With 25 victories from 46 starts Our Overanova has earned his back mark of 40 metres for the 2647 metre Championship heat. Former New Zealander Saratoga has been racing well in Victoria in recent months and will make its Queensland debut for trainer/driver Adam Sanderson in this heat. Saratoga will start from the front mark.  New South Wales trainer Alex Alchin has another former New Zealander Cyclone Lucky Seven to go from the front mark. Alchin has engaged local star Shane Graham to drive the Majestic Son five-year-old which has posted victories at Bendigo (Vic)  and Menangle (NSW) in recent months. Blake Fitzpatrick has also made the trip from New South Wales with 5yo Majestic Son mare My Valerie, a former 2 & 3yo star which posted two victories at Menangle in August. My Valerie will start off a 10 metre handicap. In the second heat of the Darrell Alexander Championship, trainer Vicki Rasmussen and driver Adam Sanderson team up with back marker and likely race favourite, Goldstar Invasion. The Armbro Invasion 10yo has been handicapped on 30 metres for the Championship. A winner at Albion Park in September, Goldstar Invasion has been beaten by Our Overanova at its past two starts. In this race Goldstar Invasion will have to contend with Overanova’s stablemate Sharons Millicent. The grey mare has posted an impressive record since joining Dixon’s stable. The Monkey Bones mare has won 13 races and beat Goldstar Invasion home when runner up to Our Overanova at Albion Park two starts back. Sharons Millicent is handicapped on 10 metres. by David Aldred Related Links Fields for Gold Coast at Albion Park, Friday 02 October 2015 Form guide for Gold Coast at Albion Park, Friday 02 October 2015

Rejuvenated seven-year-old Releven Dream put himself squarely into contention for Queensland's Group 1 DJ Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship with a record breaking victory in today’s 2647 metre Trot handicap at the harness racing meeting at Albion Park. The Daren Garrard trained gelding kept its Albion Park record perfect with a stunning and faultless display to cruise home by 21 metres. From a 10 metre handicap Releven Dream stepped into second spot but driver Matt Neilson wasted little time in taking the short-priced favourite to the front. He trotted faultlessly going through the second quarter of the last mile in 28.7 with Neilson holding him back to the field until he reached the half mile pole. Then he let Releven Dream slide and he put a space of more than 30 metres between him and his nearest rival. Releven Dream went to the post under his own steam and cruised home by 21 metres from Morning Fawlty in a mile rate of 2.00.8 taking .1 second off a six year old track record held by Tony Turpin’s Hi Jinks. The victory puts Releven Dream into the $50,000 DJA (2647m) and his inclusion will added plenty of interest to the race. Under the standing start handicap conditions without any further wins he will start from scratch with the first round of heats scheduled at Albion Park on 2 October. The second round will take place a week later with the Final on 17 October at Albion Park. Releven Dream, a well-travelled former New Zealander, has now raced twice at Albion Park winning both times and took its career tally to five wins from 32 starts. Each of Releven Dream’s victories have been from a standing start on tracks in NZ and Brisbane making him an ideal DJA candidate. The son of Dream Vacation was imported to Australia in late 2013 and spent 2014 in New South Wales before making its Queensland debut this month after an 18 month absence from the racetrack with a 32 metre success. In the DJA heats Releven Dream will be put to the sword with Queensland's current in form trotters Our Overanova, Goldstar Invasion, Sharons Millicent and former Victoria's Redwood Classic winner Daenerys Targaryen and promising trotter Drunken Maniac certain to be among the nominations. Dave Aldred

Last Thursday's dispersal sale of Carl Middleton's racing and breeding stock at the Ashburton Racecourse became a bit emotional when auctioneer Peter Lagan announced at the end of the sale that Carl had passed away while the sale was in progress. The onset of cancer had forced Carl to reluctantly sell his bloodstock but the announcement by Peter Lagan still came as a bit of a shock to everyone there. The sale itself was extremely well attended and most of the nineteen lots that went under the hammer were actively sought. Top price on the day went to the Dream Vacation mare Savona 1:55.4 ($137,675) who was in foal to Love You's full brother Repeat Love. She was purchased by Flora Robson from Australia for $33,000. Next highest priced lot on the day was the three year old Repeat Love gelding named Louis Moss. Qualifying for Carl at two, the impressive looking individual  was purchased by Tim Butt of Premier Stables for $32,000 and looks a nice addition to his barn. The third highest lot on the day was the smart Love You racemare Another Love 2:00.9 ($43,570). A maiden mare, she was sold in foal to Dream Vacation for $30,000 to Aldebaran Park from Australia. These three lots dominated proceedings on the day with the next highest price after that being $10,500 for Bourbon and Dry, a Sam Bourbon gelding that was placed at three last season. Australian buyers purchased four of the nineteen lots on offer with Another Starlet and Sweet Pretense joining Savona and Another Love in now having Australian owners. Overall the nineteen lots sold for $141,150 with an average of $7428 which was an excellent result in the current environment. Check results here Harnesslink Media

July 24, 2015 - Derby Week is underway at Berlin-Mariendorf with today’s Vis-à-Vis Champions (€10,000 purse, 2000 meters distance handicap, nineinternational starters) the featured event. Overcoming a 20 meter penalty, along with Abano As, the Josef Franzl trained and reined Dream Magic BE (6m Dream Vacation-Dantesca Cla) gained a good inner position shortly after the start, and circled wide in the final bend to wear down the leaders to score a narrow victory clocked in 1.13.2kr (race time 2:27.8). The winner, owned by Stall AMB, was off at 2.7/1 odds and increased his career earnings to €287,984. Daydream (7f Gigant Neo-Maydream Meter) was second at 18.2/1 for Michael Nimczyk and owner/trainer Charlotte Jung. 25/1 Man In Black (6g Lets Go-Vasterbo Bodyguard) was third for Herbert Strobl, and owner Stall Marcus. Earlier in the card the Die Brandenburds Allemagne (€5,000 purse, 2500 meters, 10 international starters) went to 6.6/1 Venise des Lucas (6f Defi d’Aunou-Gloria Song). Heinz Wewering drove this winner to an impressive score in 1.16.2kr for trainer Henk AJ Grift and owner Jean F. Senet. Tomorrow action continues with three Derby Filly eliminations and the Monte Derby. Sunday the card includes two Derby Open elims and the Charlie Mills Memorial. Cash Hanover and Thorsten Tietz  headline the Derby hopefuls Sunday. Thomas H. Hicks    

Ever since Yonkers Raceway announced plans to bring back the International Trot on October 10, 2015 – with a $1 million purse – interest has been very strong from trotting owners and harness racing trainers around the globe.   The Yonkers Raceway Race Office has been in contact with the connections of top New Zealand trotter Stent. The altered son by Dream Vacation out of Belle Galleon by Chiola Hanover has amassed 28 wins and 17 seconds in 61 lifetime starts with earnings of more than $1.1 million.   Stent is owned by Trevor Casey and co-trained by Colin and Julie DeFilippi and driven by Colin De Filippi. Stent has raced at distances ranging from 1609 meters to 2800 meters in both Grade 1 and Grade 2 races on his home New Zealand soil and in some of Australia’s most prestigious trotting events.   The International Trot will be held at a one mile and one quarter distance at Yonkers Raceway, which is approximately 2000 meters.   Reports are also beginning to surface from Europe on possible participants who are just now leaving the breeding shed to start their traditional mid-July preparations for the upcoming Masters Season. A possible trip to the US for the International Trot and/or the Breeders Crown can still leave time for European trotters to return home and prepare for the Prix d’Amerique in Paris in January.   Yonkers Raceway is planning a week-long celebration for the International Trot, with several New York themed events for invited participants and their guests. Details about on track events for October 10 are still being finalized.   The SOA of NY is working closely with Yonkers track management to help make the return of the International Trot a success. Yonkers Race Secretary Steve Starr will have a large task ahead of him as he sorts through the international contenders and puts together a star studded global field, with a million dollar pot of gold on the line and international bragging rights for one country’s breeding program.  

Tatura trainer David Abrahams combined with leading harness racing reinsman Nathan Jack to take out the three-year-old colts and geldings’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final with Fabrication tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton. The gelding by Dream Vacation out of Figment bolted in by 12.5 metres, well-tried in the betting ring into $4.70 third-favourite behind Valley Ess Jay and Illawong Armstrong. Punters who took the $2.30 about Illawong Armstrong were shattered shortly after the start, the talented squaregaiter jumping out of his gear and losing enormous ground. Amazingly he fought his way back into contention late in the race, charging into third placing for reinswoman Jodi Quinlan, while Valley Ess Jay finished second for Chris Svanosio. But it was all honours with the winner and Jack was full of praise for Fabrication’s trainer. “I’d like to thank David and the Abrahams family, they’ve been good supporters of mine since day dot,” Jack said immediately after the win. “Dave’s doing a great job. There are not many that do a better job than Dave.” Down the back the final time Jack cut loose on Fabrication, darting past leader Valley Ess Jay. It was a winning move, Valley Ess Jay unable to fight back and regain the lead, Fabrication instead drawing well clear in the lane. “Everything went to plan,” Jack said. “Obviously it was going to be a very tactical race. “I was real happy in the run … even happier when Gavin (Lang) went and Ants (Anthony Butt) decided to post him. That played into our hands. Then that one galloped at the bell, which was good as it left a spot for Gavin to get in, where we didn’t have to go four-wide. Everything worked out perfect.” Fabrication rated 2:00.4 in winning. Watch Fabrication take out tonight's Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final Cody Winnell

On June 21 at Naples Italy Thor di Girifalco (3m Dream Vacation-Iduna November-Coktail Jet) took the Gr.I Premio Grand Prix Citta di Napoli (€154,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.15.4kr for harness racing  reinsman Davide DiStefano. The winner has eight wins in 18 career outimgs. Beaten in a photo was second finishing Tesora Degli Dei (3m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) with Pietro Gubellini up. Third was Timone EK (3m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) for Enrico Bellei. The Grand Prix Citta di Napoli Filly (€55,000 purse, 1600 meters autostart, Gr. II) went to Talabarteria (3f Love You-Claire Barb-Yankee Glide-Giant Playmate) by a length for Natale Cintura. This winner scored her 11th win in 17 starts. Tessa OB Sonic (3f Exploit Caf-Ilide-Piccardo) was second ahead of Tiffany Dany (3f Varenne-Nikita November-Viking Kronos). .............................................. June 22, 2015 - J-M Bazire teamed his trainee Viatik du Loir (6g Kaisy Dream-Infante du Loir) to victory today at 1.7/1 favorite in the €26,000 purse Prix du Conseil General du Calvados at Caen. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr in this 2450 meter test for 18 starters. 3.6/1 Ustin de Littry (7g Lilas Bleu-Dora Gabriella) was second for reinsman Franck Nivard ahead of 3.7/1 Viborg (6m Mercenaire-Ocanelle) with Gabriel Gelormini up. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 10. 2015 - The 1.8/1 favorite Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation-Honalulu Lulu) took today’s Prix Timoko (€25,000 purse, 2550 meters, European 13 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne, clocked in 1.15.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Christophe Martens. 9/1 Anatzi d’Alsace (5g Pagelot-Jivana d’Alsace) was second for Frederic Clozier with third to Dacke Haleryd (8m Goetmals Wood-All American Chill) for Michel-X Charlot, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Skeie Stable AS from Norway. Good action also occurred at La Capelle with several noteworthy events including the Prix de la Capelle (€21,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 15 starters). Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) scored in 1.17.3kr as the 1.6/1 favorite driven by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. 20/1 Caduceus des Baux (3g Mark Speed-Festinci des Baiuz) was next for David-Marion Hue ahead of 69/1 Coko Look (3m Look de Star-Jerez) with Sebastian Ernault up for trainer Ulf Nordin. Also at La Capelle the Prix de la Savr 5+ (€32,000 purse,2750 meters, 16 starters) produced a 16/1 upset winner in Viva de Luna (6f Prodigious-Oree de Strata) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. Clocked in 1.15.5kr the winner bested 15/1 Tosca du Chatelet (8f Chef du Chatelet-Meomi du Chatelet) with Sebastian Ernault up and third finisher 5/1 Va Au Poteau (6g Pad d’Urzy-Haita de l’Arrete) with Francois Lecanu aboard  for owner/trainer Ph-E Trible. The Prix du Croise-Laroche (€20,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) at La Capelle went to 15/1 Bianca des Brouets (4f Notre Haufor-Oiyeda) and reinsman Pierre Versruysse. Pascal Daulier is the trainer. Banana Star (4f Pim Quick-Nikasa du Roncey) was next at 37/1 for Michel Lenoir with third to 19/1 Bastelica (4f In Love With You) for trainer/driver Jean-Benoit Lemoine. This day at Solvalla SWE the Nu Pagadis trot (€60,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to Charrva Forlon (5g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazier) and trainer/driverHans-Owe Sundberg. The winner is now 2-2-0 in six 2015 appearances, this win in 1.13.4kr. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for teamster Thomas Uhrberg and owner/breeder Happy People Racing AB. The ex-Jimmy Takter US trainee Corky (5g Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) finished third for Erik Adielsson and legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. The Stall Corkad owned campaigner was bred in the US by Ohio’s Lynn Baker. Don’t forget the Oslo Grand Prix weekend in Norway at Bjerke Travbane. The Sunday OGP card starts at noon local time and also includes the Energma Cup amd top races for mares, four and five year-olds, and a monte contest that has new world record holder Torre Crepin among the starters. The OGP, a UET Masters Series event, is race 11 on the program. Program links for the Saturday and Sunday Bjerke cards follow: Saturday June 13 Sunday June 14 OPD Day Thomas H. Hicks

On paper tonights $145,000 Rowe Cup for elite class trotters at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park looked a one horse race with Stent in outstanding form and a clear favourite. Plenty of pundits were concerned about it being his first standing start for nearly five months and the 3200 metres was another query that was also regularly mentioned in the lead up to the race. As it turned out Stent trotted away brilliantly for Colin De Filippi from the stand to grab an early lead over Alley Way and Matthew Williamson. Mark Jones was away well with the defending champ Master Lavros and worked forward and took over the lead from Stent after 700 metres. There was no loitering in front as Mark Jones looked to take a bit of the speed out those in pursuit of Master Lavros and he kept the tempo up the whole way. Applying even more pressure as they went past the 400 metres mark, it was clear as they turned for home that Master Lavros only had one serious challenger and that was Stent who waited for the passing lane to lodge his challenge. These two knuckled down to fight it out and Stent got in the deciding stride to claim his first of the big 3200 metres cups To Master Lavros's credit it took Stent every inch of the straight at Alexander Park to get his head in front right on the line. Alley Way was 2 3/4 lengths back in third which was a great effort first up in the big time and there was a further four lengths back to One Over Da Moon in fourth. Stent trotted the 3200 metres from a stand in a very quick 4:03.6, a mile rate of 2:02.4 with closing setionals of 57.9 and 28. The time was a new race record, taking one point six seconds off the old record held by I Can Doosit. Colin De Filippi was very emotional on returning to scale, fighting back the tears. " My father won this race forty years ago and it really means so much to me to win this race." " It is a race I have wanted to win for a long time so its very special." " I can't say enough about what a great owner Trevor Casey has been to train for." " Even when things weren't going that well early in Stent's career, Trevor never even once questioned what I was doing" " He deserves all the success he is having," Colin said.  It has been a stellar season for the son of Dream Vacation with tonights win his 13th from just 18 starts this season with earnings of $637,216. Harnesslink Media

Stell R Time (Dream Vacation) prevailed in the harness racing $13,000 Lucky 13’s Mini Overnight Series Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The fastest of the leg one winners, Stell R Time was the race’s favorite on Friday night and made an early move to the lead for driver Jay Randall. The stretch drive was a near carbon copy of last week as Stell R Time had to hold off a late challenge from Just Vic (Billy Dobson) who once again was the runner up to the Steve LaBelle-trained trotting mare. Hello I’m Johnny (Austin Siegelman), a leg one series winner, earned the show spot. The Lucky 13’s Series Final was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 mile for condition trotters that are non-winners of $2000 last 5 starts and went in 2:05.3.   Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post.  Mike Sardella

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dontch Remember didn't forget. In just her second race of the harness racing season, Dontch Remember found her way back to the winner's circle as she rolled to an easy 2-1/4 length win over Cameron Lucky in the $8,500 pace for the fillies and mares at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (March 11).   Dontch Remember used a perfect drive by Jim Morrill Jr. to register the victory, the 13th of her career.   Sitting third behind the front-stepping Cameron Lucky (Kevin Cummings), Dontch Remember tipped out and started gobble up ground as the field rolled to the three-quarter marker.   In the lane, Dontch Remember ($6.00) left little doubt of who was the best as the 5-year-old mare was in cruise control, using a 29.4 last panel to post a 1:59.0 time over the good track. Cameron Lucky held on for second while You're Too Funny (Jack Flanigen) finished in third.   Owned by Michael Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama, the win was the first of the season for Dontch Remember (Western Terror - Dreamsicle), now a winner of $83,619 lifetime.   In the co-featured $8,500 trot, Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) relinquished the lead but never gave up in rallying back for a 1-1/2 decision over Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) in 2:01.3.   Enjoying the lead through the first half mile of action, Aruba Vacation could just watch as Flaming Yankee (Shawn Gray) took command at the three-quarter pole but had some bad luck with broken equipment, fading to sixth.   Aruba Vacation ($14.80) pounced on the opportunity and won the drive to the line, holding off Justgottogetthere while Diamonds For Life (Cummings) was third.   Owned by the Howard Stables and trained by Guy Howard, it was the first win in six tries in 2015 for Aruba Vacation (Dream Vacation - Dixie Hit). The 8-year-old gelding has now won $5,750 this season and $531,788 lifetime.   Racing will resume on Friday night when a 12-race card will be presented at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Any harness racing breeder will tell you there are no guarantees when it comes to breeding standardbreds regardless of their racing record or pedigree. Plenty of top class well bred mares fail to fire as broodmares for reasons that in the main are a mystery to everybody. Well known breeder Trevor Casey has raced a lot of horses over the years and one of his better racemares from a few years ago was Belle Galleon. The daughter of Sundon was bred by Garry Allen, the HRNZ chairman and raced initially by Trevor Casey and Bruce Negus of Courage Under Fire fame who trained the filly. Bruce sold his share in Belle Galleon to Mike Bowden after the filly had had a handful of starts as a three year old and Trevor and Mike raced the mare for several seasons as she accumulated eleven wins and $116,144 on the track. Trevor remembers her as quite difficult to get organized in the beginning. " She took ages to get the hang of it early on." " We would take her to the trials quite a few times and she would just gallop." " She did eventually come to it and we started her at Oamaru but she ran into a real smart one in Jasmyn's Gift and finished second. " We lined her up the next night at Forbury Park and she won easily," Trevor told Harnesslink today.   At her third lifetime start she ran fifth in the New Zealand Trotting Oaks but was disqualified for an early gallop and in just her fifth lifetime start Belle Galleon ran second in the New Zealand Trotting Derby to Thedonsson after having no luck in the running. Belle Galleon changed camps a couple of times during her career moving between Bruce Negus and Colin De Filippi. After been retired to the broodmare barn, tradegy struck the Belle Galleon camp soon after when part owner Mike Bowden passed away. In his will Mike left his share in Belle Galleon to well known Amberley trainer Kevin Chapman. So Trevor and Kevin take year about breeding from the mare and while she was a very smart mare on the racetrack, Belle Galleon is fast becoming a broodmare gem. Trevor bred the first foal, a colt by Dream Vacation that he named Stent due to having had stents implanted earlier that year. He entrusted him to Colin De Filippi and as they say the rest is history.  A smart two year year old Stent has just got better and better every year to the point where he has just gone through a five start Australian campaign including the Southern Star final unbeaten. His earnings stand at a tick over $950,000 NZ and there appears plenty more in store for the now six year old gelding. Kevin sent Belle Galleon to Majestic Son when his turn came around and the resulting foal was named Belles Son. He has hit a purple patch in the last fortnight winning his last two starts and three lifetime from just ten starts and looks to have a bright future. Trevor then sent the mare to Angus Hall and the resultant filly foal was named Arya. Placed with the All Stars barn, Arya was a star two year last year, only missing a place once from seven starts when she was controversially disqualified in the Harness Jewels. Sent to Australia for the Breeders Crown, she was dominant throughout the series, winning the final effortlessly. Arya was left in Australia with Brent Lilley by Trevor as he also has top class filly Wanna Play with the All Star barn and didn't want the two fillies to clash. This season at three she has carried on her winning way for Brent and on Saturday night took out the Group 1 $60,000 Need For Speed Princess final on the undercard to the Southern Star. Arya is now the winner of seven of her eight Australian starts and has taken her earnings over the $160,000 mark and she is still only half way through her three year old season. When Kevin's turn to breed a foal came around he sent the mare to Muscles Yankee and bred a colt he named Izmok. Izmok was sold at last months New Zealand Premier Yearling sale at Christchurch for $90,000, the top price for a trotting yearling at the New Zealand sales this year. Izmok was purchased by Charlie and Kaye Templeton from Invercargill. Trevor sent the mare back to Dream Vacation and has a full brother to Stent on the ground while Kevin has had Belle Galleon served by Muscle Hill. Trevor was at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday and was still bubbling today when speaking to Harnesslink. " It is not very often that you win a Group 1 but to win three Group1s on one night was unreal." " I don't think many mares will have ever left three Group 1 winners on one night apart from maybe Scuse Me." " The funny thing is that the three foals that are old enough to race from Belle Galleon have all won a race for the last two weeks in a row, " Trevor said. There are never any guarantees when breeding from smart racemares but in Belle Galleon, Trevor and Kevin have got that rarest of creatures - a broodmare gem. Harnesslink Media 

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