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Billie de Montfort won tonights' Gr. II Prix Masina at Paris-Vincennes for Eric Raffin. Timed in 1.13.9kr over the 2100 meter autostart course, the three year-old daughter of Jasmin de Flore won for the seventh time, now for earnings of 301,200e for owner Philippe Dauphin. The talented filly is trained by Sebastian Guarato as she defeated 12 rivals including Beauty Turgot and Franck Nivard. Summary is shown below. April 22, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II Prix Masina, 120,000e, 3 year-old females 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.13.9kr 1st Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin, 3/10 favorite, seventh win 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 9/1 3rd Bonnie Cadence (3f Qualypso Jiel-Potuna Saint Andre), Emmanuel Allard trainer/driver, 124/1 The companion for three year-old males, named the Gr. II Prix Paul Karle, went to Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Frederik Sauque. The winner led throughout in a rated pace with the J-P Dubois reined Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) alongside. As the field neared the stretch Verbeeck asked for speed and Brillantissime responded, opening three lengths before holding off fast-closing Brutus de Bailly (a Niky colt) and Bixente (by Quaker Jet) as the line approached. The winner recorded his sixth victory. April 22, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II Prix Paul Karle, 3 year-old males, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.15.9kr Fractions: 1.17.7kr at 1000; 1.17.8kr at 500 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d'Aunou), Joseph Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire trainer and Frederik Sauque breeder/owner, 8/10 favorite, his sixth win for 264,950 euros in lifetime earnings. 2nd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire, 3.8/1 3rd Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Ketty Mesloise), J-Et. Dubois trainer/driver, 16/1 4th Black d'Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d'Avril), Mathieu Mottier for trainer Fredrik Prat, 5.8/1 In Sweden, Caliber TT scored for Frederik Persson at Axevalla, and yesterday the well-regarded Rolex Bigi won at Halmstad against a talented field, his eighth career win in only nine starts. April 22, 2014 Axevalla, ICA NERQ Sahlins Kat 3, 35,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 1.12.9kr 1st Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Frederik Persson, 11th win in 50 starts for 1,217,025SEK 2nd Berlusconi (6m Andiver Hall-Always Victorious-Mr. Vic), Bjorn Goop, USA 3rd Magnifik Gelj (9g Easy Lover-Charlotta Gelj-Another Miracle), Mercedes Balogh April 21, 2014 Halmstad SWE, Pokaltestet Kat 3, 2140 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner, 1.13.2kr 1st Rolex Bigi (4m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec), Jorma Kontio up for Anders Svanstedt (Italy), two wins in as many 2014 starts and nine career starts with slate of 8-1-0 and 550,000SEK won 2nd Dream With Me NL (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Adrian Kolgjini aboard for Lutfi Kolgjini trainer (Netherlands) 3rd Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Johnny Taker up, 16 career starts with 4-4-4 slate and earnings 1,731,799SEK (Denmark) 4th Let's Dance DE (4m Oscar Shindler-Sirmione-Diamond Way), Klaus Kern up, (Denmark) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. Below is our second spring training prospects review. We will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) within a week. Here we go for Dreams #2 with a few from the Sylvester, Kelley, Grant and Czernyson barns: #36 Air Lindy (2ft Lucky Chucky-M-Benedicta Jet-Donerail) - Charles Sylvester. Half- sister to Citation Lindy (3, 1:54.4f, $326,584) and Westside Lindy (5, 1:54.2f, $165,416). Light on her feet! #22 A List Lindy (2ft Lucky Chucky-Lindy's Leading Lady-Credit Winner) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of unraced dam; first foal Mr. Lindy (2, q1:59.4 in 2013) #142 Ruby Knight (2ct Lucky Chucky-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) - Charles Sylvester. This one a half-brother to Hambletonian winner and important European sire Scarlet Knight 3,1:53.4 ($1,951,740) and Mohammed Mali 5, 1:53.4 ($316,981). The dam is a daughter of Crown Thy Good by Speedy Crown. #107 Image Of Luck (2ct Lucky Chucky-Imageofasweetgirl-Striking Sahbra) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she with record of 3.1:58.2h ($123,280) and producer of two winners at age two. #142 Ruby Knight (inside), #107 Image Of Luck (middle), #22 A List Lindy (outside) #175 Wheels A Smokin (2ft Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) - Charles Sylvester. Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (2, 1:55s, $811,226), Sugar Wheeler (3,1:55.3s, $356,163) and Wheels (5,1:54.3, $133,274). #44 Captain Crown (2ct Lucky Chucky-Sharon Crown-Speedy Crown) - Charles Sylvester. Eighth foal of George Miller's broodmare Sharon Crown 5q,1:56.4 ($224,571) she the dam of Caviar Crown 3,1:53.1f ($268,035), Lady Crown 4,1:55.3s ($146,701), and Crown Rules 5,1:57.3f ($135,575) plus two other sub 1:59 performers from six live foals of racing age. #43 Amare Deo (2ft Lucky Chucky-Cherished Victory-Valley Victory) - Charles Sylvester. Half-sister to Stand Guard (5, 1:53.1f, $590,499). Carmenooch (2ft Credit Winner-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) - Paul Kelley. Sixth foal of dam she with record of 3,1:57.3s ($201,230) and dam of with in 1:55 of better including Corky 3,1:52.4f ($895,865), Go Go Red Marty 4,1:53.3S ($256,378) and Duded Up 3,1:55s ($78,069), Good looker! Bistrobistro Taj (2ft Pilgrims Taj-Freda Hall-Angus Hall) -Fred Grant. Second foal of Freda Hall, an unraced daughter of Lexus Bel by Balanced Image Afterimage (2ft Andover Hall-Angelique Hanover-Pine Chip) - Fred Grant. Ninth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Almost An Angel by Crowning Point. Angelique has produced four winners, three with records of 1:59 or better including Spiro de Vie 3,1:54.2f ($67,180) and Markz Moose 3,1:55.1f ($48,695) #6 About To Bee (2ft Explosive Matter-Beehive-Balanced Image) - Lindy Farms. Half-sister to Hambletonian Oaks and multiple Ontario Sires Stakes winner Bee A Magician (3, 1:51, $2,313,956).Third foal of the dam. Nice filly! #7 Back To Back Lindy (2ft Cantab Hall-Back To Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Lindy Farms. Third foal of the dam. #36 Malala (2ft Yankee Glide-No Pictures Please-SJ's Photo) - Jonas Czernyson. First foal of dam, she with record of 2,q2:04.3f ($6,991). Second dam Miss Garland 5,2:00f ($91,356) is the dam of Vivid Photo 4,1:50.2z ($3,273,387), Goodlookngirl 4,q1:59.4 ($154,088), Celebrity Shark 6,1:56.4f ($139,528) and three other sub-1:58 record performers from 11 foals, 10 of racing age. by Thomas H. Hicks from Sunshine Meadows  

Topflight trotting action took place Friday-Saturday in France at Paris-Vincennes and Enghien including Quinte+ on both programs and graded events for four year-olds (males and females). The Prix Gaston de Wazieres, a Gr. II 120,000e test for four year-old mares over 2100 meters autostart, went to Alesia d'Atout with Mathieu Mottier aboard. This pair prevailed in a close photo over two Dubois-clan rivals, Africaine with Jean-Etienne Dubois up and the Julien Dubois teamed Atlesima. The winner was timed in a solid 1.12.6kr as she recorded her sixth career victory. April 18, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston de Wazieres, Gr. II females, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.12.6kr 1st Alesia d'Atout (4f Defi d'Aunou-New York Jet-Halimede), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Dominique Mottier and owner J.Y. Lherete, 3.7/1, her sixth win for 321,250e lifetime 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Atlesima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Julien Dubois up for trainer Philippe Moulin, 2/1 The males four year-oilds contested the 120,000e Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet and favored Aladin d'Ecajeul took the top prize for reinsman Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The victory raised his earnings to over 496,000e as he scored in hand to stop the timer in 1.13kr. The son of Quaker Jet looks like he could be an aged contender for future years. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston Brunet, Gr. II males, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Aladin d'Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d'Ecajeul-Halimede), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.1/1 odds, owner Philippe DeWulf, ninth career win 2nd Africain (4m Oardo-Kamine), Franck Nivard up, 9/1 3rd Adonis du Goutier (4m Coktail Jet-Quintaescencia), Dominik Locqueneux, 43/1 Also on the Friday evening program at Vincennes there was an interesting undercard. The Quinte+ Prix Alethem went to Under Blue, handled by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop. The six-year old daughter of Elvis de Rossignol scored in 1.14.5kr over 2850 meters. Favorites dominated the contest causing the 2e exact order payoff (absent jackpot) to be only 2,784e. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alethem, 75,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, 1.14.5kr, Quinte+ jackpot 7.45 million euros 1st Under Blue (6m Elvis de Rossignol-Jangala-Buvetier d'Aunou), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Lars Hallberg, ninth career win for 210,850e lifetime, odds were 2.5/1 2nd Ultra Classique (6m Kiwi-Javana de Moi), Eric Raffin, 6/10 odds 3rd Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Anthony Barrier, 9/1 Lightly raced three year-old fillies contested the Prix Palma with victory to the second time winner Bianca de Lou. The daughter of Ready Cash from Prima de Lou by Coktail Jet was reined by Christophe Martens. Dubois fillies by Password and Goetmals Wood finished second and fourth in the closely fought event. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Palma, females, 35,000e, 2850 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.9kr 1st Bianca de Lou (3f Ready Cash-Prima de Lou-Coktail Jet), Christophe Martens, 2/1, Vincent Martens trainer for Ecurie Olmenhof, her second win for 30,600e euros lifetime 2nd Belle d'Hommeur (3f Password-Place d'Honneur), Julien Dubois, 66/1 3rd Blue Comet (3f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Komete d'Urzy), P-Y Verva, 56/1 4th Be You Soon (3f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon), Patrick Chevrier, 50/1 Saturday action at Enghien showcased a solid victory by well-regarded Clint W. Boko in the Prix de l'Arginne. The five year-old son of Abano As from Holland scored in 1.12.9kr with fast closing fractions over the 2150 meter distance. Robin Bakker was in town to handle the winner for trainer Paul Hagoort. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de l'Argonne, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 72,000e, 1.12.9 kr Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500 1st Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell), Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul J.P. Hagoort, his ninth win for career earnings of 244,591e, Holland, 4.7/1 2nd Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel), Franck Nivard trainer/driver, 2.5/1 3rd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla), Josef Franzl trainer/driver, 14/1, Germany Also on Saturday, Alex The Winner posted an impressive score in the Prix de Lons-le-Saunier for male four year-olds. Jean-Etienne Dubois piloted his owned/trained pupil to the fourth career victory for the powerful striding chestnut son of Orlando Vici. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Lons-le-Saunier, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters, 46,000e, 1.14.4 1st Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/trainer/owner, 9/10 favorite, his fourth win for lifetime earnings of 72,520e 2nd Ambre Atout (4g Coktail Jet-Maya d'Atout), Franck Nivard up, 8/1 3rd Andalou d'Huon (4m Otello Pierji-Nina d'Huon), Michel Lenoir, 33/1 The day's Quinte+ event went to Uprince with Franck Nivard teaming. He defeated a solid veteran field in 1.12.7kr over 2150 meters autostart in the 60,000e Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil. The Barjon owned, Pierre Levesque driven Tornado de l'Ocean was second ahead of Elles W.Phedo with Johanna Lindqvist at the lines. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 60,000e, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with 7.5 million euro jackpot 1st Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Franck Nivard, 2.7/1, his 10th win for career earnings of 312.700 euros 2nd Tornado de l'Ocean (7g Look de Star-Taluina), Pierre Levesque, 3.5/1 3rd Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist, 12/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. This time of year we focus on those that caught our attention throughout spring training and will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) after another review trip. Here we go for recap #1: #24 A Schocker (2ct Andover Hall-Stretch The Limit-Tom Ridge) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of dam and first by Andover Hall. #127 Morcredit Blue Chip (2ct Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor-Malabar Man) - Charles Sylvester. Full brother to Maud Blue Chip (2, 1:58s, $222,203 in 2013), a returning three year-old performer for 2014 stakes that qualified last weekend. #77 Feel Lucky (2ct Lucky Chucky-Classic N Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Classic Casette by Florida Pro. Dam is 100% producer from the first three foals (all geldings) including Super Classic 3,2:00.1h ($91,303), Lindy's Best Yet 4,1:56.1f ($85,904) and Lindor 4,1:56.3f ($21,882) He looks like a prospect! #145 Talbot Hercules (2ct Muscles Yankee-Northern Flare-Andover Hall) - Charles Sylvester. First foal of the mare she with record 4,1:58.1f ($69,161) and daughter of Flame Tamer by Super Pleasure. #3 Madrid (2ct Credit Winner-Starcelona-Muscles Yankee) -Paul Kelley. First foal of Starcelona (2, 1:55.1, $44,750). Solid trainee from Paul Kelley's well-bred trotting collection. #23 Aldebaran Eagle (2ct Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of dam with 4, 1:56.1s mark and $56,338 earned. Her 2011 foal, Walk The Walk, by Muscle Hill just earned a qualifying record of 3, q1:57.2. #33 Keystone Bodacious (2ct Muscle Massive-Balanced Action-Balanced Image) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-brother to three $100,000 plus winners including Logan's Hero (6,1:54.2s, $379,425), Manningly (4,1:52.3f, $344,631) and Keystone Bernard (3,1:55.3f, $213,441). Grand looking individual. #48 Total Darkness (2ct Muscles Yankee-Leila-Andover Hall) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of unraced daughter of CR Royal Jeannie. #45 Stirling Diva (2ft Muscle Massive-Shan Riches) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-sister to Ellen's Isle (4, 1:53,2f, $264,080) and Loch Katrine (5, 1:56.1f, $214,953). #50 Walk Over Water (2ft Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) - Jonas Czernyson. Full-sister to Falls For You (4, 1:52.2, $1,311,152). 8 Total Darkness, 45 Stirling Diva, 50 Walk Over Water Itsabouttimebaby (2ct Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed) - Ron Gurfein Stable. First foal of stakes winning dam with record 4,q1:55.3f ($297,989), she from True Love by Pine Chip. This one has trained well all spring - impressive. Very Much So (2ft Donato Hanover-Bedswerver-SJ's Photo) - Fred Grant. Half-sister to Marat (3, 1:56.2f, $59,621) #5 Iron (2ct Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou) - Lindy Farms. Full-brother to Lindy's Jersey Boy (4, 1:52.4f, $268,247) from a franco-american dam. #4 Mesmerized (2ct Cantab Hall-Gift Card-Credit Winner) - Lindy Farms. Second foal of multiple NYSS and final winner Gift Card (2, 1:55.2, $253,733), she a sister to World Champion and million-dollar plus winner Crazed. Interested owners and visitors have been attentive to the action, and their investments, throughout spring. The Sunshine Meadows three year-olds and up continue to progress as well, including Sylvester's Spider Blue Chip and Toss Cartwright. Many of the two year-olds are now at 2:20 or below - we expect the favorites might change again as they move north to approach qualifying tests. Dreams sometimes come true. Spider Blue Chip (outside), Toss Cartwright (inside) for the Sylvester Stable. Toss Cartwight 2,1:57f ($46,749) by Muscles Yankee-Toss Up-Supergill, Toss Up the dam of six winners in 1:57 or better including Tawesome 3,1:53.3 ($103,120) by Thomas H. Hicks

Beer Summit (5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl) won today's Kat. 3 event at Bollnas, Sweden earning 30,000SEK first prize with his 1.14.8kr score over 2140 meters autostart. Missing from the field was the scratched Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah. Beer Summit was reined by Jorma Kontio for the Arctic Light Stable. The 2013 import from the US last raced there on May 22, 2013 and won for driver Andrew McCarthy in 1.10.1kr. He was making his initial 2014 appearance and now has posted seven career wins in 33 starts for 3,199,011SEK earned. Beer Summit won the Standardbred Stake at Delaware, OH in 2012 timed in a stakes record 1:56.1h for trainer Noel Daley, Trustworthy As was second today for Henrik Svensson with Miss Sue V third for Daniel Reden. Nobody takes feature at Kincsem Park, Hungary Nobody, a six year-old son of Tony Oaks took Saturday’s featured Scott Palmer DIJ at Kincsem Park. Owned, trained and driven by Emil Csordas, the veteran wore down the leader in late stretch and  scored in 1.16.5kr over 1900 meters autostart, to secure the winners’ share of the 500,000Huf purse as the narrow 2.7/1 favorite. The Allison Hollow stallion, Jackpot Star, rallied late to be second over pacesetting Orangyal, a six year-old Wall Street Banker mare. April 5, 2014 Kincsem Park, Scott Palmer DIJ, 500,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart, 7 starters, 1.16.5kr 1st Nobody (7m Tony Oaks-Gunnel Diadem), Emil Csordas owner/trainer/driver, 2.7/1 2nd Jackpot Star (11m Allison Hollow-Aniko Star), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver up, 12.8/1 3rd Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo), Balazs Juhasz up for trainer Pal Vicen, 2.8/1 The undercard saw victories engineered by the good mares Amazing Lobell (by Incredible Crafts) in 1.15.6kr over 1800 meters in the Demure Handicap (an impressive gate to wire score) and Oklahoma Font (by Toss Out) in the Colocaid DIJ over 1960 meters autostart. The Muscles Yankee five year-old mare PS I Love You was second in this contest with the Love You filly Raffaella SM ending third by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Last year’s Rowe Cup place-getter and New Zealand record holder - Boizel – is back in New Zealand and set to tackle the Group races at Alexandra Park within the next month. The Tony Grayling trained 7-year-old gelding arrived back in New Zealand on March 28 after a second, third, seventh and 10th in four races at Tabcorp Park, Melton in Australia from February 15 to March 15. “He went really well in the Cochran Trotters Cup first up and then was an unlucky third in the Free-For-All the following week. Then he went off the boil. “I don’t know whether it was the heat, the bush fires, or he just wasn’t feeling well, but he wasn’t up to competing in the Great Southern Stars Series. Instead we wanted to look after him for the big races back here at Alexandra Park,” Grayling said. The Franklin horseman was referring to the Group One $100,000 Anzac Cup on Anzac Day (April 25), the Group Three $30,000 Greenlane Cup on May 2, and the Group One $150,000 Rowe Cup on May 9. “He was a bit tired when he came home but Chris Alford did a terrific job with him. I went over for the first 10 days and then came back to my team. “I’ll definitely line him up in the Anzac Cup and the Rowe Cup but I’m not sure about the Greenlane Cup. I’d like to get a trial into him before Anzac Day but the Easter break might put a dampener on that. I’m not too perturbed though because he’s bouncing around again and working very well,” said Grayling who works a team of 20 at Pukekohe. Boizel finished third behind Stig and Springbank Sam in last year’s Rowe Cup. Six months later the son of Dream Vacation set a New Zealand 2400m standing start record of 3:01 flat in Free-For-All Trot at Kaikoura. Boizel settle well back in that field that day while Stent and Master Lavros set a solid clip in front. He was three deep and second last down the back the last time and then in the straight Dexter Dunn threaded his way through the field to knock over Stent in the shadows of the post. He won with 2:01.3 mile rate and trotted his last 800m and 400m sectionals in 59.1 and 29.9 seconds. Boizel was the fourth favourite of the nine starters and paid $11.80 to win. “He placed in the Jewels but that was the best race of his career beating good horses like Stent and Master Lavros. The longer the go the better he is because he’s an out-and-out stayer. The Rowe Cup’s 3200m distance is ideal for him. “We will want a hot pace like they went at Kaikoura and then he will be in his element. He can stay all day. He’s a very good one-paced horse who just keeps bowling along,” Grayling said. Boizel has raced 29 times for 11 wins, 10 seconds and 13 thirds. The brown gelding has won $167,469 in stakes. “He’s my stable star and a very good trotter when he’s right. Every trainer would love to win a Rowe Cup. We went close last year. Hopefully we can go two better this time around,” 48-year-old Grayling said. By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of HRNZ)

The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association presented its Caretaker of the Month award to Steve Toth for March and John Hanning for February at Pompano Park Sunday. Toth and trainer/owner Irwin Lubar handled the turnaround of Canadian Touch (5gp Camotion-Little Wild Thing-Apaches Fame) as he recorded three wins, a second and third in March as he moved from the $4k claiming level to $15k and lowered his lifetime record to 1:51f. The Canadian bred pacing speedster has a 2014 slate of 5-3-1 in 12 starts for $17,758, most under the professional care of Steve Toth. Etruscan Hanover (4gt Donato Hanover-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) earned three wins in February for veteran caretaker John Hanning and trainer/driver Jim McDonald. Under their patient management (Etruscan is reportedly a head-case of sorts that the reserved caretaker's patience matches effectively, according to trainer McDonald) the lightly raced trotter recorded a career win of 1:55.4f. Etruscan Hanover is owned by the Estate of Angelo Fresetto, Kenneth Klein, Old Block Stables, and Team S Racing. Both caretakers received a plaque and a check for $100 from the Florida USHWA Chapter. by Thomas H. Hicks, president of the Florida Chapter of USHWA

Fridays main event is an Open 2 Trot that finds Hellogottagobuhbye and Franks Best escaping the top ranks and getting away from the streaking El Azteca, who has rattled off six straight victories. Hellogottagobuhbye is a 6-year-old son of Dream Vacation who is owned and driven by Daniel Maier with Tim Maier the conditoner. He has won three of his nine trips to the post this season, including a victory in the opening leg of the Jim Grundy Series on March 1, and has been second and third behind El Azteca in his last two appearances in the Open Handicap. Franks Best comes into this assignment with some impressive credentials, as the multiple stakes-winning Armbro Scribe gelding has banked over $190,000 for his owner/breeder/trainer Bob Johnson with a 1:56 2/5 lifetime standard. Mooney Svendsen will once again be in the sulky. While Franks Best is still looking for his first snapshot on the year, he has four runner-up finishes from his seven attempts and like Hellogottagobuhbye will appreciate getting away from El Azteca. He figures to play the role of stalker behind his main rival in Fridays headliner. $25,000 guaranteed Pick 5 Friday There is a Pick 5 carryover of $9,145 going into Friday nights program with the wager sporting a $25,000-guaranteed gross pool and a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent wager and begins on the third race. There are three wagers on the card that offer the 16 percent takeout. In addition to the Pick 5, there is the 20-cent Pick 4 that has a $20,000-guaranteed pool on Fridays and a $25,000 guarantee on Saturdays and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the nightcap. Friday nights carryover is the result of favorites blanking in last Saturday evenings Pick 5. While the opening event in that sequence was a two-horse race between the winner King Of The Crop and arch-rival Rikybrunthegaragdwn, 14-1 upsets by Scooter Babe and Fox Valley Wyatt and victories by 7-2 Try This and 3-1 Me Tarzan sealed the deal. Dream Weaver, George Reider join forces with winner Wanna Win did the track-and-attack to perfection last weekend, getting the cheese for the combination of owner Dave (Dream) Weaver of TVG fame, trainer George Reider and pilot James Kennedy. Wanna Win posed for pictures nine times last season, including a lifetime-best 1:52 4/5 clocking over the mile and a quarter Colonial Downs oval in Virginia. Her win last week was her second in her last four trips to the post here for Team Weaver and Reider. I met the Dave through our mutual friend Wade Miller, Reider explained. He told me that Dave was looking to relocate a few horses from Northfield Park to Cal Expo and asked me if I was interested. After a few phone calls the partnership was made. I have two mares for him right now, and when they got off the truck from Ohio they both had their problems. Racing on a half-mile track with sub freezing temperatures will do that, but both horses have adapted to California quite well. Wanna Win, a 6-year-old daughter of No Pan Intented, sat a pocket trip when she clicked on February 22 with Luke Plano in the bike, then came from next-to-last with a :27 3/5 quarter to romp home at most recent asking with Kennedy handling the lines. This is a mare who hits her knees like a lot of standardbreds, some doing it more than others, George continued. Shes in the latter category, and.with the bigger track, the shoeing change and the different equipment with some slight adjustments, she's responded quite well. Weaver, who is known for his ice cold exactas on TVG, has always been a big booster of the trotters and pacers. Dave is not your typical horse owner, Reider said. Hes very knowledgeable about situations that arise on the track..I just wish that we could race down in Los Angeles, so he could actually see his horses race live. by Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness                                                                                                                                      

Bray Raceway Ballarat was the venue for Monday harness racing and with the Great Southern Star only a matter of five days away, it was appropriate for the trotters to take centre stage and that they did, with four of the nine races programmed for them. Impressive Wind Cries Maori/Tachometer gelding Glintintheeye trained at Bolinda by Brent Lilley made it two from two when successful in the Porter Industries 2-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 1710 metres. Driven once again by Chris Alford, Glintintheeye coming from 10 metres avoided a number of gallopers on the first turn, settling four back along the markers, with Welkin Park leading from barrier two for Graeme Whittle. Moving to trail the pacemaker at the bell, Glintintheeye joined Welkin Park in the run along the back straight to stride clear on the home turn, assisted by Welkin Park galloping. Cruising to the wire, Glintintheeye scored by 12.7 metres from Welkin Park which got going again, with Trade Wind (four back the markers at bell) a further 14 metres away in third place. The mile rate 2-10.7 Very smart Armbro Variable/Maoris Lass colt Asdenro brought up four wins in succession by taking the Windmill AG Vicbred Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2200 metres in a rate of 2-02.6. Trained at Maiden Gully (Bendigo) by David Van Ryn, Asdenro driven by stable reinsman (nephew) Haydon Gray led throughout from gate four to account for the roughie Brisharlo (three back the markers) which gave the leader a scare on turning when moving up swiftly to issue a challenge. Tiroroa Tom ran on late from mid-field for third. Being St Patricks Day, the Guinness would have been flowing after the Tanya Daniels The Good Guys Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2200 metres, as Dunnstown brothers John and David Murphy snared the quinella, with Tommy Kay (Mick Stanley) defeating Monica My Dear (Glenn Conroy) by the shortest possible margin. Sent forward from outside the front line to join the pole line leader Im Anonymous in the back straight on the first occasion, Tommy Kay trained by John showed a great deal of courage to score in a thrilling finish, while Monica My Dear may have been the unlucky runner, as she was badly held up on the back of the leader before gaining a late split in the shadows of the post to just fail. Im Anonymous weakened to finish third 1.7 metres away. The mile rate 2-05.2. The Laser Electrical Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2200 metres saw Nagambie maestro Chris Lang in the winners stall, when talented Dream Vacation/Invasions Pride four year old gelding Lord Liam greeted the judge much to the delight of owner/breeders Richard and Pauline Matthews. Trained and driven by Chris, Lord Liam had little difficulty in retaining the inside running from the pole and despite being covered by a hard pulling Frances Annie from the bell, was never really let go in defeating the last start Ballarat winner Happy Hombre which trailed by 4.1 metres in a rate of 2-02.4. Frances Annie fought on extremely well to finish third. By Len Baker (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

Star Kiwi trotter Stent has blown the race wide open to be crowned the 2013/14 Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters champion. Heading into last night’s (Saturday) Gr.1 $100,000 Seelite Windows & Doors Australian Trotting Grand Prix at TABCORP Park, Melton it was gridlock at the top of the leaderboard with a sole point separating three trotters. Dominion Handicap winner Master Lavros held a slender lead over Glenferrie Farm Challenge winner Keystone Del and the ultra-consistent Stent. But the success of Stent last night has seen him race away with a clear lead at the halfway point of the season. The Colin DeFilippi trained and driven five-year-old capitalized on a lovely run against the pegs throughout before forcing clear off the back straight and proving to be a decisive winner by five metres from Aleppo Midas and My High Expectations in a time of 1;59.1 for the 2240m event. Stent is raced by well-known identity Trevor Casey. The Dream Vacation – Belle Galleon gelding will back-up in next week’s Great Southern Star, a heat/final concept conducted on the same night which has been modelled on Sweden’s universally revered Elitlopp. Two heats of $50,000 will be staged before progressing to a $250,000 final. Three legs of the series remain with the Gr.1 $300,000 Great Southern Star at TABCORP Park, Melton scheduled for next weekend (March 22) before the action returns to Auckland. The $80,000 Glenferrie Farm Anzac Cup will be held on April 25 followed by the $150,000 Canam Rowe Cup completes the season on May 9. The Australian Pacing Gold Trotting Masters leaderboard is as follows; Stent (200 points) Keystone Del (120) Master Lavros (101) Stig (60) Elegant Image & Vulcan (40) by Chris Barsby

Cagnes sur mer conducted its final trotting card during the winter season at the seaside racetrack last evening. The featured Grand Prix de Vincennes went to Italy's Pablo di Jesolo and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. The six year-old son of Daguet Rapide, from Armbro Judy by Speedy Crown, scored in 1.15.2kr over 2925 meters. He defeated the Italian mare No Man's Land teamed by trainer Pipo Gubellini. No Man's Land is entered to race against Mack Grace SM, Linda di Casei and others on March 16 at Padova. 6 17.35 - PR. GR.PR.PADOVANELLE C.NAZ. E 45.100 mt 1640   1 LINDA DI CASEI 1640 A.Gocciadoro 2 NO MAN'S LAND " P.Gubellini 3 NOBLE NORD FRO " A.Farolfi 4 I AM GRIF " M.Cheli 5 ORLEANS OM " G.Lombardo Jr 6 NAPOLEON BAR " E.Bellei 7 MACK GRACE SM " R.Andreghetti 8 PAPANDREU " V.P.Dell'Annunziata 9 PER AMORE GUAL " M.Barbini 10 PANCOTTINA BAR " Fr.Facci  March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Grand Prix de Vincennes, International, £90,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr 1st Pablo di Jesolo (5m Daguet Rapide-Armbro Judy-Speedy Crown), Roberto Andreghetti up for G. Casillo trainer and owner Scuderia GMC, 16/1, Italy 2nd No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-Aj's Baby Doll-Donerail), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, for owner Scuderia Gardesana, breeder J-Et. Dubois, 29/1, Italy 3rd Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illiria Bella), Anthony Barrier for J-P Marmion, 5.5/1 4th Conrads Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida), Erik Adielsson for Jorma Niskanen trainer, 11/1, Sweden 5th Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia), Frank Nivard up, 2.3/1 odds A co-feature on the Cagnes sur mer card, the Prix de Saint-Malo, went to Sweden's Jacky Glide as she scored in 1.15.4kr over 2925 meters. The daughter of Jag de Bellouet was handled by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Saint-Malo, European, 33,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.15.4kr 1st Jacky Glide (8f Jag de Bellouet-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 4.4/1 odds, her 12th win for 205,674e, owner Thorsson and Adielsson AB, Sweden 2nd Ulysse de Curges (6g Gabor Star-Idole de Curgies), Christophe Martens up for Erik Prudhon trainer, 6/1 3rd Orechetto Jet (6m Supergill-Frutute Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mlle. Stephanie Catherine Lepetit, 2.5/1 odds, Italy In Belgium, Hippodrome Wallonie (Mons Ghlin) conducted an eight race evening program. Of interest was a win by Angel Dark in the Prix Chanly over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son on Look de Star scored in 1.14.6kr for driver Johanna Lindqvist, his first win in only two starts after qualifying at Grobois. The winner is trained by Anders Lindqvist, who is co-owner with Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable in the USA. Early morning on Saturday the Australian Trotting Grand Prix took place at Melton and was simulcast on the PMU network. Win-place handle totaled over £80,000 and the win was recorded by New Zealand's Stent, a son of Dream Vacation, reined by Colin Defilippi. Two US bred players were in the field with Myhighexpectations, a son of Ken Warkentin, ending third. March 14, 2014, Melton, Australian Trotting Grand Prix, International, 72,590e, 2240 meters autostart 1st Stent NZ (6g Dream Vacation-Belle Galleon), Colin J. Defilippi trainer/driver, 4.6/1 odds 2nd Aleppo Midas AUS (7f Sundon-Insulated), K.E. Manning driver, Michelle Eastin trainer, 18.9/1 3rd Myhighexpectations USA (7m Ken Warkentin-Kovel-Garland Lobell), David Aiken trainer/driver Unplaced was Kyvalley Blur USA (6g Chocolatier-Duo Val Car), C. Lang driver, USA breeder M.C. Cone by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Jim Morrill Jr is now three-for-three in the Opens in the young 2014 season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the veteran reinsman piloted Turtle Express (Dream Vacation) to victory in Friday night's $17,000 Open Trot. Turtle Express had rattled off three consecutive wins at Yonkers before a try in their Open in his last start. Making his local debut, the Kevin Efimetz trainee was assigned post eight on Friday but it didn't matter. Morrill rolled Turtle Express to the lead heading to the half mile pole and opened up a nearly half dozen length advantage before eventually stopping the timer in 1:57.2. Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) was the runner up while Strong Hall (Barry Segel) closed for third in the trotting feature. The Morrill-Efimetz combo has dominated the action through the first week of the racing season at the Spa. For the third consecutive night, the pick five was not hit so the carryover to Saturday's card will be over $7,000. The pick five begins in race six. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a card highlighted by that pick five carryover. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Such trotting luminaries as Scarlet Knight and Commander Crowe have won the Gavle Stora Pris in past years, and even the likes of Prix d’Amerique winner Maharajah has  graced this field with his presence as recently as last year. But the cream of the Swedish elite have been plundering France over the past couple of months with the Lutfi Kolgjini-trained colt Olympic Kronos the latest to stick his hoof in the French cookie jar,  while On Track Piraten was second in the Prix de Plauteau de Gravelle on Thursday. Maharajah and Noras Bean won the two group one classics the Grand Prix d’Amerique and  Prix de France respectively while the likes of the Swedish trained Sanity, Global Manhattan and the ex-pat Beckman all winning big races in France this Winter Meeting. Back home Amaru Boko has looked to be finally fulfilling the potential he showed when winning the Group one E3 final over the likes of Duexieme Picsous, Kadett C.D. and Raja Mirchi in 2010. Then trained by Timo Nurmos, the stallion son of superstar French sire Coktail Jet   was third to Orecchietti and Wishing Stone in the Group one Sprintermasteren Final in 2011 and he has won at Gold Division level in the V75, including a win over Beanie M.M. in the Ego Boys Minne in August 2012. He followed that up with his biggest cheque as an open class horse a few weeks later when second to Sebastian K in the group one Sundsvall Open, a UET Masters Series race but his career stalled the next season with just one small win in 2013. But he returned after a four month break in 2014 in Robert Bergh’s stable and has looked a different horse, racking up three impressive wins in a row. Bergh seems to have found the key to the stallion and although he is attempting the three kilometre trip for the first time, should have the breeding to add the storied distance race to his CV. Montgomery Gel has won four of his last six races but has not won over this distance before, with a second and a third his best efforts  in seven attempts at the 3km staying race. Timo Nurmos usually has Jorma Kontio on board the son of jag de Bellouet but  has engaged top Swedish drive Bjorn Goop. The Swedish champ has driven the gelding nine times previously but the last time was in May last year and he has only won once, on his second drive on the horse in September 2009. Francais du Gull, another son of Jag de Bellouet, was third in this race last year and has the credentials to really test this field while Svante Bath’s Labero Broline (Pine Chip)and Ake Lindblom’s Winning Love (Love You) are also getting support in early markets.. GÄVLE STORA PRIS Gävle 2014-02-22   3140m 33,642 euros 1  Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:   Erik Lindegren   Tr: Erik Lindegren              2 Trustworthy Ås (g   Dream Vacation - Keep the Word) Dr:   Henrik Svensson  Tr:  Henrik Svensson    3 My Golden (m   Adams Hall - Lady Wall Star) Dr:   Kajsa Frick   Tr: Leif Witasp            4 Tidied Accelerator (g   Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr:   Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Stefan Melander             5  Labero Broline (h   Pine Chip - Armbro Natural) Dr:   Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth             6  Yanantin Boko ( v   Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko) Dr:   Olle Alsén   Tr: Olle Alsén    7  Winnng Love (h   Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr:   Åke Lindblom   Tr: Åke Lindblom               8   Amaru Boko (h   Coktail Jet - Sue Boko) Dr:   Robert Bergh   Tr: Robert Bergh              9    Kaka (h   November - Elegance Real) Dr:   Torbjörn Jansson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson            10  Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr:   Thomas Dalborg   Tr: Mats Karlsson          11 Clear Sign (g   Smok'n Lantern - Atas Nice Sun L) Dr:.   Ulf Ohlsson   Tr: Henrik Svensson              12 Montgomery Gel (h   Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina) Dr:   Björn Goop   Tr: Timo Nurmos     Dave Sanders

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major and Bettors Delight so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Christian Cullen Enjoy the read. BREEDING - By the son of Direct Scooter in "In The Pocket". As a stallion In The Pocket has been nothing short of sensational in New Zealand and is responsible for changing the breed in Australia and New Zealand. – becoming NZ’s Champion Sire in both 1998/99 and 2003/04 as well as being the Leading 2YO Sire five times and twice 3YO Sire of the Year. He is the sire of 3 NZ based millionaires and multiple Harness Horses of the Year. His best performers to date include: Changeover p, 1:54.3 $2,426,765 29 wins – G1 NZ Cup, G1 Len Smith Mile,G1 Taylor Mile, G1 NZ Derby, G1 Northern Derby, G1 3YO ABC Final etc…NZ 3YO Colt Pacer of the Year, NZ 5YO & Older Pacer of the Year. Now at stud, Courage Under Fire p, 1:54.2 $1,485,629 41 wins. UNBEATEN in his FIRST 24 starts. Winner of a World Record 6 Derbies. G1 2YO Sires’ Stks Final, G1 3YO Sires’ Stks Final, G1 NZ Derby, G1 GN Derby, G1 AUS Derby, G1 VIC Derby,G1 QLD Derby, G1 NSW Derby, G1 AUS Pacing championship, G1 QLD Pacing Chsp, G1 SA Cup. NZ 2YO Pacer of the Year, NZ & AUS 3YO Pacer of the Year, NZ 4YO Pacer of the Year. Now successful sire.  And of course Christian Cullen who we will detail more below. Christian Cullen is from a very wayward daughter of Bo Scot Blue Chip in Pleasant Franco. What is really notable about the dams pedigree is that it is so dual gaited with the grand dam of Christian Cullen, a half sister to the great Australian trotter in True Roman  (46 wins) RACE RECORD - Plagued by issues most of his racing career, Christian Cullen was a star from the time he stepped on the track. He was such a great looking colt and with ability to match his looks he quickly became a crowd favorite. While he won four from five at two and five from ten at three, it is his four year old career that he is most remembered for. Twelve from twelve says it all with the two highlights being his outstanding win in the NZ Cup and his demolition of a star studded field by 20 meters in the Miracle Mile. All up he faced the starter just 31 times for 22 Wins and 4 placings for $1,249,150 in stakes. AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Stood one season in North America but as was predicted when it was announced he was very poorly patronized with that single crop numbering just 26 live foals which were three year olds in the season just finished. Of that 26 foals 17 have been winners with the best of them being the smart pair Handsoffmycupcake 1:52.1f ($369,325) and Good Day Mate 1:49.3f ($321,483)  and has an average earnings per starter of $55,000.  He also has sixty-five horses who have raced in North America but were bred in NZ. Of those, 63 have won including the top mare Royal Cee Cee 1:49.3f  ($996,432), King Kat Anvil 1:52.4h ($918,191), Mighty Cullen 1:50.2 ($574,945), Classic Cullen 1:50.4 ($451,660), All Tiger 1:49.1s ($401,238), Lightning Raider 1:52.4 ($403,559) to name just a few.  Eligible to race - 91 Winners - 80 Sub 1:50 - 5 Average earnings per starter - $187,328 Total earnings to date - $16,297,512 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD.- Has a great record in Australia especially with his fillies. Off the ten highest stake earners bred by Christian Cullen in Australia, seven are fillies. He has produced fillies of the class of Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178), Keppel Bay 1:58.3 ($416,151), Staccato 1:58.2 ($393,216), Nowuseeme 1:57.2 ($287,234), The Archduchess 1:55.2 ($281,319) and Triliner 1:56.2 ($280,196) while his colts are headed by the likes of Catchmecullen 1:51 ($349,552), Secretagent Cullen 1:51.4 ($334,961) and Jukebox Music 1:53.6 ($261,321). Of his twenty six $100,000 winners in Australia, fifteen are fillies or mares. Foals 3yr old and older - 324 Winners - 158 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 48% $100,000 plus - 26 $1,000,000 plus - 0 Average earnings per starter - $48,245 Average earnings per eligible horse - $31,269 Total earnings to date - $10,131,440 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD. - Hard to do justice to it really. Like his father In The Pocket he has helped to changed the breed in NZ. Even though he stood at a fee of $25,000 for some of his career he has still covered large books in NZ due to the sustained success his stock have enjoyed on the track. He has produced so many champion fillies and colts that he truly is a world class sire. His oldest crop are 13yr olds and he had just 46 foals born that year for 25 winners including the following; Born Again Christian 1:51.2 ($133,130), Likmesiah ($427,965), Roman Gladiator ($318,022), V For ($208,777), Chris Riley ($306,732) Conte De Christo ($246,703) Dudinka's Star ($106,580) and C C Mee ($101,949). His 12 yr old crop produced 103 foals for 58 winners including the outstanding group headed by Mainland Banner ($684,579), King Cat Anvil ($918,191), Molly Darling ($575,150), Mighty Cullen ($574,945), Classic Cullen ($451,660), Whambam ($407,299), Kamwood Cully ($159,838), Dudinka's Cullen ($316,386), Chesterton ($136,376) River Waltz ($303,837), Supreme Edition ($386,829), Spiritual King ($204,624), Conte Cenovalli ($204,486) and Cullens Reign ($170,806). There is that many good horses that from here on I only want to mention the names. His 11yr old crop left 34 winners from 59 foals born and still left the very fast Pay Me A Christian ($354,770), Cruzee Lass ($99,544), Cyclone Cully ($399,635), The Midnight Owl ($283,630) and Wilson Jay ($147,267). His 10yr old crop of 136 foals produced 72 winners headed by Gotta Go Cullen ($1,173,343), Fergiemack ($230,653), Spicey ($162,014), Charles Bronson ($127,255), Cullens Blue Jean ($289,056), Chausettes Blanche ($329,250), Jimmy Cowan ($210,631), Aloha Christian ($212,358), CC's Lover ($241,306) and Christian Skipper ($189,176). His 9yr old crop  produced 241 foals for 138 winners headed by Kiwi Ingenuity ($491,821), Lizzie Maguire ($421,479), Ohoka Arizona ($273,498), Absolute Magic ($178,981), Benny Mac ($196,936), All Tiger ($401,238), Tact Lizzie ($128,988), Rakarebel ($309,876) and Roman Conqueror ($355,078). His 8yr old crop total was 204 foals with 109 winners headed by Stunin Cullen ($1,015,257), Lauraella ($649,946), Lightning Raider ($403,559), Rona Lorraine ($133,268), Cullens Crown ($320,215), Carolines Cullen ($333,518) and Mercurio ($223,603). His 7yr old crop produced 145 foals for 86 winners headed by Franco Emirate ($326,830), Royal Cee Cee ($996,432), Meridith Maguire ($226,167), Gotta Go Harmony ($205,909), Harrison Maguire ($103,634) and Supremacy ($107,910). His 6yr old crop of 154 foals has left 90 winners including Easy On The Eye ($315,650), Statesman ($306,632), Hands Christian ($263,930), The Muskeg Express ($111,331), Ohoka Texas ($174,342), Mr Hasani ($270,063), Jarcullembra ($207,410) and Empyrean ($121,302) Miss Moonlite ($184,000) and Rupeeno Cullen ($123,415). His 5yr old crop of 154 foals has produced 73 winners including the brilliant Christen Me ($767,324), Western Cullen ($441,159), O'Baby ($333,026), Chancellor Cullen ($363,752), Field Officer ($183,017) and Raging Bull ($115,581). The 4yr old group has 142 foals for 60 winners and already include Alta Christiano ($241,614), Classiesistar ($197,094), Delightful Christian ($327,321), Franco Nelson ($232,880) and his 3yr old crop of 124 foals he has left the promising Locharburn ($107,908), Libertybelle Midfrew ($100,656) and Allblack Stride ($146,466) to date. Several of his sons are being given an opportunity at stud including Stunin Cullen, Gotta Go Cullen and Gotta Go Collect.  Foals 3yr old and older - 1,431 Winners - 758 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 52% $100,000 plus - 64 $1,000,000 plus - 2 Average earnings per starter - $29,515 Average earnings per eligible horse - $20,625 Total earnings to date - $29,515,298 His broodmares are already firing with his mares already having left the winners of over the  $3,000,000 mark with Highview Tommy and Ohoka Punter their two best performers to date. POSITIVES - He has that ability to leave that exceptional individual year in and year out.Colt or Filly that can dominate as two and three year olds and still go on to race on the Grand Circuit as older horses. Has not only shown that he can compete with the best American stallions available but in most cases has outperformed them and over a long period of time. NEGATIVES -  His major one for most breeders has been his stud fee but at the end of the day that hasn't stopped them breeding to him in large numbers year after year. Otherwise he is just a great stallion with no major issues. OVERVIEW - A "Local" sire who has not only competed with the best North American Stallions but he has consistently outperformed them. His numbers for a stallion based in NZ are truly staggering. World-wide he has left over 1150 winners who have won over $55,000,000 in stakes. He has given the breeding industry in New Zealand the belief in its own product and set the bar for all that follow. OVERALL RATING 9.5 JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled  

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three and Western Terror so far and today we have produced an in depth review for the outstanding trotting stallion Sundon (In North America called Sondon) Enjoy the read. Sundon was bred in North America by prominent New Zealand breeder Sir Roy McKenzie whose father established the famous Roydon Lodge stud in New Zealand. He was a son of Arndon who was bred by Sir Roy from his good mare Roydon Gal. The dam of Sundon was the B F Coaltown mare in Sungait Song.  Brought to New Zealand with her foal Sundon at foot, this mare has established an outstanding record at stud in New Zealand. Apart from Sundon she has left Sungait Reb (US,1:57.1s), 15 wins 15 seconds and 8 thirds for $178,000 in stakes, Sunning ($95,077), Sunbeam Song ($14,475) and A Touch Of Sun ($37,576). Sunning is the dam of Burano ($105,000) and other daughters have left Roydon Flash ($214,000) and Solar Fire ($214,00) who is the dam of Sheemon ($137,964). RACE RECORD - Bred to North American time, Sundon was giving away six months to his age group competition when he stepped on to the track at two. But that didn't stop him winning 11 straight at that age and he started the same way at three winning 8 of his first 9. He carried on through to Grand Circuit company as a older horse and although he was a bit inconsistent at times, when he put it all together he was nigh unbeatable. All up he faced the starter 60 times for 27 wins and 8 placings on his way to earning $264,000 AMERICAN STUD RECORD - Sundon was known as Sondon in North America. He never stood in North America but he does have 81 horses who have been imported from New Zealand and they have compiled an outstanding record. They are headed by the brilliant Westland Sun 1:52.3s ($729,624) and include such talented horses as Locofoco 1:53.4s ($714,998), Lets Get Serious 1:52.2m ($621,912), Supreme Pat 1:54.3m ($322,891), and Ima Gold Digger 1:55f ($271,289).  As the stats below show his percentages and average earnings are up there with the very best. US statistics Eligible to race - 81 Winners - 76 $100,000+ winners - 34 Sub 1:54 - 4 Average earnings per starter - $119,716 Average earnings per eligible horse - $116,760 Total earnings to date - $9,457,553 AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD - Surprisingly he has only produced 259 live foals in Australia (spread over 16 seasons with his biggest crop totaling just 44 foals) which given his complete dominance of the trotting sires list over nearly twenty years is hard to fathom. Never the less from those foals he has sired such standouts as the outstanding I Didn't Do It ($455,554) along with such smart horses as Donny Bouchea ($326,062), Red Samurai ($230,722), Compressor ($212,303), Right Interest ($202,096) and Aleppo Sunrise ($183,090) to name a few. Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older - 259 Winners - 107 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 41% $100,000 plus - 16 Average earnings per starter - $37,721 Average earnings per eligible horse - $22,000 Total earnings to date - $5,698,092 BROOD MARE STATS - Already his daughters have produced 47 winners in Australia headed by last years leading two year old in I"m Stately ($182,915) along with Sassy Pinevale ($176,195) and Spidergirl ($139,075) for stakes totaling $1,995,461 to date.    NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - He has completely revolutionized the trotting breed in New Zealand. From his first crop he has stamped himself as a sensational sire and any look at his record in NZ shows how dominant he has been for over 20 years. He has been voted New Zealand 'Stallion Of The Year' four times and he has been the leading trotting sire for many seasons and even managed to top the overall stakes won by all stallions in 2007 which considering the difference in stakes and racing opportunities in New Zealand is truly remarkable. He has left superstars galore with his male offspring headed by the millionaire and champion Sundons Gift ($1,275,264) along with such top performers as Springbank Richard ($651,245), Whatsundermykilt $510,484), Houdini Star ($427,327), Pompallier ($398,138) and Delft $353,910) whilst his females are headed by the brilliant One Under Kenny ($1,060,394) along with such stars as Allegro Agitato ($524,399), Martina H ($391,867), Our Sunny Whiz ($348,781), Some Direction ($307,804) and Escapee ($242,363). His latest star is Master Lavros ($210,868) who is currently the best trotter in NZ. New Zealand statistics Foals 3yr old and older - 1,706 Winners - 670 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 39% $100,000 plus - 54 $1,000,000, plus - 2 Average earnings per starter - $28,622 Average earnings per eligible horse - $14,562 Total earnings to date - $24,844,368 BROOD MARE STATS - Going to be as dominant here as he has been in the siring barn. His mares have already left 278 winners including Vulcan ($858,793), Sovereignty ($716,496), Paramount Gee Gee ($497,100), Habibti ($258,790), Stent ($283,140), Royal Aspirations ($256,149) and Prime Power ($136,759). Stakes won to date are nearing 10 million and he has the opportunity in the next ten years to set benchmarks as a brood mare sire that may never be bettered. POSITIVES - A dominant sire in Australasia for near on 20 years and now doing the same as a brood mare sire. Completely changed the standard of trotting down under and his ability to lift non descript families is legendary. Credit must be given to his owners who have always kept his stud fee very affordable which has allowed the average breeder to access this great sire. NEGATIVES - The word "HOT" and Sundon have always gone together. Gelding was one of the first things you did when acquiring a Sundon colt, hence the absence of any of his star sons at stud. One that may have proved the exception was the speedy Last Sunset 1:55.2 ($312,423) who died prematurely when looking a very promising sire. He sired just 41 foals before his death of which 16 have started for 11 winners to date that have earned $568,198 in stakes to give him an average earnings per starter of a very good $35,512. He only bred the two small crops of 10 and 31. OVERVIEW - Without doubt the greatest trotting sire to have ever stood in Australasia. His  dominance at stud over such a long period has cast a huge shadow over his competition during that period. With over $40,000,000 on his card worldwide and his daughters now leaving the next generation of stars, Sundon has lifted the trotting breed in Australasia to a much higher level than breeders thought possible. A truly great sire and top brood mare sire. OVERALL RATING - 9.5/10 JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire A Stallion review - Mach Three A Stallion review - Western Terror Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled    

Samantha Ottley, Andre Poutama, and Simon McMullan will represent New Zealand at the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in New South Wales, Australia, from February 25 to March 2. Qualification for the Series, which will be run over 10 heats, was completed last Friday (January 31). The final race will be competed for on Inter Dominion grand final day at Sydney’s Tabcorp Park Menangle. Ottley, with a massive 111 points was the South Island’s leading qualifier – 55 points ahead of second-placed Robbie Close. Third was Matt Anderson on 47 points. Poutama’s 49 points, was four more than second placed McMullan in the North Island qualifiers. Ben Butcher was six points adrift in third with 39 points. Sailesh Abernethy actually finished first with 64 points, but because he is over 25 years of age he is ineligible to compete. McMullan won the UDR qualifiers with a strike rate of 0.3403. Abernethy was top qualifier with 0.3810, while Andrew Grant (0.3778) and Nicole Harris (0.3651) actually finished ahead of him, but they only had five and seven drives respectively . They needed a minimum of 15 drives to qualify. Ottley’s 0.3603 was also higher than McMullan’s but she had already booked her flight across the Tasman as the leading South Island driver. Ottley and Poutama will be representing New Zealand for the first time, but McMullan has driven in an Australasian Young Drivers Championship previously – that being in the Perth in 2012. McMullan, who only just qualified this time around with 16 drives, said he had Harness Racing New Zealand’s Marketing and Communications Executive, Stacey Markham to thank for qualifying. “I didn’t even realise I was a chance of getting there until Stacey rang me up. She said if I finished first or second at Cambridge last Friday I’d qualify,” McMullan said. McMullan duely won behind the Dream Vacation gelding that he and Steven Reid train named Commander Galleon. The 5-year-old was favourite in the second event and won easily by 3-1/2 lengths. “I’m delighted to be going again. I think the Perth experience will help me a lot this time around. I want to thank all the trainers who put me on this season, especially Brian Hughes. I had three drives for him and had two wins and a third. That was a huge help,” the Pukekohe horseman said. McMullan, who is now 24, will be too old to compete in next year’s Series and is desperate to go out a winner this time. “I finished down the field in Perth, but I did drive a winner. I know there’s a bit of luck involved with the horses and the draws that you get, but when you do get on a good horse you have to make the most of it. “There have been some really good juniors who have won the Series and gone on to good things, so horsemanship does come down to it. I’ll be watching all the videos when the draws are made and I’ll see how they have been driven,” said McMullan. Harness Racing New Zealand is providing the three junior drivers with return flights and merchandise. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)

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