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Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, February 22, 2015...Thirtyeightspecial and Jailhouse Jessica were the harness racing stars under the stars at Pompano Park, each taking new lifetime marks in their respective wins on Sunday night.   Thirtyeightspecial, handled by Ed Hensley for Richard and Carol Macomber, took honors in the $13,400 Battleground Late Closing Final by scoring a gate to wire win in a lifetime best 1:55.4 performance.   The 10 year-old son of Dream Vacation led through panels of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:26 before sealing the issue with a :29.4 finale to score by 1 1/2 lengths over the pocket sitting Wishin Iwas Fishin and Jason Dillander. Northern Inferno and Kevin Wallis teamed up for third while Go Jesse Go and Overwhat earned the final two awards in the octet.   Thirtyeigthspecial not only won in a career best performance, it also vaulted him over the $200,000 mark in lifetime bounty with the win, his 41st in 229 career trips to the starting gate worth $202,545.   It was also the grand gelding's richest payday during his career and only the second time he has raced for a purse of this magnitude--the other being in Goshen, N.Y. on Independence Day of 2008 when he finished second in a NY Sire Stake with a purse of $14,771.   In a post race interview, when told of the new lifetime mark, driver Ed Hensley said, "Man, you could have fooled me. He raced like a three year-old tonight. He was strong gate to wire. He did this all on his own. Ya know Dick (trainer Richard Macomber) is no stranger to training champions. He's been doing it for 50 years. He had this one razor sharp tonight. It's not often you see a 10 year-old taking a new lifetime mark!"   AS the 9 to 5 public choice, Thirtyeightspecial paid $5.60 to his faithful.   Jailhouse Jessica, trained by Dale Gilmour for Karma Racing, wore down a stubborn Mc Tiny's Hope to capture the $12,000 Open Trot for mares on Sunday night.   This five year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse, driven by Bruce Ranger, was almost six lengths away half way through the mile as Mc Tiny's Hope, handled by Ben McNeil, cut sharp panels of :28; :56.3 and 1:24.4 before Jailhouse Jessica wore her down late to hit the wire in 1:54.2--also a lifetime best performance.   Trot Fudge Sundae finished third for Dave Ingraham while Little Bitty Lies and M T Ur Pockets finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to earn the final awards in the field of eight.   After the event, driver Bruce Ranger said, "I was a bit concerned when Ben's (McNeil) mare got a way from us around the final turn but this mare of Dale's (trainer Gilmour) can rock and roll late and she did it tonight. Her last quarter had to have been :28 and change." (It was :28.4).   A $7,200 claim in mid-January, Jailhouse Jessica earned her second win of the season in five starts and shows 2015 earnings of $12,813 and $72,845 lifetime.   Jailhouse Jessica paid $5.40 as the second choice on the board.   In the $10,000 pace for $20,000 claimers, JJ's Doughnut, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. and off at 1 to 2, made a sharp quarter move to the front and went on to score in 1:51.4--his margin 1 1/2 lengths over the 59 to 1 chance Remissionofsins (Peter Wrenn) with Premier (Rick Plano), off at 22 to 1, third.   Claimed for the fourth time in the past month, this eight year-old son of Yankee Cam raced Sunday night under the Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor. He's now five-for-eight this year with $23,164 in the bank.   Finally, in the $8,500 pace for $15,000 claimers, Machinist won in 1:51.4 for Joe Pavia, Jr., scoring in a five horse blanket finish. Red Hot Yankee finished second for George Napolitano, Jr. while Hurricane Howard (Tom Sells) finished third. Major Stone and Fearless Chip were next with the first five just 1/2 length apart at the wire.   Machinist, Red Hot Yankee and Fearless Chip were all claimed in the event as claiming has been at a record pace here over the past several weeks.   Machinist, racing for the Just Win Stable this night, earned his initial win of the season in five starts and, as third choice, paid $9.20 to win.   John Berry

New Zealand harness racing trainer Colin De Filippi will be hoping history doesn’t repeat itself with top class trotter Stent. Having successfully defended his Australasian Grand Prix title at Melton last night, Stent has been installed the early favourite for next month’s Great Southern Star. De Filippi and Stent were in the same position heading into the prestigious event last year after capturing the Grand Prix. Stent went on to win his heat of the GSS before finishing second behind Keystone Del in the Final. Keystone Del, which first-up for a month last night, once again shapes as the Kiwi’s main danger. Based on his two Aussie performances this campaign, Stent gives every indication he can continue his winning streak on this side of the Tasman. With De Filippi in the sulky, the son of Dream Vacation worked three-wide without cover from the bell before scoring by five-and-a-half metres from Keystone Del, with Realmein a metre-and-a-half away third. Rating 1:59 for the 2240 metres, Stent extended his record to 24 wins and 20 placings from 55 starts. Stent PAUL COURTS

February 9, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (€54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon and Ustie Haufor (7f Niky - Lana du Houlbet) at 8/1. She was timed in 1.12.8kr for the victory ahead of 1.8/1 Urfee du Moochel (7f Buvetier d’Aunou - Olga du Mouchel) with Mathieu Abrivard up. Third went to 13/1 Xea Venus (7f Charmy Skeeter - Xea Lobell), a Robert Bergh trainee driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Replay stretch drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJIJ_hS3toA#t=16. Favorites dominated the top five, resulting in a modest exact order Quinte+ consolation payoff.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2758   Ordre :       900,00€   Désordre :       16,60€   Bonus 4 :       6,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,30€   Bonus 3 :       2,20€   At Le Cepiere, the Prix d’Arbois (€28,000 purse, 2950 meters, 18 European starters) went to Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu), the 3/2 favorite driven by Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens. He was clocked in 1.16.3kr to defeat Utile Lebel (7g Biesolo - Jernasca) with trainer/driver Christophe Feyte aboard with third to Uniflosa Bella (7g Jag de Bellouet - Koctiflosa Gede) and Antoine Wiels for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. It was reported today (Paris-Turf and Maharajah facebook page) that Sweden’s champion Maharajah has been retired. The 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner last raced in October at Solvalla, finishing third. The 10 year-old son of Viking Kronos, trained by Stefan Hultman, won numerous major events such as the Svenskt Travkriterium at age 3; the Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. and Svenskt Travderby. at age 4; at 6, second in Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France; at 8, winner of Olympiatravet  and the aforementioned 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner at age 9. 2014 Prix d’Amerique replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K20LX-_RGI Thomas H. Hicks

New Zealand trotter Stent won tonight’s Bertocchi Melton Trotters Cup for harness racing trainer Colin De Filippi. The son of Dream Vacation headed off early leader Maori Time with a lap and a half to go and held off the squaregaiter alongthe home stretch to score by six-and-a-half metres in a rate of 1:59.2 for the 2240-metre trip Kyvalley Blur worked home well for third, with My High Expectations battling on gamely for fourth after facing the breeze. Stent is in Australia on the Great Southern Star path and looks to be in prime condition ahead of his main target. Australia's most prestigious trotters' event, the Great Southern Star is scheduled to be run at Melton on March 7. - HRV Media

Pompano Beach, FL...January 25, 2015...Iain'tnomomaluke, driven by Wally Hennessey, bravely fought off the late surge of Barbies Korvette, driven by Ed Hensley, to take top honors in the harness racing $15,000 final of the Interloper Late Closing Trotting Series at Pompano Park on Sunday night. Amen Amen finished third for Peter Wrenn while Wishiniwasfishin was next. Skyway Glider picked up the nickel in the field of nine. Iain'tnomomaluke, a seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation, hot property off claims the last two weeks, gave new owners, Beauty In The Bridle Stable, immediate returns on their investment, holding on for a photo finish victory measuring a neck in 1:56.4 for his second victory of the year in three starts, good for $11,850. He's banked $119,284 lifetime. When the gate opened, Iain'tnomomaluke got into a war with Wishiniwasfishin, which he won, taking command just short of the :27.4 opener. A second quarter breather of :30 seemed to help the cause with no serious threats developing until just past the third station, timed in 1:27.1. In the lane, Barbies Korvette, away seventh early, was on a double-bubble binge and third at the top of the lane and gnawing in on the leader. But "Momaluke" was determined late and held on for the score. In a post race interview, driver Wally Hennessey said, "I had driven this horse before for Marc (trainer Aubin) and Irwin (trainer Lubar) and he seemed to like being in the hunt from the get-go, so I sent him and he was good despite the cool temperatures tonight." Trained by Jake "222" Huff, Iain'tnomomaluke was sent off as the 3 to 2 public choice and returned $5.00 to his faithful followers. Once again, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 wager produced multiple winners--each receiving over $303 for a 20 cent investment--sending the carry-over for Monday night's programs close to $70,000. Post time for Monday remains at 7:30 p.m. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...January 18, 2015...Imahonkyconchman and Iain'tnomomaluke each scored handy victories on Sunday night as Pompano Park presented second round action in the Interloper Late Closing Series for claiming trotters.   Imahonkyconchman, owned and trained by George Napolitano, now a spry 90 years young, got the picture perfect drive from Dan Clements to score a 1:56.4 decision measuring 1 3/4 lengths over Skyway Glider, handled by Norm Dessureault with Nomad, teamed up with Rick Plano, third. The favorite Pilgrims All In finished fourth after cutting all the panels--:28, :57.2 and 1:27.1. What About Brian picked up the final award in the field of seven.   Clements sent Imahonkyconchman, a nine year-old altered son of Conchnito, away alertly when the gate sprang open and neatly settled In The Pocket back of Pilgrims All In until tipping out for the drive home.   "It was a great journey," Clements stated after the race. "He may not be a world champion but he sure gives his all every start. He's been knocking at the door the last three or four starts (actually four) and tonight he just responded perfectly when asked. I'm happy for George--he's quite a guy!"   For Imahonkyconchman, it was his first victory of the new year in three starts--24th lifetime victory--and sent his lifetime earnings edging just shy of $100,000--$99,048 to be exact.   As fifth choice in the win pool, Imahonkyconchman paid $17.40 to win.   Iain'tnomomaluke's victory also measured 1 3/4 lengths with Wally Hennessey handling the lines for 81 year-old trainer Marc Aubin. Owned by Amante Standardbreds, this seven year-old gelded son of Dream Vacation took command shortly after the start and clocked fractions of :28.3; :58.2 and 1:27 before sprinting home virtually unchallenged in :29.3 to stop the clock in 1:56.3 for his 10th lifetime success in 90 lifetime starts. He's banked $111,784 lifetime.   Amen Amen, with Peter Wrenn in the bike, chased the winner the entire route to finish second while Wishin Iwas Fishin driven by Jason Dillander, rallied for third. Dreamnwillie and Soxy's Kid picked up the other rewards in the septet.   In a post race interview, driver Hennessey said, "last week when I drove him, he didn't seem to like the going. The track was fast tonight and he was very sharp."   As 5 to 2 second choice among the punters, Iain'tnomomaluke paid $7.60 to win.   Once again, the Super Hi-5 had multiple winners on Sunday night--the consolation paying a healthy $823.22 for a 20 cent bet--sending the carryover to Monday night's card close to $50,000, an all-time record for the track.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park            

On Saturday night the circuit’s Invitational returns to Maywood Park for the first time in three weeks while the 2008 Springfield Review stake trot champion competes in Illinois for the first time in six years. Big Boy Lloyd, now just days away from his being a 10-year-old, will go postward in Saturday’s $11,000 “Winner’s Over” Trot for owner Ken Rucker, who is back in town with the season closing of Pocono and Chester in Pennsylvania. Big Boy Lloyd took the Springfield Review under the care of Rucker in 2008 and a few years later was bought by Ken. The Dream Vacation gelding has earned over $600,000 in his career racing out of the Rucker stable and that’s despite missing two full years of racing. “He suffered a leg injury in the summer of 2012,” said his Balmoral Park trainer Catrina Rucker. “We qualified him a year later and while he qualified he good, we didn’t like the way he came out of it and my husband felt that he needed more time off. The horse had been so good for us Ken wanted to give him all time he needed to come back 100 per cent. “The horse didn’t start racing again until the July this past summer, so he was off two full years. He did well in Pennsylvania, making over $47,000 in a half-season of racing and now he’s back home in Illinois with some of our other horses Ken brought back.” Big Boy Lloyd’s best year in purse earnings was in 2009 as a 4-year-old when he banked over $208,000 and was a frequent Open winner on the Pennsylvania circuit. As a 5-year-old he picked-up checks at the Meadowlands in the Su Mac Lad Series and Final against the likes of Lucky Jim (1:50.1, $1.9 million), Arch Madness (1:50.2, $4.2 million) and Enough Talk (1:49.3, $1.8 million), the 1-2-3 finalists finishers. Todd Warren gets the catch-drive behind Big Boy Lloyd in Saturday’s eighth race trot when he opens as the 6-1 fourth choice in the morning line behind the streaking Fox Valley Veto (3-1, John De Long), winner of the last trio of  “Winner’s Over” trot; Justice Jet (7-2, Ryan Anderson) and Master of Excuses (9-1, Mike Oosting). Ants Iner Pants (12-1), Time Outa Jail (10-1), Repeat Your ABC’s (15-1), Salutation Hanover (12-1) and Surclasser (12-1) complete the competitive field. James Behrendt’s Ice Scrapper (p.p. 7, Brian Carpenter), who has finished first or second in his last six starts, is the 5-2 programmed choice in the $15,000 fifth race Invite where he’ll try to avenge a defeat to Artache Hanover, who is 2-for-2 on the local scene since being shipped to town by trainer Jim Eaton. Artache Hanover (pp 6, Sam Widger) will be coupled with Mosse Terror (Mike Oosting). Both seasoned pacers are owned by Robert Silberberg of Farmington Hills, Michigan and are the 7-2 early third choices. Best Man Hanover (pp 4, Todd Warren) is the 3-1 second choice. The first three slots will be manned by Time To Roll (5-1, Dave Magee), Firstclassallthway (8-1, John Delong) and Fort Silky (8-2 Casey Leonard) with posts 1, 2, 3, respectively. The third headliner of the evening is the $11,000 “Winner’s Over” for filly and mare pacers with last week’s beaten favorite Always’s About Katey (pp 1, Todd Warren) the 2-1 first-flash favorite. Early Xmas Gift: The longshot $25.00 winner The Bruzilian Blur (Bobby Smolin) was my top 11th race selection last night at Maywood Park. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

New Zealand harness racing star Stent has received the second invite to the Great Southern Star. The classy squaregaiter earned a berth in the Group One with his victory in today’s New Zealand Trotting Free-for-All at Addington. Australasia’s premier trotters’ event, the Great Southern Star is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Melton in March. An odds-on favourite this afternoon, the Colin De Filippi-trained and driven Stent scored from front runner Sheemon, with De Filippi admitting he was concerned the son of Dream Vacation wouldn’t catch the leader. “There were a few anxious moments around the bend,” DeFilippi said. “I was wondering if we were going to get a go or not. “It wasn’t until I got off his back that I started to feel a bit more confident. He took 50 yards or so to really get into it.” Stent’s GSS ticket comes just hours after Harness Racing Victoria made public its invite to French stallion, Used To Me. Used To Me has already passed through quarantine in New South Wales and will mix his racing preparation with stud duties. “Increasingly over recent seasons the French market has gained an appetite for Australian Trotting," HRV’s Brant Dunshea said. “Growth in import and export wagering revenues has become an important element of the global wagering environment for all racing jurisdictions. “With the number of Australian races exported for wagering to France to double in 2015, and the arrival of a class performer like Used To Me to contest our biggest races, that interest will only expand further.” PAUL COURTS

Patience is a virtue in harness racing and when you throw a trotter into the mix as well then patience is a mandatory requirement. This time last year Cambridge trainer Sean McCaffrey thought his patience with the Dream Vacation trotter, Awayonvacation was about to be rewarded when the five year old won a couple of races in the manner of a trotter going places. Owned in Christchurch by Rick Cridland, the decision was made to trek to Addington for cup week but it was a trip where nothing went right. "He was badly checked on Cup Day and that kind of wound him up a bit for Show Day and he didn't produce his best" said McCaffrey when discussing the trip this week. Awayonvacation was brought home to Cambridge but didn't race again throughout the rest of the  2013/2014season. "It was just a lot of little niggles that kept cropping up so in the end we tipped him out for a decent spell " said McCaffrey. Resuming ten months after the Show Day run at Auckland last week, Awayonvaction missed away and then was checked at the 700 meters mark so it was hard to get a line on his performance. Tomorrow night he steps out at Cambridge in a 2200 meters mobile and Sean is expecting a big run from the six year old. "I have always had a bit of time for him and still think he could go a fair way through the grades. He stands 17 hands so he was always going to be better with time " said McCaffrey "He is quite ungainly at a slow speed but has a real nice feel to him when he gets a bit of speed up " he said. The dam of Awayonvacation is the Muscles Yankee mare Wheresmemum who was an embryo transfer foal from the smart trotting mare Kristalvagen 1:55.4 ($63,231) before she was exported to North America. At stud in North America Kristalvagen has already left the smart Duke Of Vegas 1:56 ($93,077). Sean has shown a lot of patience with Awayonvacation and should be rewarded over the next few months with performances in line with his ability. Harnesslink Media

Viking Va Bene (4m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont-Viking Sun) took todays €245,600 Norwegian Trotting Derby in a close contest at Bjerke. Geir-Vegard Gundersen drove the winner for trainer/co-owner Sigbjorn Kolnes and other owner Per Hauger. The winner, off at 10.8/1 odds, scored in 1.14.65kr over 2600 meters autostart to record his third career win. Second was Ready Eddie (4m From Above-Delana) and teamster Eirik Hoitomt and third went to USA-bred Conquestador BR (4m Donato Hanover-Likely Volo) handled by trainer Bjorn Goop. Favorite Papagayo E (4m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T) was fourth for reinsman Vidar Hop. The three year-old Norwegian Kriterium for €184,200 went to 12.7/1 outsider Undone (3m Cigar Bar-Sugarina Land) and pilot Johan-Herbjorn Undem. Petter Hvistendahl trains the winner for Stall Undone, that scored in 1.13.82kr over 2100 meters autostart in a close bettle to the line. Glen Ord Superb (3m Orlando Vici-Orions Hilda) was second for Geir-Vegard Gundersen with Victory Lap (3m Staro Showbiz-Princess Valley N) third with trainer/owner Olav Mikkelborg up. Twelve contested the Kriterium. The excellent Bjerke card also showcased a host of other major contests. Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) and driver Geir-Vegard Gundersen won the €23,950 aged event over 2100 meters autostart. He scored in 1.11.6kr over a good field that included Winmecredit and Frode Hamre that finished second ahead of I’m The Answer with Vidar Hop up. Masaya (3f I’Ideal Bricois-Independence Act-Flying Irishman) took the Finn-Tack Filly Kriterium for a purse of €103,700. She scored in 1.14.5kr over 2100 meters autostart for reinsman Andre H. Stensen. Diador BR and This Is it finished second and third. Claudia BR (4f Dream Vacation-Sister Sahbra-Supergill) secured the VG Hoppe Derby over 2100 meters autostart in 1.14kr for Bjorn Goop. Glad Hall T was second for Bjorn Garberg, with Taja Be Young third for driver Gunnar Austevoll. The purse was €277,528. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Vabellino (5m Ouragon de Celland-Girl de Chartepie) and reinsman Eric Raffin won today’s €240,000 Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (five year-olds) today at Paris-Vincennes at 11/1 odds. This race was the feature on a great card and the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €4.1 million. 14 starters contested this “classique” event over 3000 meters on the grande piste. Vulcain de Vandel was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard in a close finish with third place to Viking de Val and Eric Lambertz and favorite Very Nice Marceaux (at 1.8/1 odds) with Pierre Vercruysse up ended fourth. The winner is owned by Ecurie Podium and trained by Sebastian Guarato. Vabellino recorded his 13th victory in 29 starts for €356,300 earned after today. Time of the contest was a quick 1.12.7kr after the field reached the 1000 meter to go post in 1.13.6kr. The Prix de Beaugency (Gr. III European, €105,000 purse, 2850 meters) for aged campaigners went to 2.4/1 odds favorite Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens. Frans Delmonte owns the winner, who recorded his seventh win in 29 starts, now for €609,440 earned. Sirocco Jibace and Franck Ouvrie ended second with Global Manhattan third for pilot Franck Nivard. Tornado Bello was forwardly placed early and then was disqualified for a miscue. Time of the race was 1.14.1kr with rated fractions until late. Time with 500 meters to go was 1.14.9kr. The Gr. II Prix Uranie for three year-old fillies went to 1.7/1 odds Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d-Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier up. She took the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse by completing 2700 meters in 1.15.1kr to narrowly defeat Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow) with Jos. Verbeeck aboard. Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was third for J-M Bazire as the 1.2/1 odds favorite. Biche des Clos remains undefeated in seven starts, now for earnings of €182,250. At Charlottenlund (Copenhagen) today’s feature was the Dansk Filly (four year-old) Derby, a 2000 meter autostart test for 350,000kr to the winner.  Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) took the trophy easily in a new Danish record for the distance 1.12.2kr for 74 year-old veteran owner/breeder/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois. Jean Baudron is the trainer and fleet front stepping filly  recorded her second straight at Charlottenlund after scoring initially on August 17. The great gaited mare now has a slate of 4-2-3 in 14 starts for 1,512,997kr earned. Officials said the win by Tast of Bourbon was one of the most decisive victories ever in the Filly Derby. Dubois finished second early on the card with first-time two year-old starter Toutefois (2f Infinitif-Ziniaz-Buvetier d’Aunou) that is bred and owned in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. On the Charlottenlund undercard the Prix Orali for aged mares went to well-regarded Britt Hudson (8f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) in rein to Johnny Takter. She scored for the 12th time in 61 career starts, today earning 50,000kr first money. Rolf Ramnegard owns and trains the winner that completed the 2000 meters autostart in 1.13.3kr. MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) was second in a close decision, driven by Peter Untersteiner, with Sunbeam (by Dream Vacation) third for Nicolaj Andersen. Hungarian shippers Racerstina and Princess View were unplaced. The Dansk Filly Derby Consolation for 50,000kr to the winner, was contested by 12 entrants over 2000 meters autostart.  Tut AP (4f Quite Easy-Nasa Haleryd-Lindy’s Crown) took the win for Rene Kjaar. Morten Juul trains this winner that covered the course in 1.15.1kr for a length victory over The Negotiator (by Varenne) with Birger Jorgensen up with third to Tourmalet (by ENS Snapshot) driven by Ken Ecce. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Well known and respected trainer/driver Richard Brosnan caused a real stir recently when he went public with his concerns about the problems facing the harness racing industry and that he was seriously thinking of giving the game away. Tonight at Alexandra Park he let his horses do the talking and showed that he had lost none of those training skills honed by over forty years in the industry.  The six year old Dream Vacation gelding Torbjorn was off 20 meters in the C1/C3 2700 meters stand trot and came into the race with a last start third to his credit. With regular pilot Peter Ferguson in the bike, Torbjorn made his usual safe beginning and settled three back in the running line in the ten horse field and that's where he stayed until 400 meters from home where Peter Ferguson sent him forward three wide in search of the leaders. All the way up the straight Torbjorn kept making ground and grabbed the leader Sastre in the shadows of the post for a narrow but deserved victory. He trotted the 2700 meters from a stand in 3:30.7, with closing sectionals of 60.4 and 29.6. It was Torbjorn's fourth win in 30 starts along with 10 placings and took his stake earnings to $44,527 Torbjorn was bred and is raced by Bernie Lim who has been a long time stable client of Richard Brosnan's. Torbjorn is from Sun Lamp, a Sundon daughter of the Bonefish mare Kiwi Kipper who was imported to New Zealand by the late Sir Roy McKenzie. Sun Lamp is closely related to the outstanding age group trotter Royal Aspirations 1:56.5 ($282,999) and the top trotting mare Aspiring Lass (12 wins) ($107,065). Tonights win by Torbjorn proved once again that when it comes to training winners, Richard Brosnan has always been one of the best in the business and can still find his way to the winners circle. Harnesslink Media    

Back From Vacation (Dream Vacation) recorded his second consecutive victory on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Heidi Rohr-trained trotter finished third in his local debut a few weeks back but dominated his competition last week upon dropping into the $5,000 claiming level. The six year old trotter coasted out to the early lead once again on Tuesday night and never had an anxious moment before drawing out to win in 1:58.4 with driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. The win was one of two on the card for the Rohr-Aldrich tandem who also teamed up for a victory with heavily favored Teach Me To Bucky (Crazed) who prevailed in his local debut in the evening's opener. Rohr currently sits second in the trainer standings just a few wins behind leading conditioner Jordan Derue while Aldrich is second in the driver standings albeit a long ways back from leading reinsman Billy Dobson. Aldrich piloted three winners on the Tuesday card. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Harness racing can always throw up the unexpected from time to time and the Safely Kept mare Cyclone Vance would seem to fit that description beautifully. Cyclone Vance is from the Vance Hanover mare Cyclone Betsi who is from a family that has produced some very smart pacers in the last 30 years such as Running On Faith 1:56.1 ($326,890)  Thunder Storm 1:51.8 ($343,340) and Atlas Alliance 1:53.4 ($138,623) to name just three. Not a trotter to be found anywhere but Cyclone Vance wanted to trot and was quite handy at it to boot, winning six races and $44,983 on the track. Then when she went to stud, Cyclone Vance was bred to high class trotting sires and the results have been a succession of talented trotters. Her first foal was the Muscles Yankee horse Cyclone Jake 1:55.6 ($173,342) and that was followed by the son of Dream Vacation in Cyclone Dream 2:00 ($74,734) The next winner from the mare was another son of Dream Vacation in the very talented Cyclone U Bolt 1:54.5 ($240,393) and the fourth winner was the promising son of Majestic Son in Glenferrie Typhoon 2:01.1 ($45,144) who is in the 4 year Trotters final of the Breeders Crown on Sunday at Melton. The latest foal from Cyclone Vance to hit the track is Cyclone Lucky Seven who made his debut tonight at the Harness Racing Waikato meeting at Cambridge. Trained by Todd Macfarlane and Craig Sharpe and driven tonight by Todd, Cyclone Lucky Seven stepped away well from barrier one in the 2700 meters standing start event. After leading early the son of Majestic Son ended up three back on the inner for most of the journey, Off the back straight, the horse in the trail broke allowing Cyclone Lucky Seven to get up on to the leaders back. From there Cyclone Lucky Seven shot up the passing lane for a stylish win on debut. Cyclone Lucky Seven trotted the 2700 meters from a stand in 3:40.8 with closing sectionals of 61.2 and 30. Going by his faultless debut performance, this won't be the last time that Cyclone Lucky Seven is seen in the winners circle. Harnesslink Media  

John-Michael (6g Dream Vacation-Imatagtoo-Tagliabue) won Tuesday's $2,000 NY State Monte Fair Final at Trumansburg. Reined by Tara Hynes for trainer Michael Miller and owner Terry Miller, John-Michael scored in 2:09.1h over the Karen Isbell trained and ridden Truth In Action with My Irish Molly third for Jocelyn Lavigne in the field of six. At Georgian Downs, their pari-mutuel monte contest for C$3,200 went to a previous monte winner Radical Dreamer (5f Majestic Son-Paidindreams-Royal Strength) with Marit Valstad aboard for trainer and co-owner Ron O'Neill of Cambridge. Well-known breeder/owner Doug Millard of Woodstock is the other co-owner. Radical Dreamer scored in 2:00.4f by a head over Hettie's Honey with Tymal Oh So Nice home third in the nine horse field. C$9,540 was wagered on the monte contest including exactor, superfecta and triactor wagers. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Un Mec d'Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d'Aunou) won today's E150,000 Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix d'Europe, over 28765 meters, at Enghien-Soisy, gaining sweet victory after his July 29 disqualification in the Hugo Abergs Memorial. Trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined today by Franck Ouvrie, the 4/5 favorite emerged late along the pegs to secure his 16th win in 29 starts now for E911,780 earned. Veteran Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) battled bravely to be second for Eric Raffin with 28.5/1 Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee) third for Roberto Andreghetti. Quoumba de Guez and Reve de Beylev ended fourth and fifth in the top field. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The undercard was a good one at Enghien-Soisy with the Quinte+ Prix l'Union de la Presse Hippique going to Italy's Romanesque with trainer Marco Smorgon up. The four year-old son of Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos won at 25.4/1 for owner Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. Purse was E85,000 and 15 Europeans contested this one with 7/10 favorite Athos des Elfes (4m Ganemede-Iazio du Bourg) a game second for Jan Van Eeckhaute (trainer/driver) and J-P Dubois' Tast Of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon) was a good, competitive third at 33/1 odds. The special E10 million Quinte+ jackpot produced strong wagering (win/place handle alone was over E971,300) and an exact order payoff of E182,616 for a two euro wager. The Prix de l'Association National des Turfistes, a Gr. III E80,000 purse test over 2150 meters, drew 10 starters and the 1.14.1kr winner was Denmark's Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill) handled by Robert Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Independence. The 9/10 favorite, now a 10 time winner for E241,126, defeated Germany's Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dantesca CIA) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Josef Franzl. Plutonio was third for Franck Ouvrie at the lines for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. Thomas H. Hicks

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