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LEXINGTON, KY-- Sophomore colt trotters prepped for the $500,000 Kentucky Futurity, slated for Sunday, October 5th, in two divisions of the $187,200 Bluegrass Stakes on Sunday, September 28th. And it was the Jimmy Takter Stables Father Patrick and Nuncio who were the impressive harness racing winners. Divisional-leader Father Patrick floated off the gate, took control in the backstretch, and effortlessly trotted to a 1:50.4 victory over Lightning Force. The field was led by Lightning Force, who set a :28.1 opening split. Entering the backstretch, Yannick Gingras edged Father Patrick off the pylons and quickly claimed the lead. He was uncontested through a :56 (:27.4) half and 1:23.3 (:27.3) third quarter. Gingras piloted Father Patrick through the stretch with a hand drive, while Lightning Force chased in second and Martiniwithmuscle in third. Father Patrick crossed the finish line in 1:50.4 (:27.1). Owned by Father Patrick Stable, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras, the son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec paid $2.10 to win. Father Patrick has $1,927,508 in career earnings. "He's one of a kind; I've never been around a horse even close to his kind," trainer Jimmy Takter said. Father Patrick "I've got to give that horse [Nuncio] a lot of credit," Takter also said, commenting on Nuncio's performance earlier in the card. "He's been chasing this horse [Father Patrick] for two years, and he's still keeping his spirits up. He's a fantastic horse." Nuncio, getting away fourth in the early stages, patiently progressed towards the front and left his foes in the dust with a 1:50.4 victory in the other division of the Bluegrass. Hillustrious and Datsyuk contested for the top, while Damfoolrmillionair got away third. Datsyuk cleared the lead after a :27.4 quarter. Hillustrious was anxious In The Pocket as Dastyuk set a half in :54.4 (:27). Entering the far turn, Hillustrious sprung out of the pocket and took control as Datsyuk backed out of the race. Nuncio had begun an overland journey and was up to challenge Hillustrious through a 1:23.3 (:28.4) third quarter. Under minimal encouragement, Nuncio trotted by and away from Hillustrious, who battled for second between Mr Lindy and Damfoolrmillionair. Nuncio won by 6 ½ lengths over Hillustrious, Mr Lindy, and Damfoolrmillionair in 1:50.4 (:27.1). A son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane, he is owned by Stall Tz Inc., trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by John Campbell. His 1:50.4 mile is a lifetime best, and he has now bankrolled $1,271,470 in his career. He paid $2.40 to win. "Before, if you started him [Nuncio] up at the gate, you couldn't stop him," driver John Campbell said. "His manners have gotten so much better; he relaxes in the hole. They were going hot on the front, so when I did move him, he trotted up there comfortably, and trotted home well within himself. I was pretty sure, coming off the turn for home, that he was going to win." Nuncio Live racing will resume on Thursday, October 2nd with the $300,000 International Stallion Series for two-year-old filly trotters. The entry box will be open until 9:30amEDT on Monday, September 29th. Post time for that card is scheduled for 1:00pmEDT. Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Staffan Lind might have felt a little sick when he saw the result of the Peter Haughton Memorial earlier this month, but the harness racing trainer is hoping Billy Flynn's future is the remedy. Billy Flynn, a 2-year-old male trotter who is undefeated in four races, was not staked to the Haughton because of an injury he suffered soon after being purchased as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. But in his second start, in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on July 15, Billy Flynn beat Haughton champion Centurion ATM by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4 at The Meadows. Haughton runner-up Uncle Lasse finished third. At first, Lind wondered what Billy Flynn might have accomplished if he was in the Haughton. But the trainer put such thoughts aside quickly. "It's better to have a good horse and have regrets that you couldn't race than the other way around," Lind said. "He has his whole life in front of him. I'm sure he can prove himself." Billy Flynn's next start is Thursday in the fourth of four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. He will leave from post three with regular driver Brett Miller and is the 8-5 favorite on the morning line. So far this year, the colt has earned $78,505 for owner Bender Sweden Inc., thanks to wins in divisions of the Pennsylvania All Stars, Arden Downs and two rounds of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. "He's a big horse with a big gait, but the best thing about him is his attitude," Lind said. "He will give you a hundred percent every time. He showed it right away. He was just waiting for me to ask him to go a little bit more." Billy Flynn is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the Enjoy Lavec-sired mare Zeta Jones. Three of Cantab Hall's five richest foals - Father Patrick, Uncle Peter, and Pastor Stephen - were out of dams sired by Enjoy Lavec and Billy Flynn's full brother Mr Chicago was a winner in both the U.S. and Europe. "He was a big, strong colt with a nice pedigree," Lind said about Billy Flynn, who was named after the smooth-talking lawyer in the musical "Chicago," which co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version. "I like the cross with Cantab and Enjoy Lavec. We went for it. I thought he would be right around ($100,000). You never know at a sale. You try to set a limit for every horse you're bidding on, and in his case we probably would have gone a little bit more." Billy Flynn's early development was put on hold for nearly a month because the colt suffered a strained ligament behind a knee while being shipped to Lind's winter base in Florida. "When he walked off the truck he was lame," said Lind, adding with a resigned laugh, "That's the life of a horse trainer. That's the reason we never paid him into the Peter Haughton. He wasn't supposed to be racing that early." But Billy Flynn got to the races on July 4 and won his debut, in the Pennsylvania All Stars, by 6-1/2 lengths. Three weeks later, he captured his Arden Downs division in 1:56.2, equaling the stakes record. He has won his four starts by a total of 11-1/4 lengths. His remaining stakes schedule includes the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes, Valley Victory, Matron, and Breeders Crown. "We like him a lot," Lind said. "I hope by the end of the year people know about him. I wouldn't trade him for anyone else." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

At this point many two-year-olds have a couple of starts in them, so it’s time to marry personal observations with wild speculation and project which ones will be stepping up to win the Cup, Jug and Hambletonion next year. This is by no means a definitive list of the best of the best; as a matter of fact I’m going out of my way to include some by off-brand stallions. That being said, here are a few early standouts. Artspeak is a Western ideal colt out of the Artsplace mare, The Art Museum. The Western Ideals have fallen on hard times at the sales of late, relatively speaking, but Brittany threw $100,000 at this guy, which matched the top price for any of his paternal brothers in North America. He has won both of his NJSS starts for Scott Zeron and trainer Tony Alagna, in dominant fashion. On Pace Day he came first over to win in 1:52.3 at odds of 3/5 at the Meadowlands. Western Ideal has given us the outstanding performers and game changing sires Rocknroll Hanover and American Ideal, as well as Always A Virgin and Big Jim. His 2013 crop moves on to the slugfest that is the PASS next year. Stacia Hanover, the winner of the $100,000 NJSS final for freshman pacing fillies, is also by Western Ideal. The $35,000 Harness Breeders purchase is trained by veteran Steve Elliott and, like Artspeak, driven by Scott Zeron. She has two other wins in the restricted class, aside from the high-dollar final which she won in 1:53.4 at odds of 3/5. Yankee Bounty is a two-year-old gelding by the enigmatic Artiscape stallion, Yankee Cruiser. His dam is the Allamerican Native mare Yankee Bootleg. This isn’t a combination that screams early speed. Yes, Yankee Cruiser did give is the current king of the pacing ranks, Sweet Lou, who held world records at two and three, as well as the rejuvenated speed demon Dancin Yankee, but for the most part this stallion was up against it in Pennsylvania. Yankee Bounty, a $21,000 Harness Breeders purchase, has won both of his starts in impressive fashion. He won splits of the Pennsylvania All Stars and the Albatross for Corey Callahan and trainer Kevin Lane. Yankee Cruiser stands his first year in Ohio in 2014. Bob Ben And John is one of the wave of impressive colts from the first crop of 2009 two-year-old division champ Sportswriter. Casie Coleman, who trained the son of Artsplace, and has been the leading cheerleader for his initial offering, plucked him from the Lexington sale for a modest $17,000. His dam is the Cambest mare, My Best Girl. This colt made his first pari-mutuel start last week in a $70,000 OSS-Gold leg at Mohawk. He was an easy winner by three in 1:53 at odds of 2/1 for Chris Christoforou. Sportswriter is absolutely killing it in the freshman pacing division of the Ontario Sire Stakes; he’s taking all the air; none of the others are on the same planet. SBSW shook the Pennsylvania program to its foundation with his first crop, but what’s happening with Sportswriter in his restricted program may be more dramatic. Shadow Play impressed us last year with his first crop, but he hasn’t gone on to be a factor in the open realm with his sophomores. We’ll wait and see if Sporty, a key player from the stressed Adios line, makes his presence felt outside of Ontario. Sassa Hanover is a filly from the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven. Ron Burke bought her at Lexington for $50,000. Sassa’s dam, Sayo Hanover, is half to the very fast Shadyshark Hanover. Jim Morrill drover her to an easy two length win in a NYSS race at Monticello on the July 4. She won in 1:56.3 with plenty to spare. And two of her paternal sisters—She’s Heavenly and Band Of Angels—also won top dollar splits of the sire stakes that day. Heaven was held in high esteem at the sales, and thus far he is fulfilling his promise.   Dragon Eddy is a two-year-old gelding—aren’t they all—by Dragon Again, a stallion known more for throwing rugged long lasting types like Foiled Again, Atochia and Aracache Hanover than he is as a sire of early speed. My Little Dragon won her division at two, but she was an exception. Well, Eddy is something of an outlier himself. He brought $42,000 at Lexington, which is on the pricey side for Dragon Again, who now stands in Ohio. John Buttenschoen trains and Mike Simons drives. At the end of June Eddy won a split of the Pennsylvania All Starts in 1:54.3 at Pocono, and he went on to win a division of the Albatross in an eye opening 1:52.4 at odds of 2/5 at the Meadows on July 8. Mission Brief is a brown Muscle Hill filly who opened a lot of eyes when she took her $100,000 final of the NJSS by 13 lengths in 1:53.3 for Yanick Gingras and Ron Burke. This was an improvement on her previous start, where she only won by ten. Her dam Southwind Serena is by the great trotter Varenne. Mission Brief was a $150,000 Lexington purchase. Look out! The Bank is a Donato Hanover colt out of 2008 three-year-old division winner, Lantern Kronos. He won a split of the Pennsylvania All Stars for Jimmy Takter on July 4th and broke stride while leading on the last turn as the 1/9 favorite in a division of the Hickory Pride at The Meadows this week. Again, Takter drove. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to Shake It Cerry and Solvato, is another very promising Donato colt in the Takter Barn. He also won on July 4. Yesterday he was beaten in a quick 1:56.3 split of the Hickory Pride by the Cantab Hall colt Billy Flynn, driven to perfection by Brett Miller. Possess The Will and Your So Vain notwithstanding, Donato has pretty much been all filly no colt to this point. If this pair is turned over to Gingras or Pierce they could change that in a hurry. Honor And Serve, a Donato colt out of 2008 freshman division winner and world record holder Honorable Daughter, is another who might turn the tide. He just took a split of the Hickory Pride for Dave Palone and Jim Campbell. Royal Deceptor is one of numerous offspring of the New York stallion RC Royalty that sold at the Morrisville sale. The success of last year’s Hambletonion winner, Royalty For Life, inspired many to look favorably upon the eleven-year-old siring son of Credit Winner. Cheryl and Michael McGivern took this brown colt home for $11,000. Royal Deceptor won all three of his qualifiers, then went out and won a split of the NYSS in a track record 1:59.3 at Buffalo Raceway for Michael McGivern. Gatka is a big, rugged filly from the first crop of seven-year-old Hambletonion winner Muscle Massive, whose big brother Muscle Mass met with success in Ontario and has since been relocated to New York. Gatka is a sister to Ake Svanstedt’s Muscle Hill filly Heaven’s Door, who won the $100,000 NJSS sophomore final and finished second behind Shake It Cerry in the Del Miller. She won a division of the PA All Stars at The Meadows in 1:56 at 2/5 and last week she took a split of the Meadow Gladys with ease in 1:57.1 at 1/5.  Billy Flynn, a $120,000 Lexington purchase by Steffan Lind, is by Cantab Hall, arguably the best trotting stallion in North America. Another brown colt—there seems to be a run on them—he is out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Zeta Jones and was bred by Brittany farms. Billy took a split of the PA All Stars by six lengths in 1:57.2 at Pocono earlier this month and he beat the highly regarded Centurion ATM and Uncle Lasse in a division of the Hickory Pride. Brett Miller drives. Wild Honey is proving to be a $35,000 bargain for Jimmy Takter. The daughter of Cantab Hall was a close second to Gatka Hanover in that one’s first start and, like Gatka, won a split of the Meadow Gladys at The Meadows, for Yanick Gingras. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

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

Robert Bergh trained, Bjorn Goop reined Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) nailed favored Digital Ink on the line to win today's Olympiatravet Prep at Romme. Owned by Stall Sedin HB, Ed You earned his 20th career win in 52 appearances. Digital Ink raced bravely on the outer teir and almost held on for Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten got a pocket trip for Johnny Takter but escaped too late to challenge. April 20, 2014 Romme SWE, Olympiatravet Prep, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.11.9kr 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), owner Stall Sedin HB, Bjorn Goop for Robert Bergh trainer, 20th win in 52 starts for 1,861,959SEK earned, come from behind nose winner, made five starts during Paris-Vincennes winter meet with one each second, third, fourth and fifth. 2nd Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, tough journey on outside, now 1-2-0 in three 2014 starts and 15 of 29 lifetime. 3rd On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Johnny Takter up Next: Bagley, Hard Livin finished four-five Other interesting SWE racing this weekend is summarized below with imports from US performing well. April 19 Gavle, Blue Martini As (5f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) 1.12.5kr winner for Orjan Kihlstrom in first SWE start; last raced 11/9/2013 at Hoosier Park; trainer Roger Walman AB Svensk Reklamfinans, distance 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK first money. April 19 Gavle, Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjustalkaboutme-Self Possessed), 1.13.7kr winner for Daniel Olsson and Stefan Melander trainer and owner Stall T.Z., distance 2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK first prize. April 19 Dannero, Kadett C.D. ( 7m Scarlet Knight-Koss of Life-Tenor de Baune), 1.12.6kr winner for Robert Bergh driver/trainer, his 22nd win in 49 career starts for earnings 6,281,744SEK April 18 Dannero, Navaronne (7g Jag de Bellouet-Com Racing Lady-General November), 1.12.7kr winner for Jessika Sidback (also co-owner and trainer), 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner. April 18 Jarjestad, Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), sparkling 1.09.5kr for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Roger Walman for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. Second went to Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) for Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.09.6kr and third to Mr. Chicago (5m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec) and Carl-Erik Lindblom. Distance was 1640 meters autostart for 250,000SEK first money. Beaten field also included Nato Dream and Lindys Jersey Boy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The Winter harness racing Meet at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes continued New Year’s Eve and Day before good crowds and rain-free weather. Starter du Rib captured the New year’s Eve featured Prix de Poitiers for trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib for his 18th career victory. Jean Loic Claude Dersoir steered the winner home in 1.13.7kr over 2700 meters. Highly regarded Sam Gibus ended second with Renardo Bello, a half-brother to double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream, fourth. Starter du Rib (8) Vincennes – Prix de Poitiers, 78,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 17 starters Q+ 1.13.7kr Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviga-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir, 10/1 odds, trainer Joel Hallais for Ecurie Rib, 18th win lifetime for 392,280 euro Sam Gibus (7g Jet Fortuna-Harmonie Gibus-Viking Sun), Sebastien Baude up, 5/1 odds Roller Quick (8m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Anthony Barrier, 29/1 odds Renardo Bello (8m Kiki-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Damien Bonne Racing Charm (8m Love You-Feraine d’Occagnes-Workaholic), Julien Dubois The January 1 feature ended with sons of Conway Hall finishing one-two in the 2100 meter autostart Prix d’Angouleme carrying a 95,000 euro purse. Conway Fortuna rallied for a convincing win in 1.12.4kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The winner is trained in Holland by Hugo Langeweg, Jr. for Gerrits Recycling Group and is from Saratoga Yankee by Yankee Glide. Conway Fortuna Vincennes – Prix d’Angouleme, European, 95,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.12.4kr Conway Fortuna (Holland) (5m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee-Yankee Glide), Pierre Vercruysse up for Hugo Langeweg Jr. and Gerrits Recycling Group, his 10th career win for earnings of 116,975 euro Paper Caf (Italy) (5g Conway Hall-Enda Caf-Supergill), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Bimag Srl Vive Magic (5f Baccarat du Pont0Manny Blue-Coktail Jet), Eric Raffin aboard for owner/trainer Louis Baudron, 18/1 odds The undercard revealed several other interesting winners. The Quinte+ Prix du Croise-Laroche for 72,000 euro went to Ulk du Las Vegas in a photo with Italy’s Olimpus Caf (by Varenne). Dominik Locqueneux steered the winner to the 1.14.8kr victory, his eighth career success, at odds of 17/1. Ulk du Las Vegas (12 inside) Vincennes – Prix du Croise-Laroche, 72,000 euro purse, European, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Q+ 1.14.8kr Ulk du Las Vegas (5g Hulk des Champs-Elite du Las Vegas-Quiton du Coral), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer/owner Jacques Fernandes, 8th career win for earnings of 153,060 euro, 17/1 odds Olimpus Caf (Italy) (5m Varenne-Eviola Caf-Supergill), David Thomain up, 9/1 odds Sammarco (Swe) (7g Enjoy Lavec-Tropic Heat-Sugarcane Hanover), Eric Raffin up, 3/1 odds The year’s first three year-old event of the year went to another Philippe Allaire trained/owned daughter of Ready Cash from the Love You dam Quick Nevele. The Jerome Ruaults teamed winner just got up in the late stages to beat Bambina Magic and the pacesetter Brave Story with Jean-Pierre Dubois up. Bliss Nevele (10) Vincennes - Prix de Mezieres, 34,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, three year-old females1.19.6kr Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Ruaults up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, 2nd lifetime win Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore), Franck Nivard up Brave Story (3f Repeat Love-Heaven d’Hilly-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner for trainer Patrick Chevrier 2014’s first monte contest went to a three year-old son of Niky named Baggio du Chatelet. P-Y Verva was in the irons for this 13/1 upsetter that scored easily to earn the winners share of the 33,000 euro purse. Nicolas Raimbeaux trains the winner. Baggio du Chatelet Vincennes – Prix de Nimes, 33,000 euro, 2200 meters, 15 starters, monte three year-olds 1.17.6kr Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet-Gobernador), P-Y Verva for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, odds 13/1 Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley-Goetmals Wood), Mlle Celine Leclercq, 23/1 odds, Patrick Chevrier trainer for J-P Dubois, breeder Ecurie D Bikini des Molands (3m Gai Brillant-Quiche des Molands-Carpe Diem), Anthony Dollion jockey, trainer, owner, 6/1 odds Another outsider, Aslak, took the Prix de Conde with its 35,000 euro purse at 8/1 odds. The four year-old son of Lilium Madrik is trained by Ronny Kuiper and was driven today by Pierre Vercruysse, his second driving victory of the day. Aslak 1/1/14 Vincennes – Prix de Conde, 35,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.17.3kr Aslac (4g Lilium Madrik-L’Atlante-Quarsenis), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Ronny Kuiper, 8/1 odds Amiral de Virmont (4m Sancho Panca-Perie de Virmont), J.L.C., Dersoir driver/trainer, 2/1 favorite Almarok (4m Norman Jet-Malice Morane-Elmon), Mathieu Mottier driving the 52/1 outsider. (Paris-Turf photos) Thomas H. Hicks  

Maharajah showed that he is back in good form and perhaps very competitive in the late January Prix d'Amerique. Today he was away fourth before moving decisively to the lead after 400 meters and he raced comfortably on the lead before drawing away from the competition for a seven length win in 1.13.1kr over pocket sitter Harry Haythrow that was making his 56th start in V75 action. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Hultman trainee for owner public company Travkompaniets Stall AB. The winner scored for the 30th time in 56 career starts, now for earnings of 19,407,453SEK. Maharajah sports a 4-1-1 slate in 11 starts this year, earning 2,836,656SEK. His next start is planned for January 11th. Solvalla Gold Final UET Master Series, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. II, 300,000SEK to winner 1.13.1kr Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), Orjan Kihlstrom Harry Haythrow (7g Rote On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), Peter Untersteiner Francois du Gull (6m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Eric Lindegren The co-featured Krafft Winterfavoritem for two year-olds went to longshot Snowflake Goj with Torbjorn Jansson up. She rallied late along the pylons to defeat well-bred Global Reality and How Amazing Tooma in a close finish. Solvalla Krafft Winterfavoritem Two Year-Olds, 2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner.17.2kr Snowflake Goj (2f Goetmals Wood-Mrs Meyer Landsky-Sugarcane Hanover), Torbjorn Jansson Global Reality (2m Federal Flex-Lookout Victory-Valley Victory), Bjorn Goop aboard How Amazing Tooma (2f Banker Hall-Amazing As-Enjoy Lavec), Ulf Nordin up Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

Columbus, OH --- Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday. A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father Patrick was named on 130 with one abstention. Six other year-end champions were named Thursday in divisions that saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. Three-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous and older male trotter Market Share both received 130 votes and were declared winners in their divisions. Also being named winners were 2-year-old filly pacer Precocious Beauty, 2-year-old filly trotter Shake It Cerry, 3-year-old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife, and older male pacer Foiled Again. Winners in the three remaining divisions - 2-year-old male pacer, 3-year-old male trotter, and older female pacer - will be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year also will be revealed at that time. Finalists for best 2-year-old male pacer are He's Watching and Luck Be Withyou, with the 3-year-old male trotter race coming down to Royalty For Life and Spider Blue Chip and older female pacer a battle between Anndrovette and Rocklamation. Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts this year and joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive Dan Patch divisional honors dating back to 1975. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial on her way to $1.54 million in purses. Her earnings are the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, and Market Share are repeat winners. Last year, Captaintreacherous claimed Dan Patch Awards as best 2-year-old male pacer and Pacer of the Year. This season at age 3, he won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million for trainer Tony Alagna, driver Tim Tetrick and the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only 3-year-old male pacers to win a Breeders Crown, the North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. The 9-year-old Foiled Again, who this season became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joins Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Market Share, a 4-year-old, also took divisional honors last season at age 3. This year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. The competition for 3-year-old male trotter features Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life against Breeders Crown champion Spider Blue Chip. The race for older female pacer is between two-time defending division champ Anndrovette, who won the Roses Are Red Stakes, and Milton Stakes winner Rocklamation. Two-year-old male pacer honors come down to New York Sire Stakes champion He's Watching, undefeated in eight races, and Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, who won five of 11 starts. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS These divisions saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick (130 votes, 1 abstention) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry (124 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty (117 votes) Art Major - Precious Beauty - Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She's A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous (130 votes) Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure - Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife (123 votes) Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune - Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis "Andy" Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician (131 votes) Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard "Nifty" Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again (125 votes) Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share (130 votes) Revenue S - Classical Flirt - Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven (131 votes) Glidemaster - M Stewart - American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra Srl. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. DAN PATCH AWARD FINALISTS Top two vote-getters in these divisions were named finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 23 at Dover Downs 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He's Watching American Ideal - Baberhood - Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. Luck Be Withyou Western Ideal - Trim Hanover - Camluck Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: John Craig. Trainers: Bill Cass, Chris Oakes. Drivers: Phil Hudon, Ron Pierce. Races: 11-5-1-0. Purses: $359,417. Mark: 1:50 at Pocono Downs. Top win: $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty - Bourbon 'N Grits - Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. Spider Blue Chip Andover Hall - Southwind Catlin - Muscles Yankee Breeder: McLain Ward. Owners: David McDuffee, Mel Hartman. Trainer: Chuck Sylvester. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 20-10-3-2. Purses: $1.08 million. Mark: 1:51.3 at Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Colonial; $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King - Easy Miss - Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. Rocklamation Rocknroll Hanover - Art Sale - Artsplace Breeder: Perretti Farms. Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Brett Miller. Races: 21-5-7-6. Purses: $540,358. Mark: 1:49.3 at Meadowlands. Top win: $275,480 Milton. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications    

Beautifully bred colt Orion Tilly heads the field for the Group Two Svampen Orebro, a relatively new addition to the Swedish trotting calendar which was first raced in 2011 as separate male and female races. This year's renewal of the 70,000euro sprint over the mile is a combined feature with a field of nine fronting up. Per Lennartsson's colt Orion Tilly, was a close second in Sweden's richest 2YO race, the Group One Uppfödningslöpningen and was the winner of the first two of his five starts including the Breeders Crown in Bergsaker. His sire is American National winner Clerk Magistrate while he is a close relation to one of Sweden's greatest horses, Victory Tilly. While he was not able to overhaul theLutfi Kolgjini's Onceforall Face in the Uppfödningslöpningen, it was super run by Orion Tilly who was closing fast on the tearaway leader and was within a length as the pair crossed the line eight lengths clear of the third horse and nearly a second quicker. His main competition could come from M.T.James a son of Quite Easey and out of a full sister to US stallion Muscle Memory, who won the Harry Zweig Memorial and was third in the 2005 Hambletonian and now stands in Sweden. M.T.James is the winner of four on the trot so far and though this race will be a step up for Ake Lindblom's colt, he has drawn the pole which will suit the horse who is a fast beginner and more than likely will set the pace. The third richest earner in the field is Gabriella Sisu who will have the advantage of ace driver Björn Goop in the bike for trainer Ari-Pekka Pakkanen. The daughter of Muscle Mass is drawn the inside of the second line and should get a nice drag up on the rail and will get a chance to test the two colts. She had her second win last start at this track in a fillies race. The other interesting runner is the Tomas Malmqvist-trained German horse Elton Attack, a son of Swedish stallion Gigant Neo, who won the Prix d'Amerique in a stellar career. He is out of a Dutch-bred mare of US parentage and broke in his last start Sweden after a placing in Berlin and a win in Denmark's Charlottenlund four starts back. With top driver Jorma Kontio in the bike he looks the best of the rest, who do not have a win among them.   SVAMPEN ÖREBRO Örebro 15/12/13 SE (G2) Int 1609m 2YO 70 000 1 M.T.James (2c Quite Easy - Peace Treaty) Ã…ke Lindblom Tr: Ã…ke Lindblom 2 Elton Attack (2c Gigant Neo - P'Bird Mon Amie) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 3 Orion Tilly (2c Clerk Magistrate - Infra Tilly) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Per Lennartsson 4 Bear My Crown (2f Dream Vacation - Bear My Royalty) Dr: Tony Wallin Tr: Pekka Korpi 5 Deneb Graff (2c Juliano Star - Flamenco Kemp ) Dr: Sebastian Hedblom Tr: Sebastian Hedblom 6 Jumpinjackofjoy (2c Enjoy Lavec - Ronja Win) Dr: Jörgen Sjunnesson Tr: Liselotte Nordkvist 7 Drive Launcher (2c Dad's Launcher - Joyride Launcher) Dr: Johan Sedström Tr: Johan Sedström 8 Run to the Hills (2g Couch Doctor - Samba Brick) Dr: Erik Svensson Tr: Erik Svensson 9 Gabriella Sisu (2f Muscle Mass - Armbro Begood) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Ari-Pekka Pakkanen by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

DOVER, Del. ---  Green Day, the second of three wins for Corey Callahan, showed his class turning back eight rivals in 1:54.2 to win the $21,000Open Handicap trot on a 10-race card on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Dover Downs. Callahan took the lead on the backstretch and Green Day rolled away to his fourth victory of the season and 42nd lifetime. The Enjoy Lavec-Sonoma Hanover nine-year-old gelding trained by Leigh Raymer for Mary Elizabeth Raymer now has extending his career bankroll to $1,281,114 with $60,556 this year. Cash On Delivery, came on for Vince Copeland, to finish second with Can Do and Vic Kirby third. Two races early, Callahan took race favorite Musclelaneous right to the front and never was headed in a 1:55.2 triumph in the secondary feature, a $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old trot. Nick Callahan trains the 5-year-old son of Muscles Yankee-Splendthrift to his fifth win of the season. He now has won $37,578 for owners Bonuccelli Racing and the Callahans. Up Front Ben marked up his ninth win of the year in 10 races notching a 1:56.1 win in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Allowance Handicap trot. Tony Morgan steered the Andover Hall-Sounds Swell nine-year-old conditioned by Eric Ell for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. The veteran has earned $57,250 this campaign and $387,050 lifetime. In addition to Callahan’s triple, Allan Davis and Daryl Bier had driving doubles. MALAK USWAAD N, NOVA ARTIST LEAD $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL THURSDAY Razor-sharp Malak Uswaad N and recent Dover Downs’ Horse of the Meet, Nova Artist, lead a field of eight in the first $27,500 Delaware Special pace of the meet while Rock On Moe and Bullet Speed top a select field in the $20,000 Open pace on Thursday, Nov. 7. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Peter Tritton’s Malak Uswaad N, leaves from the rail with Tim Tetrick while Eddie and Kathy Davis’ hard-hitting Nova Artist and Allan Davis returns to the scene of his most impressive victories in recent seasons in the feature race. Bobby Glassmeyer’s Fancyfreeshark, driven by Jonathan Roberts, in still another who has been at his best over the First State five-eighths mile surface. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce drives Mustang Art from post 2 for Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. Its All Good Stable’s Simon’ Artist is enjoying his finest season but must overcome starting from the outside. Vic Kirby will be in the bike. Arty Foster’s Eagle All, handled by Ross Wolfenden, is a renowned fast finisher. Brit Evans and Foulk Stables’ Bad Man Sam, with Eric Carlson in the bike, has two wins, and five seconds in his last seven outings. Toby Lynch’s Sunshine Superman (Jason Lynch) rounds out the starting lineup. In the $20,000 Open Handicap, Harry von Knoblauch’s Second Wind N (Tim Tetrick) brings an impressive record in his last three starts and battles two other top class starters from Yonkers, KDM Stables’ Bullet Speed (Matt Kakaley) and Nob Hill High (Corey Callahan) racing for Bob Mondillo and Don Robinson. JLRI’s Rock On Moe (Allan Davis), following an outstanding Summer domination Harrington feature races, has post 6 while Burke Racing and Weaver, Bruscemi’s Rage N Ryan (Ron Pierce), fresh from victory last time out, and Forever Just (Tony Morgan) has the rail for owners Fred Wallace and Stake Your Claim Stable.   Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday  and Saturday. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

Orecchietti (6m From Above-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), with Orjan Kihlstom aboard, raced first up in the “death seat” before taking the lead at head of the stretch to win in 1.12.2kr over 2140 meters. The V75 Gold victory was worth 150,000SEK to the winner that is owned by Travkompaniets Stall AB, also owner of Maharajah, and trained by Stefan Hultman. Orecchietti recorded his 15th victory in 32 lifetime starts for life earnings of over 3.95 million SEK. Nahar (8g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie), 2013 The Elitloppet winner with career earnings of over 9 million SEK, followed Orecchietti in a perfect second over spot for Robert Bergh before making a three wide surge halfway through the final turn. Nahar drew dead-even with Orecchietti before the winner inched away in the late stages. Update Hoss (7m Classic Response-Celebrfation Ride-Express Ride) closed late down the middle to be third, driven by Erik Adielsson. The US import Pastor Stephen (5m Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec) finished ninth for Daniel Reden, timed in 1.12.9kr. He was making his second 2013 start. Pastor Stephen, a career winner of 7.2 million SEK, last started in North America in September 2011. The Bergsaker co-featured Silver Division went to Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) in 1.10.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The Robert Bergh trained and driven pupil earned 125,000SEK first money as he defeated Robin Ru (8g Gidde Palema-Ritzy As-Beseiged) with Ulf Ohlsson aboard. Pacesetter Democrat (6g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) ended third for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

The European Derby heats or ( the Grand Prix de l’UET) moves from Vincennes, France,  to Solvalla, Sweden, tomorrow the same venue as the final on September 29. This is a pan-Scandanavian affair with all four Nordic countries represented along with two German horses, who are trained in Sweden. The first heat looks the toughest and brings together a mouthwatering clash featuring  the impressive winner of this year’s Swedish  TravDerby  Mosaique Face (4h Classic) Photo and the winner of last year’s Trav Kriterium Chelsea Boko (4h Chocolatier) who chose to bypass this year’s Swedish classic. Mosaique Face broke the Swedish Derby record at his last start for win number seven  in 24 starts and Lutfi Kolgjini’s drive has amassed 2.85million SEK in earnings. Chelsea Boko chose to compete in the latest leg  Solvalla four-year-old  series where he ran second last start. Timo Nurmos’ charge  has only raced six times this season for one win, but has only been out of the money twice and will be driven by Jorma Kontio. Also in the heat is Roger Walman’s Noble Knight  (4h Scarlet Knight) a former European 3YO champion and a runner up in the prestigious Group I  E3 final last year – where he took his record of 1’11”0 (1.54.1) but he has only won once in 11 starts as a 4YO. He will be driven by classy veteran driver Örjan Kihlström.  Catarina Lundström’s  well-performed mare Mousse (4m Gallant Baron) is one of four mares entered in the qualifiers, and the only one in this heat. She is a Group I winner of the E3 fillies final and also  a runner up in the International Group I Queen Silvias Pokal in May.  The mare has a wide draw at seven but does have driving ace Johnny Takter in the bike. Norway is represented in the heat by Love You Fox (4h Love You) the winner of  three of his 22 starts and  two of his last four, from the Anders Wolden stable, and he has top Swedish reinsman Bjorn Goop in the bike. The German-bred and owned entrant is also a son of champion sire Love You,  Chapeau   is trained from the barn of the legendary Stig Johansson who  has trained twice as many  winners of this race as any one else (4) although his last win was in 2001 with Abano As (Dylan Lobell). He has also not had a winner other than those he drove himself. This horse however is a former runner-up in the European 3YO Championship, and although lightly raced due to some injury problems, has a good record of 1’10”9 (1.54) and has won nearly half his starts including  his last one in July  (7 from 16 with 4 minor placings). Johansson also has a German-bred and owner runner in the second heat, and Indigious (Prodigious) will be one of the favourites to progress. Indigious  is one of the first mixed blood sons of boom French sire Prodigious, and did not start racing until his 3YO when he rattled off five wins in a row and has risen to being one of the most competitive in this age group. He beat many of these top horses home in the ICA Maxi Fyraåringstest in Ekilstuna in July and was second in the Group I  Sprintermastern Final in the same month to Svante Bath’s  Quid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide) who he meets again in this heat. Lutfi Kolgjini’s Barracuda River (4h Express It)  was the Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown champion last year and  won Norway’s  4YO Elite Race over a mile in May and will be primed for this. Finland’s entry is Pekka Korpi’s Diamond Duo (4h Andover Hall) a Kuopio Stakes and Breeders Crown division winner in his homeland, although he might find the step up here too big. Ulf Stenströmer’s  Your Highness (4m Chocolatier) is a well-performed mare who was second in the Mares Championship in July, but though she has Bjorn Goop in the cart, might find the going too tough against the boys. In heat four Kolgjini fronts up with Konung Gustav V’s  winner Pokal  El Mago Pellini (4h Chocolatier)  who broke in the Swedish Trav Derby but has won nine races and 1.77 million SEK,   a record  of 1.11.7 (1.55) and will be looking for amends in what looks like by far  the weakest heat with five non-Swedish-bred horses in the field. Tuomas Korvenoja won this race last year with Brad de Veluwe but it will be asking a lot of his horse this year Crème Brulee, a mare by French sire Meaulnes du Corta, to repeat the feat although she did win the Mares sprint final at Halmstad in July. Daniel Redén’s Molle C.D. (4h Scarlet Knight) was fourth in Sweden’s 4YO classic and is not to be discounted in this field, being a big improver this year. Roger Walman’s Italian-bred Pojke Kronos (4h Donato Hanover) has been racing in good company and picked up a couple of decent cheques recently, but has not won in over a year and earned most of his money as an early 3YO. Norway’s big hope is Thai Broadway (4h Broadway Hall) was third in  the Norway Trav Derby last month and is trained by Trond Andersson and will be driven by his regular Norwegian pilot Gunnar Austevoll , and could progress from this heat to give the minor Scandinavian players an interest in the final. Denmark’s first entry Satisfied la Marc (4h Andover Hall) will probably find this all a bit hard even with the ace draw while the second Saxo Holmsminde (4h Dream Vacation) has even less to recommend it. Grand Prix de I'U.E.T. Solvalla Qualifying heats 2013-09-18 4YOs  2140m HEAT 1  1     Love You Fox (NOR) (4h Love You - Sly Fox)  Dr:  Björn Goop  Tr:   Anders L Wolden      2     Mosaique Face (SWE)  (4h Classic Photo - Iona L.B)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr:    Lutfi Kolgjini      3     Noble Knight (SWE)   (4h Scarlet Knight - Bruschetta)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Roger Walmann      4     Cool Style (SWE)  (4h Super Arnie - Donna Kronos)   Dr: Johan Sedström   Johan Sedström      5     Chelsea Boko (SWE)   (4h Chocolatier - Kelsea Boko)   Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:  Timo Nurmos      6     Here to Rock F. (SWE)   (4h Enjoy Lavec - Hey Face)   Dr: Mattias Djuse Tr:    Anna Forssell      7     Mousse (SWE)   (4m Gallant Baron - Fashion Tilly)   Dr: Johnny Takter Tr:    Catarina Lundström      8     Hertig Shim (SWE)   (4h Shim - Super Love)   Dr: Thomas Uhrberg  Tr:   Thomas Uhrberg      9     Chapeau (GER) (4h Love You - Crown Tess)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Stig H Johansson      HEAT 2  1     Xena Brick (SWE)   (4m Super Arnie - Keystone Nora) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Timo Nurmos     2     Lucky Luke Zenz (SWE)   (4h Daguet Rapide - Noellyn Boko)  Dr:  Rikard N Skoglund  Tr:   Mathias Andersson      3     Quite a Fall (SWE)  (4h Infinitif - Victoria Falls)   Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr:   Catarina Lundström      4     New Approach (SWE)  (4h Prodigious - Chic Girl)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:    Timo Nurmos      5     Indigious (GER)(4h Prodigious - Indication)   Dr: Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Stig H Johansson      6     Barracuda River (SWE)  (4h Express It - Just About Enough)  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:   Lutfi Kolgjini      7     Quid Pro Quo (SWE)  (4h Yankee Glide - Hostage)   Dr: Åke Svanstedt  Tr: Svante Båth      8     Diamond Duo (FIN) (4h Andover Hall - Salima Om)  Dr:  Tony Wallin  Tr:   Pekka Korpi      9     Your Highness (SWE)  (4m Chocolatier - La Belle Lady)  Dr:  Björn Goop Tr:    Ulf Stenströmer      HEAT 3  1     Satisfied la Marc (DEN) (4h Andover Hall - Loving Her Is Easy)   Dr: Svante Ericsson  Tr:   Markus B Svedberg      2     Pojke Kronos (ITA) (4h Donato Hanover - Flicka Kronos)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Roger Walmann      3     Drew Brees (SWE)  (4h Ken Warkentin - Rydens Denise)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:    Timo Nurmos     4     Dante le Soleil (SWE)  (4h Spotlite Lobell - Miss Sinkadus)  Dr:  Jennifer Tillman  Tr:   Stefan P Pettersson      5     Saxo Holmsminde (DEN) (4h Dream Vacation- Devil’s Lady)   Dr:  Marcus Savin Tr:    Marcus Savin      6     Molle C.D. (SWE)   (4h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million)  Dr:  Daniel Redén Tr:    Daniel Redén      7     Thai Broadway (NOR) (4h Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)  Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll  Tr:   Trond Anderssen      8     Creme Brulee (FIN) (4m Meaulnes du Corta - Youronpandidcamera )  Dr: Tuomas Korvenoja Tr:    Tuomas Korvenoja      9     El Mago Pellini (SWE)  (4h Chocolatier - My Intuition) Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini    by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Vegas Vacation set a new record of 1:48.3 in his division of the Simcoe stakes tonight Saturday the 7th of September at Mohawk Raceway. Harness racing driver Brian Sears swept the two divisions driving Fool Me Once to win the other division. The Champlain Stakes also featured on the night with Winds Of Change, Precious Beauty and Luck Be Withyou winning                   Race 1: 1st Shes Da Bomb (b,f,2 - Art Major-Armbro Bombay-Western Hanover 2nd Porsche Seelster (b,f,2 - Artistic Fella-Platinum Seelster-Western Hanover) 3rd Impatience (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover-The Panderosa) Race 2: 1st Your So Vain (b,c,3 - Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover-Muscles Yankee) 2nd Royalty For Life (b,c,3 - Rc Royalty-Bourbon N Grits-Donerail) 3rd Smilin Eli (b,c,3 - Muscles Yankee-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) Race 3: 1st Master Of Law (br,g,3 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic-Self Possessed) 2nd Punxsutawney (b,c,3 - Glidemaster-Sunseeker Kosmos-S Js Photo) 3rd Wheeling N Dealin (b,c,3 - Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) Race 4: 1st Ideal Race (b,g,7 - Western Terror-Eidette Hanover-Big Towner) 2nd Thepaninsulahotel (b,h,7 - No Pan Intended-Onenightinpangkok-Matts Scooter) 3rd Twin B Impressive (b,g,4 - Bettors Delight-Impeccant-Jate Lobell) Race 5: 1st Fool Me Once (b,c,3 - Art Major-Fool That I Am-Jennas Beach Boy) 2nd Captive Audience (b,c,3 - Art Major-Captiva Island-Western Hanover) 3rd Lucan Hanover (b,g,3 - Western Ideal-Lauren Order-Dragon Again) Race 6: 1st Winds Of Change (b,c,2 - American Ideal-Arts Temptress-Artsplace) 2nd Jet Airway (br,c,2 - Jeremes Jet-Aromatic-Artiscape) 3rd Crafty Master (b,c,2 - Mister Big-Cam Odie-Camluck) Race 7: 1st Bestofbest Hanover (b,h,5 - Western Hanover-Bunny Lake-Precious Bunny) 2nd Sparky Mark (b,h,6 - Astreos-Luckbealadytonite-Camluck) 3rd Shelbys Cobra (b,g,6 - Western Ideal-Sounds Perfect-Artsplace) Race 8: 1st Precocious Beauty (b,f,2 - Art Major-Precious Beauty-Jate Lobell) 2nd Beach Gal (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal-Dragon Again) 3rd Bahama Blue (b,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Isabella Blue Chip-Bettors Delight) Race 9: 1st Luck Be Withyou (b,c,2 - Western Ideal-Trim Hanover-Camluck) 2nd Fort Knox (b,c,2 - American Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace) 3rd Some Major Beach (b,c,2 - Major In Art-Wheres The Beach-Beach Towel) Race 10: 1st Aslan (b,g,4 - Mach Three-Skyview-Falcon Seelster) 2nd Ellis Park (br,g,4 - Rocknroll Hanover-Roller Cam-Cambest) 3rd Smokin Bear (gr,g,4 - Grinfromeartoear-Smokin Pistol-Jate Lobell) Race 11: 1st Vegas Vacation (br,g,3 - Bettors Delight-Dont You Smile-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd Sunshine Beach (b,c,3 - Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up-Artsplace) 3rd Sunfire Blue Chip (b,c,3 - American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip-Cams Card Shark) Race 12: 1st Grande Seelster (br,g,5 - Camluck-Glendale Kim-Troublemaker) 2nd Bestinthebusiness (b,g,5 - Another Mile-Tendin To Business-Lon Todd Hanover) 3rd Top Gear (b,g,6 - Real Desire-Trust Me Ashley-Ball And Chain) Race 13: 1st Bay Of Sharks (b,h,7 - Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay-Tylers Mark) 2nd Red Bugler (b,g,6 - Cammibest-My Friend Flicka-Firm Friend) 3rd Clic K (ch,g,5 - Shanghai Phil-Eclatante-Bullvons Dream) All videos are attached.  

Jagersro started the Derby weekend with excellent racing today, a glimpse of what is in store for harness racing fans, wagering patrons and the connections performing tomorrow. The Sunday program can be viewed using the link that follows and both Derby events promise exciting competition: http://www.jagersro.se/uploads/file/Banprogram%20(pdf)/130901.pdf Today’s action is summarized below with the featured Gold Division going to veteran Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Peter Untersteiner. He earned the 150,000SEK first prize with a 1.10.9kr victory over 1650 meters autostart, his third of the year in 15 starts. Magic Tonight (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and Kadett C.D. (6m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) took third for Robert Bergh. Strong Boy DE and Linda di Casei were in the beaten field. Other noteworthy winners today at Jagersro were: Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec), 150,000SEWK first money in the Jagersro Stora Tearingspris for Ake Svanstedt, 2140 meters in 1.13.3kr; Alama Boko (6m SJs Photo-Andiamo-Pine Chip), 110,000SEK winners share for his Bronze Division win in 1.14.3kr over 2640 meters autostart. Flemming Jensen is driver/trainer; No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering), 125,000SEK for winning a 2140 meter autostart test in 1.12.5kr, also for Flemming Jensen. The winner now has 24 career wins in 53 starts; Stylish Hanover (4f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) earned 100,000SEK for a 1.15.1kr win over 2140 meters turning start with Adrian Kolgjini up. The winner scored for the sixth time in 10 starts in 2013; Oxford SAS (5m Diamond Way-Glide By Nimble-Yankee Glide) took a 1.12.7kr win to earn 50,000SEK for driver Martijn de Haan and trainer Conrad Lugauer over the 1640 meter autostart course, in his initial 2013 start (he’s eight for 18 lifetime); Premier Kronos (4m Donato Hanover-Nordic Gold November-Viking Kronos) scored in 1.12kr to take home 50,000SEK in a 1640 meter autostart test. Adrian Kolgjini did the teaming for his training father. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing trainer Deshawn Minor was smiling from ear to ear when he said the following statement.

Bagley (8g Bartali Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) today won the UET Masters Series Gr. I Jamtlands Stora Pris at Ostersund, taking home 750,000SEK first money.

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