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2.6/1 Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) took Tuesday’s Quinte+ Prix de Laqoubran (purse €25,000, 2650 meters autostart, 13 European starters) at Hyeres, France, scoring in 1.14.9kr for harness racing driver Roberto Andreghetti. Scuderia Dielle SRL of Italy owns the winning mare that Alessandro Gocciadoro conditions. 19/1 Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) took second in a close finish for driver Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie du Domaine du Parc. 10/1 Venus Castelets (7f Jasmin de Flore-Natural  Pearl) earned third for J-Ch Feron and Ecurie de Rougemont. 1.8.1 favorite Conway Fortuna (7m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee) captured fourth for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Henk Grift and Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. In other European action the Championnat des Indigena (purse €13,850, 2000 meters autostart, five turf starters) at Avenches (Suisse) went to 1/5 favorite Attenarco (6g Ready Cash-Mattmara) timed in 1.16.4kr, quick clocking on the grass. Henri Turrettini drove the winner that he owns and Nunes du Oliveira V trains. Tango du Martza (9g Jag de Bellouet) rallied for second with Fra Quatreuil up. The Prix de Vitre Suisse (purse €9,233, 2000 meters autostart, six turf starters) went to the 1.19.3lr timed, open lengths winner Semola GK (5f Allison Hollow-Gary MP). This 1.1/1 choice was reined by Jean Matthey. 2.3/1 Fast And Furious (4m Main Wise As-You’ve Got Mail) was second for owner/trainer/driver Andre Humbert Back on dirt the Cabourg feature was the Prix des Lupins B (purse €26,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters). 53/1 Caballis (4g In Love With You-Republica) scored timed in 1.17.3kr for Ch-A Mary, also trainer to owner/breeder Bernard Giraudon. Racing barefoot, second was 2.6/1 Capitano de Lou (4g Ready Cash-Riviera de Lou) for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 3/1 shoeless Cedre de Bellouet (4g Quel Amour Dudel-Saga de Bellouet) handled by David Thomain. Thomas H. Hicks  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2016 -- Bessie endured a contested first quarter and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in 1:54 -- matching her career best -- in Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was stretched by Boo's Party Girl while trying for the early lead and forced to a speedy 27.2 opening panel. But the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine easily thwarted the first-over bid of Whata Donato and defeated her by 3/4 lengths for Jim Pantaleano. Boo's Party Girl saved show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $192,964, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected three victories on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 9, 2015 -- Bessie powered to the lead past the quarter and faced little pressure thereafter as she rolled to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Away third for Jim Pantaleano, Bessie overtook the leader, Barn Girl and enjoyed a comfortable 57.2 front half. Anaffairtoremember avoided a tangle of horses down the backside to emerge a clear second, but she was unable to gain substantially on Bessie. The 4-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine prevailed in 1:54.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than Anaffairtoremember, while Barn Girl saved show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who now boasts $158,929 in career earnings, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Dave Palone, Wilbur Yoder, Pantaleano and trainers Ron Burke and Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a double on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2015 -- Bessie powered up first over, wore down the leader and rolled to victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Barn Girl, who had enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half. The 4-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine put away Barn Girl and held off the late bid of Mistress Valentine to down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. Whata Donato finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who extended her career bankroll to $147,679, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                          

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) continued his breakout harness racing season on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman-trained trotter scored a wire-to-wire win in the $18,000 Open Trot on a beautiful afternoon in the Spa City. Jimmer, one of the top trotters at Saratoga this season, won for the eighth time in '15 and did so in career best fashion. Phil Fluet piloted the race's 7-5 favorite to victory in 1:54.1, a time that is just a fifth of a second off the track record for trotters. Longshot Cash Poor (Jim Devaux) fought gamely first over and was the runner up while Gaelic And Garlic (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. It was the third Open score this season for Jimmer who was claimed this spring by Don Sherman, last year's Up-and-Coming Trainer at the Spa. Jimmer led an exacta that returned $33 and a triple that came back $91.50. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) scored his third consecutive victory on Tuesday night at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman trainee continues to have a sensational season which has now featured back to back jacks in the Open Trot at the Spa. Reinsman Phil Fluet worked out a second over journey in the Tuesday's $18,000 feature for Jimmer who tipped off cover around the final turn and outtrotted his rivals in the stretch. The six year old highstepper stopped the timer in 1:55.2 for his seventh win of the 2015 campaign and third in a row. Slugfest (Jay Randall), the defending Trotter of the Year at Saratoga, continued his terrific '15 season with another second place finish in the feature while invader Can I Say (Bruce Aldrich Jr) charged hard for third. Jimmer was dismissed at odds of 9-1 despite winning last Tuesday's Open while the exacta with Slugfest came back $80.50 and the triple paid $278. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm.  Melissa Simser  

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) participated in the Open Trot for the first time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Tuesday night. The Don Sherman trainee wound up getting a pocket trip in his first crack at the $18,000 feature and charged past the race's co-favorite Slugfest (Jay Randall) to record the victory in 1:55.2. Jimmer was claimed this spring by Sherman and co-owner Jessica Roegner and is putting together a career season. One week removed from his lifetime best 1:54.1 score, Jimmer had no trouble handling Tuesday's step up en route to his sixth victory on the campaign. Slugfest has now finished first or second in thirteen of his seventeen seasonal tries as the 9-5 co-favorite was the runner up in the six horse Open while invader Dancehall Mistress (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. Jimmer returned $17.00 to win and started an exacta that paid $62.50 and a triple that came back $212. The win was one of three on the evening for conditioner Don Sherman who currently sits in fifth in the local trainer standings. Live racing continues on Wednesday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) set a lifetime mark in Sunday's feature at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman-trained six year old has been on top of his game in the last two months and on Sunday would not be denied. Driver Phil Fluet moved Jimmer first over on the race's favorite Zoey De Vie (Jim Devaux) and wound up grinding him into submission with a big effort on the outside. Zoey De Vie fought gamely after being parked out for the first 3/8 of a mile and held strong for second while Midnite Craze (Jay Randall) earned the show spot in the $14,000 Winners Over trot. Jimmer, who returned $10.80 to win on Sunday, recorded his victory in a career best 1:54.4 for his fifth win on the season. Jimmer, who has hit the board in fourteen of his 23 seasonal tries, is co-owned by Jessica Roegner and his trainer Don Sherman. Live racing resumes on Thursday beginning at 4:00pm before the summer schedule kicks in with 7:05pm first posts starting on Friday evening. Melissa Simser  

Morosita Bi (Equinox Bi) picked up where she left off last season on Friday night when she scored a victory in the $9,000 featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The claiming trotter of the year for her level in '14, Morosita Bi sat out the majority of the winter but made her return in style on Friday. The lone mare of the race, Morosita Bi brushed up along frontrunning Pocket Passer (Jordan Derue) around the final turn and cruised by in the final strides. After the race's odds-on favorite Teach Me To Bucky made a break at the start, Pocket Passer powered up to the lead and held it throughout before giving way late to the 19-1 shot Morosita Bi. The five year old mare beat the boys for driver Austin Siegelman and trainer Chris Marino. Live racing continues on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 15 - A stellar 13-race card featuring the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot has been assembled for Saturday night (July 19) at Mohawk Racetrack. Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter (1:49), highlights the field of ten for the 63rd edition of Canada's most storied trotting event, the Maple Leaf Trot (Race 9). The eight-year-old "Scandinavian Powerhouse" won his elimination last Friday (July 11) for trainer-driver Ake Svandstedt in 1:52.2. Upon earning the right to select his post position for the final, Svandstedt selected the rail as the starting spot for his prized trotter. Svandstedt, a top horseman in his native Sweden for many years, relocated his stable to North America this season and is in the midst of a successful campaign, thanks in large part to Sebastian K who is a perfect five for five on North American soil. The high point of the season thus far for Sebastian K was a seven-length victory in the Sun Invitational at Pocono Downs on June 28, in which he became the fastest trotter in the history of harness racing with a jaw-dropping mile time of 1:49. Before coming to North America, Sebastian K had victories in top events such as the 2013 Oslo Grand Prix, a heat of the 2013 Elitlopp and the 2012 UET Trotting Masters. The nine rivals who will look to knock Sebastian K off the top of the mountain, include the last two Maple Leaf Trot winners, Mister Herbie ('12) and Market Share ('13). Market Share won the second elimination last week in 1:53 with a last quarter of :26.4 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano. His connections selected post position two for the final. The five-year-son of Revenue - Classical Flirt is the richest horse in the field with over $3.2 million in career earnings. Market Share followed up his Maple Leaf Trot victory last year with a triumph in the Breeders Crown. His career highlights also include two million-dollar race victories in 2012 in the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk. Leading the charge for the local horses will be Mister Herbie, who finished runner-up to Market Share in not only his elimination last week, but also in last year's final. The Jeff Gillis trainee won the 2012 edition of the Maple Leaf Trot in a stakes and track record clocking of 1:50.4 and was last year's O'Brien Award winner as top older trotter in Canada. Mister Herbie will start from post six and will be driven by Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren who won his first and only Maple Leaf Trot in 1988 with Natural Image. The seven other challengers in the field are a group of well accomplished standardbreds. Intimidate, a past Breeders Crown and O'Brien Award winner, will start from post three for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais. Ron Burke, North America's leading trainer, will send out two starters. Archangel, post four, was the 2012 Yonkers Trot champion, while Wishing Stone, post five, has had success in both North America and Europe with victories in the 2012 Copenhagen Cup in Denmark and the 2013 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia. Creatine, last year's Kentucky Futurity winner, will start from post seven for the duo of Hall of Fame driver Mike Lachance and trotting conditioner Bob Stewart. Undercover Strike will leave from post eight and is a Preferred winner at both Mohawk and the Meadows. He is sent out by trainer Tony O'Sullivan and will be driven by Doug McNair. Flanagan Memory, who won last year's Goodtimes, Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and an O'Brien Award, starts from post nine for trainer Rene Dion and Woodbine/Mohawk's leading driver Chris Christoforou. Modern Family, a multiple stakes winner, will start from post ten for trainer Daryl Bier and will have Ron Pierce, a two-time Maple Leaf Trot winner, in the sulky. The field of ten for the Maple Leaf Trot has combined for 188 career victories and career earnings of $13,837,506. The Maple Leaf Trot undercard will feature four Canadian Breeders Championships (Races 2,3,7,10) for three-year-olds. Trevor Ritchie, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winning driver ('03 Rotation, '06 Peaceful Way, '07 Equinox Bi), recently announced his retirement from driving. Ritchie will be on hand Saturday night to present the trophy to this year's winner and will be a special guest on Mohawk Racing Live's pre-game show beginning at 6:45 p.m. Post time for Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot card is 7:25 p.m, with the Maple Leaf Trot expected to go behind the gate at 10:05 p.m. Here is the field for the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Race 9 - Maple Leaf Trot - Purse: $603,000 PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer/Morning Line 1. Sebastian K - Ake Svandstedt - Ake Svandstedt - 2/5 2. Market Share - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano - 6-1 3. Intimidate - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais - 12-1 4. Archangel - Jody Jamieson - Ron Burke - 10-1 5. Wishing Stone - Randall Waples - Ron Burke - 20-1 6. Mister Herbie - Steve Condren - Jeff Gillis - 15-1 7. Creatine - Mike Lachance - Bob Stewart - 15-1 8. Undercover Strike - Doug McNair - Tony O'Sullivan - 25-1 9. Flanagan Memory - Chris Christoforou - Rene Dion - 25-1 10. Modern Family - Ron Pierce - Daryl Bier - 20-1 AE: Wheeling N Dealin - Jody Jamieson - Luc Blais - N/A by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 14 - Recently retired WEG circuit driver Trevor Ritchie will be the special guest this Saturday on the Maple Leaf Trot edition of Mohawk Racing Live. Ritchie, who announced his retirement from driving two weeks ago, will reflect on his career and discuss the Maple Leaf Trot, a race he won three-times, on the pre-game show beginning at 6:45 p.m. Ritchie captured his three Maple Leaf Trot titles over a five-year span. (Rotation '03, Peaceful Way '06, Equinox Bi '07) His list of accomplishments also includes the Hambletonian, the North America Cup and six Breeders Crown titles. Along with an appearance on Mohawk Racing Live, Ritchie will be making the trophy presentation to this year's Maple Leaf Trot winner. Post time for this Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot card is 7:25 p.m. and fans unable to make it out to the track can watch a live stream of Mohawk Racing Live at by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

Four excellent events graced today’s Enghien-Soisy card, including this days’ Quinte+ race. The feature race was the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles for €95,000 contested by 11 European starters over 2150 meters autostart. Timed in 1.11.3kr, the Louis Baudron owned, trained and teamed Village Mystic scored a 12.5/1 upset. The five year-old son of Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account, bred by M.L. Baudron, nailed tiring favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) on the line, by a neck, the latter off at 3/5 for reinsman Franck Nivard. Voltigeur de Myrt was third for Eric Raffin. Winning Village Mystic now has 11 career wins for €720,320 earned. The secondary feature was the €85,000 Gr. III Prix du Louvre over 2875 meters for five year-old Europeans. 11 horses were at the start with the favorite Arlington Dream off at 4.3/1 in a wide-open affair. Clint W. Boko prevailed for the win handled by Robin Bakker in 1.15.1kr. The winner is a five year-old son of Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell, trained by Paul Hagoort for Stable Unlimited. The winner secured his 10th career win now for €297,157. Germany’s Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d’Aunou) was a close second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Josef Franzl and Vive Majyc ended third for Louis Baudron. Plutonio was fourth with J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover) fifth and was  not a factor for Damien Bonne. Arlington Dream was a dq for a miscue.   The Q+ race (jackpot €5.2 million) was the €68,000 Prix du Palais de Chaillot over 2875 meters for Europeans. 18 went postward and the race handled €1,166,918 for win and place only. Italy’s Olimpus Caf scored the victory in 1.14.3kr for Damien Bonne. He’s a six year-old son of Varenne-Eviola’caf-Supergill, owned by Scuderia Mantaro and trained by J-E Le Bec. The win today was his 12th lifetime for €203,259. Germany’s Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux with Tempo (7m Coktail Jet-Haute Voltige) flying  home third for David Thomain. Replay follows: A host of outsiders in the top five exact order generated a great outcome for winning punters. This exact order crew was off at odds of 5,5. 12, 74, 46 and 9/1 respectively. Big fields make for unexpected results and payoffs. The other interesting contest today, also for European entrants, was the €48,000 Prix de Villiers that drew 16 starters over the 2150 meter autostart course. Italy’s Painting Wise took the victory in 1.12.9kr for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi owns the five year-old son of Equinox Bi-Catalina Wise-Supergill as the 1.2/1 favorite defeated Adman Perrine with Franck Nivard and Amiral du Bission and teamster P-Y Verva. The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Wise H and the win today was his 13th in a career that has earned €96,610. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Broadway Socks won a division of the Stallion Series on Tuesday night for her fourth consecutive win overall, highlighting the action for three-year-old trotting fillies at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six Stallion Series divisions held, each with a purse of $20,000. Broadway Socks (Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin), driven by Dan Rawlings and trained by David Wade, won her split in 1:55:2 to keep her streak alive. Other Stallion Series winners on the night: Sincerely Yours S (Cantab Hall-Kemp's Emilie), driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Jonas Czernyson, in 1:56:3; Outsourced Hanover (Donato Hanover-Oaklea Opal), driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, in 1:55:4; Nitro Nittany (Explosive Matter-Miss Nittany), driven by Howard Parker and trained by Jim Raymer, in 1:54:4; Here's Ethel (Equinox Bi-Overtookthem), driven by Brett Miller and trained by Sharlene Dufford, in 1:57:2; and Bikini So Teeny (Yankee Glide-Momsgotitgoinon), driven and trained by Charlie Norris, in 1:55. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs  

The honeymoon is not over for Bill Mack when it comes to harness racing. Mack, a breeder/owner in central New Jersey, sends 3-year-old filly trotter Sally Savannah into Wednesday's third round of the Bobby Weiss Series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Sally Savannah finished second in her Weiss division last week and was third in the opening round. Driven by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Neal Ehrhart, the filly is 9-2 on the morning line. The 71-year-old Mack has owned horses since retiring from his job as a criminal court administrator for the state of New Jersey. Most of his horses have "Savannah" in their names, which is a nod to the city where Mack and his wife Lorraine spent their honeymoon. "(Sally Savannah) is racing very well," Mack said. "I like her determination; she just seems to like to race. I'm hoping to have a nice year with her." A homebred daughter by stallion Equinox Bi out of Mack's mare Sassy Savannah, Sally Savannah won two of nine races last year and earned $42,512. She won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Stallion Series, finished second to world champion Designed To Be in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and capped her 2-year-old season by finishing third in her division of the Keystone Classic. "She finished last year well and she's back where she left off," Ehrhart said. "We toyed around with the idea of putting her in the regular sire stakes last year, but thought it might be pushing it. It worked out because she did well in the Stallion Series. "I don't know yet where we'll put her this year. I'd rather be a star in the Stallion Series than put her in over her head. A lot of the top 3-year-old (trotting) fillies are going to come out of Pennsylvania. Maybe she'll get there, but she'll let us know." Sally Savannah, who was named by one of Mack's granddaughters because she was naming all her dolls "Sally" at that time, also is eligible to the Arden Downs Stakes and Currier & Ives this year. "This series should be a good prep for the sire stakes," Ehrhart said. "She's been facing a lot of 4-year-olds (in the Weiss) and that's what has impressed me. "This horse is a lot like her mother, and that's a good thing," the trainer added. "George Napolitano said (Sally Savannah) is a very smart horse. She can size up a race and know where she needs to be." Sassy Savannah was a rare yearling purchase for Mack. He bought her for $6,000 under the name Strapless at the 2002 Standardbred Horse Sale. Sassy Savannah won a division of the Arden Downs as a 2-year-old and a Landmark Stakes at age 3, finishing her career with $101,242. "She was sick as a dog at the sale," Ehrhart said. "That might have hurt her (price in the auction), but it didn't hurt her down the road." Mack and Ehrhart have been a team for nearly 15 years. Mack found Ehrhart through an advertisement in Hoof Beats magazine. "He's a nice person," Mack said. "He's easy to deal with. He's done I think as well as could be expected with my horses." Said Ehrhart of Mack, "He's the epitome of what a good racehorse owner should be. He cares about the horses and is patient and never puts them in positions they shouldn't be in. We have a trust and he has confidence in me. He leaves me to do my thing and we've held our own." The two hope to continue the success with Sally Savannah. She faces six rivals Wednesday in the Weiss Series, which is for 3- and 4-year-old female trotters that entered 2014 with fewer than three career wins or $40,000 in lifetime purses. Clementine Dream, who finished second in the Super Bowl Series final in January, is the 5-2 favorite. Connie Keeper, who has finished second in both her Weiss races, is the 2-1 choice in the first division. Perfect Alliance and Take The Money, both undefeated this year out of the stable of trainer Julie Miller, are skipping this week's races after winning their starts in the previous two rounds. "It's a lot stronger series than I had anticipated," Mack said. "I think she'd have to hit the board (Wednesday) and next week to make the final. But I always have high hopes for my horses. Hopefully she'll do alright." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Another great rivalry has shaped up late this season between the sophomore trotters Creatine and Spider Blue Chip. That match-up figures to be front and center again this Saturday, Nov. 9th when the two diagonally gaited foes meet again in the $235,000 American National 3yo Colt Trot.   Just last Friday (Nov. 1) at Hoosier Park, Creatine avenged his Breeders Crown loss to his main rival by besting him by a head in the $286,500 Carl Erskine Trot in 1:54.3.  Spider Blue Chip had prevailed by a head over Creatine in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Sophomore Trot on Oct. 19 at Pocono, winning that race in 1:53.3 by a neck.   Trained by Bob Stewart and bred and owned by the Diamond Creek Racing Stable of Wellsville, PA, Creatine has been steered in the majority of his outings by Hall of Famer Mike LA chance, and now sports $815,495 in career earnings.   “He came out of the win at Hoosier just happy as a clam,” Stewart said. “Afterwards, we shipped him back to our winter base of Paris, Kentucky.  He’ll be at Odds On Acres on Friday morning prior to his start at Balmoral, because we want to make sure he gets plenty of turn-out time before Saturday’s American National.”   A brown son of Andover Hall, Creatine raced just seven times as a freshman, with all of his pari-mutuel starts coming at Lexington.  He scored three wins, a second and a third—earning $63,020 for his connections—and winning two overnights on The Red Mile clay in early autumn, before capturing the $101,000 Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Colt Final on Sept. 28, 2012 in a seasonal best 1:57.1 with Lachance in the sulky.   “We decided to stop with him and not go to the Breeders Crown or any of the other year-end races, because we thought he had raced enough as a 2-year-old,” Stewart said after the youngster’s Bluegrass triumph. “We were concentrating on this year and he came back to our expectations.”   Stewart’s patience obviously paid off, as Creatine has missed only two checks all season, and has thus far amassed $752,439 in 16 starts, with eight wins, four seconds and one third.   “We’ve had good luck at Balmoral with our other horses over the years, and this will be the last start of the season for him,” Stewart acknowledged.  “We’re looking forward to racing him next season.”   After having throat surgery in early July of this year to correct a breathing issue, Creatine went on to score victories in a $79,416 Pennsylvania Sire Stake on July 18 in 1:54.4 and his Hambletonian elimination on Aug. 3 in 1:52.4.  He also won a $200,000 Colonial Invitational Trot on Aug. 17 at Pocono in a lifetime best of 1:52.2; then won a $50,000 PASS consolation in 1:53.2 by five lengths on Sept. 13; and a $86,900 Blue Grass division on Sept. 29 in 1:52.3.     The following week he captured the $368,900 Kentucky Futurity Final—the third jewel of trotting’s Triple Crown—in 1:53.2 over a sloppy Red Mile surface. The victory gave Creatine his tenth career  victory and driver Mike Lachance his fourth Kentucky Futurity triumph and his second in a row, as he captured the 2012 edition with My MVP.   “We haven’t made any changes to Creatine for his Balmoral start,” Stewart noted.  “He races in aluminum shoes and the only time that changes is when he races at The Red Mile and we change his shoes to steel.”   “The Hoosier win was great for the horse and great for Mike (driver Lachance),” Stewart said. “I think Mike thought he had the best horse in the Breeders Crown, and he was a bit disappointed to finish second that night.  Now hopefully, we’ll just have a repeat of the Hoosier race at Balmoral.”   Lachance, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1995, is no stranger to winning races at Balmoral Park. He ranks tenth in history among all drivers in wins, with more 10,000 and his $189+ million in purse earnings sets him third on the all-time list in that category as well.   Creatine is just the second of four foals out of the Muscles Yankee mare Berry Nice Muscles ($31,906).  He has half-siblings in Strawberry Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56F ($101,285) and Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4H ($99,542).   Stewart, 58, has conditioned the winners of more than $10 million to date, including Dan Patch award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall, and Angus Hall.   With over one million dollars in his career coffers, Spider Blue Chip will be looking to avenge his loss to Creatine one week ago.  The brown son of Andover Hall was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by owner David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON.   Besides his Breeders Crown victory in both the final and his elimination (in 1:52.4), Spider Blue Chip has also scored triumphs in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on Aug. 17 at Pocono Downs in 1:52.2, the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 13 at The Meadows in 1:54.1, and a Bluegrass division on Sept. 29 at The Red Mile in a career best 1:51.3. “This horse is just is so consistent every week,” trainer Chuck Sylvester stressed. “I’m really proud of him. He wants to win and won’t let horses go by. We’ll probably race him next year since he’s a gelding.”   Spider Blue Chip also was impressive even in defeat. He was second by a head to Royalty For Life in the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands on July 13, third in the Kentucky Futurity final in 1:52, and fifth in the Hambletonian Final on Aug. 3 after winning his $70,000 elimination in 1:53.4 earlier that afternoon.   “This horse tries every week and he’ll show up,” said Sylvester, 73. “That’s what’s good.   To date in 2013 Spider Blue Chip has $1,084,218 in earnings from 19 starts, with ten wins, three seconds and a pair of thirds. As a freshman, he earned $89,181 from eight starts, winning two, including a PASS.   When he became unruly at the end of his 2-year-old season, Sylvester gelded the youngster, only to discover later that his breaking problem was caused by a foot abscess.   “He popped a gravel in his left hind hoof,” Sylvester said. “If we had known that, we wouldn’t have cut him.”   Sylvester is well known for having a special touch with the trotting gait, as he harnessed both 1987 and 1988 Horse of the Year Mack Lobell to a trio of Breeders Crown victories, and also trained two-time Crown winner Pine Chip. He conditioned Muscles Yankee to numerous wins in 1998, and has won the famed Hambletonian four times (only Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer and Ben White have won it more times as trainers).   Spider Blue Chip was bred by Olympic show jumping rider McLain Ward, of Brewster, NY and is the second of four foals out of the Muscles Yankee mare Southwind Catlin 2, 1:57.2 ($203,734).  He has half siblings in Depp Blue Chip (by Equinox Bi) 4, 1:58.1F ($16,243) and Mandela Blue Chip (by Crazed, now 2) 2, 2:01.1F ($9,259). Regular pilot and Hall of Fame reinsman Ron Pierce is slated to drive him tonight. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Sunday afternoon featured the second leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The series for young trotters had 2 divisions each going for a purse of $7,500. Jimmer (Equinox Bi) was once again the fastest and most impressive winner of the second leg of the Derue Series. Chris Long piloted Jimmer to a victory getting away fourth from the rail, moving second over after the half and pulling 3 wide on the backside, clearing at the ¾ mark and pulling away to win by six lengths. The four year old trotter’s sixth win of the season came in 1:59.1 two and one fifth seconds faster than Goshen who claimed the win in the series other division. The series final with a purse of $25,000 will be run during next Sunday’s card. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Wednesday evening with a first post time of 6:45 pm. Mike Sardella

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