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Today’s ICA Maxi Eskilstuna (purse to winner 200,000SEK, 2640 meters autostart, 10 starters) in Sweden put some superb four year olds on stage. The exceptional Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) scored for the 11th consecutive time for trainer Frode Hamre and owners Global Glide SAB and Smart Repair, this one over an extended distance and from post 9 in the second tier. Off at 1.4/1 Ecurie D worked between horses and made the lead in lap one before the stands. Driver Bjorn Goop rated the pace and then powered away in the last going with a quick final 640 meters. Race time was 1.12.7kr (fractions 1.11.8kr at the first 500; 1.14.2kr at the 1000 meters, 1.14.4kr at the first 1500 and 1.14.1kr at the 2000 meter mark). Next up for the Jean Pierre Dubois bred colt is reportedly in the Hugo Abergs Memorial. Brother Bill (4g From Above) was second for Jorma Kontio and conditioner Timo Nurmos. Third was Ultion Face (4m Joke Face) for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini, and the well-regarded Aetos Kronos was fourth. Ecurie D     Race Replay - https://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20200715-eskilstuna-v86?id=7 The forementioned Hugo Abergs Memorial so far has an invited list that includes Ble du Gers, Tae Kwon Deo, Racing Mange, Campo Bahio, Cokstike and Ecurie D. That race date is July 28.   Upcoming is also the July 19 St. Michel AJO at Mikkeli. That lineup includes Vernissage Grif, Antonio Tabac, Hotshot Luca, Makethemark, Missle Hill, Moni Viking, Next Direction and Sobel Conway.     The undercard at Eskilstuna  today saw the STL Silverdivision (purse to winner 125,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) go to 42.1/1 odds Maze Runner (5g GH Nemo-Gale Warning-Lindy Lane) timed in 1.10.1kr and reined by Ulf Ohlsson for trainer Maria Tornqvist. Second was Rushmore Face (7g Joke Face) for Adrian Kolgjini and third went to Giant Shadow (7g RC Royalty) with Bjorn Goop aboard.   Maze Runner Earlier the Chapel Hill (60,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) went to Heavy Sound (8g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.3kr and reined by Kenneth Haugstad for SRF Stable and trainer Daniel Reden. Nappa Scar (8m Scarlet Knight) and Who’s Who (6m Maharajah) trailed the winner. On the Eskilstuna undercard was also the Gregers Minne MalardalsCupen Final (100,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and Iceland Falls (4f Iceland-Simb Ruby-Alf Palema) scored with Claes Sjostrom up for trainer Hakan Wallberg. This was her first 2020 victory and fourth of her career. Estelle Nordique (6f Real de Lou) and Lovemore (6f Love You) followed the winner. Iceland Falls ATG, Eskilstuna, Maharjah files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) easily won today’s UET 400,000€ Grand Prix held at Vermo racecourse, Helsinki, Finland. Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop reined the 1.48/1 odds favorite for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. The victory was his 16th in a 19 race career now for 933,550€ earned after the 200,000€ first prize today. Goop had the winner placed third on the pegs early from post four and then moved behind cover with a lap remaining. He then brushed three wide on the backside of the last lap and it was essentially over. Face Time Bourbon, perhaps the top four year old in Europe, was a five length winner over Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes-Extreme Aunou) piloted by Alexandre Abrivard and Mister F Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love-Love You) with Robin Bakker teaming for Paul Hagoort. Race time was 1.10.7kr over the 2120 meter autostart course. Chart and photos follow: Earlier on the Vermo card was the EM-3 for 60,000€ to the winner of this 2120 meter autostart test. The undefeated Ecurie D (3m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscle Yankee) remained so for teamster Bjorn Goop and timed in 1.13.5kr. It was not without a scare as the 1.3/1 favorite was offstride before the start and far behind the field. He caught the rivals at the halfway point and Goop patiently waited until the final bend before engaging the leaders. In the lane he was much the best and defeated Golden Dream ME (3m Buzzin Brian-TJ Mixy-Armbro Plush) with Noralf P. Braekken up and the third finishing Raskolnikov Frido (3m Muscle Hill-Hulda Frido-Love You) reined by Santtu Raitala. The winner is trained by Frode Hamre for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and now has an eight-race win streak. Between these events was the EM-5 for 50,000€ to the winner of the 2120 meters autostart event. Stonecapes Queila (5f Otello Pierji-Fast Food US-SJs Caviar) scored, timed in 1.11.9kr for Hannu Torvinen. She defeated Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffe;l Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop, with third earned by Hotshot Luca (5m Dream Vacation-Emma Rose-Andover Hall) with Pekka Korpi aboard. The winner recorded her 12th career victory in 31 outings with seven wins this year. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, July 6, 2017 -- Dont Rush, who hadn't made the lead at any point in his last four starts, gunned to the front from post 4, held off the menacing move of Classicality and scored the 16-1 harness racing upset in Thursday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a track record 1:52.1. Dont Rush faced no challenges until Classicality attacked from fourth near the three-quarters. When Jim Pantaleano asked him for more, the 5-year-old son of Infinitif-Color Me Pretty found it and downed Classicality by 1/2 length, with Boy Meets Girl K third. The mile was the fastest ever by an older stallion at The Meadows, erasing the mark of 1:52.2 held jointly by Sharp Edge and Tamarind. Richard Perfido trains Dont Rush, who pushed his career bankroll to $611,585, for Thomas Mattingly. Aaron Merriman, bidding to become harness racing's leading dash driver for the third consecutive year, took a step in that direction when he piloted six winners -- including a pair for trainer Bill Daugherty, Jr. -- on the 13-race card. Elsewhere on the Thursday program, Venier Hanover, already this season's fastest freshman gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track with a 1:54 clocking, lowered his own mark when he triumphed in 1:53.3 for trainer/driver David Brickell, who owns the son of Well Said-Valmctorian with Mitchell York. Dont Rush The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - A $22,000 Open Trot and a pair of $12,500 second round divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for condition trotters highlighted the Tuesday (April 11) harness racing matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Dont Rush (Mike Oosting) waited diligently from mid-pack as four lead changes transpired during the first half-mile of the weekly trot feature, then pounced in the late stages to score a 1:54.1 triumph, his fourth of the year but first in five weeks. I Know My Chip (Walter Haynes Jr.) also closed from far back to secure the runnerup spot, losing by just a neck, while Walter White (Dan Noble) held on for third. Penn (Jason Brewer) was the first to make the top, leading the classy field to the quarter in :27.1. Rockn Stien (Peter Wrenn) was first to come calling, clearing to the front in the homestretch the first time around the five-eighths mile oval. Fashion Chocolate (Josh Sutton) was next to assume command well before the :55.4 half was reached. Walter White (Dan Noble) applied pressure immediately thereafter and cleared to the front just past the midway station. As the field swung off the final turn eight of thne nine horses were bunched three-wide from front to back with less than four lengths separating them. Halfway down the lane it was Dont Rush forging to the front and I Know My Chip finding a late seam to make the outcome interesting. The 5-year-old winning son of Infinitif is trained by Bill Dailey and owned by the partnership of Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and the JJ&M Stable. Another Breath (Jason Brewer) established a new track record for 4-year-old male trotters winning the quickest Farwick division in 1:54.1 over favored Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble) and The Land Shark (Mike Oosting). The 4-year-old Lou's Legacy gelding was making just his second start for new owner Richard Mishkin and trainer Jeff Johnson Jr. The quick clocking shaved over two seconds off Another Breath's previous best. The victory was his 7th lifetime and increased his career bounty to $132,688. The other split was captured by Primed N Powerful (Dale Hiteman), who downed Ultimate Shopper (Chris Page) and Mickeys House (Greg Grismore) in 1:54.4. The Psychic Spirit-sired 4-year-old is trained by Douglas Graham for owners Ronald Phillips and Sharry Boledovich. Milfords Z Tam, Deep Question and E R Bella also qualified for the $27,500 series championship which will go postward next Tuesday, April 18. The Lucky Pick-5 wager went unsolved for the third consecutive day, creating a carryover of $3986.76, and prompting Miami Valley to guarantee a $10,000 total pool, in conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering platform, when the pentafecta bet is offered next on races ten through fourteen Friday night (April 14). Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Don't Rush, a 4-year-old son of Infinitif with over a half million in career earnings, was unhurried in the infancy stages of Monday afternoon's $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. But once the first quarter mile dust settled in :27.3 harness racing driver Dan Noble chose to move the 6-5 favorite boldy to the front-the feat accomplished with relative ease. Don't Rush proceeded to dictate middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.3 before holding on for a 1:54 tally. It was the winner's fourth win in six starts since joining the Bill Dailey barn in September. Owned by Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and the JJ&M Stable, Don't Rush now sports 15 career triumphs and $533,275 in lifetime bounty from just 41 starts. Rockn Stien (Josh Sutton) summoned a gallant stretch effort to garner a runnerup finish for the third time in his last four tries in the featured event, coupled with a trip to the winner's circle three starts back. Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn) sat close to the pacesetters throughout and finished third. The first-over bid of Insomniac (Brady Galliers), the Open winner the previous two weeks, fell short during the closing panel as he finished fifth behind fourth place Elin (Kayne Kauffman), who saved ground throughout. Noble has gradually worked his way into second place in the current Hollywood Dayton dash derby, well behind runaway leader Josh Sutton, but slightly ahead of Kayne Kauffman, Jeremy Smith and Chris Page. The 75-day 2016 meet, which began September 12 and ends December 30, passed the midway point during Monday's matinee. Gregg Keidel

Anette Lorentzon has practiced infinite patience with Infiniti As, and now she is hoping for improved results. Last year at age 3, Infiniti As won two of 10 races and hit the board a total of five times despite going off stride in seven of his starts. He flashed enough speed --- including a 1:52.2 victory at Lexington's Red Mile --- to fuel Lorentzon's hope the gelding can put it all together this season and become a consistent stakes-level performer. She just doesn't want to talk about it much. "I won't say too much with him," Lorentzon said with a laugh. "He's got tons of speed, but you can't really trust him. I will keep my fingers crossed again and hope he can do it. He's got the ability and he showed it last year; he can trot when he stays at it. But that's his big problem because he doesn't really do that all the time. "It's frustrating. Everyone that drives him says he's got tons of speed. He's supposed to be a good one. He should have a lot more money on his card than he has. He drives you crazy." Infiniti As, bred and owned by Ann-Christin Lorentzon's and John Erik Magnusson's ACL Stuteri AB, has won four of 18 career races and earned $52,383. On Tuesday he makes his 4-year-old debut in the second of three first-round divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway. He is the 2-1 morning line favorite and will have Chris Page in the sulky. Page won with Infiniti As in a maiden race at The Red Mile during the trotter's 2-year-old season. Infiniti As is a son of former Italian star Infinitif out of the mare Yankee Jeanie. His family includes 1992 Goldsmith Maid Stakes winner Yankee Dreamboat as well as 1948 Kentucky Futurity winner Egan Hanover and 1947 Hambletonian runner-up Rodney. Lorentzon has Infiniti As, a two-time Breeders Crown participant, staked lightly this year. Whether the horse makes those engagements will be up to him. "He really needs to step up and prove that he's good enough to do it," Lorentzon said. "If he can mind his manners, we might be good enough to go there. Hopefully he turns it around and shows what he can do. But if he decides he wants to make a break, he's going to do it. It doesn't take much for him to make a break. "Sometimes it's better to have a horse that's not as fast but really tries than have a horse that is wicked fast and doesn't want to do it. Hopefully he behaves this year." Infiniti As is not Lorentzon's only horse in the Farwick Memorial Series. She also has Josie's Joy, a 4-year-old mare, in the third division. Josie's Joy, owned by ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, is 7-2 on the morning line. She has won five of 20 career races and earned $53,410. Josie's Joy was trained by Chuck Sylvester at age 2. After the season, she sold for $180,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. She is a three-quarter sister to stakes-winner Smilin Eli and her dam, Gerri's Joy, won the 2006 Merrie Annabelle Stakes. "She's got speed, but she is her own worst enemy," Lorentzon said. "She gets stressed out and that's the biggest problem with her. We're just trying to settle her down; that's the main thing for her, just quiet her down. We didn't stake her. I just want to see what we have before I stake her. She didn't show me the speed like Infiniti did. I just hope we can get her racing OK and she will make some good money." Josie's Joy is one of nine mares in the Farwick Memorial Series. The event features two preliminary rounds, with races going for $12,500 each, and a $25,000-estimated final on April 26. Dan Ater's Honey B is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Tuesday's first division and Randy Tharps' Tricky Nick is the 2-1 choice in the third division. Story by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

There are 11 trotters entered in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 3-year-old males on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto. Most are by marquee stallions well known to aficionados of U.S. pedigrees. To have two starters - in a field of 11 - is an incredible achievement for Infinitif given that of the remaining nine trotters in the field, only two are not by Muscles Yankee, Muscle Hill and Donato Hanover, all Hambletonian winners and high-priced stallions.   The stallion Infinitif, a son of Breeders Crown champion Pine Chip from the Coktail Jet mare Island Dream, was moved to Ontario from Kentucky in 2011 by Frenchman Jean-Pierre DuBois before being exported to Sweden that same year. Dubois, considered a bloodstock genius, has been out front in mingling the bloodlines of French and American trotters, with extraordinary results.   Infinitif made over half a million in purses racing overseas, primarily in Italy, and was brought to the U.S. by Dubois in 2008. Though he raced only once, he did take a mark of 1:53.1 in a qualifier over the Red Mile surface. An advocate of racing and breeding, Dubois then set Infinitif back to Europe where he continued racing for another year. Despite his very limited stud book - with a total of just 47 registered foals, Infinitif's offspring have earned more than $1.8 million. Nonetheless, Dubois nominated his stallion to the Breeders Crown program. Two from his last crop of 12 trotters will start in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters. Ontario Sire Stake star Dont Rush, a son of Infinitif-Color Me Pretty has earned $583,101 for trainer and co-owner Dustin Jones. The colt is a result of a free breeding to Infinitif given to Jones by Dubois. He starts from post 8 in the Crown event, carded as the eighth race on Saturday, Oct. 24. Infiniti As, from the Donerail mare Yankee Jeannie, starts from the second tier post 11 and is 20-1 on the morning line. With more modest earnings of $51,606, Infiniti As has been improving for trainer Anette Lorentzen since he was gelded. Though both are longshots in a division dominated by the $2.4 million winner Pinkman, their presence in the sport's elite events is enough. Moira Fanning Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

TORONTO --- Harness racing trainer Dustin Jones hopes no one can get shorty. Jones co-owns and trains two-time Ontario Sire Stakes champion Dont Rush, who is among the 11 horses in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Racetrack. The colt, nicknamed "Danny" after actor Danny DeVito, is 20-1 on the morning line but has already surprised people --- beginning with Jones. Eleven years ago, Jones bought a filly named Color Me Pretty as a yearling for $18,000 at the Tattersalls Sale. She never raced because of a tendon issue, but Jones kept her as a broodmare. Dont Rush, whose sire is former Italian star Infinitif, is Color Me Pretty's sixth foal. Just one of her previous five foals made it to the races. "It was a free breeding I got from (Infinitif owner) Jean Pierre Dubois," Jones said, adding about Color Me Pretty's broodmare record, "When I was breaking Dont Rush, I thought it was a waste of time. It just goes to show you how much everybody knows. "He's just a short, little, fat horse. We nicknamed him 'Danny,' after Danny DeVito. But right from day one he was a natural. He shows up every week and does his job. He's tiny, but he pumps himself on the racetrack. He looks bigger on the track. He gives you 110 percent every week; it's just sometimes his little legs can't go fast enough." Pinkman, whose wins this year include the Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity and Canadian Trotting Classic, is the 3-5 morning line favorite from post No. 1 in the Breeders Crown final for the 3-year-old colts and geldings. Muscle Diamond, who finished second to Pinkman in last season's Breeders Crown, is the 9-2 second choice from post four. Dont Rush has won five of 12 races this year and earned $220,881 for owners Jones and Greg Judson. For his career, the colt has won nine of 23 starts and $488,895. All of his victories have been on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit, including the championship for 2-year-old male trotters in 2014. Last year, Dont Rush finished second to French Laundry in a division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk. This year, he finished fourth in a division of the Simcoe Stakes and seventh in the Canadian Trotting Classic. He heads to the Breeders Crown final off consecutive wins in the Ontario Sire Stakes, including the championship on Oct. 10. Jones also trained Dont Rush's grandam, the Garland Lobell-sired Mathers Grincheuse. Jones' brother Michael owned Mathers Grincheuse. "She was a $6,000 filly and she made around $70,000," Jones said. "She paid for my brother's house, like a lot of those Garland Lobells did. They did a lot of good things for a lot of people." Jones, a native of Quebec now based in Ontario, trained and drove Emilie Cas El, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994. He has won two Breeders Crown titles, with Martiniontherocks in the 2010 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters and in 2012 with Wheeling N Dealin in the 2-year-old colt trot. He is after his first Crown as a breeder and an owner. Judson is making his first appearance in the Breeders Crown. Judson's father George is a longtime owner, and one of the owners of 2014 O'Brien Award-winning trotter Harper Blue Chip. The Judsons own and operate a funeral home in Athens, Ontario. Jones and Judson also share ownership of Dewdle All Day, who is a finalist in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters. Dewdle All Day is 30-1 on the morning line. All The Time, from the Jimmy Takter Stable, is the 7-5 favorite. "I'm happy that we're in it and can participate," Jones said. "She's pretty honest. If some people make a mistake, she could be there to pick up the pieces. We'll see what happens." * * * * * Pinkman is trying to follow Takter-trained Father Patrick as a Breeders Crown winner at ages 2 and 3 in this division. Father Patrick accomplished the feat in 2013 and 2014. Takter's Malabar Man pulled off the double in 1996 and 1997. The only male trotter to accomplish the feat between Malabar Man and Father Patrick was Greg Peck-trained Muscle Hill in 2008 and 2009. Takter, who is the winningest trainer in Breeders Crown history with 21 titles, has captured this division four times. He also sends out French Laundry (5-1), The Bank (6-1) and Uncle Lasse (8-1) in this year's race. "They all are players," Takter said. "They all belong there. Overall, they've had a great season." * * * * * Slowed by injury and illness this year, Muscle Diamond raced only once prior to July 26. He enters the Breeders Crown off a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 10 at The Red Mile. He started from post 10, the most outside position on the starting gate, and was beaten by 2-1/4 lengths by Pinkman after trailing by nearly nine lengths at the halfway point. A week earlier, Muscle Diamond won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. "We're hoping for a better draw than the Futurity, that's the first thing that comes to mind," driver John Campbell said with a laugh prior to getting post four. "I was very happy with his race in the Futurity and his race the week before (in the Bluegrass) so I think he's coming into the Breeders Crown in good shape. "We were hoping there wouldn't be eliminations. The week off is going to help him, but it's to help everybody I think. If he had a better draw (in the Futurity) he would have been quite a bit closer, I believe. It's been a struggle for (trainer Brett Bittle) to get him to this point; that's an understatement. But we're moving forward from that." * * * * * Lookslikeachpndale, 20-1 on the morning line, has won five of his most recent seven starts and finished worse than second only once during that span. All of his victories this season have come in conditioned races. He went off stride in his elimination for the Canadian Trotting Classic after following leaders Pinkman and The Bank to the halfway point and failed to advance to the final. "I'm disappointed about the Canadian Trotting Classic because he made a break and I don't know why," trainer Luc Blais said. "He was third behind good horses and I would have liked to see what he could do in the stretch. It was a good chance to evaluate him. Maybe this weekend. We'll see. "He raced last week and he raced good (winning in 1:55.4 over a "good" track at Woodbine). He's better and better, week after week. He's a nice horse. We'll see how far he can go. He started late. We took our time because he was a big horse. We waited for him. It looks like he's ready right now to trot a good mile." * * * * * Infiniti As, 20-1 on the morning line, heads to the Breeders Crown off a win in a late closer at The Red Mile. After winning his seasonal debut in 1:55 at Mohawk in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series, Infiniti As went off stride in his next five starts. He was gelded and returned with a second-place finish at Hoosier Park. In his following start, Infiniti As went off stride on a track labeled "good" at The Red Mile, but rallied to finish in a dead heat for third, beaten by only a neck. He then won by 5-1/2 lengths in 1:52.2 in Lexington. That win time is seventh fastest among all 3-year-old male trotters this year. "He's been doing good since we gelded him," trainer Anette Lorentzon said. "He was really very good at Lexington. Tim (Tetrick) didn't put the blame on him for the break in the first race there. He thought it was the track. "It's hard to say what kind of horse he is. He was good in his first race this year, but then he decided he wanted to run more than trot. He's got talent, but he's still got to prove it to me. I don't know where I have him. I don't trust him yet. The main thing is for him to behave." * * * * * Fashion Creditor, 30-1 on the morning line, won the $50,000 consolation division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters on Sept. 19 at Vernon Downs. One of his remaining four lifetime wins also came in New York Sire Stakes action, with the other three triumphs in conditioned races. He finished seventh in his elimination for the Hambletonian, but was beaten only 3-1/2 lengths after trailing by 15 lengths after the opening quarter-mile. "He's good," trainer Tom Fanning said. "He was super sharp when the sire stakes ended. I wish I could have raced him right after the Vernon race because he was sharp as a tack, but there was a gap in the schedule. A big track will help him. He can trot. In the Hambletonian elimination, circumstances went against him. Hopefully he can be a little closer (in the Breeders Crown). He trots hard in the stretch. We're trying to get a piece." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Throughout his career Luck O The Irish has been a consistent player on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit, but the three-year-old trotting colt has recently found a new gear, posting his third straight victory and his first Gold Series win of the season at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday. "I'll tell you what it is, he's a big-strided colt and he's finally developed power to drive his stride," said trainer Tom Durand of the colt's win streak. "He always had the big stride, but he just couldn't power it, and it's just like all of a sudden it kind of clicked." "The combination of that and starting to race him a little more aggressively, once he saw the front end there a few starts ago he kind of woke up," added the Puslinch, ON resident, who trains the colt for his wife June Durand. Luck O The Irish found the winner's circle for the first time this season off a front-end effort in a July 28 non-winners of two races contest at Mohawk, stopping the teletimer at 1:55.2. Two weeks later he lowered his personal best to 1:54.4, winning a three-year-old conditioned event crowded with his Gold Series peers. On Monday, starting from Post 5 in the second $70,000 Gold division, driver Sylvain Filion powered the colt off the gate and landed in third on the rail. Rubber Duck rang up the :27 opening quarter, but he was not in charge for long as Milton, ON resident Filion moved Luck O The Irish to the front. The fan favourites led the field to a :55.4 half and a 1:25.4 three-quarters and then Luck O The Irish demonstrated some grit, holding off the pocket-sitting Rubber Duck to record a quarter length victory in a personal best 1:53.3. Boli finished well behind the leaders in third. "His form's coming really good, a new lifetime mark three weeks in a row now, so it probably won't happen again," said Durand with a chuckle. In 11 starts this season Luck O The Irish has tallied three wins, four seconds and one third for earnings of $80,040. At two the colt captured one Gold Leg, finished second three times and third once in nine starts, for earnings of $141,210. A homebred by Holiday Road and out of Kavita, the consistent youngster has become one of the Durand's favourites. "He was a very shy boy as a yearling, very shy." I wouldn't say nervous, but very shy." And I think for that reason I didn't have people begging to be partners on him." He didn't strike you as a brave horse that would be such a good racehorse," recalled the trainer. "Other than that he's been pretty straightforward." "He's kind of a dream horse in many ways, we kind of love him." Monday's win, added to the second, sixth and ninth Luck O The Irish posted in the first three Gold Legs, give the colt a total of 78 points and put him among the top 10 point earners with one regular season event remaining. Last year's division champion Dont Rush earned his second Gold trophy of the sophomore campaign with a three and one-half length triumph in Monday's first Gold division. The Infinitif colt lowered his personal best to 1:53.2 with the victory over Madman Hall and Olympic Son. Trainer-driver Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON shares ownership of Dont Rush with Greg Judson of Athens, ON. Through six starts this season the colt now has three wins and one third for earnings of $104,160, boosting his lifetime earnings to $401,145. With two wins and one fifth in Gold Series action, Dont Rush sits in second spot in the standings with 105 points. Eternal Quest leapt to top spot in the division standings with a 1:53.4 score in the final division. Sylvain Filion picked up his second Gold Series win, and fourth of the evening, steering Eternal Quest through deep stretch traffic to nab the neck victory over Covert Operative and Platoon Seelster. Guelph, ON resident Chad Milner conditions Eternal Quest for Murray Ferguson Jr. of Sutton West. In eight starts the Pilgrims Taj son has three wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $114,440. In four Ontario Sires Stakes appearances Eternal Quest has one Grassroots win, two Gold Series wins and one runner-up result in the Gold Series. He currently leads the division with 125 points. The three-year-old trotting colts wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on September 28. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will return to the Campbellville oval for their $250,000 Super Final on October 10. Ontario Horse Racing

June 14, 2015 - The Bjerke harness racing opener, Flata Erendom Three Year-Old Elite (150,000Nokr to winner, 1609 meters autostart), went to the Jerry Riordan trained, Bjorn Goop reined, Italy registered Tango Negro (3m Infinitif-Lisette Real-Lemon Dra) clocked in 1.13.3kr. This gate to wire winner is owned by Graziano Ceccaroni and now has a career slate of 3-2-3-2 in 11 starts for 331,913Nokr earned. R.G.’s Thunderbolt (Yankee Glide) and Flashback (Expo Bi) were next to the line. Chart and photo shown below.   Totalisatorløp 1 14.06.2015 Bjerke Travbane Flaata Eiendom As 3 års elite Premiesum:  295 000,- - Distanse:  1 609 Startmetode:  Auto     V4-1 Plass Vinner Duo Tvilling Trippel     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 1 Tango Negro (IT) 1 609 13,3a Bjørn Goop 150 000,- 20 2 3 R.G.'s Thunderbolt (US) 1 609 13,5a Frode Hamre 75 000,- 24 3 9 Flashback (DE) 1 609 13,6a Roberto Andreghetti 35 000,- 88 4 4 Fordaluvachocolate (US) 1 609 13,9a Eirik Høitomt 20 000,- 180 5 6 Queenswood (DE) 1 609 14,2a Hugo Langeweg Jr. 15 000,- 550 - 2 Lille Chili 1 609 14,2a Hans Chr. Holm   478 - 5 Love Me Madly (US) 1 609 14,7a Thor Borg   261 - 7 Sogno di Volare (US) 1 609 15,7a g Stefan Søderkvist   109 - 10 Longcat Hanover (US) 1 609 dg Lars Anvar Kolle   1287 - 8 Progression (US) 1 609 STR Vidar Hop   0                     Tempo: første 500 1 11 7 (1 Tango Negro*), 1000 1 14 0 (1 Tango Negro*), siste 500 1 12 2 The Energma Cup (two eliminations and final) went to Repay Merci after he finished second in elimination two. US-bred Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) took the first elimination (1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr to the winner) with Erik Adielsson driving for trainer Anders Pedersen and owner Cowboyland Aalborg. He scored in 1.10.5kr after rallying three-wide off the last bend to secure career win nine and now a slate of 9-3-7-9 in 40 starts. Career earnings are 2,346,378 Nokr. Disco AE (Scarlet Knight) and Thai Broadway (Broadway Hall) followed the winner. Elimination two went to Rue du Bac (5m Infinitif-ICI-Diamond Way) clocked in 1.11.3kr for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Caramera AB. This J-P Dubois bred now has a 4-3-6-9 slate in 28 starts for 1,414,337Nokr earned. Repay Merci (Offshore Dream) and Prince Tagg (Prince RS) were next to the line. The Energma Cup Final (300,000Nokr to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 8 starters) went to Repay Merci (7m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News) with trainer/driver Knud Monster up. The 1.10.8kr winner is owned by Stald Repay and Knud Monster. The pace was quick, set by Rue du Bac with a first 500 meters in 1.08.8kr. Magiccarpetride rallied for second and Rue du Bac held third. Repay Merci now has a career slate of 15-9-11-20 in 69 starts for 4,010,573Nokr earned. Charts and photos of the elims and final follow.   Totalisatorløp 2 14.06.2015 Bjerke Travbane Energima Cup - kval. 1 Premiesum:  200 000,- - Distanse:  1 609 Startmetode:  Auto     V4-2 Plass Vinner Duo Tvilling Trippel     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 5 MagicCarpetRide (US) 1 609 10,5a Erik Adielsson 100 000,- 17 2 3 Disco A.E. (SE) 1 609 11,0a Ørjan Kihlstrøm 50 000,- 102 3 6 Thai Broadway 1 609 11,1a g Gunnar Austevoll 25 000,- 99 4 8 Mr. Exquisite (US) 1 609 11,1a Tapio Perttunen 12 000,- 545 5 4 Broadway Legs (US) 1 609 11,2a Frode Hamre 8 000,- 119 6 10 Classic Grand Cru (DE) 1 609 11,3a Steen Juul 5 000,- 103 - 9 Denver (US) 1 609 11,4a Åsbjørn Tengsareid   535 - 2 Orione Spin (IT) 1 609 11,5a Roberto Andreghetti   72 - 7 Ravenna (DK) 1 609 12,0a Bjørn Goop   87 - 1 Mysterious (SE) 1 609 12,3a g Lars Anvar Kolle   660                     Tempo: første 500 1 08 4 (7 Ravenna*), 1000 1 10 7 (7 Ravenna*), siste 500 1 10 6   Totalisatorløp 3 14.06.2015 Bjerke Travbane Energima Cup - kval 2 Premiesum:  195 000,- - Distanse:  1 609 Startmetode:  Auto     V4-3 Plass Vinner Duo Tvilling Trippel     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 9 Rue du Bac (IT) 1 609 11,3a Roberto Andreghetti 100 000,- 17 2 10 Repay Merci (DK) 1 609 11,3a Knud Mønster 50 000,- 69 3 5 Prince Tagg (SE) 1 609 11,7a Ralf Karlstedt 25 000,- 103 4 1 Underpaid Hanover (US) 1 609 11,9a Bjørn Goop 12 000,- 52 5 3 Remee la Marc (SE) 1 609 12,1a Vidar Hop 8 000,- 165 - 6 Deuxieme Picsous (SE) 1 609 12,1a Tom Erik Solberg   121 - 8 Increased Workload (SE) 1 609 12,3a Ørjan Kihlstrøm   190 - 2 Rafolo (DK) 1 609 dg Lars Anvar Kolle   175 - 4 Beer Summit (US) 1 609 STR Erik Adielsson   0 - 7 Hitchcock (US) 1 609 STR Frode Hamre   0                     Tempo: første 500 1 08 6 (2 Rafolo), 1000 1 10 8 (2 Rafolo), siste 500 1 11 7 Totalisatorløp 7 14.06.2015 Bjerke Travbane Energima cup - finale Premiesum:  605 000,- - Distanse:  1 609 Startmetode:  Auto     Plass Vinner Duo Tvilling Trippel     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 4 Repay Merci (DK) 1 609 10,8a Knud Mønster 300 000,- 55 2 2 MagicCarpetRide (US) 1 609 10,9a Erik Adielsson 150 000,- 18 3 1 Rue du Bac (IT) 1 609 11,1a Roberto Andreghetti 90 000,- 26 4 5 Thai Broadway 1 609 11,2a Gunnar Austevoll 45 000,- 224 5 6 Prince Tagg (SE) 1 609 11,2a Ralf Karlstedt 20 000,- 455 - 3 Disco A.E. (SE) 1 609 11,5a Ørjan Kihlstrøm   261 - 8 Underpaid Hanover (US) 1 609 11,5a Bjørn Goop   539 - 7 Mr. Exquisite (US) 1 609 11,9a Tapio Perttunen   787                     Tempo: første 500 1 08 8 (1 Rue du Bac*), 1000 1 11 1 (1 Rue du Bac*), siste 500 1 10 4 Thomas H. Hicks  

JUNE 4, 2015 - Last season's freshman harness racing trotting colt champion Dont Rush made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, capturing an $18,000 Grassroots division in impressive fashion. In rein to Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou, Dont Rush eased off the starting gate into eighth and then sat patiently in the outside lane until the stretch. When Christoforou asked the Infinitif son for another gear Dont Rush responded with a sharp finishing kick that propelled him to a neck victory over Ontheroad De Vie and Call Me Richard, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:56.3. "He raced really good," said trainer Dustin Jones. "He was out the whole way and he brought it home in 28 flat, which was really good, we were happy with him." Waterdown, ON resident Jones said the colt's next stakes start will come in the Gold Leg at Mohawk on June 30. "We're not going to go to the Goodtimes (June 12) with him, we're going to try and find a race the week before the Gold and go to the Gold here," explained the horseman, who bred Dont Rush and shares ownership of the $305,000 winner with George Judson of Athens, ON. Joining Dont Rush in the June 30 Gold event will be his stablemate One Direction, who finished second in the fifth Grassroots division, two and three-quarter lengths behind winner Muscle Up The Goal. "We'll probably try him in the Gold the next time here too," said Jones of One Direction, a Deweycheatumnhowe son he owns in partnership with Ernst Gerbaulet of Germany. "He raced pretty good, but I knew when I got away third I wasn't going to be able to beat the other guy." Muscle Up The Goal controlled the fractions for the bulk of the ninth race, cruising home to a 1:56.2 win over One Direction and Thoughtful Leader. Milton, ON resident Steve Condren piloted the Muscle Mass son to the win for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood, ON and owner Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. Like Don't Rush, Muscle Up The Goal enjoyed success on the Gold Series circuit last season, capturing two trophies before his freshman campaign came to an early end. Both Dont Rush and Muscle Up The Goal were sent off as heavy favourites, as was Infiniti AS, who clocked the quickest mile of the six Grassroots divisions. Driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON sent Infiniti AS to the front heading for the halfway marker and the Infinitif son sailed under the wire eight lengths to the good in 1:55. Pilgrims Joy and Boondock complete the top three. Anette Lorentzon trains Infiniti AS for owner-breeders ACL Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. Thursday's win was the colt's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and his third in nine lifetime starts. The other Grassroots trophies were taken home by Kadabrasnewrecruit, Eternal Quest and Top Dollar. Kadabrasnewrecruit and driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON reeled in fan favourite Muscle Mack at the wire, earning their first victory of the season with a 1:56.2 clocking. A two-time Grassroots winner at two, the Kadabra gelding is owned by trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON. Molon Lave completed the triactor in the second division. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion opted for front end tactics with Eternal Quest in the fourth $18,000 division, besting New Muscle AS and Gronk in a sharp 1:55.2. The win was the Pilgrims Taj gelding's first in five lifetime outings. Chad Milner of Guelph, ON trains the trotter for owner Murray Ferguson Jr. of Sutton West, ON. The last Grassroots blanket awarded on Thursday evening went home with Top Dollar, who swept from last to first in the stretch under the guidance of Guelph, ON resident James MacDonald. The Deweycheatumnhowe son chased down fan favourite Seeking Steven and Federal Deputy to secure the 1:57.3 victory. Ann Karin Larsen of Norwood, ON conditions Top Dollar for her partners Steve Organ of Aurora, ON and Stig Westrum and Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their second Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway on June 24, while Mohawk Racetrack hosts the second Gold Series event on June 30. The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one more stop at Mohawk this week, when the three-year-old pacing fillies battle in two $105,000 Gold Series divisions on Saturday. Post time for Saturday's program, which also features the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, is 7:25 pm. Dont Rush Kadabrasnewrecruit Infiniti AS Eternal Quest Muscle Up The Goal Top Dollar OSS Program Information

WILKES-BARRE PA - Dress For Success remained undefeated in Bobby Weiss Series competition with an easy harness racing victory in one of two $15,000 divisions of the third leg for trotting females Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono; in the other cut, Passing Jetta finds herself moving in the right direction after posting successive third, second, and now first-place finishes in her Weiss outings.   The Infinitif mare Dress For Success had little trouble taking her third straight Weiss win, leading at every call while tying her lifetime mark of 1:55.1, first set last week. The heaviest of favorites at 1-20* odds, the Christopher Freck-trained mare was driven by Matt Kakaley for owners Stacey Ruddick and Denis Dennis.   The chalk also held sway in Wednesday's other Weiss action, but just barely, as the Lear Jetta mare Passing Jetta rallied out of the pocket to hang a head defeat on pacesetter Fashion Zoomalot in 1:57.1.   Jim Morrill Jr. handled sulky duties for Passing Jetta, trainer Robert Bresnahan Jr., and owner J L Sadowsky LLC.   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will be adding Sunday racing to its 2015 regular menu beginning this Sunday, April 12. The trotters and pacers will be going to the gate weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, with the first race each night scheduled for 6:30 p.m.   PHHA / Pocono

Harness racing owners Stacey Ruddick and Denise Dennis said yes to the dress and ended up with a horse. It happened in 2012. Ruddick and Dennis were interested in buying a yearling trotter named Panthere Dream at the Lexington Selected Sale, but worried the filly might not fall in their price range. A friend asked if they saw a dress they really liked, would they look at the price tag or simply buy the dress. Ruddick said she was unsure while Dennis said without hesitation that she would buy the dress. Their friend responded, referring to the yearling auction, "When you get in there, go buy your dress." Ruddick and Dennis came away with Panthere Dream for $18,000 and renamed the filly Dress For Success. "I wanted a Kentucky (Sire Stakes eligible) horse, but I didn't know if she would fall into my price range," said Ruddick, who operates a farm in Indiana that breeds, boards, trains and races Standardbreds. "I ran into my friend Denise and she was interested in buying the horse too. We loved her. There was something about the look in her eye that Denise really liked and we loved her video." Dress For Success, now a 4-year-old mare, has won six of 38 career races and earned $96,254. She has captured back-to-back starts in the Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Wednesday's second of two third-round divisions. A daughter of stallion Infinitif out of the mare Padme Hanover, Dress For Success was winless at age 2, but finished third in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship and second in the Kentucky Fair Stakes final. Last year, she won a preliminary round of the Kentucky Sire Stakes series, but went off stride in the championship. She again finished second in the Kentucky Fair Stakes final and earned checks in the Buckette and a division of the Circle City Stakes. Ruddick, who trained Dress For Success at ages 2 and 3, decided to send the trotter to New Jersey at the end of last season and put the horse in the stable of trainer Chris Freck. Since arriving on the East Coast, Dress For Success has won four of 10 starts and hit the board a total of six times. "She was very athletic from the beginning," Ruddick said. "She never did anything wrong. She was really more laidback than any good trotting filly that I've ever had; she took everything in stride. She never had been on the track with another horse until her first county fair. And she was like 'whatever.' Usually they're scared. "She wastes no motion when she trots. When you sit behind her you don't feel you're going nearly as fast as you are because she covers so much ground. Chris says she's gotten a little bit more fired up on the track since she's been going faster out there, but at the barn she's an absolute sweetheart." Dress For Success finished second in an opening-round division of January's Super Bowl Series at the Meadowlands, defeated by a half-length by Blocking The Way in 1:54.1, before going off stride in the second round and turning up sick in the final. She followed with two conditioned wins at the Big M and got her first chance this season against female-only competition when she headed to the Weiss Series at the end of March. "She won a couple races at the Meadowlands, and that was exciting," Ruddick said. "A lot of people think she's surprised us, but she really hasn't surprised me and my dad (Harold) because I knew what she was. She always had bad luck last year. Stupid things would happen that weren't her fault. "Chris found (the Weiss) series for us and it's worked out nice. She was super in the first leg of the Super Bowl and then in the second leg she had some problems and she was sick in the final. She fizzled out in that series, but we always thought she was nice so we wanted to give her a chance in this series." Dress For Success and driver Matt Kakaley won their opener in the Weiss Series by a half-length in 1:57.1 over a "good" track and won last week by 5-1/2 lengths in 1:55.1. "I think Matt Kakaley has been a really nice fit for her," said Ruddick, who might keep Dress For Success on the East Coast for some overnight races before bringing her home for a layoff and then a trip to Lexington's Red Mile followed by a return to New Jersey. "He has a lot of confidence in the horse. A lot of people would have questioned whether she belonged, but he has confidence in her and drives her with confidence, which is really nice." Passing Jetta is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of Wednesday's Weiss Series. Two-time series winner Classic Belisima, who won her second-round start in 1:53.3, is off this week. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

WILKES-BARRE PA - Classic Belisima stamped herself as the mare to beat in the trotting female division of the Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning her $15,000 second round division in 1:53.3, while Dress For Success joined "Belisima" as a Weiss repeat winner with a 1:55.1 tally in the other cut.   A daughter of Crazed, Classic Belisima was just overpowering while taking a new lifetime mark, trotting home in 28.1 to extend what was a 1 ¼-length lead at the three-quarters to a 9 3/4-length triumph. A seven-time winner in nine seasonal outings, "Belisima," which means "most beautiful" in Italian (usually with two "s"'s), certainly looks that way from every angle to trainer John Cabot and owner William Cantrell. (She even has her own "video," with music by Adele, on YouTube - her yearling footage.)   Dress For Success also kept her record unblemished in Weiss action, and also got a new speed badge with a backstretch brush to the lead to win by 5 ½ lengths. The daughter of Infinitif is conditioned by Christopher Freck for owners Stacey Ruddick and Denise Dennis. (And "Dress For Success" is of course named after the famous John Molloy book that taught "power business dressing" to corporate America.)   Attribution: PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - The favorites used different methodologies in their two $15,000 divisions of the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting females Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but both ended up in the desired positions - home first, and then in the harness racing winners circle.   Classic Belisima headed right to the front in her division and was never headed, winning by almost 7 lengths in a career best 1:55.2 despite the track being rated only "good." David Miller was sulkysitting behind the daughter of Crazed, who now has six wins in eight seasonal starts, for trainer John Cabot and owner William Cantrell.   In the other Weiss section, Dress For Success had to travel the difficult two-wide route without cover, but she proved to have enough late to turn back Linda Marie by a half-length in 1:57.1. Matt Kakaley, handling the daughter of Infinitif for the first time, obviously got along well with her by getting the job done for trainer Christopher Freck and owners Stacey Ruddick and Denise Dennis.   Four-time defending Downs dashwinning driver champion George Napolitano Jr. visited Victory Lane six times on Wednesday's 13-race card. "Georgie Nap" will next get a chance to add to his local totals when the Downs resumes racing on Saturday, with the first race scheduled for 6:30 p.m.   Jerry Conners  

TORONTO, November 6 - It was not a good night to be a favourite in the Autumn Series finals Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Autumn Series for Ontario sired two-year-olds came to a close with the finals for two-year-old colts and geldings. Full fields of ten contested both the $33,600 final for the trotters and the $35,800 final for the pacers. In the trotting final, a break by One Direction, the 3/5 favourite, opened the door for Baudron and Riina Rekila to pull of a 70-1 shocker. Leaving from post one, Baudron was taken back early by Rekila and trotted by the opening quarter in ninth. A couple of breakers in the second quarter allowed Baudron to pick up second over cover behind Olympic Son and trot up closer to the leaders. After following that cover to the top of the stretch, Rekila showed Baudron open racetrack and he trotted by the leaders and on to a length and three-quarters victory in 1:58. Olympic Son took the place spot, while Rubber Duck got up for third. A son of Infinitif, Baudron, who is also trained by Rekila, entered the Autumn Series final having yet to taste victory in ten career starts. The rookie trotter had finished second in the opening leg and seventh in the second leg. The Autumn Series final victory increases Baudron's bankroll to $23,890 for owner Overseas Farm Limited. A $2 win ticket on Baudron returned a generous $160.00. Baudron On the pacing side, Robert Hill completed the Autumn Series sweep with a 1:54 victory. Driven by James MacDonald, Robert Hill left hard from post two to take the early lead, but would quickly get shuffled back to third in the second quarter, as Frankie Boy and J Js Delivery battled on the front end. Meanwhile, Sugarsam, the even-money favourite, was able to find second over cover behind The Battle Begins at the half, while pacing along in sixth. Around the final turn, Sugarsam failed to keep up with The Battle Begins and drifted out towards the centre of the track. He would eventually finish ninth. At the top of the lane, J Js Delivery had a narrow lead on The Battle Begins, while Frankie Boy, who was in the two-hole, made break. Frankie Boy's break would clear space for Robert Hill to get out into the three-wide path and take his shot at the leaders. It took to nearly the final stride, but Robert Hill got up just in time to defeat The Battle Begins by half a length and J Js Delivery by a length and a quarter. The final leg victory was an Autumn Series sweep for Robert Hill and he did it with a flare for the dramatics. The son of Jeremes Jet never won an Autumn Series leg by more than half a length and won last week's second leg by only a nose. Trained by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill, Robert Hill has now won five of 12 career starts and has earnings of $64,050. He returned $10.50 to win. Robert Hill  Live racing continues Friday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Qualifiers to stay at Mohawk until end of the month TORONTO, November 6 – The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to advise horsepeople that qualifiers will continue to be held at Mohawk Racetrack until the end of the month. Weather permitting, qualifying sessions will be held each Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the remainder of November. Horses must be entered by 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays to qualify on Fridays. Along with qualifiers remaining at Mohawk, the track will also remain open for training until the end of the month. Training is available at Mohawk on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The track closes on training days at 12:30 p.m. Here is a full schedule of qualifying dates at Mohawk.  Friday, November 7 Friday, November 14 Friday, November 21 Friday, November 28 Mark McKelvie    

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