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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 26 - Emoticon Hanover and Caprice Hill made their sire Kadabra proud with impressive harness racing victories in the Casual Breeze Stakes Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 20 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $97,000 divisions. Emoticon Hanover was a gate to wire winner in the first division for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais. The daughter of Kadabra left alertly from post two to grab the lead and it was lights out from there. Emoticon Hanover posted fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before firing home in :28 for the victory. Double Exposure left hard from post eight, landed the two-hole and ultimately finished a length and a quarter back in second. Jangone finished third, while Worldclass Hanover was fourth. Following the race, Filion was very pleased with the Emoticon Hanover's effort in the Casual Breeze and her progression as a three-year-old. "I wanted to get to the front and control the pace, which we did, and she did it pretty handy," said Filion following the race. "Last year she was a little tough to drive, but this year she is way handier, so that makes her much better." Owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec, Emoticon Hanover scored her fourth victory of the season Friday in her eighth outing. She now has eight career victories and a bankroll of $436,658. The Blais trainee paid $2.80 to win. Emoticon Hanover Caprice Hill continued her fantastic season by overcoming the ten-hole to win the second division in 1:53.3. The Tony Alagna trained filly was unhurried at the start by driver Randy Waples and eventually found a spot along the rail in sixth just after the opening-quarter. Side Bet Hanover led the field to the half in :57.3, but was quickly confronted entering the far turn by a charging Caprice Hill, who took the lead before five-eighths. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26, Caprice Hill trotted home strongly in :27.3 to win by 3 ¼ lengths. Side Bet Hanover held on to second over a charging Flowers N Songs. Also a daughter of Kadabra, Caprice Hill now has five wins in 2016 and has yet to finish outside the top two in eight starts this season. Following the race, Alagna passed along much of the credit for Caprice Hill's excellent season to his mother, Donna Lee. "Everybody who knows the filly knows that this is my Mom's pride and joy and she's done a great job with her," he said. "(Caprice Hill) is just very easy on herself, rests, does all the right things, good eater and that's why she looks as great now as she has all year." Owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, Ontario, Caprice Hill is nearing millionaire status with $980,377 in lifetime earnings following the Casual Breeze victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Caprice Hill Up next for the three-year-old trotting fillies is the Simcoe Stakes next Friday (September 2) followed by the Elegantimage eliminations. Emoticon Hanover and Caprice Hill are both eligible to those upcoming events. Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the eliminations of the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady headlining the card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 26, 2016 - Seventimesavirgin turned in a dominant performance to find the winner's circle in the featured event of the evening, her split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday, August 26. Scoring in 1:51.4 over a track rated sloppy, Seventimesavirgin recorded her fifth consecutive win at Hoosier Park and remains undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. Driven and trained by John DeLong, Seventimesavirgin grabbed an early spot along the rail in second while Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28.1. DeLong gave his filly the green light down the backside and she ranged up to take the lead just past the half in :56.4. At the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.1, Seventimesavirgin's looked strong and the front as her lead was ever increasing. As the field turned for home, Seventimesavirgin began to put her talent on display and pace away from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 final quarter, Seventimesavirgin finished six lengths in front of Dalianna and LeWayne Miller. Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.80 to her backers at the betting windows. Owned by Jesse DeLong, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her eighth victory of the season from nine starts. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $239,740 lifetime while winning 13 of 21 lifetime outings. DeLong also captured the first division of the stakes action for sophomore pacing fillies behind Can't Touch This for trainer Roger Welch. In a near gate to wire effort, Can't Touch This dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1 before kicking home in :27.4 to win in 1:53. Also sent off as the post time favorite, Can't Touch This returned $5.80 at the betting windows. Owned by W. DeLong, W.DeLong, D. Riccolo, and J. DeLong, the daughter of Rockin Image-Fox Valley Monika recorded her fifth win from ten seasonal starts. Can't Touch This has now bankrolled $262,005 lifetime while winning 12 of 26 career outings. With the victories, Seventimesavirgin and Can't Touch This earned their spots in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies slated for Friday, September 2 at Hoosier Park. The Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with a $200,000 Super Final for each division at Hoosier Park on October 15. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 27 with a 13-race card that will start at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. to prepare for Chicago in concert after live racing. Saturday's 13-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

Vernon, N.Y. -- Following wins in the Hambletonian Maturity, Fresh Yankee, and a Miss Versatility preliminary event, Hannelore Hanover ($2.90) had no trouble maintaining her dominance in the harness racing distaff trotting ranks on Friday (August 26) evening at Vernon Downs, posting a resounding 1:51.3 victory in the $170,000 Muscle Hill, the ninth event on a 12-race program.   Yannick Gingras had the 4-year-old Swan For All mare involved from the outset, working clear of 2015 Empire Breeders Classic winner Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory) just after a :27.1 first quarter mile. Upon taking charge, Hannelore Hanover faced no threats whatsoever, rating a soft :29.4 second sectional before accelerating clear of the competition off the far turn. She used a :54.3 final half to put 3-3/4 lengths on the first-over Shake It Cerry (David Miller), who rallied to take second from the fully extended Barn Doll.   Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover for the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Frank Baldachino. Hannelore Hanover captured the Vernon track record for 4-year-old trotting mares with her 1:51.3 score, topping Maven's performance in the 2014 Muscle Hill by two-fifths of a second.   Obrigado duels, defends his Crawford Farms title   In the $193,000 Crawford Farms for open trotters, carded as race ten, 2015 Crawford winner Obrigado ($14.80) proved successful in defending his crown, dueling with odds-on favorite Resolve (Åke Svanstedt) for nearly the final three-eighths of the mile en route to a 1:51.2 triumph in rein to Mark MacDonald. The 6-year-old Boy Band gelding approached the first turn from second-over, drafting behind Resolve into a :26 first quarter before capturing the lead for himself in a backed-down :55.1 half mile. Just as Obrigado cleared, Resolve angled back off the pegs to re-engage, and the two dueled through the far turn. Despite being headed just above head-stretch, Obrigado dug deep to prevail, reclaiming the lead in the final 100 yards to narrowly beat Resolve. Flanagan Memory (Brian Sears) closed from last to take third, making massive gains down the grandstand side.   Trainer Paul Kelley shares in ownership of Obrigado with the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45.   Major Moe, Funknwaffles take freshman Sire Stakes splits   A pair of New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings served as supporting events on the undercard.     Major Moe ($5.40) worked to earn his 1:52.4 victory in the $54,500 seventh race, making steady first-over gains on the far turn to reel in pacesetter Andy's Ideal before holding sway from Very Special Agent's late charge by half a length. Scott Zeron drove the son of Art Major and Maureen Rocks for trainer Chris Ryder.   Funknwaffles ($2.20) did not disappoint at odds-on in the $55,500 eighth event, keeping his undefeated record intact through six career races to date. The son of American Ideal and Hatsoff Hanover brushed to the fore before race's midpoint, evading Serious Major by two lengths in 1:52.3. Jim Morrill, Jr. drove Funknwaffles for trainer John Butenschoen.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 27) evening, with first post slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 26, 2016 - Favored Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $5.60) just held off a stubborn Mach it a Par (Brent Holland) Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare harness racing open handicap pace. Put in play from her assigned post position No. 5, 'Tessa' had to wait her turn at the outset. She sat outside while Jonsie Jones (Tyer Buter) stuffed Inittowinafortune (Jon Bongiorno) in behind. Tessa Seelster then found an unimpeded path to the front, though she a paid a zippy :26.3 price for the opening-quarter privilege. After a rated :56.2 intermisision, she saw Mach it a Par, who tried it first-up from seventh. Tessa Seelster found a 1:24 three-quarters, taking a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. She lost everyone save for Mach it a Par, who did not go away quietly. Tessa Seelster did close the sale, however, winning by a nostril in 1:51.4. Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) was a crisp, ground-saving third, with Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) settling for the minor awards. For Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her seventh win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $100.50, with the triple returning $671.50. Saturday night's card includes a pair of stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the $118,574 Hudson Trot and $109,050 Lady Maud Pace. Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder also hits town, leading the lone, $40,000 elimination for Yonkers Trot No. 62. Frank Drucker

A UDRS of .923 is quite improbable in today’s harness racing environment. Yet, its’ fact for veteran horseman George K. Miller, also owner/operator of Pine Hill Stable in Cohocton, NY.  Miller, who holds a fair/qualifying license, has earned 12 wins in 13 starts this year at the NY Fairs, all with his colts, trotter  Thanks For Playin (3m Lucky Chucky-Olympic Cheers-American Winner) and the pacer Americanation (3m American Ideal-Cool World-Nihilator), a colt that Miller bred and raised. Americanation has a 11-2-0 slate in 19 starts for $32,517 earned this year. With a record of p,3, 1:54f, the Americanation/Miller team this week lowered the track record at Trumansburg for trainer Jeff Johnson Jr., timed in 1:59.3h. The trotter Thanks For Playin 3, 1:57.3s, now has a 12-1-3 slate in 19 starts for $29,964 earned. Miller’s career results as a driver shows 19 wins and five second place finishes in 33 career drives. Where did Miller come from in the sport? As often the case, Miller was introduced to standardbreds by his father, owner/operator of Robert Miller Co., a racing fan who first bought a horse from Glen Garnsey. George joined his father after graduating from high school and worked in the family farm machinery business until starting work at Rodney Farm in 1990. He served there as Farm Manager and later established Pine Hill Stable on land adjoining the family business. Miller learned standardbred breeding from Barbara Galbraith and today obtains advice and assistance of son Michael Miller, DVM and Henderson Veterinary Associates. Michael serves as in-house veterinarian at Crawford Farms and previously completed an internship at Hanover Show Farms. The Miller (wife Laurie too) team’s experience is effective, as Pine Hill has gotten over 90% of client and farm owned mares in foal over the past five years. George K. Miller is next listed to drive August 30 at Saratoga in a NYCFS, handling Americanation. His skills as farm operator, breeder and owner/driver are unique and should be respected in an era of specialization. Be there to see George K in action.  Thomas H. Hicks  

Daniel Reden’s trainee and Stall Zet owned Delicious U.S. (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) continued her comeback with victory today clocked in 1.11.1kr for harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The Lindy Farms US-bred mare last started and won on August 7 after a four month layoff. She is now three for three in 2016 and 22 for 46 lifetime, good for 5,876,572SEK earned. Quid Pro Quo (7m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson (trainer Svante Bath) and Knows Nothing (7m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was third with Ulf Ohlsson up. Today’s event was the Malabar Circle As Prize over 1640 meters with 100,000SEK to the winner. On the same card the Breeders Crown for two year-olds was contested over 2140 meters autostart with 175,000SEK to the winner and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 25.5/1 Global Un Poco (2m Conway Hall-Share The Promise-Yankee Glide) driven by Per Linderoth, for trainer Svante Bath. The first time winner bested Global Unbound (2f SJ’s Caviar-RM Impala-Mack Lobell) reined by Daniel Wajersteen  and third went to Saranda Face (2f Lavec Kronos-Know It All Face-Viking Kronos) that Ulf Eriksson handled for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Tre Jonsson Stayer Open (200,000SEK to the winner, 3640 meters distance handicap) went to 1.15.7kr timed and 15.5/1 odds Bullyoung (5g Love You-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comets Tail) that overcame a 20 meter penalty in his victory with Kenth Akerlund up for trainer Robert Bergh. Second was Spitcam Jubb (5g Campbell Hall-Lola Spit-Super Arnie) for driver Kaj Widell. The 60 meter handicapped Narold Vix finished third. Other winners of interest on the program were Tudor Kronos (4m Raja  Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) for Robert Bergh in the Evonella for four year-olds. Timed in 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart this 2.2/1 favorite defeated Broadway Appolo (4m Broadway Hall-Raising Rachel-Yankee Glide) and reinsman Johan Untersteiner to earn 100,000SEK first money. Tudor Kronos has now won seven times in eight 2016 starts. The Serenas for mares, over 1640 meters autostart, with 100,000SEK to the winner, went to 7/1 Debbie B.R. (5f Dream Vacation-Tuscan Red-Striking Sahbra) from Norway that Orjan Kihlstrom drove. Three year-old Paul The Apostle (3m Pastor Stephen-Blue Drop Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) earned 50,000SEK for victory in the 2640 meter autostart Altins Trafik Trot. Kihlstrom also teamed this winner for Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Thomas H. Hicks  

Great progress has been made creating the new Shenandoah Downs at the former harness racing fairgrounds at Woodstock, VA. Well located at the I81 Woodstock exit, with superb visibility, the new pari-mutuel wagering racetrack is also close to I66 that connects directly with the growing Washington DC metro. The creation of the Virginia Downs Foundation and Virginia Equine Alliance, that will operate the race meet and office under guidance of Jeb Hannum, Executive Director, Shenandoah Downs’ purses will be funded by $800,000 from the Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association, President Scott Woogen. The Virginia Racing Commission, under leadership of D.G. Van Clief, issued a limited license to Shenandoah Downs on August 18. The track will operate on five consecutive weekends starting September 10 with 1:00pm post times on Saturday-Sunday. As shown below, the $700,000 fairgrounds and racetrack renovation is nearly complete, with great progress in the last month, and is undergoing final testing. Racing information can be obtained from Race Secretary Mike Wandishin at 303-509-1861. Be there for a new positive for racing in Virginia and North America. Thomas H. Hicks

Columbus, OH --- When an harness racing O’Brien Award winner becomes available for purchase most people would not hesitate to sign their name on the dotted line. Howard Taylor, however, had to be persuaded to place his name on the check to buy a piece of harness racing mare Lady Shadow. “I thought she was too expensive,” he said. “That is when I called up Ed Gold and asked him what he thought. He said she was worth it and even if she did not race well she was worth what they were asking in residual value as a broodmare. “Also, I already owned a filly, Sudoku, that had beat Lady Shadow up in Canada. I felt she was much faster and we thought we could win the Jugette with her, but we had some problems keeping her head together and eventually bred her. If it wasn’t for Ed, I don’t think I would have bought into Lady Shadow.” Co-owned by Taylor's BFJ Stable, Gold, Carl Atley and David Kryway, the daughter of Shadow Play and the Camluck mare Lady Camella was Canada’s 3-year-old pacing filly champion and is the reigning champion older mare in that nation. It appears she is on her way to collecting another divisional title, as the 5-year-old places her five-race winning streak on the line in the $200,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs on Sunday (Aug. 28). Lady Shadow, who is conditioned by Ron Adams, will commence her journey from post three and will have the services of Yannick Gingras. Her task, however, will not be a simple one as the field includes Dan Patch Award winners Venus Delight (post two), Anndrovette (post five) and Divine Caroline (post eight). Other rivals of note in the contest are fellow Canadian champion Solar Sister (post 10) and the always competitive Devil Child (post nine). “The plan this year was to keep her down here with Josh Green,” Taylor said. “He was the one that found her for us, but he called me up and suggested Ron Adams take her because he just could not get her to go. We put her in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series (at Yonkers) and thought she would be tough to beat, but she did not do well (seventh in the final). Then Josh put her in the Chip Noble (at Miami Valley) where she was seventh again. That is when he suggested the change. I have to give him credit for admitting she was not working out for him and she was fifth in her first start for Ron, but since then she has been rolling along.” Lady Shadow has been a model of consistency throughout her career. As a 2- and 3-year-old she was in Gregg McNair’s barn and earned $189,892 and $259,635, respectively. She was also trained by McNair until being purchased by her new connections in May of last year. Lady Shadow collected $286,034 last season, while under the care of Adams in 11 of her 14 starts, en route to championship honors. “I need to learn to listen to Ed more often,” Taylor said. “I was concerned about her price and then right after we got her she went out and won the Roses Are Red final. She paid for herself within weeks of us having her.” Since switching her home base from the United States to Canada this spring, Lady Shadow has been absolutely stellar. She won her second Roses Are Red title in June, then added the $229,900 Golden Girls to her resume in a world record 2:00.3 clocking (1-1/8th mile distance) which lowered the standard Always B Miki had established earlier on the card. She then captured the $235,950 Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day, where it appeared she would draw off to another facile victory, but Solar Sister possessed another plan and came on late to make it interesting in the end. Ultimately, Lady Shadow, with more than $1.16 million in the bank, prevailed. To prepare for her journey to Western New York, the mare qualified in 1:52.2 on Aug. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. “She still has a long season left of racing and is staked to everything,” Taylor said. “The end goal is, of course, the Breeders Crown and we are hoping she has another championship season, which it seems at this point, she is right in the hunt for divisional honors. “I’m not sure what it is about Canada that agrees with her, because with her being stabled up there it will involve more shipping for her, which was why we wanted her down here with Josh, but for some reason being with Ron and being in that stall in that barn is what she wants to do. If that is what makes her happy we are all for it and like I keep saying this is one of the many times I’m really glad I called Ed Gold.” Below is the field for the $200,000  Artiscape. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1. Empress Deo - Rocknroll Hanover - Jonathan Roberts-Wayne Givens 2. Venus Delight - Bettor's Delight - Jason Bartlett-Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Lady Shadow - Shadow Play - Yannick Gingras-Ronald Adams 4. Regil Elektra - Mark Three - Mark MacDonald-Keith Armer 5. Anndrovette - Riverboat King - Tim Tetrick-Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 6. Stacia Hanover - Western Ideal - Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 7. Table Talk - Bettor's Delight - Andy Miller-W. Bart Dalious 8. Divine Caroline - Rock N Roll Heaven - Corey Callahan-Joe Holloway 9. Devil Child - American Ideal - David Miller-Chris Oakes 10. Solar Sister - Mach Three - Douglas McNair-Gregg McNair by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Wednesday’s Jagersro harness racing program was entirely comprised of SWE Derby eliminations for fillies and colts, six elims each. The fillies raced over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SWK first money. Colts battled over 2640 meters autostart for 200,000SEK first prize in each elim race. Offspring of Ready Cash and Muscle Hill performed well. The filly elim winners were led by 5/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comet’s Tail) that scored in 1.12.1kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Lady Cash (4f Ready Cash-Com Racing Lady-General November) was second for Andre Eklundh. The second fastest filly elim went to 1.12.2kr winning Darling Hornline (4f Ready Cash-Glory Best-Muscles Yankee) for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom at 3.3/1. Caresse (4f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover-Muscles Yankee) took second for driver/trainer Bjorn Goop. Well-regarded 1.4/1 Timbal (4f From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) took another elim clocked in 1.12.4kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She is undefeated in three 201 outings and has a career slate of 18-1-1 in 24 starts for 2,442,166SEK earned. Tunika (4f Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) took a fourth filly elim timed in 1.12.8kr for Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. She is 4-1-1 in seven 2016 starts and 12-5-2 in 24 career appearances for 2,553,000SEK earned. 3/1 In Toto Sund (4f Ken Warkentin-Marsia L.B.-Windsong’s Legacy) took another elim clocked in 1.12.9kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Daniel Reden, trainer for Stall Zet. This filly is 4-1-0 in six 2016 starts. ' The final filly test went to 1.8/1 Princess Face (4f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) timed in 1.12.9kr with trainer Lutfi Kolgjini up for Stall Courant AB. The six male eliminations were led by 1.12.5kr timed, 2.5/1 odds, Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for driver/trainer Peter Untersteiner. This one is 4-1-1 in six 2016 starts and 6-2-1 in only nine career outings. 7/2 Day Or Night In (4m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored in another elim timed in 1.12.6kr for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. The Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionnant colt Pasithea Face was second for Lutfi Kolgjini. The 3.8/1 well-regarded Ceasar Sisu (4g Cantab Hall-Chynatown-Muscles Yankee) scored timed in 1.12.8kr in another elim, with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Timo Nurmos. He now shows a 5-1-0 slate in seven 2016 outings. 5.2/1 Heavy Sound (4g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) scored in 1.13.1kr in a fourth elim. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the Roger Walmann trainee. 'Gijon (4m Ready Cash-Centuria-Supergill) was second here for Johan Untersteiner. The fifth elim went to 1.14.2kr timed Pajas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) at 6.5/1 for Christoffer Eriksson. The final male elim went to 1.14.4kr clocked Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. This good colt is 4-1-0 in five starts this year and 11-3-0 in 14 lifetime outings good for 3,600,000SEK. Thomas H. Hicks

Queensland Harness Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today concluded an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the analysts’ findings in respect to a pre race urine sample taken from MAFUTA VAUTIN prior to its winning performance in Race 5 The Qbred Triad Final for 4yo Horses and Geldings at Albion Park on Saturday, 30 May 2015 which had been opened and adjourned on 28 July 2016. The Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) reported a level of Cobalt in the sample in excess of the threshold as prescribed by the Australian Harness Racing Rules. On 5 August, licensed trainer Mr Darrel Graham was charged pursuant to Rule 190(1) which reads:            “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge being that Mr Graham presented MAFUTA VAUTIN to race in Race 5 at Albion Park on 30 May 2015, when a pre race urine sample taken from that gelding was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Cobalt above the prescribed threshold. On 15 August Mr Graham pleaded not guilty to the charge as issued. Mr Graham today provided further submissions to support his plea of not guilty and consideration was given to these submissions in addition to other relevant cases and character references.           After due consideration Stewards were of the view that the charge could be sustained and formally found Mr Graham guilty. When assessing the matter of penalty Stewards gave consideration to the following: The serious nature of the substance concerned and the level of Cobalt recorded (342Ug/L); Mr Graham’s licence history of 30 years and his personal and financial situation; The particular circumstances of the case; The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing; Penalty precedents. Mr Graham was disqualified for a period of 15 months effective immediately. Stewards further directed that under Rule 195 MAFUTA VAUTIN be disqualified from its win in Race 5 at Albion Park on 30 May 2015 and all other placegetters be amended accordingly. Mr Graham was advised of his rights to internal review.   Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey Racing Queensland

Queensland Harness Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that a pre race urine sample taken from DESTREOS (NZ) prior to its performance at Albion Park on Saturday, 7 May 2016 was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone. Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Ken Rattray, who explained his feeding and husbandry regime associated with this horse. Evidence was also provided by Acting Manager of Veterinary Services Dr Karen Caldwell and Principal Analyst Samantha Nelis from the Racing Science Centre. After considering all the evidence tendered, Stewards issued Mr Rattray with a charge pursuant to Rule 190(1) which reads: “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge being that Mr Rattray presented DESTREOS (NZ) to race at Albion Park on 7 May 2016 when a pre race urine sample taken from the gelding was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone. Mr Rattray pleaded guilty to the charge as issued. In assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards considered: the forthright evidence of Mr Rattray; his personal and financial circumstances; his recent record in relation to this rule; the nature of the substance concerned; the need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing. Mr Rattray was disqualified for a period of 6 months effective immediately. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195 DESTREOS (NZ) was disqualified from its performance at Albion Park on 7 May 2016 and all other placegetters were amended accordingly. Mr Rattray was advised of his rights to internal review. Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey Racing Queensland

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 25, 2016 - Air Strike turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle on Thursday, August 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, the Dylan Fagan trainee made a clean sweep of the third round of the stakes action after an eye catching maiden breaking victory in 1:51.4 in his elimination last week at Hoosier Park. A field of ten lined up behind the gate to do battle and a battle it was from the word go. The 6-5 post time favorite Rock N Tony was given his marching orders from driver Trace Tetrick as he left alertly from post nine to get the first call. On The Virg and Eric Goodell also left for early position from post seven but settled along the rail in second while Air Strike and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. protected their rail position and were following along closely in third. In what would be the first of many lead changes, Air Strike was up to grab command from Rock N Tony just past the half in :55.1. Just as soon as Air Strike settled in on the point, Goodell had On The Virg out and taking aim at the leader. On The Virg was matching strides with Air Strike at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 and as the field turned for home, the race appeared to be wide open. On The Virg looked to be up to the task but Air Strike wasn't finished. Wrenn Jr. asked his mount for more late in the lane and Air Strike found a :28.2 final quarter to get the win by a head. Dave and Dennis and Tyler Smith employed an impressive late closing burst to get up for second place honors while Meadowbrook Tiger and LeWayne Miller rounded out the trifecta. As the 5-2 second choice, Air Strike returned $7.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "Well, the trip didn't work out quite like I thought," Fagan said after the victory. "He's a grinder and that's a great quality to have especially after a busy mile like that. He's a very nice colt and has done everything right since we've had him in the barn." Owned by Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, the son of Always A Virgin-My Best Girl has now won two of five lifetime starts with only one off the board finish. Air Strike has now earned $53,200 lifetime. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing will continue on Friday, August 26 with a 14-race card that features two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit Emily Gaskin

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The combination of harness racing driver Randy Waples and trainer Tony Alagna has been red hot at Mohawk Racetrack and Thursday night the hot streak continued. Alagna sent out three horses on Thursday's 10-race card and all three scored victories with Waples in the sulky. The successful evening for the duo began in the opening race, as rookie trotting colt Signal Hill broke his maiden with a 1:58.3 score. The son of Muscle Hill, who sold for $250,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, was making his third career start and trotted home in :27.4 for the victory. Signal Hill is owned by Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz and Adriano Sorella. Signal Hill Vintage Babe gave Waples and Alagna their second victory with a 1:54.2 triumph in the third-race. The sophomore pacing filly was competing at the non-winners of two or $25,000 lifetime level and shot home in :27.3 for her third career score. The daughter of Vintage Master is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Jodi Siamis. Vintage Babe The third victory of the night for Waples and Alagna came in the eighth-race, as Winter Harbor picked up his second consecutive victory. The three-year-old son of Muscle Hill grinded away first up throughout the middle-half and pulled ahead in the lane for a 1:56.1 score. A $240,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Winter Harbor didn't make his three-year-old debut until August 5th and now has two wins from three starts to improve his career record to three wins in six starts. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Cancelliere, Little E LLC and Winter Harbor Partners. Winter Harbor The combination of Waples and Alagna is winning at almost 50 per cent this season at Mohawk. They will team up twice on Friday's card with a pair of impressive ladies. Ontario Sires Stakes star Caprice Hill will be looking for her fifth win of the season in the Casual Breeze Stakes, while four-year-old pacing mare Bedroomconfessions has won four of her last five starts and goes for another victory in the Mares Preferred. Waples was not the only driver to win three races Thursday, as James MacDonald scored a Hat Trick on a day he won't forget. Earlier on Thursday, MacDonald and his wife welcomed their first child into the world and that evening the new Dad put in a strong night at the office. He won two of the first four races and completed the Hat Trick in the ninth-race with 29-1 longshot Amoureuse Hanover. MacDonald now has 80 wins this season at Mohawk and sits fourth in the Driver Standings. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with two $97,000 divisions of the Casual Breeze highlighting action. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The catalog for the harness racing Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the company's website,, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app for the iPad. Print catalogs will mail next week.   There are 595 yearlings set to go through the auction ring from Tuesday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 8 at Lexington's Fasig-Tipton Pavilion, with sessions beginning each night at 7:00 p.m.   Featured are large selections by leading sires at their respective gaits. Muscle Hill will be represented by 54 yearlings and Somebeachsomewhere by 40.   The bullish Lexington sale posted a double-digit increase in average two years ago, and was up from that number last year. Sale managers Randy Manges and David Reid said they expect it to remain just as strong this year, thanks in part to the continuing success of sale graduates and "in-demand" pedigrees in the catalog.   Graduates of the sale swept trotting and pacing's premier events this year, with Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank finishing 1-2 in the Hambletonian and Control The Moment winning the Meadowlands Pace.   As always, the Lexington Selected Sale will coincide with the second week of Grand Circuit racing at Red Mile, which culminates with the Kentucky Futurity on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 9.   Those not already on the mailing list who would like a catalog may click here and fill out the catalog request form, or call the Lexington office at (859) 255-8431.   For more information contact sale managers Randy Manges (859-255-8431, or David Reid (914-773-7777,   Lexington Selected Sales Co.    

Top flight harness racing trotting occurs this weekend on Saturday at Bergsaker with the Sundsvall Open and Friday at Cagnes sur Mer in the Grand Prix du Department 06. The Sundsvall Open has a total purse of €188,475 in the Gr. I International test over 2140 meters autostart. Nuncio will be the favorite from post one with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, owner/trainer. Main contenders will be Call Me Keeper, Oasis Bi, Anna Mix and On Track Piraten. Melander also starts US-bred Volstead. Former Elitloppet winner Nahar is also in this groupe, he apparently slated for a Toronto trip for the Maple Leaf Trot. BERGSAKER - SUNDSVALL OPEN TROT SUEDE Attelé - 188 475 € - 2140m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart  - Corde à gauche SUNDSVALL OPEN TROT Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 188.475. - Attelé. - 2.140 mètres. 107.700, 43.080, 21.540, 10.770, 5.385. Pour 3 ans et plus, ayant gagné au moins 43.080. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains Rapports probables e-SG Ref. Direct                           1 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2140 1a1a2a1a2a 2 577 409 € - - 2 Volstead A     M 5 p. lennartsso s. melander 2140 5a1a1a1a0a 370 192 € - - 3 Call me keeper     M 6 j. unterstein daniel reden 2140 2a1aDa1a1a1a 391 090 € - - 4 D.d.'s hitman     M 5 j. kontio p. puro 2140 0a1a2a4aDa 130 209 € - - 5 Nahar     H 11 r. bergh r. bergh 2140 DaDa2aDa1a2a 1 349 763 € - - 6 Oasis bi     M 8 b. goop s. pettersson 2140 0a0a4a1a1a0a 1 302 033 € - - 7 Anna mix     F 6 e. adielsson mlle sofia ar 2140 1a1a6a5aDa3a 864 508 € - - 8 Shadow woodland     M 7 u. ohlsson reijo liljend 2140 1a4a1a4aDa 217 726 € - - 9 On track piraten     H 8 j. verbeeck h.r. stromber 2140 2a2a5a4a1a2a 1 219 550 € - - 10 Explosive de vie     H 5 k. oscarsson j. oscarsson 2140 2a1a2a1a3a 278 980 € - -   Ecurie A   -     Friday at Cagnes sur Mer will be the Gr. II Grand Prix du Department 06 for a purse of €180,000 with 12 starters in the 1609 meter autostart sprint. Un Mec d’Heripre will be the likely wagering choice from post six with J-M Bazire to drive the Fabrice Souloy trainee. Main attention will also go to Pascia’Lest, Dante Boko, Seatlle Bi and Aladin d’Ecajeul in this well matched field CAGNES/MER - GRAND PRIX DU DEPARTEMENT 06 Attelé - 180 000 € - 1609m - 12 partants  - Groupe II GRAND PRIX DU DEPARTEMENT 06 Course 6 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe II Course Internationale. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains Rapports probables e-SG Ref. Direct                           1 Starter du rib     H 10 feron feron 1609 6a3aDa5a0a5a 513 440 € - - 2 Aladin d'ecajeul     M 6 g. gelormini s. guarato 1609 6a3a3a4a8a3a 998 640 € - - 3 Pascia' lest     M 7 p. gubellini f. souloy 1609 5a5a2a1a1a4a 1 357 611 € - - 4 Olmo holz     M 8 ch. martens v. martens 1609 4a2a5aDa5aDa 842 656 € - - 5 Soumoulou     H 10 anthony laigr a. laigron 1609 7a6a3a4a3a6a 654 710 € - - 6 Un mec d'heripre     M 8 j.m. bazire f. souloy 1609 1a1a0a1a1a3a 1 632 332 € - - 7 Zorro photo     M 10 r. andreghett mlle st. lepe 1609 3a6a6a6a6a1a 619 288 € - - 8 Princess grif     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 1609 9a6a7a8a0a9a 787 826 € - - 9 Truman dairpet     H 9 d. locqueneux n. ensch 1609 7a2a5a4a2a2a 510 960 € - - 10 Dante boko     H 6 p. vercruysse l. kolgjini 1609 1a4a0a5aDa1a 481 314 € - - 11 Seattle bi     F 5 m. stefani a. gocciadoro 1609 1a3aDa4a4a6a 115 899 € - - 12 Slow du beauvoisin     H 10 r. mourice r. mourice 1609 3a1a1a3a0a4a 478 070 € - -   Thomas H. Hicks  

Next Friday September 2nd and Saturday 3rd in the Hungarian historic track of Kincsem Park in the capital city of Budapest will be held the FEGAT World Championship 2016 for harness racing amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers) in cooperation with the Hungarian amateur drivers Club the “Magyar Amatör Ügetö Hajtók Egyesülete”.    The championship will be played on two race days, with the participation of drivers from 12 different nationalities (4 women & 8 men) who will drive in 6 scoring races each.    The most important novelty in the World Cup will be the present for first time in the history of an Argentinian driver representative, in this case Mr. Leonardo Agusti, driver with more than 1.250 wins in his home country and at same time President of the Argentinian Breeders Association.    Other notables in the field will be the former World Cup Champion in 2008 in the USA, the Kiwi driver Mr. Gavin Cook, formers European Champions, the Finnish Teemu Keskitalo (Norway 2015) and Spaniard Miquel Vich Capó (Czech Republic 2012) and the new Yankee amateur driver star Hannah Miller. Will complete the field the Aussie Barbara Barry, Belgium Piet Van Pollaert, Czech Republic Alle Johannes Marinus Loman, Dannish Bitter Jensen, Hungarian Andrea Nagyvary, Italian Mirko Marini and Swiss Jean Claude Gardaz.     The official link of the FEGAT World Cup 2016 is   The official twitter of the FEGAT is @fegattrotting   The link to follow the championship in streaming:   FEGAT 

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