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Odds-on favorite harness racing Fat Man's Alley (Brian Sears, $2.70, part of entry) read the memo just in time Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $70,500 final of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series. The series featured base $20,000 claiming males in three preliminary legs leading to this final. A gapping third early from post position No. 3, the 'Fat Man' saw Bubbie Boy (George Brennan) stroll through sedate early fractions of 28-seconds flat and :57.2. Bubbie Boy then threw down a :27.1 third quarter (1:24.1) right as Fat Man's Alley was getting his work order. The leader had a length-and-a-half advantage entering the lane, but the Fat Man Cometh. He wore down Bubbie Boy mid-stretch, eventually beating him by that length-and-a-half in 1:52.3. Innocent Victim (Dan Dube, winner's entrymate) nosed out pocket-sitting Colonial Road (Scott Zeron) for third, with Can't it Be Me (Jason Bartlett) getting the final pay envelope. For Fat Man's Alley, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Jack & Ferne Frydman, it was his sixth win in 17 seasonal starts (career earnings over $734,000). The exacta paid $7.10, with the triple returning $20. A $30,000 series consolation won by So Good I'm Bad (Eric Abbatiello, $10.40) in 1:53.2. Frank Drucker

Harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore said winning a fourth straight Molson Pace with his pupil State Treasurer would be almost beyond comprehension. “It’s been fun just to win it once. A second was a bonus and the third was just unreal last year,” Moore said. “A fourth time would be unbelievable.” State Treasurer, the 2015 Horse of the Year in Canada owned by Sally and Allan MacDonald of Prince Edward Island and their nephew, Paul MacDonald of Toronto, has drawn the rail for Friday’s $150,000 invitational at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, ON. The pacer’s regular driver, Chris Christoforou, will be in the sulky. Moore, a PEI native who is based in Guelph, ON during the summer, acknowledged it won’t be easy for State Treasurer to become the first horse to win four Molson Pace titles in the race’s 44-year history. Race secretary Ian Fleming has assembled a crack field of eight tough older pacers, many coming in from the United States. The field has combined earnings of nearly $9 million. That includes the $1.96 million earned by State Treasurer, who is winless in his three 2016 starts since returning from wintering at Southern Oaks Training Center in Florida. “He hasn’t been quite as good his first few starts, obviously, this year,” Moore said. “It sort of was the same thing last year. It wasn’t until about the third start that he was good at Mohawk and I really think that the first three Saturdays that we’ve been back in Ontario since April 30th the (race nights) have all been very cold. In fact, 37 degrees Fahrenheit and wet snow the last time we raced. I think some of our horses had a little trouble acclimatizing to that.” Moore said State Treasurer had some mild sickness a few weeks ago and was given five days off after his last start — a fifth-place finish in the $34,000 preferred on May 14 at Mohawk Racetrack — but the seven-year-old son of Real Desire—Ideal Treasure seems fine this week and should be raring to go Friday in London. “He seems good in every other way. He’s been sound and everything and he’s steering well this year. We hope he’ll appreciate the return to London and away we go,” Moore said. “He obviously likes that track and has done well there in the past. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to roll for the fourth time.” State Treasurer is currently tied with Jambo Dancer for the most Molson Pace victories. Jambo Dancer also won the race three straight years, taking the title in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Post positions for the Molson Pace field are as follows: 1. State Treasurer – Chris Christoforou 2. Bettor Rock On N – Jody Jamieson 3. Sunfire Blue Chip – Mark MacDonald 4. Evenin Of Pleasure – Sylvain Filion 5. Machtu N – Trevor Henry 6. Mcwicked – Randy Waples 7. P H Supercam – James MacDonald 8. All Bets Off – Matt Kakaley The Molson Pace program will also feature the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers, a quartet of City of London Series finals, a pair of Alliance Claiming Series finals and an added-purse Junior Invitational Pace as part of the undercard. Total purses for the night will be more than $550,000. There will be a number of promotions on the night, including Scratch and Win program prizes, OSS ‘Be A Winner Contest,’ Party on the Patio, a Molson VIP infield event and much more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 – all low 15 per cent takeout wagers. For more information, visit molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard

Four-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit finds himself in a familiar position in this year’s first harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll -- the No. 1 spot. Wiggle It Jiggleit finished last year as the poll’s top-ranked horse. The returning Dan Patch Award-winning Horse of the Year has won five of eight races this year, finishing no worse than second in any start, and is coming off a track-record performance in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. Sitting at No. 2 in the poll is 7-year-old New Zealand-import Bit Of A Legend, whose nine victories this season include the Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship. His $473,750 in purses are No. 1 among all harness racing horses in North America. Multiple Dan Patch Award-winning female trotter Bee A Magician is third in the rankings, followed by 4-year-old male pacer Rockin Ron, who earlier this season won the Confederation Cup with a Canadian-record performance, and 3-year-old male pacer Check Six, the Pennsylvania Classic winner. Four-year-old male trotter Maestro Blue Chip, unbeaten in 10 races this year and coming off a victory in a division of the Graduate Series, is No. 6. The remainder of the Top 10 includes two returning Breeders Crown champions in male pacers Always B Miki (No. 7) and Freaky Feet Pete (No. 10) as well as two returning divisional champions in 3-year-old male trotter Southwind Frank (No. 8) and 3-year-old female pacer Pure Country (No. 9). A total of 37 horses received at least one point in the year’s first poll. Each horse in the top seven received at least one first-place vote. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 1 – 5/24/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (18) 4pg 8-5-3-0 $289,765 323 -- 2 Bit Of A Legend N (7) 7ph 12-9-2-0 $473,750 250 -- 3 Bee A Magician (2) 6tm 3-3-0-0 $107,000 193 -- 4 Rockin Ron (1) 4pg 11-10-1-0 $207,690 181 -- 5 Check Six (2) 3pc 4-4-0-0 $328,443 151 -- 6 Maestro Blue Chip (1) 4th 10-10-0-0 $130,000 128 -- 7 Always B Miki (4) 5ph 3-2-1-0 $31,250 97 -- 8 Southwind Frank 3tc 1-1-0-0 $12,500 83 -- 9 Pure Country 3pf 2-1-0-1 $159,300 81 -- 10 Freaky Feet Pete 4ph 4-3-0-1 $55,500 77 -- Also: Nickle Bag (56); All Bets Off (47); JL Cruze, Rockeyed Optimist (40); Yagonnakissmeornot (33); Resolve (25); Boston Red Rocks (23); Cufflink Hanover (11); Musical Rhythm (10); Sell A Bit N (9); Betting Line, L A Delight, Wings Of Royalty (7); Major Athens, Pinkman, Shamballa (6); Hannelore Hanover (5); Bushwacker, Darlinonthebeach (4); Caprice Hill, Mach It So (3); All The Time, Bigtown Hero, JK Will Power (2); Dayson, Mel Mara, Unlocked (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Five $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the fastest winner was I'm Some Graduate, a royally-bred colt whom at one point last year many thought might one of Pennsylvania's overall best, winning his seasonal debut in 1:51.3.   When you have a $4.5M world champion pedigree (Somebeachsomewhere, $3.2m / world champion out of Western Graduate, $1.3m / world champion), you start life with advantages, and I'm Some Graduate showed those advantages last year: he began his career with two wins, stepped up to the Sire Stakes level and was second (the horse giving him his first loss was named Check Six - has he done anything lately?), then won a Sire Stake and the Sire Stakes Consolation, the latter with two moves in 1:50.3. He was odds-on in two Grand Circuit events at The Red Mile Grand Circuit, but caught off tracks both weeks and was off the board twice, and then he had been laid off until tonight's (Tuesday's) race.   I'm Some Graduate, driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Thomas Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere, came home in 27 flat on the engine to take his 2016 debut, but he didn't have it easy by any means - a Dragon Again gelding, sold for $14,000 as a yearling and still eligible to "nw2," named Doubleshottahott lived up to his moniker tonight, coming out of the pocket to extend I'm Some Graduate fully to win by a head. Still, a win is a win, and a good building block to start the season for a horse who seems to have a world of potential.   Driver Andrew McCarthy captured two of the Sire Stakes divisions, and after four non-favorites started off the features (even I'm Some Graduate was an 8-5 second choice), he got a chalk home in the final division in the form of Duke Of Delray, a Yankee Cruiser colt who rallied up the famed Pocono Pike to catch pacesetting Don McWhite by a neck in 1:53, with Chris Ryder handling the training for owner/co-breeder Shelby Novick.   McCarthy's other Stallion Series win was a bit easier, as he put the Well Said gelding Senator Charlie on the lead in front of the stands for the first time, and the sophomore took it from there, stepping home in 1:53 - 27.3 to be 1¼ lengths clear of Good Living on the money for trainer Mark Harder and owner/breeder Fox Hollow Farm.   Driver Jim Morand, one of only 18 sulkysitters to have 9000 or more career victories, got his first winning drive at Pocono in over 18 years (the previous one was 6-14-97 behind the Bucky Waugh-trained filly Dragon So in a Miss Pocono elimination) when he steered the Les Givens trainee Power Of A Cruiser to a 1:53 head victory over Littleoffthetop (handled by Clyde Francis of Wiggle It Jiggleit fame). Morand's stepfather Gerry Bookmyer would have approved of his stepson's handling of the Yankee Cruiser gelding, as Jim waited patiently inside until he could move out behind the cover of Littleoffthetop, then ran that talented foe down in the shadow of the wire for owner/breeder Michael Horsey.   Morand hadn't won at Pocono in over 18 years; the driver of the other Stallion Series winner hadn't won at the mountain oval in ... 54 minutes. George Napolitano Jr., the track's all-time leading driver, won Tuesday's curtainraiser and then came back three races later to guide Stone Fire Hanover to a new mark of 1:52.3, using the Pocono Pike to win by a half-length in a contest that saw the top six finishers bunched within a length at the finish. The Dragon Again gelding came crossstate from The Meadows to win for trainer Randy Bendis, who shares ownership in the sophomore with Thomas Pollack.   At press time, George had three winners on the Monday card, giving him 11 at Pocono for the Saturday-Monday period and 18 when adding in his results for Philly on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.   PHHA / Pocono

Grand Circuit harness racing trotting mares capped off an eventful May long weekend Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The first leg of the Miss Versatility Series featured two $30,000 divisions. The series for older trotting mares stops at Mohawk twice, The Meadowlands and Tioga Downs before wrapping up with the final on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. A scratch in each division left fields of seven to battle in first round splits. Four-year-old Jewels In Hock and driver John Campbell took care of business in the first division with a 1:54.2 victory by 4½ lengths. The Linda Toscano trainee took command of the race on the way to the half with a fourth to first move. After posting fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.2, Jewels In Hock kicked clear from her rivals and trotted home comfortably in :28 to win as the public's choice. White Becomes Her, the leader at the opening-quarter, finished second, while MissysGa Ga crossed the wire third. A daughter of Credit Winner, Jewels In Hock won 9 of 17 starts last season and was the New York Sires Stakes champion. She finished her sophomore season with over $353,000 in earnings. The four-year-old trotting mare picked up her first win in her second start of the season Monday. Owned by KJ Stables LLC, Jewels In Hock now has 12 career victories and over $382,000 in career earnings. The Toscano trainee paid $3.80 to win. Jewels In Hock In the second division, Rockin With Dewey just held off a late surge from Charmed Life to win in 1:53.3. The Ben Baillargeon trainee flashed some early speed for driver Mario Baillargeon and got away in the two-hole behind longshot Second Sister. There was little movement throughout the opening-half with Second Sister posting panels of :28.1 and :56.3. Baillargeon angled Rockin With Dewey out of the pocket nearing the three-quarter pole, while Charmed Life was moving up towards the front on the outside. In the stretch, Rockin With Dewey took the lead and was trotting up a storm. Charmed Life was sitting a few lengths back of the leader, but in the final strides closed in to make it a photo finish. At the wire, Rockin With Dewey came out on top by a narrow margin. Charmed Life now has four runner-up finishes in five starts this season. Elegant Serenity finished third. A six-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Rockin With Dewey now has two wins in five starts this season. She is owned by Ben Baillargeon and Diane Ingham. Rockin With Dewey has had success previously in the Miss Versatility. The Baillargeon trainee won two legs of the series last year. The six-year-old trotting mare now has 16 career victories and earnings of over $523,000. Rockin With Dewey paid $5.70 to win. Rockin With Dewey The next leg of the Miss Versatility Series is set for Canada Day (July 1) at Mohawk. Also on Monday, Flanagan Memory was a repeat winner in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Flanagan Memory came first up around the final turn to draw even with the leader Rubber Duck turning for home. The Rene Dion trainee marched by to take the lead in the lane and score a length and a half victory in 1:53.3. Intimidate got up to finish second, while Rubber Duck was third. A six-year-old son of Kadabra, Flanagan Memory now has two wins in three starts this season after winning two of 15 starts last year and banking $299,769. He paid $3.10 to win Monday evening. Flanagan Memory Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

THE $40,000 NSW Trotters Derby will now be run on July 16, following discussions with other states regarding their programs. The Group Two feature was originally scheduled for Tabcorp Park Menangle this weekend, but was postponed following a poor response from trainers. The NSW Harness Racing Club discussed likely dates for the race with Harness Racing Victoria’s racing team before settling on the July 16 (Saturday night) date. “We thought that date should suit most trainers,” explained NSWHRC racing manager David Wonson. “That date is two weeks after the VicBred finals at Melton, three weeks after the NSW Breeders Challenge Final and three weeks before the Victoria Trotters Derby at Maryborough. “This way there should be no excuses for any horses in regards to a quick back-up between races or not being able to travel to contest our Derby.” Wonson said he appreciated the support shown by Harness Racing Victoria as both states sought to come up with dates which would suit both parties. The NSW Trotters Derby will now be run the same night as the rich Breeders Challenge Blue finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle, ensuring the club will boast a bumper program that night. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION TELEPHONE NSWHRC RACING MANAGER DAVID WONSON ON (02) 4645-2200. HRNSW MEDIA

Any one of the ten harness racing drivers engaged in this year's 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge can still take out the series after the fourth round was completed in Devonport last night. Teenager Samantha Gangell emerged as the leader in the annual harness racing Youngbloods Challenge series after the fourth round was completed at Devonport on Monday night. Gangell didn't have a drive in one of the two heats contested on the North-West Coast but accrued enough points in the other when fourth aboard Isundula Artist (7 points) for a total of 36 to hold a one-point lead over Justin Howlett. Any contestant who misses out on a drive through their horse being scratched or insufficient starters in a field the driver is awarded six points. It was a great drive on Isundula Artist as Gangell's charge was buried back in the field three-back on the rails but she was able to manoeuvre her way through needle-aye openings in the back stretch and rattled home for fourth. The 17-year-old year-12 student from Brighton won her first-round heat in Hobart last Sunday night aboard first-starter The Real Reverend who defeated Heavenly Rock (Matthew Howlett) and Miss Sharapova (Jack Laugher). "I have only been driving in races for a short while but I love it," Gangell said. "I am still at school and intend going to university to study psychology so harness racing is really a hobby," she said. Justin Howlett won the second-round heat aboard the Tommy Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee to enhance his chances of winning the series while Nicholas Brockman delivered a great drive aboard Karalta Boomer in Devonport last night to take maximum points. Last year's Youngbloods winner Wade Rattray also put himself in contention for back-to-back titles with a brilliant drive aboard the Kent Rattray-trained Thirlstane King to take the 16 points in the fourth heat of the series last night. The series comprises six heats with two heats held at each of the three main venues - Hobart, Devonport and Launceston. The winner is determined on a point-score basis with 16 points allocated for first, 12 for second, nine for third, seven for fourth and reduces by one through to last (10th)) place who receives one point. The final two rounds will be held in Launceston on Sunday night and any one of the 10 drivers could win the series. Points score after four rounds: 36 - Samantha Gangell. 35 - Justin Howlett. 33 - Wade Rattray. 30 - Nicholas Brockman, Lyarna Graham. 29 - Matthew Howlett. 28 - Dylan Ford. 21 - Jack Laugher. 20 - Samantha Freeman. 18 - Brady Woods. Peter Staples

Any glimmer of hope Monbet’s rivals harbored heading into next week’s Harness Jewels might have just been sledgehammered by harness racing trainer Greg Hope. Because the Canterbury horseman says his trotting freak is working in career-best form heading into the final race of his magical season. On a day that could boast seven odds-on favourites Monbet is set to be the hottest, with the TAB still only offering betting on the four-year-old trot division with him removed from the market. After a huge season dating back to September 25, Monbet has won six group ones, a group two and a group three race, meaning victory on Saturday week would at least put him in the conversation with Have Faith In Me for Horse of the Year. But after such a long season there could understandably be concerns about Monbet holding his form, especially as so many of his follow open classers, both pacers and trotters, who could have headed to the Jewels have fallen by the wayside. Yet Hope says the four-year-old flyer will travel north this week in peak form. “He worked as good as he ever has on Saturday morning,” said Hope. “He obviously hasn’t raced for a while (April 29) but he felt great and I couldn’t be happier with him.”
 With arch rival Speeding Spur sidelined with injury, Monbet could be expected to sit parked and win on Jewels day if he had to and gives Hope and wife Nina a huge shot at becoming only the third stable to win two trotting Jewels in the same day --- the All Stars stable (under two different partnerships) and John Dickie being the other two. The Hopes also train Enghien, who is now $1.45 to win the two-year-old trot division after smashing his rivals in the Sires’s Stakes Trot at Addington on Saturday. Not only did he come from 12 lengths off long-time favourite Habibti Inta to thrash him but he did so untouched, suggesting he is right in the zone. “He has improved a lot mentally and we will give him a look at Cambridge at the workouts this Saturday, not that he needs it for fitness,” says Hope. “He and Monbet could both trial there but they won’t be out to do anything special. “Most importantly we want a front line draw with Enghien for Jewels day.” Also heading to the special Jewels workouts will be Field Marshal, who trainer Tim Butt says is over a bout of colic suffered last Tuesday. “It was a bit of a shock at the time but we got him to the vet straight away and got him treated and he came right pretty quickly,” says Butt. “We were able to work him properly on Saturday morning so he is still on target for next week.”
 While his Taylor Mile and Messenger wins suggest Field Marshal deserves to be favourite for the four-year-old male pace, that will be tested should he draw outside Titan Banner, who has been one of the biggest market movers in Jewels history. Punters could get as much as $26 about him before he joined the All Stars stable a few weeks ago but he is now the $2.40 second favourite. He was enormous beating Christen Me at Addington on Saturday with trainer Mark Purdon much happier with how he paced after the addition of an overcheck. “He was a lot smoother than the week before and we still have two more weeks to work on him,” said Purdon. “But I am not that worried about him around Cambridge now because he didn’t hit his knees anywhere as badly on Saturday." 
Meanwhile, the last Australian entry for the Jewels still not in New Zealand will complete his preparation at Menangle on Saturday night. Heza Bromac, rated a $26 chance in the three-year-old male pace, was to have trialled at Menangle yesterday but was scratched. But he is still on target for the Jewels and will start from the outside of the front line in a solid three-year-old mile. The other Australian contender for the Jewels, My Kiwi Mate, races at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Michael Guerin

The post-position draw for this year's $150,000 Molson Pace was conducted during this evening's pre-game show at The Raceway in London and it was three-time defending harness racing champion State Treasurer drawing the coveted rail in his quest for an historic fourth consecutive title. The son of Real Desire may not be the intimidating presence he would have been at this time last year from post one. He has gone winless so far in three starts this season and his connections will be hoping that another trip to London will get his season back on track. Last year's runner-up, All Bets Off, drew the trailing post eight and is coming off a sparkling second-place finish behind Wiggle It Jiggle It in this past weekend's Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. Here is a look at the entire field, along with their listed drivers, in post-position order: 1 State Treasurer - Chris Christoforou 2 Bettor Rock On N - Jody Jamieson 3 Sunfire Blue Chip - Mark MacDonald 4 Evenin Of Pleasure - Sylvain Filion 5 Machtu N - Trevor Henry 6 McWicked - Randy Waples 7 P H Super Cam - James MacDonald 8 All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley Friday night's program also includes OSS Gold divisions for three-year-old colt pacers, a quartet of City Of London Series Finals and a pair of Alliance Series Finals. First post for the 12-race card is 7:05 p.m. Greg Blanchard

Emerging Victorian star Hectorjayjay is Queensland-bound. Trainer David Aiken had planned a freshen-up, but Hectorjayjay’s breathtaking 4&5YO Championship win at Melton last Saturday night changed his mind.  “He forced our hand, he changed our minds. He went to another level the other night. We have to give him a chance against the big boys now,” Aiken said.  “He’s scary fast and the other night he showed a new side when he did so much work in a really fast last half and still won with the plugs in.  “I knew he was good when he came to our stable, but I didn’t realise just how good.”  Hectorjayjay has won four of five starts since a change of ownership saw him switch from Simone Walker’s stable to Aiken’s barn. “He’d be unbeaten for us with any luck. His only defeat came when he drew inside the back row and never saw daylight,” Aiken said.  “This is a seriously exciting horse and I’m setting for the Perth Inter Dominion along with Lennytheshark.  “This guy can go to Queensland for the Sunshine Sprint (July 9) and Blacks A Fake (July 16), while Lennytheshark can go to Sydney.”  Lennytheshark finished a pre-training stint on the water-walker and returned to Aiken’s satellite stable on-course at Menangle yesterday (Monday).  The reigning Inter Dominion champ will go first-up into the Group 3 Golden Mile at Menangle on June 11.  Then comes the $100,000 Group 1 Len Smith Mile at the same track on June 26.  “I can get him fit enough by working at Menangle and a trial before the Golden Mile and that run should top him off nicely for the Len Smith,” Aiken said.  “Then he’s out for another little break until the new season.  “He didn’t really need these races, but he puts on too much weight when he’s out spelling, so I didn’t want to leave him out too long.  “It’ll be great to have he and Hector to bring-up together towards Perth.” Adam Hamilton

The 2016 Racing Queensland UBET winter carnival is fast approaching and in the coming weeks, Queensland harness broadcaster Chris Barsby will profile a number of major players vying for the top prizes. With 18 Black Type races on the program for the 2016 Winter Carnival, the carnival’s pinnacle in 2016 is the G1 Blacks A Fake, which now boasts an impressive $200,000 in stakes. The carnival spans from May 28 to July 30. Here’s a profile featuring an outstanding New Zealand pacer that looks certain to be a major player in all of the upcoming features. Name: Ohoka Punter Stable Name: Punta Age: 6yo stallion Owner: Katie Carville, Tony Herlihy & Stephen Waters Trainer: Nathan Purdon Driver: Nathan Purdon Prizemoney: $788,044 Biggest win: Victoria Derby, Great Northern Derby & Shepparton Cup Target: $50,000 Sunshine Sprint (July 9) & $200,000 Blacks A Fake (July 16) Trainer says: "He’s a super wee horse with loads of ability and it’s such a thrill to be in charge of him heading into this carnival. I thought his first-up victory was really good because he travelled so easily and felt very comfortable at the line; he will take great benefit from that outing and should be peaking nicely come July when the bigger races roll around". Barsby says: "Wow! Talk about making a statement in your first outing at a new venue with a new trainer/driver. That was a first over crush at its best and he clearly underlined his class and raw power with an arrogant victory, can only keep improving considering that was his first start since March and without a public trial. The competition will get harder in the coming weeks but I will thoroughly enjoy seeing this class horse compete".

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R kicks off night racing at the half mile oval Tuesday and featured on the program will be three opening round divisions of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting horses and mares. Post time is 7:00 pm. "We have had a good start to the beginning of our season despite some rainy days," said 3R general manager Vincent Trudel. "The forecast is good for Tuesday evening, we have a strong ten-race program and fans can look forward to an improved lighting system for better viewing both live and on simulcasting." Perhaps the best match-up on the program is not even a wagering event. Between the 5th and 6th races on the card will be a non-wagering division of the Quebec-Bred Series with just three horses entered. But considering two of the three trotters entered are series champions and track record holders, the match-up will be of great interest. Featured is the 2016 debut of Maximuscle, who starts from post three for driver Mario Charron. The son of Angus Hall is seeking to become the first four-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, having won that title at age 2, 3 and 4 for the combo of trainer Maxime Velaye and Charron. Bred and owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC, Maximuscle recently qualified at Rideau Carlton in 2:00.1 and last year took his lifetime mark of 1:54.2. Starting on the rail is track record holder, Seeyou Men for driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. This gelded son of Muscle Mass took 3R by storm last year, sweeping the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-olds and setting a track record in the final with his 1:58.4 lifetime mark. Seeyou Men looks primed for his 2016 3R debut, was raced time in his last start at Flamboro Downs in 1:57.4 and two starts back won at Flamboro in 1:59.1. Rounding out the three-horse field is Promesses Imperial for driver Jerome Lombart. The mares do battle in two divisions, carded as the 3rd and 6th races and featured are two 3R track record holders and series champions in Meganou and Viva Bayama. Meganou starts from post six for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Now age 4, the daughter of Kadabra won the Quebec-Bred Series Championship at age 2 and 3. After refusing to go behind the starting gate in her pari-mutuel debut at 3R, trainer Daniel Martin seems to have the kinks worked out as Meganou recently won her qualifying race at 3R in 2:01.2, by a half-length over rival Viva Bayama. Until her qualifier last week, Viva Bayama had been off to a terrible beginning in 2016, going 0 for 7 so far this season. She will start from post three for trainer/driver Carl Duguay. A four-year-old mare by Muscle Mass, Viva Bayama also won the Quebec-Bred Series at age 2 and 3 and last year set the track record for sophomore trotting fillies at 3R in 1:59.2. The 6th race second division features SOS Harddrive from post five for driver Pascale Berube. This four-year-old daughter of Taurus Dream is off to a strong start in 2016 for trainer Isabelle Binet with two wins in three starts at 3R, the fastest in 1:59.4. After four weeks of preliminary competition in the series, the top eight point earners return on Sunday, June 26 for their respective $30,000 finals. TRACK NOTES: After the first four weeks of the race meet, the Hippodrome 3R is doing very well both on-track and with simulcasting against prior year. Total handle is up 68.71%, on-track handle is up 33.71% and simulcasting is up an astonishing 220.46% against 2015. For a free race program and free live video feed for Tuesday's race card, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Three final 2016 Elitloppet additions to the harness racing field occurred on the weekend (Billie de Montfort, Mosaique Face and Royal Fighter) and Sunday the elimination draws took place as shown below: Elitlopp (Sunday May 29) Elim  1 - 1.609 meters 1. Oasis Bi - Johnny Takter - S.P.Pettersson 2. Resolve - Åke Svanstedt - Å.Svanstedt 3. Propulsion - Örjan Kihlström - D.Redén 4. Timoko - Björn Goop - R.Westerink 5. Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini - L.Kolgjini 6. Volstead - Stefan Melander - S.Melander 7. Your Highness - Franck Nivard - F.Souloy 8. Voltigeur de Myrt - Gab. Gelormini - R.Donati Elim 2 2 - 1.609 meters 1. Royal Fighter - Jennifer Tillman - P.K.Eriksson 2. Nuncio - Örjan Kihlström - S.Melander 3. On Track Piraten - Johnny Takter - H.R.Strömberg 4. Un Mec d'Heripre - Jos Verbeeck - F.Souloy 5. Call Me Keeper - Franck Nivard - D.Redén 6. B.B.S.Sugarlight - Peter Untersteiner - F.Solberg 7. Magic Tonight - Erik Adielsson - R.Walmann 8. Billie de Montfort - David Thomain - S.Guarato The draws also took place for Saturday’s featured Sweden Cup. Sweden Cup (Saturday May 28) Elim 1 - 1.609 meters 1. Probo O.P. - Edoardo Moni - Edoardo Moni 2. Brilliantissime - Gabriele Gelormini - Phillippe Allaire 3. Dante Boko - Lutfi Kolgjini - Lutfi Kolgjini 4. Gigant Slugger - Jeppe Juel - Peter Jensen 5. Tano Bork - Christian Lindhardt - Christian Lindhardt 6. Boys Going In - Johan Untersteiner - Johan Untersteiner 7. Nothing But Class - Peter Untersteiner - Peter Untersteiner Elim 2 - 1.609 meters 1. Luckycharm Hanover - Örjan Kihlström - Daniel Redén 2. Opulent Yankee - Åke Svanstedt - Julie Miller 3. Rosemary Gar - Mario Jr Minopoli - Salvatore Minopoli 4. Reven D'Amour - Yannick Gingras - Fredrik B Larsson 5. Magiccarpetride US - Erik Adielsson - Anders Pedersen 6. Pascià Lest - Björn Goop - Fabrice Souloy 7. Global Money - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh Elim 3 - 1.609 meters 1. As Dore - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh 2. Quid Pro Quo - Erik Adielsson - Svante Båth 3. Quick Fix - Adrian Kolgjini - Lutfi Kolgjini 4. Anna Mix - Pierre Vercruysse - Franck Leblanc 5. Royal Ice - Torbjörn Jansson - Frode Hamre 6. Ringostarr Treb - Wilhelm Paal - Holger Ehlert 7. Tycoon Conway Hall - Steen Juul - Steen Juul The Elite race is expected to match Nuncio and Timoko in a final, assuming they survive competitive eliminations. Timoko with Bjorn Goop up starts from post four in elim 1 against Oasis Bi (Johnny Takter) from post one, Resolve (Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren) from post two, Propulsion (Orjan Kihlstrom) from post three and Your Highness (Franck Nivard) from post seven. The next elim has favored Nuncio (Orjan Kihlstrom) from two post against prime adversaries Un Mec d’Heripre (Jos Verbeeck) from post four and Royal Fighter (Jennifer Tillman) from the rail. Saturday’s Sweden Cup is always a fan and wagering friendly event that has three elims led by last year’s winner Ringostarr Treb (Wim Paal) against others worth watching such as Andy Miller’s USA trainee Opulent Yankee (Ake Svanstedt), part owned by Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural, Pasia’Lest, Anna Mix and Tycoon Conway Hall. Thomas H. Hicks

Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday afternoon (May 24) "French" trots feature the usual bigger fields and longer distances, but one more ingredient gets added into the mix... ...bigger pots. Beginning with Tuesday's last five races (7 through 11), commingling of the win and show pools between the North American and French-hubbed audiences takes place for all of Yonkers' overseas-exported events throughout the season. "We're extremely pleased and grateful for all the work that was put in to make this happen," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "We appreciate everyone's support and invite fans to play into what are now going to be significantly larger pools." After Tuesday, the next scheduled "French" program is June 21 (Yonkers has its live racing hiatus from June 1-12, inclusive). Frank Drucker

Lyons Snyder, beaten favorite in the recent rich Pennsylvania Classic Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, showed his bounceback abilities on Sunday night at The Downs, taking his $54,787 division of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in an impressive 1:49.4 over "sloppy" going while taking a new mark.   Scott Zeron, handling the son of Well Said for trainer Mark Silva, sent his colt to the front past the 27 quarter and past early pacesetter Adrian Hanover. Zeron and "Snyder" then carried on to middle splits of 55.2 and 1:22.3, then got a major passing late foe late in the upstart Adrian Hanover, who only five days ago had triumphed in a "nw3" pace locally. Adrian Hanover even put a nose to a head up approaching deep stretch, but Lyons Snyder dug deep and found more to give, taking back a nose advantage on the money, with Settlemoir third just ahead of favored JK Will Power, second in the Classic Final. Lyons Snyder is now 3 for 5 on the season for owners Jeffrey Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound.   The Ron Burke stable, which had finished 1-2-3 in the Pennsylvania Classic Final, won the other two divisions, including a $54,387 cut with Classic winner Check Six in 1:52.3. Check Six, a Somewheresomebeach colt driven by Yannick Gingras, went around early leader Sapient Hanover before a 28 quarter, then saw his Burkemate Manhattan Beach brush to the lead in front of the stands and hit the middle poles in a relatively soft 56.3 and 1:24.1. Check Six vacated the pocket on the far turn, and then sailed by in the stretch, with a four-way battle for second showing Arthur Pendragon, the longest shot in the race, ahead of Manahttan Beach for the place. But Check Six retained his spot in the sophomore spotlight, undefeated in four 2016 starts and now a winner of $328,443 this year and $443,332 lifetime for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin.   Burke charges were 1-2 in the other $54,787 Sires cut, but it was the lesser-fancied one who wound up in Victory Lane, as Fernando Hanover nipped his favored stablemate Big Top Hanover by a head while taking a new personal best of 1:51.2 despite the slop. Matt Kakaley positioned the Dragon Again gelding, directly behind Big Top Hanover, and the pair swung wide in the lane to try to catch pacesetting Another Daily Copy, doing so only in the last few strides, with Big Top Hanover never in front as Fernando Hanover had the strongest steps late. The famous Burke / Weaver-Bruscemi team owns this new member of the $100,000 Club with Frank Baldachino and the JJK Stables LLC. For the night, Team Burke went 6-2-1-1-1-$81,929 in the Sire Stakes Sunday.   In a $18,000 supporting trot, Armor Hanover overcame post nine to win his fourth starts in five outings since being claimed by trainer Doug and co-owner Leslie Berkeley, winning easily in 1:54.3. His driver was not one you normally link with $97.60 win prices - Yannick Gingras, although remember Gingras is a primary driver for Ron Burke, who currently leads the Pocono training colony in $50+ scores this year.   FINISHING LINES - After four scores at Philly and five at Pocono Saturday, George Napolitano Jr. took those nine victories and added six more on Sunday, equally split between the two eastern Pennsylvania tracks....Five $20,000 divisions of the PA Stallion Series event for the sophomore colt pacers will be featured on the Monday night card.   PHHA / Pocono

"Truly awesome" a visitor from the USA remarked to this scribe during the opening to the 2016 harness racing season at the spectacular Inchadoney Beach on Sunday. And yes the "Yank" got it right (excuse my pun) as racing was out of the top drawer at this most famous venue with close finishes and individual performances the order of the day. Where does one start?(At the start of course) The opener saw King Wills Arrival with driver Finbarr Quill Jnr make a race winning move at the five furlong pole and held on for the victory from the fast finishing Rock On Jo Jo with Get Rockin third (This son of Lexies Ruby holding an entry in The Painted Mile for coloured pacers on June 22nd in Portmarnock) The Low grade Trotters saw Alineka Darche with Donal Murphy in the bike, reel in long time leader Vaillant Forgion just in the shadow of the post for a half length win . Immortal Mojo with Denis O Reilly led from the start in the Grade E & F and looked to have done enough to win on the sands, but a late surge by Gadgie Pan sent it to a photo finish with the judges giving a dead heat. Ringo Star was next to make the winners podium with Ciaran Brickley biding his time on this son of Timon Del Sol taking up the running with a furlong to pace and easing down to a three length winning margin. The top grade trot went the way of Rocky Atout and driver Micheal Goggin Jnr .Drawn in pole position he held his position and despite a late challenge from Umbratica was an easy four length winner. Racing concluded despite an incoming tide for a first top grade win for IB Mohican. Seamus Quill (one of the pin up drivers on the circuit) set this son of The One Night Pan alight off the gate and the late run of Sunnyside Kildare could not deny this one his red rossette. Next meeting in West Cork will be at the Cornfield Oval Manch Sunday 29th May 2.30 pm. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Grade F G1 & G Pace 1. Quill Bros KING WILLS ARRIVAL S Quill 2. M O Reilly ROCK O JO JO Owner 3. J Payne GET ROCKIN J Manning DIST 1l 4l TIME 2.09.1 SP 7/2 3/1 3/1 7 Ran Grade E & F Trot (1 1/2 Miles) 1. D Murphy ALINEKA DARCHE Owner 2. O Sullivan/Goggin VALIANT FORGION M Goggin Snr 3.Pete Hill AUBADE A HELENE Patrick Hill DIST 1/2l 3l TIME 3.09.1 SP 3/1 3/1 3/1 6 Ran Grade E & F Pace 1. Eachway Racing Ltd IMMORTAL MOJO D O Reilly and M Shanahan GADGIE PAN J Manning Dead Heat 3. K Connolly TALENTED MAN Owner DIST DH 3l TIME 2.07.2 SP 4/1 3/1 5/1 9 Ran Grade C & D Pace 1. F Brickley RINGO STAR C Brickley 2. O Reilly / O Driscoll LYONS STALLONE C O Reilly 3. M O Donovan MR SECURITY Owner DIST 3l 1/2l TIME 2.06.5 SP EV 3/1 5/1 7 Ran Grade A B & D Trot (1 1/2 Miles) 1. M Goggin ROCKY ATOUT M Goggin Jnr 2. Kelleher Bros UMBRATICA M Kelleher 3. Inishford Racing SILVANO BELLO D Murphy DIST 4l 1l TIME 3.06.7 SP 6/1 3/1 6/4 5 Ran Grade A B & C Pace 1. Quill Bros IB MOHICAN S Quill 2. S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 3. C O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O Leary DIST 1 1/2l 1/2l SP 8/1 3/1 2/1 7 Ran      

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