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The Friday afternoon program at  the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile attracted three divisions for the $224,100 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers and four divisions for the $272,000 ISS for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   The opening freshmen filly ISS split features the return of undefeated Pure Country, owned by Diamond Creek Racing. The winner of seven starts and $342,618, the Jimmy Takter-trainee won a $81,000 division of the Bluegrass over a sloppy track in 1:56.1 as the 1-9 favorite on Oct. 2. By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, she'll compete from post position six against Bluegrass starters Skinny Dipper, Upside Surprise, Mother Of Art, and Hug A Dragoness. Earning $250,136 this season, Call Me Queen Be highlights the second split. Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Terror mare Preppy Party Girl, she finished third as the 1-5 favorite in a $81,000 division of the Bluegrass on Oct. 2. Owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham, she has won four races in seven outings this season. Matching up with her once again is the Nancy Johansson-trained Jk Fannie, who finished third to the Ross Croghan-trainee in a $127,150 division of the Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park on Sept. 26. Bluegrass starters Kiss Me Onthebeach, Wine Snob, East Side Hanover, and Eloquent Grace also draw into this division.   The final division of the ISS filly pace gathers Bluegrass division winner Shezarealdeal and She's A Great Lady runner-up Darlinonthebeach. Shezarealdeal, sent off the 1-5 favorite in her division, she won her fourth race out of eight starts with a 1:56.4 mile over the slop. Darlinonthebeach enters this event with one win in seven starts, and earnings of $167,041 this season. She was recently second in a $125,900 division of the Kentuckiana Stakes, which followed her second-place finish in the $341,250 She's A Great Lady to L A Delight. The first of a quartet brings back Bluegrass starters Beach Ogre, I'm Some Graduate, Mr Right Hanover, and Ideal Rocky. In the Bluegrass, I'm Some Graduate and Ideal Rocky were sent off the 4-5 and 8-5 favorites respectively, with them also finishing fourth and third respectively. I'm Some Graduate, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Graduate owned by John Cancelliere, has won four races in six starts, and earned $109,927. Ideal Rocky, a Rocknroll Hanover colt out of Eternity's Delight by Bettor's Delight owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick, has won four races in 10 starts, earning $167,151. Big Top Hanover and Owen Hanover, both entering off of second-place efforts in the Bluegrass on Oct. 3, compete in the second division. Big Top Hanover, conditioned by Ron Burke for the interests of Jt45 and Burke Racing Stables LLC, has won one in nine starts this year. The son of Western Ideal out of the Art Major mare Blind Ambition has earned $121,621. Owen Hanover, by Cam's Card Shark out of On Her Way by Abercrombie, is owned by Jerry Clark and Tammy Crescenze. The winner of two races in 10 starts, earning $69,099 in the process, is conditioned by Noel Daley. Tony Alagna's American Passport, winner of a Bluegrass division in 1:56.1, faces world champion Spider Man Hanover in the third round of ISS. Winning a $23,100 division of the Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio in a world-record time of 1:51.4, beating the mark of 1:52.2 set by On Golden Ponder at Delaware and set by He's Watching at Yonkers Raceway, both occurring in 2013. From the Brian Brown barn, the Western Ideal colt out of Art Major mare Stolly Up Bluechip has won four in seven starts and earned $189,300. American Passport, an American Ideal colt out of Star Of The Show by Four Starzzz Shark, competes for the interests of Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, and Jodi Siammis. He has won two of eight starts this year, banking $156,246. The last ISS split features Bluegrass-division winner Racing Hill and New York Sires Stakes champion Travel Playlist, who is undefeated in five starts. Winning going wire to wire from post 7 at Yonkers Raceway, the colt by Art Major out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Village Madonna. He has earned $234,695 in his campaign. Racing Hill, a winner of three in seven starts, races for owner Tom Hill and trainer Tony Alagna. The colt by Roll With Joe out of the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals has earned $83,576 this year. The 10-race card has a first-race post time of 1:00pm. Ray Cotolo

Always B Miki made the first start of his 2015 campaign a winning one as he cruised to a dominant victory in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination for aged pacing stallion and geldings at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, October 3. With trainer Jimmy Takter in the bike, Always B Miki stopped the timer in 1:49 under wraps, finishing five lengths in front of his next closest competitor over a track rated good on a cold, windy night in Indiana. Leaving from the outside post nine, Takter took no chances and sent Always B Miki away from the gate firing. Always B Miki quickly crossed over and grabbed the early lead through the opening quarter in :26.1 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Always B Miki dictated fractions of :54.2 and 1:22.2 before he began to put his talent on display. As the field turned for home, Takter asked his mount for more and Always B Miki found another gear and began to pace away from the rest of the field. Always At My Place and Ricky Macomber Jr., the second betting choice, staged a big rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up at the end of the mile and had to settle for second place honors. Always The Sun and Travis Seekman rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Always B Miki returned $3.20 at the betting window. "Scary good," Jimmy Takter said with a smile in the winner's circle. "No, really, he was scary good tonight. He raced as good as I could have hoped for." It was the first victory of the season for the son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper who had his three-year-old season cut short due to an injury. Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter, Always B Miki has amassed $936,866 lifetime. With the win, Always B Miki secured a spot in the $50,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for the aged pacing stallions and geldings slated for Saturday, October 10 at Hoosier Park. Mykindachip and Peter Wrenn were victorious in the other elimination for aged pacing stallion and geldings, scoring in 1:51.3. Trained by Jim Dailey, Mykindachip scored the 10th win of the season and sent his seasonal earnings to $129,165 for owner Carl Atley. Color's A Virgin delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination for aged pacing mares. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, the Brian Brown trainee was home a winner by three lengths, scoring in 1:52.1. Owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm, Color's A Virgin scored the sixth win from 16 seasonal outings and pushed her bankroll over the $100,000 mark for 2015 with the win. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 6 with a new, fall post time of 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, the 2015 harness racing season will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

LEXINGTON, KY-- Jimmy Takter's Pure Country, who has won all six of her tries this season, continued her harness racing streak over the sloppy track at The Red Mile on Friday, Oct. 2 by claiming one of three divisions of the $243,000 Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace.   Getting away fourth through a :30.2 quarter set by Lyons River Pride, driver Brett Miller pulled the 1-5 favorite first over after a :58.4 half. Pure Country progressed towards the leader to within a length of the top at three-quarters in 1:28 and managed to pass the tempo setter in the stretch despite drifting in her bid, and advanced to a three-length 1:56.1 victory.   Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, out of Western Hanover mare Western Montana, Pure Country pushes her seasonal earnings to $342,618. Competing for Diamond Creek Racing, she paid $2.10 to win.   Tipton Teeez circled race leader Blue Moon Stride around the far turn en route to a 1:56 win at 16-1. Setting splits of :28.3, :57.1, and 1:27.2, Blue Moon Stride was uncontested on the front until the top of the stretch, when Tipton Teeez pulled from third and charged first over. The two hooked into a duel midway through the stretch, with Tipton Teeez prevailing and edging to a neck victory over Blue Moon Stride, with pocket-rider and 1-5 favorite Call Me Queen Be finishing third. Returning $34.20 to win, Tipton Teeez collected her fifth win of the season, with her seasonal earnings now at $103,871. She's owned by Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo, conditioned by Brian Brown, and driven by Tim Tetrick. Shezarealdeal, who brushed past race-leader East Side Hanover after sitting in the pocket for the first quarter, gained the lead nearing the top of the stretch and sustained control in her 1:56.4 win. Stationary of a :28.1 initial quarter, driver Scott Zeron tipped out of the pocket after a :56.3 half-mile and soon overtook the leader into the far turn. Edging closer into the 1:26.4 third-quarter were Skinny Dipper and Mother Of Art, who could only chase Shezarealdeal in the stretch and secure third and second, respectively.   Shipped off the 1-5 favorite, the Western Ideal filly out of Real Artist mare Shezarealceasar paid $2.40 to win. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham and trained by Ross Croghan. This was her fourth win this season, with her seasonal earnings accumulating to $163,067.   Live racing at The Red Mile continues tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 3, with the $189,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace, $144,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly trot, $220,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt trot, and $185,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt pace. First race post is at 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Night two of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile was highlighted by four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old colt trotters, which were contested on Thursday, Oct. 1.   Milligan's School sat a pocket trip after failing to clear the lead into the first turn, and slid up a seam in the stretch to draw off to a 2-length win in 1:56.3 in the opening Bluegrass round. Holding the top spot through fractions of :29.3, :58.3, and 1:28 was Dominion Beach. Into the far turn, Waitlifter K supplied a challenge from first over, while Metatron had an opportunity to fan off the cones and prepare for a wide stretch drive. While in control, Dominion Beach drifted slightly off the pylons, which prompted Milligan's School to trot by to his inside. Metatron was the fiercest closer down the center of the track, but could not out-sprint Milligan's School and Andy Miller at the finish. Waitlifter K held on for third, while Make Or Miss got fourth.   Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Milligan's School, a $4.40 winner, is owned by Stroy Inc. and trained by Julie Miller. The earner of $128,494 in 10 starts this season was bred by Richard and Joyce McClelland.   "That's still pretty fresh on my mind, what happened the other night [his break on Sept. 11 at The Meadows]," Julie Miller said. "When we were sitting in the two hole here I said 'Come on, let's make sure we take advantage of this big opportunity.' It was a misfortune [the break], but we bounced back tonight. That's all you can do."   "I've been really pleased with this horse," Miller also said. "From the word go, he's just done everything I've asked. Andy [Miller] gets along with him great, and I expect a lot of good things from him."   The second split was claimed by Taco Tuesday, who benefitted from a patient drive and battled home to finish narrowly in front of Hollywood Highway in a 1:58.2 mile. Runner-up Hollywood Highway set the tempo for most the mile, putting up fractions of :30.2, :59.4, and a third-quarter in 1:29.1 thanks to the pressure of first-over Desert Runner. Taco Tuesday tracked Desert Runner two-wide into the far turn, tipping wide into the stretch. Desert Runner held the lead shortly during the stretch, while Hollywood Highway continued to battle for control, and Taco Tuesday edged into a length of the battle. Into the final sixteenth, he got a neck in front of Hollywood Highway to pull off a 12-1 upset. Finishing third was Desert Runner, and fourth was Honor Above All via disqualification of Coughlin for a lapped-on break.   Sired by Cantab Hall, out of the Yankee Glide mare Be My Baby, the James Wilhite-bred colt is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, R. Rudolph, and F. Baldassare, trained by Frank Antonacci, and driven by Andy Miller. Taco Tuesday, in his maiden-breaking score, pushes his seasonal earnings to $39,565 in six starts.   "If you watch how we are with our two-year-olds, we don't race them very early," Frank Antonacci said. "This guy I had staked to the Peter Haughton, so I really thought a lot of him all winter. Then you fall into some bad grooves and make some baby mistakes, and it doesn't take long to be in October and have $7,000 on your card."   "He just got into a couple of bad spots where he got too aggressive," Antonacci said in response to the colt's history of breaking. "When you're trying to race horses and get them back mentally, it's a little challenging sometimes. But it was nice to have Andy [Miller] qualify him last week [at Lexington]. Obviously it paid off tonight."   The pocket trip resulted in victory again in the third division, with Lagerfeld stalking tempo-setter Southwind Flash before pouncing out of the pocket in progress to a 1 1/4 length victory in 1:57.4. Southwind Flash passed the quarter in :30.3 and the half in 1:00.4 before being challenged by Mavens Way, who broke into the first turn due to interference by Sutton, also off stride. Mavens Way broke before three-quarters, leaving a gap for Lagerfeld to edge out of the pocket. Timed in 1:29.4, Lagerfeld began his bid in the final quarter of a mile. By the final eighth, his nose emerged in front of Southwind Flash and the margin gradually grew as the 6-5 favorite hit the line in front. Claiming the third and fourth spots were Brownie Hanover and Kanthaka.   Trained by Jimmy Takter, the son of Yankee Glide, out of Yankee Paco mare Southern Senorita, paid $4.60 to win. He's owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Lagerfeld has now earned $279,709 in eight starts this season, with this win being his third.   "He got the perfect trip," Jimmy Takter said. "He got a little lucky with a couple of horses breaking in the first turn, but it's a tricky track tonight and last night was the same. It's maybe slightly better today, but it's very sticky at the rail and a lot of horses have a problem to find some legs there."   "It's normally like that when it's a very windy day with two-year-olds," Takter also said in regards to the benefit of coming off the pace. "It's always tough to cut the mile, and on the backside there's a very tough wind. We got a perfect trip, but I don't want to take anything away from this horse. He almost made $300,000 and he's a great potential colt."   In a wire-to-wire performance, 7-2 third choice Dupree was a winner in 1:57.3 over 1-2 favorite Bar Hopping, who began to challenge for the lead heading into the far turn. Dupree set fractions of :29.3 and :59.4 before being confronted by Bar Hopping first over. The two were stride for stride through a 1:30 third quarter before Dupree edged away from Bar Hopping after he drifted off the turn. Bar Hopping could not recuperate the lost ground off that turn and solely chased Dupree to the line while holding off third-place finisher Cloud Nine Hanover and fourth-place finisher Celebrity Pilatus.   Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Courant A B, the Andover Hall colt out of the Muscles Yankee mare Hustle N Muscle paid $9.40 to win. This was his second win out of seven starts this season, with the victory pushing his seasonal earnings to $114,031. He is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt.   "He's a real nice horse," assistant trainer Bernie Noren said. "We've always had high thoughts for him and today he showed up as the horse we thought he was gonna' be. I think he likes the big track, but he raced really good last time [in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final]. He was sick before that, but he's come back and we gave him two races, and now he's getting back to himself again."   Grand Circuit action resumes tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 2, with three divisions of the $243,000 Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace and the $292,200 Bluegrass 2-year-old colt pace. Post time is 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile    

It was no secret that Always B Miki would be qualifying today (Friday, September 25) at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. Now everyone will know exactly what the Always A Virgin horse did over the famed clay course. Here’s a three-word hint: world record speed. A compact seven-dash card comprised the qualifying session. When it comes to Always B Miki’s mile, if you blinked you may have missed it. Trainer Jimmy Takter was in the race bike for Always B Miki's mile. The duo started in Post 5 and made every pole a winning one. The margin of victory was 10 and a half lengths. The win time was a scintillating 1:48.2. To read the full article click on this link    

Delaware, OH --- French Laundry cleaned up in Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $126,000 Old Oaken Bucket for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, winning by 2-3/4 lengths over Andy Ray in a track-record 1:53.4. When the starting gate opened, Mesmerized went to the early lead from post five, leaving French Laundry and driver Yannick Gingras in second place around the first turn. Gingras moved French Laundry to the front quickly, though, clearing to the lead before reaching the quarter in :28. From there, it was all French Laundry. The colt reached the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. His winning time lowered the Delaware County Fairgrounds track record for a 3-year-old colt trotter, previously 1:54.2 by Triumphant Caviar in 2009, and was one-fifth of a second off the stakes record of 1:53.3 established by gelding Dennis in 2008. Andy Ray, named in honor of driver Andy Ray Miller, finished strong to edge Mesmerized, driven by Miller, for second place. Walter White finished fourth. French Laundry, sent off as the 4-5 favorite, is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. A son of Muscles Yankee out of the mare Creamy Mimi, French Laundry has won four of 14 races this year and earned $212,038. For his career, the colt has won 11 of 26 starts, including the 2014 Kindergarten Classic championship, and earned $525,157. "This colt is definitely not as temperamental as (his dam) Creamy Mimi," said co-owner Marvin Katz. "She could be cantankerous and be a handful. This colt is not like that, but he does have her ability. He has showed that just by making half a million dollars. "This year he has just had some bad luck. That includes racing luck and some bad draws. Like the outside in the Hambletonian for instance. But we always knew he was talented and are very pleased with his win here today." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report

There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell for 2-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meetings at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 23), each going for a purse of $35,000. In the first division, it was Erv Miller & Paymaq Racing's Maker A Yankee (Marcus Miller) scoring the come from behind victory.   The daughter of Yankee Glide sat off the early duel while maintaining striking position throughout the middle half.   She entered the stretch two lengths from a battle between race favorite Maeve Quaider (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) and Lookin Sharp (Mike Simons).   She out closed Lookin Sharp in the final steps winning by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:57 for her second career win. She returned $13.40. The second division saw Candy Lane (Ake Svanstedt) upset favorite Whitelake Hanover (Geo. Napolitano Jr.).   The daughter of Cantab Hall led the first quarter, but yielded to the heavy effort soon after.   They were one-two until the stretch, when Candy Lane drove out of the pocket to win by nearly a length, stopping the clock in 1:58.4.   Twice A Night (Jackie Ingrassia) finished third.   It was the second straight win for Candy Lane ($16.20), who is owned by Melby Gard Inc.   The Melby Gard / Ake Svanstedt connection struck again in division 3, as Gracie Hanover sprung the mild upset.   The daughter of Andover Hall followed the blueprint of the previous winner, leading the opening quarter, and yielding to race favorite Twill Be Done (Mike Simons) shortly after.   Gracie Hanover vacated the pocket, winning the sprint home by 2 lengths in the end, stopping the timer in 1:58.2. She paid $9.20.   The fourth and final division went to Jimmy Takter trainee Kathy Parker (Geo. Napolitano Jr.).   The daughter of Andover Hall drafted behind the determined speed of Windowshopper (Ray Schnittker) until three-quarters. At that point, she engaged the leader, and was able to sprint away to win by 3 lengths in a series fastest 1:56.3.   Hot Curry (George Brennan) rallied up for place, while Windowshopper held third.   Kathy Parker ($2.20) has now won four of her last seven starts for owners Christina Takter, Joyce Mc Clelland, Brixton Medical and R A W Equine. Mike Bozich

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 22, 2015; The harness racing field has been finalized for Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10 Creatine and Natural Herbie have been chosen as the United States representatives. Creatine, a 5-year-old son of Andover Hall, has raced abroad this far in 2015 for Johnny and Jimmy Takter. This season, his wins include Hugo Abergs Memorial (Sweden) and Prix Saint Michel (Finland), as well as a second in the final of UET Masters (Belgium). His three-season North American resume, when he was trained by co-owner Bob Stewart, included 14 wins, nine seconds and six thirds in 40 starts ($1,329,170). Creatine's career North American highlight was the 2013 Kentucky Futurity at the Red Mile, when he authored a 15-1 upset in a soggy 1:53.2. As for Natural Herbie, he already impressed the local screening committee with last season's win over a world-class field in the $250,000 International Trot Preview. The 5-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding, the pride and joy of owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder, won his elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot before finishing third in the final. His career earnings are approaching $900,000. His winning time of 2:24.4 for the 1¼ mile distance (same of the International) was/is a world record for the distance over a half-mile oval. The two American reps round out the stellar 10-horse field as the International returns after a two-decade hiatus. The previously-confirmed (alphabetical) attendees, with their home & countries, are BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Bee a Magician (Canada) Mosaique Face (Sweden) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Timoko (France). Again, please note the International is part of a scheduled matinee card, with proposed first post (pending approval of the NYS Gaming Commission) at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:20 PM. Frank Drucker

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - As Pinkman earned double millionaire status with a win in the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, driver Yannick Gingras captured his third stakes victory on Saturday evening's harness racing card at Mohawk Racetrack. Trainer Jimmy Takter sent four of his trainees postward in the Canada's richest race for trotters, but it was his heavily favoured Hambletonian winner, Pinkman, who returned to victory lane. In the early going, Pinkman followed behind leader Crazy Wow as they passed the quarter pole in :27.3. At the three-eighth marker, Pinkman was pulled from the pocket and rolled to the font. The gelding held command past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. In the stretch, a parked out The Bank put pressure on his stablemate and so did Crazy Wow, but they were no match for Pinkman. The sophomore pulled away in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Crazy Wow finished second. The Takter-trained Uncle Lasse, The Bank and French Laundry finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. "We campaigned four horses in this race and I thought all four horses raced tremendous, so my job is to try and get the most out of the cake that I can and we almost got most of it," said Takter. "Everything has been great and the whole game is fantastic," added co-owner John Fielding, who won last year's Canadian Trotting Classic with Father Patrick. "We have so much fun with it. This horse is no exception and I'm fortunate to have my brother here and my wife and my family and of course Jimmy and Christina have been partners for us and the McClelland's. It's just a great ride. We have a lot of fun with it and thankful I don't have to do this for a business, but it's a lot of fun being a part of this game." Before winning with Pinkman, Gingras won the Elegantimage with Mission Brief and the William Wellwood Memorial Trot with Southwind Frank. "I feel great," said the reinsman. "I had some power coming into the night and was just hoping the horses showed up and all three of them certainly did." The three-year-old son of Explosive Matter and Margie Seelster has won 10 races in 14 seasonal starts. The 16-time career winner now boasts career earnings of $2,171,800 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Pinkman becomes the eighth Hambletonian winner in the last 15 years to win the Canadian Trotting Classic. He joins Yankee Paco (2000), Windsong's Legacy (2004), Donato Hanover (2007), Deweycheatumnhowe (2008), Muscle Hill (2009), Market Share (2012) and Royalty For Life (2013). Pinkman paid $3.40 to win. Mark McKelvie

Lexington, KY - The Kindergarten Trotting series continued on Thursday evening at The Red Mile.   The colt divisions began the evening with Mavens Way scoring a $37.20 upset for young Oskar Florhed taking a nice record of 1:55.3 in the process. The son of Muscle Hill from Doris Deo sat close up early then wore down Dominion Beach in the shadow of the wire for the win. He is trained by Ake Svanstedt for his own interests along with partners al & Janet Burroughs and TLP Stable.   Charlie Norris worked out a perfect pocket trip for Cloud Nine Hanover in the next division for a huge $54.40 upset after favored Southwind Flash broke on the final bend. Charlie trains the son of Muscle Massive who was winning for the first time on behalf of his wife Carrie, Acadia Farms and G&B Racing. Celebrity Express rallied from well back for the place.   Hollywood Highway struck a blow for favoritism winning right back for Dave Palone in a new record of 1:55.2 in the third and last colt split. He's another by Muscle Massive who has found his best form here on the clay for trainer Staffan Lind. Marvin Katz and Al Goldband share the ownership.   Palone won the very next race with Haughty, who has clearly been the class of the Kindergarten filly races in Lexington. Jimmy Takter conditions the winner and had the second place finisher as well in Hollywood Hill. Haughty was well within herself tonight in a measured 1:55.4 tally. She races for the ownership group of Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.   Howie Okusko, Jr steered Sweet Ashley T to yet another upset in the last of the Kindergarten races returning $38.60 to her small legion of backers. The Conway Hall filly took a 1:56 record in the process for trainer Homer Hochstetler who owns her with South Of The Tracks Racing.   The Kindergarten goes on hiatus until leg five set for October 23 at Vernon Downs with the finals the next week.   Red Mile racing resumes on Saturday before going dark for week. The Grand Circuit kicks off on Wednesday, September 30 racing at 7pm through Saturday, October 3 then matinee racing the following Wednesday through Saturday.   Find all the info you'll need on all things Red Mile on the website.   Nick Salvi

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Jimmy Takter trainees Uncle Lasse and Pinkman were victorious Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic. A group of 13 three-year-old trotters were split into two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic. The top five finishers from each division advanced to next week's $700,000 final. In the first elimination, Uncle Lasse prevailed in a tight win photo over Crazy Wow in 1:52.3. Driven by Brian Sears, Uncle Lasse was able to get away in the two-hole on the back of Crazy Wow, who was sent off as the 1/2 favourite. The field of six sat lined up for the majority of the opening three-quarters, as Crazy Wow cut out fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Uncle Lasse came to the outside for Sears to try and track down Crazy Wow, who turned the race into a final-quarter sprint. Uncle Lasse was able sprint home in :26.4 to get up in the final strides and defeat Crazy Wow by a head. "The trip worked out perfect," said Sears following the race. "I was real happy with that and the horse responded off the trip." Muscle Up The Goal finished third, while Dont Rush and French Laundry rounded out the top five to secure a spot in the final. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Uncle Lasse scored his fifth win of the season Saturday night. The son of Donato Hanover has hit the board in nine of 11 starts and has banked just shy of $500,000. Sears noted that Uncle Lasse might be ready to break through and win a big one. "He's been knocking on the door all year and hopefully he has a good one next week." Uncle Lasse is owned by Solveigs Racing Partners and Goran Falk. Saturday was the ninth career victory for the winner of over $860,000. Uncle Lasse paid $7.80 to win. Uncle Lasse Hambletonian champion Pinkman was an easy winner in the second split to give Takter a sweep of this Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. Pinkman and driver Yannick Gingras trotted out to the front, but gave way at the quarter to stablemate The Bank. Gingras wasted little time retaking the lead in the second-quarter and the 4/5 favourite led the field by the half in :56.1. After a third quarter in :28.3, Pinkman sprinted home comfortably in :27.3 to win by two-lengths in 1:52.2 over The Bank. Muscle Diamond finished third, while Centurion Atm, who had a poor start, and Iron grabbed the last two spots in the final. A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman's victory Saturday was his first win since capturing the Hambletonian on August 8. "He sure was really good tonight," said Gingras following the race. "(I) kicked the plugs out half way down the stretch and he got into another gear and was trotting real strong through the wire." Pinkman came into the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations off a pair of subpar efforts at Yonkers, but Gingras said the gelding just didn't enjoy the half-mile surface. "He struggled on the half and was running in hard and pretty bumpy gaited. It was pretty amazing that he stayed at it both weeks," Gingras said. "He's a really game horse, but the half-mile track wasn't what he likes." Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. The Takter trainee now has 9 wins from 13 starts and earnings of over $1.2 million this season. Pinkman's career totals sit at 15 wins and a bankroll of $1.8 million. He paid $3.70 to win. Pinkman Both elimination winners earned the right to select their post for next week's $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final. The Canadian Trotting Classic will be the co-feature next Saturday (September 19) along with the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Here is how the three-year-olds will lineup for the Canadian Trotting Classic final. $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. French Laundry 2. Dont Rush 3. Uncle Lasse 4. Pinkman 5. Iron 6. Muscle Up The Goal 7. Muscle Diamond 8. Crazy Wow 9. Centurion Atm 10. The Bank AE: Jetpedia   Mark McKelvie

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2015 -- Pure Country and Broadway Donna, a pair of harness racing's rising stars, remained undefeated Friday at The Meadows when each captured a Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship. Friday's program, which offered more than $1.72 million in purses, included all four $350,000 PASS finals (two actually were worth $351,000 thanks to starting fees for also-eligibles who drew in) for 2-year-olds as well as a $60,000 consolation in each division. Ideal Jimmy and Lagerfeld won the other championships. Trainer Jimmy Takter enjoyed a PASS championship double with Pure Country and Lagerfeld. A recap of the program, one of the richest in track history: $350,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Pure Country idled outside until the field settled, then grabbed the lead for Brett Miller past the quarter. "I didn't push her out of the gate -- I wanted to see how things were unfolding," Miller said. "I had so much confidence in her I felt like she could get beat only if I did something really stupid. I pulled her ear plugs in the last turn and hollered at her, and she took off. She's never felt as good as she did today." Diamond Creek Racing's homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana won handily -- as she did in her previous five starts -- in 1:51, a track record for freshman pacing fillies, a stake record and the fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old filly pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Call Me Queen Be was a ground-saving second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with I Said Diamonds third. Takter indicated Pure Country will be pointed to the Breeders Crown with a number of stake engagements before then. "She's as good as they come," Takter said. "I think she's the best. She has the look, and her gait is just fantastic. Do you remember the filly I had a couple years ago, American Jewel? She reminds me of American Jewel." Pure Country soared over $300,000 in career earnings and became the first freshman filly pacer in PASS history to sweep all her preliminary legs and the final. She also boosted her 2015 PASS earnings to $286,918 -- most ever in a single PASS season. $351,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Unbeaten in seven previous starts, Broadway Donna appeared to be in a pickle when she was trapped behind the tiring leader, the previously undefeated Whitelake Hanover, as Kathy Parker wrested away the lead. But neither winning driver David Miller nor the homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner panicked. They blew by easily in the Lightning Lane, defeating Kathy Parker by 2 lengths in 1:55.4. Womans Will rallied for show. Broadway Donna, winner of the James Doherty Memorial final, lifted her lifetime bankroll to $466,536. Winning trainer Jim Campbell, who conditions Broadway Donna for Fashion Farms, said he feared she would not find daylight in time. "It was a concern," he said, "but I think, win or lose, David did the right thing. It would have been too early to pull. This filly finds a way to do it, and David did a terrific job with her. She's a professional. It's horses like her that make guys like me look better." Campbell indicated Broadway Donna will next race at the Red Mile. $351.000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Love Matters, the 3-5 favorite, opened his career with six straight wins and was purchased by the powerful Takter stable before his last start. He was rolling along to his seventh when he made an inexplicable break around the final turn. Three other contenders also jumped it off at some point in the mile. "He kind of lost his balance and was running in a little bit in the last turn," said his driver, Marcus Miller. "I'm sure Jimmy will figure it out." Takter's disappointment lasted about 25 seconds because it was his colt, Lagerfeld, who picked up the pieces. The son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita, dismissed at 11-1 because of a four-race losing streak, triumphed for Yannick Gingras in a career-best 1:55.3. Sliding Home was three-quarter lengths back in second while Dupree, an also-eligible who drew in, earned show. "I'll take it," Takter said of the unexpected victory. "He's been racing good. He got lost on the front last week when I drove him -- he never cut the mile, so he didn't know what to do." Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Lagerfeld. $350,000 PASS Championship -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers If they compete long enough, horsemen often get a chance to rebound from disappointments. Few, however, get that opportunity as quickly as Marcus Miller did. The very next race after the Love Matters blow-up, Miller guided Ideal Jimmy to victory in 1:51 for trainer Robin Cruise and owner D.R. Van Witzenberg. The first-over Spider Man Hanover was second, 1-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Manhattan Beach third. "You feel like you got kicked in the face and then get the biggest win in your career -- all in about 15 minutes," Miller said. The Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding erased a 9-length deficit at the half with his customary rally, a style Miller said he is reluctant to change. "It's just kind of the way it's been working out," he said. "I couldn't (leave with him) early because he was steppy, but I think he's over that -- I probably shouldn't say that. He's a little horse and he likes to run them down. I figured I didn't have to change anything today -- they were rocking it out of there." PASS NOTES: The consolations went to Twill Be Done (2ft), Newborn Sassy (2fp), Alexander Hanover (2ct) and I'm Some Graduate (2cp), whose time of 1:50.3 established a track record for freshman pacing colts . . . Newborn Sassy's outing was bittersweet, as she took home $30,000 but lost her stake and track records to Pure Country . . . Despite a demanding opening quarter, Easy Again took the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace for Gingras, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Panhellenic Stable and M1 Stable. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

2-year-old PA Stallion Series Championships were the main attractions on a rainy Thursday afternoon (Sept 10) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $40,000. The 2-year-old filly trot went to Jimmy Takter trainee Miss Tezsla (Yannick Gingras).   The daughter of Andover Hall wasted little time getting into gear, as she wrestled the lead away from Lady Athens (Andy Miller) at the quarter pole.   She was able to maintain a 1 length advantage until the top of the stretch, when she edged away to win by 4 lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:57.4.   Turn The Paige (Vic Kirby), who was part of a 3 horse entry, rallied for second, while Global Inspiration (Andrew McCarthy) was third.   It was the 4th career win for Miss Tezsla, who is owned by Christina Takter, Jim and John Fielding, Brixton Medical, And Herb Liverman. She paid $3.20 to win. It was a much more contentious affair in the 2-year-old colt trot, as Mr Right (Vic Kirby) needed every last inch of stretch real estate to assure victory.   The son of Donato Hanover had to work hard to secure pocket position, as he brushed past Petrossian As (Andrew McCarthy) at the quarter pole, only to be passed by race favorite Cufflink Hanover (Dave Miller).   It stayed that way until the stretch drive, when Mr Right emerged up the passing lane to win a tight 3 horse finish in 1:57.   Cufflink Hanover held place, while Petrossian As settled for third.   It was career win 4 out of 9 starts for the Leigh Raymer trainee, and his 4th win in 7 starts.   Mr Right is owned by his trainer, Stephen Moss, and Harold and Helene Solomon. He paid $10.40. In the 2-year-old filly pace, it was complete domination for Ron Burke trainee East Side Hanover (Yannick Gingras).   The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere made the top before the quarter, and it was all over from there.   She had a 4 length lead at three quarters, before going into "beast mode", drawing off to a 12 length victory in the end, stopping the clock in 1:54.2.   Burden Of Proof (Tim Tetrick) closed for second, while Foolish Terror (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) was third.   It was the 2nd career win for East Side Hanover, who is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Paul Treiber. She paid $3.20.   Rich Ringler trainee Nimble and Quick (Jim Morand) was dominant in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace.   The son of Western Ideal brushed at the quarter, and went on to win easily by 4 lengths, stopping the timer in 1:52.1.   Beach Ogre (Andy Miller) rallied up the inside for second, while Owen Hanover (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) finished third.   It was the 5th straight win for Nimble and Quick, who is owned by Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing. He returned $2.80 to win.   Mike Bozich

Lexington, KY - The harness racing Grand Circuit rolls into Lexington, Kentucky with the third leg of the Kindergarten series for two-year-old trotters at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 10.   Two $10,000 divisions for both fillies and colts are on the bill with the girls splitting neatly into a pair of eights in races five and seven.   The Takter stable houses likely favorites in each, with Haughty coming into the first division off a 1:56 win in leg two at Tioga Downs ten days ago. Trainer Jimmy Takter is listed to drive the filly for owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.   Jimmy may well be driving the favorite in the seventh too, as Hollywood Hill brings impressive credentials into her split having won three of her five career outings for owners Goran Falk and Christina Takter.   The colts compete in races six and nine with Tioga track record holder Jack Vernon a clear choice in the sixth for owners The Miller Stable, trainer Randy Beeckman and driver Corey Callahan.   The ninth race is more of a puzzle with several lightly raced prospects developing into contenders as the second half of stakes season gets underway.   Racing begins at seven o'clock at The Red Mile on Thursday. Live racing continues through September 19, breaks for Jug week then returns with the fortnight of Grand Circuit racing with a Wednesday through Saturday schedule beginning on September 30.   The first week is a 7:00 post time and week two is a 1:00 matinee each day. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale begins on the evening of Monday, October 5 and continues through Friday night. Catalogues are available.   Also of note, nominations to the Grand Circuit Late Closers must be postmarked by September 15. The form is available here.   Nick Salvi  

A field of seven filly and mare pacers lined up behind the starting gate for the featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. It was an open affair going for a purse of $30,000. The wagering public sent Jimmy Takter trainee Katie Said off as the post time favorite. The 4-year-old daughter of Well Said was coming off of a solid victory against similar here last week. She wasted no time making her presence felt from the start, as she battled with Ooh Bad Shark (Allan Davis) for the lead at the quarter (:27.1). She took the lead just beyond that point, continuing her quick tempo to the half (:54.2). Just past that station, Ron Burke charge Set Me Up (Matt Kakaley) launched a first over initiative, but began to backpedal at three quarters (1:23). As they entered the stretch, Ooh Bad Shark vacated the pocket, and drove up to challenge Katie Said (Daniel Dube). Her bid came up just short, as Katie Said was able to last by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:51. BJ's Sweetheart finished third. It was the 14th career win for Katie Said, and her 4th of the season. She paid $4.80. Michael Bozich

Ever since the beginning, Alan Katz and his brothers have enjoyed watching JK Endofanera. "He's been a pleasure from Day One," said Katz, who owns the 4-year-old male pacer with brothers Ron and Steve under the 3 Brothers Stables moniker. "He hasn't put in too many bad races. He's just a good horse. He came back good this year and he's getting better as the year goes on, which is a good thing." JK Endofanera will be looking for his third consecutive win when he faces nine rivals in Saturday's C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Last week, he won his CPD elimination by 1-3/4 lengths over favorite Shamballa in 1:50.1 over a track labeled "good" because of rain. Two weeks prior to the elim, the Jimmy Takter-trained JK Endofanera and driver Brett Miller stormed home with a :26.2 final quarter-mile to capture the Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park. "He's been racing super," Katz said. "Hopefully all systems are go. Jimmy has done a good job with the horse, a real good job. We're hopeful he'll get a good chunk of the purse on Saturday night." Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$685,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers and the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. JK Endofanera, a homebred son of Art Major-Presidential Lady, has won 18 of 36 career starts and finished worse than third only six times. His victories include the Governor's Cup at age 2 and North America Cup, at Mohawk, and American-National Stakes at 3, helping him to earnings of $1.72 million. He has won three of four career races at Mohawk. State Treasurer also will be trying to extend a win streak in the Canadian Pacing Derby final. The 6-year-old Ian Moore-trainee has won three consecutive races, including his CPD elimination by a neck over All Bets Off in 1:50.1, and seven of 13 overall starts this season. For his career, State Treasurer has won 28 of 84 races and $1.44 million for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. All Bets Off won this year's Confederation Cup and Prix d'Ete. The Canadian Pacing Derby field also includes previous champion Foiled Again, who won the event in 2012, as well as Dan Patch Award-winner McWicked, who was voted the sport's top 3-year-old male pacer in 2014. Limelight Beach won last year's Little Brown Jug and is less than $40,000 from $1 million in career purses. "It's an interesting race," Katz said. "That's why they race them, there are no locks. You've got to be at the top of your game every week against this caliber. You need some racing luck, a lot can go wrong. They're not machines. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." The Katz brothers also will be hoping for the best for JK Fannie, who is in Saturday's She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. JK Fannie, who is winless in six races this year, will start from post nine with Matt Kakaley listed to drive for trainer Nancy Johansson. JK Fannie, a homebred daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-JK Soundofmusic, lost nearly two months of training because of illness during the winter, so she could improve as the season goes on. She has two second-place finishes and one third-place finish among her most recent four starts. "She's a nice filly," Katz said. "She was really sick in December, but made a miraculous recovery. We're surprised she came so quickly. We're really looking forward to her later races (this year). She's staked to everything. She's a big, strong filly. "We hope she does well. She'll need a good trip just to get a piece of it (Saturday). She's in tough. If she gets a check we'll be happy. But it's exciting to have two horses in the big races. That's why you're in the business." Following is the field for the Canadian Pacing Derby with listed drivers and trainers: 1. McWicked, Jody Jamieson, Casie Coleman 2. State Treasurer, Randy Waples, Ian Moore 3. JK Endofanera, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 4. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke 5. Shamballa, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron 6. Nirvana Seelster, Doug McNair, William Budd 7. Limelight Beach, John Campbell, Ron Burke 8. Captive Audience, TBA, Colin Johnson 9. Foiled Again, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke 10. Piston Broke, Sylvain Filion, Rob Fellows by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

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